Donald A. Droll, 452 N. Sandusky Ave., died at his residence at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005. He was 71.
Born in Fostoria on Oct. 7, 1933, he was a son of Wilfred F. and Doris G. (Miller) Droll. He and Patricia Ann Emerine were married in St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria on April 30, 1955. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Terry, Chatum, Ill.; Mark, Upper Sandusky; and Jerry, LaRue; three daughters, Sue Lamberjack, Carey; Joan Kincade, Upper Sandusky; and Diane Ward, Van Buren; 17 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; a brother, Brother Anthony Droll, Franciscan Brother in Zambia, Africa; and three sisters, Ruth Thiel, Morral; Carol Lutman, Temperance, Mich.; and Darlene Kitzler, Carey.
A 1952 graduate of Carey High School, Mr. Droll was in the service, parts and sales departments at Bowen Implement, retiring as service manager in 2002 after 49 years. He also was a part-time sales representative for Knapp Shoes and sold monuments for Fostoria Monument Co.
He attended St. Peter Catholic Church, was a Eucharist minister and for 34 years distributed Communion to people in the hospital.
Mr. Droll was a former member and president of the St. Peter Parish Council, member of the RCIA Team, Right to Life, and a former member and president of the St. Peter school board. He was a central committeeman for 2-B in Upper Sandusky, and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 2050, Wyandot County Council on Birth Defects and was a Wyandot County Red Cross volunteer. He received the K of C Man of the Year award in 1967, and the Distinguished Graduate award from Our Lady of Consolation in 2003.
A Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church with the Rev. Regis Schlagheck officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Parish Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, with a biblical wake service at 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, Hospice of Wyandot County, the American Diabetes Association, Franciscan Missions or the organization of the donor's choice in care of Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Upper Sandusky OH 43351.
CAREY - Sheila Marie Lefevre, 59, of Toledo, died at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo at 6:42 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2005.
A daughter of Howard and Mary (Burnap) McKinnon, she was born in Findlay on Jan. 3, 1946. She married David Lefevre. They later divorced.
Surviving are a son, Jason, Toledo; and a sister, Cindy McKinnon, Carey. She was preceded in death by a brother, Scott McKinnon.
A 1964 graduate of Carey High School, Mrs. Lefevre was in data processing with Toledo Trust Bank. She retired from Owens Corning Firberglass in Toledo.
She attended Rosary Cathedral Catholic Church in Toledo, and had served in the U.S. Marines from 1964-65.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, with the Rev. Leo Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Carey. Visitation is Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Robert A. Morey, formerly of 520 Dolly Ave., died at the Holly Family Hospice Home in Parma at 10:17 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005. He was 89.
The son of Charles Ray and Clara A. (Gessner) Morey, he was born in Henry County on July 3, 1915. He married Marjorie Mary Short on April 6, 1952, in Jonesville, Mich. She died Sept. 17, 2001.
Surviving are two daughters, Joan Kay Holiday, Scottville, Mich.; and Pauline Church, Angola, Ind.; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry; and a sister, Helen Rowe.
A 1933 graduate of Napoleon High School, Mr. Morey retired as owner/operator of the Montgomery Ward Catalog Agency in Upper Sandusky, which he ran from 1965-85. He also retired from a commercial and private mason and plaster business after 62 years, and had managed a chicken hatchery.
He attended First Lutheran Church.
Mr. Morey was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a life member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 53 in Hillsdale, Mich., a life member of Elks No. 83 and a member of Moose Lodge No. 1093. He was a former member of the O.P. Bricklayer and Mason Union.
Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale, with the Rev. Charles Steward officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Hillsdale veterans’ organizations. Visitation is Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family Hospice Home in care of Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Upper Sandusky OH 43351.
Laverne Criner, formerly of Upper Sandusky, died at 5:25 a.m. today at Elizabeth Scott Nursing Home in Maumee. She was 93.
Arrangements are pending at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home.
