November 21st, 2011
Trees adorned with tinsel, garland and lights lit up the hallways and common rooms of The Gardens at Wapakoneta this past week as residents and community members flocked to check out the Christmas scene.
The 13th annual Festival of Trees was held during this past week and weekend, and included more than 80 donated items, which were all auctioned off to festival bidders.
A silent auction was held to bid on the trees and specialty items decorated with Ohio State ornaments, Hawaiian colors, snowflakes and tractors â€” just a few of the attractions at the event.
Barbara â€śJaneâ€ť Keller, 68, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:10 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Cyrus â€śJimmyâ€ť Frey, 55, of St. Marys, was found dead on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, near Grand Lake St. Marys.
He was born Jan. 26, 1956, in St. Marys, the son of Eleanor (Walker) and John Frey and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by three sons, Dustin Frey, of St. Marys, Jeremy Frey, of St. Marys; and Justin Frey, of St .Marys.
Services are at noon Wednesday at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys. Military burial rites will be performed at Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton.
Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.
Harold W. McNeil, 73, of Lima, died at 9:03 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born June 5, 1937 in Grundy, Va., the is the son of Elizabeth Looney and Clyde McNeil. On Oct. 17, 1961 he married Inis A. Layne, who survives.
Also surviving is a son, David Harold McNeil, of Lima; and a daughter, Tracy Diane Green, of Lima.
Services are at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, the Rev. Larry Molaski officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lima.
Raymond L. Mowery, 82, of Westminster, died at 7:11 a.m. Nov. 20, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1929, in Allen County, to Evadna Tidd and Jesse F. Mowery, who have preceded him in death. On Sept. 7, 1951, in the Harrod Christian Church, he married Rose Mary Elsass by the Rev. Williard Thomas. She survives in Westminster.
John Gies, 91, formerly of Jackson Center, died Saturday afternoon, Nov.19, 2011, at Dorothy Love Nursing Home.
He was born April 23, 1920, in Akron, to the late Mildred Fox and Christian Gies, Sr. On Sept. 2, 1939, in Kentucky, he married the former Naomi R. Packer and she preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 1994.
Anita L. Rogers, 36, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born in Lima, the daughter of Carol (Meckstroth) and Billy Rogers. Her mother survives in Wapakoneta, and her father is deceased.
Also surviving are two brothers, Jeffrey (Melanie) Rogers, of Sylvania, Paul (Cortney) Rogers, of Wapakoneta; five nephews, Jason T. Rogers, Austin P. Rogers, Zach J. Rogers, Blake L. Rogers, and Danny Wheeler; two nieces, Totionna S. Rogers and Kayionna S. Rogers; and paternal grandmother, V. Lucille Rogers, of St. Marys.
Home Team Listed First
Division I - State Semifinal Pairings, Saturday, November 26, 7 p.m.
Toledo Whitmer (13-0) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (11-2) at Mansfield Arlin Field
Pickerington Central (10-2) vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier (10-3) at Dayton Welcome Stadium
State Championship Game: Saturday, Dec. 3 at Canton Fawcett Stadium, 7 p.m.
Division II - State Semifinal Pairings, Friday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.
Aurora (12-1) vs. Avon (12-1) at Parma Byers Field
Columbus Marion-Franklin (13-0) vs. Trotwood-Madison (13-0) at Clayton Northmont Good Samaritan Stadium
Mrs. Stoffer â€” the unsung hero of the Wapakoneta Redskins 2011 football team.
Years ago she told a young, impressionable Doug Frye, â€śGood, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.â€ť
Frye never forgot the words of his sixth-grade English teacher and passed them on to his young charges.
â€śI think our kids have to understand that what we did this year was a step in the right direction,â€ť the Redskins varsity coach said. â€śBut it wasnâ€™t the ultimate accomplishment.â€ť
A step in the right direction indeed.
Two years ago, the Redskins went 1-9.
The party has started in Elida.
It started early in Friday nightâ€™s game.
The Bulldogs are headed to the Division III football state semifinals after dominating the Columbus Eastmoor Academy Warriors 37-10.
It was all about the defense as Elida held Eastmoorâ€™s power rushing attack to just 44 yards and sacked quarterback David valdez nine times.