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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Obituaries can be emailed to editor@thevwindependent.com or faxed to 419.238.2578. Full obituaries cost $30 (including a photo), while unpaid death notices do not include memberships, work data and other personal information. The names of grandchildren, etc., are also not included in a death notice. Obituary payments can be sent to: Van Wert Independent, P.O. Box 4878, Van Wert, OH 45891. Local funeral homes are billed for full obituaries, while out-of-town funeral homes can also be billed, if so requested.

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

Robert W. “Bob” Muntzinger, 86, of Van Wert, died at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born February 25, 1928, in Van Wert, the son of Emil and Harriet (Wilson) Muntzinger, who both preceded him in death. On June 11, 1950, he married Lucille F. (Grant) Muntzinger, who survives in Van Wert.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include two children, Karen (Kenneth) Mengerink and Kurt (Nancy) Muntzinger, both of Van Wert; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, February 27, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Hal Shaffer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors performed by combined units from American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/26/15 at 7:11 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

David C. Dunn of Auburn, Indiana, and formerly of Van Wert, died at 5:02 a.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2015, at Wesley Healthcare in Auburn.

He was born April 3, 1962, in Fort Knox, Kentucky, the son of Carl and Ferne Margaret (Harris) Dunn, who both preceded him in death.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include three brothers, Daniel (Deb) Dunn, Ronald (Jessie) Dunn and Aaron (Anne) Dunn, all of Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at a later date.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/26/15 at 7:10 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Thomas J. Moynihan passed Tuesday, February 24, 2015, peacefully at his residence after a short illness.

Thomas J. Moynihan

Thomas J. Moynihan

Tom was a loving father to six children and grandfather to 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

During his life, he was a retail manager for numerous stores, most recently for Fisher’s Big Wheel in Van Wert, and then in Avon Lake. He was veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, a member of the Elks and Pulaski Club of Pennsylvania and an avid card player at the Van Wert County Senior Center.

He was preceded in death by his “sweetheart,” Geri Moynihan, who he met and courted in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

Survivors include three children, Drew Moynihan of Louisiana, Michael (Peggy) Moynihan of Wapakoneta and Kelly (Thomas) Andersen of Convoy.

Three children, Kathleen Moynihan (Wilmington), James Moynihan (Van Wert) and Sean Moynihan (San Antonio, Texas); his mother, Sophie Licau (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); his only brother, James (Milwaukee); and a grandson, Kyle Moynihan (Van Wert), also preceded him in death.

His laughter brought smiles to our faces, his generosity touched many. May he rest in peace.

Services will be held at a time to be determined by the family at St. Stephen’s Parish in Oil City, Pennsylvania, with burial in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.

POSTED: 02/25/15 at 8:17 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Louis J. Lianez, 90, of Van Wert, died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Louis J. Lianez

Louis J. Lianez

He was born September 12, 1924, in Paulding, the son of Genorro and Vincinta Lianez, who both preceded him in death. On January 19, 1942, he married Antonia (Vargas) Lianez, who died October 9, 2001.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include five children, Emanuel J. Lianez of Harisonburg, Virginia, David M. (Jane) Lianez of Van Wert, Judy A. Eiting of Fort Wayne, Indiana, John Lianez of Van Wert and Thomas C. (Beth) Lianez of Zanesville; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A grandson and two sisters also preceded him in death.

Mr. Lianez had been a longtime employee of the former Continental Can Company in Van Wert, from which he retired. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert and Knights of Columbus Council 6034. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Massachusetts. He was a member of the Van Wert Police Department Reserve, American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 21, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Stan Szybka officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, with graveside military honors performed by a combined unit from Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 5803.

Calling hours are from 2-6 p.m. Friday, February 20, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with recitation of the Rosary at 6 that evening.

Preferred memorials: St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or emailed to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.

POSTED: 02/18/15 at 10:11 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Susan Joan Leiendecker, 57, of Venedocia, died at 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Susan Joan Leiendecker

Susan Joan Leiendecker

She was born October 27, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Robert Arthur Bridgman and Joan (Cusmano) Van Metre, who both preceded her in death. She had been married to Thomas C. Leiendecker, who survives in Ohio City.

Other survivors include four daughters: Brandy Leiber of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and her children, Lexi Leiber and Preston Phillips; Audrey Houser of Van Wert and her children, Cody Houser, Libby House and Cloey Spry; Melissa (Kenton Frecker) Leiendecker of Fort Wayne; and Eva Leiendecker of Van Wert and her children, Skylar Imler, Mason Leiendecker and Eliza Leiendecker; one son, James Leiendecker of Venedocia; two brothers, Kenneth Bridgman of Van Wert and Gordon Scott (Cindy) Van Metre of Cleveland; one sister, Deb (Jack) Harmon of Russville, Indiana; six nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

A sister, Karen D. Bridgman, also preceded her in death.

