Laymans celebrate 50 years of marriage

On Saturday, June 14, Gary and Karen Layman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home, 475 Burdine Drive, Oak Harbor, from 3-6 p.m. They invite anyone who knows them to join them for an afternoon of reminiscing.

Gary and Karen’s children are Eric and Keri (Bates) Layman, with grandchildren Carolanne and Erica, and James and Christine (Layman) Blacka, with grandchildren Conner, Shane and Bryan.



Real estate transfers

Catawba Township

    5-27-14 Dale V. Kindl, Daniel J. Kindl and David V. Kindl to Keith S. and Christy J. Fabiano, 2853 North Coho Drive, $230,000.

    5-28-14 Victoria Marie Rogers to Michael A. Vadini, 1553 NW Catawba Road, $100,000.

    5-28-14 Catawba Bay Builders LLC to 5322 East Swan Drive LLC, 5322 East Swan Drive, $38,223.79.

    5-29-14 Elizabeth and William R. Griffin to Craig M. and Kellye M. Stephens, 0 West Catawba Road, vacant land $11,500.

    5-30-14 Shirley A. Gorka to Thomas C. Haslinger and Janet L. Celek, 941 Falling Waters Blvd., $245,000.

    5-30-14 Karen L. Crall to James P. and Mary Beth Greer, 270 North Crest, $221,000.


Marriage licenses

Rick E. McLaughlin, Sr., 52, fiberglass technician and Susanne Elswick, 46, SLP both of Port Clinton.

Duane Alan Stockmaster, II, 30, detailing and Marcella Jo Rodriquez, 36, office manager both of Port Clinton.




A girl was born on May 27 at Firelands Regional Medical Center to James and Ashley Knight or Port Clinton.


Patricia M. Benson Sept. 6, 1928-June 3, 2014

Patricia M. Benson, 85, of Marblehead, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, June 3, at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, surrounded by her loving family.  Patricia was born on September 6, 1928 in South Zanesville, OH, the daughter of Edgar Wayne and Carolyn (Wolfe) Runyan.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Thursday, June 5, in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 216 Washington St., Port Clinton, OH.  Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 6, in the funeral home.   Memorial donations in memory of Pat may be given to the Foundation for Firelands, 1111 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Lawrence “Larry” Sizer Feb. 15, 1934-Apr. 19, 2014


Lawrence L. "Larry" Sizer, 80, of Lakeside-Marblehead, and formerly of Berea, Ohio, died April 19, at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.

He was born February 15, 1934, in Cleveland, the son of the late Louis & Blanche (Rada) Sizer. He married Marilyn Fisher on December 26, 1969, and she survives. Mr. Sizer was a manager for Distillation Water Company in Cleveland. He was a United States Navy Veteran and a member of American Legion Post 91, Berea.

Surviving are his wife: Marilyn; sons: Louis (Debby) Sizer of Linden, VA, Eric (Lisa) Budd of Akron, Kenneth (Lee) Budd of Lakeland, FL; daughters: Jennifer (Michael) Kindinger of Logan, OH, Sharon (James) Budd Carpenter of Jacksonville, FL; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Dick Sizer, William Sizer, Edward Sizer, John Sizer and sisters: Betty Segedi and Marge Hathaway.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Peninsula Chapel of Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 7755 East Harbor Road, Lakeside-Marblehead. Memorial contributions may be given to Magruder Hospital Auxiliary, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton, OH 43452.  Arrangements are in the care of Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Peninsula Chapel, Lakeside-Marblehead.


Lowell S. Petersen July 22, 1927-May 30, 2014

Lowell Stensen Petersen, 86, of Port Clinton, passed away, Friday, May 30, at  Edgewood Manor Nursing Center, Port Clinton.  He was born on July 22, 1927 in Port Clinton, the son of Stensen and Frances (Vollmer) Petersen.  Following graduation from Port Clinton High School, Lowell enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  After being honorably discharged he attended the Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and his Juris Doctorate.  While at the Ohio State University he met Elaine Dybvig whom he married September 11, 1948.  After passing the Ohio Bar exam he opened his law practice in Port Clinton and served two terms as city solicitor and then 28 years as the Ottawa County Prosecutor.  

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Port Clinton, where he had taught Sunday school, had served as President of the church council, and was a Boy Scout leader.  He loved sailing his boat on Lake Erie and entered many races.  He was a member of the Port Clinton Yacht Club, the Elks, the Ottawa County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.  He enjoyed reading and studying fine arts with his wife Elaine.  

Survivors include: Daughter: Carol (Mark) Mitchell of Sterling Heights, MI; Son: John S. Petersen of Champaign, IL; Grandson: Jack Mitchell of Sterling Heights, MI; Granddaughter: Erica (Brad) Bible of St. Clair Shores, MI; Great-Granddaughter: Tessa Bible.  Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister: Barbara Bailey.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton, followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m.  Private interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Memorial donations in memory of Lowell may be given to St. John Lutheran Church or Stein Hospice.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Marriage licenses

Timothy Hartman, 25, dock worker, of Oak Harbor, and Samantha Badas, 25, registered nurse, of Swanton.

Joshua Ries, 30, driver, and Kelly Rowe, 32, both of Port Clinton.


Real estate transfers

Bay Township

    5-19-14 Robert L. Lynes and Joyce Hargrove to Pennymac Corp., 3085 West Canal Road, $60,000.    

Benton Township

    5-19-14 Springleaf Financial Services to CR Homes LLC, 6414 North State Route 2, $13,340.


Aline M. Alge April 6, 1924-May 19, 2014

Aline M. Alge, 90, of Catawba Island, died Monday, May 19, at Providence Care Center in Sandusky. She was born on April 6, 1924 in Robinson, Illinois.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 2, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton, with Father John C. Missler officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Island Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be sent to Providence Care Center, Sandusky; Stein Hospice, Sandusky; or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at The Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

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