Bonnie VanMeter, 71, of Delphos passed away on Monday January 26, 2015, at 9:02 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center. On October 1, 1943, she was born to Robert and Mildred (Davis) Boyd. Both preceded her in death. Bonnie is survived by 2 daughters, Cynthia (Bill) Smith of Delphos and Dawn (Ron) Coburn of Delaware, 2 sons, George Jr. (Jean) Corzine of Florida and Brent (Tulsi) Van Meter of Elida, a sister Gayle Boyd of Michigan and a brother Bill (Amy) Boyd of Florida. She is survived by 10 grandchildren and 19 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Connie Hale, and son Rodney Corzine. Bonnie was the first female paramedic on the Delphos EMS and she was also a Day Care provider. She was a member of the Delphos Wesleyan Church and a past member of the Delphos Lioness Club. She loved sewing, crocheting, and canning. Funeral services will be held on Saturday January, 31, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Delphos Wesleyan Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at the Spencerville Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday January 30, 2015from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Lieselore Waldick, 87, of Delphos, passed away on Monday January 26, 2015, at Community Health Professionals In-Patient Hospice Center in Van Wert, OH. She was born November 23, 1927, in Duesseldorf, Germany, to Johannes and Katharina (Broich) Radusch, whom both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Dr. Leo Waldick; he preceded her in death in 1993. She is survived by two sons, Stefan W. Waldick of Ft. Jennings and Juergen (Kathy) Waldick of Delphos; sister, Marianne Zester of Germany; and 4 grandchildren, Kaia, Matthew, Mark, and Thomas Waldick. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Heidi Roeseler, and Emmi Karpinski. Lieselore was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir, Delphos Garden Club, the German Choir, and the German Club of Van Wert. She helped at the election polls and was also a buyer for a high end lamp company in her earlier years before staying home to raise her children. She was a great cook and baker. She enjoyed decorating and truly loved collecting antiques. Memorial funeral service will be on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 2:00p.m. with memorial visitation from 12:00 – 2:00p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Father Thomas Gorman will be officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Germany. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
Vernon F. Hobbs of Middle Point, Ohio, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 1:27 a.m. at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born on May 27, 1932, to Harrison and Mattie (Hibbard) Hobbs. He was raised by his mother Mattie, his step father Everett Starrett and his grandparents John and Laura Hibbard. All preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Leota Long on September 23, 1954. She preceded him in death on June 28, 2007.
He is survived by three daughters Deborah Fair of Venedocia, Gwenda (Jack) Blackmore of Van wert, and Cathy (Dan) Cline of Van Wert; one son, Vernon E. (Elizabeth) Hobbs of Spencerville; one brother, Virgil Emmett of Kentucky; 10 grandchildren Joshua (Diana), David, Corey and Audrey Hobbs, Ryan (Chelsea), Scott and Kevin Fair, Ashley (Daniel) Brown, Megan Smith and Emily Blackmore; and 8 great-grandchildren. Preceded him in death are his wife, parents, step Father Everett Starrett and Brother Fred Starrett.
Vernon retired from the Lima Carpenters Hall after over 25 years of service. He attended Salem Presbyterian Church. After his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking at home in his shop. He didn’t know a stranger and enjoyed visiting with and making new friends. He always had a smile and never lost his sense of humor.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Thomas Emery will be officiating. Burial will be at the Venedocia Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday January 27, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Presbyterian Church or the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Susan C. Place Kinstle, 93, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday January 22, 2015, at Baton Rouge in Lima. Susan was born April 25, 1921 in Auglaize County to Stanley Bryan and Lela (Graessle) Place. Her father and mother preceded her in death. On September 5, 1964 she married James E. Kinstle who survives in Delphos. Mrs. Kinstle graduated from Buckland High School in 1939. She entered Lima Memorial School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1942. During 1942-1963 she worked at St. Rita’s Hospital and from 1963-1973 she worked for Dr. James Belt. From 1973-1987 she worked at Van Wert Hospital and from 1987-1997 she worked at Sarah Jane Nursing Home in Delphos, then retiring at the age of 76. She enjoyed sewing, reading, fishing, antiques, and truly enjoyed gatherings with her family. She was one of nine children. Also, she is survived by a brother, Stanley B. (Bernice) Place Jr. of North Carolina; sister, Karin (Tarlton) Whetstone of Wapakoneta, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Baker, Betty Pigozzi, Julia Mercer, and Georgene Roth; and two brothers, Ned Place and William Place. A graveside service will be held privately at a later date at Ft. Amanda Cemetery. Reverend David Howell will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or American Cancer Society.
Ernie L. Slate, 66, of Delphos, passed away at his residence on Monday, January 19, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. He was born on April, 3, 1948, in West Virginia. He is survived by one son; Ernie E. (Glory Fox) Slate of Delphos; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by one brother and one sister. Ernie was a master welder for several different companies. He retired from the United States Army in 1974. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. Private services will be held at a later date.
