From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, January 10, 2001
William S. Mason, 82, Defiance, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday in Laurels of Defiance.
He was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Toledo, the son of Paul and Dorothy (Diebel) Mason. In 1939, he married Mary Hay, who died in 1997. He worked at Toledo Edison for 40 years, retiring in 1978, and was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge 147 and Masonic Tuendawie Lodge 195.
Surviving are two sons, John of Defiance and James, Frankfurt, Germany; a daughter, Julie Butler, Columbus; two brothers, Richard of Utah and Peter, Nevada; a sister, Mrs. John (Nancy) Schartzer, Bryan; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Sandra; and a grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Suzanne Allen officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday with an Elk's service at 7:30 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
BRYAN - June Chasey, 96, Bryan, died Monday morning in Harborside Healthcare, Bryan.
She was born March 22, 1904, in Pleasant Lake, Ind., the daughter of John and Bessie (Lemmon) Matson. In 1930, she married Paul Chasey, who died in 1995. She was a teacher for Bryan City Schools and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bryan.
Surviving are a son, Joseph, Chicago; two daughters, Nancy Walker of Montpelier and Montrue Mendel, Huntsville, Ala.; and nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the church with Rev. David David officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Lake Cemetery at a later date. There will be no visitation. Handling arrangements is Rice Funeral Home, Bryan.
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CLOVERDALE - Lola Mae Curtis, 75, Cloverdale, died Sunday at her residence.
She was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Cloverdale, the daughter of John and Adeline (Leatherman) Bish. She married Earl Curtis Sr., who died in 1982. She was the owner and operator of Pink Star in Mandale and a member of Mandale Church of in Christian Union.
Surviving are a son, Earl Jr., Cloverdale; a brother, Harry Bish, Farmer; a sister, Gladys Hammons, Defiance; and six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Judy Gibson; four brothers, Leonard, Roy, Fred and William Bish; a sister, Hazel Whitcomb; and a granddaughter.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the church with Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
FINDLAY - Former Deshler resident Paul H. Frasher, 87, Findlay, died at 3:02 a.m. Sunday in Deaconess Hospital, Cincinnati.
He was born Aug. 5, 1913, in Loudonville, the son of David and Bertha (Hunter) Frasher. In 1944, he married Marie Mueller, who died in 1988. He was a 1934 graduate of Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy, Ada, and a pharmacist and owner of Frasher's Drug Store, Deshler, from 1938-1966. He worked in the pharmacy at Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green, from 1966-68, and retired in 1975 from Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. He was a former member and worthy patron of OES 68, Masonic Lodge and Odd Fellows Lodge, all of Deshler. He was a member of Deshler First United Methodist Church, American Pharmaceutical Society, American Society of Hospital Pharmacists and Ohio State Pharmaceutical Association. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the battle of Okinawa with the 74th Field Hospital and received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. David (Patricia) Papoi, Cincinnati; and a granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, with Rev. R L. Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler, with military rites conducted by Deshler American Legion Post 316. Visitation is from noon Saturday until services.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.
HICKSVILLE - Thelma Madden, 93, Hicksville, died at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Hicksville's Community Memorial Hospital.
She was born Dec. 4, 1907, in Harlan, Ind. In 1925, she married Harlan Madden, who died in 1981. She worked at International Harvester Co., Fort Wayne.
Surviving are two sons, Junior of Woodburn, Ind., and Eugene, Hicksville; seven daughters, Mary Potts and Gertrude Potts, both of Defiance, Mildred Graham and Margaret Richardson, both of Fort Wayne, Betty Baker of Hicksville, Donna Osmun of Grabill, Ind., and Helen Young, Auburn, Ind.; and 43 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Harold; and two grandsons.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Rev. Lloyd Turnbull officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Visitation is after 3:30 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to Hicksville Senior Center.
LEIPSIC - Ardath N. Lindsey, 95, Leipsic, died at 9:55 p.m. Monday in St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born Nov. 3, 1905, in Montgomery, Ala., the daughter of John and Saluda (Brinkman) Jones. In 1926, she married Ross Lindsey, who died in 1989. She graduated from Tri-State Business University and was a former executive secretary for Swift & Co., Toledo. She was a member of First Christian Church in Leipsic, Women's Fellowship, Unit B of First Christian, Eastern Star and Trinity Chapter, Lima.
Surviving are a daughter, Marjorie Shaffer, Leipsic; and seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Helen Newell; and two grandsons.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, with Revs. Tim Eding and Lynn McCormack officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Leipsic. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Home Health.
NAPOLEON - Elizabeth M. Pfau, 79, Napoleon, died Tuesday morning in Napoleon's Lutheran Home.
She was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Napoleon, the daughter of Clarence Sr. and Anna (Wells) Spieth. In 1941, she married Cletus Pfau, who died in 1991. She worked for the ration board during World War II and Sears, Roebuck and Co., Napoleon. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon and its Mission Society.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas of Sylvania and John, East Rutherford, N.J.; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Nancy) Wiechers, Traverse City, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was a brother, Clarence Spieth Jr.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the church with Revs. Norm Koy and Peter Marcis officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the Lutheran Home.
PAULDING - Rebecca R. Moore, 82, Paulding, died at 2:20 p.m. Monday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born March 25, 1918, in Pruden, Tenn., the daughter of Claud and Rachel (Smith) Jackson. She married Vincent Kroterfield, who died in 1948. Later that year she married Earl Moore, who died in 1977. She was the former owner and operator of Gebhart's Restaurant in Napoleon, a member of Paulding Church of the Nazarene and past president of Napoleon VFW Post 8212 Auxiliary.
Surviving are a son, James, Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mrs. James (Ruby) Munro, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Tom Jackson of Sherwood and Ed Jackson, Hicksville; three sisters, Sarah Kupfersmith of Paulding, Ruby Tinker of Lincoln, Mo., and Burta Smith, Antwerp; and 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were two sons, Charles and Bill Kroterfield; a daughter, Clara Belle Kroterfield; three brothers, Carl, Frederick and Claude Jackson; and two sisters, Mary Maple and Irene Kupfersmith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the church with Rev. Keith Sarver officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. A VFW auxiliary service will be held at noon Friday in the church, followed by visitation. Handling arrangements is Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
SHERWOOD - Robert M. Porter, 80, Sherwood, died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan.
He was born Sept. 2, 1920, in Defiance County's Highland Township, the son of Russell and Ruth (Schubert) Porter. He married Esther Hench, who died in 1975. He worked at GM Powertrain, Defiance, for 27 years, retiring in 1975. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion Post 223 in Hicksville, a life member of Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405 and a 50-year member of Golden Eagles.
Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Raymond (Virginia) Kern of Englewood, Fla., Mrs. George (Betty) Clark of Archbold, Mrs. Wilford (Mary) Osborn of Bryan, Mrs. William (Donna) Smith of Hamler and Mrs. Melvin (Grace) Baxter, Defiance; and three brothers, Melvin and Ronald, both of Defiance, and Leon, Litchfield, Mich.
Also preceding him in death was a sister, Erma Klingshirn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance, with Rev. Jerry Cole officiating. Burial will be in Sherwood Cemetery with military rites accorded by VFW Post 3360. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.
VAUGHNSVILLE - Evelyn Mae Clevenger, 85, Vaughnsville, died at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday in Calvary Manor Nursing Home, Glandorf.
She was born Aug. 31, 1915, in Gomer, the daughter of William and Nola (Weagly) Purcell. In 1935, she married Donald Clevenger, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of Vaughnsville United Methodist Church.
Also surviving are two sons, G. Ray of Defiance and G. Jay, Vaughnsville; a daughter, Carole Staver, Lima; a sister, Mrs. Keith (Pauline) Kirtland, Bluffton; and nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was a son, Thomas.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, with Rev. Don Hague officiating. Burial will be in Vaughnsville Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to Vaughnsville Community Center or the church.
BRYAN - Services for Paul D. Hoover will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Rev. Larry Snavely officiating. Burial will be in Scipio Cemetery, Allen County. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today and from 1-8 p.m. Thursday. He was the son of George and Garnet (Boger) Hoover. Among survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Joe (Rhea) Echols, Deluth, Ga.
Services for James E. Rose were held Tuesday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Rodger Hawkins officiating. Music was provided by Terry and Steve Hawkins. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Paulding County, with military rites accorded by VFW Post 3360. Pallbearers were VFW Post 3360 members Jim Ankney, Warren Spencer, Don Heilshorn, Don Miller, Bob Diamond and Ralph Coressel.
From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, January 11, 2001
William O. Corwin, 73, Defiance, died at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday in Defiance Hospital.
He was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Defiance County, the son of William and Verna (Bruner) Corwin. In 1949, he married Lois Etchie, who survives. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, a millwright at GM Powertrain, retiring in 1985, and served as sergeant at arms, recording secretary, trustee, convention delegate, skilled trades delegate and committee member with Local 211 Union. He was a charter member of Employees' Own Federal Credit Union, a life member of VFW Post 3360 and a member of Local 211 Retirees and First Church of Christ.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Debra) Dunsford of Gretna, La., and Mrs. Randal (Rebecca) Adams, Bryan; five brothers, Robert, Melvin, and Ronald, all of Defiance, Gerald of Paulding and Marvin, Maumee; two sisters, Arlene Wetter of Florida and Betty Lichty, Cecil; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Clarence; two sisters, Leone Wilder and Luella Beardsley; and a great-grandson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Bryan Maxey officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens with military rites accorded by VFW Post 3360. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to the church or American Lung Association.
