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Frank “Dutch” Slocum

 Summerville, South Carolina – Frank “Dutch” Slocum, 90, of Summerville, South Carolina, and formerly of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 in Summerville. He was born January 21, 1927 in Berlin Heights, Ohio, and lived in this area most of his life.

Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during W.W. II. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Norwalk, Ohio, Firelands Post #2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ken Bur Bell Post #41 American Legion, the Painters Union, and several area dart ball leagues.

Frank was a former driver for the Gulf Oil Company, Eastern States Company of Huron, Ohio, and retired as a painter from Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, in 1986. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and playing dart ball.

Frank is survived by his children, Timothy (Robin) Slocum of Summerville, South Carolina, Mark A. (Mary) Crumrine of Norwalk, Ohio, and Sherrie (Jimmie) Germany of Central, Louisiana, by 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and by his son in law, Mark Sweet of Norwalk, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Slocum in 2017, by his daughters, Judy C. Sweet in 1998, and Chris Woodall in 1991, and by his siblings, Delbert, Fred, and Johnnie Slocum, Eva Rose Wilbur, Ella May Slocum, and Clara Slocum.

Friends may call on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., in St. Peter Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Ann Marshall will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633.

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Dorene A. Penwell

 Norwalk, Ohio – Dorene A. Penwell, 59, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2017, in her home. She was born to the late Henry H. and Frances M. (Shelly) Hersha, in Norwalk, Ohio, where she remained a lifelong area resident.

She was a member of the Eagles Aerie 711, in Norwalk, Ohio and she enjoyed playing softball, bingo, swimming, playing cards, and camping. Dorene especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Nicole A. (Russell Adams) Stover, of Bells Texas, by her grandchildren, Izaya Stover, and Madisyn Adams, by her sisters, Sandy Cox, of Norwalk, Ohio, and Chris (Terry) Dunlap, of Sandusky, Ohio, and by her good friend, Bart Stover, of Ashland, Ohio. Dorene is preceded in death by her husband, Harley “Butch” Penwell, in 2011, and by her brothers, Bill, Mike, and Larry.

There will be no visitation or service at this time. Memorials may be made to the family.

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Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Franklin) Hipp

 Norwalk, Ohio – Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Franklin) Hipp, 87, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018, at Clare Bridge Memory Unit of Brookdale, Bowling Green, Ohio, surrounded by loving family members. She was born August 23, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Thomas and Agnes (Welch) Franklin.

Elizabeth resided in Toledo throughout her childhood, and attended Central Catholic High School through her junior year when her family relocated to Norwalk. Subsequently, she graduated from St. Paul High School in 1948.

Elizabeth worked for a time in the law office of Henry Young where she met her future husband, Paul, when he came into the office. The two were married at St. Paul Catholic Church on September 29, 1951, and celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to his death in 2011.

Elizabeth was first and foremost a homemaker, raising a family of eight children and participating in their many activities. She was a Girl Scout leader, den mother, sport’s fan and band parent. She was a member of bridge club, study club, Charlie’s Angels bowling team, and the stroke group at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

Elizabeth was a long-time member of St. Paul Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister to the Sick, a Heavenly Duster, and member of the bereavement ministry. She was a devoted parishioner to perpetual adoration.

Elizabeth is survived by her children; Sharon Mouch (Dan), Debra Winkle (Steve), Paulette Ewell (Jay), Pamela Reichert (Jerry), Carolynn Ciersezwski (Edward), Gregory Hipp (Diane), Thomas Hipp (Meagan Brown), and Kevin Hipp (April); 22 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Ardyth Franklin and Maryellen Franklin, and brothers-in-law, Charles J. Hipp, and Gerard Hipp (Patricia).

In addition to her parents and husband, Paul, Elizabeth was preceded in death by brothers Thomas Jr., Charles and Edward Franklin, two infant brothers, daughter-in-law Beverly J. Hipp, and granddaughter-in-law, Trisha Appelhans.

Friends may call on Monday, January 15, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul Catholic Church. Msgr. Kenneth Morman will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk, Ohio, 44857, or to Miriam House, 249 W. Main St., Norwalk, Ohio, 44857.

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Earl R. Herold

 Norwalk, Ohio – Earl R. Herold, 86, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in his home. He was born on June 1, 1931 to the late Carl W. and Irene M. (Lockwood) Herold, in Berea, Ohio, and moved to the New London area in the late 1940’s.

Earl served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and came home later to work on the family farm. He worked as a mechanic and bus driver for the Western Reserve school district, former employee of Lake Erie Construction and Bleile Supply, as well as owning his own garage. Earl could fix anything that was broken, and was considered by family and friends to be a mechanical genius and loved spending time in his 3-bay sanctuary. He enjoyed drag racing, 3-wheeling, and spending time with his good friends and family.

Earl is survived by his sons, Jeffrey E. (Laurie) Herold, of Sandusky, Ohio, Terry A. (Jeanne) Herold, of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and his step-son, Randy W. (Donna) McPeek, of Collins, Ohio. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jessica, Jerrmey, Jennifer, Julie, Tyler, and Megan, by 15 great-grandchildren, two nephews, and his brother Robert C. (Helen) Herold, of New London, Ohio.

Earl is preceded in death by his first wife, Twila M. (Heitsche) Herold in 1999, and his second wife, Ruth Ann (Schatz) Herold, in 1996, and by his brother, Willard Herold.

Friends may call on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857. A graveside service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Hartland Ridge Cemetery, DeRussey Road, in Hartland Township. Rev. Fred Wiechers will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

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Linda S. Below

Norwalk, Ohio – Linda S. Below, 69, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, Ohio. She was born October 27, 1948 in Sandusky, Ohio, to the late Willard D. and Doris M. (Berger) Miller, and came to this area in 1962 from Vickery, Ohio.

Linda was a 1966 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She was a former employee of the Norwalk Bargain Center, Faulhaber’s, Target, Easter Seals, and was a private care giver. Linda was an avid crafter, collecting snowmen figurines and snow globes.

She is survived by her sons, Matthew L. Below of Norwalk, Ohio, and Harmon F. (Joy) Below of Norwalk, Ohio, and by her siblings, Gary D. Miller of Wakeman, Ohio, Dennis D. (Sylvia) Miller of Wakeman, Ohio, and Randy A. (Betty) Miller of Norwalk, Ohio.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of memorial service at 11:30 a.m. in St. Peter Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio. Pastor Ann Marshall will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Below family, or to Amazing Angels L.L.C., 1500 East Bogart Road, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.

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Frederick N. Barry

 Norwalk, Ohio – Frederick N. Barry, 71, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 in the Stein Hospice Care Center. He was born April 15, 1946 in Kenmore, New York, to the late Edward and Rita (Funk) Barry.

Fred was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during Vietnam era, for 8.5 years. He served on the USS Albany CG-10, the USS Tattnall DDG-19, and the USS Talbot DEG-4.

He is survived by his brother, Thomas Barry, and by his children, Kate Pfingsten of Norwalk, Ohio, Matthew Barry of Norwalk, Ohio, and Benjamin Barry of Norwalk, Ohio, and Hannah Barry of Norwalk, Ohio, by his grandchildren, Corbin, Channing, Tanden, and Travis.

Friends may call on Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio.

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Monica J. (Fritz) Waber

 Jacksonville, Florida – Monica J. (Fritz) Waber, 58, of Jacksonville, Florida, and formerly of Collins, Ohio, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 in Green Cove Springs, FL. She was born June 18, 1959 in Sandusky, Ohio, to the late John J. and Anne A. (Bruggeman) Fritz, and has lived in Jacksonville, Florida since 1995.

Monica was a 1977 graduate of Western Reserve High School, and attended Firelands Campus of Bowling Green State University. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, was a volunteer at the Women’s Help Center in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Monica is survived by her husband of 37 years, John Waber of Jacksonville, Florida, by her children, Amanda (Tung) Nguyen of Folsom, California, Andrew Waber of Tallahassee, Florida, and James Waber of Tallahassee, Florida, and by two grandsons, Daniel and Logan Nguyen.

She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Anne (Richard) Fletcher Jr. of Collins, Ohio, Anne Fritz of St. Petersburg, Florida, Julie (Mark) Marshall of Westlake, Ohio, Roseanne (Ron) Garrison, and Martha Fritz of Collins, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews.

Monica was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Waber, in 1980, by her brothers, John Fritz in 1956, Thomas Fritz in 1966, and Michael Fritz in 2005, and by her sisters, Joan Fritz in 1997 and Suzanne Frederick in 2012.

Friends may call on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Fr. Nick Cunningham will officiate. Interment will be in Hartland Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Women’s Help Center, 1903 3rd St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.

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Alan G. Derby

Norwalk, Ohio – Alan G. Derby, 67, of Norwalk, died early Tuesday morning, December 26, 2017, at Firelands Hospital in Sandusky, following health issues complicated by diabetes. Born Feb. 3, 1950, Al was a 1968 graduate of Norwalk High School, where he played football, and local legend has it he was voted “Toughest Guy at Norwalk High” by his buddies.

Al entered the Army after high school, and served in Vietnam. At the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May of 1969, Al, one of the strongest young men in his battalion, was detailed to carry the wounded down the hill to safety, which he did, saving many lives until being wounded himself. He received the Purple Heart for his valor. Back home, Al worked for many years at the Huron County Humane Society, and then later for the Ohio Job Service, finding work for his fellow veterans, he was a member of the V.F.W. Post 2743, Norwalk, Ohio, the American Legion, Post 41, and the Autobon Society.

Al enjoyed so much in life, it’s hard to list everything, from old movies and movie stars, to family history, sports, literature, politics, reading and cooking.

He was a true Father Christmas, always laboring over just the perfect gift to give his loved ones. He was a man you could count on in every way.

Al is survived by three brothers, Thomas and Charles of Norwalk, and Robert of Bucyrus, a sister Gail, of Norwalk, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Judge Donald H. and Kathryn Derby, and by his brother, James, in 2016.

Friends may call on Friday, December 29, 2017, in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.

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Margherita Y. “Marty” Catalano

 Norwalk, Ohio – Margherita Y. “Marty” Catalano, 93, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017, in Fisher Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, Ohio. She was born March 6, 1924 in Norwalk, Ohio, to the late Harold L. and Lillian (Amato) Peat, and was a lifelong area resident.

Marty was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, and a 1942 graduate, and valedictorian, of St. Paul School. She was a member of the Women of St. Paul, and was a former office deputy for the Huron County Sherriff’s Department. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, writing, and spending time with her family.

Marty is survived by her children, Mark W. (Cheryle Stone) of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, Lisa Perkins of Greenfield, Indiana, Matthew J. (Angie) Catalano of Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Anthony J. (Geneva) Catalano of Milan, Ohio, by seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Catalano in 2010, and by her sister, Mary P. McDonald in 2010.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Friends may also call on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Msgr. Kenneth Morman will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church.

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Jack W. Baldwin

Milan, Ohio – Jack W. Baldwin, 80, of Milan, Ohio, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 in the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, Ohio. He was born March 18, 1937, in Elmira, New York, to the late Henry and Margaret (Welch) Baldwin, and came to Milan, Ohio, in 1971 from New York State, and moved to Norwalk, Ohio, in 2002.

Jack was salesman for several area companies including Allsport, of Norwalk, Ohio. He enjoyed antiques and flea markets, reading, fishing, going to Lake Erie, and spending time with his children, and grandchildren.

Jack is survived by wife of 60 years, Bonita M. (Olson) Baldwin, of Norwalk, Ohio, by his children, Eric (Lynette) Baldwin, of Milan, Ohio, and Tammy (Ron) Schaffter of Norwalk, Ohio, by 5 grandchildren, Sonia (Brian) Barker, Renee (Kyle) Martin, Nichole (Talmadge) Harder, Christopher Baldwin, and Christina Baldwin, and 5 great grandchildren.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. until the prayer service at 5:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Ron Schauk will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio.

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