2 – The Herald Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Ruth M. Brickner
March 12, 1918-Jan. 6, 2014
Ruth M. Brickner, 95, of Delphos, died at 6:28 p.m. Monday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born March 12, 1918, in Delphos to Thomas E. and Rickie (Huysman) Alspaugh, who preceded her in death.In 1947, she married Arnold G. Brickner, who preceded her in death in 1980.Survivors include a niece, Marie (Bill) Blymyer of Elida; four nephews, Kenneth (Edith) Miller and Thomas (Jane) Miller of Elida, Ron Alspaugh of Wotcollville, Ind., and Denny Alspaugh of Dunedin, Fla.; and many great- and great-great-niec-es and nephews.She was also preceded in death by sisters, Lydia Alspaugh and Oletha Marie Miller; and brothers, Milford and Howard Alspaugh.Mrs. Brickner retired from Westinghouse after 39 years of service. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Delphos and a Jefferson High School graduate, member of the Women’s Birthday Club, Westinghouse Retirees Club and a volunteer at the Delphos Thrift Shop, where she enjoyed refur-bishing the donated baby dolls.Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Harry Tolhurst officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to First United Presbyterian Church or the Delphos Interfaith Thrift Shop.To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.hart-erandschier.com.
March 29, 1939-Jan. 8, 2014
Sandy Averesch, 74, of Delphos, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born March 29, 1939, in Delphos to Leander and Pricilla (Kiggins) Best, who preceded her in death.She married Harold C. Averesch, who also preceded her in death.Survivors include three sons, Randy (Linda) Averesch of Van Wert and Tony (Rhonda) Averesch and Gary (Cara Boruff) Averesch of Cloverdale; a daughter, Tari (Darrin Leach) Tippie of Delphos; a sister, Marge Bruskotter of Montana; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren with anoth-er one on the way.She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Lori and Tammy Averesch; three brothers, Ben, John and Bill Best; and three sisters, Evelyn Kraft, Ellen “Red” Fitzsimmons and Wilma Runyan.Mrs. Averesch was a house wife and member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was also a former Lioness. She loved to sew and collect dolls.Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Chris Bohnsack officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will begin at 7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are to the Delphos Thrift Shop.To send condolences, visit harterandschier.com.
One Year Ago
On Nov. 3, Dennis Wilhelm of Delphos was installed as the Eminent Prior of Ohio Priory 18, Knights of the York Cross of Honor for the upcoming year. In this position, he serves as the presiding officer of the over one thousand KYCH’s in Ohio.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Officers of the newly-formed “Just Say No” club are Denise Hellman, president; Kim Rode, vice president; Emily Pohlman, secretary; Charla Gossard, treasurer; and Shawna Pelasky, reporter. The idea for the St. John’s eighth grade club came from Kim Rode. It was formed in an effort to learn and become more aware of drugs and alcohol.St. John’s young wrestling team, led by the most valuable wrestler performance of senior Don Vonderwell, came of age at the Van Buren Invitational over the weekend. The Blue Jays placed fourth in the 18-team field with 119 ½ points. Vonderwell placed first in the 135-pound class and shared the most valuable wrestler honor with Mike Zeno, 112, of Margaretta.Jefferson freshmen gained a come-from-behind 45-44 win over Spencerville at Spencerville. Down 44-43 with 36 seconds left, Jefferson worked the clock. The Wildcats missed three shots before Todd Reynolds hit on a rebound of a miss to gain the one-point edge. Leading scorer for Jefferson was Max Wisher with 25 points. Reynolds led in rebounds with 15.
50 Years Ago – 1964
The German Mutual Insurance Company of Delphos held its first meeting of the year Tuesday evening with newly elected officers being sworn into office. Officers for 1964 are president, John J. Wellman; vice president, Albert Krietemeyer; treasurer, Everett Buettner; secretary, Robert Schmit; and Putnam County director, Arnold German.Dorothy Hoover will be awarded a W. I. B. C. patch for 100 pins over average in one game as a result of her score last Dec. 23, while bowling for Metzger Bros. Dorothy, a member of the Ladies Monday Night Late League, bowled 102 pins over her average in one game.Flora Gillaspie presented the lesson at the Women’s Society of Christian Service meeting at Trinity Methodist Church Wednesday after-noon. It was announced that a mission study on Southeast Asia will begin in February and will be led by Mrs. Ralph Mericle. Following the meeting, a tea was served. Fruits grown in India were arranged on the tea table by Mrs. Robert Hohenbrink.
