Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 - Ottoville Obits

1-2-2011
Robert H. Hoersten
Robert H. Hoersten, 66, of Ottoville, died 2:11 p.m. January 2, 2011 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  He was born June 24, 1944 in Lima to Anthony and Bernadine (Berelsman) Hoersten.  His mother survives in Delphos and his father is deceased.  On September 23, 1967, he married Mary Lou Boehmer who survives in Ottoville.

Other survivors are his children: Bruce (Margie) Hoersten of Holloman AFB, New Mexico and Barbara Hoersten of Ottoville; two grandchildren, Blaine and Joseph Hoersten; 5 sisters: Nancy (Gene) Schmersal, Jane (Mike) Merschman, Ruth (Ron) Schulte and Norma (Chip) Rampe all of Kalida; and Judy Hoersten of Van Wert; 5 brothers: Dan (Barb) Hoersten, Steve (Carol) Hoersten, Paul (Judy) Horesten and Jeff Horesten all of Ottoville and Mark (Kristy)  Hoersten of New Haven, IN.
Proceeding Robert in death are a daughter, Brenda Hoersten and a son, Blaine Hoersten.
           
Robert retired from Fruehauf in Delphos and owned Dew Drop Inn in Ottoville.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville; member of Putnam Co. CIC Broad, Ottoville Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Cemetery Broad, Ottoville Area Community Club and Ottoville VFW Auxiliary.
           
A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.  Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township, corner of St. Rt. 224 & 634, where a scripture service will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
              
Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Cemetery.
              
Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
1-2-2011
Rita G. Eickholt
Rita G. Eickholt, age 89, of Upper Arlington, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at her home. Rita was born on October 20, 1921 in Ottoville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Regina Wannemacher. Rita is also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Bob, brothers Earl, Rich, Norval and Robert Wannemacher and sister Jean Leonard.

She graduated from Mt. Carmel School of Nursing with her R.N. and was a nurse for over 25 years retiring from Juvenile Diagnostic Center. Rita was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church, participated in activities at the VFW with her husband, Bob and played many card games at the Moose Lodge in Hilliard. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Rita is survived by her children, David (Margaret) Eickholt of Avon, Colorado and Robert (Jane) Eickholt of Columbus; grandchildren, Kerry Eickholt of Cambridge, MA, Lisa Eickholt of Tampa, FL, Ginna Eickholt of Dublin, OH and Max Eickholt of Tampa, FL; sisters, Priscilla Wannemacher of Ottoville, OH, and Alice Maag of Ft. Jennings, OH; along with countless nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221, where service will be on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 10 a.m. Father Daniel Ochs, Celebrant. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association , 5455 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send condolences and share memories.
1-9-2011
Anna Marie Eickholt
Anna Marie Eickholt, 90, of Ottoville, died 3:13 a.m. Sunday, January 9, 2011 at. St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  She was born December 12, 1920 in Hudson, MI to the late William L. and Mary (Landwehr) Turnwald.    On April 11, 1942, she married Jerome A. Eickholt who died December 24, 1990.

Anna is survived by seven sons: Thomas (Mary) Eickholt of Columbus Grove, Jerry (Jann) Eickholt , Dan (Marcia) Eickholt, and Frank (Judy) Eickholt all of Ottoville, Don (Marie Ann) Eickholt and Bill (Lisa) Eickholt both of Junction City, KA., Ray (Carol) Eickholt of Van Wert;  3 daughters: Mary Ann (Dale) Good of Ft. Jennings, Jane (Bill) Thomas of Lima and Kathy (Ed) Wehri of Ottoville; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; a brother: John (Dolores) Turnwald of Ottoville, a sister: Betty M. (Karl) Schumacher of Columbus Grove and a sister-in-law: Rita Turnwald of Kalida.  Also preceding her in death were two sons: Robert L. and Joey Eickholt; three brothers: Leon, William, Jr.and Syl Turnwald; a sister-in-law: Betty Turnwald and a great-grandchild.
           
Anna was a homemaker.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Altar Rosary Society.  She was a Gold Star Mother.
           
A Mass of Christian burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.  Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LOVE HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (on the corner of St. Rts. 224 & 634) where a scripture will be held at 2:00 p.m.
              
Memorials may be given to St. Rita’s Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
              
Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
1-9-2011
Leona E. Landin
Leona E. Landin, 96 of Ottoville died 2:26 am Sunday, January 09, 2011 at the Meadows of Kalida. She was born August 16, 1914 in Ft. Jennings to the late Henry and Anna (Becker) Horstman. On August 16, 1938, she married Lloyd Landin and he died in September 1988. 

Surviving are 5 children:  Larry Landin of Ft. Jennings, Joyce (Ron) Maag of Ft. Jennings, Joan Wierwille of New Bremen, Terry (Barb) Landin of Ottoville and Roger (Darlene) Landin of Ft. Jennings; 14 grandchildren: Perry Landin, Kerry Landin, Jodi (Chuck) Koester, Suzie (Jim) Warnecke, Kevin (Jenny) Maag, David (Olivia) Maag, John E. (Kate) Wierwille, Eric (Christy) Wierwille, Beverly (Jim) Schweller, Terri Ann (Jim) Bendele, Michelle (Dwight) Heitmeyer, Darren Landin, Troy (Carla) Landin, Chad (Lora) Landin; 29 great-grandchildren; a brother: Hubert (Agnes) Horstman of Cloverdale and several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law: Carla Landin and son-in-law: Charles Wierwille
           
Leona was a seamstress at Greggs and Elder-Beerman. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, its Altar Rosary Society and a social member of the Ottoville Catholic Ladies of Columbia. Leona was in the Kewpee commercial as the Kewpee Pie Lady “just like grandma makes.” She enjoyed reading and was the oldest member of the Ottoville Library and read the most books. She enjoyed sewing and traveling, loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
           
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am Friday, January 14, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ft. Jennings.  Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Thursday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township (at the corner of St. Rts. 224 & 634)
where scripture will be held at 2:00 pm.
                
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Steeple Fund
                
Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome.com
1-10-2011
Leonard W. Klima
Leonard W. “Lenny” Klima, 81, died Jan. 10, 2011, at his residence.
           
He was born Sept. 17, 1929, in Ottoville to Wenzel and Emma Martin Klima, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 7, 1954, he married Ruth L. Brinkman, who survives.
           
Mr. Klima retired as a tool and die maker from Teleflex. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a corporal and a gun mechanic from Feb. 13, 1951, to Dec. 11, 1952.   He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740, Ottoville, and a member of American Legion Post 355, Fort Jennings. He was a 1948 graduate of Ottoville High School. He was an avid fisherman, who enjoyed camping, working puzzles and watching sporting events.

Survivors also include two sons, Bob (Saundra) Klima and Jim (Cindy) Klima, both of Ottoville; two daughters, Cheryl Hershey, of Delphos, and Mary Jo (Tim) Maag, of Ottoville; a sister, Katie Simmons, of Lima; 13 grandchildren, Eric (Jodi) Hershey, Craig (Kelly) Hershey, Kyla Hershey, Brad (Leslie) Klima, Brett (Shanah) Klima, Brittany (Dan) Albrinck, April Klima, Crystal Klima, Logan Klima, Dylan Klima, Brandon Maag, Travis Maag and Bethany Maag; five great-grandchildren, Lola, Trey and Malania Hershey, Brenden Oleson and Ava Hershey; and a sister-in-law, Ladonna Klima, of Delphos.

He was preceded in death by two sons, James LeRoy and John Anthony Klima; a granddaughter, Ashley Marie Klima; and six siblings, Bill (Margaret) Klima, Bertha (Ray) Spieles, Tony (Fredona) Klima, Sally (Louie) Klausing, Vincent Klima and Gene Simmons.
           
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.
           
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a VFW and American Legion service will be held at 7 p.m. and a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to Ottoville School track and baseball programs.
1-21-2011
Ruth R. Koenig
Ruth R. Koenig, 78, died at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 21, 2011, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.
           
She was born Sept. 10, 1932, in Ottoville to Henry and Veronica Siefker Hoffman, who preceded her in death.
           
Mrs. Koenig retired from Heritage Nursing Home, Findlay. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Leipsic, and its Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She enjoyed putting together puzzles, but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.
              
Survivors include three children, Virgil Koenig Jr., Mary (Steven) Huber and Rita Koenig, all of Leipsic; three grandchildren, Courtney, Steven II and Joshua Huber; a brother, Elmer (Dorothy) Hoffman, of Delphos; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Landwehr, of Ottawa.
           
She was preceded in death by a brother, Theodore (Dolores) Hoffman; and a sister, Lillian Landwehr.
           
