Leona Thomas: May 24, 1915-November 30, 2016

leona-thomas-pictureLeona Thomas, 101, of Van Wert, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Van Wert. She was born May 24, 1915, in Converse to Riley and Sadie (Davies) Vulgamott. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Glen W. Thomas on August 15, 1934; he preceded her in death on October 24, 1996

She is survived by her daughter, Loretta (Richard) Grove; and her son, Harold R. (Marie) Thomas both of Van Wert; three grandchildren, Shelly (Phillip) Bair of Van Wert, Deanne (Jeff) Adams of Dayton, and Cheryl Thomas of Montezuma; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Dale (Mary Ann) Thomas of Wapakoneta. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Alice Lyvon Thomas; a granddaughter, Belinda Thomas; a brother, George Vulgamott; and a sister, Cecile Davies.

She had attended Olive Chapel Methodist Church in converse and was a 1933 graduate of Spencerville high school. She worked at Goodyear in St Mary’s, retiring after 25 years of service. She enjoyed reading, eating out with her family, and traveling all over the United States, starting at a very young age.

Funeral services will begin on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, 209 W. Third Street, Delphos, Ohio 45833. Burial will follow in Wright Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 3-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

Clarice E. Moreo: November 23, 1960-November 26, 2016

clarice-moreo-pictureClarice E. Moreo, 56, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. She was born November 23, 1960, in Virginia to Don and Edna (Hunter) Spaulding. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Donald Moreo on October 26, 1996, he survives in Delphos.

She is survived by two sisters, Cora Tucker of Austin, TX and LuLu (Danny) Scalise of West Virginia and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Don Spaulding and a brother-in-law, Bob Tucker.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of the Delphos Fire Department Ladies Aux. She had worked in sales, retiring from Westrich Furniture in 2015 after 19 years of faithful service. She loved to cook, traveling, especially to the beach, spending time with her friends, and she was a true southern girl, but her true love was her husband.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Reverend David Howell will officiate. Friends may call on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Dorothy Ann Gemke: April 16, 1926-November 24, 2016

angel 001Dorothy Ann Gemke, 90, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born April 16, 1926, in Alliance, OH to Orion Robert and Mayme (Langemeyer) Gemke. Both preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. with visitation from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Father George Mahas will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Ann M Schwinnen: November 26, 1932 – November 15, 2016

picAnn Marie Schwinnen, 83, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born on November 26, 1932, the youngest daughter of Carl and Mildred (Kimmet) Holdgreve. Both preceded her in death.  On August 19, 1950, she was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Schwinnen, a well known Delphos Electrician, who died March 3, 1994.  They were marred for 44 years.

Ann is survived by 3 daughters, Karol Moore of Thonotosassa, FL, Anita (Jim) Oberg of Grove City, OH, and Amy (Tony) Wehri of Delphos; one son, Daniel “Diesel” (Julie) Schwinnen of Delphos; four brothers, Robert (Donna) Holdgreve of Delphos, John (Pat) Holdgreve of Delphos, Irvin (Jan) Holdgreve of White Hall, MI and Ralph Holdgreve of Delphos; one sister, Louise McRedmond of Delphos; 6 grandchildren, Matthew (Mary Kay) Schwinnen of Elida, Stefanie (Brandon) Hoge of Westerville, Michaela Oberg of Dublin, Weston Oberg of Los Angeles, CA, and Alex and Samantha Wehri of Delphos;  4 great grandchildren, Caleb, Leah and Grant Schwinnen of Elida and Walter Hoge Westerville.  Ann also had numerous nieces and nephews and would like to especially thank her nephew, Pat McRedmond for all the support and help over the years. Preceded her in death is one son, Jerry Schwinnen, brother-in-law, John McRedmond and Son-in-law, Fred Moore.

In 1950 , she graduated from Delphos St. John’s and had been a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She served as city councilwoman for the city of Delphos for two terms in the 1970’s and 80’s.  During her younger years she enjoyed bowling, antiques, crafts, playing the slots, and living life.  She especially loved to spend time at their house on Crooked lake with her family.

She does not want anyone to weep or grieve her death as she is looking forward to spending her pain-free time in heaven with her husband Dick and son Jerry.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m., with Father Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2016, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice Center or Prostate Cancer Research.

