Thomas (Tom) Deck of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away on July 26, 2018, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia (Pat); his three children, Teresa (Russell) DeSpain of Mount Vernon, Kentucky; Michael (Holly) Deck of Bowling Green; and Randy (Jodi) Deck of Joshua, Texas; his mother Katherine; and sisters: Linda Wilson & Bev Esselburn. He had six grandchildren – Aaron, Troy, Madison, Ethan, John, and Peyton. Tom was preceded in death by his father and three brothers. Tom retired from the Bowling Green City Schools in 2005 after working as a custodian at Kenwood School. He was honored for his service by having a Mr. Deck Day declared and he received a key to the city. All who knew Tom knew he loved his wife, his family, his country, and his team – the Michigan Wolverines. Visitation for Tom will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 11:00 AM until the time of his funeral service at 12:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St./P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171. Interment will immediately follow in Union Hill Cemetery, Bowling Green, Ohio. Memorial contributions in Tom’s honor may be gifted to the American Diabetes Association, 8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 140, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Tom’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
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James “Jim” C. Adams, 69, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away July 19, 2018. Jim was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late John and Jeanne Adams on March 11, 1949. He married Sharon (Patterson) Firsdon in Portage, Ohio on April 4, 1997 and she survives. Jim is survived by his wife Sharon; daughters: Ginger (Bob) Sergent, Nicole (Eric) Reza; son: Brad (Jessica) Simon; brother Rick Adams; grandchildren: Bodde, Bella, Quillen, Lynsee; great grandson Zayne; and former spouse: Jean Powers. Jim was known as the Muffler Specialist and business owner for many years. He loved dirt track racing, camping, and going to Tractor Pulls. Jim was a member of the Raider Nation and a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings. He was known as a kind soul, all around good guy with a great heart who would help out anyone and always put himself last. Jim was a life member of the North American Hunters, the Moose, the Eagles, the Sons of the AMVETS, the Sons of the VFW, and the Sons of the American Legion. He was a former member of the National Tractor Pullers Association. Anything with noise, dirt, and a cooler was something that Jim enjoyed. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St./P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 from 4:00 PM until the time of Jim’s Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 PM with Eric Reza officiating. Jim wore his flip-flops year-round with his cut-off shorts and t-shirts. The family encourages you to dress as he would for his service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you write down a memory of Jim and bring it to the service. Memorial contributions in Jim’s honor may be gifted to the Family of Jim Adams. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jim’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
Lila Jean Hicks, 93, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. Lila Jean was born on December 10, 1924 in Purcell, Oklahoma to the late Joseph and Pearl (Chandler) Cotton. She was married to James Hicks Lila Jean is survived by her son: Scott (Kathy) Hicks of Bowling Green, Ohio; grandchildren: Joshua (Joanna) Hicks, Benjamin (Nicole) Hicks, Christopher (Rick Belhumeur) Hicks, Amy (John) Horner; great grandchildren: Jennifer, Joshua, Jordan, James, Connor, Nora, Max, & Drew. Along with her parents Lila was preceded in death by her sons; Gene Bradly Hicks and Jay Richard Hicks. Visitation for Lila Jean will be on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory 1460 W. Wooster Street, P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 42402 tele: 419-352-2171. A graveside service for Lila Jean will be private. Memorial contributions in Lila’s honor may be gifted to the Wood County Public Library or the charity of the donor’s choice. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lila Jean’s Family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
Kelly Bechstein, 55, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away quietly at home surrounded by her loving family on July 8, 2018. Kelly was born to Martin and Olive Bird Jr. on March 8, 1963 in Norwalk, Ohio. She married Herman Bechstein on April 30, 2005 and he survives her in Bowling Green. Kelly is survived by her husband Herman; stepdaughter: Linsey Bechstein; stepgrandkids: Breeanna Welch, Bryce Bechstein, and Dyllan Atkin; brother Martin J. “Joe” Bird III of Willoughby, Ohio, Stephen (Susan) Bird of Mansfield, Ohio; and sister: Beryle Coder of Indian Rocks Beach, Fl. Kelly was preceded in death by her parents and stepson Travis Bechstein. Kelly graduated from St. Paul High School in 1981. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and went on to work for both Wood Lane and Lucas County Children’s Services. Kelly loved to spend time at the pool and soaking up the sun on the beach and at the islands. She was a huge fan of both the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State. Visitation for Kelly will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 2:00 PM until the time of her Celebration of Life Service at 4:00 PM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171. The Family requests that everyone attending wear their favorite sports jersey to her visitation and service. Memorial Contributions in Kelly’s honor may be gifted to the family of Kelly Bechstein. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Kelly’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www. hannemanfh.com.
