June 28th, 2012
Omer M. Hickerson, 79, of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on April 6, 1933, in Anna, to Martin Oliver and Margarette (Koverman) Hickerson, and they preceded him in death.
On April 30, 1955, he married Vernita Koeper, and she survives in New Bremen.
Robert L. Smith, 84, of 13777 Yorkshire - Osgood Road, Yorkshire, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at The Gardens of Celina.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1927, in Port Jefferson, to Claude and Arlo (Shroyer) Smith, and they preceded him in death.
On Feb. 16, 1957, at St. Nicholas Church in Osgood, he married Virginia Bergman Smith, and she survives.
NEW BREMEN — After having to remove multiple village trees last summer, New Bremen is cautioning its residents to be on the lookout for bagworms.
“Last year, we had two areas where they were really bad, one by the tennis courts by the pool and we also had them in the industrial park,” New Bremen Parks Foreman Ron Tontrup said. “Around the tennis courts, there were three arborvitae that we had to dig out and replace. They just kill the trees.”
ST. MARYS — Facing bone-dry conditions, a pair of local safety officials are cautioning residents from holding open burns until precipitation returns.
“As of last week, we were 8.5 inches below normal rainfall,” Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson told The Evening Leader. “By the end of the week, we will probably be 9.5 inches because of evaporation and moisture leaving the soil.”
Frank E. Hisey, 92, of Celina, died on Monday, June 25, 2012, at The Gardens at Celina.
He was born on Feb. 3, 1920, in Monticello, Ind., to John and Hazel (Wilson) Hisey, and they preceded him in death.
On Dec. 7, 1938, he married Wanda Lucille (Woods), and she preceded him in death on Oct. 12, 1998.
Rita S. Anthony, 57, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:54 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System. Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Betty Jane Purdy, 90, of Celina, died on Monday, June 25, 2012, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
She was born on April 10, 1922, in Kankakee, Ill., to Jacob and Lucille (Hays) Cline, and they preceded her in death.
On Jan. 11, 1945, she married Don M. Purdy, and he preceded her in death 28 hours earlier on June 24.
Margene E. Graessle, 96, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2012, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
She was born on May 22, 1916, in Buckland, to Edgar R. and Carrie M. (Snyder) Mertz, and they preceded her in death.
On Oct. 28, 1939, she married Frederick W. Graessle, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2003.
She is survived by a brother; four nephews; a niece; 10 great-nieces and great-nephews; five great-great-newphews; a close family friend.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and brothers-in-law.
Walter C. Vogel, 75, of 14455 County Road 66-A, St. Marys, died at 4:14 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2012, at St. Marys Living Center.
He was born on Feb. 1, 1937, in Medina, to Edward and Lillian (Pritchard) Vogel, and they preceded him in death.
On June 20, 1959, in Kenton, he married Ann L. Oberlitner, and she survives.
NEW BREMEN — Because cartoon characters vary in shapes, sizes and colors, “Cartoon Guy” Jeff Nichols says there are no mistakes when drawing the characters.
“There’s no such thing as a mistake when you’re drawing cartoons,” Nichols said to a crowd of children gathered at the New Bremen Public Library Tuesday afternoon.
Nichols held a program at the library to demonstrate how to draw a few cartoon characters.