Monday, August 26, 2013 12:15 AM
March 4, 1933-Aug. 23, 2013
Mary L. Gerdeman, 80, of Fort Jennings, died at 10:57 p.m. Friday at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
She was born March 4, 1933, in Kalida to Henry and Laura (Brinkman) Grote, who preceded her in death.
On Oct. 27, 1954, she married Virgil B. Gerdeman, who survives in Fort Jennings.
Other survivors include four children, Michael (Sandy) Gerdeman and Charles (Penny) Gerdeman of Fort Jennings, Jane (Gregg) Giessler of Kalida and Susan (Ted) Verhoff of Fort Jennings; 10 grandchildren, Shannon (Craig) Everman, Michele (Russell) Mead, Scott (Allyson) Gerdeman, Ryan Gerdeman, Amanda (Kyle) Schimmoeller, Ross Gerdeman, Lauren Verhoff, Nick Verhoff, John Gerdeman and Christina Gerdeman; six great-grandchildren, Daniel Everman, Luke Everman, Adelyn Everman, Lena Mead, Caleb Everman and Christian Mead and expecting one more this month; three sisters, Mildred Sarka of Kalida, Hilda (George) Ralich of Salem and Sr. Julie Grote of Tiffin; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Grote of Kalida and Marie Grote of Kalida.
She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Richard Grote, Norbert Grote, Victor Grote, Edwin Grote, Raymond Grote and Robert Grote.
Mary was a homemaker who devoted her entire life to her faith and family as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and her friends. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, and its Catholic Ladies of Columbia.
A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, the Rev. Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where a CL of C rosary will begin at 7:30 p.m; and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
Memorial donations may be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church for the Church Sign Project.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com
Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:14 AM
April 30, 1932-Aug. 20, 2013
Juanita I. Mowery, 81, of Spencerville, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville, where she had resided since April.
She was born April 30, 1932, in Van Wert, to Robert and Mamie Place Miller, who preceded her in death.
On Dec. 23, 1968, she married Frank A. Mowery, who preceded her in death on March 20, 2003.
She is survived by seven children, Susan Tidwell of Spencerville, James (Rebecca) Robey of Kossuth, Mark (Sharon) Robey of Spencerville, Ernest Robey of Lima, Tamara (James) Sanders of Delphos, Martha “Martie” Robey of Spencerville and Charles Mowery of Jasper, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and expecting two more.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Timothy Robey; a sister, Barbara Matthews; and two brothers, Robert and Earl Miller.
Mrs. Mowery was a 1951 graduate of Van Wert High School and had earned her degree in Dietetics at Wright State University in Dayton. She had worked at Roselawn Manor and the Colonial Nursing Home in Rockford, where she was a nurse assistant and had also worked in home care.
She was a longtime member of the Friends Church in Spencerville, where she was active in women’s groups. She had been a member of the local garden club and loved being with her grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Friends Church in Spencerville, the Rev. Charles H. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery.
Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Roselawn Manor Activities fund.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:13 AM
Sept. 8, 1929-Aug. 20, 2013
Joan E. (Hawk) Miller, 83, of Spencerville, following a lengthy illness, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday in the CHP Hospice Center, Van Wert.
She was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Toledo, to AJ Hawk and Faye (Roberts) Hawk.
On June 18, 1949, she was married to Dean W. Miller, who preceded her in death in 2002.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Gregory) Hover of Spencerville and Theresa (Allen) Whittington of Van Wert; her sons, Dana (Donita) Miller of Elida and Philip Miller of Troy; a son-in-law, Ronald Weaver of Troy; a brother, Lee (Beverly) Hawk of Vandalia; a sister, Anita (Richard) Clutter of Pleasant Hill; sister-in-laws, Judy Hawk of West Milton and Sandra Hawk of Henderson, Nevada; grandchildren, Aundrea (Rick) Good, Jeremi (Shelly) Hover, Benjamin (Rachel) Hover, Nandry (Dustin) Smith, Janelle (Jeremy) Ward, Donald (Karinda) Miller, Deanna (Denny) Purdy, Derek (Samantha) Miller, Brett (Melissa) Whittington, Emily Whittington, Kristina (Andrew) Pierce, Melissa (Steven) Price, Hope and Matthew Miller; grandson-in-law, Gabriel Spradlin; stepgrandson, Joshua Weaver; 27 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Joan was also preceded in death by a son, Steven Dean Miller; a daughter, Martha (Miller) Weaver; granddaughter, Bethany (Stuck) Spradlin; great-grandson, Jordan Spradlin; and brothers, Charles Hawk and Paul Hawk.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today and prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the Community Health Professional Adult Day Care Center and the Community Health Professional In-patient Hospice Center, both of Van Wert.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:13 AM
Oct, 29, 1934-Aug. 20, 2013
Jay F. Hinton, 78, a former Frankfort, Ind., resident, died at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday at his home in Lafayette, Ind.
He was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Clarksburg, W.Va., to William and Chleo (Wolfe) Hinton, who preceded him in death.
On June 7, 1958, he married Sandra “Sue” Dienstberger in Delphos. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2009.
Mr. Hinton was a 1953 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School. He had lived in Delphos and Van Wert before moving to Frankfort in 1965. He then moved to Lafayette in 2002. Jay was a production supervisor with Mallory Controls for 31 years, retiring on Feb. 23, 1996. He was baptized at the First Church of the Brethren in Lima. An honorary lifetime member of the BPO Elks #560, Jay was past Exalted Ruler, past District President, past District Deputy of Grand Exalted Ruler and served four years as an officer of the Indiana Elks Association. Jay was an avid sports fan, following Ohio State football and basketball, Cleveland Browns football and Cleveland Indians baseball, all since 1947.
Survivors include a son, Michael S. (Cheri) Hinton of Sellersburg, Ind.; a daughter, Jodi D. Hinton of Lafayette, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Kelli Hinton of Brownsburg; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
He was also preceded in death by a son, Mark S. Hinton in 2009; three brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, with an Elks Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Green Lawn Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to the Elks National Foundation.
Online condolences may be made at goodwinfuneralhome.com.
Monday, August 19, 2013 12:01 AM
April 12, 1939-Aug. 17, 2013
Gwendolyn E “Red” Fiig, 74, of Defiance, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday evening.
She was born April 12, 1939, in Edgerton to Rupert and Gladys (Gallant) Fiig, who preceded her in death.
Gwendolyn is survived by a daughter, Deanne “Dee” Johnson of Defiance; a grandson Shane (Christy) Johnson of Defiance; six great-granddaughters, Shyann, Stefany, Sierra, Saleen, Saige and Chevelle Johnson; a great-grandson, Brandon; two sisters, Sharon Siler of Delphos and Donna Perry of Convoy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is also preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Burt.
Red worked for the Greyhound Bus Lines/City Taxi of Defiance for 25 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events.
Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, the Rev. Paul Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.
Calling hours will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.schafferfh.com.