Archive - Jan 2013
ST. MARYS — Senior Roughrider Luke Leffel, 17, is all about sports, the outdoors and meeting people.
These passions are reflected in the many activities and organizations in which he participates, both within the walls of Memorial High School and outside it.
Leffel is a member of the school Sportsmanship Committee. During his freshman year, one of Leffel’s peers recommended him for the committee and he went along with it.
ST. MARYS — The first 200 students of a revised DARE decision-making curriculum in St. Marys graduated in the middle school auditorium Friday morning.
Deputy Sam Blank, in his fifth year of teaching the program, said the new decision-making curriculum left him skeptical initially.
“But then it just clicked. It made sense,” he said.
OTTAWA — The St. Marys wrestling team finished off an 8-1 run through the Western Buckeye League dual matches with a pair of wins against Ottawa-Glandorf and Van Wert on Thursday night at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.
The Roughriders drubbed Ottawa-Glandorf 77-3 in the opening match and then beat Van Wert, 50-22, in their WBL dual match finale.
“We wrestled pretty well most of the time,” St. Marys head coach Larry Gruber said.
DEFIANCE — A trio of Roughriders reached double-figures and the St. Marys girls basketball team’s long trek north to Defiance was rewarded with a 51-41 win on Thursday night.
Kelsey Rohrbach led St. Marys with 13 points, Molly Albert added 12 points and Kelly Heitkamp scored 11 points for the Roughriders.
The Roughriders improved to 3-12 and 2-4 in the Western Buckeye League. The win also snapped an eight-game losing streak and gave the Riders’ their first win since Dec. 13 against Kenton.
50 Years Ago This Week – 1963
ST. MARYS — A countywide organization recognized a slew of volunteers who helped make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.
The United Way of Auglaize County held a Celebration and Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon at the St. Marys Eagles. The event was a celebration of the accomplishments of the past year, an opportunity to recognize the hard work of its volunteers and present awards and to announce the results of its 2012 campaign.
Perry William Shepherd Jr., 64, of 661 Grove Lane in St. Marys, died at 12:46 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on July 28, 1948, in Piqua, to Perry W. and Delora (Creager) Shepherd.
Survivors include three sisters; his stepmother, Patricia Shepherd of St. Marys; a cousin.
He was preceded in death by his father, Parry W. Shepherd Sr.; a sister; by his paternal grandparents.
He was a graduate of Piqua High School.
Victoria “Vicki” Lynn Otis, 66, died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the Cleveland Clinic of natural causes.
She was born on Sept. 11, 1946 in Celina to parents Dr. James J. Otis, who preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2013, and Betty Hamel, who preceded her in death on June 25, 2010.
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law; by two sisters and brothers-in-law.
She was preceded in death by 11 nieces and nephews; by 16 great-nieces and nephews.
Zacharias Louis Ross, stillborn son of Jason and Jessica (Schmackers) Ross of Coldwater, died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Joint Township Hospital, St. Marys.
He is survived by a brother; a sister; three sets of grandparents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater, the Rev. Marc Soellner, officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Cranberry Prairie. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Coldwater.
Margaret E. Weitz, 103, formerly of Celina, died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the Heartland Nursing Home in Hillsboro.
She was born on Sept. 20, 1909, in Hopewell Township, Mercer County to John H. and Nettie (Smith) Now.
She was married to Clarence Weitz on Oct. 4, 1930, and he died on Jan. 8, 1995.