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I. Jean Paullus PDF Print
Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 PM

I. Jean PaullusSept. 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, January 27, 2014 12:25 AM
Caroline 'Tiny' Pavel PDF Print
Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:28 PM

Aug. 23, 1935-Jan. 23, 2014


Caroline 'Tiny' PavelCaroline “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.

Robert A. 'Bob' Brinkman PDF Print
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.

Bernice Keselica PDF Print
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.

Dale J. Nienberg PDF Print
Monday, January 20, 2014 9:23 PM

Sept. 17, 1950-Jan. 19, 2014


Dale J. NienbergDale J. Nienberg, 63, of Kalida died Sunday at his residence.

He was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Lima to John Nienberg and Marcile (Elwer) Nienberg-Schmitz, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by a nephew, Mike (Teresa) Nartker of New Riegel; a niece, Paula Nartker of New Riegel; five great-nieces; one great-great-nephew; and two great-great-nieces.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Susan Nartker.

In 2003, after 30 years of teaching, coaching and administration, Dale retired as Kalida High School’s principal. He was a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University, Columbus, and a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Van Wert and Paulding chapters. He was the president of the Putnam County Library, a Master Gardner and a member of the Kalida Lions Club.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida, Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa.

Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Library or Planned Pethood, P.O. Box 350908, Toledo 43635.

Condolences can be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.


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