Area Obituaries

Paula Speck

Paula A. Speck, 64, of Upper Sandusky, died at 8:41 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. Surviving are two sons, Kirk (Jessica) Conn, Upper Sandusky, and Nicholas (Regina Mathew) Conn, Van Wert. A private service will be held. Arrangements were handled by Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey.

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Dean McLaughlin

Dean John McLaughlin, 86, of Tiffin, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at his residence. He was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Carey, to Francis Casper and Lula M. (Mick) McLaughlin. He married Evelyn Pauline Schroeder and she died Jan. 12, 1967, he then married Carmella Calabro May 10, 1968, in St. Mary’s…

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Marilyn Schoenberger

Marilyn F. Schoenberger, 86, Upper Sandusky, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Crestwood Care Center, Shelby. She is survived by children, James A. (Deborah) Schoenberger, Galloway, and Julia (Cletus) Monk, Shelby. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. at Bringman Clark Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky. Interment will follow at Oak…

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James Stief

James A. Stief, 89, Upper Sandusky, died on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Schmidt) Stief, and sons, Tedd (Ann) Stief and Todd (Anja) Stief. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Upper Sandusky. Burial will follow at…

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Andrew Trausch

Andrew M. Trausch, 61, of Findlay and formerly of Carey, died at 5:39 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. He is survived by a sister, Ruth H. (William) Shonkwiler Jr., Nevada. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carey. Arrangements were…

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Michael Rathburn

Michael R. Rathburn, 66, Carey, died at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Kenton. He is survived by his wife, Jerelyn (Cozad) Rathburn, Carey; and sons, Randy Rathburn, Michael Rathburn Jr. and Clint Rathburn, all of Carey; Christopher Rathburn, Vanlue; Richard Rathburn, Bradner; and Justin Rathburn, Upper Sandusky. Visitation was…

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Doris Williams

Doris E. Williams, 94, Findlay, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Carmona, and step-daughters, Linda Fredericks, Donna Williams, Diane Michaelis and Liz Cater. Burial will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey. Arrangements were handled by Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey.

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Delbert Chester

Delbert L. Chester, 61, Sycamore, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at his residence. He is survived by siblings, Danny (Mary) Chester, Granville; Don Chester, Tiffin; Dave (Mary Beth) Chester and Diane (Jim) Beidelschies, both of Upper Sandusky; Dale Chester, Denny (Lu) Chester and Doug (Jean) Chester, all of rural Sycamore. Visitation will be held Saturday,…

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Tracy Wareham

Tracy L. Wareham, 61, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Promedica Defiance Hospital. She was born on May 28, 1958, to D. Matt and Shirley (Keller) Asher in Bowling Green. On July 30, 1977,  she married Daniel Wareham, who resides in Defiance. Tracy worked for several years at General Motors in…

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Lori Gatchell

Lori A. Gatchell, 58, Lima, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at her residence. She is survived by three children, Ronald J. Higginbotham Jr., Bloomdale, Jolene Good, Pontiac, Ill., and Amber Grice, Lima. Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, from 4-7 p.m. at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey. No service will be held.

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