Articles by elizabeth roberts-zibbel

“Sandy always does her homework” -Marcy St. John

Four Democrat candidates will appear on the May 2 primary ballot for Bowling Green City Council. Voters will choose two of them to be the endorsed Democrat candidates for the two at-large Council positions which will be on the November 7 ballot. To my mind, Sandy Rowland is the strongest candidate for an at-large City Council seat. Sandy’s record of leadership and community involvement is decades-long and includes work on the Bowling Green Human Relations Commission and Not In Our Town Bowling Green [NIOT], both of which I worked on with her. She is an excellent choice to represent the community at large, because as a professional realtor, she is able to discern the needs and wants of her clients, who come from all walks of life. She knows how to listen and how to represent a diverse clientele. Sandy always does her homework–she’s visible throughout the community and she is on top of current issues. She asks BG residents about their concerns and she listens to their answers. She has been an outspoken supporter for our new Green Space and for the rejuvenation of East Side neighborhoods. She serves on the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee for City Council, and she chairs Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee. She has been a key player in the development and application of both Bowling Green’s Land Use Plan and its Community Action Plan [revitalizing the East Side]. Sandy knows how essential it is to make positive and ongoing changes in our city, and she has the skills to help keep these changes on course. It is Sandy Rowland’s goal to serve…

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but what do we really know and believe about distracted driving?  We tell ourselves multiple lies every day when we drive:  I can multi-task without a problem; I have a Bluetooth so it’s no problem to talk and drive; talking on a cellphone is just like talking to a passenger in the car; I only use my phone at stop lights or stop signs; and a great deceiver – I use talk to text I’m all good!!   We are great at fooling ourselves to perceive that driving conditions are safer than they really are.  You just read the text – you don’t respond!  It’s just a quick call!  People who want to continue to use technology to stay connected while they drive are going to look for any evidence that it is okay to do so.  But it is not.   Your brain can keep track of only about four objects at any one time.  How many more things do we actually track while driving?  What thing gets deleted from our visual field and memory retention? It only takes once to miss a pedestrian, to not see the vehicle ahead of you slowing for a turn, or the red light at a busy intersection.  You need your brain drive, and when we overload the brain with two very difficult tasks, driving and trying to communicate, driving loses.     We need to stop fooling ourselves.  Thousands of people are dying for the sake of calls and texts probably none of which are worth a human life.     It only takes once.  Please…

Creation Care Celebration to be held on Sunday

The Black Swamp Green Team’s second Creation Care Celebration will take place Sunday, April 23 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 1201 Martindale Rd at W. Wooster in Bowling Green. The event celebrates local efforts, organizations and leaders practicing good stewardship by increasing awareness and practices for sustainable renewable energy use and healthy living. Lunch will be included, as will music by the Peace Band. Keynote presentation and panel will be on the topic of sustainable and regenerative agriculture by Don Schooner of Schooner Farms, Alan Sundermeier from the Ohio State University Extension Office, and Paul Herringshaw of Bowling Green. There will be recognitions, displays, and electric car test drives. A tour of Schooner Farms will immediately follow the event at 3:30 pm. The Black Swamp Green Team is a collaboration of faith communities, advocacy groups, non-profit entities, and individuals engaged in promoting and practicing good creation care among itself and its constituents so as to: implement energy efficiency; the use of renewable energy; the production and delivery of local renewable energy; and, thereby, improve its overall stewardship of creation.

‘Sandy Rowland has a special eye for ordinances that enhance our life experiences in BG’ – Diane Vogtsberger

I write to support the candidacy of Sandy Rowland for Council-at-Large. Sandy’s resume attests to her qualifications, but I would like to address her performance in support of projects that have made Bowling Green a better place to live and raise a family. Her volunteering at Black Swamp, BG Art Walk, Classics on Main, and Winterfest are just a few examples; there are many more. Perhaps the one I can speak to the most is the preservation of the green space, now referred to as Wooster Green. At every presentation given to Council in order to promote this town square, Sandy asked pertinent questions about its feasibility and indicated her support for such an endeavor. Overtime, as more information was presented, she became more of an advocate for the project. When the mayor announced the creation of the Task Force, she supported it wholeheartedly. And finally, when it came to a vote after the third reading of the resolution, she spoke enthusiastically about why it would be good for our community to embrace this opportunity. The resolution passed 7-0. I relay this story because I believe it reflects how much Sandy cares about providing the best possible community for all of us. Certainly, she and other council members can pass ordinances that govern, but she has a special eye for those that enhance our life experiences here in Bowling Green. Please join me in voting for Sandy Rowland in the primary on May 2. Diane Vogtsberger Bowling Green

“Holly Cipriani has the qualifications needed to lead Bowling Green on City Council” -Jakki Kleinhans

