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Mary L. Canan (December 25, 2009)

Mrs. Mary Lou Canan, 75, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM at Heartland of Greenville. She was born on September 26, 1934 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Samuel L. & Mary S. (Newlon) Myers.

Mary Lou was a homemaker and also was a beautician in her earlier years and also worked at the Yarn Dome in Greenville. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She loved knitting, sewing, painting and her dogs.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother, Bob Myers; uncles, Lester and Frank Newlon.

She is survived by her husband, Dick Canan of Greenville, Ohio whom she married on September 25, 1955, son, Dan Canan of Greenville, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM in the old section of the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Samuel Hoeflich officiating. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Heart Association.

Edgar L. Starnes (Deember 23, 2009)

Mr. Edgar L. “Ed” Starnes, 72, of New Paris, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 10:24 PM at Reid Hospital in Richmond, IN. He was born on April 26, 1937 in Richmond, IN to the late Memphis Lee and Martha (Heiger) Starnes.

Ed retired from Cadillac Gage as a Machinist First Class. He was a member of the United States Marine Corp and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Jim, David, Laura and Nancy.
He is survived by his wife, Doris (Calvert) Starnes of New Paris, Ohio whom he married on November 11, 1962; sons and daughter in law, Steve and Ghlee Thornton of Ansonia, OH, Ronald Thornton and Randall Thornton both of Florida; daughter, Cheryl Watson of FL., several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters and brothers in law, Eloise and Don of Indiana and Rosemary and Larry of Indiana, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service held on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Rev. Tom Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 9-11 AM before the service on Monday.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Teresa J. Cartee (December 16, 2009)

Cartee, Teresa J. (nee Miller), age 53 of Arcanum passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 16, 2009. She was born January 31, 1956 in Tucson, Arizona to Henry A. Miller and the late Patricia Miller. She was preceded in death by her daughter Joanne Stan. She is survived by her loving husband of 7 years, Charles Cartee; son Joseph Stan and his fiancée Michelle Steger; grandchildren Kayla Lynn Stan, Allen Robert Cartee; and a brother Franklin H. (Starr) Miller. Teresa was a lifetime member of the VFW Greenville Post #7262 and loved camping, fishing hunting, darts and playing pool. She was employed by Liberty Services Exhaust Cleaners. Teresa was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest at Forest Hills Cemetery, Vandalia, Ohio. If desired, memorial donations may be given to the VFW-Greenville Post # 7262, 219 North Ohio St. Greenville, OH 45331 in memory of Teresa. Arrangements entrusted to TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

M. Christine Jones (December 22, 2009)

M. Christine Jones, 87, of Arcanum, died Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Mrs. Jones was born in Cambridge, MA on March 20, 1922, the daughter of the late Hans and Margaret (MacKenzie) Knudsen. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Arcanum. Christine was a breast cancer survivor and a 20 year volunteer at Wayne Hospital. Mrs. Jones was a member of the Arcanum Garden Club, Arcanum Criterion Club, Faith UMC Women's Group, and the Arcanum Historical Society. Christine was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 59 years Dana C. Jones who died December 23, 2001. She is survived by children Rev. Dana C. Jones Jr. and wife Kathy of Sewickley, PA and Karen Shepard of Arcanum; grandchildren Kate Calone and husband David of Babylon, NY, Dana S. Jones and wife Terri of Mansfield, TX, Alison Coffman and husband Parker of Houston, TX, Rev Peter Jones and wife Annie Laurie of Lawrenceburg, KY, Melissa Johnston and husband Jon of Arcanum, and Stephanie Shepard of Arcanum; 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 28, 2009 at the Faith United Methodist Church, Arcanum with Rev Tom Hite officiating. The Family suggests memorial contributions to Arcanum Community Rescue Service, P.O. Box 177 Arcanum, OH 45304-0177 or Faith United Methodist Church, 101 E. South St., Arcanum, Ohio 45304.

