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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, Jun. 24, 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

Virginia M. Etzler of Convoy passed away at 8:54 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Convoy.

Virginia M. Etzler

She was born February 11, 1924, in Van Wert, the daughter of Earl and Olga (Wade) Reed, who both preceded her in death. On October 22, 1949, she married Wilhelm A. “Bill” Etzler, who died March 28, 1996.

Survivors include a son, James “Jim” (Judy) Etzler of Paulding; two grandchildren, Jeremy (Jamie) Etzler and Mandi (Terry) Scarlett; two stepgrandchildren, Linda (Tony) Sholl and Karen (Ryan) Flint; six great-grandchildren, Austin Etzler, Justin Etzler, Courtney Harr, Evan Scarlett, Ean Scarlett, and Elijah Scarlett; and one stepgreat-grandson, Bryce Sholl.

A daughter, Joan Rogers; one sister, Helen Klewer; and two granddaughters, Michelle and Christe Rogers, also preceded her in death.

Virginia was a homemaker and also had worked at Federal-Mogul/National Seal in Van Wert. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy and its Church Ladies Guild, and the Harrison Township Farm Wives.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy, with the Rev. Mike Saylor officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Joan, Michelle & Christe Rogers Scholarship Fund.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 06/23/17 at 7:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Sandra K. Riley, 80, of Van Wert, passed away at 7:13 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

Sandra K. Riley

She was born October 10, 1936, in Decatur, Indiana, the daughter of Helen Lucille (Putman) Dysert and Martin C. Dysert, who both preceded her in death. On September 4, 1955, she married Richard L. Riley, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Richard M. (Isabel) Riley and Dawn (Mike) VanDoren, both of Van Wert; five grandchildren, Samuel (Jessica) Holes, Jasmine Diemer, Holly (Joe) McName, Tiffany Riley, and Luke Riley; five great-grandchildren, Destynee McName, Nova McName, Skylar Grenzebach, Keirsten Grenzebach, and Jacob Holes; a brother-in-law, Larry Riley; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Stemen.

A brother-in-law, David Riley, also preceded her in death.

Sandra was a 1955 graduate of Van Wert High School and a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. She had worked at Borden’s Foods for 15 years. She was a 62-year member of Van Wert Chapter 48, Order of Eastern Star. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with an Order of Eastern Star memorial service.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First United Methodist Church or Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 06/22/17 at 7:08 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lucille F. Lytle, 98, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:25 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice.

She was born April 18, 1919, in Van Wert, the daughter of Sebastian and Elizabeth (Altenberger) Bendele, who both preceded her in death. On February 23, 1938, she married Corwin B. Lytle, who died December 5, 1989.

She is survived by a son, Larry B. (Louise) Lytle of Middle Point; one daughter, Connie L. (Michael) Dobrin of Cocoa, Florida; a grandson, Greg Whitehurst of Cape Canaveral, Florida; and a foster daughter, Shirley Jones of Decatur, Indiana.

Her twin sister, Marcile, and seven brothers also preceded her in death.

Lucille was a member of the Middle Point United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tim Owens officiating, Burial will follow in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy. 

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred Memorials are to the Middle Point United Methodist Church

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

POSTED: 06/20/17 at 8:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Van Metre, 71, of Van Wert, passed away at 10:06 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born May 1, 1946, in Van Wert, the daughter of Albert Swany Sr. and Lena (Arb) Swany, who both preceded her in death. She married Max Van Metre, who preceded her in death on June 28, 2012.

Survivors include two children, Gary (Jennifer) Van Metre of Van Wert and Theresa (Todd) Hill of Scott; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with the Rev. Dr. Seeyoung Joseph Lee officiating.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.

Preferred memorials: Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 06/18/17 at 4:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Helmut Breitwieser, 74, husband of Janice Huffine Breitwieser, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at his home in Sumter, South Carolina.
Born March 11, 1943, in Yugoslavia, he was a son of Henry Breitwieser and Katharina Dietrich Breitwieser, who both preceded him in death.

He was a very active member of First Southern Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for many years. He was employed by National Seal in Van Wert and Federal-Mogul in Summerton for 43 years. He was an avid photographer and donated many Civil War re-enactment photos to the Sumter County Museum.

Helmut Breithieser

Helmut Breitwieser

Hal spent his final weeks surrounded by family and friends in fellowship through singing favorite hymns and Johnny Cash. The family would like to express its thanks to Tri-County Hospice for taking care of our sweet daddy and special thanks to Rita.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years; four children, Tammy (John) Robinson, and Angie (Larry) Keith, both of Sumter, Jeff (Martha) Breitwieser of Easley, and Stacey (Duane) Schmierer of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Kayla (Nathan) Stewart, Lindsey Breitwieser, Michael (Paige) Robinson, Sarah Keith (Donnovan Hodge), William (Marykatherine) Keith, Keith (Alice) Simmons, Cristal Day, Madalyn, Joseph, Luke, Kathryn, and Olivia Schmierer; eight great-grandchildren, Elliott, Paisley, Mason, Kelsey, Hunter, Marley, Morgan, and Charley; two sisters, Martha Breitwieser of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and MaryAnn (Gene) Baughman of Paulding; a brother, John (Karen) Breitwieser of Toledo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Ellison Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

There will be no visitation.