Jeffrey Edward Carder: August 17, 1959-November 12, 2016

Peaceful-FishingJeffrey Edward Carder, age 57, of Delphos, passed away surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness in St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima, Ohio. He was born to Edward and Sharon Carder August 17, 1959, in the same hospital. Both parents survive in Delphos.

Jeffery is also survived by two daughters, Brooke Ann Carder of Cincinnati, and Karrisa Carder of Elgin, Ohio; two brothers, Timothy (Theresa) Carder, and Scott Carder both of Delphos; one sister, Jennifer Ditto of Van Wert; and two grandsons, Bentley Wannemacher and Bentsen Frederick. He also has two nephews, Brayden and Nolan Ditto and one niece, Christie Carder.

Jeffery was a lifelong truck driver being lastly employed at Scott Carder Trucking in Delphos, Ohio. Friends had given Jeffrey the nick name of “TRUCKER”.  He was 1977 graduate of Jefferson High School, and a member of Delphos Eagles aerie 471.   His passion was being in and driving a Peterbilt semi truck or riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle.  He also enjoyed watching NASCAR races on TV.   He had a loving heart, and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Landeck St. John the Baptist Church. Fr. George Mahas will be officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos.  Visitation will be Tuesday, November 15, from 2:00 -8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a Parish Wake at 7:30. Memorial contributions will be to donor’s choice.

Debra Faye Siefker: May 30, 1954-November 10, 2016

debra-siefker-pictureDebra Faye Siefker, 62, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at Community Health Professionals Hospice Center in Van Wert.

She was born May 30, 1954, in Lima to Gerald Sellers and Helen (Kirkendall) Sellers. She was preceded in death by her father and her mother, Helen (Lester) Shenk survives in Lima. She was united in marriage to Ronald J. Siefker on August 3, 1974; he preceded her in death on June 3, 2016.

She is survived by four sons, Jamie Siefker, Josh (Laura Beth) Siefker both of Delphos, Ben (Danielle) Siefker of Kossuth, and Ryan (Britney) Siefker of Elida; a daughter, Rachel (Collin) Sobas of Marysville, OH; two brothers, Howard (Paula) Sellers of Lima and Mark (Faith) Sellers of Dell Ray Beach, Florida; seven grandchildren, Levi, Adelynn, Nevaeh, Weston, Brooklynn, Cameron, and Ryder; one step-brother and several step-sisters; and also her closest friends in life was Beth Pohlman, Deb and Beth spent most of their free time together.

She was a lifelong member of Lima Baptist Temple in Lima and was very active in the Delphos Car Club with Ron. She had been a Sunday school teacher for the younger children in the church and a bible school teacher for over 30 years. Deb was a true servant, she would always put others before herself and always wanting to lend a hand anytime she could. She was a huge animal lover, but closest to her heart was her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a home maker but also had worked at Delphos Jefferson Middle School as a secretary and in her younger years she had worked at Huntington Bank in Lima. She was a 1972 graduate of Elida high school.

A Celebration of Life will be on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Lima Baptist Temple in Lima with calling one hour prior. Pastor Gary Hohman will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Joyce Ann Dray: June 23, 1942-November 9, 2016

joyce-dray-pictureJoyce Ann Dray, 74, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos. She was born June 23, 1942 to Ralph Edward and Sally V. (Berryman) Dray. They both preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Eagles #471, American Legion #268, and the VFW Ladies Aux. #6772. She had worked at New Delphos Mfg. Company as a shipping clerk for many years.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Beatrice Dray of Fremont, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Dray.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father George Mahas will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.

Sylvester M. Rode: September 16, 1927-November 9, 2016

sylvester-rode-pictureSylvester M. Rode, 89, of Fort Jennings, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at his residence. He was born September 16, 1927, in Landeck to Sylvester H. and Leona (Rahrig) Rode. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Emogene Keller and then married Norma Hanf; they both preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons, Michael (Joyce) Rode of Fort Jennings and Mark (Sue) Rode of Central Point, Oregon; two daughters, Diane (Danny) Ladd of Cloverdale, IN and Gale Young of Fort Jennings; two brothers-in-law, Paul Etgen of Delphos and Thomas (Mary) Keller of Cloverdale; a sister-in-law, Maxine Rode of Celina; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Quentin “Tin, and Ted Rode and three sisters, Zita Martin Allen, Sylvia Martin Lewis, and Audrey Etgen.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and he had retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years of service. He enjoyed playing cards at the senior citizens center, gardening, canning and working in his orchard, loved traveling all over the U.S., and in his younger years he loved to go bowling.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with viewing one hour prior at the church. Father Jerry Schetter will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 4-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A parish wake will be held at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Doreen A. (Felser) Knoderer: December 8, 1931-November 5, 2016

doreen-knoderer-pictureDoreen A. (Felser) Knoderer passed away on November 5, 2016 at the home of her son, where she had resided for the past several years. Born in Toledo, on December 8, 1931, to Kenneth and Laura (Goeder) Felser, she attended Walbridge School and graduated from Libbey High School in 1949.

