Leo J. Muehlfeld
(1939 - 2005)
BLAKESLEE - Leo J. Muehlfeld, 66 years, of Blakeslee, died at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, in his residence after an illness of four years.
Born Aug. 3, 1939, in St. Joseph Township, Williams County, he was the son of Hazel (Nye) and Earl F. Muehlfeld. He married Linda L. Hug on Nov. 19, 1960, in Blakeslee, and she survives.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a 1957 graduate of Edgerton High School and the owner of Muehlfeld Furniture and Upholstery in Blakeslee for 40 years.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Blakeslee, the Knights of Columbus Council 3883 in Blakeslee, the Bryan Eagles Aerie 2233, Bryan, and the Montpelier Moose Lodge 312. He was a Blakeslee village councilman for 31 years and also was a former volunteer fireman with the Blakeslee Fire Department.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four sons, Todd (and wife, Dawn) Muehlfeld of Edon, Patrick 'Buck' (Lisa) Muehlfeld of Edon, Jody (Ronda) Muehlfeld of Blakeslee, and Monty "Pete" Muehlfeld; two daughters, Mrs. Mike (Jacine) Goebel and Mrs. Adam (Amy) Brandt, both of Edon; 15 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Irene) Lehman of Edgerton; his stepmother, Doris Muehlfeld of Edgerton; and three stepbrothers, Gene (Debbie) Pahl of Edgerton, Darrell (Cathy) Pahl of Atlanta, Ga., and Lee (Karen) Pahl of Edgerton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Derek Livensparger; and two brothers, Anthony and Eugene Muehlfeld.
Visitation will be held at the Krill Funeral Home in Edon from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, with recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m. Sunday evening.
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Blakeslee, with Father Stephen Schroeder, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Blakeslee.
Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers - Hospice Care.
E. Charles Sickmiller
WEST UNITY - E. Charles Sickmiller, 90, of West Unity, died Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6, 2005, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan.
A World War II Navy veteran, he was a minister in the Free Methodist Church for over 40 years, serving in Norwich and Stanwood, Mich., Redwood City, Glendale, Orville and Chino, Calif. He was a member of the West Unity American Legion Post 669 and attended the West Unity Methodist Church and also the West Unity Free Methodist Church.
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the West Unity Methodist Church with Pastors Ruth Ann Scobie and John Wommer to officiate. Arrangements are by Krill Funeral Service, Bryan.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Marie M. Hetz
(1922 - 2005)
HICKSVILLE- Marie M. Hetz, 83, of Hicksville, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Hickory Creek of Hicksville.
Born Sept. 13, 1922, at New Bavaria, she was the daughter of Mary Jane (Smith) and Joseph A. Hetz.
A member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Hicksville, she had worked at Quadco in Stryker for 10 years until her retirement.
Surviving are a brother, Joseph (and wife, Pauline) Hetz of Defiance; a sister, Mrs. Edwin (Eleanor) Herman of Edgerton; a sister-in-law, Waneta Hetz of Bryan; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Carroll Hetz.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service to be held at 7 p.m. in the Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Hicksville, with Father Thomas Oedy to officiate. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.
Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church or Hickory Creek of Hicksville.
Donald R. LaFountaine Sr.
MONTPELIER - Donald R. LaFountaine Sr., 77, of rural Montpelier, died unexpectedly in his home early Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Arthur D. Criswell
(1926 - 2005)
EDGERTON - Arthur D. Criswell, 78, of Edgerton, died Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2005, shortly after admittance to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan.
Born Nov. 14, 1926, at Brimfield, Ind., to Vera B. (Ackerman) and Allen O. Criswell, he married Verla Joan Buchs on July 27, 1957, at Angola, Ind. and she survives.
Employed by the village of Edgerton, first as a police officer and then for 27 years as street superintendent, he retired in 1987. He was a longtime member of the Edgerton Fire Department, retiring in 1989 with 23 years of service. He also served as a driver for the local EMS in its early years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brian (and wife, Laurie) Criswell of Bryan; two daughters, Mrs. Egbert (Doris) Kaul of Ostheim, Germany, and Renee (John Forbes) Criswell of Stryker; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bonnie Ammerman of Kendallville, Ind. and Mrs. Ken (Barbara) Van Wagner of Rome City, Ind.; five brothers, Edward 'J.' Criswell of Stroh, Ind., Fritz Criswell of Kentucky, Thomas Criswell of Washington, Larry Criswell of Rome City, Ind. and Michael Criswell of Stroh.
Preceding him in death were a sister, Hazel Bloomfield, and five brothers, Louis, Paul, Dean, Richard and Garmon Criswell.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton. Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Gleason to officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Marie Grace Koch-Eck
(1924 - 2005)
HICKSVILLE - Marie Grace Koch-Eck, 81, of Hicksville, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton.
Born May 30, 1924, at Pomeroy, Ohio, she was the daughter of Mary Grace (Dugan) and Clarence S. Creamer.
She was a member of the VFW and had formerly worked at Metal Forge and Mohawk. Surviving are her husband, Frank Eck of Hicksville; two sons, Jim (and wife, Grace) Koch II of Edgerton and Ray (Josey) Koch of Montpelier; six daughters, Mrs. Harold (Geraldine) Cliffton of Bryan, Mrs. John (Brenda) Smith of Edgerton, Barbara Knapp of Bryan, Mrs. Roger (Florence) Patrick of Edgerton, Mrs. Al (Karen) Wade of Montpelier and Mrs. Allen (Jacquelyn) Ordway of Edgerton; three half brothers, Jim Creamer, Ernie Creamer and Clarence Creamer, all of Athens; a half sister, Juanita of Pomeroy; a stepsister, Gloria of Athens; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a stepdaughter, Darlene Hues; three stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband, James Koch; two brothers, Harry and Louie Creamer; a sister, Jenny Warren; a half sister, Patricia; two grandchildren; and a stepson, Raymond Eck.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. in the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Byron Adams to officiate. Burial will be at Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Stella M. Linneman
(1918 - 2005)
Stella M. Linneman, 87, of Bryan, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at the Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers of Bryan.
Born Jan. 7, 1918, at Celina, to Estella (Schmitt) and Dr. George F. Weber, she married Lewis Linneman on Nov. 12, 1951, and he survives.
A 1939 graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, she then worked for the Ohio State Employment Office in Celina throughout the 1940s. She and her husband owned and operated Russell's Clothing Store in Bryan from 1948-1986.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Bryan, and a former member of Orchard Hills Country Club, Bryan.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are several nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dr. George Weber and Dr. L.A. Weber. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. A Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina.
A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the church with Father Richard Riedel C.PP.S to officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church Building Fund or given as Mass donations.