Assorted Obituaries from
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Connie Stamm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Stamm was born in Archbold, Ohio, March 7, 1941 and passed away near Coldwater, Mich. on Tuesday, August 11, at the age of 12 years, 5 months and 4 days. Death came as the result of drowning following a tragic boat accident.

Connie had an unusually sunny disposition and was loved by all who knew her. She was a faithful Sunday School attendant and a very cheerful and good student in school.

She leaves to mourn her early departure a grief stricken father and mother, four sisters: Cara Lou, Linda, Judith, Joanne and two brothers: Freddie and Michael beside a host of relatives and friends.

She is not dead, the child of our affection,
But gone into that school
Where she no longer needs out protection,
But Christ himself doth rule.

In that great cloister's stillness and seclusion
By guardian angels led,
Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution
She lives, whom we call dead.

Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all neighbors, friends and relatives for their many kind deeds and their thoughtfulness during the loss of our dear daughter and sister, Connie.

Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Stamm and children.

2.) Carl Steinbrecher

Carl Steinbrecher, 90, of Wauseon, died Monday morning in the Howard's' Convalescent Center, Swanton, after along illness.

Born in Fulton County, he was a member of the Emmaus Lutheran Church. He was a farmer and had worked as a road grader for Fulton County and later for Clinton Township.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth; daughter, Mrs. Carl (Edna) Sigg, Wauseon; sons, Erving Steinbrecher, Rochester, N.Y. and Paul Steinbrecher, Windsor, Wisc.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; step daughters, Mrs. Roland (Elsie) Taylor, Edon, Mrs. Charles (Frieda) Witticher, Akron, Mrs. Arthur (Gladys) Brunner, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Melvin (Louise) Fisher, Delta, Mrs. George (Marilyn) Eby, Wauseon, Mrs. Franklin (Shirley) Porter, Sioux City, So. Dakota, Mrs. *Vivan (Jane) Smith, Wauseon; step-sons, Donald Buehrer, Archbold and Cecil Buehrer, Swanton; 35 step-grandchildren; 32 step great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Steinbrecher, Petersburg, Mich.; sisters, Mrs. Matilda Rise, Belleville, *this was the end of the article.

3.) Mrs. Carrie Stevens

Wringer Catches Scarf; Widow, 73, Is Strangled

Omaha, Neb.-Eighteen hundred dollars in money was found tied in a sack among the clothing of Mrs. Carrie Stevens, seventy-three, widow. She was choked to death here when her scarf caught in the wringer of a washing machine while doing the weekly wash of a neighbor's family.

In Memory Of

Date Of Birth
NOVEMBER 8, 1879

Date Of Death
MARCH 21, 1964

Services From


Minister Officiating

Final Resting Place

Copy was missing letters on left side of article


Elizabeth Luty Stoll (nee ? er) was born March 21, 1890, ** Archbold, Ohio, and met with * accident on Friday afternoon. ***. 11, 1955 near Waldron, Mich., *** caused her very unexpected death ** that evening.

She reached the age of 65 years, **onths and 20 days.

She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother and will ****adly missed by the family and *all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn her loss, 2 sons, Charles E. Luty of Waldron, Mich., and Earl F. Stoll of **a, Ohio; six grandchildren; ** sisters and three brothers, ** Mary Ann Brace, Archbold; Ohio; Alice (Mrs. H. D. Fricke), ***ance, Ohio; Ida F. Seiler and **a, (Mrs. J. L. Fricke) of Archbold, Ohio; Henry A. of Archbold; **ndus G. of Carson City, Mich., Frank P. of Archbold, Ohio. **e who preceded her in death ** her father, mother and brother, Benjamin.

We'll miss her no doubt, in our pathway of life,
**t she's gone to the land where there is no strife,
** heartaches, no pains,**no sorrows, no tears,
She's gone to the land, where there's no earthly fears.

**e wasn't all perfect, God forbid that we say,
But she strove in her living to show us the way
** God the Creator, and Father of all,
Gone who is willing to help when we fall.

** lay her to rest now, it saddens our hearts,
She's gone to the land where dear ones ne'er part,
She trusted in Jesus, her Master and Friend,
And now she is with Him where joys never end.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks for every kindness shown during the last rites, for our mother arid grandmother.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Luty and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Earl F. Stoll and Family.

6.) Henry W. Stotzer

Henry W. Stotzer, 91, Archbold's oldest, native-born resident, died suddenly in his home Sunday morning, Sept. 28, as he was dressing. He had not felt well since Friday. Up to that time he was able to be about his home, sweep the front sidewalk at times for exercise and walk to the store occasionally.

Funeral services were held, Tuesday, afternoon at 2:00 in the Methodist church conducted by Rev. Paul Fisher. Burial in Archbold cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Laura; one son Harold F., Representative to the Ohio Assembly from Fulton county; one daughter, Mrs. H. D. Osgood, Detroit; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. T. L. Aumend, Wauseon

The deceased retired from business 15 years ago, having spent his lifetime in the harness making and hardware business in Archbold, following his father, the late Frederick Stotzer, who founded the business in 1858 and was Archbold's first mayor. Mr. Stotzer was much interested in church, community and civic affairs, and aided in the financial development and progress of this area.

To few men was given the opportunity to witness the transition from the period right after the Civil War to the present. He was progressive, advancing with the times, and his latest enjoyment was television in his home.

Mr. and Mrs. Stotzer observed their 60th wedding anniversary, Sept. 8.

7.) Henry W. Stotzer
Dies Suddenly

Henry W. Stotzer, 91 Archbold's oldest native born resident died suddenly in his home Sunday morning, Sept. 28, as he was dressing.

The deceased retired from business about 15 years ago having spent his lifetime in the harness making and hardware business in Archbold

Mr. Stotzer was interested in church, community and civic affairs and aided in the financial development and progress of that area.

Mr. and Mrs. Stotzer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, September 8.

Surviving are his wife, Laura, one son Harold F., one daughter Mrs. H. D. Osgood, Detroit; four grandchildren, sister Mrs. T. L. Aumend, Wauseon.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 at the Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Paul Fisher. Burial in Archbold cemetery.


Fontabel Stuckey, daughter of Marlin and Consolo Stuckey, was born in West Unity, Ohio, January 28, 1931, and passed away in Detwiler Hospital, Wauseon, Sunday, Dec. 16, 1951, at the age of 20 years, 10 months and 18 days. Death came peacefully after a 11-month period of failing health.

Fontabel graduated from Archbold High School in May 1949 and immediate entered Nurse's Training in St. Vincent's hospital, Toledo. She was unable to complete this training because of health conditions.

She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at 13 years of age and united with the Evangelical Mennonite church on March 19, 1944, and remained a faithful member until her death.

She leaves to mourn her early departure, her grief stricken parents, two brothers, William of Groton, Conn., and Darrel, and one sister, Suzanne, at home; Donald Sigg of Napoleon to whom she was betrothed, her grandfather, Emanuel Stuckey, and a host of relatives and friends.

Her suffering ended with the day;
Yet lived she at its close,
And breathed the long; long night away
In statue like repose.

But when the sun in all his state,
Illumed the eastern skies,
She passed through glory's morning gate
And walked in Paradise.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the many kindnesses shown us during the long illness and last sad rites for our beloved daughter and sister.

Mr. and Mrs. Marlin K. Stuckey and children.


Kenneth J. son of Maurice and Ilva Stuckey, was born September 8, 1951, at the Memorial hospital, Wauseon, Ohio.

His stay on earth was brief since God saw best to call him home the following day, having lived twenty-one hours.

He leaves his parents, two sisters Karen Rae and Sandra Kaye, his Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, and many other relatives, and has gone to join that innumerable company of God's redeemed ones to that land of peace and rest from where he beckons us all to come. We humbly submit to His will.

"A bud the Father gave us
a pure and lovely child,
He gave him to our keeping
to cherish undefiled.

But just when he had opened
to the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Father
and took our bud away."

"O, Light Divine, we need no fuller test
that all is ordered well:
We know enough to trust that all is well
where Love and wisdom dwell."


Samuel Stuckey, son of Peter C. and Anna (Short) Stuckey, was born July 7, 1871 at Stryker O. and departed this life to be with the Lord, March 7, 1954 at the age of 82 years, 8 months. On May 4, 1897 he was united with Mary Ann Freyenberger. Together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 57 years.

Into their home were born one son and four daughters. There *preceeded him in death--one daughter Rosa Irene who died at the age of two; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren; 3 sisters and four brothers. His brother Emmanuel, *preceeded him in death only four days. There are left to mourn his departure, a faithful and sorrowing companion; one son, Dennis, Wauseon; three daughters: (Minnie) Mrs. Elmer Grieser, Archbold, O.; (Lydia) Mrs. Eldon Rupp, Archbold, O.; (Phoebe) Mrs. Cletus Schrock, Wauseon, O.; 21 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 4 brothers: Peter and Daniel, Stryker, O.; Aaron Wauseon, O.; Elmer, Archbold, O.; 5 sisters: (Lizzie) Mrs. Wm. Nafziger, Archbold, O.; (Mary) Mrs. Joseph Miller, Louisville, O.; (Sarah) Mrs. Fermer Klinger, Archbold; (Malinda) Mrs. Daniel Short, W. Unity, O.; (Leah) Mrs. Donald Stevens Wauseon O.; and many other relatives and friends.

When a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, united with the Central Mennonite church of which he was a faithful member all his life and was a regular attendant at the services. After their marriage they lived on their farm near Archbold, O., as long as health permitted. For about the last year they made their home with their daughter Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Grieser. He was an active man and enjoyed good health until about a year ago. The day before his death he stood by the casket wherein laid the body of his departed brother Emanuel, little thinking that he was to follow so soon. The next morning he seemed to be even stronger than usual and enjoyed a hearty meal at noon, but only an hour and a half later the spirit took its flight, due to coronary thrombosis. He was a faithful and considerate husband and father and as such, will be greatly missed.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our appreciation and gratitude to all neighbors, friend and, relatives who have extended help, expressed sympathy in any way during the illness and passing of our dear husband and father.

Mrs. Samuel Stuckey
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Grieser and family
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Stuckey and family
Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Rupp and family
Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Schrock and family


Wayne, son of Peter J. and Anna Stuckey, was born near Archbold, Ohio, October 14, 1924. Passed away in the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, of heart failure, June 17, 1954, at the age of 29 years, 8 months and 3 days.

On March 3, 1946 he was united marriage with Ilva Beck. They shared life's joys and sorrows for a short time, just a little over short years. This union was blessed with two daughters, Joan Sue, and Betty Jo.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his sorrowing companion, 2 daughters; parents 3 brothers, John, Orville and Chauncey; 2 sister, Alta (Mrs. Otto Nofziger) and Mary, all residing in this community, besides a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, 2 dying in infancy, and Paul William at the age of 15 months.

In his early teens he accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the Lockport Mennonite Church, later transferring his membership with the Central Mennonite Church, remaining a member until his death. Wayne never was blessed with the best of health, yet only at intervals, did he suffer, and his life on several occasions seemed at death's portals, when again the Lord answered prayers, and Wayne would recover. Through all these trials he remarked, "pray that my life, if it needs be one of suffering, may be the means of witnessing for my Lord, through which some soul will be saved." Indeed his life was an inspiration to all that met him, and he will be missed by his family, in whom he showed much concern, also by his many friends, whom he greeted with a smile. But our loss is his eternal gain.

"Father, thou has left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away.

"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow;
Never can distress thee more."

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks to all neighbors and friends, who helped in any way during the sickness, death, and burial of my husband.

Mrs. Wayne Stuckey and daughters
P. J. Stuckey family
Solomon Beck family


12.) Death Takes Mrs. V. Sunday
Rites Held Tuesday, in Pettisville (Sept 1950)

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Virgil Sunday, 53, who died at home Sunday after a short illness.

She was the wife of Virgil Sunday, operator of the grocery store and meat market in Pettisville.

Born in Pettisville, Mrs. Sunday spent 31 years of her life there.

She is survived by her husband, a son Virgil R. Sunday, of Toledo; a brother Floyd Emmons, of Pettisville and two grand children

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Vincent M. Rupp and Herman Wagner in the Pettisville Missionary church. Interment was in the Pettisville cemetery.

Penrod Funeral home was in charge of the services.


