October 1st, 2012
NEW BREMEN — A severe drought and 80 mph winds could not keep a handful of giant pumpkin growers from battling for bragging rights at Pumpkinfest on Saturday.
A packed crowd piled into Crown Pavilion to take in pumpkin pie bake-offs, pumpkin pie eating contests and to see some giant pumpkins as part of the annual Pumpkinfest. Jeff Wells, an organizer for the event, said this year’s extreme weather thinned some of the growers at the annual exhibition.
Margaret M. Hawkey, 87, formerly of Celina, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
She was born on May 25, 1925, in Celina, to Harry and Ica (Miller) Robbins, and they preceded her in death.
On Feb. 14, 1946, she married William Lloyd Hawkey, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2007.
Ethelyn A. Koons Jutte, 87, passed away on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born in St. Marys to Cleo B. Brodbeck, and she preceded her in death.
Surviving are her daughters, Louisa (Paul) Boggs of Fort Wayne, Ind., Charlotte Freeman of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Nancy Alig of Portland, Ind.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Yvonne Roeser of Akron.
Ethelyn was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jutte Ibitz.
Richard Brown, 75, of Celina, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Decatur, Ill., to Robert and Eleanor (Damery) Brown, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 23, 1983, he married Theresa J. Thurman-Orrender, and she survives.
Vernon W. Barhorst, 86, of South Paris Street, Minster, died at 5:28 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minster.
He was born on April 30, 1926, in Fort Loramie, to Elizabeth Ernst and Frank F. Barhorst, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 19, 1949, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie, he married Treva P. (Zimmerman) Barhorst, and she survives.
DEFIANCE — A wild back-and-forth affair between a pair of Western Buckeye League teams desperate for a win turned one-sided after a fumble and lengthy return.
Abram Ramirez scooped up a fumble at his own nine yard line and ran 85 yards to help Defiance seal a 45-21 win over St. Marys at Fred Brown Stadium on Friday night.
Photos: St. Marys at Defiance Football
NEW BREMEN — Trey Naylor's 35-yard field goal proved to be the difference for the New Bremen Cardinals in a 31-28 win over Fort Recovery on Friday night.
“We wanted them to understand that when you play together as a team and you play for each other and handle adversity because everyone has each other’s back that is the kind of thing you can accomplish," Cardinals head coach Jason McGaharan said." I think this team finally understands that when you play as a team you can overcome the kind of start we had tonight.”
ANNA — Minster got off to a quick start after bouncing back from their loss to Coldwater last week in their game against Midwest Athletic opponent Anna Rockets. Minster has never beat Anna and the Wildcats took a commanding halftime lead and picked up the 34-8 MAC victory.
“It was a tough two weeks for us mentally and emotionally draining,” said Minster coach Nate Moore. “I am proud of the way the kids played tonight, they should be happy with the victory.”
Catherine “Bunky” Burd, 83, of 1416 White Oak Drive, St. Marys, died at 6:35 p.m. Thursday Sept. 27, 2012, at Golden Living Center – Valley in St. Marys.
She was born on June 15, 1929, in Petersburg, Va., to Burton Luther and Gracie Marie (Michaels) Boyd, and they preceded her in death.
On July 7, 1945, in Petersburg, Va., she married Paul W. Burd, and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1992.