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Paulding Progress November 28, 2012

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Blood drive
LATTY – A Red Cross blood drive is scheduledfor Thursday, Dec. 6 at theApostolic Christian Churchfellowship hall. Hours will be 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.The hall is located at12867 Road 82, Latty.To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit red-crossblood.org. Donate be-tween Dec. 1-31 and be en-tered into a region-wideweekly drawing for a $250gasoline gift card.
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Music, lights, food, fun andhelping others are among theholiday events happening thismonth in Paulding County.Mark your calendar now toattend:
Saturday, Dec. 1 – 
TGIF (Thank God It’sFree) giveaway 9 a.m.-noonat the OSU ExtensionBuilding, hosted by PauldingUMC.“Meet Santa” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Paulding Eagles,sponsored by Paulding LionsClub.Oakwood LibraryAssociation’s Event Plannerswill host an elegant eveningmeal starting at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets can be purchased atthe Cooper CommunityLibrary in Oakwood.
Sunday, Dec. 2 – 
Oakwood GuidingFootsteps OCCL will hold aChristmas Walk from 5-8 p.m. Presale tickets for thewalk are $5 and can be pur-chased at the library or BJ’sBeauty Shop. Tickets will be$6 the evening of the walk.
Monday, Dec. 3 – 
 Neighbors In Need livedrive from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. onthe square in Paulding.
Wednesday, Dec. 5 – 
Christmas For Kids livedrive from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. atFirst Federal in Paulding.
Thursday, Dec. 6 – 
Sixth Annual LibraryWinter Wonderland Party 6-8 p.m. in the Children’s Roomof the main historic Carnegielibrary in Paulding. Free pho-tos with Santa, refreshments,crafts and goody bag.
Friday, Dec. 7 – 
Christmas light extrava-ganza at the Paulding CountyFairgrounds from 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8 – 
The Paulding UnitedMethodist Church is hostingits annual Homemade Cookieand Candy Walk from 9 a.m.-noon (or until gone) in thechurch fellowship hall (base-ment).Friends of the PayneBranch Library to sponsor aChristmas Walk from 3-7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased
By NANCY WHITAKER Progress Staff Writer
PAULDING – Mark andReta Ptak are looking forwardto Friday and their ribbon cut-ting ceremony which will an-nounce the opening of their new gym. The ribbon cuttingis set for noon on Friday, Nov.30 and grand opening for thegym is Saturday, Dec. 1.Rip It Fit owners, Mark andReta Ptak have been busy re-modeling and adding a gym inthe upper level of their build-ing, located at the corner of Williams and Perry Street.The brick building built in1893, has been the home of many businesses through theyears including a bank, thehealth department, real estateoffices and attorney offices.The Ptaks purchased the building in April, and on May3 began ripping up the up-stairs flooring. It was uncer-tain as to what they wouldfind. Old linoleum was priedloose, leaving the old original beautiful wood floors. Thosefloors are being restored back to the time when they werenew.Suspended ceilings whichhad been installed in later years were torn out and on thetop of the ceiling were win-dows which had been hiddenfrom view when the ceilingswere lowered.Reta said, “I love doingthis. It is so much fun to seewhat things from the past are behind these walls and ceil-ings. I love this old buildingand I want to restore things back to the original as muchas we can.”From the remodeling andrestoration efforts, Reta haskept a sample of each kind of floor covering which was re-moved and plans on making adisplay of the old flooring andother memorabilia.The upstairs gym will be afull gym with all types of ex-ercise and fitness machines.Also located upstairs will be Drew Munger, who will beteaching and playing guitar.Drew and his wife, Brenda,are helping with the restora-tion as well.Reta has been teachingZumba for the past 2-1/2years. She began teaching theclass when Jeff and GlendaFerris owned the building.Downstairs is the studiowhere the Zumba classes arewithin the county to support local merchants.He noted that the leaky roof will be re- placed with a gable roof with a 4/12 pitch.“The roof is in bad shape,” said Shafer.“We appreciate the commissioners comingthrough. We would have had to at least resh-ingle had they not.”The senior fair board will be tackling a sec-ond project at the same time. They intend toupgrade the bathrooms connected to the block building.Goals for this project include gutting therestrooms, putting up new, washable wallcoverings over the masonry, adding new di-viders, counters, sinks and mirrors and level-ing the floors.“We want to make them more user friend-ly,” Shafer said.He expects the new wall covering to be the biggest expense of the project.
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Improvements to fairgroundinclude new Grange Hall roof 
By DENISE GEBERSProgress Staff Writer
PAULDING – Paulding County Com-missioners have agreed to come on boardwith the Paulding County Fair Board to makeimprovements to the Grange Hall display building.At a meeting Nov. 19, the commissionerstold newly elected fair board president TimShafer they will pay for supplies needed for renovations up to $6,000.According to Tony Zartman, chairman of the board of commissioners, “We feel it is es-sential that the fairgrounds be maintained.”Zartman said they were told of plans to tear off the rounded roof, replace the trusses thenreroof with steel. The structure will also beresided.He noted the foundation and walls are fine.Shafer said estimates for the work on theGrange Hall are collected for the most part.He is trying to obtain materials and labor 
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Rick Small from Mix 98.1 and Becky Michael, community service worker for PauldingCounty NOCAC, manned the Christmas For Kids live drive in downtown Paulding at middayMonday. There’s one more live drives in Paulding County: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 5 at FirstFederal in Paulding. In addition, Neighbors In Need will hold a final live drive from 10 a.m.-1p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 on the square in Paulding.The Ptaks stripped and tore out all of the of the old floor coverings and discovered perfect wood floors thought to be the original.
Rip It Fit giving new old look to old building 
Mark and Reta Ptak, owners of Rip it Fit, are opening up anew gym located on the second floor of the old building at thecorner of Williams and Perry streets. When restoring the up-stairs, they uncovered these windows that had been hidden bya suspended ceiling.
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at the library for an $8 dona-tion. Seven homes are partici- pating.Christmas light extrava-ganza at the Paulding CountyFairgrounds from 7-10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 – 
Christmas light extrava-ganza at the Paulding CountyFairgrounds from 7-10 p.m.
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PAYNE – The Friends of the Payne Branch Libraryhas announced two upcom-ing holiday events.During the month of December, wreaths donated by area businesses will be ondisplay at the Payne BranchLibrary, branch of thePaulding County CarnegieLibrary. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each for achance to win the wreaths.Tickets will begin to go onsale Monday, Dec. 3.ing Swiss steak and bakedchicken with all the trim-mings, including a decadentdessert, follow at 6:30.Door prizes will be award-ed throughout the dinner withsomeone at each table win-ning.Adding to this year’s ex-citement will be a variety of  prizes and gift baskets to beraffled and auctioned. Manyitems have already been do-nated, including pieces of Premiere Jewelry, massages,a Fitness Center certificate,chocolate, dessert of themonth, restaurant dinners,golf outings, lessons, a mem- bership to the club, and more.Gift baskets will be auctionedat the dinner. Tickets will besold for raffle prizes andsilent bids will be taken onthe auction baskets.Dinner tickets can be pur-chased now at the library andit is suggested you call soon before they are gone.Those who miss out on thedinner can view the 11 deco-rated tables during theChristmas Walk, which isscheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2from 5-8 p.m. Presale ticketsfor the walk are $5 and can be purchased at the library or BJ’s Beauty Shop.Tickets will be $6 theevening of the walk and can be purchased at any of thehouses.The Christmas Walk con-sists of several Oakwood andPaulding area homes beinglavishly decorated for theChristmas season. Your jour-ney may start at any one of the homes listed as the fol-lowing residents of theOakwood and Pauldingcountryside will be openingtheir decorated homes for your evening of ChristmasSeason festivities:Ron & Diana Sierer,16467 Rd 156Scott & TiffanyBeckman, 16373 Rd 156Bill & Rachel Beckman,18174 Rd 138Jerry & PauletteBeckman, 18031 Rd 138Dan & Sarah Halter,9149 Rd 171Please join the OakwoodGuiding Footsteps OCCL asthey help to make the seasonof Christmas brighter andhappier.
