Helen A. (Weber) Geddings August 13, 1922 – November 14, 2014

Helen Geddings pictureHelen A. (Weber) Geddings, 92, passed away on Friday November 14, 2014, at her residence at 6:30 p.m. surrounded by her loving family in Delphos.
She was born August 13, 1922, in Ottoville, to Albert and Regina (Schmidt) Weber. Both preceded her in death. On August 4, 1944 she married Thomas W. Geddings II. They met and married during WWII while both were serving in the Marine Corps. They just celebrated 70 years together. Thomas survives in Delphos. She is survived by three sons, Frank (Kris) Kalish of Mocksville, NC, Thomas (Carolyn) Geddings of Dallas, Georgia, and Joseph (Vicki) Geddings of Lima, two daughters, Jacquelyn (Bob) Baldwin of Oakwood, and Joyce (Tim) Jackson of Galloway, OH, two brothers, Robert Weber of Delphos and Eugene (Posey) Weber of Delphos, Sister, June Link of Delphos, 17 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Luella Barkimer, Madonna Reinemeyer, Coletta Schram, and Imogene Jackson, brother, Joseph Weber, granddaughter, Jennifer Hill, and grandson, John Kalish. Helen worked at Van Dyne Crotty as a laborer. She was a member of ST. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Altar Rosary Society, and was in the Marines during WWII. She loved to feed her family; she never had an empty candy dish.
Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday November 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father ? will be officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ottoville with Military Grave Rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Visitation will be on Sunday November 23, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at Harter and Schier funeral Home in Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or Delphos ST. John’s Scholarship Fund.

John M. “Jack” Krendl December 25, 1928 – November 12, 2014

John Krendl pictureJohn M. “Jack” Krendl, 85, of Delphos, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 12th. He was born December 25, 1928, in Delphos, to Frank Martin and Leona (Meyers) Krendl. Both preceded him in death. Jack was united in marriage to Mary Alice Schulte on November 21, 1953 in Mt. Clemens, Mi. who survives at home in Delphos. Jack is a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952. He was honorably discharged as an ET2 (electronics technician). After serving in the Navy, Jack worked for Westinghouse Electric and then Ford Motor Company as a journeyman tool and die maker. In 1960, Jack founded Krendl Machine, Inc. of which he was President and CEO until this past year. His company thrives today in Delphos with 3 of his sons managing and working in the business. He is survived by 10 children, Lee (Kathy) Krendl of Put in Bay, OH, David (Debbie) Krendl of Delphos, Julie (Chris) Ernst of Batavia, OH, Pat (Linda) Krendl of Cridersville, OH, Kurt (Lucinda) Krendl of Ada, Matthew Krendl of Columbus, OH, Laura Stocksdale of Delphos, Tom (Carol) Krendl of Marana, AZ, Joe (Cindy) Krendl of Continental, Jeff (Tracy) Krendl of Ft. Jennings, and daughter-in-law, Marcy Krendl of West Chester, OH. In addition to his 10 children, he is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, a son Michael (Marcy) Krendl, and a sister, Mary Lou (Bill) Strayer. A 1946 graduate of Delphos St. John’s, Jack was also a lifetime member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He enjoyed traveling, boating, camping, fishing and loved to spend his summers in Canada with his family. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 am on Saturday the 15th at St John the Evangelist Church in Delphos with burial in St. John Cemetery where there will be military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice and St. John Parish Foundation.

Helen Pothast July 14, 1947 – November 6, 2014

Helen PothastHelen (Hickey) Pothast, 89, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday November 6, 2014, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos. She was born July 14, 1925, in Delphos, to Patrick and Frances (Hemker) Hickey. Both precede her in death. She was united in marriage to Leo Pothast on May 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1977. She is survived by two sons, Michael (Monica) Pothast of Lima and Daniel (Deborah) Pothast of Delphos; two daughters, Marie (Timothy) Finn of Winter Springs, FL and Barbara (William Holmes) Pothast of Ypsilanti, MI.; eight grandchildren, Tim, Kevin, and Austin Pothast, Renee Heitmeyer, Nicole Laux, Stephanie Stapp, Jonathon Finn, and Nolan Holmes; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers, Cyril, Cletus, Joseph, Hubert, and Gerald Hickey; five sisters, Mary Pothast Deffenbaugh, Celesta Hickey, Agnes Kimmet, Margaret Kimmet Bellman, and Martha Hickey. Helen worked at the IGA as the produce manager for 17 years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She distributed communion to the shut-ins and to the residents at the nursing home for several years. She was also a member of the Eagles Aux. #471. She enjoyed bingo, reading, and working puzzles. Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday November 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with visitation 1 hour prior to the mass at the church. Father Daniel Johnson will be officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday November 9, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with the Parish Wake to begin at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Vincent De Paul Society, or St. John’s Parish Foundation.

Dorothy R. Ness December 30, 1920 – October 27, 2014

Dorothy Ness pictureDorothy R. Ness, 93, passed away on Monday October 27, 2014, at 2:10 p.m. at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. She was born December 30, 1920, in Thorhult, MN, to Frederick C. and Ida (Olson) Holthusen. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Clifford Ness in 1942. He preceded her in death on February 3, 2009. She is survived by one son, Wayne (Mary Eileen) Ness of Arlington, VA, one daughter, Dale (Larry) Jettinghoff of Delphos; three grandchildren, Mark (Kim) Jettinghoff of Delphos, David (Sue) Jettinghoff of Delphos, and Lori Goergens of Delphos, seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, Herb, Vernie, Royal, and Jack Holthusen, two sisters, Francie Wikert, and Evelyn Tanem, and 1 grandson, Jason Ness. Dorothy worked at Gressel’s Produce as a secretary for 28 years. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and was a 1939 graduate of Thief River Falls High School in MN. She was also a member of Good Shepherd Group since 1958 and a past member of Altar Guild for 15 years. Funeral service will be on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Peter Lutheran Church with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Pastor Steve Nelson will be officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday October 29, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church.

LaDonna E. Schmelzer October 11, 1925 – October 25, 2014

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LaDonna E. Schmelzer, 89, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 at at 1:45 p.m. at Vancrest of Delphos.
She was born October 11, 1925, in Delphos to Frank and Veronica (Elwer) Osting. They preceded her in death. On September 1, 1945, she was united in marriage to Jerome Klaus. He passed away on December 22, 1979. She was then united in marriage to Leo G. Schmelzer on August 29, 1986. He survives in Delphos.
She is also survived by 1 daughter, Patricia (Bob) Kramer of Delphos; 2 sons, David (Karen Hemker) Klaus of Delphos and Steven (Debbie) Klaus of Lima; 2 daughters in law, Ag Klaus and Linda Klaus, both of Delphos; 1 sister, Earlene (John) Williams of Delphos; 3 brothers, Alvin (Marilyn) Osting of Troy, Norman (Karen) Osting of Troy and Roger (Ricky) Osting of Cridersville; 7 sisters in law, Ruth Osting of Middle Point, Betty Osting of Delphos, Toni Osting of Cloverdale, Betty Klaus of Delphos, Jean Klaus of Delphos, Doris (Ken) Miehls of Ft. Jennings, and Rosie Kaverman of Delphos. 13 grandchildren, Kevin (Angie) Klaus, Matt (Julie) Klaus, both of Delphos, Lee (Theresa) Lauck of Lima, Brian Kramer, Eric (Andrea Shafer) Kramer, Brent (Kim) Binkley, Maria (Jon) Diltz, Rocky (Bobbi) Klaus, Marci (Chris) Ricker, and Derek Klaus, all of Delphos, Jason , Jared, and Josh Klaus, all of Lima. 27 Great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Kathy Lepley; 2 sons, Gary Klaus and Ken Klaus; 2 granddaughters, Lisa Kramer, and Kari (Klaus) Lauck; 3 sisters, Marie Osting, Gerry Grubenhoff, and Vera Koester; 7 brothers, Wilfred, Moletus, Eugene, Urban, Ed, Earl, and Louis Osting; 4 sisters in law, Lois, Dorothy, Edna, and Helen Osting; and 5 brothers in law, Ed Grubenhoff, Jim Koester, Bob Klaus, Chuck Klaus, and Charles Kaverman.
LaDonna attended high school at the Sisters of Notre Dame Academy in Toledo. She was employed at Trim Trends in Spencerville. She was then the cook at St. John’s Rectory until her retirement. She volunteered at St. Rita’s Hospital for a number of years.
She was a member of Delphos St. John’s the Evangelist Church, Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Delphos Eagles Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. For many years, she would bring smiles to their faces when she would bring them her homemade bread, buns and cinnamon rolls. In her younger years, she enjoyed sewing, crocheting and working with her flowers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 31 at 11:00 at St. John the Evangelist Church. Fr. Ron Schock will be officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 at Harter and Schier Funeral home where a CL of C service will be held. The Parish Wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
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Caroline A. Klaus: January 1, 1923 – October 20, 2014

Caroline Klaus pictureCaroline A. Klaus 91, of Landeck, passed away on Monday October 20, 2014, at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos, OH. She was born January 1, 1923, to William August and Caroline Teresa (Wallen) Dahling. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Leroy A. Klaus on June 29, 1946; he preceded her in death on January 24, 1996. She is survived by 2 daughters; Betty (David) Schwemer of Kenton, OH, and Nancy Klaus of Lima, OH; two sons, Ron (Pat) Klaus of Delphos, OH, and Larry Klaus of Landeck, OH; grandchildren, Mark Schwemer of Kenton, John (Chassie) Schwemer of Kenton, OH, Brad (Nikki) Klaus of Columbus, Casey (Stacy) Klaus of Chicago, Austin (Lori) Klaus of Kalida, Nate (Renee) Klaus of Findlay, and Josh Klaus of Chicago, IL; eight great-grandchildren, Kyla and Karsyn Klaus, Josie and Callie Schwemer, Jagger and Gage Klaus, and Logan and Ethan Klaus. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Catherine “Betty” Seffernick; and four brothers, William “Bill”, Al, George “Jake”, and Charles “Chick” Dahling. Caroline worked at Myers Cleaners for 10 years, the Huddle for 10 years, and then she retired from Roselawn Manor after 25 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck and was a Ft. Jennings High School graduate. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports. She was a very friendly and outgoing person. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday October 24, 2014 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic church in Landeck with Father David Reinhart officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday October 23, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,where there will be a parish wake beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to The ARC of Allen County or Sarah Jane Living Center activities department.

William C. Holtz : August 16, 1931 – October 15, 2014

cloudsWilliam C. Holtz 83, of Landeck passed away on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos, OH at 11:20 p.m. He was born on August 16, 1931 in Allen County to Edward A. and Marie (Clancy) Holtz. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Wrocklage on April 21, 1956; she preceded him in death on August 30, 1979. He then married Sue Kill on May 21, 1982, and she survives in Landeck, OH. He is survived by four daughters, Janelle Hornic of Cridersville, Judith (Tenaya) Wolfe of Ashley, OH, Mary Dotson of Lima, OH, Anne (Tom) Whitaker of McComb, OH.; 2 sisters, Roseann Jackson of Lima, OH, and Sr. Claudia Holtz of Toledo, OH; five grandchildren, Brittany Wolfe (Samantha Shaw) of Delaware, Nickolas Hastings of Lima, OH, William (Cassidy Shae) Hastings of Lima, OH, James Hornic of Cridersville, OH, Elizabeth Paralapiana of Lima, OH, and two great-grandsons, Coen Hastings of Texas, and Jude Hastings of Lima, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Elizabeth Wrocklage Holtz, sister, Sr. Jeanemarie Holtz, and four brothers, Edward, Richard, James, and John Holtz. William worked at Lima Correctional as air quality control maintenance, retiring after 21 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, and Delphos Sportsman and Coon Club. He was an avid bowler and liked to work crossword puzzles. He was also an avid Notre Dame fan. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on November 15, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck. Father Dave Reinhart will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Research, or Sarah Jane living Center.

Nancy A. Vondran: February 20, 1940 – October 14, 2014

IMG_1867Nancy A.Vondran, 74, of Lima, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born February 20, 1940, in Delphos to William R. and Vera C. (Strayer) Loetz. Both preceded her in death. On June 8, 1963, she was united in marriage to Norman H. Vondran who survives in Lima.

She is also survived by one daughter, Anne (Joel) Eckerman of Venice, Fl., three sons, Marc (Beth) Vondran of Lima, Jay (Michelle) Vondran of Bradenton, Fl., and Chris (Tracy) Vondran of Columbus, Oh.; three sisters, Carolyn Mason of Lexington, KY; Kathleen (David) Calvelage of Englewood, FL; and Susan (Larry) Grothouse of Delphos, Ohio; four brothers, Carl (Rosalyn) Loetz of Jenera, Ohio; Rodney (Charlotte) Loetz of Archbold, Ohio; William R. Loetz Jr. of Windsor, Ohio; and Joseph Loetz of Van Wert, Ohio; and nine grandchildren.

Nancy was a homemaker. She was a member of New Creation Lutheran Church in Lima, and was formerly a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Delphos. Nancy had been a swimming official and a leader in the YMCA and Sherwood competitive swim programs. She was also an avid reader. She filled her life with lifelong learning. Most importantly, Nancy was a very devoted and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Funeral Services will be held at New Creation Lutheran Church in Lima at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 18. The service will be officiated by Reverend Samuel Payne. Visiting hours will be Friday from 2:00-8:00 PM at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to New Creation Lutheran Church.
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Gary Schimmoeller: July 27, 1942 – October 11, 2014

Gary Schimmoeller, 72, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014, at home.
He was born July 27, 1942 to Alphonse and Dorothy (Moenter) Schimmoeller who are both deceased. On August 13, 1966, he was united in marriage to Nadine (Van Schoyck) Schimmoeller who survives in Delphos.

He is also survived by three daughters, Susan (James) Vogt of Spencerville, Sandra (Michael) Will of Ft. Jennings, and Jill Schimmoeller of Grove City; two brothers, Tom (Ruth Ann) Schimmoeller of Delphos, and Jim (Pam) Schimmoeller of Delphos; one sister-in-law, Sandy Schimmoeller of Delphos. Six grandchildren, Austin, Heather and Eric Vogt, and Collin, Hannah, and Emma Will.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Dick Schimmoeller and John Schimmoeller.

Gary retired from Ford Motor Company after many years of service. He was a member of St. John’s the Evangelist Church, VFW 3035, The American Legion, Eagles Aerie 471 and was a St. John’s Athletic Booster for many years. Gary served in the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He graduated from St. John’s in 1961. Gary loved watching his grandchildren play their sporting events. He was an avid St. John’s Blue Jay fan and he also enjoyed working in his workshop.
Funeral Services will be held at Harter and Schier Funeral Home on Wednesday, October, 15 at 11:00 A.M. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, at Harter and Schier Funeral home. A military service will be held by Delphos Veteran’s Council. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Athletic Boosters.
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