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Nelson E. Decker
09/24/1926 - 04/03/2013


Nelson E. Decker

Nelson E. Decker, 86, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2013; surrounded with love from his two daughters Janie L. Jefferies, of Lancaster, PA., and Pamela S. Asplundh of Pipersville, PA., by his side.

Nelson was born in Bellevue, Ohio to Calvin Decker and Gladys Meyer Decker on Sept 24, 1926. Nelson attended the Air Force Academy as a young man. After leaving the academy he went to work as an engineer for Cadillac, a Division of GMC Motors in Cleveland, Ohio, till he departed to work for Eaton, Yale and Towne as an Engineer in PA.

He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Huntingdon Valley, PA., where he served as an usher. Nelson was a member of Mensa International; and in his retirement he moved to Naples, FL., where he joined the Friendship Force of America. He traveled extensively spreading good will for America. You will be missed greatly.

Nelson married his true love from first grade the late Janet L. Gibson Decker of Clyde, Ohio. Nelson enjoyed a full life with his family and is survived by his 2 daughters Janie and Pamela along with his two sons-in-law: Harry Jefferies and Carl Asplundh, 7 grandchildren: Brian, Christopher, Laurian, Corey, Kyle, Gary and Tim, 6 great grandchildren, a sister, Evelyn Cummings of Casper, Wyoming, a brother Wilford Decker of Ft Myers, FL a sister-in-law Nora Gibson of Naples, FL., his nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Louis Decker.

Rest in peace Dad and Pop-Pop. You will always be remembered with the fondest of memories. We Love You Forever.

Services will be private. Nelson will be laid to rest next to his wife at McPherson Cemetery, Clyde, Ohio. Arrangements by: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, Ohio.
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Phyllis Myers Flavin Janet's York School best girlfriend on September 14th, 2014 - 1:49 am said:
Sorry about your loss, lots of fond memories of your mom and dad.


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Barbara Willivene Bonnette
06/10/1929 - 04/03/2013

Barbara Willivene Bonnette,83, of Clyde, died on Wed., April 3, 2013 at Stein Hospice, Sandusky.

Mrs. Bonnette was born in Kittanning, Pa on June 10, 1929 to the now deceased Frank and Barbara (Bowser) Beers. She moved to this area in 1952-53.

Willivene was a member of the First Missionary Church, Clyde where she had been an active member. She also was involved as a Hospice volunteer, helped at the Clyde Food Pantry and enjoyed cooking and quilting.

On June 1, 1948, she married James R. Bonnette. He, along with their children, Roger (Lianne) Bonnette, Clyde and Kathy (Henry) Wolpert, Helena survive. Five grandchildren, Andrew Shane Bonnette; Kimberly Sue Saldana; Karl James Wolpert; Joshua Jay Wolpert and Jordan Lee Wolpert and eight great grandchildren also survive. Her brother, Charles (Pat) Beers survives in Fremont.

Mrs. Bonnette had worked at the Eaton Controls in Fremont until the plant closed.

Her sister, Ruby Dunfee and brother, George Beers are deceased.

Visitation is on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main St., Clyde, Ohio. The funeral will be on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the First Missionary Church with the Rev. Jeff Martin officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the First Missionary Church.

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Visitation Date: 04/07/2013

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

Service Date: 04/08/2013

Service Location: First Missionary Church - South Main St., Clyde, Ohio


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Bill and LeAnn Brown on April 5th, 2013 - 9:38 pm said:
Jim, Roger, Kathy and family, Willie has made a very big impact on many peoples lives. Our family have loved and respected her for many years. We have appreciated having her and Jim as our neighbors. There just aren't any better! We are praying for all of you at this time of sorrow. May you feel God's goodness through it all.

Diane Whittaker on April 4th, 2013 - 10:13 pm said:
Uncle Jim and family. I have many memories of spending time with you and Aunt Willy. One of the best memories is when my parents had me wear my Halloween costume and knock on your door to say trick or treat and suprise you. Dad was always playing tricks and Aunt Willy was always ready to play one back. You will be deeply missed but always be remebered and hold a special place in my heart. Love you dearly and I am glad you are now pain free.

