Obituary

William R ‘Bill’ Keeling Sr

William Keeling, age 83, of Bowling Green, Ohio, went home to be with his Lord on May 5, 2018. His last hours were spent peacefully in the gentle care of the Cleveland Clinic surrounded by his family. Bill was born July 23, 1934 to Edward J. Keeling Sr. and Margaret E. (Zapf) Keeling. He grew up in Clarion, PA. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps February 10, 1953. Following his time in the service, he went on to obtain his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Miami Florida in 1959. He married Shirley Smith on March 21, 1959 and she preceded him in death on June 4, 2011. On April 2, 2016 Bill was blessed with marrying the 2nd love of his life, Nancy Davis. They made their home in Bowling Green where she continues to reside. Bill worked for Owens Illinois in Clarion, PA and was transferred by Owens Illinois to Toledo in 1964. He worked for the company in high school, college and after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree he continued to work for them as an Industrial Engineer for over 30 years. After his retirement, he and his wife Shirley embarked on an adventure as long haul truck drivers. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green. He was an avid Sailor, belonged to the North Cape Yacht Club, often participating in many races on Lake Erie. Bill had his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. While living in Florida he served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He had a passion for golfing and was very particular about fixing things, always wanting them to be exactly right. His greatest joy in life came from the time he spent with his family. Along with his wife Nancy, Bill is survived by his three children; Beverly Ann Keeling Elwazani of Bowling Green, Ohio, Alona Marie (Keeling) Williamson of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and William R Keeling Jr. of Naperville, Illinois, ten grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and…

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Alma Louise Kleinsmith

Alma Louise Swietzer Kleinsmith passed away Monday,  March 5, 2018. Alma was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late Lee and Elsie Swietzer on December 14, 1931. She graduated from Whitmer High School and married the late Norman Earl Kleinsmith, November 4, 1950, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio.  Alma is survived by her daughter Linda Lee Sessions of Sacramento, CA; Louis Earl Kleinsmith (Janet) of Coral Springs, FL; Larry Norman Kleinsmith (Tami) of Wauseon, OH; and Lance Norbert Kleinsmith (Larry) of Lakeway, TX. Alma’s grandchildren: Danielle Remer (Bobby); Jared Miller and Megan Ray; Kristen Miller and Lonell Felton; Sanders Purves (Stephen); Michael Sanders (Jenna); Lee Blaine Kleinsmith, Miles Kleinsmith, Austin Kleinsmith; Karly Kleinsmith Haushalter (Stephen); Alec Kleinsmith; and Dash. Alma’s great-grandchildren: Anya, Lexie, Isaac, Noah, and Henry Purves; Elsie Mae Sanders; Isaak and Graham Haushalter; Regan, Landon, Avery, and Andie Remer; Alyssa, Mason, and Harper Miller; Tristan Felton; and Ethan Kleinsmith. Alma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Lee, George and Larry Swietzer, and sister Elsie Wilson. After she married, Alma became a dedicated homemaker. In 1970, she and her husband Norman moved to Blissfield, Michigan, purchased a small farm, and started Blissfield Arabian Farm, where she raised and showed award-winning Arabian horses.  After Norman’s death in 1992, Alma, an aspiring inventor and entrepreneur, began two new ventures: The Silk Tree House in Maumee, OH, and CentaurE Products, a line of horse care, nail care, and automotive products. Alma was a gifted pastel artist and seamstress, and never gave up her love for horses, cats, and art. She will be missed by her beloved Bowling Green and Haskins communities, her church, and family. A celebration of Alma’s life will be held on May 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 17050 Middleton Pike (SR-582), Bowling Green, OH, 2 miles west of Haskins, Ohio on State Route 582. (419) 823-1731. Pastor David Bliss to officiate. All are welcome. Memorial contributions in…


