Ruth “Tula” Kleman, 99, died at 5:35 a.m. Dec. 4, 2013, at Vancrest of Delphos. She was born Sept. 2, 1914, in Putnam County to Alexander and Katie Hetrick Dunlap, who preceded her in death. She married Gilbert John Schulte, who died Dec. 13, 1935. She then married Charles Louis Kleman, who died Jan. 31, 1970. Mrs. Kleman was a housewife. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Eagles Auxiliary 471, a life member of the VFW Auxiliary 3035 and the American Legion Auxiliary 268. She is survived by three sons, Jerome (Wilma) Kleman, of Newark, Keith (Julia) Kleman, of Venedocia, and George (Joyce) Kleman, of Wadsworth; two daughters: Raylene (Elmer) Fischer, of Delphos, and Charlotte Smith, of Burleson, Texas; one brother, Paul (Bea) Dunlap, of Cridersville, a daughter-in-law, Joan Schulte, of Fort Jennings; a sister-in-law, Joyce Dunlap, of Springfield; 25 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert “Bud” Dunlap and Kenneth Dunlap; seven sisters, Iona Hole, Gert Fetzer, Lill Dunlap, Dodie Fetzer, Nell Vogt-Dickman, Pat Dickman and Leah Fetzer; a son, Gilbert Schulte; a daughter, Alvina H. Stallkamp; two sons-in-law, Carl Smith and Bill Stallkamp; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Chris Bohnsack will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where an Eagles Auxiliary service will begin at 5 p.m., a VFW Auxiliary service at 7 p.m. and a parish wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Delphos Senior Citizens Transportation Fund, Vancrest Activities Department or State of the Heart Hospice.
Vernon W. Heatwole, 86 of Delphos, went to be with his Lord and Savior on the morning of Monday December 2, 2013. He was born June 15, 1927 in Elida to William and Dora (Powell) Heatwole, who preceded him in death. On August 5, 1948, he married Miriam Brunk, who survives in Delphos. Mr. Heatwole was a farmer and a manager of Siferd-Hossellman Co. for 46 years. He enjoyed farming and refurbishing his antique tractors. He attended Lima Community Church. Survivors include his son, Michael (Deb) Heatwole of Elida; and four daughters, Lavonne (Jerry) Simpson of Gainsville, FL, Joan (John) Gerig of Medford, OR, Shirley (Sam) Whitt of Lima, OH, and Jan (Dick) Warrington of Columbus Grove, OH; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Heatwole was a farmer and a manager of Siferd-Hossellman Co. for 46 years. He enjoyed farming and refurbishing his antique tractors. He attended Lima Community Church. He was preceded in death by brothers, Virgil, Raymond, and Lewis Heatwole; sisters, Alma Hartzler and Grace Heatwole; and granddaughter, Shannon Whitt. A funeral service will be on Friday December 6, 2013 at 11:00a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, the Reverend Tim Thurston officiating. Burial will be at Pike Mennonite Cemetery in Elida, OH. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Lois Keck, 88, died at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. She was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Delphos to Carl and Katherine Klevorn Landwehr, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 11, 1951, she married Darrol Rell Keck, who survives in Delphos. Mrs. Keck was a bookkeeper at the Delphos Bending Co. for 12 years, and then a bookkeeper at St. John’s grade school for 25 years. She enjoyed camping with family and friends. She enjoyed attending weekly Mass and sending cards to friends on special occasions and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America. Survivors also include a daughter, Patricia Ann (Robert) Warner, of Elida; a sister, Helen (John) Haehn, of Wapakoneta; two brothers, Bernard Landwehr, of Kentucky, and Harold (Joan) Landwehr, of Lima; and three grandchildren, Jennifer Warner, of Elida, Brian Warner, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and James (Julie Foster) Warner, of Elida. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Hiller, Jeanne Bendele and Ruth Bensman; and a brother, Donald Landwehr. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. The Rev. Dave Reinhart will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a parish wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Parish Foundation. Condolences may expressed at harterandschier.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/limaohio/obituary.aspx?n=lois-keck&pid=168252947&fhid=27805#sthash.7iPvjbiL.dpuf
Alice M. Fischbach, 83, of Fort Jennings, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at her residence. She was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Fort Jennings to Fred and Martha (Ricker) Lucke, who preceded her in death. She married Raphael J. Fischbach, who passed on June 6, 1993. Survivors include a son, Kenny (Julie) Fischbach of Fort Jennings; two daughters, Lynette Fischbach of Elida and Cheryl Feathers of Fort Jennings; seven sisters, Betty (Rick) Ricker, Wilma Humpert and Josie (Arnie) Mohler all of Delphos, Norma Burgei of Ottoville, Doris (Art) Neidert and Karen (Larry) Heitmeyer both of Fort Jennings and Sister Mary Ann Lucke of Tiffin; a sister-in-law, Ruth Lucke of Fort Jennings; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sons, David and Paul Fischbach; a sister, Vera Menke; three brothers, John, Elmer and Donald Lucke; and one grandson, Ryan Feathers. She worked at JCPenney for 22 years. Mrs. Fischbach enjoyed crocheting and working of crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be at noon Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings, where there will be a memorial visitation one hour prior to the service with the Rev. Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where there will be a Parish Wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Ralph E. Prine, 56, of Delphos, died at 5:55 p.m. Monday at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born Sept. 30, 1957, in Lima to Larry Prine and Betty (Carles) Moser. His father preceded him in death. His mother survives in Findlay. On March 31, 1980, he married Lucy M. Barnett, who survives in Delphos. Other survivors include three daughters, Yvonne (Ben) Twining and Lena (Brian) Bailey of Lima and Sarah Prine of Delphos; two sisters, Virginia Christman of Findlay and Patty Prine of Tulsa, Okla.; four brothers, Larry (Sharon) Prine of Howe, Ind., Dennis (Stephanie) Prine and Rodney (Kay) Prine of Lima and Eddie (Becky) Prine of Tulsa; two grandchildren, Colton and Ayden Bailey of Lima; three granddaughters by heart, Skylynn Prine, Dakota Gallaspie and Savannah Gallaspie of Lima; 18 nieces and nephews and 28 great-nieces and nephews; and his stepmother, Mary Prine of Tulsa. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Ron Moser; and a brother, Jay Allen Strunk. Ralph worked at Army’s Auto Wrecking for more than 30 years as a parts mechanic. He graduated in 1976 from Lima Senior High School. He enjoyed playing golf and bowling and watching the Browns and Ohio State football. He loved spending time with his family and his beloved dog, Libby. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Pastor Wayne Prater officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the family.
Elizabeth J. Elwer, 78, died at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 19, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born Nov. 27, 1934, in Fort Jennings to Gilbert “Gip” and Wilma Giesken Luebrecht. Her mother died in 1936. Her father and stepmother, Agnes Rayman Luebrecht, who raised her as her own, both preceded her in death. On Dec. 29, 1956, she married Gale Edward Elwer, who survives in Fort Jennings. They were married for 56 years. Mrs. Elwer was a nurse and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, and St. Christopher Catholic Church, Hobe Sound, Fla. She enjoyed traveling as an Air Force wife and visiting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who live throughout the country. She was an avid euchre player. She also enjoyed working out, painting and doing other crafts. Survivors also include two sons, Gary (Diane) Elwer, of Eustis, Fla., and Gregory (Tammy) Elwer, of Roswell, Ga.; three daughters, Linda (Mark) Wihl, of Tracy, Calif., Diane Elwer, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Sandra (John) Macias, of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Shirley (Joseph) Mesker, of Fort Jennings; three brothers, Dennis (Sandra) Luebrecht, Donald (Nancy) Luebrecht and Duane (Sharon) Luebrecht, all of Fort Jennings; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn (Robert) Heitmeyer. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. Father Charles Obinwa will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice or Putnam County Home Healthcare.
