Memorials may be made to Sisters of Notre Dame
Retirement Fund or the church.
Evelyn M. Lewallen, 83, formerly of Wharton,
died at 10:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2003,
at Fairhaven Care Center in Upper Sandusky,
where she was residing.
She was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Risingsun,
to the late Thomas and Ida (Edgar) Walters.
On March 6, 1937, in Fostoria,
she married Robert E. Lewallen. He died May
Surviving are: two sons, Tom Lewallen of
Cygnet and Fred Lewallen of Wharton; three
daughters, Princess Edwards of Wayne, Gloria
Bridenstine and Fay Bridenstine, both of Forest;
11 grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the
Mann-Hare Funeral Home in Fostoria.
Burial will be in Graham Cemetery, near Wayne.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday
at the funeral home.
Klopp, Dorothy M.
FOSTORIA -- Dorothy M. Klopp, 79, of Fostoria,
died at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at
Fostoria Community Hospital.
Born Aug. 23, 1923, in Johnstown, Pa., to
Lee and Bernice (Robbins) Decker, she married
John Joseph Klopp, Jr., and he died in 1959.
Mrs. Klopp is survived by: two sons, David
J. Klopp, Pembroke, Va., and James R. Klopp,
Ussex, Wis.; a daughter, Jennifer L. Miller,
Oviedl, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
and a brother, Clyde Decker, Fostoria.
She was also preceded in death by: her parents;
one son, John F. Klopp; and two brothers,
Lester and Marion Decker.
Mrs. Klopp was a homemaker and operated Dot's
Ceramic Shoppe out of her home for 21 years.
She was a member of High Street United Methodist
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday,
May 31, 2003, at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria,
with the Rev. Jeffrey Waite officiating. Burial
will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today
at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lung
Association, 226 State Route 61, Norwalk,
Lane, Gilbert P.
Former FHS Alumni (1948)
Family members and many friends of Gib Lane
gathered at his home in Rocklin, CA on May 25th,
2003 to celebrate his life. He passed away on
May 15th after a long bout with cancer.
Gib was born in Fostoria in 1930. After graduating
from Fostoria high in 1948, where he was class
president in his Junior and Senior years, he
attended Indiana University where he received
his B.S., and upon his return from serving with
the U.S. Army in Korea, his M.B.A. He and his
family then moved to California where he was
engaged in various business activities and also
worked on his Ph.D. from Stanford University
while teaching economics at the Junior College
of San Mateo. In 1966 the Lanes moved to Karachi,
Pakistan where Gib was Director of Private Enterprise
for USAID. Upon his return in 1970 he consulted
for Aid for International Development in various
countries and worked on other projects as an
international consultant. Gib and Nancy also
spent two years, 1977 to 1980 in London where
Gib worked with an international bank.
Throughout the years following his tenure in
Pakistan, he had an intense interest in Third
World problems, and until his death he was working
on a project to find ways to create food for
poor countries by using agricultural by-products
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Nancy
Carter Lane; daughters Kathy, Jenny and Libby;
His mother, Mrs. Clara Lane of Fostoria and
sister Jeannine Smith, also of Fostoria and
Judith Collier, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.
Donations in his name can be made to University
of California Davis, Cancer Research Center,
4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA. 95820.
Kidd, Donald J.
FOSTORIA -- Donald J. Kidd, 64, of Fostoria,
died at 11:54 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2003,
at his home.
He was born July 13, 1938, in Crabapple,
to the late Wilbur J. and Ethel L. (Donner)
Kidd. On June 22, 1963, in Lafferty, he married
Dorothy A. Rainbow. She survives.
Also surviving are: two sons, Donald E. and
Robert A. Kidd, both of Fostoria; two daughters,
Dorothy I. Kidd of St. Clairsville and Dawnette
Albert of Carey; one grandchild; four brothers,
Arthur N. Kidd of Columbus, Duane T. Kidd
of St. Clairsville, William J. Kidd of Lafferty,
and Jesse A. Kidd of Bannock; and five sisters,
Carolyn R. Kidd of St. Clairsville, Sandy
Callipare of Neff, Nancy O'Conner and Sharon
Ziembast, both of St. Clairsville, and Debbie
Tuttle of Bellaire.Services will be at a later
The Mann-Hare Funeral Home in Fostoria is
assisting the family with arrangements.
Lammers, (Polter) Renda
FOSTORIA -- Renda Jean (Polter) Lammers, 55,
of 1783 C.R. 257, Fostoria, died at Blanchard
Valley Regional Health Center on Thursday,
July 10, 2003 of complications from ovarian
She was born May 15, 1948 in Fremont to Randall
and Lois Jean Polter, her father survives.
She married Jack Kiser in 1968; and he survives.
To this union are three surviving children:
Michelle Carpenter of Newport News, Va.; Jennifer
Arnold, Newark; and Dawn Kiser of Newark,
Del. In 1991, she was remarried to Jeffrey
Lammers of Findlay; and he survives.
Also surviving are two brothers, Dan and
Larry Polter; two nephews, Tony and Steve;
and her step-mother, Catherine Polter all
of Fremont; as well as a stepson, Dennis Lammers,
Renda was loved throughout the community
as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and sister
in Christ. She was a member and led several
bible study groups at Trinity Lutheran Church
in Arcadia. She was president of the Findlay
Garden Club, a member of the Ohio Florist
Association and a member of the Ohio Republican
Party. An entrepreneur at heart, Renda followed
her life-long dream and built a successful
greenhouse business that served the Findlay-Fostoria
Funeral services will held 1 p.m. Monday,
July 14, 2003 at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Arcadia, Pastor Paul DeMoss officiating. Interment
will be in Green Lawn Cemetery in Clyde, Ohio.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sunday
at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Findlay Garden Club in her memory.
Kelly Ruth Evelyn (Shirk)
Ruth Evelyn Kelly, 80 of Fostoria, died at
2:55 A.M., Monday July 14, 2003 at St. Luke's
Hospital Maumee. She was born June 23 1923
in Fostoria to Clarence Christopher and Thelma
Ruth (Starner) Shirk, and they preceded her
Evelyn was a 1941 graduate of Fostoria High
School, and worked as a Secretary for a number
of Fostoria area companies including Fostoria
Industries, the former Society Bank, and the
former Sherwood Plastics. She was an active
member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fostoria.
Her interests included playing bridge several
nights a week and volunteering at Fostoria
community Hospital, Good Shepherd Home, and
for the American Red Cross Blood Drives.
Surviving are a son Gregg D. Kelly, Columbus,
IN; a daughter, Sue A Woodland, North Wales
PA: three grandchildren, Becky Kelly, Columbus,
IN, Jacki Mann, Fisher, In and Amy Thomas,
Findlay; a brother, Tom Youngman, Jr., Fostoria;
and a sister Patricia Warrington Flora City
Evelyn was also preceded in death by: a stepfather,
Tom Youngman, Sr.: a brother Owen Shirk; and
former husband Frank R. Kelley, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday July 17, 2003 at First Presbyterian
Church Fostoria with the Rev. Rene Whitaker
officiating Interment Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m until the
time of services at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the church, 201
W. Fremont Street, Fostoria, Ohio 44830
Mann-Hare Funeral Home Fostoria, is assisting
the family with arrangements.
FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Vernon "Dewey"
Lafferty, 44, of Ravenna, and formerly of
Fostoria, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at
Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria. Private
burial will be in West Virginia.
Visitation will be held from noon until services
Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Lafferty died of natural causes Monday,
July 21, 2003 at his residence.
Surviving are his father and stepmother,
Lacy and Mary Lafferty, Stow; his mother,
Phyllis Lafferty, Fostoria; four sisters,
Irma and Teresa Lafferty, both of Fostoria;
and Angela and Lacey Lafferty, both of Stow;
and a companion, Nancy Lee England, Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer
Society, 110 S. Main St., Findlay, 45840.
Kessler, Stephen R.
Stephen R. Kessler, 34, of New Riegel, died
at 12:33 a.m. Friday morning, July 25, 2003,
in St. Charles Mercy Hospital, Oregon, Ohio.
He was born Dec. 6, 1968, in Fostoria, to
Richard L. and Marilyn A. (Zender) Kessler.
His mother survives in New Riegel.
Also surviving are two brothers, Dennis C.
(Denise) Kessler of New Riegel and Richard
L. Kessler II of Redford, Mich.; four sisters,
Mrs. Kevin (Cindy) Hoepf of Alvada, Mrs. Stephen
(Kim) Frankart of Asheboro, N.C., Mrs. Glenn
(Mary) Reinhart of New Riegel and Mrs. Stephen
(Tara) Schalk of Arcadia; and 18 nieces and
His father is deceased.
