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Claude J. Drewyore
March 22, 1924 - March 14, 2003
Claude J. Drewyore, 78, of Wauseon, died Friday evening at Fulton Manor, Wauseon. He was born March 22, 1924, in Wayne County, Mich., to Clarence and Margaret (Galley) Drewyore. In 1971, he married Sharren Palmer, who survives. Other survivors include, two sons, Robert Drewyore and Tim (Joyce) Drewyore of Delphos; two daughters, Sharon (Ernie) Hines of Delphos and Patricia (Richard) Parrott of Russelville, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Drewyore. Mr. Drewyore retired in 1981 after 34 years as a Delphos U.S. Postal worker. He then worked as a salesman for Continental Estates in Wauseon for 15 years. He attended First Christian Church in Wauseon and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Wauseon American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Post and the Elks. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wauseon Union Cemetery, the Rev. Keith Oditt officiating. There is no visitation. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice. Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sr. M. Thomas Kill
July 6, 1928 - March 16, 2003
Sr. M. Thomas Kill, 74, of the Sister of St. Francis, Tiffin, died at 7:03 a.m. Sunday at St. Frances Convent, Tiffin. She was born July 6, 1928, in Akron, to Eugene and Rosalia B. (Gengler) Kill. Her mother survives in Tiffin. Other survivors include a brother, the Rev. Robert J. Kill of Cloverdale; and a sister, Sr. Marietta Kill of the Tiffin Franciscan Community. Sr. Kill was received into the order on Aug. 12, 1946 and professed her first vows on Aug. 12, 1948 and her final vows Aug. 12, 1951. She attended the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. She was a teacher from 1949 to 1965 at New Washington, Edgerton, Carey, Miller City and Blakeslee and was a music teacher and director at the mother house from 1966 to 1972. From 1967 to 1981 she was director of the St. Francis School of Music. From 1982 to 1987, she taught music in Maggie Valley, N.C. She then returned to Tiffin in 1988 to resume duties as music teacher at the school of music. She had been retired since 2000, but helped at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Tiffin and the Pilgrim House in Carey. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Convent Chapel, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, the Rev. Robert J. Kill officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Convent Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the convent chapel, where a wake service will be at 4 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home.

Isania "Pat" Dotson
April 26, 1921 - March 14, 2003
Isania "Pat" Dotson, 81, of Lima, died at 11:05 a.m. Friday at SCCI Hospital, Lima. She was born April 26, 1921, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to Douglas and Rebecca (Moore) Hicks. On July 31, 1945, she married Gerald "Jerry" Dotson, who died Oct. 6, 1983. She married Woodrow Fitzpatrick in 1989, and he died in 1993. Survivors include a son, Michael Dennis (Connie) Dotson of Elida; a daughter, Joyce (William "Bill") Miller of Lima; two brothers, Birdie (Myrtle) Hicks of David, Ky. and Lawrence (Ikie) Hicks of Lakeview; a sister, Susie (Wilkle) Wright of Belle Center; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Gertrude McIntosh and Lealie Poe; and five brothers, Madison and Lazara Prater and Dan, Bradie and Dingous Hicks. Mrs. Dotson retired from Kline's Electric Motor Repair. She was a member of the Gomer Church of Christ, was an avid Buckeye and Cincinnati Reds fan and enjoyed bowling. Funeral services were 11 a.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. Brian Knoderer officiating. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, 43218-2039.

Helen L. Sargent
Feb. 13, 1934 - March 14, 2003
Helen L. Sargent, 69, of Columbus Grove, died at 1:03 a.m. Friday at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Cairo, to John W. and Nellie (Allen) Jones. On March 15, 1953, she married Merlin "Butch" Sargent, who survives in Columbus Grove. Other survivors include four sons, Roy (Robin) Sargent, Joe (Sylvia) Sargent and John Sargent of Columbus Grove and Dale (Shayna) Sargent of Cairo; a brother, Charles "Bud" (Dottie) Jones of Columbus Grove; a sister, Jean (LeRoy) Bell of Cairo; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sargent was a homemaker and she and her husband owned and operated Car-E-It in Ottawa and had formerly owned and operated Meadowbrook Lanes Bowling Alley in Pandora. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Columbus Grove, and its women's fellowship; and the Blocks to Books Mother's Club of Columbus Grove. She was a 1952 graduate of Columbus Grove High School. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Columbus Grove United Church of Christ, Pastor Don Sadler officiating. Burial will be in Osborn Cemetery, Columbus Grove. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. Preferred memorials are to United Church of Christ or donor's choice.

Betty J. Keyton
March 8, 1932 - March 13, 2003
Betty J. Keyton, 71, of Delphos, died at 10:39 a.m. Thursday at her residence. She was born March 8, 1932, in Delphos, to Elmer and Helen (Mihm) Grunden. She married Hubert Keyton in June 1955. He survives in Delphos. Other survivors include two sons, Robert (Linda) Monfort of Lima and Carl "Eddy" Keyton of Delphos; four daughters, Bonnie (Chris) Lee and Sandy (Terry) Wilkins of Lima and Helen McDermitt and Carol (Rick) Boop of Delphos; a sister, Bonnie I. Ickes of Middle Point; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, Danny Monfort and David A. and Hubert Keyton Jr. Mrs. Keyton was a homemaker. She was a member of the Delphos Church of the Nazarene and former member of the St. Marys Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing shuffleboard and growing flowers and plants. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, the Rev. Bill Reeder officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.

Glendora M. Baer
July 15, 1920 - March 14, 2003
Glendora M. Baer, 82, of Convoy, died at 5:40 a.m. Friday at Convoy Care Center, Convoy. She was born July 15, 1920 in Van Wert County, to Glenn and Annette E. (Upp) Baer. She is survived by three brothers, Robert D. (JoAnne) Baer of Van Wert, and Donald (Judy) Baer and Charles (Linda) Baer of Convoy; five sisters, Juanita Black of Convoy, Betty (Milo) Wyandt and Bonnie (Earl) Speelman of Van Wert, NaDonna (Ralph) Schumm of Bluffton, Ind., and Jeannette Smith of Branson, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Harriet Baer of Van Wert; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Walter Baer; a sister, Anna Kathryn Rase; and a step-sister, Vera Nortley. She had attended the former Union School in Van Wert. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Brickner Funeral Home, the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be at Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point. Friends may call 2-8 Sunday at Brickner Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to donor's choice.

Donna L. Pohlabel
Nov. 3, 1922 - March 11, 2003
Donna L. (Winter) Pohlabel, 80, of Elida, died at 4:46 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Hardin County, to Day W. and Jennie (Sowers) Winter. On April 20, 1940, she married Robert Joseph Pohlabel, who died Oct. 7, 1975. Survivors include a son, Robert L. (Joyce) Pohlabel of Olathe, Kansas; four daughters, Marilyn Kay (Oliver) Smith of Findlay, Donna Marie (Don) Smith of Lima, Elaine Ann Pohlabel-Anderson of Lafayette and Mary H. (William) Stonehill of Elida; four brothers, Michael (Wanda) Winter and Leo (Jean) Winter of Lima, Wallace (Phyllis) Winter of Middletown and Theodore (Alice) Winter of Arizona; a sister, Lois (Mendel) Lambert of Lakeworth, Fla.; 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Winter; a brother, Donnie Winter; and a grandchild, Gary Smith. Mrs. Pohlabel worked at Westinghouse, Small Motor Division, for 35 years. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Eagles Aerie Auxiliary 370, Lima Senior Citizens and Westinghouse Retirees Group. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Catholic Church, the Rev. William J. Rose officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be at 7 p.m. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Ruth E. Wurst
Jan. 27, 1922 - March 13, 2003
Ruth E. Wurst, 81, of Van Wert, died at 1 a.m. Thursday at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Lima, to Melvin and Hazel M. (Gierhart) Wheeler. On Aug. 17, 1949, she married Willis Henry Wurst, who preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Debra K. (Lyle) Ebel of Columbus Grove and Susan E. (Lynn) Jackson of Van Wert; four brothers, Melvin (Joan) Wheeler of Decatur, Ind., Lloyd Wheeler of Riverview, Fla., Lawrence Wheeler of Portland, Ore., and Fredric W. Wheeler of Van Wert; three sisters, Pauline Proklevich of Brandon, Fla., Violet (Gordon) Kimmey of Valrica, Fla., and Mary (Ray) Hingson of Pinellas Park, Fla.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Wheeler; and a sister, Bernadine Wheeler. Mrs. Wurst retired from Fisher Big Wheel in Van Wert after 20 years. She was a member of First Church of God, Van Wert. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Bill Jeffress officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to First Church of God.

