Opal Naomi Fry: February 9, 1929-April 16, 2017

Opal Fry pictureOpal Naomi Fry, 88, of Delphos passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. She was born February 9, 1929, in Paulding County to Henry J. and Maud E. (Ashenfelter) Stahl. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Nelson on September 24, 1946, he survives in Delphos.

She is survived by her husband, Nelson of 70 years; two daughters, Bonnie (Don) Brandyberry of Newport News, VA and Cathy Kelly (Sybert) of Delphos; five grandchildren, Kim Adams of Madison, AL, Jenna (Mike) Payne of Yorktown, VA, Amy Stalbosky of Panama City Beach, FL, and Chery Hasenkamp of Wapakoneta, OH,  and five great-grandchildren, Jackson and Matthew Adams of Madison, AL, Justyn Hasenkamp of Wapakoneta, OH, Savannah and Michael Payne of Yorktown, VA; sister, Coral Cocke of Hicksville, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Bernice Dunn. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Isaac, Woodrow, Henry, and George Stahl; five sisters, Ida Moore, Alice Straley, Wilma Porter, Helen Stahl, and Maxine Stahl; son-in-law, Larry Sybert; and grandson-in-law, Nate Adams.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Church in Grover Hill, Christian Union Church in Delphos, was very active in the Mary Martha Class, and the Ladies Aid Society. Opal was a house wife who was known for her baking and one of her pumpkin pies sold for $300 at a charity auction. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Funeral services will be on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. with calling one hour prior to the service at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill. Friends may call on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church’s World Vision Program or Christian Union Church.

 

Helen J. Miller: October 10, 1934-April 8, 2017

Helen Miller pictureHelen J. Miller, 82, of Middle Point, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. She was born October 10, 1934, in Middle Point to Clayton O. and Delta M. (Collins) Heffelfinger. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Jerry L. Miller on August 29, 1953; he preceded her in death on October 19, 1988.

She is survived by three sons, Charles “Chuck” Miller, Ronald R. Miller both of Middle Point, and Donald (Debbie) Miller of Colorado Springs; a daughter, Barbara Jo Miller of Middle Point; brother, Mike (Marilyn) Wolfcale of Middle Point; sister, Linda (Robert Lupo) Heath of Chicago, IL; 16 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry L. Miller.

She was a member of Middle Point United Methodist Church, Middle Point Am Vets, and life member of the VFW Ladies Aux. # 5803, Van Wert American Legion # 178, Middle Point Firemen’s Aux., past member of Grand Lake Motorcycle Club, Delphos Throttle Twisters, and she truly enjoyed motorcycle racing. Helen retired from Kennedy MFG after 39 years of service and owner of South Side Restaurant from 1960-1962, after retirement she worked part time at Adkins Taxes and Bookkeeping. She enjoyed traveling with her husband. Helen was a kind, strong-hearted women that put everyone before herself. She was the rock and the matriarch of the family.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Friday, April 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Dave Howell will be officiating. Burial will be on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at King Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Middle Point Fire Department or American Cancer Society

Jacki L. Young: April 10, 1947-April 7, 2017

Jacki Young PictureJacki L. Young, 69, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos.She was born April 10, 1947, in Lima to Donald and Nadine (Tritt) Young. Both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her life companion, Doreen Loretta in 2003.

She is survived by two sisters, Vicki (Roger) Gossman and Toni (Keith) Miller both of Delphos; and, Susan (Jim) Cooper Traver of Millbury, Ohio, who Jacki considered a sister. She is also survived by Doreen’s children, Christy Craig of Las Vegas, Nevada, Lis Craig of Arlington, Texas, and Ralph Patrick “Rap” (Bonnie) Craig of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jacki was a 1965 graduate of Delphos Jefferson; she attended Miami University in Oxford, Northwestern Business College in Lima and enjoyed taking additional classed at The Ohio State University in Lima. She retired from Sara Lee, where she was a sales rep for over 30 years. She had a true love for nature and all of God’s creatures. She was spiritual feed through all her time spent at Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics. She and Doreen enjoyed extensive traveling all over the world. She loved to spend her summer days with her family at her sister’s pool. A perfect day for Jacki would start with a cup of tea and a newspaper or a good book with her cat on her lap.

To honor Jacki’s wishes she will be cremated. Her family will celebrate her life with an open house and light luncheon on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11:00 – 12:00p.m. at the Delphos VFW. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Allen County Humane Society or Deb’s Dogs.

Cletus M. “Doc” Vonderwell: October 25, 1935-April 7, 2017

Clete vonderwell pictureCletus M. “Doc” Vonderwell, 81, of Delphos passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert. He was born October 25, 1935, in Saint Mary’s, Ohio to Clarence and Matilda (Post) Vonderwell. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage on August 1, 1992, to Mary Neumeier, she survives in Delphos.

