Paul E. Rhodes
(1925 - 2004)
Paul E. Rhodes, 78, of rural Bryan, died Thursday morning, Aug. 5, 2004, at Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton, following a lengthy illness.
Born Sept. 5, 1925, at Continental, he married Mary L. Holt on April 4, 1947, and she preceded him in death on March 6, 2003.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served as a paratrooper in the German Theater of Operations, he had retired in 1987 as a fork lift operator from General Motors Powertrain of Defiance, where he had been employed for 38 years.
He attended Central United Brethren Church in Montpelier and was a member of U.A.W. Local No. 211.
Surviving are two sons, Rick (and wife, Norma) Rhodes of Ney and Jerry (Heidi) Rhodes of Edgerton; two daughters, Mrs. Leo (Janet) Blom of West Unity and Mrs. Joseph (Amy) Walling of Montpelier; and a sister, Eleanor Beres of Champaign, Ill.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife, were a daughter, Judy Rhodes in 1959; and a brother, Marcus Albright.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Central United Brethren Church, Montpelier, with the Rev. Robert Miller to officiate. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery at Continental where military graveside rites will be conducted by Continental American Legion Post No. 541.
Memorials may be made to Central United Brethren Church or to the donor's choice.
(1928 - 2004)
NAPOLEON - Frances Myers, 76, of Napoleon, died early Thursday morning, Aug. 5, 2004, at the Napoleon Lutheran Home.
Born Jan. 8, 1928, at Salem, N.J., she was the daughter of Vera and the Rev. Lewis Hiles. Surviving are sons, Roger Myers (address unknown), Herbert (and wife, Rosalyn) Myers Jr. of West Unity, James (Janice) Myers of Grelton and Dennis (Penny) Myers of Liberty Center; a daughter, Denise Ankney of Defiance; 18 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Schmidlapp.
There will be a private service.
Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, is in charge of the arrangements.
Deloy J. 'De-J' Rohrs
(1930 - 2004)
Deloy J. 'De-J' Rohrs, 74, of Bryan, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at his residence after a brief illness.
Born Feb. 5, 1930, at Hicksville, to Florence Hazel (Smith) and John H. Rohrs, he married Donna J. Payne on Aug. 6, 1960, at Angola, Ind. and she survives.
A truck driver for Bard Manufacturing for 13 years until his retirement in 1993, he began to work at Wal-Mart as a greeter for the store in Bryan following his retirement. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Bryan, and a member of the Bryan Park Board. He was also active in the Northeast Neighborhood Association in Bryan.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Greg Litt of Bryan; a daughter, Diana Algire; two granddaughters, Kimberly and Margie; three brothers, Paul (and wife, Evadna) Rohrs of Edgerton, Lester (Irene) Rohrs of Bryan and Floyd (Helen 'Dolene') Rohrs of Antwerp; four sisters, Helen L. Grupp of Bryan, Kathleen Cather of Butler, Ind., Mrs. Jim (Florence) Fields of Florence, S.C. and Phyllis Humrickhouse of Elmhurst, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Thomas D. Baerlin; and a sister, Dora Ruth Shaffer.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Bryan.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor John MacFarlane to officiate. Burial will follow in Shiffler Cemetery, near Bryan.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers Hospice Care or Cancer Assistance of Williams County, Inc.
Sister Carol Herman, O.S.F.
(1938 - 2004)
FRANKFORT, Ill. - Sister Carol Herman, O.S.F., 65, of the St. Francis Convent in Frankfort, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, Ill.
Born Dec. 25, 1938, at Edgerton, Ohio, she was the daughter of Cecil (Long) and Leonard Herman. Entering the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1960, she made First Profession of Vows on June 21, 1963, and Final Profession of Vows on June 21, 1968.
She had taught at St. Michael in Schererville, Ind. and at St. Charles School in Fort Wayne, Ind. Receiving a degree in business administration from Governors State in 1985, she moved into other areas of ministry serving in fiscal services and some administration within Provena Health facilities in Avilla, Ind. and Joliet and Danville, Ill.
She was administrator at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla from 1977 to 1983 and had served on the board of trustees there since 1994.
Surviving are two brothers, Paul (and wife, WillaDean) Herman of Edgerton, Ohio and John (Christine) Herman of Perry, N.Y.; three sisters, Sr. Marie Herman of Tiffin, Alice Moriarty of Napoleon and Sr. Marcella Herman of Toledo; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and a few great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edward Herman.
Services were held Friday at Queen of Angels Chapel, 9201 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort, Ill. Burial was Saturday, Aug. 14, at Sacred Heart Cemetery at Avilla, Ind.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's School in Edgerton, Ohio, or to the donor's choice.
(1921 - 2004)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Marietta Smith, 82, of Kalamazoo, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo.
Born Aug. 31, 1921, at Lima, Ohio, to Dollie (Evans) and Russell Sapp, she married Melvin F. Smith on Aug. 8, 1940, and he survives.
Before moving to Kalamazoo 37 years ago, she and her family had lived in Owosso, Hillsdale, and Bryan, Ohio.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Portage and a member of the Kalarama Chapter of the American Businesswman's Association, in which she was named Woman of the Year in 1979.
She and her husband owned and operated M & M Custom Products for 37 years.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Mrs. Ed (Etta) Rowe of Oberlin, Ohio, and Mrs. Rex (Nancy) Rosendaul of Bryan; a son, Mark (and wife, Joyce) Smith of Montpelier, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister and her husband, Rachel and Frank Plahutnik of Fruitport, Mich.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St.
Services will be held Thursday at noon in the funeral home. Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery will follow services.
Memorials may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, 5473 Croyden Ave., Kalamazoo, Mich. 49009.
Helen M. Frey
(1921 - 2004)
ARCHBOLD - Helen M. Frey, 82, of Archbold, died Friday night, Aug. 13, 2004, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, after becoming ill in her home.
Born Sept. 9, 1921, near Ridgeville Corners, to Esther (Lederman) and Ervin Beck, she married Jesse J. Frey on June 6, 1940, and he preceded her in death on April 30, 2002.
A homemaker, she had lived in the West Unity area for more than 40 years. She retired in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1988 and then moved to Archbold in 2001.
She had worked at the former Mendolson Egg Co. in West Unity for 17 years and then was a hostess at The Barn Restaurant for seven years.
A volunteer quilter at Sauder Village, she was a member of the Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker, its Mennonite Women and Golden Airres, and the Tatter Club at Care & Share in Archbold.
Surviving are a son, Rodney (and wife, LaDeen) Frey of North Newton, Kansas; three daughters, Mrs. Alan (Jeanette) Whitehead of Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. James (Gloria) Graber of Stryker, and Mrs. Rodney (Charlotte) Loetz of West Unity; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ervin (Phyllis) Beck Jr. of Goshen, Ind.; two sisters, Mrs. LaMar (Kathryn) Stuckey of Stryker and Imogene Roth of Pettisville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Vincent Beck.
Visitation will be held today from 2-9 p.m. in the Lockport Mennonite Church.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the church with Pastor Charles Gautsche to officiate. Interment will precede in the Lockport Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Child Evangelism at Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity, Mennonite Central Committee, or to the donor's favorite charity.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold is in charge of the arrangements.