Susan was a social butterfly and loved being surrounded by friends and family. She was loved by many and known as “Mamma Sue” by all. She enjoyed arrowhead hunting, the outdoors and especially her many plants. She was a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-7 p.m. Friday, February 20, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 02/18/15 at 10:07 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Richard J. Richardson Sr., 69, of Delphos, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born June 30, 1945, in Delphos, the son of Walter and Dorothy (Dunlap) Richardson, who both preceded him in death. On June 10, 1967, he married Helen L. (Jewell) Richardson, who survives in Delphos.

Other survivors include two sons, Richard (Michelle) Richardson Jr. and Robert “Bob” (Lisa Harshman) Richardson, both of Delphos; a daughter, Dianna (Murray) MacGregor of Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, William Richardson of Delphos and Frank Richardson of LaGrange, Indiana; a sister, Shirley (Duane) Kimmey of Middle Point; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A sister, Clara Jane; and one brother, Charles L. Richardson, as well as three infant brothers, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Pastor Dan Eaton officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Mennonite Cemetery in Elida.

Calling hours are from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, February 22, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com. To view the funeral online, visit the above website at the time of the service (password: webcast9).

POSTED: 02/18/15 at 10:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Fern E. Wermer of Van Wert died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, February 16, 2015, at Hearth & Home of Van Wert.

She was born January 20, 1925, in Willshire, the daughter of Cleo F. “C.F.” and Avis (Baker) Ray, who both preceded her in death. On December 14, 1947, she married William “Bill” Wermer, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Elizabeth (Richard) Heiby of Celina and Alan (Nancy) Wermer of Saline, Michigan; three grandchildren; and three-great-grandchildren.

A sister, Esther Lampy, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/17/15 at 9:29 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dorothy F. “Dottie” (Piersol) Schaffner died peacefully on Monday, February 16, 2015, at her residence in Van Wert at the age of 85 after a battle with cancer.

Dorothy F. 'Dottie' Schaffner

Dorothy F. ‘Dottie’ Schaffner

Dottie was born March 31, 1929, in Cleveland, the daughter of Merle F. and Dorothy L. Piersol, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include two children, Linna S. (Paul) Kelly of Convoy and Mark (Mary Ann Stambaugh) Schaffner of Mooresville, North Carolina; a sister, Linna Van Nette of Longwood, Florida; two brothers, Dan (Maureen Donnelly) Piersol of Jackson Mississippi, and Gary (Rose Ann) Piersol of Toledo; five grandchildren, Jessica (Travis) Raker of Orlando, Florida, Linna N. Kelly of Convoy, Mary Beth, Jack and Grant Schaffner, all of Mooresville, North Carolina; and a great-granddaughter, Maeve Noelle Raker of Orlando.

A brother-in-law, Terry Van Nette, also preceded her in death.

She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in education, majoring in English, journalism and Latin. She married Jack E. Schaffner, her college sweetheart, on June 17, 1951. He also preceded her in death.

Dottie touched many students’ lives during her career. She began her teaching career at Wren High School and continued at Grover Hill High School before retiring from Lincolnview High School.

After retirement, Dottie devoted much time and energy to the Van Wert Woman’s Club, serving in several officers’ roles and frequently providing delicious catering meals. She was known for her cooking and especially for her baking abilities. She loved people, was an avid reader and loved to laugh.

She adored and doted on her grandchildren, supporting them in all their endeavors. She was thrilled to meet her great-granddaughter in November.

Honoring Dottie’s request, a private family funeral will be held.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert County Council on Aging or Van Wert County Historical Society.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

The family would like to thank Community Health Professionals staff members for their care and dedication.

POSTED: 02/16/15 at 3:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Marcia A. Koeppel, 76, of Rockford, died early Friday morning, February 13, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, where she had been a patient.

She was born June 21, 1938, in Dublin Township, Rockford, the daughter of Ford and Irma (Swoveland) Koeppel, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include a number of cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Dave Souers officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Calling hours are from 9 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: New Horizons Community Church in Rockford.

Online condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com.

POSTED: 02/13/15 at 4:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dennis A. Owens, 59, of Van Wert, died at 10:20 a.m. Monday, February 9, 2015, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

Dennis A. Owens

Dennis A. Owens

He was born June 2, 1955, in Van Wert, the son of David and Jean (Keirns) Owens, who both survive in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two brothers, Mike (Diane) Owens of Middle Point and Terry (Kim) Owens of Van Wert; a sister, Mary Ann Owens Matthews of Baltimore, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Owens was a lifelong farmer and a member of Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia. Dennis was a skilled carpenter, mechanic and enjoyed old cars.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 13, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Thomas Emery officiating. Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, February 12, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Salem Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/09/15 at 9:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries