April 19th, 2012
ST. MARYS — St. Marys will have a new superintendent, as board members approved the hiring of Shawn Brown during their meeting Wednesday evening.
Members of the St. Marys Board of Education approved Brown, a principal with Spencerville schools, to a three-year contract effective Aug. 1 through July 31, 2015. Brown said he has been in education for approximately 20 years.
“I started at Lima City Schools, I taught in the middle school,” he said. “I got promoted to assistant principal there I think after about six years of teaching.”
ST. MARYS — Warmer than average temperatures to start the year have resulted in a flurry of activity at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.
“We’re seeing a fair amount of campers right now,” Grand Lake St. Marys Park Manager Brian Miller told The Evening Leader. “We had that earlier warm spell, earlier than we have had before, but the last few weekends have been slow with the cooler temperatures and rain.”
During Easter weekend, campers packed the park. Miller said the influx of campers was a surprise.
ST. MARYS — Local firefighters, police officers and transporters were invited to participate in an appreciation breakfast Tuesday morning.
St. Marys Living Center held a volunteer breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday, opening its doors to treat local volunteers to food.
“This is our volunteer and first-responders breakfast,” St. Marys Living Center Director Lorraine Fischio said. “We hold it to celebrate National Volunteer Week and to pay respects to our first-response team in the area.”
ST. MARYS — To Tri Star Career Compact Med Prep Instructor Janet Nelson, the class of 2012 is a group of 15 butterflies ready to spread their wings.
“I met them two years ago, and they were in the larva stage — they were caterpillars,” Nelson said Tuesday night at the Med Prep Pinning Ceremony. “Caterpillars have one job — to eat. These guys came to me hungry. You were hungry to learn about medicine.”
The next stage, she said, is the chrysalis stage, or the cocoon.
Mary Louise Stienecker, 77, of St. Marys, died on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at St. Marys Living Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes, St. Marys.
John J. Dorner, 75, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.
Jennifer Anne Kester, 40, of 235 Jackson Drive, Celina, died on Monday, April 16, 2012, after an automobile collision on Ohio 127.
She was born on Sept. 5, 1971, in Dayton, to George and Patricia (York) White of Celina.
She is survived by a son, Jake A. Kester of Celina; her paternal grandparents.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina, with the Rev. Randy Christian officiating.
Robert E. “Bob” Seibert, 86, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 4:07 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Jan. 10, 1926, in Van Wert County, the son of John and Doris (Mack) Seibert, and they preceded him in death.
On Sept. 20, 1945, he married Augusta M. Johns, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 2001. On Aug. 11, 2001, he married Naomi M. Hickerson Souder, and she survives.
Barbara A. Stroh, 83, of 100 Bielefeld St., New Knoxville, died suddenly at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born on March 26, 1929, in Belle Center, the daughter of William and Jennie (Dutcher) Painter, and they preceded her in death.
On May 26, 1947, she married Ralph E. Stroh, and he survives at the residence.
WAPAKONETA — A county organization is gearing up for its annual benefit this week and is still accepting items to be auctioned off.