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Claralice Wolf was a Wheaton College graduate

Claralice Hanna Wolf died on March 30, 2016. Claralice was born in Lampang, Thailand, on March 4, 1921, to Loren Stanley Hanna and Hazel Brunner Hanna, both of California. Both parents served as life-long missionaries in Thailand.

Claralice was educated at Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, India, and at Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College in Illinois, graduating in 1943. While a first-year student at Wheaton College she met Carl Wolf and abandoned her plan to become a medical missionary in favor of life as a minister’s wife. She and Carl were married in August 1943.


Julia Luginbill served Ebenezer Mennonite as choir director for 15 years

Julia A. Luginbill, 83, of Columbus Grove died March 31, 2016, at 12:50 a.m. at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Julia was born July 16, 1932, in Lima to the late Floyd and Margaret Griffith Sandy. On Oct. 25, 1953, she married Kenneth Luginbill and he preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 2002.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Claralice Wolf

Claralice H. Wolf, 95 ,of Bluffton died March 30, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Services for Dan Gleason on Thursday

Dan Maynard Gleason, 76, died March 28, 2016, at 6:04 a.m. at the Cleveland Clinic.  Dan was born May 21, 1939 in Bluffton to the late Clarence Michael and Mildred (Zahrend) Gleason.  On August 31, 1958 he married Jean Arnold Gleason who survives.

Dan was a heavy equipment operator for Degan Excavating.  He was a member of the Ohio Operating Engineers.  He was a member of the Pleasant View United Church of the Brethren, Lima, where he was a board member, deacon, treasurer and Sunday School superintendent. 


Celia Blough was a 1945 Bluffton College graduate

Celia Mae Blough, 93, of Bluffton died on March 24, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Celia was born on Dec. 15, 1922 on a farm in Wayne County, close to Dalton, Ohio. Her parents were Adam and Lydia (Sprunger) Amstutz.  In June, 1946, she married Robert J. Blough, M.D., and he died July 22, 2004.

Celia attended grade school for eight years at the Sonnenberg School. She graduated from Dalton High School in 1940 and Bluffton College in 1945. During her husband’s medical internship in Lima, Ohio, she taught at Lima Bath Elementary School. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Celia Blough

Celia Blough, 93 died March 24, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Darlyn Rae "Darly" Sommers was retired from nursing at Bluffton Hospital

Darlyn Rae "Darly" Sommers, 84, of Bluffton, died March 20, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Darlyn was born May 1, 1931, in Allen County Ohio to Calvin and Huldah (Badertscher) Garmatter who preceded her in death. On March 14, 1953, Darlyn married Dean Robert Sommers at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church. They were married over 63 years. Dean survives Darlyn in Bluffton.


Jan Basinger was a Lima South High School graduate

Jan E. Basinger, 78, of Pandora died 10:22 p.m., March 17, 2016, at her daughter’s residence.  Jan was born June 5, 1937, in Bluffton to the late Sidney and Velma Bucher Herr.  On Dec. 18, 1960, she married Roger Basinger who preceded her in death on April 27, 2010.

Jan worked at Sager's Appliance, Ottawa, She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Chapter #52 and a graduate of Lima South High School.  She was involved in community service and made lap throws for all Hilty Home residents.


Donald Thompson was a former fire chief of Beaverdam-Richland Township

Donald "Darold" Russell Thompson, 79, died March 16, 2016, at 2:46 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital.  Donald was born Oct. 16, 1936 in Maysville, Ohio to the late Homer and Mabel (Irlgen) Thompson.  On June 28, 1959, he married Elaine Basinger Thompson who survives.

Donald retired from Roundy's, Lima as a maintenance man.  After retirement, he worked as a mower for the Village of Bluffton. He had been the fire chief for the Beaverdam-Richland Fire Department for many years. He graduated from Cory-Rawson High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.


Richard Benroth was a Bluffton High School graduate

Richard D. Benroth, 80, of Bluffton died at 7:42 p.m. March 13, 2016, at his residence.  Richard was born July 1, 1935 in Bluffton to the late Emory and Cleona Welty Benroth.  On May 5, 1961 he married Jane Alspach and she survives. 

Richard retired from Hysan Automotive, Findlay.  He was a graduate of Bluffton High School and served in the US Army.