Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:05 PM
Aug. 18, 1932 Jan. 17, 2014
Robert A. “Bob” Brinkman, 81, of Tawas City, Mich., died Friday at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
He was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Delphos to Joseph and Lenore Brinkman, who preceded him in death.
Bob is survived by his companion, Ruth Coleman; daughter, Laurie (Rick) Rakestraw of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sisters, JoAnn Klausing, Ruth Klima and Marge (Gene) Price; brother and sisters-in-law, Donna Brinkman, Gary (Delores) Whitford, Sherry Meske, Roger Whitford (Barb), Ronald Whitford (Susie), Larry (Kathy) Whitford, Bill (Sandy) Whitford, Dennis (Patti) Whitford and Terry (Jane) Whitford; three grandchildren, Jamie (Andrea) Rakestraw, Benji (Laura) Rakestraw and Amanda (Kevin) Dillon; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas Rakestraw, Ethan Rakestraw, Tess Rakestraw, Liliana Dillon and Owen Dillon; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pat (Whitford) Brinkman on Dec. 9, 2000; his brother, Jerry; brothers-in-law, Donald Klausing and Leonard Klima; and sisters-in-law, Kay Stephan and Fay Whitford.
Bob served during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after 20 years of service.
He worked as an auto mechanic at Herb’s Auto and later at Zubek Motors.
Bob enjoyed entertaining at the losco Medical Care Facility and the Senior Center for 20 years playing and singing and also participating in the senior band in Oscoda. He was known to many as “Uncle Bob” and he loved his country western music and was always found wearing a cowboy hat.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.
Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:18 PM
Aug. 17, 1926- Jan. 20, 2014
Bernice Keselica, 87, of Delphos, died at 1:22 p.m. Monday 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.
Monday, January 20, 2014 9:23 PM
Sept. 17, 1950-Jan. 19, 2014
Dale J. Nienberg, 63, of Kalida died Sunday at his residence.
He was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Lima to John Nienberg and Marcile (Elwer) Nienberg-Schmitz, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by a nephew, Mike (Teresa) Nartker of New Riegel; a niece, Paula Nartker of New Riegel; five great-nieces; one great-great-nephew; and two great-great-nieces.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Susan Nartker.
In 2003, after 30 years of teaching, coaching and administration, Dale retired as Kalida High School’s principal. He was a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University, Columbus, and a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Van Wert and Paulding chapters. He was the president of the Putnam County Library, a Master Gardner and a member of the Kalida Lions Club.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida, Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa.
Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Library or Planned Pethood, P.O. Box 350908, Toledo 43635.
Condolences can be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Monday, January 20, 2014 9:21 PM
Oct. 28, 1950 Jan. 19, 2014
Joseph L. Osenga, 63, of Fort Jennings died at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.
He was born Oct. 28, 1950, in Lima to Joseph E. and Mildred (Thatcher) Osenga. His father survives in Cloverdale and his mother preceded him in death.
He married Susan Keeling on Dec. 12, 1980, and she survives in Fort Jennings.
Mr. Osenga is also survived by his son, Brent (Bethann Martin) Osenga of Delphos; his daughter, Hollie Rust of Dayton; two brothers, Kim (Pam) Osenga of Van Wert and Scot (Marcia) Osenga of Van Wert; and four grandchildren, Cole Gasser, Skyler, Liberty and Piper Osenga.
He was also preceded in death by his half-brother, Dennis Pollack.
He was a member of the National Guard for six years and a 1968 graduate of Grover Hill. He had worked at Orbitron for 20 years, where he was the union president, on the union committee for many years and was highly respected for his leadership abilities. After the closing of Orbitron, he was currently working on his 19th year at Eaton.
He truly enjoyed his grandchildren and his life revolved around his family. He enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with his Susie. He was an avid Buckeye fan.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Father Chris Bohnsack officiating, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will also be from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.harterandschier.com.
Monday, January 20, 2014 9:19 PM
Sept. 19, 1943
Jan. 16, 2014
Ervin “Butch” E. Fabian, 70, of Delphos died Thursday at his residence.
He was born Sept. 19, 1943, in Convoy to Ervin “Dutch” and Elizabeth (Burk) Fabian, who preceded him in death.
Survivors include his children, Keith (Maria) Fabian of Willcox, Ariz., Holly (Dave) Baird of Delphos, Stacy (Robert) Wilson of Convoy and Nicole Riley of Celina; stepchildren, Eunice Bernhardt of New Bremen, Texas, and Kevin Miller of Benson, Ariz.; brothers, Ed (Faith) Fabian of Convoy and Paul (Robin) Fabian of Van Wert; a sister, Donna Scott of Paulding; grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Tosh, Jamie Bennett, Derek Poling, Dallas Baird, Rachael Wilson, Christian Riley, Elizabeth Baird, Reanna Wilson, Deberah Wilson, Cade Riley, Andrew Siqueiros, Amanda Enrico and Raymi Rios; five great-grandchildren; and his dog, “Bosco.”
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymone E. Fabian.
Fabian retired from Kennedy Kit Manufacturing in Van Wert. He was a United States Army veteran and a lifetime member of the Van Wert American Legion and V.F.W., where he was a member of the Color Guard. He was also a big supporter of giving blood to the American Red Cross. He had previously been a member of the Van Wert and Delphos Eagles.
A Military Committal Service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert
Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert American Legion or DAV.