August 23rd, 2011
ST. MARYS — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake that rattled Virginia and much of the northern East Coast caused instruments at Wright State University Lake Campus to jump Tuesday afternoon.
The quake struck shortly before 2 p.m. and its epicenter was near Mineral, Va., west of Richmond. The impact of the quake caused a monitoring station at the Lake Campus to jump and the Auglaize County EMA reported receiving numerous phone calls regarding an earthquake.
Louis William Doenges, 91, of 8861 Guadalupe Road, New Bremen, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater.
He was born on May 7, 1920, in St. Marys, to William J. and Marie (Oldiges) Doenges, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 19, 1944, in McCartyville, he married Lucille K. Huecker, and she preceded him in death on March 2, 2005.
The Rev. Ned A. Meckstroth, 79, of Plymouth, Ind., passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at his residence at Miller’s Assisted Living, where he had resided since 2006, of natural causes.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1931, in New Bremen, the son of the Rev. Arnold W. and Martha (Katterhenry) Meckstroth, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 17, 1960, in Red Bud, Ill., he took Jo Ann Herschbach as his bride, and she survives him.
ST. MARYS — An Ohio-based firm netted a $1 million federal grant to help bring a methane digester to the region.
ST. MARYS — Local school administrators met with new staff members as part of an annual welcome luncheon held Monday.
Karl A. Willrath, 33, formerly of Celina, died on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at his residence in Bradford.
He was born on July 22, 1978, in Frankfurt, Germany, to Wayne E. and Marsha A. (Colson) Willrath, and they survive him in Celina.
He is also survived by 12 aunts and uncles; numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at W.H. Dick and Sons - Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, with the Rev. Bob Sweeney officiating. Burial will be held in Buck Cemetery in Celina.
Frederick R. Gilleo, 80, of Oakland, Mich., died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at his daughter’s residence in Celina.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1931, in Detroit, Mich., to Glen and Anna (Larkin) Gilleo, and they preceded him in death.
In 1984, he married Nancy Podeski, and she preceded him in death in October 2009.
He is survived by four children, Pam (Jerry) Fleck of Celina, Doug (Cindy) Gilleo of Celina, Willis Gilleo of Celina and Gene (Lisa) Gilleo of Celina; two sisters; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Emily Jean McCune, 79, of rural Mendon, died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the Golden Valley Living Center in St. Marys, with her family by her side.
She was born on Sept. 22, 1931, in her lifelong residence in Auglaize County, the daughter of Merle and Catherine S. (Brodbeck) Shimp, and they preceded her in death.
On June 21, 1951, she married Harold E. McCune, and he survives her. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
NEW BREMEN — Cars of all makes, models and colors lined the lots along Lock One in New Bremen as part of an annual show.
The Bremenfest Muscle and Classic Car Show went on for its fourth year this weekend, netting cars from all over the area.
“We’ve got probably a four or five county area here — from Mercer County, Allen County and of course Auglaize,” Bremenfest Committee member Randy Hirschfeld said. “We’ve got some nice locals. It’s a nice variety of cars.”
NEW BREMEN — Almost 30 teams competed in the Bremenfest Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, all vying for the top spots and bragging rights for the best chili in New Bremen.
Participants lined the perimeter of the Crown Pavilion in New Bremen since Saturday morning preparing 28 pots of chili that would be judged on by festival-goers and by Bremenfest judges.
Sisters Steph Heitkamp and Sheila Wenning, both of New Bremen, dressed up as Stepford wives for their “perfect Stepford chili.”