Obituaries

Alfreda Marie Dannemiller, age 88, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. She was born on July 11, 1927 in Seneca County, Ohio, to the late Alfred and Cora (Bullinger) Hartenstein and had been a resident of the Willard area the majority of her life.
Alfreda was the valedictorian of Bettsville High School, class of 1945. After a short college and work career, she married and devoted her life to her husband, children, and family farm. She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plymouth. Having a big heart, she loved everyone unconditionally.
She is survived by her children, Thomas (Susan) Dannemiller of Shelby, James (Carol) Dannemiller of Shelby, Andrew Dannemiller of Willard, Ruth (Ronald) Sawyer of Findlay, Pauline (Greg) Bogner of Willard, Barbara (John) Gosser of Shelby, John (Barbara) Dannemiller of Shelby, Marie (Eric) Baumgartner of Oxford, and Arlene (Kevin) Eidt of Shelby; 28 grandchildren: 13 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Paul (Evelyn) Hartenstein of Wakeman, Stephen (Carmie) Hartenstein of Tiffin, Judith Schleter of Tiffin, Gregory (Elaine) Hartenstein of Henrietta, NY, Patrick (Ann) Hartenstein of New Riegel, and Michael (Sue) Hartenstein of Fremont; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by Gerald, her husband of 48 years, daughter, Jeannette (Donald) Schroeder of Shelby, her parents, one grandchild, one great-grandchild, sisters Ethella (Albert) Cook of Fremont, Gladys (Raymond) Cunningham of Green Springs, Mercedes (Stanley) Miller of Tiffin, and brother-in-law, Robert Schleter of Tiffin.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plymouth on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Father Nick Weibl officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard. Memorial expressions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Plymouth, Ohio. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secor funeralhomes.com

Norma M. Schumacher Kerley, age 92, resident of Shelby died Sunday May 22, 2016 in Crestwood Care Center.
Born August 8, 1923 in Kalida, Ohio, she was the daughter of Anthony T. and Magdalena (Schroeder) Smith. She grew up in the rural farming community of Putnam County and as a young adult worked at Westinghouse in Lima. In 1945 she married Alfred A. Schumacher and they started their own farming business together, living most of their lives in Shelby along with their seven children. She and Alfred were married for forty years until his passing in 1985.
Norma was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, Altar & Rosary Society, and Ladies Knights of Columbus. She enjoyed her work as a volunteer for the Hospital Guild, but for the last several years her favorite pastime has been her Japanese punch embroidery, otherwise known as Bunka. In 1998 she became a certified instructor and taught the art for many years. Norma, along with her husband Alfred, were very instrumental in sponsoring a young man to become a priest. They were also very generous in contributing to the Selasion Missions. In her younger days she was an avid organist and enjoyed playing golf.
Survivors include three sons, Edward (Cheryl) Schumacher, Jerald (Debbie) Schumacher and Steven (Linda) Schumacher, all of Shelby; two daughters, Kathryn Schumacher and Lois (Dan) Robertson, all of Shelby; one step-daughter, Joan Mulcahy of Lafayette, CO; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother Thomas Smith of Ft. Jennings; one sister, Esther Halker, Columbus Grove; close family friends, Leonard and Kathy Fox and their two daughters; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to her parents and first husband, Alfred, she was preceded in death by her second husband, Thomas J. Kerley in 2005; two sons Daniel Schumacher in 2012 and Timothy Schumacher in 2008; an infant grandson, Ryan Edward Schumacher in 1976; five brothers, Gilbert, Edward, Robert, Leonard and Cyrillus Smith; and three sisters, Martha Fuerst, Mary Brown and Florence Freeman and a daughter-in-law, Victoria Griffith Schumacher in 1992.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 AM Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Father Chris Bohnsack will officiate with interment in the Most Pure Heart of Mary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby, Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. where the rosary will be recited at 7:45 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial expressions may be made to St. Mary's School.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com

Karen L. Wright age 62, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Ohio Health in Mansfield.
Born August 22, 1953 in Shelby to Billy and Ruth (Willet) Wright, she had been a Shelby resident for the majority of her life. Karen had served in the US Army for three years before entering the Navy for four years.
She was a member of the First United Church of Christ, the VFW, Car Coddlers of Ohio. Karen enjoyed reading, watching movies, attending tractor pulls at fairs, going for drives, and most of all spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother Ken (Lora) Wright of Shelby and her life partner Tonia Docter. She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com

Ralph Bisel, age 88, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Country Meadows Care Center in Bellville.
Born September 16, 1927 in rural Shelby to Harry H. and Myrtle O. (Wallace) Bisel he had been a resident of Shiloh. A 1945 graduate of Shelby High School, he had farmed all of his life in the Shelby-Shiloh area. He was a member of the Mt. Hope Lutheran Church and was active in 4-H and Tractor Maintenance for many years as well as owning and repairing his own John Deer tractors. He was employed with and retired from the Richland County Highway Department. Ralph enjoyed traveling and working on puzzles.
He is survived by his wife of 67 1/2 years, Dorothy A. (Gribben) Bisel, whom he married October 16, 1948; ten children, David (Carol) Bisel of Shelby, Roger Bisel and Jan McCracken of Shiloh, Donald (Liz) Bisel of Lexington, Garry (Terri) Bisel of Shiloh, Kenneth (Carla) Bisel of Shelby, William "Bill" Bisel of Mansfield, Paul (Kim) Bisel of Greenwich, Katherine "Kathy" (Buddy) Enzor of Plymouth , Becky (Tim) Fields of Utica, and Sherri (Rick) Depinet of Attica; 25 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; three brothers Charles Bisel of Shelby, Richard (Karolyn) Bisel of Shelby and Duane (Barb) Bisel of Mansfield; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by five sisters, Naoma Dunlap, Eileen Bisel, Iona Pugh, Florence McClain and Mabel Chadwick and one grandson Timothy Fields.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Mt. Hope Lutheran Church. Pastor Blanche Tyree will officiate with interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelby, Thursday from 4:00- 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Hope Lutheran Church at 29 W Main St, Shiloh, OH 44878.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfu neralhome.com

