Roger F. Fritsch
(1916 - 2005)
Roger F. Fritsch, 89, of Fountain Park Inn, Bryan, and a longtime Montpelier resident and businessman, died late Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan, following an illness.
Born Sept. 10, 1916, at Defiance, he was the son of Margery A. (Hollabaugh) and Edward C. Fritsch. On June 16, 1940, he was married to Audrey Stutzman, and she preceded him in death on March 4, 1985. In June 1988, he was married to Kathryn Smith, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2002.
A graduate of Defiance High School, he had graduated in 1937 from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Ind.
In the grocery business most of his life, he had owned and operated groceries in the Wauseon area for a number of years, including Roger's Wabash Grocery in Wauseon. Then in 1961 be became owner-manager of the Sterling Food Store in Montpelier, from which he retired in 1984. For over 15 years he had driven school bus for the Montpelier Schools.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Montpelier, American Legion Post 109 in Montpelier, a member and Past Master of Montpelier Masonic Lodge 547, a member and Past Patron of Eastern Star Chapter 126 in Sebring, Fla., and The Scottish Rite and Zenobia Shrine of Toledo.
Surviving are two sons, David (and wife, Susan) Fritsch and Dail (Ann) Fritsch, both of Montpelier; a daughter, Marlene Blosser of West Unity; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three stepchildren, Mrs. Kurt (Jayne) Weldy and Mrs. Robert (Jean) Northrup, both of Sebring, Fla. and Jerry (Sue) Smith of Milford, Ind.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his wives, were a son, Dean Fritsch in 1989; a grandson, Douglas Eugene Blosser in 1962; a brother, Paul E. Fritsch in 1999; and a stepdaughter, Judy Charlton.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier, with Masonic Rites to be held at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Montpelier, with Pastor Todd A. Mills officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, with graveside military rites conducted by Montpelier Veterans Organizations.
Memorials may be made to The Building Fund of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Helen E. Starr
EDON - Helen E. Starr, 87, formerly of Edon, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at Evergreen Manor Nursing Center in Montpelier, where she had been a resident the past four years. Born Sept. 18, 1918, in Edon, she was the daughter of Litha (Ricketts) and Charles Darr. On Oct. 24, 1936, she married Weldon W. Starr in Auburn, Ind., and he survives.
She was a homemaker and member of Bethlehem Christian Union Church.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, Wayne A. (and wife, Kay) Starr of Holland, Ohio, Robert D. (Carol) Starr of Pemberville and Jon E. (Danica) Starr of Columbus; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Ilah Disbro and Susie Willibey; and a brother, Gerald Darr.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home in Edon.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. in Bethlehem Christian Union Church near Edon, with her grandson, the Rev. Kevin Starr officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier.
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Christian Union Church, Edon.
Helen M. Klinger
ARCHBOLD - Helen M. Klinger, 83, of Archbold, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Montpelier, following a brief illness.
Born Oct. 1, 1922, at Pettisville, to Lydia (Sauder) and Frank Goldsmith, she married Merle Klinger on Aug. 22, 1941, and he preceded her in death in 1993.
Prior to her retirement, she had been a secretary at Four County Joint Vocational School for 10 years.
She was a member of Lockport Mennonite Church near Stryker, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She was a past president of the C.C.L. and had volunteered at Care and Share in Archbold.
Surviving is a son, Verlan (and wife, Mable Ann) Klinger of Archbold; four daughters, Suzanne Patrick of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Ronald (Marcelle) Thieme of Fort Wayne, Ind., Mrs. David (Karla) McDonel of Archbold and Mrs. Ronald (Marcia) Cody of Archbold; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harold Goldsmith; and a sister, Alberta Stoltzfus.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. in the Grisier Funeral Home, Archbold.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Lockport Mennonite Church with Pastor Allen Rutter and Pastor Pam Short to officiate. Interment will be in the Lockport Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee or Hospice, The Caring Way, of Williams and Fulton Counties.
Thomas J. Wickerham
EDGERTON - Thomas J. Wickerham, 61, of Edgerton, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 25, 2005, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been a patient for one day.
Born Dec. 21, 1944, in Memphis, Tenn., he was the son of Odelia E. (Goebel) and Warren J. Wickerham. He married Shirley M. Sindel on March 21, 1964, in Edgerton, and she survives.
A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edgerton and Knights of Columbus Council 1494 in Edgerton, he was employed by Chase-Brass as a machinist, general laborer and driver, with 39 years of service. An avid motorcyclist, he was also a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Douglas (and wife, Brenda) Wickerham of Edgerton and Todd (Kimberly) Wickerham of Charlotte, N.C.; and six grandchildren, Cody, Rachel, Noah, Brianna, Cathryn and Holden Wickerham.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, James Wickerham in June 1999. Visitation will be Wednesday after 2 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home in Edgerton, with a scripture service to be held at 8:30 p.m.
Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edgerton, with Father Stephen Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Edgerton.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's School Endowment Fund or to St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Frank Eugene Dvorsky Jr.
WAUSEON - Frank E. Dvorsky Jr., 66, formerly of Fayette, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at his home in Wauseon.
Born April 24, 1939, at Adrian, Mich., to Ellen (Campbell) and Frank Dvorsky Sr., he married Barbara Bell on July 9, 1960, at Morenci, Mich., and she survives.
Retired from I.T.T. Automotive in Archbold in 2001, with over 40 years of service, he was a member of the Eagles in Bryan, American Legion Post No. 0888 in Delaware and served in the United States Army.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Don (Tammy) Denudt of Wauseon and Pamela Sowles of Fremont, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice Gunter.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Eagle Funeral Home, Fayette. Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Mich. with Pastor Randall K. Nafziger to officiate.
Memorials may be made to the family or Hospice of Williams and Fulton County.
Florence I. Mercer
MONTPELIER - Florence I. Mercer, 97, of Montpelier, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan.
Born Feb. 19, 1908, at Jefferson Twp., Williams County, to Maggie (Allion) and Mahlon Winzeler, she married Fred C. Mercer on Nov. 17, 1928, at Pioneer, and he preceded her in death on July 19, 1981. A homemaker, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Montpelier, and the Bridgewater Ladies Aid.
Surviving are three sons, Harold (and wife, Shirley) Mercer, Robert (Mary Jo) Mercer and Larry A. (Mary) Mercer, all of Montpelier; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Goldie Williams of Fayette.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ila Apt; and two brothers, Leland and Lawrence Winzeler.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 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 Damschroder to officiate.
Memorials may be made to the church.