He is survived by six sons, Michael (Vicki) Vonderwell of Wilmington, NC, Arthur (Brenda) Vonderwell of Hilliard, OH, David (Sue) Vonderwell of Delphos, Donald (Barb) Vonderwell of Delphos, Daniel (Jen) Vonderwell of Cheney, WA, and Richard (Jen) Vonderwell of Delphos; one daughter Marcy (Matty) Swift of Huber Heights; two brothers, Ike Vonderwell of Indiana and John Vonderwell of Delphos; two step-sons, Daniel (Marcie) Metzger and Anthony “Tony” (Kelli) Metzger both of Delphos; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kay and Roger Schlereth, Bill (JoAnn) Neumeier, Rog (Candy) Neumeier, Don(Lois) Neumeier, Tom (Tami) Neumeier, Gary “Tubby” (Marsha)  Neumeier, Joanie  (Dave) Nijak, Jerry (Doris) Neumeier, Ben (Cheryl) Neumeier, and Kathy Bates; grandchildren, Niki, Adam, Erin, Preston, Calvin, Brett, Trent, Mason, Tess, Joshua, A.J., Lillyan , Evelyn, Madelyn, Aislyn, Isabelle, Desteni, Zak, Carla, and Dani; step-grandchildren, Dominic, Chase, Braylon, Aubrey, Maddox, and Ryker; former wife Lynne Huffman. He was preceded in death by a daughter Anne Vonderwell; brother, Carl Vonderwell; sister, Rose Mary Vonderwell; and two sisters-in-law, Laura Vonderwell and Patricia Vonderwell.

Clete attended Delphos St. John’s, he then attended Oblate Preparatory school where he was a Junior Seminary, and he later took college classes at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN, where he played baseball. He then got accepted to the Ohio State Veterinary School in the fall of 1959, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Doc was owner of the Vonderwell Clinic for 42 years, retiring in 2004. He was an active and devout member of Delphos St. John’s School and Church.  He was past president, charter member, and co-founder of International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for two terms; taught acupuncture all over the world and treated canine units for the Van Wert Sheriff. His love was treating harness horses, where he hosted many international veterinarians. Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday, April 8th and on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier funeral Home. A parish wake will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.

Glen R. Sandy: June 30, 1930 – March 25, 2017

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Glen R. Sandy, 86, of Gomer, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 30, 1930, in Cairo to Floyd R. and Margaret (Griffeth) Sandy . Both preceded him in death.  He was united in marriage to Verona Ann Jervis on July 29, 1951; she preceded him in death on March 24, 2009.

He is survived by one son, Wayne (Pam) Sandy of Texas and two daughters, Karen (Earl) Ogle and Rhonda (Jeff) Stubbs, both of Indiana; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeannette Wood of Lima and two sister-in-laws, Ruth and Ruby Sandy. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed and Ken Sandy, and a sister, Julia (Kenny) Luginbill.

Glen was a self-employed electrician with Sandy Electric for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  Glen was a member of the Gomer Congregational Church, VFW 3035, Elida Athletic Boosters, the Welsh Society of Northwest Ohio, and Gomer Dads Club along with being volunteer probation officer and Gomer Midget Football coach. He was also a past Commander of Elida VFW and a past member of Allen County Board of Health.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Gomer Congregational Church. Rev. Jim Wilder and Dr. Stephen Sandy will officiate. Military graveside services will follow at Carmen Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Bettie J. Bohnlein: November 23, 1922 – March 25, 2017

pic     Bettie J. Bohnlein, 94, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. She was born on November 23, 1922, in New Bavaria, to Barney and Leah (Davis) Fenter. Both preceded her in death.  On April 20, 1949, she was united in marriage to George Bohnlein who passed away April 14, 2006.

Besides being a homemaker, Bettie had worked for the Lima Telephone Company in the Delphos office until its closing. She then worked for the Citizens Savings & Loan until her retirement.  Bettie volunteered at the Thrift Shop where she and her husband started the toy department.  She also volunteered for the American Red Cross and St. Rita’s Hospital for fourteen years.

She was a member of the Delphos Eagles Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, and CDA Delphos Court #707. She took great pride in her family and her home.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards with her friends.

Bettie is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane “Janie” (Daryl) Lucas of Delphos and a daughter-in-law, Dawn Bohnlein of Bryan; seven grandchildren, Nate (Laurie), Chris (Buneka) and Kurt (Stacey) Lucas; and Marianne, John, Julie Bohnlein and Krista (Will) Ribbens; nine great-children and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a son, Randy, who passed away on October 13, 2014; and two brothers, Robert and Bernard Fenter of Napoleon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.  Friends may call at Harter & Schier Funeral Home on Thursday, March 30, from 2-8 p.m.   A VFW Auxiliary Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Parish Wake at 7:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be given to St. John’s Parish Foundation or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

Kenneth L. Rozell: June 7, 1930-March 18, 2017

Kenneth Rozell pictureKenneth L. Rozell, 86, of Elida, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Joann’s Hospice House in Bonita, Florida. He was born June 7, 1930, in Lamars, Iowa to Emory and Gladys (Avery) Rozell. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Thelma Stuller on December 18, 1952. He then married Carol “Sue” (Jones) Lybarger on November 4, 1995, she survives in Elida.

He is survived by a son, Dennis Rozell of DeForest, WI; a daughter, Janine (Greg) Ladd of Elida; two sisters, Joyce (Herbert “Dave”) Davis of Maryland and Deloris Schroeder of Nebraska; three grandchildren, Tyler and Spencer Ladd and Cayti (Dustin) Stechschulte; and was recently promoted to great-grandpa with the birth of Gabriel Stechschulte; four step-children, Mike (Diana) Lybarger of Estero, FL, Don (Linda) Lybarger of Elida, Jenny (Tony) Ciminillo of Elida, and Lori (Jeff) Brenneman of Delphos; and many step- grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

He was a member of Grace Community Church in Lima and was also in the Air Force. He was hired at the chemical plant in Lima on October 3, 1955 after answering an ad in Omaha, Nebraska while working at an ammonia plant for Allied Chemical. Ken came to Lima with several others from Nebraska to start up the original ammonia plant here in Lima, retiring from Standard Oil Chemical, on Aril 1, 1986. Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman and he loved being outdoors. He was always willing to help anyone in need and could fix anything.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Reverend Joe Wassink will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gabriel’s college fund.

Sarah “Betty” Elizabeth Arthur: December 6, 1925-March 5, 2017

Sara Arthur pictureSarah “Betty” Elizabeth Arthur, 91, of Lima, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 following a brief illness. She was born December 6, 1925, in Gomer, Ohio to John Thomas and Elizabeth (Peat) Arthur. Both preceded her in death. She resided all her life in Gomer until the last 7 years she resided with her “second” family at Elmcroft Assisted Living in Lima were she was very involved with their activities .

She is survived by a sister, Mary Ann (Tom) Syler of Alliance, OH; seven nieces and nephews, Bruce (Wendy) Arthur of Windermere, FL, Jack (Veronica) Arthur of Bryan, and Sue Ann (Ed) Bateman of Nelsonville, OH, Mark Syler of Alliance, OH, Scott (Sharyl) Syler of Louisville, OH, John (Beth) Syler of North Canton, OH, Mary Ellen Syler of Canton, OH,  9 great nieces and nephews and  4 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Arthur.

She was a member of Gomer Congregational Church in Gomer, a member of Eastern Star Trinity Chapter #16, and Lima Ladies Aux. Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was retired from Shell Oil Company.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017 and officiated by Pastor Jim Wilder. Friends may visit with family  at 11:30, memorial service  to follow at 12pm at the Gomer Congregational Church followed by private burial.

The family would like to thank the devoted staff at Elmcroft Assisted Living for providing Betty with her second home over the past 7 years. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Betty to Gomer Congregational Church 7350 Gomer Rd, Gomer, Ohio 45809 or the Second Wind Dream Program at www.secondwind.org.

John Hundley: February 13, 1945-March 18, 2017

John Hundley pictureJohn Hundley, 72, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Community Health Professionals Hospice Inpatient Center in Van Wert. He was born February 13, 1945 to John W. and Eva (Steele) Hundley. Both preceded him in death.

He is survived by two children, Jennifer Rife and John (Dianna) Hundley; seven siblings, Robert Hundley, Sharon Miller, Marcia Hernandez, Donna Hundley, Harold Hundley, Gwen Rowe, and Norma Rahrig; and two grandchildren, Scott Rife and Parker Hundley. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Smith.

Family services will be held privately at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Margie Heiss: February 22, 1925-March 17, 2017

Heiss, Margie 001Margie Heiss, 92, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos. She was born February 22, 1925, to Louis and Sophia C. (Wannemacher) Heckman. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to David E. Heiss on April 14, 1951; he preceded her in death on October 5, 1983.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy Heckman, Gertrude Shay, Agnes Archdeacon, and Mary C. Heckman; and one brother Paul J. Heckman.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Alter Rosary Society. She had worked in nursing homes, private homes, and hospitals. Margie enjoyed sewing, golf, bowling, gardening, and playing bridge.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday March 23, 2017 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Ottoville Ohio. Visitation will be at Harter and Schier Funeral Home Wednesday March 22, from 6-8 pm, where a scripture service will be held. Burial will in Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s.