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Patricia O Swope

Patricia O. Swope, 91, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Wednesday November 15, 2017. She was born March 17, 1926 in Ada, Ohio to Carlos Dale and Opal Anetta (McPharon) Church. She married Merlin Leroy Swope on September 23, 1944 and he preceded her in death on December 29, 1999. Patricia was a 4-H advisor for many years. She was a member of the Questettes and enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting, gardening and bird watching. She loved to cook and was always taking care of everyone else. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters Julie Swope Friess (Harold) of North Baltimore, Ohio and Phyllis Swope James of Bowling Green, Ohio, granddaughters Laura Friess Westgate (Jason) of Cygnet, Ohio and Penelope Friess Bienek (Scott) of Cygnet, Ohio, great-grandchildren Alyssa Phillips Bell (Kaelan), Hannah Friess, Lilly Westgate, Madison Westgate and Hunter Westgate. She was preceded in death by her husband Merlin, four siblings and son-in-law Robert James. Visitation will be held on Sunday November 19, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Her funeral service will be held on Monday November 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at New Maplewood Cemetery in North Baltimore, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given in her memory to the North Baltimore Library. To share an online condolence or fond memory…


Patricia Williamson

Patricia J. Williamson, 70, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Thursday November 16, 2017. Patricia was born on January 12, 1947 to the late Orville and Ruth (Cooper) Miller.  She is survived by her daughter: Jennifer (Jim) Minard of Bowling Green, Ohio; sister: Sarah (Richard) Saint John of Phoenix, Arizona; and brother: Lawrence (Mary Jo) Miller of Wilmington, Delaware.  Along with her parents Patricia is preceded in death by a brother: David Miller. Patricia was a 1964 graduate of Findlay High School and a 1968 graduate of The Ohio State University.  She went on to teach for several years, then moved to Bowling Green to work for the Ohio EPA.  Patricia worked as well inspector for the EPA for 30 years until her retirement.   Patricia was a master gardener and enjoyed teaching and passing her passion on to others. She volunteered at Simpson Garden Park and the Bowling Green Public Library.  Patricia was an avid reader, enjoyed walking, and biking.  Needle work was something she did very well, so well she sold several of her completed works at craft shows.   Patricia was most known for was her hospitality and her ability to always have a positive outlook on life.  She will be dearly missed. A private memorial service for Patricia will be held after the holidays. Arrangements have been entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W Wooster. St/ P.O. Box 648 Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 tele: 419-352-2171. Memorial Contributions in Patricia’s honor may be gifted to the…


Grover Swartzlander

Grover A. Swartzlander Sr., 81, of Bowling Green passed away Wednesday November 15, 2017. Grover was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late David F. and Marcella (Smith) Swartzlander. He married Janet Schwartz on January 7, 1977 in Helena, Ohio and she survives in Bowling Green. Also surviving are his children: Teresa (Jim) Dezazzo; Melody (Kostas) Tsapranis of Rossford, Ohio; Mary Swartzlander of Eugene, Oregon; Grover (Lizhen) Swartzlander Jr of Tuscon, Arizona; Jason (Jennifer) Swartzlander of Bluffton, Ohio; Kathy (John) Stacey of Glenwood, Iowa; Russ (Deb) Esch of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ray (Kathy) Esch of Santa Rosa, Calfornia; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and a brother: Herb Swartzlander of Toledo. Grover was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren: 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Grover was a member of the Christ’s Church in Bowling Green where he was active with mission week and other church activities. He was an excellent carpenter who enjoyed making bird houses and other wood working projects. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Minnesota Vikings fan. Grover enjoyed traveling around the United States especially to visit family and friends, going to flea markets and a good game of euchre. A Celebration of Grover’s life will be held on Tuesday,  November 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Christ’s Church, 14455 Campbell Hill Rd., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. A gathering time will begin at 10:00 AM. 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…


Marilyn J Bomer

Marilyn J. Bomer, 80, of Rudolph, Ohio and most recently Wood Haven Health Care in Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was born in rural Cygnet, Ohio to the late Howard and Wilma (Washington) Laney. She married Lyle Bomer on September 10, 1955 at the Mount Herman United Methodist Church and he survives her.  Along with her husband Marilyn is survived by her children: Brent (Kathy) Bomer of Grand Rapids, Ohio; Brian (Ruth) Bomer of Napoleon, Ohio; & Lori (Bill) Bomer of Bowling Green, Ohio; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.  Along with her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by a brother: Howard Laney. Marilyn was a 1954 graduate of North Baltimore High School. She went on to work as a Lunchroom Manager for Liberty and Crim Elementary Schools until her retirement in 1995.   Marilyn was an avid reader and loved to travel to the state of Oregon, where her brother lived.  Later in life, she enjoyed making her way to the various casinos where she would play the slots.  Most of all, Marilyn loved being a Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma.  She will be dearly missed. Visitation for Marilyn will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 4:00- 8:00 PM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home and Crematory & , 1460 W. Wooster St./ P.O. Box 648 Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 tele: 419-352-2171. Additional visitation for Marilyn will be held on Friday November 17, 2017 from 10:00 AM to the time…


