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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, Aug. 29, 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 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

Michael L. Tierney, 64, of New Haven, Indiana, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Genesis Health Care in New Haven.

He was born April 9, 1951, in Van Wert, the son of Mary E. (Bates) Tierney, who survives in New Haven, and the late James Arthur Tierney.

Survivors include two uncles, Ray Bates and Tom (Barbara) Bates, both of Van Wert; an aunt, Ruth Stone of Charlestown, New Hampshire; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, August 31, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Genesis Health Care or Hospice of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

POSTED: 08/27/15 at 3:16 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Alice L. Thomas, 90, of Ohio City, died at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center of Van Wert.

She was born December 28, 1924, in Hoaglin Township, the daughter of the late Albertus “Bert” and Caroline (Akom) Bashore. On June 19, 1949, she married Gordon A. Thomas who died on November 16, 2003.

Survivors include a son, Toby (Linda) Thomas of Ohio City; one brother, Christie F. Bashore of Rockford; a sister, Louise Leiter of Van Wert; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

A brother, Johnnie A. Bashore; and three sisters, Matilda E. Smith, Thelma Neuhouser and Alta E. Zinn, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 28, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Calling hours will be from noon to time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the State of the Heart Hospice.

POSTED: 08/26/15 at 4:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

James L. “Jim” Pierstorff, 80, of Rockford, died at 4:41 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

He was born April 8, 1935, in Mercer County, the son of Victor L. and Beulah Elizabeth (Gehm) Pierstorff, who both preceded him in death. On August 27, 1960, he married Carol Rose (Miller) Pierstorff, who survives in Rockford.

Other survivors include a son, Michael Pierstorff of Elkhart, Indiana; two grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Rex (Dee) Miller of Berne, Indiana, and Donnie (Susie) Miller of Rockford; and three sisters-in-law, Mary (Archie) Hill of Huntertown, Indiana, Sharon (Jerry) Agler of Tennessee and Sally Miller of Bluffton, Indiana.

A sister, Carol Pierstorff; and a brother-in-law, Merrill Miller, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, August 28, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Karen Tamorria officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 27, at an hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hopewell or the Rockford Recreation Fund.

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

POSTED: 08/25/15 at 8:44 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Margaret L. Keltner, 96, of Van Wert, died at 1:08 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

She was born January 31, 1919, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Ira and Mary Eleanor (Callahan) Faller, who both preceded her in death. On March 16, 1946, she married Gayle E. Keltner, who died June 25, 1997.

Survivors include eight children, Richard Keltner of Van Wert, Gary (Renee) Keltner of Phoenix, Arizona, Larry (Kathy) Keltner of Tucson, Arizona, Joyce (Don) Sonnanstine of Wadsworth, Debra Smith of Convoy, Janice (Douglas) Jones of Venedocia, Linda Keltner of Boston, Massachusetts, and Brenda Keltner of St. Marys; a sister, Becky Zirkle of Van Wert; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A brother, Wilbur “Tiny” Faller; one sister, Esther M. Placke; and two grandchildren, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Greg Wack officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 28, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Bethel United Methodist Church in rural Van Wert County or a charity of donor’s choice.

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

POSTED: 08/25/15 at 3:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Theda B. DeWitt, 93, of Delphos, died Monday, August 24, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

She was born January 20, 1922, the daughter of Wilbur and Armeda (Davis) Ditto, who both preceded her in death. On September 17, 1938, she married William H. DeWitt, who died August 29, 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, LaDonna (Ronald) Culp of Delphos; one son, Jack (Jeannette) DeWitt of Delphos; a sister, Betty Wiechart of Delphos; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Dan DeWitt; four brothers, Rolland, Robert, Kenneth and Lloyd Ditto; and one sister, Helen Coleson, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Friday, August 28, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: American Heart or the American Cancer Society.

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

POSTED: 08/25/15 at 3:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Esther Eileen Germann, 88, of rural Van Wert, died at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born October 7, 1926, in Pleasant Mills, Indiana, the daughter of Rufus Case, who preceded her in death. She married LeRoy R. Germann, who died May 22, 2013.

Survivors include three children, Delores (Ronald) Hartman, Patty (Paul) Williams and Danny (Alycia) Germann, all of Van Wert; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Two grandsons, David M. Crisenberry and Rodney R. Stegaman, also preceded her in death.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

There will be no calling hours.

POSTED: 08/25/15 at 6:46 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Vivian E. Thomas, 94, of Van Wert, passed away at 5:06 a.m. Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Vivian E. Thomas

Vivian E. Thomas

She was born October 28, 1920, in St. Charles, Michigan, the daughter of William E. and Grace (Baum) Nichols, who both preceded her in death. On May 28, 1957, she married Orville E. Thomas, who passed away November 2, 1995.

She is survived by six children, Mary (James) Gunter of Elida, John (Diane) Adelblue of Canby, Oregon, Barbara Adelblue of Pensacola, Florida, Martha Martin of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Shirley (Randy) Miller of Ohio City and Thomas Joe Thomas of Middlebury; a stepdaughter, Georgia (Larry) Adam of Van Wert; and a sister, Leda Booth of Van Wert. Also surviving are 26 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Richard (Trina) Adelblue; and two grandchildren, John Mark Eyanson and Mary Vivian Amell, also preceded her in death.

She had been a member of the former Calvary United Methodist Church of Van Wert and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178. She retired from Teleflex Corporation and had also worked at several other factories. After her retirement, she provided home health care for older residents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Clark Williman officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, and an hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society.

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

POSTED: 08/24/15 at 6:25 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Diana Kay Springer, 64, of Mendon, and formerly of Rockford, died at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born November 26, 1950, in Kentucky, the daughter of Kay Frasure, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Springer; a son, Steve (Amanda) Kellem of Greenville; two brothers, Gary and Nathan Frasure; two sisters, Anita and Teresa; her mother- and father-in-law, Richard and Lois “Jean” Springer of Rockford; and a brother- and sister-in-law, Rick (Lena) Springer of Wapakoneta.

A sister-in-law, Judy Flam, also preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 29, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Casey Nuttle officiating.

Calling hours will be held an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

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

POSTED: 08/24/15 at 6:15 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Julia Mildred Ross died the morning of Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Julia was born near Haviland on January 2, 1922, to Bowen M. and Mildred R. (Crone) Evans, who both preceded her in death. On January 2, 1942, in Venedocia, she married Paul S. Ross, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include four children, Judy of Glendale, Arizona, Richard (Nadine) of Columbus, David (Iris) of Davie, Florida, and Jim (Kathy) of Burke, Virginia; two sisters, Mary Davis of Lima, Grace Danison of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren; an adopted grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services.

Calling hours are from 9-11 a.m. Friday, August 28, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will immediately follow calling hours in Mount Zion Cemetery northeast of Grover Hill.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

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

POSTED: 08/24/15 at 6:14 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Betty Anspach, 74, of Van Wert and Nokomis, Florida, lost her courageous battle with liver cancer on Monday, August 10, 2015, in Sarasota, Florida.

Betty Anspach

Betty Anspach

She was born August 14, 1940, in Van Wert County to Myron and Rachael Thornell Hunter, who both preceded her in death. On June 2, 1957, she married Kenneth “Ken” Anspach, who survives.

She is survived by daughters Cynthia (Dan) Hesseling of Van Wert and Melanie (Dan Macias) Cavinder of Decatur, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Jessica (Tim) Barr of Kent, Melissa (Nathan) Sinning of Okinawa, Angela (Edward) Herber of Yoder, Indiana, Derek Laux of Salt Lake City, Utah, Beth Cavinder of North Miami, Florida, Becky (Milo Rison) Cavinder and Cathy Cavinder, both of Decatur; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Stanley (Jean) Hunter of Miran, Kentucky, Lowell (Dona) Hunter of Wolcottville, Indiana, and Merrill Hunter of Ligonier, Indiana; two sisters, Ruby (Steve) Teeple of Bradenton, Florida, and Bonita (Harold) Burtner of Muncie, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Nancy (Rodney) Hunter of LaGrange, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and several stepgrandchildren.

Two brothers, Leslie Hunter and Rodney Hunter, also preceded her in death.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert and Venice/Nokomis United Methodist Church in Nokomis, Florida, and was a member of the choir in both churches. Her musical talents and enthusiasm are a legacy to her family. Betty was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Van Wert, where she served as worthy matron several times. She also served as deputy grand matron of the Grand Chapter of Ohio. She retired from Central Mutual Insurance Company in 2001.

Above all else was her love of family, and she never lost sight of the relationship of the family unit. Betty was always encouraging all to do their best in whatever they were doing, and never let grandchildren leave the house hungry. She had a tremendous greeting card ministry that will always be remembered by many.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, at First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Gus Christo-Baker officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Friday, August 28, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with an Eastern Star service at 7:30 that evening, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: The Salvation Army or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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

POSTED: 08/23/15 at 12:10 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries