Phyllis Peggy Downey, 94, died April 23, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. She was born on April 24, 1922, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the eldest daughter of Bernard and Alvina (Zwiebel) Winget. In 1945, she married Royal Downey, who died in 1979.
Phyllis was raised in Orange Township and graduated from Cory-Rawson High School. She worked at Triplett Corp. during the Depression and World War II, and was later a retired farm wife.
Phyllis was a member of the English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.
Darrell Groman provides an interesting footnote to Bluffton High's tennis win over the weekend in Lima. Here goes:
Many in Bluffton thought the Lima News caption in the Sunday, April 23, Sports Section was a typographical error. The caption with photo on page 4C reads, "Lima Senior's Christian Groman, playing at No. 3 singles, hits a return during Saturday's Lima City High School Tennis Tournament ..." (you can also find the article and photo on their website at www.limanews.com.
Lena May Badertscher, 85, died April 26, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital. Lena was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Medina, Ohio, to the late George and Mary (Kendall) Preto. On June 27, 1959, she married Robert Badertscher and he survives.
Lena was a graduate of Bluffton High School and worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton from 1950-1990. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bluffton where she had taught catechism. She was a member of the Herb Club.
Posted by Fred Steiner on April 26, 2017 - 11:59am
Using videos and lyrics from popular hip-hop artists such as the Fugees, Chance the Rapper, Bobby Shmurda and J.Cole intertwined with scripture and stories from the Bible, Dr. James Logan shared with Bluffton University students, faculty and staff why Christians should work side by side with the hip-hop generation—activists, organizers, practitioners, public intellectuals and ordinary people—to confront problems such as mass incarceration, religious and ethnic xenophobia, and political vindictiveness.