John J. Grote
John J. Grote, 69, of Ottoville, died at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. He was born December 15, 1946 in Jackson Township to the late Leo and Cyrilda (Siefker) Grote. On September 28, 1968 he married Marie Eickholt who survives in Ottoville.
Also surviving are five children: Tony (Tina) Grote of Fort Jennings, Eric Grote of Delphos, Jeff (Elaine) Grote of Maumee, Amy (Rick) Bergman of Minster, and Jody (Jon) Swisher of Bluffton; 13 grandchildren: Madison, Nolan, Jonathan, and Hannah Grote, Dominic, Aiden, and Brock Grote, Justin, Tyler, Riley, and Harper Bergman, and Lee and Lucy Swisher; three sisters: Joann (Tom) Hempfling and Janet (Jerome) Trentman both of Delphos and Eileen (Paul) Gedert of Marble Head; and his faithful dog: Bean. He was also preceded in death by a son: Kevin.
John was a retired mail carrier, a farmer and was an agent for Farmer's Mutual Aid Insurance. He was a 1964 graduate of Fort Jennings High School. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and the Ottoville Knights of Columbus. John loved being with his grandchildren and enjoyed farming, the Republican Party, camping, telling stories, and Pro-Life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township. Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Home Health and Hospice.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Marie T. Maas
Marie T. Maas, 85, of Ottawa died 5:50 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 at her residence.
She was born May 17, 1930 in Lima to the late Albert and Sabina (Herman) Wannemacher. On October 2, 1954, she married Dick Maas who survives in Ottawa.
Marie is also survived by their five children: Michele (Mike) Kaufman of Ottawa, David (Mary) Maas of Pandora, Lisa (Larry) Siefker of Ottawa, James (Karen) Maas of Ottawa and Jeffery (Terri) Maas of Montpelier; 17 grandchildren: Kyle Kaufman, Troy Kaufman, Kelly Kuhbander, Jon Maas, Ben Maas, Brandy Maas, Brad Siefker, Ashley Siefker, Parker Maas, Monica Maas, Robin Maas, Jordan Maas, Alexsie Maas, Aleah Maas, Alivia Maas, Tiffany Thomas, Brittany Geren; 13 great-grandchildren: Elise, Avery, Nolan, Bryce, Lyla, Abby, Emma, Addy, Thomas, Kaydie, Kolbee, Cashe, Kendyl; and three sisters-in-law: Beatrice Meyer of Leipsic, Mary Catherine Siefker and Betty Wannemacher both of Ottawa.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Justin, Carl and Roman Wannemacher and a sister, Dolly Schroeder.
Marie was a cook at Ottawa-Glandorf School. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa. She loved spending time with her family and was a wonderful cook.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa, where a scripture service will be at 7:50 p.m.
Memorials may be given to Sts. Peter and Paul School.
Condolences may be expressed to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Krystal Lee Byrne
Krystal Lee Byrne, 30, of Ottoville died 7:43 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2016 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born August 23, 1985, in Lima to Rick and Jayne (Miller) Byrne.
She is survived by her brother: Joshua (Teresa) Byrne of Ottoville; Godson and nephew: Garrett Byrne; paternal grandparents: Bob (Jean) Byrne of Ottoville; maternal grandmother: Beatrice Miller Smith of Delphos; her aunts and uncles: Mike (Jean) Byrne, Carl (Nancy) Byrne, and Shirley Wilhelm, all of Ottoville; Randy (Nancy) Miller of Texas, Sharon (Bill) Long of Indiana, Steve (Ann) Miller of Georgia, Nancy (Bruce) Wallenhaupt of Van Wert, Pete (Julie) Miller of Iowa, Mark (Kathy) Miller of Michigan, and Lisa Temples of Florida; and many, many amazing and wonderful friends who were her support system throughout her battle.
Krystal is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather: Leo Miller; step-grandfather: Leonard Smith; and her beloved dog: Sammy.
