April 20th, 2012
Eugene A. “Gene” Steinke, 75, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2012, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.
Moving forward with improved security as part of Auglaize County Courthouse renovations, the Auglaize County commissioners have purchased equipment necessary for those updates.
This week the commissioners approved the purchase of a scanner and magnatometer to place at the single entry point to the courthouse once renovations are complete.
The Auglaize County Crisis Center’s 24th Annual Benefit Auction was deemed an overall success by its organizer, Heide Koenig.
“Every year we are blessed to have the community we have,” Koenig said. “They come out and support this event.”
Nearly 300 people showed up for the event at the Auglaize County Thursday, and they spent $30,000 to raise for the center, which provides relief for domestic violence victims.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, leaders of a local organization showed their appreciation to all their volunteers — and awarded their first-ever “Volunteer of the Year” award.
Mercy Unlimited officials held a luncheon Thursday at R.J. Coffey Cup in Wapakoneta to recognize the numerous volunteers who have showed their dedication and support to the organization.
Mercy Unlimited Volunteer Services Coordinator Charlene Smith and Executive Director Tammy Brown recognized a volunteer who logged the most total hours in 2011.
Carolyn Marie Foster, 88, of Swanton, died Thursday afternoon, April 19, 2012, at the Genoa Care Center.
She was born March 22, 1924, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of the late Victoria (Schneider) and Albert Hartard. She married Eddie Foster, who died in 1993.
She is survived by a son, Leland Foster, of Swanton.
There will be no public visitation or services. There will be a private family burial.
Arrangements are being handled by Barnes Funeral Chapel in Delta.
Contributions may be given to Hands of Grace in Delta.
Condolences may be expressed at barnesfuneralchapel.com.
Esther M. Tester, 96, of Troy, died at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.
She was born June 6, 1915, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Margaret (Sheipline) and Joseph Brown. She married Vernon Tester, who preceded her in death June 14, 1981.
Surviving are a son-in-law, David Mers, of Troy; a sister, Lucille Waldman, of Wapakoneta; three grandchildren, Doug (Toni) Mers, of Troy, Craig (Teresa) Mers, of Troy, and Mark Mers, of Troy; two great-grandchildren, Aarin Burke and Clinton Mers; and four great-great-grandchildren, Tessa, Briella, Lucas and Abel.
John J. Dorner, 75, of Wapakoneta, died peacefully at his home April 17, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born June 26, 1936, in Sidney, to Nora M. (Hunt) and Rudolph S. Dorner, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 26, 1959, he married Doris M. Petitjean, who survives in Wapakoneta.
After several years of review and pilot programs, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators plan to adopt new math textbooks for students.
“We will see children learning more, adjusting to the challenge,” Wapakoneta City Schools Director of Instruction Julie Miars Golden said.
Miars Golden said after talking with each of the elementary teachers during the three-year selection process, they decided to go with Harcourt’s Go Math! series.
After a successful event last year, the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life team Rock Out Cancer is planning another quarter auction this Saturday.
For a quarter auction, a variety of consultants donate items — with values between $15 and $100 — which guests can bid on. Those wanting to bid hold up their numbered paddle and after all bids are placed, a paddle number is drawn to determine the winner. By spending between $35 and $40, they can bid on everything.
A local art gallery is saying goodbye to decorated furniture and hello to shoes as they gear up for their annual benefit auction.
With the Summer Moon Festival three months away, Riverside Art Center officials are already planning their annual auction that they host in conjunction with the event.
Riverside Art Center members are currently taking on a new challenge for their charity auction this year by collecting donated decorated shoes.