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Obituaries

Funeral arrangements incomplete for Douglas Steinman

Douglas Lee Steinman, 52 of Lima and formerly of Gilboa died Aug. 24, 2015, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Frederick Bremer was a Bluffton school superintendent

Former Bluffton schools superintendent, Frederick J. Bremer, 89, died at 9 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Hilty Memorial Nursing Home, Pandora.

Mr. Bremer was born July 1, 1926, in Defiance,  to John and Helen (Schuette) Bremer. They both preceded him in death.

On July 30, 1960, he married E. Marguerite (Jones) Bremer, who preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 1999.

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Thomas Charles Richard, 1949-2015

Thomas Charles Richard, 65, died August 20, 2015 from complications stemming from esophogeal and brain cancer. He was born September 11, 1949 in Bluffton to Vernon (Bill) and Azetta (Ann) Richard.

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Ruth Bartles was a graduate of Beaverdam High School

Ruth O. Bartles, 88, of Columbus Grove died 12:40 p.m., Aug. 22, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Ruth was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Rockport to Charles and Anna Ross Van Meter. On May 5, 1947 she married Leland Bartles and he preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 1990. 

Ruth retired from Konalrad Products, Pandora.  She was a member of Rockport United Methodist Church, Bluffton Senior Citizens and the Cairo Widows Group. She was a volunteer at Our Daily Bread, Lima. Ruth graduated from Beaverdam High School.

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Leland Garmatter was a Korean War veteran

Leland Robert Garmatter, 82, died Aug. 21, 2015, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. 

Leland was born March 20, 1933 in Bluffton to Gideon and Mable (Burkholder) Garmatter who preceded him in death. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Sandra Bassitt Garmatter who survives.

Leland retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant. He was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton. He was a graduate of Bluffton High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

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David Hooley 1951-2015

David John Hooley, 64, died Aug. 18, 2015 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay, after a year's illness resulting from a brain tumor. 

David was born June 28, 1951, in Massillon, Ohio, to Clarence and Nettie (Classen) Hooley who preceded him in death. On April 14, 1990, he married Jane Myers Hooley who survives.

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Ruth Fritschi was a 1946 graduate of Beaverdam High School

Ruth L. Fritschi, 88  died Aug.15, 2015, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. Ruth was born April 14, 1927, in Beach City, Ohio, to Swiss immigrants Arnold and Lina (Bloch) Winkelman who preceded her in death. On Nov. 13, 1955, she married Ernest Fritschi who survives.

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Ruth Fritschi

Ruth Fritschi, 88, died Aug. 15, 2015, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Memorial service Aug. 23 for Irene Hamman

J. Irene Hamman, 94, died Aug. 6, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Irene was born July 1, 1921, in New York City to Tracy and Mary (McKnight) Baseley who preceded her in death. On Oct. 1, 1944, she married Raymond Hamman who preceded her in death on April 11, 2000.

She was an active member of her church in each community where she lived, teaching Sunday school, VBS, singing in the choir, working on various committees, and hosting as needed. She served as a Girl Scout leader for several years and chaperoned more than one Junior Prom.

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Charles Shepler had worked for Buckeye Pipeline for 45 years

Charles E. "Chuck" Shepler, 97, died Aug. 14, 2015, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Chuck was born June 3, 1918, in Rockford to the late Robert and Marintha (Roberts) Shepler. On Oct. 14, 1939, he married Augusta "Mim" (Kill) Shepler who preceded him in death on April 16, 2009.

Chuck had worked for Buckeye Pipeline for 45 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton. Chuck was a member of the Columbus Grove Eagles #2772, Bluffton Senior Citizens and the Ada VFW.  He was also a member of the Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association. 

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