Karen Sawyer on April 4th, 2013 - 5:46 pm said:
Bill, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife. May God hold your family with His loving arms. Praying for all.

Bill and Betty Dickey on April 4th, 2013 - 3:37 pm said:
Dear Aunt Willie (as we call you), What a great example of a Servant of God, for the rest of us to pattern our lives from. You and Uncle Jim have always served Him well. We loved to hear about your many Mission Trips to sometimes dangerous countries. Bill says you are one of his favorite Aunts. You were like a Mother to Bill especially after his mother was gone. How Bill (and your son) would torment you will when they were teens with their silly pranks. Such fun! And Willie you accepted me, Betty right from the first visit I knew I wanted to be part or your family. You have raised wonderful children. We always look forward to our visits with you. Being invited to stay at your house is always special. We will miss all the games we would play. Looking forward to the day we will all be together again in heaven. We love you Bill and Betty


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Bonnie K. Lucas
12/15/1944 - 04/02/2013

Bonnie K. Lucas, 68, of Clyde died at Elmwood at the Springs, Green Springs on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Mrs. Lucas was born in Bellevue on Dec. 15, 1944 to the now deceased Harold B. and Angela M. (Juliano) Baum. She graduated from the Bellevue High School in 1963.

For many years, Bonnie was an active member of the Welcome Wagon Club of Clyde. She had worked as a recreational therapist at the former St. Francis Rehab Hospital in Green Springs.

On July 2, 1966 she married Donald Lucas. He preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 2006.

Survivors include a son, William (Jessica) Lucas, Bellevue and a daughter, Cynthia Baker of Clyde; four grandchildren, Michael and Connor Lucas; Jackson Keith Baker and Sydni Adelle Baker. Two brothers, Ron (Judy) Baum, Bay View and Robert "Bumper" Baum, Bellevue. Her sister-in-law, Patricia Baum survives in Sandusky. An "adopted" daughter, Wendy Pennell and her family, Barry, Barry Jr, Brandon and Brooke survive in Elmore.

Bonnie was also preceded in death by a brother, John A. Baum.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 5-7:00 PM at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Man St., Clyde. The funeral will be on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with the Rev. Josh Cook officiating. Burial will be in Bellevue City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sandusky Co. Humane Society.
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Visitation Date: 04/04/2013

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

Service Date: 04/05/2013

Service Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main St., Clyde, Ohio


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Dianne Hunter Crouse on April 7th, 2013 - 4:49 pm said:
Bob, I am so sad to hear about Bonnie and I send my heartfelt sympathies to you and all your family. I remember fondly our years together at Pike school and beyond. Bonnie was such a sweet person. Love and prayers to all....Dianne Hunter

Terry and Joni Beebe on April 7th, 2013 - 10:05 am said:
Cindy, I was so sorry to read just now about your Mom's passing. You were such a good daughter and took great care of both your parents when they needed you most! Your Mom is with your Dad now and happy and pain free. God bless you and your family.

Robbin Ullman on April 7th, 2013 - 5:05 am said:
So sorry for your loss. I remember Bonnie when I was a little girl living next to you. She was also so nice.

Lisa Wadsworth on April 5th, 2013 - 10:48 pm said:
I am so sorry for your loss Cindy and Billy, You Mom was a really nice lady.. I will always remember the encouragement she gave me to become a paramedic 20+ years ago..

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Karen Sawyer on April 4th, 2013 - 5:48 pm said:
Cindi, Holding for family in prayer. May the memories you have of her help to sustain you all. I am so sorry.

Diane Holley (Juliano) on April 4th, 2013 - 8:21 am said:
Cindy, I was so shocked to read this. Bonnie was always the pillar of strength for everyone. Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your whole family. Love to you all.

Lois Jones on April 4th, 2013 - 7:51 am said:
Sorry for you loss Cindi .. May GOD watch over you and your family in your time of need .

Bonnie Pruitt on April 3rd, 2013 - 7:02 pm said:
Cindy, You and your family have my sympathy. You will be in my prayers.


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Lauren Wolfe
7/15/1918 - 03/21/2013

Lauren Wolfe, 94, of Bellevue, died on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at The Willows.

Mr. Wolfe was born in Bellevue on July 15, 1918 to the now deceased Clayton and Ethel (Engler) Wolfe.

Lauren graduated from York High School in 1936. He was a self employed general contractor for many years. In his retirement, he was a clock repairman.
During WWII, he served in the Army with the 756th Tank Battalion in Germany.

On January 26, 1940, he married Elverna Downing. She preceded him in death on March 31, 2006.

Survivors include their son, Wayne Wolfe of Baltimore, MD; a brother, Paul Wolfe and a sister, Eileen Meyer both of Bellevue.

Visitation will be on Wed., March 27, 2013 from 1-3:00 PM and 6-8:00 PM at the Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue, Ohio. The funeral will be on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Diane Carter officiating. Burial will be in Flat Rock/Bishop Seybert Cemetery with military rites provided by the Bellevue American Legion, VFW and Four Co. Marines.

Memorials may be made to the mad River RR Museum .
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Visitation Date: 03/27/2013

Visitation Location: Auxter Funeral Home -

Funeral Date: 03/28/2013

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Lora Butz on March 28th, 2013 - 3:52 am said:
Wayne I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have been off work because I finally got the screws removed from my hip and did not know until too late to attend visitation. I liked Lauren so much and will miss seeing him as well as you too. All my best to you. Lora Butz

Marilyn Russell jones on March 27th, 2013 - 4:23 am said:
I have so many wonderful memories of the time spent with mom and dad at Lauren and Elverna's house with Wayne. We used to play while our parents talked. I remember making plaster of Paris figurines and of course making play money. I know how much mom and dad enjoyed time with the Wolfe's. My sympathy to the family. I will always remember fun times with the Wolfe family. You felt like our extended family. Sincerely, Marilyn Russell Jones (daughter of Ruth and Ray Russell


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Kent Fleet Dillon
04/25/1913 - 03/21/2013


Our father, K. Fleet Dillon, has generously shared all his love, knowledge, and caring that he had, and now, finally, at last, he has happily rejoined our mother, his beloved wife, Charlotte. He so looked forward to this day, and now we will celebrate his wondrous, and wonderful life, and invite you to be a part of this moment.

Fleet was born April 25, 1913 in Bellevue, a child of Charles Buckland and Eliza (Dunlap Fleet) Dillon. He ceased walking on this earth March 21, 2013 at the age of 99. He lived his entire life in the Bellevue area, except for those summers on George Island, near Killarney, Ont., Canada.

He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church being baptized in April 1917 by The Rev. Oliver Crawford, Rector. He was confirmed in August 1925 by The Rt. Rev. William Leonard, Bishop of Ohio and The Rev. Frankliin Hauck, Rector. He served his Parish in many different capacities including being a member of The Youth Choir, The Vestry, as a member and as the Clerk, as the Treasurer, as the Jr. and Sr. Warden and as Historian. He participated in church services as a Server, a Lector, an Intercessor, a Lay Reader, a Chalice Bearer and as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor. He represented the Parish on the Diocesan Council, Delegate to Diocesan Conventions and the regional Deanery.

Fleet attended Culver Military Academy in 1927 and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1931 as Senior Class Treasurer, Football and Basketball Team Manager. He was on the school's "Blazer" ( school newspaper) staff as Sports Editor.. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1935, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He was the President of the faternity and Treasurer of the Inner Fraternity Council during his senior year.

After graduation, his occupational field was in agriculture as a grain and hay merchant and as a distributor of seed, feed and farm supplies. He was alos district Farm Data satelite equipment sales and service rep. For
many years he was involved in school transportation, serving as a driver and as a supervisor.

On May 11, 1940 he married Charlotte Mitchell Seltzer. They had four children, Michael Edward (Marcia) Dillon, Hilton Head, SC; Mary Katherine (Donald) Rickenbaugh, Pensicola Beach, Fla; Susan Seltzer Proffitt, Perdido Key, Fla; and William Kent (Theresa) Dillon, Bellevue.He had nine grandchildren, and niineteen great grandchildren.

