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Sopha Temple
ROCKFORD - Mrs. Sopha Temple, 90, of Rockford died at 6:35 p. m. Saturday in the Smith Nursing Home, Rockford. She was born July 14, 1882, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Lafayette and Millbury (Sidenbender) Snyder.
She married Charles Temple in January of 1902. He preceded her in death in 1970. Survivors include two daughters Mrs. Vaughn (Helen) Archer of Mendon and Mrs. Louise Lee of San Diego, Calif.; a son Lowell (Pete) Temple of Rockford; nine grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Two sons preceded her in death. She was a member of the Olive Branch Church of God. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday in the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Brewster officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home.
[Van Wert Times Bulletin, Apr 9, 1973]

Martha J. Thobe
Martha J. Thobe, 76, 8950 Fort Recovery-Minster Road, Minster, died at 4:13 p.m. April 2 at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Burkettsville, to Henry and Elizabeth (Geier) Geise. On April 7, 1945, she married Wilbur J. Thobe, who survives.
Other survivors are two sons and their wives, Kenneth and Linda of Minster, and James F. and Jeannie of New Bremen; a sister and her husband, Mildred and Lester Kinninger, Sidney; three sisters, Loretta Schulze, Sidney, Esther Smith, Dayton, and Viola Sitzman, Dayton; two brothers and their wives, Robert and Evelyn Geise, and Charles and Ruth Geise, all of Coldwater; a sister-in-law and her husband, Nothburga and Butch Geise, Coldwater; a stepsister and her husband, Jose and Robert Knapke, Coldwater; and 10 grandchildren. Deceased are three brothers. She was a self-employed cookware salesperson, and a member of St. John Catholic Church and its Ladies Sodality, Maria Stein. Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Emil Labbe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Calling is 2-9 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
[Daily Standard, Apr 3, 2001]

Virgil H. Thobe
Virgil H. 'Butch' Thobe, 79, 8202 Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 1:40 p.m. April 7 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born May 21, 1921, in Minster, to Henry F. and Matilda (Heitkamp) Thobe. On May 1, 1946, he married Mary E. Wenning, who died Oct. 14, 1993.
Survivors are three sons and their wives, Dick and Diane of Chickasaw, Jim and Phyllis of Maria Stein, and Kevin and Ruth of St. Henry, and a son, Jack of Chickasaw; seven daughters and their husbands, Jean and Jim Basile, Clark, N.J., Joan and Michael Bollenbacher, and Lynn and Dale Homan, all of Maria Stein, Kathy and Tom Huelsman, and Nancee and Ted Homan, all of Chickasaw, Kris and Roger DeMange, St. Henry, and Beth and Gary Fortkamp, Maria Stein; five brothers and their wives, Werner and Mary, Delbert and Velma, Donald and Patty, Roland and Shirley, and David and Jean, all of Maria Stein, and two brothers, Elton of Maria Stein, and Larry of St. Marys; six sisters and their husbands, Alice and Leonard Varno, Sidney, Mary C. and John Mescher, Maria Stein, Martha and Tom Warner, New Bremen, Marilyn and Dale Miller, Minster, Margie and David Moeller, St. Sebastian, and Lois and Jay Hogenkamp, Carthagena; a sister-in-law, Ginny Thobe, Maria Stein; and 35 grandchildren. Deceased are a daughter, Ann, a brother, Harold, and a granddaughter.
He was retired as a self-employed milk hauler, and served in the U.S. Army 83rd Infantry Division during World War II. He formerly served as a commander of Maria Stein American Legion, and was a member of St. John Catholic Church and its Men's Sodality, Maria Stein, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chickasaw, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Minster, and Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Emil Labbe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Calling is 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
[Daily Standard, Apr 9, 2001]

William F. Thompson
Ft. Recovery, O - William F. Thompson, 65, veteran of the Civil war and a former blacksmith of this place is dead at the Soldiers' Home at Leavenworth. Kansas. The remains are expected here Thursday for burial. He leaves one brother James of this city and the following sisters, Mrs. Mary Abraham and Mrs. Ed Hoke of this place.
[Lima Daily News, July 1, 1915]

John Tilton
John Tilton, a highly respected citizen of this county, died at noon Friday at his home in Hopwell township, following an illness of several months due to a tumorous growth beneath his stomach. Mr. Tilton is past seventy-one years of age.
[Lima Daily News, Jan 5, 1912]

Fred G. Tolan
ROCKFORD - Fred G. Tolan, 79, of here, died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Van Wert County Hospital following a brief illness. He was born April 8, 1906, in Rockford, the son of Robert and Catherine (Mussulman) Tolan. On June 30,1942, he married Catherine Sweyer who survives. Mr. Tolan was owner and operator of Tolan Memorials until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of the Shane Lodge 377 Free and Accepted Masons, the Scottish Rite of Dayton and Mispah Shrine of Fort Wayne, Ind. Survivors also include a son, James Tolan of Celina; four grandchildren; and a sister, Eva Gordon of Fort Recovery. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford. Rev. Martin Griffith officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Masonic services will be held at 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Oct 21, 1985]

Allie Tomlinson
Mendon -- Mrs. Allie Tomlinson passed away at her home Sunday evening. She has been in poor health for the past three years.
[Van Wert Times Bulletin (Van Wert, OH) 15 Dec 1928 - KT - Sub by FoFG]




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