Yolanda Richards (December 16, 2009)

Yolanda Richards, 61, of New Madison, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 11:16 AM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born on July 13, 1948 in Wayne County, Indiana to the late Harley and Mary (McClure) Richards.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother, Keland Richards. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Troutwine of Ansonia, Ohio.

There will be a service held on Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Dennis Riffell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison, Ohio. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

April J. Peters (December 15, 2009)

April passed away on December 15, 2009 at University of Cincinnati Hospital after a ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm. With April will be her unborn child to have been named Landyn Allen Peters.

She is survived by her parents: Rick & Rhonda Peters of Greenville; Sister: Amber Peters; Grandparents: Scott & Betty Bingham of Greenville, Grandfather: Bob Peters of Beamsville, Grandmother & Step Grandfather: Barbara & Jack Riegle of Lakeland, Florida; Uncle & Aunt: Jimmy & Shaughn Bingham, Cousins: Cory, Justin, & Morgan of Greenville; her best friends: Tyler Erisman, & Katie Crandall.

April was a member of Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville and an Honor Student at Greenville High School. Her goal was to be a Dental Hygienist after graduating from high school.

Services will be held on Saturday December 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Wesleyan Church 1400 East Main Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Bob Boyd & Pastor Don Avore officiating. Burial will follow at Greenville Twp. Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday December 18, 2009 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio and a half an hour prior to services on Saturday at the Church. Memorial contributions are appreciated by the family and can be given to Trinity Wesleyan Church or to the Family.

Ruth L. Hesson (December 13, 2009)

Ruth L. Hesson, 83, of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:15 PM at her residence. She was born on May 5, 1926 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Charles & Dora (Michael) Flatter.

In her earlier years she worked at Buchy’s Food Distributor in Greenville and also was a homemaker. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles, Ohio.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by sisters; Genieva McGlothin, Helen Billheimer, Mary Whittaker Snyder, Virginia Ross and Mildred Best, brothers; Charles, Raymond, Bill, Cloyd, Alva, Paul, Virgil and Herman Flatter.

She is survived by her husband, Norbert (Daine) Hesson of Versailles, Ohio whom she married on November 26, 1947, daughter and son in law, Roxanna & Stephen Meyer of Houston, Ohio, son and daughter in law, Ritchy & Donna Hesson of Versailles, Ohio, granddaughters; Michelle (Greg) Wagner, Amy Meyer, Douglas Meyer and Lori (Travis) Copeland, great grandchildren; Jeremiah Wagner, Madilyn Wagner and Connor Copeland, sister, Betty Brown of Greenville, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a private service held at the conveniences of the family. Burial will be in the Miami Memorial Park in Covington, Ohio. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles, Ohio.

John R. Baltes (December 13, 2009)

John Richard Baltes, 81, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 12:45 PM at the Versailles Health Care Center, Versailles, Ohio. He was born on May 3, 1928 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Theodore & Anna (Poly) Baltes.


He worked at Worch Lumber for 23 years, owner of John’s Hideaway and also worked at Lowes in Florida for 16 years retiring in 1997.

He was a member of the United States Army with the 4th Infantry Division in German during the Korean War, St, Denis Catholic Church, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He was on the Versailles Village Council from 1968-1971 and also completed the term for the late Earl Keyser in 1973-1974. John, along with Tom Magoto and Gale Blakeley, started the Versailles Little League in the 1960’s.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, Theresa (Berning) Baltes; second wife, Peg (Pequignot) Baltes; son, Patrick John Baltes, sisters; Ruth, Mary Catherine and Joan and brothers; Orville, Curtis and Joe.

He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Anthony “Tony” & Tania (Coetzee) Baltes of Stafford, Virginia, daughter, Joan Baltes of Florence, Alabama, grandson, Johan Baltes, granddaughters; Shonte’ Baltes and Janay Baltes, sister, Juanita Gerling of Versailles, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. David Vincent celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 from 4-7 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

There will be a graveside military service conducted by the Versailles Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be given to the Versailles Health Care Center or to the Public Library. Condolences for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Pina Bartos (December 13, 2009)

Pina Bartos, 62, of West Manchester, passed away on December 13, 2009 at Hospice of Dayton. Pina was born on October 31, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio, daughter of Emil and the late Etta (Fox) Bartos.

