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July 16th, 2012

Youth plans to help people through art

July 16, 2012

A local adult is taking her passion for art to a whole new level.

Twenty-one year old Allison Venturella, of Wapakoneta, is currently studying art education at Bowling Green State University.

But instead of wanting to teach in a traditional school, she wants to use her knowledge to give kids a second chance.

Daniel Davies, 70

July 16, 2012

Daniel M. “Dan” Davies, 70, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:29 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Lima Memorial Health System Emergency Room.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.

Rex Shaffer, 79

July 16, 2012

Rex E. Shaffer, 79, of rural Spencerville, died at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at The Ohio State University Hospital East in Columbus, where he had been a patient for two months with an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Van Wert County, the son of Flossie Mae (Etchison) and Homer Earl Shaffer. On April 7, 1956, he married Dorothy K. Robey, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons; William Clark Shaffer, of Spencerville, Brent Allen Shaffer, of Wapakoneta, and Richard Neal (Patty) Shaffer, of Delphos.

Chrisie Penrose, 27

July 16, 2012

Chrisie Ann Penrose, 27, of Lakeview, passed away Saturday morning, July 14, 2012, at her home.
She was born March 21, 1985, in Bellefontaine, to Cathy Newkirk, of Bellefontaine, and Donald (Donna) Penrose, of Lakeview.
Also surviving are a sister, Jerrie Baum; two brothers, Nicholas (Jessie) Newkirk, of Bellefontaine, and Dusty Penrose, of Bellefontaine; her stepmother, Kay Penrose, of Wapakoneta; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Mary O’Rock, maternal grandparents, Charles “Fred” and Barbara Newkirk; and an uncle, Kirby Newkirk.

Kerry Hasting, 58

July 16, 2012

Kerry Bill Hasting, 58, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Jan. 29, 1954, in Lima, the son of Evalyn Jean (Shaner) and Wilbur “Bill” Hasting. His father is deceased, and his mother, Evalyn Jean Hasting Ellis survives in Wapakoneta. On July 6, 1974, he married Cynthia Elaine “Cindy” Leonard Hasting, and she survives.

Phyllis Roose, 88

July 16, 2012

Phyllis K. Roose, 88, of Russells Point, died at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, in her home.
She was born July 8, 1924 in Wilshire, the daughter of Eva Marbaugh and Paul Schaffner, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 16, 1943, she married Roy N. Roose Jr., who died Jan. 12, 1997.

July 13th

Donald L. Mathews, 78

July 13, 2012

Donald L. Mathews, 78 of Kansas, died at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Cleveland Clinic.

He was born Nov. 26, 1933, at Tama, the son of Laura Etta (Swander) and Russell Raymond Mathews, who are deceased. On Aug. 4, 1962, he married Ruth A. Morehead, who survives.

Also surviving are three sisters, Elaine (Don) Turner, of Rockford, Ill., Loretta (Ed) Rostorfer, of Lansing, Mich., and Janet (Don) Schwartz, of Sidney; and many nieces and nephews.

Giving blood in honor of a life

July 13, 2012

A Wapakoneta mother can’t remember how many units of blood her son went through after he was diagnosed with cancer.

What she can remember vividly is the time nurses told her they may not have the blood they needed for him and may have to order it and wait for it to arrive.

Judy Strauser is hoping a blood drive dedicated in memory of her son, Jason Strauser, can help others in their time of need.

Doctor resigns from Health Board

July 13, 2012

A long time member of the Auglaize County Health Board has resigned after more than 20 years of service.

Dr. David Nielsen, who has served on the board since 1991, decided that at 91-years-old, it was time for him to leave the board, over which he has served as president for 20 years.

“Looking at my 91 years, I felt as if it was wise to retire now and have someone younger take my place,” Nielsen told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Friday.

WAEDC pursuing new business

July 13, 2012

Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) Director Greg Myers told board members this week that the organization hopes to become aggressive in attracting more business to the area as the economy continues to slowly recover.

Myers told the board he recently submitted a budget request with Auglaize County Commissioners for a considerable increase in funding to address economic development in the county.

Commissioners are considering the request as they outline their budget, Myers said.

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