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Mary Ellen Hemker Deffenbaugh PDF Print
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:42 PM

April 1, 1933-Feb. 24, 2014


Mary DeffenbaughMary 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.

William F. 'Bill' Clark PDF Print
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:41 PM


Dec. 19, 1927 Feb. 23, 2014




William F. 'Bill' ClarkWilliam 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.

Johnsie Clawson Bardo PDF Print
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:40 PM

April 19, 1928 – Feb. 5, 2014


Johnsie Clawson BardoJohnsie 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.

Mary Ellen Deffenbaugh PDF Print
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.

Alice C. Knippen PDF Print
Friday, February 21, 2014 9:00 PM

March 23, 1923 - Feb. 21, 2014


Alice C. KnippenAlice C. Knippen, 90, of Delphos passed away Friday morning at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

Her Family… She was born March 23, 1923, in Delphos to Aloysius and Laura (Laudick) Kaverman, who preceded her in death.


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