Obituary Pending: Visitation will be on Sunday March 9, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home and the service will be on Monday March 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing 1 hour prior to the service at the First Assembly of God church in Delphos.
Lauretta M. Kroeger Schaffer, 77, died March 5, 2014, at her residence. She was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Ottoville to John and Philomena Warnecke Brickner, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 4, 1990, she married Richard Schaffer, who died Dec. 14, 1991. Mrs. Schaffer was a homemaker and healthcare worker. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck, and its Catholic Ladies of Columbia Council 84. Survivors include eight sons, Larry (Nancy) Kroeger and Rick Kroeger, both of Landeck, Jim (Patty) Kroeger, of Leipsic, Ron Kroeger, of Landeck, Leonard Kroeger, of Lima, Jerry Jr. Kroeger, of Rockford, Richard (Missy) Kroeger, of Findlay, and Dave (Shelly) Kroeger, of Delphos; three daughters, Kay (John) Siefer, of Kalida, Sue (Paula) Radabaugh, of Landeck, and Marianne (Larry) Wiech, of Columbus; two sisters, Rose (Otto) Wenzlick and Carolyn (Jerry) Schimmoeller, both of Ottoville; four brothers, Walt (Rose Ann) Brickner and Ralph (Sharon) Brickner, both of Ottoville, Steve (Sandy) Brickner, of Columbus Grove, and John (Joan) Brickner, of Warsaw, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, AnnaJean Bockey and Mary Brickner; Bill and Millie Kroeger; and her first husband, Gerald Kroeger, of Delphos; and 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Ricker and Sister Catherine Brickner; a brother, Cliff Brickner; and a brother-in-law, Walt Bockey. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck. Father Dave Reinhart will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a CLC service will be held at 7 p.m. and a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Landeck Church Maintenance Fund or the American Diabetes Association .
Cheryl Sue Keller, 67, died at 2:12 p.m. March 3, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born June 11, 1946, to Everitt and Annabelle Miller Rose, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Keller had been a licensed practical nurse at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima Memorial Health System and at several nursing homes. She spent her life as a caregiver for more than 35 years. She also worked at the YWCA water aquatics for arthritis, which led to much of her volunteer work. She was a coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation in the Lima branch office. She also volunteered at the Red Cross, was a big supporter of the United Way and worked as a school nurse at Lima Temple Christian School. She grew up attending Delphos First Assembly of God and then became a member of Lima Baptist Temple. She was a 1964 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School, where she was active in band and choir. She was a co-organizer of her class reunions. She attended Southwestern Bible College and was a graduate of Lima School of Nursing. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. She liked to write poetry and collect music boxes. She was an avid family photographer and enjoyed stitching and embroidery. Her main hobby was her family, especially her grandchildren. Most important to her was her devotion to the Lord and spreading his love and word. She was a master of holiday decoration and card giving. She truly enjoyed life. In her early years, she loved camping with her family, where she taught Sunday school. Survivors include a son, Eric (Laura) Duncan, of Fostoria; a daughter, Amanda (Neal) Mayer, of Grove City; a brother, David (Rhonda) Rose, of Spencerville; four grandchildren, Jordan and Kathryn Duncan, of Fostoria, and Abigail and Hannah Mayer, of Grove City; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Gary Rose. Services will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. Pastor Dan Eaton will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross or the United Way.
Robert E. “Bob” McConnahea, 83, died at 11:21 a.m. March 1, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born Nov. 20, 1930, in Mechanicsburg to Robert and Rosa Gordon McConnahea, who preceded him in death. On Jan. 11, 1957, he married Mary Wibley, who survives in Spencerville. Mr. McConnahea loved a good cup of coffee. He was an excellent fisherman, landing many big ones. He was a very skilled woodworker and craftsman, making rocking horses, carousels and dream catchers. His true love was his family, especially his grandchildren, passing his many lessons on to them. He also loved a good long walk. He was a member of American Legion Post 268 in Delphos and had been a founding member of Rolling Thunder Ohio Chapter 6. He retired from Fruehauf as a welder after many years of service. He was an Army veteran, serving six years in a tank company during the Korean War. He also qualified as a mortar marksman. He had earned the Good Conduct and National Defense Service medals. He also served in the Army National Guard and ROTC. Being a patriot was a part of his life and earned him induction into the Color Guard Hall of Fame. Survivors also include four sons, Mark (Kathy) McConnahea, of Carson City, Nev., Tim (Chris) McConnahea, of Delphos, Brian (Terri) McConnahea, of Russells Point, and R. Neal (Jennifer) McConnahea, of Delphos; a daughter, Jeanne (Mike) Osting, of Delphos; and 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Eloise Wenger; and three brothers, James McConnahea, Edward McConnahea and Roger McConnahea. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. The Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery with special military rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals or the VA Food Bank.
