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2004 Obituaries - U, V, W, X, Y & Z


Velasquez, Hermelinda
Vogel, Lorene H.
Vogel, Louise I
Wade, John E.
Wagner, Louise B.
Wagner, Marlowe F.
Walter, Berton L.
Waltermire, John F.
Walters, Charles E.
Walters, Esther H.
Walters, Phyllis M.
Ward, Vera Jean
Warren, James D.
Watson, Betty A.
Weiler, David E.
Welch, Sydney Lynn
Welly, Lucia Marie
Went. Clarissa Agnes
Wiechman, Michele Lee
Williams, Hilda B.
Williams, Ruth Ellen
Williamson, Drew Eric
Wolfelt, Herman E.
Woodward, Mary E. (Frisch)
Wyans, Alice E.
Yentzer, Carol R.
Yentzer, Donna J.
Zachrich, William D.
Zickefoose, Hazel E.
Zimmerman, Roger A.
Zuern, Lois, Jean


Wyans, Alice E.

FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Alice Elizabeth Wyans, 92, a resident of Independence House, Fostoria, and formerly of Main Street, Fostoria, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. William Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery, Bascom.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Wyans died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at her residence.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Jeanne) Walters, Fostoria; and Mrs. Robert (Joanne) Ardner, Tulsa, Okla.; and a son, Curtis "Bud" of Fostoria.

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


Watson, Betty A.

FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Betty A. Watson, 84, of Fostoria, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. A. Rene Whitaker officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Visitation will be held from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Watson died at 7:53 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Fostoria Community Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Robert H. Watson of Fostoria.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 201 W. Fremont St., Fostoria, 44830.


Zuern, Lois, Jean

FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Lois Jean Zuern, 76, a resident of St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. Donald Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Knollcrest Gardens, west of Arcadia.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Zuern died at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004 at Fostoria Community Hospital.

Surviving are a son, Larry Zwiebel, Kokomo, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. David (Lois) Clauss, Fostoria; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Erin (Joyce) Smith, Mrs. Robert (Jo) Birkmire, and Mrs. James (Jan) Nomina, all of Fostoria; and Jeannette Coburn, Grand Rapids; and a brother, Robert Simmermacher, Westerville.

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


Walters, Charles E.

FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Charles E. Walters, 84, a resident of St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria, and formerly of Truman Drive, Fostoria, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. William McDaniel officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Visitation will be held an hour before services Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Walters died at 8:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2004 at his residence.

Surviving are his wife, Esther, of Fostoria; two sons, Karl of Fostoria; and James of Lancaster; and a sister, Dorothy Egar, Holgate.

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


Weiler, David E.

FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for the Rev. David E. Weiler, 64, of North Union St., Fostoria, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. Donald Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Knollcrest Gardens, west of Arcadia.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Rev. Weiler died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 at his residence.

Surviving are his wife, Janet; father, Carl R. of Naples, Fla.; and a sister, Mrs. Daniel (Laverne) O'Malley, Naples, Fla.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or Diabetes Association.


Walters, Esther H.

FOSTORIA -- Funeral services for Esther H. Walters, 82, a resident of St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria, and formerly of Truman Drive, Fostoria, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. William G. McDaniel officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Visitation will be held an hour before services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Walters died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004 at her residence.

Surviving are two sons, Karl of Fostoria; and James of Lancaster; a sister, Mrs. Wayne (Emma) Knape, Ridgeville Corners; and a brother, William Arnos, Defiance.

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


Zachrich, William D.

BELMORE -- A memorial service for William D. Zachrich, 46, of Belmore, will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Leipsic, the Rev. Tim Knepper officiating.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Zachrich died at 5:48 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 2004 on County Road 3, Leipsic, from injuries suffered in a train-pickup accident.

Surviving are his mother, Mildred Zachrich, Leipsic; five sons, William of Fostoria; Kyle of Toledo; Garrett of Findlay, and Robbie and Jason; two daughters, Stephanie Zachrich, Fostoria; and Theresa; two brothers, John of Continental; and Tim of Belmore; and two sisters, Louann Kuhbander, Cloverdale; and Mrs. Brady (Lisa) Seymour, Columbus Grove.


Welch, Sydney Lynn

On March 17, 2004, surrounded by her family and loved ones, Sydney Lynn Welch departed this life to be with the Lord.

