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March 21, 2018

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Memorial service Jan. 28 for Betty Klassen

1955 Bluffton College graduate

Betty Shantz Klassen, 86, died  on Oct. 23, 2017.  Betty was born in Comins Township, Michigan, to Ernest and Letha Shantz.  She grew up in Fairview, Michigan, and worked in her family’s creamery and restaurant businesses from a young age. 

Betty received her Bachelor‘s in Social Work from Bluffton College in 1955. Once her children were in school she earned her Bachelor’s in Education from Kent State University in 1971 and a Master’s from Northern Arizona University in 1985. 


Elisabeth Collins, 33, funeral service on Saturday

Elisabeth Collins, 33, of Bluffton, Ohio, died on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, following a 15-week illness.

Elisabeth was born on Sept. 26, 1984, in Bluffton to Daryl and Michelle (Shank) Thompson and they survive in Rawson.

She married Joshua Collins on Aug. 13, 2011, and he survives in Bluffton along with their son Riley Collins.


Catherine Weyer 1931-2018

Catherine M. Weyer, 86, died Jan. 2, 2018, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Catherine was born Dec. 28, 1931, in St. Marys, Ohio to the late Burdette and Florence (Peters) Bowsher. On April 22, 1950, she married Robert Weyer who preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2014.


Nancy Parrish was a Bluffton HS graduate

Nancy Jean Parrish, 60, died Jan. 2, 2018, at Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room.  Nancy was born Jan. 23, 1957, in Bluffton, Ohio to the late William and Marilyn (Moore) Hart. On Aug. 24, 1987, she married Mike Parrish who survives.

Nancy graduated from Bluffton High School.  She was a homemaker and also had worked as a nurse’s aide.

Survivors also include a brother, William (Karen) Hart of Stevensville, Michigan, and several nieces and nephews. 

Nancy was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Hart.


Barbara Mikesell operated Cottage Gift Haus

She was a Bluffton High School graduate

Barbara Ann Mikesell, 65, died Jan. 2, 2018, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. 

Barbara was born Nov. 18, 1952, in Lima, Ohio to the late John and Dorothy (Cox) Skelly.  On Feb. 21, 1971, she married Kenneth Mikesell who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2006.

Barb graduated from Bluffton High School. Along with her mother, she operated the Cottage Gift Haus in Bluffton.


Mildred Criblez volunteered at Bluffton Hospital for 33 years

Mildred Zoe Criblez, 97, died Dec. 31, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Mildred was born June 8, 1920, in Cairo, Ohio to William and Anna (Candler) Parker who preceded her in death. On Feb. 15, 1942, she married Maurice "Dock" Criblez who preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2011.