ST. MARYS - Lloyd A. Hoobler, 87, St. Marys, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at Rossville Manor. He was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Taylor, Neb., the son of Vern P. and Mary Myrtle Rake Hoobler. He graduated from Maple Hill High School and had lived most of his life in the St. Marys community. Mr. Hoobler served in the Army in Alaska during World War II. He was an industrial electrician in Topeka and St. Marys for many years. He was a volunteer fireman in St. Marys for 25 years and served as assistant fire chief. Mr. Hoobler was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church and served on its building committee when Hammond Hall and the new church were built. He was a member of Hoy-Heim American Legion Post in St. Marys. He was a member of Railroader Camping Club in Topeka and a former member of the Pottawatomie Lodge in St. Marys. He married Dorothy Newcomer on Nov. 13, 1945, in Uniontown, Pa. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Susan Ottman, Topeka; a son, Dr. Ray Hoobler, McDonough, Ga.; a sister, Mildred Ronsse, St. Marys; three brothers, Forest Hoobler, Topeka, Everett Hoobler, St. Marys, and Lester A. Hoobler, Seattle; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Four brothers, Harold, Raymond, Albert and Dwight Hoobler, preceded Mr. Hoobler in death. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Marys United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in St. Marys. Mr. Hoobler will lie in state after 2 p.m. today at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys United Methodist Church and sent in care of the funeral home. Published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on 12/17/2004.

Dorothy Newcomer Hoobler, 80, Topeka, formerly of St. Marys died Sunday, October 16, 2005 at Aldersgate Village. She was born January 13, 1925 in Uniontown, PA. the daughter of James Carman and Ruth Moyer Newcomer. She had lived in the St. Marys community many years before moving to Aldersgate Village. She grew up in Uniontown, PA. and graduated from German Township High School. She had attended Bethany College. Mrs. Hoobler was a homemaker. She was an author writing "THE OREGON TRAIL, THE JESUIT MISSION, THE TOWN OF ST. MARYS" "ONE HUNDRED YEARS IS JUST THE BEGINNING: and "AND THEY CALLED THE SITE "ST. MARYS". She also was a freelance columnist for the St. Marys Star. She was a member of the St. Marys Untied Methodist Church where she was a church organist and a member of the women's group. She was a member of the Railroaders Camping Club in Topeka. She was a past member of Artha Chapter No. 238 OES, and Hoy-Heim American Legion Auxiliary in St. Marys. She was married to Lloyd A. Hoobler on November 13, 1945 at Uniontown. He died on December 16, 2004. A brother, James C. Newcomer, and a sister, Betty N. Davis, also preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Ottman, Topeka; a son, Dr. Ray Hoobler, McDonough, GA.; her sister, Elinor Shoaf, Wheeling W.VA.; a brother, The Rev. Benton Newcomer, Carmel, CA.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Village and sent in care of the funeral home.

Lloyd and Dorothy made the Jacob 3 family reunions very special. They provided fun trips along with much information about the past associated with all of the points of interest. Dorothy worked diligently for years acquiring family information on her and Lloyds past. Sometimes the paths of their families crossed. The Hooblers started out in Pennsylvania, as did her and her ancestors. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1995.