Elizabeth M. Fetzer
(1919 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Elizabeth Marie Fetzer, 85, of Montpelier, died early Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, at her home.
Born Dec. 15, 1919, at Detroit, Mich., to Sarah Marie (Royal) and Charles H. Sears, she married George Fetzer, and he preceded her in death in 1975.
A licensed practical nurse, employed by Williams County General Hospital in Montpelier from 1954 to 1981, she was a member of the Montpelier Church of Christ.
Surviving are a son, Walter Edwin Elliott of Roswell, N.M.; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Margaret Ellen) Murray of Montpelier; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and two sons, Robin and Thomas Elliott.
Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edon.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier.
Memorials may be made to the Montpelier Church of Christ or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Noble W. Erbskorn
(1921 - 2005)
FAYETTE - Noble W. Erbskorn, 84, of Fayette, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at his home.
Born Jan. 30, 1921, at Archbold, to Maude (Krick) and William Erbskorn, he married Zelma L. Maddock and she preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 1984. He married Donelda (Shaffer) Valentine on May 14, 1988, and she survives.
Retired from Sauder Woodworking in Archbold in 1989, with 48 years of service, he was a member of Fayette United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post No. 0888 in Ohio.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a sister, Gladys Richardson of Bryan; a brother, Willard John (and wife, Virginia) Erbskorn of Archbold; four stepchildren, Doris Valentine of Toledo, James (Linda) Valentine of Lake Wales, Fla., Mrs. John (Linda) Zimmerman of Pioneer and Allan (Julie) Valentine of Archbold; seven stepgrandchildren and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his first wife, were his parents, five sisters and three brothers. Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Eagle Funeral Home, Fayette.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. James Hopkins to officiate. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Fulton and Williams Counties, Fayette United Methodist Church, Gorham Fayette Rescue or the American Heart Association.
Eleanor Catharine Moudy
(1918 - 2005)
STRYKER - Eleanor Catharine Moudy, 87, of Stryker, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at the Dilworth Center, Montpelier.
Born Oct. 26, 1918, at Fort Wayne, Ind., to Anna Vara (Morgan) and Richard Crosby, she married Frank Moudy on April 15, 1944, and he preceded her in death.
A graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing, Fort Wayne, she had worked for Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan and was a member of the YMCA.
Surviving are a daughter, Anne Moudy of Marion, Ind.; four nephews and five nieces. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Margaret Crosby, Helen Tagtmeyer and Mary Hagadorn.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-5 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory, Bryan.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with her niece, Siegrid Belden, to officiate. Burial will follow at Butler Cemetery, Butler, Ind.
Memorials may be made to CHWC Share Foundation, 909 E. Snyder Ave., Montpelier, OH 43543.
Florence Bernice McKarns
(1911 - 2005)
Florence Bernice McKarns, 94, of Bryan and formerly of West Unity, died Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2005, at Anna's House of Hillside Country Living.
Born Aug. 5, 1911, at Jefferson Township, Williams County, she was the daughter of Florence (Hamet) and John Stephen Werder. After the death of her mother, on July 9, 1913, she was raised in the home of her aunt and uncle, Cort and Jennie (Hamet) Miller and their daughter, Lyndall.
Her early years were spent near West Unity and Bryan and she graduated from Bryan High School in 1929. A 1933 graduate of Ohio State University, she taught fourth grade at the Park School in Bryan.
On June 27, 1936, she married James Russell 'Stubby' McKarns in Bryan and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2000. From 1941 until 2000, the resided on Fairview Farm on County Road M northeast of West Unity.
She was a member of the West Unity United Methodist Church, the Jefferson Rural Garden Club, the Williams County Genealogical Society and the Top of Ohio Organ Club.
Surviving are two sons, James Stephen McKarns of San Mateo, Calif. and John Russell (and wife, Susan) McKarns of Tavaraes, Fla.; two grandsons, Geoffrey Thomas McKarns of Mundelein, Ill. and Greggrey Russell (Angie) McKarns of Rockford, Ill.; a great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Marie Matulnik of Mundelein, Ill.; and a great-grandson, Alois 'Little Al' Russell McKarns of Rockford, Ill. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ardice Werder Austraw; a brother, Frank Werder; and her foster sister, Lyndall (Miller) Rogers.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, at 2 p.m. in the Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home with the Rev. Ruth Ann Scoby to officiate. There will be two hours of visitation prior to the services. Burial will be in Shiffler Cemetery, Bryan.
Memorials may be made to the West Unity United Methodist Church or to Anna's House of Hillside Country Living.
Ardah N. Brand
(1907 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Ardah N. Brand, 98, of Lake Seneca, Montpelier, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. Born June 15, 1907, at Bowling Green, to Gertrude (Williamson) and Charles E. Lahman, she married Robert G. Brand, former Van Wert County Superintendent of Schools, on Aug. 23, 1931, and he preceded her in death.
A 1925 graduate of Bowling Green High School, she continued her education at Flower Hospital School of Nursing in Toledo. After marriage, the couple moved to Milton Center where they lived for 14 years. In 1945, they moved to Ohio City and resided there for 26 years.
After working a number of years as a physician's nurse, she wanted to start her own business and her husband and sons built the Village Corner Greenhouse in Ohio City, which she operated for 16 years.
Retiring to Lake Seneca in 1971, she lived there until six weeks ago when she moved to the Riverview Healthcare Campus at Oak Harbor.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Nicholas (Shirley) Randazzo of Ellington, Conn.; sons, Robert D. (and wife, Velva) Brand of Indianapolis, Ind. and Darrell A. (Connie) Brand of Port Clinton; granddaughters, Karen Randazzo Roncaioli, Noreen Randazzo Zacchio, Lynne Brand Jackson and Megan Brand Wedig; grandsons, Nicholas P. Randazzo, David Randazzo, Scott Brand, Stewart Brand and Dalton Brand; five stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Emerson, David and Delmar Lahman; and a sister, Neva Philo.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and Friday from 10-11 a.m. in the Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Todd A. Mills to officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City, at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Montpelier.
Leona R. Betts
(1927 - 2005)
EDGERTON - Leona R. Betts, 78, of Edgerton, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at Flower Hospital in Sylvania where she was a patient.
Born Aug. 16, 1927, near Edgerton, in Defiance County, to Rosa (Valet) and Paul D. Krill, she married Wayne R. Betts on June 28, 1953, at Emanuel United Methodist Church near Edgerton and he survives.
A 1945 graduate of Edgerton High School, she received bachelor and master degrees in music education from Bowling Green State University in 1950 and 1951. She taught music for 32 years, starting in the Wauseon and Hicksville school districts and finishing her career with 27 years of service in the Edgerton Local school district.
She was a member of the Williams County Retired Teacher Association. She was also a member of the Emanuel United Methodist Church, where she was currently the president of the United Methodist Women. She was the organist and pianist for Emanuel United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years and also was choir director for many years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, John Betts of Bryan and Darrell (and wife, Teresa) Betts of Toledo; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ralph (Mary) Krill and Dale Krill, both of Edgerton.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Laurie Stark in 1993.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, and Friday from 1-2 p.m. in the Edgerton United Methodist Church.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the church with Pastor Tim Gleason to officiate. Burial will follow in Tamarack Cemetery in Defiance County near Edgerton.
Memorials may be made to Emanuel United Methodist Church.