BUCYRUS - Margaret Julia Heffelfinger, 84, of Bucyrus, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2005, in the intensive care unit of Bucyrus Community Hospital.
Born on Dec. 25, 1920, in Majestic, Ky., she was a daughter of Stephen and Julia (Mejeres) Simon. On July 20, 1946, she married Robert E. Heffelfinger. He died March 15, 1996.
Surviving are a son, Robert, Bucyrus; a sister, Irene Smith, Bucyrus; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Heffelfinger was a homemaker, and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. Ronald LeJeune officiating. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity School Endowment Fund in care of Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home, 215 N. Walnut St., Bucyrus OH 44820.
FOREST - Clarence J. Ray, Vanlue, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in the emergency room of Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center in Findlay, at the age of 76.
A son of George N. and Bertha (McCullough) Ray, he was born in West Mansfield on Oct. 12, 1928. He married Lois J. Benjamin on June 9, 1945. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Mary Guenther, Tipp City; Peggy Herr, Elyria; and Sue Beckwith, Defiance; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dale, Tibodaux, La.; and Jack, Dayton.
Mr. Ray retired in 1992 after 30 years from United Aircraft Products in Forest. He worked in the maintenance department. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 3333 in Kenton.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Shields Funeral Home in Forest. Burial will be in Dunkirk Cemetery with McVitty VFW Post No. 1182 and American Legion Post No. 259 of Forest conducting military graveside rites. Visitation is today at the funeral home from 2-8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to VFW Post No. 3333 in Kenton.
Charles Bayes Jr.
CAREY - Charles Bayes Jr., 531 S. Patterson St., Carey, died at his residence Monday, Jan. 10, 2005. He was 66.
Born in Carey on July 12, 1938, he was a son of Charles "Challey" Sr. and Dixie (Litton) Bayes. He and Gail E. Evans were married in January 1961. She died March 22, 1995.
Surviving are a brother, Steven, Orangevale, Calif.; four sisters, Virginia Earhart and Mary Dennis, Marion; and Shirley Hushour and Trudy Togrul, Tiffin; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Bayes and Irene Shaffer; and three brothers, William, Danny and Elgin.
Mr. Bayes raised and showed Morgan horses under the name Ironbrook Morgans in Social Circle, Ga., for 30 years. He won two national and one world championship. He also was a regional manager for Ekrich Co. in Georgia.
Mr. Bayes was of Protestant faith.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Charles Bayes Jr. Memorial Fund in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey OH 43316.
Helen Katherine Beaston, formerly of 423 N. Third St., and a resident of Fairhaven Retirement and Health Care Community since 1991, died at Fairhaven, at 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005. She was 98.
Born in Ada, on Aug. 1, 1906, she was a daughter of Jasper E. and Marguerite C. (Courtad) Lanker. She married Charles M. “Hap” Beaston, who died July 9, 1953.
Surviving are two sons, Gene, Frostproof, Fla.; and James, Waynesville, N.C.; a daughter, Mary Lou Deibert, Sycamore; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a stepgreat-grandson; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Lanker.
A 1924 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, Mrs. Beaston graduated from the Columbus College of Business. She was employed from 1942-92 at Walton Agri-Service, formerly known as Walton Grain Corp., where she served on the board of directors and as company president.
She was a 70-year member of First Presbyterian Church, where she also was a Sunday school teacher, church pianist, ordained as an elder in 1971 and was treasurer of the women’s association of the church.
Mrs. Beaston was a member of Order of the Eastern Star No. 366 and was a past worthy matron. She enjoyed music, embroidering, crocheting and playing the piano at Fairhaven. She cooked food in the dining hall at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds and delivered meals on wheels for the Wyandot County Senior Citizens.
The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Wessler officiating. Burial will be in Old Mission Cemetery. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. An Order of the Eastern Star service will be held at the funeral home at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to OES No. 366 or First Presbyterian Church in care of Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, 226 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky OH 43351.