Articles by elizabeth roberts-zibbel

Tickets available now for HYT’s “Cinderella”

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. Otsego High School is only seven minutes from downtown BG. Come enjoy the singing, dancing, humor, puppetry, magic, and of course the happy ending! Tickets available now on Horizon Youth Theatre’s website. Prices are $8.00 student…

Linda Jeffers

Linda V. Jeffers, 78 of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away, Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Toledo, Ohio, surrounded by her loving daughters. Linda was born on November 21, 1938 in Deepwater, West Virginia, to the late Floyd C. and Katie M. (Faukner) Litton.  She married John William Jeffers on July 1, 1955 in New Haven, West Virginia and he preceded her in death on November 3, 2003. Linda also known as “Super Mom” was a loving and supportive mother to her 7 daughters.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking and canning, gardening, playing Bingo, doing upholstery, and having a house full of family and friends.   Linda also enjoyed fishing and according to her loving daughters, “the biggest fish she caught was the one that got away!”  Linda was a member of the Risingsun Women’s Fire Department Auxiliary, she was known for being ornery and was as ornery as they come! While living in West Virginia, Linda enjoyed driving the Amish to various places and appointments.  The beauty of West Virginia and her family roots was truly important to Linda as West Virginia was her home and where her heart was.  Linda will be deeply missed by her daughters and family as her family was her true pride and joy. Linda is survived by her 7 daughters:  Deb (Dan) Bateson, of Tiffin, Ohio; Nancy Jeffers, of Bowling Green, Ohio; Christine (Kevin) Gulley, of Little Hocking, Ohio; Anita (Mike) Leady, of Risingsun, Ohio; Denise (Bill) Stephenson, of Risingsun, Ohio; Lori (Doug) Crabill, of Fremont, Ohio; Dorathy (Tom) Gangwer, of Risingsun, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; sisters: Rachel Dissauer, of Risingsun, Ohio; Doris…

Eunice Baumbarger

Eunice Mae Lee Baumbarger, 89, of Haskins, passed away May 21, 2017, at Elizabeth Scott Community. She was born on January 17, 1928, to the late Betrue and Clara (Loomis) Lee. Eunice lived a full and active life. She was a resident of Haskins for 73 years. Eunice was born in Toledo, Ohio, the 3rd of 11 children. She graduated from Haskins High School in 1945. She worked as a telephone operator before marrying her husband Howard Baumbarger in 1948. They were happily married for 54 years and had 3 children. Eunice had many hobbies including reading, women’s softball, cake decorating, candle making, crocheting, knitting, sewing and embroidering, and painting ceramics. In 1977, she fulfilled a dream to become a licensed practical nurse by graduating from the Bowling Green Area School of Practical Nursing. She worked at Wood County Hospital, Sunshine Children’s Home, Perrysburg Commons, and as a private duty nurse. Eunice and Howard enjoyed many years of camping together and with family members. After retiring, she devoted her time to gardening and volunteering. She became a master gardener and volunteered many years at Wood County Park District. She was an active member of Plain Congregational Church and with the Wood County Senior Center. She is survived by children, Carol Ann (Timothy) Meyer, Waterville, OH, Gary Lee Baumbarger (Carol Ann Humphries), Decatur, IL, and Glenna Mae (Robert) Frey, Whitehouse, OH; grandchildren, Anthony (Sarah Maxwell) Meyer, Matthew Meyer, Philip (Rebecca) Meyer, Melanie (Matthew) Wahlgren, Lisa (Josh) Cochran, Cody (Becca) Baumbarger, Brandi Gaither, Dustin Baumbarger, Amanda Frey, and Sawyer Frey; siblings, Verna Miles, Emma Lashaway, Walter Lee, Robert Lee, Douglas Lee, and…

Darlene M Myers

Darlene M. (Wolfe) Myers, 72, of Bowling Green, OH, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH died Thursday, May 19, 2017 at Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green.  She was born May 9, 1945 in Bellaire, Ohio a daughter of the late Walter W. Wolfe and Catherine (Franczak) Wolfe Martin. She was a retired employee of Wood County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She was an active member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green. Darlene had a strong faith in God and her love touched many people.  She enjoyed quilting, scrap book keeping, cooking and spending endless hours with her grandchildren.   She had a strong giving spirit and passion for helping others. Her beautiful smile touched many lives and she will be remembered for her perseverance to go on no matter how hard it was. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son James Myers, a brother Ronald Wolfe, a sister Lori A. Fisher and a sister Debra K (Wolfe) Heslop. Surviving are her husband of 50 years James D. Myers, daughter Cathleen (Sean) Serna of Sandusky, OH, son Troy (Jennifer) Myers of Bowling Green, OH, and daughter-in-law Mary Myers also of Bowling Green. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren Jordon, Sam, Catie, Olivia, Ben, Annie, Lucy, Marisa, Brian and Jessica. Services will be private for the family. Dunn Funeral Home, 408 West Wooster St. in Bowling Green is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in her memory to St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 S. Enterprise St. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. To share an online condolence with…

Alice L Dunipace

Alice L. Dunipace, 88, of Bowling Green passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Bowling Green Manor. She was born on March 19, 1929 in Lemoyne, Ohio to Orville and Emma (Peterson) Hahn. She married Raymond Dunipace and he preceded her in death on December 14, 2002. Alice was a retired telephone operator and homemaker. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Surviving are sons, Douglas E. and Keith E., daughter, Deborah, Faye and Ruth Hahn and Ethel Dorman. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, David Hahn and sisters, Helen Welling and Esther Hahn. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, May 16th beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home located in Bowling Green’s Historical District at 408 W. Wooster St. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time.  Alice will be laid to rest beside her husband at Webster Township Cemetery in Scotch Ridge. Memorial contributions may be given to Trinity U.M. Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at The family would like to thank the staff of Bowling Green Manor for the excellent care during her stay at their facility.

Kimberly Morelock

Kimberly “Mama Kim” Morelock, 51, of North Baltimore, OH, died May 10, 2017 at The Wood County Hospital. She was born June 19, 1965 in Toledo, OH to Melvin & Virginia (Neal) Solly. Kim worked as an assistant manager at the Bowling Green Bureau of Motor Vehicles. She and her husband were advocates of and founded the Shaken Baby Syndrome of Ohio organization. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She married Denny Morelock Sr. February 8, 1986. He survives along with children, Steffany (Michael) DeWitt, Denny Morelock, Jr., and Dani (Christopher) Ramos, grandchildren, Dominic, Cheyenne, Aura, and Aleena, her father, Melvin Solly, and siblings, Mike (Jodi) Solly, Tim (Tina) Solly, Corrina (Ken) Warren, Amey (Dave) Pruitt, Connie (Mike) Thompson, Kathy (Randy) Frey, Jeff (Maryann) Watts, and Joe (Sherrie) Watts. She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Solly, sister, Cheryl Watts, and son, Jason. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 18620 Washington St. Tontogany, Ohio from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. To leave an online memory please visit

Keith A Vestal

Keith A. Vestal, age 45, of Luckey, OH, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Toledo, OH. He was born on June 30, 1971 at home in Luckey to Lynn and Judy (Beimdieck) Vestal. Keith graduated from Eastwood High School and attended Wright State University in Dayton. In 1994 he was in a serious auto accident that left him wheel chair bound. His employments included: Rudolph Libby, Luckey working in the cabinet shop and Sam’s Club, Beavercreek as a greeter, retiring in 2015. His memberships included: Faith United Methodist Church, Luckey and Wright State Wheelchair rugby, track and field. In his spare time he enjoyed playing pool, trivia, cards and dominoes with his friends. Keith is survived by his mother: Judy (fiancé: Dan Czyzewski) Luckey, sister: Lisa Oehmke of Toledo, uncle: Robert (Dottie) Beimdieck of Bowling Green, Jerry Vestal of Luckey, aunt: Nancy Reynolds of Fostoria, nieces, nephews and special friends: Harvey and Sandy Matthews of Xenia, OH. He was preceded in death by his father: Lynn Vestal and brother: Jeffory Vestal. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH where funeral services will be conducted on Friday, May 19 at 11 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. James Budke. Interment will be in Fish Cemetery, Pemberville, OH. There will be a bereavement luncheon served at Faith United Methodist Church, Luckey immediately following the cemetery committal services. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the family; checks may be made out to: Judy Vestal. Those wishing…

