Mary Lou Rekart, 75, of Delphos, died at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
She was born February 9, 1927, in Delphos, the daughter of the late Richard and Ruth (Boley) Best. On October 26, 1946, she married William G. Rekart, who survives in Delphos.
Mrs. Rekart was a homemaker, a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos and the former Phi Delta Sorority. She graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School in 1945. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and will be missed by her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by five sons, Dr. Michael (Josephine) Rekart of Vancouver, British Columbia, Patrick W. Rekart of Bangkok, Thailand, Richard T. Rekart of Houston, Texas, Thomas K. (Jennifer) Rekart of Delphos and Paul E. Rekart of Cincinnati; a daughter, Mary F. (Michael) LeValley, and nine grandchildren, Emma, Edward, Emily, James, Gina and Kelsey Rekart and Chase Ian and Quinn LeValley.
She was preceded in death by a son, Matthew J. Rekart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Father Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 6-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos, where wake services will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Right to Life Foundation or St. John's Parrish.
Robert A. Matthews, 66, of Scott, died at 7:05 a.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
He was born January 19, 1936, in Van Wert, the son of the late Dale T. Matthews and the late Evelyn (Riley) Matthews Kear. On June 20, 1954, in Van Wert, he married Lou Anne Rhinehalt, who survives.
Mr. Matthews retired in 1999 after 16 years as a deputy with the Van Wert County Sheriff's Department. He also owned Bob's TV Service for 30 years. He was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Haviland and belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his stepmother, Martha Karges of Convoy; a son, Steven (Kathy) Matthews of Paulding; one daughter, Christi (Carl) Short of Van Wert; a brother, the Rev. Richard Matthews of Madison, Wis., one sister, Virginia (Dennie) Hammons of Middle Point; five grandchildren, Brad Matthews, Heather Karnehm, Lacey Short, Spencer Short and Colton Short, and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Gene Matthews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Richard Matthews and Pastor Deb Frysinger officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott EMS or Van Wert County Cancer Society.
Marvin L. Foster, 57, of 11208 Grill Road, died at 3:36 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born April 25, 1945, in Rockford, the son of the late Ralph Albert and Betty Catherine (Case) Foster. On June 27, 1965, he married Pamela A. Hoverman, who survives.
Mr. Foster retired from Aeroquip (Eaton) Corp. in May 2000 with 33 years of service. He attended First Baptist Church in Van Wert. He was a 1963 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army and was an avid fisherman.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Tracy Lynn (Nathan) McClellan of Van Wert and Nicole Renee (Randall) Evans of Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.; one brother, James M. Foster of Van Wert; two sisters, Helen (Jerry) Roberts of Convoy and Lori A. (Richard) Stollsteimer of Van Wert, and his mother-in-law, Pat Hoverman of Van Wert.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Foster.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Van Wert, with John A. Rager officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, with military graveside services conducted by Harvey Lewis American Legion Post 346 of Ohio City.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Monday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or Gideon's International.
Margery Elizabeth "Maggie" Glass, 3, of Scott, died at 11:27 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital from injuries received in an auto accident.
She was born September 8, 1999, in Lima, the daughter of Bryon A. and Nicole S. (Davis) Glass, who both survive.
Other survivors include a brother, Matthew Ray Glass, at home; one sister, Macey Charlene Glass, at home; paternal grandparents, Dennis "Tiny" and Ruth Ann Glass of Scott; maternal grandparents, Lisa and Mike Learned and Bob and Jean Davis, all of Van Wert; paternal great-grandmother, Estella Gilroy of Van Wert; maternal great-grandparents, Dewey C. and Leah A. Shaw and Richard and Betty Learned, all of Van Wert, James and Norma Detterer of Bellefontaine, Robert and Lois Bollenbaugh of Ohio City and Thomas and Donna Davis of Kenton, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by great-grandparents W. Ray and Betty J. Glass and Everet H. Gilroy and Isabelle Morris.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert, the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery.
Calling hours are 1:30-9 p.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert and from 9 a.m. until services Saturday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to a family medical expense fund.
Theresa Alspaugh, 88, of Delphos, died at 5:30 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
She was born June 29, 1914, in Delphos, the daughter of the late Ben and Anna (Klausing) Bracker. In September 1939 to Milford W. Alspaugh, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Alspaugh was office assistant at Alspaugh's Body Shop. She was a member of member of St. John the Evangelist and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She also belonged to the Delphos Lionesses and the Altar Rosary Society.
Survivors include two sons, Ron (Jan) Alspaugh of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Denny (Linda) Alspaugh of Duniden, Fla.; a brother, George Braker of Lima; two grandchildren, Ginger (Chris) Ramirez of Fort Wayne and Thomas (Laurie) Alspaugh of Key Largo, Fla., and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. Burial will be in the St. John's Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and a Catholic Ladies of Columbia service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Milferd L. Gilgenbach, 75, of rural Van Wert, died at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Lima.
He was born October 28, 1927, in Henry County, the son of the late Phillip and Agnes (Limbaugh) Gilgenbach. On August 17, 1949, he married Betty Selhorst, who survives in rural Van Wert.
Mr. Gilgenbach was a lifetime farmer and a past director of the Federal Land Bank/Ag Credit, Scott Equity Exchange. He was also a Hoaglin Township trustee for 14 years and a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert. He belonged to Lincolnview Athletic Booster Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8847 in New Bavaria and VFW Post 2873 in Grover Hill.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six daughters, Karen (John) Saxton of Oakwood, Connie Jo (Jerome) Niese of New Bavaria, Sandy (Greg) Miller of Lima and Dianne (Denny) Byrne, Cindy (Arnie) Miller and Lisa (Al) Osting, all of Van Wert; a sister, Lucille Johnston of Continental; two brothers, Robert Gilgenbach of New Bavaria and Gerald Gilgenbach of Toledo; 19 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Cecelia, Kathleen and Geraldine; three brothers, Clarence, Chester and his twin, Wilferd Gilgenbach; a son-in-law, Butch Giesige; one granddaughter, Lindsey Byrne, and a great-granddaughter, Langdyn Wannamacher.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Joseph M. Schmelzer officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Ottoville.
Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. Monday and 2-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brickner Funeral Home, where a parish rosary service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincolnview Track and Field Fund or a charity of donor's choice.
Garland Sluterbeck, 97, of 821 N. Washington St., and formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2002, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home in Van Wert.
He was born December 1, 1904, in Scott, the son of the late Samuel and Minnie (Wilson) Sluterbeck. On March 19, 1935, in Fort Wayne, he married Gertrude A. Wyss, who survives in Van Wert.
Mr. Sluterbeck was a musician, a farmer, a beautician, piano teacher, bookkeeper and office worker. he was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert and had served as the church treasurer. He was a graduate of Union Center High School and studied four years of pipe organ and music at the European School of Music in Fort Wayne. He also attended Miami University in Oxford.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Val Sluterbeck of Van Wert, and one daughter, Kay Sluterbeck of Van Wert.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Douglass Stockton officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 9-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Wassenberg Art Center.