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Adela Henderson

Adela Henderson, age 66, of Bowling Green, OH, formerly of Mulberry, FL passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL. She was born on August 31, 1951 in Hargill, TX to Alejandro and Micaela (Rodriguez) Almaraz. Adela was a graduate of St. Phillips College in San Antonio, TX. She had been employed by BGSU in the food service department and was a lifetime member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Bowling Green, OH. Adela is survived by her sons: John Henderson of Austin, TX, Richard Henderson of Bowling Green, OH, Jesus J. Almaraz of Wayne, OH, Jose J. Almaraz of Austin, TX, 8 grandchildren, mother: Micaela Almaraz Rodriguez of Mulberry, FL, sisters: Maria Guadalupe Garcia of Devine TX, Yolanda Guerrero of Devine, TX, Mary Helen Esparza of Plant City FL, Marisela Sandoval of Wesley Chapel, FL, Margarita Arrevalo of Devine, TX, Rosa Gomez of Mulberry FL, brothers: Alejandro Almaraz Jr. of Mulberry, FL, Jose F. Almaraz of Bartow, FL, as well as many, many nieces and nephews. Adela was preceded in death by her father: Alejandro Almaraz and sister: Maria Luisa Sotello. Family and friends will be received on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 10-11 AM at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 Enterprise Street, Bowling Green, OH where a Funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 AM. Officiating will be Father Mark Davis. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green. A bereavement luncheon will be served at the church, immediately following the cemetery committal services. Consideration for memorial contributions may be made at: Arrangements are being handled by the Marsh Funeral Home, Pemberville,…

John Vollmar

John Fredrick Vollmar, 54, of Weston, Ohio passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, in Bowling Green, Ohio. John was born on July 24, 1963 In Bowling Green,Ohio to Lawrence and Joan (Ducat) Vollmar. John was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Weston. He loved to tell jokes, collect sports cards, travel and play scratch off lotto tickets. John was a Chef at the Dinner Theater, of the Club Med Resort in South Florida, he also worked at the Bowling Green Country Club. One of John’s greatest achievements was catering dinners to the private planes of Burt Reynolds and Paul Newman. John is survived by his father: Larry Vollmar, of Weston, OH; step-father: Robert Compo, of Anaheim CA; his siblings: Penny (Tom) Hanna, of Tampa FL; Cindy (Curtis) Borders, of London OH; Kim Thomas of Weston OH; Tammy Crow, of Wauseon, OH and Shawn Compo of Anaheim CA along with 11 nephews and nieces and 10 great nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his mother: Joan Compo; a great nephew: Brady Crow; brother in law: Dave Thomas and cousin: Tim Davis. Graveside services will be held for John on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the Weston, Cemetery, Euler Road, Weston, Ohio. Arrangements have been entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171. Memorial Contributions in John’s honor may be given to The American Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The family would like to thank the staff of Wood Haven and Heartland Hospice for the excellent care they provided to John. Hanneman Family…

Helen Parish

Helen C. Parish, 101, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday September 11, 2017. Helen was born in Richfield Township, Ohio to the late Adolph and Bertha (Rosebrock) Miller. Helen is survived by her son Russell (Karen) Parish of Bowling Green; sister in-laws: Mildred Miller of Napoleon, Ohio and Ruth Miller of Atlanta, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Harold, Otto, Henry, Eldor, and Martin Miller and sister Esther and Edna Miller and Minnie Green. Helen worked for Campbell Soup in Napoleon, Ohio and then Bowling Green State University in the custodial department. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler, Ohio. Visitation will be on Thursday September 14, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 &6:00-8:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St., P.O Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Private Graveside Service for Helen will be held in the Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery, Deshler, Ohio. Memorial Contributions may be made in Helen’s honor to Peace Lutheran Church, 5039 County Rd G, Deshler, Ohio 43516. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Helen’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting  

Lauretta Eilert

Lauretta Jean Eilert 92, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2017 at Bowling Green Manor. Lauretta was born on July 7, 1925 to the late Donald and Lillian Plotner in Bowling Green, Ohio. She married Earl Eilert who preceded her in death. She graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1945. An avid bowler in many leagues at Varsity Lanes and Al-Mar, Lauretta was a member of the women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. She was also a member of the American Legion and VFW. Jean retired from Petti’s Restaurant in Bowling Green after working there for over twenty years. After retirement she enjoyed playing bingo, and spending time at the Wood County Senior Center. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, daughter Deborah Sue Fentress and a brother James Plotner. Lauretta is survived by her brother: Donald of Columbus, MS., and many nephews and nieces. The family would like to thank Rodna Bordner for all of the excellent care she provided for Jean since 2015. Graveside Services for Lauretta will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12 Noon in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green, Ohio. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171. Memorial Contributions in Lauretta’s honor may be given to either the Wood County Humane Society or to the American Cancer Society. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lauretta’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting

Donald R Majewski

Donald R. Majewski, 73, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday September 18, 2017. He was born July 28, 1944 in Toledo, Ohio to Joseph and Martha (Kania) Majewski. He married Barbara Lykowski on April 16, 1966 and she survives in Bowling Green. Donald was a 1962 graduate of Woodward High School. He worked for the Ohio EPA for 33 years and worked the past 11 years as the greeter at Meijer in Rossford. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids where he participated in CRHP. Donald was a former member of St. Adalbert in Toledo where he coached numerous sports. He enjoyed cooking, grilling, camping and gardening. His greatest joy in life was his family. Affectionately referred to by his grandchildren and great- grandchildren as the best DziaDzia ever, he loved spending time with them and enjoyed attending all of their activities and sporting events. Along with his wife of 51 years, Barbara, Donald is survived by his daughters Christina “Tina” (Brian) Barber of Toledo, Ohio and Lori (Jon) Plasencio of Toledo, Ohio, brother Richard (Teresa) Majewski of Toledo, Ohio, sister-in-law Elaine Majewski of Toledo, Ohio, grandchildren Alex (Amanda), Samantha (Corey), Brittany (Dylan), Nichole (Zack), Katie (Patrick), Jonny and Allison and great-grandchildren Aidan, Jenna, Hailey, Jordyn, and Jaxon. He was preceded in death by his parents and Brother James Majewski. Visitation will be held on Thursday September 21, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 7220 Dutch Road Waterville, Ohio 43566. A Rosary service will begin Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of…

Joanne Hipp

Joanne Hipp, 76, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away Monday September 11, 2017. She was born January 9, 1941 in Kenton, Ohio to Leonard L. and Kathryn M. (Lintz) Goslee. She married George Hipp on January 28, 1961 and he survives in Bowling Green. Joanne graduated from Kenton High School in 1959 and attended Wittenberg University. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green, the Bowling Green Curling Club and the Put-In-Bay Yacht club. Along with her husband of 56 years, George, she is survived by her son Robert (Nicole) Hipp of Simpsonville, South Carolina, daughter Dianna (Tim) Barnhisel of Cygnet, Ohio, sister Jeanne (Wes) Westervelt of Perryburg, Ohio and three grandchildren Danielle (Frank) Martinez, Taylor Barnhisel and Trey Barnhisel. She was preceded in death by a son Baby Boy Hipp and sister Carol Deaton. Visitation will be held on Wednesday September 13, 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. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday September 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Chruch, 315 S. College Drive in Bowling Green. Pastor Rob Spicer will officiate. Private interment will take place at Grove Cemetery in Kenton, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to the Bowling Green Curling Club. To share an online condolence with the family please visit

Betty Brogan

Betty Jane (Kelly) Brogan, 87, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017. She was born on April 17, 1930 in Bowling Green, Ohio to the late Ralph and Pearl (Shupe) Kelly. Betty married Donald Brogan in 1952 and he survives. Betty was a music major at Bowling Green State University. She served as secretary for Clarence Hock for 25 years and then worked for the Wood County Child Support Enforcement Agency for 25 years retiring in 2004. Betty was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Pearl; sisters Katherine Kelly, Sherry Strausbaugh, and Nancy Kemper. Betty is survived by her husband, Donald; Son: Michael (Rhonda) Brogan; grandchildren: Patrick Iffland, Courtney (Jeff) Hammond, Nora Brogan, and McKenna Brogan. Funeral Services for Betty will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171. The family would like to thank the nurses at Wood Haven Health Care for their wonderful care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be gifted in Betty’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. On-line Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for Betty’s family by visiting

June E Launder

June E. Launder, 75, of Bowling Green passed away Thursday August 31, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. June was born in Deshler, Ohio to the late Stanley and Bertha (Baer) Engle. She married the love of her life David Launder on July 16, 1960 in the Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green and he preceded her in death on July 1, 2015. June is survived by her children: Sandy (Toby) Snow of Portage, Ohio, Kim (Adam) Wynar of Fostoria, Ohio, David (Holly) Launder of Mecosta, Michigan and Dannie Launder of Toledo; grandchildren: Bradley (Melody), Jennifer (Scott), Morgan, Samuel, Andy (Nicole), Brittney, Ashley, Travis (Taylor), Katie and Sara (Derek); 13 great-grandchildren and sisters: Shirley Cron of Bowling Green and Jane Sloan of Weston. June was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she volunteered by working the gates at the Wood County Fair. She was also a member of the Eagles #2180 where she assisted with funeral dinners and the VFW Auxiliary # 1148.  June enjoyed crocheting, going to garage sales and listening to country music. Whenever you would go into June’s house, you could hear Willy’s Roadhouse station or old country music. Family was the most important part of June’s life. She cherished the time she spent with them and enjoyed the trips she took with them. Visitation for June will be on Tuesday September 5, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 PM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., P.O Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. June’s funeral service will be on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the funeral home. Interment…

