Margaret A. Markward, 76, of Van Wert, died at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born March 15, 1929, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Frank and Agnes (Smith) McCleary. On May 2, 1953, she married Urban G. Markward, who survives in Van Wert.
Mrs. Markward was a retired bookkeeper for the Arend, Laukhuf & Stoller Inc. accounting firm in Van Wert. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, its Rosary Altar Society and Paula Study Club, Twig I of Van Wert County Hospital (co-treasurer) and numerous other charitable organizations. She was a 1947 graduate of Van Wert High School.
In addition to her husband, survivors include four sons, David J. Markward of Van Wert and his family, Shannon Markward, Jordan (Paige) Markward, Taylor Markward and Logan Markward; Stephen C. (Loretta) Markward of Van Wert and his family, Chris (Eli) Rodriguez and daughter Devyn, Tanya Kennedy and daughter Morgan, Jessica (Matt) Weisse and sons Kollin, Kade and Keaton and Heather Markward, Timothy P. Markward of Warsaw, Ind., and daughter Maggie Markward, and Kenneth J. (Marie) Markward and his family, Crista, Tina, Cody and Caleb Markward; two daughters, Elaine (Donald Jr.) Bragg of Van Wert and her family, Jeremy, Justin and Jayme Bragg, and Linda Markward of Van Wert; two brothers, James (Bernadette) McCleary of Anderson, Ind., and John (Joan) McCleary of New Orleans, La.
She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Joshua Bragg and Zachary Markward, and two sisters, Catherine McCleary and Dorothy Campton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Brickner Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 that evening.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of donor's choice.
Dorothy High, 81, of 6091 Ross Road, Rockford, died at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born December 20, 1923, in Mercer County, the daughter of the late Harvey and Laura (Shelley) Simmons. On June 14, 1941, she married John Marlow High, who died September 15, 1983.
Mrs. High was a lifelong farm wife. She was a member of Ohio City United Methodist Church and a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 346 in Ohio City.
Survivors include two sons, John (Nita) High of Swannanao, N.C., and David (Lisa) High of rural Rockford; a daughter, Sandra "Sandy" (Dick) Hickernell of New Albany; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Freddy Joe High, who died January 1, 1989; three brothers, Fred, Ralph and Jack Simmons, ad two sisters, Kathleen Coit and Mabel Essig.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Randy Christian officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery in Union Township, Mercer County.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Grace E. Mosier, 81, of Van Wert, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born February 3, 1924, in Paulding County, the daughter of the late Samuel N. and Abbie G. (Keysor) Mohr. On August 14, 1941, she married Elmer L. Mosier, who died September 20, 1990.
Mrs. Mosier was a homemaker and a cook at Lincolnway Home near Middle Point for 20 years. She was a member of Grace Church and First Church of God in Van Wert and the women's mission group of the church. She was also a member of the Hoaglin-Jackson Sunrise Club and enjoyed her family, gardening, crafts and coin collecting.
Survivors include two sons, Robert (Sharon) Mosier of Delphos and Gary (Diane) Mosier of Van Wert; one daughter, Louise (Mike) Ditto Pohlman of Ottoville; four sisters, Ruth Ladd of Payne, Mary Focht of Van Wert, Rheba Baker of Scott and Romaine (Mick) Boundy of Paulding, six grandchildren, Laura Pohlman, Julie Kubek, Kendra Mosier, Travis Mosier, Dena Knippen and Cassie Ditto, and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, David Lynn Mosier; one brother, and two sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Bill Jeffress officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Church of God.
Charles A. Eberle Sr., 84, of Van Wert, died at 10:13 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
He was born December 21, 1920, in Van Wert, the son of the late Clarence E. and Hazel Dell (Johnson) Eberle. On October 3, 1942, in Camp Swift, Texas, he married Juanita V. Lee, who died July 20, 2004.
Mr. Eberle worked 38 years for Federal Mogul Corporation’s National Seal Division plant in Van Wert, 10 years for Acrix Security Company as a lieutenant and 10 years for The Times-Bulletin newspaper. He attended the former Grace Church in Middle Point and Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert. He was a member of American Legion Post 178 and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both in Van Wert. He served with General George Patton’s 3rd Army in France, Belgium and Germany as a member of Company K, 378th Infantry, 95th Division, during World War II. He was wounded during the “Battle for Metz” by enemy mortar fire. He was a member of several area bowling teams and the 1st Corps, Civil War Living History Group of Northwest Ohio.
Survivors include two sons, Charles “Chuck” (Shelly) Eberle Jr. of Van Wert and Richard (Clara) Eberle Sr. of Middle Point; a daughter, Carole Conn of Van Wert; five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. “Bob” Eberle.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in Ridge Township.
Calling hours are 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are to the Renal Care Unit of Van Wert or the American Heart Association.
Marguerite Drake, 85, of Van Wert, died at 11:06 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born August 27, 1919, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Forest L. Good and Fannie (Moltz) Good Moore. On November 6, 1943, she married Clarence F. Drake, who died February 5, 1998.
Mrs. Drake was a retired bookkeeper for Central Mutual Insurance Company in Van Wert and had also worked at Brookside Dairy and WERT Radio in Van Wert. She was a member of North Union United Methodist Church in rural Van Wert and Church Women United.
Survivors include a son, Gordon (Margo) Drake of Van Wert; one daughter, Marilyn (David) Agler of Van Wert; two half-brothers, William (Hannah) Good of Decatur, Ind., and Richard (Carolyn) Good of Van Wert; 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, at North Union United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Mary Ann Tomlinson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Carl Eugene "Jack" Carr, 77, of Rockford, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at his residence.
He was born May 18, 1927, in Willshire, the son of the late David and Florene (Dudgeon) Carr. On June 3, 1951, he married Betty Ruth Bransteter, who preceded him in death on January 28, 1993.
Mr. Carr was retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne, Ind., and also from farming. He had lived in the Rockford area all his life. He was past president of the Liberty Township Board of Trustees and was a member for many years of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Willshire post of the American Legion.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Carr of Indianapolis, Ind., and one sister, Norma Jean (Henry) Schumm of Syracuse, Ind.
He was preceded in death by a son, Scott Carr.
Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.
Calling hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Don M. Clevenger, 80, of Gomer, died at 10:05 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born August 11, 1924, in Lima, the son of the late Emerson and Martha (Griffiths) Clevenger. He was formerly married to Marna Renner Clevenger.
Mr. Clevenger was a retired farmer and had also retired from Ford Motor Company after more than 30 years in maintenance. He was a member of Gomer United Church of Christ, where he had served as a deacon and sang in the choir for many years. He was a member of Lima Eagles Aerie 370 and Gomer Dads Club, to which he donated land to be used for a Little League baseball diamond. He was a 1943 graduate of Gomer High School and played on the school basketball team that won three consecutive county championships. He also coached the Gomer Little League team for more than 20 years and the Gomer women’s softball team and also was the Gomer High School basketball scorekeeper for 22 years, umpired baseball in Gomer for many years, was a former bus driver for the Gomer schools and played baseball in Gomer for many years.
Survivors include four sons, Michael Clevenger of Elida, Rodney Clevenger and James (Cindy) Clevenger, both of Gomer, and Martin (Rhonda) Clevenger of Venedocia; two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” (Paul) Warner of Lima and Mary Louise Huffer of Gomer; one brother, Vernon Clevenger of Elida; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a special friend, Laura Numbers.
A sister, Jean Anderson, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, at Gomer United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Brian Knoderer officiating. Burial will be in Pike Run Cemetery in Gomer.
Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Harter & Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gomer United Church of Christ.