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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016

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POSTED: 12/28/10 at 3:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Info

Randi Jean (Long) Wise, 63, of Van Wert, passed away at 6:12 a.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Randi Jean (Long) Wise

Randi Jean (Long) Wise

She was born November 10, 1952, in Van Wert, the daughter of Robert D. Long, who survives in Middle Point, and D. Jean (Ross) Long, who preceded her in death.

Other survivors include three children, Codi Wise of Van Wert, Robert (Aubrey) Wise of Columbia, South Carolina, and Amber (Julian) Walls of Hilton Head, South Carolina; a brother, Robert D. (Laurie) Long of Middle Point; two sisters, Sherry (Randy) Craig of Van Wert and Angie (Mike) Shellabarger of Middle Point; four grandchildren, Emma and Clarissa Walls and Olivia and Oscar Wise; and one stepgranddaughter, Sara Walls. She was also a wonderful aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Randi attended First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. She was a very generous and kind-hearted person, with a “heart of gold”. Randi enjoyed her flowers, sewing, and baking (she was known for her famous cinnamon rolls). Most importantly, she loved her kids, cherished her grandchildren, and loved and enjoyed her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 29, at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: First United Methodist Church Food Pantry or Boy Scout Troop 35 in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/25/16 at 5:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Claudia Jo (Reed) Booher, 69, of Decatur, Indiana, joined many loved ones in heaven suddenly Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Claudia Jo Booher

Claudia Jo Booher

She was born January 15, 1947, in Colcord, Oklahoma, to Patty (Longcrier) Palmer and John E. Reed, who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her son, J. Kevin Booher; a brother, James “Stue” Reed; and a nephew, Thad M. Reed.

She retired from Greif Brothers Inc. in Van Wert after 36 years as a payroll/accounting clerk. She was a 1965 graduate of Lincolnview.

Survivors include a daughter, Nikkie (Larry) Vann-Minch of Decatur; one grandson: Sean Vann of Decatur; a sister, Brenda (Dave) Richey of Van Wert; brothers Mike (Sharon) Reed and John “Bud” (Barb) Reed, both of Van Wert; sisters Renee (Merl) Saam of Van Wert and Christine Reed of San Antonio, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 in Van Wert from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, October 15.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

POSTED: 09/25/16 at 12:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Betty Louise Shook, 86, of Latty, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born April 29, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Robert J. and Velma F. (McDaniel) Toker, who both preceded her in death. On August 20, 1949, she married Russel H. Shook, who died September 26, 2009.

Survivors include three daughters, Nancy L. Shook of Latty, Cathy J. (Paul) Hirschy of Twin City, Georgia, and Debra L. Basso of Niles, Michigan; a son, Mark R. (Peggy) Shook of Antwerp; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A brother, Robert Toker Jr., and three sisters, Velma F. Toker, Margaret M. “Peggy” Smith, and Alice F. Brown, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals-Hospice in Paulding County or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/25/16 at 12:36 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Leigh E. Eisenhauer Jr., 83, of Van Wert, passed away at 3:04 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2016, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.

Leigh E. Eisenhauer Jr.

Leigh E. Eisenhauer Jr.

He was born July 23, 1933, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Leigh E. and Alice T. (Mason) Eisenhauer, who both preceded him in death.

Two nieces and his beloved cat, “Buddy,” survive.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011A sister, Jane Pender, also preceded him in death.

Leigh owned and operated Eisenhauer Manufacturing in Van Wert. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert.

He graduated from Kentucky Military Institute and from the University of Louisville. Leigh was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert. He was a lifelong member of Elks Lodge 1197 in Van Wert, a former Thespian and former member of Van Wert Civic Theatre. Leigh was a big supporter of the arts in Van Wert, was an avid fisherman, loved to play cards, and was an animal lover.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, September 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Hal Shafer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Salvation Army of Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/21/16 at 2:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Norma Joann (Feathers) Violet, 81, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

Norma Joann Violet

Norma Joann (Feathers) Violet

She was born September 14, 1934, in Delphos, the daughter of Floyd and Ethel (Martin) Feathers, who both preceded her in death. On April 12, 1954, she was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Violet, who died June 26, 2001.

She is survived by five sons, Robert (Deborah) Violet of Lima; Wesley (Kristine) Violet of Dexter, Oregon; Howard (Lora) Violet of Delphos; Duane (Christine) Violet of Dover, and Trevor (Cynthia) Violet of Delphos. She is also survived by a brother, Fred (Wanda) Feathers of Spencerville, and one sister-in-law, Barbara Feathers of Delphos; 15 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, William and Paul Feathers, also preceded her in death.

Norma was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Norma was a graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School and The Ohio State University, with a degree in elementary education.  She retired from Spencerville Schools, where she had taught for 10 years. She loved to volunteer and was a Cub Scout den mother for five years, and a volunteer swim teacher for 10 years. Norma loved teaching children and listening to and caring for the elderly.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 24, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Delphos, with Pastor Rich Rakay officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 23, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 09/21/16 at 9:56 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jet Stoller, 79, of Van Wert, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born July 2, 1937, in Latty, the son of Michael and Magdalena (Manz) Stoller, who both preceded him in death. On September 27, 1969, he married the former Jeanne Bowen, who survives in Van Wert.

He is also survived by a son, Thomas (Amy) Stoller of Fort Wayne, Indiana; three grandchildren, Mitchell, Bradford, and Claire Stoller; and three sisters, Ann Plummer, Dolores Riggenbaugh, and Josephine Stoller, all of Paulding.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Two brothers, Kenneth and Ellsworth Stoller; and a sister, Katherine Oesch, also preceded him in death.

Jet retired as an inspection foreman from Eisenhauer Manufacturing Company after many years of service. He also worked for a time at the former Wells Truck Sales in Van Wert and owned the former Mac’s Delicatessen for several years.

Jet was a veteran of the United States Navy, a member of American Legion Post 178 and its 40 et 8, and Knights of Columbus Council 6034. He was also a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 23, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Stanley Szybka officiating. Burial will be in Apostolic Cemetery in Latty.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with a Rosary service held immediately after visitation.

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals-Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, and the CHP Day Care Service.

POSTED: 09/20/16 at 8:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dawn D. Pratt, 46, of Van Wert, passed away at 9:12 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 13, 1970, in Decatur, Indiana, the daughter of Harry and Betty (Howard) Jackson, who both preceded her in death. On July 25, 1996, she married Dan L. Pratt, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Jason Dale Pratt and Courtney Danielle Pratt, both of Van Wert; two stepchildren, Kyle (Selena) Agler of Decatur, Indiana, and Travis Coombs of Van Wert; five brothers, Harry (Bobbi) Jackson Jr. and Jim Jackson, both of Bridgeport, Rick (Brenda) Jackson of Decatur, Indiana, Terry (Susie) Jackson of Ohio City, and Dave Jackson of Van Wert; two grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at a later date.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/20/16 at 2:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Georgeanne E. Vargo, 70, of Delphos, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at her residence.

She was born July 8, 1946, in Toledo, the daughter of George and Apolonia (Horvath) Vargo, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Paulette “Polly” Hartranft of Toledo; a brother, Ronald (Theresa) Vargo of Toledo; two nieces and a nephew; and a great-niece and nephew.

A sister, Sharonann Vargo; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Hartranft, also preceded her in death.

A memorial funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, September 23, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will be in Toledo Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

Preferred memorials: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 09/19/16 at 6:59 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Montayne L. “Monnie” Ferris, 95 of Van Wert, died at 10:22 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Montayne L. Ferris

Montayne L. ‘Monnie’ Ferris

She was born May 28, 1921, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Frank A. and Clara B. (Kolter) Abraham, who preceded her in death.  On December 23, 1942, she married John M. Keirns. On July 17, 1965, she married Richard W. Ferris, who died July 13, 1986.

Mrs. Ferris was a 1939 graduate of Lima Central High School and worked in various clerical positions, including Lima City Loan and Duff Truck Line. Locally, she worked for Dr. John Benya and Van Wert Vision. She attended First Church of God in Van Wert, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Floozies, and was honored as a “Flower in Full Bloom” in 2010.

