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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Obituaries can be emailed to editor@thevwindependent.com or faxed to 419.238.2578. As of July 1, 2017, full obituaries will cost $40 (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

Janice Mae Carter, 86, of Convoy, passed away at 11:36 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 1, 1931, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of Peter and Margaret (Lee) Miesen, who both preceded her in death. On December 18, 1948, she married Dorsey L. “Bud” Carter, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Karen Baxter of Convoy, Pam (Don) Eversole of Middle Point, Debbie (Dennis) Gilbert of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Richard “Butch” (Rita) Carter and Mark Carter, both of Van Wert; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.

Four brothers, three sisters, and a granddaughter also preceded her in death.

Private family funeral services will be held, with Pastor Dennis Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is from 3-6 p.m. Monday, August 21, at Gearhart & Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy.

Preferred memorials: Convoy Fire Department.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 08/17/17 at 10:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Alvera “Vera” Schabbing Snyder, 50, of Delphos, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born January 7, 1967, to George and Nellie (Dempsey) Schabbing, who both preceded her in death.

She is survived by her fiancé of more than 30 years, Don Snyder of Delphos; two brothers, George (Peggy) Schabbing of Grover Hill and Doug Schabbing of Delphos; three sisters, Brenda Neil of Delphos, Paula Brown of Delphos, and Esther (Larry) Wilson of Canton; and many nieces and nephews.

A sister, Beulah “Bubba” Schabbing, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, August 19, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Kathy Martin officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. Friday, August 18, and an hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 08/16/17 at 6:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Judith Ann Allemeier, 76, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017, at her residence.

Judith Ann Allemeier

She was born August 23, 1940, in Delphos, the daughter of Louis and Veronica “Fronie” (Fuerst) Rode, who both preceded her in death. She married Robert Roman Allemeier, who passed away December 12, 1997.

She is survived by a son, Craig (Julian Reynolds) Allemeier of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Linda (Jack) Gorman of Fort Jennings; two brothers, Dan (Giovana) Rode of Florida and Larry (Olga) Rode of Delphos; and many nieces and nephews.

A brother, Roger Rode, also preceded her in death.

Judith was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. She had been the voice, serving as the secretary of Central Mutual Insurance, from which she retired after 46 years of service. Judy loved her plants and flowers and enjoyed firefighter memorabilia, gardening, and birds, especially hummingbirds. She gave museum tours at her place of work and loved to travel in her younger years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 17, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Father Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, at the funeral home, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 that evening, and an hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials: The Pelotonia Cancer Ride.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 08/14/17 at 2:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jeraldine J. “June” Brown, 85, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:55 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born June 3, 1932, in Van Wert, the daughter of Doyt and Mabel (Shively) Bell, who both preceded her in death. On September 1, 1951, she married Max Brown, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Marlene Subler, Nyla Williams, and Beth Sargent, all of Van Wert; two sisters, Marcia Shaw of Van Wert and Lois (Robert) Dowler of New Haven, Indiana; three grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; seven great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 15, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Fire and EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 08/13/17 at 4:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Susan J. Riley, 67, of Van Wert, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Van Wert Manor.

She was born July 17, 1950, in Van Wert, the daughter of Forrest Pearl “Ike” and Mabel May (Adams) DeLong, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Cory Riley of Van Wert and Andy (Shelly) Riley of Kalida; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday, August 17, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor W. Clark Williman officiating.

Visitation is from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 08/13/17 at 4:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Glenn E. Turner, 53, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Glenn E. Turner

He was born August 11, 1963, in Van Wert, the son of Donald Eugene Turner, who preceded him in death, and Phyllis A. (Wiseman) Turner, who survives in Van Wert. On March 29, 1982, he married the former Chrisanne L. Miller, who also survives.

He is also survived by his son, Scott Glenn Turner of Columbus; two brothers, David M. (Claudia) Turner of Winona Lake, Indiana, and Lyle (Miriam) Turner of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Marlene S. (David) Jerome of Grove City and Rosemary (John) Good of Bluffton; his mother-in-law Roberta Miller of Van Wert; three sisters-in-law,  Barbara (Gary) Showalter of Van Wert, Kathy Brake of Ohio City, and Nancy (Kurt) Conn of Van Wert; and a brother-in-law, James (Tracy) Miller of Mustang, Oklahoma.

Glenn was a 1981 graduate of Van Wert High School and received his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from The Ohio State University in 1985. He received his registered nursing degree from Rhodes State University. He was a claims representative for 24 years with Personal Service Insurance Company and Farmers Insurance Company. Later, he was a registered nurse at Ridgeview Behavioral Hospital and was also a clinical hypnotist. He served as worship leader for various churches and was pastor of Bible Community Church for seven years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. 

Preferred memorials: Van Wert High School instrumental music program, St. Rita’s Regional Cancer Center, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 08/10/17 at 10:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joella Lehrman Stephenson, 77, of Rockford, passed away at 4:38 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

She was born March 13, 1940, in Allen County, Indiana, the daughter of Paul F. and Mabel (Schlemmer) Lehrman, who both preceded her in death. She married Larry Stephenson, and he survives in the Rockford area.

Other survivors include five children, Paula (Dr. Herb) Schumm of Loveland, Dr. Elizabeth Stephenson of Daytona Beach, Florida, Scott Stephenson of Hamilton, Lisa (Jay) Hunter of Willshire, and Luke Stephenson of Rockford; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Hambrock of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

An infant son, Jeffrey Gene Stephenson; one brother, Donald Lehrman, and a twin sister, Noella Moore, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, at Chattanooga Methodist Church near Rockford, with Pastor Tom Brunstrup officiating. Burial will follow in Buck Cemetery in Celina. 

Visitation is from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Chattanooga Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com.

Arrangements were made by Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford.

POSTED: 08/09/17 at 11:16 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Whitlee Jane Hughes, 17 days old, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017, at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.

She was born July 21, 2017, at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, to Zachary and Danielle (Whitaker) Hughes, who survive in Lima.

She is survived by her paternal grandparents, Paula and Doug Hughes of Harrod; maternal grandparents, Lisa (Mark Keller) Brown of Delphos and Craig and Lisa Whitaker of Decatur, Indiana; paternal great-grandparents, Robert Hower of Bluffton and Diane Hughes of Harrod; maternal great-grandparents, Carol and Jan Bonifas of St. Marys and Carl and Lola Whitaker of Ohio City; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 12, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Father Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 11, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: The Ohio State University Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 08/09/17 at 2:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Carol A. Zizelman, 77, of Rockford, passed away at 7:28 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born April 13, 1940, to Spencer Edward and Velma Pauline (Comer) Lewis, who both preceded her in death. On November 24, 1960, she married Ken Zizelman, who survives in Rockford.

Other survivors include two children, Carla (Rob) Frank and Lee Ann (Paul) Frank; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A brother, Richard E. Lewis, also survives in Riverside, California.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 11, at St. Paul United Church of Christ near Rockford, with Pastor Mark Rutledge officiating, assisted by Doug Rich. 

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 10, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, and an hour prior to services Friday at the church. 

Preferred memorials: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.

Condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com.

POSTED: 08/09/17 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dorotha Ann Davis, 74, of Delphos passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

She was born August 3, 1943, in Kentucky to Robert and Elizabeth (Shackleford) Maxwell, who both preceded her in death.

She is survived by four sons, Michael Davis of California, Daniel Davis Delphos, Eugene “Ray” Davis of Cardington, and Johnny (Debra) Davis of Van Wert; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tony (Carol) Maxwell of Lima and David L. (Twila) Maxwell of Elida; and one sister, Bernice (Denny) Burden of Elida. She is also survived by the father of her children, Clayton Eugene Davis of Columbus.

A brother, Fred Maxwell, and one sister, Yvonne Rudd, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 10, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, and an hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 08/07/17 at 7:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries