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Martha Holzbacher

Martha Holzbacher, a resident of the Dreyerhaus in Batesville, formerly of the Sunman area, died at Dreyerhaus on Friday, February 27. She was 91 years old.

She was born to Eli and Louise (Gessell) Minneman on May 9, 1906, in Franklin County. She was married to Norman Holzbacher and he preceded her in death in 1968. Mrs. Holzbacher worked as a homemaker.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald H. Holzbacher of Batesville and Robert H. Holzbacher of Sunman; one brother, Rudolph Mmneman of Lafayette; four grand-children and four great-grand-children.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, four sisters, three brothers and three half-brothers.

Dr. Daniel Leigh Nugent, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, will officiate the funeral on Wednesday, March 4, at St. John Church, near Sunman, beginning at 10 a.m. She will be laid to rest in the church emetery. If so wished, memorial contributions may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church or St. John Cemetery. Cook Funeral Home of Sunman assisted the family with arrangements.

Mary P. Kolb

Mary P. Kolb, age 97, a resident of the Brookville Health Care Center, died Tuesday, February 24, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville. Born September 1, 1900, to Leo and Elizabeth Baudendistel, she was a lifelong resident of Franklin County. She was married to George Kolb who passed away in 1981. She spent her life as a homemaker and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Stenger of Brookville and Clara Jordan of Indianapolis; five sons, John, Edward, Charles and Clarence Kolb, all of Brookville, and William Kolb of Centerville; one sister, Margaret Knecht of Brookville; 27 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, one son, three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 27, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. Louis Schumacher officiating. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin County E.M.S.

Edna Brown

Edna Olive Brown, 95 years old, a resident of Manor Care HealthServices, Kokomo, died at 3:35 a.m. Friday, January 16, at the facility.

She was born on March 19, 1902, in Kokomo, the daughter of John and Nora Olive (Fisher) Barlow. As a result of her mother's death during her birth, Mrs. Brown was raised by her paternal grandmother, Harriet Barlow. In 1932, she was united in marriage to Clarence Harold Brown, son of Matthew and Nancy Ann (Lanning) Brown, formerly of Brookville. He preceeded her in death on October 23, 1969. Mrs. Brown was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Kokomo.

She is survived by three step-daughters, Mrs. Clayton Harry (Marjorie Helen) Robinson, Mrs. Charles Lavon (Evelyn Murile) Dale and Mrs. Ernest Paul (Betty Jean) Meiring, all of Kokomo; one step-son, William Brown of Valparaiso; two half-sisters, Mrs. Helen Adair of Kokomo and Mrs. Edith Chlarson of Yuba City, California; one step-sister; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one step-sister.

Graveside services were conducted at Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, on Tuesday, January 20, with the Rev. Harold Williams officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Kokomo.

Doris V. Christensen

Doris V. Christensen, age 65, of Westminster, died Monday, March 2, at her home after a brief illness.

Born July 28, 1932, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Carrie Evans Gesell of Brookville and the late Arthur Gesell. She was the wife of Stanley M. Christensen for 39 years. Before retiring, she worked 14 years as a registered nurse at the Homewood at Plum Creek Retirement Center in Hanover, Pennsylvania; and previously worked at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, California; Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville; and Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her nurse's training. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and member of Brown Bag Study, Sonshine Caller, Funeral Lunch Coordinator, Just Two Again, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, worked in the library, Table of Grace, social ministry, Shepard's Staff and was a former member of the church council and of the Baltimore Kickers and German Club.

Surviving, besides her husband and mother, are her sons, Dale V. Christensen and Robert A. Christensen, both of Westminster; one daughter and a son-in-law, Pamela J. and Dave Cianfarini of Hampstead; one sister, Phyllis J. Utterback of Brownsburg; two brothers, Rudy Gesell of Brookville and Wilbur Gesell of Manchester, Tennessee; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, Westminster, Maryland, with her pastors, Rev. David B. Helfrich and Rev. Connie S. Miller officiating. Interment will be in Leister's Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Fletcher Funeral Home, in Maryland, on Thursday, March 5. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Carroll Hospice, 95 Carroll Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

Leo E. Willhelm

Leo E. Wiliheim, age 84, of Coleraine Twp., Ohio, passed away at his residence early Monday morning, March 2, 1998. He was born on April 3, 1913, in Cedar Grove, the son of Francis and Anna (Hiltz) Willhelm. He was educated in the Cedar Grove schools. Leo married Marie Heyob who preceded him in death in 1974. He was employed as superintendent of Southwestern Ohio Water Co. for 23 years retiring in 1975. He also enjoyed farming and was active in several local tailgate markets. He was an advisor for Hamilton County 4-H livestock club, a member of Hamilton County Farm Bureau Council and also a member of St. Aloysius Church in Shandon where he was treasurer for their festival for 32 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Dalrymple) Willhelm; children Barbara (Thomas) Kreuzmann, Shandon, Ohio, Sarah (Carl) Summe, Shandon, Ohio, Ann (Lin) Robinson, Monroe, North Carolina, Roy (Denise) Willhelm, Shandon, Ohio, Doris Rieger, Ross; stepchildren, Kenneth (Margie) Dalrymple, Lexington, Kentucky, Judith (Merrill) Wilson, Reading, Ohio, Lois (Mike) Wagers, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Arlene Holden, Fairfield, Ohio 25 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and sister, Rita (Joseph) Heyob, Cedar Grove. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Willhelm and Rev. Robert Willhem, and one sister, Mary Miller.

Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday (today) at 10 a.m at St. Aloysius Church, Shandon, Ohio.

Donations may be made in his memory to Vitas Hospice, 1132 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240, or the Ben Kelhoffer Fund, c/o LaSalle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45239.

Charles C.Young Funeral Home, 4032 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Ross, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.

Richard O. Hannebaum

Richard 0. Hannebaum, age 61, of 3622 East Contreras Pike, West College, died early Friday morning, February 27, at his residence following a lengthy illness.

He was born August 2, 1936, in Franklin County, the son of Larry and Martha (Stout) Hannebaum. He farmed in the Bath and College Corner areas most of his adult life. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the FCN Bank in Brookville and the Board of Directors at the Liberty Country Club. Mr. Hannebaum served in the United States Army. He was a member of the College Corner United Methodist Church, in West College Corner. He was an avid bowler and golfer, and had been inducted into the Greater Hamilton Bowling Association Hall of Fame on October 23, 1994. He holds the highest bowling series at the Oxford Lanes with an 814 series, for three games. He was a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau. He married the former Rebecca Harvey on August 16, 1958 in Brookville.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca; three sons, Rick Hannebaum and Jeff Hannebaum, both of West College Corner, and Steve Hannebaum of Liberty; one daughter, Stephanie Collins of West College Corner; one sister Janice McQueen of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and 14 grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at the College Corner United Methodist Chruch with Rev. Ed Scherer-Berry officiating on Monday morning, March 2. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery with military graveside rites offered by the Liberty V.F.W. and American Legion Posts. Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel in Liberty assisted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Reid Hospital Foundation for Hospice or to the College Corner United Methodist Church.

Mary France Doll

Mary Frances Doll, of Milan, died Tuesday, February 24, at Milan Health Care Center, at the age of 84 years.

She was born in Franklin County on September 15, 1913, the daughter of William and Laura (Savoy) Wesseler. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Milan.

Surviving are one son, Robert Robbins of Napoleon; six daughters, Helen Miller of Greensburg, Dorothy Huber of Sunman, Judy Adams of Columbus, Ohio, Marcia Adams of Napoleon, Susan Sumner of Zephyr Hills, Florida and Jean Coy of Lawrenceburg; one sister, Sarah Schoettmer of Greensburg; 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first and second husbands, Earl F. Robbins and Hugo Doll; one sister, Clara Ziegler; and one daughter, Mary J. Robbins.

The funeral was conducted Friday, February 27, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, near Sunman, with the Rev. John Minta officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Monetary contributions in Mrs. Doll's memory may be made to any charity of the donor's choice.

Albert C. Anderson

Albert C. Anderson, age 84, of Mt Clemens, Michigan, died Thursday, February 26, inLakepointe Villa Nursing Home, Clinton Township, Michigan.

He was born July 1, 1913, in Austin, Minnesota. Mr. Anderson was a retired aircraft instrument technician. He was a Charter member of the American Lutheran Church of Mt. Clemens; where he has served as church council president and Sunday school superintendent.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Alan Anderson of Mt. Clemens and the Rev. Gary (and wife, Mary Lou) Anderson of Brookville; one sister, Janet Larson of Grinnell, Iowa,; and two grand children, Kyle and Kirsten Anderson.

A memorial service will be held at the American Lutheran Church of Mt. Clemens on Friday, March 6. The family suggests that local memorial contributions be made to the St. Thomas Lutheran Church library for children's books.

Joseph Peters, Jr

Joseph Peters, Jr. of Brookville, passed away February 16 at his residence. He was 71 years of age.

He was born to Joseph and Mary(Bossert) Peters on December 17, 1926, in Brookville. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

His survivors include one brother, Robert Peters of Laurel; one niece, one great-niece and one great-nephew.

He was preceeded in death by his parents.

Rev. Ronald Taulbee held the funeral on Monday, March. 9, atMaple Grove Cemetery, where he was laid to rest. Arrangements werehandled by Cook Funeral Home.

Frieda J. Brauchla

Frieda J. Brauchla, 93 years old, of 34 North West 5th Street, Richmond, died Sunday, March 8, at her residence.

She was born in Fairfield (Indiana) on November 1, 1904, the daughter of George and Etta (Jackman) Personette. She and her husband, Morris S. Brauchla, owned amd operated a grocery store in Connersville and later she worked as a beautician until 1990. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Connersville. Her husband died in February, 1972.

Survivors include one daughter, Joy Simpkins of Cambridge City; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons,Melvin and Randall; one brother, Roy Personette; and three sisters, Eva Francis, Kathryn Jerman andHazel Creamer.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m., the Waskom-Howard Fisher Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City, with Pastor Mal Gibson officiating. Interment will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church Library Fund, Cambridge City.

Ada J. Schoettelkotte

A. J. Schoettelkotte, of Batesville, died Friday, March 6, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. She was 87 years old.

She was born December 23, 1910, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Ada (Herzog) Baechle. She and Raymond Schoettelkotte were united in marriage on June 25, 1938, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Morris. He preceded her in death on July 17, 1989. Mrs. Schoettelkotte was the owner of Schoettelkotte Brothers General Store and she was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty Beneker of Harrison, Ohio, Margie Harmeyer of Batesville and Jean Leising of Oldenburg; two sons, Ray J. Schoettelkotte of Cincinnati, Ohio and Jim Schoettelkotte of Sunrise, Florida; one brother, Don Baechle of Batesville; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and two grandchildren.

Rev. John Schoettelkotte conducted the funeral service on Saturday, March 7, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville. She was laid to rest in the church cemetery. Her family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Oldenburg Academy or Batesville Rescue 10 Lifesquad.

Elsie L. Bolser

Elsie L. Bolser, age 87, of Richmond, died Saturday, March 7, at 10:30 p.m., at the Heritage Regency in Richmond.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Brewer of Richmond and Susan Leibrock of Fairfield, Ohio; one brother, Alvin Hardy of Hamilton, Ohio; four sisters, Alice Ton of Hamilton, Ohio, Dorothy Spadafora and Ruth Gregory, both of Florida, and Loretta Turner of Texas; two grandchildren, Larry Brewer of Centerville and Cindy Brewer of Dallas, Texas; three great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m., at Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N. W. Washington Blvd., in Hamilton, Ohio. The Rev. Edwin Beck will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association in her memory.

