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Obituaries

Janet A. Brown worked at Shawnee Manor

Janet A. Brown, age 68, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 3:43 PM at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. 

She was born on December 24, 1953, in Lima, Ohio to the late Frank Perkins and Norma Jean (Smith) Layne.   She was raised by her grandparents the late, Fred and Amanda Jane Perkins her entire life.

Janet was a certified nurse’s assistant at Shawnee Manor, Lima.  She attended the Independent Baptist Church, Cridersville. Janet’s passion was spending time with her family and grandchildren.  She loved her family dearly.  She was a loving and protecting mother, and a dear friend to many.  

Sam D. Nixon worked for Stoops Freightliner

Sam D. Nixon, age 51, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on September 20, 1970, in Lima, Ohio to the late Leo R. and Alice M. (Avery) Nixon.             

Sam is survived by a fiancé, Diana Schroeder of Lima; a brother, Walter (Penny) Nixon of Hamilton; and a sister, Retta (Tony) Spencer of Alger.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Thomas.

Sam previously worked as a parts salesman for Stoops Freightliner.   

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Vernia Rowe worked for Kitty and DeBow Freed

Vernia Rowe, age 77, formerly of Alger, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. at her home in Lima, surrounded by her family.

She was born on April 11, 1944, in Kentucky to the late Green and Birdie (Chaffins) Duff.  On July 2, 1961, Vernia married Truman Rowe and he preceded her in death on October 14, 2011.

Esther “Joan” Zimmer owned Joan's Beauty Shop

Esther “Joan” Zimmer, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.

She was born on February 15, 1932 in Ada, Ohio to the late C. Raymond and Donna (Shrider) Long.  On February 15, 1951, Joan married Russell “Rusty” Zimmer and who preceded her in death on April 2, 1983.  

Joan is survived by her two children: Bob (Sue) Zimmer of Leesberg, Florida and Pat (Dennis) Dearth of Ada; four grandchildren: Jamie Fall (James) Smith, Michelle Burgoon, Lucas (Kelly) Dearth and Lance (Nichole) Dearth; five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon Quay of Kenton.    

Phillip Porter worked for Ford Motor

Phillip Porter, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his residence in Harrod.

He was born on May 27, 1942 in Salyersville, Kentucky to the late Roscoe and Ruby (Push) Porter.  Phillip married Betty A. Lemaster and she survives in Harrod.

Also surviving are his two children: Jeff Porter of Miamisburg and Amy (John) O’Reilly of Hilton Head Island, SC; two grandchildren: Cody Musselman and Caityln Musselman; and a brother, Marcus (Karen) Porter of Harrod.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister.

Phillip retired from Ford Motor Company of Lima.  He loved cars, including street rods. 

Garrett Rettig was an Ada High School student

Garrett William Rettig, age 17, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2021, at his residence in Ada.

He was born on June 11, 2004, in Lima to Andrew Rettig and Laura Helf who both survive.

Garrett was a senior at Ada High School.  From the time that he was little until present, Garrett always knew how to make people laugh.  He could be witty, irreverent, and wildly inappropriate, but that humor hid a heart that felt so much.  He was a light to many of his friends, and he tried to be strong for them even when he couldn’t be strong for himself.  He was loved by many, much more than he ever realized.  He will be deeply missed.

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