Ruth R. Shinabery, 88, of Rockford, died at 11:04 a.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015, at Van Wert County Hospital where she was a patient.  She was born on January 2, 1927, the daughter of Clarence and Cecil (Wilson) Shock.  On May 27, 1950, she married Kenneth R. Shinabery, and he preceded in death on December 10, 2003.  Ruth was employed by TuWay Products in Rockford, until she retired.  She had lived in the Rockford area all her life, and had attended the Mercer United Methodist Church.


Surviving are two children, a son, Rick Shinabery of Rockford, and a daughter, Ellen (Ed) Griner, also of Rockford.  One grandchild, Jen (Chad) Williams survives, 2 step-grandchildren, Tona (Steven) King and Toby Shinabery and her husband Bob Striedl.  Two step great-grandchildren survive:  Sagan King and Slone Owens.  Two sisters survive:  Dorothy (George) Hone of St. Marys and Fae (Jim) Herd of Blairsville, Georgia.  Two brothers are deceased, Harold "Buddy" Shock and Dale Shock and one sister, Berniece Roth.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Craig Cisco officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, 1 hour prior to the service.  Memorials may be directed to the Mercer United Methodist Church. 

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Alice Mary Anna Thieman, 77, of Rockford, Ohio, died at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.  She was born in St. Sebastian, Ohio, on November 11, 1938, the daughter of  Urban and Marian (Moeller) Huber.   She was previously married to Paul Bernard Thieman, the father of her children, and he preceded in death.  Alice was a licensed beautician, and also had worked at Shane Hill Nursing Home as a nurses' aide.  She had lived in Rockford for almost 55 years, and was very active in numerous organizations.  She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church and was a member of the choir there, in addition to being a member of the Christian Mother's Sodality.  For years, she was on the Bereavement Committee at St. Teresa and was a member of the ladies group who made the funeral dinners; she was chairman of the Candy Sales at the church as well.  She was also a past member of the Ministerial Association and of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.


Three children survive:  a son, Ralph (Beth) Thieman of Tipp City, Ohio and two daughters, Polly (Clete) Muhlenkamp of St. Marys, Ohio and Angie (Luis) Sanchez of Ottawa, Ohio.  Also surviving are two sisters:  Sister Cecilia Huber, St. Martin, Ohio and Phyllis (Dennis) Stachler, Burkettsville, Ohio; 6 grandchildren:  Joshua, Katherine, and Matthew Muhlenkamp; Amanda Schuller, and Samantha and Sarah Thieman.   Two sisters-in-law survive:  Myrt Huber, McCartyville, Ohio, and  Joan Huber, Chickasaw, Ohio. and one brother-in-law, Paul Billerman, Celina, Ohio.  Deceased is one son, Henry Thieman; 3 brothers: Donald, Gerald, and Myron Huber, 1 sister Velma Billerman, and 1 sister-in-law, Norma Huber.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Rockford, with Father Ken Schnipke officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.  Friends may call on Monday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford.  Memorials may be directed to the church. 

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