Marguerite Thitoff: October 18, 1921-February 22, 2017

Marguerite Thitoff pictureMarguerite Thitoff, 95, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Van Wert Manor in Van Wert, OH. She was born October 18, 1921, in Delphos to Richard and Pearl (Fair) Nash. Both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Louis Leonard. She was united in marriage to Donald L. Thitoff in 1939; he preceded her in death on July 19, 2006.

She is survived by seven children, Becky (Keith) Edwards of Grover Hill, Robert (Jane) Thitoff of Delphos, Daniel Thitoff of Columbus, Dave (Teresa) Thitoff of Delphos, Chuck (Paula) Thitoff of Mountain Home, AK, Tim Thitoff of Celina, and Steve (Lisa) Thitoff of Columbus; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Sophie Marie Thitoff.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Fire Ladies Association, and a graduate of Delphos Jefferson. She was a home maker; she enjoyed bowling, golf, crafts, and ceramics. She loved having the family over on holidays to cook her specials meals.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Daniel Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Alfred “Al” Imholt: September 16, 1928-February 20, 2017

Al Imholt pictureAlfred “Al” Imholt, 88, of Delphos, passed away on Monday, February, 20, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. He was born September 16, 1928, in Allen County to Henry and Mary (Obringer) Imholt. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Ruth E. Kipp, she preceded him in death in 1990. He is preceded in death by a brother, John Imolt.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a life member of the VFW #3035, K of C #1362, and was past treasurer of Lima Camera Club. He was self employed, working as a cabinet maker and was in the Army during the Korean War.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Daniel Johnson. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A parish wake will be at 6:00 p.m. and a military service to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW #3035 Rifle Squad.

James Sloan: June 13, 1954 – February 18, 2017

James Sloan, 62, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos.

He was born June 13, 1954, in Toledo, to Robert and Monica (Fiedler) Sloan. His father is of Delphos, his mother is deceased.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Sadler. She preceded him in death on September, 27, 2006.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Jenelle Sloan of Van Wert, Angie (Joseph) Kennedy of Van Wert and Cori (Levi Brincefield) Sloan of Delphos; 2 sons, Jason Sloan of Oregon and Dakota Sloan of Delphos; one sister, Helen (Bill) Hurley of Delphos; 2 brothers, Bob (Julie) Sloan and Nick (Lisa) Sloan both of Delphos and 4 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer.

Jim was a member of Delphos St. John’s and retired from the Delphos Herald.

Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with Rev. David Howell officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 2-8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family for medical expenses.

Robert “General” Kennedy: November 20, 1942-February 17, 2017

Robert Kennedy pictureRobert “General” Kennedy, 74, of Fort Jennings, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at The Meadows of Ottawa. He was born November 20, 1942, in Lima to Stanley and Sara (McGue) Kennedy. Both preceded him in death.

He is survived by a brother, Karl (Kay) Kennedy of Fort Jennings; a sister, Betty Kennedy of Fort Jennings; three nieces, Jamie (Jeremy) Tenwalde, Kayla Kennedy, and Kristi Kennedy; one great niece, Falynn Tenwalde; and one great nephew, Finn Tenwalde.

He was a member of Sons of the American Legion #715, had attended First Assembly Believers, and had worked at Gressels in Delphos for many years. He enjoyed fishing and having coffee at The Outpost.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Fish will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Fort Jennings. Friends may call on Monday, February 20, 2017, from 1-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to The Meadows of Ottawa Activities.

Jerome Burgei: January 3, 1935-February 14, 2017

Jerome Burgei pictureJerome Burgei, 82, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born January 3, 1935 to William and Margaret Burgei. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Pohlman on September 14, 1957; she preceded him in death on May 5, 2013.

He is survived by four sons, Rick (Barbara) Burgei of Delphos, Robb (Sherry) Burgei of Delphos, Russ (Bonnie) Burgei of Pinckney, MI, and Randy Burgei of Scottsdale, AZ; a brother, James “Jim” Burgei of MI; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Jerome was a devoted family man – husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He served in the US Marine Corp from ’53 – ’57 as a Corporal E3 and honorably discharged completing assignments in Alaska and Korea. He was always taking time to find a project or help a friend. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, where he rarely missed a 7:30am Mass on Sundays. His faith was instrumental in his life. He truly enjoyed spending time with his wife and was always there to support her, especially in her love of sewing for the community. They were rarely seen one without the other over the years. He had worked at Ottoville Tile, Rand Corp in CA, and retiring from Federal Mogul in Van Wert after 37 years of faithful service.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Father George Mahas will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with a parish wake to begin at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church.

T. J. Kohorst: June 7, 1979 – February 11, 2017

img386T.J. Kohorst, 37, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, in Columbus.

He was born June 7, 1979, in Lima to Tom and Bobbie (Lucas) Kohorst who both survive in Delphos.

