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Fairy Mesler 1923- 2014

Fairy E. Mesler, 90, died April 17, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Sept. 8, 1923 in Bluffton to the late Fred and Esma (Burkholder) Bronson. She married Harvey Mesler and he preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1993.


Mary Badertscher was a retired teacher

Mary Badertscher, 66, died on April 3, 2014. Mary (Bartholomew) was born in Vicksburg, Michigan, the middle of five siblings, includnig Russell, Jerry, Becky and Jim.

After college she moved to Metamora, Mich., where she worked as a home economics teacher and met Dean, her husband of 42 years. After retirement, the Badertschers moved to Bluffton, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, her son Pete and his wife Sara, and her two grandchildren, Xandra and Roswen. Mary was a retired school teacher, having taught kindergarten and home economics as well as GRADS.


James Suter memorial service April 12

A memorial service for James R. Suter will begin  at 11 a.m. on  Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. A fellowship meal will follow the service.

For a complete obituary, published in January, click http://www.blufftonicon.com/news/2014/01/27/james-suter-sang-handels-mes....


Dorothy Williams taught school for 38 years; volunteered with many organizations

Dorothy Williams, 94, of Bluffton died at 2:50 p.m. April 2, 2014, at Smithville-Western Care Center, Wooster.  She was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Pandora to the late Christian and Clara Suter Locher. 

Mrs. Williams was a retired teacher and guidance counselor, having been an educator for 38 years, the last 26 with Lima Public Schools. She also taught in Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Nevada and American Dependent Schools of Japan. 


Alice Frey, born in China, family escaped from Russia to U.S.

Alice  Frey, 85, died on March 27, 2014, at 9:30 am at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Alice was born February 1, 1929 in Harbin, China to parents Aron and Agnes (Wiebe) Warkentin, who were fleeing Russia for religious freedom. On January 31, 1949, she married Lonas Frey Jr. who preceded her in death on November 27, 2009.

Alice had been a homemaker. She and her family also owned and operated Ohio Dusting Co. (Aerial Application) until 1986. She attended St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. Alice and her husband traveled to many places, often in their own airplane.


Dale Risser was a retired carpenter from Excello/Purepak

Dale E. Risser, 83, died March 24, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health System.  He was born Oct. 28, 1930 in Vaughnsville to the late Wilbur and Edna (Glancy) Risser.  On June 29, 1956, he married Joyce Augsburger and she survives.


Joe Goodman was an Air Force veteran who served in the Korean Conflict

Joe L. Goodman, 82, of Bluffton died at 7:55 a.m. March 22, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born Dec. 10, 1931, in Bluffton to the late Walter and Bessie Emans Goodman. On June 29, 1956, he married Lois L. Amstutz and she survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Lisa (Robert) Hetzer of Dayton, two sons, Joe (Julie) Goodman of Marysville, Jerry (Susan) Goodman of Fostoria, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a sister, Colleen Hight of Pandora, two brothers-in law, Chuck (Janice) and Butch (Iva) Amstutz.


Arrangements incomplete for Joe Goodman

Joe L. Goodman, 82, of Bluffton, died at 7:55 am March 22, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


John Kleinhen, 1945-2014

John R. Kleinhen, 68, of Ada died at 10 a.m. on March 16, 2014 at Lima Manor. He was born May 29, 1945 in Fostoria to the late Robert and Mary Crawford Kleinhen.

John was a self-employed painter who enjoyed working on classic cars and reading. He was a graduate of Fostoria High School.

Survivors include a son, Robert (Mallory) Kleinhen of Kansas City, Mo., three grandsons, Kaden, Collin and Jace Kleinhen, and two brothers, Steven (Julie) Kleinhen of Eaton, Ohio and Dennis Kleinhen of Naples, Fla.


Joseph Pope, 1938-2014

Joseph E. Pope, 75, died on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1938, in Dunkirk, Ohio, to William and Nellie (Gillen) Pope and they preceded him in death. On April 17, 1965 he married Bonnie Lou Zurcher and she survives in Ada.

He retired from Ford Motor Company of Lima, after working for 32 years. He was a member of the UAW Union #1219.