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Leipsic. Father George Wenzinger will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
           
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, where a rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the Ronald McDonald House.
             
Condolences may be expressed at  http://www.lovefuneralhome.com/.
1-26-2011
Dorothy M. Cross
Dorothy M. Cross, 83, died at 2:20 p.m. Jan. 26, 2011, at Sarah Jane Living Center, Delphos. She was born April 15, 1927, in Ottoville to Joseph   and Amelia Dickman Miller, who preceded her in death. On Feb. 20, 1952, she married Raymond Cross, who died Aug. 15, 1992.  
           
Mrs. Cross was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Auxiliary, both in Delphos.
              
Survivors include three children, Diane (Dean) Basinger, of Cloverdale, Linda (Dane) Chisman, of Elida, and Ron (Deb) Cross, of Ottoville; seven grandchildren, Calvin (Lindsey) Basinger, Danielle Basinger, Deidra (Mark) Brink, Tanner Basinger, Jarrod Chisman, Matt (Kendra) Cross and Brad Cross; a great-grandchild, Micalin Basinger; and a brother, Jerome “Romie” Miller, of Kalida.
           
She was preceded in death by a brother, Cletus Miller.
           
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Delphos.
           
 Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where a Scripture service will be held at 2 p.m.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Sarah Jane Living Center Acclivities Fund.
              
Condolences may be expressed at  www.lovefuneralhome.com.  
1-27-2011
Bernadine E. Hoersten
Bernadine E. Hoersten, 89, died at 4:35 p.m. Jan. 27, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical   Center.
           
She was born May 16, 1921, in Fort Jennings to Anton and Elizabeth Wieging Berelsman, who preceded her in death. On   June 2, 1943, she married Anthony A. “Tony” Hoersten, who died March 23, 2000.
           
Mrs. Hoersten was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She was a member of the Starlight Club, Lima. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, spending time with her family and friends, and watching and listening to EWTN.              

Survivors include five sons, Dan (Barb) Hoersten and Steve (Carol) Hoersten, both of Ottoville, Mark (Christine) Hoersten, of New Haven, Ind., and Jeffrey Hoersten and Paul (Jody) Hoersten, both of Ottoville; five daughters, Nancy (Eugene) Schmersal, of Kalida, Judy Hoersten, of Van Wert, and Ruth (Ron) Schulte, Jane (Mike) Merschman and Norma (Chip) Rampe, all of Kalida; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Hoersten, of Ottoville; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Olivia (Orval) Eickholt, of Ottoville; and three sisters-in-law, Mable Berelsman, of Fort Jennings, Belva Berelsman, of Lima, and Leona Berelsman, of Delphos.  
           
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Hoersten; two grandchildren, Blaine and Brenda Hoersten; a great-granddaughter, Emily Kahle; six brothers, William, Ambrose, Hubert, Linus, Albert and Norbert Berelsman; and four sisters, Margaret Erhart, Cecilia Plescher, Loretta Leatherman and Mary Hoersten.
           
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.  
           
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where a Scripture service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to the memorial Masses, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery Fund, American Cancer Society Putnam County Relay for Life or the charity of the donor’s choice.
              
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.  
1-29-2011
Jerome H. Miller
Jerome H. “Romie” Miller, 79, died at 2:03 a.m. Jan. 29, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
           
He was born April 26, 1931, in Ottoville to Joseph and Amelia Dickman Miller, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 17, 1960, he married Barbara E. Stant, who died May 4, 2010.
           
Mr. Miller retired from Philips Display Components, Ottawa, and also worked for Risco of Pandora. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Ottawa Veterans of Foreign Wars.
              
Survivors include four children, Daren Miller, of Kalida, Richard (Lori) Miller, of Napoleon, Steven (Kelly) Miller, of Kalida, and Carol (James) Koenig, of Columbus Grove; and 10 grandchildren.  
           
He was preceded in death by a brother, Cletus Miller, and a sister, Dorothy Cross.
           
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida. Father Mark Hoying will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military rites by the Ottawa VFW.
           
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, in Jackson Township, Putnam County, on the corner of U.S. 224 and state Route 634, where a Scripture service will begin at 2 p.m. and a VFW service will begin at 7 p.m.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
              
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.  
1-30-2011
Jane E. Plescher
Jane E. Plescher, 93, died at 1:45 a.m. Jan. 30, 2011, at Van Crest of Delphos.

She was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Van Wert County to James and Katherine Kerns Bowersock, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 1, 1936, she married Herbert Plescher, who died Oct. 17, 1989.

Mrs. Plescher was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She was a graduate of Holgon-Jackson High School and a member of the Sunshine Club. She volunteered for many years with the Putnam County Red Cross and as a 4-H leader. She enjoyed going to the lake and fishing with her husband and family as well as traveling and working in her flower garden. She was a wonderful cook.

Survivors include three children, Sharon Knippen, of Ottoville, John (Leslie) Plescher, of Delphos, and Michael Plescher, of Ottoville; a son-in-law: Dan (Mary) Hartnett, of Toledo; 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Betty Bowersock, of Lima, and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Hartnett; a son, Terry Plescher; a son-in-law, James Knippen; a granddaughter; five sisters, Elva Wortman, Alvertus Stemen, Juanita Gruelich, Isabell Miller and Patty Spradlin; and a brother, James Bowersock.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. The Rev. John Stites will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township (on the corner of state Routes 224 & 634). A Scripture service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday and a CLC service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, both at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
2-2-2011
Roger J. Weber
Roger J. Weber Ann Arbor, MI, age 92, flew home to God on February 2, 2011, at the Gilbert Residence in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Born January 11, 1919 in Ottoville, Ohio, Roger was the second son of Philip V. and Mary C. (Hoehn) Weber.

At Ecorse (Michigan) High School, Roger excelled in sports, where he ran the 100 yd. dash in 10 seconds and was captain of the football team. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, but was also drafted by Uncle Sam at the same time. During WWII, he was captain of a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber, flew 29 bombing missions over Europe, and was part of the 8th Air Force, 390th Bomber Group. He was awarded the Bronze-Star 4 times and was also decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. He taught flying after the war and continued to fly other aircraft.

After the war he married his sweetheart, Margaret "Rita", on October 27, 1951. They raised six children in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He owned the Dearborn Insurance Agency, and retired in 1983.

His lifelong passions were baseball and his family. He coached Little League with his sons and played/managed softball teams well into his eighties, still the designated runner on his senior softball leagues.

Roger is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret "Rita" (Anglim); sisters Bernadette Belzek and Esther (Frank) Duzick; children Cathleen, Denise (Richard) Herrmann, Christopher, Lisa (Thomas) Hummel, Jonathan (Debra Calvert), and Margaret "Peggy" (John) Arana; 9 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011, at Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm and Saturday morning 10 am - noon.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan at 1 pm Saturday, February 5, 2011. Internment will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery Holly, Michigan.
2-5-2011
Sabina E. Miller
Sabina E. Miller, 96, died at 6:47 a.m. Feb. 5, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
           
She was born May 1, 1914, in Ottoville to John and Anna Eberle Honigford, who preceded   her in death. On May 15, 1935, she married Otto Miller, who died Sept. 19, 1995.
           
Mrs. Miller was a homemaker.   She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kalida, and its Altar Rosary Society. She was a former member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She truly enjoyed playing cards, being on the farm and baking her famous homemade angel food cake, noodles, sugar cookies and cherry jelly. No one ever left her house empty handed. She received much joy from cards, prayers and visits from her prayer pals. She enjoyed the rosary and bingo while at the Meadows of Kalida.
              
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Ann Bockrath, of Ottawa, Lucy (Mike) Kahle, Betty (Louis) Ellerbrock, and Carol (Ron) Buss, all of Kalida; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three more on the way.
           
She was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, David Bockrath and Herb Oglesbee; five brothers, John Honigford, Bernard Honigford, Clement Honigford, Joseph Honigford and Gilbert Honigford; and a sister, Mary Weber.
           
Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with her grandson, Father Jason Kahle, and Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, Columbus Grove.  
           
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where a scripture service will begin at 2 p.m. and Altar Rosary service at 7 p.m.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
              
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.  

2-19-2011
Luella C. Kortokrax
Luella C. Kortokrax, 97, died at 6 a.m. Feb. 19, 2011, at the Meadows of Kalida.

She was born Sept. 2, 1913, in Fort Jennings to Joseph and Christina Berelsman Martin. On Aug. 24, 1931, she married Leo C. Kortokrax, who died in 1980.