Isabelle M. Mata
Sept. 28, 2002 - March 11, 2003
Isabelle Marie Katrice Mata, 5 months, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday at Children's Hospital, Cincinnati. She was born Sept. 28, 2002 in Bluffton, to Santiago and Veronica (Orduno) Mata, who survive in Lima. Other survivors include a sister, Juanita Marie Lisette Mata; paternal grandparent, Arternio (Josefina) Mata of Lima; maternal grandparent, Serafin (Maria) Orduno of Liepsic; paternal great-grandmother, Guadalupe Factor of Lima; paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Factor of Lima; and maternal great-grandmother, Rosenda Vasquez of Texas. Funeral services will be noon Friday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, Deacon Valentine Lopez officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima. Friends may call 10 a.m. until noon Friday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Ronald McDonald House.

T. Maxine Neely
Oct. 11, 1918 - March 11, 2003
T. Maxine Neely, 84, of Elida, died at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Oct. 11, 1918 in Lima, to John Thomas and Bertha Caroline (Jones) Dietz. On April 9, 1939, she married Jay C. Neely, who preceded her in death May 9, 1987. Survivors include a son, Charles D. "Ike" (Dorothy) Neely of Buchanan, Mich.; a sister, Beatrice Cummings of Cridersville; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen and Thomas Dietz; and a sister, Cora Mae Hilyard. Mrs. Neely was a homemaker. She attended Immanuel United Methodist Church and was a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275 Auxiliary. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Chiles and Sons Laman Shawnee Chapel, Lima. Burial will be in Allentown Cemetery. Friends may call 5-7 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association or donor's choice.

Louise R. Dulebohn
Oct. 27, 1932 - Mar. 9, 2003
Louise R. Dulebohn, 70, of Lima, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 27, 1932 in Allen County, to Walter Isaac and Eunice Mary Jane (Davis) Shook. On Oct. 15, 1950, she married Gene Dulebohn, who survives in Holden. Other survivors include two daughters, Cheryl (Doug) Von Sossan of Elida and Kathy Melton of St. Marys; a brother, Ronald (Pam) Shook of Spencerville; two sisters, Elaine (Bill) Greenlee of Jefferson and Barbara Rowlands of Dayton; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Shook. Mrs. Dulebohn worked for Yocum Realty and Yale Printing. She was co-owner of Dulebohn Garage and Body Shop in Waynesfield and served as secretary for Waynesfield United Methodist Church. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Auxiliary of American Legion Post 96 in Lima. She enjoyed gardening. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Pastor Daniel L. Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Elida. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Maybelle Dickerhoof
July 4, 1917 - March 9, 2003
Maybelle Dickerhoof, 86, of Van Wert, died Sunday at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos. She was born July 4, 1917, in Mark Center, to Jesse H. and Nora B. (Apple) Ebersole. On Feb. 9, 1938, she married Loren Dickerhoof, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1976. Survivors include a son, Larry Dickerhoof of Van Wert; two daughters, Judy (Steve) Reznikov of Harlan, Ind., and Sherry (Greg) Subler of Delphos; a sister, Ocie Miller of Fort Wayne; a daughter-in-law, Sally Dickerhoof of Delphos; a son-in-law, Bob Jackson of Harlan; 13 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Max Dickerhoof; a daughter, Mary Jean Jackson; a brother, Mylo Ebersole; a great-grandchild and a great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Dickerhoof owned and cooked at Lone Tower Restaurant in Cecil for a number of years. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rice-Burr Funeral Home, Sherwood, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Sherwood Cemetery. Friends may call 2-7 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer's Association.

Lewis E. Evers
June 5, 1917 - March 9, 2003
Lewis E. Evers, 85, of Cairo, died at 6:44 p.m. Sunday at Lost Creek Care Center, Lima. He was born June 5, 1917, in Leipsic, to Edward and Chloe S. (White) Evers. On March 10, 1965, he married Emogene V. Edwards, who survives in Lima. Other survivors include a son, Michael (Julie) Newland of Columbus; a daughter, Nancy (Dwight) Parlette of Elida; a sister, Mary Eicher of Leipsic; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Evers; and a sister, Elizabeth Evers. Mr. Evers retired in 1980 from Buckeye Sugars in Ottawa, where he was the boiler operator. He was a member of Cairo United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a life member of Disabled American Veterans. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, Pastor Rich Rekay officiating. Burial will be in Cairo East Side Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Cairo United Methodist Church.

Alice Barrington Laman
Alice Barrington Laman, 82, of Troy, Mich., died Friday. On Aug. 6, 1944, she married Frank Laman, who preceded her in death. Survivors include her son and caregiver John (Nola) Laman of Troy; a daughter, Jan Laman Hodges of Fort Collins, Colo.; two grandsons, Marcus and Michael Laman of Troy; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Dick Barrington; and four sisters, Gertrude Minaugh, Mary Lee, Helen Staup and Rose Black. Mrs. Laman was active in community service groups when she resided in Sylvania with her husband and was a member of Olivet Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Lima. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel. Preferred memorials are to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the church or charity of the donor's choice.

Donna Lynn James
Mar. 13, 1956 - Mar. 7, 2003
Donna Lynn (Stocklin) James, 46, of Van Wert, died Friday morning at her residence. She was born March 13, 1956, in Lima, to Donald and Dorothy (Barker) Stocklin. Her mother, Dorothy (Robert) Stocklin-Webb, survives in Lima. She married Joseph James. Survivors include a daughter, Jill Burnett of Delphos; four stepdaughters, Shannon James and Nikki James of Lima, Lily James of Convoy and Kenya James of Van Wert; a sister-in-law, Roslyn Howard; a brother-in-law, Dwight Howard; a half brother-in-law, Kenny Sullivan; and five grandsons. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Dean Deal. Mrs. James was a homemaker. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Darryl Ramey officiating. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the family.

Noah C. Gallaspie
Oct. 1, 1923 - March 9, 2003
Noah Clarence Gallaspie, 79, of Lima, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday at Lima Manor Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Spencerville, to Clarence and Mary (Sherrick) Gallaspie. On Sept. 16, 1943, he married Luella Bowers, who survives in Lima. Other survivors include two sons, Dennis Gallaspie of Marion and Lonnie (Carol) Gallaspie of Elida; a daughter, Charlene (Kevin) Smicklas of Elida; a sister, Susan Miller; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. Mr. Gallaspie was employed at Lima Electric Motor as a motor winder. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a member of Nazarene Church. He was an avid hunter. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. Wayne Sharpes officiating. Burial will be in Allentown Cemetery. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Norma Grapner
Sept. 8, 1915 - March 8, 2003
Norma Grapner, 87, of Lima, died at 6:25 p.m. Saturday at Springview Manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 8, 1915, in Crawford County, to Harley and Rhoda (Nigh) Fike. On March 25, 1944, she married Darrell Grapner, who survives in Lima. Survivors also include a son, Alvin (Claire) Grapner of Lima; a sister, Odeal (Darl) Rindfuss of Bucyrus; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Freda Foght. Mrs. Grapner worked in retail sales at Petrie's for 27 years. She was a member of First Evangelical and Reformed Church, and its Fidelis Sunday and Choral class. She was a 1934 graduate of Holmes Liberty High School. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the Window Fund at First Evangelical and Reformed Church.

Herman J. Meyer
Mar. 26, 1915 - Mar. 7, 2003
Herman J. Meyer, 87, of Fort Jennings, died at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Calvary Manor Nursing Home, Glandorf. He was born March 26, 1915, in Leipsic, to Theodore and Theresa (Ellerbrock) Meyer. On June 22, 1940, he married Marie B. Wieging, who died Oct. 29, 1998. Survivors include three sons, Jerry ( Carol) Meyer and Donald (Kay) Meyer of Fort Jennings and Kenneth (Karen) Meyer of Muskegon, Mich.; a daughter Linda Meyer of Fort Jennings; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward Meyer; two sisters, Lucy Brummelsmith and Agnes Kahle; and a great-granddaughter. Mr. Meyer owned and managed Meyer's IGA in Fort Jennings and Delphos for 49 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a charter member of the Delphos Lions Club, member of Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce and Knights of Columbus Council 1362. He also was a Fort Jennings volunteer firefighter and drove a school bus for Fort Jennings Local Schools. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Tony Borgia officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. today at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund or donor's choice.

Ronald P. Decker
June 28, 1938 - March 8, 2003
Ronald P. Decker, 64, of Delphos, died at 9:25 p.m. Saturday at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born June 28, 1938, in Lima to James and Marguerite (Poland) Decker. Survivors include five children, Heidi (Kyle) Fittro of Delphos, Rhonda (Jay) Turner, Jimmy Decker and Chris Decker of Lima and Debbie (Kevin); a brother, Jerry Decker of Delphos; a sister, Marlene (Glen) Mullenhour of Lima; and six grandchildren. Mr. Decker hung drywall and was a retired Army Sergeant. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, American Legion Post 268 and the Delphos Fraternal Order of Eagles. Mass of Christian burial was 1:30 p.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275. Preferred memorials are to the family.

