June 13th, 2011
Rita E. Meinerding, 88, 815 Heather Drive, St. Marys, died at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at her residence.
She was born April 27, 1923, in Fort Recovery, to Veronica and Henry Sudhoff.
On Nov. 24, 1945, she married Wesnensalus C. Meinerding, who died Jan. 22, 1986.
Survivors are a son, David (Jane) Meinerding of St.. Marys, four daughters, Elaine (Sam) Yancey, JoAnn (Richard) Meckstroth, Mary Jane (Steven) Mackenbach and Doris Meinerding, all of St. Marys.
Paul J. Kabana, 73, of rural Lima, died at 11:28 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born March 11, 1938, in McKees Rocks, Pa., the son of Dorothy (McClellan) and Alexander Kabana, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 28, 1958, he married Dolores âDeeâ Parisi, and she survives.
Other survivors are a son, Bert Kabana, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a daughter, Pamela (Brian) Jarrells of Mason; a granddaughter, Julia Jarrells; a brother, John (Mary) Kabana of Pennsylvania, and a sister, Gloria Kabana of Pittsburgh, Pa.
James M. Bertsch, 49, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 7:42 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2011, at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born April 7, 1962, in Bellevue, the son of Leona (Schneider) and Walter Bertsch, who preceded him in death. On Jan. 11, 1986, he married Rebecca S. Paxson, and she survives.
Lillian L. âLouâ Duff, 79, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima.
She was born Aug. 27, 1931 in Lima, to Lillian May (Penn) and Charles I. Timmons. She married William E. Duff who preceded her in death.
She had been a registered Scientology Histologist with Lima Memorial Hospital for 20 years. She was a great pet lover.
Some old favorites and some new ideas are being featured in plans for the 39th annual Buckland Firemans Festival.
Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, the downtown Buckland event this year will include the addition of a kids tent, novelty wheel and mechanical bull riding. Popular activities returning are to include a car show, T-102 Country Star Playoffs and a cornhole tournament, Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said.
Pauline Presar, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Auglaize Acres.
Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.
ROSSBURG â Ron Capps looked around from his director style folding chair with a horde of media members surrounding him, logos splashed behind him and a growing crowd filling in Eldora Speedwayâs stands and marveled at the growth of the Prelude to the Dream.
Capps has driven in all seven Prelude events at the Rossburg track. When it started Capps simply hopped in another driverâs Dirt Late Model ride without much training, set-up or testing.
A local middle school student had the opportunity of a lifetime when she traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Wapakoneta Middle School sixth-grader LeeAnn Jose took her fifth trip to the nationâs capital last week to compete for the first time at the national level of the spelling bee competition.
âIt was fun,â Jose said, âand exhilarating.â
Jose recently returned home last Saturday, just in time to enjoy her last week of school before summertime.
BOTKINS â Botkins Board of Education members officially decided to begin the process of building a new K-12 school during Wednesdayâs meeting.
In a unanimous vote, board members decided the districtâs best option was to pursue a new 102,000-square foot facility and to pursue the local financing needed from voters in the November election.
Board members made the move official by hiring Fanning-Howey and Associates engineering firm to design its master plan to be submitted for final approval to the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC).
With more than one out of every five students in Auglaize County and two out of every five students in the state qualifying for reduced-price school lunches, a U.S. legislator started a push this week to have Gov. John Kasich approve more Summer Food Service Program sites in Ohio.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said the number of children qualifying for reduced-price school lunches and breakfast tells the tale of the economy as 22 percent of Auglaize County residents and 40 percent of Ohio students qualify for the program.