Mary Ellen Hemker Deffenbaugh, 80, died at 9 a.m. Feb. 24, 2014, at her residence. She was born April 1, 1933, in Delphos to Wilbur and Marcella A. Utrup Mueller. Her father died in 1959 and her mother in 1978. On Nov. 27, 1954, she married James C. Hemker, who died Feb. 6, 1990. On June 6, 1998, she married Thomas E. Deffenbaugh, who died Oct. 2, 2012. Mrs. Deffenbaugh had worked several jobs, but was primarily a homemaker, who devoted herself to her family and service to others. She was a life member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, where she attended Mass regularly, was a Eucharistic minister, served on the St. John’s School council, co-chaired the St. John’s Fall Festival once, was a member of its Catholic Daughters of America, counted money and participated in Bible studies. In addition to her activities at St. John Parish, she volunteered at St. Rita’s Medical Center and served on its Women’s Auxiliary Board, volunteered at the Delphos Ambulatory Care, and with the Van Wert County Board of Elections. She loved playing cards, reading and was an adventurous traveler, visiting 48 of the 50 states and several countries in Europe. Survivors include a son, Kevin (Dr. Maria Oliva-Hemker) Hemker, of Baltimore; a daughter, Karen (Dave Klaus) Hemker, of Delphos; a stepson, Kurt Deffenbaugh, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three brothers, Wilbur (Inge) Mueller Jr., of Denver, David (Patricia) Mueller, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Daniel (Barbara) Mueller, of Port Clinton; a brother-in-law, William Hemker; a sister-in-law, Caroline Mueller; four grandchildren, Daniel Warnement II, Brandon Warnement and James and Michael Hemker; and two stepgrandchildren, Emma and Annie Deffenbaugh. She was preceded in death by four infant sons, who died at birth, James in 1955, David in 1956, Donald in 1959 and Roger in 1965; a bother, Thomas Mueller; and twin sisters, Mary Margaret and Mary Josephine Mueller, who died in 1932. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Father David Reinhart will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Parish Foundation.
Maxine Marie Link, 88, died at 3:37 a.m. Feb. 17, 2014, at VanCrest Healthcare Center, Delphos. She was born March 14, 1925, in Fostoria to Burgan Criss and Marie Sauber Wilson, who preceded her in death. She married William R. Link, who died June 17, 1998. Mrs. Link worked for several years at Delphos Bending Co., while raising her family. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. She had been a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Beta Sigma and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. After her senior year, a group of high school friends formed Amicitia Club, a pinochle club. She was the last surviving member. She was an avid reader. She was the family historian and was a font of information. Survivors include two sons, William R. “Rick” (Debi) Link Jr., of Cincinnati, and Jeffrey Wilson “Jeff” (Vicki) Link, of Collierville, Tenn.; two sisters, Marilyn H. Otte, of Delphos, and Carolyn M. Masten, of Las Vegas; four brothers, Robert J. (Margaret) Wilson, of Manistee, Mich., Eugene B. (Mary) Wilson, of Dayton, Frank “Nick” (Judy) Wilson, of Delphos, and Michael E. (Joyce) Wilson, of Las Vegas; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Joan M. Wilson, Colleen Wilson Millet and Katherine L. Campanile. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Father Chris Bohnsack will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Delphos. 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. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphos Senior Citizens Center, 301 E. Suthoff St., Delphos, OH 45833. Condolences may be expressed at harterandschier.com.
Marna M. Blackburn, 77, of Delphos died at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born March 9, 1936, in Delphos to Cecil and Dorothy (Renner) Richardson, who preceded her in death. On April 19, 1958, she married Delbert Blackburn, who died Dec. 11, 2011. Survivors include four sons, Steve (Laura) Blackburn of Cortland and Dennis Blackburn, Jeff (Janet) Blackburn, and Larry (Michelle) Blackburn of Delphos; four daughters, Dorothy (Keith) Kohler of Wapakoneta, Kim (Tim) Baldauf of Quincy, Stacey (Greg) Hermiller of Delphos and Keri (Damien) Mikesell of Elida; a sister, Deb Wiseman of Van Wert; a brother, Larry Renner of Van Wert; a half-brother, Randy Richardson of Lima. She also had 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Blackburn worked at Teleflex in Van Wert for more than 16 years. She enjoyed gambling, traveling, reading and watching movies. Private family services will be held at a later date. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.
Dorothy V. Foust, 91, of Elida died at 5:45 p.m. Friday, January 31, at Richland Manor. She was born July 30, 1922, in Lima to Orphy and Evelyn (Loomis) Allen, who preceded him in death. For 72 years, Dorothy shared her life with her husband, Howard Foust, whom she married on May 2, 1941. Survivors include two sons, Howard L. (Reida) Foust Jr. of Lima and Michael A. (Pat) Foust of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia A. Foust of Lima; a sister, Nettie Millrans of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Sue Allen of Defiance and Margie Allen of California; a brother-in-law, Clay “Derb” Knoch of Uniappolis; five grandchildren, Reed (Kelly) Foust, Allen (Tina) Foust, Laura Pelscher, Melissa (Ryan) Moore and Michael Scott Foust and (Cherrie); 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She worked at Beckman’s in Delphos in sales. Dorothy loved her grandchildren and her dog, Buddy. She also loved walking and quilting. Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. David Howell. Burial will be at a later date at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.
Margaret Elizabeth Powell, 92, of Delphos died at 8:02 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at Vancrest of Delphos. She was born April 7, 1921, in Ottoville to Henry and Magdelena (Hohlbein) Pohl, who preceded him in death. She married Norman “Si” Powell on Feb. 5, 1946. He died on March 27, 1989. Survivors include three sons, Thomas (Marilyn) Powell of Powell, Michael Powell of Grove City and Jeff Powell of Delphos; six daughters, Marge (Bill) Robinson of Exeter, Calif., Patricia Rittger of Kernah, Texas, Theresa Menke of Middle Point, Deb (Tim) Maag of Ottoville, Cheri (Mike) Placke of Van Wert and Lisa (Bruce) Bendele of Ottoville; 22 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Stocklin; brothers, John, Ed and Elmer Pohl; and sisters, Clara Vondran, Lucille Clark and Dorothy Barnes. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church. Margaret’s passion was her family. She was also a seamstress and made several wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. Crossword puzzles were a favorite pasttime. She was also a nature enthusiast. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Delphos St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in Ressurection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m.
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Bernice Keselica, 87, of Delphos, died at 1:22 p.m. Monday, January 20, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Chenoa, Ky., to Ledford and Ollie (Lee) Webb, who preceded him in death. In 1966, she married to Joseph Keselica, who passed in 1978. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Brooks) Klaus of Delphos; her grandson, Brent (Kim) Binkley of Delphos; three great-grandchildren, Makayla, Hunter and Cole Binkley; many nieces, nephews and friends; and her brother, Donald (Ella) Webb of Ypsilanti, Mich. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Kenneth J. Klaus; her brothers, Kelly, Rufus, Etna and Colson Webb; her sisters, Nadine Epperson, Mabel Webb and Rose Collins; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Webb; brother-in-law, Henry Collins and nephew, Michael Webb. She retired in 1988 after 22 years at Teleflex in Van Wert. She attended First Baptist Church in Van Wert. Bernice was a very special person and a great mom, grandmother and great-grandma, always being there for them and putting them first. She will be forever missed by those who loved her. She enjoyed traveling and doing things with her longtime friends, Pat, Linda, Shirley and Marilyn. One of her favorite things was her return trips home to Kentucky. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Steve Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Van Wert. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Relay for Life.