Theodore ‘Ted’ Witham

Theodore “Ted” Witham, 73, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away November 13, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Ted was born on December 23, 1943 in Hannibal, Missouri. His parents were the late William and Laura (Otto) Witham He married Gillian Wentz on August 21, 1965 in Prout Chapel on the campus of Bowling Green State University and she survives. Ted is survived by his daughter: Pam Hubbell of Bowling Green, Ohio; son: Christopher (Autumn) Witham of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sister: Rebecca (Marvin) Blair of Parker, Colorado; grandchildren: Landon, Cyprian, Felicity, Blaise, Madelyn, and Nathaniel. Ted retired from the GTE phone company in 1991. After his retirement, he started Witham Service, where he was a certified contractor and remodeler. Ted was a member of the First Christian Church in Bowling Green, Ohio. He loved to garden, travel, and the most of all, he loved life, God and his family. Visitation for Ted will be held of Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of his funeral service at 11:00 AM at the First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Interment with full military honors will immediately follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Ted’s honor may be gifted to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 26250 Euclid Avenue, Suite 115, Euclid, Ohio 44132, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 or the First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ted’s family and encourage those…


Pauline C Young

Pauline C. Young, age 90, of Bowling Green, OH passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 with her family near her side at the Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green. She was born on August 6, 1927 in Bowling Green to Alfred and Mary (Kellermeier) Getz. Following her graduation from Bowling Green High School, Pauline married Harold D. Young on June 29, 1946 in Perrysburg. Together they managed a farm and raised three sons before Harold’s death in 2010 following 64 years of marriage. Pauline had worked as a cook at the Eastwood High School Cafeteria for 10 years. She was a devoted farm wife and mother that enjoyed camping going to casinos and cooking, especially baking pies. Pauline is survived by her sons: David (Sue) Young of Bradner, Michael (Deb) Young of Bowling Green, John (Pat) Young of Bowling Green, grandchildren: Brenda (Scott Meyer) Turley, Connie (Steve) Pierce, Nicholas (Erin) Young, Brad Knauss, Megan Knauss, great grandchildren: Adalynn, Carson, Reese, Brayden, sister: Arlene Kirian of Bowling Green and sister-in-law: Alice Getz of Portage. In addition to her husband Harold, Pauline was preceded in death by her son: Richard, both of her parents and brother: Paul Getz. Graveside Services will be 11 A.M., Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the New Belleville Ridge Cemetery located at 22552 Carter Road in Dowling. Officiating will be Rev. Howard Abts. Memorials may take the form of contributions to: Bridge Hospice. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at…


John ‘Jack’ G Schroeder

John “Jack” G. Schroeder, 89, of Bowling Green, Ohio died Thursday, November 9, 2017. Jack was born in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late John F. and Angela (Carney) Schroeder.  He married the late Geraldine “Jeri” (Vidmar) Schroeder on July 27, 1963 in Weirton, West Virginia. Jack is survived by two daughters: Jodi (Robert) Engler of Livonia, Michigan and Jami (Brent) Stewart of Bowling Green, Ohio; a son, Jeffrey (Nicole) Schroeder of Grand Rapids, Ohio, 7 grandchildren: Dylan, Chloe, Sierra, Sophia, Katie, Jenny, Kelly, Travis & Cameron; and 3 great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Colton & Ella. Along with his parents and wife, Jack was preceded in death by a sister: Leah Lucki, and brother: Butch Schroeder Jack was a CPA and worked at Kent State University as well as Bowling Green State University as the Chief Accountant/Comptroller until his retirement in 1992.  Prior to working at Kent State, Jack proudly served our country in the Army Security Agency (ASA) branch of the US Army.   He was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and later became an Army historian.  Jack wrote a history book about the Army Security Agency entitled “Headquarters, Army Security Agency, Pacific” with his wife Jeri – an undertaking that took close to 10 years to complete.  After Jeri passed, he wrote a book about Jeri and how she lived her life even though she had multiple sclerosis.  He was a season ticket holder of the BGSU women’s basketball team and loved to travel on the train with Jeri, his…


Gloria L Crom

Gloria L. Crom, 82, of Bowling Green, Ohio died Monday, November 6, 2017. Gloria was born to the late John and Mary (Smith) Charchol in Bowling Green, Ohio. She married the late Roger E. Crom on January 12, 1957 in Bowling Green. Gloria is survived by a daughter: Michele Haas of Luckey, Ohio; two sons: Bob (Holli) Crom of Weston, Ohio; and Scott Hines of Tucson, Arizona; grandchildren: Cammy, Heidi, Randy, Allyssa, Jeremy & Ben; great-grandchildren: Logan, Braison, Noelle, Meredith & Isabella. Along with her parents and spouse, Gloria was preceded in death by a daughter: Cathryn Weymer, and grandson; Bryan. Gloria graduated from Bowling Green High School and went on to work for the Mileti Alumni Center at Bowling Green State University.  She worked at BGSU until her retirement in 1989.   Gloria was a wonderful homemaker and could cook like nobody’s business.  She enjoyed taking care of her tropical fish and loved all types of crafts as well as jigsaw puzzles.  She will be missed Memorial Contributions in Gloria’s honor may be gifted to the Humane Society or the Christian Children’s Fund. Gloria’s services will be private for family only. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home and Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St. Bowling Green, tele 419-352-2171. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Crom family and encourage family and friends to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.


Robert L Fortney

Robert L. Fortney, a lifelong resident of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away peacefully on November 10, 2017 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio at the age of 84. He was born on March 19, 1933 in Bowling Green, Ohio, the son of Clay and Leonilla Fortney. He graduated from Bowling Green High School and was a long time member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Robert was married to his best friend Mary (Avery) for 65 years and she survives. Together they have four children: Sandra (Alex) Koepfler of Maumee Ohio, Richard Fortney of Toledo Ohio, Cindy (Steven) Puffer of Bowling Green, Ohio and Susan Fortney of Hilo, Hawaii. Robert was blessed with grandchildren: Chad, Jeff and Benn Koeplfer, Brian and Andrew Puffer, Shawn and Ashley Lorch and Samantha Fortney along with eight great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Eugene, Richard and Ralph, and sisters Winnifred, Evangeline and Juanita. Robert had a long career in construction and later owned his own contracting business, Fortney Construction. He was an active member of Bowling Green Country Club and the Maumee-Bowling Green Elk’s Lodge. Robert enjoyed spending time at their cottage on Round Lake and after retirement in their winter home in Sun City West, Arizona. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, visiting casinos and spending time with close friends and family. The family will receive guests on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Dunn Funeral Home, 408 W. Wooster St. in Bowling Green, Ohio. A rosary service will begin Monday…


William L Baldridge

William “Bill” L. Baldridge, age 69, unexpectedly passed away at home on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Bill was born on September 24, 1948, in Kenton, Ohio, to James and Anna Margaret Baldridge. Bill graduated from Kenton High School in 1966 where he was a member of the football and track teams. He then attended Bowling Green State University where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1970 and a Specialist Degree from the University of Toledo in 1985. Following graduation from BGSU, he worked as a deputy sheriff in Hardin County for 1 year before accepting a teaching position at Rogers High School. Throughout his career in education, Bill also spent time in the Bowling Green School District, Sylvania Schools, and Anthony Wayne Local School District. His time included teaching industrial technology, coaching football, wrestling, and track, and numerous administrative positions. While at Anthony Wayne High School, Bill served as Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and an Associate Principal. He retired in 2005 after 35 years in education. His passion was kids and he impacted the lives of countless students in every district in which he worked. After retirement, he continued to serve the Anthony Wayne District as an interim Transportation Director and as an Energy Consultant. Saving energy (and dollars for the district) was another of Bill’s passions! Bill has always lead an active life and enjoyed boating and fishing in the summer and could often be seen…


David Darro DeWalt

David Darro DeWalt, loving son, companion, brother, uncle, friend, local Hairstylist and Business owner, of Bowling Green, passed away at the young age of 56, surrounded by his loving family and friends after a courageous fight against cancer on Thursday, November 9, 2017. David was born on July 2, 1961 to Daryl K. and Linda L. (Frodenberg) DeWalt, in Truckee, California near Lake Tahoe, California. David attended Otsego Local Schools and graduated in 1979 from Pendleton Oregon High School. David graduated from the Sacramento California College of Beauty which led to his life long career as a hairstylist. David was truly a man of many stories, his earthly life may have been cut short, but the 56 years he was with us was full of many adventures and experiences. As his friends would always say, “David you really should write a book!” From his infectious smile and laugh, David was able to touch many lives and those who knew him, absolutely loved him! Even when he was diagnosed with cancer, David never slowed down; he continued to do what he loved, cutting hair and spending time with friends and family. While undergoing treatment, he did so with a smile, a laugh, and more concern for others then himself. David owned and operated the Solarium Hair & Tanning Salon for over 25 years in Bowling Green; known for its tropical decor, David was able to bring the California trends to Bowling Green, where his clientele grew quickly. David had the pleasure…


