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BRENDA WHITEHOUSE 1950-2012

ANTWERP – Brenda K. Whitehouse, 62, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, July 30 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 24, 1950 in Paulding, the daughter of the late Clair and Edna (Potts) Green. On May 21, 1971, she married Mitchel “Mick” Whitehouse, who survives. She was active in various youth organizations, including 20 years in the Antwerp Baseball and Softball Association, where she had been an officer. She was a founding member of the Antwerp Branch Library, where she was a librarian for many years.

Also surviving are her children, Dawn (Greg) Koehler of Columbus, Ind., Heather (Ryan) Konrad of Holland, Ohio and Chris (Stephanie) Whitehouse of York, Pa.; siblings, Jody (Halley) Wilson of Bellefontaine, Nancy (David) Rea of Anna, Randy (Colleen) of Hicksville and Tony (Diane) of Antwerp; grandchildren, Cassidy and Chase Konrad and Larson Koehler.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Lynn Mansfield Dog Rescue.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

JEFFERY BARNWELL 1968-2012

CECIL – Jeffery Allen Barnwell, 44, Cecil, entered the gates of heaven on Sunday, July 29, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born June 1, 1968, in Defiance, the son of Terri Lynn Flory (Podgorski) and James Arthur Barnwell. On Oct. 12, 1992, he married Java Lee Black, who survives. He attended Fairview School and graduated from Defiance High School in 1985. He worked at Dutch Housing, Indiana; Redman Homes, Indiana; Fleetwood, Indiana; Mansion Mobile Home, Ohio; and Blackie’s Construction and was constantly roofing houses. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a very hardworking man. There was no roof that he could not roof. There was no job that he could not do. His hard work will be remembered when looking at the siding, roofs, flooring, even the complete buildings that he put his great effort and time into. He was a man with many talents who will be greatly missed and definitely remembered.

Also surviving are three sons, James (Misty) Miller of Edgerton, and Jacy Barnwell and Josiah Barnwell, Cecil; his mother, Terri Lynn Flory (Podgorski), Defiance; his great-grandmother, Patricia Goldfuss, Defiance; three sisters, Tamara (Gordon) Sitton  of Cecil, Tena (Kenneth) Sanders  of Oregon and Debra (Arthur) Wehagen, Arkansas; one grandson, Zaidin Miller; two nieces, Kayla Sanders and Brittlynn Sitton; and two nephews, Josh and Jeremy Sanders.

Preceding him in death was his father, James Arthur Barnwell.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the First Assembly of God, 1757 S. Clinton, Defiance, with Pastor Larry Grow officiating. Handling arrangements is Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be given for funeral expenses.

 

 

MARYANN ZIERTEN 1952-2012

PAYNE – Maryann Zierten, 59, of Payne, passed away Sunday, July 29 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Oct. 14, 1952 in Decatur, Ind., the daughter of Donald and Joan (Lieder) Mansfield. On Feb. 21, 1974, she married Richard Zierten, who survives. She was a home health care worker for Community Health Professionals and had been on the Benton Township Zoning Board.

Also surviving are seven siblings, Eric Mansfield of Angola, Julie Burke of Hamilton, Brian Mansfield of Monroeville, Kurt Mansfield of Fort Wayne, Molly Morningstar of Woodburn and Katie Albert of Angola.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Her family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Please omit flowers. Preferred memorials are to Richard Zierten.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

AMANDA KING 1975-2012

OAKWOOD -- Amanda Sue King, 37, formerly of Oakwood, passed away at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

She was born May 27, 1975, in Defiance, the daughter of Richard and Terry (Zedaker) King. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her nieces, or as she called them, “her eight little girls.” She was a home health aide until she became ill this past year. She was a member of the Grace Family Church in Port St. Lucie, Fla. One of her biggest achievements and satisfactions in life was being ordained. She had a great relationship with God and was very proud of her love for Him. She looked forward to the day she could look up in the sky and start walking.