By BILL SHERRYCorrespondent
OAKWOOD – TheOakwood Guiding FootstepsOCCL (Ohio ChildConservation League) has or-ganized and will be sponsor-ing a Christmas Walk.The Christmas Walk be-gins on Saturday, Dec. 1 asThe Event Planners, an armof the Oakwood LibraryAssociation, are again plan-ning an elegant eveningmeal. The dinner will be onDec. 1 beginning with appe-tizers at 6 p.m. The bell choir from Paulding Lutheranchurch will play as guestsenjoy an exciting array of  beautifully presented appetiz-ers. A delicious meal featur-On Dec. 8, the Friendsgroup is sponsoring aChristmas Walk from 3-7 p.m. Tickets can be pur-chased at the library for an$8 donation each.Seven area homes are par-ticipating in this event.Homes include:Kevin & Patty Lee,6498 SR 500Eric & Dawn Cook,5636 Rd. 94Mike & Julie Zuber,10579 SR 49Dorothy Slade, 203South HymanMike & Peggie Linder,6327 SR 49Carrie Williams, 6325Meadowlark LaneBen & Stacy Thomas,6509 Rd. 21.Hours for the library areMonday and Tuesday noon-7:30 p.m., Wednesdaythrough Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop in and get your tickets.PAULDING – ’Tis the sea-son to be jolly and join the party at the Paulding CountyCarnegie Library. Mark your calendar now for the 6thAnnual Winter WonderlandParty to be held on Thursday,Dec. 6 in the Children’sRoom of the main historicCarnegie library in Paulding.Children are invited to visitanytime from 6-8 p.m. tohave a free photo taken withSanta. Visitors will follow awintery path through a forestof Christmas trees while theymake their way to see this jolly ol’ elf.Partygoers will also enjoyrefreshments, make a craftand go home with a fungoody bag.Enjoy the sounds of theseasons, twinkling lights and beautiful decorations, pluscheck out the library’s selec-tion of awesome books andmovies during this fun-filled,free event.Both projects are to get un-derway after the holidayswhen the weather breaks, ac-cording to Shafer. Both are to be done before the fair inJune.Considering the improve-ment plans, Shafer said,“This is not a one-year deal.We made some improve-held. Zumba exercise began in2000 and Reta attended class-es and became certified toteach. She has also held a fit-ness and nutrition degree for 14 years.She said, “I love what I doand I have fun doing it.Getting this building and get-ting the opportunity to pre-serve some of its history is adream come true.”Reta said, “We still havework to do upstairs, but wewill be ready by Friday, whichis their ribbon cutting withPaulding’s Chamber of Commerce.When walking into thedownstairs studio, you can seethat some of the ceiling tileshave been removed. If youlook up you can see more oldcurved woodwork which has been hidden by the suspendedceilings.Reta said, “I want to maybeget to tearing it out during myhusband’s Christmas vaca-tion.”Mark and Reta live inAntwerp and have four chil-dren and a grandson. Mark works in St. Joe Indiana andthey are also farmers.If anyone is interested inlearning more about Rip It Fit,call Reta at 419-487-2590.
Payne Library to hold wreathraffle and Christmas Walk
 Young readers visit with Santa at the library’s 2011 Winter Wonderland Party. This year’s event will be held Dec. 6.
Oakwood Village nearsreplacing fire truck
Library plans its annualWinter Wonderland Party
By BILL SHERRYCorrespondent
OAKWOOD – The Oakwood VillageCouncil met on Nov. 26.Fire Chief Kenny Thomas reported that hehad gone to Texas and inspected and driven thefire truck that the insurance company is pro- posing to use to replace the one that went intothe river.He noted the truck had a few “battle scars,” but would be a good asset for the fire depart-ment.Mayor Bud Henke told Thomas to finish thetruck deal as soon as possible.Thomas stated that Santa would be visitingthe fire station from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Dec.20. There will be rides available from the firestation to the library.Council had a short discussion concerningmaking contact with Police Chief Mark Figert.It was noted that calls coming into the policechief’s home for police business was not the proper way to get police action.Some calls may not get forwarded to the chief in a timely manner, because no one is home or someone takes the call and cannot get the in-formation to the chief.The proper protocol for contacting the po-lice is to call 911 if it is an emergency, so thedispatcher can contact the proper law enforce-ment person, or call 888-399-0171 if it is notan emergency.Figert reported the following calls receivedand cleared for the month of October: subjectwith gun (1), domestic (1), keys locked in ve-hicle (1), assist EMS department(1), keep the peace (1), telephone harassment (1) and misc.(4). Ten complaints were reported and tenwere cleared for the month.Village administrator John Keyes told coun-cil the paving had been completed but two ac-cess panels needed raised and the stone would be put in the curbing area in the next few days.Keyes also stated that he had removed the boat docks, but had several requests to leavethe ramp dock in as long as possible. Henkestated that last Sunday there were nine boatslaunched from the ramp. Keyes noted that thefishermen were still catching a few crappies.Keyes also said that he had been approachedconcerning rental of one-half of the old firestation for $300 per month. The space wouldonly be used for equipment storage. It wasnoted that two locks would need to be changedand the electricity billing transferred. Councilunanimously approved this rental and themayor and fiscal officer will prepare a leaseagreement.Henke asked and council approved to pro-vide a box of candy as a door prize for theOakwood Christmas Walk dinner on Dec. 1.Henke noted that the Oakwood Gleanerswanted to do something for the village and he proposed getting new signs made for each en-trance to the village. He stated that it would benice to put up something eye catching or witha memorable saying.He also noted that a small town in Indianahas a sign at the entrance to their village thatsays; “We have 92 citizens and 3 grouches.”More will be discussed about the sign at a later meeting.Councilman Phil Stucky asked council toconsider purchasing a carport for the policecruiser as it now sets out in the weather and ittakes time to remove snow and ice before itcan be used in a response to a police call.Council will discuss this with Figert.The next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.The last meeting of the year will be held at6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.
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By AMBER GEBERSCorrespondent
PAULDING – There was muchto discuss at the November meetingof the Paulding Exempted SchoolBoard, which was held on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The board held an hour-long executive session at the begin-ning of the meeting to discuss em- ployment of a public employee.The board also had two speakingguests in attendance at the meeting. Nathaniel Trausch, a PauldingCounty homeschool student, andGary Gilbert, PEA president, bothspoke to the board for some time.Trausch voiced his interest in playing high school sports, specifi-cally soccer. To allow him to do sowould mean a change in currentschool policy. He gave the boardseveral handouts with informationabout the topic.Gilbert asked the board to allowthe teachers to “have a voice at thetable” when it came to hiring thenext superintendent. Greg Reinhart,President of the board recommend-ed that Gary meet with the other teachers and make a list of ques-tions/concerns they would likeasked of any potential hires.In a related matter, the resigna-tion of superintendent Patricia Rosswas approved, effective Dec. 31.She is now superintendent atAntwerp Local Schools.The board also approved the res-ignation of Chris Etzler as headfootball coach, effective Nov. 12.The board moved to purchasetwo lots on North Water Street for the amount of $15,000. The lots areadjoined to the lots that house theold school garage. The motion passed, but with a descending votefrom Elizabeth Hunt.The Paulding Exempted VillageSchools will be holding its annualSenior Citizens’ ChristmasBreakfast on Dec. 12 at 8:30 a.m.The board also approved substi-tute teachers, pending records, for the remainder of the current schoolyear. They are as follows: MikeMagg and Gary Smiddy.Joann Bail was approved by the board as a substitute bus driver; her  position is effective Nov. 6.One-year extracurricular con-tracts were approved pendingrecords, they are as follows: Josh Neilson fifth and sixth gradewrestling, Nic Alvarez – boys headtrack, Josh Neilson assistant highschool track boys, Mel White –  boys assistant track, Nic Alvarez – girls head track, Shawn Brewer –  boys junior high head track, MeganCrawford – girls junior high headtrack, Mark Ball – girls junior hightrack assistant, and Melissa Stork –  junior varsity softball coach.The board accepted the resigna-tion of Amanda Gerardot, PauldingElementary Title I teacher, effective Nov. 2.A one-year limited interim con-tract was approved for Jan Kohart.The position is for the PauldingElementary Title I teacher. Her po-sition was effective Nov. 5.The board also made the approvalof one .5 full-time equivalent pre-school teacher position.Lou Cinda Horstman was ap- proved for a one-year limited con-tract as a two-hour bus aide, effec-tive Nov. 27.The treasurer reported that theschool van has been delivered, andis sitting in the parking lot in frontof the administration building.Members then approved an ad-vance from the general fund to theSafe Routes to School fund in theamount of $217.17.The next regularly scheduledmeeting will be held on Tuesday,Dec. 18.
