October 17th, 2011
WBL Cross Country Championships
KENTON — The St. Marys boys cross country team finished fourth and the girls squad finished sixth at the Western Buckeye League cross country championships, while the Van Wert boys and Shawnee girls teams captured league titles in Kenton on Saturday.
Runners raced in blustery, cold conditions on the new 3.1-mile circuit mowed out of the infield and surrounding land of the Hardin County Fairground track.
Aubrey Lynn Bruns, 3, of 196 Amsterdam Road, Minster, died around noon Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in the emergency room at Mercer Health following an auto accident.
She was born on Dec. 28, 2007, in Coldwater, to John and Rebecca Lynn (Kramer) Bruns, and they survive her in Minster.
She is also survived by two brothers, Keaton and Conner; her grandparents, Victor and Verene Kramer of Osgood and Gerald and Sandra Bruns of Minster; her great-grandmothers, Velma Bruns of Maria Stein and Theresa Schipper of Botkins.
Fred G. Swartz, 77, of 11103 State Route 364, St. Marys, died at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on April 5, 1934, in St. Marys, the son of Sam and Cynthia (Davis) Swartz, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 24, 1954, he married Janet Quellhorst, and she survives at the residence.
Dixie Lee Gaeke, 71, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, formerly of Troy and Tipp City, died at 12:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Otterbein St. Marys, following a brief illness.
She was born on March 31, 1940, in Arcanum, and her parents preceded her in death.
She married Keith Rhoades, and he preceded her in death. On June 18, 2002, she married Joseph Gaeke, and he survives at Otterbein St. Marys.
Armella Ann (Bills) Steinke, 82, formerly of Eastview Drive, Fort Loramie, passed away of natural causes Saturday morning, Oct. 15, 2011, at the Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney.
She was born on April 5, 1929, in Chickasaw, to Anthony and Leona (Boeke) Bills, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 27, 1951, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Chickasaw, Armella married Charles Steinke, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 2011.
Patrick H. Deiters, 47, of 102 Buckingham Place, Botkins, passed away on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.
He was born on March 22, 1964, in St. Marys, the son of Herman Deiters and Ann (Burke) Deiters of Minster, and his mother survives him.
He is also survived by two daughters, Danielle and Heather Deiters, both of Anna; two brothers, John (Diane) Deiters of Anna and Mike Deiters of Minster; one sister, Mrs. Marvin (Julie) Stueve of Minster; his grandmother, Isabelle Burke of St. Marys.
ST. MARYS — Mother Nature cooperated on Sunday as an annual festival returned with some new additions.
The 42nd annual Kiwanis Walk with Nature Fall Festival attracted a large crowd to Memorial Park, fueled in part by a warm autumn afternoon. Walkers hit the towpath along the Miami and Erie Canal to take part in the walk. As they returned, walkers were greeted with a variety of activities, including a farmers’ market as well as Civil War re-enactors, a car show and live music.
ST. MARYS — Hundreds of people packed the gym at Memorial High School on Sunday to pay their respects to members of a locally based Ohio Army National Guard Unit that is slated to serve in Afghanistan later this year.
CELINA – A 3-year-old Minster girl was killed in a collision Saturday morning and the driver is being held on criminal charges.
ST. MARYS — A local school district is joining others throughout the nation in reminding students and residents about the importance of school bus safety.
The St. Marys City School District is participating in National School Bus Safety Week beginning Monday. This year’s theme, “Be aware — know the danger zone,” stresses the importance of students being cautious any time they must cross the street.