Marguerite Thurman Pennell, 91, of Van Wert, died at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home in Van Wert.
She was born June 12, 1911, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Noble Elvis and Josephine (Keltner) Thurman. On Aug. 20, 1936, she married Laurence E. Pennell, who preceded her in death on September 18, 1984.
Mrs. Pennell retired in 1976 from Van Wert City Schools as a sixth grade teacher at Anthony Wayne and Franklin Elementary Schools. She had also taught at the Marsh Foundation and Van Wert County Schools. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert and a charter member of the Van Wert County Historical Society. She had an avid interest in Ohio history and genealogy. She attended Miami University.
Survivors include a son, Laurence E. (Robin) Pennell of Van Wert; one daughter, Margaret Ann Green of Harpswell, Maine, and five grandchildren, Chad Greene, Jennifer, Erin and John Mackel and Lauren Elizabeth Pennell
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ellen "Molly" Pennell Mackel, and a grandson, William Mackel.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with Rev. Joe Wilck officiating.
Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Robert J. Davis, 74, of Van Wert died at 5:46 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at his residence in Van Wert.
He was born in Willshire Township on April 10, 1928, the son of the late Ira G. and Cora E. (Handwerk) Davis. On Dec. 24, 1949, he married Patricia M. (Flanagan) Davis, who survives in Van Wert.
Mr. Davis retired from Continental Can Company (Greif Bros.) in 1983. He was a 1947 graduate of Van Wert High School, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Robert G. Longwell Post 5803, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Van Wert, and a Life Member of Elks Lodge 1197 in Van Wert.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard B. (Ronda) Davis of Van Wert; four daughters, Roberta J. (Dennis) Myers of Washington, Mo., Rebecca (Bob) Proffitt and Rhonda Krick, both of Van Wert and Regina (Ken) Draper of Kenton; five sisters, Annabelle Landrum of Grover Hill and Janet Crosley, Marion Winters, Betty Miller and Helen Wahmhoff, all of Van Wert; 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Christian Davis and Richard Guy Davis, and two sisters, Dorothy Jean Sickmiller and Margaret Ellinger.
Graveside services will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with military rites performed by the combined VFW and American Legion posts in Van Wert.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorials may be made on behalf of Mr. Davis to the Community Health Professionals-Hospice.
Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert is handling arrangements.
Virginia Louise Kohus, 81, of Milton, died Thursday, February 27, 2003, at her residence.
She was born May 14, 1921, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Justice and Ada (Clouse) Mihm. She married Herbert Kohus of Cincinnati on June 7, 1939.
Mrs. Kohus was a 1939 graduate of Van Wert High School.
Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Burger of Texas and Evelyn Zimmer of Cincinnati; a son, Michael of Arizona, and one sister, Mary (Ned) Clay of Van Wert.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.
Funeral services were held March 1 in Milford.
Michael J. Rollins, 22, of 125 Brooks Ave., died Friday afternoon, February 28, 2003, at Bowling Green.
He was born September 18, 1980, in Van Wert, the son of Charles R. Rollins Sr. of Ohio City and Pamela S. (Blackmore) Dellinger of Van Wert. He was never married.
Other survivors include his stepgrandmother, Virginia Dellinger of Willshire; a companion, Gretchen Roberts of Perrysburg; four brothers, Chuck (Jenny) Rollins, David (Sarah Smitley) Rollins, Jeremy (Audrey) Rollins and Joel Rollins, all of Van Wert; two stepbrothers, Shaun (Aimee) Dellinger of San Francisco, Calif., and Shane (Rona) Dellinger of Coldwater; one stepsister, Brandi (Jeff) Zoller of Columbus, and six nieces and nephews.
A daughter, Dalila Rose Rollins, died April 9, 2001.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Steve Placke of Vineyard Christian Fellowship officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Rollins to the American Diabetes Association.
Marie Mae Miller, 88, of Baldwin City, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2003, at the Baldwin Care Center.
She was born July 15, 1915, in Elida, the daughter of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Williams) Lloyd. On July 15, 1933, she married Jesse Edward Miller in Elida, and they were married for more than 61 years before Jesse's death on January 31, 1995.
Mrs. Miller grew up and attended schools in the Elida area. She was a lifelong resident of the Elida area until moving to the Baldwin City, Kan., area 3 ˝ years ago to be closer to family. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Allentown. She was also very active in the youth groups at the church. Mrs. Miller was a homemaker all her life and loved spending time with her friends and family.
Survivors include a son, Robert (Shirley) Miller of Baldwin City; one daughter, Mary Ann (Charles) England of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two sisters, Eleanor Leatherman of Lima and Margie Verhling of Michigan; six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
A sister and three brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home in Baldwin City. Burial will be held later in Elida and handled by Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos. Graveside services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Allentown Cemetery.
Calling hours are after 1 p.m. Thursday at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home and from 6 p.m. until services on Friday.
Memorial contributions on behalf of Mrs. Miller can be made to the Baldwin Care Center c/o Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.
Daisy Mae Stepleton, 83, of Delphos, died at 2:21 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2003, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
She was born April 14, 1919, in Dupont, the daughter of the late Samuel Walter and Eda Mae Etter. She married Anthony Joseph Stepleton, who died August 27, 1983.
Mrs. Stepleton worked at the cigar factories in Delphos and Lima. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, all in Delphos.
Survivors include a son, Michael L. (Carol) Stepleton of Livonia, Mich.; one daughter, Beverly K. Hipsher of Lima; a sister-in-law, Anna Mary Etter of Dupont; 14 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a stepmother, Zora "Frankie" Wells Etter; one son, Anthony E. Stepleton; three infant children; four brothers; two sisters, and a son-in-law, Vernon Hipsher.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, where memorial graveside services will be held at a later date.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. that day.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mrs. Stepleton to the American Heart Association.
Isaac Joseph Lones, 15, of Clarksville, died Sunday, February 9, 2003, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile crash on Ohio 380 in Greene County.
He was born December 12, 1987, in Muskegon, Mich., the son of Timothy Lones of Van Wert and Brenda Sherwood of Clarksville. He was a freshman at Clinton-Massie High School.
Isaac was a member of the 19-11-8 Skate Club, Clinton-Massie basketball team and Clinton-Massie homecoming court. He also played in several youth soccer leagues. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Wilmington.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a stepmother, Tina Lones of Van Wert; a stepfather, Tom Sherwood of Clarksville; a brother, Zachary Paul Lones of Clarksville; four sisters, Candie (Brent) Beck of Mason, Amber (Chris) McAllister of Lebanon and Heidi and Kylie Lones, both of Clarksville; two stepbrothers, Matthew Sherwood of Shelbyville, Ky., and Jordan Parrish of Van Wert; a stepsister, Devan Parrish of Van Wert; his grandparents, Clifford and Janet Lones of Muskegon and Bud and Dolly Rose of Fruitport, Mich.; a niece, Lyla Rose McAllister; a nephew, Benjamin Grant McAllister, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Wilmington, with Pastor Kelly D. McInerny officiating.
Calling hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Isaac Lones Memorial Basketball Fund, c/o First Federal Savings & Loan, P.O. Box 311, Van Wert, OH 45891.
Arrangements were handled by Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington. For more information or to sign the funeral