Krystal was a 2004 graduate of Ottoville High School where she was active in both the boys' and girls' soccer teams, played softball, was the drum major for the marching band and a member of the National Honor Society. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and was a member of multiple youth groups. Krystal graduated in 2012 from the University of Dayton with a degree in visual communications and a minor in journalism. While on campus she participated in the Christmas on Campus program that served underprivileged children in the Dayton area.
Krystal was a HUGE fan of University Dayton Basketball and Ohio State University Football. She loved to spend her summers at Marble Lake with her family and friends and loved any water sport.
Krystal began her battle with leukemia during spring break in 2005. She continued her fight with courage and strength for 11 years, all while living her life to it's fullest. The family would like to express a sincere appreciation and deep gratitude to the staff of St. Rita's Medical Center. There have been many staff members who have cared for her since the start of her battle in 2005, all the way through to her most recent stay.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville.
Visitation will be from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorial contributions may be given directly to the family, so that they may carry out Krystal's wishes.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefneralhome.com
Evelyn F. Altenburger
Wilbur E. Altenburger
John T. Nussbaum
Evelyn F. Altenburger
Evelyn Frances Keifer Altenburger, 95, died at 4:28 p.m. Feb. 4, 2016, at Vancrest of Van Wert.
She was born Oct. 20, 1920, in Hogate, the daughter of Harry and Alta (Clark) Keifer, who preceded her in death. In 1939, she married Harold J. Altenburger, and he preceded her in death.
Mrs. Altenburger was a retired nurse's aide at Vancrest. She attended St. Mary's Catholic Church, Van Wert.
Survivors include six children, Kay Altenburger, of Marysville, Bonny (Don) Michael, of Auburn, Indiana, Susan Waltke, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, James Altenburger, of Van Wert, Keith (Marianne) Altenburger, of Gomer, and Barry (Lynne) Altenburger, of Monroeville, Indiana; a brother, Joseph Keifer, of Toledo; a sister, Bonnie Jordan, of Bellevue; and 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. The Rev. Stanley Szybka will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.co
Jane Schweller, 91, of Ottoville, died 3:45 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born October 21, 1924, in Stark County, Ohio to the late Ertus J. and Edith (Bogard) Lewis. Jane married Carl B. Bendele in 1948 and he died September 13, 1962. She then married Charles J. Schweller on September 28, 1963 and he died on August 14, 2007.
She is survived by seven children: Ronald (Mary Jean) Schweller of Ft. Jennings, Phyllis (Maury) Quillen of Shingle Springs, CA, Dennis (Vicky) Schweller of Union Mills, IN, Paul (Sherry) Schweller of Orofino, ID, Mary (Dave) Lengerich of Warsaw, IN, Jim (Bev) Schweller of Ottoville, Tina (Joe) Gallmeier of Delphos; seventeen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one son-in-law: Tommy Thompson of Lawrenceburg, IN.
She was preceded in death by a daughter: Linda Thompson; two brothers: Ralph and Richard Lewis; and one sister: Viola Pritchard.
Jane was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its former Altar Rosary Society, as well as a member of the Catholic Knights of Ohio. She enjoyed going to her grandchildren's and Ottoville sporting events and working out at the Van Wert, YMCA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with The Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating, burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to service at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Twp, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Monday night.
Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Carl A. Kehres
Carl A. Kehres
Carl A. Kehres, 83, of Cloverdale, died at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2016 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born August 12, 1932 in Delphos to the late Ewald and Agnes (Miller) Kehres. On October 11, 1958 he married Marcile Landwehr who survives in Cloverdale.
He is also survived by four children: Lee (Lisa) Kehres of Delphos, Roger Kehres of Wetzel, Oren Kehres of Rockford, and Monica (Roger) Wiseman of Ottoville; two brothers: Vince (Mary Ann) Kehres of Delphos and Denny (Diana) Kehres of Kalida; two sisters: Carolyn (Hank) Schmidt of Osmond, NE and Dorothy (Ron) Morris of Elida; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son: Gary Kehres and daughter-in-law: Betty Kehres.