Mrs. Kortokrax was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to travel and was a 4-H adviser and a member of the Farm Bureau. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its Altar Rosary Society.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Kortokrax, of Kalida, and Jerry (Bea) Kortokrax, of Lima; two daughters, Marianne (Jacob “Jack”) Schimmoeller, of Fort Jennings, and Unalee (Arch) Kious, of Ottoville; and 19 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Donna Kortokrax; and two grandsons, Robert Kortokrax and William Schimmoeller.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. The Rev. John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, 209 W. Third St., Delphos. A parish wake and family rosary will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville.
2-22-2011
Denise J. Wueller
Denise J. “Dee” Wueller, 50, died at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22, 2011, at her residence. She was born July 10, 1960, in Lima   to Jerry A. and Angie C. Mueller Hohlbein, who survive in Ottoville. On April 30, 1983, she married Joseph F. Wueller, who   survives in Lima.
           
Mrs. Wueller was a 1978 graduate of Ottoville High School, Ottoville, and a graduate of Frederick’s Beauty Academy, Lima. She was a hairdresser at House of Styles Salon and had worked at The Klip Joint Hair Salon. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, where she was on the care and concern committee, was a greeter and helped with the Family Promise Program. She was one of the founders of St. Charles Life Teen Program and was part of its First Core Team. She was involved in the coffee and doughnut hospitality and funeral dinner committees and helped maintain the church grounds. Her joys were gardening and reading.   She always put her family and clients first. She was a tremendous caregiver. She was a devoted wife and a loving aunt to her nieces and nephews and was considered a second mom and daughter to many.
              
Survivors also include; a brother, Dennis J. (Dee) Hohlbein, of Crawfordsville, Ind.; three sisters, Deanna J. (Mark) Odenweller, of Ottoville, Darla J. (Keith) Willett, of Ladoga, Ind., and Debra J. (Chris) Schassberger, of Monroe, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.  
           
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Catholic Church. Father Stephen Blum and Father Donald Mueller will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.
           
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel, where a parish wake service will be held at 8 p.m.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
              
Condolences may be expressed at  http://www.chileslamanfh.com/.
2-26-2011
Madonna E. Amato
Madonna E. Amato, 97, of Ottoville and formerly of Shelby, died 12:03 pm Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Van Crest Health Care Center of Delphos.

She was born February 6, 1914 in Junction to the late Thomas and Emma (Clark) Bullinger, Jr. In October of 1937, she married Lloyd Amato and he died in 1979.

Surviving is a brother: Rollin (Mary Lou) Bullinger of Oakwood; her caregiver and niece Jenny (Carl) Turnwald of Ottoville and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death also by 4 brothers: Raymond, Richard, Russell and Robert Bullinger; 4 sisters: Margaret Finn, Melvina Meyer, Mary DiSanze and Elizabeth Ricker.

Madonna was owner operator of Madonna’s Beauty Shop in Mansfield. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and a former member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Shelby where she was also a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was a 1931 graduate of Defiance High School and attended Beauty School in Mansfield. In 1939, she received her pilot’s license along with her husband. She enjoyed flying and traveling to many parts of the country. She also loved flowers and gardening in her yard.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will be at Most Pure Heart of Mary Cemetery, Shelby at 3 pm. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (at the corner of St. Rts. 224 & 634) where there will be a scripture service at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund, Masses or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome com
2-27-2011
Ruth M. Beining
Ruth M. Beining, 76, of Ottoville, died 3:39 am Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Van Crest Health Care Center of Delphos.

She was born May 29, 1934 in Kalida to the late Andrew and Mayme (Fuerst) Ellerbrock. On September 6, 1954, she married Robert J. Beining. He died December 18, 2009.
Surviving are 6 children: Richard “Dick” (Kathy) Beining of Ottoville, Janelle Schroeder of Ottoville, Alan (Brenda) Beining of Ottoville, Joyce (Randy) Shaw of Las Vegas, NV, Doris Beining of Indianapolis, IN and Charles (Michelle) Beining of Botkins; 13 grandchildren: Chad Beining, Michael Beining, Denise Dalicandro, Amy Beining, Jason Schroeder, Todd Schroeder, Melissa Schroeder, Rodney Schroeder, Jessica Beining, Adam Beining, Darby Shaw, Nicole Drage and Cory Bowman; 3 great-grandchildren: Addison Beining, Cooper Beining and Nolan Schroeder; a brother: Orville (Mary) Ellerbrock of Leipsic.

She was preceded in death also by 2 brothers: Richard and Norman Ellerbrock.

Ruth was a homemaker and an interior designer. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Altar Rosary Society. She was active in the church helping to count collection and leader for the exercise program. She volunteered at the Thrift Store, enjoyed being a winter Texan, assisted with activities at their park in Texas, an avid card player and enjoyed bingo and dancing with her husband.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 am Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Tuesday and 2 to 8 Wednesday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (on the corner of St. Rts. 224 & 634) where there will be a scripture service at 2 pm Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice or Immaculate Conception Steeple Fund.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.lovefuneralhome.com/
3-8-2011         
Rita M. Turnwald
Rita M. Turnwald, 87, of Ottoville died 3:30 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at The Meadows of Kalida. Rita was born October 31, 1923 in Columbus Grove to the late Stephan and Mary Catherine (Weber) Miller. On June 21, 1944 she married Leon C. Turnwald who died May 19, 2002.

She is survived by her children: Dorothy (Jose) Flores of Ottoville, Steve (Ann) Turnwald of Ft. Wayne, IN, Jeanette (Kenneth) Hazelton of Ada, Irene Helms of Ft. Jennings, Nancy (Larry) Suer of Cincinnati; a son-in-law: James Ellerbrock of Ottawa; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers: Norbert (Angela) Miller of Ottoville, Ralph (Dorothy) Miller of Kalida, Donald “Doc” (Dorothy) Miller of Delphos, Virgil (Judy) Miller of Cloverdale, and Art Miller of Ocala, FL; 6 sisters: Ethel (Orville) Burgei of Delphos, Julie Kaskel of Delphos, Luella Madigan of Wapakoneta, Irene Horner of Lima, Dolores Mesker of Delphos, and Donna (Bill) Schlagbaum, of Delphos.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter: Agnes “Aggie” Ellerbrock, a grandson: Andrew Helms, 2 great-grandchildren: Myka Turnwald and Alexis Inkrott; and a sister: Lenore Miller.

Rita retired as the Director of Religious Education for the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Ottoville; she had worked in the Ottoville branch of the Putnam County Library. She was a 1941 graduate of Ottoville High School. Rita was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Rosary Altar Society and was the historian for the Ottoville church and community. She was a member of Putnam County Historical Society and in 2005 she published the book: History of Ottoville and Vicinity, 1845-2001. Rita was named Women of the Year, was a 4-H advisor for 30 years, made rosaries, and enjoyed sewing, and baking wedding cakes. She was a contributing author for the Farmland News. Rita made everyone feel welcome.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday and 2 to 8 pm on Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (corner of St. Rt. 224 & 634) where there will be a scripture service at 2 pm on Friday.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northwest Ohio, 401 Tomahawk Dr., Maumee, OH 43537-1633.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.lovefuneralhome.com/.
3-19-2011
Thomas S. Burgei
Thomas S. Burgei, 69 died at 3:10 p.m. March 19, 2011 at home. He was born August 26, 1941 in Ottoville to Jacob and Veronica (Ricker) Burgei who preceded him in death. On August 12, 1961 he married Norma Lucke, who survives in Ottoville.

Mr. Burgei was a life long farmer and worked at Fruehauf Corp. for 15 years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He attended Ottoville School.

Survivors include four sons; David (Cindy) Burgei, Gary (Karen) Burgei, Jerry Burgei all of Ottoville, Mark (Loretta) Burgei, Columbus Grove, ten grandchildren, Matt
Melissa, Megan, Michael, Madison, Alex, Andrew, Alicia, Jacob and Jaylene; one brother Orville (Ethel) Burgei, Delphos; five sisters; Alma Minnig, Ruth Pohlman, Rosemary Pohlman, Norma Vonderembse all of Delphos, Irene Miller of Ottoville, sister-in-law Avonelle Burgei of Delphos, brother-in-law Kenneth Rode of Delphos; sister and brother-in-laws Sister Mary Ann Lucke, Tiffin, Alice Fischbach, Doris (Art) Neidert, John Lucke, Karen (Larry) Heitmeyer, Ruth Lucke all of Ft. Jennings, Rick (Betty) Ricker, Wilma Humpert, Josie (Arnie) Mohler all of Delphos.

He was also preceded in death also by a brother John Burgei, a sister Gertie Rode and sister and brother-in-laws Camey Minnig, Jerome Pohlman, Art Pohlman, Ralph Miller, Gus Vonderembse, Len and Vera Menke, Raphael Fischbach, Rudy Wurst, Bob Humpert, Donald Lucke, Elmer Lucke.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1p.m Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. The Rev. John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township (on the corner of state Routes 224 and 634), where a Scripture service will begin at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
5-2-2011
Mary Lou Altenburger
Mary Lou “Mrs. A” Altenburger, 57, of Ottoville died 5:11 pm Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born August 25, 1953 in Lima to Harold and Mildred (Warnecke) Vorst. Her father is deceased and her mother survives in Kalida. On October 16, 1976 she married Robert Altenburger who survives in Ottoville.
          
Also surviving are 3 children: Dana Altenburger M.D. of West Hollywood, CA, Ben (Jodi Kroeger) Altenburger and Adam Altenburger both of Ottoville; 4 sisters: Marge (Leonard “Butch”) Kehres of Ottoville, Karen (Tom) Vorst-Horrell of Leawood, KS, Linda (Jeff) Altenburger of Ottoville, and Terese (Joe) Wantuch of Cincinnati; 3 brothers: Dennis (Norma) Vorst of Kalida, Dave (Janet) Vorst of Independence, KY, and Duane (Beth) Vorst of Columbus Grove. She was also preceded in death by a sister: Rose Ann (Vorst) Heck.
           
Mrs. A was a Science Teacher at Fort Jennings Local School. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. She was a dedicated teacher; a supportive and loving wife and mother who was charitable and giving of her time to those in need. Mrs. A was known for her quick wit and depth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and took great joy in life’s simple moments. She was a member of Country Acres Wednesday night Ladies golf league and was a volunteer at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
           
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Thursday and Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (corner of St Rts 224 & 634). A scripture service will be held 2 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.
               
Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com.
5-11-2011
Timothy J. Schroeder
Timothy J. Schroeder, 54, of Ottoville, died 4:17 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.  He was born September 25, 1956 in Lima to Justin and Kate (Fenbert) Schroeder who survives in Leipsic.  He had been married to Janelle (Beining) Schroeder of Ottoville. His fiancée, Marcia Matson survives in Ottoville.
           
Also surviving are 4 children: Jason (Carrie) Schroeder of Ottawa, Todd (Janelle) Schroeder of Ft. Jennings, Melissa Schroeder of Ottoville and Rodney Schroeder of Ottoville; 2 grandchildren: Nolan Schroeder and Aiden Schroeder and a grandchild on the way; 3 sisters: Beverly (Keith) Dewar of Leipsic, Rebecca (Steve) Schnipke and Barbara (John) Beining both of Ottawa; four brothers: Keith “Cojak” (Nancy) Schroeder, Bruce (Teresa) Schroeder and Brad “Slick” (Jill) Schroeder all of Leipsic and Philip “Flip” (Natalie) Schroeder of Findlay;  and a sister-in-law, Jean (Gary) Nienberg of Miller City.  He was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Gregory, Frederick and Matthew Schroeder.
           
Tim was owner/operator, along with his sons, of Schroeder Steel in Ottoville.  He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, a member of the Wannemacher Pool League, Ottawa Eagles, and a social member of Ottoville VFW.  Tim loved spending time with his children, grandchildren other family members and friends.
           
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, with Fr. John Stites officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.   Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (on the corner of St Rts 224 & 634) where a scripture service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
              
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or St. Mary’s Cemetery.
              
Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
5-13-2011
Lucille H. Horstman
Lucille H. “Lucy” Horstman, 94, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., formerly of Ottoville, died May 13, 2011, at Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville, Tenn.

She was born April 17, 1917, in Paulding County, to Louis W. and Emma Brinkman Ricker, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 29, 1937, in Ottoville, she married Cletus “Click” Horstman, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Horstman and her family lived in Cleveland from 1940 and 1950 and chose to return to their hometown area to raise their children and be closer to other family members. After retirement from GTE Sylvania Electric, Ottawa, she and her husband were active in playing cards, making craft items, sewing and baking pies, which earned her the nickname of “The Pie Lady.” She moved with her son and daughter-in-law to Fairfield Glade in 2002 and continued to play euchre with her new friends and complete word puzzle books. She was recently a resident of the Cumberland Ridge Assisted Living in Crossville, Tenn., and the family is thankful for her fulfilling experiences there. Her smiling face and card-playing skills will be deeply missed. She went on to be with the Lord and her late husband.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald L. (Marilyn) Horstman, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., and Dennis (Nancy) Horstman, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and Bob and Carol Bennett, whom she considered family.

She was preceded in death by a son James R. (Pearl) Horstman, of Missoula, Montana; two brothers, Rudolph Ricker and John Ricker, both of Ottoville; and a sister, Agnes Horstman, of Ottoville.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. The body has been cremated.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cumberland County, Tennessee.

Arrangements are by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
5-14-2011
Andrew L. Clementz
Andrew L. Clementz, 56, of Ottoville died 6:56 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  He was born March 23, 1955 in Lima to the late Frank and Josephine (Madonia) Clementz.  On November 2, 1974, he married Judy Salsburey, who survives in Ottoville.
           
Other survivors are his children: Melissa (Robert) Buettin of Cleveland and Brent (Kala Knippen) Clementz of Ottoville; a grandson: Aiden Clementz of Ottoville; three brothers: John Clementz and Joseph (Cherri) Clementz both of Ottoville, and Peter (Patricia) Clementz of Cloverdale; and four sisters: Mary (Jim) Mox of Delphos, Helen (Dale) Calvelage and Frances Kerner both of Ft. Jennings, and Josephine (Eddie) Duling of Glandorf.
             
Andrew was a security guard for the New Millennium in Continental.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, Delphos Eagles, Kalida Fish & Game Club, Leipsic Rod & Gun Club, and Ottoville VFW Men’s Auxiliary.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and grandson, Aiden.
           
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday and 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (corner of St. Rts. 224 and 634).  A scripture service will be held Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm at the funeral home.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio.
              
Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
5-15-2011
Dorothy Jean S. Becker
Dorothy Jean S. Becker, 91, died at 6:45 a.m. May 15, 2011, at VanCrest Healthcare Center, Delphos.

She was born March 29, 1920, in Franklin, County, to Otto and Clarice Benjamin Sands, who preceded her in death. In 1941, she married Fred Homer, who died in 1988. In 1990, she married Melvin Becker, who died in 2006.

Mrs. Becker had been a member of First United Church of God, Troy.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia Cullins, of California; three nephews,: Robert Cullins Jr. and Scott Cullins both of Colorado, and Douglas Cullins, of California; and five step-children, Frank (Cindy) Becker, of Ottoville, Jill (Marvin Jr.) Lucas, of Delphos, Jason (Carrie) Becker, of Wapakoneta, Roger Becker, of Columbus, and Wayne Becker, of Culver, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Verdie Worthington Sands.

Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, in Fletcher Cemetery, Fletcher.

Memorial contributions may be mad to the Alzheimer's Association or to VanCrest Healthcare Center.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.lovefuneralhome.com/.

Arrangements are by Love Funeral Home, Ottawa.
5-26-2011
Mary C. Grothaus
Mary C. Grothaus, 85, of Corbin, Ky., formerly of Lima, died May 26, 2011, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Ottoville to Charles and Anna Fletcher Perrin, who preceded her in death. She married Robert D. Grothaus, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Grothaus had been the cafeteria manager at Lima City Schools. She was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church and the Secular Franciscan Order.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Duane (Roberta) Grothaus Jr., of Tiffin, Tom Grothaus, of Reno, Nev., and Jeff (Lola) Grothaus, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three daughters, Kathy (John) Stansberry, of Corbin, Ky., Pam (Keith) Webb, of Lima, and Mary Jo Stevens, of Corbin, Ky.; and 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and six brothers.
Services will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home. Father James McDonald will officiate. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the altar flower fund at Sacred Heart Church, Corbin, Ky.

Condolences may be ex-pressed at http://www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com/.
5-31-2011
Ruth Ann H. Schuller
Ruth Ann H. Schuller, 68, died May 31, 2011, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 14, 1942, in Ottoville to George and Gertrude Fischer Miller, who preceded her in death. She had been married to Arthur J. Schuller, of Arcadia.

Ruth was a homemaker. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Ottawa. She enjoyed baking cookies and making chicken noodles. She always touched the lives of everyone she met.

Survivors include two children, Brad (Kristie) Schuller, of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Jennifer (John Jr.) Yankanich, of Ambler, Pa.; five grandchildren, Nicholas Schuller, Sharry Schuller, Katerina Yankanich, John Yankanich III, and Alexandra Yankanich; a brother, Kenneth (Dorothy) Miller, of Ottoville; three sisters, Elizabeth Knott, of Columbus Grove, June (Donald) Korte, of Delphos, and Vivian (Bob) Schimmoeller, of Oak Harbor; and a sister-in-law, Jill Miller, of Ottoville.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Miller; and a brother-in-law, Arthur Knott.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. The Rev. Matt Jozefiak will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where there will be a CLC rosary service at 7 p.m. and a VFW Auxiliary service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.lovefuneralhome.com/.
6-1-2011
Hubert A. Friemoth
Hubert A. “Hub” Friemoth, 81, died at 5:20 a.m. June 1, 2011, at Vancrest Healthcare Center, of Delphos.

He was born May 27, 1930, in Ottoville to Theodore J. and Theresa Landwehr Friemoth, who preceded him in death.

He had been married to Marjorie Hohman. She survives in Delphos.

Mr. Friemoth was retired as the sexton of St. John's Cemetery. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 and Delphos Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471. He enjoyed fishing, garage sales and auctions.

Survivors include four sons, John A. (Shelby) Friemoth, of Ottawa, and Hubert J. (Tana) Friemoth, Bradley A. Friemoth and Barry A. Friemoth, all of Delphos; two daughters, Kathleen A. (Charles) Davidson, of Delphos, and Karen E. Burgess, of Dayton; two sisters, Rita Heidenescher and Marie Musgrave, both of Michigan; a brother, Ed Friemoth, of Michigan; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Linus Friemoth, Elmer Friemoth, Orriville Friemoth, and Art Friemoth; two sisters, Louella Friemoth and Sue Tesnow; and two grandsons, Hubert J. Friemoth Jr. and Thor D. Friemoth.

Arrangements are incomplete at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Delphos.

A private service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are by Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos.
6-3-2011
Paul Douglas Eickholt
Paul Douglas Eickholt, 38, died at 4:44 p.m. June 3, 2011, at Bethesda Care Center. He was born May 10, 1973, in Lima to Ronald W. and Brenda Pavel Eickholt, who   survive in Oak Harbor.

Mr. Eickholt worked as a welder at Clymers Enterprise, in Pandora, for five years, and   he worked part time for Suters Produce for 10 years. He was a 1991 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School. He was a member of the Eagles of Ottawa. He liked motorcycles, cars and volleyball. He enjoyed making things out of wood. He had a big heart and was always willing to help people. In the early 1990s, he went to Missouri to help flood victims.
              
Survivors also include a sister, Carrie Lynn Stevens, of Celina; two brothers, John William Eickholt and Scott Christopher (Christi) Eickholt, both of Fairbanks, Alaska; and his grandmothers, Dolores Eickholt and Romaine Pavel.  
           
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Vincent Eickholt and Leon Pavel.
              
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. Father Mel will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.
           
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sandusky.
6-7-2011
Marceil V. Fought Musser

Marceil V. Fought Musser, 90, died at 8:35 a.m. June 7, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was   born Sept. 1, 1920, in Ottoville to Henry and Elanore Grothouse Wannemacher, who preceded her death. She   married Doyle Fought, who died April 30, 2001. She then married Bernard Musser, who died Feb. 3, 2010.
           
Mrs. Musser was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, and its Altar Rosary Society. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting and gardening. She loved the Cincinnati Reds.
              
Survivors include two sons, Larry (Kathy) Fought, of Fort Jennings, and David (Elaine) Fought, of Buckeye, Ariz.; two daughters, Dianne (Robert) Heitmeyer, of Fort Jennings, and Peggy (Gerry) Kill, of Powell; a sister, Louella (Paul) Cook, of Lima; a brother, Harold Wannemacher; six grandchildren, Cathy (Troy) Zeller, of Cecil, Steven (Jane) Mox, Jennifer (Dale) Neidert and Scott Fought, all of Fort Jennings, Kristy (Tony) Santangelo, of Delaware, Ohio, and Cori (Chad) Schulte, of Hilliard; 11 great-grandchildren, Jessica Mox, of Bowling Green, Cody (Alinna) Mox, of Fort Jennings, Pvt. Jeremy Neidert, of Fort Benning, Ga., Nick, Tyler, Jordan and Faith Neidert, all of Fort Jennings, Celia and Charlotte Schulte, of Hilliard, and Wes and Bailey Zeller, of Cecil; and a great-great-granddaughter, Maycee Jo Mox, of Fort Jennings.
           
She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
           
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Father Jacob Gordon will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos.
           
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos.
              
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the St. John’s Scholarship Fund.

6-15-2011
Helen M. Shively
Helen M. Shively, age 91, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at The Toledo Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born July 3, 1919 to Henry and Elizabeth (Hasalem) Linger in Ottoville, Ohio. Helen married George R. Shively on March 23, 1946 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and he preceded her in death in January 22, 2010. 
She worked at the Toledo Club, Edison Restaurant and most recently Hillcrest Hotel for 32 years. Some of Helen’s favorite past-times were swing dancing at The Knights of Columbus, playing volleyball and bicycle riding. In her spare time she enjoyed baking delicious desserts for her family.

Left to cherish her memory is her son, Larry Hughes and George Robert (Elizabeth) Shively; grandchildren, Rick, Tina, Kevin, Rob (Kim), Cori and Sybil; great-grandchildren, Larry, Samantha, Cody, Kayla, David John and Skylar Georgeanne; 4 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, George; daughter-in-law, Darlene; granddaughter, Debbie; grandson, Eric Shively; brothers, Melitus and Arthur; sisters, Margaret, Leona, Julia and Agnes.

The family will receive guests Monday from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, 4150 W. Laskey Rd. (419-473-0300). Funeral Services will begin in the funeral home Monday at Noon. Entombment will follow in Toledo Memorial Park.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Society for the Blind and Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home in Sandusky.

6-23-2011
Stanley L. Rayman
Stanley L. Rayman, 80, died the evening of June 23, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, from injuries suffered in a house fire.

He was born July 17, 1930, in Putnam County to John and Lucy Schimmoeller Rayman, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 15, 1951, he married Doris Burman, who survives.

Mr. Rayman retired from Roeder Cartage Co. Inc., where he was worked as a truck driver. Before working at Roeder Cartage, he drove a tractor-trailer for J.M. Williams Trucking, Vaughnsville.

Survivors also include two daughters, Rhonda (Bruce) Sparrow and Sondra (Kirk) Martini, of Lima; four grandchildren, Lisa (Bob) Smith, of Vaughnsville, Amy (Kevin) Busick, of Pataskala, Matt Martini, of Lima, and Mike (Kayla Daley) Martini, of Delphos; five great-grandchildren, Zach and Ian Smith, Thomas and Lily Busick and Morgan Martini; two brothers, Bob (Alice) Rayman, of Romeo, Ill., and Gene (Alice) Rayman, of Elida; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Rayman, of Ottoville, and Evelyn Burman, of Vaughnsville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen Rayman and Paul Rayman; two sisters, Maxine Crowe and Mary Rott; and two brothers-in-law, Melvin Crowe and Joe Rott.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. The Rev. Mark Walls will officiate. Burial will be in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 1 E. 33rd St., Fourth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016; Putnam County Chapter of the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 470, Ottawa, OH 45875; or to the American Heart Association, 1313 W. Dorothy Lane, Kettering, OH 44514.

Condolences may be sent to hsfh@woh.rr.com.

7-6-2011
Edmund F. Dickman
Edmund F. Dickman, of Elsie, Michigan, formerly of St. Johns, died July 6, 2011, at the age of 86.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday July 8, 2011, at 3:00 PM, at the Smith Funeral Homes, St. Johns Chapel. Rev. Fr. Eoin Murphy will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the funeral service.

Ed was born on November 3, 1924 in Ottoville, Ohio, to William and Philomena (Wehri) Dickman. He was the eighth of nine children. On September 3, 1949, Ed started a year-long engagement to Barb Smith of Shepard, Michigan. Ed and Barb were married on September 9, 1950. Together, Barb and Ed raised five children. He took pride in his children, joy in their accomplishments, and to his children was a wonderful mentor. Ed served in the United States Army from March 28, 1945 to May, 1950, as a military police officer. In 1984, he retired as a repairman from General Motors.

Ed’s passions included his grandchildren and great grandchildren; his eyes would sparkle and his face would glow when a grandchild would walk in the room. He longed to build projects made of wood and took pride in the trains he built for the 13 grandchildren. He enjoyed casinos, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and bowling.

He is survived by his love, friend, and wife of 61 years, Barbara Dickman of Elsie, son Jim (Krystal) Dickman of Brooklyn, daughter Gwendolyn (Dwight) Nash of Elsie, daughter Nancy (Jerry) Fillwock of St. Johns, son Bob (Dr. Keira Duvernoy) Braveheart of Interlochen, son Tim (friend Laura Johson) Dickman of Grand Rapids, 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and sister Doloris Eickholt of Ottawa, Ohio. Ed was preceded in death by 7 siblings; Annie Dickman, Hubert Dickman, Phillip Dickman, Agnes Moeggenborg, Hildagard Schnipke, Ferdie Dickman, and Alice Kemper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Johns Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

7-12-2011
Priscilla A. Wannemacher
Priscilla A. Wannemacher, 98, died at 4:15 p.m. July 10, 2011, at VanCrest Healthcare Center, Delphos.

She was born Nov. 9, 1912, in Ottoville to Sylvester and Regina Wurst Wannemacher, who preceded her in death

Miss Wannemacher had been a housekeeper. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. She loved animals, especially cats, and enjoyed gardening and canning. She was a very generous, kind and caring person.

Survivors include a sister, Alice Maag, of Fort Jennings; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Ethel Wannemacher, Rita Eickholt and Jean Leonard; and four brothers, Earl, Norval, Richard and Robert Wannemacher.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 am Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where a Scripture service will be held at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Steeple Fund, St. Rita's Hospice or charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.lovefuneralhome.com/.

7-23-2011
Sally Altenburger
Sally Altenburger, 85, of Ottoville, died 7:50 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011 at The Meadows of Kalida.

She was born March 11, 1926 in Putnam County, Ohio to the late Ben and Odella (Cutter) Koester. On May 5, 1945, she married Bill Altenburger, Sr. who survives in Ottoville.

Other survivors are her children: Diane Langhals of Ottoville; Wilbur “Bill” (Janet) Altenburger, Jr. of Cold Spring, KY; Robert ‘Bob” Altenburger of Ottoville; Tom (Jan) Altenburger of Columbus Grove; Janice (Roger) Fortman of Durham, NC; and Larry (Deb) Altenburger of Ottoville; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters-in-law: Dell Koester of Lima and Marge Koester of Delphos.

Preceding her in death are a son-in-law, Mike Langhals, a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Altenburger, three brothers: Elmer Koester, Bob Koester, and Maynard Koester; and a sister-in-law: Rita Koester.

Sally was a homemaker. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Sally enjoyed watching sports, watching Rachel Ray, flowers and traveling. She served as a teacher’s aid for her daughter, Diane, at Ottoville School. She loved spending time with her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville, with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Arrangements are by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Twp.

Condolences may be sent to: wwwlovefuneralhome.com.

7-30-2011
Julianna T. Kaskel
Julianna T. Kaskel, 84, died at 2 p.m. July 30, 2011, at Triumph Hospital in Lima. She was born July 19, 1927, in Putnam County to Stephan and Mary Weber Miller, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 25, 1952, she married Norman Kaskel, who died Oct. 25, 1986.

Mrs. Kaskel was a member of St. Johns Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. She was a presser and dry cleaner at Sealts Cleaning Co. for 30 years. She also enjoyed crochet and playing cards.

Survivors include five sisters, Ethel (Orville) Burgei, Delores Mesker and Donna (Bill) Schlagbaum, all of Delphos, Luella Madigan, of Wapakoneta, and Irene Horner, of Lima; and five brothers, Norbert Miller (Angie), of Ottoville, Ralph Miller (Dorothy), of Kalida, Donald “Doc” Miller (Dorothy), of Delphos, Virgil Miller (Judy), of Ottoville, and Arthur Miller, of Florida.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Turnwald and infant sister Lenora Miller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. The Rev. Melvin Verhoff and Deacon Joe Flores will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. A parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.

8-7-2011
Madonna J. Via
Madonna J. Via, 71, of Troy, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Troy Care & Rehabilitation Center, Troy.

She was born Dec. 17, 1939, in Ottoville, to the late Anthony and Isabel (Bowersock) Miller. Her husband, David A. Via, preceded her in death in 2002.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Nathan and Karen Via of Dayton and Natalie (Via) and Michael Waller of Troy; three siblings, Lillian Carey of Chillicothe, Toni and Robert Magnus of Coral Springs, Fla. and Thomas Miller of Piqua; and two grandchildren, Kayleigh J. Via and Matthew D. Waller.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Via was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Miller.

She was a graduate of Piqua High School, class of 1957 and graduated from Miami Jacobs School of Nursing.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy and former member of the Piqua Kiwanis Club, Piqua Moose Lodge and Piqua Ski Club. Mrs. Via worked as a lab technician before becoming a homemaker and raising a family.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy, with the Rev. Fr. Angelo C. Caserta officiating. The family will greet friends following the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the David Via Scholarship Fund c/o Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, 400 Trade Square East, Troy, OH 45373.

Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.

8-10-2011
Justin J. Wannemacher
Justin J. Wannemacher, 89, died at 5:40 p.m. Aug. 10, 2011, at Sarah Jane Living Center.

He was born March 19, 1922, in Putnam County to Joseph and Sabina Herman Wannemacher, who preceded him in death. On April 23, 1949, he married Alice Wittler, who died July 28, 2001.

Mr. Wannemacher retired as an electrician from Chrysler, Van Wert, and had worked at Superior Coach, Lima, for several years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He was a member of American Legion Post 715, Fort Jennings, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740, Ottoville. He always loved to play euchre, with the winning score always being in his favor, one way or another.

Survivors include three sons, Ron (Ann) Wannemacher, of Carlisle, Alaska, Gary (Candy) Wannemacher, of Waterloo, Iowa, and Mark (Sue) Wannemacher, of Delphos; four daughters, Karen Wiechart and Irene (Thomas) Hesseling, both of Delphos, Mary (Steve) Ricker, of Ottoville, and Vicky (Donald) Maag, of Fort Jennings; a sister, Marie (Richard) Maas, of Ottawa; two sisters-in-law, Betty Wannemacher and Sylvia Horstman, both of Ottawa; a brother-in-law, Vernon Schroeder; and 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Wannemacher; a son-in-law, Phillip Wiechart; two brothers, Carl and Roman Wannemacher; and a sister, Dolly Schroeder.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fort Jennings, with military rites by VFW Post 3740

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

8-30-2011
Dean A. Siefker
Dean A. Siefker, 55, of Bowling Green, Ky., formerly of Ottoville, died Aug. 30, 2011, at his residence. He was born June 1, 1956, in Lima to Amos J. and Carletta Remlinger Siefker, who preceded him in death. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Edith and Bernard Calvelage, who survive in Ottoville.

Mr. Siefker worked at the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, Bowling Green, Ky., and was owner/ operator of Lawnmaster Lawn Service. He lived in Bowling Green, Ky., for the last eight years, where he enjoyed riding his Harley and four-wheeler and was a member of the Bowling Green Hog Chapter. Before moving to Kentucky, he was a member of the Ottawa Harley Owners Group and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2234, both in Ottawa, and was a social member of American Legion Post 715, Fort Jennings, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740, Ottoville.

Survivors also include a daughter, Leslie (Bradley) Klima, of Ottoville; four brothers, Gary (Susan) Siefker and Kevin (Lisa) Siefker, both of Phoenix, Kent (Esta) Siefker, of Lima, and Keith (Lisa) Siefker, of Columbus Grove; a sister, Kathleen Siefker, of Dickson, Tenn.; and his fiancée, Stacy Rolison, of Bowling Green, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Korte Siefker.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in St. Michael Cemetery, Kalida.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

8-31-2011
Louis C. Weber
Louis C. Weber, 79, died at 2:23 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Ottoville to Ludwig “Louis” and Mame Bedink Weber, who preceded him in death. On July 19, 1952, he married Ruth Buschor, who survives in Delphos.

Mr. Weber retired as a journeyman electrician from Teledyne Ohio Steel and was a self-taught electronic designer. He helped install one of the first microwave communication systems on top of the Chrysler Building in Detroit. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. He was a graduate of Ottoville High School, Ottoville, and the National Radio Institute. He was a man of humble integrity, wisdom and humor, whose family always came first. He was a fan of the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays and The Ohio State University Buckeyes. He was a skilled sailor and gardener.

Survivors also include three sons, Dale (Cindy) Weber, of Dublin, William (partner Elise Lark) Weber, of Olivebridge, N.Y., and Charles “Chuck” Weber, of Delphos; a daughter, Debra (Ron) Kill, of Delphos; a sister, Marie (George) Lubeley, of Ottoville; two brothers, Stanley (Grace) Weber, of Wyandott, Mich., and Jim (Arleen) Weber, of Arizona; two sisters-in-law, Patsy Weber and Marilyn Weber; a brother-in-law, Virgil Hohlbein; and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Tom Weber; and a sister, JoAnn Hohlbein.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Father Melvin Verhoff will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Delphos.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Parish Foundation.

