Obituary

Franklin ‘Frank’ Knauss

Franklin M. Knauss of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Thursday January 3, 2019. He was born July 27, 1939 in Weston, Ohio to Franklin M. & Louise A. (Curry) Knauss Sr. He married Connie Dauterman on November 19, 1961, she survives him in Bowling Green. Franklin was a 1957 graduate of Bowling Green High School and a 1959 graduate of Andrew Barber College in Toledo. Frank began barbering at The Hotel Barber Shop in Bowling Green. He purchased a shop in Delta and later purchased a shop in Toledo called the Westbrook Barber Shop. He cut hair for 19 years, eventually selling his shop to a close friend. Frank then farmed the Knauss Family Farm south of Bowling Green for 30 years, retiring in 2003. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Brethren Church in Wayne and also attended the Thessalon Church of Christ in Canada. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren fishing and boating at their cabin in Bright Lake Ontario, Canada. Along with his wife, Frank is survived by his sisters Phyllis Wohler and Linda (Jerry) Crawford; daughter: Tonya (Doug) Miller and son: Todd (Melissa) Knauss; grandchildren: Zackery Knauss, Max Miller, Kaila Miller, Anna Knauss, Sarah Knauss, and Wyatt Knauss and a sister in-law Pat Knauss. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Knauss. Family and friends may visit on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 2-5 PM and 6-8 PM at DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St. Bowling Green, Ohio.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Mt. Zion United Brethren Church 7481 Bays Rd. Wayne, Ohio with an addition hour of visitation from 10-11 AM. Interment will follow at Weston Cemetery. Donations in Frank’s honor may be made to Mt. Zion United Brethren Church or Bridge Home Health & Hospice. Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve Frank’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.

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Enriqueta Baldonado

Enriqueta P. Baldonado, 81, of Portage, Ohio passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018. She was born to the late Guadalupe and Maria (Alatorre) Perez in Texas on July 15, 1937. She was married to the late David Baldonado. Enriqueta was a homemaker and prepared income taxes for H&R Block. She enjoyed daily crossword puzzles, shopping, and finding great deals at garage sales.  She also enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune and rooting for the Cleveland Indians. She enjoyed cooking, and was the “World’s Best Tamale Maker”.  Above all, she enjoyed taking care of her family. She was the rock of the family and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughters; Juanita LaBombarbe, Delia Baldonado, Christina Baldonado, and Laura Baldonado, her sons; David Baldonado , Xavier Baldonado, and Esteban Baldonado, her 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She will be reunited with her parents, husband, daughters; Nelda, and Lidia Baldonado and granddaughter Jennifer Cook. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory 1460 W. Wooster Street. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Funeral Mass will be held in the St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 21, 2018. Enriqueta will be laid to rest at Wood County Memory Garden in Bowling Green, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be gifted to the family of Enriqueta Baldonado. Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home is honored to serve Enriqueta’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.


Virginia M King

Virginia M. King, 98, of Bowling Green passed away on December 17th, under the care of Bridge Hospice, at Heritage Corner. She was born in 1920 to James and Agnes Anderson. She was preceded in death in 2009 by her husband, Earl H. King. They were married for 65 years.Virginia is survived by her daughter, Kristine King of Naperville, Illinois and her twin sons, John (Ann) King of Rudolph, Ohio and James (Carol) King of Dublin, Ohio. She is also survived by five grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.A private service will be held for family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home of Bowling Green. Memorial contributions can be made to Bridge Hospice, 1069 Klotz Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.To share an online condolence with the King family, please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.


Aurelia M Gallegos

Aurelia M. Gallegos, 63, of Bowling Green and originally Hamler, OH passed away on December 12, 2018 after a hard battle with cancer.  She was born on September 25, 1955 to the late Aurelio and Esperanza (Melchor) Esparza in Defiance, OH.  She married Jesse M. Gallegos on August 3, 1974 and they were married for 36 years until he passed on December 23, 2010.  Aurelia is survived by her daughters: June (Shawn Matthews) Gallegos and Lisa (Chris) Siegel both of Bowling Green; a step-son: Jesse Gallegos Jr. of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Gavin, David, Tyler, Jessica & Payton; sisters: Janie, Lupe, Eva, Nena, Mary, and Josie; brothers: Tony and Charlie.   Aurelia was a 1974 graduate of Patrick Henry.  She enjoyed baking, cooking and throwing holiday parties where she would do everything on her own.  Aurelia loved going to the casino, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. Visitation for Aurelia will be on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:30 PM at the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory 1460 W. Wooster Street. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Aurelia’s grandsons, Gavin and David will perform a song followed by a Rosary at 6:30 PM.  Memorial Contributions may be gifted to the family.  Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to served Aurelia’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.


Thomas O McLaughlin Sr

Thomas Owen McLaughlin passed away December 11, 2018. He was born in General Hospital, Bowling Green, on February 8, 1935.  His parents were William L. McLaughlin of Bowling Green and Emma (Carr) of Toledo. He attended schools in both Bowling Green and Toledo and graduated from Toledo Central Catholic in 1953. Tom received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1957. He was on active duty with the Army at Picatinny Arsenal NJ from 1958 to 1962 and remained in the same department as a civilian employee retiring in 1991. He ultimately became chief of the organization responsible for the maintenance support and logistics of the entire Army nuclear weapon stockpile. Early in Tom’s career, President Kennedy issued a directive to implement a system to preclude the inadvertent or unauthorized use of a nuclear weapon. This was one of Tom’s most challenging projects; not only in initial implementation, but also in the successful maintenance of the system. Tom retired after the end of the cold war and he felt that his participation in this country’s readiness in some way helped prevent a nuclear conflict. It was only later that he realized that he had had the hardest job imaginable and survived it. Tom was a recognized craftsman in the art of miniatures for over 40 years. He constructed houses, cottages, room boxes, and furniture in exquisite one/twelfth detail. He also made many pieces in metal such as tiny steam engines and brass cannons. Tom elected to spend his retirement in community service rather than taking another job. A year after returning to Bowling Green, he entered the first Black Swamp Arts Festival and won 2nd prize. For the next few years he demonstrated making miniatures and then was, for many years, the chair of visual arts for the festival. He was active in Arts Allied, co-founder of Arts in Common, president of the Medici Circle at the BGSU School of Art, and co-founder of Art Walk. His most significant work, an Arts and Crafts style miniature room, was selected for exhibition at the Toledo Area Artists Show at the Toledo Museum of Art.  Another of his more popular fully working miniatures, the Bowling Green Carousel, has delighted children and adults for many years, and is on permanent loan to the Wood County Historical Center and Museum. Growing up one block away from four corners in the 1940’s, Tom loved downtown Bowling Green as a youngster. Coming back to town some 50 years later, he was amazed at how little had changed. He became a downtown volunteer, working on almost everything including the car show, artwalk, and the farmers market. He gave downtown walking tours to various groups and schoolchildren.Tom had a fond interest in the Cla-Zel theater, partly because his father worked there the day it opened in 1926, and…


Karl Spoores Sr

Karl Spoores, Sr., 66, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Karl was born in Bowling Green, Ohio to John and Lois Spoores on February 3, 1952. He graduated from Bowling Green High School, class of 1970. He married his loving wife Arlene on May 13, 1989 in the Village View Church of Christ. They spent over 30 wonderful years together. Karl was an old-school man that worked with his hands. He was a skilled welder and retired from Chrysler. He enjoyed anything with an engine that would go fast, from drag racing and tractor pulls, to dirt track racing and NASCAR. He was the proud owner and pit crew manager of Karl Jr.’s dirt track racing team. He was a fan of the Denver Broncos and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2180 of Bowling Green. In his retirement, he worked as the caretaker and custodian for many area churches, including First Presbyterian for over 16 years. Karl is survived by his wife, Arlene Spoores, his children; Jeremy (Leslie) Walters, Julie Spoores-Kirkman, Kyle (Jeremy) Main and Karl Spoores, Jr., his grandchildren; Logan (Malaki) Walters, Dylan (Emily) Kirkman, Devon Kirkman, Haylee Kirkman, Morgan Jones, Kloee Spoores, Jarrod Main, Conner Main, Blake Main, Peyton Carter Spoores, his great grandchildren; Abigail Wilhelm-Walters, Ayden Kirkman, Rylee Walters, his former spouses Rose Dilsaver and Melinda Slane. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Karl’s honor may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Friends and family who wish to share condolences or memories may do so at www.hannemanfh.com.


Clara G Simpson

Clara Gayle Simpson, 85, passed away on December 8, 2018 in Bowling Green, OH after a long illness. She was born October 28, 1933 in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late Norwood Goudy and Bessie Goddard Goudy. She was happily married to the late Kenneth Nyle Simpson for 57 years before his demise in 2011. They enjoyed many trips together in the US and abroad. Both were avid photographers.  She is survived by her sister, Betty Lou Cronin (John) in Pinellas Park, FL. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her sons and their families and especially to Brad. She is also survived by her sons Bruce Simpson, Columbus, Ohio, Gregory Simpson and wife, Susan Clanton, Weston, OH, Wayne Simpson, Reinholds, PA and Brad Simpson, Weston, OH, four grandchildren Kaitlin Simpson and husband, Andrew Moore, of Augusta, GA, Gayle Simpson of Lebanon, PA, Morgan Simpson of Greensboro, NC and Matthew Simpson of Myerstown, PA and two great grandchildren. Clara was a graduate of Warwood High School and went on to obtain her Bachelors in Education from West Liberty University and Masters in Education from West Virginia University. She taught 3rd and 4th grade in Wheeling for 33 years at Webster Elementary School and Ritchie Elementary. Before her illness, she was an active member of the National Road Church of Christ in Wheeling.  Special thanks to the staff of the Visiting Angels in Wheeling; Bowling Green Ohio’s Brookdale’s Clare Bridge Unit; Wood County Hospital and Bridge Hospicefor the care they provided Gayle. The family is planning a celebration of life in early spring in Wheeling, WV. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green.  In loving memory of Gayle, please consider a donation to Russell Nesbitt Services, Inc.; 431 Fulton St, Wheeling, WV or to Work Leads to Independence; 991 S. Main St.; Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Family and friends who want to share a memory or condolence can do so at www.dunnfuneralhome.com.