Barbara Elizabeth Zahrend of Napoleon, Ohio passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 with friends and caretakers by her side. Barbara was born on April 14, 1923 to the late Earl and Bertha (Gilson) Zahrend of Napoleon. She was born in and lived in the home her grandparents built around 1908. Barbara was a lifelong caring teacher of children after graduation from Bowling Green State University. She taught first grade at Napoleon Central School. Barbara was then offered a job supervising student teachers at BGSU which she did for 16 years. Due to her mom being ill, Barbara then came home to Napoleon to finish her career teaching first graders at Napoleon West Elementary while caring for her parents. Barbara loved reading and created many beautiful needle point pictures, poems, pillow covers, and purses. Many of these adorned her home. She also enjoyed doll collecting and sharing them at Mother-Daughter Banquets as “Dolls Tell a Story” Theme. Visitation for Barbara will be on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Wright-Hanneman Funeral Home, 302 E. Maple Street, Liberty Center, Ohio 43532. Tele: 419-533-2471. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Napoleon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be gifted in Barbara’s honor to the Napoleon Library, the Arbor Day Foundation, or the Humane Society. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Barbara’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
Loretta L. Hager, 82, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Friday July 20, 2018. She was born December 17, 2018 in Bowling Green to Cleo and Florence (Kinney) Niceley. She married Gary L. Hager on September 7, 1958 and he preceded her in death August 8, 2015. Loretta was a 1953 graduate of Bowling Green High School and later went on to attend Elkhart University in Elkhart, Indiana. She worked as a dispatcher for the Bowling Green Police Department for 25 years. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green and a former member of the Lady Elk’s Lodge 818. She is survived by her sons Shawn Hager and Eric Hager, both of Bowling Green, sister Gail Simmons of Souix Falls, South Dakota two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Private interment will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home. To share an online condolence or fond memory with the Hager family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
Harold Edward “Harry” Avery, 83, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Thursday July 19, 2018. He was born March 9, 1935 in Bowling Green to Ray and Pearl (Brim) Avery. He married Charlene Cornell on August 21, 1966 and she survives in Bowling Green. He was a 1953 graduate of Bowling Green High School and went on to attend Bowling Green State University. Harry served his country proudly in the United States Army. He worked for The Sentinel Tribune for several years in advertising and sales. He was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green and Friends of the Wood County District Public Library. He was an avid bowler, spending most of his bowling days at Varsity Lanes. Harry was a supporter of Bowling Green Little League for many years where he watched his sons play baseball. He enjoyed attending Bowling Green Bobcat and Bowling Green Falcon Football games and was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and Ohio State Football. Along with his wife of nearly 52 years, Charlene, Harry is survived by his sons Michael Avery of North Baltimore, Ohio and Steven Avery (Eric Robertson) of Toledo, Ohio, twin sister Carol Wickard of Bowling Green, Ohio, sister-in-law Suzanne (Ivan) Avery, Bowling Green, Ohio, nephews David (Gretchen) and Doug (Janet) Avery, Dan (Karen) and John Wickard; nieces Faith Wrucke, Hope Sherrick, Deb (Bruce) Smith and Brenda (Steve) Lomelino. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Neil (Sharon) Cornell of Wilmington, Delaware, and a niece, Elizabeth (Andrew) Lane. He was preceded in death by his brother Ivan Avery and sister Geneva Strausbaugh. Visitation will be held on Tuesday July 24, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Noon at the funeral home. Pastor Andrea Curry will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green where full military honors will be rendered by the Wood County Honor Detail. Additional visitation will be held Wednesday…
Richard Dean Grimm (Dick) passed away peacefully in Gilbert, Arizona on July 17, 2018 at the age of 89. Dick is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce; daughters Janet (Jeff) Drab, Denise (Gary) Ruch, and son John (Tammy) Grimm; his sister, Dorothy (Dee) Grimm-Lawrence and brother Alan (Vicki) Grimm; and also, by seven (7) grandchildren and five (5) great grandchildren. Dick was born in 1928 in Perrysburg, Ohio to Beatrice and Walter Grimm. He graduated from Waterville High School and then Bowling Green State University, where he obtained his degree in Business. Dick married Joyce (Moss) in 1949, and they eventually raised their three (3) children in South Toledo. Two (2) years before getting married, Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served on active duty at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina from 1951-1953, then returned to inactive status and was discharged in 1965. In 1988, Dick retired from his role as Finance Officer at Libbey Owens Ford, where he worked for 35 years. In the years following his retirement, time was split between Whitehouse, Ohio and Mesa, Arizona and spent on his favorite activities, including golf, tennis and softball. Dick was a loving husband whose loyalty and passion to family, friends and those around him was widely known and recognized. He was a sports enthusiast, belonged to the American Legion Post 384 in Whitehouse, Ohio and was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo. Visitation will take place Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 7220 Dutch Rd., Waterville, Ohio. Funeral services will begin on Friday morning at 10:00 am in the funeral home followed by burial in Highland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of Richard D. Grimm. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
Lola Mae Bressler, 95, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Wednesday July 11, 2018. She was born June 4, 1923 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Sid and Helen (Hemminger) Turner. She married Lee Bressler on August 10, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 2007. Lola was a 1941 graduate of Bloomdale High School. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green and a member of the Wood County Hospital Guild. She enjoyed sewing and her time spent working in the Wood County Hospital gift shop. She is survived by her children Dean Bressler of Bowling Green, Ohio and Diann (Steve) Hafner of Weston, Ohio, grandchildren Greg Hafner and Jennifer (Michael) Curran and great-grandchildren Gaven, Willow, Lucas, Emma and Sophie. She was preceded in death by her parents Sid and Helen Turner, husband Lee Bressler, brother Leonard Turner and sister Alma Pearl Pike. Her funeral service will be held on Friday July 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Pastor Andrea Curry will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green. Visitation will be held Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of her funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions maybe given in her memory to Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice. To share an online condolence or fond memory with the Bressler family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
Carolyn Romaker, 81, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday July 9, 2018. She was born May 26, 1937 in Rudolph, Ohio to Dale and Alpha (Shafer) Boyer. She married James Romaker on March 19, 1956 and he preceded her in death September 6, 2005. Carolyn was a 1955 graduate of Liberty High School. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She enjoyed shopping, drinking wine and was an avid watcher of golf. She is survived by her children Dennis Romaker (Bette Blair) of Bowling Green, Ohio, Dean (Christianna) Romaker of Las Vegas, Nevada and Denise (Philip) Jacobs of Kenosha, Wisconsin, grandchildren Big Josh, Jamie, Little Josh, Katelynn, Andrew and Aaron, 8 great-grandchildren , brother Bob Boyer of Custar, Ohio and sister Sue Mercer of Cygnet, Ohio. Carolyn’s funeral service will be held on Saturday July 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Father Walter Tuscano will officiate. Interment will follow at Wood County Memory Gardens in Bowling Green. Visitation will be held Saturday morning at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to St. Louis School or Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green.
Jeffrey Ryan Chamberlin, 42, of Boulder, Colorado and formerly of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away suddenly on Wednesday July 4, 2018. Jeff was born April 3, 1976 in Northfield, Minnesota. He spent the first three years of his life in Minnesota and Missouri before his family moved to Bowling Green in 1979. Jeff was a 1994 graduate of Bowling Green High School. He moved to Colorado where he spent the last 20 years of his life. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies in 2011 from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law. Jeff owned Reflective Conceptions, a Boulder company that collaborated with artists to take their art and present it on glass mirrors. He was active in his community, passionate about environmental issues, and loved hiking and climbing and spending time with his friends. He is survived by his parents Allan and Debbie Chamberlin of Bowling Green, Ohio, brothers Chris (Amy) Chamberlin of Bowling Green and Mark (Kathleen) Chamberlin of Lyndhurst, Ohio, and nephews Stone, Reid, Grady, Quinn and Rory. Jeff’s friends and family will celebrate his life at noon on Sunday, July 15 at Red Rocks near Golden, Colorado. His Colorado friends are arranging the celebration which will include music videos that Jeff produced for concerts at this venue. Local arrangements are being handled by Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green. Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to a charity of the donor’s choice. To share an online condolence or fond memory with the Chamberlin family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
To the users of NAT Recycling: For more than 20 years, NAT has supported, with the assistance of The Wood County Solid Waste District and The Bowling Green Recycling Center, the operation of it’s recycling center. This has been “a loss leader” for our trash business; in other words, it has been at a monetary loss for NAT. But, the users, made up of the homeowners of southeast Wood County, have appreciated this service and the Waste District supported the program. Recently, The Solid Waste District, with the approval of the Commissioners and Administration, has arbitrarily decided to discontinue its support of certain transportation and processing costs of material recycled from NAT to Bowling Green. This was done without conferring with NAT or The Bowing Green Recycling Center. Neither NAT or BGRC have the funds to assume these costs on a long-term basis nor have we requested additional support. This was despite for more than 20 years NAT’s processed tonnage has and still is, second only to BGRC in the Wood County area. In the meantime, the Waste District’s unencumbered funds (cash available) are at an historic high. Citizens should remember, by Ohio Law, the Office of the Wood County Commissioner’s is responsible to provide access to recycling through out Wood County. And we provide a heated, well kept all weather 24/7 location for Southeast Wood County. We, Mike Fairbanks and I, will be studying how this loss of funding will effect NATs operation of the 24/7 recycling, but without the FULL support of The Wood County Waste District, at this time we see the closing of our recycling program in the near future. We ask you to express your thoughts to your Wood County Officials by calling the Wood County Administration Office (Andrew Kalmar; Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Theodore Bowlus) at (419) 354-9100; or the office of The Wood County Solid Waste District (Mrs. O’Boyle) at (419) 354-9297. Thank you for your time and understanding. Mick Torok President of NAT Transportation
Mercene Louise Hanneman, on Thursday, July 5, 2018 started her next journey, while holding her granddaughter Kara’s hand. Mercene was born to Hildreth (Deck) & William H. Wood on August 13, 1924 in the living quarters of the Deck Funeral Home located at 218 E. Wooster Street. In the residence, Mercene’s family also included her grandfather and grandmother, J. F. and Lillian (Hoover) Deck, who founded the family Funeral Business in 1912. Also residing in the home was Louise Mae Gonyer, who was the housekeeper and helped raise Mercene. Later, she helped raise Mercene’s children, making her a beloved part of their family. Mercene attended Ridge Street Elementary School and graduated in 1942 from Bowling Green High School. After graduation in June, she married Karl H. Hanneman. When Karl was sent overseas in World War II, Mercene enrolled in Bowling Green State University and graduated in 1950 with Bachelor’s Degrees in English and History. At the end of the war, Mercene and Karl resided in Bowling Green and raised their five children; two sons: Kris (Donna) and Kraig (Kay) along with three daughters: Karla, Kathy (Scott) and Kyle. Surviving along with her five children are seven grandchildren: Michelle, Reggie, Brad, Kali, Koury, Kara and Kristin; nine great grandchildren: Keegan, Kaleb, Cooper, Anthony, Ma’Riyah, Ma’Kiyah, Hendrix, Coby and Lily; one step great-granddaughter, Kyra; and one step great-great granddaughter, Jade. Grandson Andrew Hines preceded in death. Mercene attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1961 and was licensed as an Ohio Funeral Director becoming the 3rd generation of family Funeral Directors. In 2011, she received recognition from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of faithfully serving the people of the community as a Licensed Funeral Professional. Mercene was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Life Member of VFW Post 1148 Auxiliary, and American Legion Post 45 Auxiliary. Mercene was a charter member of the Epsilon Chapter of CCL and ABWA, and a charter and life member of the Wood County Historical Society. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00…
Richard Howard Converse, age 87, of Bowling Green passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018. He was born to Jacob and Dora (Campbell) Converse on a farm near Portage, Ohio. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Wilma Ellen Converse, his parents and brothers Donald and Robert. Richard graduated from Liberty Hi School in 1948. After high school, Richard owned and operated Maumee School of Music, teaching steel and plectrum guitar. Richard met the love of his life and future wife, Wilma Budd, while playing guitar at the Lucas County Fair. Richard was a member of the Ohio National Guard and was activated into the army in 1952 and served a year in Korea driving truck and hauling troops and ammunition to the front lines. He was awarded the Korean service medal with 3 bronze battle stars, the United Nations Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. In 1990 on a revisit program, sponsored by the Korean government, he was awarded the Peace Medal and given a watch from the president of South Korea, Kim Daejung. Richard was a life member and past commander of the American Legion Post 45 in B.G., and a life member of the Korean War Veteran’s Association and KWVA Chapter 131 of Toledo. He was also a member of the B.G. VFW 1148, and 2nd Inf. Division Association. He enjoyed marching in B.G.’s Memorial Day Parades, marching after he was 80 years old and carrying an M1 rifle that was used in Korea during the war. He was honored to help fold and present the American Flag at many veterans’ funerals. After returning from the Korean War, Richard attended Toledo Barber College and worked as a barber for 55 years, mostly in Bowling Green, Ohio. On September 11, 1954, he married Wilma E. Budd in Perrysburg at the First United Methodist Church. Surviving are 2 sons, Darrell, (Ohio) and Dean, (Pennsylvania) and 2 daughters, Diana and Darla (Kitty), (Florida), 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Richard and Wilma were wedding photographers for over 40 years. Richard was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Ohio. Memorials can…
Heaven received one of the best today, she was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Carol J. Beeker, age of 89 of Pemberville, Ohio passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at bridge hospice in Bowling Green only moments before her 69th wedding anniversary. She was born on June 12, 1929 on the family farm in Luckey, OH, to Arnold W. and Twyla F. (Peoples) Samson. She would graduate from Pemberville High School as the Salutatorian in 1947 and on June 30, 1949 she married the love of her life Robert “Red” Beeker in Pemberville. They would raise two daughters and celebrate 69 years of marriage. Carol had a long career as a school teacher receiving 2 years of formal education from BGSU after high school. However, she returned back to BGSU in 1965 and received her bachelor’s degree in education and continued to teach for another 20 ½ years at Eastwood Schools. While she had an immense love of teaching she also had a strong devotion to her faith and was very active at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for many years. She was involved with many ministries which included teaching Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, 6th grade Catechism and belonged to the Pricilla and Ruth Circles just to mention a few. While her health forced her to retire from teaching, her love of education carried on in her community volunteer work. It allowed her to continue educating and sharing her gifts with others. Her greatest love was her family and the devotion to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was and remained her greatest joy of life. In addition to her husband “Red,” Carol is survived by her daughter: Deborah (Robert) Frakes of Bowling Green, OH, grandsons: Matthew (Melissa) Frakes of Rocky River, OH, Ryan Frakes of Bowling Green, OH, granddaughters: Lisa (Pat) Carney, Emily Beeker and Allison (Dan) Lamb all of Bowling Green, OH, great-grandchildren: Shawn, Madison, Lauren, McKenzie, Blake and Nora. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Linda Beeker. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 5,…