Archive - Obituary
November 22nd, 2011
Barbara “Jane” Keller, 68, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at her residence, surrounded by her family following a courageous two year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She faced this disease with love, grace and dignity.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1943, to Fredrick and Elizabeth Banks Pitthan, and they preceded her in death.
On Aug. 11, 1962, she married the love of her life John A. Keller, and he survives her in Wapakoneta. They were married for 49 years.
Cyrus “Jimmy” Frey, 55, of St. Marys, was found dead on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, near Grand Lake St. Marys.
He was born on Jan. 26, 1956, in St. Marys, the son of John and Eleanor (Walker) Frey, and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by three sons, Dustin (Felissa Contreras) Frey of St. Marys, Jeremy Frey of St. Marys and Justin (Melissa Graves) Frey of St. Marys; his siblings, Mike (Deb) Frey of St. Marys, John (Barb) Frey Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jane (Ron) Paulus of Pasadena, Texas; two grandchildren, Kaleb and Emma.
Anita L. Rogers, 36, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born in Lima, the daughter of Billy and Carol (Meckstroth) Rogers, and her mother survives in Wapakoneta. Her father preceded her in death.
Elbert L. Baird, 88, of 11309 Bobwhite Lane, St. Marys, died at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1923, in Old Washington, to Charles M. and Vera A. (Boyd) Baird, and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by two stepsons, James J. Hammann of Iowa Falls, Iowa, and Joseph P. Hammann of Tipp City; two nephews, Charles (JoAnn) Baird of Old Washington and Mervin (Barbara) Baird of Old Washington; numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.
Eileen M. Bortner, 73, died on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at her home in Auburn.
She was born on March 14, 1938, in New Bremen, to Adrian and Helen (Brewer) Greber, and they preceded her in death.
On June 24, 1989, in Churubusco, she married Jack W. Bortner, and he survives in Auburn.
Elbert Baird, 88, of St. Marys, died ON Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical in Lima.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Mary Belle Norris, 97, of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choice, St. Marys, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1913, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to James and Florence Stackhouse, and they preceded her in death.
On Oct. 18, 1932, she married Earl E. Norris, and he preceded her in death on July 22, 1992.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty (James) Phillips of Celina; two grandsons; six great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by eight brothers.
Sheila A. Larck, 47, of St. Marys, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1964, in South Charleston, W.Va., the daughter of Delmar Ray and Reba (Williams) Larck, and her mother survives her. Her father preceded her in death.
She is also survived by a daughter, Sara Larck; a son, Steven Larck; a sister, Kelly Larck; a brother, Jeff Larck; two grandchildren, Kagan and Rhylon Larck.
She was preceded in death by a son, Delmar Ray Wilson.
Patricia “Mama Bear” E. Deubler, 60, of 819 ½ Columbia St., St. Marys, died at 3:59 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
She was born on April 20, 1951, in Middleville, Mich., to Leo and Beulah (Murray) Oliver, and they preceded her in death.
On June 17, 1972, in Lima, she married Richard E. Deubler II, and he survives her.
Mary Jo Pfenning, 79, of 241 N. Spruce St., St. Marys, died at 8:49 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, following a sudden illness.
She was born on April 22, 1932, in St. Marys, to William and Erma (Sprague) Suchland, and they preceded her in death.
On Oct. 2, 1952, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, she married J. Philip Pfenning, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2007.