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
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.com