Pauline Lynch
Aug. 1, 1923 - March 7, 2003
Pauline Lynch, 79, of Van Wert, died 11:55 p.m. Friday at her residence. She was born Aug. 1, 1923, in Pineville, Ky., to Harvey and Shirley (Robinson) Simpson. On Sept. 9, 1943, she married Oscar L. Lynch, who preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Larry E. (Joyce) Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., Robert D. (Niema) Lynch of Van Wert and John (Ann) Saylor of Columbus; three brothers, James (Barbara) Simpson of Fort Wayne, Harvey (Georgia) Simpson Jr., of Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., and Charles Simpson of Van Wert; two sisters, Billie (Dale) Merriss and Jackie DeBolt of Van Wert; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lynch was a production employee for Federal Mogul in Van Wert. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Van Wert. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Preferred memorials are to First Baptist Church or Community Health Professionals Hospice Program.

Catharine R. Burger
Nov. 28, 1915 - Mar. 7, 2003
Catharine R. Burger, 87, of Syracuse, Ind., formerly of Delphos, died 4:45 p.m. Friday at Miller's Merry Manor in Syracuse. She was born Nov. 28, 1915, in Delphos to Otto and Leone (Wulfhorst) Stallkamp. On June 12, 1940, she married Hubert J. Burger, who died Dec. 8, 1985. Survivors include a son, Robert (Beth) Burger of Hampden, Mass.; a daughter, Betty A. (Thomas) Plew of North Webster, Ind.; a sister, Rita (Elmer) Scherger of Delphos; and six grandsons. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret VonLehmden. Mrs. Burger worked in both local meat markets and at the Dairy Whip. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, its Altar Rosary Society. Mass of Christian burial was 11 a.m. today in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Preferred memorials are to St. John's church and school.

Marcella M. Shumaker
Mar. 2, 1910 - March 6, 2003
Marcella Mary Shumaker, 93, of Delphos, died at 11:55 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Manor Nursing Home, Glandorf. She was born March 2, 1910, in Ottoville, to Frank C. and Ann (Shulatman) Becker. On April 16, 1929, she married Richard A. Shumaker, who died July 10, 1974. Survivors include a son, Eugene (Dorothy) Shumaker of Delphos; two daughters, Ann (Daniel) Steman and Norma (Leo) Geise of Fort Jennings; a brother, Melvin (Jean) Becker of Ottoville; a sister, Bernadine (Rudy) Utrup of Columbus Grove; a daughter-in-law, Eloise Shumaker of Delphos; 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, James Shumaker; and two grandsons, Todd Geise and Larry Shumaker. Mrs. Shumaker was the secretary for Shumaker Plumbing. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Catholic Ladies of the Columbia Council 40 and the Delphos Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, where a CL of C service will be 3 p.m. and a parish wake will be 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Tracy Ruhlin-Githens
May 8, 1957 - March 6, 2003
Tracy Ruhlin-Githens, 45, of Findlay, died 2:31 a.m. Thursday at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born May 8, 1957, in Van Wert, to Robert D. and Winifred R. (Schaadt) Ruhlin, who survive. On March 17, 1984, she married Gregory D. Githens, who survives in Findlay. Mrs. Ruhlin-Githens was a former adjunct faculty member in the School of Art at the University of Findlay and held a similar position at Bowling Green State University for 10 years. She formerly attended Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert, and had been very active and held offices in various art guilds and associations at the local, state and national level. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Lake Cemetery, Pleasant Lake, Ind. Friends may call 2:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Ohio Designer Craftsmen of Columbus, the Art Museum of Miami University in Oxford or the Art Gallery at Bowling Green State University.

Williamina D. Scott
June 18, 1914 - March 5, 2003
Williamina D. Scott, 88, of Van Wert, died 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. She was born June 18, 1914, in Medford, Maine, to William D. and Harriet May (Smith) Ledes. On Aug. 21, 1934, she married Franklin D. Scott, who died Oct. 6, 1962. Survivors include a son, Franklin D. (Jerry A.) Scott of Spencer, Iowa; a daughter, Margaret (William I.) Pontius of Van Wert; two brothers, William Ledes of Belvedere, N.J., and George Ledes of Middlesex, N.J.; a sister, Isabelle Wakefield of Dundee, Fla.; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Huminski. Mrs. Scott was employed at Monogram Mfg. in Chicago and Van Wert Manufacturing and Teleflex in Van Wert. She retired from Teleflex. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Lockhaven, Pa., at a later date. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer's Unit of Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.

Dorothy L. Burch
April 23, 1913 - March 5, 2003
Dorothy L. Burch, 89, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Fostoria, died 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at Parkview Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She was born April 23, 1913, in Van Wert County, to William and Alice (Pettiford) Brown. ON Oct. 31, 1931, she married Jethro Burch, who preceded her in death. Survivors include seven daughters, Barbara Long of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Betty Ann Garnes of Findlay, Lela Crawford of Toledo, Lois Burch of Youngstown, Carolyn Jone and Catherine Burch of Fort Wayne and Deborah (Phillip) Weiker of Sylvania; a son, Jethro (Geraline) W. Burch of Springfield; 30 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stepson, Frederick Burch; seven brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Burch retired from General Electric in Tiffin with over 25 years of service and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Fostoria; a former Fostoria Branch president; Ohio State president; and national board member of the NAACP and the first member of the NAACP Regional Hall of Fame; member of the Board of the African-American National Museum in Wilberforce. She was very active in the Civil Rights Movement and a former president of the Wood, Seneca, Ottawa and Sandusky county Headstart boards, former chief steward, vice president and negotiator for the International United Electric Workers Union. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be in Greenbriar Cemetery, rural Van Wert County. Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Middle Run Baptist Church, Xenia.

Jack F. Markel
April 13, 1929-March 4, 2003
Jack F. Markel, 73, of Lima, died at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born April 13, 1929, in Allen County, to George F. and Cleona (Workman) Markel. On Dec. 25, 1950, he married Marcia Clevenger, who survives in Lima. Other survivors include a daughter, Lisa Markel of Lakeview; a son, Dr. Patrick (Patty) Markel of Valley, Wash.; and three grandchildren. Mr. Markel was self-employed as a Real Estate appraiser. He was a 1947 graduate of Central High School and a 1950 graduate of Ohio Northern University. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church; a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 54 and Eagles Aerie 370; a member of Lima Power Squadron; and former director of Citizens Loan and Building Company. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. Daniel L. Curtis officiating. The body has been cremated and burial of ashes will be at a later date. Friends may call 1-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Lutgardis Helmkamp
Oct. 4, 1906 - March 5, 2003
Lutgardis M. Helmkamp, 96, of Delphos, died at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Oct. 4, 1906, in Cloverdale, to Peter A. and Rosina H. (Fortner) Scharf. On July 14, 1931, she married Ralph H. Helmkamp, who died March 16, 1966. Survivors include a son, Donald G. (Elizabeth) Helmkamp of Delphos; a daughter, Sr. Mary Roseria, S.N.D. of Fremont; and a sister-in-law, Coletta Scharf of Toledo. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Eugene, A.J., Otto, Leonard and Leo Scharf; and four sisters, Pauletta Ward, Henrietta Wannemacher, Eulalia Gasser and Hilda Wurst. Mrs. Helmkamp was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a Red Cross volunteer and was on the original committee to bring Meals on Wheels to Delphos. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 2-9 p.m. Friday at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to St. John Teacher Endowment Fund, Sisters of Notre Dame or donor's choice.

Margaret Ellen Picker
Feb. 1, 1929 - March 4, 2003
Margaret Ellen Picker, 74, of Delphos, died at 2:17 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Feb. 1, 1929 in Delphos, to Adam and Opal (Lucas) May. On Nov. 9, 1946, she married Carl R. "Duke" Picker, who died Sept. 9, 1988. Survivors include two sons, Alan J. Picker and Carl (Karen) Picker Jr. of Sidney; four daughters, Carla (Bob) Beckman and Cheryl (Rod) Maloney of Elida, Kathy (Ron) Reindel of Delphos and Debra (Larry) Lee of Fort Jennings; longtime friend Les Dienstberger; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary B. King; and a granddaughter. Mrs. Picker worked at Scherger Monuments and as a hostess at McDonald's Restaurant in Delphos. She enjoyed gardening, antiquing, crocheting and working with others. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Richard Edward Clark
July 13, 1918 - Feb. 19, 2003
Richard "Dick" Edward Clark, 84, of Lima, died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Tucson Medical Center Hospice, Tucson, Ariz. He was born July 13, 1918, in Middleburg, to James Richard and Clara (Shafer) Clark. On July 3, 1945, he married Jessie M. Sherbourne, who survives in Lima. Other survivors include two daughters, Rebecca (Jerry) Latta of Defiance and Lynda (Daniel) Porter of Anacortes, Wash.; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Fliehman. Mr. Clark retired from Lima City Schools and was formerly director of art and administrative assistant in school community relations in Lima City Schools. He had also been art supervisor at Celina and Troy schools and worked as a commercial artist and designer. He was listed in "Who's Who of American Educators" and "Who's Who of Notable Americans," received the Ohio PTA 1976 "Educator of the Year" award. He authored the textbook "Mechanical Art", designed ‘Odyssey of the 95th Infantry Division", won first place in the Ohio American Legion Bicentennial Design Contest and won first place in the Allen County Bicentennial Design Contest. He attended the Cincinnati Art Academy and Ohio state University, where he earned his bachelor of education degree; Miami of Ohio University and Whittenberg University, where he earned his master's degree in supervision and administration. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II for 3 1/2 years with the 95th Infantry Division Artillery, serving in Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He received AEME Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, World War II Victory medal and Bronze Star medal. He was past president of the Troy Lions Club, past district governor of Lions Club International, past president of Ohio Lions Past District Governor's Association, served on the Ohio Lions State Council of Governors and served as chairman of the Ohio Lions Sight and Hearing Committee, the Constitution and By-laws Committee, Finance and Planning Committee and Ohio Lions Leadership Development Committee. He was a member of the Lima Host Lions Club and named "Lion of the Year" in 1969; won first place in the Lions Club International-sponsored contest for "Best Induction Ceremony for New Members; received four International President's Awards; was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award; served on the planning committee and was a presenter and conductor of Lions training seminars at seven USA/Canada Lions Forums; was past president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce; was on the board of directors at the Lima Arts Association; was on the Lima Area Arts Council; served with the United Way of Greater Lima; was on the St. Rita's Medical Center Development Board; was on the Senior Center Services Board; was a member of the Lima Post American Legion and West Elm United Church of Christ. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. Betsy Tobak officiating. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are any of the Lions activities or donor's choice.

Violet J. Kennedy
Jan. 27, 1919 - March 2, 2003
Violet J. Kennedy, 84, of Lima, died at 10:05 a.m. Sunday at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Van Wert, to Lawrence and Myrtle (Workman) Strayer. On Oct. 15, 1940, she married Donald Kennedy, who died Feb. 1, 1998. Survivors include a son, Rick (Deb) Kennedy of Lima; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Patterson. Mrs. Kennedy worked in the office at Clark Equipment. She was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, Lima Senior Citizens and Lima Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. Howard Allson officiating. The body will be cremated following the services. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today and two hours prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, N. Canton, 44720.

Debra C. Jacobs
Mar. 16, 1951 - Mar. 2, 2003
Debra C. Jacobs, 51, of Elida, died Sunday at her residence. She was born March 16, 1951 in Ottoville, to Wilfred and Jane (Neidecken) Maag. On Jan. 2, 1970, she married C. Richard Jacobs, who survives in Elida. Other survivors include two sons, C. Joshua Jacobs at home and R. Wilfred (Cameron) Jacobs of Lima; two brothers, Bruce Maag of Elida and Tim (Debra) Maag of Ottoville; two sisters, Shari (Gregory) McMillen of Cridersville and Robin (Rick) Wurth of Kalida; mother-in-law, Rita Jacobs; 15 nieces and nephews; and one grandchild, Zachary Jacobs. She was preceded in death by father-in-law Charles Jacobs; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Maag. Mrs. Jacobs worked as an assistant manager for IGA. She was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lima, and its Altar Rosary Society. She was also a member of Eagles Aerie 370 Auxiliary and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 199, Lima. She loved her dogs and going to the lake. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. Thomas Lacey officiating. Burial will be in Pike Run Cemetery, Gomer. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Delmer J. Dunlap
Dec. 5, 1922-March 2, 2003
Delmer J. Dunlap, 80, of Cairo, died 5:25 p.m. Sunday at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Miller City, to Clark R. and Emma (Robey) Dunlap. On Oct. 19, 1946, he married Imogene Stover, who survives. Survivors also include a son, Jeffrey J. (Teresa) Dunlap of Cairo; three daughters, Cheryl A. (Darwin) Boertje of Lima, Nancy S. (Dan) King of Reynoldsburg and Janice K. (Jon) Basinger of Bluffton; two brothers, Donald (Ida) Dunlap of Beaverdam and Nolan (Hulda) Dunlap of Rola, Mo.; a sister, Wilma Jean (Don) Thompson of Bluffton; a sister-in-law, Doris Dunlap of Cairo; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Winferd, Lloyd, Ralph and Harold Dunlap. Mr. Dunlap retired in 1984 as a driver examiner from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He had also been a dispatcher for the highway patrol, and a farmer. He was a member of Cairo United Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and trustee and sang in the choir and the Men's Quartet. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in Africa and Italy. He was a member of the Columbus Grove Bowers-Slusser American Legion Post 516 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 9648. He also raised, hunted and raced his coon dogs at field trials. He also enjoyed golf. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Cairo United Church of Christ, Pastor James Klausing officiating. Burial will be in Cairo Eastside Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Columbus Grove American Legion. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Alvera M. Wieging
Sept. 18, 1904 - Mar. 2, 2003
Alvera "Vera" M. Wieging, 98, of Fort Jennings, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday at Vancrest Health Care Center. She was born Sept. 18, 1904 in Ottoville, to William and Josephine (Sanders) Bigelow. In 1922, she married Edward Wieging, who did Aug. 25, 1959. Survivors include a sister, Frances Kiefer of Swanton; a daughter-in-law, Pat Wieging of Fort Jennings; eight grandchildren, Gary (Margie) Wieging of Fort Jennings, Edward (Doreen) Wieging of Elida, Jack (Mary) Wieging of Granger, Ind., Debbie (Bob) Kennedy of Fort Wayne, Marcia (Dennis) Kahle of Elida, Cindy Wieging of Defiance and Linda (Keith) Gasser of Sarasota, Fla. and Randy Wieging of Fort Jennings; 23 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter, Hillary, Bill and Ralph Bigelow; four sisters, Margaret Bigelow, Esther Metzger, Irene Spencer and Dorothy Horstman; two sons, Herbert J. and Thomas E. Wieging; a daughter-in-law, Mildred (Hoehn) Wieging; a granddaughter, Lisa Marie Wieging; and a special friend, Lynn Bervinkle. Mrs. Wieging was a beautician for 66 years, retiring in 1993. She cooked for the priest and sisters at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, where she was a member. She was also a member of the church's Altar Rosary Society, Fort Jennings CL of C, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740 Auxiliary in Ottoville, helped to start the Daughters of Auxiliary American Legion Post 715 in Fort Jennings and was a member of American Legion Post 715. She was a 1927 graduate of INEZ Kiefer Beauty College in Fort Wayne. She liked to sew, crochet, needlepoint and cook. Mass of Christian burial was 10:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Tony Borgia officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Preferred memorials are to St. Joseph Building Fund and donor's choice.

Richard Henry Kerman
Dec. 28, 1912 - Mar. 1, 2003
Richard Henry Kerman, 90, of Elida, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Dec. 28, 1912, in Napoleon, to Ray Orville and Maude Della (Lenhart) Kerman. He married Amanda Bertha Stemen, who died Nov. 13, 1991. Survivors include a son, Richard Ray Kerman of Elida; and a sister, Rosemary Kanter of Wapakoneta. Mr. Kerman was a tool and die maker for Sheller Globe Corporation, Lima. He was a member of Salem Mennonite Church, Elida. He was an avid fisherman. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Salem Mennonite Church, Pastor Mel Hathaway officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Johnthan H. Fout III
Jan. 5, 1964-Feb. 28, 2003
Johnthan "Johnny" Henry Fout III, 39, of Lima, died at 4 p.m. Friday at his residence. He was born Jan. 5, 1964, in Kenton, to Johnthan Henry and Patsy Ruth (Whitmore) Fout Jr., who survive in Lima. On July 6, 1999, he married M. Luisa Cabra, who survives in Lima. Survivors also include two stepsons, Justin Vey of Lima and Shawn Vey at home; three stepdaughters, Jessica Vey of Lima and Sarah and Nicole Vey at home; two brothers, Garth (Ilda) Fout of Rowland Heights, Calif., and Wade (Kari) Fout of Lima; a sister, Sharon (Randy) Bruce of Lima; four nieces and seven nephews; and a stepgrandchild, Riley Vey. Mr. Fout worked for 17 years as a professionally skilled mold technician. He served in the U.S. Army from June 11, 1982 to Nov. 22, 1983. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. Howard Allison officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Lima. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the family.Barbara Ann Murray

Barbara Ann Murray
Feb. 12, 1943 - Mar. 1, 2003
Barbara Ann Murray, 60, of Bluffton, died at 8:40 p.m. Saturday at Mennonite Memorial Home Health Services. She was born Feb. 12, 1943 in Lima, to Clifford A. and Frances (Lewis) Leffler. On March 16, 1968, she married John Murray, who survives in Bluffton. Other survivors include a daughter, Jennifer A. (Brian) Tate of Lima; a son, Christopher Murray of Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Donna (Alex) Stringfield of Lima; a cousin, Mary Shockley of Vandalia; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Leffler; and a sister, Mildred Mauk. Mrs. Murray worked for Robin Roger as a teacher assistant and in housekeeping at St. Rita's Medical Center for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, and a former member of the Lima Community Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed crocheting and all kinds of needle work. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Revs. Dee Wentz and Jim Kuhn officiating. Burial will be in Zion Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton. Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation or First United Methodist Church, Bluffton.


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