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Goldie Fahncke

Goldie Fahncke, 89,died at 10:50 p.m. Oct. 17, 1995, in Celina Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Sept. 20, 1906,in Liberty Township, Mercer County, to Lewis P. and Emma (Alt) Linn. On Sept. 20, 1928 she married Carl Fahncke, who survives.
Mrs. Fahncke was a member and church organist for 40 years at St. Paul Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid Society.
Survivors also include a brother, Lorin Linn of Celina; and two sisters, Ala Maurer of Rockford and Oma Bader of Celina. Services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rockford. The Rev. Theodore Dockter will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Rockford.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Oct 1995]

Margaret M. Fahncke
Margaret M. Fahncke, 75, died at 7:35 p.m. Aug. 23, 1995, at her residence. She was born Aug. 11, 1920, in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, to George W. and Freda A. (Regedanz) Smith. On April 12, 1958, she married Paul A. Fahncke, who survives. Mrs. Fahncke was a Mercer County Common Pleas Court reporter under Judge Paul Dull. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and its Lutheran Christian Women, Celina and a board member of Mercer County Crippled Children and Adults for 30 years. She was valedictorian of her 1938 graduating class at Celina Senior High School and a graduate of Lima Business College. Survivors also include three sons, John (Jerine) Fahncke of Willshire, Joseph (Karen) Fahncke of Rockford and Dr Charles (Debra) Fahncke of Rockville, Md.; a daughter, Dr Sara Fahncke of Maria Stein two brothers, John Smith Celina and Don Smith of Rockford; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant sister. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Celina. The Rev. Theodore Dockter will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1995]

Kristy Figley
Kristy Figley, 39, died the afternoon of June 7, 1995, at her residence. She was born Oct. 2, 1955, in Celina, to Eugene and Demaris Hoying Kroft. Ms. Figley was a bartender at Thompson's Cafe, Celina. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, member and past chaplin of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, member of American Legion Auxiliary of Celina, Celina Eagles Lodge and the Loyal Order of the Moose of Celina. Survivors include a daughter, Nikki Figley, at home; three brothers, Greg Kroft of Marietta, and David Kroft and Steve Kroft, both of Celina; three sisters, Melody Main of Neptune, Jane Bubp of St. Marys and Robin Hall of Celina; and a grandson. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Celina. The Rev. William Hoying will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
[Unknown newspaper, c. June 1995]

Mabel Agnes Figley
Mabel Agnes Figley, 88, died at 8:26 p.m. Dec. 11,1996, at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert. She was born Dec. 5, 1908,near Decatur, Ind., to Grant and Emma Evertt Strickler. On Oct. 7, 1930, she married LeDoyle "Farmer" Figley, who survives. Mrs. Figley was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rockford. Survivors also include two sons, Dick (Jan) Figley and Keith (Sandy) Figley, both of Rockford; a daughter, Jane (Virgil) Roebuck of Cridersville; a sister, Ruby Huffman of Berne, Ind.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers; a step brother; and seven sisters. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Rockford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford
[Unknown newspaper, c. Dec 1996]

Richard M. Fischbach
Richard M. Fischbach, 81, 405 W. South St., New Knoxville, died at 1:10 a.m. April 8 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born Sept. 4, 1919, in Shelby County, to Elmer and LaRue (Dodds) Fischbach. On July 26, 1941, he married Deloris Kipp, who survives.
Other survivors are a daughter and her husband, Jean and Gordon Coffin, New Bremen; two sisters and their husbands, Bernice and Albert Houts, New Bremen, and Shirley and Laverne Pax, Pickerington; a brother and his wife, Rodney and Rowena of Cambridge City, Ind., and a brother, Carrol of St. Marys; four sisters-in-law, Dorothy of Anna, Marie of St. Marys, Dorothea Wierwille, New Knoxville, and Evelyn Thatcher, Van Wert; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Paul and Orville, and a sister, Beverly Moeller.
He was a retired truck driver at Airstream Corp., Jackson Center, and a former employee of Stamco in New Bremen. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was awarded the Battle Star, Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, after he was wounded serving in the infantry in France and Germany. He was a member of First United Church of Christ and American Legion Post 444, where he served as Post Chaplain, both New Knoxville.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David Hunt officiating. Burial with graveside rites performed by the American Legion is at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville, handled arrangements.
[Daily Standard, Apr 9, 2001]

Edith L. Foor
Edith L. Foor, 86, 911 W. Spring St., St. Marys, died at 7:56 p.m. March 31 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. She was born April 8, 1914, in Warsaw, Ky., to John C. and Ella (Hill) Cox. On April 27, 1935, she married Donald D. Foor, who died Oct. 8, 1983.
Survivors are a daughter and her husband, Glenda and Jerry Walter, St. Marys; a daughter, Donna Jean of St. Marys; a brother and his wife, Joe B. and Nancy Cox, Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Deceased is a sister, Ruth Christopher. She was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., St. Marys, and was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys. She was a 1932 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. David L. Woodyard officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
[Daily Standard Apr 2, 2001]

Alta F. Forlow
ROCKFORD - Alta F. Forlow, 80, died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Van Wert County Hospital following an extended illness. She was born Aug. 22, 1904, in Adams County , Ind., the daughter of Charles and Orra Rawley Forlow. Miss Forlow had been a cook. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church . Survivors include three brothers, Gerald Forlow of Geneva , Ind. , Amos Forlow of Van Wert and Forest Forlow of Convoy; and a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Helen) Valentine of Rockford. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford , Rev. Ben Faulk officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Jan 6, 1985]

Cletus Frahm
ROCKFORD - Cletus Frahm, 65, died at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in Shanehill Nursing Home. Survivors include his wife, Helen; two daughters, Phylis Frye and Rita Koontz, both of here; seven grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Smith of here; and two brothers, Richard of Celina and Wilmer of Fort Wayne, Ind.
He had been a woodcarver for Mershman Brothers, Celina, for 40 years. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Buck Cemetery, near Celina. Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home where Masonic services will be at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
[Lima News, Apr 27, 1977]

Ralph William Fry
Ralph William Fry, 84, 21719 Wetzel Road, Fort Jennings, died at 10:22 p.m. Jan. 17, 2003, at Lincolnway Home, Ridge Township.
He was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Delphos, to Glenn and Saloma (Bryan) Fry. On Nov. 11, 1977, he married Alice Rider Little Wallick and she survives at Lincolnway Home.
Surviving are a brother, Ernest (Delores) of Sarasota, Fla., and a sister, Marcile Crosby, Toledo.
He was a retired farmer and a U.S. Army veteran who served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of Grace Church, Middle Point, Isaac American Legion Post 178, Van Wert, and Robert G. Longwell Post 5803, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Cemetery.
Calling is 3-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Daily Standard, Jan 20, 2003]

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