Mr. Kessler was employed as a human resource
manager for Farmland Foods in New Riegel.
He was a 1987 graduate of New Riegel High
School and a 1991 graduate of the University
of Toledo, where he earned his bachelor's
degree in business administration. He was
a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church,
New Riegel, and the Seneca Bass Masters. He
loved fishing, enjoyed bowling and was an
avid Dallas Cowboy and Cincinnati Reds fan.
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Sunday and 2-4
and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Hoening Funeral
Home, Fostoria, (419) 435-8200, where a Christian
wake service will be led by Deacon Lewis Reinhart
at 8:45 p.m. Monday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30
a.m. Tuesday, July 29, in St. Boniface Catholic
Church, with the Rev. Ron Schock officiating.
A rosary will be prayed at 10:10 a.m. Burial
will be in St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.
A funeral luncheon will take place at the
American Legion Hall in New Riegel following
the cemetery service.
The family suggests memorials be made to
St. Boniface Chapel Restoration Fund, St.
Francis Chapel, Green Springs, or Farmland
Foods Care Committee in care of Hoening Funeral
Home, 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, Ohio 44830.
King, B. "Marge"
AMSDEN --- B. "Marge" King, 76,
of Amsden, died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, July
29, 2003, in Bethesda Care Center in Fremont.
She was born Aug. 9, 1926, at her home in
Amsden, to Jesse and Mary (Knox) Reeder. She
married Billy Ray King on May 1, 1946, in
Portland, Ind. He died Oct. 6, 1999.
Surviving are: two sons, Terry King of Amsden
and Jerry King of Risingsun; two daughters,
Mrs. Barry (Nancy) Keopfer of Amsden, Mrs.
Rose Mary Hale of Mt. Victory; grandchildren,
Dawn Welsh, Brad (Kim) Fisher, Steve Fisher,
Stephanie Beer, Andrew (Tanya) Koepfer, Michael
King, Kimberly King and Spencer King; and
Preceding her in death were: her parents;
husband; son, Arnold "Bopper" King
and a sister, Ruth Reeder.
Mrs. King retired in 1981 from General Electric
in Tiffin. She was a member of Amsden United
Methodist Church and was a 1944 graduate of
Jackson Liberty High School. She loved her
family and enjoyed flowers and wildlife.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug.
1, 2003, at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home
in Fostoria with the Rev. Donald Goodwin officiating.
Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery near Risingsun.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the
Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Heart Association.
BLOOMDALE -- Elizabeth Danielle Kunkelman
was stillborn at 6:12 p.m. Monday, July 28,
2003, in Fostoria Community Hospital.
Surviving are: her parents, Eric and Sandy
Kunkelman of Bloomdale; a brother, Gabriel
Kunkelman, at home; three sisters, Kassandra
Flacker, Emilee and Aubrie Kunkelman, at home;
maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Virginia
Gray of Bloomdale; and paternal grandparents,
Ben and Helen Pratt of Fostoria, and Dan and
Jeanette Kunkelman of Cape Coral, Fla.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at the
First Church of the Nazarene in Fostoria.
Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the
services at the church.
Lowery, Dean A.
ARCADIA -- Dean A. Lowery, 69, Arcadia, died
at 11:41 a.m. Aug. 22, 2003 at Harper University
Hospital, Detroit, Mich.
He was born June 6, 1934 in Adrian, OH to
Harley "Tom" and Clara (Boes) Lowery.
On July 21, 1956 at St. Wendelin Catholic
Church, Fostoria, he married Noreta Weber
and she survives. He was the loving father
of four daughters, Gwen Mauger, Findlay, OH;
Connie Lowery, Richmond, VA; Lisa (Dan) Hilty,
Dawsonville, GA; and Carla Counts, Arcadia,
OH; and a son, Joseph (Tani) Lowery, Arlington,
OH. He will be sadly missed by 10 grandchildren,
Erin, Amy and Corey (Cecile) Mauger, Cara
and Cassidy Lowery, David Grine, Alaina and
Brodie Counts, Gavin and Caitlin Lowery, his
two step-grandchildren Amanda and Brad Boothe,
and his two great-grandchildren Mason Hill
and Kyley Mauger.
Also surviving are seven brothers, Donald
(Irene), Dale (Charlotte), Ramon (Beatrice),
Jerry (Joanne), and Arlen (Sue) Lowery of
Fostoria; and Paul (Marguarite) Lowery, Findlay;
Roy (Nancy) Lowery, Wooster, OH; and a sister
Gloria Krupp, Temperance, MI. He was predeceased
by a brother, Darrell Lowery.
Dean was a 1952 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon
High School and enjoyed organizing his class
reunions. He retired in 1997 from Whirlpool
Corp., Findlay, with 27 years of service.
He had previously farmed and worked for Sears.
Currently he delivered cars for Jim May Auto
Group and AutoWorld, Findlay.
In his spare time, Dean enjoyed volunteering
at Arcadia school to video the Lady Redskin
basketball team. He was at every sporting
event for his grandchildren and took great
pride in their accomplishments. He had for
many years been a bus driver for the school,
driving the band, the sports teams, and field
trips, He was past president of the Arcadia
Lions Club, and a frequent blood donor, He
attended St. Michael Catholic Church, Findlay,
for many years, and was currently a member
of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria.
Visitation will be held today form 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. at Hoening Funeral home, Fostoria,
where a Christian wake service will be held
at 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will
take place Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at St. Wendelin
Catholic Church, where a rosary will be prayed
at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
A celebration of Dean's life will continue
with a luncheon in the parish hall following
the cemetery committal services.
The family suggests memorials to the National
Bone Marrow Registry, Holt International,
American Red Cross, or a charity of the donor's
choice c/o Hoening Funeral Home, 242 W. Tiffin
St., Fostoria, Ohio 44830.
Ethel M. Kramer, 81, of 830 Fifth St., Findlay,
died at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003
in Findlay after a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 10, 1922 in Bellaire to Samuel
and Luenna Kelly, both deceased, she married
Henry P. Kramer in April of 1939 and he died
in July of 1983.
Surviving is a son, Richard P. Cramer, Findlay;
a sister, Cathereine Ickes, Elton, Pa.; four
grandchildren, William J. Kramer III, Marietta,
Ga.; Richard P.H. Kramer (Jenny), Fostoria;
Kimberly Palmer (Richard) and Debra E. Seng
(John), both of Findlay; eleven great grandchildren,
a step great grandson, and two great great
Preceding her in death are a daughter, Kathy
Kramer; and a brother, Charles S. Kelly.
She was an affiliate of the University of
Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8
p.m. at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m.
Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery,
Memorials may be made to the University of
Findlay Affiliates Association in her memory.
FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Jayden Matthew
Bevon LaCourse, 2, son of Michael and Leah
LaCourse, Fostoria, will be held at 10:30
a.m. Wednesday at Mann-Hare Funeral Home,
Fostoria, the Rev. Douglas Garand officiating.
Burial will be in St. Wendelin Parish Cemetery,
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9
p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jayden died of natural causes Sunday afternoon,
Sept. 7, 2003 at his residence.
Also surviving are a sister, Eden C. LaCourse,
at home; a brother, Alexander M., at home;
maternal grandparents Robert Merkel, Oak Harbor;
and Thomas Gillig and Patty Shaw, both of
Fostoria; maternal great-grandparents Virgil
and Maxine Shaw, Sardis; and Mary Gillig,
Fostoria; paternal grandparents, Thomas and
DeAnn LaCourse, Fostoria; paternal great-grandmother,
Dea Jo Painter, Fostoria; and paternal great-great-grandmother,
Veda Hutchins, Fostoria.
Memorials may be made to Early Intervention
Picture and complete obit. can be found in
Review/times Sept. 8, 2003 Obituaries.
Lynch, R. Florence
FOSTORIA -- A memorial service for Florence
R. Lynch, 76, of Minnetonka, Minn., and formerly
of Fostoria, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday
at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria.
There will be no visitation.
Mrs. Lynch died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003.
Surviving are a son, Craig of San Jose, Calif.;
a brother, Vince Emerine, Townville, S.C.;
and two sisters, Marcella Elliot, Risingsun;
and Margaret Frankart, Fostoria.
Memorials may be made to Humane Society.
Knight, Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee Knight, 47, of Haldy Street, Columbus,
died suddenly on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003 at
Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.
Kevin was born Feb. 12, 1956 in Fostoria
to Eldon L. and Betty J. (Bateson) Knight
and they survive near Jenera.
Also surviving are former wife, Terri Rucker;
a step-daughter, Michelle Rucker, Columbus;
two brothers, Chris A. of rural Findlay; and
Arthur R. (Sheila) of rural Rawson; a sister,
Sandra K. (Wayne) Smith, rural Findlay; a
grandfather, Earl Knight, rural Jenera; a
step-grandmother, Avonelle Bateson, Findlay;
and six nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death is a brother, Joseph
Mr. Knight was a 1974 graduate of Cory-Rawson
High School and active with 4-H Eagle Farmers.
He was employed by Lowe's in Columbus as manager
of Installed Sales. Kevin was a member of
New Hope United Methodist Church in Rawson
and attended Xemof Christian Fellowship Church,
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
today at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington, the
Rev. Del Bonar officiating. Burial will be
in Houcktown Cemetery, Jackson Township, Hancock
LaFontaine, Robert S.
NEW RIEGEL -- A Mass of Christian Burial
for Robert S. LaFontaine I, 62, of Tampa,
Fla., and formerly of New Riegel, will be
celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Boniface
Catholic Church, the Rev. David Reinhart officiating.
Burial will be in the parish cemetery with
military funeral honors by the New Riegel
Visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. Friday
at Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, where a
Christian Wake service will be at 8:45 p.m.
A rosary will be recited at 10:10 a.m. Saturday
at the church.
Mr. LaFontaine died suddenly Monday, Oct.
6, 2003 at New Port Richey Community Hospital,
New Port Richey, Fla.
Born May 28, 1941 in Alvada to Florian C.
and Emma (Bugner) LaFontaine, he married Linda
Kuhn and she survives in Florida.
Also surviving are his mother, Emma LaFontaine,
New Riegel; two sons, Peter C. of Lutz, Fla.;
and Robert S. II (Mary) of San Angelo, Texas;
a brother, Richard (Alice) of Findlay; and
five sisters, Mrs. Herman (Nancy) Kimmet and
Carol Wiswasser, both of New Riegel; Phyllis
Clouse, Alvada; Mrs. Ernie (Helen) Escobedo,
DeSoto, Texas; and Mrs. Kenneth (Betty) Scherger,
Preceding him in death is his father, Florian.
A 1959 graduate of New Riegel High School,
he was a US Air Force Veteran, attended OSU
and graduated from Tiffin University in 1977
with a BA in Business Administration. Mr.
LaFontaine was Chief Financial Officer of
Contract Finishing Services, Inc., Odessa,
Fla., and was an inspector at Bendix, now
Honeywell, Fostoria, from 1968-78. He was
a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church,
New Riegel, New Riegel American Legion Post
354 and was active in Scouting as a Leader
and with his sons.
Memorials may be made to St. Boniface Chapel
Restoration Fund or a charity of the donor's
Kisabeth, Thelma M.
FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Thelma M.
Kisabeth, 87, formerly of West Township Road
84, Fostoria, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday
at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria,
the Rev. Gary Statts officiating. Burial will
be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8
p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Kisabeth died at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
9, 2003 at St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.
Surviving are her husband, Edward E. of Fostoria;
and three daughters, Ann Casey, Dayton; Mrs.
Roger (Pat) Otermat, Fremont; and Kathy Kisabeth,
Newport News, Va.
Memorials may be made to Amsden United Methodist
King Paul A.
NORTH BALTIMORE -- Paul A. King, 30, of North
Baltimore, and formerly of Oak Harbor, died
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 in Johnstown, Pa.,
from injuries suffered in a traffic accident.
He was born Aug. 31, 1973 in Fostoria to
Gordon L. and Susan J. (Parks) King and they
survive in Oak Harbor. He married Annette
L. Losh on Nov. 1, 2000 in Bowling Green and
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Annette;
daughter, Cheyenna Nicole King, five months
old, at home; and stepson, Justin Richard
Losh, 13 years old, at home; his parents,
a brother, Christopher Allen (Debora Searcy)
of Toledo; a sister, Tracie Sue (Brian Castle)
Wells, Toledo; and two nieces, Abbagail and
Preceding him in death are his paternal grandparents,
Gordon B. and Elsie C. King; and maternal
grandparents, Hughie C. and Bertha S. Parks.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
Saturday at Robinson-Henn-Brossia Funeral
Home, Oak Harbor. Burial will be in Kansas
Cemetery, Kansas, Ohio.
Visitation will be held from 2-9 p.m. Friday
at the funeral home with family present from
2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Paul worked as a truck driver for Cryogenic
Transportation Inc., Monclova, since March
of 2003. Paul was a loving son, husband and
father. His children were his highest priority.
He also enjoyed bow hunting and refurbishing
Paul was a 1992 graduate of Oak Harbor High
School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps
at Camp LeJune and served during the Haiti
Lavin, Mildred B.
FOSTORIA -- Memorial services for Mildred
B. Lavin, 96, of Independence House, Fostoria,
will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Independence
House, the Rev. Larry W. Knigga officiating.
No visitation will be held.
Mrs. Lavin died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4,
2003, at her residence.
Surviving is a sister, Dorothy Lavenburg,
Memorials may be made to Bridge Home Health
& Hospice, 415 College St., Findlay, or
to Hope Lutheran Church, 151 W. Center St.,
Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, is handling
Lynch, Ralph 'Joe'
Ralph "Joe" Lynch, 46, of 8141
W. CR 28, Amsden, Ohio, died at 5:47 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, in Fostoria Community
He was born March 25, 1957, in Sacramento,
Calif., to the late Ralph M. and Margaret
E. (Watson) Lynch.
Surviving are two daughters, Katie Lynch
of Amsden and Natasha Lynch of Tiffin; and
two brothers, Michael S. Lynch of Fostoria
and Perry F. Lynch of Bettsville.
Mr. Lynch worked at Seneca Wire and Manufacturing
in Fostoria for 27 years. He was a member
of Amsden United Methodist Church and Skilled
Trades UAW. An avid Harley Davidson enthusiast,
he also was a SAL of the American Legion and
most of all he was a full-time father. He
graduated in 1975 from Bettsville High School.
The service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov.
24, 2003, at the Engle Funeral Home in Bettsville.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at the
Engle Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made in the name of his
Kurtz, Donald W.
Donald W. Kurtz Sr., 76, of Findlay, passed
away at his home at 7:18 p.m. Friday, Nov.
He was born Jan. 29, 1927 to Donald M. and
Mary Lucille (McKittrick) Kurtz in Brooklyn
Village. He married Patricia (Beckwith) on
Aug. 30, 1950 and she preceded him in death
on Jan. 14, 1997.
Surviving are five sons, Donald Jr., Michael
(Kathy), Ernest and Ralph (Cassie), all of
Findlay; and Daniel (Penny) of Fostoria; two
daughters, Aletha (Robert) Grubb, Mt. Blanchard;
and Patricia Biernacki, Findlay; two brothers,
Richard D. 'Pat' of Cleveland; and Richard
L. 'Rich' of Parma; a sister, Lillian 'Lois'
Cremeans, Fairview Park; ten grandchildren,
three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren
and five step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are a brother, Daniel
M. 'Bud'; and a sister, Virginia L. 'Jean'
Mr. Kurtz retired from the U.S. Postal Office
on Sept. 1, 1989. He was also employed at
Aller's Carry Out and worked part-time at
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.
Tuesday at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, the
Rev. Ed Beeson presiding. Interment will be
in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Portage Township.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and
6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the
donor's choice.Memorials may be made to a
charity of the donor's choice.
Kirian, Franklin R.
Fostoria -- Franklin R. Kirian, 82 of Fostoria
died at 5:26 p.m., Sunday November 25, 2003
at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria
He was born Sept. 22, 1921, in Cygnet, to
the late Ralph F. and Dorles M. (McMann) Kirian.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years
Royetta L. (Hoffman) Kirian, whom he married
May 3, 1943 in Fostoria.
Also surviving two sons, Scott F. and Trent
F., both of Fostoria; three daughters, Mrs.
Mike (Laraine F.) Elder, Oak Harbor; Mrs.
Gregg (Kristine G.) Gross, Sun City, Ariz.;
Mrs. Bob (Wendy D.) Moran, Fostoria; Eight
grandchildren and nine great-greatchildren
and a brother, Howard "Bill" Kirian
One grandson Stephen Kirian precedend him
Mr. Kirian retired from the Roppe Corporation,
Fostoria, in 1984 He owned and operated Service
Laundry from 1945 to 1965, and Fostoria Storage
on Center and Findlay Streets for 18 years.
He was a 1941 graduate of Fostoria High School,
and was a member of High Street United Methodist
Mr. Kirian was a United States Navy veteran
of World War II. He and his wife enjoyed traveling,
especially to visit and photograph doughboy
statues similar to the doughboy in Fostoria
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., November
26, 2003 at the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria
the Rev. Jeffrey Waite officiating. Burial
will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, where
the United Veterans of Fostoria will conduct
military graveside rites.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice
Care of Seneca County, Tiffin.
Lonsway, Marie Anne
Marie Anna Lonsway, 87, formerly of Poplar
St., Fostoria, died Saturday morning, Dec.
13, 2003, in Sacred Heart Manor in Philadelphia,
She was born April 4, 1916, in Akron, to
the late Charles and Margaret (Mathias) Landoll.
She married Wilfred J. "Bill" Lonsway
on Jan. 20, 1943, at St. Boniface Catholic
Church in New Riegel. He died Jan. 17, 2002.
Surviving are: a son, Brother Michael Lonsway;
and a daughter, Marcia Pavia, both of Philadelphia,
Pa.; a granddaughter and two great-grandsons.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m.
Thursday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church,
where a Rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m.
Visitation will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday
at the Hoening Funeral Home in Fostoria, where
a CL of C memorial service will be 7 p.m.
and a wake service 8:30 p.m.
Kiser, Alvin Ray
Alvin Ray Kiser, 75, Findlay, died Thursday,
Dec. 25, 2003 at Birchaven.
He was born in Hancock County on Oct. 30,
1928 to Irey and Henrietta (Wannamaker) Kiser.
He married Pauline R. Bourbeau on Sept. 3,
1949 in Manchester, N.H., and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William (SoonAe),
in Germany; and Michael (Viviane) in Luxembourg;
four daughters, Mrs. Karen (Jim) Batey, Westerville;
Mrs. Susan (Roger) King, McComb; Mrs. Mary
Jo (Duane) Hammer, Fostoria; and Mrs. Michelle
(Bob) Clinger, Tiffin; 14 grandchildren, Matthew,
Jon and Joshua Kiser, Lisa Gee, Ben, Terry
and Aaron Batey, Andy and Jeremy Kiser, Stoney
King, Jennelle, Alan and Justin Hammer, and
Sean Clinger; and five great-grandchildren,
Donovan and Maris Kiser, Aeris Gee, Jaelen
and MacKenzie King.
Preceding him in death are his parents; a
sister, Gloria Eckman; an infant sister, Adeline
Kiser; and a grandson, Roger King, Jr.
Mr. Kiser retired from Findlay Music Company
after 22 years. He was an apartment manager
for Winthrop Terrace for 13 1/2 years. He
was past Financial Officer and current Adjutant
of the Amvets. Mr. Kiser was a member of the
local DAV, Amvets, and a member of Sad Sacks,
and the K of C. He was a volunteer for the
Special Olympics and the Veteran's Hospital
in Sandusky. He was a 1947 graduate of St.
Wendelin High School. Mr. Kiser loved building
model airplanes, stamp collecting and spending
time with his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.
Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic
Church, downtown Findly, the Rev. Adam Hertzfeld
officiating. Burial will be in Knollcrest
Cemetery, east of Findlay, with full military
rites conducted by the Hancock County Veterans
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today
and 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at COLDREN CRATES
Memorials may be made to the family in care
of the funeral home.
LeBay, Frank T.
Frank T. LeBay, 60, of 736 College Street,
Findlay died at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, December
28, 2003 at his residence.
Frank was born April 20, 1943 in Toledo to
Frank Floyd and Pearl V. (Orwick) LeBay, both
are deceased. He retired in 1998 from Countrymark,
Findlay, served in the U.S. Navy during the
Vietnam War, and graduated from Findlay High
School in 1961.
Surviving is a sister Thelma McRill, Findlay;
niece Debra Felkner, Benton Ridge, OH.; nephew
Lynn McRill, Findlay; two great nieces, Tracy
Greer, Benton Ridge, and Julie Haney, Fostoria;
great nephew, Timothy Felkner, Newalla, OK;
two great great nieces and eight great great
nephews. One brother Floyd W. LeBay is deceased.
Visitation will be held 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday at COLDREN-CRATES
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Dutch
Vander Vlucht and Rev. Mark D. Anderson officating,
burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery
where full military graveside services will
be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice,
5700 Southwyck Blvd., Suite 112, Toledo, Ohio