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November 21, 2019

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Bonnie Hollar memorial services planned at a later date

Bonnie Lou Hollar, 85, died Nov. 15, 2019, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Bonnie was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Houcktown, Ohio, to the late Carson and Martha (Schnegg) Parish. On July 27, 1956, she married Billy Hollar who survives.  

Bonnie graduated from Bluffton High School and attended Bluffton College. She had worked as a switchboard operator for Ohio Bell Telephone Company in Lima and had also been a nurses' aide at Briar Field Nursing Home in Sylvania.   


Larry Burkhalter was a professional musician

Performed as a member of several orchestra across the U.S.

N. Laurence Burkhalter, 99, died Oct. 15, 2019, at his retirement home in Bluffton Ohio.

Larry was born in Mussoorie, India, June 30, 1920. The only son of Mennonite missionaries, Larry graduated from Woodstock High School and went on for degrees in music from Bluffton College, Northwestern University, and Ohio State University. He married the late Holly Mosiman Burkhalter in 1943.


Mary Kay Weis was a retired Bluffton postal employee

Mary Kay Weis, 62, of Ottawa, died 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at her residence.  She was born May 25, 1957, in Lima to the late Thomas and Ruth (Inkrott) Ellerbrock.  On May 9, 1981, she married Bill Weis and he survives in Ottawa.


Donald Burkholder was retired from Reichenbach Lumber

Donald "Don" H. Burkholder, 87, died Nov. 13, 2019, at 10:46 p.m. at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, surrounded by his family. 

Don was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Bluffton, to Hiram and Martha (Augsburger) Burkholder who both preceded him in death. On Oct. 8, 1954, he married Dorothy (Hardwick) Burkholder who survives in Bluffton.  

Don graduated from Bluffton High School in 1950. He was a sergeant in the United States army and served as a medic in the Korean War.


Mary Barber visitation on Sunday

Mary L. Barber, 95, died Nov. 12, 2019, at the Meadows of Delphos. Mary was born Dec. 31, 1923 in Lafayette to the late John and Lenna (Hefner) Hawk.  On Feb. 8, 1947 she married Stanley Barber who preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1989. 

Mary was a homemaker and member of Beaverdam Church of Christ.  She loved to play cards especially euchre and solitaire, square dancing, gardening, flowers, camping, spending time with her family and her parties in the shed.  


Dixie Thompson was a retired supervisor at Marimor Industries

 Dixie Lee Thompson, 78, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at 7:10 a.m. at Vancrest of Ada. 

She was born on June 18, 1941 in Lima, Ohio, to the late Lester E. and Betty (Plummer) Mumaw.  On April 8, 1962, Dixie married David E. Thompson and he survives in LaFayette.