Amanda is survived by her parents, of Oakwood; a brother, Clifford (Shonda) King of Ayersville; a sister, Stacey (Samuel) Rue of Paulding; a sister/niece, Britney (Josh) King of Oakwood; nieces, Hannah and Sydney King, Alexis, Risa, Miah and Riley Rue; and one great-niece, Brooklyn King.

She was met in heaven by her grandparents, Richard and Angela (Burkmeyer) Zedaker, Juanita (Curtis) King, and Allison and Paddy King; a brother, Richard “Richie” Allison King; and a fiancé, Michael McCabe.

Arrangements are pending and a graveside service will be set at a later date. HCS Funeral Home in Defiance is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

ROSE ANN SHAWYER 1941-2012

VAN WERT – Rose Ann Shawyer, 71, of Van Wert, passed away Thursday, July 26 at her residence.

She was born March 27, 1941 in Antwerp, the daughter of the late Gerald and Vesta (Shipman) Hawkins. On July 9, 1978, she married Gale Shawyer, who survives. She worked for WalMart for 16 years, but since 1999 she was affectionately known as “The Fabric Lady” at the Van Wert WalMart.

Also surviving are her children, Tamara (Brent) Goode and Traci (Mark) Hewitt, both of Lafayette, Ind., Terri Waschezyn of Elmira Heights, N.Y., Tonya (Ralph) Copley of Victor, Colo. and Todd of Van Wert; a brother, Larry Hawkins of Brooksville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

JUDGE JOSEPH MALLONE 1915-2012

GENEVA – Retired Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Philip Mallone passed away on Wednesday, July 25 in Geneva at the age of 97.

Judge Mallone was a dedicated public servant in many capacities, a loyal alumnus of Geneva High School and Ohio Northern University, a Navy veteran of two wars, a proud Italian-American and devoted family man.

Born to Francesca (Trumfio) and Bruno Sgamballone in Geneva on April 3, 1915, he overcame poverty, prejudice and difficult beginnings. His mother was widowed twice young, and Joseph became the father-figure for his five younger brothers. At Geneva High School he became very involved in athletics, and much later was inducted into the Ashtabula County Football Hall of Fame. He was an honor student and senior class president for the class of 1932.

He accepted a scholarship to Ohio Northern University in Ada. He later was inducted into the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame. Also, at ONU he was elected the sophomore and senior class president of the class of 1939.

Judge Mallone began his teaching and coaching career as the athletic director and head athletic coach for Paulding High School in Paulding. He strongly believed that sports taught young people valuable lifelong lessons. It was there that he met his future wife, Alice Belle Tope, and they married June 12, 1942.

Two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Judge Mallone enlisted in the Navy. He was selected by Commander Gene Tunney, the great boxer, to become a chief specialist to assist in the physical training of volunteers. During the Korean conflict, he (LCDR, USNR) served on the USNS Fred C. Ainsworth.

After WWII, he went to law school and graduated with the Class of 1950 from ONU School of Law and became Paulding County’s assistant prosecutor. He moved back to Geneva and opened his first law office in 1952. He became the Director of Court Services in the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court and Juvenile Court Referee. In 1972 he was elected Western County Court Judge and in 1978 he was elected to the Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. After his retirement in 1985, he served on assignment to the Appellate Courts of Ohio.

He truly loved Geneva and devoted much time to public service, not only there but also for the entire county. He served on the boards of directors of numerous boards and agencies and was a member of more than 20 civic and fraternal groups. He also served as post commander of American Legion 124, Commander of the Ashtabula County American Legion and was a life member of VFW Post 6846.

He is survived by a brother, Anthony Sanzotta; three children, Joseph (Grayce) Mallone Jr., Nancy (Richard) Stevens and Cathy (Daniel) Ernes, all of Geneva; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alice; four brothers, Dominic “Mickey” Sanzotta, Bruno Mallone, Carmen “Mel” Sanzotta and James Sanzotta; and by his second wife, Olga Nichols.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the United Church of Geneva. Burial with full military honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Geneva.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Monday, July 30 at the Behm Family Funeral Home, Geneva.

Memorial donations may be made to the Joseph and Bruno Mallone Scholarship, Ohio Northern University, Office of University Advancement, 525 S. Main St., Ada OH 45810-1599; Boy Scouts of America, Greater Western Reserve Council; or The United Church of Geneva.

