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February 13, 2016

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Jimmy Koogler 1947-2015

James "Jimmy" L. Koogler, 68, died Oct. 23, 2015, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. 

Jimmy was born Sept. 8, 1947, in Lima to James and Margaret (Hefner) Koogler who preceded him in death.

Jimmy was active the Senior's program at Marimor Industries. He lived at Yale Bloom, Lima. Jimmy enjoyed looking through his magazines and drinking coffee. He loved being with people and never knew a stranger. Jimmy had many friends, caregivers and staff at Champaign Residential Services, Lima and Marimor who  loved him and enjoyed caring for him.


Bernice Criblez was a retired Allen East school bus driver

Bernice L. Criblez, 85, of Bluffton,  died Oct. 22, 2015, at 2:50 p.m. at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Bernice was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Lima to the late Lew and Martha Lones Hullibarger. On Aug. 8,1948, she married Marion E. Criblez who preceded her in death on May 18, 1998.

Bernice was a bus driver for the Allen East Schools.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, the  Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and  American Legion  Auxiliary both of Wapakoneta and the Farm Bureau. She was a graduate of Lafayette Jackson High School.  


Thomas "Skip" Bassitt was a former Bluffton school board member

Thomas "Skip" Edgar Bassitt, 72, of Lecanto, Fla., and formerly of Bluffton died Oct. 21, 2015, at his residence.

Thomas was born Dec. 4, 1942, in Bluffton to the late Loren "Bill" and Margaret "Peg" (McGuire) Bassitt.  On Aug. 28, 1999, he married Sharen Fuller Bassitt and she survives.


Funeral arrangements for Thomas "Skip" Bassitt pending

Thomas "Skip" E. Bassitt Sr,, 72 of Lecanto, Fla., and formerly of Bluffton died Oct. 21, 2015 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton


Elinor Laing 1941-2015

Elinor M. Laing, 74, died 9 p.m. Oct. 14, 2015, at Shawnee Manor, Lima. Elinor was born Jan. 3, 1941 in Dola to Lloyd and Mary Neil Kindle. On July 3, 1959, she married Edward Laing and he preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 1985. 

Elinor worked at several area restaurants. She was a graduate of Dola High School.  


Lorraine Aldridge 1925-2015

Lorraine Aldridge, 90,  died Oct. 8, 2015, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.  Lorraine was born Aug. 20, 1925, in Carver, Kentucky to the late Joe and Roxie (Dyer) Cole. On Feb. 5, 1949, she married John Aldridge who preceded her in death in February of 1993.

Lorraine was a homemaker and member of Victory in the Cross Ministries, Findlay.   


Matthew Sapienza 1985-2015

Matthew Dominic Sapienza, 29, died Oct. 6, 2015, in Findlay. Matt was born December 7, 1985 in Findlay. 

After graduating from Findlay High school, Matt worked at the Bistro in Findlay where he developed his love for cooking.  He was established chef for his family and home.   


Betty Lewis was a Bluffton High School graduate

Betty L. Lewis, 73, of Ada died Sept. 27, 2015, at 5:44 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic. Betty was born Sept. 2, 1942 in Bluffton to William "Kaiser" and Mary Holmes Gaiffe. On July 27, 1963 she married James "Jim" Lewis and he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2014. 


Margaret Houshower directed Bluffton College's first reading center

Margaret Houshower, 94, died Sept. 23, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Margaret was born on Sept. 8, 1921, in Bluffton to Herbert W. and Olga (Kennel) Berky. She was a graduate of  Bluffton High School and Bluffton College ’42 where she met her husband, Mark Houshower. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before his death in 2009. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Margaret Houshower

Margaret Houshower, 94, of Bluffton died Sept. 23, 2015 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.