From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, August 27, 2000
HICKSVILLE - Noah V. Yoder, 55, 07327 Hicksville-Edgerton Road, rural Hicksville, died at 1:02 p.m. Friday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, as a result of injuries suffered in a construction accident in Fort Wayne on Aug. 22.
He was born May 30, 1945, in Allen County, Ind., the son of Victor and Adel (Eicher) Yoder. In 1970, he married Sara Troyer, who survives. He was a farmer and a construction worker and a member of Old Order Amish Church.
Also surviving are two sons, Andrew of Hicksville and Freeman, at home; four daughters, Christine Stoll of Loogotee, Ind., and Carolyn, Esther and Anna, all at home; his parents, Hicksville; four brothers, Louis of Woodburn, Ind., and Sam, Melvin and LaVern, all of Hicksville; a sister, Verna Schmucker, Hicksville; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the family home. Burial will be in Amish Cemetery, Hicksville. Visitation will be all day Sunday at the family home.
Handling arrangements is Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville.
HICKSVILLE - Mary Toth, 98, Hicksville, died at 5 a.m. Saturday at Fountain Manor Care Center.
She was born Aug. 26, 1902, in Hungary. In 1923, she married Nicholas Toth, who died in 1972. She came to the United States in 1924, was a homemaker and worked for 11 years in housekeeping at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, until her retirement in 1972. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Silvers of Hicksville and Beth Barger, Dayton; and five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was a son, Francis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Oedy officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. today.
WAUSEON - Velma N. Merillat, 92, Wauseon, died Friday evening at Heartland of Wauseon.
She was born June 8, 1908, in Bryan, the daughter of Earl and Sadie (Hannah) Rollins. In 1952, she married Peter Merillat, who preceded her in death. She was a member of First Christian Church.
Surviving are two sons, DeArle of Wauseon and Denver, Angola, Ind.; a sister, Carmen Brenner, Bryan; and five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were a brother, sister and grandchild.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the church with Rev. Keith Oditt officiating. Burial will be in Wauseon Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
OTTAWA - Helen G. Welch Williams, 73, Ottawa, died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday in her home.
She was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Putnam County, the daughter of Michael and Loretta (Cutchall) Welch. In 1948, she married Donald Williams, who survives. She worked at the ASC office, Putnam County Courthouse and the Putnam County Department of Human Services. She was a member for 52 years of Trinity United Methodist Church, Ottawa; Heritage Chapter Order of Eastern Star; and was a former CAC board member.
Also surviving are a son, Donald II, Pandora; a daughter, Mrs. James (Debra) Woodruff, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Robert Welch of Toledo and James Welch, Vaughnsville; a sister, Lucille Price, Findlay; and seven grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were eight brothers and sisters.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Ottawa, with Rev. Joseph Miller officiating. Burial will be in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday.
Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Hospice.
DELTA - Donna H. Ballin, 73, Delta, died Friday in Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon.
She was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Toledo, the daughter of Kenneth and Laura (Pierce) Brown. In 1951, she married Lowell Ballin, who died in 1994. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Randal (Renee) Boulis, Delta; three sons, John of Delta, Vernon of Texas and James, Pettisville; a sister, Katherine Widener, Defiance; three brothers, Kenneth (Budd) Brown of Delta, Clifford (Skip) Brown of Fayette and David Brown, Cortland; a special friend, Bill Bishop, Delta; and nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Barbara Smith and Patricia Altman; and a brother, Robert Brown.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Wright Funeral Home, Liberty Center, with Rev. David Conn officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Delta.
Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to Delta rescue squad.
DELTA - Carl R. Spangler, 69, Delta, died Friday at Fulton Manor, Wauseon.
He was born March 6, 1931, in Toledo, the son of Carl and Helen (Rahm) Spangler. In 1993, he married Kena Stout, who survives. He was a truck driver and worked with his wife at Kena's Cookin Kettle, Delta. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Delta, and Fraternal Order of Eagles 4267.
Also surviving are two sons, Stephen of Florida and Richard, Reno, Nev.; a daughter, Brenda, Swanton; two stepsons, Eric Johnson of Swanton and Gary Kimes; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dennis (Ginger) Schwyn of Swanton and Mrs. Gene (Sandra) Neville, Tipp City; a brother, John, Toledo; and several grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Thomas W. Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Rashley officiating. Burial will be in Dutch Ridge Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the time of services Monday.
Preferred memorials are to the Delta Fire and Rescue Department.
Services for Bridget O'Neill were held Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Timothy Kummerer officiating. Music was provided by Jim Dunham.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael, Dennis, Tim, James and Josh O'Neill. Among survivors was a daughter, Barbara O'Neill.
Services for Gladys M. Froelich were held Wednesday in Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Davis officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bryan, Terry Jr., Philip, Gary, Roy and Danny Froelich. Among survivors were a sister, Mary Ellen Miller, Texas; and a brother, James Reed, Pennsylvania.
From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, September 17, 2000
HOLGATE - Virgil J. Okuly, 87, Holgate, died Thursday evening at Holgate Health Care Center.
