(1909 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Catharine Lamberson, 95, of Montpelier, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at her residence.
Born April 3, 1909, at Stryker, to Lydia (Short) and Amos Graber, she married Harry R. Lamberson on July 23, 1932, in Montpelier, and he preceded her in death on March 28, 1993.
A 1926 graduate of Stryker High School, she graduated from Defiance College receiving her teaching certificate after two years in 1927. She then taught in some of the one room schools in and around Williams County, such as Clay Bank School located on Ohio 15 between Montpelier and Bryan. She later became a homemaker.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Montpelier.
Surviving are two sons, Lynn (and wife, Karen) Lamberson and Kent (Connie) Lamberson, all of Montpelier; seven grandchildren, Doug (Michelle) Lamberson, Steve (Kathy) Lamberson, Tom (Traci) Lamberson, Jacie DeGryse, Mrs. Rob (Krista) Atkinson, Lindsey Lamberson and Megan Lamberson; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Graber of Stryker.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Guy, Clarence and George; and a sister, Anna Ringenberg.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. in the Thompson Funeral Home-Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, Montpelier, with the Rev. Robert W. Damschroder to officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Harry Lamberson Track Award.
Ivan D. Nafziger
(1920 - 2005)
PETTISVILLE - Ivan D. Nafziger, 84, of Pettisville, died Sunday morning, Feb. 13, 2005, at Fulton Manor in Wauseon, where he had resided since Dec. 7, 2004.
Born Oct. 10, 1920, near Pettisville, to Ruth (Frey) and William H. Nafziger, he married Lodema Wyse on Dec. 18, 1941, and she survives.
A lifelong resident of the Pettisville area, he was a dairy farmer and, following his retirement from dairy farming, he worked at Rupp Seeds.
During World War II, he served in Civilian Public Service at Medaryville, Ind. and at Meadville, Pa. He was a charter member of the Tedrow Mennonite Church and a former member of the Fulton County Dairyman's Association.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Richard (and wife, Brenda) Nafziger and Edgar (DesireeÕ) Nafziger, both of Westerville; four daughters, Mrs. LaMar (Dianne) Yoder of Pettisville, Mrs. Roger (Peggy) Rupp of Wauseon, Mrs. David (Jeanne) Schrock of Archbold and Mrs. William (Kathleen) Short of Pettisville; 16 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lester (Marjorie) Nafziger and Glen (Doris) Nafziger, both of Archbold; two sisters, Mrs. Roy (Helen) Kaufmann of Tiskilwa, Ill. and Lois Nofziger of Archbold.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Joanne Nafziger; a granddaughter; a stepgreat-grandson; a brother, Ervin Nafziger; and two sisters, Beulah Nofziger and Vesta Miller. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. in the Short Funeral Home in Archbold.
Memorial services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Tedrow Mennonite Church with the Rev. Carl Yoder to officiate. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or Hands of Grace..
Virginia Ruth Merillat
(1914 - 2005)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Virginia Ruth Merillat, 90, of Knoxville, Tenn. and formerly of Bryan, Ohio, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Knoxville.
Born Sept. 13, 1914, at Wauseon, Ohio, she was the daughter of Gertrude (Hoy) and Emil Weber. She had worked for GC Murphy for 15 years and moved to Knoxville in 1991.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Mary Kay) Bordner of Knoxville; three grandchildren, Craig (and wife, Lisa) Bordner, Chris (Ingrid) Bordner and Lori Ann Rutherford; two great-granddaughters, Christyna McAuliffe and Camryn Rutherford; a great-grandson, Seth Bordner; a great-great-granddaughter, Gabrielle McAuliffe; and a niece, Marilyn Pontius.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Walter David Merillat; two sisters, Mary Weber and Pauline Pontius; and a brother, Joe Weber.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service in the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the funeral home with burial to follow at Fountain Grove Cemetery.
Andrew B. Whisler
(1964 - 2005)
RICHMOND, Mich. - Andrew B. Whisler, 40, of Richmond, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at Mt. Clemens General Hospital, Mt. Clemens.
Born June 25, 1964, at Fremont, Ohio, he was the son of Beverly and Ronald Whisler.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kathy (Meisle) Whisler; children, Shane, Katarina and Zachary Whisler; a sister, Mrs. Frank (Betty) Aten of Napoleon, Ohio; brothers, Joe (and wife, Jane) Whisler of Bryan, Ohio and John (Brenda) Whisler of Fremont, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were to have been held today at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Richmond.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fremont, Ohio. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until noon, with the service to begin at noon.
Memorials may be made to an educational fund for the children.
Betty Jane Van Wormer Sendejo
(1930 - 2005)
TIVOLI, Texas - Betty Jane Van Wormer Sendejo, 74, of Tivoli, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005.
Born April 7, 1930, at Bryan, Ohio, to Harriet Lucille (Rosenbrook) and Warren Van Wormer, she married Salvador Sendejo Sr., and he survives.
A homemaker, she was a member of Templo Monte Sinai Church in Placedo.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Dora Rodriguez of Baytown; two sons, Ramon Gonzalez of Port Lavaca and Salvador Sendejo Jr. of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna Mae Strawer of Napoleon, Ohio and Cecile Plummer of Bryan, Ohio.
Funeral services were held Friday at Templo Monte Sinai Church, Placedo, with Pastor Abel Pin to officiate. Burial is in Tivoli Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Artero Memorial Chapels.
Martha 'Irene' Grime
(1913 - 2005)
Martha "Irene" Grime, 91, of Bryan, died Friday morning, Feb. 11, 2005, at Harborside Healthcare Northwestern Ohio-Bryan, where she had resided.
Born Feb. 22, 1913, at Ney, to Mabel (Goller) and Samuel Fraker, she was the widow of Ivo L. Grime who preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1995.
She had been a sales clerk with the former Charles Company in Bryan and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Shamrock Circle.
Surviving are four sons, Richard (and wife, Lois) Grime of Bryan, Wayne (Joyce) Grime of Stryker, Don Grime of Bryan and Larry (Wendy) Grime of Perrysburg; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gerald, and a brother, Alton Fraker.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-7 p.m., in the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory, with a Scripture service to be held at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Ritter to officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Archbold. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, St. Patrick Catholic School or Alzheimer'Õs Association.