Mildred Davenport

Mildred L. Davenport, age 88, formerly of 809 W 22nd Street, Connersville, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at Caroleton Manor Nursing Home where she had resided for the past 2-1/2 years.

She was born March 15, 1909, in Franklin County the daughter of William L. and Mary Ann SappDora, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was married on October 31, 1945, at the East Side United Methodist Church to John Howard Davenport. They had lived in Milton for 30 years where they owned and operated the Phillips 66 Station for many years. Mrs. Davenport moved to Connersville in 1973 and is a former member of the Blooming Grove Methodist church.

Survivors include three nephews and four nieces. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband who passed away October 2, 1960; three bothers, Byron, Charlie and Herschel Dora; and one sister, Beatrice Steinard.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home with Rev. DonaldMiller of the Brookville United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Dale Cemetery.

Mary M. Stewart

Mary M. (Baker) Stewart, 58 years old, of Batesville, died at her home on Sunday, March 15.

She was born in Brookville on December 12, 1939, the daughter Urban and Catherine (Zins) Baker. On September 7, 1957, she married Nicholas Stewart at St. Mary's of the Rock Church, St. Mary's, and he survives. Mrs. Stewart was the owner of Tudor Square Realty in Batesville and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and Ladies' Society and the Indiana Realtors Association.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Patricia Steinfort of St. Maurice, Pamela Hatalkar of Cincinnati, Ohio and Elizabeth Ruchl of Shelbyville; her mother, Catherine Baker of St. Mary's; one granddaughter, Maryasha Hatalkar of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Betty Gigrich of Batesville and Martha Miller of Charlotte, North Carolina; and one other, David Baker of Batesville.

Father Ric Schneider, O.F.M., will officiate the funeral service on Wednesday, March 18, at 10 a.m., St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hospice of M.M.C.H., Batesville. Weigel Funeral Home of Batesville assisted the family with arrangements.

Norma Kemper Bryan

Norma (Gesell) Kemper Bryan passed away at her home in Alexandria, Ohio on Saturday, February 28, suddenly after a short illness.

She was born February 17, 1916, in Klemme's Corner to the late Fred and Anna (Wolber) Gesell. Mrs. Bryan was a graduate of Bliss Business College in Columbus and worked in accounting at National City Bank and Sears Service Center in Columbus before retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newark, Ohio, as well as several area senior groups. She was a member of the auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Millersport, Ohio.

Mrs. Bryan is survived by five sisters, Hilda Perry of Johnstown, Ohio, Freda Tonne of Cincinnati, Ohio, Alma Gesell of Daly City, California, Selma Earnest of Rushville and Alpha Jo Haffey of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey; as well as one brother, Eli J. Gesell of Tucker, Georgia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Gesell and Amanda Rector; and two brothers, Clarence and Irvin.

Funeral services were held in Newark, Ohio, with interment in Forest Lawn, Columbus, Ohio, on March 4. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 67 North Fifty Street, Newark, Ohio 43055, or the American Heart Association, 5455 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214.

Freda Catherine Kremp

Freda Catherine Kremp, of Brookville, died at Brookville Healthcare Center on Sunday, March 15, at the age of 94 years.

She was born to John and Catherine (Senefeld) Lohrey on September 4, 1903, in Franklin County. On June 7, 1922, she became the wife of George M. Kremp. She was a lifelong resident of Franklin County. Mrs. Kremp was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church Women and American Legion Ladies' Auxiliary. She worked as a homemaker.

Her survivors include one daughter, Ruth Stang of Brookville; four sisters, Pauline Evans, Marie Kremp, Virginia Hunt and Florence Underwood, all of Brookville; 16 grandchildren, 41 great-grand-children and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Helen Westerfeld and Janet Gausman; one great-grandson; one great-great-grandson; two brothers, Woodrow Lohrey and Alfred Lohrey; and one sister, Mabel Brakney.

Rev. Gary Anderson will officiate the funeral on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 am., at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. St. Thomas Lutheran Church and Franklin County E.M.S. are accepting memorial contributions in her memory. Phillips and Meyers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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