Marie I. Smith
(1921 - 2005)
DEFIANCE - Marie I. Smith, 83, of Defiance, died Friday evening, April 1, 2005, at Harborside Healthcare of Bryan.
The daughter of Mary (Sprow) and Henry Breininger, she was born in Defiance County on Sept. 4, 1921. On Jan. 13, 1962, she married William Smith, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 2001. A member of the First Church of Christ in Defiance, she was a homemaker.
Surviving are seven daughters, Rose Marie Karlstadt and Barbara Fowler, both of Bryan, Patty Ann Shankster of Defiance, Sherry Thompson of Mary Ester, Fla., Lela Castro of Imperial, Calif., Linda Thompson of Pioneer and Laura D. Race of Bethel; two sons, Eugene Thompson of Wren and James Thompson of Angola, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Judith Andrews of Arthur and Janet Valle of Defiance; a stepson, William Smith Jr. of Sherwood; 49 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband William, were her parents; two sons, Jerry Lee Thompson and Larry Thompson; three brothers, Dale, Jake and Raymond Breininger; and two sisters, Buelah Bostleman and Martha Champion.
Visitation will be Monday from 2-9 p.m. at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, 1753 S. Clinton St., Defiance.
Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
David Frederick "Fritz" Bistline
(1912 - 2005)
CENTERBURG - David Frederick "Fritz" Bistline, 92, of Centerburg, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, in his home.
The son of Ada and Chester Bistline, he was born Aug. 3, 1912, in West Unity. He was the widower of Florence Bistline, his wife of 58 years.
A graduate of Kunkle High School and Bowling Green State University, he was a teacher, spending most of his career at Garfield High School, where he taught industrial arts and coached the rifle club. He was a member of the Lockwood United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School. He resided at Pin Oak Point in the Portage Lakes and served several terms as president of the owners association.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Lou Wiard; three grandchildren, Ann, Ashley and Martin Wiard; and two sisters, Margaret Driftmyer of Bay Village and Mildred Bernath of Fort Myers, Fla.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife, were his parents.
A graveside service will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Westfield Center Cemetery in Westfield Center, with the Rev. Gary Pollock officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Hospice program or to the memorial fund at the Centerburg United Methodist Church.
Maurice "Gene" Lantz
PETTISVILLE - Maurice "Gene" Lantz, 75, of Pettisville, died early Friday morning, April 1, 2005, at the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Among his survivors is his wife, Barbara.
Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.
Edward Charles Kendra
(1957 - 2005)
WEST UNITY - Edward C. Kendra, 47, of West Unity, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, in Millcreek Township as the result of a fatal vehicle-train collision.
Born Dec. 13, 1957, at Lansing, Mich., he was the son of Alice (Cvetkovich) and Joseph Kendra. A 1976 graduate of Monroe High School, he was previously employed at Trim Trends in Bryan and was a member of Kingdom Hall of JehovahÕs Witnesses Church in Morenci, Mich.
Surviving are four children, Monica Kendra, Andrea Kendra, Aaron Kendra and Brandon Kendra, all of West Unity; mother, Alice Kendra of Monroe, Mich.; mother of children, Lupe McKinsey of West Unity; and three grandchildren, Alexandria, Valincia and Aden.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service in the Eagle Funeral Home, Fayette.
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Mike Vanderveer to officiate.
James O. "Watson" Giddens
(1923 - 2005)
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - James O. "Watson" Giddens, 81, a resident of The Tipton House in Huntington, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, in the Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born May 11, 1923, at Huntington, to Margaret (Griffin) and Frank Giddens, he married Lavie Smith on Sept. 26, 1947, in Huntington, and she survives.
A lifelong resident, he attended Huntington High School and was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired in 1980 from the Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne as an inspector/shipping after 30 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Phil (Cindy) Hosier of Fort Wayne, Susie (Dick Reed) Orcholski of Bryan, Ohio, and Mrs. Ernie (Tami) Stephan of Bippus; four granddaughters, Heidi and Courtney Orcholski and Brittney and Marissa Stephan; a grandson, Tyler Stephan; two sisters, Hazel Earhart and Mrs. Dick (Mary) Riggle, both of Huntington; and a sister-in-law, Eloise Giddens of Wabash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-5 p.m. in the Bailey-Love Mortuary.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the mortuary with Dr. Phil Ford to officiate. Burial will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Huntington.
Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Children's Hospital in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Dr., Huntington, IN 46750.
Harry I. Miller
(1911 - 2005)
WALBRIDGE - Harry I. Miller, 93, of Walbridge, died Wednesday evening, March 30, 2005, at the Harborside Healthcare Center in Perrysburg.
Born Sept. 16, 1911, at Continental, to Rosa D. (Perrine) and David R. Miller, he married Winona J. Lighthill on Nov. 25, 1946, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 1998.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he had worked as a service manager at Ford Car Dealerships for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by the rest of his family.
Visitation will be held Friday from noon until the time of service in the Burr Funeral Home & Crematory, Sherwood.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
William T. Sampson
(1926 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Memorial services for William T. Sampson, 78, of Montpelier, who died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the I.C.U. of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Montpelier Eagles Lodge with Jack Sampson to officiate. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, with military rites to be performed by the Morenci American Legion. Visitation will be held in the Eagles Lodge following the graveside service.
Pearl I. Roth
(1921 - 2005)
WAUSEON - Pearl I. Roth, 83, of Wauseon, died early Wednesday morning, April 6, 2005, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold, where she had resided since Dec. 29, 2003. Born Sept. 25, 1921, near Archbold, to Sarah (Rupp) and Gideon Ruger, she married Nelles Roth on July 6, 1947, and he survives.
A lifelong resident of the Archbold/Wauseon area, she was a homemaker.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Michael (and wife, Linda) Roth of Adrian, Mich., Ed (Kathy) Roth and James (Pamela) Roth, both of Tedrow; a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Jane) Davidson of Wauseon; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a sister, Mrs. Walter (Catherine) Gisel of Archbold.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Mose Ruger; and a sister, Ann Gearig. Visitation will be held Friday from 2-8 p.m. in the Short Funeral Home, Archbold.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Reformed Mennonite Church-Lauber Hill near Archbold with Minister Oakley Myers to officiate. Interment will follow in the Lauber Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Lauber Hill Cemetery.