Archive - May 3, 2013
ST. MARYS — Johnny Crawford’s bottom of the first could’ve turned disastrous. The first three St. Marys batters reached base off Wapakoneta’s left-handed ace and Roughrider clean-up hitter Mason Gross hit a screamer to the left side of the infield that had multiple runs batted in written all over it.
The ball instead landed in the glove of Wapak third baseman Marshall Gerlach, who snagged the hissing liner and doubled up the runner at third base by stepping on the bag to defuse the potentially explosive half inning.
ST. MARYS — Memorial High School Senior Kelly Heitkamp has a long list of accomplishments that will follow her upon graduation.
Heitkamp has been on the soccer and basketball teams, is a member of National Honor Society, Girl Talk and DECA. She works hard and is dedicated to each of these activities. She recently returned from Ahaheim, Calif., where she competed in an international competition for DECA.
But when asked what defines her - where her heart and soul and passion come into play — track was an easy answer.
NEW BREMEN — A small crowd of community members came out to discuss whether to pursue building a new elementary and middle school, and, if pursued, where to build the building Thursday night in New Bremen.
The New Bremen school board began the discussion in the last few months after a facilities committee presented to the board that the costs of renovating the current building would be more than building new because of the matching funds available for building new.
Carl C. Dirksen, 72, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at his residence in Celina.
He was born on Sept. 20, 1940, in Osgood, to the late August and Henrietta (Stucke) Dirksen.
On June 13, 1964, he married Mary Stelzer, who lives in Celina.
Also surviving are his two sons and daughters-in-law, Dave and Carrie Dirksen of Beavercreek, Dan and Amy Dirksen of Celina; four grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law;
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
He served in the National Guard.
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys softball team celebrated near home plate as the dust was still settling after a determined effort was rewarded with a walk-off win.
Tannar Rutschilling hit a hard grounder to the right side of the infield to score Josalyn Schamp in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 walkoff win.
ST. MARYS — Gardeners were out in force for the second-ever Swap n Share at St. Marys Community Public Library Thursday night.
Locals took plants others had left, offered extras from their own garden and heard new ideas from old pros.
While some may think of gardening as an adult recreation, youth crowded the event on skates and with their families to check out the plants and participate in a children’s gardening area.
Charlene A. Waterman, 80, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:37 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Shawnee Manor.
She was born on Sept. 13, 1932, in Lima, the daughter of Guy and Georgiana Walker, who preceded her in death.
On Oct. 24, 1953, she married Thomas H. “Tom” Waterman, who preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2008.
Survivors include four children, Jay Waterman, Lima, Jill (Tom) Clarke, Leonardtown, Md., Jeff Waterman, Spencerville, Jon (Jamie) Waterman, Wapakoneta; three grandchildren.
Mildred A. “Mude” Hausfeld, 90, of 2080 State Route 716, Maria Stein, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at her home.
She was born on Feb. 27, 1923, in St. Henry, to the late Alfred and Bernadine (Romer) Davis.
She married Roman Hausfeld on July 24, 1948, in St. Henry. He survives in Maria Stein.
Mark A. "Marty" Vehorn, 51, of 139B N. Main St., Minster, died at 9:58 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster.
He was born on July 7, 1961, in Coldwater, to Ralph and Nancy (Daly) Verhorn. They preceded him in death.
He is survived by five sisters, along with 18 nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Catholic Church in Maria Stein, the Rev. Gene Schnipke, officiant.
Burial will be at St. John Cemetery.
Paul B. Brown, 80, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Auglaize Acres.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1933, in Auglaize County, the son of Roy J. and Alodia (Oen) Brown, who preceded him in death.
On June 14, 1961, he married Ruth E. Poeppelman, and she survives.