Pina graduated from Miami University in 1969 with her degree in Education. She taught for over 35 years at Fairborn and National Trail schools respectively where she retired in 2004. She then became a member of the Preble County Retired Teachers association. Pina taught both 4th and 6th grades and made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children including several generations of families.

Pina enjoyed traveling, including backpacking in Europe and driving across the United States. She loved cooking, making fleece blankets, and was an excellent artist and pianist. Pina also sang in the choir at Salem Church of God and participated in their singles group and Festival of Lights. She enjoyed going to Sun Watch Village and taking part in archeological digs. Pina loved to garden and created a butterfly garden with Ellen Hall at National Trail that she was very proud of. She loved serving people and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Her life was built around and blessed by many friendships.

Pina is survived by her father and step-mother, Emil and Ruby (Muth) Bartos; one brother, Rev. Emil Bartos, Jr.; two sisters, Rebecca (Bill) Hodgin and Martha (George) Skidmore; one step-brother, Andrew (Teresa) Muth; two step-sisters, Anna (David) Lewis and Heidi (Daniel) Linebaugh; nieces and nephews, Bradley (Heather) Skidmore, Matthew (Celeste) Skidmore, Emily (Russell) Cheesman, Mary Skidmore, Tia (Andrew) Williams, Mim Bartos; five great nieces and nephews; 7 step nieces and nephews; one great step-nephew and one great step-niece; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A funeral service will be held at Castine Church of the Brethren at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 18, 2009 with a graveside service following at the Greenmound Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Shilot being asked to officiate. The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Dayton Hospice or the Pina Bartos Memorial Fund.

Online Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com/. Services are entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.

Norman G. Drew (December 13, 2009)

Norman G. Drew, 92, of Greenville, passed away Sunday morning, December 13, 2009 at Heartland of Greenville.

He was born in Ansonia, son of the late Arthur and Pearl (Lawrence) Drew. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey (Loy) Drew in 1965; his second wife, Margaret Drew in 2000; a son, Larry Drew in 1983; an infant daughter; brothers, Arno, Roy and Marley Drew; and sisters, Freda Hunt, Jean Falknor and Melvina Wentworth.

A retired farmer, Norman founded the Wildcat Woods Campground which he ran until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his children, Richard (Sally) Drew of Greenville and Janet (Jack) Shives of Lake Placid, FL; grandchildren, Lora Alberto, Lynda Agee, Rodney Drew, Randall Drew, Kimberly (Shives) Harless, Scott Shives, Ron Shives, Todd Shives, Mark Shives and Susan (Shives) McCarta; numerous great and great great grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Kahn of Florida.

Private services were held at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial followed in the Teegarden Cemetery near Ansonia.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be given to the State of the Heart Hospice.

Barbara A. Lee (December 17, 2009)

Barbara Ann Lee, 73, of Greenville, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Hospice of Dayton. Mrs. Lee was born in Dayton on October 5, 1936, the daughter of the late Roy and Ruth (Steck) Brooks. She was a Homemaker and Mother. Barbara was a member of the Arlington United Methodist Church. Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her parents and brother Richard Brooks. She is survived by her husband Glenn C. Lee; Daughter Sharon Frazier and husband Doug of New Madison; Son Michael Lee and wife Margaret of Greenville; Grandchildren Joanna Brown and husband Shannon, Joshua Lee and Fiancé Alissa Finfrock, Olivia Frazier and Amelia Frazier; Great Grandchildren Katie and Kaleb Brown; Sisters Gladys Mills of Brookville and Phyllis Hecathorn and husband Don of Clayton. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor David Shetler officiating. Burial will follow in Wares Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends Monday 5 - 7 PM at the funeral home.

Anita Short (December 15, 2009)

Anita Louise Bowers Short, 71, of Arcanum, died Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at Hospice Of Dayton. Beloved wife of Donald R. Short for 53 years was born in Richmond, Indiana on September 24, 1938, the daughter of the late Otho Dale and Zelma Ruth (Hoover) Bowers. She was an active self employed Antique Dealer and Genealogist. Anita authored many publications including "Gateway to the West", many genealogical record books, and articles for the Arcanum Historical Society. Mrs. Short was a member of D. A. R. serving as a Regent and Vice Regent. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Danelle Ann Short, and a brother Richard Bowers. Mrs. Short is survived by her husband Don R. Short; daughter Dana Sowry and husband Duane of Arcanum; Granddaughter Dwana Hughes of Columbus; Great Grandson Nick Hughes of Greenville; Sister D. June Ellison of Orlando, FL; and 2 nephews Brandon Ellison of Florida and Wildon Ellison family of Copley, Ohio. Private Family Services will be held at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Pastor Steve Short officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery.

Norman J. Brehm (December 15, 2009)

Norman J. Brehm, 60, of Arcanum, died at Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Mr. Brehm was born in Greenville on October 21, 1949, the son of the late Homer JR and Gertrude (Shell) Brehm who survives. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Arcanum and a 1968 Graduate of Arcanum High School. Norman worked as a Security Supervisor at National City Bank, Dayton. Mr. Brehm was preceded in death by his Father JR Brehm and his Sister Janice Swem. He is survived by a Daughter Dana Patterson and husband Brandon of Ten Mile, TN; Sons Nathan Brehm and wife Pam of Sevierville, TN and Ian Brehm of Gatlinburg, TN; 5 Grandchildren Bridgette, Brennah, Brayden, and Jack Patterson and Ivy Maples; Mother Gertrude Brehm of Arcanum; and Brother Rev Leland Brehm and wife Ree of Derby, Ohio. Memorial Services will be held 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum, with Rev Leland Brehm officiating. Interment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Ft. Jefferson. The Family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, Ohio 45216-3549. Condolences may be sent to http://www.kreitzerfuneralhomeinc.com/.

Richard Peters (December 14, 2009)

Richard Peters, 63, of Arcanum died unexpectedly early Monday morning, December 14, 2009, at his residence. He was born February 16, 1946 in Dayton to George and Elizabeth (Moore) Peters. Richard retired from the former Dayton Tire and Rubber Co., Dayton in 1980. He also was self employed locally as a jack of all trades. Richard was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War, and a member of the Darke County Fish and Game Club. He was preceded in death by a grandson Justin Hill. Richard is survived by his wife Margaret (Detling) Peters whom he married February 21, 1967; daughters Valerie Peters, and Lisa Manning and her husband Doug both of Arcanum; sons David Peters of Fairborn, Mark Peters and wife Jamie of Arcanum; grandchildren Rachel Hardwick, Nicholas Manning, Derek Yohe, Christopher Manning, William Peters, Katherine Manning, his parents and a sister and a brother. Funeral Services will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home in Arcanum with Pastor Dan Kuhbander officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 PM Thursday evening until the time of the service. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veterans, 219 N. Ohio St., Greenville, Oh 45331.

Karen A. Fourman (December 12, 2009)

After several years of declining health, Karen Fourman completed her life's journey and began her new life at 1:00 a.m., Saturday, December 12, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Karen was born February 25, 1947, in Lafayette, Indiana, to the late Robert and Ardith (Beckner) Norris. She married Tom Lynn Fourman, of Arcanum, Ohio, on July 6, 1968.

She is the mother of two daughters, Heather (Greg) Heiser of Arcanum, and Emily (Bill) Millmine of Delphos, Ohio. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Joe, Maggie, and Audrey Heiser, and Lucas Millmine. Karen is preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Ritzhaupt of New Jersey. She is survived by another sister, Marsha (Hersh) Chambers, of Arlington, Indiana. Surviving nieces are Britton Ritzhaupt and Adrienne Sumpter.

