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Hazel Austin 1919-2012

Hazel Marie Austin, 93, of Bluffton died at 9:05 a.m., March 25, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born March 1, 1919, near Lafayette, to John Henry and Marie Howe Klingler. In 1945 she married Robert Austin and he preceded her in death in 1998.Mrs. Austin retired from the Chrysler Jeep Corp., Toledo. She attended Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

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Betty Biery, 1917-2012

Betty Biery, 95, of Mt. Cory and Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. March 25,2012 at Bluffton Community Hospital, Bluffton.

She was born March 24, 1917 to the late Marion R. and Hazel (Sherrard) Pierman.

Mrs. Biery graduated in 1935 from Pandora High School and in 1937 from Tiffin Business College. She worked at Ohio Power, Lima and Triplett Electrical, Bluffton.

On Feb. 25, 1939 she married Rollin Biery. He preceded her in death on Feb. 25,2005 after 66 years of marriage.

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Thomas E. Niswander 1940-2012

Thomas E. Niswander, 71, of Bluffton died suddenly Wednesday, March 21, 2012. He was born in Bluffton on Nov. 13, 1940, to the late Hugh and Marie Reichenbach Niswander. On Oct. 22, 1961, he married Sheila M. Gibbs and she survives.

Mr. Niswander was a 1958 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School. He was an active member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Rawson, serving as a trustee and a member of the Findlay Moose 698.

He was a lifelong farmer and retired truck driver.

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Janet Matter 1922-2012

Janet Matter

Janet L. Matter, 89 of Bluffton, died at 2:40 p.m. March 18, 2012, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born May 11, 1922, in Bluffton to Charles and Dorothy (Alstaetter) Young. On May 7, 1947 she married R. Wayne Matter and he survives. They have shared 64 years of marriage together.

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Janet Matter funeral arrangements incomplete

Janet L. Matter, 89 of Bluffton died at 2:40 p.m.,Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Nadine Stark 1929-2012

Nadine Stark

M. Nadine Stark, 83 died at her residence at 7:35 p.m. March 16, 2012. She was born Jan. 3, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio, to George and Mildred (Fisher) Condon. On Feb. 8, 1944 she married Harold Stark and he died Jan. 30, 2009.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Richland Manor for 12 years. She was a member of the Lafayette United Methodist Church. She graduated from Lafayette High School.

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Richard Hauenstein 1927-2012

Richard Hauenstein

Richard J. Hauenstein, 85 of Bluffton died at 10:15 a.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Feb. 3, 1927, in Bluffton to Clyde and Mary (Sutter) Hauenstein. On March 19, 1948, he married Joyce (Young) Hauenstein and she survives.

Richard owned and operated Hauenstein Plumbing and Heating, Bluffton, for over 50 years. He was a former member of the American Legion Post #382, Bluffton. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army and was a Bluffton High School graduate.

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Madlyn V. Marquart Kimmel 1923-2012

Madlyn V. Marquart Kimmel

Madlyn V. Marquart Kimmel, 89, of Bluffton died at 7:04 a.m. March 10, 2012, at Richland Manor, Bluffton.

She was born in Lima Jan. 21, 1923, the daughter of Faye and Ilo Isham. On Nov. 1, 1942 she married Francis Marquart and he preceded her in death on June 15, 1988. On June 15, 1991 she married Joel Kimmel and he survives in Bluffton.

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Eloise (Sommer-Basinger) Kepner 1924-2012

Eloise Marie (Sommer-Basinger) Kepner, 87, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Walnut Manor in Walnut, Ill. She was born April 8, 1924, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Walter and Cora Gratz Sommer and married Bryan Basinger in 1942.

She lived most of her life in the Bluffton area, working at Triplett Electrical Instrument Company and the Bluffton Senior Citizen Center.

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Willis (Bill) Boutwell 1924-2012

Willis (Bill) Boutwell

Willis (Bill) Boutwell, 87, died at 4:14 a.m. on March 6, 2012, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.

Mr. Boutwell was born May 26, 1924, in Lafayette, Ohio, to John and Ethel Shrider Boutwell, who preceded him in death. On Oct. 16, 1948, he married Wanda Mae Claypool and she survives.

Mr. Boutwell was a member of Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton, where he served as a deacon and as a member of numerous committees.

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