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December 15, 2017

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Jeanne Hall was a previous activities director at Hilty Home

Jeanne Ann Hall, 82, died Sept. 20, 2017, at her residence. Jeanne was born July 5, 1935, in Columbus Grove to the late M. Paul and Clela (Hilty) Amstutz. On Oct. 25, 1955, she married Delbert Hall who survives. 

Jeanne was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School. She was a homemaker and had worked as an activities director at Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora.  Jeanne was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church, the Good Sam Camping Club and the Columbus Grove VFW Auxiliary. 


Dorothy Holt was a Bluffton HS graduate

Dorothy J. Holt, 95, died at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, while residing at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio. 

She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Columbus Grove, to Monroe and Elvina (Amstutz) Burkholder. On June 10, 1942, she married Wayne L. Holt, who preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2009. They were married 67 years. 

She was a graduate of Bluffton High School. Dorothy was a member of the Cable Road Alliance Church and had been a member of the Columbus Grove Christian Church for many years.


Charlotte Anderson was a retired dietician at Bluffton Hospital

Charlotte Anderson, died Sept. 8, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Charlotte was born June 19, 1929, in Findlay, Ohio, to John and Julie (Crates) Walter who preceded her in death.  Survivors include: her husband of 66 years, Willis Anderson of Bluffton; three children, Steven (Karen) Anderson of Sunnyside, Washington, Kathy (Larry) Coburn of Phoenix, Arizona, Linda (Mike) Hampl of Louisville, Texas; a sister, Jane Cobert of California; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. “Bob” Wells was a BHS graduate

Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. “Bob” Wells (Ret United States Air Force) died at his home Sept. 2, 2017.

Bob is survived by his wife of 37 years Deborah Wells, his children Cindy Wiktor of New Braunfels, Texas, Cheryl Patterson and her husband, Larry of Dallas Texas, his stepdaughers Bridgette Kifer and her husband Doug of Summerville, Wendy Davis and her husband, David of Summerville, Holly Poe of Beaufort, South Carolina, and his brother, Dan Wells and his wife, Mary Beth of Jackson, Oregon.


Private burial for Willadene Keeney

Informal time of remembering and fellowship on Sept. 16

A private burial for Willadene Hartzler Keeney formerly of Bluffton, will take place on  Saturday, Sept. 16.

Following the burial there will be a gathering at First Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Bluffton, from 1-4 p.m. for friends and family. Family members invite persons to attend for an informal time of remembering and fellowship.

Willadene died on June 13, 2017 in North Newton, Kansas. For her complete obituary click here.


Phyllis Friesen private gravesite service planned

Phyllis Ruth (Sawatzky) Friesen, 77, died on Aug. 27, 2017. She was born on June 3, 1940, in Butterfield, Minnesota, to Rev. Victor and Ruth Louise (Phifer) Sawatzky. 

On June 2, 1961, she married Ronald Lee Friesen, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Friesen graduated from Pawnee Rock (Kansas) High School and attended Bethel College (Kansas).

Phyllis and her husband lived in Tanzania, East Africa for several years. She lived in Bluffton, Ohio, the rest of her life.