Socially, he was a member of several Masonic orders, including the Shriners and the Scottish Rite, The Farm Bureau and Grange, the Eagles, Elks, DeMars Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 1998 and all his uncles, aunts and cousins.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 2-4:00 Pm and 6-8:00 pm at the Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue with masonic services in the evening. .
The funeral will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Main St., Bellevue. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery, Eden Township, Seneca Co.

Memorials may be sent to the Bellevue Hospital Foundation or the Charity of the Donor's Choice.
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Visitation Date: 03/25/2013

Visitation Location: Auxter Funeral Home - 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue, Ohio

Service Date: 03/26/2013

Service Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 285 West Main St., Bellevue, Ohio 44811


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Marc & Vicki McClain on April 4th, 2013 - 3:57 pm said:
Sorry about your loss, Fleet was always friendly person and enjoyed talking with him.

Bill & Nan Kahle on March 26th, 2013 - 4:45 am said:
Susan, sorry to hear about your Dad. It doesn't matter how old or sick a parent is, when they pass its difficult for those close, death is so final. Its amazing all the changes your Dad saw in his long life. He was part of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation". Being a town boy I never had the pleasure of riding in his bus, my loss.

Margie Schneider on March 25th, 2013 - 9:48 pm said:
My deepest sympathy to Michael and Marcia and the rest of Papa Dillon's family. He must have been a great man to know.

Stan and Carol Manbeck on March 25th, 2013 - 7:28 pm said:
Sorry to hear about Fleet. Carol and I are in Florida and won't be back till the 28th. You have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you all. Stan & Carol.


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Mary Theresa Bodnar
05/02/1917 - 03/22/2013


Mrs. Mary Theresa Bodnar, 95, formerly of Clyde, more recently, Bethesda Care Center, Fremont, died at Bethesda on Fri., Mar 22, 2013.

Mrs. Bodnar was born in Lorain on May 2, 1917. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clyde. She enjoyed a variety of craft making including quilting and crocheting.

She and her late husband, Stephen, founded the former Bodnar Variety Store in Clyde in the early 1950's. Then they had the Village Toggery/Richmond Clothes in Fremont along with Mary Lynn's in Clyde. Mary also had her own beauty shop, Mary's in Clyde.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald Bodnar, Clyde; Stephen (Sandy) Bodnar, Fremont; three granddaughters; Laurie (Adam) Crockett; Brenda (John) Whisler; and Stephanie (Fred) Pizzedaz; seven great grandchildren; Cody; Lindsay and Abby Crockett; Danielle (Ken) Luc and Tod Whisler; Nicholas and Angelo Pizzedaz and two great-great grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Evan Luc.

On June 20, 1936, she married Stephen Bodnar and he preceded her on Oct. 12, 1990. Her siblings, Rose Csinsak; Katie Tomchaney and Louie Takas are also deceased.

Visitation will be on Sun., March 24, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main St., Clyde, Ohio. The funeral mass will be on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clyde with Rev. Ed. Schleter officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Activity Fund at Bethesda Care Center, Fremont.

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Visitation Date: 03/24/2013

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

Service Date: 03/25/2013

Service Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church - Vine St., Clyde


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Nancy (Csincsak) Brooks on March 29th, 2013 - 5:47 am said:
I will ALWAYS remember Aunt Mary had a beautiful smile on her face...she could LIGHT up a room. We will miss her. Blessings and prayers...Love Nancy and Family

Judy Rendon on March 28th, 2013 - 9:05 pm said:
Please accept our sympathy on your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kristen Haegele on March 27th, 2013 - 8:29 am said:
I have so many fond memories of Aunt Mary. She was a very sweet person!

Sandye Fakan on March 23rd, 2013 - 11:06 pm said:
Hey Jerry and Steve. My condolences. I will be unable to attend the funeral, but know my thoughts are with you. RIP Aunt Mary.

Dick & Dianne Holland on March 23rd, 2013 - 7:13 pm said:
Laurie and Adam, You have our condolences at this time. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers. Dick


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Rudolph R. Colich


Rudolph R. Colich of Bellevue passes, was World War II veteran

May 16, 1923 - Mar. 19, 2013

BELLEVUE - Rudolph R. Colich, 89, of Bellevue, passed away on Mar. 19, 2013 following a short illness.

