Florence L. Keiser
(1911 - 2004)
Florence L. Keiser, 92, formerly of Jonesville and Hillsdale, Mich., died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Hillside Country Living in Bryan.
Born Nov. 7, 1911, at Montpelier, to Carrie (Wirick) and Charlie Traxler, she married Russell Keiser on July 19, 1931, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 2000.
A graduate of West Unity High School, she was co-owner and operator of Farm & Home Real Estate in Hillsdale, Mich.
A resident of Country Living since 2001, she had been a resident of Jonesville and Hillsdale for the majority of her life.
She was a member of the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church, the Hillsdale Women's Club and a life member of the O.E.S., Winona Chapter No. 162 of Hillsdale.
Surviving are a son, David (and wife, Cindy) Keiser of Lake Orion, Mich.; sisters, Alice Tressler of West Unity, Donna King and Janet Lee, both of Montpelier; and brothers, Peter Traxler of Montpelier and Charles Traxler of Toledo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Irene Fauver.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home, Hillsdale.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Carter to officiate. Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery at Hillsdale.
Memorials may be made to Hillside Country Living.
Nikki L. Jagow
(1948 - 2004)
DEFIANCE - Nikki L. Jagow, 55, of Defiance, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at the Toledo Hospital.
Born Dec. 4, 1948, at Durand, Mich., to Marcella (Erdmann) and the Rev. Norman A. Maas, she married Donald F. Jagow on Dec. 27, 1970, and he survives.
Retired in 2002 after 28 years as an income maintenance administrator at the Defiance County Job and Family Services, she was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Hans and Aaron, both of Dayton; her mother, Marcella Maas of Toledo; and a brother, Michael Maas of West Bend, Wisc.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home and on Saturday, one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service in St. John Lutheran Church. The Rev. Donald L. Luhring is to officiate.
Memorials may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church organ restoration fund.
Roger L. Engel
(1987 - 2004)
MONTPELIER - Roger L. Engel, 17, of Montpelier, died Tuesday afternoon, June 1, 2004, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind., due to injuries incurred in an auto accident earlier in the afternoon near Montpelier.
Born March 4, 1987, at Kissimmee, Fla., to Melody Engel and Michael D. Daley, he had been a Montpelier resident since 1991.
He had recently completed his sophomore year at Montpelier High School and was a member of The House of Prayer in Montpelier.
Surviving are his mother, Melody Engel (and fiancˇ, Joe Garza) of Montpelier; his father, Michael D. Daley of Belmond, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Dave (Crystal) Birdsall of Montpelier; maternal grandparents, Roger and Joyce Engel of Montpelier; maternal great-grandmother, Velva Oyer of Osseo, Mich.; and a close and loving friend, Patrick Foulk of Montpelier.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-8 p.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in The House of Prayer in Montpelier with Pastor Don Harris to officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.
Memorials may be made to Melody Engel.
Lynn Louise Oberg
(1957 - 2004)
KENT, Wash. - Lynn Louise Oberg, 47, died unexpectedly Thursday, May 27, 2004, at her home. Born Jan. 9, 1957, at Cocoa, Fla., to Erma I. (Shankster) and Paul E. Kieffer, she married David James Oberg of Renton in 1987 and he survives.
She was a member of Kent Covenant Church, where, along with her family, she was involved in many activities.
A registered nurse, she worked at Valley Medical Center in the Critical Care Nursery. Prior to that, she had worked for over 20 years in the emergency room as an ER nurse. She had recently finished specialized training preparing for her work in the Critical Care Nursery.
A resident of Kent for eight years, she had previously lived in Renton for nine years. She and her family are the owners of Sunrise Meadow Alpacas.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Kaye Lynn, Bethany Grace and Timothy David, all living at home; two brothers, Tommy (and wife, Jody) Shankster of Aurora, Colo. and Calvin (Linda) Shankster of West Minster, Colo.; and a sister, Mrs. Michael (Lorelei) Rodeheaver of Stryker, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and one great-niece.
Visitation will be held today from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Marlatt Funeral Home, 713 North Central Ave., Kent, Wash.
A graveside service for close friends and family will be held immediately following the visitation. A public memorial service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in Kent Covenant Church, 12010 SE 240th St., Kent, with food and memorabilia.
Memorials may be sent to the family at 22860 - 156th Avenue SE, Kent, WA 98042.
Ralph Nelson Simmons
(1932 - 2004)
MONTPELIER - Ralph Nelson Simmons, 72, of rural Montpelier, died early Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich., following a lingering illness. Born May 28, 1932, at West Unity, to Nina (Stahl) and Ralph W. Simmons, he married Ila Hill of Montpelier on Aug. 27, 1955, and she survives.
A Williams County resident for most of his life, he was a graduate of Stryker High School and Defiance College as a business major.
He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War, having received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.
He retired, due to health reasons, in 1978, after more than 25 years as a district manager with Consolidated Foods Corporation. He was a member of the West Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Bryan V.F.W. Post No. 2289, and Montpelier Moose Lodge No. 312.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dave (Renell) Lloyd of Defiance, Julie Simmons of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Mrs. Jeff (Kelly) Deetz of Bryan; four grandsons; three granddaughters; one great-grandson; a sister, Mrs. Don (Ilean) Goebel of Stryker; and two stepbrothers, David Bailey of Bryan and Charles Bailey of Defiance.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Pearl Bailey Simmons; and a son, Mark Eric Simmons in January 1992.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-8 p.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Tawee Layraman to officiate. Burial will be in Shiffler Cemetery with graveside military rites to be conducted by Bryan V.F.W. Post No. 2289.
Memorials may be made to West Bethesda Presbyterian Church, the family, or to the donor's choice.
(1917 - 2004)
MONTPELIER - Virgil Brandon, 87, of Montpelier, died Tuesday morning, June 1, 2004, at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home, Montpelier, following a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 26, 1917, at Northwest Township, Williams County, to Wilma Lenore (Suffel) and Scott Hugh Brandon, he was a lifelong Montpelier area resident.
He had retired after 40 years as a truck driver with the former Williams County Farm Bureau, which later became Landmark and then Countrymark. He was a charter member of the Montpelier First Church of the Nazarene and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II having served in Europe.
He is survived by a nephew, Stanley (Geralyn) Brandon of Montpelier; three nieces, Mrs. Buzz (Karen) Long of Lima, Mrs. J. Edward (Barbara) Walker of New Market, Ala. and Judy Sorge of San Francisco, Calif.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Brandon in 1982, and a sister, Ardis Schoonover in 1995.
Visitation will be held Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier.
Graveside funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery with Pastor John Rumple to officiate and military rites to be conducted by the Montpelier veteran organizations.
Memorials may be made to the Montpelier First Church of the Nazarene.