PEVS superintendent, football coach resign
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ments last year, will do somemore this year. We’re goingto keep going until it’s done.”Zartman noted that the fair  board is a volunteer organiza-tion and that many times inthe past members have usedtheir own money to complete projects on the grounds in ad-dition to their time.
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Drake Thomas came prepared when he visited with Santa at the John Paulding HistoricalSociety on Nov. 17 – he brought a toy store flyer along to make sure St. Nick had no doubtsabout his wish list. The Progress has a slideshow of this year’s Festival of Trees on our web-site www.progressnewspaper.org. Look for “Festival of Trees 2012 slideshow” under “News.”
 
tired in 1981 from Interna-tional Harvester (Navistar)after 35years of service. Hewas amember of TrinityEvangeli-calLutheranChurch inConvoy.He was aveteran of the U.S. Army,serving in World War II, andwas a life member of Ameri-can Legion Post 208 in Con-voy. He was a member of VanWert County Farm Bureau, aformer Union Townshiptrustee, a former board mem- ber of Convoy-Union School,and was a church councilmember for 15 years.Also surviving are twodaughters, Martha Smith of Columbus and Marilyn Smithof Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers, Dean (Pat) Smith of Convoy and Dale Smith of Van Wert; a granddaughter,Rebecca (Troy) Gray; andone daughter-in-law, DebraSmith.He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Smith; four  brothers, Fred, Kenneth,Richard and Donald Smith;and a grandson, GregorySmith.Funeral services were heldSaturday, Nov. 24, at TrinityEvangelical Lutheran Churchin Convoy, with the Rev. RitaBair officiating. Burial was inIOOF Cemetery in Convoy,with graveside military rites performed by American Le-gion Post 208. Gearhart-Jur-czyk Funeral Home inConvoy was in charge of arrangements.Preferred memorials are toTrinity Evangelical LutheranChurch.Messages of condolencemay be left atwww.alspachgearhart.com.
AMOS “BILL” FRY1931-2012
FORT WAYNE – Amos W.“Bill” Fry, age 81, died Mon-day, Nov. 19.He was born May 7, 1931in Fort Wayne, the son of Richard W. and Beatrice(Ross) Fry. On Feb. 23, 1957,he marriedWilma C.Strabele,who sur-vives. Hewas em- ployed byKemper Insurancefor eightyears andretired in 1993 from Ohio Ca-sualty Insurance after 28years. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church of Fort Wayne and Adjusters As-sociation.Also surviving are four sons, Richard (Cindy) of Lib-erty Township, Ohio, Michael(Susan) of Seattle, and Ericand Kevin (Angie), both of Fort Wayne; two daughters,Elizabeth (Stephen) Charlesand Kendall (Tom) Clark, both of Fort Wayne; andseven grandchildren, Malloryand Steven Fry, Matthew Fry,Jessica and Brittney Clark and Kyle and Emma Charles.A Mass of Christian Burialwas held Monday, Nov. 26 atDivine Mercy CatholicChurch, Paulding. Burial wasin Live Oak Cemetery, Pauld-ing. Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding, was incharge of arrangements.In lieu of flowers, the fam-ily requests donations may bemade to Masses, ParkviewHospice, or St. Mary’s SoupKitchen.Online condolences may besent towww.denherderfh.com.
JUNE TAYLOR 1930-2012
PAULDING – June L. Sut-ton Taylor, age 82, died Tues-day, Nov. 20 at PauldingCounty Hospital.She was born June 22,1930 in Paulding County, thedaughter of Floyd and Emma(Gary) Sutton. She marriedGeorge Eddie Freeman, who preceded her in death onApril 16, 1970. On Oct. 14,1972, shemarriedVirgil Tay-lor, who precededher indeath onFeb. 1,2005. Shewas amember of First ChristianChurch, Paulding.She is survived by her sons,Richard (Susan) Moore of Payne, Mitchel Moore of LosAngeles, Dennis (Faith)Moore of Noblesville, Ind.,Chet (Pam) Moore and Lynn(Karen) Moore, both of Paulding, and Glenn (Amber) Neal of Peoria, Ill.; stepchil-dren, Randall (Patty) Taylor of Bolivar, Ohio, and Jeanne(Brent) Kinkle of Van Wert;19 grandchildren; and 14great-grandchildren.She also was preceded indeath by a brother, VincentSutton, and a sister, RoseMarie Haney.Funeral services were heldTuesday, Nov. 27 at FirstChristian Church, Paulding.Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. DenHerder Funeral Home was incharge of arrangements.Memorial donations may be made to First ChristianChurch.Online condolences may besent towww.denherderfh.com.
PHYLLIS FEASBY1942-2012
PAYNE – Phyllis MaeFeasby, age 70, died Thurs-day, Nov. 22 at the Van WertInpatient Hospice, Van Wert.She was born June 15,1942, thedaughter of Russelland VivaMae(Som-mers) Fry.On Aug. 5,1961, shemarriedWayne E. Feasby, who sur-vives. She was employed assecretary/treasurer book-keeper for Feasby Farms Inc.and a member of the PayneChurch of the Nazarene, amember of the church board,Missionary president, SundaySchool teacher and a member of the church choir. She wasa member of PauldingCounty Republican Party,Paulding County Farm Bu-reau, Gideon Auxiliary,McGill Trio and Marion Col-lege Soccer Team, Marion,Ind. She enjoyed horse breed-ing, flower gardening, birdwatching, singing, her dog,and her horse. She enjoyedsewing and watching childrenand grandchildren showhorses and play basketball.Also surviving are a son,Rex (Laurie) Feasby, and adaughter, Joan Hughes, bothof Payne; five granddaugh-ters, Bethany, Kelsey andKatelyn Hughes and Sarahand Brenda Feasby; and a sis-ter, Dorothy (Al) Gibson,Florida.She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sis-ters, Elouise Link and DorisMcMillan.Funeral services will beheld at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 28at Payne Church of the Nazarene, Payne, with Pastor Mike Harper officiating. Bur-ial will follow in LehmanCemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Visitation is at the churchone hour prior to services.Memorial donations may be made to Payne Church of the Nazarene or Van Wert In- patient Hospice Center.Online condolences may besent towww.denherderfh.com.
CARLA YOH1939-2012
PAULDING – Carla V.Yoh, age 72, died Monday, Nov. 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.She was born Dec. 9, 1939in Tuscarawas County, Ohio,the daughter of Jeptha D. andMildred L. (Holmes) Fitzger-ald. In 1990, she marriedGeorge W.Yoh, who precededher indeath onAug. 17,1998. Shewas em- ployed asa data ad-ministra-tor.She is survived by a son,Rick Miller, Paulding; twodaughters, Wanda M. Ziegler,Paulding, and Kathleen K.Pace, Orlando, Fla.; a sister JaDee (Rick) DeGood, Pauld-ing; six grandchildren, SaraMiller, Paul Miller, AaronPace, Jamie Lammers, Lind-sey Lassiter, Hannah Tunis;and six great-grandchildren,Riley, Austin and Conner Pace, Taylor Kochenour,Greg Lammers and OliviaCritz.She also was preceded indeath by her first husband,Calvin Miller.Funeral services were heldSaturday, Nov. 24 at DenHerder Funeral Home, Pauld-ing. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.Memorial donations may be made to the AmericanCancer Society or PauldingUnited Methodist Church.Online condolences may besent towww.denherderfh.com.
