Marcella Smith, 95, of Bryan, died Friday evening, Feb. 10, 2006, at her home.
Among her survivors are two daughters, Gloria Crampton and Karen Maxson.
Arrangements are pending at the Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home in West Unity.
Elsie B. Schelling
(1913 - 2006)
Elsie B. Schelling, 92, of Bryan, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at Shawnee Manor, Lima, where she had been a resident the past 15 days.
Born Aug. 28, 1913, in Delaware Township, Defiance County, to Ardilla (Bercaw) and Frank Bok, she married John P. Schelling on Nov. 5, 1933, at Bryan, and he survives.
A telephone operator, she had been employed by Ohio Bell and also ARO.
She was a member of First Brethren Church, Bryan.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Marlene A. Flora and her husband, Doug Kuhn of Belle Center; a grandson, David B. Flora of Greenfield, Ind.; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Walter, Glenn, Milo, Dale, Virgil, Millard and Ray Bok; and five sisters, Carrie Lang, Florence Lang, Hazel Fuller, Mae Gericke and Liva Balzer.
Visitation will be held Monday after 10 a.m. until the time of services in the Krill Funeral Home, Bryan.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastors Sam Shultz and Fred Brandon to officiate. Interment will follow in Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood.
Memorials may be made to the First Brethren Church.
Paul W. Bernath
(1926 - 2006)
ARCHBOLD - Paul W. "Pup" Bernath, 80, of Archbold, died early Friday morning, Feb. 10, 2006, at Heartland of Wauseon, where he had resided since Dec. 22, 1999. Born Feb. 9, 1926, near Archbold, he was the son of Josephine (Grime) and Jacob Bernath. A lifelong resident of the Archbold area, he had worked in the Auto Body Shop at Rich Ford & Mercury in Archbold for many years. He was then self-employed and operated as Bernath's Body Shop in Archbold until 1999. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are four sons, Bruce (and wife, Linda) Bernath of Wauseon, Grant Bernath and Scott (Jodi) Bernath, both of Archbold, and James Bernath of Swanton; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence (Dorothy) Bernath of Archbold, Joseph Bernath of West Unity and Thomas (Callie) Bernath of Archbold; and a sister, Mrs. Leon (Rose Mary) Blank of Lenoir City, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Olen Bernath, Lawrence Bernath and Eugene Bernath; and a sister, Pauline Langford.
Private services will be held at Short Funeral Home in Archbold with Deacon Thomas Dominique to officiate. Interment will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to Hospice, The Caring Way, of Williams and Fulton Counties.
Ellen (Frappier) Abernathy
(1929 - 2006)
JACKSON, Mich. - Ellen (Frappier) Abernathy, 76, of Jackson and formerly of Montpelier, Ohio, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at Jackson Medical Facility of Jackson, where she was a resident.
Born April 25, 1929, to Ester (Caywood) and Eural Toner, she married Billy Abernathy on May 19, 1972, and he survives.
She was very active with the Montpelier Moose No. 270, Montpelier bowling leagues and the Jackson Moose, golf and bowling leagues.
Surviving are a son, Michael Dewey of Jonesville; two daughters, Deborah Sines of Montpelier and Jodi Kirkland of Jackson; two stepchildren, Michael Abernathy of Bay City and Mrs. Charles (Vicki) Simpkins of California; five grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. William (Theresa) Harmon of Edgerton and Margo Guyse of Montpelier; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Roseland Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Beulah A. Grieser
(1911 - 2006)
ARCHBOLD - Beulah A. Grieser, 94, of Archbold, died early Thursday morning, Feb. 9, 2006, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold, where she had resided since Feb. 24, 2005.
Born Nov. 10, 1911, near Archbold, to Carrie (Rupp) and Harvey King, she married Truman Grieser on Nov. 24, 1932, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1979. A lifelong resident of the Archbold area, she was a homemaker and a volunteer quilter at Sauder Village.
She and her husband helped in church planting at Spencer Mennonite Church at Holland, Ohio, and she was a lifelong member of the Tedrow Mennonite Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Glenn (Janet) Esh of Columbus, Mrs. Delbert (Carol) Martin of Sharpsburg, Md. and Mrs. Art (Ethel) Swartzendruber of Kokomo, Ind.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Glen (and wife, Doris) King of Sarasota, Fla.; and a sister, Doris Nafziger of Goshen, Ind.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a great-grandson; a brother, Ralph King; and three sisters, Ella Nofziger, Ilva Wyse and Mildred Smith.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Archbold, and Monday from 9-10 a.m. in the Fairlawn Chapel.
Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the chapel, with Pastors Randy Nafziger and Gary Stuckey to officiate. Interment will follow in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to Gideons International.
Letha B. Landis
(1919 - 2006)
ALVORDTON - Letha B. Landis, 86, of Alvordton, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at Harborside Healthcare Northwestern Ohio-Bryan.
Born Oct. 19, 1919, in Williams County, to Vera (Johnston) and Henry Logan Altaffer, she married Marshall R. Landis and he preceded her in death in August of 1996.
A homemaker, she had graduated from Kunkle High School in 1937 and attended the Madison Church of God in rural Montpelier.
A lifelong Williams County resident, she had lived in Alvordton since 1946. At one time, she and her husband had owned approximately 8,000 chickens and sold eggs.
Surviving are two sons, Samuel (and wife, Phyllis) Landis of Lorain and the Rev. Marshall Ray (Georgia) Landis Jr. of Karuizawa, Japan; two daughters, Ms. Elizabeth O. Leveis of Flushing, N.Y. and Mrs. Peter (Vera May) Peterson of Amherst; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; 12 stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three brothers, Henry, Merle and Ralph Altaffer, all of Bryan; and two sisters, Gladys Bowers of Bryan and Vaneta Mapes of Pioneer.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Maurice L. Altaffer.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Madison Church of God, rural Montpelier, with Pastors Robert Waggoner and Mike Wilder to officiate. Interment will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer.
Memorials may be made to the Williams County Senior Center or to the building fund of the church.
Robert J. Beasley
(1925 - 2006)
Robert J. Beasley, 81, of Bryan, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan.
Born Jan. 9, 1925, in Cleveland, to Myrtle (Raleigh) and Ira Beasley, he married Dorothy J. Morgan on Oct. 2, 1954, in Cleveland, and she survives.
Employed by Superior Carbon Products in West Unity for 49 years, retiring as plant manager, he also was a greeter for Wal-Mart in Bryan for the past 10 years, retiring in 2005.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan, the Bryan Moose Lodge No. 1064 and the Bryan Lions Club where he was a 50-year member and a Melvin Jones Fellow in 1997-1998. He also was a charter member of the 15-55 and 15-66 Investment Clubs.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by eight children, Robert J. (and wife, Susan) Beasley Jr. of Worthington, Barbara A. Stone of Bryan, William D. (Teri) Beasley of Midland, Mich., Richard A. (Jolyn) Beasley of Phoenix, Ariz., Brian T. (Janet) Beasley of Austin, Texas, James P. Beasley of Toledo, Dale E. (Mary) Beasley of Elkridge, Md. and Paul D. (Lori) Beasley of Hilliard; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Jonathan Beasley.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Bryan, with a scripture service to begin at 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Charles Ritter to officiate. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers SHARE program.