She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Toledo, until it’s closing, and later a member of Gomer Congregational Church in Gomer, Ohio. She worked at Tiedtkes in the candy department as a teenager, and after she graduated high school and Davis Business School, began working in the offices of The Fuller Brush Company in Toledo. She would love to tell people in later years that she worked on a comptometer, enjoying the puzzled look on their faces and would explain exactly what that was.

On May 2, 1953, she married Melvin Knoderer at Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church (later Salem U.C.C.). in Toledo. They had two children, Michele and Brian. Church was a central fixture in Doreen’s life. She was a lifelong member of Salem Church until its closing in 1999. It was here she enjoyed singing in the choir, playing handbells and found a special ministry in being a clown for Christ. She was “Dusty the Clown” and also played Noah in a clown version of Noah’s Ark. She, with and without Salem’s “Utterly Confused Clowns” troupe, performed in area churches, organizations, schools and Pilgrim Hills Church Camp.

After she married, she worked summers for Fuller Brush and was also a church secretary at Salem. When she and her family moved to Bellevue she was again a church secretary ay Fireside United Church of Christ, Bellevue, for many years. In 1973, they again moved, this time to Clyde, and in 1976, she began working at the Clyde Public Library, where she worked for over 35 years. Her love for books began early in her life, as she learned to read when she was 4 years old. Books had always been a large part of her life, and she was known to always have a book to read no matter where she was, the doctor’s office, riding in a car, and even reading while waiting for a train. She especially liked reading the new fiction books for children. Since she worked mostly in the children’s area at the library and cataloged the books, she was able to direct the children to the best books. Although she moved with her husband and children to Maumee, Willard, Bellevue and Clyde, she always loved Toledo and loved reading her Toledo Blade.

Doreen is survived by her daughter: Michele (Chris) Wood of Clyde; son: Brian (Ann) Knoderer of Delphos; 3 granddaughters, Emily (Kyle) Profitt of Fremont; Katherine Knoderer of Defiance; Laura Knoderer of Lima; one great-granddaughter: Iris Miller of Lima special cousin: Mary Ann McGee of Florida, and many other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

A Celebration of Life for Doreen will be held at Gomer Congregational Church on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Gomer Congregational Church, 7350 Gomer Road, Gomer, Ohio 45809, the Clyde Public Library, 222 W. Buckeye St., Clyde, Ohio 43410 or Putnam County Hospice, 575 Ottawa Glandorf Road Ste 3, Ottawa, Ohio 45875.

William Richardson: November 7, 1946-November 5, 2016

richardsonWilliam Richardson, 69, of Delphos, passed away on November 5, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born on November 7, 1946, to Eugene Taylor and Dorothy (Dunlap) Taylor; both preceded him in death.

He was a self employed construction worker, doing everything from dry walling to roofing. He was a social member of Amvets in Middle Point and past Delphos Eagles #471 member. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing most of his life and was a true outdoors man. He loved to play softball and was an avid sports fan, especially the Browns, Nascar, Reds and the Buckeyes.

Survivors include two daughter, Sarah (Kyle) Devore of Tippecanoe and Lisa (Pete) LaBauve of Columbus; one brother, Frank Richardson in Indiana; one sister, Shirley (Dwaine) Kimmey of Middle Point; four special nephews, Rich (Michele) Richardson of Middle Point, Bob (Lisa) Richardson of Delphos, Chet (Brandi) Richardson of Spencerville, and Jay (Brandy Childress) Richardson of Landeck; and 6 grandchildren. Bill was also survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded him in death are one sister, Clara Jane and five brothers, Richard “Dick” Richardson, Charles “Chuck” Richardson and 3 infant brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Salem Mennonite Cemetery in Elida.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.  Memorial contribution can be made to St. Rita’s or Community Health Professionals.