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Elizabeth J. Gunter Cline
BOWLING GREEN --- Elizabeth J. Cline, 63, of 320 1/2 S. Main St., Bowling Green, died of natural causes Sunday morning at her residence.
She was born Sept. 13, 1922, in Malinta to Walter K. and Ruby (Edwards) Gunter.
Surviving are a son, Ronald E. of Perrysburg; a brother, Daniel Gunter, Napoleon; three sisters, Bessie Miller, Deshler; Lavina Dice, Estero, Fla.; Rosemary Espen, Bowling Green; and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Cline had retired as a waitress for Kaufman's Restaurant and the VFW post, both in Bowling Green.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Burial will be in Hoy Cemetery, Henry County. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
[THE COURIER, Findlay, Oh., Mon., 16 Sep. 1985 - Sub. by William Ream]

Jonathan Cook
Jonathan Cook, an old and respected citizen of Florida, Henry county, died very suddenly last week. He was taken ill while husking corn on his farm, on the south side of the river, and died in the wagon on his way home.
[Defiance Democrat, Mar 10, 1860]

Rudolph Dibling
OTTAWA - Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church for Rudolph Dibling. He died Wednesday morning at his residence following an extended illness. He was born July 11. 1906 in Hamler, the son of Joseph and Magdeline Blust Dibling. On July 11, 1931, he married Virginia Mollett who survives. Mr. Dibling retired from GTE-Sylvania in Ottawa in 1970 and operated a shoe repair shop from then until his death. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a former member of the Napoleon Knights of Columbus and Ottawa Fraternal Order of Eagles. Survivors also include a son.
Dean Dibling of Marietta. Ga.; two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Margaret Ann) Docey of Ottawa and Mrs. Gerald (Carolyn) Nussbaum of Defiance; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Norbert Dibling of Hamler and Joseph Dibling of Cygnet; and three sisters. Sister Julie Maria Dibling of Fremont. Mrs. Phillip (Rosie) Cavanaugh and Mrs. Fred (Gertrude) Britenriker. both of Hamler. Services will be at 10 am. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Paul Wohlwend officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery in Hamler. Friends may call at McCrate- Love Funeral Home anytime today. Scripture service will be at 7:30 tonight at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Nov 23, 1974]

Angelo Emery
Angelo Emery, son of Asa and Betsey Emery, was born in Montville, Waldo Co., Maine, June 8th, 1838. While he was still a small boy his father moved with his family to Ohio, leaving Maine Aug. 12, 1844. They first settled in Seneca Co, but in a few years came to Henry county and settled in Harrison township on what is now known as the Jacob Hoy farm, and here Angelo grew to manhood. During that terrible conflict between north and south in those well remembered years, '61 to '65, he responded to the first call for volunteers, and in his country's service bravely wore the blue for the entire four years. He went to Kansas in '79, and while living there he was a member of the G.A.R., and on his return to Ohio first joined the Oscar P. Randall Post, of Harrison township, and later the Loraine Emery Post, of Malinta. Just before his last illness he was elected Post Commander. He was married Nov. 1st, 1865, to Miss Elizabeth Whitright, to them were born three children, two sons and one daughter. He died Jan. 22nd, 1902, aged 63 years, 7 months and 14 days. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, three children, Dorr, Zuleika and Bert, the latter living in Dakota, three grandchildren and two sisters besides other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the M. E. church in Grelton, conducted by Rev. W. J. Dempster, of Napoleon. The deceased was a very highly esteemed citizen, and the attendees to render him the last honors bestowed by living friends was exceptionally large.
"It smiteth low in every heart, We hear it each and all, A song of those who answer not, However we may call. Tis hard to take the burden up When these have laid it down; They brighten all the joy of life, They soften every frown. But oh! 'tis good to think of them When we are troubled sore; What e'er betides Thy love abides-Our God forever more."
We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to neighbors and friends for their kind assistance and sympathy during illness and death of our beloved husband and father, and as we look up-on the beautiful floral offering we feel that we are surrounded by friends in-deed, that have proved that they were a friend in need. MRS. ELIZABETH EMERY AND CHILDREN.
[Henry County Signal, pg 8, col. 5, 30 Jan 1902 - Sub. by Rick Emery]

Carolyn (Senter) Emery
Mrs. Alden Emery, of Harrison township, died last Sunday. Mrs. Emery has been a great sufferer for the last six years.
[Henry County Signal, 11 Jan 1888, Pg3, Col 3 - Sub. by Rick Emery]

Judson Emery
Died, at this home in Damascus township, near Grelton, O., Judson Emery, aged 74 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was born in the State of Maine, July 9th, 1820. His death occurred November 28, 1894. He was a pioneer citizen of Henry county, set-tling on the farm upon which he resided until his death, in the year 1847. He entered the land at the land office in Lima, Ohio. In the year 1848, he was married to Miss Lucinda Mead, who preceded him to the other shore on the 9th of April, 1892. He leaves two children, Mrs. O. P. Bogart, of Clyde, Mo., and Mrs. S. P. Murray, of Grelton, four grandchildren, several brothers and sisters and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The community which has known him so long has lost a good citizen, a kind-hearted friend to the needy, and an honored and upright neighbor. "A friend in need, is a friend indeed", could truly be said of him. The funeral services occurred Sunday afternoon, December 2nd, from the M. E. Church at Grelton, Rev. Cone, President of Buchtel College, Akron, Ohio, officiating. Interment took place at the Hoy cemetery, in Harrison township. The good deeds of our departed friend In memory ever will be green: His life so full of noble acts, Has surely made his record clean. A FRIEND.
[Henry County Signal, Wednesday, 5 Dec 1894, P4, Col. 5 - Sub by Rick Emery]

Lucinda (Mead) Emery
Judson Emery of Damascus township, one of the Grand Jury, received word Wednesday morning of his wife's death. He was excused from further service by Judge Handy and left for his home. The deceased wife was about 55 years of age and had been sick for a long time.
[Democratic Northwest, 6 Apr 1893, Page 8, Column 4 - Sub by Rick Emery]

Lydia (Whitmarsh) Emery
Emery. – At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Senter, in Harrison township, April 13, Mrs. Lydia Emery. The deceased was born in the state of Maine on the 21st of July, 1796, and was married to Tristram Emery in 1814. They remained in the State of Maine, till the year 1833, when they moved with their family to Seneca Co., near Tiffin, in this state. In 1836 they moved to Adams township, Seneca county, where they lived till the fall of 1847, when they moved to the then wilderness of Henry county, and settled on a farm in Harrison township. On the first of August, 1850, her husband died and left her and two daughters in the care of J.C. Emery, her son. They lived on a farm till the fall of 1862, when they moved to town where she resided till 1875, when the last of her two daughters died, which broke up the family. She then went to Mrs. Senter's, where she died at the ripe old age of 83 years, 8 months and 23 days. Her funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Dickerman, at the brick church, and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends.
[The Democratic Northwest, Thursday April 22, 1880, Pg8, Col 5 - Sub. by Rick Emery, ggg-grandson]

Susan E. "Ellen" Emery (nee Spade)
Mrs. Susan E. Emery, wife of N.W. Emery, died Thursday March 14th, 1912, and was buried Sunday. The funeral services were held at the home of her daughter Mrs. Quillman, Rev. A.R. Cuser officiating. Mrs. Emery had been sick for more than a year. She was the mother of six children, five of whom survive her – one son and four daughters. Three of her sisters from abroad were here attending the funeral.
["The Henry County Signal", pg.5 , col. 3, Thursday, 21 Mar 1912 - Sub. by Rick Emery]

Thomas "Benton" Emery
5th paragraph:
GRELTON: T. B. Emery, a pioneer resident of this place, died Friday June 13, at Montville, Maine, his boyhood home where he had gone on a visit. The re-mains were brought back Monday and the funeral was conducted at the residence Tuesday afternoon.
[The Henry County Signal, p.7, col. 7 - 19 June 1913 - Sub. by Rick Emery]

Willard Emery
Willard Emery, one of Henry county's pioneers, died at the home of his brother Alden's in Harrison township April 29. He was born at Montville, Maine, March 29, 1832, and when death called him he was 71 years and one month old. He leaves one son, four grand children, two brothers, four sisters and many other relatives.
[Henry County Signal, p1, col. 7 - Thursday, 7 May 1903 - Sub. by Rick Emery]

