Casca 38: The Continental, Tony Roberts

Casca 38: The Continental, Tony Roberts

Casca 38: The Continental, Tony Roberts

Casca 38: The Continental, Tony Roberts

This entry in the Casca series is the second part of a story set during the American War of Independence. Casca had been living in pre-revolutionary North American, where he fell foul of a rogue British officer. This drove him into the Revolutionary cause, where he came to Washington's attention and took part in the early battles around Boston, New York and at Trenton and Princeton. His personal problems also appeared to have been solved, with the girl rescued from the rogue British officer and taken to apparent safety with her mother in Philadelphia.

This book follows the course of the war from the spring after Princeton to the eventual American victory. We thus start with the British conquest of Philadelphia, where the girl and her new son fall back into the hands of the British officer. The two plots are then intertwined as Casca attempts to come to grips with his enemy, a rivalry that finally ends at Yorktown (not a spoiler - this is on the back cover).

One might thing that this makes the second novel something of a re-run of the first, but although our hero is faced with the same problems, his solution is different. This time military duties prevent a direct rescue attempt, so our hero attempts to come face to face with his enemy on the battlefield, an approach that allows Roberts to take us to some widely scattered battlefields. The final outcome of this plot is satisfactorily ambiguous, with the complexities of the situation taken into account.

The book is also available from the Casca Website

Author: Tony Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 177
Publisher: Americana Books
Year: 2012



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A French history ending in late 19th C.

Tony's story beginning in 1949

They may have the receipt

More of Steven's linings
And more
Steven's 'butter' flannel windowpane w/ hacking pockets

Steven Salen & J Celestino

Waxed Thread 'Conveniently Put Up'

Vintage Gingham linen - Half lined. Patch pockets. Side Vent. Summer Jacket.

Wool and mohair. Half Lined. Patch Pocket. Side Vent. Side Tab. Summer Suit

I hope this will be a repeating series but you never know.

Back in the '50s, there were 300-400 bespoke tailors in NYC. Today -- there might be 30. It's an amazing thing to find workrooms like these in a high rise. But Steven Salen and Anthony Maurizio are still at it - although very much off the beaten path. I don't think the boys from Esquire or GQ have ever been here.

Men's apparel has been invaded with moneyed Wall Street types who recently decided they always wanted to open a men's shop. Made to Measure, mostly in China, is doled out to the unsuspecting for $1,200 and up. The mark up would astound you hence the attraction to Wall Street.

Tony and Steven do it here. All of it. On the 11th floor of 509 Madison Avenue. And I have no idea how much longer they'll be here. They don't have a web site. They're sure as hell don't have any marketing savvy. Steven can't even figure out his phone. But they can build you a suit. In fact, they build suits for a lotta shops in NYC who claim to build their own. In that respect, these two men are the source and you get what you pay for (they ain't cheap).

My hope is to find more tailors in NYC. I have some leads on a few. Many don't want or need the exposure. But it's hard to know what you're getting today. You stand in the mirror. You get chalked up. And then what? Where does your suit go? China? Mexico? Turkey? Or, to the 11th floor of an office building in midtown Manhattan. To those scissors. That thread. Those linings. These men.

21 comments:

Thank goodness you are documenting these craftsmen before they are gone. My grandfather was a tailor and I used to love looking at the bolts of woollens ans swatches of fabrics. I just don't get the equation of $1,000+++ for an off the rack suit, when you can get a custom made rig for the same, or slightly more money. Oh right, no D&G, Boss, etc. label sewn in the jacket.

I hope there are more in this series, too. (Love the detail shots.)

I love your blog. Thanks for doing it. I recently stumbled upon Leung's Custom Tailors on 92nd and Lexington. I stopped in to have a blazer adjusted, but they advertise full custom work. By the looks of the stacks of fabric rolls, tooling, and swatch sample books jammed in every corner, it certainly appears the much of the work is done in house. For whatever it's worth.

Thanks again for a great read, daily.

Yes, like Alice said, more of these if you please!

This was a nice read with sentimental value. However, I am not completely sold on the fashionable disdain for products made outside of the U.S.

I'm in the market for a couple of full canvas 2 piece suits, what´s the approx. cost?

Joe- These guys are out of the $1,000 range. By quite a bit.

Alice- But tell me what you don't like.

Robert- Never heard of Leungs. Thnx of the heads up.

Dallas - who said anything about fashionable disdain? Oh, you did. I'm saying that if you knew the cost of having a suit made in China you wouldn't pay $1,200 for one.

Spudnik99 - $5 to $6,000 for a suit that's made almost entirely by hand.

Comment was directed at the collective erections that are being formed over the made in the USA movement.

Dallas- Which, erections aside, isn't a bad thing. Just 'cause somethings popular doesn't make it stiff.

Masterful. Bespoke eye candy for your fans.

You know that these stories. The gritty granular ones. Trip the hell out of my f_cking trigger. I've been remiss in visiting anyones blog lately, much less writing a watered down ass story on my own. It's these little gems that remind me of why I started reading and writing this bullshit from the beginning.

I have a pair of those Wiss shears, from my g-grandfather's tailor shop near Seattle. Gone now, some 30 years. He wore riding boots and breeches and Pendletons with elbow patches and rode horses on the weekends, back when a man could make a living as a tailor and own a horse and drive an old Lincoln.

Heart and soul. they still do it simply for the love of it. Well done.

I'd pay money for admission just to watch these guys use that old iron and listen to their shop-banter.

I can always tell the real deal, when I have the urge to clean the place up.

Thing that really bothers me about finding folks like this doing old world craft in a craftless new world is the tyrannical ticking of the clock.

If I was a crafty old world euro-trash director going against the Jery Bruckheimer blockbuster grain, I'd say something like, I can almost see them slowly dissolving in soft focus.

BTW Bud Light aint half bad. After the seventh one it tastes like something very cold with a caramel aftertaste or maybe that's me burping up Jameson with a vomit aftertaste.

Stew- I just had the same burp.

Thanks for the great post. Tony just turned 89 and retired. I've been going to his shop and listening to his stories since 1964. The last piece that he made for me, a cashmere full length overcoat. incredible. Tony is an incredible artist and gentlemen.

A. Stone- thank you for the news of Tony. Lovely man. I feel honored to have met him. I only wish I had the dosh to have him make me that mohair suit.

They are now out of business. "Gray & Lampel" / "Steven Salen, Ltd.", the very last of the great Fifth Avenue tailors, is no more.


Professional Tony Meola_section_2

England Tony Meola_section_3

Meola had signed with the U.S. Tony Meola_sentence_23 Soccer Federation before the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Tony Meola_sentence_24

Following the cup, Meola signed on loan with English club Brighton & Hove Albion where he played eleven games only two were league games. Tony Meola_sentence_25

He gained his first start when he replaced the injured Perry Digweed and promptly won man of the match honors. Tony Meola_sentence_26

On September 14, 1990, Meola was transferred to Watford before moving back to the U.S., which he did when he was unable to renew his work permit due to his inability to gain first team time with Watford. Tony Meola_sentence_27

Fort Lauderdale Strikers Tony Meola_section_4

In 1991, Meola played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Professional Soccer League. Tony Meola_sentence_28

He shared the goal with Arnie Mausser. Tony Meola_sentence_29

On December 14, 1994 he signed with the Buffalo Blizzard of the NPSL in the 1994-1995 indoor season. Tony Meola_sentence_30

He became the team's starting keeper, but on January 31, 1995, he announced that he had taken a lead role in the off-Broadway play Tony and Tina's Wedding. Tony Meola_sentence_31

He played five more games with the Blizzard before leaving to join the cast on February 16. Tony Meola_sentence_32

Long Island Rough Riders Tony Meola_section_5

In February 1995, Meola joined the Long Island Rough Riders for its upcoming 1995 USISL season. Tony Meola_sentence_33

That year the Rough Riders claimed the USISL championship. Tony Meola_sentence_34

Metrostars Tony Meola_section_6

Upon the creation of Major League Soccer, he was allocated to the NY/NJ MetroStars, for whom he played between 1996 and 1998, starting almost every game. Tony Meola_sentence_35

However, before the league began play, he spent three weeks in February 1996 training with Italian club Parma. Tony Meola_sentence_36

During his time with the MetroStars, he set a league record with nine shutouts in 1996. Tony Meola_sentence_37

He did not win the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award, however the honor went to Mark Dodd. Tony Meola_sentence_38

Kansas City Wizards Tony Meola_section_7

Meola was traded to the Kansas City Wizards (with Alexi Lalas for Mark Chung and Mike Ammann) in 1999, but missed most of his first year in the midwest due to injury. Tony Meola_sentence_39

Chris Snitko and David Winner backstopped during Meola's absence. Tony Meola_sentence_40

The team struggled for results and wins with both Winner and Snitko. Tony Meola_sentence_41

In 2000, Meola was named League MVP, Goalkeeper of the Year, and MLS Cup MVP as he led Kansas City to the championship. Tony Meola_sentence_42

He set a new league record by recording 16 shutouts. Tony Meola_sentence_43

Meola was voted into the 2000 MLS All Star Game playing the first half in goal, and made a cameo in the 2nd half up top as a forward. Tony Meola_sentence_44

Meola played for the Wizards through the 2004 MLS season. Tony Meola_sentence_45

That year, an injury forced him out of contention. Tony Meola_sentence_46

Bo Oshoniyi took over the goalkeeping position, although Meola recorded a shutout in the Wizards' U.S. Open Cup final win over the Chicago Fire, and Meola was not asked back for next season, instead stuck with Oshoniyi as the starting goalkeeper. Tony Meola_sentence_47

Metrostars/Red Bulls return Tony Meola_section_8

Meola was re-acquired by the MetroStars in June 2005. Tony Meola_sentence_48

He was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI after the season. Tony Meola_sentence_49

Following the 2006 season, Meola was waived by the team, now known as the New York Red Bulls. Tony Meola_sentence_50

However, he signed a contract with the indoor New Jersey Ironmen on August 14, 2007. Tony Meola_sentence_51

New Jersey Ironmen Tony Meola_section_9

In July 2007 it was announced that Meola had signed with the New Jersey Ironmen, an expansion team in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Tony Meola_sentence_52

The team played in the new Prudential Center arena in Newark, NJ. Tony Meola_sentence_53

As starting goalie, Meola led the team to the playoffs in its first year. Tony Meola_sentence_54

International Tony Meola_section_10

Meola made his U.S. Tony Meola_sentence_55 national team debut on June 10, 1988, against Ecuador. Tony Meola_sentence_56

Meola's second cap came in a June 4, 1989 victory over Peru in the Marlboro Cup which won the U.S. the cup. Tony Meola_sentence_57

The team took the trophy to the Scots-American Club in Kearny, New Jersey. Tony Meola_sentence_58

After the party, Meola drove back to the team's hotel, dropped the trophy at the front desk and drove home. Tony Meola_sentence_59

As he remembers it, "A week later Doug Newman called me up and asked where the cup was. Tony Meola_sentence_60

I told him I'd left it at for him at the hotel. Tony Meola_sentence_61

I'm sure they got it back. Tony Meola_sentence_65

Back then there weren't too many cups in U.S. Tony Meola_sentence_66

Soccer." Tony Meola_sentence_67

Later in the summer, the national team went on a tour of Italy, playing several Serie A teams. Tony Meola_sentence_68

At the time, David Vanole was the U.S. starter, but he and Meola had traded goalkeeper duties over the previous month as Vanole fought USSF on a contract dispute and attempted to get his burgeoning weight under control. Tony Meola_sentence_69

U.S. coach Bob Gansler intended to start Meola against A.S. Tony Meola_sentence_70 Roma, but Meola was injured in a freak accident when a ball struck his head during practice. Tony Meola_sentence_71

Vanole started in his place, but let in three weak goals in a 4-3 U.S. victory. Tony Meola_sentence_72

Gansler benched Vanole, who never again played for the U.S., and turned to Meola as his starting keeper. Tony Meola_sentence_73

Meola went on to play the remaining U.S. qualifying games for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, including the famous 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago which clinched a spot in the finals for the U.S. Tony Meola_sentence_74

He then played every minute in goal for the U.S. in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Tony Meola_sentence_75

Meola remained the keeper of choice for the U.S. national team from 1990 through the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Tony Meola_sentence_76

At that tournament, his play and ponytail made him a recognizable face around the country. Tony Meola_sentence_77

After the U.S. loss to Brazil in the second round of the World Cup, Meola informed the U.S. coach Bora Milutinović that he intended to pursue a professional American football career as a placekicker. Tony Meola_sentence_78

Milutinović never called Meola back to the U.S. team and it was not until January 1999 that Meola again played for the U.S. By that time, Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel were competing for the starting goalkeeper spot on the team and Meola never regained the first team place he had enjoyed in the early 1990s. Tony Meola_sentence_79

However, he continued to play for the U.S. and earned his 100th cap in 2006. Tony Meola_sentence_80

He was the third-choice goalkeeper at the 2002 FIFA World Cup behind Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller. Tony Meola_sentence_81

American football Tony Meola_section_11

Meola attempted to become a placekicker with NFL's New York Jets in July 1994 but didn't pass the try-outs and was cut. Tony Meola_sentence_82


Result: CXNE Round 8

Women
1 Marie Lynn EDCO Continental FJ
2 Jane Barr Velocity 44 RT FS
3 Henrietta Colborne SwaboLadies.nl FS
4 Fiona Turnbull Speedflex Race Team FJ
5 Lucy Siddle Allen Valley Velo FV40
6 Erica Moks Mountain Goat Coaching FS
7 Nicola Davies Beacon Wheelers FV50
8 Jemma Ridley Derwentside CC FS
9 Morven Brown Dales Cycles Racing Team Scotland FS
10 Christine Wheeler South Shields Velo Cycling Club FV50
11 Pamela Glover Derwentside CC FV40
12 Melanie Annable Allen Valley Velo FV40
13 Karen Partington Aycliffe Velo FS
14 Caroline Cunningham North Tyneside Riders FV40
15 Christine Amos North Tyneside Riders FV40
16 Jackie Brady Derwentside CC FV50
17 Mari Cole Durham University Cycling Club FS
18 Catherine Lynn Hetton Hawks Cycling Club FV50
19 Tracy Henderson FV40
20 Rhiannon Robinson Allen Valley Velo FV50
21 Nicola Akiens FV40
22 Tamara Moks FS

Seniors
1 Tony Fawcett Bergamont UK Sen
2 Fergus Robinson Zappi Racing Team U23
3 James Edmond Mountain Goat Coaching U23
4 Roddy Weir Muckle Cycle Club U23
5 Jonathan Fletcher Cestria Cycles RT Sen
6 Christopher Burns Cestria Cycles RT Sen
7 Thomas Selby Royal Navy & Royal Marines CC Sen
8 Edwyn Oliver-Evans Cyclocrossrider.com Sen
9 Stephen MacDonald Royal Albert CC Sen
10 Daniel Charlton Hetton Hawks Cycling Club U23
11 Adam Cooke EMC Sen
12 Matthew Burton Here Come The Belgians Sen
13 Nicholas Hamilton Mountain Goat Coaching U23
14 Tony Mccullagh Darlington CC Sen
15 Chris Smith Sen
16 Thomas Atkinson Sen
17 Daniel Hadnum Hetton Hawks Cycling Club U23
18 Joseph Ricciardi Team Manx Telecom U23
19 Nick Badcock Allen Valley Velo Sen
20 Bryan Laycock Alnwick Cycling Club Sen
21 Chris Glass Hetton Hawks Cycling Club V40
22 Eddie Halstead Pedalling Squares Sen
23 Graham McKinlay Billy Bilsland Sen
24 Clive Upton Hambleton RC Sen
25 Stewart Nicholson Sen
26 Chris Peareth Sen
27 Liam Casey Tyneside Vagabonds CC Sen
28 Paul Barrett Sunderland Clarion CC Sen
29 George March Ferryhill Wheelers CC Sen
30 Nicholas Rees South Shields Velo Cycling Club Sen
31 Steven Cunningham North Tyneside Riders Sen
32 Michael Dowson Sen
33 Stewart Mullett Ashburn Wealth Sen
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JUNIOR MEN
1 Oliver Draffan Derwentside CC
2 Jonny Gill PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield ER
3 Ben Dowson Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
4 Joseph Allan Derwentside CC
5 James Mitchell Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
6 Paul Errington Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
7 Connor Eyeington Stockton Wheelers CC

VET 40
1 Antony Glover Derwentside CC
2 Alan Nixon Blumilk.com
3 James Raw Cycleways-SG Petch
4 Richard Skinner Blumilk.com
5 Keith Murray SCOTT Racing
6 Malcolm Gray Cestria CC
7 Richard Noble Tyne&Wear Fire&Rescue CC
8 Gavin Slack Beacon Wheelers
9 Bill Kay MTS Cycle Sport
10 Simon Gibbs Tyneside Vagabonds CC
11 Michael Hardcastle Royal Air Force CA
12 James Metcalfe VC York
13 Wayne Barr Velocity 44 RT
14 Chris Mather Derwentside CC
15 David Jones EMC
16 Mark Thompson
17 Raymond Honour MTS Cycle Sport
18 Graeme Rossiter Derwentside CC
19 Scott Kerr Walkers Cycling Club
20 Steve Clark Barnesbury CC
21 Hedley Fletcher Blaydon Cycle Club
22 Chris Annable Allen Valley Velo
23 Henry Aarvold
24 Steven Smales www.Zepnat.com RT
25 David Hardy South Shields Velo Cycling Club
26 Phil Cook Cestria CC
27 David Kent Prima Team Racing
28 Rob Mead Muckle Cycle Club
29 Ian Jefferson Infinity Cycles-Cube Store Cycling
30 Raymond Turner
31 Michael Freer Stockton Wheelers CC
32 Mark Bell Muckle Cycle Club
33 Craig Nicholl South Shields Velo Cycling Club
34 Stephen How Adept Precision RT
35 Paul Maven Infinity Cycles-Cube Store Cycling
36 David Stevens Houghton Cycling Club
37 Craig Donagher Fechan Flyers
38 Alun Brown Border City Wheelers CC
39 Christian Roberts Allen Valley Velo
40 Andy Smith
41 Steven Noble Stockton Wheelers CC
42 John Cantrill Blaydon Cycle Club
43 Vaughan Godber Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
44 Mike Warbeck Fechan Flyers
45 Kenny McLellan Cestria CC
46 Sean Bell South Shields Velo Cycling Club
47 John Andree Allen Valley Velo
48 Stephen Gilbert Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club
49 Lee Raine South Shields Velo Cycling Club
50 Ian Slee
51 Lee Charlton Cycleways-SG Petch
52 Derek Queenan Cleveland Wheelers CC
53 Mark Robinson Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
54 David Swainson Derwentside CC
55 Steven Studley Alnwick Cycling Club
56 Pete Akiens Durham Constabulary CC
57 Mark Christie Sun City Tri
58 Mark Walsh
59 Rob Harker Tyneside Vagabonds CC
60 Clifford Carroll Pedalling Squares
61 Simon Cowdroy Barnesbury CC
62 Barry Wardrop South Shields Velo Cycling Club

