July 7th, 2011
The Rev. James O. Byrne, 99, a long-time priest who served many parishes in the area, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the infirmary of St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Diane Sue Koons, 70, 1815 Winston Drive, St. Marys, died at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born Sept. 5, 1940, in Sidney, the daughter of Eldora (Hughes) and William Haney. On July 2, 1963, she married Roger R. Koons and he preceded her in death July 27, 2009.
She is survived by a son, Tim (Mary) Koons, of St. Marys; and two daughters, Heidi (Daniel) Lemmerman, of St. Marys, and Heather (Carl) Moeller, of St. Marys.
H. LaVerne Wertz, 89, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born May 29, 1922, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Malinda (Kinstle) and William â€śBillâ€ť Veit, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 31, 1943, she married Llewellyn F. Wertz, and he died March 29, 1997.
BOTKINS â€” A Botkins man has finally decided to step down from a local business that he had been running since 1978.
Sixty nine-year-old Ron Steinke recently decided to retire from the family business with his last day coming last week. However, Steinkeâ€™s Marathon Service station will remain under the Steinke banner, as his sons, Steve, 38, and Andy, 40, will continue to run the business that has been in the family for more than 100 years.
Board members of a local economic development organization faced a decision of teaming up with Toledo or Dayton as part of regionalization of Gov. John Kasichâ€™s JobsOhio reform of Ohioâ€™s government.
BOTKINS â€” Botkins school board members officially chose a dollar amount to ask from district voters to build approximately $23.3 million worth of new school facilities.
Botkins Schools Board of Education members will seek the issuance of bonds totaling $6.95 million to pay the 25 percent local share of the construction in November. That total also includes locally funded initiatives not paid for under the yet-to-be-signed official agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) and money for land acquisition costs.
MINSTER â€” The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team showed it could make things interesting late â€” in both the best and worst sense Â â€” during the Auglaize County sectional tournament this week.
But above all the Redskins revealed that they were the countyâ€™s best summer baseball team.
Wapakoneta held off a late Minster charge for a 6-5 win in the sectional title game on Wednesday night to finish the tournament unscathed with a 3-0 record with comebacks and close calls throughout.
Pauline â€śPollyâ€ť Swarner, 88, of Cridersville, formerly of St. Marys, died at 9:35 a.m. Monday, July 4, 2011, at Cridersville Healthcare Center, where she had made her home since November 2006. Prior to that, she had been a resident of The Gardens of Wapakoneta.
She was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Lima, the daughter of Maude (Ramer) and Guy Swarner, who preceded her in death. Her father died when she was only 6 years old. When her mother later remarried, it was her good fortune to have a wonderful step-father, Benjamin Kundert, whom she lovingly always called Dad.
MINSTER â€” A rough start to Tuesday nightâ€™s game didnâ€™t deter the Minster ACME baseball team from assuring itself of a trip to the district tournament.
Minster pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth inning and advanced to the title game of the Auglaize County sectional tournament with a 5-4 win over top-seeded St. Marys at Hanover Street Park.
Wapak, the No. 2 seed, and Minster will battle for the sectional crown tonight at 6. Since the tournament is double-elimination, if Minster wins that game the two teams will play again at 8:15.
Pamela J. Johnson Mangin Stover 64, of Wapakoneta died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 4, 2011 at her residence.
She was born May 3, 1947, in Lima, to Lola M. (Colley) and Harold A. Johnson in Lima. Her mother survives in Lima. On March 27, 1965 she married Donald D. Mangin Sr. She then married William F. Stover on July 8, 1979, and he died February 6, 1998.
Also surviving are two sons; Donald (Trina) Mangin Jr. and Todd (Nicole) Mangin, both of Rio Rancho, N.M.; and a daughter Christine (Jamie) Schneer, of Wapakoneta.