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Obituaries

Mary Core Geiger graduated from Columbus Grove HS in 1944

Mary Allene Core Geiger, 89, of Pandora died at 7:15 pm Feb. 26, 2016, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Mary was born Sept. 3, 1926 in Pleasant Township in Putnam County to the late Raymond V. Core and Eva Esther (Smith) Core.  On Dec.15, 1945 she married Francis C. Geiger who survives.

She grew up on a farm near Columbus Grove and graduated from Columbus Grove High School in 1944.

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Marcia Vermillion sang with Sweet Adelines

Marcia E. Vermillion, 82, died on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at her residence in LaFayette.

She was born on Nov. 30, 1933, in Camden, N.J .to Gerald and Helen (Hawkins) Connor who preceded her in death. On May 25, 1952, she married James L. Vermillion and he died on Aug. 28, 2013.

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Marci Reichenbach Kohli funeral service on Feb. 27

Marcele (Marci) Reichenbach Kohli died Feb. 22, 2016, at the age of 93.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Dr. Paul “Gene” Kohli.

Surviving are her two daughters, Candace (Richard) Deubner and Karis (Paul) Wickensimer; four grandchildren, Heidi (Matthew) Kliewer, Derek (Diana) Deubner, Kami (Wesley) Carr, Grant (Susan) Wickensimer; and six great-grandchilren, Haley and Hadden Kliewer, Jake and Olivia Deubner, Charlton and Sullivan Carr. 

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Burl "Jerry" Moyer was a 1948 Bluffton HS grad

Burl J. “Jerry” Moyer, 86, of Pandora died at 11 p.m., Feb. 21, 2016 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Jerry was born June 6, 1929,in Findlay to Burl J. Moyer and Ruth West Moyer. On June 13, 1965 he married Delores Hanna and she survives.

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William Shackelford was a 1967 graduate of Cory-Rawson HS

William Elton “Bill” Shackelford, Sr., 66, died Jan. 31, 2016, at his residence in Las Vegas, Nev.  Bill was born Aug. 17, 1949, in Bluffton to the late Ralph and Elvira Gress Shackelford.

Bill retired from the U.S. Army in 1988 after 20 years where he had served in Viet Nam and then became a recruiter.  He had also worked in auto sales in Marietta, Ga., from 1990 – 1992 and 14 years in Las Vegas working at McCarran Airport for Huntleigh Corp. as a driver.  Bill graduated from Cory-Rawson High School in 1967 where he played on the undefeated football team in 1966.

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Betty Jo Hughes Carmean 1923-2016

Betty Jo Hughes Carmean, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at 9:40 p.m. at her residence in Lima, Ohio.

She was born on Sept. 25, 1923, in Lima, Ohio, to Rush and Ruth (Gossard) Hughes who preceded her in death. On Dec. 5, 1945, she married Eugene Carmean, Sr., who preceded her in death on March 8, 1979.

Betty Jo was a homemaker. She previously worked at Lima Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of the Lima First Assembly of God Church. 

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Mildred Triplehorn was a member of the Bluffton HS class of 1951

Mildred “Millie” Tenney Triplehorn, 82, Gallipolis, Ohio, died at her residence Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. The daughter of the late Troy and Floy (Light) Tenney, she was born Sept. 20, 1933, in Upshur County, West Virginia. She married John Triplehorn June 4, 1954, in Bluffton, Ohio, who survives. Millie was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Gallipolis.

She graduated from Bluffton High School in 1951.

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Rita Maroscher attended school in Bluffton

Rita M. Maroscher, 62, of Uhrichsville, died Thursday, Feb, 11, 2016, in the home of her sister, Carmen Maurer, in Dover.

Born May 30, 1953, in Columbus, she was a daughter of Bruno Maroscher of
Bluffton, and the late Martha Jane McNaughton Maroscher. Rita attended school
in Bluffton, and began her career working at the family's business, Bruno's
I.G.A. in Beaverdam. She went on to be employed by Food Lion grocery stores as a meat cutter, and later retired as market manager. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Josephine Cheney funeral service Saturday

Josephine Melvina Cheney, 85, died Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Josephine was born Aug. 7, 1930 in Beaverdam to the late Thomas and Gertrude (Meeks) White. In December 1946, she married Earl K. Cheney Sr. who preceded her in death in July 2001.

Josephine had worked in the laundry department at Richland Manor.  She had also worked at ExCello-Airfoil Textron and Triplett Corp., both of Bluffton.  She attended Rockport United Methodist Church.  

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Karen Anita Tharp was a retired nurse

Karen Anita Tharp, 68, of Findlay died, at 9:41 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, surrounded by her family, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center.  

She was born on Oct. 10, 1947, to the late James H. and Catherine (Stanford) Purdum.  On Nov. 5, 1966, she married David C. Tharp and he survives.

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