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Aurelia M Gallegos

Aurelia M. Gallegos, 63, of Bowling Green and originally Hamler, OH passed away on December 12, 2018 after a hard battle with cancer.  She was born on September 25, 1955 to the late Aurelio and Esperanza (Melchor) Esparza in Defiance, OH.  She married Jesse M. Gallegos on August 3, 1974 and they were married for 36 years until he passed on December 23, 2010.  Aurelia is survived by her daughters: June (Shawn Matthews) Gallegos and Lisa (Chris) Siegel both of Bowling Green; a step-son: Jesse Gallegos Jr. of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Gavin, David, Tyler, Jessica & Payton; sisters: Janie, Lupe, Eva, Nena, Mary, and Josie; brothers: Tony and Charlie.   Aurelia was a 1974 graduate of Patrick Henry.  She enjoyed baking, cooking and throwing holiday parties where she would do everything on her own.  Aurelia loved going to the casino, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. Visitation for Aurelia will be on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:30 PM at the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory 1460 W. Wooster Street. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Aurelia’s grandsons, Gavin and David will perform a song followed by a Rosary at 6:30 PM.  Memorial Contributions may be gifted to the family.  Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to served Aurelia’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting

Thomas O McLaughlin Sr

Thomas Owen McLaughlin passed away December 11, 2018. He was born in General Hospital, Bowling Green, on February 8, 1935.  His parents were William L. McLaughlin of Bowling Green and Emma (Carr) of Toledo. He attended schools in both Bowling Green and Toledo and graduated from Toledo Central Catholic in 1953. Tom received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1957. He was on active duty with the Army at Picatinny Arsenal NJ from 1958 to 1962 and remained in the same department as a civilian employee retiring in 1991. He ultimately became chief of the organization responsible for the maintenance support and logistics of the entire Army nuclear weapon stockpile. Early in Tom’s career, President Kennedy issued a directive to implement a system to preclude the inadvertent or unauthorized use of a nuclear weapon. This was one of Tom’s most challenging projects; not only in initial implementation, but also in the successful maintenance of the system. Tom retired after the end of the cold war and he felt that his participation in this country’s readiness in some way helped prevent a nuclear conflict. It was only later that he realized that he had had the hardest job imaginable and survived it. Tom was a recognized craftsman in the art of miniatures for over 40 years. He constructed houses, cottages, room boxes, and furniture in exquisite one/twelfth detail. He also made many pieces in metal such as tiny steam engines and brass cannons. Tom elected to spend his retirement in community service rather than taking another job. A year after returning to Bowling Green, he entered the first Black Swamp Arts Festival and won 2nd prize. For the next few years he demonstrated making miniatures and then was, for many years, the chair of visual arts for the festival. He was active in Arts Allied, co-founder of Arts in Common, president of the Medici Circle at the BGSU School of Art, and co-founder of Art Walk. His most significant work, an Arts and Crafts style miniature room, was selected for exhibition at the Toledo Area Artists Show at the Toledo Museum of Art.  Another of his more popular fully working miniatures, the Bowling Green Carousel, has delighted children and adults for many years, and is on permanent loan to the Wood County Historical Center and Museum. Growing up one block away from four corners in…

Karl Spoores Sr

Karl Spoores, Sr., 66, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Karl was born in Bowling Green, Ohio to John and Lois Spoores on February 3, 1952. He graduated from Bowling Green High School, class of 1970. He married his loving wife Arlene on May 13, 1989 in the Village View Church of Christ. They spent over 30 wonderful years together. Karl was an old-school man that worked with his hands. He was a skilled welder and retired from Chrysler. He enjoyed anything with an engine that would go fast, from drag racing and tractor pulls, to dirt track racing and NASCAR. He was the proud owner and pit crew manager of Karl Jr.’s dirt track racing team. He was a fan of the Denver Broncos and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2180 of Bowling Green. In his retirement, he worked as the caretaker and custodian for many area churches, including First Presbyterian for over 16 years. Karl is survived by his wife, Arlene Spoores, his children; Jeremy (Leslie) Walters, Julie Spoores-Kirkman, Kyle (Jeremy) Main and Karl Spoores, Jr., his grandchildren; Logan (Malaki) Walters, Dylan (Emily) Kirkman, Devon Kirkman, Haylee Kirkman, Morgan Jones, Kloee Spoores, Jarrod Main, Conner Main, Blake Main, Peyton Carter Spoores, his great grandchildren; Abigail Wilhelm-Walters, Ayden Kirkman, Rylee Walters, his former spouses Rose Dilsaver and Melinda Slane. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Karl’s honor may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Friends and family who wish to share condolences or memories may do so at

