12-21-2017 Tri-City Area Obitauries


 Paul Taulbee, age 71, passed peacefully at home in Keeler on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Paul was born on January 12, 1946 in Vancleve, KY, the son of Menifee and Virgie Taulbee.

Paul grew up with his sisters and brothers in Vancleve, KY and Middletown, OH, then moved to Michigan in 1990 at the age of 45. Paul could be found working on the blueberry farms in Van Buren County or turning a wrench on a car to help out a friend. He loved to fish and often spoke about all the fishing he had done in the lakes around the area. Paul had a good heart, soft blue eyes and an opinion on just about anything. He listened to country music and followed wrestling from a young age and always enjoyed a good conversation with a friend.

Paul is survived by his loving girlfriend of 23 years and end of life caretaker, Ruby Ashley of Keeler; three daughters: Marty Taulbee, Paula Lewis and Bonnie Woolery, all of Frankfort, KY; mother, Virgie Taulbee of Middletown, OH; sisters: Patsy Holcomb of Navarre, FL, Dora Cornele and Nell Hatfield, both of Franklin, OH, Doris Sheppard of Hamilton, OH and Peggy Rice of Blanchester, OH and two brothers: Robert Taulbee of Gratis, OH and Lloyd Taulbee of Lynchburg, OH.

Paul is preceded in passing by his father, Menifee Taulbee in 1983 and two brothers: Everett Taulbee in 1996 and Eugene Taulbee in 1959.

A viewing for his friends and family was held on December 19 at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. The funeral began at 2 p.m. with a procession to his final resting place in Keeler Cemetery immediately following the service. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


 Today our bright and shining star went out. Heather Mari (Yetzke) Metz passed away December 17, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Center with her loving husband by her side.

She fought ovarian cancer like a courageous, brave, storm trooper for the last 3.5 years.  She didn’t let the endless doctor visits and treatments get her down. Her life revolved around her beautiful twins whom she shared with her devoted husband John.

Heather was born July 6, 1974 in St. Joseph to John and Marge (Hess) Yetzke.

She was the most wonderful, caring mother, wife, sister, daughter, teacher, and friend. Her energy was contagious. She was an active participant in life.  She has friends from coast to coast who love her dearly.

Heather graduated from Watervliet High School class of 1992 and still stayed in touch with many classmates even taught some of their children. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University and her master’s degree from Western Michigan University. However, she was always a Chip at heart – never a Bronco. She taught 5th grade at Watervliet North Elementary since 1998. She loved her students so much; staying friends with many of them and their parents. She loved her coworkers at North and throughout the school system. She worked almost full-time up until this September. She cried knowing she’d never teach again.

She loved the theater and already saw Hamilton three times! She even took her mom to see Phantom while in high school. She was a member of Twin City Players and loved being a part of their productions. Especially since that is where she met John.