Articles by elizabeth roberts-zibbel

Volunteer Gary Jones thanks Dana Corp for hosting Adopt-a-Pet event

I would like to commend the Dana Corporation on Technology Drive in Maumee for hosting an Adopt-a-Pet day for their employees. Jenny Miranda organized the event because she loves animals, she supports the work of rescue sites and humane societies and she wanted a fun day where employees might adopt a pet. What a remarkable event for a corporate company to support local efforts. It was a fun day and pets were adopted. And generous gifts of toys, food and blankets, enough to fill the bed of a pickup truck were given to each of the participating humane groups. To me, it was a remarkable day spent with enthusiastic Dana employees. Kudos to Dana and Miranda. Gary Jones, Volunteer Bowling Green

Tickets available now for HYT’s “Cinderella”

Submitted by HORIZON YOUTH THEATRE Horizon Youth Theatre, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is proud to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA June 22, 23, and 24th at 7:00 pm at Otsego High School. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. It was recreated in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren, and again in 1997 with Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother; both were no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay. Songs include “The Prince Is Giving A Ball,” “My Little Corner,” and “Impossible.” Directed by Cassie Greenlee, the musical features 55 students age 8 – 18 from many area schools including Bowling Green. The rest of the production team: Brittany Albrecht, stage manager; Tim Barker, choreographer; Kelly Frailly, music director; Christina Hoekstra, costuming; and Scarlet Frishman, assistant director. Stars are Skylar Frishman in the title role and Thomas Long as Prince Christopher; Olivia Strang and Narnia Rieske play Fairy Godmother and Stepmother. Other cast: Stepsisters are Terra Sloane and Melissa Mintz; King and Queen are Alex Evans and Anne Weaver; Lionel and Leo (Royal Stewards) are Bob Walters and Bella Truman. Understudies for the…

Becci Leigh Moindi Plumley

Becci Leigh Moindi Plumley took the world by storm on May 15th, 1980. She was a happy child with a zest for life and a sprightly smile; a smile that touched thousands. She was a hard worker, a generous giver and an avid partier. Her greatest joy was her daughter, Khloi Kerubo Moindi. They had many grand adventures together, climbing rock walls, hiking through woods, trips to the sea, color runs, roller skating and museums. Her greatest achievement was losing 130 pounds through diet and hard work at the gym. Though she felt comfortable in her own skin, her goals were to run with Khloi and encourage many by taking monthly pictures of herself and posting them on Facebook. Her greatest love was her husband, Adam Plumley. They met and fell in love as teenagers, grew apart, and then reconnected after many years, finding their love again. His sorrow is greater than the salt in the oceans. Becci passed away June 12, 2017. She is survived by her husband Adam Plumley, her daughter Khloi Moindi, her mother Barb Wilhelm, her sisters Shannon Wilhelm and Jamie (John) Pozy, her brother Adam (Tracie) Wilhelm, maternal grandmother: Shirley Sheldrick; seven nieces and nephews, her two favorite cousins, James and Erin Wilhelm and her cat, Kate the Cat. Her loving father, Keith Wilhelm preceded her in death. Through her vivacity she left the world a better place yet darker through her passing. In Becci’s honor the family would like to request for friends and family to bring in their favorite picture with Becci or written memory for a scrapbook to be made for her…

