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.

Donald Wannemacher: May 11, 1934 – September 18, 2014

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Don Wannemacher, 80, of Landeck, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at his residence in Landeck, OH.

His Family…He was born in Ottoville on May 11, 1934 to Robert M. and Jeanne (Aseltine) Wannemacher and they preceded him in death. On April 16, 1955 he married Rita Schwinnen at Delphos St. John’s Catholic Church and she survives in Landeck. They were married 59 ½ years.

He was a devout Catholic and a member of the Holy Name Society and a Life member of the VFW Post # 3035 Delphos. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from January 1959 until November 1960. He was stationed in Regensburg, Germany with the 11th Armored Calvary 3rd Battalion Tank Company. His wife Rita resided with him and they were able to travel Europe while stationed there. They made many friends and still keep in touch. He was a lifelong farmer and loved the smell of the earth. He retired from Fruehauf Corp. after 35 years. He loved red roses and always said “A rose isn’t a rose unless it’s red”. His most enjoyable time was coaching his two sons in Little League baseball. He wasn’t a follower of any one baseball team but when the Cubs and the Tigers won, he was o.k. with that. He then followed all his grandchildren’s and step-grandchildren’s achievements, faithfully whether in the classroom or on the ballfield, and he loved each and every one of them equally and unconditionally. Simply, he was just a good man, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and he will be missed.

He is survived by two sons, Dan (Sandy) Wannemacher of Van Wert and Dave (Connie) Wannemacher of Delphos; seven grandchildren, Brittney (Nick) Johnson of Columbus, OH, Brad Wannemacher of Los Angeles, CA, Lauren (Tyler) Macke of Columbus Grove, OH, Lindsey Wannamacher of Delphos, OH, Clay, Aaron, and Adam Wannamacher of Bluffton, OH; two step-grandchildren, Katie Etgen of Ft. Jennings, OH and Andrew Etgen of Bowling Green, OH; one great-grandson, Easton Jeffrey Johnson of Columbus, OH and another to make its presence January 3, 2015. He is also survived by a sister, Dolores Wolke of Delphos, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, brother-in-law, Ernest Wolke, two sisters-in-law, Helen Wiechart and Irma Schwinnen and an infant brother-in-law, Arthur Schwinnen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck on Monday September 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Delphos with Military Grave Rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends of Donald may call from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home where a Parish Wake will begin at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Rita’s Hospice, or St. John the Baptist Church Restoration.

Huldah E. Stemen: March 31, 1928 – September 17, 2014

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Huldah E. Stemen, 86, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at her daughter’s residence in West Virginia. She was born March 31, 1928 in Cloverdale, OH to Frank and Matilda (Spitnale) Bear. Both preceded her in death. On June 24, 1951, she was united in marriage to Dale Stemen. He passed away in 2001.
Huldah was a homemaker. She was a member of Sharon Mennonite Church. She was a quilter and made comforters for the church sewing circle. She was an avid gardener.
She is survived by two sons, Karl (Cindy) Stemen of Elida and Kenneth (Lena) Stemen of Loogootee, IN; two daughters, Janice (Lester) Carpenter of Shoals, IN and Marjorie (Dave) Plank of Durbin, WV; one sister, Mabel (Vilas) Brenneman-Amstutz of Delphos; one son-in-law, Paul Yoder of Elida; two sisters-in-law, Marge Cleaves of Elida and Kate Bear of FL; 23 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Helen Yoder; two sisters, Rowena Hammond and Margaret Bear; eight brothers, Paul, Clarence, Harold, Manford, Joseph, David, Norman and Jacob Bear.
Funeral services will be held at Sharon Mennonite Church on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with calling hours one hour prior to service. John Brunk, Ron Bear, and Lyndon Hartman will be officiating. Burial will follow in Sharon Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Harter and Schier Funeral Home on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Mennonite Church.

Gertrude “Gert” L. Gilden: January 12, 1923-September 11, 2014

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Gertrude “Gert” L. Gilden, 91, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Vancrest Healthcare of Delphos. She was born January 12, 1923 in Gomer, OH to Guy and Carrie (Strubel) Hasson. Both preceded her in death.

On December 16, 1951, she was united in marriage to Warren N. Gilden. He preceded her in death July 17, 1976.

Gertrude was a homemaker. She was also a bookkeeper and payroll clerk for Pillsbury Mills and ACME Photo Company. She volunteered at St. Rita’s Medical Center and the Interfaith Thrift Shop for many years. She loved to read and tend to her flower gardens. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Delphos. She was an Eastern Star of the 26th Order member for over 50 years.

She is survived by one son, Jerry (Teresa) Gilden of Delphos; one daughter, Kerrie (Phil) Harrison of Spencerville, OH; five grandchildren: Megan Gilden, Jenna Gilden, Erik Jettinghoff, Wes (Bryttany) Harrison, and James Harrison; one great grandchild, Dalton Harrison; a niece, Denise (Dan) Cook of Gomer, OH; and other several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers: Victor, Paul, Cloyd, Reuben “Bud”, Donald “Don”, and Guy; and three sisters: Dorothy Koch, Geneva “Neva” Leis, and Nina Barnes.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with calling one hour prior to services. Pastor Andrew Atkins will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Funeral services may be viewed online at www.harterandschier.com at the time of the service (password: webcast9).

Friends and family may pay their respects on Sunday, September 14, 2014 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with an Eastern Star service at 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s in her name.

Edwina “Kay” Prine: April 16, 1961 – September 10, 2014

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Edwina “Kay” Prine, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at her residence. She was born April 16, 1961, in Lima to Paul Lehmkuhle, Sr. of Ft. Jennings and Patti Martin of Lima. On July 8, 1978, she was united in marriage to Rodney Prine who survives in Lima.
She is survived by two daughters, Summer (Matt) Rora of St. Mary’s and Sabrina Gallaspie of Lima; one son, Nate Prine of Ada; two brothers, David (Mindy) Lehmkuhle of KY, and William Lehmkuhle of Delphos; five sisters, Penny Watkins of Lima, Pam (Jim) Geckle of Elida, Paula (Don) Cox of Columbus, JoEllen Gross of Gilboa, and Irene (Ron) Sheets of Lima; five grandchildren: Trever and Christian Triplett, Skylynn Prine, and Dakota and Savannah Gallaspie. She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Lehmkulhle, Jr.
Kay was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Lima. She was also a member of the Eagles #370. She was a driver for the Allen County RTA and had driven school buses for both Bath and Shawnee Schools. She enjoyed camping and collecting angels.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Delphos, OH with Father Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Cemetery in Middle Point, OH. Friends and family may call Friday, September 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or her family.

Dorothy (Cross) Diltz Kohler: July 5, 1920 – September 9, 2014

Dorothy Kohler pictureDorothy (Cross) Diltz Kohler, 94, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Van Wert Manor in Van Wert, OH.
She was born July 5, 1920, in Delphos to Daniel and Opal (Carmean) Cross. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Gerald Diltz who preceded her in death; she then married Clarence Kohler. He also preceded her in death.
She is survived by four daughters, Janett (Ronald) Moreo of Delphos, Etta Bell (Richard) Culp of Delphos, Elaine Rose (Rick) Moore of Delphos, and Retha Mae (Harold) Cox of Middle Point; a half brother, Roger (Shirley) Diltz of Delphos; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several step children, step grandchildren, and step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and two sisters, Donna Belle Cross and Fairy Etta (George) Sterling.
Dorothy had worked for Huffy Manufacturing in Delphos, retiring after twenty plus years. She was a member of the Eagles #471 in Delphos. Dorothy loved sewing, playing bingo, and fishing.
Funeral services will be held at Harter & Schier Funeral Home on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Reverend Gary Fish will be officiating. Burial will be on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Walnut Grove Cemetery. To view funeral service online, please visit harterandschier.com at the time of the service (Password: webcast9). Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday September 12, 2014, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice
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Loretta Parsons: May 16, 1938-September 9, 2014

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Loretta M. Parsons, 76, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at her residence in Spencerville, OH.
She was born May 16, 1938, in Shumway County in Effingham, IL to Truman Eli and Edith Hollie (Tarrant) Rentfro. Both preceded her in death. On June 11, 1955, she was united in marriage to Melvin J. Parsons, who survives in Spencerville.
She is also survived by one of daughter, Brenda S. Shinn of Delphos, OH; two of sons, Allen R. Parsons and Melvin L. (Debra) Parsons both of Spencerville, OH; three sisters, Deloris Koester of Illinois, Barbara Elliott of Utah, and Linda Mast, of Indiana and a sister-in-law Janet Rentfro of Indiana; three brothers, Lenord (Bonnie) Rentfro of Utah, Jim (Bonnie) Rentfro of Texas, and Larry (Angie) Rentfro of Illinois; ten of grandchildren; and 34 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Mark Wayne Parsons, daughter Barbara Kent, brother Don Rentfro, a brother in law Clifford, two sons in law Joseph U. Kent and Randy Shinn.
Loretta was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of Lima, OH. She was a homemaker. She was a very talented with her sewing. She enjoyed genealogy. Her true passions in life were her church, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Harter & Schier Funeral Home Friday, September 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with calling one hour prior. President Michael Bissegger will be officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. To view funeral service online, please visit harterandschier.com at the time of the service (Password: webcast9). Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family’s choice.

Norma J. “Nukker” Pohlman: August 19, 1934-September 8, 2014

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Norma J. “Nukker” Pohlman 80, of Delphos, passed away at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, with her son Dale by her side at his residence in Delphos. She was born in Lima on August 19, 1934 to Marcus and Lauretta (Beining) Miller who preceded her in death. On May 5, 1956 she was united in Marriage to Gordon (Gordie) Pohlman who passed away on August 13, 1995.
Her survivors include five sons: Rick (Darlene) Pohlman, Dan (Roberta) Pohlman, David “Spock” Pohlman and Dale Pohlman all of Delphos, and Brian (Melissa) Pohlman of Van Wert; two daughters, Vickey (Ed) Fischer and Shirley (Perry) Wiltsie both of Delphos; two sisters, Carol (Hubert) Byrne and Pam Schnipke; sister-in-law Jeanette (Henry) Schweller; eight grandchildren: Leslie (Jeff) Klaus, Matthew (Kristina) Pohlman, Ryan Fischer, Kristie (Ryan) Jones, Perry Wiltsie Jr., Andrew Wiltsie, Kaitlin Pohlman and Alyssa Boberg; two step-Grandchildren: Jason (Nicole) Fischer and Jessica (Chad) Vorst; 10 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren. Nukker is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers-in-law Richard Pohlman and Virgil Schnipke, sister-in-law Sara Pohlman.
Mrs. Pohlman was a homemaker and in her earlier years worked at Vancrest as a housekeeper. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a 1952 graduate of Ottoville High School. She enjoyed jumbo puzzles and crocheting. She was very supportive to her family and truly enjoyed bringing lunch to her boys on the farm.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos with Father Daniel Johnson and Father Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier funeral where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or American Lung Association.

Stanley Mozingo: December 22, 1958 – September 3, 2014

stanleymozingo2Stanley Mozingo, 55, of Ohio City, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born December 22, 1958 to William and Jacqueline (Seekings) Mozingo. On June 30, 1989, he was united in marriage to Sandy (Hart) Mozingo who survives in Ohio City. They had been married 25 years. He is also survived by two daughters, Tiffany (Craig Schnipke) Mozingo of Van Wert, and Sadie Mozingo of Ohio City. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Stanley was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Van Wert. He was also a member of the American Legion. He loved to camp, fish, and hunt for arrowheads. Stanley especially loved being with his family spending time with his daughters, nieces and nephews. He worked with challenged adults as a part of home health care. Stanley had also served in the United States Army.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Harter and Schier Funeral home. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery following the mass where the military graveside rites will be conducted by Ohio City American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.