10-8-2011
Paul J. Weber
Paul John Weber, 92, passed away Oct. 8, 2011, at Eastport Memorial Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 28, 1918, in Ottoville, Ohio, the son of Ferdinand and Adeline Weber.

Having grown up during the Depression with the family moving often, Paul was a seminarian at St. Joseph’s College, Renssalear, Ind., when the death of his father caused him to return home to help support his family. In 1941 in Lima, Ohio, he began a 42-year career as a marketing engineer with Westinghouse Corp. specializing in aircraft components and later in airport security systems. In 1944 he married Angela Mae Meyer, a young, fun-loving secretary at Westinghouse, and they embarked on a happy life together, eventually having six children.

A bridge master, Paul loved reading, history, mathematics, politics, card games with friends and family, ballroom dancing with his wife, and especially golf. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Elks. Although traveling extensively in his work, he managed his operations mainly in Ohio, northern Virginia and lastly, Baltimore. Two years after Angela’s death – his wife of 37 years – Paul retired.

In 1983 Paul married artist Joyce Tulis of Columbia, Md., and moved to Eastport. They restored and operated Milliken House as a bed and breakfast in Eastport for many years, as well as establishing an art framing business. Paul was active in local civic, business, church and social affairs. He served as treasurer and senior warden at Christ Episcopal Church. He never lost his love of cards, having a regular poker night with his friends. Throughout his life, Paul was valued as a faithful and loving husband, a doting father and grandfather, patriarch to a large family, and a loyal friend – known for his principles and fun to be around. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents and wife, Angela, Paul was predeceased by infant daughter, Judith; and siblings, Raymond, Orville, Cletus, Doris and Jerald. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce of Eastport; a brother, Sylvester and wife, Annamae, of Claremont, Calif.; sons, David and wife, Deane, of Chesapeake, Va., Donald and wife, Nong Yow, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Douglas and wife, Elaine, of Hayes, Va.; daughters, Patricia of Atlanta and Janice, wife of the late Charles Hall, of Centreville, Va.; stepdaughter, Kristin Edwards of Atlanta; stepsons, Clay Tulis of Portland and Ewan Tulis of Ellicott City, Md.; a special extended family daughter, Marlene Mitchell and husband, Michael, of Silverdale, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Paul’s family expresses their profound appreciation to the staff of Eastport Memorial Nursing Home for their long and loving care at the end of his life.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Christ Church, Key Street, Eastport. Donations in his memory may be made to Eastport Memorial Nursing Home.

10-9-2011       
Daniel C. Hoersten   
Daniel C. “Red” Hoersten, 57, died 10:22 a.m. Oct. 9, 2011, at his residence from malignant melanoma skin cancer and chronic lymphacytic leukemia.

He was born Jan. 31, 1954, in Lima to Anthony and Bernadine Berelsman Hoersten, who preceded him in death. On July 8, 1978 he married Barbara Simmons, who survives in Ottoville.

Mr. Hoersten retired from General Motors, Defiance, after more than 40 years. Following his retirement, he became “Mr. Mom” and was an active grandpa. He loved his girls and granddaughters. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, where he was on the liturgy committee and was an usher. He was on the St. Mary Cemetery board and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 2238, United Auto Workers Local 211 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 370, Lima. He was a was a loyal fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals and of cars 3 and 88 in NASCAR. He was a talented stained glass craftsman.

Survivors also include two children, Robin Davis and Taylor Marie Hoersten, both of Ottoville; two grandchildren, Brooke Lynn Davis, who was born on his birthday, and Bridget Joann Davis; nine siblings, Nancy (Eugene) Schmersal, of Kalida, Judy Hoersten, of Van Wert, Ruth (Ron) Schulte, Jane (Mike) Merschman and Norma (Chip) Rampe, all of Kalida, Steve (Carol) Hoersten, of Ottoville, Mark (Christie) Hoersten, of New Haven, Ind., and Jeffrey Hoersten and Paul (Jody) Hoersten, both of Ottoville; his mother-in-law, Katy Simmons, of Lima; and seven brothers- and sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Hoersten, of Ottoville, Dominic “Butch” DeGrands, of Bedford, Va., Kathy (Rex) Mowery, Mike (Karen) Simmons and Patti Marlatt, all of Lima, Don (Betty) Simmons, of Westerville, and Gloria (Ed) Greeley, of Lima.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Bob” Hoersten; his father-in-law, Gene Simmons; a sister-in-law, Nancy DeGrands; two nieces, Brenda Hoersten and Emily Kahle; and two nephews, Blaine Hoersten and Marc Simmons.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where a Scripture service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Masses, Immaculate Conception Church Steeple Fund, St. Mary Cemetery Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.


10-19-2011
Helen L. Schroeder
Helen L. Schroeder, 77, died at 9:38 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Dec. 4, 1933, in Cloverdale to Henry and   Lillian Miller Schnipke, who preceded her in death. On April 20, 1955, she married Donald L. Schroeder, who died   Nov. 16, 1987.

Mrs. Schroeder was a graduate of Ottoville High School, Ottoville. She was a homemaker and had worked part-time at the Grove Dairy Whip. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove, and it Altar Rosary Society and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She was a member of the Golden Steppers Dance Group and a volunteer at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora, and the Meadows of Kalida in Kalida. She cherished her faith, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and especially enjoyed attending their events and activities.  

Survivors include five sons, Dale (Vicky) Schroeder and Mark (Margery) Schroeder, both of Columbus Grove, Charles (Karen) Schroeder, of Ottawa, Thomas (Barb) Schroeder, of Columbus Grove, and Keith (Jan) Schroeder, of Lima; two daughters, Barbara (Jim) Morman, of Glandorf, and Ann (Alan) Koch, of Ottawa; five brothers, Othmar (Delores) Schnipke and Oscar (Shirley) Schnipke, both of Glandorf, Bob (Pat) Schnipke, of Ottawa Lake, Mich., Ralph (Wilma) Schnipke, of Cloverdale, and Karl (Pat) Schnipke, of Toledo; two sisters, Margie Schroeder, of Kalida, and Laura (Dick) Coressel, of Glandorf; a sister-in-law, Pam Schnipke; and 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Urban (Betty) and Virgil Schnipke; and a brother-in-law, Dan Schroeder.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove. The Revs. Ken Schnipke and Gene Schnipke will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, where a rosary service will be held at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony School Endowment Fund.

11-2-2011
Forest B. Peters
Forest B. Peters, age 91, resident of Shiloh, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Hillside Acres Nursing Home. He was born on February 18, 1920 in Ottoville, Ohio to the late Henry and Mary (Sherry) Peters.

Mr. Peters worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad until WWII where he served in the US Army Air Corp. Afterwards, he worked for the B& O in the Willard Railroad Yard. He retired in 1995 from the Carpenters Union in Norwalk. Forest was a farmer, a member of the American Legion, a Bloominggrove Township Trustee, a central committee man for the republican party and was a member of the College Hill United Church of Christ and acting Sunday school superintendent.

He is survived by one daughter, Judy (Don) Lichoff of Willard; one son, Curtis (Nancy) Peters of Florida; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vernice Peters whom he married on January 16, 1943; one daughter, Linda McQuillen; two brothers and four sisters.

Friends may call on Monday, November 7, 2011 at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Pastor David Detwiler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Willard. Memorials contributions can be made to the Willard American Legion or the Stein Hospice of Sandusky.

11-7-2011
Paul C. Burgei
Paul J. Burgei, 89, of Ottoville died 2:45 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2011 at the Meadows of Kalida. He was born May 9, 1922 in Cloverdale to the late Michael A. and Pauline F. (Pittner) Burgei. On September 1, 1951 he married Rita Koester. She died October 3, 1985.

He is survived by his children: Darlene Carfora of Ottoville, OH and Gary (Bridget) Burgei of Troy, OH; 3 grandchildren: Andrew Paul Burgei, Kaitlyn Susanna Burgei, and Benjamin Robert Burgei, all of Troy, OH; and 5 sisters: Agnes King of Napoleon, OH, Miriam Kamann of Oregon, OH, Mildred (William) Pollick of Dublin, OH, Helen Koester of Ottoville, OH and Dorothy Kahle of Kalida, OH.

Preceding him in death are 3 sisters: Annett Kromer, Margaret Maas, and Louise Burgei; and 2 brothers: Hilary Burgei and Lawrence Burgei.