Mildred “Millie” Anna Speck

Mildred “Millie” Anna Speck, 88, of Dowling Road, Bowling Green, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 28, 2017. She was born to Stephan and Anna Bartosek, both Czechoslovak immigrants, on December 2, 1928. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Millie was a beautiful example of a Proverbs 31 woman who “did us good all the days of her life.” She was always full of energy, continuously working to make things better for those around her. In the early years, she did everything from driving the tractor on the farm to helping her sons with school work and serving up amazing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. After raising her sons, Millie worked for many years at the Perrysburg Foodtown. Truly having a servant’s heart, she would go out of her way to help anyone. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, visiting with her many friends, listening to and singing along with polka music, growing roses, and even rescuing orphan bunnies and kittens. In February 2017, Millie was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Through her relentless will and God’s grace, she stayed with her family another eight months. Her strength, goodness, love and thankfulness were inspirational to her family and closest friends. She is survived by her husband Frederick J. Speck, her sons Frederick A. and Steven J. Speck and their wives Pam and Patti, five grandchildren; Amy, Frederick C., Sarah, Anna and Steven, and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her…


Thomas ‘Tom’ Zeigler

Thomas “Tom” Zeigler, 65 of Grand Rapids, Ohio passed on from this world on October 27, 2017. Tom was born on July 9, 1952 in Fostoria, Ohio to (the late) Robert Zeigler and Donna Zeigler (Carpenter). From the age of 4, he became a big brother to Christa “Chris” Zeigler and at that moment he decided to be the ever present thorn in her …..side. Tom was a graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School in 1970. He attended the University of Toledo from 1970 –74 Majoring in English and minoring in Geography. In 1976, Tom began his career with the Toledo Police department starting as cadet. In July of 1976, unbeknownst to the citizens of the City of Toledo, they placed Tom on the road as a Patrolman. During his time with the Police department he served in the dispatch/communications center, records bureau, city jail, and as an accident investigator. Tom served with the City of Toledo Police department for almost 27 years before his retirement in 2001. He was instrumental with the city’s mounted division while he served as a mounted patrol officer. It was at this time he had discovered his love for horses and his horse “Commanche” who served with him until both their retirements in 2001. Tom continued with his love for horses with his son Matt and daughter Mandy and supported their passion through their time with 4-H and beyond. During his career and after retirement, Tom was very active with 4-H and served as…


Statement by Mayor Richard Edwards on the Nexus Pipeline

Statement by BG Mayor Richard A. Edwards November 1, 2017 No one single issue has caused me more distress in my role as Mayor than the Nexus pipeline issue. As a person who has long been sympathetic with environmental causes and concerns, I personally have developed a huge distaste for more and more pipelines as a matter of course and I understand fully the passion of individuals who feel the same way. Since first being made aware of the NEXUS pipeline routing, my personal concern, and a concern shared by all members of City Council, has been to protect in every way possible the City’s state-of-the-art water treatment plant on the Maumee River in Middleton Township which processes drinking water for residents of Bowling Green, much of Wood County and the City of Waterville. That has been our focus all along knowing that a local government cannot override a decision made by the federal government. Good, bad or otherwise, its basic government. We have tried as best we can to heighten public awareness and raise concerns about potential threats to the water treatment plant. I’m grateful to some invaluable assists from any number of thoughtful scientists and citizens in this regard. I’m also grateful to the Director of the Ohio EPA, Craig Butler, and his senior staff and water resource specialists for their cooperation and understanding of BG concerns. When construction begins, near the water treatment plant with a pipeline going under the Maumee River, I have been assured and…


“The Wicks Family have long been a positive force in our community” – Cathy Harshman & Judy Yackee

The Wicks family and their business, Grounds for Thought, have long been a positive force in our community. Beyond providing a gathering place and nutrition for the mind and body they have hosted numerous cultural, music and intellectual events. They have been instrumental in organizing our wonderful Black Swamp Arts Festival. And now they are applying that positive force toward another community. On August 25, Port Aransas, Texas (as well as other coastal communities) was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. This beautiful beach town has lost so much including every single book in their library. We put out the word that we were collecting books to help the Port Aransas library rebuild. The result has been amazing. Our friends have really come through. Kelly, Laura and Sandy Wicks of Grounds For Thought have alone provided dozens of boxes of books. We are so very grateful for these donations and for the privilege of being a part of this wonderful BG community that Grounds for Thought epitomizes. Cathy Harshman Judy Harshman Yackee Bowling Green