Henry Swalley, son of Frank and Julia Swalley, was born July 4, 1877, on a farm in Henry County, and departed this life August 1, 1953, at his home in Archbold at the age of 76 years and 28 days.

There were five brothers and three sisters in Henry's family, all of whom preceded him in death.

On August 28, 1902, he was united in holy matrimony to Anna Gigax and on August 28, 1952, they observed their 50th wedding anniversary. To this union were born five children, one of whom, a son Russell, was taken from them at the age of two years and approximately ten months.

He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Anna: two sons, John, of Wayne, Michigan; Gilbert, of Archbold; two daughter*, Elva Keim and Felecia Altman, of West Unity. There are seven grandchildren and also five great-grandchildren who will miss him greatly.

In his young manhood he was employed by the New York Central Railroad and continued in their employ until his retirement in 1946 with the exception of a couple years when he worked elsewhere. He spent the biggest share of his life in Archbold, Ohio.

Since retirement his health had gradually failed. But he was able to be about his home and duties until the last few weeks when he became unable to continue these and God took him from this world.

I know not what the future hath
Of marvel and surprise
Assured alone that life, and death
His Mercy underlies.

And so beside the silent sea
I wait the muffled oar
No harm from Him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.

I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air,
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.

-- John Greenlief Whittier.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all relatives, friends, and neighbors for the many acts of kindness and words of sympathy shown us during our bereavement. Your kind deeds were of great comfort to us in the loss of our husband and father.

Mrs. Anna Swalley,
Mr. and Mrs. John Swalley,
Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Keim,
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Swalley,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Altman

In Memory Of


Date Of Birth
MARCH 26, 1880

Date Of Death
MAY 22, 1959

Services From


Minister Officiating

Final Resting Place


Mrs. Emma E. Upp, 79, widow of the late Jacelyn Upp, died May 22 in DeEtte Harrison Detwiler Memorial hospital, Wauseon after a long illness.

Survived by one son, Ronald, Napoleon; daughter, Mrs. Thelma Gartland, Wauseon; two brothers, John A. Rupp, Archbold and Mose Rupp, Kitchner, Ont.; sisters, Mrs. Ida Bernath and Mrs. Sadie Axley, both of Toledo, and Mrs. Cora Steiner, Pandora; seven grandchildren and one great-grand child.

Services were held Monday at Wauseon conducted by Rev. Lawrence Zimmerman. Burial in Wauseon cemetery.


16.) Mae Vogelsanger

Date of Birth
February 28, 1905

Date of Death
June 21, 1976

Short Funeral Home
Thursday, June 24, 2:30 p.m.

Rev. Edward Diener

Pettisville Cemetery

17.) Mrs. Mae Vogelsanger

Mrs. Mae Vogelsanger, 71, of Pettisville, died Monday afternoon, June 21, in a Swanton convalescent home where she had been three months, having been in failing health four years.

Born near Ridgeville Corners, she lived near Pettisville fifty years, and with her husband John, operated the Vogelsanger Orchard many years.

Survived by her husband, John; four brothers, Milton Sigg of Napoleon; Emery Sigg of Tedrow; Owen Sigg of Archbold and Earl Sigg of Tedrow; nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Short Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Edward Diener. Burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.


Mary Ann Vollmer, daughter of Mrs. Bessie *Volmer and the late Walter C. Vollmer, was born June 30th, 1934 and departed this life October 25th, 1953 at the age of 19 years, 3 months and 25 days.

She leaves to mourn her departure her mother, Mrs. Bessie Vollmer, her father having preceded her in death, one brother, Richard Vollmer of Utica, Mich., and one sister, Mrs. John *Byer of Delta, O., two nieces and one nephew, and other relatives and friends.

She was a graduate of the Wauseon High School class of 1952. A member of St. Casper's Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

Funeral services were held from St. Casper's Church, Wauseon, O., with Rev. Lewis Walter officiating. Laid to rest beside her father in Wauseon cemetery.

Card of Thanks

Words cannot express our appreciation and thanks to all relatives, neighbors and friends who helped in any way to lighten our sorrow.

We want to thank the Penrod Funeral Home for their kind services and the Wauseon High School class of 1952 for their floral offering and especially Rev. Lewis Walter for his comforting words.

Mrs. Bessie Vollmer
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Vollmer
Mr. and Mrs. John *Buyer

"We have loved her during life, let us not abandon her until we have conducted her by our prayers into the house of the Lord." OF YOUR CHARITY Pray for the Repose of the Soul of


June 30, 1934
Oct. 26, 1953

O gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant.

Be not severe in Thy judgment, but let some drops of Thy precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou, O Merciful Savior, send Thy angels to conduct her to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on her.
(100 days for each aspiration.)

Delta and Wauseon, Ohio


Christian Vonier, born May 20, 1867, at Etoben, France, departed from this life in the early morning hours of May 8, 1948 at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 18 days.

When a boy of seven, he with his parents came to America and took residence near Archbold, Ohio. Most of his life was spent in the vicinity of Archbold and Pettisville.

February 9, 1893 he was united in marriage with Mary King. Three daughters were born to this born union: Clara (Mrs. Peter Rupp), Alma (Mrs. A. J. Stamm), and Herma (Mrs. Ora Rupp), all of Archbold.

At about middle age he confessed Christ as his Saviour, was baptized, and united with the Defenseless Mennonite Church of Archbold of which he remained a faithful member until death. His years of toil were spent in farming and general mason work. He was very active until about five years ago when health began to fail and continued to fail until death. With courage he realized the eventide of life was upon him and often throughout the last few years expressed a desire to be Home with the Lord.

He leaves to mourn, his life-time companion, three daughters, one sister -- Mrs. Fannie Aeschliman; three half-sisters, Mrs. Andrew Fether, Mrs. Olley C. Lauber, and Mrs. Otto Leininger; one half-brother, Otto; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were three brothers, three sisters, three half-sisters, and two grandchildren.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank all kind friends, neighbors and relatives for their help, gifts and flowers during the sickness and death of our loving husband and father.

Mrs. Christ Vonier.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Stamm
Mr. and Mrs. Ora Rupp
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rupp.

21.) Myrl Waidelich, wife, Arlene, and son, Gary Lynn
Wauseon, Ohio, Thursday, September 13, 1951

Archbold Couple, Child Killed In Accident

Myrl Waidelich, 22, his wife, Arlene, 3, and their son, Gary Lynn, 2, of near Archbold, were killed instantly, and Charles Jenkins, 24, of Gallipolis, Ohio, is in a Marysville hospital with serious injuries, the result of a three-truck accident on Route 31, three miles north of Delaware at about 4:30 Friday afternoon.

Triple funeral services were held for the three members of the Waidelich family at the Central Mennonite Church near Archbold, Monday afternoon, conducted by Revs. E. B. Frey, Henry Wyse, and Olen Nofziger. Burial in Pettisville cemetery.

Marlin Rufenacht, 21, Archbold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Rufenacht, was driving a truck loaded with fertilizer north on his way to Archbold, when a car transport truck driven by Jenkins sideswiped Rufenacht's truck carrying an eight-ton load.

The Waidelichs were following Rufenacht with another 8-ton truck load of fertilizer. The driver of the transport truck apparently had fallen asleep and resulted in his transport sideswiping the truck driven by Rufenacht.

The transport truck, in swerving to the left, was thrown directly into the path of the truck driven by Myrl Waidelich. The impact of the transport against Rufenacht's truck tore off the rear wheels and hurled them 35 yards into a nearby orchard.

The Waidelichs were crushed in the cab of the of the truck, the dashboard and the back of the truck cab being only eight inches apart, according to police officers. A wrecker was used to pull the vehicles apart to free the victims. A road crew worked until 4:00 a. m., Saturday, clearing the wreckage and debris.

Bodies of the Waidelich family were removed to the Short Funeral Home, Archbold, and then taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Frey, where it is estimated that 1200 people called to pay their respects on Sunday. It is estimated an equal number attended the services on Monday.

Surviving are one son, Edward, 18 months old; Myrl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Waidelich; three brothers, Dale, Leon, Donald; three sisters, Mrs. Paul Kanagy, Doris and Rosa, and Mrs. Waidelich's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Frey, five brothers, James, Vincent, Merle, Carl Edward and Ronald.


Myrl Jay, son of Otis and Caroline (Roth) Waidelich, was born in Fulton County, Ohio, April 1, 1928; died September 7, 1951; aged 23 years, 5 months and 6 days. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. On August 19, 1948, he was united in marriage to Arlene Frey. To this union were born two sons, Gary Lynn, and Edward Lee. There remain to mourn his sudden and unexpected departure: one son, Edward Lee, aged 13 months, his parents, three brothers, three sisters and many relatives and friends.

Arlene Mae, daughter of Harvey and Bertha (Short) Frey, was born in Fulton County, Ohio, April 19, 1929; died September 7, 1951; aged 22 years, 4 months and 21 days. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. On August 9, 1948 she was united in marriage to Myrl Waidelich. To this union were born two sons, Gary Lynn and Edward Lee. There remain to mourn her sudden and unexpected departure: one son, Edward Lee, aged 13 months, her parents, five brothers, and many relatives and friends.

Gary Lynn, son of Myrl and Arlene (Frey) Waidelich, was born June 28, 1949; died September 7, 1951; aged 2 years, 2 months and 10 days.

These tragic deaths occurred in a traffic accident about 5:00 p.m., on Friday, September 7, 1951; while they were driving a loaded truck homeward, about three miles north of Marysville, Ohio. This came as a terrific shock to the immediate families and to the entire community.

We thank the Lord for His abundant Grace to sustain in such a time as this, and trust His over ruling hand in all things, knowing that what He doeth is well done.


I know not what the future hath
Of marvel or surprise:
Assured alone that life and death
His mercy underlies.

And if my heart and flesh are weak
To bear an untried pain,
The bruised reed he will not break,
But strengthen and sustain.

And so, beside the silent sea,
I wait the muffled oar:
No harm from Him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.

I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air:
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincerest thanks for all the kind remembrances and offers of sympathy at the time of loss of our loved ones

The Otis Waidelich Family,
The Harvey Frey Family.


Of Myrl, Arlene and Gary Waidelich, who died one year ago, Sept. 7, 1951:

On September, the seventh in fifty one,
There came a shock with the setting sun.
Three of our loved ones were taken away,
Forever to bloom in the Master's bouquet.
But God in his wisdom knoweth best,
Giving Myrl, Arlene, and Gary sweet rest.

Sadly missed by their parents, son, sisters, and brothers.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Waidelich and Family,

Edward Lee Waidelich,
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Frey and Family.

23.) Cloyice Warner (1966)

From the Blade Correspondent

NAPOLEON, O., April 13--Cloyice (Ted) Warner, 66, died yesterday in his home after a lengthy illness.

He was a native of McClure, and had been owner and operator of trailer courts here. He was the first aid instructor for the Red Cross chapter here for the last 25 years. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; daughters, Mrs. Winona L. Hawkins, Edon, and Mrs. Percilla McDougal, Napoleon; a brother, Gale, Port Huron, Mich.; sisters, Mrs. Gladys Nulton, McClure, and Mrs. Eva Cummins, Maumee, and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Walker Mortuary, with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. The body will be in the mortuary after 7 o'clock.


Emma, daughter of Joel and Lydia Stutzman Schmucker, was born October 18, 1862, near Archbold, Ohio, and departed this life August 9, 1952, age 89 years, 9 months and 22 days, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry King, after one and one-half years of failing health.

She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in her early married life and joined the Central Mennonite Church near Archbold, the church to which she remained faithful until her death. Much pleasure was derived from attending the services of the Church and in reading the Word of God, her guiding rule for daily living.

On January 26, 1888, she was united in marriage to Andrew Weber. To this union were born two children, Charles A. and Ida Mrs. Henry King, both of Archbold, Ohio.

Her husband preceded her in death on September 29, 1932. Also preceding her in death were her parents, four sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by her two children, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on his gentle breast,
There by his love o'er-shaded,
Sweetly her soul shall rest.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank all kind neighbors, friends and relatives for their help and comfort in our bereavement.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry King and Children,
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Weber and Children.

25.) Frank Weber

Rites Held Thursday for Frank Weber (Sept. 1950)

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Edgar Funeral Home for Frank H. Weber, 63, who died Monday at Memorial hospital.

Mr. Weber, well known farmer, and one time cashier of the 1st National Bank in Wauseon, has lived in Pettisville for several years. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Joseph E. Smith, of Piqua and two sons, Lawrence, of Lima and John, of Wauseon.

Surviving also are seven brothers, George, Phillip, Andrew and Cornelius, of Wauseon; William and Bryant of Pettisville and Arthur, of Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Clara Wiederkher, of Adrian, Mich.

Rev. Nobel Rompel conducted services with burial at the Pettisville cemetery.

26.) Leah Weber (Aug. 13, 1936)

Leah Weber, daughter of Peter and Salomey Wyse, was born on the 6th day of August, 1864, in German township, Fulton county, Ohio, where she resided all her life. She was united in marriage with John T. Weber on March 22, 1883.

Born to this union were 5 children, her first-born, Mrs. Lewis Merillat preceding her in death. This experience of sorrow she was never able to recover from.

She was a dutiful wife and mother and her kind and gentle disposition won the affection of all. She yielded her will to God and strove in weakness to set a good example to those about her. She departed this life August 13, 1936, at the age of 72 years and 7 days. These remain to mourn her loss: her husband, John T. Weber; three sons: Arthur of Hudson, Michigan; Clarence of Delta, Ohio; Albert of Tedrow, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Ervin Fraker of Deerfield, Michigan; one brother, Daniel of Archbold, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Mary Carter of Toledo, Ohio; also 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She will also be greatly missed by many friends and relatives.

O cherished thought of heavenly rest
Where saints and angels dwell,
Where all is love and joy and peace
As they His praises tell.

With longing hearts we think of those
Who're gone before to rest,
They now have found a sweet release
In mansions of the blest.

There God shall wipe away all tears,
Clothe them in garments white.
The streets are made of purest gold,
The Lamb shall be the Light.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to those who kindly assisted us and for the many expressions of sympathy.

John T. Weber and children.


William J. Weber, 81, Pettisville, died at Wauseon hospital, Tuesday, June 22, after a long illness. Mr. Weber has been a prominent citizen and business man of Pettisville most of his life, and cashier of former Pettisville Savings bank. Surviving are sons, Aurelius K., Pettisville, and Maurice E., Toledo; brothers, George F. and Philip C., Archbold; Cornelius P., Wauseon; Andrew and Bryan A., Pettisville, Arthur, Detroit; sister, Mrs. Clara Wiederkehr, Adrian, Mich.; one grandchild. Services will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. in Penrod funeral home, Wauseon, and at 2:00 in the Pettisville Missionary church, Rev. M. N. Amstutz, Pandora, and Rev. Vincent Rupp, pastor, officiating.

29.) William J. Weber

Date of Birth
March 10, 1873

Date of Death
June 22, 1954
Age 81

Services at
Penrod Funeral Home
1:00 P.M. Friday, June 25

Missionary Church
Pettisville, Ohio
2:00 P.M. Friday, June 25

Ministers Officiating
Rev. M. N. Amstutz
Pandora, Ohio
Rev. Vincent Rupp
Pettisville, Ohio

Final Resting Place
Pettisville Cemetery

30.) William J. Weber

Pettisville Ex-Banker Taken By Death

William J. Weber, 81, passed away at Memorial Hospital, Tuesday morning after a long illness. He was a former Pettisville Banker and business man.

Mr. Weber is survived by two sons; Aurelius K. of Pettisville and Maurice E. of Toledo; one grandchild; six brothers, George F. and Phillip C. of Archbold, C. P. of Wauseon, Andrew and Bryant A. of Pettisville, and Arthur C. of Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Clara Wiederkehr of Adrian.

Services will be held Friday at 1 pm. at the Penrod Funeral Home in Wauseon and at 2 pm. in the Missionary Church in Pettisville. The ministers who will officiate are Rev. M. N. Amstutz of Pandora, Ohio and Rev. Vincent Rupp of Pettisville. Interment will be in the Pettisville Cemetery.

31.) Annie O. Weckesser

Mrs. Weckesser Dies at Age 90
Mrs. Annie O. Weckesser, ninety, a guest at the Reformed Mennonite Home, 734 S. West End Ave., died at the home at 12:45 p. m. Monday after an illness of several weeks.

She was the widow of Christian Weckesser, and was born in Lancaster County, a daughter of the late Amos F. and Mary E. Hoak Marron. She was a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church.

She is survived by a stepson, Ira Shenk, Orlando, Fla.

32.) Annie O. Weckesser

WECKESSER--Entered into rest this city on September 7, 1964. Annie O. Weckesser, widow of Christian Weckesser, Reformed Mennonite Home, 734 S. West End Ave., in her 91st year. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the Reformed Mennonite Home, Thursday, 2:30 P.M. Interment in Longenecker's Reformed Mennonite Cemetery. There will be no viewing Wednesday evening.

"For As Many ---

as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Ro. 8:14.

We can be led by the Spirit of God only as we know God through His Word.

33.) Catherine Weckesser

Catherine Weckesser, daughter of Jacob and Susan Burkholder, was born in Fulton County, Ohio, May 2nd, 1861. When 19 years old she resigned her will to God and became a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member to the end.

On May 4th, 1895 she was united in marriage to John Weckesser. To this union were born five children - two sons and three daughters.

Her husband preceded her in death Aug. 8th, 1926, and son Albert in World War No. I.

She had been ill for about five months due to complications. She passed away in her home in Pettisville, Ohio, July 24, 1944: age 83 years, 2 months and 22 days.

She leaves one son, three daughters: John at home, Mrs. Harry Burkholder, Archbold, O.: Mrs. Harry Pittenger, Willard, O., and Gertrude at home; six grandchildren: Stanley, Myrle and Lois Burkholder, Catherine, David and Marjorie Pittenger: two brothers and one sister: Mrs. Mary Zimmerman, Wauseon, O.: John Burkholder, Archbold, O.; A. M. Burkholder, Wauseon, Ohio, and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure.

"Dear Mother:

Your service to us is now done,
And you've laid down your work of the day.
And, tho now in sorrow we weep and lament,
We have joy, as we hear the Word say:
"Come ye; the blest of the Father of Love,
Inherit the joy and the Peace of my rest
Prepared for you all from the foundation of earth,
There to sing, and rejoice with the blest."

"May God give us grace to remember your prayer
which you uttered for us on your bed;
To take up the cross and prepare to meet God,
And to take us His work in your stead.
"We are troubled in mind, and our sorrow is deep;
Yet in hope our hearts are aglow,
That your rest will be sweet and joy be complete.
In the Lord you have taught us I to know."

Card Of Thanks

The Family wishes to express their most sincere thanks to their neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown during the illness and death of their mother.

The Family.

"Our Mother"

Our mother is safe with God
And yet she is not gone,
For she lives in our hearts today,
A beautiful memory of her song.
She was the mother who went forth
To work and watch and pray;
That we might have the happiness
Of life and care-free days.
She was the one who carried on,
And helped us day by day.
She saved and worked and struggled on
When sickness came her way.
She was our gallant mother
Who suffered pain so courageously.
Our mother is safe with God,
Beyond this life of tears
But in our hearts, her love for us
Forever will remain.


In loving memory of our Dear Mother Catherine Weckesser, who passed away one year ago, July 24th, 1944,

Friends may think we have forgotten
When they see us smile -

But they little know the heartache
That we carry all the while.
Deep in our hearts lies a picture
Of a loved one laid to rest

In memory's frame we will keep it,
Because she was one of the best.
A loving Mother, so gentle and kind,
What a wonderful memory she left behind.

Sadly missed by her children.


In loving memory of our Dear Mother Catherine Weckesser who passed away 2 years ago, July 24th, 1944.

Just a thought of sweet remembrance,
Just a memory fond and true,
Just a token of affection,
And a heartache still for you.

Just a sigh for olden moments,
Just a smile of the love anew,
Just a tear in silence falling
And a yearning just for you,

Sadly missed by Her Children.


In loving memory of our dear Mother Catherine *Weeckesser who passed away three years ago, July 24th, 1944.

Sweet are the memories that never fade
Of one we loved but could not save.
Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear

To far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach.
Sweet to remember her who once was here
And who now who absent is just as dear.

Sadly missed by Her Children.


In loving memory of our dear Mother, Catherine Weckesser, who passed away four years ago, July 24th, 1944.

Four years of heartaches since we bid farewell
To our Dear Mother, whom we loved so well.
Our aching hearts will always say:
The best we had has passed away.

Sadly missed by Her children

34.) Carl Winzeler Dies In Toledo

Carl E. Winzeler, 31 died in his Toledo home of a heart attack, Thursday, Oct. 5, after returning from classes at Toledo University. Carl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Winzeler, Archbold, returned from World War II five years ago minus both legs and arm lost in action, having spent many months in hospitals before being returned to civilian life.

Services were held Monday afternoon in the Emmert funeral home, Toledo, conducted by Rev. Walter Larson, Hope Lutheran church. Burial in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park cemetery.

Surviving also his wife Elizabeth; three children, Sharon, Michael; and Margo; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Winzeler, Archbold: brothers, John and Frederick of Archbold; Charles, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; Edwin, Toledo; sisters: Mrs. Madalyn Lee, Lakeland Florida; Mrs. Mary Zimmerman, Mrs. Doris Meyer and Catherine Winzeler, Archbold.

Carl Winzeler graduated from Archbold high school in 1937, attended Toledo University, went into military service and in 1944 went overseas with the 26th Infantry Division as a supply sergeant. Sgt. Winzeler was awarded the Silver Star and promoted to first sergeant when he rescued six buddies who had been under shell fire, giving first-aid and moving them to foxhole.

In the siege of Luxembourg Winzeler fought for three days with a wounded hand, when bursting shell, cutting through the same wounded hand, tore off one leg and injured the other so it had to be amputated. He spent months in Percy Jones Hospital, Battle Creek, and came home to his family in Toledo, where grateful citizens had raised a sum of $23,17? and $1,200 in bonds had been given the couple. The money was used to construct a ranch-type home into which Mr. Winzeler and family moved a week before their son was born.

Archbold's Fire Department sponsored a "thank you" campaign in this community and $2,500 was raised and presented to Carl Winzeler to aid in building his home.

Carl spent his youth in the community and had many friends. He often returned to visit his parents, relatives and friends. At Toledo University where he studied accounting, he was an honor student.

35.) Carl Winzeler
Heart Attack Is Fatal To Triple Amputee Hero

Carl E. Winzeler Dies In Home Given In Gratitude For War Sacrifices

The long battle ended yesterday for Carl E. Winzeler, heroic sergeant whom all Toledo took to its heart came home from war five years ago minus both legs and arm.

The 31-year-old veteran, winner of the Silver Star, suffered a heart attack shortly after he returned home from classes at the University of Toledo.

Death came in the 8 room, ranch-style-house at 3443 Tallmadge Rd., which a generous and grateful Toledo had built as ! Home for a Hero."

Family With Him

With him when he died were wife, Betty, who loyally had encouraged Sergeant Winzeler in his difficult struggle back to civilian life and their three children. Sharon, Michael and Elizabeth. Toledo Ambulance Service attendants administered oxygen 45 minutes in an effort to revive the triple-amputee after he collapsed. His personal physician pronounced Mr. Winzeler dead, and said the attack probably had been caused by overstrain on a heart already weak.

Despite his handicaps, Mr. Winzeler had been an honor accounting student at the University of Toledo for the last three years. He drove to classes in a specially-equipped automobile, and was able to help his wife around the home which had been "tailor-made to suit his needs.

Carl Winzeler went overseas in 1944 as a supply sergeant with the 26th Infantry Division. In the division's first battle near Bizang-a-la-Petit, the Americans were trapped by German forces. Amid incessant shell fire, Sergt. Winzeler rescued six buddies, giving them first aid and moving them to foxholes. For his heroism under fire, he was awarded, the Silver Star and promoted to first sergeant.

Fights While Wounded

During the siege of Luxembourg, the Toledo man fought on for three days despite his wounded hand until a shell fragment cut through the same hand and another shell, exploding nearby, tore off one leg and mutilated the other so that it had to be amputated: He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Order of the Purple Star.

