Archive - Mar 22, 2013
ST. MARYS — Austin Zumbrogel was destined for leadership, although he did not actively seek it.
Zumbrogel is president of Memorial High School’s FFA Chapter, and is drum major for the high school’s band. He did not accept these roles for the power or for the recognition, but because he loves being a part of both organizations.
As FFA President, Zumbrogel leads all the meetings.
ST. MARYS — When Ingrid Hagby Johnsen came to the United States in August, she carried one suitcase, but had packed a list of worries that could have filled two more.
“The day before I left I was freaking out — ‘what do I need to pack?” Johnsen said. “What is my host family going to be, will I get any friends at school, where will I sit at lunch,’ all those questions that really don’t matter that much. But it’s scary.”
ST. MARYS — A federal report released Friday indicates that last year’s alum application reduced the internal phosphorus load of Grand Lake St. Marys by 55 percent — a revelation one local lake official calls a success for the lake.
Marilyn C. Miller, 77, formerly of Garfield St., Minster, died at 6:22 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Heartland of Piqua.
She was born on Oct. 19, 1936, in Maria Stein, to the late Henry and Matilda (Heitkamp) Thobe. She married Dale Miller on Nov. 3, 1956, in St. Johns Catholic Church, Maria Stein. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 2012.
She is survived by children Kristine and Mike Gorman, Piqua and Tony and Amy Miller, Fort Wayne, Ind.; four grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; five sisters; five brothers; two sisters-in-law.
Werner G. “Bern” Schwartz, 58, of New Bremen, died at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his sister’s residence near St. Marys.
Werner was born in St. Marys on May 11, 1954, to the late Louis C. and Rita B. (Dues) Schwartz.
Mary C. Moeller, 82, of Celina, died at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Celina Manor, of natural causes.
She was born on March 30, 1930, in Sharpsburg, to parents Edward and Louisa Muhlenkamp Feltz, both of whom preceded her in death.
On June 2, 1948, she married Louis Moeller, who preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1996.
NEW BREMEN — If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the lavaliere, a necklace with fraternity letters, is the friendly neighbor you want to know better.
The necklace, a 1930s college precursor to the modern promise ring, is at the center of the new play “Ode to Lavaliere,” which is being performed at 7 p.m. today and at 7 p.m. Saturday at New Bremen High School.
Director and playwright Dan Keyes characterized the play as a romantic comedy set on a college campus that was written with each student in mind for his or her part.
Kathleen Sue "Kathy" Shirk, 60, Celina, died on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Van Wert County Hospital.
She was born on May 5, 1952.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Kelly; mother, Ruth Ketrow Kelly Schnack; and stepfather, John Schnack.
She married Dennis Shirk on Oct. 2, 1971, and he preceded her in death on July 29, 1994.
Surviving are a daughter, Amanda (Charlie) Stucke; a son, Willis (Joanie) Shirk, five grandchildren; and her father-in-law, Robert Shirk, all of Celina; and a brother.
Ethan Grant Rife, 4, of Washington Township, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 1, 2008, in Kettering.
Ethan was baptized at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and was a member of the Church of the Incarnation.
He enjoyed watching Mickey Mouse, playing with cars and reading "The Hungry Little Caterpillar."