T.J. was a certified electrician working on several projects thru IBEW Union in Lima. He was a 1998 graduate from Delphos Jefferson High School and Vantage.  He also graduated from Owens Technical College with his degree as an electrician.  He was a member of the IBEW Union #32 and a past member of Black Swamp Gun Club and Shooting Range.  He had a huge interest in gun collecting, collecting all types including military weapons.  He was an expert marksman.

T.J. is survived by his parents and sister, Kim (Greg) Bickford, of Mt. Blanchard, OH and one niece, Sydney Bickford, at home.

T.J. is also survived by Larissa and her daughter, Shayla, of Defiance.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.   Friends may call on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 3 p.m.  Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Angels for Animals.

Tonja A. Moening: September 2, 1939-February 9, 2017

Tonja Moening pictureTonja A. Moening, 77, of Fort Jennings, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, from a sudden illness. She was born September 2, 1939 to Thomas and Alice Wiley. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Donald E. Moening on April 24, 1965; he preceded her in death on February 1, 1996.

She is survived by four children, Jeannette (Steve Cunningham) Moening, Mitchell (Marion) Moening, Jennifer (Roger) Moening-Lehman, and Leslie Moening; sister, Carol (George) Hellman; brother, Thomas (Terry) Wiley II; 12 grandchildren, Chelsey Cloud, Jayda Dennard,Wiley Denard, Serenna Moening, Jordan Moening, Erin Moening, Ava Moening, Eric Lehman, Brennen Moening, Luke Moening, and Carter and Caleb Jarman; and two great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings, American Legion Ladies AUX #715; she had retired from Speedway in Delphos and had owned her own beauty shop, she was also a graduate of Delphos St. John’s in 1957. Tonja always loved to bake and cook for her family and loved to spoil her grandchildren. Her new favorite hobby was her gambling trips with her sister.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with viewing one hour prior at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings. Father Charles Obinwa will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, February 13, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. A Parish Wake will be held at 1:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Jennings Local Fire Department.

William “Bill” Evans: July 6, 1933-February 5, 2017

doveWilliam “Bill” Evans age 83 passed away February 5, 2017, at Elmcroft Nursing Home in Lima. Bill was born July 6, 1933, in Allen County to William and Carrie (Phillips) Evans both whom preceded him in death.

He was a navy veteran of the Korean War serving at the Suez Canal. Bill was a 1951 graduate of Gomer High School.  He was a master hunter and an avid outdoorsman.  Bill was an expert squirrel hunter often traveling from state to state hunting. Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, his dogs and competing in field trials. He was a member of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

William is survived by a daughter, Lynne Horn of Lansing, Mi; a son, Randy Williams of San Francisco; one sister, Sue (Karl) Roider of Baton Rouge, La; a special nephew, Chris (Emy) Roider of Baton Rouge, La; and several other nieces and nephews. He also left behind a special companion, Tick, his beloved German Short haired Pointer. William was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Evans; and two sisters, Dorothy Smith and Mary Blakeman.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017, from 1:00-3:00 pm with graveside service to follow at Carmen Cemetery.

Lois A. McKowen: March 21, 1939-February 4, 2017

Lois McKowen pictureLois A.  McKowen, 75, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Lois was born March 21, 1939, in Ft Jennings, to Julius A. and Elsie (Recker) Berelsman. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to James “Jim“ McKowen on April 18, 1970, in St Joseph’s Catholic Church; he survives in Ft Jennings.

Lois was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church. She graduated from Ft.  Jennings High School in 1957, and went on to graduate from St. Rita’s School of Nursing.  She retired from St Rita’s as a Nursing Supervisor.

Lois is also survived by one brother, John A. (Shirley) Berelsman of Ft. Jennings; two sisters, Phyllis (John) Von Sossan of Ft. Jennings and Barbara (Michael) Mckowen of Lima; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday,  February 8th, at 10:00 am at St Joseph Catholic Church in Ft Jennings.  Fr. Charles Obinwa will officiate.  Friends may call on Tuesday, February 7th, from 4:00 to7:00 pm at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the Mass.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Donations can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Loren Basil Barnes: February 9, 1928-January 24, 2017

Loren Barnes pictureLoren Basil Barnes, 88, of Hesperia, CA, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Foremost Retirement Home in Hesperia, CA. He was born February 9, 1928, in Delphos to Jay and Octavio Barnes. Both preceded him in death.

He is survived by three daughters, Pam Watkins, Annette Trouten, and Cynthia Williamson; one son, Jeffrey Barnes; one brother, Ron Hile; four grandchildren, Ashley and Brent Trouten, Lindsay Schmidt, and Chad Watkins; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Barnes; sister, Maxine Bradford; and a son, David Chapman.

Loren had worked as a groundskeeper at The Retreat at Foxhollow in Lakewood, Colorado, well into his early 80’s, he was a graduate of Delphos Jefferson high school and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Pemberville, OH, he was also a Boy Scout Leader in Toledo, OH, and a member of Toastmasters and a graduate of the Dale Carnegie course. Loren loved anything outdoors where he could take in the fresh air and sunshine and he enjoyed downhill skiing and whitewater rafting.

A graveside service will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice.