March 29th, 2012
ST. MARYS — St. Marys Middle School students are bringing a classic Shakespearean play to the local stage with two performances this weekend.
Approximately 20 students at St. Marys Middle School are presenting “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Zach Durnell and co-director Sonya Jaros.
“I chose this play primarily to give the kids a new experience, and I thought it would be an authentic experience, something they could learn from and something they could use in their own lives,” Durnell said.
NEW BREMEN — Bright colors, “groovy” music and a slew of smiles filled the auditorium Wednesday afternoon, as New Bremen Elementary fourth-grade students performed a dress rehearsal for their musical, “Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began,” for students in the kindergarten through second grade.
Under the direction of New Bremen Music Teacher Mary Thornsberry, “Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began” features seven popular rock songs and a variety of relevant facts, costumes and choreography.
Jack Clinton Willeke, 40, of St. Marys, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic.
He was born on Feb. 29, 1972, in Bellefontaine, to Wayne E. Willeke and Lillian Mary (Thaxton) Willeke, and they survive him in Bellefontaine.
On Dec. 30, 2000, in New Bremen, he married Kendra Grimm, and she survives.
He is also survived by two stepsons, Eric Enriquez and Danny Williams, both of St. Marys; a stepdaughter, Alyssa Williams of St. Marys; a brother; two grandchildren; two nieces; a nephew; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jonathan Everage, 30, formerly of St. Marys, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, N.M.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Dorothy M. Hittepole, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home.
Barbara A. Weber, 72, of Celina, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born on Oct. 2, 1939, in Celina, to Franklin Eugene “Buzz” Wise Sr. and Rita Clara Mary (Fischer) Wise, and they preceded her in death.
She married Robert “Chico,” and he survives in Celina.
She is also survived by a daugher, Jill (Hiro) Tanaka of Austin, Texas; three grandsons; three sisters; a brother; two sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by two brothers.
Beatrice E. Swartz, 82, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta.
She was born on Feb. 28, 1930, in Lima, to Emmitt Cloyd and Beola Estella Long Stotts, and they preceded her in death.
She married Leon J. Swartz, and he preceded her in death.
ST. MARYS — A new resident will soon call The Shoppes at St. Marys home.
Superior Federal Credit Union of Lima announced plans to build a full-service location in St. Marys this year. President and CEO Phil Buell told The Evening Leader construction on the facility is expected to start by June with completion by October.
Genevieve Russell, 74, of 416 Beech St., St. Marys, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at St. Marys Living Center.
She was born on Oct. 10, 1936, in St. Marys, to John and Callie (Starkey) Goodwin, and they preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna (Mark) Baker of St. Marys; five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Russell; a grandson; seven brothers and sisters.
Private family services will be held.
Online condolences may be expressed via MillerFuneralHomes.net.
David T. Russell, 74, of Celina, died on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on April 25, 1937, in Providence, R.I., to Wilbur and Olive (Allen) Russell, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 14, 1959, he married Wava Lantz, and she survives in Celina.
He is also survived by three children, Michael David (Beth) Russell, Roberta “Bobbie” (Rick) Turner and Ronda (Ron) Helmer, all of Celina; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister.