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March 23, 2019

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Norma Sue Ackerman

Norma Sue Ackerman, 81, of Bluffton died on Jan. 7, 2019. at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Mary Blosser was a teacher at Cory-Rawson prior to retirement

Mary L. Blosser, 88, died Jan. 3, 2019, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Mary was born Dec. 22, 1930 in Washington, Illinois, to the late Rufus and Lillian (Lantz) Rich. On March 19, 1955, she married Glenn Blosser who preceded her in death on April 22, 2013.

Mary graduated from Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois, and received her bachelor's degree in education from Bluffton College. She was an elementary teacher at Carey High School and Cory-Rawson Schools. 


Margaret Risser was a teacher

Was retired from Allen County Human Services

Margaret Louise Risser, 90, died Jan. 3, 2019, at Lima Memorial Health System.  Margaret was born Nov. 30, 1928, in Gilboa, Ohio, to the late Amos and Pauline (Heuer) DeVore. On June 18, 1949, she married Louis Risser who survives.

Margaret had been a teacher and later worked for the Putnam County Human Services and finally retiring from the Allen County Human Services.  She was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church and the Mid-Century Club.  Margaret enjoyed reading, sewing and traveling with her husband.


James Oberly was a farmer and retired from Cooper

Served in the Navy

James L. Oberly, 97, died Dec. 31, 2018, at the Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora.  James was born Aug. 27, 1921, to the late Reno and Bertha (Hochstettler) Oberly.  On July 10, 1943, he married Betty Moffitt Oberly who preceded him in death on April 30, 2001.

James retired from Cooper Tire in Findlay and was also a farmer.  He was a member of First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Lima Moose Lodge #199, American Legion Post #382, Bluffton, the VFW and the Bluffton Senior Citizens.  James enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and was served in the U.S. Navy.


Troy Wilcox was Allen East soccer coach

 Troy J. Wilcox, 49, died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at 9:24 p.m. at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1969, in Lima, Ohio, to David and Janet (Stalnaker) Wilcox.  His father, David preceded him in death and his mother Janet survives in Waynesfield, Ohio.  On Sept. 23, 1995 Troy married Stormy Hewitt and she survives in Harrod.  


Howard Beach was retired from Triplett Corp

Howard J. Beach, 90, of Jenera, died on Monday evening, Dec. 17, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Jenera on Dec. 5, 1928, to the late Phillip and Bertha (Bigenho) Beach. 

On May 2, 1954 he married Dorothy Rausch and she survives along with four children: David (Shirley) Beach of Tampa, Florida; Jane (Ed) Amstutz of Bluffton; Wayne (Rinda) Beach of Wapakoneta; and Ed Beach of Lakeland, Florida.