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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.

Condolences may be expressed at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

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.


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