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Archive - Mar 2013

March 22nd

Marilyn C. Miller, 77

March 22, 2013

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

March 22, 2013

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

March 22, 2013

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.

Cards Set For Show

March 22, 2013

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

March 22, 2013

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

March 22, 2013

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."

March 21st

12 Arrested In Drug Sweep

March 21, 2013

CELINA — A dozen people were recently indicted stemming from an investigation conducted by the Grand Lake Task Force.

The 12 suspect each face a variety of drug-related charges. The charges allegedly involved include the sale of heroin and marijuana to several suspects who faces charges for allegedly possessing the ingredients to make meth.

Those indicted were:

Rangers Set To Take Stage

March 21, 2013

NEW KNOXVILLE — The togas are the same, but this isn’t your high school mythology class.

“The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less,” opening  at 7 p.m. Friday at New Knoxville School is an irreverent take on the gods, goddesses and heroes set down by Homer.

This is the debut New Knoxville production for director Vickie Shurelds, who compared the show to work done by British comedy troupe Monty Python. In a dress rehearsal Wednesday, she tweaked blocking and the students’ acting on the show.

Opal Hunter, 79

March 21, 2013

Opal Hunter, 79, of 404 E. South St., Botkins, died at 8:45 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at her residence.

She was born on July 28, 1933, in War Branch, Ky., the daughter of McKinley and Alice (Caldwell) Napier.

On Nov. 17, 1951, she married Chester Hunter, who died on July 17, 1996.

She is survived by four daughters, Jewel Wehner of New Knoxville, Patty (Dave) Opperman of Wapakoneta, Pamela (Willis) Rehn of Botkins, Kimberly (Terry) Withrow of Wapakoneta; a son, James (Pam) Hunter of Wapakoneta; four sisters; one brother.

Evon E. Schlenker, 93

March 21, 2013

Lifelong Wapakoneta resident Evon E. Schlenker, 93, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1919, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Albert and Freda (Hengstler) Knatz.  

On Aug. 5, 1939, she married John H. Schlenker, and he preceded her in death on May 15, 2002.  

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