On May 2, voters will select two Democratic candidates to be endorsed for the two at-large positions on Bowling Green City Council. Holly Cipriani is the leader I want for City Council At Large. I fell in love with Bowling Green when I began my undergraduate career at BGSU. The small town feel with the big city opportunities make BG an amazing place to work, live, and raise my family. Cipriani has the Bowling Green values that make our city so exceptional. She is committed to making BG a better place for herself and other community members. Holly Cipriani has the qualifications needed to lead Bowling Green on City Council. After completing her Master of Public Administration at BGSU, she has devoted her time and energy to helping the community. From her years working as an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking to her involvement in the Civics 101 teach-in series, Cipriani continues to focus on ways to engage and uplift our community and its citizens. Cipriani’s vision of inclusion will continue to promote the safe and welcoming atmosphere which sets Bowling Green apart. Cipriani has dedicated her life to learning the newest, best, and most effective training in politics. She will continue to bring this knowledge and experience to serve on City Council and build Bowling Green upward and outward. I encourage you to cast your ballot for her in the primary. Sincerely, Jakki Kleinhans Bowling Green, OH

Willard E Misfeldt

Willard E. Misfeldt, Ph.D., age 87, of Bowling Green passed on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident. Willard was born March 14, 1930, as the third child of Edward and Jennie (Williams) Misfeldt, in Aitkin County, Minnesota. A 1948 graduate of Aitkin High School, Willard’s parents took a loan to enable him to attend his first quarter of college at St. Cloud State University.  After successful completion of the first quarter, he was eligible for a scholarship awarded by his high school for his second quarter.  Willard then transferred to the University of Minnesota – Duluth where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1952.  He was very proud of his undergraduate degree and the fact that he worked to finance his way through college. In 1952, he joined the Army and was stationed at Camp Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Willard served during the Korean Conflict with the 5th Armored Division of the U.S. Army Artillery as a training instructor, heavy army artillery for the 105 mm Howitzer, for those soldiers being sent to Korea. He received an honorable discharge in 1954 with the rank of Sergeant. He continued his education after leaving the Army, pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  He received his Ph.D. in Art History from Washington University at St. Louis.  His first university level position was at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota.  In 1967, he joined the faculty of the Bowling Green State University serving as Professor of Art History in the School of Art. …

Dr. Jaak Panksepp

Dr. Jaak Panksepp, 73, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Bowling Green, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Panksepp was born on June 5, 1943 in Tartu, Estonia to the late Rudolph and Salme (Leet) Panksepp.  He married Anesa Miller in 1991 and she survives him in Bowling Green. Dr. Panksepp was a Professor for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in the Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy and Pharmacology and Physiology Department.  Prior to his work at Washington State University, Dr. Panksepp taught at Bowling Green State University where he was a Neuroscientist in the Psychology Department retiring in 1998.  During his career at BGSU, Dr. Panksepp did extensive research and helped develop the still controversial opioid-antagonist therapy for autistic children along with pursuing new therapies for the treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), and depression. Dr. Panksepp also served as an Adjunct Professor for the Medical College of Ohio (UTMC).   His most recent research was focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion experience.  Dr. Panksepp traveled all over the world where he would perform lectures on his research.   He was very proud and honored when he received the Order of the White Star, which was personally given to him by the President of Estonia.   Dr. Panksepp truly loved his work and was devoted to his research, he also loved to research music in his spare time, however, his family was his true pride and joy. Dr. Panksepp is survived by his wife: Anesa; a son: Jules Panksepp, of Portland, Oregon; step-daughters: Antonia Pogacar, of Washington DC; Ruth (Michal) Pogacar-Kouril, of…

Earl E Wiseman

Earl E. Wiseman, 82, of Portage, Ohio passed away Tuesday April 18, 2017. He was born May 11, 1934 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Roy and Luella (Hagemeyer) Wiseman. He married Sharon Meade on January 11, 1961 and she preceded him in death in 2010. Earl served his country in the United States Navy. He was a graduate of Portage Township High School and attended Cloverdale United Methodist Church. He served as the Jerry City Fire Chief and was a Boy Scout Leader. Earl was a volunteer and courier for Bridge Hospice. He is survived by his sons Charles (Gwen) Wiseman of Tiffin, Ohio, Earl Jr. (Melissa) Wiseman of Jerry City, Ohio and Timothy Wiseman of Jerry City, Ohio, daughters Vickie (Chuck) Grimm of Perrysburg, Ohio and Jenny (Michael) Myers of Bowling Green, Ohio, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Along with his wife Sharon, Earl was preceded in death by his brother Alan Wiseman, sisters Carol Solarik and Lynn Bankey and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday April 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street. Rev. Rosanne Kalinowski and Rev. Meg Knape will officiate. Military honors will be rendered by the Wood County Honor Detail. Visitation will begin Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to Bridge Hospice, 1069 Klotz Road Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 To share an online condolence with the Wiseman family please visit

