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April 26, 2015


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Connie Gross was retired from Wilson Sporting Goods

Connie Sue Gross, 70, died on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:48 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health Systems, Lima.

She was born on October 28, 1943 in Steven Branch, Ky., to James and Pauline (VanHoose) Phillips and they preceded her in death. On July 1, 1961 she married Marion Gross, Jr. and he survives in Alger.

Connie retired after 12 years from Wilson Sporting Goods of Ada, where she worked as a sewer. She operated the Alger Variety Store for 7 years. She was an active member of the Auglaize Free United Baptist Church, Maysville.


Kathryn VanScoder Fruchey, 92, was a Pandora High School graduate

Kathryn E. VanScoder Fruchey, 92, of Pandora and formerly of Tampa, Fla., died at 11:40 a.m., March 3, 2014, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.

She was born September 9, 1921 in Ottawa to Harry and Caroline Schumacher VanScoder.  On July 25, 1941, she married Samuel E. Fruchey and he preceded her in death on April 5, 1984.

A graduate of Pandora High School, Kathryn was a homemaker who enjoyed working with ceramics.  She also enjoyed fishing and bowling.


Judith Samson was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate


Judith Samson, 68, of Placentia, Calif., passed away February 7, 2014.

Judy was born on August 12, 1945 in Pandora, Ohio to Warren and Idella (Gratz) Bridenbaugh.  She graduated from Pandora-Gilboa Schools and Indiana Weslyan.

Judy was a teacher for the Ontario-Montclair school district for over 30 years. In retirement, she volunteered in the community and was an active church member. She is survived by her husband Keith, sons Geoffrey and Joshua, daughter in law Natalie, grandson Colin (all in California) and brothers Dale and Daryl Bridenbaugh (Pandora, Ohio).


Funeral arrangements for Kathryn Fruchey incomplete

Kathryn Fruchey, 92, of Pandora died March 3, 2014 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Velma Kingsley memorial service March 8

A memorial service for Velma Kingsley, who died Dec. 20, 2013, will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 8, at First Mennonite Church. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Click here for Mrs. Kingsley's obituary, posted at the time of her death.


Jeff Ray celebration of life March 23 in Las Vegas

A celebration of the life, music and legacy of guitarist Jeff Ray, who died Jan. 18, 2014, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

Featuring performances by Jersey Boys, Dustree Productions, Rock Of Ages and Dance With Me cast members, members of Meat Loaf’s band, Cindy Lora-Renard, Michelle Johnson, Vita Corimbi, Joshua Adams, Skye Dee Miles, Penthouse Suite, Elyse Branch, Bella Electric Strings and other musicians.


Diane Barnes was retired village clerk of Ft. Shawnee

Diane L. Barnes, 76, of Beaverdam, died February 26, 2014 at her residence. She was born January 28, 1938 in Lima to the late Louis and Lucille Condon Baker.

Diane retired as clerk for the Village of Ft. Shawnee.


Freda Neiswander, 108, was born in Bluffton


Freda M. “Fritz” Neiswander, 108, formerly of Adrian, Mich., died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
She was born Jan. 4, 1906, in Ada, Ohio, the seventh of 16 children of Alfred and Adele (Grant) Criblez, and was raised on the family farm in Bluffton, Ohio.

She was married to Eugene C. Neiswander for 67 years, and he preceded her in death in 2001.


Nina Nuzum 1938-2014


Nina L. Nuzum, 75, of Bluffton died at her residence Feb. 25, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.  She was born Dec. 20, 1938 in Alvada to the late Wilson and Aimee Beck Fruth.  On June 23, 1956, she married Delmer Nuzum Sr. and he survives.

Mrs. Nuzum was a homemaker. She was a 1956 graduate of Vanlue High School.  


Barbara Tighe, 1919-2014

Barbara E. Tighe, 94, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at 3:30 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born on June 15, 1919 in Hardin County, Ohio to Elza and Sara (Wingate) Elwood, who preceded her in death. On August 29, 1942 she married Andrew "Andy" Tighe and he died on August 10, 1997.

Barbara was a registered nurse and retired as a private duty nurse and administrator for Avanell Stambaugh. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Ada. She graduated from Ada High School and was a 1940 graduate of the Lima Memorial School of Nursing.