Sydney passed away at The University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital from bone marrow transplant complications. She was diagnosed with leukemia seven months ago but left this life cancer free. Sydney Lynn Welch was born to Charles and Kelly Welch on April 21, 2003.

Sydney is survived by her parents, Charles and Kelly Welch; brother, Justin; grandparents, Charles and Marjorie Welch of Toledo, Debra and Steve Ward of Fostoria, OH, David and Denise Schultz of Fostoria, OH; aunt, Debra (Richard) Hogan of Perrysburg, OH; aunt Katrina Welch, and cousin, Anthony Vines II of Toledo; Aunt Rosalind and cousin, Kevin Welch, of Toledo; uncle, Chad Howard and Brittany of Toledo, OH; uncle, Brad Howard of Fostoria, OH; uncle, Joseph (Heather) Cline and cousin, Kiley, of Fostoria, OH; uncle, Brian (Sharla) Cline of Fostoria, OH, and many other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors of Toledo Children's Hospital and Mott Children's Hospital for not only taking care of Sydney but for loving her as well. To everyone whose life Sydney touched - thank you for your prayers, love, and support.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2004, at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church.


Vogel, Louise I

FOSTORIA -- Memorial services for Louise I. Vogel, 96, of Good Shepherd Nursing Home, and formerly of Countyline Street, Fostoria, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Nursing Home's chapel, the Rev. Lynn Huffman officiating.

No visitation will be held.

Survivors include a niece, Carol Tkacz, Mayfield Heights; and a nephew, Raymond Smigelski of Euclid.

Memorials may be made to the nursing home or to St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.

Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Yentzer, Carol R.

Carol R. Yentzer, 71, of 704 Fishlock Ave., passed away at 11:43 a.m., April 16, 2004 at The Taylor House in Findlay.

She was born on December 23, 1932 to parents Lee and Velma (Smith) Gibson and they preceded her in death. She married, Darl Kear, whom she later divorced; she then married Dwight E. Yentzer in 1982 and he survives. Also surviving are two sons Jeffrey (Denise) Kear of Sycamore, and Daniel (Jill) Kear of Findlay; one daughter Ms. Lisa (Kear) Reynolds of Bucyrus, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Dahl (Gloria) Predmore of Findlay; two brothers, Donald and Tom Gibson, both of Tiffin, Ohio; two step-sons, Dennis (Donna) Yentzer of Belle Center and Charles (Donna) Yentzer of Fostoria; ten grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and one step great-grandchild. Preceeding her in death are two brothers, Harold and Bill Gibson. Mrs. Yentzer was involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Moose Lodge #698. Funeral services are being handled by COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME and will be private. Memorials may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane Findlay, Ohio 45840.


Williamson, Drew Eric

Drew Eric Williamson, 19, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Sunday, May 2, 2004.

He was born Feb. 11, 1985, in Toledo, to Larry A. and Cynthia J. (Hauser) Williamson. His parents survive in Ft. Wayne.

Other survivors include: two brothers, Jerad R. and Gabriel L. Williamson, and fiancee, Jill Vanderweele, all of Ft. Wayne; paternal grandmother, Lucille Williamson, and maternal grandparents, Robert and Marilyn Hauser, all of Fostoria.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mann-Hare Funeral Home in Fostoria. Burial will be in Knollcrest Gardens near Arcadia.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.



Welly, Lucia Marie

JENERA -- Lucia Marie Welly, 82 of rural Jenera died Tuesday (May 11, 2004) at 5:00 a.m. at the home of her son Brian and her dedicated daughter-in-law and care giver Janet Welly.
Lucia had been in failing health for 5 years.

She was born September 2, 1921 in rural Van Buren Township, Hancock County to Franklin and Lenora (Pifer) Grieser. She married Charles F. Welly on August 5, 1952 and he survives.

Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law Brian and Janet Welly of rural Jenera, three daughters Beth M. and Rick L. Bracy, Lima, Beatrice A. and Earl J. Streacker, Findlay and Bernice K. Welly, Findlay. Sadly missed by nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Sarah J. (Todd) Lucius, Fostoria; Stephen N. Welly, Columbus; Matthew L. Bracy, Lima; Caitlin A.M. Streacker and Earl S.C. Streacker, Findlay; Dan J. (Kelly) Settlage, Dunkirk; Kim Settlage, rural Jenera and Austin G. and Jenna Lucia Marie Welly, rural Jenera.