Carl was a mechanic and was a US Army veteran. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Carl enjoyed shooting, guns, and fishing.
A Memorial Service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Military rites by Ottoville VFW and Ft. Jennings American Legion will follow the service at the funeral home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Rita C. Croy
Rita C. Croy
Rita Carolina (Pohl) Croy, 77, of Fort Jennings, died 4:10 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Meadows of Kalida.
She was born November 27, 1938 in Ottoville to the late Bernard and Martha (Hilvers) Pohl. On June 28, 1974 she married David A. Croy, who survives.
Rita was a 1955 graduate of Precious Blood High School, Dayton. In 1966 she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and in 1973 she received her master's degree in Elementary Administration from Xavier University. Rita spent 36 years in the classroom, and 12 years subbing. She and her husband operated D & R Lock and Key Service. She also helped operate with her husband Croy's Hardware and Variety in Cloverdale form 1985 to 1997 and Grover Hill from 1995 to 1997. She loved to crochet, quilt and spend time with her grandchildren and step-grandchildren and was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Kalida.
Rita was blessed with an exceptional daughter, Stephanie (Eric) Braun of Celina and a step-son: Scott Croy Thomas (Tamara) of Lancaster; 3 grandchildren: Conner, Samantha and Gabriella Braun and 2 step-grandchildren: Adam and Katie Thomas; a brother: Richard (Dorothy) Pohl of Cairo; and a sister: Edna (Ronald) Haselman of Leipsic.
She was preceded in death by her 2 brothers: Donald Pohl and Ralph Pohl and a sister Dolores Pohl.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Kalida with Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where a scripture service will be held at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Michael's Church..
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Wilbur E. Altenburger
Wilbur "Bill" E. Altenburger, 90, of Ottoville, died 3:55 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016.
He was born April 24, 1925 in Ottoville, to the late Andrew and Matilda (Schmitt) Altenburger. On May 5, 1945 he married Sally Koester whom he spent 66 years with before she died July 23, 2011.
He is survived by six children: Diane Langhals of Ottoville, Wilbur Jr. "Bill" (Janet Gasser) Altenburger of Cold Springs, KY, Robert "Bob" (Carol Reinhart) Altenburger of Amherst, Tom (Jan Kissell) Altenburger of Columbus Grove, Janice (Roger) Fortman of Durham, NC, Larry (Deb Wessell) Altenburger of Ottoville; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Louise "Sis" Alt of Ottoville, Irene Stechschulte of Kalida; two brothers: Donald (Betty) Altenburger and Paul (Bettie) Altenburger both of Ottoville.
Bill is preceded in death by a son-in-law: Michael Langhals; a daughter-in-law: Mary Lou (Vorst) Altenburger; three brothers Harold, Hubert, Jerome; and one sister: Dolores Friemoth.
Bill was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Ottoville. An entrepreneur at heart, Bill owned and operated several businesses, including Altenburger Service Store in Ottoville, a Tire Store in Delphos, and later enjoyed starting and owning Bee Line Trucking with his sons. Bill was known for his giving spirit-always quick to assist a young person just starting out – providing a job or words of wisdom and mentorship. Bill was extremely proud of those he was able to assist throughout his life. Always quick-witted, Bill enjoyed educating others on business and politics over the years. He embraced technology, being an early adapter of email and texting and utilizing the Internet for his trucking business. An avid card player, Bill could always be found looking for players to challenge them to a game of Scat.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday March 7, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to mass, all at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township, where there will be a scripture service at 7:50 p.m. on Sunday.
Memorial donations may be made to Putnam County Hospice or Ottoville School Library.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com
Joseph “Joe” Ruen, 72, of Ottoville died 11:43 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. He was born September 1, 1943 in Ottoville to the late Aloyious and Loretta (Hilvers) Ruen. On October 5, 1963 he married Dorothy Rieman, who survives in Ottoville.
Also surviving are his six children: Lori (Edward) Brinkman of Elida, Brian (Jodi) Ruen of Perrysburg, Mark (Deborah) Ruen of Midlothian, VA, Lynn Ruen of Gibsonburg, Marie (James) Dowling of Westlake and Daniel (Stacie) Ruen of Washington Township, MI; nine grandchildren: Matthew Barnes, Kevin Ruen, Adrianne Ruen, Aaron Ruen, Garrett Brinkman, Ainsley Brinkman, Hailey Ruen, Gavin Ruen and Sara Dowling. As well as two brothers: Paul (Joan) Ruen and Roger (Diane) Ruen, both of Ottoville; five sisters: Mary (Paul) Honigford of Coldwater, Millie Ruen, Irene Bullard, and Marilyn (Dale) Calvelage, all of Ottoville, and Catherine Heitz of Delphos; and a sister-in-law: Annie Ruen of Delphos. Joe is preceded in death by a brother: Fred Ruen and brother-in-law: Melvin Heitz.
Joe was a lifelong farmer and also retired from Bunge North America, Delphos. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and the former Holy Name Society. Joe received his FFA State Farming Degree in 1961. In 1964, he was awarded the FFA’s highest possible recognition, the American Farming Degree. He was a member of NFO, Ohio Farmers Union and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie # 2958, Delphos. He loved his grandchildren, animals and gardening.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Father Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where a scripture service will be held at 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to Putnam County CAP or to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.
John T. Nussbaum
John T. "Jack" Nussbaum, 85, of Ottoville, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born on May 7, 1930, to Elmer and Christine (Reddington) Nussbaum. Both are deceased. On June 16, 1956, he was united in marriage to Delores M. Turnwald, she survives in Ottoville.
He is survived by four daughters, Margaret (James) Schnipke of Ottoville, Joyce (Ed) Bartlett of North Carolina, Irene (Jerome) Luersman of Delphos, Donna (Dale) McEldowney of St. Marys; 3 sons, Dennis (Julie) Nussbaum of Ottoville, Daniel (Anna) Nussbaum of Van Wert and Thomas (Jan) Nussbaum of Ottoville; three sisters, Rita Agner of Ada, Kathryn Wishmeyer of Ottawa and Ursula Alt of Bluffton; brother, Charles "Jim" (Judy) Nussbaum of Kalida; 22 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Carolyn Nussbaum and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann (Edward) Bruen and Sr. Dorothy Nussbaum; two brothers, Richard (Helen) Nussbaum and Jerry Nussbaum; Brothers-in-law Jim Alt, Wayne Agner and Alfred Wishmeyer and grandson Paul Fisher.
John was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of Pandora High School, a veteran of United States Navy, and a lifetime farmer. John worked at Bockey Motor Sales for 33 yrs as a mechanic/service manager; he then worked for Delpha for 5 yrs as a service rider.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Jerome Schetter will officiate. Burial will follow in St Mary's Cemetery where the Ottoville Veterans Council will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, OH. There will be a K. of C. Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. and a parish wake to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation or St. Mary's Cemetery. To leave condolences please go to www.harterandschier.com.
Louise L. Lazano
Louise L. Lazano
Louise L. Lozano, 89, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 4, 1926, in Ottoville to Charles and Catherine (Looser) Leis. Both preceded her in death. On February 19, 1955, she was united in marriage to Ramiro Lozano; he preceded her in death on December 28, 2010.
She is survived by three sons, Charles Lozano of Delphos, Tony (Pam) Lozano of Delphos, and Daniel (Diane) Lozano of Leipsic; one daughter, Barbara (Dennis) Hesseling of Delphos; grandchildren, Dustin (Taylor), Kory (Alyssa), and Reed Hesseling; Kelsey Lozano; step-grandchildren, Jackie Hiegel, Tasha Gerken and Justin Kruse; and sister-in-law, Alice Leis. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Lozano; two brothers, Hubert and Carl Leis; and a sister, Mary Catherine (Ambrose) Koester.
Louise was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and had worked at Delphos Manufacturing. Mass of Christian burial will be on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Dennis Walsh will officiate. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
Friends may call on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 2-8 p.m., where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Health Professionals.
William A. Martin
William A. "Bill" Martin, 87, passed away at 1:50 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Lima Convalescent Home in Lima.
Bill was born on Monday, October 29, 1928, in Putnam County, to the late Henry and Joanna (Brinkman) Martin. On Wednesday, September 6, 1950, in Delphos, he married Ruth Utrup who survives.
Bill served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a Machinist at Ford Motor Company Engine Plant in Lima, in the V-8 Crankshaft section. He was a member of the Eagles #370 and the United Auto Workers #1219. He was a life member of the Elks and the American Legion #96. He belonged to St. Gerard's Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.
He is survived by: sons, Daniel (Mary Jane) Martin, Amelia, OH, Michael (Connie) Martin, Bellefontaine, OH, Richard (Lori) Martin, Dublin, Thomas (Karen) Martin, Elida and Stephen (Louise) Martin, Elida; daughter, Rebecca (Kevin) Hils, Bronx, NY; fifteen grandchildren; three step grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; three step great grandchild and one great great step grandchild.
He is preceded in death by: brothers, Leonard, Leo and Walter Martin; sisters, Hilda Grothaus, Gertrude Etter, Dorothy Kriegel-Kendal and Florentine "Honey" Cooley; grandchild, Katlyn Martin and great grandchild, Benjamin Logan Dragotta.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 PM on Monday, April 4, 2016 at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima. A Parish Wake service will be held at 8 PM with Military honors conducted by VFW 1275.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lima. Father Jim Szobonya and Father Mike Sergi will officiate. Interment will be in Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gerard's Catholic Church, 240 W. Robb, Lima, Ohio 45801.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com
Alicia Heitmeyer, 90, of Ottoville died 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. She was born March 22, 1926 in Glandorf to the late Lawrence and Martha (Schroeder) Unterbrink. On June 7, 1947 she married Norbert Heitmeyer, who died October 6, 2013.
She is survived by her children: Keith (Kathy) Heitmeyer of Ottoville, Jane (Jesse) Swartz of Medina, Janet (Richard) Hemker of Ottoville, Jeff (Ron Buck) Heitmeyer of Denver, CO, Mike (Judy) Heitmeyer of Ottoville and Judy (Chuck) Braden of New Knoxville; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister: Esther Recker of Glandorf and a brother: Jim (Bernice) Unterbrink of Glandorf.
She is preceded in death by a sister: Carol (Leo) Brinkman; brother-in-law: Bill Recker; and 3 great-grandsons.
Alicia was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Altar Rosary Society. She retired from Ottoville Local Schools where she had worked in the cafeteria, she also worked at VanCrest Nursing Home, and had helped her husband farm on their Century Farm.
She was an avid sports fan and especially loved golfing at the Delphos Country Club and she followed the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Ottoville Big Green. Alicia loved the outdoors. She mowed her own lawn until the age of 89 and loved flowers and birds. She liked cooking and was known for baking breads, donuts, pies, noodles and chocolate angel food cake and also did canning. She enjoyed knitting and was known for having crocheted over 100 afghans for family and friends. She was a member of the Polka Boosters and the Home and School Association.
Alicia fostered an atmosphere of fun and her favorite saying, and last words were, “Love you more.”
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter and Deacon Joe Flores officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township, where a scripture service will be held at 5:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Alberta L. Kasler (Alberta L. Hilvers born 12-29-1935)
Alberta (Bert) Kasler passed away 4/08/16 at the age of 80. She had been splitting her time living with family in Juneau and North Pole Alaska. Per our mother's request, her 4 children and their spouses will gather at a later date to take her & our father's remains on a cross-country adventure homecoming. There will be no formal funeral services.
Bert was born in Ottoville, Ohio in 1935, 3rd of her farming families 6 children. She learned to be her dad's right-hand helper in the fields. Bert answered a "wrong-number" phone call in 1958, and ended up marrying the caller- a railroader named Joe Kasler. Joe and Bert immediately launched into having 4 children – Stan, Laurinda, Jeff, and Greg. Bert and Joe took the family to Skagway, AK in 1971-- where she worked numerous jobs- especially loving being the front desk manager for the Klondike Hotel. Bert always offered herself to service for everyone else. She adored her Joe.
Joe and Bert moved to Richland, WA in 1983, and remained there until Joe's passing in 2011. Over the last 5 years, Bert enjoyed spending time with her children and their extended families as she returned to Alaska. Alberta is survived by her 4 children, 13 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren. Mom will be missed by all, but we know she is delighted to be with husband Joe again. Love you Mom.
Viola Friemoth, 88, of Ottoville died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Loveland Lodge, Cincinnati.
She was born December 21, 1927 in Ottoville to the late Joseph T. and Lucy (Knippen) Horstman. On September 27, 1947 she married Jerome A. Friemoth who died October 6, 2015.
She is survived by five children: Jeanne (Tom) Miller of Redondo Beach, CA, Dr. Jerry (Mary) Friemoth of Cincinnati, Diane (Dr. James) Gibfried of Springfield, Thomas (Penny) Friemoth of Toledo, and Dale (Rachel) Friemoth of Loveland; twenty-three grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a sister: Louise (Robert "Cookie") Miller of Ottoville.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Edmund and Elmer Horstman; a sister: Fredonna Eickholt; and two great-grandchildren: Christian Buckley and August John Miller.
Viola formerly worked as a Putnam County Librarian at the Ottoville Library for 23 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and was a faithful member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Ottoville VFW Auxiliary where she was a historian for them. Viola cherished her family so very much and loved the time she spent with them. She enjoyed reading, sewing, especially embroidery and cross stitch, gardening and baking.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Ottoville where there will be a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to the Ottoville Branch of the Putnam County Library.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Mildred M. Rayman
Mildred M. Rayman, 92, of Ottoville died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at The Meadows of Kalida. She was born May 14, 1923 in Landeck to the late Henry and Adeline (Bonifas) Pothast. On October 1, 1949 she married Paul J. Rayman who died August 30, 1995.
She is survived by a son: Steve (Dorothy) Rayman of Cloverdale and three grandchildren: Glen (Jess) Rayman of Ottoville, Garrett (Ali) Rayman of Kalida, and Gayle Rayman of Cloverdale. Also preceding her in death were four brothers: Firmin, Leo, Arnold, and Luke Pothast and four sisters: Sr. Mary Emma Pothast, Evelyn Dietrick, Ellen Mittlekamp, and Esther Niedecker.
Mildred was a homemaker and helped her husband farm. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and was a member and past president of the Rosary Altar Society and the Ottoville Catholic Ladies of Columbia Council #30.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be a scripture service at 1:45 p.m. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Isabelle R. Markward
Isabelle Rose Markward, 86, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos.
She was born January 7, 1930, in Putnam County to August and Pauline C. (Flatz) Rellinger. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Donald F. Markward on November 13, 1954, he survives in Delphos.
She is survived by two sons, Philip John (Mary) Markward of The Villages, Florida and Charles A. Markward of Lima; one brother, Paul Rellinger; one sister, Lucina Donaldson;
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Adeliade Smith, Mary Metzger, and Amelda Steckschulte; and four brothers, Karl Rellinger, Oscar Rellinger, John Rellinger, and Arthur (Doris) Rellinger.
Isabelle was on the staff at MMRD, retiring after 29 years of service. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was a member of the VFW Aux post #3035, earning her life membership by making and donating Afghans to the VA Hospitals. She was also a graduate of Ottoville High School. Her life revolved around caring for her family. She will be remembered for making hundreds of dish cloths that she gave out at the nursing home.
Funeral services will be on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral home. Father Dennis Walsh will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Marimor Industries. To leave condolences please go towww.harterandschier.com
James A. Lauer
James A. ‘Jim’ Lauer, 91, of Delphos passed away Monday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
His Family…. He was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Ottoville to Arnold and Mildred (Obringer) Lauer, who both preceded him in death. On September 9, 1944, he married Betty M. (Laudick) Lauer, who preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2012.
He is survived by a son, Robert J. (Teri) Lauer of Delphos; four daughters, Judy (Tom) Hickey of Delphos, Carol (Dave) Grothouse of Waterville and Jo (Dan) Duncan and Lynn (John) Miller of Delphos; two brothers, Bill (Corrine) Lauer of Vandalia and Dick Lauer of Ottawa; five sisters, Ruth Giesige of Ottawa, Lois (Jack) McClary of Sebring, Florida, Irene (Dave) Flynn of Clear Springs, Maryland, Alice Siefker of Ottawa and Nancy Warnimont of Leipsic; nine grandchildren, Patrick Hickey, Aimee Hickey, Jeff Grothouse, Matt Grothouse, Dani Duncan, Jenn Lilley, Kristen Weber, Kaiti Martin and Brittany Miller; four great-grandchildren, Keira Hickey, Taryn Hickey, Halee Grothouse and Kayla Grothouse.
His Legacy…. Jim spent most of his life in the print industry with the Delphos Herald and Commercial Lithograph in Lima, retiring in 1986. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, where he was head of the ushers for many years, a Eucharistic minister, member of the choir and was the Baptismal greeter in the church. He worked part-time at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home for many years after retirement. He was a very people-oriented person. Jim had a quiet orneriness about him.
His Farewell Services.… Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at Weber Funeral Home, Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be shared at www.weberfh.net.
Walter L. Ostendorf
Walter L. Ostendorf, 89, of Delphos, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born March 16, 1927, in Ottoville to William and Emma (Millenbaugh) Ostendorf. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage on December 30, 1950, to Bernice Vetter who survives in Delphos.
Walter is also survived by two sons, David (Margie) Ostendorf of Delphos and Dennis (Sandy) Ostendorf of Rockford, Il; three daughters, Judy (David) Scatzer of Dallas TX, Deb (Jeff) Curry of Columbus, and Joanne (Dana) Wieman of Delphos. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren with three on the way. Walter was preceded in death by three brothers, Art, Paul and Ralph Ostendorf; and two sisters, Helen Lause and Elinor Pokey. Walter worked for Clark Equipment for 34 years until they closed their doors. He then worked for General Dynamics until he retired. He was also a past owner of Quick Clean and Econo Wash Laundry Mat in Delphos. Walter served in WWII in the Army where he was a 1st Class Military Policeman. He was an active member of the Delphos Veteran's Council Burial Detail. He was also a member of Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the VFW and the American Legion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Friday, June 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Father Dennis Walsh will officiate. Friends may call on Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home where a parish wake will be held at 7:30. A private burial will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Dear John Michael Foundation. He is Walter's 2 1/2 year old great-grandson who was recently diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. Checks can be made to Dear John Michael Foundation, P.O. Box 81062, Midland, TX 79708. ** To leave condolences please go to www.harterandschier.com
Oscar W. Hohlbein
Oscar W. Hohlbein, 90, of Fort Jennings and formerly of Ottoville died 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 at St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice. He was born June 9, 1926 in Putnam County to the late Andrew and Barbara (Lehmkuhle) Hohlbein. On October 9, 1948 he married MaryAnn Wieging, who preceded him in death on May 7, 1988. He later married Sarah Miller on June 15, 1991 and she died September 30, 2008.
Oscar is survived by his 6 children: James (Diane) Hohlbein of West Chester, Gregory (Jean) Hohlbein of Ottoville, Joseph (Donna) Hohlbein of Ottoville, Roger (Jo) Hohlbein of Indianapolis, Diane (Stephen) Niese of Delta and Jeanne (Dennis) Loomis of Delphos; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way; 3 step-children: Jim Miller of Greenville, Tim Miller of Ansonia and Janet Hough of Greenville; 3 brothers: Ralph (Barbara) Hohlbein of Maumee, John (Dorothy) Hohlbein of Delphos and Virgil (Nancy) Hohlbein of Ottoville; and a brother-in-law: George (Nancy) Wieging of Hume.
He is preceded in death by a son: David Hohlbein; a brother: Eugene Hohlbein; a sister: Alma Schnipke; an infant sister; 5 sisters-in-law: Catherine Hohlbein, JoAnn Hohlbein, Lucille Merschman, Eileen DeVelbiss and Coreen Merschman; and 3 brothers-in-law: Otto Schnipke and Ed DeVelbiss and Al Merschman.
Oscar was a lifelong farmer, and had driven a fuel truck for several companies. He had also drove bus for Ottoville, Ansonia and Greenville Local Schools. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville where he had been one of the first Lay Communion Distributors. He was a WWII Army Veteran and was a life member of both the Ottoville VFW and the Fort Jennings American Legion. On July 12, 2008 he was an Honor Flight recipient, where he was taken to Washington D.C. with his brother, Virgil to see the World War II Monument. He loved to work with metals and iron and made many gifts for his family to enjoy. He had also been an advisor for the Ottoville Blue Ribbon Winners 4H club.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Father John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. There will be military rites by the Ottoville VFW and the Fort Jennings American Legion. Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where a scripture service will be held at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Immaculate Conception Window Fund or to St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Rosemary F. Kramer
Rosemary F. Kramer, 93, of Delphos, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016, at The Meadows of Kalida.
She was born September 19, 1922, in Ottoville to Gebhard and Mayme (Bohn) Gasser. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage on April 10, 1948 to Ralph W. Kramer; he preceded her in death on October 16, 1982.
She is survived by three daughters, Marilyn (Ron) Hoffman and Janet (Tom) Dunlap both of Columbus Grove, JoAnn (Roger) Schroeder of Glandorf; Daughter-in-law, Lora Kramer of Delphos; brother, Gebhard (Ruth) Gasser of Ottoville; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sons, John B. Kramer on January 23, 2016 and James Kramer on November 20, 1970; brother, Rudy Gasser and sisters, Wilma Gasser and Alma (Herman) Beckman.
Rosemary was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and CL of C #40. She was a housewife and she enjoyed crocheting, gardening and playing cards.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 11:00 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father George Mahas will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A CL or C service will be held at 3:00 p.m. and a parish wake will be at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Parish Foundation.
Arthur L. Markward
Arthur Leo Markward, 84, died peacefully at 2:18 PM on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at his residence in Lima, Ohio, surrounded by his wife and daughters.
Arthur was born on March 1, 1932, in Ottoville, Ohio, to the late Alphonse Markward and Rosa (Klima) Markward. On October 24, 1964, he married Barbara (Alguire) Markward, whom survives in Lima.
He was a 1951 graduate of Delphos St. John's and attended Northwestern Business College (currently UNOH). He retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years. He loved to do gardening, fishing, spending time outdoors, spending time with the grandchildren and bird watching.
He is survived by a daughter, Angela Markward (Timothy) Sarna, of Delaware, OH, a daughter Arin Markward (Matt) Burton, of Elida, OH; five grandchildren - Alexandria, Andrew, Aidan, Hayes and Griffin; and a sister Beatrice (Markward) Dray of Fremont, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Lynn Markward and three brothers & four sisters.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima, Ohio.
A Memorial service will begin at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima, OH.
In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to National Reye's Syndrome Foundation, 426 N. Lewis St. P.O. Box 829, Bryan, Ohio 43506 or to the family.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com