BERNARD FLINT1924-2012
PAULDING – BernardRay Flint, age 87, died Mon-day, Nov. 19 at CHP Hospice,Defiance.He was born Dec. 29, 1924in Pauld-ingCounty,the son of Jesse andEssa(Doster)Flint. OnAug. 19,1950, hemarried Jane Ann Deisler,who preceded him in deathon Nov. 30, 1995. He was previously employed by In-tegrity Motors, Winkle’s,Grizzly and Stokely’s. Hewas a member of St. PaulEvangelical Lutheran Churchof Paulding.He is survived by four sons, Mike of Mineral Wells,Texas, Gary (Donna) Flint of Dumas, Texas, Randy Flint of Defiance and Troy Flint,Payne; 10 grandchildren; fivestepgrandchildren; and sixgreat-grandchildren with oneon the way.He also was preceded indeath by a daughter, Sharon Nelson; a granddaughter,Kimberly Annette Nelson;and three brothers, Leo, Don-ald and Justus Flint.Funeral services were heldSaturday, Nov. 24 at St. PaulEvangelical LutheranChurch, Paulding. Burial wasin Live Oak Cemetery, Pauld-ing. Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding, was incharge of arrangements.Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Evangel-ical Lutheran Church or CHPHospice.Online condolences may besent towww.denherderfh.com.
ROBERTSMITH1922-2012
CONVOY – Robert L.Smith, 89, of Convoy, died at9:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 atVan Wert County Hospital.He was born Dec. 19,1922, in Union Township,Van Wert County, the son of Homer and Iva Ruth(Greenawalt) Smith. OnMarch 23, 1947, he marriedCaroline “Connie” Myers,who survives. He farmed for more than 40 years and re-
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WILHELM FIEDLER 1926-2012
TOLEDO – Wilhelm A.“Willi” Fiedler, age 86, of Toledo, passed away onWednesday, Nov. 21, sur-rounded by his loving family.He was born on Jan. 22,1926 in Sapron, Hungary, theson of Michael and Luise(Pfandler) Fiedler. Willi im-migrated to the United Statesin 1952 and settled in Toledoin 1954 where he and hiswife, Ursula, raised their fam-ily.He was a mason contractor and owned his own businessfor 45 years in Toledo, (F &L Mason Contractors). Williwas a member of the HomeBuilders Assoc., GAF Re-tirees, GBU Schuetzenverienat the Oakshade and the Local1 Bricklayers Union (50 year member). A large portion of his life and his family’s lifewas devoted to the GBU(Greater Beneficial Union).Left to cherish his memoryare his loving wife of 65years, Ursula M. (Muschik)Fiedler; children, Gisela(Steven) Mohr, Irmgard(Richard) Green, Christine(Terry) Blackman andMichael (Vickie) Fiedler; 10grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother,Ferdinand (Elfriede) Fiedler.He was preceded in death by three brothers.The family will receiveguests from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 1 at New-comer Funeral Home, Toledo.Funeral Services will begin at1 p.m. Interment will followin Ottawa Hills MemorialPark.Memorial contributionsmay be made to Hospice of  Northwest Ohio.To leave a special messagefor the Fiedler family pleasevisit www.Newcomer-Toledo.com.