VET 50
1 Matt Wilson Mountain Goat Coaching V50
2 Brian Johnson Barnesbury CC V50
3 Ian Knights Prima Team Racing V50
4 Robert Smith Derwentside CC V50
5 John Galway Keswick Bikes – KMB V60
6 Graeme Gow Tyneside Vagabonds CC V50
7 Michael Aspey Northumbria Police Cycling Club V50
8 Tim Gill Ilkley CC V50
9 Richard Atkinson Ashburn Wealth V50
10 James Melville Glasgow United CC V50
11 Stephen Grey Derwentside CC V50
12 Charles Warren Harrogate Nova CC V50
13 Sean Hoban VC Cumbria V50
14 Martin Vesty Chevin Cycles.com Trek V50
15 Barry Kipling MTS Cycle Sport V60
16 Thomas Bardgett Beacon Wheelers V50
17 Kenny Kentley Velocity 44 RT V50
18 Andrew Moss Adept Precision RT V50
19 Paul Steadman South Shields Velo Cycling Club V50
20 Chris Dobson Stockton Wheelers CC V50
21 Gary Worton Stockton Wheelers CC V50
22 Paul Sinclair V50
23 Steve Wilson MTS Cycle Sport V50
24 Geoff Turner Barnesbury CC V60
25 Michael Speirs Mountain Goat Coaching V60
26 John Gilling V60
27 Neil Cranston Barnesbury CC V50
28 John Brown Cycle Studio V50
29 Colin Murray Tyneside Vagabonds CC V50
30 Brian McCutcheon Walkers Cycling Club V50
31 Edward Sarmiento Cyclocrossrider.com V50
32 Neil McKinnon Derwentside CC V50
33 Stephen Wheeler South Shields Velo Cycling Club V50
34 Andy Cosgrove Teesdale CRC V50
35 David Linsley Tyne&Wear Fire&Rescue CC V50
36 Ian Thompson MTB Guisborough V50
37 James Dickinson V60
38 Keith Taylor Durham City Velo V50
39 Tim Caine Berwick Wheelers CC V50
40 Jamie Brady Tyne&Wear Fire&Rescue CC V50
41 Stephen Newton Stockton Wheelers CC V50
42 Timothy Evans Harrogate Nova CC V50
43 Colin Luhrs V50
44 Peter Searle Houghton Cycling Club V50
45 Philip Timmins V50
46 Derek McGuire Alnwick Cycling Club V50
47 Darren Thompson Godley’s Cycles V50
48 Stuart Cook Cestria CC V50
49 David McLean Hetton Hawks Cycling Club V60
50 Colin Murley Derwentside CC V60
51 Ian Maddison Ryton Tri Club V50
52 Barry Holyoak South Shields Velo Cycling Club V60
53 David Jackson Sunderland Clarion CC V60
54 Adrian Dent Team Terminator V50
55 Martin McTavy South Shields Velo Cycling Club V50
56 John Barron South Shields Velo Cycling Club V50
57 Trevor Ablett South Shields Velo Cycling Club V50
58 Gary Taylor Ferryhill Wheelers CC V50
59 Alistair Ross Hoddom Velo V50
60 Allan Card South Shields Velo Cycling Club V60
61 Gary Stephenson North Tyneside Riders V50
62 Michael Cole Cleveland Wheelers CC V50
63 Christopher Beetham Seacroft Wheelers V50
64 Paul Noble V50

UNDER 16
1 Adam Bent Nutcracker Racing
2 Matti Egglestone Beacon Wheelers
3 Harrison Lee Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
4 Sam Murray SCOTT Racing
5 Ben Flanagan Tyneside Vagabonds CC
6 Matthew Wells Tyneside Vagabonds CC
7 Euan Sanderson Cleveland Wheelers CC
8 Alfie Savage Furness Future Flyers
9 Roisin Lally Derwentside CC
10 Jasmine Kent Speedflex Race Team
11 Jake Edwards Salt Ayre Cog Set
12 Thomas Godber Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
13 Benjamin White Stockton Wheelers CC
14 Noah Charlton Tyneside Vagabonds CC
15 Oliver Glen Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
16 Will Hetherington Racing Metro 15
17 Freja Smith Racing Metro 15
18 Alex Ingham Derwentside CC
19 Ethan Richards Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club
20 Oliver Collingridge Tyneside Vagabonds CC

UNDER 14
1 Ben Partridge Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
2 Daniel Holmes Tyneside Vagabonds CC
3 Lewis Dolan Cleveland Wheelers CC
4 Katie Hadnum Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
5 Harry Purcell Derwentside CC
6 Thomas Dixon Welland Valley CC
7 Cody Lee Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
8 Arran Robinson Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
9 Harry Courtney Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club
10 Leo White Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
11 Elizabeth McKinnon Derwentside CC
12 Kacey Eyeington Stockton Wheelers CC
13 Heather Robinson Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
14 Ellis Murray SCOTT Racing
15 Matthew Brennan Stockton Wheelers CC
16 Grace Castle Mountain Goat Coaching
17 Phoebe Skinner Derwentside CC
18 Ben Etherington Stockton Wheelers CC
19 Cerys Ridley Derwentside CC
20 Harry Akiens Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
21 Brodie Sutherland Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
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UNDER 12
1 Will Roberts Derwentside CC
2 Matthew Bell Beacon Wheelers
3 William Best Derwentside CC
4 Daisy Freer Stockton Wheelers CC
5 Matthew White Stockton Wheelers CC
6 Ben Scott Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club
7 Arran Cairns Derwentside CC
8 Ciaran Lally Derwentside CC
9 Lucy Glover Derwentside CC
10 Harry Sylph Tyneside Vagabonds CC
11 Finlay Godber Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
12 Amelia Cleathero Racing Metro 15
13 Luke Furphy Derwentside CC
14 Ethan Hindmarch Hetton Hawks Cycling Club
15 Daniel Knowles-Slack
16 Liam Ingham Derwentside CC
17 George Cranston Barnesbury CC
18 Lukas Quiney Derwentside CC
19 Oliver Middleton Hambleton RC
20 Marty High Derwentside CC
21 George Turner North Tyneside Riders
22 Hollie Vayro Hamsterley Trailblazers
23 Matthew Batson Tyneside Vagabonds CC


2018 Ottoville Obits

1-1-2018
Mary Kay Zink
Mary Kay Zink, 98, passed away peacefully January 1, 2018. Born in 1919 to Ralph and Gertrude Siler, she has fond memories growing up in Ottoville, graduating in 1937.
She married Linus Zink in 1948, who preceded her in death in 1984. Also preceding her are sisters Fern LaFranco, Virginia Altenburger, brother Tom Siler and son-in-law Jim Stewart.
She is survived by three children Charlene Stewart, Charlotte Vangsness (Kevin) and Jim Zink two grandchildren Kari Hagee (Daniel) and Mark Vangsness and two sisters Celeste Jones and Phyllis Siler.
She was a devoted member of St. Gerard Church for 70 years. She loved spending time with family and friends and making cookies to give away. She will be remembered for her giving spirit volunteering for Right to Life, YMCA Bingo and St Gerard.
In lieu of flowers, she requested to consider donations to St. Gerard School (240 W. Robb Ave, Lima, OH 45801).
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19 at St. Gerard Church with burial in Gethsemani Cemetery. The family will be available to meet with friends and relatives one hour prior to the funeral in the church.

1-23-2018
Jimmy C. Spencer
Jimmy C. Spencer, 64, of Fort Jennings died at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born on May 1, 1953 in Lima to the late Howard and Irene (Bigelow) Spencer. On November 8, 1975, he married Nancy Miller who survives in Fort Jennings.
Survivors also include two sons, Justin (Nickie) Spencer of Cloverdale and Weston Spencer of Ottoville two grandsons, Chaz and Zachary Spencer a brother, Dean (Gloria) Spencer of Evansville, IN and a sister, Jacqueline (Mike) Minch of Portland, IN.
He was preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Beverly and Robert Shade and a brother-in-law, Robert Urton.
Jimmy was a self-employed commercial truck driver who was hard-working and an entrepreneur. He was an avid gardener and loved flowers.
Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township with Pastor Gary Beatty officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Chad L. Staib Scholarship.
Condolences may be expressed at http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

2-18-2018
Thomas A. Bendele
Thomas A. Bendele, 78, of Wapakoneta, died 3:29 p.m., Sun. Feb, 18, 2018, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born Feb. 11, 1940, in Ft. Jennings, OH, the son of Isidore N. & Gertrude H. (Ricker) Bendele, who preceded him in death. On July 2, 1963, he married Shirley A. Haney, and she survives.
Other survivors include, 2 children, Teresa (Douglas Paynter) Bendele, Painseville, OH, Tony (Shelly) Bendele, Wapakoneta, 3 grandchildren, Amber Bendele, Andrew Bendele, & Aimee Bendele, 3 great grandchildren, Payton, Lily, & Violet Bendele, siblings, Jeannette (Norbert) Albers, Celina, LaDonna (LaVern) Klawitter, Wapakoneta, Norma Prenger, Minster, & Geraldine (Ron) Brunson, MO.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Bendele, an infant brother, Richard Bendele, and a brother-in-law, Eddie Prenger.
Tom retired in 2002 after 26 years of service in skilled trades at Dana Corp, Lima. Before that he worked 18 years as an engineer at Koneta Rubber Co., Wapakoneta. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and the U.A.W. Local #1765. From 1957 to 1961, he served in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he served on the USS Marias, which was the first ship to be stationed at Barcelona, Spain. Tom designed and built his own tractor. He could repair anything, and enjoyed tinkering in his garage, gardening and doing yard work. His family will greatly miss their husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Fri. Feb. 23, 2018, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, with Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial is to follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445. The family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., Thurs. at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave. (St. Rt. 501) Wapakoneta. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.

2-19-2018
John L. Hohlbein
John L. Hohlbein, 84, of Delphos, Ohio, passed away in the early morning of Monday, February 19, 2018 at Vancrest Nursing Home.
He was born February 3, 1934 in Ottoville to the late Andrew and Barbara (Lehmkuhle) Hohlbein. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy (Haunhorst) Hohlbein whom he married on May 30, 1956.
He is also survived by his children: Lenny Hohlbein of Fulton, KY, Mark Hohlbein (Rebecca) of Columbus, Bonnie Hohlbein of Worthington, Pete Hohlbein (Patty) of Worthington, and Paul Hohlbein (Lisa) of Anna. He was affectionately called Papa by his grandchildren: Lacy, Chloe, Lane, Chris, Aaron, Alex (Elizabeth), Allie (Michael Wenig), Ian, Adam, Kasey (Peiman Sarand), and Basima Azzad and Great-grandchild: Clara Hohlbein.
He deeply loved all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild and he was blessed to be able to hold all of them in his arms.
John and Dorothy also hosted exchange students that became family: Nicole Jongen and Susan Pollmeier.
He was preceded in death by grandchildren: Emily, Ashley, and Kyler Hohlbein siblings: Alma Schnipke (Otto), Eugene Hohlbein (Catherine), and Oscar Hohlbein (Annie and Sarah) In-laws: Al Hilvers, Alice and Barney Dermer, and Joann Hohlbein.
John attended Ottoville Schools and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and The Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was an assistant Scout Master with Landeck Troop 20 with Jim Illig, where he made a lasting positive impact on the lives of many young men. He worked for Fischer Implement and was a mechanic and school bus driver for 40 years. He was in charge of keeping all 16 school buses running for Delphos City Schools, retiring from there after 40 years. John received several honors for his exemplary safety maintenance record with the buses. After retirement from the schools, he drove dump trucks for Ulm Construction and B&K Trucking, retiring from truck driving at 80 years old. He and Dorothy enjoyed traveling frequently to see their kids, grandkids, exchange students (in The Netherlands and Germany) and more recently, their first great-grandchild. He loved a good joke and teasing, but he would give you the shirt off his back if anyone ever needed anything.
He was a gifted mechanic, loved helping people, a dedicated Relay For Lifeteam member, and MS Walk team member and supporter. With this in mind, in lieu of flowers, we encourage you to make a donation to your favorite charity in his name.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Doug Taylor officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. John’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.weberfh.net.

2-18-2018
Margie D. Brenner
Margie D. Brenner, 82, of Montpelier, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at North Collier Hospital in Naples, FL. She was born on January 21, 1936 in Ottoville, OH to Joseph and Estella (Gasser) Miller. Margie graduated from Ottoville High School in 1953. On July 25, 1953 she married Carl E. Brenner in Ottoville and he preceded her in death on August 8, 2009.

Margie was the co-owner alongside her husband Carl of Miller’s New Market where she also managed the bakery. She loved cooking and baking for her family and friends, gardening and golfing. For the last 36 years Margie was a “true snowbird” who enjoyed spending her winters in Florida. Her summers were spent enjoying time at the family lake house. Margie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier, where she was active with the Rosary Alter Society. She was also a member of the Montpelier Moose.

Margie is survived by two daughters, Carol (Tom) Houk and Becki (Greg) Snyder both of Montpelier one son, Roger (Teresa) Brenner of Wauseon daughter-in-law, Deborah Brenner of Cleves, OH eight grandchildren, Tony (Debi) Houk of Plymouth, MI, Tiffany (Jeff) Noling of New Waterford, OH, Eric Brenner of New Albany, OH, Nicholas Brenner of Bryan, Jennifer (Ryan) Ambrose of Cincinnati, OH, A.J. Brenner of Wauseon, Dr. Marissa (Morgan) Locy of Hoover, AL and Bradley Snyder of Nashville, TN and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carl E. Brenner, son, Carl J. Brenner, three brothers, Orville, Joe and Roger Miller and sister, Dorothy Bergfeld.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12-6 p.m. with a scripture service at 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. A Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier with Father David Tscherne to officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Donations may be given to Sacred Heart Church or Williams County Blood Bank.

3-10-2018
Paul Winhover
Paul “Tub” Winhover, 91, of Ottoville died 7:15 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at his residence. He was born January 8, 1927 in Delphos to the late John and Mary (Buecher) Winhover. On November 9, 1953 he married Mary Alice Mesker, who preceded him in death on March 19, 1998. He is also preceded in death by 3 brothers and 5 sisters.
He is survived by 3 children: John (Tammy Carr) Winhover of Ottoville, Jim (Teresa Stark) Winhover of Convoy, and Jane (Ron) Coon of Celina 8 grandchildren: Ashley (Brian) Patrizzi, Ian McGhee, Tyler Winhover, Brittany Winhover, Elaina Winhover, Monica Winhover, Joel (Lindsay) Kaufman and Brooke (Zach Lutmer) Kaufman and 3 great-grandchildren: Brynn Lutmer, Ella Patrizzi and Eli Patrizzi and his special friend Inez Sarka of Kalida.
Paul retired from both the US Navy and the US Army with 21 years of service. He also retired from General Dynamic, Lima. His family was very important to him and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Paul was a life member of both the Ottoville VFW and the Fort Jennings American Legion. He was also an avid Buckeye fan.
The funeral service for Paul will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township with Father John Stites officiating. There will be military rites following the service by the Ottoville VFW and the Fort Jennings American Legion. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and again for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850 or to Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256

3-10-2018
Paul J. Schlaugbaum
Paul Joseph Schlagbaum passed away on March 10, 2018 from lung cancer at the age of 77.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 23, 2018 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 2250 S. Harrison Street Denver, Colorado 80210. A traditional Catholic mass will take place with cremation at a later date.
Paul was born in Ottoville, Ohio on October 1, 1940. He graduated from Ottoville High School and continued to receive a B.A. in Animal Science from Ohio State University.
Paul was married to Cynthia Kahle on November 10, 1962. They were married 55 years.
Paul worked as a sales executive for IBM for 25 years. He then worked for Hewlett Packard and Exybite.
He enjoyed fishing, primarily in the great lakes of Ohio and Michigan, golfing, bird watching, gardening, traveling, and cooking.
He loved high school and college sports, especially football and basketball. He grew to love watching four of his five grandchildren play lacrosse in Colorado and Florida.
Paul was a true family man and more than anything enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids.
Paul is survived by his wife Cynthia, their three children Brad, Craig (Allison), and Amy (Scott), five grandchildren, Britta, Christian, Nicolas, Ben, and Emma Kate. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Schlagbaum, and four sisters Anne Beining, Martha Fischbach, Diane Honigford and Norma Hilvers, and many nieces and nephews. Paul is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Genevieve Schlagbaum.
Donations, in Paul’s name, are suggested to The American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org, by phone at 1-800-227-2345, or by mail at American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

3-13-2018
Carla A. Landin
Carla Ann (Miller) Landin, age 55, passed away on March 13, 2018 at Vancrest Rehabilitation Center in Delphos, Ohio. She was born December 29, 1962, in Lima, to Donald B. and the late Celesta D. (Recker) Miller. Her father and stepmother, Monica (Rode) Miller survive in Ottoville. On November 8, 1997, Carla married Troy Landin who survives in Kalida.
Survivors include one sister, Lisa (Kevin) Lindeman of Ottoville, five brothers, Terry (Shirley Rieger) Miller and Lee Miller of Ottoville, Ron Miller of Powell, Randy (Roxy Eckrote) Miller of Ottawa, and Keith (Melissa Brenek) Miller of Spencerville one stepsister Elaine (Jeff) Schimmoeller of Ottoville seven stepbrothers, Steve (Mary Schimmoeller) Koester, Dave (Mary Osting) Koester, Joe (Tina Rellinger) Koester, Dean (Melanie Halsey) Koester, Chuck (Jodi Landin) Koester and Paul Koester of Ottoville, Dale (Lisa Lewis) Koester of Sunbury her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Darlene (Krites) Landin of Ottoville and a brother-in-law, Chad (Lora Miller) Landin of Ottoville. She is survived by three aunts, one uncle, fifteen nieces, fourteen nephews, eight great nieces, seventeen great nephews and one on the way.
Carla was a 1981 graduate of Ottoville High School and attended Rhodes State College. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Rosary Altar Society.
She was an employee with Chiefs Supermarket for 36 years. Carla enjoyed catering with her friends for Dee Dee Schlagbaum.
Carla enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, praying the rosary, and traveling with Troy. She was more of a loving mother than an aunt to her nieces and nephews. Carla always had a smile, a kind word, and a giving heart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerry Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be a Rosary at 1:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Putnam County Hospice.
Condolences can be expressed at: http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

3-27-2018
Robert J. Hohlbein
Robert ‘Bob’ J. Hohlbein, 92, of Delphos, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Vancrest Health Care Center of Delphos.
His Family…. Bob was born March 28, 1925, in Ottoville, Ohio to Frank and Catherine (Bensman) Hohlbein, who both preceded him in death. On October 26, 1946, he married Wanda (Mesker) Hohlbein who preceded him in death on May 11, 2017, after 70 ½ years of marriage.
He is survived by a son, William ‘Bill’ Hohlbein of Indianapolis, Indiana a daughter, Lisa (William ‘Bill’) Mullenhour of Lima and a granddaughter, Lauren. He is survived by sisters, Rita Mae Pohlman, Mary Lou Gerdeman, and Dolly Hemker of Delphos, Valita Lammers of Kalida, brothers Dick Hohlbein of Lima, Don (Janice) Hohlbein and Jerry (Angie) Hohlbein of Ottoville two brothers-in-law, Joe (Shirley) Mesker of Ft. Jennings, and Jim (Mary) Mesker of Delphos, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Velma Ricker, Alice Meyer, an infant twin brother and sister, Carl and Carol Hohlbein sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hohlbein and Sue Hohlbein, brothers-in-law, John Ricker, Virgil Meyer, Melvin Pohlman, Carl Hemker, Paul Lammers and Richard Gerdeman.
His Legacy…. Bob was a graduate of Ottoville High School, Chicago University, and Northwestern Business College. He was a proud World War IIVeteran, having served his country as a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Signal Corps. stationed in Italy from 1944-1946. He was honored to be on the “Honor Flight” for Veterans in 2009. Bob retired from the Bostwick Braun Company in 1990 as a Vice President of Warehouse Operations after many years of selling and traveling in the hardware sector. Bob was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was affiliated with the American Legion, V.F.W., Delphos Rotary Club, former President of the Delphos City Council and Delphos Jaycees. Bob enjoyed playing his harmonicas while spending time in Florida with Wanda and playing for nursing home residents in the Delphos area.
His Farewell Services… Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.weberfh.net.

3-31-2018
Daniel A. Deitering
Daniel Anthony Deitering of Maumee, Ohio passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Dan was born to Leo Sr. and Rosa (Murray) Deitering on April 18, 1941 in Ottoville, Ohio.
Dan graduated from Ottoville High School in 1960. In 1965, he had a honorable discharge as a Sp4 from the 3d Armored Division(Spearhead) stationed in Frankfurt Germany.
Dan enjoyed creating fond memories with his grandchildren by routinely taking them to the library, the park or playing cards with them or just hanging out. Dan’s passion was in Genealogy. He loved to research, learn and share information (over and over….) about the history of his family. He was the catalyst for bringing about the first “Deitering World Reunion” to Ottoville, Ohio in 1996. Dan volunteered and served on the board for the Lucas County Genealogical Society. Dan spent many years dancing as a member of the Deutsche Trachten Gruppe. Every year he looked forward to performing and volunteering at the German American Festival.
Dan is survived by his children, Daniel Nickolas Deitering, Gregory (Jill) Deitering and Martina (Bruce) Benton and his grandchildren, Audrey, Quinn, Miles and Zane sister, Mary Lee Laudick 38 nieces and nephews, and Marita his former wife and the mother of his children. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Roger, Elmer, James, Herman, Thomas, William, John, Leo Jr., and Robert.
Celebration of Life event will be announced at a later date so friends and family can share memories and stories of Dan. Dan’s family would like to thank the second floor staff at St. Luke’s Hospital for their compassionate care, especially Shannon. Also, we would like to extend a thank you to the many friendly people he spent his time with at the local Maumee McDonalds and the Perrysburg Senior Citizen Center.

4-1-2018
Donald B. Miller
Donald B. Miller, 86, of Ottoville passed away on April 1, 2018, at Vancrest Rehabilitation Center in Delphos.
He was born on November 4, 1931, in Putnam County to the late Leo A. and Frances (Boecker) Miller. On June 3, 1952, he married Celesta D. Recker who passed away on July 9, 1975. Donald later married Monica (Rode) Koester on October 27, 1978, who survives in Ottoville.
Donald is also survived by one daughter, Lisa (Kevin) Lindeman of Ottoville five sons, Terry (Shirley Rieger) Miller and Lee Miller of Ottoville, Ron Miller of Powell, Randy (Roxy Eckrote) Miller of Ottawa, and Keith (Melissa Brenek) Miller of Spencerville one stepdaughter, Elaine (Jeff) Schimmoeller of Ottoville seven stepsons, Steve (Mary Schimmoeller) Koester, Dave (Mary Osting) Koester, Joe (Tina Rellinger) Koester, Dean (Melanie Halsey) Koester, Chuck (Jodi Landin) Koester and Paul Koester of Ottoville and Dale (Lisa Lewis) Koester of Sunbury one son-in-law, Troy Landin of Kalida twenty-five grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren with one on-the-way.
Donald’s surviving siblings are one brother, Richard (Betty) Miller of Ottoville one sister, Betty Hermiller of Columbus Grove and a sister-in-law, Babe Miller of Ottoville.
Donald’s other surviving in-laws are, Art Rode, Jr., of Landeck, Dorothy and Nub Grothause of Delphos, Sister Antonia Rode of Tiffin, and Ron and Mary Lou Rode of Delphos.
Preceding him in death were one daughter, Carla (Miller) Landin who passed away on March 13, 2018, and siblings and in-laws, Wilma (Amos) Miller, Maggie (Ernie) Schimmoeller, Erma Wehri Morman, Eugene Miller, Berta Schimmoeller Cramer, Roger Schimmoeller, Lorn Cramer, Frank Hermiller, Henry Wehri, and Norbert Morman.
Also preceding him in death were in-laws, Pat Rode, John and Norma Trentman, and Jerome Rode.
Donald was a U. S. Army veteran during the Korean War, serving in the Military Police. He worked from 1956 to 1986 at the Ford Lima Engine Plant. He farmed for many years in Jackson Township, Putnam County. In his later years he was an assistant groundskeeper at Delphos Country Club, and he also repaired bicycles to new condition and donated them to numerous charities. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and a former Church Council member. Previously, he had served as Church Council member for St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, Cloverdale. He was a former member of the Ottoville Local School Board. He was a member or the Ottoville VFW, and for a time he served as VFW Chaplain. He was a member of the Ft. Jennings American Legion. He also had served as a board member of the Ottoville Mutual Telephone Company.
Donald loved spending time with his wife, Moni, their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren. He loved family get-togethers and he hosted and participated in many family barbecues. He always emphasized love and empathy to all people.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with The Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Barbara’s Cemetery, Cloverdale. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and again from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township. There will be a Rosary service at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the Immaculate Conception Window Restoration Fund or the Putnam County Council on Aging. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

4-3-2018
Clara L. Gerker
Clara L. (Verhoff) Gerker died Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at her residence. She was born December 24, 1923 in Cuba, OH to the late Aloysius and Veronica (Schmiedebusch) Verhoff. On September 3, 1947 she married Urban Gerker who preceded her in death on January 26, 1991.
Surviving are four sons, Jerry (Cathy) Gerker of Blacklick, Mike Gerker and Dan (Carol) Gerker all of Cloverdale, Mark (Sue) Gerker of Delphos three daughters, Annita (Harry) Flanagan of Delphos, Mary Ann (Art) Schmit of Grove City, and Doris Gerker of Cloverdale two sisters, Helen Luersman of Ottoville and Veronica Luersman of Delphos a sister-in-law, Joan Verhoff of Charlotte, NC fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, James Gerker a grandson, Stephen Gerker three brothers, Cornelius, Elmer, and John Verhoff sisters and brothers-in-law, Gertrude (Harold) Nienberg, Stella (Leonard) Knueven, Rita (Alvin) Kleman, Ed Luersman, and Larry Luersman.
Clara was a wonderful mother to all. She was a homemaker and worked hard on the family farm. She had a gentle and kind spirit and lived for her family. Clara was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Catholic Ladies of Columbia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter and Fr. Ryan Schmit officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be a Scripture Service at 1:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Window Fund.
Condolences can be expressed at: http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

4-14-2018
Bron H. Eickholt
Bryon H. Eickholt, 39, of Glandorf died 2:52 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. He was born December 15, 1978 in Lima to Vincent “Doc” and Virginia (Duling) Eickholt. His father and step mother, Pam, survive in Glandorf. His mother and step-father, George Kleman, survive in Miller City.
Other survivors include three children: Sydney Eickholt and Breanne Eickholt of Continental, and Brodin Eickholt of Lima five siblings: Dana (Heather) Koontz of Lafayette, Lee (Lindsey) Koontz of Philadelphia, PA, Craig (Janelle) Koontz of Las Vegas, NV, Jonathan Kleman of Ottawa and Anna Kleman of Lima.
He was preceded in death by his son, Zachary Eickholt.
Bryon was a Millwright with Atlantic Plant Maintenance of Houston TX, and had formerly worked for DTR of Bluffton. He was a 1997 Ottawa-Glandorf High School graduate, member of Local 1090 Millwright-Pile Drivers of Perrysburg and the Ottawa Sons of the American Legion Post 63. Bryon enjoyed bowling, fishing, softball, trap shooting attending his children’s sporting events and achievements and was a die hard Michigan, Cleveland Indians and Browns fan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin Friday 10:30 a.m., April 20, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf with Fr. Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Ottawa. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. Thursday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa.
Memorial donation may be made to his children’s education funds or to the SIDS Foundation.
Condolence may be expressed at: lovefuneralhome.com

5-1-2018
Richard J. Wurst
Richard J. Wurst, 89 of Ottoville passed away at 2:32 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Lima Memorial Hospital’s inpatient hospice care after a short battle with cancer.
He was born June 22, 1928 in Ottoville to Frank and Hilda (Scharf) Wurst, who preceded him in death. On June 22, 1953, he married Deloris J. Hall, who preceded him in death on December 4, 2006.
Richard is survived by two daughters, Jaylene Ryan and Nanette Weaver (Tom Sarno) both of Lima four grandchildren, Stephanie Weaver of Columbus, Alyssa Weaver (Robb Kregloh) of Indianapolis, Tara (Brian) Moloney of Ft. Wayne, and Adam (Meghan) Ryan of Columbus one step-granddaughter, Jessica (Matt) Walker of Gibsonia, PA two great-grandsons, Declan and Finn Moloney three step great-grandchildren, Aaron, Kassidy, and David Walker and three brothers, Leo (Phyllis) Wurst of Ottoville, Larry Wurst of Dayton, and Rodney (Lois) Wurst of McCormick, SC.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Wurst on October 6, 2007 one brother, Arthur (Brenda) Wurst and his sister-in-law, Gloria Wurst.
Richard was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked at the Ottoville Hatchery and Feed Mill for his father, and was also a co-owner of Millie’s Café with his brothers. He retired from Fruehauf Trailer Corp and the Village of Ottoville, where he served as the Village Clerk for twelve years, and as Secretary of the Zoning Board. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Holy Name Society. He was a life member of the VFW Post 3740 in Ottoville, and a member of the American Legion Post 715 in Ft. Jennings. He was also a member of the Ottoville Lions Club for 60 years, serving as President for one year and as Secretary for 20 years. He also served as Quartermaster of the VFW post for over 19 years.
Richard enjoyed boating and camping with his family at Marble Lake and Indian Lake. He will be forever remembered by all his grandchildren as “Captain Dick”.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Charles Singler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville where there will be military rites by the Ottoville VFW and Ft. Jennings American Legion. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorials may be made to Putnam County Home Health and Hospice.
Condolences can be expressed at: http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

5-2-2018
Laverne Looser
Lavern “Chuck” Looser, 90 of Ottoville died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at The Meadows of Kalida. He was born September 28, 1927 in Ottoville to the late Charles and Rosa (Klausing) Looser. On May 20, 1950 he married Evelyn Nartker who survives in Ottoville.
Also surviving are four children, Debra (Kevin) Bockrath of Chillicothe, Karen (Don) Ellerbrock of Ottoville, Randy Looser of Arlington, TX, and Lori (Rodney) Niemeyer of Ottoville fifteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren with one on-the-way. Chuck was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas Looser a great-grandchild a daughter-in-law, Dacy Looser his brother, Bernard Looser and a sister, Millie Elwer.
Chuck was a farmer and was retired from Fruehauf of Delphos. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He played basketball for Ottoville High School and was an avid Big Green supporter by attending their sporting events.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Putnam County Hospice.
Condolences can be expressed at: http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

5-11-2018
Bernard J. Pohl
Bernard J. “Barney” Pohl, age 87, of Quincy, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility in Coldwater surrounded by his family. He was born August 15, 1930 in Ottoville, Ohio to Frank and Elizabeth (Calavage) Pohl. Barney married Eunice Siefker on January 19, 1957 and she survives.
Together with his wife, Barney owned and operated the Cottonwood Resort at Marble Lake in Quincy for 43 years. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Coldwater, the Coldwater Elks and United Commercial Travelers. Barney enjoyed wintering in Haines City, Florida, helping on the family farm, raccoon hunting and woodworking, especially building bird houses and nativity scenes.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Eunice Pohl, Barney is survived by one daughter, Carol (Bob) Elliott of Coldwater three sons, Roy (Darla) Pohl of Quincy, Keith (Pam) Pohl of Coldwater and Bruce (Lisa) Pohl of Allendale eight grandchildren four great-grandchildren six sisters and two brothers.
Barney was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers.
A Memorial Mass for Bernard “Barney” Pohl will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Coldwater with Fr. Paul Redmond as celebrant. The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday from 4-8 PM at the Eagle Funeral Home – George White Chapel in Quincy with a rosary service beginning at 7:30 PM.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School.

