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Kristin Vessey

Kristin Yahn Bergstrom Vessey died January 11, 2017 after a fall in her home at the age of 78 years. Born in Decatur, IL, to Dolores Yahn Bergstrom and Carl Arvid Bergstrom on 17 July 1939, she was the oldest of 4 children & is survived by 2 of them: Carla of Pennsylvania and Susan of Colorado. She was raised in Leonia, NJ, and lived there until she married college classmate Stephen Hulbert Vessey on 18 March 1962. They adopted 2 children, Nathan Yahn Vessey of Houston, Texas and Samantha Bergstrom Vessey Arvada, Colorado. There are 3 grandchildren: Renee Vessey, Adeline Hessel, and Aiden Hessel. She was preceded in death by her brother Stephen who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2016 in Pennsylvania. Kristin graduated from Leonia HS in NJ (1957) & Swarthmore College in PA (1961), majoring in Biology. She & her husband lived in Puerto Rico for 4 years before moving to Bowling Green, OH. She worked in various labs with Dr. William Jackson (rats), Nancy Seifert (salamanders), & Dr. Arthur Brecher (human hearts) and was taking courses such as Dr. Jane Forsyth’s geology. She had already started volunteer service to the community, e.g., the Wood County…


Thomas LaPolt

Thomas B. LaPolt, loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, 53 years young, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in Bowling Green, Ohio. Thomas was born on February 22, 1964 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Thomas and Julianne (McCarley) LaPolt. He married the love of his life Dena (Bookout) LaPolt on May 9, 1987 in Springfield, Ohio and she survives in Bowling Green, Ohio. Along with his wife Dena, Thomas is survived by his daughter: Devin LaPolt, of Bowling Green, a son: Noah LaPolt, of Bowling Green, his mother: Julianne “Julie” LaPolt, of Beavercreek, Ohio; a sister: Anita (Michael) Gallagher, of Silver Spring, Maryland; a brother: Scott A. (Deana) LaPolt, of Douglas, Massachusetts; a sister-in-law: Darcy Inge, of Ashland, Virginia along with a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews cousins and a very dear and special aunt: Janet McCluer. Thomas was a 1982 graduate of West Springfield High School in Springfield Virginia. He graduated in 1989 from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. Upon completing his college education Thomas entered the field of banking which led to his life long career in finance where he…


Forrest ‘Fuzzy’ Fausnaugh

Forrest “Fuzzy” Fausnaugh, 67, was comforted by family and friends as he peacefully passed away on Jan. 1st 2018 at Wood County Hospital. Forrest was born on Aug. 3rd 1950 to the late Raymond and Mildred Fausnaugh. He was proceeded in death by his brother Francis (Rose) and his sister Marie (Dallas). He graduated from Otsego High School which is where he met his wife, Geraldine Richmond. Fuzzy and Geri had two children, Joseph (Betsy) and Andrew (Joyce), and were blessed with 5 grandchildren Jacob, Maxwell, Jeremy, Elijah, and Lucas. For the last 19 years, Fuzzy had been loved and cared for by his long-time girlfriend Rose Davis. He was retired from Libby Owens Ford/Pilkington after a career that spanned over 35 years. While his job involved the manufacture of automotive glass, Fuzzy’s true passion was working on the family farm. He, along with his son Andy, worked tirelessly to plant and harvest crops on a few parcels of property that had been passed along from previous generations. Though he never made a lot of money through his farming operation, Fuzzy became a fixture in the local agricultural community. He was always willing to lend a hand to another farmer…


Suzanne ‘Sue’ Kretzschmar

Suzanne (Zander) Kretzschmar, 83, of Pemberville, Ohio passed away Saturday December 30, 2017. Sue was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 13, 1934 to Waldo H. “Butch” and August “Gus” (Foster) Zander. She graduated from Englewood High School in 1952. She was an accomplished horsewoman as a teenager, riding five gaited horses. With the help of her parents, she took her horse to a Christian College in Columbia, Missouri. She was very successful in the horse shows she entered in Columbus, St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. At that time Christian College had one of the best, if not the best horsemanship instruction in the United States. Christian College in 1952 was a two year Girl’s college. She graduated in 1954 and promptly enrolled at the University of Missouri, keeping her horse in Columbia, MO. She graduated in 1956 with a bachelors in Home Economics, majoring in interior design. She met John Kretzschmar in a mixer in the fall of 1952 and John was her first date in college. John and Sue both graduated from the University of Missouri in 1956 and were married on October 6, 1956 in Dayton, Ohio. With John’s three years in the U.S. Air Force…


Dorothy V Lugabihl

Dorothy V. Lugabihl, 102, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday January 1, 2018. She was born January 30, 1915 in Portage, Ohio to Charles E. and Elsie E. (Fletcher) Beaupre. She married Gerald “Jerry” Lugabihl on February 12, 1934 and he preceded her in death. Dorothy was a graduate of Bowling Green High School. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green, Circle of Joy member and a former volunteer at the Wood County Hospital. She was a knitting “helper” at Kathy’s Quality Yarns and she enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting and sewing. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Kathy Lugabihl of Bowling Green, Ohio, grandson Michael (Susan) Lugabihl of Bloomdale, Ohio, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Along with her husband Jerry, she was preceded in death by her son Robert Lugabihl, brother Clarence Beaupre and granddaughter Donna (Lugabihl) Venis. Dorothy’s funeral service will be held on Friday January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Visitation will begin Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the…


Rosemary Diane Kotula

Rosemary Diane Kotula, age 83, of Perrysburg, OH passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, surrounded by her family. She was born on November 6, 1934 in Toledo to Frank and Harriet (Klimczak) Rosinski. On March 2, 1956, she married John “Jay” Kotula in Toledo, who preceded her in death on September 3, 2001. For numerous years Rosemary was employed as assistant head cook for the Perrysburg local schools, retiring to spend time with Jay. Rosemary was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Dowling, assisting with Sharing Hands and the funeral lunch ministries. Affectionately known as “Nana” to her granddaughters, she always loved attending their activities and special events. She also enjoyed helping out at Troy-Webster American Legion Auxiliary #240, reading and doing word searches. However, she was especially noted for her love of shopping! Rosemary is survived by her son: Brian (Karen) Kotula of Bowling Green, brother: Ted Marczak and granddaughters: Stacy (Corey) Stulpin and Andrea (fiancé Zachary Kosek) Kotula. In addition to her husband Jay of 45 years, she is preceded in death by her parents and brother: Daniel Ross. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, January 6,…


Rebecca S Roberts

Rebecca S. Roberts, age 51, of Perrysburg, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at her residence. She was born on July 28, 1966 in Toledo, OH to Helen Alene Lambert. Rebecca was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and baking. She was member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Bowling Green, OH. In her spare time, she enjoyed bike riding, coloring and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Rebecca is survived by her husband: Jeff, children: Keri (Will Csendes) Riffle of Napoleon, Kahla (Anthony) Vollmer of GA, Nicole Riffle of McClure, Donald Riffle of Weston, step-children: Tammy Roberts of Perrysburg, Bradley Roberts of Perrysburg, Amanda Sexton of Toledo, Michael Roberts of Bowling Green, 13 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, sister: Paula of MI, brother: Daniel Lambert of Marion, sister-in-law: Linda Roberts of Pemberville and special therapy cat: Jasper. She was preceded in death by her adopted mother: Jean Gantz and grandson: Adrian Riffle. Family and friends will be received on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH. Graveside services will be private at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church-Wednesday Night Live. Those…


Paul Eckhardt, Sr.

Paul Eckhardt Sr., loving husband, father, and friend, 82, of Weston, Ohio passed away Friday, December 29, 2017. Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late Harry and Geneva (Stinehart) Eckhardt. Married the love of his life, Joan Bateson, who survives him, at the Church of Christ in Wayne, Ohio on September 14, 1958. Along with his wife, Paul is survived by his daughters: Faye Haskill of Toledo, Ohio; and Dianne Bloom of Bowling Green, Ohio; a son: Paul Eckhardt Jr. of Bowling Green, Ohio; 7 grandchildren: and 7 great-grandchildren. Along with his parents Paul was preceded in death by his brothers: Jack, Kenny, and Robert Eckhardt; and sister: Marge Leimgruber. Paul worked as a tumbler at Ottawa Rubber Company for 42 years. In his younger years he developed a strong work ethic, working as a caddy at a golf course and setting up pins at a bowling alley. He saved up the money he earned to be the first in his family to buy a car. Paul never missed a day of work and was self-taught, graduating from “The School of Hard Knocks”. He enjoyed western movies, collecting coffee mugs, and playing shuffleboard. Paul took the family camping…


David Molnar

David “Dave” Molnar, loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend, 43, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away, Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Dave was born in Toledo, Ohio, on October 7, 1974 to Gary and Phyllis (Kanthak) Molnar who survive in Fairfield Glade Tennessee. Along with his parents, Dave is survived by his sons: Jackson, Cooper & Max; a brother: Dean (Nelda) Molnar, of Lakeland, Florida; nieces: Courtney Molnar; Brigette Bradley & Adrienne Roseman; and a nephew: Hunter Molnar. Dave was a 1993 graduate of Bowsher High School and a 1997 graduate of Defiance College, where he played College football and majored in Criminal Justice. After graduation Dave went on to work for the Bowling Green Fire Department for 19 years. Dave was very handy around the house and enjoyed making home improvements. He also enjoyed all sports, a passion he passed on to his boys. What Dave loved most was being able to coach his boys in whatever sport they were participating in. A Memorial Gathering for Dave will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM with a Fireman’s Last Alarm Service Beginning at 5:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460…


HYT Presents Winter Workshops

Submitted by HORIZON YOUTH THEATRE Horizon Youth Theatre is pleased to announce our 2018 Winter Workshops. Registration is open for the following three classes, the first of which begins January 6. Cassie Greenlee’s Directing Workshop, which will guide high schoolers through directing the panel-chosen one act plays written by students and their mentors, is full. The Festival of Shorts will be performed at Otsego Elementary School April 13-15. DEVISING Cost: $75.00 Ages: 10-18 Years Old Dates and Times: Saturdays, January 6, 2018 to April 15, 2018,  9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Place: First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church Street, 2nd floor classroom Instructor: Keith Guion Description: Students will create their own characters and craft a one-act play from the original idea through performance in April with the guidance and direction of instructor Keith Guion. Participants in the devising workshop are guaranteed a spot in completed play which will be performed at HYT’s Festival of Shorts, April 13-15, 2018 at Otsego Elementary School.  The class will span 15 weeks and has two sections. The creating portion of the class will last approximately eight or nine weeks, meeting each Saturday. When the play is finished, the rehearsal portion of the class will meet more than once a week. This…


Sandra J. Parker

Sandra J. Parker, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday, December 11, 2017. She was born September 15, 1942 in Lapeer, Michigan to George Louis and Edith Elenore (Sheeks) Kiger. Sandra was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and there was nothing she cherished more than the time spent with them. She loved Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and the Country music of that era. She loved reminiscing about her childhood on the farm, playing with her sister and cousin, with their horse Tony and dog Rinnie, which were some of the happiest memories of her life. Sandra retired from Wood County Job and Family Services after 20 years as a telephone operator. She is survived by her son Blaise Parker (Kerrington Adams) of Dallas, Texas; daughter Penny Parker (David Shaffer) of Bowling Green; sister Priscilla Stockner (James Otto Stockner) of Bowling Green; many nieces and nephews, and her beloved grandchildren Bryn Parker and Lily Parker-McLaughlin. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday December 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be given…


Darlene Peters-Hall

Darlene R. Peters-Hall, 93, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Friday December 8, 2017. She was born April 20, 1924 in Monclova, Ohio to Ross and Audrey Peters. She married Leonard A. Hall on November 29, 1946 and he preceded her in death on March 28, 2002. Darlene enjoyed sewing, playing Bingo, looking at Christmas lights, watching deer and cheering on the BGSU Men’s basketball team. She was a former member of the Eastern Stars and loved her job as a recess monitor at the elementary school. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her grandchildren. She especially loved cooking for her family. She is survived by her daughters Kathy (John) Wade of Bowling Green, Ohio and Terry (Kenneth) Heath of Coldwater, Michigan; sons Michael Hall of Cygnet, Ohio and Mikey (Sherry) Hall of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren Dawn (Jack) Musson, Elizabeth (Michael) McIntosh and Allison (Jon) Nickey; great-grandchildren Jack, Baylie, Madison, Camden, Eli, Addison, Ella and Mason. Along with her husband Leonard, Darlene was preceded in death by her sisters Evelyn Dohr and Dorothy Keller. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday December 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in…


Anna Jane Aring

Anna Jane Aring, 84 years of age, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in Bowling Green, Ohio surrounded by her loving family. Anna was born on August 3, 1933 in Fremont, Ohio to the late Charles I. and Mildred Fern (Kroeger) Klawitter.  She married Arthur Eugene “Skip” Aring and he survives in Bowling Green, Ohio. Anna was a 1951 graduate of Fremont Ross High School.  After graduation she worked as a payroll clerk at the former Yerges Manufacturing Company until 1953.  In June of 1953 she married the love of her life Arthur Eugene “Skip” Aring as newlyweds they traveled to Manheim Germany to live during the time that Skip served in the United States Army 510th Tank Battalion.   After her husband served his time in the US Army, they returned home.  Anna worked as a secretary at many offices for Wood County Government, she retired in 1995 from Mid-American Information Services, Inc. (MAISI). Anna was a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green and a member of the Bowling Green VFW Ladies Auxiliary #1148.  Anna loved spending time with her family, as they were her true pride and joy. Along with…


Nancy J Rankin

Nancy J. Rankin (nee Halleck) 86, of Portage and Bowling Green, Ohio passed away on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at Brookdale Bowling Green. Nancy was born to parents Dana and Thelma Halleck on November 11, 1931 in Bowling Green, Ohio. She grew up as the youngest of four daughters, graduated from Bowling Green High School, and later obtained her nursing certification as an LPN. She married Raymond Rankin on November 4, 1950, and the couple had six children. Nancy worked at Wood County Hospital and various nursing homes prior to her retirement. Nancy will be remembered for her lifelong love of horses, kids and books. Nancy is survived by her children: Rebecca S. Bowers, Sandra Penn, David R. Rankin (Cheryl), Paul S. Rankin (Amy), Bonnie R. Rankin (Gary Whitacre), and Jane A. Korn (Todd); 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Rankin; her parents, Dana Halleck and Thelma Duncan; and her sisters, Sally Land, Peg Lambert, and Fran Harmon. Arrangements will be handled by Dunn Funeral Home. At Nancy’s request, burial will be private and there will be no visitation or funeral. The family is grateful for condolences, but declines flowers and donations. To…


Charles Timothy Hassett

Charles Timothy Hassett, 86, completed his life’s journey Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Bridge Hospice Care Center Bowling Green, Ohio. He is resting peacefully in God’s arm now, and will remain with us in loving memories. Charles (Chuck) was born to Timothy and Amy Hofer Hassett on April 6, 1931 in Dunkirk, NY and resided in the area until 2016 when he relocated to Ohio to be near family. He is pre-deceased by his parents, his brother James, and his loving wife of 58 years Gail Daniels Hassett. He is survived by their children, Timothy Charles Hassett, Mark Daniel Hassett (Meg) and Ellen Joan Hassett (Richard Parasiliti); as well as their grandchildren, Corey (Courtney) Zidow, Sarah Parasiliti, Ethan Hassett and Aidan Hassett; and several nieces and nephews. Chuck was employed by the Prudential Insurance company for 30 years until his retirement in 1989. He also worked in real estate. Along with travel he enjoyed reading, working in his garden, woodworking and playing bridge. A visit to Ireland with family was one of his fondest memories. Chuck had been a member of many organizations throughout his life including Lions, Moose, and Lakeside clubs. He was also an active parishioner of St. Joseph…