Montpelier Area Foundation 2017-11-29T09:32:06+00:00

Montpelier Area Foundation

Founded in 1988, the Montpelier Area Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the Montpelier area, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making and serving as a leader, catalyst and resource for charitable giving.

Officers

  • Rachael Sostoi, President
  • Kara Custar, Vice President
  • Susan Rockey, Secretary
  • Alex Wheeler, Treasurer

Members

  • Deb Clum
  • Mike Kannel
  • Alice Miller
  • Jim Thompson
  • David Tilly
  • Barbara Watson
  • Alex Wheeler
  • Steve Yagelski

MAF Board Members: from left, Alex Wheeler (Treasurer), Mike Kannel, Rachael Sostoi (President), Susan Rockey (Secretary), Barbara Watson and Steve Yagelski. Missing from photo is Deb Clum, Kara Custar, Alice Miller, Jim Thompson and David Tilly.

The Montpelier Area Foundation currently has the following Named Funds:

MAF Community Funds

Grace E. Geesey Community Fund

No biography available.

Helene Guyse and Ruth Hurtt Community Fund

Helene was married to Lorence Guyse and was a graduate of Montpelier High School in 1933. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Dunbar Furniture Company of Montpelier. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and a member of the Lillian Chapter #41 Order of the Eastern Star. She and her sister, Ruth Hurtt, were charter members of the Montpelier Area Foundation and turned over the funds of the Women’s Relief Corps, an auxiliary branch of the G.A.R., to the Foundation. Helene died May 11, 2003.

Ruth Hurtt married Harry Hurtt on September 2, 1939. Ruth graduated from Montpelier High School in 1926. Ruth was a homemaker and a member of the Women’s Relief Corps, Pythian Sisters, Fireman Ladies Auxiliary, Ladies Historical Society, and past matron of Lillian Chapter #41 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Montpelier Area Foundation. Ruth died April 6, 2007, with no immediate family members surviving.

Montpelier Area Foundation Community Fund

Gifts to the unrestricted endowment fund provide the most broad-based support to our community. Unrestricted Funds also provide the most flexibility in grant making. Tomorrow will present our community with new opportunities and challenges. Unrestricted funds position the advisory committee to meet those new challenges and capitalize on those new opportunities. Gifts to the unrestricted endowment fund may be made by anyone in any amount. Donors may establish an unrestricted named fund with a gift of $5,000.

Mildred Moshier Community Fund

Mildred and her husband, Garold, lived in Montpelier, Ohio for many years. They were owners and operators of the Gambles Store in Montpelier from 1946 until January 1971. Mildred and Garold were married December 28, 1928. Mildred was born in Ewing, Illinois on July 25, 1906. She was a graduate of Ewing Baptist College and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College where she received a Bachelor of Music Degree. She taught music in public school in Illinois and gave private piano lessons. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Montpelier and a member of the Montpelier Grange. She was a member of the Lillian Chapter #41 Order of the Eastern Star. During World War II, she worked as a precision gauge setter and inspector at the General Motors B-19 Bomber Aircraft Plant in Cleveland. Mildred died August 9, 1997. She and Garold have one son, Dr. William Moshier, who lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Garnette Myers Memorial Community Fund

Garnette was born March 5, 1908 in Hinton, West Virginia. She married Warren Myers on August 25, 1932. Garnette was a graduate of Montpelier High School in 1926. Living in Montpelier most of her life, she died March 8, 2003. Garnette was an avid bowler and bowled into her 80’s. She enjoyed going to movies and going out to eat. She liked to pass her time knitting and crocheting. She and her husband traveled to Florida and other parts of the United States. They owned a cottage at Clear Lake, Indiana and a home west of Montpelier. Garnette was an only child, and she and her husband had no children.

Jo Ann and Robert Winzeler Community Fund

No biography available.

John T. Kindler Community Fund

No Biography Available

Designated Agency Funds

Hip Klotz Athletic Booster Fund

No biography available.