WILHELM FIEDLER 1926-2012
TOLEDO – Wilhelm A.“Willi” Fiedler, age 86, of Toledo, passed away onWednesday, Nov. 21, sur-rounded by his lov-ing fam-ily.He was born onJan. 22,1926 inSapron,Hungary,the son of Michael and Luise (Pfandler)Fiedler. Willi immigrated tothe United States in 1952 andsettled in Toledo in 1954where he and his wife, Ur-sula, raised their family.He was a mason contractor and owned his own businessfor 45 years in Toledo, (F &L Mason Contractors). Williwas a member of the HomeBuilders Assoc., GAF Re-tirees, GBU Schuetzenverienat the Oakshade and the Local1 Bricklayers Union (50 year member). A large portion of his life and his family’s lifewas devoted to the GBU(Greater Beneficial Union).Left to cherish his memoryare his loving wife of 65years, Ursula M. (Muschik)Fiedler; children, Gisela(Steven) Mohr, Irmgard(Richard) Green, Christine(Terry) Blackman andMichael (Vickie) Fiedler; 10grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother,Ferdinand (Elfriede) Fiedler.He was preceded in death by three brothers.The family will receiveguests from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 1 at New-comer Funeral Home, Toledo.Funeral Services will begin at1 p.m. Interment will followin Ottawa Hills MemorialPark.Memorial contributionsmay be made to Hospice of  Northwest Ohio.To leave a special messagefor the Fiedler family pleasevisit www.Newcomer-Toledo.com.
HEAVEN SMITH2012
PAULDING – Heaven LeeSmith was stillborn onWednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.She will be missed by her  parents, Jack and Chelsea(Clellan) Smith; her brother,Jeremiah Smith, sister, Hal-cyon Smith; and grandpar-ents, John and Tammy(Fidler) Clellan and Jack Sr.and Sharon (Ruder) Smith.Private family burial wasconducted Saturday, Nov. 24in Rochester Cemetery. DenHerder Funeral Home, Pauld-ing handled arrangementsDonations in Heaven’smemory may be made to acharity of the donor’s choice.
MARIETTA HARPER 1930-2012
PAULDING – MariettaLouise Harper, age 82, wascalled home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednes-day, Nov. 21 at The Gardensof Paulding.She was born Aug. 4, 1930in Payne, the daughter of Pauland Bertha (Mabis) Zielke.She was baptized on Sept. 3,1930 at St. John’s LutheranChurch in Briceton, and wasa lifelong member. On March19, 1952, she married Frank A. Harper, who survives. Shewas a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She en- joyed crocheting and spend-ing time with her family.Also surviving are threedaughters, Carol (Russ) Flint,Brenda Riggenbach and Patti(Brian) Stoller, all of Pauld-ing; one son, Ron (Judy) of Springboro; seven grandchil-dren; two great-grandchil-dren; and a brother, WayneZielke, Antwerp.Preceding her in deathwere four brothers, Alvin,Carl, Ray and Paul Zielke;and two sisters, Clara (Dye)and Ruth.Funeral services will beheld at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at St. John’sLutheran Church, Briceton.Burial will follow in LiveOak Cemetery, Paulding.Visitation will be from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 28 atDen Herder Funeral Home,Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.Memorial donations may be made to St. John’sLutheran Church or The Gar-dens of Paulding ActivityFund.Online condolences may besent towww.denherderfh.com.
JAMES KONOPKA1956-2012
PAULDING – JamesMichael Konopka, age 56,died Friday, Nov. 23 at theDefiance Regional MedicalCenter, Defiance.He was born Aug. 1, 1956in Paulding, the son of Michael P. and Emma Eliza- beth (Russell) Konopka. OnJune 11, 1997, he married Lo-raine M. Emens, who sur-vives.He is also survived by five brothers, Robert (Deb)Konopka of Bluffton,Thomas Konopka of Monroe,Mich., William Konopka of Belleville, Mich., Ralph(Sue) Konopka of Wayne,Mich., and Richard (Joyce)Konopka, Flemingsburg, Ky.;three sisters, Kathryn Dorsettof Colmesneil, Texas, Martha(H. Greg) Evans of Fairfield,Calif., and Barbara Konopka,Paulding; and many niecesand nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister,Dorothy M. Konopka.Funeral services will beconducted at 2 p.m. Saturday,Dec. 1 at Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date.Visitation will be one hour  prior to services.Memorial donations may be made to American Dia- betes Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may besent towww.denherderfh.com.
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