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Friday, February 3, 2006

Ronald Barna

Ronald T. Barna, 67, of Rockford, died at 1:05 p.m. Feb. 2, 2006, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
   He was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Oakland County, Mich., to Sylvester and Julia Kaschak Barna. On Nov. 9, 1963, he married Lucille Homan who survives.
   Other survivors are three sons, Shane (Carla), Ladd and Alan (Nikki), all of Rockford; two daughters, Tomi, and Karen (George) Schaffner, all of Rockford; three brothers, Gene (Sue) and Dick, all of Rockford, and Bill (Madelyn), Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Betty Belna, Rockford; and eight grandchildren.
   Deceased is a brother, Robert.
   He was a truck driver for Sauder Manufacturing, Grabill, Ind. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Rockford, Eagles Aerie 1292 and American Legion Post 508, all of Rockford. He served in the U.S. Navy.
   Service is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Tom Brenberger officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, with a wake service at 7 p.m.
   Memorials may be directed to the church or the American Cancer Society.

Barry Helman

Barry C. Helman, 52, 329 N. Ohio Ave., Sidney, died at 11:15 p.m. Feb. 2, 2006, at the Pub Lounge in Sidney where he worked. Death was due to an apparent heart attack.
   He was born April 11, 1953, in Sidney, to Dale N. and Vera Jeannette Pitsenbarger Helman. His father survives in Houston. On Sept. 16, 1977, he married Donna Young, who died Dec. 20, 1993.
   Other survivors are three sons, Craig Schaffner, Piqua, and Barry Allen and Fredrick, both of Piqua; two stepdaughters, Mary Snyder, Celina, and Anna Bash, Portland, Ind.; a brother, Ted D. of Sidney; two sisters, Pam (Gary) Ginn and Kimberly, all of Houston; three grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased is an infant brother.
   A 1971 graduate of Houston High School, he was employed at the Pub Lounge and was a member of Oran Christian Church, both of Sidney.
   Service is 1:30 p.m. Monday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, the Rev. Steve Clayton officiating. Burial is at Miami Memorial Park, Covington.
   Calling is 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
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Michael Hess

Michael Anthony Hess, 52, of 1112 Princeton Ave., Celina, died at 1:05 p.m. Feb. 2, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born Jan. 14, 1954, in Coldwater, to John E. and Esther M. Budde Hess, who survive in Celina.
   Survivors are a son, Jalen of Celina; a daughter, Megan of Celina; the mother of his children, Julie of Celina; five brothers, Ronald of Coldwater, Richard and Kenneth of Celina, Charles of New Bremen, and Gary (Marjorie) of Fort Recovery; a sister, Carol (Ed) Dues, Fort Recovery; and a brother-in-law, Donald Neace, St. Marys.
   Deceased are a brother, Steve Hess, and a sister, Mary Neace.
   He was employed at Stock Building Supply, Celina, and drove truck part-time for Cheeseman Trucking Co. He was a 1972 Celina High School graduate and member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina.
   Service is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to brain cancer research or the Children's Scholarship Fund, in care of Community First Bank & Trust, Celina.

Dennis Thornton

Dennis Thornton, 57, 414 S. Sugar St., Celina, died at 12:55 a.m. this morning Feb. 3, 2006, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
   Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home Grand Lake Chapel, St. Marys.


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