Florence M. Schoonover
(1909 - 2004)
EDGERTON - Florence M. Schoonover, 94, of Edgerton and formerly of rural Butler, Ind., died early Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Park View Nursing Center in Edgerton, where she was a resident.
Born Oct. 30, 1909, at Florence Township near Edon, to Grace (Connolly) and Homer Zeiter, she married Harley Schoonover on Sept. 3, 1930, at Defiance, and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2000.
A homemaker, she was a member of New Hope Christian Center in Waterloo, Ind. Surviving is a son, Jim Schoonover of Barnhart, Mo.; 25 grandchildren; more than 25 great-grandchildren; and two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Janet) Bennett of Montpelier and Mrs. Jerry (Ruth) Hamman of Kendallville, Ind.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers; a sister; four grandchildren; a daughter, June Ball; and a son, Herbert Schoonover.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. (Ohio time) in the Krill Funeral Home in Edgerton.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. (Ohio time) in the funeral home with Pastor Ralph Diehl to officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Edgerton.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Christian Center in Waterloo, Ind.
Richard A. Rath
(1910 - 2004)
Richard A. Rath, 93, of Bryan, died early Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier.
Born Oct. 1, 1910, at Defiance County, to Catherine (Liska) and Samuel Rath, he married Retha Pearce in 1933, and she preceded him in death in 1996.
A farmer, he was a former member of the Ney High School Board of Education, a former director of the Ney Elevator Board and a former member of the Farm Bureau of Defiance County. He attended the Ney Church of God.
Surviving are two sons, Don Rath of Bryan and Allen Rath of New Berlin, Wis.; a daughter, Mrs. Terry (Joyce) Taylor of Bryan; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and a brother, Leonard Rath of Bryan.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, George, Virgil, Earl, Wilbur and Robert Rath; three sisters, Eleanor Sohnly, Martha Gallagher and Marie Bishop; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday from 12:30-3 p.m. in the Ney Church of God.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. in the church with the Rev. Douglas Nolt to officiate. Burial will be in the Ney Cemetery, Defiance County.
Memorials may be made to the Ney Church of God or to an organization of the donor's choice. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Luella M. (Andrews) Storch
(1922 - 2004)
NAPOLEON - Luella M. (Andrews) Storch, 82, of Napoleon, died late Tuesday evening, June 1, 2004, at the Toledo Hospital.
Born May 31, 1922, at Freedom Township, to Emma (Rickenberg) and Herman Norden, she married Richard Storch on July 7, 1994, and he survives in Napoleon.
She had been employed at the Napoleon Products for 48 years and had also been employed at the Napoleon VFW and was a home healthcare provider for five years.
A member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, she was also a member of the Wauseon American Legion Auxiliary. She was a life member of the Wauseon VFW Auxiliary as well as the Napoleon Moose Lodge No. 788.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Ron (and wife, Jean) Andrews of South Lyon, Mich.; a daughter, Carol Feehan of Stryker; and three grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were a brother, Lewis Norden and sisters, Ida Gerken, Leona Holzer and Laura Solt.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance, in the Cemetery Mausoleum. The Rev. Norm Koy is to officiate. Burial will follow in the cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Victory Junction Gang, Randleman, N.C.
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.