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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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