Monnie was very creative and loved sewing for her family, writing short stories, and doing pastel paintings and other artwork. She loved animals, bringing home dogs, cats, and even a raccoon named George.

Her legacy is one of faith, love, and humor, along with dignity and grace. We are proud that she passed these qualities on to her daughters, who in turn passed them on to their children. Her strong faith in God is something she was proud to share with her family, her friends, and anyone who knew her.

Family survivors include her daughters, Susan (John) Anderson, Kathy (Larry) Keltner, and Trayce (Randy) Thornell; nine grandchildren, Anne (David) Milam, Rachael Carlson, Jeremy (Amy) Carlson, Dave (Theresa) Carlson, Jason (Megan) Keltner, Amanda Keltner, Ashley (Nate) Dunn, Laura (Frankie) Bowen, and Nate Owens; and 12 great-grandchildren.

An infant daughter; her brother, Francis Abraham; and infant grandson also preceded her in death.

A celebration of Monnie’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at First Church of God on South Harrison Street in Van Wert.

Visitation is an hour prior to services at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 09/19/16 at 12:00 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Paul Nicholas Grilliot, 92, of Delphos, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos.

Paul Nicholas Grilliot

Paul Nicholas Grilliot

He was born June 27, 1924, in Yorkshire, to Clarence Leo and Elizabeth Justine (Frantz) Grilliot, who both preceded him in death. On November 21, 1953, he married the former Josephine Ann Inderrieden, she survives in Delphos.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011He is survived by five children, Christina (Steve) Bergfeld of Iron Mountain, Michigan, Stephen (Teri) Grilliot of Rockford, Michigan, Ellen (Greg) Waterman of Ohio City, Timothy (Tracy) Grilliot of Findlay, and Gregory (Christina) Grilliot of Perrysburg; three brothers, Elmer Grilliot, Clarence (Doris) Grilliot, and Louis (Kathy) Grilliot;  three sisters, Catherine Simons, Millie (Dick Goodall), and Helena (Wilf) Bruns; a sister-in-law, Thelma Grilliot; 10 grandchildren, Michael and Audrey Bergfeld, Nicholas and Jonathan Grilliot, Stacy and Jessica Waterman, Morgan and Brandon Grilliot, and Ross and Mitchell Grilliot;  and one great-grandchild, Emery Grace Grilliot.

Seven brothers, Robert (Elsie), Ralph (Alma), Omer (Mary), Edward (Marie), Carl, Fred (Marge), and Martin Grilliot; four sisters, Marjorie (Otto) Kremer, Evelyn (Vernon) Hall, June (Herb) Schlarman, and Patricia (Ralph) Harlett; a brother-in-law, Noah Simons; one sister-in-law, Lois Grilliot; and one grandson, Brian Waterman, also preceded him in death.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he served as president of the parish council, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Versailles, a charter member of the Van Wert Council, and was a current member in Delphos, where he was a past grand knight and trustee.

He was a graduate of Versailles High School and Xavier University, earning a bachelor’s degree in education. Paul retired from teaching in 1981 from Lincolnview Local Schools, where he taught 21 years. He also taught two years at Lima St. John’s and five years at Fort Jennings. He took pride in all the years he spent teaching and was particularly dedicated to driver’s education. During his teaching career he also coached baseball, basketball, track, cross country, and wrestling. After retiring from teaching he became a social worker for four years in Van Wert and also worked as an investigator of guardianship for the elderly, which showed his passion for others. He was also a house parent for many children at the Marsh Foundation. He started the Juvenile Jury System in Van Wert County, where he was the main counselor.

Paul was an honorary member of the FFA and the National Honor Society at Lincolnview High School. Paul also served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II, where he earned the rank of staff sergeant. He completed 32 missions in Germany as a nose gunner/bombardier and was a combat instructor for his last eight missions.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos, with graveside military honors rendered by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, September 19, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a K of C service will be held at 7 p.m. and a parish wake at 7:30 that evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, or State of the Heart Hospice.

POSTED: 09/16/16 at 2:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries