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Archive - Mar 2013

March 26th

Opal L. Barber, 91

March 26, 2013

Opal L. Barber, 91, of Celina, died  on Sunday, March 24, 2013 , at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.

She was born on July 28, 1921, in Mercer County,  to the late Earl and Edith (Deitsch) VanTilburg.

She married John C. Barber on Nov. 21, 1939,  and he preceded her in death on May 21, 1998.

She is survived by three children, Don Barber of Mendon,  Va., (Robert) Hoenie of Del Rio, Texas  and Marilyn Hoenie of Celina; 15 grandchildren;  28 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Jerry D. Piper, 60

March 26, 2013

Jerry D. Piper, 60, of Celina, died at 12:37 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Mercer Health in Coldwater, of natural causes.

He was born on May 21, 1952, in Celina, to parents Dana Piper, who survives in Celina, and Mary Cisco Piper, who preceded him in death.

On Sept. 2, 1972, he married Linda Hime, who survives in Celina.

Also surviving is a son, Brad and Jacci Piper of Celina; a daughter, Cari and Avery Calabrese of Celina; three brothers; a sister; two grandchildren.

Paulette A. McJunkin, 85

March 26, 2013

Paulette A. McJunkin, 85, of Troy, and formerly of St. Marys, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1927, in Rochefort, Belgium, to the late Eugene and Maria Pemers Collin.

She was married to John R. McJunkin Jr., on Nov. 30, 1946, and he preceded her in death on July 8, 1979.

Also preceding her in death was one sister.

Wheelmen Ride Into New Bremen

March 26, 2013

NEW BREMEN — The Ohio Chapter of The Wheelmen hosted its annual swap and memorabilia meet at the Bicycle Museum of America on Saturday, selling rims, prints, medals and more.

Artisan Mark Weaver wheeled in a new exhibit, a custom, handcrafted bicycle he made himself in Collingswood, N.J., in his shop at Weaver Cycle Works. The bike is part of an exhibit about bicycles that are made in America open now at the museum in New Bremen.

March 25th

Hundreds Hop Along Trail

March 25, 2013

ST. MARYS — Hundreds turned out for the annual Bunny Trail event winding through the city of St. Marys Saturday morning.

Friends Mindy Pond and Mindy Cable were some of the first to hit the registration table in Kmart to get a list of the more than 30 businesses that opened their doors to children.

“We mostly take them for the interaction with the public,” Pond said. “It’s a ritual to take the girls every year.”

Eileen Stienecker, 88

March 25, 2013

Eileen Stienecker, 88, of St. Marys, died on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta. Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral homes in St. Marys.

Nancy A. Verhorn, 79

March 25, 2013

Nancy A. Verhorn, 79, of 806 Fox St. New Bremen, died at 10:10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minster.

She had been a resident there for three months.

She was born on Nov. 18, 1933, to John and Nellie (Burton) Daly. They preceded her in death.

On June 25, 1955, she married Ralph “Bud” Verhorn in LaRue.

He died on Jan. 7, 2009.

March 22nd

Rider A Natural Leader

March 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.

Exchange Student Welcomed In St. Marys

March 22, 2013

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.”

Lake Phosphorus Reduced 55 Percent

March 22, 2013

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.

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