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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Marjorie L. Truman: June 27, 1924 – October 5, 2014

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Marjorie L. Truman, of Delphos, passed away Sunday October 5, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. at Vancrest Healthcare center of Delphos
She was born on June 27, 1924, to Alva and Lucille (Best) Wollet in Delphos. On June 26, 1943 she was united in marriage to Hubert W. Truman, who survives in Delphos. They had been married for 71.5 years.

She is also survived by 4 daughters; Sandra (Maurice) Miller of Delphos, Nancy (Jerry) Mericle of Delphos, Pamela (James) Raabe of Bluffton, Ohio and Carol (Roy) Cross of Delphos; one son William (Rosanne “Cook”) Truman of Delphos; one sister Marlene Hoak of Delphos; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Marianne Wollet of Delphos.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Carl Wollet; 4 sisters; Claudine Dotson, Betty Friemoth, Ruth Ashbaugh and Donna Maloney and one great granddaughter Lana Salazar.
Marjorie was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was a housewife who loved cooking and baking pies and apple dumplings. She was an excellent seamstress. She was known for making clothes for her children and for making dresses for weddings and other special events. She also enjoyed crocheting and making quilts. She enjoyed babysitting and spending time with her family and friends.

Service will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:00 with one hour visitation prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with Rev. Rich Rakay Officiating. Friends may visit from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Funeral home. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church or The Delphos Public Library.
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Audrey V. “Granny B” Burnett: Oct. 31, 1922 – Oct. 1, 2014

Burnett pictureAudrey V. “ Granny B” Burnett, 91, of Venedocia, passed away on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at her residence. She was born October 31, 1922 at home in Venedocia to Edward and Hazel (Jordan) Hundley, they preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Maurice Burnett on February 24, 1941; he preceded her in death on January 22, 1986. She is survived by three sons, Warren Burnett of Clinton, OK, David (Lori) Burnett of Van Wert, Tim (Keesha) Burnett of Venedocia; 7 daughters, Evelyn (Paul) Martz of Van Wert, Linda Davis of Venedocia, Susan Mayes of Venedocia, Marylin (Jerry) Foust of Venedocia, P.J. Burnett of Middle Point, Millie Fletcher of Wawa, Ontario Canada, and Susie Thompson of Middle Point; 27 Grandchildren, 55 Great-grandchildren, and 10 Great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Alice Burnett; three sons, Jim, Bill, and Ted Burnett; four brothers; Ed, John, Vernon, and James Hundley; and five sisters, Charlotte Alfred, Estella Spence, Gwen Sission, Blanch McDonald, and Bertha Fickert
Audrey was a home maker and also worked as a lab tech for Ohio Electric Polishing Company for many years. She was a member of Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia; she was a member of the Ladies Society and was an elder at the church. She was a former clown with the VFW Spencerville post # 6772 and was first council woman in Venedocia. She was a published poet and made baby blankets for WIC for over 40 years. Funeral services will be held on Sunday October 5, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with 1 hour of visiting time prior to the service at Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia. Reverend Thomas Emery will be officiating. Burial will follow in Venedocia Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to Delphos community Health Professionals or Salem Presbyterian Church

Betty Lou Watkins: February 8, 1928 – September 24, 2014

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GOMER, OH: Betty Lou (Conrad) Watkins, 86, passed away at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health System. She was born in Monroe Township, Allen County, Ohio near Cairo on February 8, 1928 to Frank and Elva Mae (Long) Conrad who preceded her in death. On January 18, 1948, she was united in marriage to Willard D. Watkins. He preceded her in death on October 22, 2012.

Betty was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, Class of 1946. She was also a graduate of Fredericks Beauty Academy, Class of 1947. She served as a part-time postal clerk for 32 years at the Post Office in Gomer, OH. She was a member of Gomer Congregational Church serving as a Deaconess for two terms and financial Secretary for one term. She served as secretary of the Allen County Chapter of the Genealogical Society; holder of three first family of Allen County certificates. Betty volunteered at the Allen County Museum Library. She enjoyed doing genealogy, crossword puzzles and country music.

She is survived by one son, Willard Rodney (Nancy) Watkins, Gomer, OH; three daughters, Diana Barnt, Gomer, OH, Mary Jane (Keaton) Vandemark, Spring Hope, N.C., Sue (Jay) Grusenmeyer, Lima, OH; eight grandsons, Trevor (Angie) Vandemark, Tyler (Boots) Vandemark, and Dean (Christina) Vandemark, all of Spring Home, N.C., Cory Barnt and Jon Grusenmeyer, both of Columbus, OH, Tod Grusenmeyer, New Orleans, L.A., and Ethan (Amberly) and Travis Watkins, both of Gomer; five great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; and one special niece Donelda M. Conrad.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, Delmar, Virgil and Donald Conrad; two sisters, Edna Francis and Mabel Everett.

Funeral services will be held at Gomer Congregational Church, Gomer, OH on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with calling hours one hour prior to services. Pastor Jeff Frantz will officiate and burial will follow in Tawelfan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gomer Welsh Society of Northwest Ohio, c/o Mary Alger, 4430 Ridge Road, Elida, OH 45807 or Gomer Congregational Church, 7350 Gomer Road, Gomer, OH 45809.

Richard T. “Odie” Odenweller: August 15, 1943 – September 19, 2014

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Richard T. “Odie” Odenweller, 71, of Delphos, passed away September 19, 2014 at 4:20 a.m. at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born on August 15, 1943 in Lima to the late Thomas and Beatrice (Young) Odenweller. On March 12, 1966 he was united in marriage to Karen Waldman who survives in Delphos. He is survived by his daughter Christina (Kevin) Grothaus of Delphos and his son Anthony Odenweller of Galloway, Ohio; one brother Roger (Deloris) Odenweller of Shelbyville, Kentucky and a sister Susan Von Lehmden of Ft. Jennings; five grandchildren Alexa, Kristen and Annie Odenweller and Lauren and Lucas Grothaus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Elmer Von Lehmden.

He worked at General Dynamics for 25 years. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Delphos Eagles #471 and the American Legion. He was also in the Army Reserve for 12 years. Richard loved antiques and going to garage sales. His favorite place was his cottage in Michigan. He also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. with Father Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery where the Delphos Veterans Council will conduct Military Graveside Rites. Visitation will be on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. with a Parish Wake to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio State James Cancer Center or Delphos Visiting Nurses and Hospice.