November 8th, 2011
ST. MARYS — For the first time in more than a decade, the city of St. Marys has a new mayor.
Republican Patrick McGowan defeated four-term mayor Democrat incumbent Greg Freewalt and nonpartisan candidate Pam Hobler in a tightly contested race. McGowan, a current councilor-at-large, defeated Freewalt by a margin of 1,197 votes (46.81 percent) to 1,136 votes (44.43 percent) in unofficial results. Hobler finished with 224 votes (8.76 percent).
Amanda Curts, 33, of Celina, died at 2:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at her residence.
She was born on May 15, 1978, in Coldwater, to Larry Snook and Lois (Rammel) Stolzenburg, and her father survives her in Coldwater. Her mother survives her in Celina.
On June 11, 2005, she married John Curts, and he survives her in Celina.
She is also survived by a brother, David Snook of Celina; two sisters, Kelly (Charles) Tobin of St. Marys and Valerie (John) Miller of Lima; three nephews; two nieces.
She was a 1997 graduate of Coldwater High School.
John “Jake” F. Frey III, 40, of 520 N. Pear St., St. Marys, died on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1971, in St. Marys, to John II and Mary (Makley) Frey, and his mother survives him in St. Marys. His father and stepmother, Barb Frey, survive him in Colorado Springs, Colo.
On Sept. 20, 2003, in St. Marys, he married Hope Hall, and she survives him.
Irwin R. “Sparky” Baumer, 88, formerly of East Fourth Street, Minster, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
He was born on May 26, 1923, in Minster, to Bernard and Bernadine (Sextro) Baumer, and they preceded him in death.
On May 19, 1947, in Wapakoneta, he married Eileen T. Eisert, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 2009.
NEW BREMEN — An annual shopping event returns this weekend and promises fun for all shoppers
German Family Christmas makes its return to the Golden Triangle on Friday as local merchants will offer specials to local shoppers. The event, sponsored by the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce, serves as the unofficial kick off to the holiday shopping season.
NEW BREMEN — In an effort to keep the community involved and informed of its decisions regarding the new elementary building project, a local board of education will again hold a community meeting.
The New Bremen Board of Education will host its second community meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the old gym. The meeting, President Keith Bornhorst said, will update area residents on the progress of the project, including a preliminary building design.
ST. MARYS — Two St. Marys men have been flown to a Dayton area hospital after a crash early this morning on Glynwood Road at Ohio 116.
Garet Schmehl, 20, 17906 Ohio 66, St. Marys, who was driving, and a passenger, Jeremy Robinson, 20, of 821 Motz St., St. Marys, were both transported from the site of the crash by St. Marys EMS to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in St. Marys.
Jimmy R. Severns, 78, of Mendon, died at 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.
He was born on March 15, 1933, in Mercer County, to Otto and Ruby Thomas Severns, and they preceded him in death.
On April 28, 1957, he married Freda Eileen Crider, and she survives him.
He is also survived by a son, Carl (Marsha) Severns of Mendon; a sister-in-law; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Rickey Dean Severns; three sisters; a brother; a great-graddaughter.
Wesley F. Plikerd, 79, of Spencerville, died at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothea Pugh Plikerd of Spencerville.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with the Rev. Jan Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery, with military rites.
John Frey III, 40, of St. Marys, died on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at his residence.
Auglaize County Coroner’s investigator Steve Stienecker has ordered that an autopsy be performed to determine the cause of his death.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys