February 24, 2020

Some Obituaries of the Children of Mary Spoering Koppenhofer Baden

Emil Koppenhofer, David and Mary's son, died on October 9, 1974, at the Heller Memorial Hospital in Napoleon.  His obituary appeared in the Defiance Crescent-News on October 10, 1974:


Emil Koppenhofer, 71, 521 Hobson St., died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday in Heller Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient three weeks.
He was born in Monroe Twp., Henry Co. on May 26, 1903to David and Mary (Spoering) Koppenhofer and married Alvina Cohrs on Sept. 6, 1925.  They lived in the Napoleon area all their married lives.  He was employed 18 years as an attendant at the Home Oil Plaza Service Station, retiring seven years ago.
Surviving are the widow, Alvina;  three sons, Lewis, Toledo; Wayne, Woodhaven, Mich.; and Franklin, Defiance; two daughters, Mrs. Alvada Hazelswart, Antwerp, and Mrs. Dorothy Spencer, Toledo; a half sister, Mrs. Martha Smith, Malinta; a half brother, Ernest Baden, Malinta and 11 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a son, Ervin, in 1972, and a daughter, Joyce Ann, in infancy.
Friends may call in the Wesche Funeral Home.  Services will be conducted by Rev. E.A. Laabs and Rev. Paul A. Weber at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, and burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery." 

Adolph and Mary's son, Otto Henry Baden, died in a Memorial Day weekend crash in 1957.  The Defiance Crescent-News reported it on June 1, 1957, front page.

"Otto H. Baden, Rt. 2, Holgate, Killed in Crash.
  Car Snaps Telephone Pole, Then Hits Tree on Standley Highway

Otto H. Baden, 49, Rt. 2, Holgate, died Friday at 10:30 p.m. in Defiance City Hospital of chest injuries received three hours earlier when his car went off a curve, snapped  an Ayersville Telephone Co. pole and then rammed a large tree.
The accident happened at 7:30 p.m., two tenths of a mile west of the Defiance-Henry County Line, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Mr. Baden was driving west in a 1955 Chevrolet coach and failed to negotiate a left curve in the Standley road (old state route 18), patrolmen said.  The front of the car was demolished. Mr. Baden, who at first did not think himself hurt, was brought to the hospital by ambulance.
His body was removed to the Mansfield and Mast funeral home.

Mr Baden was born in Elery, Henry County, on Feb.21, 1908.  His parents were Adolph and Mary (Sporcey) Baden.  He was married to Lesta Wilson on Dec. 3, 1928 and they had lived in the Standley area since then.

Mr. Baden is survived by his wife two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Elvera) Speiser,
rt. 2 Defiance, and Mrs. Gerald (Evelyn) Boff, Holgate; one son, Royce Baden, at home; three grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Baden, Elery;one sister, Mrs Alvin (Martha) Smith, Malinta; two half-brothers, Carl Baden, Malinta, and Emel Koppenhofer, Napoleon; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Albert (Emma) Gerken, Hamler and Mrs. Arthur (Erna) Brammer, Napoleon.  An infant son and a brother preceded him in death.

The funeral will be at Mansfield and Mast funeral home Monday at 2 p.m..  The Rev. Harold C Meister, pastor of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church of which Mr. Baden was a member, will officiate. Burial will be in Meyer's cemetery, Highland Tp.

Mr. Baden worked at the Standley Elevator until a year ago when he took a position withthe 7-up Bottling Company."  


 Ernest G. Baden, son of Adolph and Mary, died on January 10, 1977, his obituary appearing in the Defiance Crescent-News on January 11. 


Ernest G. Baden, 65, Elery, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday in his residence following an apparent heart attack
He was born March 2, 1911 in Monroe Twp., Henry County to Adolph and Mary (Spoering) Baden and married Mary Groll on May 7, 1938.  He was employed as a mill operator 15 years at Farmer's Friend Mineral Company, Napoleon, retiring in 1972, and had previously been employed 20 years at the Elery Elevator.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; four sons, Richard, Wooster; William, Hamler; Frederick, London, Ohio, and Keith, Elery; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Eileen) Cross, Durham, N.C.; a sister, Mrs. Alvin (Martha) Smith, Malinta, and 10 grandchildren.

Calling hours are ... in the Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon.  Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Immanuel Lutheran Church near Hamler.  Rev. Patrick W. Boots officiating and burial will be in the church cemetery."


August H. Baden died before his mother, Mary, on March 29, 1950, when he was 36.  It was her third child to pass away before her, (Regina, 1; Alvina, 15; and August, 36) and this one was totally unexpected.

"August H. Baden, of Monroe Township, passed away on Wednesday morning at Heller Memorial Hospital as the result of injuries sustained in an auto accident last Sunday near Florida. (Ohio)

He is survived by wife, Lorena; two children, Ronald, 9, and Mary Ann, 6; his mother, Mrs. Mary Spoering, Monroe Twp; two brothers, Otto of Stanley and Ernest of Elery; two half -brothers, Carl B. of Elery and Emil Koppenhofer of Napoleon; one sister, Mrs. Alvin Smith of Monroe Twp; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Arthur Bremer and Mrs Albert Gerken, both of Monroe Twp.

Friends may call at Wesche Funeral Home until 10 a.m. on Saturday, at which time removal will be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church near Hamler for services at 2 p.m.  Rev. Walter Fehner will officiate  Burial will be in church cemetery."

An obituary has not yet been found for Martha A. Baden Smith, wife of Alvin Smith, daughter of Adolph and Mary Baden.  Martha died on September 24, 2002 in Napoleon.  She and her husband, Alvin, were buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Monroe Township, Henry County.


1 comment:

  1. Dianne, you are so informative to discover these facts and so wonderful to then share them with us. Ask always, Thanks Cousin!