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March 23, 2019

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Margaret Weaver taught at Bluffton High School for 25 years

BHS was awarded the Hildesheim Vase for the excellence of her classics program

Margaret Zelma (Shelly) Weaver died on Jan. 20, 2019, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio.

Margaret was born in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 8, 1922, to Katie May (Rickert) and Elwood S. Shelly.  In 1939 she graduated from Pennsburg High School and began studying at Bluffton College, where she met Dick Weaver.  She and Dick were married on June 8, 1943.

Margaret taught English and coached girls' softball for a year in Linden, Michigan, before leaving for Puerto Rico where she served with Dick in alternative service from 1944-46. She taught English there.


Connie Long was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Constance "Connie" Sue Long, 48, died Jan. 23, 2019, at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus. Connie was born July 17, 1970, in Bluffton to Donald and Darlene (Lytle) Burkholder.  On May 6, 2000, she married David Long and he survives.

Connie graduated from Pandora-Gilboa High School and from the Ohio State Beauty Academy in Lima.  She had previously worked at Blanchard Valley Center in Findlay and volunteered at the Et Cetera in Bluffton. 

Connie was a member of the Leipsic Fishing and Hunting Club. 


Helen Hilty was active in many Columbus Grove organizations

She was a member of the Descendants of the Mayflower

Helen C. Hilty, 105, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio.  She was born June 21, 1913, to A. Elmer and Emma (Laibe) Campbell.  They both preceded her in death.

On July 6, 1940, she married Dr. Donald Hilty, who preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 1989.


Joan Basinger operated the first state-licensed day care in Putnam County

Joan Basinger, 86, died Jan. 22, 2019, at Lima Memorial Health System.  Joan was born Jan. 3, 1933 in Lima, Ohio to the late Ralph and Francis (Hile) Cheney. On March 6, 1957, she married Clarence Kenneth Basinger who survives.

Joan graduated from Lima Central High School.  She worked as a telephone operator and later a secretary at Lima Telephone Company.  Joan also worked at Wittgor in Columbus Grove. 


Margaret Weaver funeral arrangements pending

Margaret Weaver, 97, of Bluffton died Jan. 20, 2019, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Robert "Bob" Badertscher was retired from Cooper Tire

Was a veteran of the Korean War

Robert "Bob" E. Badertscher, 88, died Jan. 20, 2019, at his residence. Bob was born March 30, 1930, in Bluffton to the late Milton and Edith (Kunzler) Badertscher. On June 27, 1959, he married Lena Preto Badertscher who preceded him in death on April 26, 2017.

Bob retired from Cooper Tire in Findlay.  He enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing, doing puzzles and was well-known for his long walks all around Bluffton and greeting folks. He was a veteran of the U.S Army serving during the Korean War.