Bob E. Rose Fund

No biography available.

Agency Endowment Funds

Montpelier Fire Department Endowment Fund

In January of 1881 a destructive fire occurred in the business section of the Village of Montpelier destroying many businesses. This resulted in an ordinance to establish a Fire Department and the “Alert” Hook and Ladder Company was formed. Years later the “Fleet” Hose Company would be formed.

The fire service today has undergone many changes from organizing the first fire department in the late 19th century to the current staffing of one full-time Fire Chief and over 30 volunteer firefighters. Fire fighting apparatus, personal protective equipment, and training have all raised the standards from the way fires were fought years ago. This endowment fund was established to provide continued support for the Montpelier Fire Department and community.

Montpelier Rotary Endowment Fund

No biography available.

Williams County Parks Endowment Fund

No biography available.

Williams County Senior Center Endowment Fund

No biography available.

Scholarship Funds

James L. Best Scholarship Fund

James L. Best was born in Montpelier in 1929. He graduated in 1947 from Montpelier High School. James attended Ohio State University where he was a member of the OSU Marching Band and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1951. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in 1955. Upon graduation he was a Medical Officer Captain in the United States Air Force for two years. James spent 10 years at the Ohio State University in the Department of Anesthesia. For 25 years he was Senior Anesthesiologist at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. James has always had a special interest in the Montpelier High School Music Program.

John Ferarro Memorial Scholarship Fund

“The John Ferarro Memorial Scholarship Fund” is an annual scholarship awarded to a deserving Montpelier High School student who elects to continue his or her education in the pursuit of an engineering, science or mathematics curriculum at any accredited college or university.

John Ferarro was born in 1903 in the town of Marcianese, Italy, (approximately 30 miles north of Naples, Italy) and immigrated to the United States through New York Harbor’s Ellis Island in 1923. John married Mary Marra of Niagara Falls, NY in 1927 and later moved to the Midwest United States, finally settling in Montpelier, Ohio while employed as a welder for the railroad and then eventually as a long-time employee of Richmond Machine.

While John and Mary are no longer with us today, their progeny continues to live and work in the Montpelier area and beyond. Not unlike current American immigrants today, John Ferarro came to this country looking for a better life and greater opportunity for both himself and his posterity. John’s story is the story of every American immigrant who has come, and who will come, to this great land, and is a lasting reminder to all us who aspire to be “American.”

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Homer and Velma Fiser Nursing Scholarship Fund

Mr. John and Dr. Carole Fiser Brigham and Richard E. Fiser established the Homer and Velma Fiser Nursing Scholarship Fund and Engineering Scholarship Fund in honor of Richard and Carole’s parents. Homer and Velma lived their entire lives in the Montpelier/Williams County, Ohio area. Homer served in the United States Navy. He was a farmer and a laborer retiring from Richmond Machine Shop in Montpelier. Velma was a housewife and helped with the farm work. Mr. and Mrs. Fiser each completed eight grades of formal education. Their greatest goal in life was to see that their children were educated beyond high school. Richard and Carole chose to thank their parents with the establishment of the two scholarships that might help others attain degrees in higher education in the engineering and health care fields.

Mr. Richard E. Fiser graduated from Tri-State University, Angola, Indiana with a degree in mechanical engineering. He retired from a very successful career. He is the father of Daniel Fiser, Sara Fiser Wanamacher and Amy Fiser Bowman.

Dr. Carole J. Brigham completed a diploma program at Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She completed baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing and a Doctorate of Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She retired from Ball State University as a Professor of Nursing. Carole’s husband, John F. Brigham, retired from consumer finance and banking.

Homer and Velma Fiser Engineering Scholarship Fund

Mr. John and Dr. Carole Fiser Brigham and Richard E. Fiser established the Homer and Velma Fiser Nursing Scholarship Fund and Engineering Scholarship Fund in honor of Richard and Carole’s parents. Homer and Velma lived their entire lives in the Montpelier/Williams County, Ohio area. Homer served in the United States Navy. He was a farmer and a laborer retiring from Richmond Machine Shop in Montpelier. Velma was a housewife and helped with the farm work. Mr. and Mrs. Fiser each completed eight grades of formal education. Their greatest goal in life was to see that their children were educated beyond high school. Richard and Carole chose to thank their parents with the establishment of the two scholarships that might help others attain degrees in higher education in the engineering and health care fields.