75 Years Ago – 1939
The Rev. P. H. Janssen, pastor of St. John’s church, Landeck, installed the newly-elected offi-cers of the Landeck Council of the Catholic Ladies of Columbia at a meeting held in the C. I. of O. hall in Landeck Sunday afternoon. The new president, Mrs. Eugene Kill, named the follow-ing committee members: sick committee, Mrs. Leo Mueller, Mrs. John Youngpeter and Mrs. Ralph Etzkorn; and board of examiners, Mrs. Syl. Hugel, Mrs. Louis Rahrig and Mrs. Thomas Youngpeter.The members of the J. T. Club held their annual dinner party at the Firemen’s clubhouse Saturday evening. In the pedro games, Mrs. Henry Hanf and John Stegeman were high; Mrs. William Scherger and John Tegkenkamp, second; and Mrs. James Dillion and Paul Eiche, consoled.James Moots was elected as president of the Allen County Agricultural Society (Delphos Fair Board) at the annual reorganization meet-ing. Anthony, new member of the board elected last year, was elected as vice president. Ed. H. Hoelderle was named as treasurer to succeed Frank Scherger and Art. O. Wulfhorst was again named as secretary.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2014. There are 356 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 9, 1914, the County of Los Angeles opened the country’s first pub-lic defender’s office, headed by Walton J. Wood.On this date:In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.In 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union, the same day the Star of the West, a merchant ves-sel bringing reinforcements and supplies to Federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreated because of artillery fire.In 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, Calif.In 1914, the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.In 1931, Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper broke an endurance record for female aviators as they returned to Mines Field in Los Angeles after flying a Curtiss Robin monoplane continuously for 122 hours and 50 minutes.In 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.In 1951, the United Nations headquar-ters in New York officially opened.In 1964, anti-U.S. rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and four U.S. soldiers.In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported autobiography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.In 1987, the White House released a Jan. 1986 memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.In 1997, a Comair commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all 29 people on board.Ten years ago: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the nation’s threat level had been lowered from orange (“high”) to yellow (“elevated”). Officials said Pentagon lawyers determined that former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein had been a prisoner of war since his cap-ture. An Ohio woman who’d claimed to have lost a lottery ticket worth $162 mil-lion was charged with filing a false police report. (Elecia Battle was later convicted of the misdemeanor and put on one year’s probation.)Five years ago: The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who defiantly insisted again that he had committed no crime. (The Illinois Senate unanimously voted to remove Blagojevich from office 20 days later.) President-elect Barack Obama announced he had picked retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be the nation-al intelligence director and Leon Panetta to head the CIA. A Saudi supertanker, the Sirius Star, and its crew of 25 were released at the end of a two-month stand-off in the Gulf of Aden after pirates were reportedly paid $3 million in ransom. (Five pirates were said to have drowned with their share of the money when their boat overturned.)One year ago: Vice President Joe Biden heard personal stories of gun violence from representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations at the White House as he undertook to draft the Obama administration’s response to the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The Seastreak Wall Street, a commuter ferry, made a hard landing into a Manhattan pier, injuring 85 people. No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; for the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to Cooperstown.Today’s Birthdays: Author Judith Krantz is 86. Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 80. Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 79. Actress K. Callan is 78. Folk singer Joan Baez is 73. Rockabilly singer Roy Head is 73. Rock musician Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is 70. Singer David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) is 64. Singer Crystal Gayle is 63. Actor J.K. Simmons is 59. Actress Imelda Staunton is 58. Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberto Menchu is 55. Rock musician Eric Erlandson is 51. Actress Joely Richardson is 49. Rock musician Carl Bell (Fuel) is 47. Rock sing-er Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) is 47. Rock singer-musician Dave Matthews is 47. Actress-director Joey Lauren Adams is 46. Roots singer-songwriter Hayes Carll is 38. Singer A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) is 36. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is 32. Pop-rock musician Drew Brown (OneRepublic) is 30. Rock-soul singer Paolo Nutini is 27. Actress Nina Dobrev is 25. Actor Tyree Brown is 10.
Elizabeth “Betty” J., 79, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiat-ing. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today with a V.F.W. Auxiliary Service at 7:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. at Strayer Funeral Home. Memorial contri-butions may be made to Delphos St. John’s Parish Foundation or the St. John’s Teacher’s Endowment Fund. Online condo-lences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
Paul Edward, 92, of Fort Jennings, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Norbert Howe officiating. Burial will be in church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will begin at 6 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the church. To leave condolences, visit harterandschier.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Cloudy. A 40 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the morning.
: Cloudy. Chance of snow and slight chance of light freezing rain through midnight. Then chance of freezing rain and slight chance of light snow after midnight. Not as cold. Lows in the mid 20s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 40 percent.
: Cloudy. A 30 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. Areas of fog in the afternoon. Not as cold. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds 5 to 15 mph.
: Rain. Areas of fog. Not as cool. Lows in the upper 30s. South winds 15 to 20 mph.
: Rain. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 80 percent.
: Cloudy. A 20 percent chance of light snow through mid-night. Lows in the upper 20s.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.
: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow. Lows in the lower 30s.
: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and snow. Highs in the lower 40s.
: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers and snow show-ers. Highs in the upper 30s.
: Mostly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s.
Caretaker hurt trying to save group home residents
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The caretaker at a California group home for developmen-tally disabled adults that burned to the ground Wednesday tried to beat back the flames with a blanket before dragging two residents outside, but she was unable to rescue two others as the fire spread, authorities said.The 71-year-old caretaker rushed back into the house by a back door, where flames were less intense, but she was finally rescued herself by firefighters as she cried out for the two women she couldn’t save. The names of the caretaker and the dead were not released.The caretaker, who was severely burned on her face and arms, had such a close bond with residents of the home that they called her Mommy and she called them her kids, even though most were elderly, neighbors said.“Our firefighters went in and pulled her out. She was saying, ‘My kids, my kids’,” Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Steve Concialdi said. “It was an endearing term. She loved the residents she cared for.”Two residents, 48 and 52, died and five people were injured, including a firefighter and the caretaker.One of the people killed was found in her bed. The other was discovered on the floor next to a bed in a second bedroom.Three other women, between 30 and 60, were hos-pitalized with smoke inhala-tion and the firefighter was treated for burns to his hand, Concialdi said.The third resident who sur-vived was carried out by a firefighter who discovered her asleep on a couch, he said.The fire appears to have started with an electrical fail-ure in a personal electronic device, Concialdi said, but he declined to say what type of device it was.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday:
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