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Elmer A. Gerdeman PDF Print
Friday, January 10, 2014 9:00 PM

Elmer A. Gerdeman, 91, of Columbus and formerly of Delphos, died at his home Friday evening.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Theresa "Terry" M. Bertling Nathanson PDF Print
Thursday, January 09, 2014 9:15 PM

Dec. 16, 1950-Jan. 9, 2014


Theresa Theresa M. “Terry” Bertling Nathanson, 63, of Delphos passed away 8:32 a.m. Thursday at Community Health Partners Hospice in Van Wert.

She was born Dec. 16, 1950, in Lima to James F. and Margie M. (Miller) Bertling, who preceded her in death.

Terry is survived by her son, Toby Tippie of Lima; her grandchildren, Kendra, Rileigh, Olivia, Emma, Benjamin and Bristol; her siblings, Chuck Bertling of Bangkok, Thailand, Jane (Gary) Houg of Van Wert, Betty (Gary) Dilworth of Delphos, Marty (Steve) Mansfield of Delphos, Tom (Priscilla) Bertling of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jack (Cindy) Bertling of Delphos, Glenn (Julie) Bertling of Lima, Ann (Rob) Watkins of Delphos and James “Buddy” (Marcy) Bertling Jr. of Lompoc, Calif.

Also preceding her in death was a son, Travis Tippie; and two brothers, George and Daniel Bertling.

Mrs. Nathanson had spent her adult life as a caregiver. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and wonderful family.

A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Friends and family may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Siferd Orians Funeral Home, 506 N. Cable Road, Lima.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to her family.

Condolences can be made at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com

Sandy Averesch PDF Print
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 9:00 PM

March 29, 1939-Jan. 8, 2014


Sandy AvereschSandy Averesch, 74, of Delphos, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

She was born March 29, 1939, in Delphos to Leander and Pricilla (Kiggins) Best, who preceded her in death.

Paul Edward Fisher PDF Print
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 9:00 PM

June 16, 1921-Jan. 2, 2014


Paul FisherPaul Edward Fisher, 92, of Fort Jennings died at 11:29 p.m. Thursday at The Meadows of Kalida.

He was born June 16, 1921, in Putnam County to Albert H. and Genevieve (Mescher) Fisher, who preceded him in death.

In April 1945, he married Theresa Fisher, who died on Jan. 2, 2010.

Survivors include two sons, Philip (Alice) Fisher of Fort Jennings and John (Carol) Fisher of Columbus Grove; two daughters, Dorothy (Tom) Mershman of Columbus Grove and Jane (Tom) Niedzwiecki of Beaver Creek; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas Fisher; and a sister, Margaret Askins.

Mr. Fisher was a farmer and hauled livestock. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings. He enjoyed livestock and dairy cattle and also going to livestock sales. He also loved the Lawrence Welk Show.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Norbert Howe officiating. Burial will be in church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will begin at 6 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

To leave condolences, visit harterandschier.com.

Elizabeth 'Betty' J. Swick PDF Print
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 9:00 PM

Jan. 9, 1934-Jan. 6, 2014


Elizabeth 'Betty' Swicklizabeth “Betty” J. Swick, 79, of Delphos passed away Monday morning at her residence.

Her Family

She was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Delphos to John I. and Mary (Carder) Grothouse, who preceded her in death.

On Feb. 2, 1957, she married Jack L. Swick, who preceded her in death Nov. 30, 2006.

Betty is survived by a daughter, Laura (Mark) Hammons of Delphos; four sons, Jack L. Swick II of Summerville, S.C., and Greg (Jill) Swick, Mike (Denise) Swick and Dan (Jenny) Swick of Delphos; 14 grandchildren, Andrea (Ryan) Hamlin, Katrina (Adam) Smith, Jessica Hammons, Alexa and Kevin Swick, Sara (Brian) York, Ashley (Will) Oxendine, Nick Baldauf, Curtis and Tori Swick, Madison Ellis, Elijah, Aidan and Amyah Swick; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert (Luella) Grothouse, Larry (Sue) Grothouse and John E. (Diane) Grothouse of Delphos; a sister-in-law, Alice Grothouse of Delphos; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Hubert “Beeze” Grothouse.

Her Legacy

Betty was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Delphos Eagles Auxiliary, Delphos Area Art Guild and volunteered at the Thrift Shop. She graduated from Delphos St. John’s in 1951 and then attended the Dayton Art Institute. Betty retired from Delphos Granite Works. She also worked as a waitress at The Carriage Inn, taught art at Delphos St. John’s and did a variety of freelance art work including portraits, book and CD covers, the first DSJ Blue Jay mascot emblem, Delphos bicentennial coins and the Ohio Jaycee state emblem. In addition, she designed the layout for Delphos Veterans Memorial and other monuments located throughout the community. Betty was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her Farewell Services

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dave Reinhart, officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday with a V.F.W. Auxiliary Service at 7:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. at Strayer Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos St. John’s Parish Foundation or the St. John’s Teacher’s Endowment Fund.

Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com


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