Lucia was an avid reader, attended craft shows and enjoyed collecting Fenton Glass pieces. Mostly 'Nana Welly' enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow and participate in activities. Her loving presence will be greatly missed. May you be wrapped in God's love as He whispers "Come and rest."

Lucia was a lifelong member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera where she taught Sunday School. She attended Hull School until 1935 when it closed and graduated Salutatorian in 1939 from Arlington High School where she received numerous scholastic awards. In 1943 she graduated from Bluffton College with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Latin and majors in English and minor in French and History, she also was elected to Pi Delta Society. In 1982-83 she was given the Martha Holden-Jennings Scholar at Arlington High School. Lucia belonged to the Hancock County Retired Teachers Assoc. Lucia taught one year at Vanlue, eight years at Carey and from 1968 to 1986 at Arlington High School when she retired with 28 years of teaching.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with Dr. John Stroup and Rev. Thomas M. Frey officating, burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington and one hour prior to service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Foreign Language Department at Arlington High School or Lutheran Home of Mercy, Williston, OH.


Wolfelt, Herman E.

FOSTORIA -- Herman E. Wolfelt, 91, of Fostoria, died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004 at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.

Surviving are two sons, James of Seal Beach, Calif.; and Daniel of Tiffin; and a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Christine) Flory, Bellevue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, where a rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, where a Christian wake service will be held at 5 p.m.

Memorials may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of the donor's choice.


Vogel, Lorene H.

FOSTORIA -- Lorene H. Vogel, 92, of Fostoria, died at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria. Also, a rosary service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria


Woodward, Mary E. (Frisch)

FOSTORIA -- Mary Ellen (Frisch) Woodward, 82, of Summit St., Fostoria, died at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at her residence.

She was born May 1, 1922, in Gibsonburg, Ohio to George and Nettie (Kinker) Foster, and they preceded her in death. She first married Vincent W. Frisch on Jan. 25, 1941 in Fostoria, and he died September 1962. She then married Irvin Woodward on Sept. 15, 1964 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He died March 25, 2001.

Surviving are a son, Christopher Frisch of Fostoria; four daughters, Mrs. Franklin (Rosalind) Thompson, Mrs. Michael (Mary Lou) Luman, Mrs. Michael (Dorothy Jane) Keiffer all of Fostoria, and Mrs. Steve (Karen Marie) Weinke of Wausau, WI; three step-daughters, Mary Louise Woodward of Quantico, VA., Barbara Thompson of Jerry City, OH, and Susan Coffee of Floral City, FL.; a sister, Alice Carpenter of Texas City, TX; two brothers, Norman and Donald Foster, both of Texas City, TX; 16 grandchildren; 9 stepgrandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 9 stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carlton and Raymond Foster; a sister, Helen Foster; and 1 great-grandchild.

Mrs. Woodward was a homemaker and member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, the Rev. Daniel Ring officiating. The Rosary will be prayed there at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Wendelin Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria.

Memorials may be made to St. Wendelin Education Fund, Community Hospice Care or Day Break of Fostoria.



Zickefoose, Hazel E.

FOSTORIA -- Hazel E. Zickefoose, 83, of Fostoria, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Monterey Care Center in Grove City, Ohio.

She was born June 4, 1920, in Elyria, Ohio to Calvin and Maude (McGill) Robinson, and they preceded her in death. She married Haldon J. Zickefoose Sept. 26, 1937 in Auburn, Indiana and he died June 29, 1984.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. Edmond (Carolyn) Zickefoose of Grove City, and Shannon (Sharon) Zickefoose of Fostoria; a daughter, Mrs. William "Sheila" Madaras of Pemberville; a sister, Donna Masowich of Lorain, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Robinson and Francis Bowling; and five sisters, Jean Shaeffer, Crystal Gunder, Dorothy Hall, Gail Rees and Mary Todarello.

Mrs. Zickefoose was a homemaker and member of Fostoria Family Worship Center, Tiffin AMVETS and Fostoria Eagles Club.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. Ralph Baker officiating. Burial will be in Knollcrest Gardens Cemetery near Arcadia, Ohio.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Brown Road Community Church, 1553 Brown Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43223.


Williams, Hilda B.

Hilda Bernita (Semler) Williams, 78, passed away May 3, 2004 at her home in San Francisco, California with family by her side following a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.
She was born January 27, 1926 in Delaware Twp., Hancock Co. to the late Charles Henry and Helen Grace (Long) Semler.

She will be dearly missed by her husband of 47 years, George Richard Williams; daughters, Ann (Kimio) Williams Nakazawa, Yokosuka, Japan, Rosemary Williams, San Francisco, and Nancy Williams, Martinez, CA; and son, Roger Williams, San Francisco. She was the proud grandmother of her one and only grandchild, Casey Nakazawa Williams, Yokosuka, Japan.

Other survivors include: brothers, Hallas (Ardeth) Semler, Arlington and Clyde Semler, Jenera; sister, Carol Jean Fulks, Dunkirk; brothers in law, Paul (Virginia) Williams, Fostoria, Walter Counterman, Toledo, and Nelson Williams, Floral City, Fl.; and sister in law, Martha Williams, Washington, D.C.

Two sisters in law, Mary Counterman and Alice Clawson Williams, also preceded her in death.

Hilda graduated from Mt. Blanchard High School in 1944 and was later employed by Ohio Bell telephone in Findlay. She played the organ and taught piano at Mt. Zion Methodist Church where she and George were married on September 15, 1956. They lived in Findlay and then Toledo before moving their family to California in 1965.

In San Francisco, Hilda was an active and invaluable member of numerous community organizations, spending many hours in volunteer service. She was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the San Francisco Giants. Hilda was a kind, caring and an incredibly patient lady, who will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Hilda's life at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, June 6, 2004 at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Arlington, Minister Bruce Lord officiating.

Her family invites you to make contributions in Hilda's name to your favorite charity.


Yentzer, Donna J.

FOSTORIA - Donna J. Yentzer, 54, Fostoria, passed away at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at Independence House, Fostoria.
She was born November 5, 1949 in Columbus to the late William F. and Forest R. (Harrison) Beck. She married Charles D. Yentzer on December 11, 1976 in the First Presbyterian Church, Fostoria, and he survives.

Also surviving is one brother, Malcolm F. (Yvonne) Beck of Fostoria; two nephews, Daryl J. Beck of Fostoria and Joel Hale of Tiffin; and one niece, Ronda O'Brien of Kansas City, Mo.

One sister, Barbara Lynn Hale, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Yentzer was a homemaker and worked for a short period at Upfront Construction, Arcadia. She was a 1967 graduate of Fostoria High School and a member of the Women of the Moose in Fostoria. Mrs. Yentzer enjoyed sewing, reading, attending gun shows with her husband and collecting antiques. She was an upbeat, friendly person and a faithful and loving wife.

Friends may call the Mann-Hare Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m., where funeral services will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Committal services will be private.

Memorials are suggested to F.A.C.T. of Seneca County.



Went. Clarissa Agnes

The family of Clarissa Agnes Went, Fostoria, are saddened to announce her passing at age 94, She died at 12:52 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2004 at Fostoria Community Hospital.

She was born April 2, 1910 in Amsden to John R. and Gertrude (Slemmer) Reed. They are deceased. She married Howard M. Went on Aug. 25, 1935 in Fostoria and he died Feb. 1, 1974.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mrs. Blaine (Mildred) Hummel.

Mrs. Went retired from Ohio Bureau of Employment Services after 28 years of service. She was a lifelong and faithful member of Hope Lutheran Church, Public Employee Retirees, Inc., AARP, Fostoria Golden Girls, member and supporter of the Geary Family YMCA and its arthritis aquatics shining star class. Clarissa enjoyed her cat Patches.

Clarissa was a world traveler who appreciated nature and loved gardening. She recently received the Home Beautification Award. She was a 1928 graduate of Jackson High School, Amsden, and a member of its 1927 All Star basketball team, and a Tiffin University alumni.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hope Lutheran Church where a spiritual celebration of Clarissa's life will take place. The Rev. Dr. Larry Knigga will be officiating. She will be laid to rest in Fountain Cemetery next to her husband, Howard, of 38 years. Following the cemetery committal services family and friends are invited back to the Hope Lutheran Church for a lunch and gathering.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hoening Funeral Home and also Thursday morning at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service.

Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, 151 W. Center St., Fostoria, OH 44830.



Wiechman, Michele Lee

Michele Lee Wiechman, 28, Perrysburg, passed away on Aug. 1, 2004 in an accident at Reynolds and Heatherdowns, Toledo.

She was born on July 1, 1976 in Wood County to Dennis R. and Laura L. (Breneman) Wiechman.

She is survived by her father, Dennis Wiechman, Fostoria; her mother, Laura Byers, Fostoria; one sister, Amy Craun, Bettsville; one brother, Michael Wiechman, Findlay; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wiechman, Findlay; maternal grandparents, Mrs. Winnifred Messmer, Bowling Green; Paul and Audrey Breneman, Port Charlotte, Fla.; three stepsisters, Randi Byers, Nikki Byers and Allicia Lawrence, all of Fostoria.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Timothy.

Miss Wiechman worked as a marketing/sales representative for Best-Aire Compressor Services, Perrysburg. She was a 1994 graduate of Elmwood High School where she was a cheerleader for six years. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1999.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Barndt Funeral Home, Wayne, with the Rev. David A. Bliss officiating. Burial will be in Graham Cemetery, Wayne.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Elmwood Scholarship Fund.


Waltermire, John F.

John F. Waltermire, 71, of Findlay, died at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004 at The Heritage, Findlay.

He was born July 8, 1933 in Williamstown to Leo and Stella (Bame) Waltermire. He married Rita J. Sams on Nov. 28, 1952 and she survives.

Surviving are a son, David R. (Leanne K.) Waltermire, Findlay; a daughter, Jennifer A. (Tom) Capper of Springfield; two grandchildren, Andy Capper and Jessica Capper; one brother, Elroy "Sonny" Davis of Glenns Ferry, Idaho.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Ray Davis.

Mr. Waltermire was a retired barber, having worked for many years at The Plaza Clipper & Tan, Fostoria. He also operated the former Davis and Waltermire Garage in Williamstown. John attended St. Marks United Methodist Church, Findlay. He also attended Mt. Blanchard and Arlington Schools.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday Aug. 23, 2004 at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. Rev. Terry L. Pontius, officiating. Burial will be in Knollcrest Cemetery, east of Findlay.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northwest Region, Inc., 424 Kentucky Ave., Mansfield, OH 44905.


Velasquez, Hermelinda

Hermelinda Velasquez, 68, died on Aug. 22, 2004 in El Paso, Texas.
She was born Dec. 11, 1935 to Maria and Tiofilo Velasquez and her mother survives in Juarez, Mexico.

She is also survived by children: Fransica Bacio, El Paso, Texas; Maria De Refujio Manguera, Berta Alicia Garcia and Hector Velasquez, all of Sacramento, Calif.; Oscar Velasquez, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Olga Lydia Garcia and Martha Patricia Garcia, Juarez, Mexico; one brother, Ramon Velasquez, Fostoria; and one sister, Petra Velasquez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

She was buried in Sueneos Eternos Cemetery in Juarez, Mexico.


Williams, Ruth Ellen

Ruth Ellen Abell Williams, 57, Athens, Ala., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004 at her residence.

She was born to Arthur C. and Anna Louise Abell. Her mother survives in Fostoria. She married Charles P. Williams and he survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Jenny (Tim) Browning, Athens, Ala.; Marcella (Eric) Jackson, Athens, Ala.; four granddaughters, Breanna Browning, Emma Browning, Makayla Browning and Alyssa Jackson; two sisters, Sherry Ebersole, Findlay; Cindy Valenti, Fostoria; three brothers, Arthur Abell, Fostoria; John Abell, Toney, Ala.; Mike Abell, Hunstville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and a son, Joseph Daniel Williams.

Mrs. Williams was a member of Beacon Baptist Church, Rogersville, Ala. She was a native of Fostoria.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Limestone Chapel Funeral Home, Athens, Ala., with the Rev. William Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens.

Visitation is 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Limestone County, Alabama.


Warren, James D.

James D. "Jim" Warren, 69, Arcadia died at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2004 near Arcadia.

