The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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

Wanda B. Grant, 95 of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and formerly of Liberty Township, died at 3:33 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

Wanda B. Grant

Wanda B. Grant

She was born July 21, 1919, in Liberty Township, the daughter of the late Perry Franklin and Edith Wilma (High) Sidle. On August 16, 1941, she married Robert Eugene Grant, who preceded her in death on September 24, 2008.

Family survivors include two daughters, Beverly Grant of Fort Lauderdale, and Brenda (Douglas) Grant-Peterson of North Platte, Nebraska; one grandson, Curtis (Amy) Rogers of Lincoln, Nebraska; one granddaughter, Sherri (Joe) Woody of Las Vegas, Nevada; and two great-grandchildren, Aleni and Elijah Rogers, both of Lincoln, Nebraska.

A daughter, Barbara Sue Rogers; two brothers, Paul Hoyt Sidle and Harold William Sidle; and two sisters, Treva Mae Tickle and Joan Smalley, also preceded her.

Wanda attended school at Ohio City-Liberty School and graduated in the Class of 1937. She also attended and graduated from Betty Jean Cosmetologist School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was a member of Ohio City United Methodist Church for more than 70 years, where she had been a teacher in the Junior Sunday School, had served on Church Council, the Social Concerns Committee, was a member of the choir and United Methodist Women (former president), and attended the Prayer Fellowship and served as secretary-treasurer.

Wanda was a charter member and had served as president of the Town and Country Extension Club and was a 4-H advisor for five years. She was a member of the former Liberty Grange 2562 and served as juvenile matron. She was a life member of American Legion Auxiliary 346 in Ohio City, which she had served as president, second vice president and Americanism chairperson.

A celebration of Wanda’s life will be conducted at a later date.

Preferred memorials: Ohio City United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.

POSTED: 10/26/14 at 9:37 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Locke Everson Maxey of Van Wert died at 5:58 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2014, at home.

He was born September 11, 2014, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Joshua and Shannon Maxey, who survive in Van Wert.

Other survivors include maternal grandparents Angela and Trent Harding of Ohio City, and Ray and Kim Haas of Van Wert; paternal grandparents Jim and Lori Maxey of Greenville, South Carolina; a sister, Adelynn Maxey, at home; and several uncles and aunts.

A celebration of Locke’s life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert.

Preferred memorials: Love for Locke (an account has been established at Citizens National Bank in Van Wert.

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

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

POSTED: 10/26/14 at 7:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Amy L. Zachrich, 40, of Van Wert, died at 12:14 a.m. Friday, October 24, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born June 26, 1974, in Van Wert, the daughter of Brian Murray, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Sally (Lee) Murray. On May 10, 2010, she married Owen T. Zachrich, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include three children, David Morrow of Hicksville and Kailey Morrow and Amanda Zachrich, both of Van Wert; six stepchildren, Timothy Zachrich of Ottawa, Elizabeth (Michael) Thomas of Cloverdale, Angel Wright of Kentucky, Nathaniel (Kayla) Zachrich of Leipsic, Tashauna (Jaz) Moore of Columbus Grove, and Nikita Zachrich of Findlay; and two grandchildren.

Private family services will be conducted. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

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

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

POSTED: 10/24/14 at 10:59 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Glen Edwin Miller, 96, of Rockford, died at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.

He was born May 21, 1918, in Celina, the son of the late Charles and Estella Cora (Wolfe) Miller. On January 18, 1941, he married Dorothy Emma (Sealscott) Miller, who preceded him in death on April 27, 1993.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include a daughter, Judy (John) Farmer of Rockford; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Miller of Rockford.

A son, Glen Miller Jr.; a grandson; and one brother, Lloyd A. Miller, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 27, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, with graveside military honors provided by American Legion Post 508 in Rockford.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Gideons International-Mercer County chapter.

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

POSTED: 10/22/14 at 6:16 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Judith A. Axe, 73, of Rockford, Illinois, and formerly of Van Wert, died Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at her residence.

She was born March 12, 1941, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Floyd and Mary (Deffenbaugh) Showalter. She married William “Bill” Axe, who survives in Illinois.