Donald G Oberhouse

Donald G. Oberhouse, 88, was a builder. All that he built – homes, his community, his family – was made to outlive him. Oberhouse died April, 12, 2018. But the homes he constructed, the town of Pemberville that he served, and the family he loved, will stand for years to come. He was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Pemberville in the home of his parents, William and Catherine Oberhouse. He made one of his smartest moves in 1955, marrying Gustava (Gussie) Carpenter. Together, they worked hard to serve their community. Before becoming a builder, Oberhouse worked as a fireman for the New York Central Railroad. Those early years started his love of railroads that followed him throughout his life. Oberhouse began his building career working with the well-respected Bowling Green homebuilder, Melvin Johnson. He later began building homes himself in Pemberville. Being a devout perfectionist, Oberhouse often spent a full year building a home. He respected hard work – and would toil from sun up, well past sun down. His arms were like Popeye’s, his hands like ham hocks. He would hand dig a foundation, and would use a hammer even when nail guns would be easier. If one nail was good, and two were better, he would use four. He was a very intelligent man, who could calculate tricky measurements in his head – but then wrote them out to be absolutely certain. Many in the Pemberville area live in homes that Oberhouse constructed from scratch, added onto, or repaired. Though he loved road trips, from one coast to the other, Oberhouse had no desire to live anywhere but Pemberville. He believed in serving his community, and was proud of the fact that the village invested in its infrastructure. Oberhouse served a combined 28 years on the Pemberville Village Council and the Board of Public Affairs. He was also a member of the Pemberville-Freedom Township Fire Department. When members of the village came together to build a community pool,…


Donald Noblit

Donald “Donny” Paul Noblit, age 57, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018. Donny was born on December 14, 1960 to Roger Lee Noblit Sr. and the late Myra (Richcreek) Noblit in Bowling Green, Ohio.  He married Cheryl (Bennett) Noblit on November 11, 1983 and she preceded him in death on July 24, 2015. Donny is survived by his father: Roger Noblit Sr. of Florida; sons: Denver (Lori) Naugle; and Roy Naugle both of Bowling Green, Ohio; sister: Billie (Cliff) Donley of Florida; brothers: Roger (Trudy) Noblit Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio; Martin Noblit of Florida; Gale Noblit of Bowling Green, Ohio; and Tim (Margie) Noblit of Bowling Green, Ohio; grandchildren: Austin Naugle, Ashley Naugle, Keegan Naugle and Eli Hoorman; and multiple nieces and nephews.  Along with his mother and wife Donny was preceded in death by an infant brother: Joseph Noblit. Donny was a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green High School and Penta Career Center.  He went on to work for D&K Trucking as a truck driver.  Donny enjoyed boating, riding his motorcycle, and tinkering on car engines.  He loved spending time with his grandkids and would drop everything to help anyone out.  He will be greatly missed. A Graveside Service for Donny will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Wood County Memory Gardens.   Arrangements 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 Donny’s honor may be gifted to The American Heart Association or The American Cancer Society. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Donny’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.


Nina R Engle

Nina R Engle, age 87, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Monday, March 26, 2018. Nina was born on February 12, 1931 to the late Kenneth and Ethel Mae (Aurand) Mills in Rudolph, Ohio.  She married the late Robert L. Engle on January 12, 1951 at the Church of Christ in Rudolph. Nina is survived by her daughter: Cathy (Mike) Romaker of Rudolph, Ohio; daughter-in-law: Kathy Engle of Bowling Green, Ohio; grandchildren: Eric, Betty, & Robert Engle; 9 great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews.  Along with her husband and parents, Nina was preceded in death by a son: Mark L. Engle; brother: Jack Mills; and sisters: Doris Whitacre, and Ruth Mills. Nina was a 1949 graduate of Liberty High School in Rudolph, Ohio.  She went on to work for Buckeye in the State of Arizona School Systems.  Nina work various jobs at Buckeye, a librarian, teacher’s aide, and cafeteria lady to name a few.  Nina enjoyed traveling, watching golf and old movies.  Her and Robert were avid ballroom dancers.  Nina was a member of the auxiliary VFW and auxiliary Elks in Scottsdale, Arizona.  As a member to the Elks she was very involved in the community, especially several charitable activities.  She will be dearly missed. Arrangements entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/ P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 Tele:419-352-2171.   Visitation for Nina will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10:00 AM until the time of her Memorial Service at 11:00 AM in the Cloverdale United Methodist Church 8984 Kramer Rd. Bowling Green, OH 43402 with Pastor Rosanne Kalinowski officiating. Memorial contributions in Nina’s memory by be gifted to the National Osteoporosis Foundation 251 18th St. S #630, Arlington, VA 22202 or Cloverdale United Methodist Women’s Group. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Nina’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory of condolence by visiting www.hannemfh.com.


Emiliano ‘Zapata’ Baldonado

Emiliano “Zapata” Baldonado, age 77, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Zapata was born on January 5, 1941 to the late David and Julia (Saenz) Baldonado in Brownsville, Texas.  He married the love of his life Enedina Casillas on October 30, 1963 and she survives him in Bowling Green, Ohio. Along with his wife, Zapata is survived by his daughters: Nina Mominee; Julia Rios; and Josefina Garner all of Bowling Green, Ohio; sons: Andy (Kira) Baldonado of Anna, Ohio; and Albert Baldonado of Bowling Green, Ohio; sisters: Sara Leal of Brownsville, Texas; Julia Taylor of Portage, Ohio; and Luisa Vasquez of Brownsville, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.  Along with his parents Zapata was preceded in death by a daughter: Emilia Martinez; grandson David Garner; brothers: David, Isidro, and Ramon; sisters Juanita, and Josefina. Zapata worked as a material handler at Midwest Stamping until his retirement in 1999.  He was a member of St. Aloysius Church.  Zapata enjoyed fishing, caring for his garden, and bird watching.  He liked to grill for family cookouts.  Zapata was the self-proclaimed Mayor of Mermill.  He loved listening to Tex-Mex & ranchera music, spending time with family, and spoiling his grandchildren. Visitation for Zapata will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, OH 4302, where a Rosary Service will be held at 5:00 PM.  Zapata’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 South Enterprise Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Interment will immediately follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorial Contributions in Zapata’s memory may be made out to Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Hanneman Family Funeral Homes is honored to serve Zapata’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.


Joy Lee Rush

Joy Lee (Fraley) Rush, 78 of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Joy was born on November 7, 1939 in McGuffy, Ohio,  the sixth child of ten to the late Dan and June (Watson) Fraley.  She met the love of her life Wayne Rush in 1958 on their senior class trips on the train from Washington D.C. to New York City, they later married on February 7, 1960, Wayne preceded her in death on November 20, 2013. Joy is survived by her daughter: Jacquelyn (Michael) Willmarth, of Bowling Green, Ohio, sons: Jeffery Wayne Rush, of Bowling Green, Ohio; Scott Alexander Rush, of Groton, New York; a daughter-in-law: Maricelda “Mardi” (the late Haven Rush) Lasoya-Rush, of North Baltimore, Ohio; special nieces who were like daughters: Glenda Rush, Marie Baumlein and Bonnie Gerken; great nieces and nephews who considered her as grandma: Amanda Rush, Tracie Wilhelm, Matthew Rush, Daisy, Fred, David, Haven Khoal Wright along with their children: Zeke and Isaiah Gonzales and Elianna Rush; sisters: Shirley England, of Kenton, Ohio; Susan (Steve Spearman) Fraley, of  Boulder City, Nevada; brothers: Bill Fraley, of Kenton, James Fraley, of Findlay and Carl Fraley of Kenton, Ohio.   Along with her parents and husband, Joy was preceded in death by a son: Haven Lee Rush; brothers: Loren and Johnny Fraley and sisters: Barb Collins and Doris Shepherd. Joy worked at almost every restaurant on Main Street in Bowling Green at one time or another as a waitress and manager, including Woolworth’s Roger Drug, Corner Kitchen, Corner Grill, Murphy Mart, K-Mart and Frisch’s.  However her favorite and longest was at the Pheonix Palace and China Dragon for the Tam Family.  Joy worked for the Tam family for over 20 years and they treated her like a member of their family.  Joy also worked in their restaurants in Napoleon, Ohio and Angola, Indiana.  Joy loved to travel and the Tam Family took her to China, Hong Kong, Florida, New York…