Frank Engler
NAPOLEON, O., July 16 - Frank D. Engler, 70, a Liberty Township farmer, died yesterday in his home following a long illness. A native of Flat Rock Township, he lived his entire life in Henry County. For the past 25 years he had resided on the Liberty Township farm. Surviving are his wife, Erna; sons, Charles, Ridgeville Corners; Burdette and Martin, both of Napoleon; daughters, Mrs. Eileen Sickmiller, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Hild Bretz, Toledo, and Mrs. Rosella Bergstedt, Delta, 24 grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Margaret Clyner, Bay City, Mich.; Mrs. Anna Liro, Detroit, and Mrs. Pauline Boesling, Liberty Center; brothers, Jacob, Springfield, O., and William, Detroit, and half-brother, Fred, Napoleon. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
["The Blade" (Toledo, OH), 16 Jul 1964 - Sub by Kate Watson]

D.W. Frease
Napoleon, May 20-D. W. Frease, 80, former mayor, Civil War veteran and retired merchant, died here today. [Plain Dealer, May 21, 1918]

Mary Hime
Colton, Sep 8 - Died, near Colton, Mary Hime. The deceased was born in School Kill Co., Pa, May 5th, 1860, and was married when but 16 years of age and removed to Pickaway Co. In 1867 she moved to Henry Co. Her husband died in '72; he was a soldier in the war of 1812, on which she drew a pension to the time of her death. She was the mother of but one child which died when but a babe. She has been a great sufferer for the past year and leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her departure. [Democratic-Northwest, (Napoleon, OH) 10 Oct 1895]

John H. Huelsman

St. Henry, Jan 22- Funeral rites will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at the St. Henry church for John H. Huelsman, 74, farmer of near here, who died at his home after a 10-month illness. Burial will be made in the church cemetery. He was born at St. Henry, July 11, 1873, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huelsman. He was married Oct. 3, 1916, to Elizabeth Rengers, who survives together with eight children , one sister and five grandchildren.
[Lima News, Jan 22, 1947 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Margaret Jackman
Toledo - Hamler native Margaret E. Jackman, 87, Toledo, died at 11:55 a.m. Thursday in Swan Creek Retirement Community.
She was born Sept. 26, 1914, in Hamler, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Guilliam) Jackman. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and Western Reserve University, Cleveland, she was a school teacher for the fifth and sixth grades for 20 years and retired as principal of Canterbury Elementary School, Cleveland Heights, after 21 years. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Toledo, and Ohio Retired Teachers. Surviving are two sisters, Agatha Zierolf of Ottawa and Mary Westrick of Toledo. Preceding her in death was a brother, Walter. Burial in the St. Paul Catholic Church, Hamler, church cemetery.
[The Crescent-News, Defiance, OH, 29 June 2002 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Maudie A. Lighthizer
That fell disease, diphtheria, has again bereaved the family of Mr. Geo. Lighthizer.  His only daughter, a bright little girl of five years of age, died on last Sabbath morning, following a little brother to the other world within a few short weeks.  The family have the deepest sympathies of the community.  [Democratic Northwest (Napoleon, OH), 13 Jan 1881, pg 4; tr by KT]

Died, on Jan 9th, 1881, of diphtheria, Maudie A., only daughter of George and Barbara E. Lighthizer, aged 5 years and 4 months. [Democratic Northwest (Napoleon, OH), 13 Jan 1881, pg 4; tr by KT]

Henry Massel

Napoleon, Mar 9 - Henry Massel, 87, Henry county pioneer, is dead near Deshler.
[Plain Dealer, May 10, 1918]

Amelia Merritt
Hamler, May 8- Funeral services for Mrs. Amelia (Williamson) Merritt, Henry-co's centenarian, who was 100 years old last Feb. 14, were held at 9 o'clock this morning from the Hamler Catholic church. Mrs. Merritt died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Obrie of Hamler. Infirmities of age caused her death. Her husband, Benjamin Merritt, died 15 years ago. Born in Warren-co, Feb 14, 1834, Mrs. Merritt came to Hamler 65 years ago and resided here since her death.
[Lima News, May 8, 1934]

Mrs. Meyers
The wife of Henry Meyers, a wealthy German farmer residing in Freedom township, met her death last Monday afternoon from injuries received from either falling or jumping into an open cistern. Mrs. Meyers' mind had been weak for some time and it is not known positively whether she fell into the cistern or not, but she was seen to disappear and was rescued immediately. Dr. Maerker was summoned and found that the unfortunate woman had broken a blood vessel, from the effects of which she died Monday evening. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the German Lutheran church in Freedom township, Rev. Fischer officiating.     [Democratic Northwest (Napoleon, OH), Sept 12, 1895; tr by KT]

Mary Moll
Died, Mary Moll, the oldest daughter of Adam Moll, died Saturday at 11 a.m.  She has been a sufferer for several years from a deformity in her back, which constantly grew worse, paralyzing her muscles and finally resulting in death.  She was about 8 years of age.  The funeral services were held Monday and the remains conducted to mother earth. [Democratic Northwest, (Napoleon, OH) 16 Jan 1896]

Asenath Patrick
Died--- of smallpox, on the 15th inst., at her father's residence, in Liberty tp., Henry county, Ohio, Miss Asenath, second daughter of John and Hester Patrick.
[Defiance Democrat, May 31, 1851]

Deborah Perry
Died - Deborah B., wife of Dr. Gibbons Perry, formerly of this vicinity, but of late years reside near Florida, Henry county, died April 29th, in her sixty-sixth year, a most esteemed lady and noted for deeds of charity and usefulness.
[Defiance Democrat, May 13, 1871 - sub by FoFG]

Henry Premer
Napoleon, Mar 9 - Henry Premer, 28, died at his home near Deshler, yesterday. 
[Plain Dealer, May 10, 1918]

Charles Rasey
Charles Rasey died at his home on Melrose street December 2, 1900, at 5 o'clock p.m.  He was born in Crawford county, Ohio, March 19, 1849, and moved with his parents in early childhood to Henry county, Ohio.  He was married to miss Mary Robinson of Henry county, November 13, 1870.  To the union one son, who is still living, was born.  The wife departed this life December 13, 1872.  He was wedded to his 2nd wife, Laura H. Webster, at Wabash, Indiana, November 14, 1873.  She departed this life March 19, 1887.  Three sons and one daughter were born unto them, two of the sons having passed away in infancy.  He was married to his third wife, Mrs. Rachel Woolard, August 30, 1887, at Marion, Ohio, and thus leaves a widow, two sons, one daughter, three brothers and three sisters to mourn for him.  He was a member in good standing in the M.E. church at the time of his death, and although we miss him, we feel that what is our loss is his gain.  Interment in Marion city cemetery. [The Marion Daily State, (Marion, OH) 12 Dec 1900, pg 7]

Agnes Romes
NEW BAVARIA - Mrs. Agnes Romes, 67, died at 5:10 p.m. Thursday in Defiance Hospital . Born April 2, 1908, in Mount Pleasant , Mich. , she was a daughter of Matt and Mary Pantenburg. Her husband, John Romes, died in 1955. -Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Tom (Gladys) Buddeimeyer of here, Mrs. Celete (Ruth) Korte, Mrs. Dan, ( Elizabeth ) Schroeder and Mary Romes, all of Ottawa and ,Mrs. Robert (Eloise) Karl of Cloverdale; four sons, Matt of Deshler. Clarence of Colorado Springs, Colo. William of Paulding and Irvin of here; 27 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Altar Society. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the church with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at Snyder Funeral Home, Holgate after 4 this afternoon. The Rosary will be recited at 8 tonight at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Aug 8, 1975]

John Alovious Romes
NEW BAVARIA - Funeral services for John Alovious Romes, 53, of near here, will be held at 9.30 a m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church here with the Rev. Joseph Brobst officiating and burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Romes died at 4:15 p. m. Wednesday in his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1901, here. He married Agnes Pantenburg June 18, 1929 and she survives. Also surviving are five sons, Clair and William Romes of New Bavaria, Leroy, Irvin and Herman at home; five daughters, Mary, Gladys, Ruth, Betty and Elouise, all at home; five brothers, three sisters and three grandchildren. The body was returned to the residence Thursday from the Fischer Funeral Home in Ottawa .
[Lima News, Dec 15, 1955]

Harper Senter
One of Henry county's oldest and most respected pioneers died Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock, namely, Harper Senter, at the home of his son, Asa Senter, of the South Side, with whom he made his home. The deceased was a native of New Hampshire, came to this country over a half century ago, and has resided continuously in Har-rison township, except for a few months past. At the time of his death his age was 87 years and 17 days. For a few weeks past he has complained of a shortness of breath, which increased of late, ending in heart failure. The funeral will be held today at 1 p. m., at the house and interment made in the Hoy cemetery, Harrison twp. Mr. Senter was a man of sterling character and held the esteem of his neighbors to a marked degree. His religious belief was Universalism, and he ordered his life upon the broad plane of honesty between man and man, the justice and love of God toward his children. His life was one of right Christian living, and will reap reward on its merits.
[Henry County Signal, pg 5, col. 2, Thursday, Sept 7, 1899 - Sub by Rick Emery]

Elsie E. Schmidt

Mrs. Elsie E. Schmidt, 49, Swarthmore , Pa. , formerly of Lima , died Saturday at her home. She had lived in Swarthmore a year. Surviving ore her husband, Ralph; three sons, Carl, Napoleon; Thomas and James; and a daughter, Nancy, all of Swarthmore. The body will be removed to Boyer-Walker mortuary, Napoleon, for services at 2 p. m. Wednesday. The Rev. Forest Brown will officiate, with burial in Forest Hill cemetery. Napoleon.
[Lima News, May 8, 1950]

Maggie Smith
DIED, on the 7th inst., in Monroe township, near Malinta, Maggie Smith, wife of N. Smith, of typhoid fever. The funeral was held on the 9th, services being conducted by Rev. A. Heineman [unknown newspaper, c. Nov 1881]

Christina Snyder
Died on the 12th of January 1881, of consumption, Christina Snyder, wife of Henry Snyder, aged 41 years and 10 months [Democratic Northwest (Napoleon, OH) 20 Jan 1881, pg 8; tr by KT]

Eliza Sworden
(1821 - 1907)
SWORDEN -Mrs. Eliza Sworden, daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth Naugle, was born in Columbia Co., Pa., July 16th 1821; and died at Grelton, Ohio Oct. 23rd, 1907; aged 86 years, 3 months and 7 days. She came with her parents to Seneca Co., O., in the year 1833; and was married to Hazael Murray in 1844. Three years later she came with him to Liberty Township, Henry Co., O., which was then an almost unbroken wilderness with no road and only here and there a settler's cabin, and here enduring all the privations of a pioneer's wife helped him to establish a home in the forest. To this union were born four children, Elizabeth Wort of Baker, Oregon, Mary Singgles of Defiance, O., Solomon P. Murray of Grelton, O., and Lavina Meyers, who died at Napoleon, in 1898. Death Deprived her of her husband in 1854, leaving her to care for her four little ones as she could. She afterwards married Zenas Sworden and became the mother of three more children, Americua and America, twins, both deceased and Minerva Bowen, of Libby, Montana.
Mr. Sworden died in 1871, leaving her a widow a second time. She was a woman of sterling character, a true friend, a kind neighbor, a loving mother, and an earnest christian. She has proved through a long life and many hardships the truth of the Savior's words, "My grace is sufficient."
The funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Grelton, conducted by Rev. Davis, of McClure, who preached from a text of her own selection before she passed away, found in Revelation 141-13; and she was laid to rest in the Morrison cemetery in Liberty Township. Peace to her ashes.
[Source: Newspaper unknown, c. Oct 23, 1907 - Submitted by jdbieb]

Mrs. Sworden
Mrs. Sworden, late of Wisconsin, departed this life Sept 9, 1895.  Funeral services were held at residence in South Napoleon, Sept. 11th, Rev. J. Williams officiating. [Democratic Northwest (Napoleon, OH), Sept 12, 1895; tr by KT]

Walter J. Ward

Walter J. Ward, 41, McClure farmer, was killed Friday when his car collided head-on with another machine on route 6, one-half mile west of McClure.
Harry H. Ward, 43, Bryan, driver of the other car, was taken to Napoleon hospital suffering from rib and nose fractures. Walter J. Ward suffered a broken neck.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, November 6, 1941]

A daughter of David Willeman, in Ridgeville Township, Henry County, Ohio, a young married woman, was killed on Monday last, by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of her husband.  [The Marysville Tribune (Marysville, OH) 18 Nov 1868, pg 1; tr by KT]

Ernest Yocum

Napoleon, O., Mar 7- Ernest Yocum, aged 10, is dead from corrosive poisoning. During the day he drank sap from a bottle found behind an undertaking establishment, and which had contained an embalming fluid.
[Lima Daily News, Mar 7, 1906]


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