YUMA, Ariz. - Word was received of the Dec. 11 death of former Defiance resident Stella Grace (Conklin) Earl, 69, Yuma.
She was born in St. Johns, Mich. In 1952, she married Dr. Thad Earl. She earned a master's degree in linguistics in 1986 and was an ESL teacher. She organized a chapter of American Association of University Women, was a Head Start volunteer, a member of Salmagundi and voted citizen of the year in 1983 in Sierra Vista.
Surviving are three daughters, Susan Rose of Yuma, Kathy Colverson of Gainesville, Fla., and Doreen, Bellingham, Wash; two sons, Jeffrey of Louisburg, Kan., and Daniel, Johnson City, Tenn.; and 16 grandchildren.
Service are planned in St. Johns, Mich.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.
ARCHBOLD - Melvin G. Britsch, 84, Archbold, died Tuesday evening in his home following an extended illness.
He was born June 28, 1916, near Archbold, the son of Adam and Oscea (Gearig) Britsch. In 1939, he married Dorthy Sigg, who survives. He was a farmer and worked at the former Fraas Plumbing and Heating in Archbold and Challenge Cook Brothers, Bryan, for 15 years, retiring in 1981. He was a former school bus driver for Pettisville Local Schools and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wauseon.
Also surviving are a son, Marlin, Archbold; two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Marilyn) Bowers of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Steven (Nona) Liechty, Archbold; a brother, Herman, Archbold; a sister, Mrs. Henry (Miriam) Pape, Bryan; and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with Pastors Timothy Sonnenberg and Scott Silcox officiating. Burial will be in Pettisville Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday in Short Funeral Home, Archbold.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties.
ARCHBOLD - Lucille J. Wheeler, 70, Archbold, died Tuesday evening in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, following an extended illness.
She was born March 31, 1930, in Wauseon, the daughter of Menno and Violet Leupp. In 1947, she married Russell Wheeler, who survives. She was an assembler at Wauseon Manufacturing for 21 years and a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, Wauseon.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Kay) Badenhop, Archbold; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and a daughter, Linda Gigax.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the church with Rev. Thomas Lutz officiating. Burial will be in Wauseon Union Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon.
Preferred memorials are to Northwest Ohio Kidney Foundation.
GROVER HILL - Former Grover Hill resident Enid R. Birkhold, 88, Sandusky, died at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday in Lutheran Memorial Nursing Home, Sandusky.
She was born May 13, 1912, in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles and Roberta (Staight) Green. She married Carolus Birkhold, who died in 1983. She was a homemaker and a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Payne and Glenmont Senior Citizens RSVP.
Surviving are a son, Jon, Glenmont; and a daughter, Louise, Sandusky.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Slade Funeral Home, Payne, with Rev. Joseph Allen officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Visitation is after 4 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
HUDSON, Mich. - Madaline Knicole Heath, 3-weeks-old, died Tuesday in the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor.
She was born Dec. 15, 2000, the daughter of Timothy and Brandy (Lee) Heath.
Surviving are her parents, Hudson; a sister, Raye, Hudson; grandparents, Timothy and Lynn Belding of West Unity, LuAnne Heath of Continental, Patricia Kruse of North Creek and Jon and Ann Lee, Liberty Center; stepgrandparents, Delmer and Loretta Nofziger, Archbold; great-grandparents, Jeanne Belding of Wauseon, Beatrice Beck of Defiance and George and Margaret Kruse and Frances Lee, all of Swanton; and great-stepgrandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Stoy.
Preceding her in death were great-grandparents, James Belding and Raymond Beck; and a great-stepgrandfather, William Stoy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, with Rev. Daniel Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Napoleon. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
LIBERTY CENTER - Margaret Jean Creager, 75, Liberty Center, died Wednesday morning in Fulton Manor Care Center, Wauseon.
She was born May 14, 1925, in Cleveland, the daughter of George and Margaret (Wrigley) Lance. In 1945, she married Ralph Creager, who survives. She attended Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University and was a former teacher's aide at Maumee Valley Youth Camp, rural Liberty Center. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Napoleon, where she was a secretary and treasurer of Episcopal Church Women and a lector. She was a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star and a Hospice of Henry County volunteer.
Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Tom (Cheryl) Houghtby of Adrian, Mich., Mrs. Scott (Mary) Slee of Liberty Center and Mrs. William (Julie) Creager-Holdsworth, Valley Mills, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Don (Barbara) Kaiser, Needham, Mass.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the church with Father Scott Woodstuff officiating. Burial will be in Young's Cemetery, Liberty Center. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in Wright Funeral Home, Liberty Center.
Preferred memorials are to Friends of Liberty Center Library or the church memorial fund.
PAULDING - Services for Ellen Marie Boyle will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Handling arrangements is Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.