Preferred memorials: First Southern Methodist Church, 321 Miller Road, Sumter, SC 29150, or Sumter County Museum, 129 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150.

POSTED: 06/16/17 at 4:27 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Beverly Evans, 86, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:41 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Beverly Evans

Beverly Evans

She was born February 2, 1931, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of Owen Q. and Geraldine (Wilson) Blue, who both preceded her in death. On January 15, 1949, she married Carl R. Evans, who died May 6, 2015.

Survivors include five children, Sue A. (Gary) Miller of Celina, Robert O. (Vicki Carey) Evans of Van Wert, David A. (Bonnie) Evans of Middle Point, Deborah K. (Jim) Bette of Lexington, Kentucky, and Randall S. (Corinne) Evans of Dublin; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Four brothers, a sister, and two grandchildren also preceded him in death.

Beverly worked in the Lincolnview Local Schools cafeteria for many years. She liked the Cincinnati Reds, liked to camp, and loved watching all her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Private family services will be conducted. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

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

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 06/14/17 at 5:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Fay D. Gardner, 70, of rural Van Wert, passed away at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at her residence after fighting a long battle with several cancers.

She was born August 15, 1946, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Samuel and Helena Moehring, who both preceded her in death. On April 15, 1967, she married Frank R. Gardner Sr., who survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Frank R. (Michelle) Gardner Jr. of Ottawa and Faron (Joyce) Gardner of Pflugerville, Texas; five grandchildren; a sister, Mary, of Illinois; and one brother, Joe (Donna) Moehring of Arizona.

Several sisters also preceded her in death.

There will be no funeral services.

Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.

Preferred memorials: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 06/14/17 at 1:52 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rena Mae (Witt) Klinger, 81, of Delphos, passed way Monday, June 12, 2017, at her residence.

She was born March 11, 1936, in Grant Township, Dekalb County, Indiana, the daughter of Albert Leroy and Katherine (Richardson) Witt, who both preceded her in death. On July 18, 1968, she married Donald Francis Klinger, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Loretta Stevens; brothers- and sisters-in-laws, Ruth Ann Witt, Robert Klinger, Larry Klinger, Marsha Klinger, and Debra Klinger; a stepgrandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Four brothers, Earl, Russell, Roy, and George Witt; and a sister, Edith Lower, also preceded her in death.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County, with the Rev. Josh Angel officiating.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 06/13/17 at 7:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Janice Arlene “Jan” Figley, 81, of St. Marys, and formerly of Rockford, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Otterbein Nursing Home in St. Marys.

She was born in Warren, the daughter of Paul and Jeanette (Stringer) McGowan, who both preceded her in death. On June 28, 1958, she married Richard D. Figley, who survives in St. Marys.

Other survivors include two children, Mark (Diane) Figley of Elida and Beth Figley of Toledo; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A brother, Paul McGowan Jr., and one sister, Joann Biggart, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, and an hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Grand Lake Hospice in St. Marys or the Animal Protective League of Mercer County.

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

POSTED: 06/13/17 at 7:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Tim J. “Timmy” Trentman, 26, of Landeck, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Tim J. Trentman

Tim J. Trentman

He was born October 12, 1990, in Lima, the son of Bob and Doris (Klausing) Trentman, who both survive in Landeck.

Tim was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, was a longtime member of the Lads and Lassies 4-H club in Venedocia, a four-year member of the Delphos FFA, and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Landeck Chapter. He enjoyed showing livestock, especially his show pigs at the Van Wert County Fair, where he spent many years camping there with his family and friends.

He loved taking his four-wheeler on trips all over with his dad, brother, and his close friends. Tim was an avid soccer fan, playing the game for several years. he also enjoyed rooting for his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.

One of the many things Tim will be remembered for will be his love of food and his huge appetite. Tim never met a stranger and never had any trouble making friends.

He is also survived by a brother, Todd (Kirstie) Trentman of Delphos; his niece and Goddaughter, Bailey Trentman; paternal grandparents Merlin (Dorothy) Trentman of Landeck; maternal grandmother, Alene Klausing of Delphos; nine aunts and uncles; and 20 cousins.

His paternal grandmother, Patricia Trentman; maternal grandfather, Richard Klausing; cousin, Ryan Trentman; and an aunt, Cindy Trentman, also preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, and 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. There will be a Catholic Order of Foresters service at 7 p.m. Wednesday and a parish wake at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society or Hope Hollow.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 06/12/17 at 3:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries