Marilyn Purvis, 74, of Bryan, died Thursday morning, April 1, 2004, at Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan. Arrangements are pending at the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan.
Robert E. Woodbury
(1921 - 2004)
SHERWOOD - Robert E. Woodbury, 82, of Sherwood, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the V.A. Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
Born Dec. 29, 1921, at Toledo, to Doris Marie (Clear) and Gordon Earnest Woodbury, he married Mary Ellen Saylor on July 14, 1961, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 1992.
A laborer for SK Tools in Defiance for 20 years retiring in 1984, he was also a member of the Ohio National Guard.
Surviving are sons, Daniel (and wife, Pam) Ainsworth Jr. of Sherwood, Robert A. Woodbury of Bryan, Joe Woodbury of Sherwood, Dale R. Woodbury of Michigan and Williams (Sue) Currier of Marine City, Mich.; daughters, Jane Ann Currier Whitman of Taylor, Mich., Mrs. Greg (Sharon K.) Kline of Sherwood, Mrs. Lloyd (Tina M.) Beattie of Bryan, Tonya M. Garza of Stryker and Tammy S. Peddy of Radcliff, Ky.; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded by an infant daughter, Barbara Jane Woodbury, and a sister, Wanda M. Barnes. Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory, Sherwood.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Miller to officiate. Burial will follow at Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Elmer J."Buster" Hoch
(1935 - 2004)
DUKE CENTER, Pa. - Elmer J. "Buster" Hoch, 68, of Duke Center and formerly of Bradford and Montpelier, Ohio, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport, following a long illness.
Born Sept. 4, 1935, at Herndon, to Alma (Bohner) and Paul Hoch, he married Gladys Abrahms and she preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 1996.
A 1954 graduate of Bradford High School, he was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1959 in Alaska.
He had been employed by Speer Resister in Bradford and later by Corning Glass Works, also in Bradford.
In 1990, he moved to Montpelier where he owned and operated the Neco Bowling Lanes until 2001 when, because of ill health, he moved to Duke Center to reside with his brother.
He had been a member of bowling leagues in Bradford and Montpelier and was a past member of the American Bowlers Association. He attended the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church in Pretisvale and the Duke Center Free Methodist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth A. Snow of Montpelier; a brother, the Rev. Garry D. (and wife, Barbara) Hoch of Duke Center; two sisters, Evelyn Coast of Bradford and Mrs. Robert (Joan) Kenneson of Eureka, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Robert Kenneson Jr.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church. Burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette. Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.
Emma (Lois) Thomas
(1905 - 2004)
EDGERTON - Emma "Lois" Thomas, 98, of Edgerton, died Monday evening, March 29, 2004, at Community Hospitals of Williams County in Bryan where she was a patient.
Born April 30, 1905, at Continental, to Effie (McKenzie) and Jacob Stauffer, she married Walter Thomas in June of 1934 and he preceded her in September of 1951.
A homemaker, she also did laundry and professional ironing for many in the community for many years.
She is survived by a sister, Ann Gier of Clawson, Mich. and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Ethel Oxenrider, Madge Boucher and Betty Cape; three brothers, Henry, Ralph and Jacob Stauffer; two infant sisters, Mary Catherine and Hazel; and an infant brother, Chester.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Edgerton.
Memorials may be made to the Activity Fund at Parkview Nursing Center in Edgerton or to the Edgerton Senior Center.
Teresa E. Gibler
(1953 Ð 2004)
MONTPELIER Ð Teresa E. Gibler, 50, of Osseo, Mich., died Monday, March 29, 2004, at her home. She was the office manager at Spratt's Trading Post for more than 22 years.
Mrs. Gibler was born May 24, 1953, in Montpelier, to Edna (Jackson) and John Kunkel. She graduated from Hilltop High School in 1971 and attended Patricia Stevens Finishing School. She was a member of Olive Branch Christian Union and also a member of the Seventh Day Adventists. She was also a member of the Elks in Hillsdale, Mich., and the Eagles in Montpelier.
Mrs. Gibler was known for her ongoing attempts at matchmaking.
On April 2, 1978, she married Michael L. Gibler in Montpelier, and he survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dewayne (Mary A.) Suffel II of Osseo, Mich., and Molly B. Gibler, also of Osseo; a granddaughter, Olivia Mae Suffel; a brother, Phillip (and wife, Marie) Kunkel of Huntington, Ind., and one sister, Pam Keller of Montpelier.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be at the Thompson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 7:30 p.m., with the funeral service at 7:30. Pastor Joseph B. Redmond will officiate
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Hillsdale County.
(1926 - 2004)
HICKSVILLE Ð Lauretta Scranton, 77, of Hicksville, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier.
She was born May 3, 1926, the daughter of Lauretta (Kelly) and Benjamin H. Robinson at Baltimore, Md.
A 1943 graduate of Kenwood High School in Baltimore County, she was married to Lauren Scranton on Oct. 29, 1944, and he preceded her in death.
Mrs. Scranton was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hicksville and was one of the founders of the Hicksville Senior Center and an early volunteer for Hospice of Defiance County. She was active in various flower clubs in the area, and was employed for more than 10 years at Lester's Diner in Bryan as a baker and cook.
Surviving are four sons, Herbert (and wife, Mary) of Ney, Larry (Cheryl), Richard (Paula) and Steve (Karen), all of Hicksville; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elizabeth of Neumister-Baltimore.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Robinson.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Brown Funeral Home in Hicksville.
The funeral services will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Lewis officiating. Burial will be at Six Corners Cemetery, Hicksville.
Memorials may be made to Hospice-The Caring Way of Defiance, Alzheimer's Association-Northwest Ohio, or the donor's choice.