Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:43 PM
April 20, 1925-Feb. 25, 2014
Joseph I. Alvarado, 88, of Van Wert died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
He was born April 20, 1925, in Taylor, Texas, to Alberto and Sofia (Sanchez-Martinez) Alvarado, who preceded him in death.
He married Clare (Hemker) Alvarado, who survives in Van Wert.
Other survivors include his son, Joseph G. (Beatriz) Alvarado of Van Wert; brothers, Paul Alvarado of Birmingham, Ala., John (Carol) Alvarado of Northbrook, Ill., and Raymond (Mary Beth) Alvarado of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters, Carmen Jacobs of Van Wert, Mary Hernandez of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dorothy Cuellar of Ossian, Ind., and Patsy (Charles) Mock of Bluffton, Ind.; and grandchildren, Isabel Yvonne Steen, Sofia Rose Alvarado and Joseph David Alvarado.
He was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Angel Alvarado; his brother, Pete Alvarado; sister, Lupe Chavarria; and four siblings who died in infancy.
He retired from Aeroquip/Eaton Corporation in Van Wert after 21 years.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert and Knights of Columbus. He was past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and past member of the church choir.
Joe was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Gardening was one of his favorite hobbies and he enjoyed entering his produce in the Van Wert County Fair. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, a devout Catholic, a very strong man of faith. He was honored to be named Godfather for countless members of his family and friends. He used his free time teaching the Catholic religion to migrant workers. He also volunteered as a Spanish translator when needed. He selflessly helped his father support their large family from a young age. He enjoyed reminiscing about his youth in Texas and Mexico. He also loved listening to Mariachi music, eating Mexican food and celebrating Mexican traditions. He is loved and admired by countless people and will be greatly missed.
Visitations will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Preferred memorials are to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, St. Mary of the Assumption School and Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences may be left online at www.alspachgearhart.com.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:42 PM
April 1, 1933-Feb. 24, 2014
Mary Ellen Hemker Deffenbaugh, 80, of Delphos died at 9 a.m. Monday at her residence.
She was born April 1, 1933, in Delphos to Wilbur A. and Marcella A. (Utrup) Mueller, who preceded her in death.
On Nov. 27, 1954, she married James C. Hemker, who preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1990.
She then married Thomas E. Deffenbaugh on June 6, 1998, who preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 2012.
Survivors include a son, Kevin Hemker, Ph.D. (Maria Olivia-Hemker, M.D.) of Baltimore, Md.; stepson, Kurt Deffenbaugh of Fort Wayne, Ind.; daughter, Karen Hemker (Dave Klaus) of Delphos; three brothers, Wilbur Jr. (Inge) Mueller of Denver, Colo., David (Patricia) Mueller of Las Cruces, N.M., and Daniel (Barbara) Mueller of Port Clinton; brother-in-law, William Hemker; sister-in-law, Caroline Mueller; four grandchildren, Daniel Warnement II, Brandon Warnement, James and Michael Hemker; and two stepgrandchildren, Emma and Annie Deffenbaugh.
She was also preceded in death by four infant sons who died at birth, James (1955), David (1956), Donald (1959) and Roger (1985) Hemker; brother, Thomas Mueller and twin sisters, Mary Margaret and Mary Josephine Mueller (1932).
She worked various jobs but was primarily a homemaker who devoted herself to her family and service to others.
She was a lifelong and active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she attended Mass regularly, was a Eucharistic minister, served on St. John’s School Council, once co-chaired St. John’s Fall Festival, was a member of CD of A, counted money and participated in Bible studies.
In addition to her activities at St. John’s parish, she volunteered at and served on the Women’s Auxiliary Board at St. Rita’s Medical Center and volunteered at Delphos Ambulatory Care and for the Van Wert County Board of Elections.
She loved to play cards, read and was an adventurous traveler, having visited 48 of the 50 states and many of the countries in Europe.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Father David Reinhart officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will be at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.
To leave condolences online for the family, go to www.harterandschier.com.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:41 PM
Dec. 19, 1927 Feb. 23, 2014
William F. “Bill” Clark, 86, passed away at his residence at 10:40 p.m. Sunday.
Bill was born Dec. 19, 1927, in Lima to Dr. Daniel J. and Lillian C. Holdgreve Clark, who preceded him in death.
On Aug. 21, 1954, he married Maureen Ann Mulcahy, who preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 2011.
He is survived by a son, Tom (Jane) Clark of Lima; three daughters, Laura (Mark) Foust of Lima, Cindy Gaberdiel of Lima and Lisa (Todd) Bresson of Lima; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; brother, Ted (Sandy) Clark of Dayton; and a sister, Mary O’Neil of Dunbridge.
He was preceded in death by a great-grandson; five brothers, Ed, Jim, Bob, Dan and John Clark; and a sister, Ann Clark.
Bill was a 1945 graduate of Delphos St. John’s High School and a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Master’s Degree. In 1997, after 35 years, he retired as a teacher at Lima Central Catholic High School, where he was a coach for two years and athletic director for 27 years. In 2006, Mr. Clark was inducted into the Lima Central Catholic Hall of Fame for service to LCC.
He had also taught and coached at Ohio City, St. Edward’s in Cleveland and St. Peter and Paul in Ottawa. At Sts. Peter and Paul, his 1957 basketball team made it to the regional semi-finals, which was a first in school history
Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. Other memberships included the Knights of Columbus, Ohio State Teachers Association, Lima Central Catholic Athletic Boosters and the Allen County Horseshoe Association.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday at St. Rose Catholic Church with Father John Stites and Father David Ross officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Central Catholic Athletic Boosters.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:40 PM
April 19, 1928 – Feb. 5, 2014
Johnsie Clawson Bardo, 85, of Ridgeland, S.C., and formerly of Delphos, died Feb 5 at her residence.
She was born April 19, 1928, in Belmont, N.C., to Clyde and Cora Clawson.
She was married to Carl Gene Bardo.
Survivors include four sons, Dennis (Melinda) Groner, Reggie (Monica) Bardo, Lonnie Bardo and Robbie (Lisa) Bardo; daughter Carla (Jerry Clark) Gellenbeck; stepson Nick (Pam) Bardo; her brother, Darrell Clawson; and sister, Dot Brazzell. She has 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, sister, two brothers and stepdaughter.
Burial was Feb. 11 at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, S.C.
Monday, February 24, 2014 9:00 PM
Mary Ellen Deffenbaugh of Delphos died on Monday at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.