Other survivors include three children, Scott Axe of Belvidere, Illinois, Todd (Christine) Axe of Loves Park, Illinois, and Christina (Roger) Klenz of Tremonton, Utah; three brothers, Daniel (Pat) Showalter of Citrus Heights, California, Jim Showalter of Atlanta, Georgia, and Michael (Karen) Showalter of Lima; three sisters, Jill (Tim) Boszor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Julie (Tom) Gauvey of Van Wert, and Barbara Showalter of Elida; and six grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 25, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Stan Szybka officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: American Legion Post 1207 in Rockford, Illinois.

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

POSTED: 10/21/14 at 9:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jean Wesley “Frosty” Foust, 71, of Van Wert, died at 2:05 p.m. Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born March 23, 1943, in Scott, the son of the late Delmar and Arlene (Sanderson) Foust. On February 21, 1964, in Scott Methodist Church, he married Judy Margaret (Kiracofe) Foust, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two sons, Wesley Eugene (Penny) Foust of Columbus and Daniel Lewis (Diane) Foust of Van Wert; two brothers, Cecil (Brenda) Foust of Convoy and Jerry (Marilyn) Foust of Van Wert; and two sisters, Rosemary (Dan) Todd of Atlanta, Georgia, and Cheryll Miller of Defiance.

A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Thomas Emery officiating.

Calling hours are from 2-5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, or the American Cancer Society.

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

POSTED: 10/21/14 at 9:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Sandra Kay (Lehman) Burnett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.

Sandra Kay (Lehman) Burnett

Sandra Kay (Lehman) Burnett

She was born March 18, 1949, in Van Wert, the daughter of Patricia L. Jackson, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Herman D. Lehman.

During high school, she was a candy striper at Van Wert County Hospital, and after graduating from Van Wert High School, she worked at Van Wert Manor and Celina Manor.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her stepfather, Paul Jackson of Van Wert; a son, Adam Williamson of Fort Wayne; two grandsons, Dillon Williamson and Noah Williamson, both of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Cheryl (David) Prior of Van Wert and Beth (Paul) Hitchcock of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday, October 22, in Fort Wayne, with Pastor Jim Burns of Liberty Baptist Church in Van Wert officiating.

There will be no visitation.

POSTED: 10/21/14 at 11:41 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donna L. Lehman, 86, of Defiance, and formerly of Van Wert, died at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Heartland of Waterville in Waterville.

She was born January 5, 1928, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Walter E. and Nellie E. (Lake) Poling. On October 5, 1947, she married Edwin J. Lehman, who preceded her in death on October 1, 1985.

Survivors include two children, James O. (Barbara) Lehman of Olmstead Falls, and Janice A. (Paul “Craig”) Furnas of Defiance; four grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Janet Poling Ray.

Three brothers, Darrel, Kenneth and Vernell Poling; and a sister-in-law, Helen Poling, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Bob Jenks officiating, assisted by the Rev. Clark Williman. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Calvary Evangelical Church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 10/17/14 at 5:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donita C. Good, 66, of Antwerp, died at 8:27 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Convoy.

She was born February 6, 1948, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Rudel and Margaret (Thomas) Good.

Survivors include a brother, Randy Good of Convoy; one sister, Debbie (Tim) Willis of Stuart, Virginia; and a sister-in-law, Pam Good of Convoy.

A brother, Doug Good, also preceded her in death.

In lieu of services, a preferred memorial can be given to State of the Heart Hospice in Celina. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements were handled by Gearhart-Jurczyk Funeral Home & Crematory in Convoy.

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

POSTED: 10/15/14 at 6:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Bonnie R. Stidham, 86, of Wren, died at 4:12 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 18, 1928, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the daughter of the late John Adolf and Bonnie Violet (Beyers) McCroskey. On July 23, 1949, she married Everett Stidham, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include four children, Michael Ray Stidham of Wren, Debra Jane Ann Wiess of Willshire, Catherine Carpenter of Wren and Verda Louise (Roger) Napier of St. Marys; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A son, Everett Earl Stidham; one brother, Verne Everett McCroskey; and a sister, Alma Louise Barker, also preceded him in death.

Services will be announced 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: 10/14/14 at 4:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries