CAREY - Marie E. Chapman of 521 St. Mary's Ave., Carey, died at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003. She was 108. Arrangements are pending at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey.
NEVADA - James A. Brandt of New Albany died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, in Nevada. He was 39. Born in Upper Sandusky on Aug. 13, 1964, he was a son of Robert K. and Gertrude M. (Youmans) Brandt. They survive in Nevada. Also surviving are his ex-wife, Henrietta Brandt; a brother, Stephen, Beaverdam, Wis.; a sister, Sylvia Crall, Bucyrus; his paternal grandmother, Ruth Brandt, Nevada; and several nieces and nephews, Jennifer Maughan, Matthew Crall, Henry Crall, David Crall, Pamela Elibes and Michael Brandt. A 1982 graduate of Elk Grove High School, Mr. Brandt went on to graduate from the University of Illinois in 1993 with a bachelor of arts degree. He was a senior analyst with the e-marketing department of Abercrombie and Fitch in Columbus. Before that, he worked in the computer lab at the University of Illinois. Mr. Brandt served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne as a jump master. He was involved in the invasion of Grenada. Mr. Brandt also graduated from the Monteray Institute of Language. Mr. Brandt enjoyed golfing, reading, watching movies and animals. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing "Dungeons and Dragons." Graveside services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Nevada Cemetery with the Rev. Dan Grose officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by local veterans' organizations. There will be no visitation. Lucas Funeral Home in Nevada is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Wyandot County Humane Society in care of Lucas Funeral Home, PO Box 98, Nevada OH 44849.
FOREST - Margaret Rose Cain, 204 S. Jefferson St. Patterson, Forest, died at her residence at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2003. She was 74. Born in Kenton on May 10, 1929, she was a daughter of Samuel and Elnora V. (Bolden) Richardson. She married Melvin A. Cain on Dec. 30, 1948. He died Jan. 2, 1998. Surviving are four sons, Melvin "Rick", Findlay; James, Cicaro, N.Y.; and Dennis and Charles, both of Forest; two daughters, Lisa Mitchell, Bellfontaine; and Melanie "Annie" Woodworth, Ovid, Mich.; nine grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; an aunt, uncle and cousin. Mrs. Cain was a retired teacher at Forest Head Start and a retire clerk of the village of Patterson. She also was a former Patterson Village Council member. She attended Payne Chapel AME Church in Kenton. Mrs. Cain was a member of the Hardin County Retired Teachers Association, McVitty VFW Post No. 1182 Auxiliary and the Forest Business and Professional Women Club. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Shields Funeral Home in Forest, with the Rev. Michael Menefield officiating. Burial will be in Hueston Cemetery, Forest. Visitation is at the funeral home from 3-7 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to Payne Chapel AME Church.
Mollie E. Carr, formerly of rural Nevada, died at 12:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Wyandot County Nursing Home. She was 99. A daughter of George and Matilda (Sorgen) Horner, she was born in Hardin County on Jan. 18, 1904. On Jan. 19, 1922, she married C. Emery Carr in Upper Sandusky. He died in 1953. Surviving are two sons, Robert, Upper Sandusky; and Darrel, Tipp City; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Virgil and Wilbur; two grandchildren; two brothers; and a sister. The funeral was at 1 p.m. today at Lucas Funeral Home in Nevada. Burial was in Nevada Cemetery. The Rev. Rick Dawson officiated. Memorials may be made to the Nevada United Methodist Church in care of Lucas Funeral Home, PO Box 98, Nevada OH 44849.
FOREST - Frances Eloise Shields, 301 S. Patterson St., Forest, died at 8:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center in Findlay. She was 89. Born on April 19, 1914, in Toledo, she was a daughter of Burle B. and Bess (Pfeiffer) Hune. She married Joseph W. Shields on June 20, 1937. He survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Patricia Cook, Findlay; a son, William, Forest; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Wilson. A 1932 graduate of Forest High School, Mrs. Shields attended Miami University and was a member of its marching band. She was a graduate of Bliss Business College in Columbus. In 1935, Mrs. Shields and her husband founded Shields Funeral Home in Forest. She attended Forest United Methodist Church, and was church organist for 39 years. She was a former Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. Mrs. Shields was a member and past president of its United Methodist Women, and also was a past president of Lima District United Methodist Women. Mrs. Shields was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Forest, Forest Mother's Study League, past matron of Senate Chapter No. 70 OES and past noble grand of Virginia Rebekah Lodge No. 363. She and her husband were Tree Town Festival parade marshals in 1983. The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Shields Funeral Home with the Rev. Brett Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Hueston Cemetery, Forest. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-8 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to Forest United Methodist Church or the Forest-Jackson Public Library building fund.
SYCAMORE - Edna R. Gregg, formerly of 661 Ohio 103, Sycamore, died at 11:25 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at the Wyandot County Nursing Home. She was 100. Arrangements are pending at Walton-Moore Funeral Home in Sycamore.
SYCAMORE - Edna R. Gregg, formerly of 661 Ohio 103, Sycamore, died at the Wyandot County Nursing Home at 11:25 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2003. She was 100. Born in Wyandot County on July 2, 1903, she was a daughter of Myron and Ada (Kintz) Davis. She married C. Wesley Gregg on Nov. 12, 1925. He died Dec. 18, 1981. Surviving are two sons, Tom, Santa Anna, Calif.; and Ned, Sycamore; three daughters, Jean Walter, Burlington, N.C.; Janet Vogel, Findlay; and Jo Miller, Upper Sandusky; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Erma Shock, Florence Brown, Jo Urbahns and Esther Hart. A 1921 graduate of Sycamore High School, Mrs. Gregg was a homemaker and formerly worked at Sycamore Telephone Co. She was a member of Sycamore United Church of Christ. Mrs. Gregg also was a member of the Sycamore Garden Club. She enjoyed collecting antiques and attending auctions. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Walton-Moore Funeral Home in Sycamore, with the Rev. Diane Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sycamore. Visitation is at the funeral home Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Sycamore United Church of Christ, Wyandot County Nursing Home or to the organization of the donor's choice.
BUCYRUS - Vivian Bachtell of Lemert, died at the age of 75 at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Bucyrus Community Hospital. She was born in Glenwood, W.Va., to Harold and Mollie Mae (Nance) McCallister. She married Kenneth C. Bachtell on Aug. 13, 1949. He died Feb. 21, 1982. Surviving are six children, Debbie Dewiel, Nevada; Jack, Crestline; Kenneth, Upper Sandusky; Connie Miller, Nevada; Teresa Bush, Bucyrus; and David, Bucyrus; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles McCallister, Sulphur Springs; and three sisters, Arbutus Ruhl, Mount Gilead; Violet Long, Bucyrus; and Janie Martin, Sulphur Springs. She was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd McCallister. A 1946 graduate of Holmes-Liberty High School, Mrs. Bachtell worked for 28 years at various grain elevators. She began at the Lemert Grain Elevator and after that burned down, she worked at the Nevada Farmers Grain, which later became Walton Agri-Service. Mrs. Bachtell was a member of Lemert United Methodist Church, where she served as the church treasurer for a number of years. Mrs. Bachtell enjoyed family outings and playing cards in a euchre club. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Wise Funeral Service, Bucyrus, with the Rev. Ron Keller officiating. Burial will be in Crawford County Memory Gardens. Visitation is at the funeral home from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to the Ohio Parkinson's Disease Foundation or to Lemert United Methodist Church in care of Wise Funeral Service.
NORWALK - Luella Dixon of Norwalk, died Nov. 13, 2003, at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was 95. Born in Johnstown on March 9, 1908, she was a daughter of Rolland and Leota (Bush) Gravina. She married James E. Dixon. He died in 1996. Surviving are a daughter, Alice Collier, Beaverton, Ore.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Blank. Mrs. Dixon was a 1925 graduate of Marion Harding High School. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Norwalk since 1949, and had served on the Norwalk Council of Church Women for many years. Mrs. Dixon was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Warpole Chapter No. 366 in Upper Sandusky. She also was a member of South Side Reading Club, Firelands Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society, Firelands Senior Center, Golden Age and Senior Citizens. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Evans and Groff Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, with the Rev. Richard Steele officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk. Visitation is at the funeral home Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Memorial Fund, 21 Firelands Blvd., Norwalk OH 44857, or Firelands Historical Society, 4 Case Ave., Norwalk OH 44857.
CAREY - Thelma H. Guthridge, 5 Orchard Court, Carey, died at her residence at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003. She was 86. Born on March 8, 1917, in McKeesport, Pa., she was a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Maeder) Alm. She married C. Rea Guthridge on Sept. 7, 1940, in Pittsburgh. He survives. Also surviving are three sons, Jeffrey, Pittsburgh; Jan, Norwalk; and Richard, Lecanto, Fla.; two daughters, Virginia Roynon, Carey; and Janet McIntyre, Blue Bell, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Alm, Wicomico Church, Va. A graduate of South Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Guthridge attended Margaret Morison College in Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker. She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Carey. Mrs. Guthridge was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and had been the mother adviser for the Rainbow Girls. She also was a member of the Women's Club in Carey and of the United Methodist Women. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Sharrett officiating. Visitation is from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey, and also for an hour prior to the funeral at the church. Memorials may be made to the Dorcas Carey Public Library or Bridge Hospice of Findlay in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey OH 43316.
Angela S. Kidwell, 17128 CH 95, Forest, died at Wyandot Memorial Hospital at 6:29 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2003. She was 28. Born in Cadillac, Mich., on July 31, 1975, she was a daughter of Stephen and Sue (Curtis) Campbell, both of whom survive in Evart, Mich. She married Elbert "Earl" Kidwell on Nov. 16, 2001, in the Assembly of God Church, Evart. He survives. Also surviving are a daughter, MacKenzie, at home; two sisters, Kristina Collins, Evart; and Amy Kitchen, Evart; and her paternal grandparents, Earl and Zetta Campbell, Sears, Mich. Mrs. Kidwell graduated in 2001 from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., with an associate's degree in respiratory therapy. She had worked at Mueller Plastics in Upper Sandusky. Mrs. Kidwell enjoyed spending time with her husband and daughter, doing needlepoint, putting together Creative Memory photo albums, horseback riding, eating out, especially ribs, and taking pictures of her family. Local visitation will be Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home. Additional funeral services will take place in Evart. Memorials may be made to the MacKenzie C. Kidwell Education Fund in care of Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Upper Sandusky OH 43351.
SYCAMORE - Lucille Weaver, formerly of Tiffin, died at the St. Francis Home in Tiffin at 11:44 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003. She was 95. Born in Sycamore on May 18, 1908, she was a daughter of William and Jennie (Sager) Hill. She married Clyde G. Weaver on Dec. 12, 1925. He died May 10, 1985. Surviving are two daughters, Roma Bridinger, Tiffin; and Virginia Zeiter, rural Bloomville; two sons, Bobby, Zephyrhills, Fla.; and Richard, Arcadia; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, three brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Weaver retired from Tiffin State Hospital after 17 years of employment. She was of Protestant faith. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Walton-Moore Funeral Home in Sycamore, with the Rev. Howard Huston officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sycamore. Visitation is Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Melmore United Methodist Church or to the organization of the donor's choice.
TIFFIN - Edna M. Magee, formerly of Tiffin, died at the Wyandot County Nursing Home on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003. She was 95. Born in Crawford County on Dec. 25, 1907, she was a daughter of Charles B. and Cora G. (Mulford) Maskey. She married John W. Magee in Tiffin. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a sister, Mary Courtad, Upper Sandusky. She was preceded in death by a brother, C. Russell; and an infant sister. A 1927 graduate of Sycamore High School, Mrs. Magee was a waitress at the Gibson Restaurant, Shawn Hotel and Riverview Inn for 12 years. She attended Trinity United Church of Christ. There is no service or visitation. Hoffmann-Gottfried Memorial Funeral Home in Tiffin is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ.
CLEVELAND - Mary M. Ward died Monday Nov. 17. Arrangements are pending at Busch-Corrigan-Berry Family Chapel.
FOREST - Donna E. Kneisley, 407 Sandusky Ave., Forest, died at her home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003. She was 78. Born in Wyandot County on July 18, 1925, she was the daughter of Harry V. and Rutha V. (Fink) Clinger. She married Jay E. Kneisley on June 8, 1947. He survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Sharon Kneisley, Forest; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and five brothers, Vernon Clinger, Findlay; Elmer and Harry Clinger Jr., Forest; and Ivan and Everett Clinger, Kenton. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Kneisley. A 1943 graduate of Dunkirk High School, Mrs. Kneisley retired from United Aircraft Products in Forest after 30 years of employment. She attended Forest United Methodist Church. Mrs. Kneisley was a member of Latham Chapter No. 70 Order of the Eastern Star in Kenton, American Legion Post No. 259 Auxiliary and McVitty VFW Post No. 1102 Auxiliary, both in Forest. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shields Funeral Home in Forest, with the Rev. Brett Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Hueston Cemetery, Forest. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-8 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to Forest United Methodist Church, Forest-Jackson Public Library Building Fund or Hardin Hospice Care.
NEW WASHINGTON - Mary A. Stockmaster, 82, formerly of New Washington and more recently of Willard, died Thursday morning, Nov. 20, 2003, at Hillside Acres Nursing Home. Born July 5, 1921, in Frank, she was a daughter of Frank and Catherine (Schreiner) Frisch. She married Sylvester Stockmaster on Nov. 9, 1940. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, James, Newark; two daughters, Catherine Tiell, Upper Sanduksy; and Regina Zornes, Bucyrus; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Meyers, Milan; a brother Frank Frisch, Tiffin; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Edward; a great-grandson; six sisters, Ann Guloski, Eleanor Alt, Rosalie Stockmaster, Loretta Claus, Hilda Moyer and Marcella Heyman; and two brothers, Leo and Lawrence Frisch. Mrs. Stockmaster was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Society. Mrs. Stockmaster was a member of LCBA, New Washington Golden Gems and was a former member of TOPS. She was a 4-H adviser and served on the Crawford County Board of Elections for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, baking, cooking, gardening and playing cards. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Robert Dendinger officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery, New Washington. Visitation is today at Secor Funeral Home, New Washington, from 4-8 p.m., with a vigil at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Bernard's School Endowment Fund or to the church.
FOREST - Rodney A. Hemmerly, formerly of Forest, died at his residence on Ohio 81 in Dunkirk on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2003. He was 53. Arrangements are pending at Shields Funeral Home, Forest.
Raymond Smith of Upper Sandusky and a resident of Wyandot Manor Nursing Home for the last five months, died in the emergency room at Wyandot Memorial Hospital at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2003. He was 83. Born in Grayson, Ky., on Jan. 19, 1920, he was a son of John W. and Anna Dee (Claxton) Smith. He married Mary Alice Nunley on July 10, 1937, in Greenup, Ky. She died Aug. 20, 1986. He then married Mary Elizabeth Searls on Sept. 18, 1987. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Raymond, Harpster; four daughters, Anna Patchett, Upper Sandusky; Sarah Hough and Carmaleda Sayre, both of Harpster; and Stella Schoenberger, Lima; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eva "Mack" Zender, Sycamore; and Dorothy Caskey, Nevada; four half brothers, Dee, Paul and Lovell Smith, all of Grayson, Ky.; and Marion Smith, Cierceton, Ind.; and three half sisters, Geneva Martin and Bonita Martin, Grayson; and Alene Heeter, Roann, Ind. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Earl, Thomas, Alton and Harry; a half brother, Johny Smith; and four sisters, Viola Blellew, Carrie Scott, Lula Bush and Jessie Penix. Mr. Smith owned and operated Smith and Sons Blacksmith Shop in Upper Sandusky for many years. He then owned and operated Rainbow Nursing Home in Upper Sandusky for many years. In his retirement, Mr. Smith worked for Wadkins Logging Co., Upper Sandusky. He also sold his homegrown vegetables and picnic tables, and farmed for the Reber and Smalley families. Mr. Smith was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Upper Sandusky since 1957, and had served as Sunday school superintendent, usher and trustee. He enjoyed horseshoes, coon hunting, vegetable and flower gardening and bowling and horseback riding in his younger years. The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene with the Revs. Ben Gregory and Carl Harr officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Lucas Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, and for an hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Nazarene or Wyandot County Home Health Agency in care of Lucas Funeral Home, PO Box 207, Upper Sandusky OH 43351.