April 17th, 2013
Bells will be ringing during an upcoming concert by an internationally acclaimed bell choir in Wapakoneta.
The Raleigh Ringers, hosted by St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), are returning to the area after a quickly sold out concert also hosted by the church in 2009. This time, the bell choir will take to the stage of the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center on May 26, which is the last Sunday of the month.
George Neil McElroy Sr., 88, of Lima, died at 7:44 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Spencerville, to Cecil Danner and Nathan McElroy Sr. On June 21, 1946, he married Neta Jayne Wikel, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 1987. On June 7, 1993, he married Emma Jean Spayd, and she survives in Lima.
Helen L. âDollyâ Niese, 89, of Wapakoneta, died at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Jan. 12, 1924, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Lenora (Ruck) and David Orphal, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 24, 1946, she married Gilbert Niese, and he died March 18, 1993.
An array of feelings went through the mind of local competitive distance runner Amy Kentner when she learned Monday that bombs blew up within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon — fear and panic were among the strongest she felt.
Kentner, the organizer for the annual Run to the Moon 5-kilometer run held annually in Wapakoneta, had two friends, 24-year-old Sara Anderson and 34-year-old Amy Morrisey, who were participating in the race.
An expert on the issue of human trafficking quickly destroyed a myth that “it wouldn’t happen here,” as she addressed a crowd of approximately 30 people Sunday at the Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene.
Laurel Neufeld-Weaver, Sunday night’s speaker, told the story of a girl living in Lima who has since been relocated recently to protect her from her traffickers. The girl is 14.
Eric C. Johnson, 50, 06761 Auglaize County Road 33A, St. Marys, died at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born July 14, 1962, in Bar Harbor, Maine, to Joyce E. (Van Schoyck) and William F. Johnson, who survive in St. Marys
Also surviving are a daughter, Alena Johnson, of Wapakoneta; two brothers William âSkipâ (Karla) Johnson, of St. Marys, and Brian (Amy) Johnson, of St. Marys; a sister, Jenniffer (Mark) Sandberg, of St. Marys; a former wife Jennifer Furr, of Wapakoneta; and several nieces and nephews.
Helen L. âDollyâ Niese, 89, of Wapakoneta, died at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Patricia D. Yahl, 67, 117 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died at 10:25 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Pat was born July 15, 1945, in Allen County, to Ruth (Rupert) and Mitch Dyer. On Oct. 17, 1964, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, she married Robert Yahl, who survives.
Wm. Francis Lowry, 92, of Cridersville, died at 9:12 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his residence.
He was born April 26, 1920, in Allen County, to Dorothy Grace (Sellers) and Samuel Price Lowry. On Aug. 5, 1950, he married Ellen Wolfe, and she survives in Cridersville.
Mr. Lowry had been a farmer and was a member of the Auglaize County Farm Bureau. He was a member of Rousculp Church of Christ, Uniopolis Fire Department and was a Fairmount Cemetery Board Member. He was a former Union Township Trustee.
After a rocky start to the season, the Wapakoneta varsity baseball team is doing what they can to get back on track.
Back-to-back shutouts isn’t a bad place to start.
Traveling to Kenton Monday afternoon for a makeup of Friday’s game, the Wapakoneta Redskins run-ruled the Kenton Wildcats, 11-0.