Walter “Walt” R Beeker

Walter “Walt” R. Beeker, 74, of Bowling Green passed away Saturday June 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Walt was born on August 30, 1942 in Bowling Green, Ohio to the late Walter and Dorothy (Aufdenkamp) Beeker. Walter’s father passed away before he was born and was raised by his step-father Grover Burditt who also preceded him in death.  He married Sandra Michaelis on August 20, 1962 in Bowling Green, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on September 10, 1972. He then married Patricia (Bechstein) Huling on March 2, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she survives in Bowling Green. Also surviving are his children: Steve Beeker of Toledo, Ohio; Scott (DeAnna) Beeker of Weston, Ohio; Shad (Shari) Beeker of Bowling Green, Ohio; Shelly (Greg) Franks of Sandusky, Ohio; Danielle Hughes of Port Jefferson, Ohio; Jenny Huling of Bowling Green, Ohio; and Todd Huling of Weston, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sister: Carolyn (Ron) Pultz of Bowling Green, Ohio ;brothers: Charles (Rachel) Burditt and Mark Burditt of Deshler, Ohio and a brother in law Tom Stock of Weston, Ohio. Walt was also preceded in death by his sister Charlotte Stock. Walt was a 1960 graduate of Bowling Green High School and was a Detective for the Bowling Green State University Police Department retiring in 2001 as a Corporal .  He then went to work at the Bowling Green Municipal Court where he worked as a Bailiff.  Walt was a member of the First Christian Church in Bowling Green, a member of the Wood County F& AM #112, 32nd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo,…

Elinore Sheperd

Elinore Sheperd, 81 of Bowling Green passed away Thursday June 8, 2017 in Pulaski, Tennessee. Elinore was born in Bowling Green, Ohio to the late Ralph and Juantia (Palmer) Smeaton. She married James Sheperd on June 18, 1954 and he preceded her in death. Elinore is survived by her children: James (Lynette) Sheperd of Prospect, Tennessee and Christine (Larry) Reed of Bowling Green; grandchildren: Benjamin Simpkins, Hollie Root, Harold McDaniels, Megan Owens, Karen Cron and Jessica Sheperd; great-grandchildren: William Root, Joseph McDaniels, Harley Root, Rena McDaniels, Elijah Phillips, R.J. Rosson, Ashton McCandless, Bentley Rosson, Ronnie Klostermeier, and Remington Owens; half-brother Mark Repasz and a brother in-law Ira Powell. She was preceded in death by her daughter: Nancy Sheperd, granddaughter: Mandy Sheperd; a great-grandson: Perry Phillips and a sister: Teresa Powell. Elinore worked at the Wood County Senior Center in the kitchen and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who were her pride and joy. Graveside Service will be held on Monday July 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Portage Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., P.O Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be gifted in Elinore’s honor to the Crippled Children’s Fund or to the Shriner Hospital. On-line condolences, as well as fond memories may be sent to Elinore’s family by visiting

Donald G Downie

Donald G. Downie, 59, of Bowling Green passed away Wednesday June 7, 2017 after a battle with Huntington’s Disease. Don was born on Nov. 2, 1957, in Ashtabula, Ohio to late Joseph and Carolyn (Swanson) Downie. He married Paula Roth on Aug. 25, 1979 at BGSU’s Prout Chapel and she survives in Bowling Green. Also surviving are his children: Cassandra (Adam) Saunders of Franklin, Ohio and Thomas (Katie) Downie of Bowling Green; sisters: Rebecca Bartel of Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Susan Carr of Panesville, Ohio; Diane Olekshuk of Conneaut, Ohio ; brothers: Joseph Downie II of Mentor on the Lake, Ohio, and David (Jodee) Downie Geneva, Ohio; grandchildren: Amelia and Oliver Saunders and Calvin Downie.  He was preceded in death by his three sisters: Sally Condra, Barbara and Katrina Downie. Don graduated from Ashtabula High School in ’76 and BGSU with a degree in Information Technology. He worked several years at BGSU, Intelidata, Mazada, and retired from Medical Mutual (Toledo & Cleveland).  Don was an avid runner and enjoyed fishing and gardening.  Don was a diehard Cleveland Sports fan, especially the Cleveland Indians. Family was the most important part of Don’s life, he coached his children in cross country, soccer, and wrestling.  He also helped them build and construct home projects. Don graciously donated his body to the University of Toledo Medical Center for medical research. A Private Memorial Service will be held. The family would like to thank family and friends, Dr. Elmer and Kristen, The Bowling Green Care Center and St. Catherine Nursing Home in Findlay for the support and care they have shown Don and his family over the years. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, Bowling Green. In…

Robert C Drake

Robert C. Drake, 92, of Bowling Green, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born May 16, 1925 in North Baltimore to Harley and Mary (Whitacre) Drake.  He married Norma Price on March 3, 1947 and she survives. Mr. Drake served his country during two wars and in three branches of the military.  He was in the Navy during World War II, the Army during the Korean War and retired as Senior Master Sergeant E-8 from the Air Force after serving with Ohio Air National Guard’s 180thFighter Group in Toledo.  He left high school to join the Navy serving 3 years part of which was as a assult landing craft member for the invasion of New Guinea and Palsluaia. He received the Bronze star with a V for Valor during the Korean War. Following his Korean War service he was on the Bowling Green Police Force and after he retired from the Air Force he was Police Chief for the Village of Portage for twenty years. He coached Pee Wee league baseball in both Bowling Green and Rudolph and was one of the founding Bowling Green citizens of the Pee Wee League program, helping to build the first lighted fields in the city.  Mr. Drake had a craft shop and enjoyed military model airplanes. In addition to his wife, Norma left to mourn his passing are sons, Ron (Teri) McNutt of Carson City, NV., Don (Rita) McNutt of Port Clinton, Jerry (Diane) Drake of Bowling Green, Jeff (Kathy) Drake of Pataskala, OH., Charley (Su) Drake of Bowling Green; daughters, Sue (Robert) Kepling of Bowling Green…

Patricia A Lambert

Our beloved sister, Patricia A. Lambert (Neifer), age 74, of 947 Champagne Avenue, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, surrounded by her family, at the Bridge Hospice Center on Klotz Road.    She was born August 10, 1942, in Mineral Wells, Texas to John and Margaret Neifer (Breilmarer). She was preceded by her mother Margaret B. and father John R. Neifer, and husband David Jack Lambert, sister Rosemarie Ann Kays.    She is survived by her son David Lambert, sister Paula (Pat) Hamper of Keyser, W.V., brother Terry (Sharon) Neifer of Toledo, OH, her niece Amber Whiley, of Toledo, OH, and nephew Christopher John Kays of Bowling Green, OH. Living most of her life in Bowling Green, she graduated from Bowling Green Senior High School in 1961.  She worked at the Wood County Public Library, then the Bowling Green State University Library, until she retired in 1993. She married David Jack Lambert in 1975, her son David Lambert was born February 8, 1984.   She loved family, children, gardening and was an avid reader.  She volunteered at Conneaut School, St. Aloysius Church and St. Thomas Moore Church. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green, OH.   Visitation will be held at the church, from 9:00am to 10:00am. Dunn Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Koman of Northwest Ohio, or St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green Ohio. To share an online condolence with the family please visit

Randy H Miller

Randy Harold Miller, 62, of Portage, Ohio passed away Tuesday June 6, 2017. He was born February 8, 1955 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Harold and Eileen (Giesler) Miller. Randy was a 1977 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. While attending Ohio State he was active in the Campus Crusade for Christ. Randy was a lifelong farmer, member of the Bowling Green Alliance Church, Wood County Farm Bureau and former member of Grain Acres. He enjoyed traveling, photography, keeping in touch with his friends and family through social media and also keeping up with local events by reading the Sentinel Tribune daily. Randy had a wonderful sense of humor. His greatest joy in life came from time he spent with his sons and grandchildren. He is survived by his sons Ryan (Kate) Miller of Portage, Ohio and Christopher (Jennifer) Miller of Columbus, Ohio, sister Susan (Larry) Ragan of Youngsville, North Carolina, aunt Esther Metzger of Bowling Green, Ohio and his five grandchildren 5-year-old Phoenix, 4-year-old Nash, 2-year-old Knox, 6-year-old Hayley and 4-year-old Kinzie. Visitation will be held on Monday June 12, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bowling Green Alliance Church, 1161 Napoleon Road. Pastor Dennis Gugger and Rev. John Randall will officiate. Interment will follow at Wingston Cemetery in Rudolph, Ohio. Additional visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the church. Memorial contributions may be given…

Dale E Lang

Dale E. Lang, age 54, of Bowling Green, OH, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green, OH. He was born on April 30, 1963 in Toledo, OH to Paul and Sally (Jones) Lang. On October 21, 1989, he married Renee Warner in Haskins, OH. Dale’s employments included: Empire Petroleum, Toledo, Disc Environmental Services, Northwood and presently he is the owner and operator of R&D Lawn Services, LLC. In his spare time, he coached baseball and hockey, attended all of his children’s activities and especially enjoyed fishing. He loved to talk to people and he never knew a stranger. Dale was a genuine soul that never put on a front which was why he was so loved by his family, friends and customers. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help someone without expecting anything in return. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 27 years: Renee, children: Cody (Ashley) Lang of Toledo, Alyssa Lang of Bowling Green, sisters: Sharla (Jeff) Patterson of Monroe, MI, Kimra (Dwight) Sutton of Delaware, OH, Marla Lang and Ronda Karas both of Whitehouse, brother: David Lang of Perrysburg and father and mother-in-law: David and Alice Warner of Bowling Green. He was preceded in death by his parents: Paul and Sally Lang. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:00 from Marsh Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. Officiating will be Rev. Mike Thomas. In lieu of flowers memorials may take the form of contributions to the family. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a…

Glen L Gamber

Glen L. Gamber, age 94, of Bowling Green, OH, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Heritage Corners, Bowling Green, OH. He was born on May 19, 1923 in Delta, OH to Harry and Myrtle (DeShetler) Gamber. On November 11, 1945, he married Beverly Becker in Wauseon, OH and she preceded him in death on July 21, 2012. In 1988, he retired from the former Citizens Savings Bank, Pemberville as Vice President. Glen served his country proudly while enlisted in the United States Navy from 1942-1946. His memberships included: First Christian Church of Bowling Green, Past District Governor of the Lion’s Club, Pemberville American Legion Freedom Post #183 and VFW Post #1148, Bowling Green. Glen is survived on is survived by his children: Richard (Lyn) Gamber of Delta, Julie (David) Fronk of Celina, Mark (Carol) Gamber of Toledo and Glenda (Dale) Schwartz of Weston, 9 grandchildren, 11great grandchildren and 4 great great granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Beverly, one granddaughter and one great grandson. Family and friends will be received on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Marsh Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM from First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, OH with additional visitation from 9:30-10:00 AM. A bereavement luncheon will be served at the church immediately following the funeral services. Interment will be in Wauseon Union Cemetery, Wauseon, OH at 1:00 PM. Consideration for memorial contributions may be made to: First Christian Church of Bowling Green Food Bank.

Donald Gary Stretchberry

Donald Gary Stretchberry, 72, of Weston passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side on Friday, June 2, 2017. Gary was born in Weston to the late Donald and Ann (Elchisco) Stretchberry.  Gary married the love of his life Emily Johnson on March 27, 1965 in Custar, Ohio and she preceded him in death on December 29, 2016. Gary is survived by his daughters; Lisa (Kevin) Kennedy and Julie (Rodney) Wichman both of Weston, grandchildren; Mitchell Kennedy, Paige Hoffman, Jaiden Wichman and Abbygail Wichman, sisters;   Sandra (Dick) Hillier, Linda (Mike) Damron and brother Dave (Kim) Stretchberry. Gary, better known as “Stretch”, was a laborer at Campbell Soup and then worked at American Can Company in Whitehouse from which he retired.  Gary loved to fish.  His daughters recall fun memories of fishing with their father as young kids. They enjoyed family vacations together to the Smokey Mountains, Jamaica, Catawba Island, and Hocking Hills.  They spent many years boating and camping at Wagner’s along the Maumee River.   Camping around the pond every Labor Day weekend was a family tradition that was monitored by Gary the Camp Ground Superintendent. Gary spent much of his time at home caring for his lawn, garden and his pond.   When he was able, he would get out on the open road on his Harley Davidson Sportster.  His garage, the “Stretch Inn”, was the place to be. Family and friends of all ages would gather every weekend and a good time was always had by all.  Gary also had a group of special friends that gathered every Monday at the Stretch Inn. As Stretch was well known…

Ruth Herr

Ruth E. Herr was born on April 30, 1921 to Bernard and Carrie (Mitchell) Kyer. She was born in Camden on Gauley, West Virginia. Ruth was one of 16 children, the baby of the family. Her family moved to the Toledo area, based on employment. Ruth worked at the Toledo Airway assembly plant as a young woman, at which she met fellow employee Harlan (Bud) Herr. Bud had recently returned from the war, and Ruth often reminisced (with a twinkle in her eyes) that he was the “most handsome man” she’d ever seen. After several proposals to Ruth from Bud, they wed: Ruth became a dedicated farm wife and devoted mother. Ruth passed from this world surrounded by her loving and devoted daughter Linda and her son-in-law Don Hertzfeld. As she joins Bud (deceased 1991) she leaves behind 9 great-grandchildren (10th on the way) from her beloved grandkids. Ruth loved her many friends, discussing politics, and homemaking. But above all, she loved family. And it is returned ten fold. We will miss you, Gram. A private memorial will be held. The family wishes to express gratitude to Wood Haven Health Care, Bowling Green. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, Bowling Green. On-line condolences, as well as fond memories may be sent to the Ruth’s family by visiting

Penny Gonzales

Penny Gonzales, 50, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away unexpectedly May 27, 2017. Penny was born in Bowling Green, Ohio to Roger and Patty (Tolle) Lewis. She married Charles “Charlie” Gonzales on July 15, 2000 in Bowling Green, Ohio and he survives. Penny graduated from Otsego High School in 1984. She was employed by Toledo Mold and Die for the last 14 years as a 5k coordinator and was known as “Mama Penny” to those she worked with. Penny enjoyed camping, playing softball and was a member of Village View Church of Christ. Penny was known to help anybody in need and would never turn anyone away. Her family was the most important thing to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and even got her daughter Jami and her husband Trent together. Along with her husband, Charlie, and her mother Patty, Penny is survived by her daughters: Keri Pauff of Bowling Green, Ohio; Jami (Trent) Lambert of Lake Station, Indiana; stepson: James (Christina) Gonzales of Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren: Nathaniel, Alexus, Trent Jr., Riana, and Bryson; brother: Jeffrey Lewis of Bowling Green. Penny was preceded in death by her father, Roger Lewis. Visitation for Penny will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 10:00 AM to the time of her funeral service at 1:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171. Interment will immediately follow in Tontogany Cemetery. Memorial Contributions in Penny’s honor may be given to Village View Church of Christ. Online Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for the…

Stanley L Reynolds

Stanley L. Reynolds, 87, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away in Wood County Hospital Sunday, June 4, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Born December 25, 1929 in Bowling Green to the late Scott and Gladys (Tyson) Reynolds, he remained a lifelong Bowling Green resident. He married Dolores (Smith) Reynolds in 1953 and she preceded him in death in 2006. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Marcia Kennedy, Kerry Reynolds (and his wife Roxanne (Green) Reynolds), Amy MacRitchie, and Patty Reynolds; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his five siblings: Mary Jane Wilford, George Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, Irene Billingsley, and Eugene Reynolds. A Bowling Green High School graduate (1949), he went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After 39 years of employment he retired from Libbey-Owens Ford in Rossford in 1989. Stanley, who will be greatly missed, was a devoted family man who enjoyed hosting many gatherings and holiday celebrations in his Ashbury Hills home. He also generously housed two grandchildren while they attended BGSU. Arrangements have been entrusted to DUNN FUNERAL HOME, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street, with visitation on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A  Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday June 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., also at Dunn. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wood County Hospital Wheeled Meals Program. Condolences can be shared at