March 1st, 2013
ST. MARYS — Local volunteer, attorney and community advocate Jack Kuffner died Thursday, leaving behind family, fellow parishoners, Kiwanis and colleagues with memories of the ways he impacted the community.
As a lawyer, local attorney Kraig Noble said that Kuffner was highly respected in the local law community. As an assistant prosecutor, prosecutor and judge in the county court, Noble said he had high standards.
“Everyone knew you could trust Jack’s word,” Noble said. “If he said he’d do something, he’d do it.”
Charles E. ‘Charley’ Webb, Sr., 80, died at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
He was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Wapakoneta, to Florence Freideger and Pearl Webb.
Surviving are a son, Charles E. ‘Charley’ Webb Jr. of Lima; a daughter, Annette Elaine Volz, of Toledo; five grandchildren; a brother, James (Shirley) Webb, of Wapakoneta; and three sisters, Edna (Glenn) Steed, of Wapakoneta, Mary (Jack) Selover, of Turlock, Claif., and Sharon (Dave) Erb, of Arlington.
Laura Bitzinger, 86, of Holland, formerly of Liberty Center, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Spring Meadows Extended Care.
Laura was born July 23, 1926, in Ridgeville Corners, to Clara (Hasemeier) and Henry Rosebrock. She met and married Paul Bitzinger, in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Dec. 21, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 1971.
Fourteen bridges, costing an estimated $829,921, are slated for replacement this year in Auglaize County.
The projects are to be completed based on when easements can be maintained and utilities cleared, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.
This year’s schedule includes more smaller projects, because it is what they can afford with less revenue, the county engineer said. The investment for most of this year’s projects is just concrete and steel.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle Paul Eisert will have to face as he starts his new venture will be the jokes about law enforcement and donuts.
All jokes aside, the long-time Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his wife, Kathy Eisert, have purchased the building at 20 W. Auglaize St., that houses City Bakery. Eisert said he and his wife plan the donut shop much like area customers have grown accustomed to through the years.
Eisert said they plan to keep all of the old favorites that people have grown accustomed to at the bakery.
Historians from across the state will soon be gathering in Wapakoneta.
The Auglaize County Historical Society is hosting a regional conference, aimed at bringing together historians from across Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 16 at St. Joseph Church Parish Life Center.
The theme for the conference is “Connecting Treasured Pasts & Bright Futures.”
Richard D. Kennedy, 72, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Wapakoneta, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at his residence on Longboat Key, Fla.
He was born to Amelia C. (Dorsten) and Richard B. Kennedy.
He is survived by a son, Richard Scott.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Daryl Kennedy.
A celebration of life service will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Shawnee Country Club in Lima.
Bradley Allen Pastor, 35, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Paulding, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
He was born Sept. 5, 1977, in Paulding, the son of Deanna (Verfaillie) and Terry Pastor. On Sept. 10, 2011, in Hocking Hills, he married Marcia Kantner, and she survives.
James J. âJimâ Seitz, 89, of Lexington, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, 2013, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
He was born Dec. 15, 1923, in Wapakoneta, the oldest child of Alice (McEvoy) and Robert Seitz, and he graduated from Blume High School in Wapakoneta.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Geraldine âJeriâ (Brown) Seitz; a daughter, Mary Jane Wier (Brad Jeffrey), of Worthington; two brothers, Robert Seitz, of Wapakoneta, and William (Kathie) Seitz of Honor, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews that were like children to him.
A nearly 3 1/2-hour standoff at the Western Suite Inn in Wapakoneta ended peacefully at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday when two men wanted on warrants out of Logan County surrendered to local law enforcement.
Officers with the Wapakoneta Police Department and members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) and Hostage Negotiation Team managed to talk the two men — one wanted on a charge of burglary and the second on a charge of domestic violence — to surrender without incident.