5-12-2018
Norbert J. Grothause
Norbert J. ‘Nub’ Grothause, age 83, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:06 A.M. at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Delphos
He was born June 28, 1934 in Ft. Jennings to Richard and Marie (Krieft) Grothause, who both preceded him in death. On August 20, 1960, he married Dorothy (Miller-Rode) Grothause, who survives in Delphos.
He is also survived by a son, Chris (Jane) Rode of Delphos four daughters, Annette (Terry) Ralston of Spencerville, Genean (Doug) Corwin of Lima, Peggy (Tom) Williams of Delphos, and Laurie (Steve) Casebolt of Lima a daughter-in-law Maria Grothause a brother, Michael (Pat) Grothause two sisters, Helen Kaverman and Beth (Larry) Metzger sisters-in-law Jean, Mary, Marcia Grothause, Monica Miller, Sr. Toni Rode brothers-in-law Art Rode, and Ron(Mary Lou) Rode fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Duane Grothause and three brothers, James, Hubert and Paul Grothause brothers-in-law, Hubert Kaverman, John Trentman, H.H. Koester, and Don Miller sisters-in-law, Norma Trentman and Pat Rode.
Nub graduated from Ft. Jennings High School in 1952. He farmed and raised registered polled Hereford cattle for 10 years prior to his employment as retail manager at Crop Production Services in Delphos retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was a member of K of C Council 1362 Delphos. He was very involved with St. John’s Church and school for many, many years involving himself in numerous programs and projects. He was also a 4-H advisor for many years. He was very involved with the Canal Museum, Postal Museum, and the Stadium Club. Nub was the 2017 Delphos Herald man of the year.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Burial of ashes will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.
Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a K of C Rosary will be said at 7:45 followed by a Parish Wake Service at 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Church Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.weberfh.net.

5-15-2018
Robert G. Weber
Robert G. Weber, 91, of Delphos, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Vancrest of Delphos.
He was born February 23, 1927 in Ottoville to Albert and Regina (Schmit) Weber. On May 20, 1950 he married the love of his life Rita (Fisher) Weber, and she passed away on June 21, 2005.
He is survived by two sons, Rob (Laurie) Weber of Ft. Jennings and Carl (Mary Lou) Weber of Delphos six daughters, Barb (Larry) Armstrong of Delphos, Linda (Bill) Lisboa of Columbus, Kathy (Charlie) Pugh of Delphos, Mary (Jim) Rode of Delphos, Ginny (Pete) Beko of Jackson Center, and Karen Weber (Sandy Dirkman) of Toledo a brother, Gene (Posey) Weber of Delphos a sister, June Link of Delphos eighteen grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren, and two on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rita Weber two grandsons, Matthew Lisboa and Austin James Weber, and a great-grandson Zachary Robert Weber, Jr. brother, Joseph Weber and five sisters, Luella Barkimer, Colletta Schram, Imogene Jackson, Donna Reinemeyer and Helen Geddings.
Bob retired from Warner & Swasey and also retired in 1990 from I&K Distributors. He served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Bob was an amazing husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He was a role model to his family, hardworking, and dedicated to the love of his life, Rita. He was the “go-to guy” for anything his family needed. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren with Rita at his side. He will always be remembered for his smile. He will be truly missed by all and finally reunited with Rita.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Austin James Weber Scholarship Fund or the Arthritis Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.weberfh.net.

5-20-2018
Donald J. Bendele
Donald J. Bendele, 83 of Kalida died 1:55 a.m. Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Meadows of Kalida. He was born June 20, 1934, in Ottoville to the late Jerome and Ethel (Rupert) Bendele. On August 22, 1959, he married Yvonne Jacobs, who survives in Kalida.
Also surviving are 5 children: Mary (Terence) Malosh of Toledo, Mark (Janice) Bendele of Kalida, Lynn (Dan) Horstman of Ottoville, David (Beth) Bendele of Scott Air Force Base, IL and Brent (Angie) Bendele of Logan 2 brothers: Dennis (Judy) Bendele of Kalida and Robert (Melanie) Bendele of Lima sister: Joan Schimmoeller of Kalida 18 grandchildren 6 great-grandchildren with 1 on-the-way.
He is preceded in death by a 2 brothers-in-law: Robert Schimmoeller and George Jacobs
Donald retired as the manager from Carter Plumbing Electric and Heating, Columbus Grove. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Donald was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kalida and was a member of its Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Kalida Fish and Game, the Knights of Columbus, Kalida, the Putnam County Historical Society, the American Legion, Continental and the Ottawa Eagles. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township. There will be a scripture service at 1:45 p.m. and a rosary service at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Michael’s Catholic Church or to the Putnam County Historical Society. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

5-29-2018
Joseph G. Hoehn
Joseph Gilbert Hoehn age 86, was born May 24, 1932 in Ottoville, OH to the late Regina (nee Kemper) and Joseph Hoehn. Beloved husband of 66-1/2 years of Alberta Earlene (nee Miller) father of Vicki Williams (Tommy) of Auburn, AL, Barbara Hoehn (Gail) of Atlanta, GA, and Jill Hoehn-Kolp (Paul) grandfather of Robert Joseph Williams of Colorado survived by 2 brothers and 1 sister and pre-deceased by 6 brothers and 4 sisters. Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 29, 2018 after a short illness. Joseph was a Master Carpenter and member of Local 1088 and a member of the Knights of Columbus and Alhambra. He was a faithful and active member of and usher at the Church of St. Clarence in North Olmsted for 40 years. Funeral Mass Monday, June 4, Church of St. Clarence (30106 Lorain Rd.) at 10 A.M. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may call at CHAMBERS FUNERAL HOME of NORTH OLMSTED, 29150 LORAIN RD. AT STEARNS RD., SUNDAY 3-6 P.M. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Augustine Church, 2486 W. 14th St., Cleveland, OH 44113. “Gone Golfing” http://www.chambersfuneral.com

5-29-2018
Paul J. Ebbeskotte
Paul J. Ebbeskotte, age 80, went to be with the Lord May 29, 2018. Paul was born to the late George and Marie “Eicholt” Ebbeskotte in Ottoville Ohio January 5, 1938.
Paul married his college sweetheart Betty “Ross” Ebbeskotte Oct 27, 1962. Paul is preceded in death by parents, infant brother sisters, Madonna (Phil) Brock, Anna May Drda, Dolora (Tony) Toth sister-in-law Ruth Drda brother in-law and sister in-law Dolores (Dave) Wolf and Ronald (Phyllis) Ross.
Paul is survived by loving wife of 55 years, Betty Ebbeskotte children, Mark Ebbeskotte, Marcia (Mat) Newcome, Douglas Ebbeskotte, and Andrew (Kim) Ebbeskotte grandchildren, Ross, Caleb, Chris, and Clara Newcome, Tatum, Beckett, and Finley Ebbeskotte brother, Roger (Ruth) Ebbeskotte brother-in-law, George Drda brother in-law and sister in-law Don and Linda Heinlen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul graduated from Delphos St John and attended Ohio State University for 4 years. He later went on to be drafted by the U.S. Army, he was stationed at Fort Knox and Ft. Leonard Wood. Paul retired from Timken finishing as a packaging coordinator. Paul is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and also was a Thrivent Financial member with St. Paul’s. He was also the past firefighter chief of Chatfield, former councilman, past congregational president of the church. He was a member of the church choir and New Washington Community Band. Paul enjoyed attending Buckeye Central sporting events such as volleyball, basketball, and most recently, girls state basketball tournament.
Visiting hours will be 2-5PM Sunday at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday at 11AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sulphur Springs. Burial will follow at St. Pauls. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Buckeye Central Endowment Fund, or Donor’s Choice. Moments of remembrance may be left online at http://www.munzpirnstill.com.

5-31-2018
Mary Elizabeth Weber
Mary Elizabeth (Betty Wannemacher) Weber, 94, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Betty was born September 21, 1923 in Ottoville to John L. and Catherine (Heckman) Wannemacher, who both preceded her in death. On May 29, 1948 she married Joseph E. Weber, who preceded her in death on May 8, 1998.
She is survived by three daughters, Nancy (David) Ingleright of Lecanto, Florida, Kitty (Tom) Knapke of Cincinnati, and Michelle (Clark) Regnerus of Lake Worth, Florida a brother, Jim (Ruth) Wannemacher of Ottoville a sister, Jeanne Naveau of Coldwater six grandchildren, Matt Knapke, Mark (Elizabeth) Knapke, Casey (Ian) Bishop, Kim (Dustin) LaFont, Kelly (Sergio) Rechnati, and Jamie Rick and six great-grandchildren, Aurora and Stella Bishop, Abram and Silas LaFont, and Mason and Vivienne Knapke.
She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law Kenny Krick, a brother-in-law, Clair Naveau and a grandson, Andrew Ingleright.
Betty graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bowling State University. She taught at Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Ottoville. She received her Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University and became Ottoville schools’ first guidance counselor. Betty started a kindergarten in Ottoville before there was one available in the public school. She received her post Master’s Degree and became a school psychologist in Putnam County, serving Ottoville, Fort Jennings, and Kalida. She was also executive director of the Putnam County Board of Mental Health, living many years in Ottawa. In retirement, Betty taught part-time at a pre-school owned by two of her daughters and enjoyed playing bridge with her husband and friends. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Wellington, Florida.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6 at Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville, with Rev. Jerry Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.weberfh.net.

6-9-2018
Julie E. Schmersal
Julie E. Schmersal, 25, of Ottoville died at 5:56 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Cloverdale. She was born July 7, 1992 in Lima to Art and Margie (Wienken) Schmersal who survive in Ottoville.
She is also survived by two brothers, Tony (Lori) Schmersal of Cloverdale and Jared (Denise) Schmersal of Continental a sister, Maria (Dennis) Renner of Middle Point her nephews and nieces whom she loved dearly, Ryan, Elyssa, Ethan, Faith, and George and her godmother, Irene Warren.
Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents, George and Monica Schmersal maternal grandparents, George and Violeta Wienken her godfather, Marcus Roof and two aunts, Dorothy Wienken and Arlene Bockey.
Julie worked for Horstman Homestead Dairy in Cloverdale. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and also attended St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ft. Jennings. Julie had an associate degree from Ohio State University. She took pride in her sheep and dogs, Molly and Bud, and loved to sew quilts with the wool she got from her sheep. Julie was a very active member of 4H showing animals at the fair. She also volunteered at Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, Ottawa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be a Scripture Service at 1:45 p.m.
Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice or to Challenged Champions.
Condolences can be expressed at: http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

6-12-2018
Norma M. Smith
Norma M. Smith, age 97, was called home to the Lord at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday June 12, 2018, at her home with her loving family by her side.
Norma was born October 16, 1920 in Ottoville, to the late Edward A. and Matilda (Weber) Eickholt. On July 14, 1941 she married Bernard E. Smith who preceded her in death on December 9, 2003.
Norma was a 1938 graduate of Ottoville High School. She retired in 1983 from Ex-Cell-O after thirty four years of service. Following her retirement she served the community volunteering for the American Cancer Society, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and she volunteered more than 15,500 hours at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was a past member of the Eagles Aeries #370. Norma enjoyed reading, playing cards and she was a prayer warrior. She especially enjoyed her family.
She is survived by five children, John E. (Janet) Smith of Lima, Joyce A. (Eugene) Gable of Delphos, Janice I. (Thomas) Langhals of Huntsville, James B. “Jerry” (Patricia) Smith of Lima and Richard D. (Patricia) Smith of Lima fifteen grandchildren thirty two great grandchildren two great – great grandchildren and three great grandchildren on the way two sisters, Doris German of Ottawa and Lillian (Hank) Kohlreiser-Dezlan of Ft. Charlotte, FL three sisters-in-law, Lois Leedy of Lima, JoAnn (Maurice) Sheets-Duggan of Waynesfield and Geneva Smith of Lima.
She is preceded in death by a two great grandchildren brother, Kenneth J. (Rose) Eickholt three sisters, Evelyn (Ray) Brinkman, Lucille (George) Mangas, Jeanette (Jim) Ruhe and two brothers-in-law, Karl German and Harold Kohlrieser.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2200 W. Elm Street, Lima, Ohio 45805. Father Kent Kaufman and Father David Ross will officiate the service. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 15, at CHILES – LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. A Parish Wake Service will be held at 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Central Catholic High School, 720 Cable Road, Lima, Ohio 45805.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at http://www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

6-18-2018
Dorothy Fuerst
Dorothy Fuerst, 90, died at 4:48 AM on Monday, June 18, 2018, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.
Dorothy was born on February 26, 1928, in Ottoville, OH to the late Clem and Bertha Honigford. On June 25, 1949, in Ottoville, Ohio, she married Eugene V. “Gene” Fuerst who preceded her in death on January 2, 2010.
Dorothy loved to play cards and enjoyed bowling. She would bowl every week for the last 30+ years. She was a big Cleveland Indians fan, attending spring training in Arizona for several years. She loved to travel and has visited all 50 states. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and a former member of the Women’s VFW Auxiliary in Ottoville.
She is survived by four children, Patricia (Dennis) Koester, of Westerville, OH, Daniel (Judy) Fuerst, of Amherst, OH, Virginia (Robert) Livermore, of Sidney, OH and Michael (Michelle) Fuerst, of Elida, OH grandchildren, Andrew Koester (Jaimi), Sarah (Steve) Howell, Diana Koester, Aaron (Jenny) Fuerst, Kristy Fuerst, Melissa (Aaron) Jones, Barry Livermore, David Livermore, and Victoria Roesser 11 great Grandchildren, brother Richard Honigford, and sisters Marilyn Walsh and Betty Wannemacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gene, grandson Michael Koester, and brothers Paul, Harold (Margie), Gerald (Carol), and Joseph Honigford.
The family will receive friends from 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018 Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima, Ohio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Lima, Ohio with Fr. Kent Kaufman and Fr. Dennis Walsh officiating.
Entombment will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2200 W. Elm St. Lima, Ohio 45805.

6-22-2018
Jerome Landwehr
Jerome Landwehr, 72, of Ottoville died 6:16 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Meadows of Kalida. He was born May 17, 1946 in Lima to the late Henry and Bernadine (Siefker) Landwehr. In 1967 he married Dorothy Birkemeier, who survives.
Also surviving are 4 children: Lori (Karl) Boecker of Bryan, Steve (Shelly) Landwehr of Ottoville, Tim (Annette) Landwehr of Fort Jennings and Terry Landwehr of Delphos 8 grandchildren: Alyssa, Marcus and Brandon Boecker, Haley and Trey Landwehr and Mackenzie, Justin and Kailyn Landwehr a brother: Henry “Hank” (Sherry) Landwehr of Sebring, FL a sister: Marcile Kehres of Ottoville and a sister-in-law: Kate McGraw of Fort Jennings.
He is preceded in death by 4 brothers: Louis, Art, Ott and Leo Landwehr and 2 sisters-in-law: Annie and Jean Landwehr.
Jerome retired from Philips ECG, Ottawa and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He enjoyed watching classic TV shows like Andy Griffith, Gunsmoke and MASH. He also enjoyed bowling. One of his greatest loves was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where a scripture service will be held at 1:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam County CAPS or the Putnam County Homecare and Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at: http://www.lovefuneralhome.com.

6-27-2018
Elizabeth A. Daeger
Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Daeger, 87, of Grover Hill died 1:55 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert, Ohio. She was born September 2, 1930 in Putnam County to the late Louis and Catherine (Fischbach) Hoersten. On April 22, 1950, she married Louis Daeger. He died January 10, 2006.
Survivors include three children: Deborah (David) Wenninger of Haviland, David (Sheri) Daeger of Van Wert and Douglas (Jean) Daeger of Spencerville, IN nine grandchildren fifteen great-grandchildren and one on the way three brothers: Roger (Julie) Hoersten of Sidney, Harold Hoersten of Van Wert and John Hoersten of Rockford a sister: Jeanette Black of Payne and three sisters-in-law: Madge Hoersten of Rockford, Madelyn Scarbrough of Huntington, IN and Rosemary Price-Scarbrough of Van Wert.
She was also preceded in death by a son: Ronald Daeger a great-grandson: John Wenninger three brothers: Eddie (Emma) Hoersten, Ike (Millie) Hoersten and Bud Hoersten two sisters: Rita (Monk) Adams and Mary (Russell) Bullinger a sister-in-law: Nada Hoersten and a brother-in-law: Fred Black.
Betty was a homemaker and helped on the family farm. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, cooking, baking and canning. Betty was a Detroit Tigers fan and deeply loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will begin 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, JACKSON TWP. A scripture will begin at 1:45 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

7-1-2018
Sr. Carol Denise Koenig
Sr. Carol Denise Koenig, OP, formerly Mary Catherine Koenig, died July 1 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 85 and in her 67th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sr. Koenig was born in Ottoville, Ohio, to Carl and Elizabeth (Landwehr) Koenig. She earned a degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and also had training as a hospital chaplain and in pastoral ministry.
Sr. Koenig spent more than 23 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Michigan, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio. In Michigan, she taught at St. Agatha, Detroit (1951-53) St. Pius X, Southgate (1964-66) St. Suzanne, Detroit (1966-68) and St. John High School, Ypsilanti (1968-70). She also taught religious education and was pastoral minister for nine years at St. John Parish in Ypsilanti (1970-79), and for 17 years was development and alumnae director for the Dominican Learning Center (St. Joseph Academy) in Adrian (1983-98).
Funeral Mass was offered in St. Catherine Chapel in Adrian on July 6. Rite of Committal was to be in the Congregation cemetery.


Monday, November 13, 2017

REMAKES Blog Fest: The Music

Remakes – most of them suck. Now and then, one comes along that is as good as, if not better, than the original. And after all of the bad ones we’ve endured, we want to know about some good ones.
On November 13, 2017, blog about your favorite remake: movie (or television show into movie and vice versa), song, or book – or all three! Post a YouTube video and links where we can find these treasures. Tell us why THIS remake doesn’t suck!

Full list of pariticipating blogs at the bottom of this post.

I love covers. Absolutely adore them. So much that I will often listen to musical genres I don't even usually like if someone has a new and interesting take on an old tune. I am unabashedly a fan of "Grey's Anatomy" covers of old pop songs. The show has made an industry out of indy-acoustic remixes of 80s pop hits, and I have Spotify playlists full of them. I also have an unusual number of bluegrass songs on my iPod, but all of them are covers of heavy metal or mid-2000s emo punk bands.

The best for me is when the artist takes a drastically different spin on a classic riff, like turning a slow ballad into thrash metal or remaking a hardcore hip hop song into something romantic. As with any kind of remake, it only works when you have something new to say. Just redoing the same thing the same way it was done before is boring. It's why covers of holiday classics are usually terrible - it's just a soulless rendition of the same thing we've heard a thousand times before.

Baby It's Cold Outside
Cover by CeeLo Green & Christina Aguilera

"Baby It's Cold Outside" is already an awful song for obvious reasons, but the recent Christina Aguilera/CeeLo Green cover made me want to claw my eyes out. It's just two very talented singers, who are obviously not even recording in the same room, trying to out-sing each other. There's no fun, no new take, nothing interesting about it. I supposed you could argue that about a lot of Holiday music, but then most holiday songs are covers, so I wonder why that works out, huh?

Anyway, on to the good stuff.

Love Will Tear Us Apart
Originally by Joy Division, covered by Nouvelle Vague

Some folks might be a bit miffed on such a skewed take on a classic, hopeful song, but I think the material was open for it. Not to mention I'm a sucker for anything Maynard James Keenan does.

Imagine has always been a hopeful, positive song, asking us to picture the amazing things that people could do in a perfect world. A Perfect Circle twists this meaning, talking about the wonderful things people are capable of but reminding us that they're not doing it. The dissonant key and the minor chords in this just hit you right in the heart (even without the disturbing video above). It's a melancholy, bittersweet take on that hopeful message. It's ironic and almost mocking, as if to say, "Hey wouldn't it be great if we could get along? Too bad we never will."

