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February 7th, 2014

Edna M. Prenger, 91

February 7, 2014

Edna M. Prenger, 91, of Minster, died shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Versailles Health Care Center, where she had been a resident since April 1, 2007.  She had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's since 2005.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1923, near St Henry, the daughter of the late Urban and Augusta (Muhlenkamp) Link.

Cathy Jo Prenger, 50,

February 7, 2014

Cathy Jo Prenger, 50, of 8737 Oldtown Road in Celina, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at her home with her family.   

She was born on Dec. 31, 1963, in St. Marys, to John and Jill (Hollman) Bowers, who live in St. Marys.  

On Aug. 11, 1990, she married John Prenger.  

Also surviving are her children, Austin (Shelby) Prenger of Celina, brothers Mark (Patty) Bowers of St. Marys and Dan (Barbara) Bowers of Bell Center.

Cathy was preceded in death by an infant brother, Eric L. Bowers.

February 4th

Emma Jane Hostetler, 93

February 4, 2014

Emma Jane Hostetler, 93, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Gilbert, Ariz.

She was born on March 10, 1920, in St. Marys, to Guy and Nora (Baber) Schamp, Emma was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who had a passion for gardening, cooking, bingo, travel and her rose bushes.

She was a long-time member of Victory Lutheran Church.  Emma worked as an assembler for many years in various companies such as a toy factory, Westinghouse and worked locally for Motorola for 19 years.

Jerome Paul VanderHorst, 84

February 4, 2014

Jerome Paul VanderHorst, 84, of Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, surrounded by his wife Janet and their entire family.

Born on April 6, 1929, to Chip and Marie in St. Marys, Jerry graduated from Memorial High School, where he was elected to schools Hall of Fame.

He later received his B.S. In psychology from the University of Dayton.  

Elected into the Football Hall of Fame, Jerry later served on the Board of Trustees at U.D.

Vernon E. “Vern” Doenges, 91

February 4, 2014

Vernon E. “Vern” Doenges, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  

He was born on Feb. 18, 1922, on the family farm in St. Marys Township, Auglaize County, the son of William J. and Marie (Oldiges) Doenges, who preceded him in death.

On Sept. 11, 1948, he married Eileen M. Hasson, and she died on May 18, 2005.

Carolyn E. Parmelee, 76

February 4, 2014

Carolyn E. Parmelee, 76, 316 Midlane Drive, New Bremen, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Pavilion in Sidney.  

She was born on Oct. 17, 1937, in Waynesville, the daughter of Carl and Esther (Kearns) Dakin and they are deceased.  

She was married to Thomas Clark in July 1958, and he passed away on Oct. 11, 2009.  She later married Richard Parmelee, and he preceded her in death.  

Melba P. Lowery, 92

February 4, 2014

Melba P. Lowery, 92, of St. Marys, died at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Auglaize Acres.  

She was born on Sept. 30, 1921, in St. Marys, the daughter of Alva and Mary (Long) Burd, who preceded her in death.  

She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Clarence Dorsten, Robert Hecht, and Charles B. Lowery.

Survivors include three sons, James Dorsten of Piqua, Ronald (Mildred) Dorsten of Wapakoneta and Daniel “Lee” (Jean) Dorsten of St. Marys, nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

February 3rd

H. Gene Tester, 65

February 3, 2014

H. Gene Tester, 65, of 08304 County Road 33-A in Wapakoneta, died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his residence. He fought a 5 1/2 year battle with multiple myeloma, and passed away peacefully with his family and close friends at his bedside.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1948, in Celina, to Howard and Wilma (Schultz) Tester.

On Aug. 21, 1971, at Westview United Methodist Church in Cridersville, he married Cathy J. Archer, who survives.

Elizabeth “Betty” Sampson, 82

February 3, 2014

Elizabeth “Betty” Sampson, 82, of the Celina Manor Nursing Home, and formerly of 159 Longview Court, St. Marys, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Celina Manor.

She was born on Dec. 30, 1931, in St. Marys, the daughter of Patrick Richard and Stella (Fitzpatrick) Kelley.

She married James H. Sampson on Sept. 30, 1950, and he survives at the residence.

January 31st

Isabella Burke, 97

January 31, 2014

Isabella Burke, 97, currently of 1300 Circle Drive, Otterbein St. Marys, and formerly of 06523 Glynwood Road, St. Marys, died at her Otterbein residence on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

Isabella was born on Nov. 14, 1916, in Carthegena, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Buehler) Hartke.

 She married David T. Burke on Aug. 31, 1940, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Carthegena, and he preceded her in death on July 29, 1986.

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