Gerald ‘Dempsey’ Foltz

Gerald “Dempsey” F. Foltz, 89, of Deshler passed away Monday May 1, 2017.   Gerald was born in Henry County, Ohio to the late Harvey and Martha (Boyer) Foltz. He married the love of his life Alice Walter on September 24, 1949 and she survives him. Also surviving are his children: Debra (Bill) Bennett of McComb, Robert (Pat) Foltz of Toledo and Judy Harden of Bowling Green; grandchildren Brian (Dana) Spitnale, Greg (Carey) Spitnale, Jessica and Jennifer Foltz and Michelle (Jon) Channer, step-grandchildren: Scott (Dawn) Bennett of Findlay, Tracy (Curtis) Collins of Perrysburg and Todd (Sandy) Bennett of Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren: Savanna, Jaylyn , Andrew “Dempsey” and  Jackson Spitnale and Elly and Bo Channer; step-great grandchildren: Will, Paige, Gabe and Taylor Bennett, Austin, Peyton and Faith Collins; a sister Deloris Coppes. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Evelyn Jones, Doris Weidman, Lois Jean Vandersall and Mary Lou Leatherman; brothers: Delbert, Earl, Virgil, Harold and Ernest.   Gerald was a hard working and lifelong farmer. He truly loved spending time out in the fields on his tractor and working with his bailing crew. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Findlay and was a former Pleasant Township Trustee in Hancock County. Gerald proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Gerald enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father and brothers in Michigan. Family was a very important part of Gerald’s life. He would make it a point to attend all their events and especially loved going to his grandchildren’s baseball games.   Visitation for Gerald will be on Friday May 5, 2017…

Dale E ‘Pickle’ Swain

Dale E. “Pickle” Swain, 59, of  McComb passed away Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center. Dale was born in  Findlay, Ohio to the late Kenneth and Patricia (Morehead) Swain. Dale is survived by his son Shaun (Amy) Swain of Summerville, South Carolina; siblings: Richard Swain of Hamler, Robert ( Lou) Swain of Oak Harbor, Washington, Sharon (Dennis) Howdyshell of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Dean (Jackie Strick) Gary Swain of McComb and Larry (Dina) Swain of Charleston, South Carolina; grandchildren: Elijah, Alysiah, Jalen and Camden Swain. Dale was employed with Metal Forge in Deshler for 22 years and also worked for Ishikawa Gasket and the Goodwill Company both in Bowling Green. Dale was a 1976 graduate of McComb High School and enjoyed riding his Harley and his 1968 Pontiac GTO. Dale enjoyed spending time with his family, but especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed going to  sporting events and was a humble and simple man. Visitation for Dale will be on Wednesday May 3, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 PM in the Hartley-Hanneman Funeral Home, 370 Park Dr. S, McComb, Ohio 45858, Drew DeVore, Funeral Director.  Dale’s funeral service will be on Thursday May 4, 2017 at 11:00 in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Ten-Mile Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made in Dale’s honor to Bridge Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Ln., Findlay, Ohio 45840. On-line condolences, as well as fond memories may be sent to Dale’s family by visiting

J Loraine Welker

J. Loraine Welker, 97, of Bowling Green, formerly of Five Point Road, Perrysburg, OH died on May 4, 2017 in Bowling Green. Loraine, daughter of Paul H. Gilman and Daisy Loraine Gilman was born February 3, 1920 in Petersburg, MI. She was valedictorian of the Class of 1938 at Petersburg High School. Loraine attended Davis Business College and worked for The Jewel Tea Company prior to her marriage. On September 27, 1940 Loraine married Robert H. Welker in Petersburg, MI. They were married 51 years. Robert and Loraine’s brother, Norman, and Grandson Ryan Welker preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters: Donna J. Graber, (Ron), Bowling Green, Norma L. Strayer (Fred), Waterville, Audrey R. Gorsuch (Earl), Bowling Green, and son, Wendell H. Welker, (Renee), Perrysburg, 11 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great Great Grandchild. Her sister Lois Layman survives. Loraine devoted her life to her husband and children. She will be remembered fondly for all the family dinners she hosted, her love for her grandchildren, and the joy she found in playing games and crocheting. Loraine and Bob traveled throughout the United States and enjoyed their time together in Haines City, FL. Loraine is a longtime member of First United Methodist Church, Waterville, where she served as a circle leader and cooked many dinners for the Rotary Club. Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 7220 Dutch Road, Waterville, OH is making the arrangements. Visitation will be Monday, May 8 from 10-12 noon. The funeral service will follow at 12 o’clock noon with burial at Highland Memory Gardens, 8308 S. River Road, Waterville, OH. A luncheon will be held at Bethel…

Larry G Sims

Larry G. Sims, 70, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away May 3, 2017. He was born May 15, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio to Max and Helen (Berres) Sims. He married Kathleen Melczak and she survives in Bowling Green. Larry was a volunteer firefighter for the city of Perrysburg and a member of the Eagles in Maumee. Along with his wife Kathy, Larry is survived by sons Terry Cousino of Bowling Green and Rick Cousino of Bowling Green, daughters Tracey (Joseph) Delis of Kirtland, Ohio, Kristina (Joseph) Bowman of Avon Lake, Ohio and Laurie (Robert) Wickard of North Baltimore, Ohio, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Ronald (Lona) Sims of Perrysburg, Ohio and Carl (Judy) Sims of Toledo, Ohio and sister Patricia (Kirk) Chwialkowski of South Carolina. Services will be private for the family. Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. To share an online condolence with the family please visit

Shirley Busselle

Shirley Busselle, of Grand Rapids, died on Thursday at Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green. She was born in Detroit and raised in Indiana. In 1964 she moved to Grand Rapids with her husband, Fred Busselle, and their 2-year-old son, Rick. She loved Grand Rapids, and had very dear friends there. Over the years, she and Fred, traveled, sometimes on a motorcycle, they had a sailboat, and generally enjoyed life and friends. After Fred died in 1997, Shirley continued to travel and visit her grandchildren and beloved nephews. As much as anything, Shirley loved dogs, and loved to un-train them. Within days, she could have even the best trained dog begging for table scraps, sitting on the furniture, and sleeping in the bed. She had many dogs and treated them all like children. Shirley worked in the fertilizer division of Andersons for more than 25 years. She loved her job and the people she worked with. She leaves behind a son, Rick, Daughter-in-Law, Dawn Shinew, and two grandchildren, Luther and Lucinda. They loved her very much. A celebration of Shirley’s life is being planned for early June. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society or Public Television.

“Why is the landfill filling up faster than expected?” – Meghan Wilson

I read with interest the report that the Wood County Landfill’s projected lifespan is shrinking. But I have more questions: why is the landfill filling up faster than expected? What accounts for the 10,000 tons more trash from 2014 to 2015? Efforts are underway in cities across the country to reduce waste through better recycling programs, composting, and educating citizens on how to reduce consumption of disposable materials. Wood County has a lot of land, but do we really want to tie up more of it with landfills? Meghan Wilson

Candelaria P Serrato

Candelaria Pompa Serrato, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2017 in Bowling Green. She was born to the late Castulo and Theodora Pompa in February of 1925 in Dolores Tx. Her father was a coal miner and she often told stories of her childhood living near the Rio Grande in a coal mine village. She was very proud of being a “coal miners” daughter. She met the love of her life, Trinidad in Arkansas. They married in September of 1941 in Mississippi. It was the era of World War II and shortly thereafter, her husband was off to serve in the military. Her strength, hardwork, and endurance sustained during that time, along with her faith. They moved to Ohio in 1946 where they raised their family of ten kids. Her endurance prevailed again during the Vietnam era as four of her sons and a brother served their country. She worked at Brighams Greenhouse for many years. She loved flowers, listening to spanish music, gardening (especially her strawberries), traveling, and collecting rocks. Cande was well known in the area for her famous tamales. Her biggest passion was her family. She was very proud of her kids and all her grandchildren. She cherished her beloved husband of 71 years marriage. Preceding her in death were beloved parents, husband Trinidad, brother Vic, two grandsons, one great granddaughter and one great great grandson. Children surviving to cherish her memory; Dolores (Joe) Cremar, Trinidad II (Rita), Ricardo (Mary), Reynaldo (Julie), Christopher (Jenny), John (Violet), Zeke (Elizabeth), Lucy (Alfredo) Gutierrez, Carlos (Sue), Jane (Scott) Perez; 52 Grandkids, 90 great grands kids, and…

Ruth E Bressler

Ruth Evelyn Bressler, age 84 of Bowling Green went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. Ruth was born September 2, 1932 in Sykesville, Pennsylvania to William and Anne Margaret McKeever.  She is survived by her family: husband of 59 years, Thomas A. Bressler, her four children; Scot, Ann, Amy and Joy, along with her brother Charles and sister Lois.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bill and Paul McKeever and sister Margaret Server. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bowling Green where her father was a minister.  Ruth enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as attending church services and activities. Visitation will be held on Friday April 28, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 749 S. Wintergarden Rd. in Bowling Green. Rev. David Fath and Pastor Tom Mullins will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green. Additional visitation will be held on Saturday morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Northwest Ohio Division of the American Heart Association at PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. The family would like to thank the staff at Bridge Hospice Care Center. To share an online condolence with the Bressler family please visit