Gerald H. Fischbach
Gerald H. Fischbach, 90, of Ottoville died 6:40 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Lima Memorial Health System. He was born August 26, 1926 in Ottoville to the late Peter and Verona (Becker) Fischbach. On September 25, 1954 he married Martha Schlagbaum, who survives.
Also surviving are his children: Jane (Michael) Moening of Ottawa, Michael (Karen) Fischbach of Westerville, David Fischbach of Ottoville, Ginny (Mary Smith) Fischbach of Davisburg, MI and John (Gina) Fischbach of Lima; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way; a brother: James Fischbach of Pandora and a sister-in-law: Sharon Fischbach of Ottoville.
Gerald is preceded in death by 2 brothers: Eugene Fischbach and Victor Fischbach; an infant sister: Alice Fischbach; 2 sisters-in-law: Delores Fischbach and Mary Rita Fischbach; and 2 grandsons: Aaron Fischbach and SSG Sonny Zimmerman.
Gerald was a retired rural letter carrier for the US Postal Service and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He was a Sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict serving from 1950 to 1952. While there he served as a teletype operator in the Signal Corp. Gerald was a life member of the Ottoville VFW and was a member of the National Rural Letter Carrier Association.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Window Restoration Fund. Condolences may be expressed at email@example.com.
Frances M. Linn
Frances M. Linn, 95, of Ottoville, formerly of Convoy, Ohio, died at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at the Meadows of Kalida
She was born May 25, 1921, in Buckland, Ohio, to the late Emma (Flarida) Hotzapple and Abraham Hotzapple.
Her husband, John Darl Linn, preceded her in death.
Survivors include children, Suzanne (Rick) Thatcher of Ottoville, Linda (Steve) Thomas of Howard, Ohio, Kathleen (Steve “Ferds”) McPherson of Bluffton, Ohio, Bruce (Cindy Pierce) Linn of Ottoville, 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, John Roy Linn, her brothers, Carl, Frank and John Hotzapple, and a sister, Ethyl Eddinger.
She was formerly a cook at Webb’s Filling Station and later at Crestview Schools. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Convoy. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and baking goodies for her family and friends, gardening, fishing and spending summers at the cabin when her children were growing up.
Service will be held at the convenience of the family. No visitation is planned.
Preferred memorial is Putnam County Homecare and Hospice.
Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.
Randy L. Bullinger
Randy L. Bullinger, 60, of rural Van Wert, died at 12:46 p.m., Sunday at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
He was born on December 28, 1956, in Lima, the son of the late Robert S. and Lois (Saxton) Bullinger. On October 3, 1975, he married the former Karen McOmber who survives.
Other family members include a son, Jason (Ehmie) Bullinger of Iwakuni, Japan; a daughter, April Bullinger of Columbus; and two grandchildren, Kelsey and Dylan Bullinger.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Rosalie Brinkman.
Randy was a 1975 graduate of Ottoville High School. He was a member of Convoy Untied Methodist and the church bowling team. He had worked at Haviland Drainage Products for 27 years.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2017, at Convoy United Methodist Church with Pastor Melissa Steinecker officiating. Interment will follow at Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Calling hours are 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday all at Convoy United Methodist Church.
Preferred memorials are to the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center, or the Convoy United Methodist Church Sound System Fund or Elevator Fund.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.
Helen M. Herman
Helen M. Herman, 77, of Ottoville died at 6:40 a.m. Friday, January 20, 2017 at St. Rita's Hospice Center, Lima. She was born November 30, 1939 in Kirby, OH to the late Theodore A. and Margaret S. (Schmitz) Fisher. On September 16, 1961 she married Leo F. Herman and he survives in Ottoville.
Also surviving are three children, Lois McKnight and Ted (Chris) Herman both of Ottoville and Lecia (Tim) Williams of Delphos; five grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Phipps of Findlay. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Demi Williams; 3 sisters: Dorothy Fisher, Rita Smith, Delores Fisher and a brother, Bob Fisher.
Helen was a RN at the former Paradise Oaks Nursing Home, Cloverdale. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She was also a member of the Delphos Eagles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 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 6 to 8 Sunday, Monday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. where a scripture service will be at 1:45 p.m., and Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. till time of service all at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Twp.
Memorials may be given to the Church Windows funds.
Condolences may be expressed to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Helen Marie Trenkamp
Helen Marie Webken Trenkamp, 73, of Ottoville, died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at The Meadows of Kalida. She was born June 29, 1943 in Lima to the late Joseph and Martha (Schmitz) Webken. On November 24, 1962 she married Robert J. Trenkamp and he survives in Ottoville.