 

 

DOROTHY SITCLER 1916-2012

PAYNE – Dorothy A. Sitcler, 96, of Payne, passed away Sunday, July 22 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born March 4, 1916 in Monroeville, Ind., a daughter of Alfred and Mary (Daeger) Gerardot. On Nov. 27, 1946, she married Dale Sitcler, who preceded her in death Dec. 30, 1968. Dorothy was a homemaker who worked at GM during WWII and volunteered at Paulding County Hospital and the election board. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Kay Martin of Payne; four grandchildren, Julie Martin Fletcher and Dale, Brian and Andrew Martin; and two great-grandchildren, Dakota and Austin.

She also was preceded in death by her siblings, Mildred Voirol and Earl Gerardot.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in  Lehman Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Visitation also will be held 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Divine Mercy School.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

MILDRED RHINEHALT 1915-2012

SCOTT – Mildred L. “Mid” Rhinehalt, 97, of Scott, died at 10:01 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Clifton and Mary E. (Bartz) Bowersock. On Dec. 8, 1932, in Ada, she married Neil C. Rhinehalt, who preceded her in death April 9, 1987. She retired from National Seal Corporation, Van Wert, in 1977 after 30 years of service.

Survivors include her children, Joy (Gene) Hartmier of Clearwater, Fla., Lou Anne Matthews of Scott and Linda Huss Hootman of Cecil; one brother, Larry (Nancy) Bowersock of Van Wert; a sister, Lydia Runyon of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Steve Matthews, Christi Short, Lisa Keegan, Brent Miller, Julie McCloud, Cindy Ruppel and Bruce Hartmier; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Bowersock; and two sisters, Maxine Edwards and Ruth Young.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Paul Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Scott Fire & EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

WILLIAM REGAN 1946-2012

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – William R. “Bill” Regan, 66 of Huntington, passed away at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 9, 1946 in Huntington, the son of James J. and Mary K. (Eckenroad) Regan. A 1965 graduate of Huntington Catholic High School, he worked at Memcor from 1965 until it closed and then he worked at Maranatha in Payne, retiring in 2007. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntington. He enjoyed pipe organs and he helped restore several, including the organ at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He also enjoyed photography.

Survivors include a son, Chris (Leslie) Regan of Huntington; two daughters, Laura Johnson of Muncie and Jenny (Jeremy) Higgins of Huntington; a sister, Sister Agnes Marie Regan of Mishawaka, Ind.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Pfister officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Myers Funeral Home in Huntington is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made out to St. Mary’s Organ Fund in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington IN 46750.

To sign the on-line guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

MARCIA HELMS 1953-2012

Marcia J. Helms, age 59, died on Wednesday, July 18 in her home.

She was born June 14, 1953 in Hicksville, the daughter of Eugene and Cara Lou (Lichty) Handy. On May 20, 1976, she married Phil Helms, who survives. She was a beautician for 20 years and had worked at the S&J Beauty Salon in Payne. She also worked at Qwiklock for nine years. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors.

Also surviving are her parents, of Antwerp; a son, Judd of Fort Wayne; sisters, Carol (Michael) Brown of Findlay and Ava (Hazen) Kennedy and Linda (Roland “Pudge”) Kennedy, both of Antwerp.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp is in charge of arrangements.

Suggested memorials are to Community Health Professionals of Paulding Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

ROBERT MICHAELSON JR. 1964-2012

VAN WERT – Robert L. Michaelson Jr., age 47, died Monday, July 16 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

He was born Nov. 29, 1964 in Guthrie Center, Iowa, the son of Robert and Betty J. (Kness) Michaelson Sr. He was previously employed by Alexander Bebout.

He is survived by his mother, Betty J. Letutour, Grover Hill; his stepmother, Judy Michaelson, Grover Hill; three stepsons, James Jewell of Grover Hill, Devin Jewell of Columbus and Kurtis Jewell, Canton; a brother, Randal D. Michaelson Sr. of Willshire; a sister, Kelly Jo Fuerst of Columbus; a stepbrother, Billy Van Treek, Florida; two stepsisters, Barbara Peterson of Missouri and Renee Hoover of Texas; several nieces and nephews; and a brother in life, Jack Heising, Lima.

He was preceded in death by his father and his stepfather, Daniel Letutour.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the Oakwood Church of Christ. Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

AVON BOND 1913-2012

PAULDING – Avon Ellen Bond, age 99, died Monday, July 16 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born March 15, 1913 in Cecil, the daughter of Homer “Clyde” and Evaline “Gertrude” (Kinkle) Lichty. On June 21, 1941, she married Charles William Bond, who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1979. She retired from Wiener, Hutchinson, Zimmerman Law Office in 1969. She was formerly employed by J.B. Johnson Furniture Manufacturing in Antwerp, Paulding County Co-op in Paulding, Dr. Charles Jaeckle of Defiance, and attorney John E. Kissner, Defiance.

She is survived by a son, James W. Bond, Paulding; two grandchildren, Kristie (Steven) Seiler of Bryan and Nathaniel J.W. Bond, Montpelier; a sister, Julia Hart, Paulding; and two great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Elijah Seiler.

She also was preceded in death by a grandson, James Ward Bond Jr.; seven brothers, Gordon, Clare, Don, Max, Ward, Joseph and Richard Lichty; and two sisters, Juanita Stull and June Frisk.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

GENE HUGHES 1928-2012

ANTWERP – Gene R. Hughes, 84, of Antwerp, passed away on Monday, July 16 at Community Health Professionals, Defiance Hospice Center.

He was born on July 15, 1928, in Fort Wayne, the son of Paul D. and Bernice (Knupp) Hughes. On May 27, 1950, he married Ola “Buddie” Horn, who survives. He was co-owner and owner of the Oasis Bar, and also worked at Dana Weatherhead and Pond-A-River Golf Club. Gene enjoyed fishing and watching sports and being with family.

He is survived by sons Cork, Gary, Vince and Kent (Beth) Hughes, all of Antwerp; daughters Louise Goll of Antwerp, Lynn (John) Garlough of Willard and Cindy (Mike) Kauser, Paulding; a sister, Joan Sidenbender; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Helen Fillman and Irvin, Neil and Jack Hughes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp. Burial will be in the Maumee cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home. Visitation also will be held at 9 a.m. at the funeral home before the service.

Preferred memorials may be to Community Health Professionals Hospice Center or a memorial mass at Divine Mercy.

 

 

 

RUSSELL RAGER 1928-2012

PAULDING – Russell E. “Grubb” Rager, age 83, died Saturday, July 14 at his residence.

He was born July 26, 1928 in Paulding, the son of Edward G. and Laura L. (Geyer) Rager. On Feb. 10, 1951, he married Betty L. Albert, who survives. He was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene. He retired in 1990 from the Lafarge Corporation of Paulding after 23 years of service. He also worked for the former Reinhart Chevrolet Dealership of Paulding in the service department for 17 years. Russell was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed Ohio State football and basketball, and was a skilled woodcraftsman.

Also surviving are one daughter, Judy (Terry) Gunderman, and one son, Russ (Rena) Rager, both of Paulding; four grandchildren, Megan Gunderman and Abigail (Ben) Giarmo, both of Fort Wayne, Jessica (Walter) Miller of Marietta and Andrew Rager of Paulding; and one sister, Isabella Ringler of Paulding.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Kenneth and Glenn Rager; and his stepmother, DeNelda Rager.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Revs. John Dodds and Kim Semran officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at the funeral home and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday morning.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

RICHARD WINDSOR 1929-2012

PAULDING – Richard J. Windsor, died Thursday, July 12 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 15, 1929 in Peru, Ind., the son of Merritt B. and Edith (Wiswell) Windsor. On June 26, 1948, he married Florence Mott, who survives. He was a 1947 graduate of Paulding High School, and a member of Paulding United Methodist Church. He worked at the Paulding Post Office, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, and retired from Herbert E. Orr Company. He operated a TV repair shop, and later, Windsor Electric in Paulding for 35 years.