Randall P Cajka

Randall P. Cajka, age 58, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday, evening, April 17, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, OH. He was born on November 19, 1958 to Frank and Roberta (Sattler) Cajka in Oregon, OH. After graduation from Eastwood High School he later attended Tiffin University on a baseball scholarship where he was credited for pitching a “No Hitter” during his time there. After graduation he married Donna Scherger on April 19, 1985 in New Riegel, OH. Randall was an Auditor for the State of Ohio for 20+ years before retiring. He would later start a career as a sports official, refereeing numerous sports activities throughout the area. Randall’s memberships included Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Ohio High School Athletic Association, just to name a few. He had a love of sports and a very enormous passion for kids, quietly helping the friends of his own children through some very rough times. Randall’s mantra was “no child gets left behind” and he lived what he believed. His family will remember him most for his very big heart and enduring smile. Randall is survived by his wife Donna of 32 years, children: Rudy (Emily) Cajka of Bowling Green, OH, Brittany (Nick) Koval of Helena, OH, Kailee (Robert Morgan) Cajka of Bowling Green, OH, grandchildren; Emma and Bailey, brother: Rick (Nancy) Cajka of Perrysburg, OH, sister: Amy Jo (Randy) Varner of Bowling Green, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both of his parents. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM at the Marsh Funeral…

Lisa Sipes

Lisa Lynn Sipes, age 49, of Bowling Green, received her angel’s wings and has made her greatest trip ever-to heaven- on April 17, 2017. Lisa was a devoted Christian. She loved attending church and reading her bible. Lisa is now totally healthy, singing and dancing in Heaven. Lisa was born August 11, 1967 in Toledo, Ohio to Theodore L. and Josephine M. (Bunde) Sipes. Her father, Ted preceded her in death. Lisa is survived by her beloved mother, Jo; her aunt, Gina McCormick in Norwalk, Connecticut; and her uncle John (Julie) Bunde of Montgomery, Texas. Lisa’s early school years were in Dearborn, Michigan and Miami, Florida, before the Sipes family settled in Bowling Green, Ohio. Lisa earned her Gold Award in Girl Scouts. She especially loved 4-H, even competing in state competition for wood working project. The Wood County Fair was such an important part of her life. Many entries were submitted in handicrafts, hobbies and model departments where she won blue ribbons both via 4-H and open class division. Lisa was most successful in photography, where she won Best of Class for Youth in the Open Division and a rosette. In 1995, Lisa represented the United States at the Special Olympic World Games. She earned two bronze medals in aquatics. Lisa carried the 1996 Atlanta U.S Olympic torch. As a torch bearer, she carried the Olympic torch on Mercer Rd in Bowling Green. Prior to the run, Lisa could be found at Bowling Green State University track, jogging with a baseball bat in hand to learn to hold the weight and keep the fire from her hair. Lisa also…

Lynne Hall

Lynne Ann (Dunn) Hall, 83, of Bowling Green, passed away on April 12, 2017 in Oregon, Ohio. Lynne was born in Jackson Township to George and Bernice (Hutson) Dunn on February 6, 1934. She graduated as valedictorian from Jackson Township High School in 1952. She worked as an insurance clerk for Wood County Hospital for many years. She had previously volunteered at the Bowling Green food bank. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church – Bowling Green and a former member of the Silver Cross Circle of the International Order of the Kings Daughters and Sons. She was active in card clubs, and enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, crafting and traveling. She traveled the US with her husband and children in their Holiday Rambler travel trailer. Later she was able to travel to Europe, Alaska, Mexico and the US. Lynne was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hall in 1998, her parents and her brother George (Bud) Dunn III. Lynne is survived by her daughter Julie (David) Steed, Perrysburg; son Jeffrey (Lisa) Hall, Haskins; grandchildren Jennifer Steed, Los Angeles, California; Rick (Devon) Hall, Toledo, Ohio; Katelynne Hall, Haskins. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 N. Reynolds Rd, Toledo, Ohio 43615, or at Condolences may be left in Dunn Funeral Home online guestbook at The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Southern Care Hospice, Toledo, Ohio and the staff at Lane Park, Oregon, Ohio. Visitation will be held on Wednesday April 19, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical…