He was born on Sept. 2, 1935 to the late Harry Don and N. Maxine (Wilcox) Warren. He married Marna J. Romick on Dec. 19, 1954 and she survives near Arcadia.

Also surviving are three children: James A. (Lou Anne) Warren, Alvada; Patricia A. (Al) Sanchez, Vanlue; Sandy A. (Arlene) Warren, Findlay; grandchildren, Nikki Alford, Cori (Jon) Siferd, Staci (Richard) Foor, Melanie, Eric and Chad Warren and Randi Bowser: one great-grandchild, Sydney Foor; and his sister Lelia F. Horton, rural Findlay.

He was a 1953 graduate of Arcadia High School and Tri-State College of Engineering in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Jim was employed by Autolite Spark Plug from 1956-60, and Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. from 1960 until retirement in 1996 following 37 years with perfect attendance. He also farmed for nearly 50 years with a love and desire to improve the land.

Jim was a faithful member of the Arcadia United Methodist Church where he lived out his faith and served as Sunday school teacher and communion usher. Jim will be sadly missed by his loving family and many friends.

Jim was a quiet philanthropist, supporting the Washington Township Fire Department, Arcadia band and sports activities, and many Masonic activities to name a few. Jim belonged to the Arcadia Lion's Club, Lion's Civic Association, Findlay Elks BPOE #75 and volunteer reader for the Arcadia Schools.

Jim's memberships also include: Findlay Masonic Lodge #227, Zenobia Shrine, Past President of Findlay Shrine Club and secretary for 15 years, former Director Findlay Zenobia Clowns, Honorary Member Zenobia's Legion of Honor, Tiffin Shrine Club, Fostoria Shrine Club; Tiffin Hornets, presently President of the Hancock County Scottish Rite, York Rite Bodies of Findlay, Ambassador to Tiffin Shrine Club (1998-2001), Royal Order of Jesters Court #21, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, and Valley of Toledo Scottish Rite.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Oct. 4, 2004 at Arcadia United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Malcosky officiating. Burial will be in Arcadia Cemetery.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, where a Masonic Service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, also the casket will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may made be made to Arcadia Athletic Boosters, Shrine Burns Center, Boston and Arcadia United Methodist Church.



Wagner, Louise B.

Louise B. Wagner, 73, West Culbertson Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 at her home.

She was born Nov. 6, 1930 in Marion to Edward and Gladys (Rosier) Zeigler. She married Marlowe F. Wagner on March 18, 1948 in Fostoria.

She is survived by one daughter, Tina Wilson, Fostoria; two sisters, Marie Harrison, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Lenora Buckley, Pinconning, Mich.; and one grandson, Jason Droll, Fostoria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Darrin Wagner; and two brothers, Ed and Jack Zeigler.

Mrs. Wagner retired from Gray Printing Co. where she worked in negative assembly. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fountain Cemetery Memorial Chapel with Pastor Don Giesmann officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


Wagner, Marlowe F.

Marlowe F. Wagner, 85, West Culbertson Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 at his home.

He was born June 25, 1919 in McCutchenville to Edward and Clara (Trott) Wagner. He married Louise B. Zeigler on March 18, 1948 in Fostoria.

He is survived by one daughter, Tina Wilson, Fostoria; one brother, James (Lee) Wagner, Brunswick; one sister, Joan Fleming, Fostoria; and one grandson, Jason Droll.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Darrin Wagner; one sister, Elita Mae Susor; and six brothers, Forrest, Delbert, Charles, Burton, Junior and Kenneth Wagner.

Mr. Wagner retired from Gray Printing Company where he was a pressman. He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ. He was a World War II Army veteran.

Graveside services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fostoria Memorial Chapel with Pastor Don Giesmann officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery where the Joint Veterans of Fostoria will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


Walters, Phyllis M.

Phyllis M. Walters, 80, Risingsun, died at 12:57 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004 at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.

She was born Nov. 1, 1923 in Risingsun to Oran and LuElla (DePointier) Correll Sr. She married Milo M. Walters on Dec. 26, 1944 in New Rochester and he survives.

She is survived by her husband, Milo M. Walters, Risingsun; two sons, Michael Walters, Dayton; Tom (Jodi) Walters, Fostoria; two daughters, Linda (Lynn) Bridinger, Tiffin; Kay (Mark) Konwiczka, Risingsun; two brothers, Donald Correll, Fostoria; Oran Correll Jr., Risingsun; two sisters, Betty Morel and Mary Mundwiler, both of Risingsun; seven grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Kimberly Konwiczka, Toby and Courtney Bridinger and Brody and Beau Walters; and one great-grandchild, Trinity Kay Konwiczka.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lois Engle.

Mrs. Walters was a homemaker. She graduated from Risingsun High School in 1941.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery.

Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


Zimmerman, Roger A.

Roger A. Zimmerman, 64, Stinchcomb Drive, died at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004 at Ruffing Family Care Center, Tiffin.

He was born to Clyde and Lois (Coppler) Zimmerman.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; mother, Lois Smyers, Tiffin; two sons, Brian Zimmerman, Republic; Randy Zimmerman, Fostoria; one daughter, Deborah Zimmerman, Tiffin; two brothers, Lee Zimmerman, Tiffin; Gary Zimmerman, Fostoria; and one sister, Mrs. Stanley (Judy) Fritz, Bascom.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at Seneca Memory Gardens Chapel with the Rev. Tom Goossens officiating. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice in care of Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883.


Wade, John E.

John E. Wade, 86, Olmsted Township, died Oct. 11, 2004.

He was born to Ora R. and Minnie (Miller) Wade on Sept. 8, 1918 in Fostoria. He is the beloved husband of Marie (nee Greenwood) and she survives.

He is also survived by a son, David (Janet) Wade, Chesterfield, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Haley and Michael Wade.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia, and one sister, Pauline Hartman.

Mr. Wade was an attorney working for Tops Supermarkets. He was a Mason and member of the Shrine.

Graveside service is 2 p.m. Friday at the Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River.

Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Zeis-McGreevey Funeral Home, 16105 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

Memorials may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 1821 University Ave. #S 256, St. Paul, MN 55104.


Ward, Vera Jean

Vera Jean Ward, 72, Fostoria, died at 11:25 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 at St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.

A native of Fostoria, she was born Aug. 4, 1932 to the late Henry and Hazel (Leatherman) Kreais. She married Larry E. "Shorty" Ward on Feb. 14, 1962 in Fostoria, and he survives.

Other survivors include: one son, Duane (Lisa) Ward, Mt. Cory; three daughters, Cheryl (Frank) Hampshire, Chesnee, S.C.; Cathy (Dennis) Stauffer, Findlay; and Sue (Jeff) Meyers, Key Largo, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Jason, Steven, Kevin, Mandy, Patrick, Matt, Joshua, Robert, Nicole, Greg, and Noah; and three great-grandchildren, Kaela, Mason, and Malayna.

One brother, Don Kreais, preceded her in death.

A 1950 graduate of Fostoria High School, Mrs. Ward was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Fostoria, where over the years she was involved as a greeter, deacon, choir and women's club member.

Vera was past president and more than 50-year member of American Legion Post 73 Auxiliary, Fostoria. For many years, she worked with the board of elections and served with the Bureau of Concern, where she was in charge of Christmas Baskets for several years. Vera was also a member of the Sharing Kitchen in Fostoria and the AARP and Refunding Club. Her hobbies included gardening, dancing, and having good conversation. She also enjoyed riding motorcycles and taking bus tours with her husband.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, where funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 8, 2004. The Rev. Mark Harris will officiate. Burial will follow in Knollcrest Gardens, Arcadia.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, St. Catherine's of Fostoria or the American Stroke Association.


Walter, Berton L.

Berton L. Walter, 83, Pioneer and formerly of Fostoria, died at 1:14 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004 at Manor Nursing Home, Montpelier.

He was born to John H. and Alice M. (Lynch) Walter.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy May, Pioneer; two daughters, Patricia Bovia, Jacksonville, Fla.; Paula Frankart, Fostoria; one son, James Walter, Fostoria; four stepdaughters, Carol Keesecker, Camden, Mich.; Ann Lane, Pembroke, Maine; Janet Pertner, Rossford; and Kay Oldham, Maumee; and two sisters, Hazel Braumbaugh, and Marian Farr, both of Beliot, Kan.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Pioneer Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Raypholtz officiating. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Gibsonburg, with graveside committal service with military rites at 2 p.m.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Thompson Funeral Home, Pioneer.

 

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