Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 PM
Sept. 11, 1929-Jan. 25 2014
Elizabeth “Betty” Jane McKowen, 84, of Delphos, passed away Saturday evening at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.
Her Family… She was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Claridge, Pa., to John and Mary (Butcher) Bittner, who preceded her in death.
On June 27, 1953, she married Robert T. McKowen, who preceded her in death on March 12, 1964.
Betty is survived by her children, James (Linda) McKowen of Tipp City, Rebecca (Jim) Kellam of Lima and Thomas McKowen of Marion; five grandchildren, Jordan Kellam, Marie (Andrew) Wylie, Victoria Kellam, Emily McKowen and Daniel McKowen; one great-granddaughter, Anna Rose; brothers-in-law, Al Zolyak of Monroeville, Pa., Jim (Lois) McKowen of Fort Jennings, Tim McKowen of Naples, Fla., and Michael (Barbara) McKowen of Lima; sister-in-law, Audrey McKowen of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Kerns; brothers, William and Martin (Joan) Bittner; sisters, Mildred (Frank) Cinti and Helen Zolyak; brother-in-law, Daniel McKowen; and sister-in-law, Nancy McKowen.
Her Legacy… Betty was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a Delphos Canal Commission trustee and volunteered at the Canal Museum. She had a passion for genealogy and was an avid historian. She was the first Tri-County Woman of the Year in 1967. In 1994, she retired as vice president of human resources from The Commercial Bank. Betty loved tennis and quilting, but her greatest love was her grandchildren.
Her Farewell Services… Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphos Canal Commission, American Cancer Society or The Bridge Hospice Care Center and because of her love of shoes, bring a pair of shoes to donate to those who are in need.
Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 PM
Sept. 6, 1930- Jan. 26, 2014
I. Jean Paullus died at her Van Wert residence on Sunday.
She was born on Sept. 6, 1930, to George and Mary (Geise) Brickner.
On Sept. 6, 1952, she married Jack Paullus, who survives her.
She was a loving mother to her children, Joi (Paul) Mergy, Joe (Jessica) Paullus and Jeff (Trudy) Paullus. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Alek Mergy, Anthony Gober, Jason Paullus and Kathryn Oder; a great-grandchild, Maddison Mergy; and two sisters, Marcile Rinard and Rita Myers.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Arnold, Carl F. and Paul Brickner; and three sisters, Margaret Alexander, Irene Ditto and Delores Gribler.
She had been employed as an executive secretary at the Van Wert Borden's Cheese Plant and later at the Van Wert Chrysler Amplex Plant.
The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. Friday at Brickner Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Van Wert Civic Theater.
Condolences may be left on our website, www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent to
Last Updated on Monday, January 27, 2014 12:25 AM
Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:28 PM
Aug. 23, 1935-Jan. 23, 2014
Caroline “Tiny” Pavel, 78, of Delphos died at 8:43 a.m. Thursday at Vancrest Healthcare Center.
She was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Delphos to George and Dora (Kitchen) Hoffman, who preceded her in death.
She married Lowell “Topp” Pavel, who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 2003.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald (Linda) Pavel of Leipsic and Keith Pavel of Chillicothe; a daughter, Janet (Vernie) Gales of Spencerville; six grandchildren, Sandra Miller, Eric Pavel, Jackie Wood, Brian Pavel, Allen Pavel and Heather Pavel; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two children, Gregory and Gordon Pavel; one brother; and five sisters.
Mrs. Pavel was a homemaker and member of Delphos Wesleyan Church and American Legion Post 268 in Delphos.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Pastor Pam King officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Vancrest Healthcare Center.
Leave condolences at harterandschier.com.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:05 PM
Aug. 18, 1932 Jan. 17, 2014
Robert A. “Bob” Brinkman, 81, of Tawas City, Mich., died Friday at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
He was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Delphos to Joseph and Lenore Brinkman, who preceded him in death.
Bob is survived by his companion, Ruth Coleman; daughter, Laurie (Rick) Rakestraw of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sisters, JoAnn Klausing, Ruth Klima and Marge (Gene) Price; brother and sisters-in-law, Donna Brinkman, Gary (Delores) Whitford, Sherry Meske, Roger Whitford (Barb), Ronald Whitford (Susie), Larry (Kathy) Whitford, Bill (Sandy) Whitford, Dennis (Patti) Whitford and Terry (Jane) Whitford; three grandchildren, Jamie (Andrea) Rakestraw, Benji (Laura) Rakestraw and Amanda (Kevin) Dillon; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas Rakestraw, Ethan Rakestraw, Tess Rakestraw, Liliana Dillon and Owen Dillon; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pat (Whitford) Brinkman on Dec. 9, 2000; his brother, Jerry; brothers-in-law, Donald Klausing and Leonard Klima; and sisters-in-law, Kay Stephan and Fay Whitford.
Bob served during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after 20 years of service.
He worked as an auto mechanic at Herb’s Auto and later at Zubek Motors.
Bob enjoyed entertaining at the losco Medical Care Facility and the Senior Center for 20 years playing and singing and also participating in the senior band in Oscoda. He was known to many as “Uncle Bob” and he loved his country western music and was always found wearing a cowboy hat.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.
Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:18 PM
Aug. 17, 1926- Jan. 20, 2014
Bernice Keselica, 87, of Delphos, died at 1:22 p.m. Monday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Chenoa, Ky., to Ledford and Ollie (Lee) Webb, who preceded him in death.
In 1966, she married to Joseph Keselica, who passed in 1978.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Brooks) Klaus of Delphos; her grandson, Brent (Kim) Binkley of Delphos; three great-grandchildren, Makayla, Hunter and Cole Binkley; many nieces, nephews and friends; and her brother, Donald (Ella) Webb of Ypsilanti, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Kenneth J. Klaus; her brothers, Kelly, Rufus, Etna and Colson Webb; her sisters, Nadine Epperson, Mabel Webb and Rose Collins; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Webb; brother-in-law, Henry Collins and nephew, Michael Webb.
She retired in 1988 after 22 years at Teleflex in Van Wert. She attended First Baptist Church in Van Wert.
Bernice was a very special person and a great mom, grandmother and great-grandma, always being there for them and putting them first. She will be forever missed by those who loved her. She enjoyed traveling and doing things with her longtime friends, Pat, Linda, Shirley and Marilyn. One of her favorite things was her return trips home to Kentucky.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Steve Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Van Wert.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Relay for Life.