Michael J Firsdon

Michael J. Firsdon, 64 of Pemberville, OH  died April 14, 2017 at U of M in Ann Arbor, MI surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 7, 1952 in Bowling Green,OH, the son of Joseph E. and Betty L (Hill) Firsdon.  On November 15, 1986 he married the love of his life Cheryl (Reno) Firsdon, who survives. A Vietnam Veteran, he proudly served in the US. Navy as a Boiler Tech from August 1971 – August 1975.  After his discharge, he further served his country four years in the reserves.  He was employed by Air Products and Chemicals in North Baltimore, OH  for 32 years. Michael enjoyed with his wife Cheryl wintering in their home in FL, camping, riding and traveling on their Honda trike.  He loved his title “Papa” and cherished his time with his three beautiful and precious grandchildren. Michael will be missed by his loving wife Cheryl, his two daughters Callie Jo Firsdon Strack of Findlay, OH and Amanda Swartz Haas of Bowling Green, OH.  Son-in-law Luke Swartz, grandchildren Tyler Swartz (16), Hailey Swartz (9) and Ethan Swartz (4), siblings; Steve Firsdon, Bowling Green, OH , David (Janet) Firsdon, Portage, OH, Linda (Garland) Ward, Akron, OH, Beth (Jim)Brueggemeyer, Odenton, MD and Mary (David) Rife, Pemberville, Ohio, OH  Inlaws, Deb (Dan) Serdar, Perrysburg, OH , Darrell (Char)Reno, Tracy, CA and Greg (Joanny)Reno, Monroe, MI.  and many nieces and nephews. Visitation for Michael will be on Monday April 17, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 &6:00-8:00 PM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., P.O Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Michael’s funeral service will be…

Ilene E Roberts

Ilene E. Roberts, age 89, of Perrysburg, OH, passed away on Monday morning, April 10, 2017 at her residence. She was born on June 21, 1927 in Toledo, OH to Karl and Estella (Shanteau) Lerche. Ilene married Richard Roberts on April 11, 1947 in Stony Ridge, OH and he preceded her on March 27, 1997. She was a homemaker and her memberships included: Stony Ridge United Methodist Church, attended Walbridge Senior Citizens and had been a past member of the Pemberville Lions Club. Ilene truly enjoyedbeing with family, seeing new things and loved to travel. Ilene is survived by her son: Jeffrey (Rebecca) Roberts of Bowling Green, daughter-in-law: Linda Roberts of Pemberville, 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and companion: William St. Claire of Walbridge. She was preceded in death by her husband: Richard, sons: Curtis and Marvin, great grandchild: Austin and sister: Lois Spoores. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11 AM from Stony Ridge United Methodist Church, 5542 Fremont Pike, Stony Ridge, OH 43463 where there will be additional visitation conducted from 10 – 11 AM. Officiating will be Rev. Robert May. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Perrysburg, OH. A bereavement luncheon will served immediately following the cemetery committal services at the church. Consideration for memorial contributions can be made to: Stony Ridge Methodist Church or the Walbridge Senior Center.

Kathleen A Schauer

Kathleen A. Schauer, age 72, of Bowling Green, OH passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green. She was born on October 9, 1944 in Pemberville, OH to Fred and Elsie (Morris) Schauer. Kathleen was a home health aide and attended St. Marks Lutheran Church, Bowling Green. She is survived by her sister: Darlene Baker and brother: Calvin Schauer both of Bowling Green and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Don and Fred Schauer. As per her wishes there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements are being handled by the Marsh Funeral Home, Pemberville, OH. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the donor’s choice.

Melvin R Nissen

Melvin R. Nissen (age 87) of Pemberville, Ohio passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Wood Haven Health Care in Bowling Green. He was born July 15, 1929 in Bradner, Ohio to Andrew and Julia (Sohajda) Nissen. After graduation from high school Melvin began his service to his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. His military career began with his first full call to active duty during the time of WWII and later during the Korean War. He would eventually see full retirement from the 180th Ohio Air National Guard as a Master Sergeant in 1989. His proud and distinguished service of over 35 years rendered Melvin numerous Awards and Service Ribbons. Most notable in his life was on July 29, 1958 when he married Bernadette Obarski in Toledo. Together they would have four children. Melvin, in addition to his service career, maintained other work responsibilities that included being a Signal Operator with Ann Arbor Rail Road and as an Electronic Technician at the University of Toledo. All the while farming and working on tractors remained his passion at home. He was a member of the Pemberville Freedom Twp. American Legion Post #183, St. Michael Catholic Church in Gibsonburg and the Knights of Columbus. In his free time he enjoyed working with electronics of all kinds and being an amateur radio operator; call sign “K8DEE”. Melvin is survived by his children: Randolph (Julie) Nissen of Pemberville, Christopher (Marta) Nissen of Merrimack, NH, Laurel (Charles) Hummel of Pemberville, grandchildren: Matthew Nissen, Michael (Brooke) Nissen, Joshua Nissen, Celia Nissen, Andrew Nissen, David Hummel, great grandchild: Chase Nissen. He was preceded in…