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Joint funeral service for James and Donna Klingler

NOTE: James Klingler died on Dec. 8. His wife, Donna, died on Dec. 7. Click here for her obituary. Joint visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.

James Howe Klingler, 86, died Dec. 8, 2015, at his residence. James was born May 18, 1929, in Hancock County, Ohio to the late John Henry and Marie (Pratt) Klingler.  On March 11, 1951, he married Donna June Gossard who preceded him in death Dec. 7, 2015.


Marvin Diller, Pandora, was past chairman of Hilty Memorial Home

Marvin Leroy Diller of Pandora, 76, died Dec. 7, 2015, at his residence in Pandora.  Marvin was born June 19, 1939 in Pandora to Elmer and Dema (Ford) Diller who preceded him in death. On June 20, 1959, he married Lucy Goedde Diller who survives.


Sharon Guthrie was a 1981 Cory-Rawson HS graduate

Sharon R. Guthrie, 52, died Dec. 7, 2015, at Lima Memorial Health System. Sharon was born Feb. 17, 1963, in Columbus to Harold "Gus" and Norma (Shelton) Guthrie.


Donna Klingler worked at Triplett Corp. and Boss Glove

Donna June (Gossard) Klingler, 83, died at 5:23 am Monday Dec. 7, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital.  She was born on Feb. 20, 1932, in Hardin County to the late Merle Everett and Roxie Mildred (King) Gossard.  On March 11, 1951, she married James Howe Klingler who survives in Ada.

Donna was a member of Bethel Church of Christ.  She worked at the Lazarus/Macy’s restaurant in Lima before retiring in 2007. She had worked at the Boss Glove Factory and Triplett Corporation both in Bluffton.  Donna also worked at a nursing home and restaurant in Ada.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Edith Murray

Edith Murray, 97 of Bluffton died Dec. 1, 2015 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Frances Buroker 1919 to 2015

L. Frances (Fran) Buroker, 96, formerly of Mount Victory, Ohio, died at 12:49 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.  24, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.

Fran was born May 25, 1919, in Hardin County, Ohio, to William and Maedene (Carr) Dyer. On June 15, 1940, she married Erven W. Buroker, who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1998. They were married for 58 years.


Ernest Fritschi was born in Switzerland

Ernest Fritschi, 89, died Nov. 27, 2015, at 11:45 p.m., at Richland Manor, Bluffton.

Ernest was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Reigoldswil, Canton Basel, Switzerland to Ernst and Hulda (Kleiber) Fritschi who preceded him in death. On Nov. 11, 1955 he married Ruth Winkleman Fritschi who preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 2015.

Ernest had worked as an auto mechanic and later retired from the Lima Ford Engine Plant.  


James Engle 1958-2015

James E. Engle, 57, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at 12:58 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.      

He was born on Feb. 8, 1958 in Lima, Ohio to Phillip E. and Barbara Ann  (Underwood) Engle. His father is deceased and his mother survives in Bluffton, Ohio. He married Tammy J. Watkins on June 15, 2002 and she survives in Gomer.      

James worked at General Dynamics for 33 years as a welder. He was a 1976 graduate of Allen East High School.  He attended the County Line Church of the Brethren of rural Ada.   


Tammy Persich 1962-2015

Tammy S. Persich, 53, died Nov. 23, 2015, at her Pandora residence.  Tammy was born Jan. 26, 1962 in Steubenville, Ohio, to Lawrence and Barbara (Lathem) Everson who preceded her in death.

Tammy was a homemaker.  


Christine Purves was a teacher in Bluffton and overseas, involved in many Bluffton University programs

Christine H. Purves, 96 of Bluffton died Nov. 25, 2015. at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

She was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Berne, Ind., to Carl and Martha (Baumgartner) Habegger. On Aug. 28, 1943, she married John H. Purves (Jack), who preceded her in death. They were married 58 years. Mrs. Purves graduated from Berne High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary music society.