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June 10th, 2014

Norman J. Gerstner, 84

June 10, 2014

Norman J. Gerstner, 84, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:23 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Shawnee Manor.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1930, to Joseph and Marie (Gehrlich) Gerstner, who preceded him in death.

In 1952, he married Mary “Kitty” Steinke and she survives in Wapakoneta.

Dorothy M. (Seitz) Koepke, 91

June 10, 2014

Dorothy M. (Seitz) Koepke, 91, of Oak Harbor, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. She was born in Wapakoneta on May 11, 1923, a daughter of Otto and Amanda (Keller) Seitz.

Connie S. Yahl, 67

June 10, 2014

Connie S. Yahl, 67, of 02764 Salem Noble Road, Saint Marys, died at 7:53 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, at her residence, following a brief illness.

She was  born Aug. 8, 1946, in Sidney, the daughter of Clifford and Mildred (Stiles) Elsass.

She married Joseph J. Yahl on June 17, 1967, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Saint Marys, and he survives at the residence.

June 9th

Ross M. McCain, 62

June 9, 2014

Ross M. McCain, 62, of Lima, passed away at 1:41 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center. 

He was born Oct. 28, 1951, in Celina, to Nile and Jewell (Maynard) McCain. His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Lima. 

June 6th

Emerson L. Kruse, 77

June 6, 2014

Emerson L. Kruse, 77, of rural Botkins, died at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in St. Marys. He was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Shelby County, the son of Edison Henry Louis and Gladys Levada (McCullough) Kruse, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 14, 1955, he married Carol Jean Brautigam as teenagers and they would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this year. She survives at home.  

June 5th

James L. “Jamie” Copus, 50

June 5, 2014

James L. “Jamie” Copus, 50, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. He went home to be with the Lord with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 13, 1963, in Lima, the son of Sonja M. (Davis) Copus and Leonard W. Copus. His mother survives in Rockford, Mich. and his father and step-mother, Leonard (Bobbie) Copus, survive in Byrdstown, Tenn. On May 13, 2006, he married Rebecca S. Wireman, and she survives.

June 3rd

Patsy L. Metzger, 82

June 3, 2014

Patsy L. Metzger, 82, of Lima, died at 10:54 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Lima Memorial Health Systems. She was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Jackson Center, the daughter of the late Arley and Helen Zwiebel Gross. On July 2, 1950, she married Luther E. Metzger, Sr. who died April 4, 2011.

Mrs. Metzger was a super sales representative with Avon for about 40 years, which she loved. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Lafayette and a former member of the Farm Bureau.  

May 30th

Joan W. (Pronk) Dewyer, 89

May 30, 2014

Joan W. (Pronk) Dewyer, of Wapakoneta, died April 9, 2014, at Auglaize Acres. She was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Edgerton, Minn. to Lue and Wilhelmina Pronk, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her oldest daughter, LaLona. She is survived by three daughters, Margaret, Wanda and Billie Jean; one son, Ross; four sisters, Alice, Esther, Elsie and Leone; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Thank you to Auglaize Acres Nursing Home for caring for her the last several years. May you now be at peace.

May 29th

Richard Lyman Gossard, 73

May 29, 2014

Richard Lyman Gossard, 73, of Wapakoneta, died suddenly at his residence on Monday, May 26, 2014.

 He is survived by his wife, Carol (Walter) Gossard, son, Richard Gossard, Jr., and daughter, Barbara (John) Steger.

 Dick was a 1958 graduate of Sidney High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education degree at Xavier.

O. Evelyn Schaub, 94

May 29, 2014

O. Evelyn Schaub, 94, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:03 a.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at The Gardens in Wapakoneta.  She was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Allen County, the daughter of Warren and Edith (Hoaglin) Hall, who preceded her in death.

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