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October 13, 2015


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William Hauenstein worked at Lima Ford Engine Plant for 47 years

William Hauenstein, 88 died August 16, 2013 at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton. 

He was born April 1, 1925 in Ada to the late Clyde and Mary (Sutter) Hauenstein. 

On March 28, 1948 he married Betty Ewing and she died August 27, 2001.  He later married Rosie Smith on June 28, 2002 and she survives.

William retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant in 2005 after 47 years.  He was a member of the International Threshers Association, National Rifle Association, VFW Post 1275, Amvets, and the Lima Moose.  He was a Army Air Corps World War II veteran.


Barbara Gardiner 1920-2013

Barbara M. Gardiner, 92, died Aug. 9, 2013, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Putnam County to the late William G. and Eve (Deitler) Carr.  On May 11, 1946 she married John L. Gardiner and he died March 9, 2004 Barbara was a homemaker. 

Survivors include a son, Peter Gardiner, of Port Orchard, Wash.; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Pauline Bibler of Pandora. 

She was preceded in death by a son, David L. Gardiner; two sisters, Mary Jane Lugibihl, Marjorie Zuercher; and a brother David Carr.


Janice Dunlap 1947-2013

Janice E. Dunlap, 66, died at 3:15 a.m. Aug. 9, 2013, at her residence.  She was born January 8, 1947, in Lima to the late William C. and Minnie M. (Mawhorr) Putt, Sr. She married James R. Dunlap and they were later divorced.

Janice had been a corrections officer at the Lima Correctional Institution. She was a 1965 graduate of Lafayette-Jackson High School and obtained an associate's degree in criminal justice/corrections from the Lima Technical College.


Margaret Herr, 95, was a graduate of Bluffton High School

Margaret L. Herr, 95, died Aug. 1, 2013, at 2:25 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born Jan. 22, 1918, in Bluffton to the late Clarence and Esther (Slusser) Jones. On Nov. 1, 1939 she married William M. Herr and he survives.

Mrs. Herr was a homemaker, farm wife and had worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton.  She was a life long member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. She had been a 4-H advisor. She was a graduate of Bluffton High School.


Sharon Jolliff, 1943-2013, was a Bluffton College graduate

Sharon K. Jolliff, 70, of Arlington, died at 4:02 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

She was born in Lima, Ohio, on July 13, 1943, to the late Richard H. and Helen (Halker) Zeller. On Oct. 17, 1964, she married Jack L. Jolliff, and he survives in Arlington. She is also survived by two children: Christine M. (Greg) Denecker of Bluffton, and Mark A. (Kristie) Jolliff of Arlington.

Sharon is survived, too, by seven grandchildren: Kathryn, Mitchell, Kendra, Kylie, and Max Jolliff, and Gabe and Luke Denecker.


Peggy Amstutz, 74, was a Beaverdam HS graduate

Peggy A. Amstutz, 74, died at 3:22 pm July 29, 2013, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born March 25, 1939, in Allen County to the late Morris and Martha (Dunlap) Lewis. 

On June 30, 1957, she married Robert Amstutz and he survives.

Peggy was a homemaker and had worked at Family True Value Hardware, Bluffton. She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. She was an auxiliary member of Gideon’s International. She was a graduate of Beaverdam High School.


Phoebe Clapper, 94, was a Bluffton High School graduate

Phoebe Ann Clapper, 94, died at 11:25 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born July 3, 1919, in Hancock County, Ohio to the late John and Mary (Barkimer) Wilkins. On Feb. 23, 1941 she married Boyd L. Clapper and he died Dec. 5, 2010.

Phoebe was a homemaker and had been a 4-H Advisor.  She was an artist and china painter. Phoebe was a graduate of Bluffton High School.

Survivors include a daughter Joyce (Thomas) Martin; a grandchild Elizabeth (Joseph) Darnell; two great grandchildren Reese and Jude Darnell; and a sister Glada Basinger of Pandora.


Raymond Nesler was a retired farmer

Raymond E. Nesler, 88 died July 20, 2013, at Ohio Veteran's Home, Sandusky.  He was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Hancock County to the late Clarence and Verna (Longbrake) Nesler. 

On Aug. 14, 1949, he married Mary Ellen Boehm and she survives. Raymond was a retired farmer and had also been a gasoline distributor.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jenera.  He enjoyed working with draft horses and refinishing furniture.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II where he received a Purple Heart.


Vera Grimm was a former teacher at Holgate High School

Vera L. Grimm, 87 died at 2:40 p.m. July 17, 2013, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born July 18, 1925 in Berne, Ind. to the late Tilman and Meta (Neuenschwander) Soldner. On June 17, 1948, she married Henry B. Grimm and he died Oct. 19, 1996. 

Mrs. Grimm was a home economics teacher at Holgate High School. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, singing and was a member of the "Singing Wives Pastors Group." She graduated from Berne High School and Bluffton College.


Dorthy Lloyd was one of the oldest living BHS graduates

Dorothy E. Lloyd, 98, died at 4:40 a.m. July 12, 2013, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

She was born Dec. 15, 1914, in Findlay to the late Charles and Merrine (Montgomery) Lloyd.

She retired from Bluffton Community Hospital in 1982 and also had worked at the Boss Manufacturing Company in Bluffton for 25 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, Lima YWCA and Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.