The Village Reporter

Obituary Policy

We realize that the loss of a loved one is one of the most painful moments a family can endure. We also know that this difficult time can be financially burdensome which includes expensive costs associated with placing obituaries within local newspapers.

The Village Reporter publishes obituaries within our print edition, online edition and social media platforms free of charge as our public ministry. We hope this small effort will help alleviate a small amount of financial burden during your time of loss.

Obituaries are gathered from participating area funeral home websites from Northwest Ohio, Northeast Indiana and Southcentral Michigan on a daily basis by newspaper staff. Obituaries where the departed and/or surviving family members have a connection to our immediate coverage areas of Williams County ~ Fulton County in Northwest Ohio are automatically published free of charge both in print and online.

The Village Reporter does not limit obituary word counts and allows families to place personalized messages and/or scripture references within their final published message to their loved ones. Obituaries are archived at the newspaper office, local Northwest Ohio Historical Societies along with College Libraries (dating back to the 1870s).

If your chosen funeral home does not participate in this program or is located outside the Northwest Ohio, Northeast Indiana or Southcentral Michigan area, obituaries may be sent directly to The Village Reporter by family members via email at or by stopping at our main office located at 115 Broad Street, Montpelier, Ohio (open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday).

FUNERAL DIRECTORS: If the family of the departed desires not to have an obituary from your website(s) published, please notify us at