Karen is a graduate of Houser High School, Hope, Indiana. She met her future husband at Earlham College, graduating in 1969. After teaching in the Arcanum Elementary School for several years, Karen attended United Theological Seminary, in Dayton. There, she earned a Masters of Divinity degree in 1993. She was appointed to the High Street United Methodist Church, in Springfield, Ohio, where she served for three years. She then served as pastor of the Mt. Blanchard UMC, in Mt. Blanchard, Ohio, where she served until 2007. Karen was active in the Emmaus Communities of Springfield and Findlay, Ohio Everyone that has been touched by Karen's life will always remember her for her joy, her strength and spiritual beauty; and the many people she led to a close relationship with Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Kreitzers' Funeral Home in Arcanum on Wednesday, December 16. A celebration of Karen's life will be held at Faith United Methodist Church in Arcanum, at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 17. The Revs. Tom Hite and Ken Woode will be officiating. Burial is in the Abbottsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made, in Karen's honor, to SAMARITANS INNS, INC., 2523 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. Samaritan Inns is a ministry of The Church of the Savior to provide housing and drug recovery programs for the homeless of Washington, D.C.

Anthony K. Garrett (December 12, 2009)

Mr. Anthony “Tony” Kevin Garrett, 54, of Dayton, Ohio passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM at Hospice of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on August 1, 1955 in Greenville, Ohio to Mavis (Bratt) Garrett of Greenville, Ohio and the late Roger Garrett.

Tony was the Director of Manufacturing for Privatizer Systems Inc. He was a member of the United States Air Force for 9 years, graduate of Greenville High School in 1973, received an associates degree from the Community College of the Air Force in 1986 and then a Bachelors degree of Science Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University in 1988. Tony really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and camping.

In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Garrett and step son, Kevin W. Fox Jr.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Shirley (Minnich) Garrett of Dayton, Ohio whom he married on October 14, 1997, daughter and son in law; Krystel and Josh Sherman of Fairborn, Ohio, sons and daughter in law; Steve and Heather Philpot of Florida and John K. Garrett of Huber Heights, Ohio, grandchildren; Nicholas, Alex and Kiersten Sherman, brothers and sisters in law; Colin and Cindy Garrett of Greenville, Ohio, Chris and Angie Garrett of Indianapolis, Indiana and David Garrett of Greenville, Ohio, sister and brother in law; Cheryl and Ed Baker of Greenville, Ohio, mother in law; Alice (Benson) Miller of Waverly, Ohio as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be a memorial service held on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Joe Soley officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery, Darke County, Ohio. There will be a gathering from 10:00 to noon on Thursday at the funeral home.

The Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will conduct a full military service. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Association or Hospice of Dayton.

Byron L. Rutan (December 9, 2009)

Mr. Byron L. Rutan, 89, formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 9:30 AM at the Englewood Manor in Englewood, Ohio. He was born on August 23, 1920 in Preble County, Ohio to the late Harley C. & Laura L. (Ritz) Rutan.

Byron was self employed for 13 years, worked at F & N in Richmond, American Aggregates, and then retired from Belden in Richmond in 1982. He was a member of the United States Army serving in WWII, American Legion, VFW, and Universalist Church in New Madison, Ohio. He delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels, loved square dancing, traveling and was a member of a camping club.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sister, Treva Button.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma (Harter) Rutan, formerly of Greenville, Ohio and is currently living in the Villas of Brookhaven in Brookville, Ohio; daughter and son in law, Jerolyn “Jeri” & Boyd Hastings of Brookville, Ohio; son and daughter in law, Phillip & Deborah Rutan of Englewood, Ohio; grandchildren, Phillip & Tina Hastings, Aaron & Meg Hastings, Adam & Amber Hastings, Melissa & Jason Heuker and Bradley & Amanda Rutan; great grandchildren, Evan, Connor, Owen and Cole Hastings.