Kathryn J. Spring, 75, of Delphos, died Monday at Vancrest Healthcare Center. She was born May 22, 1938, in Delphos to Alfred R. and Ruby L. (Davis) Spring, who preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Dennis (Melody) Spring of Delphos; a sister, Judy Coon of Van Wert; three brothers, George Spring of Lima, Kenny (Florence) Spring of Medina and Orrie Spring of Fort Jennings; and five grandchildren. Spring was a cook at the Van Del Truck Stop and the Carriage Inn. She was a member of the Delphos Christian Union Church and enjoyed doing word searches. Funeral services will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Gary Fish officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the family or the Delphos Interfaith Thrift Shop
Father Roger D. Bonifas, 93, died at 2:12 a.m. Nov. 11, 2013, at VanCrest Healthcare Center, Delphos. He was born on July 1, 1920, in Van Wert County to Linus J. and Henrietta E. Pohlman Bonifas, who preceded him in death. Father Bonifas graduated from Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington. He was ordained March 10, 1945, and served his first Mass the next day at St. John the Baptist Church, Landeck. He had been an associate pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church, Sandusky, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Crestline, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Bellevue, and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Toledo. He served as pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church, Millersville, St. James Catholic Church, Kansas, Ohio, St. Mary of the Snows Catholic Church, Mansfield, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck, and St. Patrick Catholic Church, Spencerville. He retired to residence at St. John Catholic Church, Lima, and then to St. Barbara Catholic Church, Cloverdale. During his retirement, he assisted parishes in the Diocese of Toledo, the Diocese of Venice, Fla., and several other dioceses throughout the country. In July 2000, he was appointed the spiritual director of the Catholic Knights of Ohio, now the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was a 3rd degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 1362, Delphos, and was a 4th degree member of Assembly 829, Lima. He was a world traveler, visiting many of the holy cities. Two highlights of his travels that greatly impacted his life were attending a private Mass along with fellow traveling priests with Pope John Paul II and witnessing the beatification of St. Faustina. He was active in the World Wide Marriage Encounter and Crucillo Survivors include four sisters, Rita Kilbarger, of Lancaster, Sister Lucy Bonifas, of Paducah, Ky., Agnes (Eugene) Krietemeyer, of Fort Jennings, and Velma (James Beckman) Frei, of West Milton; two brothers, Ralph Bonifas and George (Dorothy) Bonifas, both of Landeck; and 27 nieces and nephews and several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Bonifas; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Bonifas and Melba Bonifas; and two brothers-in-law, Jerome Kilbarger and Arthur Frei. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck. Bishop Leonard P. Blair will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a K. of C. service will be held at 7:45 p.m. and a COF service at 8 p.m., both on Thursday at the funeral home, and 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. A reception of the body and vespers service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the church, with Father David Reinhart. The 4th degree will stand honor guard from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and during the vespers service on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the churches he had served or to the Victor Huss Vocational Fund provided by the COF.
June L. Miller, 95, died at 8:52 p.m. Nov. 7, 2013, at her residence. She was born June 20, 1918, in Lima to John B. and Grace E. Ramer Striff, who preceded her in death. She married Kenneth S. Miller. On Aug. 29, 2000, they renewed their wedding vows after 65 years of marriage. He preceded her in death in 2001. Mrs. Miller was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Delphos. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 50 years. She was full of life. She had been a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout den mother. She loved her flowers to the fullest. She was versatile in her crafting ability, working with ceramics, crocheting and decorating cakes. She loved collecting dolls and working crossword puzzles. As a young woman, she enjoyed dancing and was proud of her housekeeping ability. What she was most proud of was her family, especially the joy she gained from listening to her son broadcast countless sporting events on the radio. She never missed a game. Survivors include a son, Rick (Lynn) Miller, of Delphos; a daughter, Marilyn (Kenneth) Lyle, of Delphos; five grandchildren, Deanne (Scott) Clevenger, Angela (Adam) Eickholt and Cory Noftz, all of Delphos, Julie (Patrick) Vicars, of Houston, and Amy Noftz, of New York; five great-grandchildren, 1st Lt. Todd Clevenger, serving in Kuwait, Melissa Clevenger, of Columbus, Savanna Lyle, of Tallahassee, and Avery and Addison Eickholt, both of Delphos; and a special friend, Julie Fuerst. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Kenneth Miller; three sisters, LaDonna Wilkerson, Juanita Hawk and Janice Doty; and a grandson, Steven Lyle. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Delphos. The Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where an OES service will be held at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church building fund, the American Cancer Society, or Delphos Area Visiting Nurses.
Bernice C. McClure, 97, died Nov. 4, 2013, at her residence. She was born Feb. 6, 1916, in Van Wert County to Fred and Anna Huysman Rice, who preceded her in death. On Feb. 9, 1934, she married Everett B. McClure. Mrs. McClure was a farmer and co-owner of McClure Surplus Store. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a member of Do-Passo. She was a 1933 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School, Delphos. She enjoyed cooking, especially cookies and angel food cake. She also enjoyed sewing and loved to square dance. Survivors include a son, Richard (Diana) McClure, of Brevard, N.C.; a daughter, Nancy (Nick Nichols) McClure, of Fremont; and six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Lee, Harvey, Glen and Loren Rice; and three sisters, Jennie Schram, Doris Jones and Emma Miller. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. The Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.