Articles by elizabeth roberts-zibbel

Donna Tatkowski

Donna R. Tatkowski, 90, died at her home outside of Bowling Green, Ohio. She was born October 20, 1926 to the late Howard and Nettie (Parcher) Rentz. She graduated from Hamler High School where she met her first husband Donald E. Punches. They were married in 1949 and had nine children. He died in 1964 from an auto accident. Donna is survived by her four daughters: Connie Punches, Deshler; Karen (Larry) Panning, McClure; Nancy Martin, Bowling Green; Colleen Johnston, Hamilton, Indiana; and her five sons: Rob (Donna) Punches, Bowling Green; Dan (Marilyn) Punches, Toledo; Bill (Brenda) Punches, Bowling Green; John Punches, McClure; and Tracy (Cassie) Punches, Grand Rapids, Ohio. She has 20 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Clarence, Harmon, Paul, Heb, Harold, Burl, Owen, and sisters Ethel, Mary, Betty, Helen, and Thelma. Donna was married on July 20, 1974 for 43 years to her loving husband Daniel Tatkowski who survives in rural Bowling Green, Ohio. They enjoyed traveling, gardening, and eating out. She was a member of Hamler American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be private.  Arrangements have been entrusted with the Wright-Hanneman Funeral Home, 24084 W. Second Street, Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522. Tele: 419-832-2511. Memorial Contributions may be gifted in Donna’s honor to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Online Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for Donna’s family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.


Kathleen Coffman

Kathleen Delores Coffman, formerly of Bowling Green, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017 at Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Living Community after an 11-year long and graceful struggle with dementia. Kathleen was born on September 21, 1926 in Defiance, Ohio the daughter of Fred and Rose Mack. She married her loving husband Malcolm on July 10, 1948 and he predeceased her in 2009. Kathleen was a 1944 graduate of Defiance High School and a 1947 graduate of Mercy School of Nursing, Toledo, Ohio. Part of her career as a registered nurse included 26 years taking care of college students at the Bowling Green State University Student Health Center. Kathleen will be remembered as one who spontaneously offered her assistance to take care of the needs of others. She never shied away from helping those less fortunate whether it was volunteering at St.Louis Soup Kitchen or visiting and aiding family and friends with health or personal issues. Many experienced the warmth of her hand embrace that instantaneously left one feeling welcomed, appreciated or comforted. She was always a humble advocate for all and truly displayed her Christian faith in her compassion and kindness. Kathleen was also the consummate hostess and loved every minute of it. Many will remember gatherings, especially 4th of July celebrations, at the Coffman family pool. It was important for her to always make sure that guests felt comfortable and welcome in her home. She was always more concerned about others than herself, but she would not have had it any other way. Her kindness and caring was her calling and her way of life. She is lovingly…


Raye E Klopfenstein, Jr

Raye Eugene Klopfenstein, Jr., was born October 31, 1946, to Raye Klopfenstein Sr. and Betty Drain Klopfenstein of Portage, Ohio. The family will accept visitors starting at 10:00 a.m.  Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street with private service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Because Raye’s many friends and colleagues live in Michigan, a memorial service will be held in Michigan at Faith Lutheran Church, 50600 Shelby Rd., Shelby Twp. MI 48317 in the near future. Details will follow on this site. Raye enjoyed his childhood there so much that upon retirement from Utica Community Schools in 2004, he wanted to return to his roots and bought the Klopfenstein farmhouse in order to restore it. His father’s work took them to Michigan in 10th grade, and he graduated from Ferndale High School in 1964. He attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he met his wife Emily Gross Klopfenstein. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Education in 1969. Raye went on to earn his Master of Arts in Education from Michigan State University in 1979. Raye and Emily, also a teacher, were married on November 24, 1967. Raye began his career with Utica Community Schools and settled in Shelby Township, Michigan where he taught fifth and sixth grade. In 1977 he became a media center teacher and was instrumental in bringing computer education to the school system. Thanks to a grant acquired from the Abrams Foundation, Raye started a special science and technology program based on space exploration. It was called Project INSPIRE and…


‘Did the war on drugs create the opioid crisis?’ – Brad Waltz

By now most all of us know of someone affected by the use of heroin. There is no question that every story surrounding its use is a sad one. This article is by no means meant to distract from or to minimize that. So, we have a opioid epidemic. It’s on the nightly news, well nightly. Mike DeWine is making a gubernatorial run in Ohio based on the tragedies. Congress in late 2016 passed the Cures Act; in it $1 billion is set aside to fight the epidemic over the next two years. The latest Senate Healthcare bill sets aside a massive $45 billion over the next ten years. The money will be used to, among other things, “Encourage the use of additional drug courts.” To, “Work to expand same day services for recovery from substance use disorders and co-occurring related disorders.” So, plainly this must truly be an epidemic. Here are how the numbers shake out. According to the CDC, annually 480,000 people die from the effects of cigarette smoking. I’ve no idea the CDC’s methods of tabulating this. I suspect the numbers are a bit fudged to warrant an anti-smoking campaign slush fund. Annually 88,000 die in alcohol related deaths. Car crashes account for (in 2016) 37,757 deaths 55,000 die annually (on average) from the flu In 2013, 31,959 people died the result of stumbling. This number is expected to grow as our life expectancies continue to rise. So, I ask you, the reader. How many people died from heroin overdoses in 2016? How many people dying (again sadly) warrant more federal power, more taxpayer money- to the…


‘Fair season is the best season’ – Theresa Gavarone

Guest Column from State Representative Theresa Gavarone   The best part of summer, and even fall, in Ohio is the variety of festivals around the state to enjoy. From the big Ohio State Fair to the Pumpkin Show in southern Ohio, there are events of all kinds to take part in—fairs celebrating zucchini, strawberries, and yes, even apple butter! This year, I encourage you to traverse across Wood County and see everything your local community has to offer. Our local fairs and festivals present a great, inexpensive way to spend a summer day or night with the family.   One of the biggest and most loved festivals in northwestern Ohio is certainly the Wood County Fair. Taking place this year from July 31st through August 7th in Bowling Green, this long-standing tradition supports the county’s youth and community members with exhibitions, educational opportunities, and entertainment. With a catch-a-pig contest, lawnmower derby, livestock sale, and more, there is always plenty for all ages to do.   If the arts and music scene is more of what you appreciate, then the Black Swamp Arts Festival is for you. Celebrating 25 years in Bowling Green this year, the festival will be held the weekend after Labor Day, September 8th through the 10th.  This event has one of the most unique atmospheres around Ohio, and up to 60,000 people come to town to enjoy the fine arts and music! With hundreds of booths to stop into, you’ll be sure to find a special piece of art for your home while listening to talented local musicians.   In between all of these fairs, I highly encourage you to…


BG native Genevieve Simon returns for HYT 20th anniversary

SUBMITTED BY HORIZON YOUTH THEATRE When HYT’s board of directors decided to ask a theatre professional alum to speak at the 20th Anniversary Gala and teach a master class, they ran into some brick walls. Sometimes, things work out exactly the way they are supposed to. Genevieve Simon, New York-based professional actor and playwright, and daughter of Wood County children’s librarian Maria Simon, turned out to be more than up to the task. This afternoon, she seemed almost giddy as she prepared to workshop with eleven students at the drama club master class held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. “It’s so amazing, being back here where it all began for me,” she said. Simon is involved in many projects, including leading workshops for kids on the autism spectrum using Shakespeare. The therapy, developed by a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, uses drama games and play; she also hosts other workshops in New York. Simon’s latest project was “Romeo + Juliet + Anybodys” which she authored, and was performed at the Cinci Fringe Festival in June. In his coverage of that event, David Dupont wrote of how much Simon was influenced by HYT. “She credits the troupe’s founder Scott Regan and Gonzalez, who was involved with HYT, with empowering the young actors. ‘It was so important to us having authority and some sort of control over the stories we were telling,’ Simon said. ‘Scott was so good about taking our ideas very seriously.’” Simon appeared to be passing those same techniques on to a new generation of actors today in activities that were filled with fun and laughter. Genevieve Simon…


