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Robert Fleming was an associate professor at OSU

Robert D. Fleming, 73, died on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at 12:28 a.m. at Otterbein Cridersville Nursing Home, Criderville, Ohio.

He was born on Sept. 20, 1943, in Bluffton, Ohio to Gerald R. and Dorothy J. (Smith) Fleming who preceded him in death. On Nov. 1, 1963, Robert married Linny K. Plate and she survives in LaFayette.


Jana Huber was a Bluffton High School graduate

Jana S. Huber, 53, died Dec. 5, 2016, at 10:47 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital. Jana was born March 30, 1963, in Bluffton to the late Lyle and Evelyn (Steinman) Everett.  On Aug. 8, 1981, she married Wayne Huber who survives. 

Jana graduated from Bluffton High School.  She was a homemaker and loved providing child care in her home over the years.  Jana previously worked for Bluffton Preschool.  She attended St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora.


Mary Louise Toews was a Bluffton College graduate

Mary Louise (Dean) Toews, 87, died Nov. 30, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Redding, Calif.

Mary was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to David and Metta Dean. She graduated from Bluffton College and married Theodore Toews, also a Bluffton College graduate.

Mary was a teacher for over 30 years. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Dean, three children, Aiyana Sequana, David Toews (Becky Thatcher) and Rachel Meyer; and grandchildren Jesse Toews, Kyle, Dylan and Devan Meyer, and Megan Sequana.


Sunita Vohra 1939 -2016

Sunita Vohra, 77, died Dec. 4, 2016, at 8:40 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System. Sunita was born July 17, 1939, in Amritsar, India, to the late Puran and Roop (Rani) Kaura.  On June 2, 1956, she married Ramesh Vohra who survives in Bluffton.


Ronald Friesen was on Bluffton University faculty for 35 years

He taught economics and statistics

Ronald Lee Friesen, 77, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.  He was born on March 2, 1939, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Jacob D. and Hilda Marie (Neufeld) Friesen. On June 2, 1961 he married Phyllis Sawatzky and she survives.


Mary Ann Augsburger was a partner in Town and County Meats

Bluffton High School graduate, also worked at Mennonite Memorial Home

Mary Ann Augsburger, 69, died Nov. 30, 2016 at her residence. Mary was born April 20, 1947, in Bluffton to the late Noah "Junior" and Dolly (Johnson) Zimmerman.  On July 31, 1971, she married Tom Augsburger who survives.

Mary Ann graduated from Bluffton High School. She worked alongside her husband, Tom, at Town & Country Meats, Bluffton. She later retired from Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton where she worked in the laundry department. 

Mary Ann was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton. 


Mary Ann Augsburger funeral arrangements incomplete

Mary Ann Augsburger, 69, died Nov. 30, 2016, at her residence in rural Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Leonard Lee Peterman was a 1976 Cory-Rawson HS graduate

Leonard Lee Peterman, 58, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at his home.

Leonard was born Dec. 21, 1957, in Columbia, S.C. to the late William Harold and Betty Jean (Bruce) Peterman. On Aug. 2, 2003 he married Cheryl Lynn (Cramer) Peterman who survives in Lima. 

Leonard was a 1976 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School. He worked as a HVAC Technician and Service Manager for R. A. Flynn and Son. Leonard had previously worked for Coca Cola and Pepsi. He was a member of the Lima Scubanauts.


Ruth Rader-Schumacher 1923 - 2016

Ruth J. Rader-Schumacher, 93, died Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:40 a.m. at Heritage Manor, Findlay.  Ruth was born Feb. 7, 1923 in Mt. Blanchard to the late Wilson and Mary (Kempf) Bergman. On Dec. 3, 1939, she married Walter Rader who preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1985.  She later married Clyde Schumacher on Jan. 16, 1988 and he preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2009.

Ruth was a homemaker and had been a baker at Bluffton College.  She was a member of Bethel Church of Christ.


Mary Ann Kooker taught private piano lessons in Bluffton

Mary Ann Kooker, 86, died Nov. 27, 2016, at 2:52 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Mary Ann was born June 1, 1930, in Mishawaka, Ind., to the late Harvey and Alma (Hostetler) Nunnemaker.  On June 30, 1951, she married Clarence Kooker who preceded her in death on May 11, 2016.