Debra Anne Haas

Debra Anne Haas ,65, of Bowling Green, Ohio died September 2, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born June 23, 1952 in Bowling Green to Orvil and Sally Ann (Lewis) Hoseclaw. On August 10, 1991 she married Gary Haas at the Mayfair Plymouth Congregational Church in Toledo. Debra was a graduate of Bowling Green High School Class of 1970, and a Bowling Green State University graduate with a Teaching Degree. Debra was a member of the Mayfair Plymouth Congregational Church and the American Legion Auxiliary in Tontogany. She was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan and a Kentucky Colonel. Debra also was a Detroit Red Wing fan. She loved to fish in her pond behind her house and spend time with her family. Debra is survived by her husband Gary, her son Kevin Harrison, her step sons Easy and Kyle (Rachel) Haas, her grandchildren Kaeli, Emily, Chase and Ella Harrison, her step brother Len (Peg) Wagner, step sister Cindy Baer, half sisters Amy(Bob) Caris, and Judy (Rob) Allen, her aunt Nancy Loomis and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Thursday September 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home, 18620 Washington St. Tontogany, Ohio. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Rupert Lloyd of The Mayfair Plymouth Congregational Church officiating. In Debra’s memory donations are encouraged to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rdSt. New York, NY 10016. To leave an online condolence please visit 

Donna Dill

Donna G. Dill, 90, died September 2, 2017, at The Apostolic Nursing Home in Rittman, Ohio. A private Graveside service was held on Tuesday, September 5, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Deshler, Ohio.  She was born November 13, 1926 to Charles Dill and Anna Marie Schilling Dill. Donna spent her adult life in Bowling Green, Ohio.  She graduated from Deshler High school in 1944 and attended business school after high school. She worked as an Administrative Secretary to the Executive Director of Utilities for the city of Bowling Green for 31 ½ years.  She retired in 1984.  She was an active member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green where she was a scripture reader, communion helper, worked on church bulletins, and was a Wednesday Night Line Helper. Dedicating much of her life to others, Donna was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in Bowling Green. She was a Gray Lady at the Wood County Hospital.  A Guild Member of the Kings Daughters and Sons, American Cancer Society, a member of the American Red Cross, Wood County Historical Society, Wood County Humane Society, and Wood County Committee of Aging, and Heritage Corner. Donna’s hobbies included collecting cats, dachshunds, angels, toothpick holders and Hummels.  She crocheted, made Christmas candy for her family and friends and collected stuffed animals.  She loved playing bingo and was extremely lucky. Donna enjoyed traveling on Senior Bus Trips. Donna’s true love was the numerous pets that she rescued.  In her later years, her companion was Scamper, the cat.  He was very important to her and always by her side. Although she spent most of her life in…

Charles F Koontz

Charles F. Koontz, 70, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Tuesday August 29, 2017 at Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green. He was born August 30, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio to Richard C. and Virginia (Hartman) Koontz Sr. He married Janet Frazier and she survives him in Bowling Green. Charles worked for many years at Book’s Lawn Equipment in Bowling Green for Robert Book. In December of 1996 he ended up taking over the business from Larry Book. After retirement, he continued to enjoy going to the business and talking with customers and answering questions about fixing lawn equipment. Charles also work for A & P and the Flower House in Bowling Green. Along with his wife Janet, he is survived by his sons Kenneth (Brittanee) Koontz of Northwood, Ohio and Eric (Arminda) Koontz of Bowling Green, daughter Angela (Matthew) Elder of Bowling Green, brother Richard (Rosie) Koontz of Bowling Green, sisters Carolyn Sue (Timothy) Lindamuth of Bowling Green, Jean Lawson of Texas and Jill (Alan) Hager of Michigan and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law. Per his wishes there will be no visitation or public services. Dunn Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association. To share an online condolence with the Koontz family please visit

Mary ‘Shelley’ Harkness

Mary Shelley (Carr) Harkness of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away August 28, 2017. She was born on December 21, 1923 in Rome Georgia. She was a true Southern Belle, having grown up on a plantation in North Florida near Tallahassee. Yet she somehow agreed to marry a Northerner whose middle name is Sherman. Shelley graduated from Monticello High School and Florida State College for Women. After years of internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Florida, she became a certified ASPC medical technician. She married David Harkness on January 17, 1948. After moving to Bowling Green and raising her children, she spent 19 years at the Health Center of BGSU. Upon retirement, Shelley and David wintered in Destin FL., and spent time traveling to places like Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Eastern Canada and the Western US. She was a homemaker and wonderful mom to four children: Paul Joseph (Kat), Daniel Sherman (Anka), Katherine Marie (Eric) Hall and John Charles (Teri). At one point in time, Shelley was very active in the St Mark’s Lutheran church community in BG. She was an avid reader of non-fiction, and also loved to sew and cook. Shelley was blessed with a gracious and gentle temperament and a fabulous sense of humor. Never one to complain, she could barely manage to say a cross word about anyone. She is survived and will be sorely missed by her husband of 69 years David, her children and brother Dan (Ruth) Carr of West Haven, Connecticut, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew. Shelley’s funeral service will be held on Thursday August 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m….

Helen L Wylie

Mrs. Helen L. Wylie (née Goldsmith) died peacefully in Bowling Green, Ohio on August 22, 2017 at the age of 87.  She was born on September 20, 1929 to Helen and Theodore Goldsmith in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Helen is survived by her children: William (Lori), Amy (James), and Jack (Tracy); sister Priscilla (Robert); and grandchildren Aleha, Will, and Katie. She is preceded in death by husband William Sr., sister Mary, and grandson Martin. She was a generous individual who loved children and who was passionate about her church. She was an active and dedicated member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church.  She enjoyed sewing and embroidery.  She worked at BGSU for 29 years. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday August 26 at 1 pm at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Bowling Green Ohio. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Helen’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 1505 E. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

Marie E Hoops

Marie E. Hoops of Bowling Green, OH passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017. She was born on December 3, 1932 in Henry County, Napoleon, Ohio to Theodore and Della (Prigge) Schuette. On June 28, 1953 she married Frederick Hoops in Napoleon, Ohio.  He preceded her in death in 2012. Marie spent nearly 55 years working as a Paralegal with Spitler Huffman Law Offices before retiring in 2016.  She really enjoyed her job and made many lasting friendships with her co-workers and individuals she came in contact with in the Bowling Green business community.  She always took pride in doing her best each day. She graduated from Florida High School near Napoleon, Ohio in 1951. She attended Bowling Green State University and earned an Associates degree in Business Accounting with a GPA of 3.9 and then went on to the University of Toledo where she earned another Associates degree with a certification as a Paralegal. Marie was active in many area organizations such as the American Cancer Society, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Relay for Life, Bowling Green Youth Hockey, and more recent the Bowling Green Women’s Group where she volunteered for many community projects, and her knitting group at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church which she looked forward to every Monday night.  She also volunteered at the Black Swamp Arts Festival the past several years.  She also enjoyed fitness classes such as Aerobics and could be found at the BG Community Center doing some kind of fitness. She attended St. Mark’s Lutheran church regularly and enjoyed the fellowship with its members. Marie was a caring human being who went out…

William ‘Bill’ Engelke

William Wilson Engelke (b. 10/5/43) of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away at Wood Haven Health Care on September 11th after a prolonged illness. He was born on October 5, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio to Charlotte Rose (Wilson) and William Henry Engelke. He was preceded in death by his sister Kris Skornia of Boyne City, Michigan, and his nephew, Paul Skornia of Detroit, MI. Mr. Engelke is survived by his daughters, Rachel Engelke of Windsor, CT and Erin Engelke (Shane Kaser) of Portland, OR; his sister, Ronnie Alff of Traverse City, MI; numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews; and his ex-wife and loving guardian, Mary Natvig of Bowling Green, Ohio. Bill graduated from Woodward High School in 1961 and attended the University of Toledo. In the mid 1960s he served in Alaska with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). In 2003, he fulfilled his lifelong goal of finishing his education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University. Bill was best known as a classical music host and former Music Director of Toledo’s public radio station, WGTE (91.3). Signing on just before the station’s debut in May of 1976, Bill had many duties during his 25 years at the station; he hosted an early morning show, Da Capo, as well as an afternoon show from noon to 4:00 PM; he produced Toledo and Ann Arbor Symphony concerts for broadcast, and interviewed countless guest artists passing through Toledo. His voice was well-recognized as a symbol of classical music in Toledo. Most of his former listeners would be surprised to find out that he began his radio…