Also surviving are his children, Kim Windsor of Edgerton, Tony Windsor, Jeanne Windsor and Suzanne (Jim) Guelde, all of Paulding, and Audra (Kevin) Bednarski of Rocky River; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lula Janda, Merritt E. Windsor, Mildred Parent, Charles Windsor, George Windsor and Helen Wiswell; and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, July 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the Paulding United Methodist Church Roofing Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

 

PETRA “BETTY” MORENO 1923-2012

PAULDING – Petra “Betty” Moreno, 88, died Tuesday, July 10, at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Ennis, Texas, the daughter of Cruz and Concepitione (Hernandez) Trevino. On April 13, 1944, she married Rodolfo “Rudy” Moreno, who preceded her in death in 1996. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and the Rosary Society.

She is survived by a son, Abram Moreno of Fort Wayne; a brother, Frank Trevino, Defiance; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, James Moreno; two brothers, Cruz and Senon Trevino; and two sisters, Tana Rodriquez and Carmen Ruiz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 15, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Donations may be made to Masses or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

GELIAH “TONI” THEIS 1932-2012

PAULDING – Geliah Mae “Toni” Theis, 80, died Monday, July 9 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 10, 1932 in Delphos, the daughter of Waldo and Genevieve (Gray) Wollett. She was previously employed as nutrition manager at the Paulding and Defiance senior centers and the former Johnson’s Restaurant of Paulding. She was a Boy Scout leader for Pack #320 and attended First Church of God, Defiance.

She is survived by four sons, Robert J. Theis of Weston, Roger L. (Robin) Theis of Camden, Mich., David Theis of Cecil and Daniel W. (Tina) Theis, Defiance; a daughter, Becky J. (Bill) Walls, Greenwood, S.C.; four brothers, James, Willard, Thomas and Carl “Buddy” Collins; two sisters, Carol Arnold and Linda Sue Truby; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Theis; a daughter, Cathy Mae Theis; brothers, Robert and Edward Collins; a sister, Velma Mortoff; a grandson, Scott Theis; and an infant granddaughter, Michelle R. Theis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Bethel Forder Cemetery, Crane Township, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Polio Support Group, Defiance, or St. Joseph Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

MYRNA SNYDER 1933-2012

PAYNE – Myrna Jean Snyder, 78, was born Nov. 26, 1933. She was a 1951 graduate of Payne High School. After high school, she attended Wittenberg University and Ohio State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts degree in fine arts. She was inducted into the Chi Omega sorority and was the Ohio State Makio Queen in college. On Sept. 3, 1955, she married Don K. Snyder. They began their life in Chicago, where her husband was enrolled in medical school. While there, she worked for the Arthur Anderson Company in the art advertising. Her passion was painting and specialized in oil paintings. Her works also included watercolors, ceramics and glazes. Myrna taught painting classes and she was the only artist ever to paint with Ida Gordon, one of the most noted artists in Brown County.

She loved the Word of God and taught Sunday school at the United Methodist Church, Payne, and Calvary Bible Church in Paulding. She loved housing, feeding and fellowshipping with the many missionaries and Bible teachers while exposing her children to her faith. She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, Fort Wayne Artists Club and the China Painters Society of Fort Wayne. Myrna loved traveling and spending time with her family. Myrna was looking forward to being with her Lord and Savior. The family rejoices in knowing Myrna is in the presence of the Lord.

Myrna is survived by her husband, Don K. Snyder; sons, Mitchell (Julia) Snyder and Steven (Connie) Snyder of Payne; daughter, Marla (Joe) Harter of Haviland; grandchildren, Rachael (Damon Paul) Adams, Noah Snyder, Natalie Snyder, Devon Snyder and Austin Yant of Payne; a great-granddaughter, Kea Emma Adams; and a sister, Miriam Gaut of Woodburn.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzette Snyder; her parents, Marcell and Gladys Gaut; and a sister, Marsha Conwell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with Pastors Dave Rohrer and Julia Ronngren officiating. Burial will follow in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Memorial donations are requested to Christ Mandate for Missions, P.O. Box 7705, Charlotte, NC 28241 for Missionaries Damon Paul and Rachael Adams.

 

JACK KUHN

FORT WAYNE – Jack J. Kuhn, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012.

A former resident of Payne, Jack served in the Navy during WWII and retired from International Harvester. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hessen Cassel and the UAW.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Kuhn; daughters, Kathryn “Rosie” (Ken) Wilson of Fort Wayne, Marsha (Tim) McDermott of Ft. Myers, Fla., JoAnne (Mark) Barnes of Huntertown, Ind. and Cindy (Doug) Goe of Auburn, Ind.; sons, Tim (Christy) Rosswurm of Fort Wayne, Phil (Elaine) Kuhn of Erlanger, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Minnie Kuhn, and brothers, Daniel and Bill Kuhn.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hessen Cassel with  Fr. Cornileus Ryan officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Catholic Cemetery. D.O. McComb and Sons Foster Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Masses or Parkinson’s Foundation.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

 

KENNETH PAUL WILHELM 1951-2012

PAULDING – Kenneth Paul Wilhelm, age 61, died Monday, July 9 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born April 11, 1951 in Paulding County, the son of Theodore and Nellie (Smalley) Wilhelm. On June 13, 1981, he married Sue Ann Vance, who survives. He was a 1969 graduate of the former Blue Creek High School and co-owner/operator of Paul and Dan’s Radiator. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parrish, Paulding, Paulding Council K of C #2584, and an avid Chevy lover.

Also surviving are his mother, Nellie L. Wilhelm, Paulding; two daughters, Valerie (Kelly) Parks and Marilyn (Paul) Stallbaum, both of Columbus; a son, Jordan Wilhelm, Paulding; three sisters, Rita (John) Daeger and Barbara (Howard) Baksa, both of Paulding, and Jeanette (Terry) Prisk, Highland, Mich.; and four brothers, T. Gary (Ann) Wilhelm, Michael Wilhelm and David (Vicki) Wilhelm, all of Paulding, and Dan (Laurie) Wilhelm, Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Anthony Wilhelm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a wake service at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Crippled Children Society in care of Marsha Pressler.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

 

ELAINE LITZENBERG 1922-2012

PAYNE – Elaine Litzenberg, 89, of Payne, went home to her heavenly home on Monday, July 9 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born July 29, 1922 in Payne, the daughter of John and Vivian (Outland) Bonner. On Aug. 9, 1941, she married Dale Litzenberg, who preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1989. She worked at Wayne Trace Elementary for 23 years and was the clerk-treasurer for the Village of Payne for 16 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 56 years and was a devout member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her children, Jody (Kerry) Hook of Payne and James (Frances) of Indialantic, Fla.; two sisters, Dortha Schaefer and Helen Cole, both of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren, Rachelle Litzenberg, Sheila (Jason) Dunham and Lisa Mitchell; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Alec and Melanie Dunham, Kierstin Mitchell and Samuel Litzenberg; and special friends, Ed and Sue Smith of Kissimmee, Fla.

She was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild, David Loftin Litzenberg.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Payne. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12 Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Animal Rescue c/o Lynne Mansfield.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

VERTIE KING 1922-2012

ANTWERP – Vertie King, 89, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, July 9, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Dec. 12, 1922 in Pike County, Ky., the daughter of Hillard and Gracie (Ratliff) Bartley. In 1949, she married Charles King, who preceded her in death in 1976. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

Surviving are two sons, James (Alice) Smallwood of Fort Wayne and Creed Smallwood of Antwerp; a daughter-in-law, Sandy King of Grover Hill; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Thomas; a grandson, Thomas; and her brothers and sisters.

Her funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Marrow Bone Missionary Baptist Church, Elkhorn City, Ky., with Pastor Roger Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville, Ky.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and after 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Marrow Bone Missionary Baptist Church.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

OSCAR “PETE” PETERS 1925-2012

PAYNE – Oscar “Pete” F. Peters, 87, of Payne, passed away Saturday, July 7 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Jan. 8, 1925 in Mishawaka, Ind., the son of Ora and Anna (Warner) Peters. On Nov. 2, 1946, he married Martha Mason, who survives. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in WWII and was an over-the-road truck driver for Howard Sober. He was a member of Riverside Christian Church, Antwerp and loved to play guitar with his friends.

Also surviving are four children, Jacqueline (Larry) Gordon of Avilla, Ind., Carol (Neil) Burk of Fort Wayne; Steven (Loretta) of Melrose and Darlene (Tim) Lothamer of Payne; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by eight siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Riverside Christian Church, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

RALPH HEAD 1938-2012

OAKWOOD – Ralph E. Head, age 74, died Wednesday, July 4 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

He was born on March 14, 1938 in Paulding County, the son of George and Iva (Robeson) Head. On Nov. 11, 1966, he married Lois B. Mitchell, who survives. A U.S. Army veteran, he was co-owner/operator of Head Brothers Construction and a member of the Oakwood American Legion #341, NRA, and International Union of Operating Engineers Local #18.

Also surviving are a daughter, Carolyn (Darrel) Groll, Defiance; a son, John (Angie) Head, Oakwood; and four grandchildren, Justice, Austice, Destiny and Devin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, David, Harvey and Lester; a sister, Lucille Parson; and a special niece, Eva May Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military graveside services.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethel Christian Church, 14988 Co. Rd. 209, Defiance OH 43512, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

 

“VERABELLE” AKOM 1931-2012

SCOTT – Bertha “Verabelle” Akom, 81, of Scott, went home to be with the Lord at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

She was born May 20, 1931 in Scott, the daughter of Ferdinand and Vera (Lake) Adams. On Feb. 22, 1952, she married the love of her life, Donald L. Akom, who preceded her in death on June 25, 2007. She was a homemaker, employee of Van Wert Manufacturing and co-owner of the County Line Café in Scott from 1983-93.

She is survived by two sons, Donald P. (Vivian) Akom and Ricky L. (Suzanne) Akom, both of Scott; two daughters, Sharon K. (Burt) Hittle and Kimberly M. (Chris) Martinez, both of Scott; one sister, Alta Hockenberry of Angola, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and Sammie, her beloved Boston Terrier.

She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Leora Hoaglin, Mabel DeLong and Ruth Golliver; a brother, James L. Adams; and a granddaughter, Lacey Trammell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July, 9, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with the Rev. Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice.

Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

FRIEDA GORDON 1925-2012

ANTWERP – Frieda Irene Gordon, age 86, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born July 14, 1925 in Paulding County, the daughter of Basil and Lettie M. (Hooker) Williamson. In 1945, she married Herman W. Gordon, who preceded her in death on July 11, 1989. She was formerly employed by Suncro Industries, Weatherhead, and Ace Equipment.

Surviving are a son, Len P. Gordon, Antwerp; a daughter-in-law, Valerie Jean Gordon, North Hills, Calif.; a granddaughter, Jayne Lee (Ryan) Elliott, Burbank, Calif.; and special friend “Margie.”

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Lee Gordon; three brothers, Joe, Ralph “Buss” and Clyde “Mike” Williamson; and five sisters, Edith Howell, Virgie Shimp, Ethel Davis, Alta Baker and Ruth Sohn.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Den Herder Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in Bethel-Forder Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be Friday one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Jacci Moss-Earth Angel’s Feline Rescue Inc., Defiance.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

GLEN HISSONG 1919-2012

ANTWERP – Glen L. Hissong, 92, of Antwerp, passed away peacefully Monday, July 2 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.

He was born Dec. 15, 1919 in Allen Co., Ind., the son of Ray and Mina (Rumbaugh) Hissong. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in WWII. On May 15, 1948, he married Margaret Meyer, who survives. He worked at Antwerp Equity Exchange, retiring in 1978, and was a proud member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087.

Also surviving are four siblings, Donald (Catherine) of Fort Wayne, Charles (Catherine) of Woodburn, Leona Taylor of Antwerp and Anna Lucas of Mark Center; and three grandsons.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Swann; and two sisters, Delores Gustin and Beatrice Hammond.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery with military honors accorded by VFW Post 5087.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 5 and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

 

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