He was born May 6, 1913, in New Bavaria, the son of Joseph and Mary Ann (Mangas) Okuly. In 1939, he married Mathilda Gerschutz, who survives. He worked at GM Powertrain, Defiance, for 25 years and was a member of UAW 211. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Holgate, and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church, Defiance.
Also surviving are a son, Ignatius, Holgate; two daughters, Mrs. Vern (Linda) Hahn of Defiance and Mrs. Gream (Georgieann) Gibson, Napoleon; and nine grandchildren and a stepgrandchild.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. Robert Kill officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Sunday at Snyder Funeral Home, Holgate, with a rosary service at 8 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to American Heart Association, Alzheimer's Association or charity of the donor's choice.
NAPOLEON - Gladys R. Schroeder, 94, Napoleon, died Friday morning at Henry County Hospital.
She was born June 17, 1906, in Napoleon, the daughter of Harmon and Bernice (Reed) Rhody. In 1931, she married Herman Schroeder, who died in 1940. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and a life member of Napoleon American Legion Auxiliary Post 300.
Surviving are three sons, Tom of Hamler, Pete of Napoleon and Jim, Wauseon; a daughter, Mary Disbrow, Bryan; two sisters, Madlyn Hoffer of Holgate and Vernabelle Bachtol, Napoleon; and 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Herman; two daughters, Dorothy Hadley and Phyllis Apel; and a sister, Donna Sherman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, with Rev. Kirk Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Napoleon.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to the church, County View Haven or charity of the donor's choice.
NAPOLEON - Florence K. Bowen, 89, Napoleon, died Saturday afternoon at her residence.
She was born Nov. 27, 1910, in Benwood, W.Va., the daughter of Stephen and Florence (Fish) Butler. In 1941, she married William Bowen, who died in 1984.
Surviving are two sons, James and Philip, both of Napoleon; and seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Sandra Cronin; three brothers and three sisters.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, with Rev. Ronald Brickner officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Marietta.
Visitation is ane hour prior to services Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to Filling Memorial Home, Mercy or the Northwest Ohio Easter Seals Society.
OAKWOOD - Frank L. Proxmire, 48, Oakwood, died at 4:07 p.m. Friday at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.
He was born Sept. 16, 1951, in Defiance, the son of Gaylord and Florence (Coffman) Proxmire Sr. In 1970, he married Connie Finnegan, who survives. He worked at GM Powertrain, Defiance, and was a member of UAW 211.
Also surviving are his parents, Defiance; two daughters, Mrs. Scott (Heather) Shull of Paulding and Tammy Dotson, Oakwood; four brothers, Gaylord Jr. of Defiance, Rodger and Jeff, both of Paulding, and Steve, Denver, Colo.; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church with Revs. James Wright and Robert Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
MONTPELIER - Eugenia M. Jackson, 81, Montpelier, died Friday morning at Dilworth Center, Montpelier after an extended illness.
She was born May 21, 1919, in Williams County, the daughter of Bloom and Nora (Dietrich) Tressler. In 1940, she married Clyde Jackson, who survives. She is a 1939 graduate of Fort Wayne Business College and was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Bryan.
Also surviving are two sons, Duane of Bryan and Richard, Carthage, N.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Craig (Pat) French, Norwalk; and 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, with Rev. Christopher Hintz officiating. Burial will be in Farmer Cemetery, Farmer.
Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to the church, Williams County Home Health or charity of the donor's choice.
STRYKER - Lawrence (Bunny) A. Seigneur, 82, Stryker, died Saturday morning at Harborside Healthcare Center, Bryan, after an extended illness.
He was born May 2, 1918, in Stryker, the son of Emile and Ellen (Renaud) Seigneur. In 1945, he married Marjorie Smith, who survives. He attended Defiance College and Bowling Green State University. He was a supervisor at Bil-Jax, Archbold, for 35 years. He was a deacon and had been a trustee at First Baptist Church, Stryker, and was active in Stryker Gala and the senior dining center.
Also surviving are a son, Dean, Northfield; a daughter, Mrs. Terry (Renee) Davis, Westlake; a brother, Louis, Stryker; a sister, Lucille May, Royal Oak, Mich.; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church with Revs. Daniel Douglass and Eddie Jones. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
Preferred memorials are to the church's building fund.
BRYAN - Wayne Lord, 83, Bryan, died Saturday morning at Harborside Healthcare Center, Bryan.
He was born Dec. 25, 1916, in Williams Center, the son of William and Elsie (Fairchild) Lord. He married Marie Young, who died in 1982. In 1984, he married Iris Baird, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a real estate broker, owned the Dogwood Mobile Park, Bushnell, Fla., and was a fishing guide in Ranier, Minn. He was a life member of VFW Post 10084, Lake Panasofkee, Fla.
Also surviving are a son, Jay, Brunswick, Maine; a stepson, Tom Baird, Bryan; a sister, Ilene McKay, Akron; and two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
Preceding him in death were four brothers and a sister.
There will be no services. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, and on Wednesday at Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice Care of Williams County or Anna's House at Hillside Country Living.