Born on May 16, 1923 in Willard, to Wit Anthony and Mary Elizabeth Colich, Mr. Colich is survived by his son, Rudolph Colich Jr. of Fostoria; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jerry Stillinger of Blythewood, S.C; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Craig Lekutis of Margate, Fla.; and daughter and son-in-law Wendy and Michael McFaddin of Bellevue.

He also leaves three grandchildren, Nathan Colich, Cory Colich and Molly McFaddin; along with great grandchildren Alex Colich, Hannah Colich, Morgan Colich, Samuel Colich, Austin Colich, and Andrew Colich; and his two sisters, Rose VanLoo and Margaret Hardee; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise "Betty" Colich in 2004 and four brothers and three sisters.

A viewing will be held from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013 at the Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m.

Immediately following the tribute in celebration of Mr. Colich's life, at 2:30 p.m. an Honor Guard presentation will be conducted by Bellevue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1238.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Green Wood Cemetery, 537 Central Ave., Willard.

Mr. Colich served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres during the invasion of Normandy and the battle of Iwo Jima, amongst other naval actions. Due to his keen eyesight he was a sought after crow's nest aircraft spotter.

A lifetime member of Bellevue VFW Post 1238, Mr. Colich was honored to serve as the 2011 Bellevue Memorial Day Parade Marshall.

He began his railroad career in Willard on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and then moved to Bellevue working for the Nickel Plate Railroad, which later became Norfolk Southern Railway, where he retired as a conductor.

In addition to being an avid and enjoyable conversationalist, Mr. Colich was known for his voracious appetite for reading, from historical treatises to contemporary novels.

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Visitation Date: 03/23/2013

Visitation Location: Auxter Funeral Home -

Funeral Date: 03/23/2013

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Joanne & Jerry Dean on March 27th, 2013 - 2:19 am said:
It was a pleasure and privilege to know Rudy over the past several years. We enjoyed spending time with him outdoors listening to his stories and embracing his magnetic personality. He made us feel like we were family. We will always honor his memory.

Robert (Bob) Hardee on March 26th, 2013 - 10:49 pm said:
Through marriage, Rudy became the brother I never had. We were both ex sailors from the U S Navy and enjoyed trading sea stories during his visits with us, as well as other activities together. I loved Rudy and will miss him very much

Peg (Margaret) Hardee on March 26th, 2013 - 10:35 pm said:
Rudy was thoughtful and kind, but did love to tease his sisters on occasion. He was well spoken and had a keen sense of humor. I love you brother.

Michael McFaddin on March 26th, 2013 - 8:01 pm said:
Rudy never rushed to judgement of people or situations. He wanted to know you. Though a man of conviction he allowed a differing opinion without malice and with calm debate. Often I would try to stop one of his oft repeated stories with no luck (" We'll sue them won't we, Daddy" was a story I was destined to hear every time we neared the Cleve. airport. It took me a long time to realize his stories weren't meant to impart information but a joyfulness he felt and wanted to share in the telling.

Bob and Arleen Cantwell on March 26th, 2013 - 5:20 pm said:
Dear Rudy (our Cul-de-sac Dad) We will miss your visits to Florida and stories of the old days. Your enthusiasm for life was more than inspiring. You will truly be missed. To your family, We are so sorry for your loss and know how blessed you all are to have had a wonderful and caring Dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Frank & Roxana Milo on March 26th, 2013 - 4:44 pm said:
The news came with great sadness hearing of the recent loss of our friend Rudy. Our deepest condolences are extended to all Rudy’s family which we may have never met, and of course those who we are neighbors and friends, Karen and Craig. My wife and I find ourselves very fortunate, and our lives that much more fulfilled because we have these wonderful memories having spent time with such a wonderful man, Rudy. Though we spent few occasions together; those occasions were filled with engaging conversation and laughter. As I know all of you are aware Rudy was a well-read man, and one I looked at intently when he spoke hanging on each word; intrigued by his obvious knowledge and wisdom of the world. In addition to these two great attributes Rudy was also a kind and gentle man; he was a person who made everyone comfortable just by being himself. Rudy had this way about him always making people feel welcome and warm in his presence, a truly a rare gift he possessed. It was our honor to have known him in this world, and my wife and I will continue to think of him fondly. We will miss Rudy; he was a very special person! Sincerely….

Lisa and Reno Abbadini on March 26th, 2013 - 3:19 pm said:
Lisa and I were sad to hear the news about Rudy. We will miss the conversations we had with Rudy when visiting Karen and Craig. Rudy was always so kind to us asking how our son was and he was very funny. I enjoyed his company. Rudy will be missed. Lord, make sure Rudy has a state of the art motor cart. He has places to go and people to visit. Rest in peace Rudy!.

Eve DeVine on March 25th, 2013 - 12:41 am said:
Sorry for your loss, it is a big loss to all of us that had the pleasure of knowing Rudy. It was so nice of him to come to Florida a few years ago earlier than expected to celebrate my 90th birthday, it was such a surprise. I always enjoyed his time he spent in my home when he came with Karen and Craig. Will miss him dearly.

Doreen Lekutis on March 25th, 2013 - 12:21 am said:
My sincere condolences to the family. Sorry to hear about Rudy's passing, he surely will be missed by all. Even with his illness, he was still a fighter to the end. I had the privilege of knowing Rudy when he would make his visits to Florida. It was always enjoyable to listen to his stories and viewing his pictures. One picture that always stood out was with him and his sister standing by a tree when they were younger and another picture taken many years later in the same location. Last time I talked to him, he was looking so foward to coming to Florida and spend time with Karen and Craig, and of course, the warm weather. He will be missed by all. My love to all of you.

Craig Lekutis on March 24th, 2013 - 10:15 pm said:
The attendance of so many family members, loved ones and friends at your service and remembrance gathering is a testament to the many lives you touched. Farewell, Godspeed, Rudy...until we meet again.

Diann Fortune on March 23rd, 2013 - 7:14 pm said:
We will miss talking to and hearing Rudy tell his many stories from how he met Betty to working on the railroad to how he grew up in Willard and the large garden his family grew. Being with them when they could go to Chad;s ballgames was unforgettable. They both enjoyed watching him play. Rudy and Betty both will be misssed very much by this famly.

Karen (Colich) Lekutis on March 21st, 2013 - 10:13 am said:
Dear Dad, I will always embrace your kindness, gentleness and love for all of us. In cherished memories I recall your pocket that had gum in it to share with us when you would come home and hold us in your arms after working long days on the railroad. You taught me to fish, to bait a hook and where to go to get the best perch. Although I was not always successful, I was comforted by your assurance that with patience next time it could bring results. Whenever you had spare time you and mom would treat us with journeys to the beach, the mountains, and down by the river's blue bridge to pick wildflowers. And then there were those unforgettable pajama rides with mom. You always made all of us feel special, as you were, but as kids we may not have been able to express those feelings although I believe you knew them because we jumped into your arms at every opportunity. When you came to school one day and surprised me at recess, you might remember that I was so overjoyed that I had to introduce you to all of my friends and proudly introduce you as my dad. Your guidance over the years with mom created the stepping stones for doing the right things. I am forever grateful. I love you, Dad, and will think of you always.


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Thomas Raymond Halbisen
06/24/1961 - 03/17/2013

Thomas Raymond Halbisen, 51, of Marblehead, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Stein Hospice.

He was born June 24, 1961 in Fremont to Francis J. and Patricia (Boyer) Halbisen.

Tom attended Clyde schools and was employed by Venetian Marina as a mechanic. He had served our country in the US Army.

On March 17, 2006 he married Mary (Andres) and she survives. Also surviving are his mother, Patricia (Gerald) Thome of Fremont; his father, Francis Halbisen of Fremont; his children: Jason Halbisen and Rose Halbisen, both of Tiffin; his grandchildren: Makayla and Makinzie Halbisen; his step-children: Alyssa Adams and DJ Adams; step-grandchildren: Jayden and Layla Adams; his siblings: Susan Blankenship of Clyde; Kathy (Les) Cooper of Sheffield Village; Ann Marie (Allan) Kauble of Clyde; and step-siblings: Gerald Paul (Susan) Thome of Crystal Lake, Illinois; Paulette Petery of Toledo; and James Thome of Edwardsville, Illinois. HIs grandmother, Rose Halbisen survives in Fremont

A memorial service will be held at 10:30am Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main Street, Clyde.
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Service Date: 03/21/2013

Service Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main St., Clyde, Ohio


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Peg Boyer on March 22nd, 2013 - 3:21 am said:
So for ur loss. Our thoughts and prayers r with u pat. And ur family

Cyndi Schalk on March 20th, 2013 - 5:25 am said:
Jason and family, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Jeanette Dorobek on March 19th, 2013 - 8:47 pm said:
My sincere condolences to Tom's family. Tom was a wonderful man, who will be missed by many. May you Rest In Peace Tom! And may God be with your family in their time of need!

Dave and Bonnie Valenti on March 19th, 2013 - 4:38 pm said:
Rose, Thinking of you and your brother Jason at this time of sorrow. We have your family in our prayers.

Jeanette Dorobek on March 19th, 2013 - 12:44 am said:
My sincere condolences to Mary, Rosie, Jason, and the rest of the family. Tom was a wonderful man, and will be missed by many. May God be with you through these difficult times!


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Betty J. Gschwind
08/07/1929 - 03/17/2013


Betty J. Gschwind, 83, formerly of Fremont, died at the Arbors of Clyde on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Betty was born in Castalia on August 7, 1929 to the now deceased John and Alice (Hodgkinson) Thompson. She had attended Townsend School.
She had worked at the former Eveready Battery in Fremont.

On November 20, 1948, she married Joe Gschwind, he preceded her in death on March 2, 1970.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela (Raymond) Franks, Green Springs; Vickie (Allen) Holcomb, Fremont and a son, Jack (Pamela) Gschwind, Fremont; nine grandchildren; twenty three great grandchildren; eight step grandchildren and a sister, Kathryn (Gordon) Roach, Fremont also survive.

Mrs. Gschwind was preceded in death by a daughter, Kim Phillips in 2005 and a granddaughter, Jennifer Martin in 2000; and siblings; Donald Thompson; Charles Thompson; Mildred Coonrod; and Esther Gschwind.

Visitation will be on Wed., March 20, 2013 from 5-7:00 PM at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main St., Clyde, Ohio. The funeral will be on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Forrest Kirchenbauer officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to The Arbors of Clyde or Heartland Hospice.
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Visitation Date: 03/20/2013

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

Service Date: 03/21/2013

Service Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main St., Clyde, Ohio


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Erika E. Berglands
10/06/1923 - 03/17/2013

Erika E. Berglands, 89, formerly of Bellevue, recently of Michigan, died at Superior Woods Care Center, Ann Arbor, Mi. on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Mrs. Berglands was born on October 6, 1923 in Latvia to her now deceased parents, Alberts and Mile (Zvanitajs) Stefani. She came to America in 1949.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Bellevue.

She had worked at General Electric in Bellevue and Norwalk Furniture prior to her retirement.

Survivors include three children, Baiba Rahn (Andy Linell), Michigan; Ieva Berglands, Michigan and Robert Jr. (Beth) Berglands, Bellevue. Also three grandchildren, Erik Cappo; Michael Cappo and Sara Berglands.

Erika was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Berglands, Sr., whom she married Jan. 31, 1947 in August 2002.

Services will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue, Ohio at noon. Burial will be in Bellevue City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Bellevue.
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Service Date: 03/19/2013

Service Location: Auxter Funeral Home - 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue, Ohio


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Stan and Carol Manbeck on March 25th, 2013 - 7:32 pm said:
Bob and Beth: Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you. Stan & Carol Manbeck from Florida.

Jan Nicely Stiffler on March 22nd, 2013 - 10:16 pm said:
My thoughts and prayers are with you Baiba and your family. I remember how nice your Mom always was. She always made me feel welcome at your house. We spent so many years together while in grade school. May God bless you all.

Joe & Jean Watts on March 20th, 2013 - 5:40 pm said:
We are sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I worked with your father, and would visit him at his home. Your mother always brought out some of the rolls filled with ham & bacon. They were so good. Whenever we try to make them, we think of your parents. " Our's are never as good as your mother made " Again, you have our sympathy. Jean & Joe Watts


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