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Thursday memorial service at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, for Ralf Bronnemeier

A memorial service for Ralf Bronnemeier, Grob Systems CEO, who died in a plane accident on July 27, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bluffton. Rev. David Ross will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bluffton Food Pantry, P.O. Box 52, Bluffton, Ohio. 


Maxine McCafferty was a 1942 Pandora High School graduate

Maxine J. McCafferty, 90, died July 24, 2014, at 9:31 p.m. at her daughter's residence in Lima. She was born March 26, 1924, in Riley Township-Pandora to the late Clarence and Eddyth (West) Fridley. On Nov. 20, 1942, she married William J. "Bill" McCafferty who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 2002.

She had worked in the cafeteria at Bluffton Elementary School and had previously worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Bluffton Senior Citizens. She was a 1942 graduate of Pandora High School. 


Edna Emans was retired from Lima Memorial Hospital; also worked at Bluffton Hospital

Edna L. Emans, rural Lafayette, died at 8:56 p.m. July 17, 2014, at the age of 101 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, where she had been for the last four weeks.  She was born June 16, 1913, in Gilboa to Henry and Uzela Ramsey Fairchild. On Oct. 5, 1931, she married Glen Emans in Covington, Ky., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1999.


Rachel Shaw was a former employee of Triplett Corp.

Rachel Shaw, 80, died on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:20 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.

She was born on November 28, 1933 in Silver Creek, Ohio to Raymond and Zelma (Case) Vermillion and they preceded her in death. On November 15, 1953 she married Robert Shaw and he survives in Ada.


Ralph Carmichael served in the British Army in India during WWII

Ralph Carmichael, 90, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Shady Lawn Retirement Community in Dalton, Ohio.

Ralph was born in Hull, England, on May 1, 1924, to Gladys and Harry Carmichael. During WWII, he served in the 2nd. Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment of the British Army in India. His regiment fought in the Battle of Imphal in Northern India with the 14th. Army. He also served in Penang, Malaya, before returning to England after the war with the rank of Sergeant.


Vera Core spent much of her career in Main Street businesses; was former senior citizens director

Vera Kathryn Gratz Core died at 12:10 a.m., July 9, 2014, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born on June 5, 1917, in Bluffton to the late Ernest and Lena Boegli Gratz. On Nov. 28, 1937 she was married to George Richard Core who died Feb. 24, 1997.


Paul Reichenbach was owner of Reichenbach Lumber

Paul F. Reichenbach died in his home on July 3, 2014.

He was born Jan. 26, 1928, in Pandora to the late Hiram and Edna (Zimmerman) Reichenbach.  On July 25, 1948, he married M. Jean (Burkholder) Reichenbach, who survives in Bluffton.

He was a 1945 graduate of Bluffton High School and served in the United States Army.  He worked in the lumber business for many years beginning at Steinman Brothers Lumber, then at Tuttle Lumber and finally as owner of Reichenbach Lumber in Bluffton.  In retirement Paul worked in real estate for a time. 


Carolyn Grismore 1949-2014

Carolyn Sue (Spicer) Grismore, 65, of Pandora died on July 2, 2014 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  She was born on May 25, 1949, to Robert and Dorothy Spicer in Lima.  She married Mark Grismore on Feb. 22, 1969 in Pandora.

Carol attended Pandora-Gilboa H.S. but graduated from Bath High School.  She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark, and her parents. 


Arabella Nicole Bricker stillborn June 20

Arabella Nicole Bricker was stillborn June 20, 2014, at Bluffton Hospital. She was the daughter of Jesse and Tara Marsh Bricker of Bluffton.  She is survived by a brother, Sebastian Bricker,  maternal grandparents, Pam and Cliff Marsh of Bluffton and paternal grandmother, Barbara Marino of Pittsburgh, Pa. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal great grandfather, Keith Bricker. There will be no public services.  Arrangements are through Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Paul Shilling, Rawson, was a life-long carpenter

Paul Richard Shilling, 94, of Rawson died at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his residence. He was born on June 18, 1920 in Van Buren Township to the late George and Catherine (Hannewald) Shilling. He married Harriette E. Fett on Jan. 27, 1946 and she survives.