She is also survived by five children, Robert (Shelley) Trenkamp and Jeff Trenkamp both of Ottoville, Lisa (Eric) Kaufman of New Albany, Lynn Trenkamp of Ottoville, and Lesley Trenkamp of Akron; seven grandchildren, Alysia (Elliott) Smallwood, Laura Kaufman, Michael (Alyson) Kaufman, Rachel Kaufman, Danielle Trenkamp, Dustin Trenkamp, and Dana Trenkamp; two sisters, Phyllis Moening and LouAnn Kahle both of Kalida; two sisters-in-law, Mae Webken of Kalida and Margaret (Donald) Warnecke of Ottoville; and a brother-in-law, Richard (Trish) Trenkamp of Huntsville. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Carl Webken; two brothers-in-law, Leon "Windy" Kahle and Kenneth "Kenny" Moening; and two great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Owen Smallwood.
After raising her family of five Helen was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse at the age of 49. She had many great experiences in her nursing career and retired as a psychiatric nurse at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
Helen enjoyed knitting, crocheting, praying the rosary daily, and her little sidekick, Bruce. She loved travelling and spending time with family and friends. She was always only a phone call away to lend a caring ear or a helping hand.
Helen was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, the Altar Rosary Society, and NAMI.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. Mark Hoying officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be an Altar Rosary service at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Putnam County Home Care and Hospice or to Ottoville EMS.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Walter D. Byrne
Walter D. Byrne, 93, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos. He was born May 7, 1923, in Ottoville to Joseph and Hildegard (VanOss) Byrne. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Eileen Butler on August 14, 1945, she survives in Delphos.
He is survived by a son, Timothy (Ann) Byrne of Delphos; a daughter, Joyce (Greg) Early of Lima; three grandchildren, Jason Early, Alisha (Steven) Snavely, and Colin Byrne; and three great-grandchildren, Ashlynn and Tanner Early and Andrew Snavely. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Byrne
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and retired from R.G. Dunn Cigar Company after 23 years of service. He served in the Army during WWII. Walter was a loving and patient husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. He was a self taught handyman.
Mass of Christian burial will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council to follow at church. Father George Mahas will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jerome Burgei, 82, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
He was born January 3, 1935 to William and Margaret Burgei. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Pohlman on September 14, 1957; she preceded him in death on May 5, 2013.
He is survived by four sons, Rick (Barbara) Burgei of Delphos, Robb (Sherry) Burgei of Delphos, Russ (Bonnie) Burgei of Pinckney, MI, and Randy Burgei of Scottsdale, AZ; a brother, James "Jim" Burgei of MI; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Jerome was a devoted family man – husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He served in the US Marine Corp from '53 – '57 as a Corporal E3 and honorably discharged completing assignments in Alaska and Korea. He was always taking time to find a project or help a friend. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, where he rarely missed a 7:30am Mass on Sundays. His faith was instrumental in his life. He truly enjoyed spending time with his wife and was always there to support her, especially in her love of sewing for the community. They were rarely seen one without the other over the years. He had worked at Ottoville Tile, Rand Corp in CA, and retiring from Federal Mogul in Van Wert after 37 years of faithful service.
Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Father George Mahas will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with a parish wake to begin at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church.
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Raymond F. Kaufman
Raymond F. Kaufman, 93, of Ottoville died at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at St. Rita's Inpatient Hospice, Lima. He was born January 17, 1924 in Ottawa to the late Edward and Veronica (Schroeder) Kaufman. On September 1, 1948 he married Elma C. Miller and she survives in Ottoville.
Also surviving are seven children, Ronald (Kathy) Kaufman of Salem, SC, Barb (Tom) Brinkman of Ottoville, Karen (Rick) Heidenescher of St. Charles, IL, Larry (Tami) Kaufman of Carmel, IN, Dennis (Jacci) Kaufman of Ft. Wayne, IN, Timothy (Linda) Kaufman of Ottoville, and Fr. Kent Kaufman of St. Charles Parish, Lima; sixteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Rita Kaufman and Margaret Kaufman both of Ottawa. He was also preceded in death by six brothers, Arthur (Ann), Edwin (Helen), Leonard (Ludwina), Urban, Ralph, and Elmer Kaufman and three sisters, Mary Kaufman, Mildred (Vincent) Brinkman, and Bertha (Otto) Gerdeman.
Ray was a 1942 graduate of SS. Peter and Paul High School, Ottawa. He worked for the family business, Miller Brothers Clay Works, for 35 years until his retirement in 1986 and was the secretary of Ottoville Mutual Telephone Company for 45 years.
Ray was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and a member of Knights of Columbus council 2238, Ottoville. He was a Monterey Township Clerk from 1980-1996, secretary of Ottoville's Volunteer Fire Department for 6 years and taught High School Religious Education at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Ray enjoyed carpentry and gardening, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with his son, Fr. Kent Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ottoville Immaculate Conception Educational Foundation and to the Stain Glass Window Restoration Project or to St. Rita's Hospice.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Mildred G. Elwer
Mildred G. Elwer, 91, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos.