There will be a service held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Ben Hastings officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, Ohio. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be conducting a full military service.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Charity of your choice.

Condolence for the family may be sent to http://www.zecharbailey.com/.

Evelyn Mae Hoblit (December 5, 2009)

Evelyn Mae Hoblit, age 88 of Gettysburg, Ohio passed away on Saturday December 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM at her residence. She was born April 16, 1921 in Steven County, Kansas.

Services will be held on Wednesday December 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the Oak Grove Old German Baptist Brethren Church on Martin Road, Gettysburg, Ohio, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery, Gettysburg, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday December 8, 2009 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

James J. VandenBosch (December 4, 2009)

James J. "Jim" VandenBosch, age 39 of rural Arlington passed away early Friday morning, December 4, 2009 at the Birchaven Health Care Center. Jim was born on December 27, 1969 in Dayton, OH to James A. and Mary E. (Rammel) VandenBosch and they survive in Greenville, OH. Carla J. Price and Jim were married on October 8, 1994 and she survives along with two children: Austin J. and Bryanna E. VandenBosch both at home. Jim has five sisters: Susan (Doug) Shields, Sarah (Ken) Rindler, Sandra, Sharon and Shirley VandenBosch all of Greenville, OH. Jim's in-laws: Joe and Elaine Price of Mt Blanchard and sister-in-laws: Rochelle (Jayson) Brake of Forest and Melanie (Kyle) Halcomb of Mt. Blanchard also survive. Jim was a self-employed contractor and farmer who enjoyed his work and took great pride in all his tasks. He was a member of Land Inprovement Contractors Association, he attended Mt. Blanchard United Methodist Church and was a former member of St. Mary,s Catholic Church , Greenville, OH Visitation will be held Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. A funeral service will held at 11:00 AM Monday, December 7, 2009 at Mt Blanchard United Methodist Church with Pastor Joseph Chrisman officiating. On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Mary's Catholic Church, Greenville, OH with Father John White officiating burial follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 AM till service time Wednesday. Memorials may be given to Cancer Patient Service or Bridge Home Health and Hospice. On line condolences made be sent via: http://www.coldrencrates.com/.

James M. Beare (December 5, 2009)

James M. Beare age 77 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 11:13 P.M. on Saturday, December 5, 2009 in the E.R. at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. James was born February 28, 1932 in Versailles, Ohio, to the late James A. & Bertha E. (Wagner) Gowdy Beare.

James was a C.P.A. at Murray Wells Wendeln & Robinson CPA Inc. in Troy until his retirement. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, where he served on the official board of the Church. James graduated from Versailles High School with the Class of 1951. He also graduated from Miami Jacobs College with a Public Accounting Degree. James was very supportive of the Versailles Community, where he was born and raised.

In addition to his parents, James is also preceded in death by a brother in infancy; twin brother, Jack Beare; brothers, Norval Gowdy and Bill Renner; and sister, Myrna Gowdy Harp.

James is survived by his nieces, Sharon & Glen Seibert Craig of Versailles, Gloria Plock of Greenville, Susan & Harold Watson of Farmland, Indiana, Cheryl Shenefield of Wabash, Indiana; nephew, Bruce & Dana Harp of Peru, Indiana; great niece, Kimberly Seibert Coleman of Englewood; great nephews, Douglas Seibert of Versailles, Dave & Connie Seibert of Versailles, Dan & Renee’ Seibert of Versailles and Don & Cora Beare of Versailles.

James will be greatly missed by his family members that resided with him in the family home in Versailles; Douglas Seibert, Don & Cora Beare and Aaliyah & Aalyssa Osborne; as well as his great great nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at the Versailles United Methodist Church, 122 West Wood Street, Versailles, with Pastor Linda Dulin, Pastor Kelly Moody and Rev. Gordon Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, and Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Council of Churches Food Pantry in Memory of the Beare Family.

John V. Crowell, Jr. (December 4, 2009)

John V. Crowell Jr., age 46 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 1:25 P.M. on Friday, December 4, 2009 at Heartland of Greenville. John was born April 16, 1963 to Marilyn (DePoy) & Donald Hittle of Greenville and the late John V. Crowell.

John was a nurse’s assistant at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. He served in the U.S. Navy. John was the founding member of Clark Station Trio.

In addition to his father, John was also preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

In addition to his parents, John is survived by his sons, John V. Crowell, III and Ashton B.L. Crowell of Greenville; daughter, Cora Mae Crowell of Greenville; significant other, Tina Dispennette of Greenville; brother, Jeff Hittle of Greenville; sisters & brother-in-law, JoEllen (Crowell) & Gery Melling of Greenville and Jennifer (Hittle) McDaniel of Greenville; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, with Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the John V. Crowell Jr., Trust Fund for his children c/o Greenville National Bank.

Lenora S. Hiatt (December 1, 2009)

Mrs. Lenora S. “Nory” Hiatt, age 97 of Palestine, Ohio passed away at 10:55 A.M. Tuesday December 1, 2009 at Wayne Hospital Greenville, Ohio. She was born May 25, 1912 in Liberty Township Darke County, Ohio and the daughter of the late Roy & Ota (Lowdenslager) Edwards.

Lenora was a homemaker, a School Cook at Liberty Local School, had worked at Rush’s Grocery of Palestine, also had worked as a baby sitter and some house cleaning.

She enjoyed sewing, shopping and being with her family. She also attended the Palestine Church of Christ and the Palestine Ladies Aid.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband—Ralph Hiatt March 15, 2003. They were married November 15, 1930. Also preceded in death by her son Duane Hiatt; Brothers Leonard & Raymond Edwards; and son in law Paul Ayette in 2006.

Lenora is survived by a daughter Margaret A. Ayette of Greenville; son and daughter in law Larry L. and Barb Hiatt of Greenville and daughter in law Dorothy Hiatt of Palestine. Also by grandchildren and their spouses—Tony and Joyce Ayette, Gary and Kathy Ayette, Randy and Coleen Ayette, Phil Ayette, Michelle and Dan Marker, Mike and Lori Ayette, Teresa Via, Cheryl and Tom Purdy, Curt and April Hiatt, Sonya and Scott Hill, Mark and Robin Hiatt and Marcia and Tony Sowry. Step grandchildren and spouses—Monte and Terri Clemens, Christy and Scott Evans, Angie and Keith Keiser and Kelly and Barry Paulus. Twenty Six great grandchildren and forty great great grandchildren. A sister Mary Wentworth of Greenville and sister in law Norma Kuhnle of Greenville. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday December 5, 2009 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Rev. Mike Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Palestine Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5 till 8 P.M. and on Saturday one hour prior to the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Charity of your choice.

Carolyn A. Schmidt (November 29, 2009)

Mrs. Carolyn A. Schmidt, age 80 of Ansonia, Ohio passed away at 9:36 P.M. Sunday November 29, 2009 at the Versailles Health Care Center. Carolyn was born May 4, 1929 in Greenville, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late David Lee & Minnie (Printzing) Houpt.

Carolyn was retired from Corning Glass Inc.

She was an avid Hot Air Balloonists’, antique collector, involved in needle crafts and flowers and her dogs. She was also very well known as “The Waffle Lady of Ansonia” as she had given out waffles at Halloween to all the children for many many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband—Cornelius “Trappy” Schmidt June 29, 1978; also a brother Joe Houpt.

She is survived by her daughters and sons in law—Sharon & Dr. Jay Noffsinger of O’Fallon, Ill., and Malinda & Hugh Linebaugh of Rossburg. Also her son and daughter in law—Neal & Lauren Schmidt of Greenville. Grandchildren—Jamie (John) Franklin, Julie (Craig) Kindsfater, Jill Stone, Dustin Schmidt, Jason Schmidt and Hannah Linebaugh. Also great grandchildren—Jaycen Franklin, Josten Franklin and Kari Kindsfater. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday December 3, 2009 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Rev. Eric Knight officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 till 8 P.M. in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to Hospice of Darke County.

