(1924 - 2006)
Mary L. Hanna, 81, of Bryan, died early Friday morning, Feb. 24, 2006, at Harborside Healthcare Northwestern Ohio-Bryan.
Born March 6, 1924, at Bryan, to Deta E. (Apt) and Hugh M. Tawney, she married Robert O. Hanna on April 5, 1942, at Adrian, Mich., and he preceded her in death on March 14, 1984.
A member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Women of the Moose, Chapter 618 of Bryan, she was employed as an executive secretary at Anderson & Vreeland, Bryan, for 34 years before her retirement.
Surviving is a son, Dr. Larry O. (and wife, Holly) Hanna of Bryan; a daughter, Dr. Roger (Patricia Ann) Kruse of Perrysburg; five grandchildren, Matt (Jennifer) Hanna of Cleveland, Doug (Mandy) Hanna of Bryan and Kylene (Rick Sabec), Greg (Adrianna) and Chad Kruse of Columbus; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Ellie Hanna; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and a brother. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association, % Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan, OH 43506.
Reverend Robert D. Braby
MONTPELIER - Reverend Robert D. Braby, 88, of Montpelier, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier.
He was a retired minister with Presbyterian Churches.
There will be no visitation and services will be at a later date in Battle Creek, Mich.
Local arrangements were handled by Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier.
Nancy Ann Eisel
(1934 - 2006)
ALVORDTON - Nancy Ann Eisel, 71, of rural Alvordton, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg.
Born Dec. 4, 1934, in Toledo, she was the daughter of Dorothy (Baker) and Charles Gelsleichter. On Feb. 4, 1956, she married Charles S. Eisel in Toledo, and he survives.
A graduate of St. Ursula Academy High School, she received an Associates Degree from Northwest State Community College in Archbold. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church and Altar Rosary Society in Fayette, and had wintered in Picacho Peak, Ariz. for the past eight years.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are five daughters, Mrs. Richard (Pamela) Rosema of Augusta, Ga., Mrs. Dennis (Cindi) Siegel of Alvordton, Mrs. Tom (Vicki) Gray of Waterville, Mrs. Jeffrey (Dianne) Cole of Ottawa Lake, Mich. and Mrs. Alan (Kristi) Krathwohl of Macomb, Mich.; eight sons, Stephen (and wife, Kit) Eisel of Kennett Square, Pa., Edward Eisel (Amber Ebersole) of Alvordton, Douglas Eisel and Loretta Eisel of Alvordton, Dale Eisel (Kimmy Lorenc) of St. Louis, Mo., Charles Eisel of Brownstown, Mich., Matthew (Tammy) Eisel of Swanton, Patrick Eisel of Toledo and Brian (Misty) Eisel of Pioneer; a brother, Jan (Sue) Gelsleichter of Tucson, Ariz.; 31 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. with a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Fayette, with Father Gary Ferguson as celebrant.
Memorials may be made for a Memorial Mass or to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Elizabeth J. "Betty" Couch
(1912 - 2006)
ARCHBOLD - Elizabeth J. "Betty" Couch, 93, of Archbold, died Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, 2006, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, where she was admitted earlier that day.
The daughter of Eve (Click) and William Flannery, she was born July 26, 1912, at Berea, Ky. On Aug. 13, 1937, she married John B. Couch, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1973. A resident of the Archbold area for about 70 years, she taught English, Latin and French at Archbold High School full-time and part-time over the course of 50 years. She had also worked at LaChoy as a food chemist, and as a cashier at the Home Restaurant.
She was on the Board of Directors at McLaughlin Memorial Library, and was a volunteer at the Thrift Shop and at the Fulton County Humane Society. She was a member of the Archbold United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Dr. James (Maryann) Couch of Belle Mead, N.J.; and three grandchildren, John William, Katherine Maryann and Laura Beth Couch.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents; a daughter, Mary Couch; two brothers; and a sister.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Archbold United Methodist Church.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church, with Pastor David David officiating. Interment will follow in the Archbold Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Fulton County Humane Society. Short Funeral Home in Archbold is in charge of arrangements.
(1951 - 2005)
Robert Craig "Gabby" Gebhart, 55, of Napoleon, died Thursday morning, Feb. 23, 2006, at Harborside Healthcare of Northwest Ohio in Bryan.
Born Jan. 14, 1951, in Warren, he was the son of Marilyn (Brubaker) Steward and Robert D. Gebhart.
He was in car sales for over 30 years, working at dealerships mainly in Florida and Maryland, and was a supporter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Surviving are a brother, George (and wife, Denise) Gebhart of Bryan; two nephews; and a niece. Preceding him in death were his parents.
Visitation will be Monday from 1-3 p.m. at the Burr Funeral Home & Crematory in Bryan.
Funeral services will be Monday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard Buchsteiner to officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Napoleon.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Gordon G. Pierce
(1917 - 2006)
PIONEER - Gordon G. Pierce, 88, of Pioneer, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, in his home.
The son of Cora Ferne (Jackson) and Ernest G. Pierce, he was born April 29, 1917 in Paulding County. On Nov. 15, 1950, he married Vada Jean McKibben, and she survives.
A retired Bridgewater Township Farmer, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Pioneer Church of the Nazarene.
He had worked at Bryan Metals for 14 1/2 years, before retiring in 1983 from the cleaning line. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are eight daughters, Shelby J. Pierce of Maumee, Mrs. David (Vickie) Gilcher, Mrs. Norm (Sally) Wheeler and Mrs. Jim (Patti) Fee, all of Pioneer, Mrs. Tim (Linda) Kluding of Foresthill, Calif., Shari L. Pierce of Bay City, Mich., Mrs. Michael (Sandra) Barnhart of Auburn, Ind. and Mrs. Greg (Cindy) Kinsman of Pioneer; three sons, Gary (and wife, Melinda) Pierce of McKinney, Texas, Ray (Deana) Pierce of Lyons and Marvin G. Pierce of Toledo; 22 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a sister, Helen Lazer.
Visitation will be Sunday from 12-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer. Services will be Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Wayne H. Sweely officiating. Interment will be in Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer, with graveside military rites by the Pioneer Veterans.
Memorials may be made to the Pioneer Church of the Nazarene or to the Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Hospice.
Vivian D. Martin
(1920 - 2006)
MONTPELIER - Vivian D. Martin, 86, of Montpelier, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Hillside Country Living in Bryan.
The daughter of Edna (Simons) and Edward B. Hauck, she was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Montpelier. On March 21, 1938, she married Lowell W. "Ike" Martin, at Ligonier, Ind., and he preceded her in death in July 1980.
A homemaker and Bridgewater Township farmer's wife, she was a 1938 graduate of Montpelier High School and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Olles (Dee) Reeder of Montpelier; a son, James A. Martin of Montpelier; three grandchildren, David A. Reeder of Montpelier, Cathy A. Burkhart of Hillsdale, Mich. and Gwen J. Gray of Huron; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Augusta McWethy of Delray Beach, Fla.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents; a brother, John Hauck; and a sister, Harriet Spina.
Visitation will be Sunday from 12-2 and 6-8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier, with recitation of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier, with Father Charles Ritter officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier.
Memorials may be made to the Williams County Heart Fund or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier.