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Lucille G. Van Oss PDF Print
Sunday, February 02, 2014 9:10 PM

Sept. 21, 1921- Feb. 1, 2014


Lucille G. Van OssLucille G. Van Oss, 92, passed from this life at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

Lucille was born on Sept. 21, 1921, to Nathaniel L. Staup and Pansie C. (Peterson) Staup, who preceded her in death.

On Sept. 2, 1940, she married Roland J. Van Oss, who passed away Dec. 24, 1991.

Lucille is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Tom) Van Oss-Davis of Centerville and Jeanie (Dave) Alt of Delphos; three granddaughters, Suzanne (David) Laudadio, Jennifer (Jeremy) Strapp and Julie (Shawn) Grime; two step-granddaughters, Ali (Jordan) Ross and Jennifer Davis; three grandsons, Eric (Jodi) Wegesin, Matt Wegesin and Jon (Anna) Dieringer; three step-grandsons, Andy (Jamie) Alt, Aaron (Christine) Alt and James Davis; six great-grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan Strapp, Logan and Ella Grime and Sarah and Thomas Dieringer; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Sam, Josh and Luke Alt, Alexa Alt, Jackson Ross, Kristin Davis and Kate Davis; along with nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Annette Wegesin; a grandson, Steve Nomina; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Strapp; two brothers, Ralph and Ernie Staup; a sister, Luella McMichael; two sons-in-law, Bob Wegesin and Greg Dieringer; and her special feline companion, Miss Kitty.

Raised during the years of the Great Depression, Lucille’s life was one of unconditional love, acceptance, service to others, honesty and gratitude. She always placed the needs of others above her own. She had a beautiful, resilient spirit and strong faith. By example, her philosophy of life was passed on to her family. She was a true gift to all who were fortunate to have her in their lives. Her family came first to her always.

Lucille gave of her time generously. As a member of St. Rita’s Auxiliary, she volunteered in their gift shop for nearly 20 years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and in her earlier years, she supported the church and school by volunteering at the annual church festival, in the “Mom’s Room”, and as a Juniorette leader. She gave to her community by her work at the Delphos Thrift Shop.

A special thanks to Dr. James Bowlus, who showed such honesty and compassion to Lucille and to her family as her days on earth became short, to the staff of Vancrest Assisted Living and Rehab for making the last six months of Lucille’s life the best that they could be and to the nurses of St. Rita’s Hospice.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Dave Reinhart will officiate. The Rev. James Van Oss will co-officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at Strayer Funeral Home in Delphos from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Auxiliary or to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111-9986.

Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy V. Foust PDF Print
Sunday, February 02, 2014 9:09 PM

July 30, 1922-Jan. 31, 2014


Dorothy V. Foust, 91, of Elida died at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Richland Manor.

She was born July 30, 1922, in Lima to Orphy and Evelyn (Loomis) Allen, who preceded him in death.

For 72 years, Dorothy shared her life with her husband, Howard Foust, whom she married on May 2, 1941.

Survivors include two sons, Howard L. (Reida) Foust Jr. of Lima and Michael A. (Pat) Foust of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia A. Foust of Lima; a sister, Nettie Millrans of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Sue Allen of Defiance and Margie Allen of California; a brother-in-law, Clay “Derb” Knoch of Uniappolis; five grandchildren, Reed (Kelly) Foust, Allen (Tina) Foust, Laura Pelscher, Melissa (Ryan) Moore and Michael Scott Foust and (Cherrie); 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She worked at Beckman’s in Delphos in sales.

Dorothy loved her grandchildren and her dog, Buddy. She also loved walking and quilting.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. David Howell. Burial will be at a later date at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.

Online condolence may be left at www.harterandschier.com.

Juanita M. Rahrig PDF Print
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:34 PM

March 7, 1931-Jan. 31, 2014


Juanita M. Rahrig, 82, of Spencerville died at 3:55 a.m. Friday in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville, where she had been a resident since September 2013, with her family at her side.

She was born March 7, 1931, in Amanda Township, Allen County, to Cloyd and Iona Hager Sakemiller, who preceded her in death. Her step-father, Russell “Spike” Trippy, also preceded her in death.

On Feb. 28, 1950, she married Robert N. “Wimp” Rahrig, who survives, along with six children, Roger (Mary) Rahrig, Pam (Ron) Shook and Mike (Sam) Rahrig, all of Spencerville and Jeff (Cathy) Rahrig of Lima, Rodney (Norma) Rahrig of Spencerville and Bob Rahrig of Wapakoneta; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Neuman of Wapakoneta; and two step-sisters, Carol Miller and Sandy (Jim) DeCamp, both of Spencerville.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, Pastor Joseph Heeter officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Sharon A. Minnig PDF Print
Monday, January 27, 2014 9:00 PM

Dec. 17, 1961-Jan. 23, 2014

Sharon A. MinnigSharon A. Minnig died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital.

She was born Dec. 17, 1961, in Lima to Camillus J. and Alma (Burgei) Minnig, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by a son, Cameron Mock of Monroeville, Ind.; a daughter Emily Mock, of Monroeville; sisters Karen (twin sister of Sharon) Adkins of Van Wert and and Diane Feathers of Monroeville; brothers, Frank (Mary) Minnig, Robert (Jean) Minnig of Van Wert and Jeffery Minnig and Joseph Minnig of Delphos; sister in law Kim Ralston of Fort Jennings; and her companion, Steve Spuller of Fort Wayne.

She was also preceded in death a brother James; twin brothers John and Joseph; twin sisters Carolyn and Marilyn; and a sister-in-law, Rebecca Minnig.

A Celebration of Life Service is planned for a later date.

Preferred Memorials are to be made to the family which they will administrate until a memorial gift can be decided.

Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Winchester Rd. Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Monday, January 27, 2014 8:05 PM
Elizabeth 'Betty' Jane McKowen PDF Print
Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 PM

Sept. 11, 1929-Jan. 25 2014


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Jane McKowenElizabeth “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.


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