Obituary

Mercene L Hanneman

Mercene Louise Hanneman, on Thursday, July 5, 2018 started her next journey, while holding her granddaughter Kara’s hand. Mercene was born to Hildreth (Deck) & William H. Wood on August 13, 1924 in the living quarters of the Deck Funeral Home located at 218 E. Wooster Street. In the residence, Mercene’s family also included her grandfather and grandmother, J. F. and Lillian (Hoover) Deck, who founded the family Funeral Business in 1912.  Also residing in the home was Louise Mae Gonyer, who was the housekeeper and helped raise Mercene. Later, she helped raise Mercene’s children, making her a beloved part of their family. Mercene attended Ridge Street Elementary School and graduated in 1942 from Bowling Green High School.  After graduation in June, she married Karl H. Hanneman. When Karl was sent overseas in World War II, Mercene enrolled in Bowling Green State University and graduated in 1950 with Bachelor’s Degrees in English and History. At the end of the war, Mercene and Karl resided in Bowling Green and raised their five children; two sons: Kris (Donna) and Kraig (Kay) along with three daughters: Karla, Kathy (Scott) and Kyle. Surviving along with her five children are seven grandchildren: Michelle, Reggie, Brad, Kali, Koury, Kara and Kristin; nine great grandchildren: Keegan, Kaleb, Cooper, Anthony, Ma’Riyah, Ma’Kiyah, Hendrix, Coby and Lily; one step great-granddaughter, Kyra; and one step great-great granddaughter, Jade. Grandson Andrew Hines preceded in death. Mercene attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1961 and was licensed as an Ohio Funeral Director becoming the 3rd generation of family Funeral Directors. In 2011, she received recognition from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of faithfully serving the people of the community as a Licensed Funeral Professional. Mercene was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Life Member of VFW Post 1148 Auxiliary, and American Legion Post 45 Auxiliary.  Mercene was a charter member of the Epsilon Chapter of CCL and ABWA, and a charter and life member of the Wood County Historical Society. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St., PO Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 tele:419-352-2171.  Funeral Services will be Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:30AM in the funeral home. Interment will immediately follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green. Memorial contributions may be gifted in Mercene’s honor to the charity of the donor’s choice. On-line condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared at www.hannemanfh.com.

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Clara R Lance

Clara Rosa (Tuty) Lance, of Bowling Green and formerly of Custar, Ohio passed away at the age of 96 on June 25, 2018. She was born on February 19, 1922 in Custar, Ohio to John and Mary (Baumberger) Wilhelm. Clara was salutatorian of her graduating class from Milton School. She also graduated from Stautzenberger College and worked as a secretary in Toledo before marrying Cloyce Lance on February 19, 1944. Clara spent her life working alongside her husband on the family farm and raising her 5 children. She was involved in scouting and an active member of the St. Lous Catholic Church in Custar. In 1995, after 50 years of marriage, Clara was preceded in death by her husband Cloyce. She is survived by her five children, Jane (Chuck) Murry of Wauseon, Ohio, Alan (Sherry) Lance of Culpepper, VA, Myra (Rick) Van Vorhis, Dona (Steve) Powell and Lora (Tod) Finch, all of Bowling Green, Ohio. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, Jeff, Jill, Lisa, Alan Jr., Luke, Greg, Lance, Brooke, Bryce, Greta, Emma and nineteen great grandchildren and sisters Mary Phillips and Martha Phillips. Clara was preceded in death by brothers Bernard, Paul, Harold and Lawrence Wilhelm and sisters Hilda Courtney and Lucy Bechstein. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11:00 am at Saint Louis Catholic Church, 22792 Defiance Pike Custar, Ohio 43511. Father Walter Tuscano will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Louis Cemetery in Custar. Visitation will be held Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green. Memorials contributions may be given in her memory to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Louis Church. To share an online condolence or fond memory with the Lance family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.


Lillian Anne Mertes

Lillian Anne Mertes, 89, of Bowling Green and formerly of Chicago passed away on June 22, 2018 at the Grand Rapids Care Center in Grand Rapids, Ohio. She was born July 22, 1928 to Peter and Mary (Mach) Malek in Chicago. On August 20, 1949 she married Richard J. Mertes at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Chicago and they spent the next 68 years together in marriage. Lillian earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University in 1949. Lillian was a member of St. Patrick of Providence Catholic Church in Grand Rapids for over 18 years, a member of Profit and Pleasure and volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital in the 80’s and 90’s. She enjoyed reading books on politics, drawing and painting and her cats Charlie and Macie. Lillian is survived by her husband Richard J., sons James A. (Holly), Richard S. (Barbara) and Gary C. (Mary Ann, significant other), her 2 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and extended family member and caretaker Judy (Rick) Kranz. Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Monday, July 2, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home, 7220 Dutch Rd. in Waterville, Ohio. A Mass in Lillian’s memory will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick of Providence Catholic Church, 14010 Old US 24, Grand Rapids, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wood County Humane Society or to St. Patrick of Providence Catholic Church.


Kenneth H Abke

Kenneth H. Abke, age 88, of Portage, OH passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Heritage Corner, Bowling Green, OH. He was born on April 30, 1930 on the family farm in Portage, OH to Henry and Edith (Hohls) Abke. On August 10, 1957 he married Juanita (Ridenour) Abke in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Rochester, OH and after 59 years of marriage she preceded him in death on August 14, 2016. In 1948 he graduated from Portage Twp. School. Ken was a life-long farmer and retired from L.O.F.,Rossford in 1982. He was one of the first in the area to do custom lime spreading and anhydrous application for various farmers. While enlisted in the United States Army he served his country proudly during the Korean War. His memberships included: life-long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Rochester, OH where he was baptized, confirmed and married. He held various positions at the church: past president of the church, Sunday school superintendent, and several council positions. He was also a life member of Pemberville Freedom American Legion Post #183, Silver King of Yesteryear Club, and charter member of Power of Yesteryear. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, restoring old tractors, camping, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with his family. Ken is survived by his children: Duane (Kellie) Abke of Pemberville, Jeanette Wilks of Portage and Colleen (Travis) Boyd of North Lawrence, OH, grandchildren: Brett (Stephanie) Abke, Kirsten (fiancé Chris Nowak) Abke, Allison Abke all of Pemberville, Austin, Tyler and Jenna Boyd all of North Lawrence, OH, and brother: Roger Abke of Elon, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Juanita, brothers: Donald, Herman, Richard and David and sisters: Lois and Ruth. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. A funeral service will be conducted on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 14555 New Rochester Rd, Pemberville, OH with additional visitation from 9 a.m. until time of services. Officiating will be Rev. Bruce Bair. Interment will be in Fish Cemetery, Pemberville. A bereavement luncheon will be served at the church immediately following the cemetery committal services. Memorial contributions may be given to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice. The family wishes to thank the staff at Heritage Corner for the loving care that they provided to Ken during his stay.


Edgar ‘Ed’ Holliday

Edgar “Ed” Holliday, age 77, of Luckey, OH passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Bay Park Community Hospital, Oregon, OH. He was born October 21, 1940 in Steubenville, OH to Edgar and Nettie (Reed) Holliday. On May 6, 1961 he married Judith Snyder in Toledo, OH and she survives. For many years he was an electrician for GM Powertrain, Toledo. Ed served his country proudly while enlisted in the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a member of Salem Grace United Lutheran Church, Luckey. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, wood carving, being outdoors, duck hunting and fishing. Ed is survived by his loving wife of 57 years: Judy, children: Tony (Tracey) Holliday of Pemberville, Jill (Mike) Allport of Gibsonburg and Jason (Michelle Rife) Holliday of Bowling Green, 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and sister: Sue (Ray) Elieff of Toledo. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Ruth and Thelma. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH where funeral services will be conducted on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. James Budke. A bereavement luncheon will be served at Salem Grace United Lutheran Church, Luckey immediately following the funeral service. Interment will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. at Grelton Cemetery, M-395 County Road 7, Grelton, OH. Memorial contributions may be given to: Salem Grace United Lutheran Church or American Heart Association.


