Ralph E. Pickering Sr., 77, of New Bremen, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born on June 24, 1934, in West Alexandria, the son of Karl V. and Eva G. (Roach) Pickering, and they preceded him in death.
On Dec. 21, 1957, he married Emilie J. Lininger, and she survives him near New Bremen.
Leona A. Steinemann, 92, of 02725 Minster Fort Recovery Road, Minster, died at 6:49 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Elmwood Nursing Center in New Bremen.
She was born on Jan. 26, 1919, in Fort Loramie, to John and Anna (Schlater) Borchers, and they preceded her in death.
On Jan. 31, 1940, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie, she married Carl B. (Jim) Steinemann, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 2007.
Timothy Wayne Rickard, 60, of Mendon, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in Columbus.
He was born on April 4, 1951, in Lima, to Donald M. and Ruth Ann Emans Rickard, and they preceded him in death.
He was previously married to Martha Mihm Day and Monica Gamble Pabst. On July 29, 2001, he married Mary Frances Burnett Swickrath, and she survives him in Mendon.
Jacob Lewis Limbert, stillborn, died at 3:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was the son of Scott and Julie (Fullenkamp) Limbert, and they survive him in Minster.
He is also survived by a sister, Makaylee Limbert; his grandparents, Dan and Beck Fullenkamp of Maria Stein and Ray and Mary Ann Limbert of Botkins; his great-grandparents, Nancy Vehorn of New Bremen, Othmar and Mary Fullenkamp of Maria Stein and Eileen Welsch of St. Anthony.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Marie Limbert.
John Milton Buterbaugh, 84, of 6761 Debra Ave., Celina, died at 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1927, in Hagerstown, Md., to John N. and Corrine (Reightler) Buterbaugh, and they preceded him in death.
On. Feb. 23, 1952, he married Joy Tyson, and she survives him in Celina.
He is also survived by his children, Gary (Deb) Buterbaugh of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Lori (Michael) Prude of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Jill Cherni of Celina; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister.
Darrel M. Smith, 81, of Celina, died at 2:07 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1930, in Mercer County, to Cleveland Smith and Elizabeth Dumbald, and they preceded him in death.
On Sept. 26, 1953, he married Ruth L. Boroff, and she survives him.
He is also survived by a son, Gregory (Carol) Smith of Celina; a granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by two sisters.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War.
ST. MARYS — Local students will be participating in a pilot project through their school, as early as the beginning of next year.
A group of students in grades eight through 12 will be participating in the BYOT — or Bring Your Own Technology — program, through which students will bring their own technological devices to class.
The program, Technology Coordinator Kyle Menchhofer said, comes at a time when the district has been making cuts, with technology being one of the many being hit.
ST. MARYS — Electronics, dolls and a pony topped the lists of desires for area children who wrote letters to Santa Monday night at the St. Marys Community Public Library.
The library held its annual open house, featuring a slew of holiday-themed activities, including a visit with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus and the opportunity to write a letter to Santa among others.
“A phone,” Tayla Meeker, 7, said of what she is hoping Santa will bring her this year as she completed her letter.
ST. MARYS — The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office has released information stating River Road is closed between SR 65 and Greeley Chapel Road because of high water, as well asTownline Lima Road between Buckland Holden and Fairmount.
ST. MARYS — A steady rain on Sunday could not dampen the spirits of local children as Santa Claus made his annual appearance in Memorial Park.
While the rain forced the postponement of Winterfest, dozens of children trickled into Santa’s house to visit with him after his long trek from the North Pole. Each entered and told Santa what he or she wanted for Christmas.
“It’s sparse because of the rain but they are coming in,” Santa told The Evening Leader. “We’ll talk to the kids while they are here today.”