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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.

Celebration of Life for Nora M. Carl to be held Jan. 15

Nora M. Carl, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

She was born on December 9, 1937, in Huntsville, Ohio to the late Charles and Catherine (Bidwell) Shroyer.  Nora married Billy Joe Carl on September 16, 1955, and he preceded her in death on August 31, 2011.

Nora is survived by four sons: Terry Lee (Theresa) Bowermister of Dayton, Joe (Doris) Carl of Harrod, Frank (Brenda) Carl of Bellefontaine, and Tom (Missy) Carl of Harrod; a daughter, Pam (David) Schneer of Roundhead; a son-in-law, Jack Gratz of Belle Center; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Butch Shrider worked for King Brothers Truck Center

Lewis “Butch” Shrider, age 77, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born on April 5, 1944, in Harrod, Ohio to the late Donald and Helen (Iiames) Shrider.  On August 30, 1964, Butch married Mary Lou Hunnaman, and they were married for fifty-seven years, she survives in Harrod.

Butch is also survived by his two daughters: Stephanie (Rusty) Winegardner of Harrod and Sheila (Tony) Lotz of Shawnee; four grandchildren: Courtney (Jason) McBride, Brett Winegardner, Amanda (Taylor) Zwiebel and Megan (Logan) Delgado; four great grandchildren: Jackson, Macie, Benton, and Isla; a brother, Bob Shrider of Lima; and beloved feline, Erma.