Paul was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and retired in 1987 from Chrysler, where he had been a machine repairman. He had also worked for ExCello and Ford Motor Company. While working at Ford he received the “Town Crier” award for community service. Paul had served as an assistant fire chief for the Ottoville Fire Department and had been on the Ottoville School Board. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where a scripture service will be held at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Habitat for Humanity.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

11-8-2011
Alfred C. Honigford
Alfred C. Honigford, 86, of Ottoville died 8:07 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at The Meadows of Kalida. He was born February 23, 1925 in Ottoville to the late John and Theresa (Weber) Honigford. On September 14, 1946, he married Margaret “Marge” Prine who died December 20, 2004.

Alfred is survived by his children: A. John (Pam) Honigford of Griffin, GA., David L. (Diane) Honigford of Russells Point, Daniel C. (Ruth) Honigford and Jeffrey M. Honigford both of Ottoville and Rebecca S. Hall of Acworth, GA.; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Rose “Sis” (Hank) Wegesin of Delphos, Anna Marie Kahle of Glandorf and a brother, Walter “Butch” (Paulette) Honigford of Delphos, sisters-in-law, Doris Honigford of Ottoville, Norma (Don) Moore of Grover Hill and brother-in-law, Bob (Betty) Prine of Delphos. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson; four brothers: Oswald, Urban “Bud”, Victor and Roger Honigford; 2 sisters-in-law: Lorriane Carder and Twila Ball and 6 brothers-in-law: Hershel, William, Richard, Jack, Melvin and Larry Prine.

Alfred retired in 1988 from Chief Super Market in Delphos as manager of the meat department. After retirement, he worked 12 years with Lock 16. He was also a life long farmer. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and the Ottoville Knights of Columbus. He was an honorary chapter farmer with FFA. His pastime and passion was woodworking and he made many beautiful pieces for family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township (on the corner of St. Rts. 224 and 634) where a scripture service will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Memorials may be given to Immaculate Conception Church repair fund or St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund.

Condolences may be expressed to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.

12-1-2011
Martha M. Ruen
Martha M. Ruen, 98, died at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2011, at VanCrest Healthcare Center, Delphos.

She was born Sept. 25, 1913, in Ottoville to Frank W. and Mary C. Schlagbaum Ruen, who preceded her in   death.

Miss Ruen retired as a bookkeeper from Odenweller Milling Co. after 31 years. She was a lifelong member   of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its Altar Rosary Society and Altar Rosary friendly visitors. She was member and former treasurer of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740 Auxiliary, Ottoville. She was a 1931 graduate of Ottoville High School. She was dedicated to her God, church, family and community. She was a gifted seamstress, needleworker, artist and cook. She was a lady of etiquette and gracious hospitality and always made everyone feel welcome. She was strong and independent and was never one to ask for help but always there for others. Her card-playing skills were well-known. She was a member of the 500 club, a group of ladies who played cards together for more than 60 years. She never had children of her own but she touched so many people with her maternal and loving ways. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Julie Ruen, of Ottawa; 10 nephews and nieces, Tom Hiett, Rose Keller, Judy Ruen, Ruth Miesle, Carol Ruhe, Becky Salisbury, Jane Neumeier, Gene Wannemacher, Ann Wannemacher and Mary Fischer; and several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Alex Ruen; and three sisters, Helen Hiett, Marcella Wannemacher and Irene Ruen; and a nephew, Jerry Wannemacher.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church repair fund or St. Mary Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at  www.lovefuneralhome.com.  

12-3-2011
Linda J. Thompson
Linda Jane “Lynn” Thompson, 62, of Liberty Township, formerly of Ottoville, died Dec. 3, 2011, at Mercy Hospital, Fairfield.

She was born July 25, 1949, in Ottoville to Carl “Jim” and Jane Lewis Bendele. Her father preceded her in death. Her mother, Jane (Lewis) Schweller, survives in Ottoville. She married Dr. Tommy Ray Thompson, who survives in Liberty Township.

Mrs. Thompson was a 1967 graduate of Ottoville High School. She spent several years as a title examiner in Colorado Springs, Colo. Since 1994, she has been the office manager in her husband’s office. She was a dedicated homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fairfield.  

Survivors also include two sons, Joel (Stacey) Thompson and Kyle Thompson, both of Liberty Township; three sisters, Phyllis (Maury) Quillen, of Cameron Park, Calif., Mary (Dave) Lengerich, of Warsaw, Ind., and Tina (Joe) Gallmeier, of Delphos; four brothers, Ron (Mary Jean) Schweller, of Fort Jennings, Denny (Vicky) Schweller, of Union Mills, Ind., Paul (Sherry) Schweller, of Orofino, Idaho, and Jim (Bev) Schweller, of Ottoville; and several other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fairfield. Burial of the cremains will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Ottoville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4831 Pleasant Ave, Fairfield, OH 45014.

Arrangements are by Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Hamilton.  

12-7-2011
Alexander E. Miller
Alexander Edward “Bud” Miller, 81, died at 11:45 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011, at his residence after losing his battle with cancer.

He was born March 13, 1930, in Ottoville to Alexander John and Jennie Gast Miller, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 3, 1956, he married Mary Lou Smith, the love of his life, who survives in Ottoville.

Mr. Miller was a businessman in Ottoville for more than 50 years. He was owner of the J.J. Miller Co./Village Market and had established and owned The Peanut Barrel, Defiance, from 1967 to 1983. He was a Navy veteran. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He was a founding member of the Ottoville Park Carnival and was instrumental in getting the Lions Club started in Ottoville. He was a member of the Ottoville school board from 1961 to 1969 and helped to reinstate the Ottoville school charter. He was a charter member of the Delphos Country Club, where he was instrumental in its development and many of his own pine trees adorn the fairways of the golf course. He was a member of the Ottoville Bank board for 50 years and had been on the Ottoville Fire Department for four years, after he returned from the Navy. One of his favorite pastimes was working in, maintaining and enjoying his yard.

Survivors also include six children, J.J. Miller, of Ottoville, Patty (Randy) Schwab, of Norwalk, Jim (Beth) Miller, of Celina, Mary Jo (Russ) Kerlin, of Midland, Mich., Mike Miller, of Ottoville, and Lynne (Dave) Waters, of Clear Brook, Va.; 13 grandchildren, Tricia (Brian) West, Nicole Schwab, Megan Schwab, Alex Schwab, Jennifer Miller, Maggie Miller, Jamie Miller, Ryan Miller, Samantha Kerlin, Alexandra Kerlin, Victoria Kerlin, Andrew Waters and Brandon Waters; a great-grandson, Brock West; and two sisters, Irene Miller, of Delphos, and Ruth Ratterman, of Louisville, Ky.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Koty; a brother, John Miller; and two brothers-in-law, Emmett Ratterman and Walter Koty.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville, with military rites by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740 and American Legion Post 715.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where there will be a Scripture service at 2 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice, Putnam County Hospice, or to St. Mary Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

12-22-2011
Bernice C. VanOsdale
BERNICE C. VanOSDALE, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Ottoville, Ohio, she graduated from Central High School. She worked with Magnavox for 30 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary and St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards and spending time with her family.

Surviving are her husband, William T. VanOsdale of Fort Wayne; son, Jon R. (Nancy) Didier of Angola; daughter, Linda S. (Buddy) (Didier) Schoenherr of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille Gilliom of Fort Wayne; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert K. Didier; parents, Charles M. and Lulu Bentley; son, Kenneth R. Didier; brothers, Earl and Dewey Bentley; and sisters, Rosemary Galland and Ruth Edwards.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, with calling one hour prior. Monsignor John M. Kuzmich officiating.

Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with rosary recited at 4 p.m. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the Allen County Heart Association or Southern Care Hospice. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com

12-27-2011
Roger E. Helms
Roger E. Helms, 56, died at 6:50 a.m. Dec. 27, 2011, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

He was born June 15, 1955, in Findlay to Don and Grace Keckler Helms, who preceded him in death. In 1981, he married Irene Turnwald, who survives.
Mr. Helms was a group leader at DTR Industries, Bluffton, and was a special deputy with the Hancock County Mounted Patrol.

Survivors also include a son, Noah (Olivia) Helms, of Ottoville; a daughter, Sara (Kevin) Fisher, of Columbus Grove; five grandchildren, Skyler Helms, Kylee, Theresa and Nathan Fisher, and Brendan Helms; two brothers, Larry Helms, of Findlay, and Ronnie Helms, of Texas; a sister, Cherie Clark, of Las Vegas; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Helms, of Harrisburg, Pa.

He was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Helms; and a brother, Joe Helms.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock County Mounted Patrol, c/o Citizens Sheriff Academy, 200 W. Crawford, Findlay, OH 45840.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.


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