Rosella J. Ralston, 81, of Delphos, passed away on Sunday January 18, 2015, at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos, OH. She was born April 24, 1933, in Toledo, to Ray and Dorothy (Bryant) Barnt. They preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Walter Eugene Ralston in 1949. She is survived by three sons, Tom ( Ginny) Ralston of Lima, Terry “Frog” (Annette) Ralston of Spencerville, and Ted (Jan) Ralston of Spencerville; one daughter, Sharon “Sami” (Raymond) Kennedy of Delphos; four brothers, Merlin, Bill, Kenny, and Jerry Barnt; 16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; Husband, Walter Eugene Ralston on April 23, 1986; son, Timothy Ralston; and brother, Ronald Barnt. Rosella was a home maker and worked in retail. She was a member of Morris Chapel Church and the Eagles Aux. #471. She was an artist who enjoyed painting and drawing. She also liked baking and gardening. Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing 1 hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday January 23, 2015. Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos Community Christmas Project, Delphos Area Visiting Nurses, or Missions for Food.
On Saturday, January 17, 2015, heaven received a beautiful angel in the passing of Patty Butler. Patty, 78, of Delphos, died at 3:10 a.m. at Van Wert Manor.
She was born January 30, 1936 in Delphos to Lloyd and Leona (Purdy) Butler. Both preceded her in death.
She is survived by seven sisters, Betty Butler, Phyllis (Ira) Beair, Marilyn Butler and Sue (Art) Haehn, all of Delphos, OH; Carol Barnhart, of Van Wert, OH; Darlene (Jerry) Howard, and Beverly (Russell) Agner, both of Oakwood, OH. She is also survived by a step-sister, Eileen (Walter) Byrne of Delphos; two brothers, Don (Ima) Butler and Lloyd (Barbara) Butler, both of Continental, OH.
She was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, James Barnhart.
Patty had worked at Myers Cleaners and then at I & K Distributors. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School Class of 1954. She loved the outdoors and camping with family members, working in her flower garden, and visiting with friends. She also enjoyed her many nieces and nephews. Patty truly was kindhearted, full of laugher, and love. She was a loving sister and will be sadly missed.
Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with Reverend David Howell officiating. To view funeral service online, please visit harterandschier.com at the time of the service (password: webcast9). Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home and one hour before the funeral service on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association.
Robert “Bob” Dray, 67, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015, at his residence.
He was born September 27, 1947 to Robert B. and Charlotte (Roland) Dray, both preceded him in death.
He is survived by one daughter, Sarah (Herb) Matthews of Ft. Meyers, FL; Three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael (Jane) Dray of Ft. Jennings; and niece, Nicki (Eric) Pelham of Bowling Green, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bob worked for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 776 of Lima. He attended Delphos St. Johns. He entered the Navy in 1965 to serve our country. He enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie with his dad.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. To View funeral service online, please visit harterandschier.com at the time of the service (Password: webcast9). Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, with full Military Honors by American Legion post #715 Ft. Jennings, OH.
Memorial donations may be made to the family.
Carolyn L. Stocklin, 78, of Delphos, passed away on Monday January 12, 2015 at, St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima at 5:39 a.m. She was born October 3, 1936, in Spencerville, to Floyd and Margaret (Wilkerson) Hile. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Thomas E. Stocklin on September 27, 1955, he survives in Delphos. She is survived by three sons, Thomas Stocklin Jr. of Delphos, Greg Stocklin of Bryan, OH, and Kevin Stocklin of Lakeview; two daughters, Deborah (Bruce) Denison of Cloverdale, and Michelle (Larry) Blackburn of Delphos; three brothers, Richard (Nancy) Hile of St. Mary’s, Rick Hile of Delphos, and Dennis Hile of Lima; two sisters, Shirley (Roger) Diltz, and Rebecca (Richard) Auer of Delphos; 11 grandchildren, Aaron (Jenny) Hallard, Janelle (Andy) Knippen, Jeff Stocklin, Jennifer Smith, Andrew Stocklin, Brandon Stocklin, Destiny (Thad) Large, Jessica (Andrew) Merschman , Mike Dodds, Jordan Blackburn, and Jakob Blackburn, and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Stocklin; grandson, Mathew Stocklin; great-granddaughter, Kaydence Knippen; great-grandson, Andrew Knippen; brother, Floyd Hile; and sister, Frances Lowe. Carolyn had worked at DWG Cigar Factory and then worked at KP Industries. She was a member of the Delphos Wesleyan Church and the Eagles #471. She was a graduate of Spencerville High School. She loved fishing, playing bingo, working in her flower garden, and loved to spend time with her family and friends. Funeral services will be on Friday January 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Reverend David Howell will be officiating; Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday January 15, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.
John A. Mueller, 84, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday January 8, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima. He was born on October 8, 1930 in Cleveland. He was united in marriage to Helen A. Lause on May 11, 1962, she survives in Delphos. He is survived by two sons, John E. (Janet) Mueller of Indianapolis, IN, and Jeffery A. (Lish) Mueller of Ft. Jennings; three daughters, Kimberly Mueller of Lima, Joanne (Harry) Keirns of Delphos, and Michelle (Roland) Hemker of Oakwood; 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. John worked for Fruehoff and Holland Axel Company, retiring after many years of service.. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, VFW #3035, and the American Legion #268. He loved to go fishing and listen to the Blue Jays on the radio. He also loved his Buckeyes and Browns. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1951-1954. Funeral services will be on Saturday January 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Visitation will be on Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Father Ron Schock will be officiating. Burial will be at a later date. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or St. John’s School.