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Edna Paxson
Edna Paxson, 87, of 7660 Bliss Road , Elida, died at 9 a.m. Sunday at Delphos Memorial Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 14, 1893, in Van Wert County , the daughter of CharJes and Elizabeth Miller Overholt. On April 20, 1912, she married Levi M. Paxson, who died in 1962.
Mrs. Paxson was a member of Middle River Christian Church. Survivors include two sons, Boyd Paxson of Lima, and Norman Paxson of Wapakoneta; two daughters. Mrs. Rutherford (Bonda) O' Bryan of Springfield and Mildred Allen of Elida; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grand-child; and two brothers, C.E. Overholt of Venedocia and Ira Overholt of Van Wert. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, Rev. Larry Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery , Rockford . Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Jun 1, 1981]

Hazel M. Peak
Hazel M. Peak, 100, formerly of 530 S. Mill St., Celina, died at 5:35 a.m., March 8, 2005, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Jan. 15, 1905, in Celina, to Charlie and Minnie Colson Springer. Her husband, Edward R. Peak, Nieces and nephews surviving include Virginia Curry and Marilyn Niemeyer, both of Celina, and Kathy (Paul) Christenson, Salem, Wis. A son, Bill, is deceased.
She formerly worked as a punch operator at Reynolds & Reynolds, Celina, and was a member of Montezuma United Church of Christ.
Services were 11 a.m. today at W. H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Kevin Neumann officiated. Burial followed at Swamp College Cemetery. [Daily Standard Celina, March 11, 2005 - Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss]
Notes from Norita Shepherd Moss:
Name: Hazel Marie Springer
Burial: Swamp College Cemetery, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio
Father: William Richard Springer, b. 1873
Mother: Minnie Ellen Colson, b. 1879
Marriage 1: Edward R. Peak
Birth: ca. 1905 in Mercer Co., Ohio
Death: Sept. 9, 1963 in Celina, Mercer County, Ohio
Burial: Swamp College Cemetery, Celina, Mercer Co., Ohio
Their Child:
- William Springer, b. before 1930, d. after 1930

Herman Webster Peters
Herman Webster Peters, Age 85 and long time resident of Birmingham, Michigan, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, after living a long and happy life.He was born on February 17, 1923 in Fort Recovery, Ohio, the only child of Clarence Webster Peters and Clara Irene Peters. His family moved to Detroit, where Herman went to school, played in the Detroit City's All City Orchestra at Cass Tech, graduated from Denby High School in the January class of 1941, graduated from a branch of the Detroit Conservatory of Music with a teacher of music degree for piano and graduated from the Business Institute. After working briefly at Restrick Lumber Company, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was a decorated WWII veteran earning his EAME Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars; Good Conduct Ribbon; Silver Star Medal and Victory Medal.In returning home in one piece, he married his sweetheart, Florence Elsie Speak, who waited as his fiance throughout the war. They were married on June 1, 1946 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit, and later moved from Detroit to Birmingham, Michigan in 1952.
He worked 18 years for Restrick Lumber and 18 years at Currier Lumber. He and Florence raised three children and found time in their retirement to travel, grandchild sit, be with friends and keep close to their church. Herman especially enjoyed golf, painting and playing the piano. Just before he and Florence's 50th wedding anniversary, Herman wrote a short autobiography called, I Came, I Saw, I Believed. He was an active participant in the Birmingham Kiwanas Club and Senior Men?s as well as never missing a Sunday service, between Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church when they were not in Florida.
Herman is survived by his children, Diane Morgan of California, Don Peters (Gloria) of Royal Oak and Debra Burr (Dale) also of Royal Oak. He has two grandchildren, Caitlin and Casey Burr, 6 nieces and nephews and 5 grand nieces and nephews. He also has many dear cousins in Ohio. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Florence Peters, on May 2, 2003. The service for Herman will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 11:00am at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, in Clawson, Michigan. Visitation will begin at church at 10:00am. There will be a luncheon following and a brief graveside service, weather permitting. He will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham.
From the last page of his book, Herman wrote: This is the end of my story. Don't forget your God. Go in peace; serve the Lord.
[Desmond funeral home, Sub. by Deb]


Joseph Piekenbrock
COLDWATER, April 4—Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic church Monday morning at 9 o'clock for Joseph Piekenbrock, 71, who died at Gibbons hospital, Celina, Thursday night. Surviving are the widow, three brothers, and two sisters. Burial in St. Elizabeth cemetery.
[The Lima News, Apr 5, 1942]

Pvt. Glenn A. Piper
CELINA, Jan. 7 — Funeral services will be held at the Pleasant View Church of God at 2 p. m. Sunday for Pvt. Glenn A. Piper of east of Celina who died in a hospital in France Sept. 4, 1944, from wounds received while
serving on the Belgian front.
He was born July, 9, 1925, to Mr. and Mrs. Garnan Piper of Jefferson-tp and was 19 at the time of his death.
Surviving are the parents; two brothers, Walter and Robert, both of Celina; and three sisters, Mrs. Mabel Beougher, Mrs. Lola Staver and Betty Piper, all of Celina.
The Dick and Stallter funeral home has taken the body to the Piper residence. Dr. Tennyson Guyer will officiate at the services with the military rites in, charge of Celina post. American Legion. Burial will be made in North Grove cemetery.
[The Lima News Jan 7, 1949]

Lyman Ward Preston
Celina - L. Ward Preston 74, Route 6, Celina, a retired farmer died at 5:50 a.m. Monday at Gibbons Hospital, here after a one week illness. Surviving are his widow, Plezzie N. (Colson), a son Homer, of Celina Route 2, three daughters, Mrs. Elma Kiser, Celina, Mrs. Opal Menchlofer, Route 1, New Bremen, and Mrs. Goldie Ballinger of Shelby; and six grand-children. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Montezuma Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Ellis Cemetery. Friends may call at the Vale Funeral Home 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
[The Lima News, December 27, 1955 - Contributed by Norita Moss]




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