Mr. Richard E. Fiser graduated from Tri-State University, Angola, Indiana with a degree in mechanical engineering. He retired from a very successful career. He is the father of Daniel Fiser, Sara Fiser Wanamacher and Amy Fiser Bowman.

Dr. Carole J. Brigham completed a diploma program at Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She completed baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing and a Doctorate of Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She retired from Ball State University as a Professor of Nursing. Carole’s husband, John F. Brigham, retired from consumer finance and banking.

Claron E. Fisher Scholarship Fund

Claron was born near West Unity on January 29, 1907. He was a lifelong Montpelier resident who retired as an airtool assembler with the Aro Corp. Claron was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #109 and Montpelier Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #944. He was married to Donna (Tingle) and they had a son, Clark, who died in August of 1970. Claron died April 29, 1997.

Dorothy and Warren Gardner Scholarship Fund

Warren Gardner, born (1910) and raised in Bridgewater Township, graduated from Pioneer High School in 1927. After obtaining his teaching certification from Bowling Green State University, Warren returned to Bridgewater Township to teach in various one-room schools, including Ainger, Dean, and North Bridgewater, during the 1930’s. Warren returned to college at Western Michigan University, graduating in 1939.

Dorothy Merritt Gardner (1918-1996), born and raised near Sheridan, New York, graduated from Michigan State University in 1939 and began her teaching career in Ovid and Owosso, Michigan.

The courtship, which followed their introduction by mutual college friends, led to Warren’s and Dorothy’s marriage in 1943.

During World War II, Warren served with the Weather Service of the US Army Air Corps. While stationed in Egypt, Warren toured the Holy Land during the 1944 Christmas Season, a lifelong memory.

After World War II, Warren and Dorothy settled in Milan, Michigan where Warren was employed by the US Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons. In 1947, they relocated to Montpelier when Warren accepted the position as Williams County Veterans Service Officer, a position he held through 1958. Warren served as US Postmaster in Montpelier from 1959 until his retirement in 1975.

Dorothy resumed her teaching career in the Montpelier schools in 1954. She taught sixth and seventh grade Social Studies before moving to the High School where she taught French and Public speaking. Dorothy retired in 1975. After her retirement, Dorothy helped newly arrived Laotian immigrants master the English language.

Dorothy and Warren were active members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Montpelier serving on various committees and teaching various Sunday school classes. They were also active in the preservation of the Hay Jay School through the Williams County Historical Society.

Warren was an active member of various Williams County Veterans organizations including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Forty & Eight. Warren grew prolific vegetable gardens year after year. Warren enjoyed golf and bicycling. He bicycled over 3,000 miles per year well into his nineties.

Dorothy and Warren have two children, John (Therese) of Mishawaka, Indiana and Peggy (Scott) Vanderhide of Mesa, Arizona.

Bill and Deanna Gipe Scholarship Fund

No biography available.

Montpelier High School Alumni Scholarship Fund

The Chris Perkins Athletic Scholarship Fund and the Chester Wasilowski Scholarship Fund were combined to form the Montpelier High School Alumni Scholarship Fund. Together these funds will serve a Montpelier High School student with financial assistance for college expenses. Below are the biographies which make up this fund.

Chris Perkins Athletic Scholarship Fund

Christopher Shane Perkins was born October 10, 1973 in Montpelier, Ohio.  He was the eldest of three sons born to Deborah (Hoage) Perkins and Paul Perkins, Jr.  He was a member of the Church of Christ in Montpelier.  He attended his elementary school years mostly in West Unity and Pioneer, and his junior high years in Morenci, Michigan.  He graduated in 1992 from Montpelier High School.  He was a proud member of the Montpelier Varsity Basketball Team.  His hobbies were basketball, golf and other sports and he was a serious ball card collector.  After graduation he joined the Air Force.  He took his Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base.  After receiving training in Computer Systems in Biloxi, Mississippi, he was assigned as a Personnel Systems Manager at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where he was stationed until his death on December 19, 1993 at the age of 20.  He was killed in an automobile accident along with his cousin Scott Hillard and Fred Laforett while home on leave for Christmas

Chester Wasilowski Scholarship Fund

Chester, better known as “Wasi”, was a junior and senior high school college-prep English teacher at Montpelier Schools for 25 years.  “Wasi” was born July 1, 1921 in Canton, Ohio.  He was orphaned at the age of four and lived in Father Baker’s Home for Boys in Lachawana, New York.  As a teenager, he lived at the Fairmont Children’s Home in Alliance, Ohio where he graduated from Alliance High School in 1939.  He served in the Air Force during World War II.  “Wasi” graduated from BGSU cum laude in 1954, where he majored in French and minored in English.  In addition to teaching English at Montpelier, he taught speech and drama, directing many plays and musicals.  He was in charge of the detention hall and was the public address announcer for all Montpelier High School home games for more than 20 years.  “Wasi” served as the Master of Ceremonies for many high school assemblies.  “Wasi”, his wife, Florence, and their son, Chester II, lived on East Main Street in Montpelier.  “Wasi” was elected to the Outstanding Educators of America in 1970 and the Leaders of American Elementary and Secondary Education in 1971.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Bryan and of the Maumee Valley Legion of Moose.  “Wasi” died in August 1981.

Montpelier Investment Corp. Scholarship Fund

No biography available.

Montpelier Ministerial Association Scholarship Fund

The Montpelier Ministerial Association established a scholarship fund through the Montpelier Area Foundation. This fund was created by a generous gift from the John Kindler Estate. The scholarship will be offered to students from Montpelier High School.

Owen Family Scholarship Fund

Following World War II and discharge from the Army, Keith and Harriett Owen came to Montpelier in 1950 to open the R & E Shop. In 1959 they changed the company name to Owen’s Electric and relocated to 13050 State Route 107.

Their family tree started in Williams County as Keith’s grandparents were early settlers. Following Keith’s death in 1994, The Owen Family Scholarship Fund was established. The fund has provided scholarships for high school graduates who are interested in the technical field.

Glen J. and Marcena Clark Ruetz Memorial Scholarship Fund

Glen John Ruetz was born on August 4, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio to William and Edna Ruetz. The family moved to Montpelier in 1937.  In 1950 Glen served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne during the Korean War.  On May 30, 1956 Glen married Marcena Clark and they had two sons, Jon and Timothy.  In 1992, Glen retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad after 22 years as a clerk.

Because they were grateful for the nursing care they received during their lifetime, Glen and Marcena designated the Montpelier Area Foundation in their will to establish a scholarship fund to be awarded to a student pursuing a career in nursing.

Ralph and Thelma Sawmiller Scholarship Fund

Ralph Sawmiller was born and raised in Delphos, Ohio. In 1942 he graduated from Delphos High School. He attended Maryville College in Tennessee. He served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946 during World War II. Ralph graduated from Iowa State University in 1946, and received a master’s degree in public school administration from Indiana University in 1953.

Ralph began his lifelong career in teaching and school administration as a teacher in 1947 at Convoy, Ohio. In 1949, he began serving as superintendent of Ridge, Van Del, and Lincoln View Schools in Van Wert County. He moved to Montpelier, Ohio in 1962, where he served as the high school principal. He later taught at the Montpelier Middle School, retiring in 1979.

After his retirement from education, Ralph served over 10 years as executive secretary of the Montpelier Area Chamber of Commerce. For many years, he also served as the executive secretary and administrator of the Montpelier Area United Fund.

Ralph Sawmiller was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and he was a Sunday school teacher for many years. He was active in the Williams county Gideon’s and served in many offices in this group.

Ralph was involved in Montpelier Lions Club, served on the Park Board, on the Sunnyside School Board, the board of the Montpelier See and Do Club, and he was a founding member of the Montpelier Area Foundation. He was a member of the Williams County DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and the Montpelier American Legion Post #109.

Ralph died after a two-day illness in the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on April 11, 1997. Upon Ralph’s death, the Ralph Sawmiller Scholarship Fund was established. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a senior from the Montpelier High School, pursuing a career in the educational field.

Montpelier Area Foundation Grants Given

2016 – 2017

First Club, Inc. ($2,180) – First Club received a grant for $2,180 to recondition and repair the 5th and 6th grade football helmets.

Friends of the Montpelier Parks ($1,500) – Friends of the Montpelier Parks was awarded a grant of $1,500 for their Summer Youth Program.

Friends of the Montpelier Parks ($500) – Friends of the Montpelier Parks was awarded a grant of $500 for Trick or Treat in the park.

Montpelier Exempted Schools ($1,500) – Montpelier School was awarded a grant of $1,500 for the Nurses Discretionary Fund.

Montpelier High School ($2,500) – A grant of $2,500 was awarded to Montpelier High School for the 2016-2017 Academic Banquet.

Village of Montpelier ($2,500) – The Village of Montpelier was awarded a grant of $2,500 for the Annual Bean Days Balloon Festival.

Balloon Days

Williams County Agricultural Society ($5,000) – A grant of $5,000 was awarded to the Williams County Agricultural Society for the Fence and Gate Project at the fairgrounds.

2015 – 2016

Village of Montpelier ($2,500) – The Village of Montpelier was awarded a grant of $2,500 for the 3rd Annual Bean Days Balloon Festival.

Friends of the Montpelier Parks ($2,500) – Friends of the Montpelier Parks was awarded a grant of $2,500 for their Summer Youth Program.

Montpelier Exempted Schools ($750) – Montpelier School was awarded a grant of $750 for the Nurses Discretionary Fund.

Montpelier High School ($2,500) A grant was awarded to Montpelier High School for the 2015-2016 Academic Banquet.

2014 – 2015

Williams County Community Theater ($2,500) – The Williams County Community Theater was awarded a grant for the Ohio Community Theater Association Northwest Regional Theatre Competition to be held in Montpelier in June.

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From Left, Sue Buntain, Michelle Johnson, Alice Miller and Mary Beth Snider

Montpelier High School ($2,500) A grant was awarded to Montpelier High School for the 2014-2015 Academic Banquet.

Friends of the Montpelier Park ($2,689) for flags and a flag pole for the Montpelier Parks.

Friends of the Montpelier Parks ($500) for the Montpelier Tree Commission to plant new trees at Storrer and Main Street Parks.

Village of Montpelier ($500) for the Olde Tyme Holiday Gathering

Friends of the Montpelier Parks ($3,500) to purchase picnic tables and trash cans for Storrer Park

2013 – 2014

Friends of the Montpelier Parks ($2,000) for the Main Street Park sign, flags and banners.

Village of Montpelier ($500) for the Olde Tyme Holiday Gathering

Williams County Senior Center ($2,300) for the Senior Center Maintenance Fund

Friends of the Montpelier Parks, Inc. ($500) for the Montpelier Tree Commission for replacement of Ash trees due to the emerald ash borer

Montpelier High School ($2,000) for the Scholarship Banquet

2012 – 2013

Williams County Senior Center ($1,000) for the Senior Center Maintenance Fund

Village of Montpelier ($500) for the Olde Tyme Holiday Gathering

Friends of the Montpelier Parks, Inc. ($500) for the Montpelier Tree Commission for new trees

Montpelier High School ($2,000) for the Scholarship Banquet

2011 – 2012

Friends of the Montpelier Parks, Inc. ($500) for the Montpelier Tree Commission for new trees