• Danny L. Cass, 1951 – 2018 - Print This ArticleOTTAWA – Danny L. Cass, 66, of Ottawa died at 2:20 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf. He was born April 3, 1951 in Lima to the late Willard and Doris (Quigley) Cass. On October 27, 1984 he married Marie M. Niese who survives in Ottawa. Also surviving are five children, Ryan (Stephanie) Cass of Georgia, Shelley Fickel of Cleveland, Cory (Rob) Orta and Megan Cass both of Defiance, and Andy Cass of Ottawa; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother-in-law, Larry Nienberg of Ottawa. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne Nienberg and a grandchild. Danny retired from the Continental Post Office. He attended Xperience Church in Defiance. A Funeral Service will be held 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Continental. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. A private burial will be at a later date in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Council on Aging. Condolences can be expressed at:
  • Velma Shalter, 1919 – 2018 - Print This ArticleCONTINENTAL — Velma Shalter, 98, of Continental died 5:15 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018 at Putnam Heritage, Ottawa. She was born August 31, 1919 in Cloverdale to the late Randolph J. and Josephine (Leatherman) Marriott. On January 11, 1941 she married Willis D. Shalter, who preceded her in death on April 20, 1994. Velma is survived by a son Michael (Carolyn) Shalter of Columbus; a granddaughter: Paige (Andy) Shalter Bruening; great-granddaughter: Lizzy Bruening; and a sister Faye Doseck of Lima. She is preceded in death by a 2 brothers: Lewis “Mike” and Paul Marriott and 4 sisters: Zelma Schmidt, Florence “Flossie” Parrett, Doris “Babe” Reynolds, and Emma Halbgewoks. Velma was a homemaker and had worked for Sears Roebuck, Defiance. At Velma’s request, there will not be any service at this time. There will be a private burial at a later date in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. The arrangements are under the direction of HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Continental. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
  • Louella V. Rau, 1927 – 2018 - Print This ArticleLouella V. Rau, 90, of Defiance, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Holgate, Ohio. She was born on June 8, 1927 in Arlington, Ohio. She was raised by Jessie and Frances Frayer in Melrose, Ohio. On February 28, 1945 she married Donald Rau, who preceded her in death on September 14, 2011. Louella is survived by her sons, Fred (Rachel) Rau of Continental, and Michael (Tracy) Rau of Defiance, daughter, Cindy (Jeff) Zinser of Georgia, 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rau, and a son, Charles Rau. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home, with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Putnam County Hospice, or The National Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences can be given at
  • James J. Lehman, 1959 – 2018 - Print This Article CONTINENTAL – James J. Lehman, 58, of Continental, died at 11:54 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born June 5, 1959 in Defiance to James L. and Betty J. (Floehr) Lehman. His father is deceased and his mother survives in Defiance. On November 19, 1983, he married the love of his life and best friend, Patricia L. Stateler and she survives in Continental. He raised an adopted son: Kyle W. (Kim) Kosch-Lehman of Kalida. His daughter Emily Lehman of Continental was born June 22, 1989 and Jim was very proud of her as she followed him into the nursing profession. Also surviving are grandchildren: Tyler, Catie, Wyatt and Brady Lehman; two brothers: Jerry (April) Lehman of Florida, Jeff (Melanie) Lehman of Montpelier; mother-in-law: Helen Stateler of Continental; sisters-in-law: Susan (Dean) Manges, Judy (Doug) Kent and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death also by his father-in-law: Nyle Stateler. Jim graduated from Defiance High School in 1977. He graduated from Northwest Tech in Archbold in 1979 with a Hospitality Management Degree. He worked as a Registered Dietetic Technician in nursing homes for 15 years. He was an EMT for Continental EMS for 12 years before returning to College at Lima Technical College where he received his RN degree with honors and was outstanding med/surg student. He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and worked at Bryan Hospital and St. Rita’s Medical Center from 2001 to 2014. He was also […]
  • Ruby F. Dukes, 1927 – 2018 - Print This ArticleLEIPSIC – Ruby F. Dukes, 90, of Leipsic died 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Meadows of Leipsic. She was born April 4, 1927 in Logan, West Virginia to the late Grant and Mae (Guillum) Nelson. She married Smith Hurley, Sr., who preceded her in death. She then married Edwin Dukes on January 30, 1969, and he preceded her in death in May 2003. Ruby is survived by 6 children: Herbert (Martha) Hurley of Canton, Helen (Ken) Hall of Paulding, Smith (Judy) Hurley, Jr. of Defiance, Sheila (Al) Phillips of McClure, Larry (Kelly) Hurley of Ottawa and Brian (Dana) Dukes of Leipsic; 3 step-children: Bruce (Diane) Dukes of Continental, Duane (Sandy) Dukes of Bryan and Joyce Krentz of California; 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by a son: Jim Hurley; a brother: Herbert Nelson; a sister: Shirley Riebesehl; and a grandson. Ruby was a member of Leipsic United Methodist Church and retired in 1990 from Campbell’s Soup, Napoleon. There will be a memorial service for Ruby at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Leipsic with Pastor Laurie Beaty officiating. Burial will be in Harmon Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
  • Elvene Marie Dobbelaere, 1926 – 2018 - Print This ArticleOAKWOOD – Elvene Marie Dobbelaere, 91, of Oakwood passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Gardens of Paulding. She was born September 1, 1926 to Elva and Ethel (Schooley) Keck in Paulding, Ohio. She was a 1944 graduate of Latty High School. On April 22, 1946 she married Gerard Dobbelaere at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction. Fondly known as Shorty or Nan, she was a devoted mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She enjoyed being with family, was an excellent cook, and was hostess to countless family and friends gatherings.. She also loved to play cards and to do the daily crossword puzzle until her health began to fail. Gerard and Elvene were fortunate to travel often and always journeyed with friends or family. They spent many enjoyable winters at their home in Haines City, Florida before he passed away December 24, 2007. For the past five and a half years she became a part of the Gardens of Paulding family where she continued to bring joy to those around her. She is survived by her children, Bob and Sue Brown and David “Bud” and Kris (Kohart) Dobbelaere all of Oakwood; four grandchildren, Deedi (Mike) Miller, Cory Dobbelaere both of Oakwood, Derric (Dee) Brown of Marysville, and Darsi (Mark) Everson of Fishers, IN; seven great-grandchildren, Ellie, Estee, and Aiden Miller, Noah and Leah Brown, and Blake and Max Everson; brothers-in-law, Morris Dobbelaere, Bob Dobbelaere, and Henry Dobbelaere; and a sister-in-law, Doris Richman. In addition to her parents and […]
  • Darlene K. Radabaugh, 1957 – 2018 - Print This Article COLUMBUS GROVE – Darlene K. Radabaugh, 60, of Columbus Grove died at 7:46 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at Lima Manor. She was born October 25, 1957 in Lima to George and Georgine “Jean” (Snow) Combs. Her father is deceased, her mother survives in Ottawa. On October 26, 1986 she married Herbert “Herb” Radabaugh who survives in Columbus Grove. Also surviving are five children, Brain (Diane) Dearth of Arcadia, FL., Connie (Stacy) McDougle of Continental, Jason (Nicole) Moore of Lima, Scott (Danielle) Moore of Columbus Grove, and Joni (Dave) Elwood of Shawnee; fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Darrell (Marge) Combs of Ottawa; a sister, Lori Young of Columbus Grove; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Moore. Darlene taught at Brookhill for 35 years. She was a member of Free Christian Church in Continental. She loved her large family and was loved by all. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018 at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa with Rev. James Fry officiating. Burial will follow in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 pm. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be to a charity of the donor’s choice or to the family. Condolences can be expressed
  • Rev. Mr. Kenneth Albert Klear, 1933 – 2018 - Print This ArticleRev. Mr. Kenneth Albert Klear slipped the binds of his earthly life on the morning of January 21, 2018 and passed into the new life that he spent many years planning for and so richly deserved. Kenny had two great loves, first was the family he began when he married Mary (Van Poppel), on August 19, 1956, and which they together nurtured and guided for over 61 years. Kenny and Mary’s family include seven children and their spouses – Thomas (Donna) Klear of Miller City, Anthony (Kaylon) Klear of New Bavaria, Rose Ann (Edwin Silka, Jr.) Haselman of Findlay, James Klear (deceased), Diane (Bradley) Stover of Defiance, Annette (Edward) Garza of Stafford, Va., and Maryann (Randal) Okuley of Sylvania, who gave them 23 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. In service to his great love for his family, Kenny treated and bound countless physical and emotional wounds, and attended countless school and sporting events. (Go Miller City Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Detroit Tigers!). In short, Kenny was always there for and with his family, whenever and in whatever role they needed him. Kenny’s other great love was the Catholic church, which he served for over 40 years as a member of the second class of deacons ordained in the Catholic diocese of Toledo. During his ministry, Kenny officiated and attended to countless Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings, Confirmations, deaths and funerals in the parishes of Sacred Heart in New Bavaria, St. Joseph’s in North Creek, St. John’s in Continental, […]
  • Deloris J. Weible, 1934 – 2018 - Print This Article OAKWOOD – Deloris J. Weible, 83, of Oakwood died 12:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at The Laurels of Defiance. She was born March 25, 1934 in Van Wert County to the late Clarence and Opal (Warrick) Wallick. On November 20, 1955, she married Don A. Weible. He died November 1, 1998. Surviving are four daughters: Michelle (Rob) Oller and Monica (Gary) Lloyd both of Defiance, Melissa (Rob) Taylor of Paulding and Meda (Tom) Sullinger of Couder Sport, PA; a sister: Joan Horney of Van Wert; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Reed, Robert and Louis Wallick; two sisters: Grace Profit and Maxine Amerman; and a great-grandson, Kurt Weible. Deloris was a homemaker and retired from Coopers Hatchery of Oakwood. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family. A funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed at
  • Alice Joanne Spitnale, 1946 – 2018 - Print This ArticleContinental – Alice Joanne Spitnale, 71, passed away peacefully at 6:04 a.m., Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Meadows of Leipsic. She was born February 17, 1946 in Defiance to the late Carl and Rosemary (Gerber) Spitnale. Alice is survived by her sister, LaDonna Engle and brother-in-law, Gene Engle of North Carolina, and Engle children: Ken, Michael, Vicki and Jenny; nephew, Douglas (Lynn) Hershelman; great-nephews and great-niece: Eric, Michael and Julia Hershelman all of Wellesly, MA.; Nephew: Brent (Patricia) Spitnale, Great-nieces: Jane and Susan Spitnale all of Sparta, NJ; great-nephew: Peter (Lisa) Surprenant and great-nieces Renee Surprenant and Lauren (Taylor) Haines. She is also preceded in death by two brothers: Carl Lee and Robert J. Spitnale. Alice enjoyed many years with roommate Margaret Allemeier living in Ottawa and the last years at the Meadows of Leipsic. She worked several years at Brookhill Industries. Her love of music included both polka and country. Alice grew up in Putnam County and attended Continental and Brookhill Schools. Mic Kohls and many other people in Putnam County, as well as her family, helped make Alice’s life special and interesting. Alice became a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, in 1985. Alice’s family extends a special thank you to The Meadows of Leipsic’s staff for their loving care and Putnam County Hospice. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa, with Deacon Jim Rump officiating. Burial will follow at Monroe Cemetery, Continental. […]

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