Joanne Lawrence Root, 91, died May 22, 2016, at Norwalk Memorial Home, after a brief illness.
She was born June 13, 1924, in New London, Ohio, the daughter of the late William Richard and Violet Louise Fink Lawrence. An avid horsewoman in her teens, she was a 1942 graduate of New London High School and a 1946 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and earned a bachelor's degree in English.
She moved to Plymouth and began her teaching career at Plymouth High School. She met and married the love of her life, Thomas F. Root, in 1948. They lived in Plymouth until 2007, when they moved to Norwalk.
She taught English at Plymouth High School and, later, at Pioneer Joint Vocational School in Shelby, until her retirement in 1984.
Raised in the First Methodist Church, New London - where her mother was the organist - Mrs. Root joined First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Plymouth, in 1948, and remained an active member until her death. She was a founding member of the Plymouth Area Historical Society and served on the board of trustees for many years. Up to several months ago, she served as a regular volunteer in the Plymouth Heritage Center Museum, and served as a representative of the Society to the Firelands Historical Society.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Root was active in the Plymouth PTA, the Plymouth Library Board and Twentieth Century Club, an organization of women who met to discuss current events. She was a seven-decade member of the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle in New London. She was a Cub Scout den mother, back when scouting was an endeavor of almost every boy of the right age. In the '50s and '60s, elementary schools had "room mothers," and she served several stints.
She endured her sons' sporting events, and shivered in the wooden bleachers while her daughter led cheers. She shepherded children through church pageants, school plays, science-fair projects and spelling bees. Later, she cared for her college-age children's dogs, all of whom (kids and dogs) spent the summer in Plymouth.
When her three sons drove trucks during the summers for Celeryville farms, she uncomplainingly served as a 24-7 short-order cook and silently fretted for their safety on the road at night.
After her children were grown, she and her husband traveled to Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
Little of the foregoing, however, captures her essence. An only child, she wanted nothing more than to have a big family to love, and she achieved her goal. She was a woman of that time, without the long bullet-point list of awards, titles and professional achievements open to those who followed. But she left an indelible mark. Since her retirement nearly 40 years ago, men and women who were her students have recounted how her teaching influenced their adult lives.
Neighborhood children, now with families of their own, recall how she treated all of them like her own. When a neighbor boy playing with fireworks burned himself, he ran to Mrs. Root rather than his own mother to have his wounds bandaged. When another boy committed a serious crime as an adult and was sent to prison for 30 years, she never forgot him. For three decades, she corresponded and encouraged him until he was finally paroled.
Her family had long kidded her that she was a "mother's mother." Indeed she was, practicing motherhood as the highest calling of all. She taught selflessness, understanding, patience and love. At the same time, she demanded propriety in speech and conduct, and directed her family with a firm but loving hand that earned her the affectionate nickname, "General Jo."
A few years ago, when a Norwalk church group was providing meals to help a family whose mother was dying of cancer, Mrs. Root - although a member of her Plymouth church - cooked many of the meals needed to serve the family.
In later years, Mrs. Root used an iPad to follow her children and grandchildren on Facebook, and she enjoyed using the Pandora music service to listen to Glenn Miller. Nevertheless, she remained a prodigious letter writer, keeping in constant touch with nieces and nephews, her college roommate, her cousins, and her childhood best friend.
She is survived by her loving family, including her husband, Thomas F. Root; her daughter Susan Root Moore of Plymouth, and three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas L. and Kathy G. Root of Norwalk, Steven C. Root and Karen Ebel of New London, New Hampshire, and William Todd and Cherise Root of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; and grandchildren Thomas P.J. Root (Rachel), Leslie J.L. Root (Evan), Katharine C. Moore Veletean (Jason), Andrew E. Root, Travis S.C. Root, Elizabeth J. Moore and Elizabeth L. "Molly" Root. She was anticipating the arrival of her first great-grandchild in August.
Mrs. Root was predeceased by her step sister Judith Hauser Beatty, and her son-in-law, Timothy Joseph Moore.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ohio. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at First Lutheran Church, Plymouth, with Rev. Blanche Tyree officiating, Rev. David R. Root assisting.
Memorial contributions can be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Plymouth Area Historical Society. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.

Preston Dennis Golding, age 60, died Friday, May 20, 2016 at Shelby Pointe Nursing Home in Shelby, Ohio. He was born on Nov. 9, 1955 the son of the late Preston Palmer and Jean “Betty” (nee McConnell) Golding.
Preston was an accomplished roller dance skater, chef and musician. He was a talented pianist and drummer, and was also very good with computers. He was a member of the NRA and he enjoyed target shooting.
Preston had worked previously as a chef for the Elyria Country Club, a lab tech at LCCC, and a computer technician working on computer chips at RELTEC.
Preston’s survivors include his sister Saundra Golding of Sheffield village, and several cousins.
A graveside committal will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Grove Street Cemetery, New London.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart/American Stroke Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214.
Online condolences may be made at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.

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