Marvin R. Knecht
(1920 - 2005)
TOLEDO - Marvin R. Knecht, 84, of Toledo, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at his home.
Born Sept. 8, 1920, at Carothers, to Alice (Smith) and Ernest Knecht, he married Dorothy Jodry, formerly of Stryker, on Jan. 29, 1947, at Toledo, and she survives.
A World War II Army veteran, serving as an amphibious troop engineer, he had been employed for 15 years with Rentner Lumber Company and also Timberlane and Maumee Wood Products. He attended Mayfair Plymouth Congregational Church, Toledo.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, George (and wife, LeeAnn) Knecht of Ocala, Fla.; a daughter, Vicki Knecht of Holbrook, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Knecht of Toledo; and a sister, Irene Wilson of Macon, Ga.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Alvin Knecht; and a sister, Mary Jane Gallagher.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor David J. Claassen to officiate. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Dennis L. Steffel
(1940 - 2005)
DEFIANCE - Dennis "Denny" L. Steffel, 64, of Defiance, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005.
Born Sept. 13, 1940, at Defiance County, he was the son of Cecelia L. (Hesselschwardt) and Gerald G. Steffel.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1961 to 1963, he was a farmer and a truck driver. He had retired from Winzeler Stamping in Montpelier.
A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan and St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold, he was a volunteer sacristan at St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was also a member of the North Western Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, K of C in Archbold, the Bryan Eagles and the American Legion in Jewell. He was a former member of the Jewell VFD.
He is survived by his mother, Cecelia L. Steffel of Defiance; four sisters, Mrs. Gerald (Roseann) Meyer of Hicksville, Mrs. Larry (Ruth) Schafer, Mrs. David (Karen) Mekus and Mrs. Michael (Mary Lu) Willitzer, all of Defiance; seven brothers, John Steffel, Glen Steffel, Harold Steffel, Vic Steffel and Edward Steffel, all of Defiance, Nick Steffel of Sherwood and Donald Steffel of Continental; and a special friend, Barbara Donze of Bryan.
Preceding him in death were his father and a sister, Rita Slattman.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-9 p.m. in the Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance. A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the St. Michael Catholic Church, Defiance County, with Father David Tscherne and Father Charles Ritter to officiate. Burial will be in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Defiance County.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan or to the American Red Cross.
Beatrice C. Wiederkehr
(1908 - 2005)
STRYKER - Beatrice C. Wiederkehr, 96, of Stryker, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at Hillside Country Living near Bryan.
Born May 8, 1908, at Stryker, she was the daughter of Caroline (Rupp) and Gideon Wiederkehr. Prior to her retirement, she was a school teacher in the Toledo Public Schools for 33 years. She had attended the Defiance College, The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Surviving are a brother, Dr. Gaylord D. Whittaker of Jamesville, N.Y. and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Wiederkehr.
Visitation will be held Monday from 9-11 a.m. in the Grisier Funeral Home in Stryker.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lyberg to officiate. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker.
Memorials may be made to St. Martin's Lutheran Church.
Margaret A. Schaffter
(1934 - 2005)
EDON - Margaret A. Schaffter, 70, of rural Edon, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at Hillside Country Living, near Bryan, where she was a resident.
Born Nov. 27, 1934, in Northwest Township, she was the daughter of Otilla "Ola" (Kaiser) and George "Ray" Schaffter.
Employed as a piece worker at Quadco in Stryker, she attended the Chapel at Hillside Country Living.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Gerald (Doris) Crites of Camden, Mich. and Elsie Brown of Angola, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Caryl Schaffter of Edon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Olga Livensparger and Esther Renback; and four brothers, Weldon, Ora, Paul and Donald Schaffter.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 4-7 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edon.
Graveside services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Edon Cemetery, Edon, with Bill Priest to officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Hillside Country Living Garden Fund, Chapel Fund or the Activities Fund.
Richard L. Jones
(1930 - 2005)
FORT WORTH, Texas - Richard L. Jones, 74, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at his residence, after a lingering illness.
Born Sept. 4, 1930, at Edgerton, Ohio to Ila (Bowles) and Ansel Jones, he married Bettye Oakes in 1961, and she survives.
An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was an owner/operator truck driver for his entire career. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his sons, David (and wife, Celia) Jones and Mike Oakes of Fort Worth, Randy (Elvera) Oakes of Lone Oak, Texas; daughters, Jeanne Franklin and Susie Mitchell of Fort Worth and Mrs. Jess (Terri) Rictor of Virginia Beach, Va.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dennis C. (Viola) Jones of Bryan; half sisters, Katherine Jones of Sacramento, Calif. and Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Lawson of Sunnyvale, Calif.; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, a grandnephew, and great-grandnephew of Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter and great-grandchild. A private memorial service and cremation are pending.
Catherine H. Kieffer
(1923 - 2005)
Catherine H. Kieffer, 82, of Bryan, died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan.
Born Jan. 13, 1923, at Kenton, she married Chester Kieffer on Aug. 15, 1942, and he preceded her in death in 1999.
A graduate of Kenton High School with the class of 1941, she was a member of the Farmer United Methodist Church, the Heart and Hands Club and the Sweet Adelines Chorus.
She was employed as a cook at the Farmer School and also a sales clerk for Gorny Winzeler in Bryan. Surviving are two sons, Chester Jr. of Ward, Colo. and George of Lakewood, Colo.; two daughters, Kathy Epple of Springfield and Trisha Reinert of Elizabeth, Colo.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation is to be held Friday, one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service in the Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Pastor Rick Barnett is to officiate. Burial will be at Farmer Cemetery, Farmer.
(1916 - 2005)
WEST UNITY - Frances DeWulf, 88, of West Unity, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at Heartland of Wauseon.
Born May 20, 1916, at Metamora, to Frances (Brablec) and John Hudik, she married Leo DeWulf on Nov. 23, 1938, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1999.
A graduate of Metamora High School, she was a member of the Olive Branch Christian Union Church in Fayette and a resident of this area all her life.
Surviving are daughters, Maryann Heximer of Defiance, Sherry DeWulf of West Unity and Christine Hierholzer of Lewisburg, Tenn.; sons, Edward (and wife, Cathy) DeWulf and Larry DeWulf, both of Fayette; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a sister. Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Eagle Funeral Home, Fayette. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Joseph Redmond to officiate. Interment will follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Memorials may be made to the Olive Branch Christian Union Church.