A teacher who recently retired from Wapakoneta Elementary School after 35 years began her career long before that, helping her dolls learn to read.
“I always pretended I was a teacher,” said Melanie Webb this week, on her first day off the job in all these years. “I lined up my doll babies and made up worksheets. I had this big chalk board where I would write lesson plans.”
Webb said in part it was an admiration of her grandmother, Margrete Erb, who taught in a one-room school house, which inspired her to become a teacher.
Leonard T. Browning, 87, formerly of Harrison, died at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Otterbein â€“ St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Woodbine, Ky., to Grace A. (Decker) and Andrew J. Browning. On May 10, 1947, he married Lois B. Burch, who died March 18, 2008.
Surviving are two daughters, Sister Lynn Julian, of Cincinnati, and Wanda Dammeyer, of New Bremen.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens in Nicholasville, Ky. and at 3 p.m. Friday at Meyer Community Chapel of Otterbein â€“ St. Marys, with the Rev. Dean Greenwood officiating.
Sharon Louise Fitzgerald, 52, 624 Taft St., Sidney, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, at her home.
She was born Aug. 27, 1959, in Sidney, the daughter of Carolyn (Helmlinger) and Roger Metz of Botkins. On March 17, 2007, she married James Fitzgerald, who survives.
Also surviving are four step-children, Brenda Hale, of Attwood, Ind., Teresa Longacre, of Kimmell, Ind., Anthony J. Fitzgerald, of Atwood, Ind., and Mindy L. Polar, of Frankford; 13 step-grandchildren; and a step-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Steven L. Metz; and a nephew, Gary E. Metz.
Murlin George Doseck, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:48 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born April 26, 1934, near Minster, the son of Julianna (Behr) and Christopher Doseck, who preceded him in death. On July 23, 1960, he married Marilyn S. Debell, and she survives.
Alverta Eileen Holsheiser, 95, a resident of Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community and, formerly of Springfield, Ill., died at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community.
.She was born April 26, 1917, in Girard, Ill., the daughter of Vega (Shull) and Otis Riffey. On Dec. 10, 1937, she married Charles H. Holsheiser, and he preceded her in death April 7, 1999.
Surviving is a daughter, Carol Lynn Yost, of Celina.
Alice May Bowersock, 73, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born March 14, 1939, in Duchouquet Township, Auglaize County, the daughter of Anna Pearl (Frazier) and Harley Bowersock, who preceded her in death.
Survivors are three sisters, Violet M. Bowersock, of Wapakoneta, Freda A. Bowersock, of Wapakoneta, and Kathryn P. Daugherty, of Kalida; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bowersock, of Wapakoneta, Juanita Bowersock, of Lima, and Barbara Bowersock, of Lima; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Robert S. Nagel, 83, of New Bremen, died at 1:02 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born July 23, 1928, in Minster, the son of Odillia (Schwieterman) and Charles Nagel. On April 7, 1951, he married Donna L. Donnerberg who survives in New Bremen.
Wapakoneta baseball coach Jason Brandt knew pitching wasn’t going to be a problem in the leadup to the 2012 season.
Hitting? Now that was a question mark.
The Redskins returned just three players with a combined 100 varsity at bats. The new bat standards only added to the suspense.
As Wapakoneta (24-5) prepares for its first trip to the state baseball tournament, that question has been answered.
The Redskins are batting .320 as a team and have scored 29 runs in five tournament games.
A man who has been in the education field for 39 years will be saying goodbye to the Wapakoneta City School District as he retires after this school year.
Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne will soon be cleaning out his office and saying goodbye to fellow cohorts as he prepares for retirement. His last day is July 1.
Wapakoneta Boy Scout Jacob Will of Wapakoneta Troop 4 received recognition Tuesday for completing his Eagle Scout project at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Faith Center.
For his project, Will wired the entire Faith Center for internet access. The building, which was remodeled in 1999, was originally built in 1900.
“I got a lot of pride from doing this project,” Will said. “I think it earned me faith from the community and from the St. Joe community that I can do a big project and get things done.”