Mary L Fuelber

Mary L. Myers Fuelber died on June 28, 2017, at her home.  She was born to Charles F. and Elma Muenster on January 25, 1919. In 1942 she married Earl E. “Bud” Myers who died in 1979. In 1984 she married MacLaren Fuelber, who died in 1987. Mrs. Myers Fuelber was a past president of the Bowling Green Women’s Club as well as a Past President and founding member of the Wood County Hospital Guild, including being Art Chairman.  She procured numerous paintings and photographs which are displayed throughout the Hospital. Mary took art classes at various venues including, the Toledo Museum of Art and Bowling Green State University.  Her musical talents were fostered at a young age at the Michigan Conservatory of Music, with private teachers.  She directed both the youth and adult choirs in Pemberville at the Methodist Church.  Mary enjoyed collecting and playing ancient and folk instruments. A dedicated gardener and bird watcher, Mary was a lover of nature and a concerned conservationist. Mrs. Myers Fuelber is survived by three children: James S. Myers, Midland, Michigan; M. Susan (Myers) Bomlitz, rural Pemberville, Ohio; and Mary K. Myers, rural Perrysburg, Ohio, along with seven grandchildren and nine great children. There will be no visitation or public service and private interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetary, Bowling Green. Ohio.  Arrangements are being handled by Dunn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice. To share an online condolence with the family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.


Local artists promote awareness through book “Migraine365”

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel doesn’t take her migraines lying down. Migraine disease may immobilize her at times, but she’s resolved to be a voice for others who suffer. It means being active on social media as Lady Migraine at ladymigraine.com. It means writing for migraine.com, and appearing in videos being the face for the many tormented by the silent demon. It means teaming with her husband John Roberts-Zibbel to write a graphic journal, “Migraine 365,” that looks at daily life for someone with migraine disease and their loved ones. In their case that includes two daughters Isobel, 8, and Alexandra 12. The book was self-published and can be purchased at blurb.com. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have them,” she said of the severe headaches and array of symptoms that accompany them. She was diagnosed when she was a child and remembers always having at least one per week, but the headaches didn’t become chronic, fifteen or more per month, until she was 30. “It was always a big problem,” Roberts-Zibbel said. “It took me a lot longer to get through college.” She persisted, but so did the migraine disease. Her first pregnancy was debilitating, and her second even worse. “Sometimes the pain gets so bad you want to shoot yourself in the head.” The disease forced her out of jobs. Now as a partner in Zibbel Media, she is a key player on the BG Independent News team, handling advertising, posting obituaries, and occasionally contributing articles. John Roberts-Zibbel got the idea for “Migraine 365” in 2014 while the family was on vacation in Cape May,…


‘The [pipeline] industry has a history of nefarious behavior’ – Paul Wohlfarth

On June 22, Bloomberg News ran the article, “The Company Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Has Another Big Problem in Ohio,” reporting on the many environmental problems the Rover Pipeline has caused in Ohio. Of particular note was Attorney Matt Strayer who represents 200 landowners that have easement agreements with Rover. He is quoted as saying, “The tight timeline meant that paying for damage was preferable to preventing it.” Farmer Ben Polasek was quoted as saying,” They’ll do what they want, and they don’t care who they step on to get there. It’s all about how quickly they can get that pipe in the ground.” The Rover pipeline is just the warning shot to those who have signed easements with the Nexus pipeline. The industry “owns” your land now and in the future, doing with it what they want. The regulatory agencies are now being defunded by our current administration, helped by Congressman Bob Latta, emboldening the oil and gas industry to do as they want without regard to landowners and the environment. Farmers will need expensive lawyers to argue for their property rights while many will simply give up in frustration. The industry has a history of nefarious behavior, covering up their mistakes while quietly litigating in its defense (much cheaper). Industry whistle-blowers have reported shortcuts in building pipelines across the country especially when schedules are not being met. Pipeline welds reportedly go uninspected to meet imposed contracted timelines. Whistle-blowers complain of pipe being buried before inspection results are verified. The Nexus pipeline is far behind schedule not to meet their contractual completion date of November 2017 for the…


Annette ‘Nettie’ Marie Schaller

“Nettie” Annette Marie (Hammer) Schaller, age 54, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away in her home on Friday June 23, 2017. She was born May 1, 1963 and grew up in Kansas, Ohio. Nettie was a graduate of Lakota High School in 1981 and Tiffin Academy of Hair Design in 1984. As a hair stylist and salon owner she touched the lives of so many people. Nettie loved to love people. It was not uncommon for her to make visits to her clients at their home or in the hospital if they were unable to come into the salon. She was an avid cook and enjoyed sharing the food she prepared with family and friends. Nettie cherished spending time with her family and welcomed any reason to have a gathering. She is survived by her pride and joys, daughter Maggie Schaller and son Jack Schaller both of Bowling Green. Also surviving are 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Diane Weaver (Jim) Columbus, OH, Steve Hammer (Theresa) Blain, MN, Tom Hammer (Kim) Findlay, OH, Marianne Thomas (Jeff) Findlay, OH, and Lori Henry (Rick) Carey, OH and many adored nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. All of whom she loved and touched deeply. Nettie was preceded in death by her parents, Garold J. Hammer and Reva A. Hammer. Visitation will be held on Friday June 30, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 W. Wooster St. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given in Nettie’s memory to Maggie and Jack’s Scholarship Fund, checks can be made payable to…


Mary E Marten

Mary Elizabeth Marten (Dunipace), of Bowling Green, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 22, 2017 after a short but courageous struggle with Cancer. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard (Dick) Marten, her mother, Elizabeth Dunipace, her father, Jim Dunipace, and her sister Karen Goins. She is survived and lovingly remembered by her five daughters: Erin Marten, Bowling Green, Erica Marten, Bowling Green, Keri (Brad) Hain, Bowling Green, Katie (Thomas) Downie, Bowling Green, and Kelly (David) Mileski, of Oak Park, Michigan. She will be forever missed by her seven grandchildren: Nate, Kaleb, Marley, Arrow, June, Sage, and Calvin. She is also cherished by her brothers and in-laws, and by her many friends and co-workers in the local Wood and Lucas County real estate communities. Mary was born and raised in Bowling Green. She received a business degree from Owens Community College in 1996 and graduated with highest honors. Among her proudest life’s achievements was raising her five daughters. She was also well established in the area as a successful real estate agent and very bright business woman. Co-workers at A.A. Green Realty describe her as the “tech guru” of the office and a constant go-to for help, advice, and encouragement. Mary served as Director and Secretary of the Wood County Board of Realtors for 17 years. In 2014, Mary received the Board of Realtors Legacy Award in recognition for her career-long contribution to area real estate and acknowledging the impact that she has had over the years. Mary will always and forever be remembered for living a life defined by service for others. Not a single person who…


Richard E Powers

Richard “Dick” Powers was born on August 11, 1932 to Eleanor (Kuebler) Powers and Quincy Kay Powers  and passed away on June 19, 2017.  He graduated from Galion High School in 1951 and then enlisted in the US Navy serving from 1952-1956.   Dick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Bowling Green State University in 1960 and went on to serve as Director of Purchasing for BGSU until his retirement in 1993. Dick was happily married to Ellie for 59 years.  They delighted in traveling and visiting friends together and were active volunteers throughout the BG community.  The Ice Horizons, the National Tractor Pull, and the Ohio-Ontario Games all benefited from their commitment to community involvement.  Dick was a member of the Presbyterian Church and served for 15 years as a Deacon. He was actively involved in the Bowling Green Exchange Club, the Pi Kappa Fraternity Delta Beta Chapter, the Tontogany American Legion Post 0441, and the Maumee-BG Elks Lodge #1850.  Dick was a charter member of the BGSU Falcon Club and the Bowling Green Blueliner Association.  He loved being at the Ice Arena and considered many there to be his extended family.  Dick coached youth hockey for 13 years, managed youth hockey travel teams, and served as an off-ice official for both BG High School Bobcat Hockey and BGSU Falcon Hockey for over 25 years. In 1997, Dick was names BG’s Outstanding Male Citizen of the year. Dick loved his family and could always be spotted at BG School events, Carter Park, and the Ice Arena cheering on his grandchildren and their friends.  He is survived by his…


John P Walker

John Paul Walker (Fat Cat), 74, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 peacefully at home with his family and loved ones by his side. He was born December 31, 1942 in Norwalk, Ohio to Milo and Adelaide (Scheid) Walker. He married Jacqueline (Jackie) White on June 26, 1965 and she survives in Bowling Green. John was a professional truck driver for 32 years. He received a driver’s award for driving 500,000 miles safely for five years. He was a Merchant Marine, loved the Cleveland Indians and Lionel trains and enjoyed watching western movies. His greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family. He was a family oriented man that loved his eight siblings, loving husband, best father ever to his four children and was a wonderful uncle. Along with his loving wife of 51 years Jackie, John is survived by his children Gayle (Brian) Kreais of Fostoria, Ohio, Christopher Walker of Bowling Green, Carrie (Michael) Frey of Sandusky, Ohio and Keith Walker of Fostoria, Ohio. He is also survived by his siblings Betty (Bill) Buckingham of Willard, Ohio, Ruth Ebert of Poland, Ohio, Dorothy (Ronald) Atkinson of Norwalk, Ohio, Kathy (Larry) Werner of Norwalk, Ohio and Carolyn (Michael) Parrish of Douglasville, Georgia, numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews and In-Laws Rhoda White, Karen Wasil and Russ Brenner He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rita (Lee) Baumeister, sister Mary Jordan, brother Tim (Margie) Walker and brother-in-law Dan Ebert. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 South…


Blake A Kendrick

Blake A. Kendrick, 23, of McComb, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Monday June 19, 2017.   Blake was born in Bluffton, Ohio to Steve Dotson and Jodi Kendrick. Blake is survived by his mother Jodi (Craig Huffine) Kendrick of Deshler, Ohio; siblings: Brandon (Alex) Kendrick of Findlay, Brittany (Josh) Sattler of Arcadia, Nick (Allison) Huffine of Portage and Madison Huffine of Bowling Green; uncle: Jerry Sigler and Robert Dotson; an aunt Pam Hadding; nieces: Haidyn and Riley; nephews: Lawsyn and Brantley; cousins: Destiny Caldwell, Andrea Hudson, Makenzy and Kaylee Dauterman, Alicia and Ramiro Sigler, James and Chris Hadding; his canine companions Angel and Diamond. He was preceded in death by his father Steve Dotson, grandpa: Charles Sigler, grandmas: Helen Dotson, Mary Sterrett and Rita Zeiter; aunt Sonja Hudson and an uncle Chuck Sigler. and his girlfriend Marie Beach.   Blake was a 2012 graduate of McComb High School and was currently a student at James A. Rhodes State College studying Applied Business and Human Resources. He enjoyed racing his CR250R dirt bike and competed in Motorcross racing, winning many competitions. Blake also enjoyed cruising in his Mazda RX8 and riding go-karts. Blake had no fear and was a Gear Head that could fix anything. Blake loved spending time with his family, whether it was camping, going to cookouts, having a bonfire or being at the river on the boat. He will always be remembered for his manners and big heart.   Visitation for Blake will be on Friday June 23, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 & 6:00-8:00 PM at the HARTLEY- HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 370 Park Dr S., McComb, Ohio 45858, Drew DeVore, Funeral Director. His Celebration of Life Service…


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