Daniel A. Moore (December 2, 2009)

Daniel A. Moore, 64, of New Madison, passed away unexpectedly on December 2, 2009 at his residence. He was born December 25, 1944, son of the late Russell and Ethel (Piggott) Moore.


Daniel enjoyed woodworking, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Daniel worked as a laborer for the Angelo DiPonio Construction Company in Michigan, and served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge 2177 and Moose Lodge in Greenville, and the American Legion in New Madison.

In addition to his parents, Daniel is preceded in death by a sister, Darlene Swindler.

Daniel is survived by a son, Wayne R. Moore; a daughter, Marlena D. (Bryan) Bryant; two grandchildren, Andrea Bryant and Jeriah Moore; two brothers, Joseph L. Moore of Michigan and Paul E. Moore of Indiana; three sisters, Diane (Ted) Cook of Greenville, Rebecca Moore of New Madison and Tammy (Todd) Stewart of Wayne Lakes; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from on Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 2-4 PM at Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com/. Services are entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.

Izaiah R. Phillips (November 30, 2009)

Izaiah Reece Phillips, infant son of Charlie and Stacy Phillips, passed away on November 30, 2009 at Miami Valley Hospital.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by grandparents, Mike (Cindy) Lawrence and Dexter Phillips (and friend Cindy Lawrence); brothers and sisters, Nicholas, Piper, Alexis and Zachery Phillips.

Izaiah is preceded in death by his grandmother Susan Lawrence

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.storchbraundfuneralhome.com/. Services are entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.

Lester A. Young (December 1, 2009)

Lester A. Young, 80, of Ansonia, passed away Tuesday evening, December 1, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

He was born in Ansonia, the son of the late Lester Ray and Myrtle Fae (Heeter) Young.

Lester had worked as a Mill Operator for the Ansonia Elevator for 16 years and Keller Grain and Feed for 10 years. He was a member of the Northside Community Fellowship in Greenville and a former member of the Annie Oakley Kampers.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley L. (Baker) Young, whom he married April 22, 1949; daughters, Barbara A. (David) Dudon of Ithaca, Rebecca L. (Dennis) Brockman of Centerville, OH, Betty L. Young of Dayton and Beth E. (Neal) Langenkamp of Union, OH; and 5 grandchildren, Lisa (Charlie) McCormick, Eric (Kate) Langenkamp, Sara (Brad) Statzer, Jessica (Tim) Ford and Julia Brockman; and great grandchildren, Josh McCormick, Addison McCormick and Will Ford.

A graveside service will be held at the Abbottsville Cemetery on Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Randy Brown officiating.

There will be no public visitation. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Northside Community Fellowship in Greenville.

Elsie Stevens (November 29, 2009)

Elsie Davis, 93, of Union City, OH, passed away Sunday afternoon, November 29, 2009 at the Center of Hope in Union City.

A memorial service will be held Monday, December 7, at 6 p.m. at the Come As You Are Fellowship, 423 E. Main St., Union City, OH, with Pastor Darby Livingston officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, OH.

Ronald D. Cunningham (November 30, 2009)

Ronald D. Cunningham, 65, of Van Wert, died Monday, November 30, 2009 at Van Wert County Hospital. Ronnie was a former resident of Greenville. Later he changed his residence to Van Wert Manor. He had been disabled most of his life. Mr. Cunningham was born in Greenville, on May 9, 1944, the son of the late Charles D. and Ruby (Stein) Cunningham. Ronald is survived by 2 sisters Carolyn Luginbuhl and husband Frank of Greenville and Jane Smith and husband Richard of Vacaville, CA; brother Roger Cunningham of Greenville; and nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held 12:30 PM on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at the Bible Baptist Church, Greenville, with Pastor Ron Ison officiating. Interment private at the convenience of the family.