Clara G Simpson

Clara Gayle Simpson, 85, passed away on December 8, 2018 in Bowling Green, OH after a long illness. She was born October 28, 1933 in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late Norwood Goudy and Bessie Goddard Goudy. She was happily married to the late Kenneth Nyle Simpson for 57 years before his demise in 2011. They enjoyed many trips together in the US and abroad. Both were avid photographers.  She is survived by her sister, Betty Lou Cronin (John) in Pinellas Park, FL. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her sons and their families and especially to Brad. She is also survived by her sons Bruce Simpson, Columbus, Ohio, Gregory Simpson and wife, Susan Clanton, Weston, OH, Wayne Simpson, Reinholds, PA and Brad Simpson, Weston, OH, four grandchildren Kaitlin Simpson and husband, Andrew Moore, of Augusta, GA, Gayle Simpson of Lebanon, PA, Morgan Simpson of Greensboro, NC and Matthew Simpson of Myerstown, PA and two great grandchildren. Clara was a graduate of Warwood High School and went on to obtain her Bachelors in Education from West Liberty University and Masters in Education from West Virginia University. She taught 3rd and 4th grade in Wheeling for 33 years at Webster Elementary School and Ritchie Elementary. Before her illness, she was an active member of the National Road Church of Christ in Wheeling.  Special thanks to the staff of the Visiting Angels in Wheeling; Bowling Green Ohio’s Brookdale’s Clare Bridge Unit; Wood County Hospital and Bridge Hospicefor the care they provided Gayle. The family is planning a celebration of life in early spring in Wheeling, WV. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green.  In loving memory of Gayle, please consider a donation to Russell Nesbitt Services, Inc.; 431 Fulton St, Wheeling, WV or to Work Leads to Independence; 991 S. Main St.; Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Family and friends who want to share a memory or condolence can do so at

Dr. Richard W Bowers

Dr. Richard W. Bowers passed away peacefully on December 7, 2018, at Bridge Hospice of Bowling Green surrounded by immediate family. He was born June 23, 1938 in Centerburg, Ohio. When Dick was 12, his family moved to Columbus. Dick graduated from North High School and attended The Ohio State University completing a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science, and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. While attending Ohio State, Dick was a member of the track team from 1958-1960. During his time on the team he was elected as co-captain and won the 1960 Big Ten pole vault championship. He continued with the team as an assistant coach of field events during post-graduate studies.  Dick was in the initial group of students under the guidance of Dr. Donald Matthews developing a doctoral degree in Exercise Science. This was a diverse group including students from the United States and Canada many of whom established programs at other universities. In 1969 Dick took a position at Bowling Green State University. He taught statistics classes in the graduate program as well as undergraduate courses in Exercise Science. Dick’s influence and guidance has seen many former students prosper and advance the field. During this time he co-authored multiple editions of Sports Physiology and The Physiological Basis of Physical Education and Athletics. Dick was published in numerous articles and papers as well as authoring a practical manual for Track and Field. Under his guidance, the Fitwell Center was established for any students, faculty, and staff of BGSU.  The early days of developing a discipline of exercise science through research was a passion. He established himself as a Fellow in the College of Sports Medicine. Dick was President of their Mid-West chapter. During research he developed an interest in long distance running. This culminated with multiple marathons including the Boston Marathon. He used the Boston Marathon as an opportunity to raise pledges and awareness for the American Heart Association. Dick and his wife Carolyn were avid downhill skiers. While at Ohio State University they taught ski classes on the Scarlet and Gray golf course with the help of a snow machine and a towrope. At BGSU Dick taught ski classes, taking his students to Michigan ski resorts. He organized spring break ski trips to the Colorado Rockies. Throughout their years Dick and Carolyn skied many of their bucket list destinations through 2017. Dick married Carolyn (Osborn) on…

Bruce E Wilson

Bruce E. Wilson, 71, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away unexpectedly of a massive stroke surrounded by family and friends at St. Luke’s hospital on Tuesday December 4, 2018 . He was born August 18, 1947 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Willis Wilson and Virginia (Miller) Johnson. He married Jane Steinert in 1972 and together they had two daughters: Christy and Lisa. Jane and Bruce later divorced. In 1988, he married Debbie Panning, blending their families together with her children: Matt and Amy. Bruce served his country proudly in the United States Army from 1966-1968, spending nine months in Vietnam. In 1969, he started WW Siding Company. By choosing to own his own business, which he owned and operated throughout his life, afforded him the availability to be with his family at any time. He was a member and served as an usher of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green as well as assisted with the St. Al’s Food Bank. He was a leader for the St. Mark’s Boy Scout Troop, worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toledo, was a CASA advocate, was the assistant fire chief for Middleton Township for 10 years and spent 20 years working with Habitat for Humanity in Wood County. He was also a member of The Knights of Columbus and the American Legion post 45. Following a Cursillo Retreat, Bruce and Debbie worked many teams and were able to offer this experience to others, thus becoming Cursillistas. DeColores! Bruce enjoyed camping, hiking, raising turkeys, and spending time outdoors participating in any and all activities his family threw his way including skydiving and zip lining. He was jokingly named “Honorary Mayor of Sugar Ridge” as he was always the first to lend a helping hand to all of his neighbors. Family was of upmost importance to Bruce and always his highest priority. His grandchildren were the light of his life, and he loved nothing more than the time spent with each of them. He was a hardworking man his entire life. His servant heart, giving nature, and humble spirit will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. Bruce was an organ and tissue donor and could potentially help 50 people have a Merry Christmas. Along with his wife, Debbie, of 30 years, Bruce is survived by his mother Virginia “Ginny” Johnson of Perrysburg, Ohio, daughters Christine Wilson Mockensturm (George Goodrich) of Sugar…

Larry Lee Dotts Jr.

Larry Lee Dotts Jr., age 60 of Pemberville, OH passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 29, 2018 while traveling in IL. He was born on July 16, 1958 in Toledo to Larry L. and Addie (Dotts) Brandt Sr. He graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1976 and attended BGSU and Owen’s Community College. Having recently started his own Trucking Business, Larry drove Semi Truck for Chezek Trucking of Manitwoc, Wisconsin. Larry was a talented carpenter with a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed golfand was noted by his family as being an especially hardworking truckdriver. Larry is survived by his sons: Lee (Sara) Dotts, Patrick (Caroline) Dotts, Gregory Dotts, 5 grandchildren, parents: Bob and Addie Brandt, sister: Melissa (Randy) Sapp, step brother: Carl (Laura) Brandt and step Sister: Ruth (Dave) Smith. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Larry Sr. and his grandparents. Family and friends will be received 10-11 a.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. A Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with Pastor Brad Kehn, officiating. Interment will be in Pemberville Union Cemetery. Memorials may take the form of contributions to: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Graytown.  

Rachel Pacheco

Rachel Pacheco, 86, of Bowling Green, and formerly of Hoytville, Ohio, passed away on December 1, 2018.  Rachel was born on February 17, 1932 to the late José and Maria (Munoz) Torres in San Antonio, Texas.  She married the late Edward Pacheco on August 10, 1953.  They were married for 31 years and he proceeded her in death in 1984.  Along with her parents and husband, Rachel was preceded in death by one sister, Margarita, three brothers; Jose, Ernesto, and Richard Torres; and three grandchildren. Rachel enjoyed cooking and feeding her large family. She worked at Consolidated Biscuit in McComb for many years. She is survived by her daughters: Rose Castillo of Van Buren; Sylvia (Kevin) Beebe of Illinois; Linda Brown of Panama City, Florida; and sons: Andrew DeLaCerda of Leipsic; and Robert DeLaCerda of Bowling Green; one sister: Mary (Bob) Thompson of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a special granddaughter, Tina Smith; 17 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 19 great great grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Rachel’s honor may be made to the Bridge Home Health & Hospice. Visitation will be held at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home, 1460 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green, Ohio on December 6, 2018 from 3-7 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10 am.  Interment will immediately follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green.

Vondale K Kaemming

Vondale K. Kaemming, age 86 of Pemberville, Ohio passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. Vondale was born on April 14, 1932 in Pemberville, to Lawrence and Margaret (Schuerman) Kaemming. She worked 42 years as a payroll clerk with Wood County Hospital before retiring. She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pemberville. It was there that she was active with the Bethlehem Quilters and the Cradle Roll. She was also a member of the Wood County Hospital Guild and continued to remain active as a quilter, joining the Salem Dorcas Quilting Group. Vondale is survived by her sister: Janice (Jack) Harrison of CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Marjorie Brueggemeier. Family and friends will be received 4:00 – 8:00 pm., Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, Ohio. A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 7, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pemberville, where there will be additional time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Rev. Matthew Musteric will be officiating. Interment will be in Pemberville Union Cemetery, Pemberville, OH. There will be a bereavement luncheon served back at the church fellowship hall immediately following the committal service at the cemetery. Memorials may take the form of contributions to: Bethlehem Lutheran Church or The Wood County Hospital Guild. Those wishing to express on-line condolences, share a memory or a photo with the family may do so at

Stanley Maas

Stanley Eugene Maas, 91, of Bowling Green, passed away on December 2, 2018 at Wood Haven Health Campus. Stanley was born to the late Henry and Blanche (Luke) Maas on April 27, 1927 in Bowling Green, Ohio.  He married Loretta “Midge” Butler on November 25, 1950 in Bowling Green, Ohio and she preceded him in death on January 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by six siblings: Marjorie Stimmel; Patricia Molley; and Harold, Kenneth, Bernard, and James Maas. He is survived by a sister: Donna Barr, of Bowling Green, Ohio. Stanley proudly served his country in the United States Army from July of 1945 to January of 1947. For He was employed by BGSU for 29 years as a plasterer and painter.  He was formerly active in the VFW #1148. He loved fishing, bird-watching, the outdoors, wildlife and dancing. He was also known for being a news junkie. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his five children:  Michael (Jeanie) Ballard; Vickie (Mark) Fletcher; Kathy (John) Junk; Dick (Cindy) Maas; and John (Samantha) Maas.  He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 6 to 8PM at the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., PO Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio  Tele: (419)352-2171. Funeral Services will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stanley’s honor to Wood Haven. Online condolences, as well as fond memories may be shared with the family at

Carol Whitt

Carol Sue Whitt, 81, of Bowling Green, passed away December 1, 2018 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg with her family at her side. She was born on August, 19 1937 in Clyde, Ohio to Erving and Gertrude (Bailey) Berie. On June 20, 1959 she married Dale Whitt at the Clyde First Presbyterian Church. Carol was a loving mother who enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and needlepoint. She was a former member of the Tontogany Presbyterian Church.Carol is survived by her husband of 59 years Dale Whitt, her sons Dale Gregory (Carmel) Whitt and Kevin Whitt, her daughter Brenda S. (Brett) Swanson, her grandchildren Christopher, Stephen and Michael Cleland, Brad (Hayley) and Ryan Babcock, Hunter Whitt, Casey Swanson, and David (Amanda) Miller, her great grandchildren Delilah Babcock and George Miller, and her sisters Barbara (Carl) Pocock and Nancy Rectenwald. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Robert Berie.Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Wednesday December 5th from 4 to 8 pm at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home, 18720 Washington St. Tontogany, Ohio. Funeral services will be Thursday 11 am at the funeral home with Pastor Pam Short officiating. Burial will follow at the Tontogany Cemetery. In Carol’s memory donations are encouraged to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Friends and family who would like to share a condolence or memory can do so at

Douglas ‘Dougie’ Grover

Douglas Grover, age 60, of Portage, OH passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 peacefully in the comfort of his home, surrounded by people who loved him. He was born on December 27, 1957 in Bowling Green, OH to Arthur and Marcella (Buchman) Grover. Doug attended Wood Lane School and graduated in 1980. He worked at Wood Lane Industries until 2003, when he moved into Leo Day Services. He retired in 2017. He moved to Wood Lane Residential Services in 1986 into the Restle Home. In 2010, he moved to the Nichols home, where he enjoyed the remainder of his years. He would have been 61 years old on December 27. Doug was loved by all who were around him. He was cheerful and energetic. He was a kind and affectionate person and always made everyone smile with his contagious smile. Doug loved to be in the sunlight and would often sit by windows or in the sun’s rays. He spent many hours listening and dancing to music. He had a special fondness for Christmas, especially the lights. Doug loved relaxing at night with a bath and bubbles. He will be missed by all. Doug, is survived by his brothers: Raymond (Deborah) Grover of Waynesfield, OH, Robert (Belinda) Grover of Portage, OH, Roger (Jan) Grover of Wayne, OH, Donald (Sandra) Grover of Bowling Green, OH, David (Beth) Grover of Lyons, OH, sisters: Jane Shultz of Bradner, OH, Judy Walter of Bowling Green, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Ronald Grover, Infant brother, Dale Grover and brother-in-law: Joe Shultz. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. Family and friends will be received beginning at 10:00 a.m., until time of service. Officiating will be Deacon Charlie McDaniel. Interment will be in Pemberville Cemetery, Pemberville, OH. Memorials may take the form of contributions to: Wood Lane Residential Services or Bridge Hospice. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at:

Kenneth E Hinesman

Kenneth E. Hinesman, 84, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away November 28, 2018. He was born June 30, 1934 in Weston, Ohio to Ernest and Cora (Roe) Hinesman. He married Joann (DuBois) Hinesman April 4, 1954 and she preceded him in death December 17, 2015. Ken worked for Campbell’s Soup from 1973 until his retirement in 1997. He served as the former Mayor of Weston. He was a hard worker and held a variety of other jobs throughout his life including two milk delivery services for Village Farm and Meadow Gold, Metal Cabinet Company in Maumee, Ohio, Mid-Wood and a gas company in Cygnet, Ohio, delivered supplies for the State of Ohio and was an employee of the Sentinel-Tribune for a few years delivering papers. When Ken wasn’t working, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in their sporting and musical events. He loved taking his family on vacations to Walt Disney World, Myrtle Beach, New Mexico and Colorado. Ken was an avid bowler for many years in the coed leagues at Varsity Lanes in Bowling Green. He is survived by his children Tina (Rick) Vogelbacher of Maumee, Ohio, Kathy (Wade) Loomis of Pemberville, Ohio, Amy (Mike) Barbour of Bowling Green, Ohio and Sara (Roger) Stalets of Bowling Green, Ohio, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Joann and son Kenneth “Cub” Hinesman. Visitation will be held on Sunday December 2, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 W. Wooster St. His funeral service will be held on Monday December 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Andrea Curry will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green. Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to the American Red Cross for wild fire relief. To share an online condolence or fond memory with the Hinesman family, please visit

Otis H Sonnenberg

Otis H. Sonnenberg, 94, died on November 27, 2018. He was born October 21, 1924, in Henry County near Holgate OH, to Theodore and Amelia (Badenhop) Sonnenberg. He grew up on a farm in a family with seven siblings, and attended a one-room school for the first six years of his education. He married Lois Jean Benzino October 23, 1948. He is survived by children David (Annette) of Bowling Green, Daniel (Beth) of Wilmington NC, and Peggy Anne (Gary) of Alpine NY. Also surviving is sister Ruth (Donald) Groll of Caledonia MI. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Reinhold (Eleanor) of Holgate, Julian (Lorraine) of Holgate, and Willis (Ruth) of Lehigh Acres FL; three sisters, Laura (Archie) Gerken of Hamler OH, Rufina Sonnenberg of Lehigh Acres FL, and Julia (Robert) Mangas, of Holgate. His grandchildren are Ella Fleming, Bonita Springs FL, Libby (Garrett) Eiholzer, Stanley NY, Stephen Sonnenberg, Wilmington NC, and James Sonnenberg, Wilmington NC. One great grandchild, William David Fleming, lives in Bonita Springs FL. The Sonnenbergs loved music, and the Sunday evening family tradition was gathering in the parlor to sing while Amelia (their Mother) accompanied on the pump organ. Otis also played a reed accordion in a country-western band with two brothers and several neighbors. They frequently entertained at the social functions of the Huber country school. In 1936, the rural schools in Henry County were consolidated and all children were bused into the Holgate school system. Otis graduated from Holgate High School in 1942 with a State Farmer Degree in Agriculture, and joined his father on the family farm operation. He joined the Navy in WWII, and was trained as an electronics technician. After his discharge he pursued his interest in dairying on a farm near Holgate. He later became sales representative for The Surge Dairy Farm Equipment Co., selling and installing elevated picture-window milking parlors for dairymen who were expanding their herds. He had a keen interest in education and was the president of the Holgate School Board until 1965 when he moved his family to Bowling Green OH, where he was employed by Bowling Green State University as textbook buyer in their bookstore. He found interaction with students and faculty especially rewarding and remained an employee of the University until his retirement in 1988. He was also secretary of the Bowling Green Exchange Club, a service organization that helped foreign students…

Sandie Middleton

Sandie Middleton, 81, passed away November 26, 2018 in Bowling Green. Sandie was born in Marion, Ohio, to Woodrow and Betty Retterer. She married Tom Middleton in 1957, and they lived and raised a family in Bowling Green. In recent years, she and Tom spent much of the winter season on the Florida panhandle. An avid golfer and sports fan, Sandie won the Bowling Green Country Club Women’s A Flight Championship in 1994, and spent time on the Club’s Board of Directors. She created and organized the first several Football Busts, an annual banquet honoring the BGSU football team. That work earned her the 1983 Doyt Perry Award, given to distinguished contributors to BG football. She and her friend Cena Stolz owned and operated a real estate brokerage, Broker Realty, for a time. She enjoyed playing bridge, both socially and competitively, with Cena and her friend Lorene Hall, among others. Sandie loved life. She loved golf, parties, games, her family, and her extensive array of friends. She learned to drive a motorcycle, and to pilot an airplane. She loved to laugh. She was always up for an adventure, and spent a good deal of time traveling throughout the United States with her husband and other family members. And she loved summer. A celebration of her life will be scheduled for early summer, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green. Sandie is greatly missed by her husband Tom, her son Staten and his partner Jasmine Gramling, her daughter Gayle and son-in-law Jeffrey Silverstein, and her grandchildren Mitchell and Max Silverstein. She leaves her sisters, Peg Herron, Toni Pfister, Sharon Appleman, and Shirley Jones, her brothers Rick and Ron Retterer, and her great friend Marsha Wolf, with whom she spent many hours in recent years. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as many good friends. She was predeceased by her brothers Gary and Terry Retterer. Friends and family who wish to honor Sandie’s memory are asked to do what she would have done this holiday season, and reach out to those who are less fortunate. The beneficiary of your generosity is up to you ~ Sandie would have happily helped them all, if she could have. To share an online condolence or fond memory with the Middleton family please visit