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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

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 487, 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

Carmen Jacobs, 95, of Van Wert, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Carmen Jacobs

Carmen Jacobs

She was born July 27, 1921, in Granger, Texas, the daughter of Alberto and Sophia (Sanchez) Alvarado, who both preceded her in death. On May 2, 1946, she married William E. Jacobs, who died July 23, 1977.

Survivors include her daughter, Therese Marshall of Van Wert; a son, Anthony (Jennifer) Jacobs of Pickerington; three brothers, Paul Alvarado, John (Carol) Alvarado, and Raymond (Mary Beth) Alvarado; two sisters, Dorothy Cuellar and Patsy (Charles) Mock; and a sister-in-law, Clare Alvarado. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lisa (Ron) Schomaeker, Jason (Niki) Krol, Patrick and Carrie Mosier, Kylie, Kenna, and Will Jacobs, and Kenneth (Kari) Marshall and Dawn Marshall. Her great-grandchildren include Shyla and Kellen Schomaeker, Bailey, Macee, and Dodger Krol, Chance, Karla, Dharma, and Annie Mosier, and London Marshall.

Two daughters, Teresa Marie (in infancy) and Rosemary Hegemeier; a son-in-law, John Marshall; two brothers, Joseph and Pete Alvarado; two sisters, Lupe Chavarria and Mary Hernandez; and two brothers-in-law, Jesse Cuellar and Sam Hernandez, also preceded her in death.

Carmen had worked at Van Wert Manufacturing Company and the St. Marys Canning Factory She also did a lot of volunteer work at the Migrant Shop in Van Wert and the Van Wert County Council on Aging.

She always had a smile on her face, and was eager to help wherever she was needed. She also had a very deep faith in God, which she passed on to her children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 27, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Stanley Szybka officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, February 26, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church for Masses or the Van Wert County Council on Aging.

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

POSTED: 02/24/17 at 9:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Michael Leroy Williams, 61, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born February 27, 1955, in Van Wert, the son of Paul and Margret (Bice) Williams Sr. He married the former Brenda Jean Rison, who survives.

Other survivors include his children, Nicky (Bob Gonzalez) Senters, Kerri (Jason) Krugh, Gordon (Kim) Youtsey, all of Van Wert, and Travis (Brandy) Youtsey of Scott; seven grandchildren, Skyler Senters, Logan Senters, Gage Thomas, Lilly Serna, Isabella Krugh, Harley Youtsey, and Kiera Youtsey; two brothers, Paul Williams and Ben Williams, both of Van Wert; three sisters, Zelma Williams, Mary Strawser, and Marie Fleenor, all of Van Wert; and Mike’s best friends, Jim Worthington, Jerry Worthington, Ray Roth, and Shirley Carrol.

He retired from Greif Brothers (Sonoco) in Van Wert

There will be no funeral services or visitation.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 02/24/17 at 5:13 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Mildred G. Elwer, 91, of Delphos, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2017, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

She was born August 11, 1925, in Ottoville, the daughter of Charles and Rose (Klausing) Looser, who both preceded her in death. On July 4, 1949, she married Lewis Elwer, who died January 20, 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Lou Ann (Jim) Wiltsie of Delphos; one son, Robert (Deb) Elwer of Delphos; a brother, Laverne (Evy) Looser of Ottoville; eight grandchildren, Lisa (Jason) Brinkman, Laina Wiltsie, James Wiltsie, Michael Wiltsie, Scott (Chrissy) Elwer, Todd (Jamie) Elwer, Aaron (Chris) Elwer, and Lynette (Cory) Haehn; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A brother, Bernard Looser, also preceded her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, February 26, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: Delphos Jefferson and Delphos St. John’s schools, FFA Department, or Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/23/17 at 10:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Richard Tavenner, 83, of Fort Jennings, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born January 11, 1934, the son of William and Blanche (Stewart) Tavenner, who both preceded him in death. On August 11, 1955, he married the former Jean Schultz, who died March 28, 2016.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Tavenner of Columbus, Susan (Joe) Peschel of Toledo, and Barbara (Jon) Warren of Colona, Illinois; a son, Dan (Christine) Tavenner of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four grandchildren; and one sister, June Miller of Lima.

A brother, Bill (Mary Lou) Tavenner; one sister, LaDonna (Arthur) Metz; a grandson, Christopher Warren; and one brother-in-law, Carl Miller, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 27, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with the Rev. Rich Rakay officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos. 

Visitation is from 2-8 Sunday, February 26, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home. 

Preferred memorials: Trinity United Methodist Church in Delphos’ “Sew Helpful” program.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/23/17 at 10:45 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Judith Kay Cassady, 75, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, February 22, 2017, at Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Senior Community Center.

Judith K. Cassady

Judith Kay Cassady

Judith was born May 20, 1941 in Van Wert, the daughter of Carl and Cleora (Bury) McCollum, who both preceded her in death.

She was a 1959 graduate of Van Wert High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Northern University. She continued her education at Eastern Illinois University, where she earned a Master of Science degree in education. Judith completed her education at Southern Illinois University, where she received her Doctorate of Philosophy in education.

Judith married James Richard Cassady on December 1, 1961, and he preceded her in death on January 24, 2013.

Throughout her career, Judith served as a professor of education at various universities. These included The University of Southern Mississippi, Bowling Green State University, Ball State University, and Urbana University.

Judith was an active member of the community, where she volunteered at various schools, worked as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and was an avid bridge player. She was a passionate reader and enjoyed spending time with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren.

Judith is survived by a daughter, Cara Cassady of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; three sons, Richard Cassady of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Steven (Cathy) Cassady of Kohler, Wisconsin, and Daniel Cassady of West Lafayette, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Matt, Sara, Jack, Samantha, Grant, Carson, Kadie, and Madelyn; four sisters, Jill (Carl) Witherow, Laura (Bill) Dun, Mary McCollum, and Lisa McCollum; and one brother, Don (Betsy) McCollum.

A funeral service to celebrate Judith’s life will take place at Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, with the Rev. David Van Dixhorn officiating. An inurnment will take place at a later date at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Relatives and friends may greet the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 3:30 until the time of service at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

For additional information and online condolences, visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 02/23/17 at 2:59 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Carolyn L. Goins, 75, of Haviland, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 25, 1941, in Haviland, the daughter of Elmer and Thelma (Rodman) Baker, who both preceded her in death. On March 22, 1958, she married James L. Goins, who died October 2, 2002. She then married Jerry Goins on August 11, 2008, and he survives in Haviland.

Survivors include three children, Glenda (Dan Adkins) Goins of Haviland, Cameran (Connie) Goins of Apex, North Carolina, and Christi (Jason Dotterer) Diaz of Haviland; three stepsons, Jeff, Jerry Jr., and Joe Goins, all of Scott; three sisters, June (Cheryl) Baker of Payne, Jon (Rodger) Barker of Defiance, and Toni (George) Searfoss of Haviland; eight grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Glen and John Baker, and three sisters, Nellie Hartman, Rose Maples and Erma Friend, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 25, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with Pastor Chuck Oliver officiating Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery in rural Paulding County.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 24, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family, for the purchase of benches at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/23/17 at 12:34 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Terry L. Hartman of Convoy passed away at 7:01 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born January 1, 1958, in Van Wert, the son of Gary G. Hartman, who survives in Van Wert, and Marilyn S. (Hines) Hartman, who preceded him in death. On November 28, 1981, he married Sandy (Thomas) Hartman, who survives in Convoy.

Other survivors include three children, Shannon Hartman of Convoy and Cassidy (Rusty Taylor) Hartman and Courtney Hartman, both of Van Wert; a brother, Jeff (Tammy) Hartman of Ohio City; two sisters, Pam (Kevin) Krick of Ohio City and Tami (Jeff) Couts of Van Wert; and eight grandchildren.

A son, Kodi Hartman, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Ted Kelly officiating.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 23, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Terry’s grandchildren.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/20/17 at 8:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Alfred “Al” Imholt, 88, of Delphos, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

He was born September 16, 1928, in Allen County, the son of Henry and Mary (Obringer) Imholt, who both preceded him in death. He married the former Ruth E. Kipp, who died in 1990.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011There were no immediate survivors.

A brother, John Imholt, also preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, February 24, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Delphos, where graveside military honors will be rendered by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, February 23, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake will be held at 6 that evening, with a military service to follow.

Preferred memorials: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Rifle Squad.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/20/17 at 8:45 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Myrna Marie (Sowers) Hernandez of Van Wert passed away at 1:31 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Myrna Marie Hernandez

Myrna Marie (Sowers) Hernandez

She was born November 20, 1934, in La Paz, Indiana, the daughter of Victor Orin Sowers Sr. and Dollie Marie (Holland) Sowers, who both preceded her in death. On January 29, 1954, she married Willie M. Hernandez, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include three children, Melinda (John) Stoeckley of Roanoke, Indiana, Michael (Jackie) Hernandez of Van Wert, and Matthew V. Hernandez of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; six grandchildren, Zachary J. Dougal, Caitlin Wright, Ian M. Stoeckley, Brandon M. Hernandez, Jared W. Hernandez, and Ella Hernandez; and four great-grandchildren, Anniston M. Dougal, Charlotte J. Dougal, Chase M. Wright, and Cash R. Wright.

A son, William M. Hernandez; four brothers, Victor O. Sowers Jr., Blaine E. Sowers, Everett G. Sowers, and Lowell E. Sowers; a half-brother, Marvin V. Sowers; and two sisters, Karen M. Deavel and Margaret R. Nicklas, also preceded her in death.

Myrna retired November 27, 1996, from Central Mutual Insurance Company in Van Wert as secretary to the president. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Steve Robinson officiating. Private family graveside services will be held in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First Baptist Church or Community Health Professionals-Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/19/17 at 8:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Robert “General” Kennedy, 74, of Fort Jennings, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, at The Meadows of Ottawa.

He was born November 20, 1942, in Lima, the son of Stanley and Sara (McGue) Kennedy, who both preceded him in death.

Survivors include a brother, Karl (Kay) Kennedy of Fort Jennings; one sister, Betty Kennedy of Fort Jennings; three nieces, a great-niece; and a great-nephew.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Pastor Gary Fish officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Fort Jennings.

Visitation is from 1-7 p.m. Monday, February, and an hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: The Meadows of Ottawa Activities Fund.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/19/17 at 8:35 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries