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Fredrick Porzelius had family members in Bluffton

Fredrick J. Porzelius, 81, of Chenoa, Ill., died at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at his residence.                                                    

He was born on May 24, 1933, in Secor, Ill., a son of Walter and Catherine Boeringa Porzelius. He married Marilyn Frobish on July 24, 1954, at the Salem Mennonite Church in rural Gridley. She survives.

Bluffton residents, who are survivors are his daughter, Janet (Tim) Schumacher and their children, Hannah, Isaac, Lily, Joseph  and Levi.


Linda Goecke 1950-2014

Linda Sue Goecke, 64, died Dec. 8, 2014, at 3:25 p.m., Lima Memorial Health System. 

She was born March 29, 1950, in Bluffton to the late Clarence and Norma (Bushong) Burkholder. On June 5, 1976 she married Dale Goecke who survives.

She attended Bluffton High School. She was a secretary at McBrowns/DNC Hydraulics, Rawson.  


Hiram Kohli, Jr., was part of past Swiss Day celebrations

Hiram M. "Junior", Kohli Jr., 88, of Greenville, Ohio, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Heartland of Greenville, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Pandora, Ohio, a son of the late Hiram M. and Sarah Jane (Wenger) Kohli.

Hehad previous owned Ohio Northern Egg Company in Huntington, W.V., and had served in the Army. He gave the opening Swiss invocation's for Swiss Days in Berne, Ind., and Swiss invocations Scripture reading yearly for Swiss Days and Bluffton College.


Jeffery Newland 1951-2014

Jeffrey P. Newland, 63, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at Lost Creek Care Center, Lima.

He was born on Nov. 22, 1951, in Bluffton, Ohio to Torence Robert and Dorothea (Neu) Newland and they preceded him in death.

He formerly worked at Ohio Northern University in the Janitorial Department.


James Lewis was a graduate of Beaverdam High School

James "Jim" L. Lewis, 72, of Ada died at 9:35 p.m.  Dec. 1, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, surrounded by his family.  He was born Aug. 25, 1942, in Beaverdam to the late Charles and LaVaun Reeder Lewis. On July 27, 1963, he married Betty Gaiffe and she survives.

He retired after 30 years from Ohio Northern University where he worked as a purchasing agent. He was a graduate of Beaverdam High School and a veteran of the Navy during the Cuban missile crisis.


Memorial service for Ronald Rich Dec. 20 at First Mennonite Church

Ronald Lee Rich, 87, of Bluffton, Ohio, died on Nov. 28,2014, from complications from 
prostate cancer. He was born on March 29, 1927, in Washington, Ill., to Rufus J. and Lillian (Lantz) Rich.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, of Bluffton; son Jonathan (Tai) of Union City, Calif.; son Andrew (Sally) of North Manchester, Ind.; daughter Miriam (James Brown) of Blacksburg, Va.; son Mark (Kathy) of Yellow Springs, Ohio; six grandchildren; sister Lois Smucker (Len) of Ashland, Ore.; and sister Mary Blosser of Bluffton.


Marcene Spangler was a nurse at Bluffton Hospital

Marcene Mae Spangler, 87, died Nov. 21, 2014 at 5:20 p.m. Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born August 5, 1927, in Jackson Twp., Allen Co, Ohio, to Wavel and Martha (Kidd) Ransbottom who preceded her in death.

On Nov. 22, 1953, she married Raymond Spangler who preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 2009.


Duane Hauenstein was a 1976 Bluffton High School graduate

Duane Dale Hauenstein, 57, died Nov. 23, 2014, at his residence.  He was born Oct. 23, 1957 in Bluffton to the late William and Betty (Ewing) Hauenstein who preceded him in death. On April 20, 2002, he married Melanie Stall Hauenstein and she survives.

Mr. Hauenstein was owner/operator of Hauenstein Trucking, Bluffton and was also a farmer. He was a 1976 graduate of Bluffton High School.


David Boisvert was a former Bluffton postmaster

David L. Boisvert, 71,  passed away November 18 at 5:38 a.m. at Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa.  David was born July 9, 1943 in Sherman, TX, to the late Lionel and Chrystal (Lind) Boisvert. On May 30, 1965 he married Carolyn Boggs Boisvert who survives.


Dorothy Skelly, 95, was a retired Bluffton business woman

Retired Bluffton business woman Dorothy D. Skelly, 95, of Bluffton, died at 10:20 p.m. Nov. 16, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born June 21, 1919, in Dayton to the late Charles and Sarah Ball Cox.  On May 3, 1942, she married John B. Skelly and he preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1991.

Mrs. Skelly worked at Skelly Pharmacy in Bluffton and McComb, and owned Skelly Driver's Ed School and Cottage Gift Haus both of Bluffton.