After three months in Percy Jones Hospital, Battle Creek, Mich., Carl came home to Toledo for a 30-day furlough. It was then that his story first became known to his fellow citizens.

It was Carl's comment, "I'm lucky; I'm alive," and it was the courage of both him and his young wife in their determination to build a new life that captured the attention of Toledo and sparked the "Home for a Hero" campaign.

After the first story of Carl and Betty Winzeler appeared in The Blade on Sept. 7, 1945 unsolicited gifts and contributions began to pour in.

36.) Leroy C. Wyse

Leroy C., son of Abraham J. and Sarah R. Wyse was born near Archbold, Ohio, March 10, 1900, died in Detroit, Mich., November 7th, 1941, at the age of 41 years, 7 months and 28 days.

The immediate cause of his death was a heart attack having been found dead in his place of business.

He was of a family of five, Chauncey, Harry, Mattie, Amandus, and the first of the children to depart this life. His mother preceded him nearly four years.

His untimely, unexpected death is a shock to all, but God in his Wisdom saw fit to call and to his will we humbly bow.

Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me .
And may there be
no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.

Card Of Thanks

We desire to express the lasting gratitude we feel to all kind relatives, friends and neighbors who assisted in any way or offered us consolation in our dark hour.

A. J. Wyse and family.

37.) Mrs. Carl Wyse
Mother Killed In Explosion

Mrs. Carl Wyse, 37, was killed instantly in a flash fire, caused by a kerosene blast, in their farm home, northeast of Ottokee, Thursday afternoon.

No one heard the blast and the smoke-filled house was discovered by the bread man on his regular delivery. He notified a neighbor, a fire alarm was turned in, the Wauseon department answered the call.

A small baby was found in a crib on the second floor, unharmed, another daughter, Rita, 11, was in school and the husband was at work in Adrian and was summoned home.

Positive identification was impossible as the body, found in the basement, opposite the furnace was almost cremated. Identification was made by the dentist who had cared for Mrs. *Wyse' teeth.

It is believed Mrs. Wyse tried to rekindle the fire, using kerosene, as a five-gallon can was nearby with the bottom blown out.

The blast moved a ten-foot section of the side of the house out. Some paint was blistered and Al Gype, fire chief contends the blaze did not start or spread because the house was closed tightly.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wyse were held at Wauseon, Saturday, conducted by Rev. Gordon Zimmerman, pastor of Ev. Mennonite church. Burial in Pettisville cemetery.


Nicholas J. Wyse, son of Jeptha and Mary (King) Wyse, was born near Archbold, Ohio, January 6, 1878, and passed away at his home in Archbold January 3rd, 1950, after an illness of over 6 Years. Death came just three days before his 72nd birthday.

In 1902 he was united in marriage with Mary Rupp who survives him.

To this union was born 4 children: Bessie Frey of Archbold, Ohio; Carlton of Detroit and Rolland of Stryker, Ohio. One son Kenneth, and one grandson William preceded him.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters: Abraham of Archbold, Ohio; Elmer of Elmira, Ohio; Emma Nofzinger of Archbold, Ohio, and Elizabeth Short of Archbold, Ohio.

In early manhood he united with the Central Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member.

During his illness his patience and sweet disposition endeared him to the entire community.

His departure is not a call for deep mourning, but a real challenge to more devoted service and obedience to God's call.

Card of Thanks

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all friends and neighbors who have so wonderfully assisted during the illness, death and burial of husband and father.

Mrs. N. J. Wyse and Family.


Charles Jay Yoder, son of Oscar and Frieda (Zaerr) Yoder was born April 3, 1938, near Wauseon, Ohio, and on September 15, 1956 departed this life at the age of 18 years, 5 months and 13 days. The Lord called him home very suddenly and unexpectedly as the result of a fall while helping erect a silo, five and a half miles south of Farmer, Ohio.

Charles is the first to break this family circle. He leaves to mourn his very sudden departure loving sweetheart, Janice Nofziger his sorrowing parents, sister Buetta (Mrs. Marlin Rupp) Pettisville, Ohio; 2 brothers, Robert and Lamar, both two nieces and a nephew and a host of relatives and friends.

As young boy Charles accepted Christ as his personal savior and united with the West Clinton Mennonite church where he remained a faithful member until death. He was always willing to help and to be used in the program of the church and in the youth activities. His pleasing personality and cheerful disposition won him many friends in his short span of life.

He will be sadly missed in the home, in the community and in the church. We keenly feel our loss, but we submit to the all wise providence of God, and say with Job of old, "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord."

He is gone, yet not forgotten -
Years have made him rich, indeed;
And the life of Christ he lived for
Has fulfilled his every need.

He was rich in all the glory
Of a kindly well lived life
But an older, greater Master
Set aside his hours of strife;

So he sits enthroned in heaven -
Waiting there to greet each friend;
Happy in his new found palace
Through all eternity which has no end.

Card of Thanks

The family wishes to express their "sincere thanks" to all neighbors, friends and relatives--for prayers in their behalf, for words of comfort, and assistance in any way during the death and burial of Charles.

In Memory Of

40.) Merlin Sarah Zimmerman

Date Of Birth
MAY 3, 1904

Date Of Death
AUGUST 9, 1959

Services From


Minister Officiating

Final Resting Place

41.) Merlin Zimmerman
Taken By Death

Merlin Sarah Zimmerman, 55, died Sunday morning at the Fulton County Hospital, following a long illness.

Born in Henry, County, Ohio, Miss Zimmerman had been a resident of Wauseon for many years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church.

Surviving are sisters, Miss Vera Zimmerman, of Wauseon, Mrs. Bertha Smith, of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Minnie Rowe, of Ridgeville Corners, and Mrs. Byrona Wiseman of Port Clinton, Ohio; half-sisters Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman, of Wauseon and Mrs. Mary Longaker, of South Bend, Ind.; and half-brothers George and Clarence Zimmerman both of Wauseon.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Edgar Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. William Rupp officiating. Interment will be in the Wauseon Cemetery.

42.) S. W. Zimmerman

From the Blade Correspondent

MARION, O., NOV. 1 - Samuel W. Zimmerman, 80, former Toledo resident, died yesterday at his home here. Mr. Zimmerman was a retired Toledo & Indiana Railroad train dispatcher and a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He moved to Marion from Toledo 15 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Louisa; a son, Vincent, in New Mexico, and daughters, Mrs. Clovis Altmaier and Mrs. Kay Pennington, Marion, and Mrs. Fred Knapp, East Lansing, Mich.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Boyd Mortuary with burial in Marion Cemetery.

43.) S. W. ZIMMERMAN (1960)

Samuel W. Zimmerman, 80, died Oct. 31 at his home in Marion.

Deceased was a retired Toledo & Indiana dispatcher, formerly lived in Pettisville and moved to Marion from Toledo, 15 years ago.

Survived by his wife, Louisa, son, Vincent, Roswell, New Mexico; three daughters, Mrs. Geo. (Ortensa) Pennington; Mrs. C. J. (Bertha) Altmaier, Marion; Mrs. Fred (Pauline) Knapp, East Lansing, Mich.

Services were held Friday afternoon in Marion with burial in the Marion cemetery.

In Memory Of

Date Of Birth
DECEMBER 20, 1899

Date Of Death
JULY 29, 1965

Services From


Minister Officiating

Final Resting Place

45.) Vera Zimmerman Taken by Death

Vera D. Zimmerman, 65, of 113 Commercial St., Wauseon, died Thursday morning at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton, following a long illness.

Born in Henry Country, she has been a resident of Wauseon for many years, was a member of the First Congregational Church and the Wauseon BPW.

Surviving are sisters Mrs. Minnie Rowe, of Ridgeville Corners, Mrs. Bertha Smith of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Byrona Wiseman, of Port Clinton; half-sisters Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman, of Wauseon and Mrs. Mary Longaker, of South Bend, Ind.; and half-brother George Zimmerman, of Wauseon.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Edgar Funeral Home, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.. Rev. A. C. Fischer officiating. Interment will be in the Wauseon Cemetery.


Jonathan, son of Joseph and Magdalene Nofziger was born July 22, 1881, and peacefully fell asleep early Monday morning July 27,1953 of heart ailment at Detwiler Memorial Hospital at the age of 72 years and 5 days.

He was of a family of 10 children, and those who remain are Anna, Mrs. Henry Rupp and Lena, Mrs. George Short of Pettisville, Ohio, and Aaron of Huntertown, Indiana. Those who preceded him in death were Katie (Mrs. John Stalter); Leah (Mrs. Jacob Sauder; Mary (Mrs. Abe Yoder); Lydia and two brothers who died in infancy.

On November 20, 1902, he was united in marriage to Amelia Sauder, sharing lifes joys and sorrows for a little over 50 years. This home was blessed with 9 children. One son died in infancy and one son, Vernon, passed away suddenly nearly five years ago. He spent his entire life in Fulton county, Ohio and for the last eight years has been employed at the Detwiler Memorial Hospital.

In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church, having his membership there until about four years ago when he and his companion felt the need of assisting the new work at Tedrow, at which time they transferred their membership to the Tedrow Mennonite Church. He was there to enjoy the service the week before his death.

He leaves to mourn, his loving companion, 3 sons and 4 daughters: Jesse of Morenci, Mich.; Ot (? paper torn) of Archbold, O., Sylvia, (Mrs. ?paper torn---don Merillat) of Wauseon, Ohio; Floyd of Delta, Ohio; Marjorie (Mrs. Laurence Hilty) of Pandora, Ohio; Vera, (Mrs. Clyde Williams) of Archbold, Ohio; Verda, (Mrs. Chauncey Mull) Wauseon, Ohio.

Besides their own children, they had for 16 ½ years made a home for Gladys Spangler, who was only three weeks old when Mother passed away.

He also leaves 24 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends.

47.)  Edward Frey -(7/06/90)

PETTISVILLE Edward B. Frey, 93, died Friday morning at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold, where he resided nearly four years.

He was born Sept. 19, 1896, near Pettisville, the son of Jacob and Mary (Burkholder) Frey. On March 14, 1918, he married Fannie Rupp, who died in 1979. He was a lifetime resident of Fulton County and a retired farmer. On Dec. 13, 1925, he was ordained into the ministry serving the area Mennonite Churches and later as bishop for a total of 50 years. He served as minister in the West Clinton Mennonite Church, near Pettisville. He also served as moderator of the Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church and was a member of the West Clinton Mennonite Church.

Surviving are three sons, Warren, Wauseon, Willard, Cardington, and Lester, Delta; five daughters, Myrtie Baer and Mrs. Earl (Helen) Rychener, both Pettisville, Mrs. Earl (Alice) Yutzy, Plain City, Mrs. Kenneth, (Rhoda) King, Archbold, and Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Shenk, Tokyo, Japan; 47 grandchildren and 110 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding him in death were one grandchild, two great-grandchildren, four brothers, Noah, Simon, Harvey and Ora; and five sisters, Amanda, Emma Liechty, Minnie Miller, Pearl Rupp and Bessie Miller.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the West Clinton Mennonite Church. Pastors James Roynon, Edward Diener and Walter Stuckey will officiate. Burial will be in the Pettisville Cemetery. Visitation will be at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.

48.) Charity Crossgrove

Charity A. Crossgrove, 88, Archbold, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, in her home, following a brief illness.

Born Jan. 13, 1914, in Henry County, near Archbold, she was the daughter of Ephriam and Anna (Goldsmith) Rufenacht.

In 1938, she married John Crossgrove, who died in 1962. A lifelong resident of the area, she was a homemaker and worked in food service and housekeeping at Four County Joint Vocational School, Fairlawn Haven, Sauder Woodworking, and Sauder Village. She volunteered at Care & Share Thrift Shop and Wyse Commons and was a quilter at Sauder Village. She was a member of Central Mennonite Church, Mennonite Women and Golden Age Sewing of the church.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald (Patricia), Wauseon; Roger (Mabelann), Archbold; and Robert (Ruth), Silver Springs, Md.; two daughters, Mrs. Russell (Ruth Ann) McQuillin and Mrs. James (RoseMary) Rupp, Archbold; and 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in Central Mennonite Church. Jeffrey Smith, Randy Nafziger and Cliff Brubaker were the officiating pastors. Burial was in Pettisville Cemetery.

Obituaries on this page were Transcribed by
"Rose Burkholder"

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