(1918 - 2002)
MONTPELIER- Virginia Cogswell, 83, of Montpelier, died Friday morning, July 26, 2002, at The Dilworth Center of the Community Hospitals of Williams County-Montpelier. The daughter of Gladys (Taylor) and Raymond Stoy, she was born Dec. 26, 1918, in Williams County. She was married to Leonard J. Cogswell Sr., and he preceded her in death in November 1988.
A member of the Bryan Ladies of the Moose, she retired after approximately 15 from The Ohio Art Co. in Bryan, where she had been employed as an assembly person since 1965.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Doris) Mocherman and Mrs. Albert (Nora) Heaton, both of Montpelier; a son, H. Dean (and wife, Connie) Cogswell of Montpelier; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Cogswell of Montpelier; 16 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents; a son, Leonard J. "Jr." Cogswell in 1995; five brothers; and three sisters.
Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m. at the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier. Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Daniel L. Rial officiating. Interment will be in the Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer.
Memorials may be made to The Dilworth Center or to the Community Hospitals of Williams County Hospice.
Helen A. Bowen
(1906 - 2002)
Helen A. Bowen, 96, of Bryan, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at Harborside Healthcare Northwestern Ohio-Bryan.
Born April 9, 1906, in Defiance, to Martha (Holtz) and Edward Goldfuss, she married Sherman J. Bowen Sr., on July 1, 1925, in Defiance, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2000. A charter member of the Bryan Alliance Church and the Bryan Art Klan, she was a pink lady at the Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan.
Surviving is a son, Dr. Sherman Bowen Jr., of Defiance; a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Lois) Rymers of Bryan; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one step great-granddaughter. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. in the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home-Bryan. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Bryan Alliance Church with the Rev. Gary Keisling to officiate. Interment will follow at Shiffler Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Bryan Alliance Church.
Helen "Berry" Hatala
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Helen "Berry" Hatala, 94, died at Woodview Health Care Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Williams County, Ohio, she was a social worker with Allen County DFC for 14 years. The owner of The Music Center in Fort Wayne for 20 years, she also worked as an elementary school teacher. She was a member of the XYZ Club, Fort Wayne Women's Club, various square dance clubs and three social bridge groups.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Davis of New Haven; a granddaughter, Penny Lee of Greenwood and two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Madison Lee, both of Greenwood. Preceding her in death was her husband, Joseph J. Hatala.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, with calling one hour to prior to service. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Memorials may be made to Praise Lutheran Church.
(1915 - 2002)
FAYETTE - Audrey Lucas, 86, of Fayette, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the home of her son, James, near Wauseon.
Born Oct. 2, 1915, in Fulton County, to Bertha (Wolfe) and Ernest Lusk, she married Leonard Lucas on May 9, 1934, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death in December of 1999. A lifelong Fayette resident, she was a 1933 graduate of the North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Eloise) Wyse of Fayette, Lois Ann Hill of Adrian, Mich., and Martha Cochran of Conway, S.C.; three sons, Donald (and wife, Linda) Lucas of Fayette, Robert Lucas of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and James (Margaret) Lucas of Wauseon; a half sister, Betty Hinkle of Lyons; three half brothers, Roger Sanborn of Calif., Burton (Clara) Sanborn of Tecumseh, and Glennis (Barbara) Sanborn of Adrian, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents; daughter, Vera Hopkins; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Michael Wyse; a sister, Mabel Sager; two brothers, Wayne and Thomas Lusk; and two half brothers, Frank and Stanley Sanborn.
Visitation will be held today from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Eagle Funeral Home, Fayette. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Mary Jo Bray to officiate. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Don L. Towne
(1921 - 2002)
MOSCOW, Mich. - Don L. Towne, 81, of Moscow, died at his home, Tuesday, July 23, 2002. Born March 3, 1921, in Kendallville, Ind., to Aldah (Miller) and Kenneth Towne, he married Viola Schad in 1942, and she survives.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a welder and member of the Plumber and Pipe Fitters Union Local No. 333 for 49 years. Also, he was a member of the Moscow Masonic Lodge No. 113. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Gary (and wife, Janet) Towne of Moscow and Dennis (Vicki) Towne of Tecumseh; brothers, George Towne of Montpelier, Ohio and Maynard Mortiff of Yoder, Ind.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death was an infant son, a brother and a sister.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in the Kurtz-Towns Funeral Homes, North Adams. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor John Master to officiate. Cremation has taken place.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Hillsdale County or the American Cancer Society.
Denver Dee Richardson
Denver Dee Richardson, 84, of Bryan and North Lauderdale, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home-Bryan.
Winifred L. Crow
Winifred L. Crow, 84, of New Port Richey, Fla. and formerly of Bryan, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, in Florida.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home-Bryan.
Grace Marie Mercer
(1912 - 2004)
MONTPELIER - Grace Marie Mercer, 92, of Montpelier, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home, Montpelier.
Born Jan. 14, 1912, at Bridgewater Twp., Williams County, to Velma O. (Cogswell) and Loy Allen Hillard, she married Herbie Maloy Mercer and he preceded her in death in Nov. 1991.
A 1930 graduate of Pioneer High School, she was a homemaker and a farmer's wife. A member of Bridgewater Ladies Aid and Lake View United Brethren in Christ, rural Camden, Mich., she was a teacher of children's church for many years. Her home and farm have been in the same family since 1864.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lyn (Rosalyn) Houk of Montpelier; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Richard Seeman of Montpelier; and a daughter-in-law, Shirley Mercer of Montpelier.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Rickey Lee in 1951 and Allen Maloy in 1984; a daughter, Janet C. Seeman in 2002; a brother Bruce W. Hillard; and a great-granddaughter, Alexa Reeves in 1999.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Thompson Funeral Home-Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Lake View United Brethren in Christ, Camden with Pastor Stephen E. Smith to officiate.
Memorials may be made to the church.