She was born August 11, 1925, in Ottoville to Charles and Rose (Klausing) Looser. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Lewis Elwer on July 4, 1949; he preceded her in death on January 20, 1992.
She is survived by a daughter, Lou Ann (Jim) Wiltsie; and a son, Robert (Deb) Elwer both of Delphos; a brother, Laverne (Evy) Looser of Ottoville; eight grandchildren, Lisa (Jason) Brinkman, Laina Wiltsie, James Wiltsie, Michael Wiltsie, Scott (Chrissy) Elwer, Todd (Jamie) Elwer, Aaron (Chris) Elwer, and Lynette (Cory) Haehn; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Looser.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a graduate of Ottoville high school, and she was a home maker. She enjoyed mowing and farming, and she truly enjoyed her grandchildren, especially attending their sporting events.
Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father will officiate. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, February 26, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos Jefferson and Delphos St. John's schools, FFA Department or Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
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Ruth M. Wegesin
Ruth M. Wegesin, age 89 of Delphos, passed peacefully at her residence on Friday, Mar. 4, 2017. She was born May 12, 1927 in Ottoville, to Frank and Elizabeth (Calvelage) Pohl. On Oct. 27, 1945, she married Robert E. Wegesin, Sr., who died on September 19, 1998.
Surviving are her children: Jim (Elaine) Wegesin of Galion, OH; Janice Wegesin of Petoskey, MI; Ron (Barbara) Wegesin of Dublin, OH; Joyce (Bob) Lause of Ft. Jennings, OH; Ginnie Wegesin of Powell, OH; Tim Wegesin of Cedar Park, TX; Tom (Connie) Wegesin of Wapakoneta, OH; Gerry (Carla) Wegesin of Roanoke, VA; and Mark Wegesin of Norfolk, VA. Also surviving are four siblings: Gilbert Pohl of Coldwater, MI; Bernard Pohl of Quincy, MI; and Alice Brinkman and Katie Hermiller, both of Kalida, OH. Her seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren also will miss her.
She was preceded in death by two children, Elaine Louise and Robert Jr., and two brothers, Norbert Pohl and Robert Pohl.
Ruth was a homemaker who, for more than 20 years, made wedding and other occasion cakes. She golfed for many years, shooting her hole-in-one just before her 65th birthday at the Bar-K Golf Course in Lago Vista, Texas. She also enjoyed participating in the women's bowling leagues, and in her later years, particularly looked forward to occasional trips to the casino with her sister, Katie, and playing cards with her friends from Ft. Jennings. Ruth was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471 Auxiliary, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Auxiliary, all in Delphos.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Fr. Thomas Gorman and Fr. Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Monday from 2-8 p.m. at Weber Funeral Home, Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 8 p.m.
Ruth has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals or the hospice organization of your choice.
The family has entrusted Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, Lima, to arrange Ruth's services.
Condolences may be expressed at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com
Margie Heiss, 92, of Delphos, passed away on March 17, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos.
She was born February 22, 1925, to Louis and Sophia C. (Wannemacher) Heckman. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to David E. Heiss on April 14, 1951; he preceded her in death on October 5, 1983.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy Heckman, Gertrude Shay, Agnes Archdeacon, and Mary C. Heckman; and one brother Paul J. Heckman.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Alter Rosary Society. She had worked in nursing homes, private homes, and hospitals. Margie enjoyed sewing, golf, bowling, gardening, and playing bridge.
Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday March 26, 2017 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville Ohio. Visitation will be at Harter and Schier Funeral Home Wednesday March 25, from 6-8 pm, where a scripture service will be held. Burial will in Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude's.
Rita M. Schmitz
Rita M. Schmitz, 91, of Ottawa died at 10:10 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at The Meadows of Leipsic. She was born December 4, 1925 to the late John and Susan (Bohn) Plescher. On October 29, 1949 she married Louis Schmitz who died April 11, 1959.
She is survived by three children, Linda Best, Eugene (Marlene) Schmitz, and Michael (Connie) Schmitz all of Glandorf; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren with two on-the-way; one great-great grandchild; a sister, Ruth Calvelage of Ft. Jennings; a brother, Robert (Vivian) Plescher of Ottawa; and a son-in-law, Chuck Otto of Miller City. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Otto; a son, Louis Schmitz, Jr; a brother, Arthur Plescher; a sister, Mary Plescher; and a son-in-law, William Best.
Rita was a housekeeper for the Le Bell Motel, Ottawa and a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf and the Ottawa American Legion Auxiliary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf with Fr. Tony Fortman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa where there will be a parish rosary at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.