Ice Ice Baby
Original by Vanilla Ice, cover by Richard Cheese

Okay, just so we don't go out on a total bummer, please enjoy the smooth stylings of Richard Cheese.

Now, to be fair, Richard Cheese is a lot like Nouvelle Vague. It's all jazzy lounge music, though instead of covering one particular style of music, he'll do anything and everything - hip hop, metal, 80s pop, TV theme songs, anything that's fun. Here's the thing: Richard Cheese is, technically speaking, a novelty act, but he's a great singer and always surrounds himself with talented musicians and awesome arrangements, so even though he's doing it tongue-in-cheek, the songs are amazing.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love it when people don't take themselves or their art too seriously, so someone who names himself after smegma and make nu-metal songs palpable is okay in my book.

Check out some of the other great blogs participating today:


Ever since it got sidetracked by its “Smart Mobility” dream and blew billions on it, sales in its biggest markets have spiraled down. Not just in the US and China. Here are the ugly charts by market.

By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET.

In a moment, we’ll venture into the bitter reality and ugly charts of how the number of vehicles Ford sells in the US, China, Europe, Canada, Australia, South America, Russia, Turkey, and other markets has been dropping – or plunging – year after year to where its global sales are now down 19% from the peak in 2016, as Ford disclosed when it filed its Annual Report (Form 10-K) with the SEC on Wednesday.

But before we get there, here are some dead giveaways, some unintentionally funny, of how Ford got sidetracked by strategic misadventures into this whole realm of what it calls “Smart Mobility,” and how it got tangled up in its dreams, and thereby lost its way as a nuts-and-bolts automaker that should be focused on designing, manufacturing, marketing, and selling motor vehicles that consumers want. Instead, Ford tried to be something else.

Here is a quick rundown of select “Smart Mobility” misadventures during the period over which Ford’s vehicle sales have plunged by 19%:

Sep 2016: Ford’s newest and much ballyhooed initiative, “Ford Smart Mobility,” made its first acquisition, van-shuttle startup Chariot, that was trying to get folks in San Francisco interested in its van service. Ford expanded this service with a lot of hoopla to numerous other cities, and to other countries, and after having thrown enough dough at it, shut it down unceremoniously in January 2019.

Nov 2016: Ford (Ford Motor Credit) picked up a shut-down San Francisco startup, rebranded it Canvas, and made a go of a car-subscription service. Car subscription apps were becoming the latest Silicon Valley thing. Startups and other automakers were piling into it. It’s easy to put an app together. It’s tough to make money in the car-subscription business. In Sep 2019, Ford sold Canvas to Fair, a Softbank-backed car-subscription unicorn that has no intention of ever making any money. Financial details were not disclosed, but Ford ended up with an equity stake in the startup. Good luck.

Feb 2017: Ford announced that it would invest $1 billion over the next five years in artificial intelligence startup Argo AI to develop the “virtual driving system” for Ford’s autonomous vehicles that were supposed to be mass-produced by 2021. A lot of additional patience will be required.

Jun 2017: Ford, in collaboration with Motivate, launched a bicycle-sharing service, Ford GoBike. A year later, Lyft acquired Motivate. There are now Lyft-branded bikes cluttering sidewalks, and the Ford GoBikes have vanished.

Sep 2017: Ford announced that it was partnering with Lyft “to take self-driving cars mainstream.” More patience required.

Late 2017: Ford launched GoRide Health, a shuttle service to service skilled-nursing facilities and hospitals, transporting patients in wheelchairs, etc. So that’s a good cause, but a money-losing one. The company lost $288 million in Q1 2019, according to Ford, cited by Reuters at the time. Nevertheless, In May 2019, Ford announced grand plans to expand the service nationally. But in December 2019, Ford shut down the service.

Jan 2018: Ford acquired startups Autonomic (“transportation architecture and technology provider”) and TransLoc (“builds technology to support “microtransit” services, including, real-time tracking, demand modelling and response analysis, as well as consumer-facing mobile apps and services.”) Ford said at the time: “All of those components are important pieces of the puzzle for something like the Transportation Mobility Cloud, which Ford hopes will be adopted by partners including other automakers, public transit providers, and service operators including ride-hailing and ride sharing companies.”

Jan 2018: Ford announced that it would “realign” its misbegotten “Mobility Group.” One of the key initiatives was in ride sharing. It would make Chariot – yes, the now defunct Chariot – “the cornerstone of Ford’s microtransit solutions.”

Nov 2018: Still undeterred by reality, Ford Smart Mobility acquired San Francisco dockless electric-scooter-sharing startup “Spin.” It’s “a leading micro-mobility service provider, with operations in 13 cities and campuses across the US,” Ford said at the time. In July 2019, it announced that it would use bigger, sturdier, and less dangerous scooters that don’t instantly fall apart, but might last a few months, or something…

You get the drift. But actually selling automobiles is tough.

Let’s start with the good news: In the US, Ford’s largest market, sales peaked in 2015 at 2.68 million vehicles. By 2019, sales had fallen 10%, to 2.41 million vehicles. This was Ford’s second least-worst-performing major market, behind Canada, its least-worst-performing market where sales fell only 8% from the peak:

The European Union, Ford’s second largest market. Ford operates there with its subsidiary Ford of Europe, which has its own manufacturing plants and models. Ford of Europe sales peaked back in the day before the Financial Crisis. In 2008, Ford still sold 1.72 million vehicles in the EU. Sales collapsed by 37% through the Euro Debt Crisis to a low in 2013 of 1.08 million units, then rose again to 1.44 million units in 2018. And in 2019, sales fell 6.5% to 1.34 million vehicles, down 22% from 2008, a very hard-to-swallow long-term decline:

The China Fiasco: Ford’s sales in China, after booming, have collapsed 58% since the peak in 2016. Of note, the Chinese auto market was still booming in 2017, and didn’t start declining until the second half of 2018. In 2019, overall passenger vehicle sales in China were down 13% from the peak in 2017. So yes, it’s now a tough environment, but Ford got totally crushed in it:

The South America Fiasco: Ford’s sales in South America plunged 45% from the peak in 2013 of 538,000 vehicles to just 295,000 vehicles in 2019:

In Canada, where the overall market is down 6% from the peak in 2017, Ford’s sales fell 8% from their peak in 2015, to 289,000 vehicles. In terms of percentage-decline from peak, this is Ford’s least-worst-performing market:

The Turkey and Russia Sales Collapse: While Ford is busy diddling with scooter-sharing services and other dreams, it shut down three assembly plants in Russia in 2019 that made passenger vehicles. It continues to operate a joint-venture plant that makes its Transit van. Auto sales have swooned in both markets, each for their own issues. Honda shut its manufacturing plant in Turkey in 2019. Ford also has factories in Turkey under the Ford Otosan brand but continues to operate them. Ford’s sales in both countries combined have collapsed by 72% since the peak in 2011:

The Australia Fiasco: Ford’s sales in Australia collapsed by 38% since the peak in 2010. This came despite the boom in Australia’s auto market through 2017. Now it’s getting tough all around with total auto sales down 11% over the past two years, but Ford got crushed even during good times:

The Global Fiasco: In 2019, Ford’s global sales dropped 10% from 2018 and are now down 19% from the peak in 2016, as the company is busy trying to reinvent itself as a “Smart Mobility” tech company or something with scooter-sharing services and other money-losing dreams that have not been shut down just yet:

And as a reminder of the crazy thing that happened to Tesla’s stock, including the WTF stock chart of the year, and another WTF chart of just how tiny Tesla is compared to the top 10 automakers, including Ford. Read… I’m in Awe of How Tesla is Now a Supernatural Phenomenon

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And that I love BookCrossing and English Country Dancing, although I'm not as active in either field as I used to be! And at the moment all country dancing is on hold, certainly in this area . . . far too much of a contact sport for these social distancing times in which we live . . .

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I've decided to stop listing all the many books I read in a year, although I will keeping noting the books I'm currently reading:

Philippa Gregory - Dark Tides
Freeman Wills Croft - The Hog's Back Mystery

The box below lists the 279 books I read in 2019 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the one skimmed through and the 19 I abandoned unfinished at the end:

The box below lists all 280 books I read in 2018 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 23 I abandoned unfinished at the end:

The box below lists all 264 books I read in 2017 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 24 I abandoned unfinished at the end:

The box below lists all 293 books I read in 2016 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 21 I abandoned unfinished at the end:

The box below lists all 282 books I read in 2015 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 2 I dipped into/skimmed and the 7 I abandoned unfinished at the end:

The box below lists all 272 books I read in 2014 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 4 I dipped into/skimmed and the 29 I abandoned unfinished at the end:


The box below lists all 266 books I read in 2013 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 3 I dipped into/skimmed and the 19 I abandoned unfinished at the end:


In June 2013, when I still hadn't finished the audio book I started in 2011, I admitted defeat! Unfortunately audio books just don't do it for me!


The box below lists all 209 books I read in 2012 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 2 I dipped into/skimmed and the 12 I abandoned unfinished at the end:


I still haven't finished the audio book I started in 2011!


The box below lists all 227 books I read in 2011 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the 5 I abandoned unfinished at the end:


I acquired a Kindle in 2011 but haven't separated e-books from print in the reading list.
I started listening to one audio book, didn't finish it and have carried it over to 2012!


The box below lists all 194 books I read in 2010 in the order I finished them, latest on top, with the nine I abandoned unfinished at the end:


I listened to 3 audio books in 2010:
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (abridged)
Tracy Chevalier - Remarkable Creatures
Edith Wharton - Short Story Collection
I've discovered that I don't get on too well with them and generally fall asleep .


The box below lists all 217 books I read in 2009 in the order I finished them, latest on top, together with the nine I started but abandoned - and the two I just read extracts from!


The box below lists all 193 books I read in 2008 in the order I finished them, together with the six I started but abandoned - and one mistake!


The box below lists all 173 books I read in 2007 in the order I finished them, together with the three I started but abandoned:


The box below lists all 198 books I read in 2006 in the order I finished them, together with the two I started but abandoned!

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