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August 12, 2020

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Barbara Koontz worked at Triplett; graduate of Pandora HS

Barbara A. Koontz, 92, died Aug. 4, 2020, at Lima Memorial Health System.  Barbara was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Pandora, Ohio, to the late Ernest and Lona (Welty) Bauman.  On May 19, 1950, she married Robert Koontz who preceded her in death on Oct. 12, 2003. 


Briana Schmidt would have entered 7th grade this fall

Visitation Monday 5 - 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman, Bluffton

Briana Renae Schmidt, 12, died July 31, 2020, at Russell J. Ebeid Children's Hospital in Toledo. Briana was born on Nov. 10, 2007. in Bluffton. 

Briana attended Bluffton Elementary School where she would have been a seventh grader. She attended Tri-County Family Assembly of God and Pleasant View United Methodist Church both of Bluffton. Briana enjoyed playing soccer, practicing gymnastics and art.  She was described as a very energetic and out-going child and a friend who will be remembered for her smile.  


Jaye Bumbaugh was retired Bluffton University art chair

Was on the university art faculty for 37 years

Retired Bluffton University art professor Jaye Bumbaugh of Lima, died Friday, July 25, 2020, at The Kobacker House in Columbus. 

Jaye was born July 30, 1937, to Glenn and Grace (Thorpe) Bumbaugh in Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1959. 

Jaye taught junior high and senior high school classes at Midview Schools,  Grafton, and then in the Bluffton schools.


Nand Lal Girotra 1940 - 2020

Nand Lal Girotra, 80, died July 26, 2020 at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.  

Nand Lal was born Jan. 1, 1940, in India to Ram Lal and Ramditti (Dhingra) Girotra who preceded him in death. He was raised by his father and step-mother, He married Santosh Katyal Girotra who survives.  


Esther Cole, 1923 - 2020

Esther C. Cole, 97, of rural Alvada died at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday, July 21,2020. Esther was born in Wyandot County on May 14, 1923, to the late William and Ethel (Kloepfer) Walter. On Jan. 7, 1942 Esther married Carlton M. Cole and he died on July 6, 2015.

The couple had three sons: Gary M. (Peggy) Cole of Prescott, Ariz,; Edwin D. (Judy) Cole of rural Alvada; daughters: Jeanie McCree of Naples Fla., Sue Cook of Perrysburg; and Debra (Ned) Niswander of Bluffton.

She is also survived by 18 grandchildren.


Lynn Wolford was retired from Ohio Department of Transportation

A. Lynn Wolford, 84, died July 22, 2020, at the Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora. Lynn was born August 5, 1935, in Arlington to the late Oscar and Mary (Wood) Wolford. On April 8, 1983 he married Kathy Knitz Wolford who survives.