From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, January 24, 2001
HAMLER - Augusta Marie Hefflinger, 84, Hamler, died at 4:20 p.m. in a daughter's home in Gomer.
She was born July 17, 1916, in Napoleon, the daughter of Henry and Louise (Wiebeck) Wiechers. In 1937, she married Gene Hefflinger, who died in 1980. She worked at Campbell Soup Co., Napoleon, and was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Hamler and its Altar Guild and ALCW. She was also a former volunteer at Lutheran Home, Napoleon, and a former member of Wide Awake Club and Garden Club, both of Hamler, and Polka Boosters of Henry County.
Surviving are a son, Jerry, Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; two daughters, Mrs. Don (Janet) Bellis of La Quinta, Calif., and Mrs. Ed (Joan) Baden, Gomer; two brothers, Larry and Karl Wiechers, both of Napoleon; two sisters, Lucille Higgins of Toledo and Lora Whitney, Denver; and nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Joyce Behrman; and three brothers, William, Seigfried and Norman Wiechers.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the church with Rev. James Budke officiating. Burial will be in Hoy Cemetery, Napoleon. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday in Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Parkinson's Foundation or the church.
DESHLER - Former Napoleon resident Robert L. Moser, 67, Deshler, died at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday in Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.
He was born June 11, 1933, in Wood County, the son of Frank and Doris (Swirline-Lashaway) Moser Sr. He worked at ITT Higbea, Archbold, and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon.
Surviving are three sons, Richard of Stryker, Dennis of Napoleon and Gary, Deshler; a brother, Russel, Upper Sandusky; three sisters, Mrs. Richard (Dorothy) Shuck of Crestline, Mrs. John (Betty) Smith of North Baltimore and Mrs. Marvin (Elaine) Meyer, Hamler; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, Frank Jr.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday in Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, with Rev. Norm Koy officiating. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.
GROVER HILL - Annie R. White, 79, Grover Hill, died Monday night in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born April 1, 1921, in Van Wert County, the daughter of George and Florence (McArthur) Bolenbaugh. In 1943, she married Paul White, who survives. She was a homemaker.
Also surviving are two sons, Alan of Van Wert and Kevin, Antwerp; two daughters, Mrs. Randy (Colleen) Green of Hicksville and Iris Grubenhoff, Grover Hill; a brother, Frank Bolenbaugh, Goodson, Mo.; a sister, Zella Tucker, New Madrid, Mo.; and four grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were a daughter, Teresa Waskelo; and a brother, Jack Bolenbaugh.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Thursday and after 8 a.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to Grover Hill EMS or Paulding County Senior Center.
FORT WAYNE - Word was received of the Jan. 15 death of Defiance native Gilbert Liska, 55, Fort Wayne, in his home.
He was born April 17, 1945, in Defiance, the son of Francis and Minnie (Stork) Liska. He was an ironworker and a member of Union Local 147, Fort Wayne.
Surviving are his father, Defiance; and a sister, Carolyn Fortman, Defiance.
Preceding him in death were his mother; and a brother, John.
No services are planned.
WEST UNITY - Andrew James Towns, 85, Montpelier, died Tuesday in Evergreen Manor, Montpelier.
He was born Nov. 14, 1915, in Fulton County, the son of Ernest and Herma (Kline) Towns. He married Carrie Schneider, who died in 1993. He worked at Holabird Co., Bryan.
Surviving are two daughters, Eloise Bowers and Patsy, both of Montpelier; a brother, Morris, West Unity; and a granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Hollingshead Funeral Home, West Unity, with Revs. Harley Flory and Dennis St. John officiating. Burial will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Friday.
WAUSEON - David S. Welch, 84, Wauseon, died Tuesday in Fulton Manor Nursing Home, Wauseon.
He was born Dec. 19, 1916, in Toledo, the son of Rev. Leonidas and Lydia (Mauchly) Welch. In 1942, he married Mary Lonz, who died in 1992. He retired from the former Mather Spring Co., Toledo, and was a member of Westgate Chapel, Toledo.
Surviving are a daughter, Wilma Frankforther, Wauseon; and two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; his stepmother, Wilma; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Dorothy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel with Rev. Scott Smith officiating. Burial will be in Toledo Memorial Park. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday in the chapel. Handling arrangements is Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
L. Lucille Stephens
Services for L. Lucille Stephens were held Tuesday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. John Stites officiating. Burial was in Riverview Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Kellan, Douglas, Edward, Philip, Robert and David Stephens.
Services for Gerald A. Miner were held Tuesday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Heather Christensen officiating. Burial was in Monroe Township Cemetery, Continental. Pallbearers were Mike Miner, Joe Kroeckel, William Couts, Bob Geiger and Frank and David Sherry.
From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, January 25, 2001
CONVOY - Former Bryan resident Helen G. Meyer, 91, Convoy, died Tuesday evening in Convoy Care Center.
She was born May 24, 1909, in Defiance County, the daughter of Abraham and Katie (Figley) Hudkins. In 1930, she married William Meyer, who died in 1994. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bryan.
Surviving are a daughter, Kay, Fort Wayne; a sister, Lois Nye, Bryan; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Marilyn Hutchins; a son, Gary; and eight sisters and a brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan, with Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to "In as Much As" Ministries.
Services for Lewis (Bud) W. Schroeder were held Wednesday in Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home with Rev. Norman Imbrock officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roger Grogg, Jim Auer, George Essex, Bill Rittenhouse and Bill Jr. and Mike Shock.
Services for Charles J. Barber were held Wednesday in St. John's Catholic Church with Rev. Bernard Boff officiating. Organist was David Moninger. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post 3360. Pallbearers were Ralph Baringer, Larry Zachrich, Gene Culter, Jack D'Angelo, Keith Hubbard and Ben Cook. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home handled arrangements.
From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, January 26, 2001
Elizabeth R. Polasek, 85, Defiance, died at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday in Defiance Hospital.
She was born Sept. 24, 1915, in Fayette, the daughter of John and Marie (Studenka) Otrhalek. In 1950, she married Frank Polasek, who died in 1974. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Society.
Surviving are a son, Joseph, Defiance; two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Mary) Collins of Robins, Iowa, and Mrs. John (Janet) Schelling, Defiance; a sister, Mrs. Duane (Mildred) Parker, Leipsic.
Preceding her in death was a sister, Mary Sesok.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. today in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
COLUMBUS GROVE - Virgil L. Vandemark, 90, Columbus Grove, died at 3:20 a.m. Thursday in Van Crest Care Center, Delphos.
He was born Oct. 21, 1910, in Union County, the son of Clarence and Augusta (Brant) Vandemark. In 1930, he married Hannah Salisbury, who died in 1968. He was a farmer, a construction foreman for Rohrbaugh Excavating and an employee of Ohio Department of Transportation. He was a 50-year member of Rufus Putnam Masonic Lodge 364 and a former member of Masonic chapter and council.
Surviving are a brother, Robert, Ayersville; and five sisters, Otha Jenkins of Ft. Myers, Fla., Mrs. Eugene (Oleta) Jones, Ruth Hurley and Mrs. John (Betty) Holmes, all of Lima, and Mrs. Les (Margaret) Stennette, Green Valley, Ariz.
Also preceding him in death were three brothers, James, Harold and Lawrence.
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. today.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.
SPENCERVILLE, Ind. - Lt. Col. (ret.) Rex H. Burton, 87, Spencerville, died at 4 a.m. Thursday in Laurels of DeKalb, Butler.
He was born Jan. 12, 1914, in Burnham, Pa., the son of John and Bessie (Cockshot) Burton. He married Florence Lutes, who preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and served in the Air Force Reserve until his retirement. He was a supply officer for 35 years in civil service, retiring in 1972, and audited veterans administration hospitals across the country. He was the director of Carroll Memorial Hospital , Berryville, Ark., and a member of VFW post, Lions club and National Association Federal Employees.
Surviving are a daughter, Martha, Silver Springs, Md.; a son, William, Spencerville; and two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was a brother, Wilfred.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Rev. Bob Herman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens, Colorado Springs. Visitation is after 3 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to County Line Church of God, Auburn.
COLUMBUS - Former Deshler resident Velora L. Parker, 82, died at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday in Whetstone Care Center, Columbus.
She was born July 27, 1918, in Henry County, the daughter of Cornelius and Hilda (Baden) Bishop. In 1937, she married Gerald Parker, who died in 1980. She was a homemaker and a member of Belmore United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Mary Ann) Myers of Mt. Sterling, Laura Salzwedel of Toledo and Mrs. Kenny (Linda) DeWeese, Marengo; a brother, Earl Bishop, Malinta; and 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Elmer and Billy Bishop; and a sister, Pearl King.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, with Rev. Philip Bell officiating. Burial will be in McComb Union Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
Services for Ruby V. Bunke were held Thursday in St. Peter Lutheran Church, Florida, with Rev. Douglas Corniels officiating. Organist was Becky Buchhop. Entombment was in Riverview Memory Gardens mausoleum. Pallbearers were Steven, David, Kenneth, Bradley, Matthew and Mark Bunke and Gregory and Scott Bertwell. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Bunke and Scott Guilford. Handling arrangements was Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home.