Ardanelle ‘Tootie’ Smith

Ardanelle “Tootie” Smith, 87, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away June 19, 2018. Tootie was born on July 14, 1930 to the late Herbert and Daydn (Cheatwood) Shaffer in Dunbridge, Ohio. She married Franklin Smith on October 13, 1951 in the Webster United Brethren Church in Bowling Green and he preceded her in death. Tootie is survived by her sons: Michael (Megan), David, and Jeffery Smith all of Bowling Green; brother Robert Shaffer of Defiance; sister-in-law Kate Shaffer of Bowling Green; five grandchildren; 1 step granddaughter; 6 great grandchildren; and special friend Donna Snyder of Bowling Green. Tootie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank, seven brothers, and three sisters. Tootie was a graduate of Webster High School. She a was homemaker and provided child care to numerous children. Tootie was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she volunteered to help families in need; the Wood County Historical Society where she served on the Tea Committee, also known as the Tea Baggers. The tea baggers baked cookies and made the teas extra special. She was so well known for her cookies, which she baked and gave with love.   If you were given a “Toottie Cookie” you knew that you were loved!  She enjoyed spending time at the Wood County Senior Center. She was a faithful member of the Loyal Hearts Sunday School class. She enjoyed singing in the church choir; and getting together to play dominos and cards with her friends. Tootie was a diehard Cleveland Indians fan and could tell you everything about them. Most of all, her family was the most important part of her life and she especially enjoyed spending time with her 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Family reunions were special to her. Visitation for Tootie will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home Remembrance Chapel. Interment will follow immediately in Wood County Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions in Tootie’s honor may be gifted to either Trinity United Methodist Church or the Wood County Historical Society. Online condolences and fond memories may be sent to Tootie’s family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com. The family would like to thank everyone at Bowling Green Manor for their wonderful care and compassion. Thank you to Tootie’s special roommate, Helen Hernandez. Helen was an extra warm, true sister and made Tootie’s last months happy.


Armin Geist

Armin Geist, 67, of Bowling Green, OH passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Armin was born to Arthur and Susanna (Herteux) Geist on October 8, 1950 in Bavaria, Germany. Armin is survived by his wife Cecilia Geist of Bowing Green; daughters: Susanne Schwarck of Perrysburg; Brigitte (Gregory) Brown of Perrysburg; and Athena Geist of Bowling Green; sisters: Margitta (Otto) Reitz; Manuela (Herbert) Kiefer; Walfriede (Rainer) Imhof; and Rita (Fritz) Radlmaier all of Germany; brother-in-law: Ralf Scholtyssek of Germany; grandchildren: Chantel and Vivian; other family: Magda Geist and Chris Schwarck;   Armin was preceded in death by his father Arthur Geist; and sister Maria Scholtyssek. Armin graduated from vocational training school in Germany and went on to work in the hydraulics profession for the majority of his life.  He enjoyed woodworking and completed all of the finishing work in Cecilia and his home.  Armin also enjoyed downhill skiing and was an avid soccer fan.  Not only was he a fan of soccer, he was excellent player, coach, and referee.  More than anything Armin loved his family and friends from all over the world.  He will be dearly missed. Visitation for Armin will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME& CREMATORY 1460 W. Wooster Street/ P.O. Box 648 Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele 419-352-2171.  Armin’s Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11:00AM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME REMEMBRANCE CHAPEL.  A celebration will be held in Germany at a later date. Memorial contributions in Armin’s honor may be gifted to the Alzheimer’s Association. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Armin’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.