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October 6, 2015


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Shirley Benham was an Ada High School graduate

Shirley E. Benham, 78, of Beaverdam died at 7:25 a.m. March 22, 2015 at her residence. 

Shirley was born June 28, 1936, in Orange Township, Hancock County to the late John and Cora Balmer Marquart.  On Nov. 7, 1957 she married Billy A. Benham and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2009. 

She was a homemaker and had worked as an executive secretary at the A.J. Heinz  Company, Bowling Green.  She was a 1954 graduate of Ada High School.  


Mary Fruchey worked at Triplett Corp. for 27 years

Mary  E. Fruchey, 79, died March 12, 2015, at 4:47 pm at her residence. She  was born Aug. 3, 1935, in Lima, to the late Lloyd and Pearl (McMillen) Haviland. She married Dick Inskeep who preceded her in death.  She later married Robert Fruchey on  February 25, 1961 and he died on Sept. 14, 2004.

Mary worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton, for 27 years.  She had worked at Fredrick's Beauty School prior to that.  She attended Beaverdam Church of Christ.  Mary was a graduate of Lafayette High School.


Dr. Mark Hilty was part of a dentist family in Columbus Grove

Dr. Mark B. Hilty, 89, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 9:20 a.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1925, in Columbus Grove, to Alvan B. and Nettie (Schumacher) Hilty. They both preceded him in death. On June 17, 1950, he married Marjorie B. Basinger, and she survives in Columbus Grove.

He was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, class of 1943, and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, graduating Suma Cum Laude, class of 1952.


Rose Marie Grzybowski 1938-2015

Rose Marie Grzybowski, 77, died March 9, 2015, at her residence. She was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Bernard and Marie (Jozwiak) Twardowski.

She had been a waitress and licensed beautician. She was a graduate of Gage High School, Chicago, Ill.

Survivors include two sons Robert A. (Dava) Grzybowski, Jr,. of Lima, Ron (Amy) Grzybowski of Ada; four grandchildren; and a brother Tom (Arlene) Twardowski of Illinois.
She was preceded in death by two brothers John and Bernard Twardowski.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Rose Grzybowski

Rose M. Grzybowski, 77 , died March 9, 2015, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Elizabeth McDowell was a former staff member of Bluffton University

Elizabeth Ann McDowell, 68, died March 7, 2015, at 11:35 pm at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She  was born Oct. 19, 1946, in Cincinnati to the late Troy and Evelyn (Schoenberger) Phillips.

She had been a secretary in the Bluffton University Athletic Office and later was a chaplain at Sunny Side Village, Sarasota, Fla. She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. She volunteered at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Glendale, Ohio and Capital University, Bexley, Ohio.


Keith Moyer, Mt. Cory HS grad, received Salvation Army's highest civilian award

A. Keith Moyer, 87, of Bluffton died at 7:52 p.m. March 7, 2015 at Bluffton Hospital.  He was born Feb. 13, 1928, in Bluffton to the late Floyd and Alice Steiner Moyer. On Nov. 22, 1952 he married Harriett Burkhart and she survives.

He was a retired professor and assistant director of student housing a the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a member of the English Lutheran Church, Bluffton. 


LaVonne Sommer, with her husband, operated Sommer Motor Sales in Pandora

N. LaVonne Sommer, 100, of Pandora, died at 10:08 a.m. March 6, 2015 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Sept. 20, 1914, in McComb to Walter A. and Tressa Rader Otto. On Sept. 26, 1936 she married James D. Sommer and he preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1982. 

She co-owned and operated Sommer Motor Sales in Pandora. She was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church and a graduate of Rawson High School. 


Robert Green flew in over 50 mission in WWII; received Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal and 10 Oak Leaf Clusters

Robert H. Green, 93, of Rockport died at 10 p.m., March 3, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Robert was born April 8, 1921, in Toledo to Leonard and Hazel Brown Green. On Dec. 24, 1946, he married Ruth Freet who preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2012.

Robert retired after 41 years from Westinghouse, Lima, where he was a supervisor.  He was a member of the Rockport United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 96, Lima. He was a graduate of Beaverdam High School. 


Rev. Howard J. Landes 1932-2015

Rev. Howard J. Landes, 82, died at the Inn at Amethyst on Feb. 26, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda M. Landes, and his children and their families, Bruce and Roxanne Landes of Phoenix Ariz., Dean and Monica, Logan and his wife Lydia and Taylor Landes of Fountaintown Ind., and Alan and Vicki, Tiffany, Cassie and Joshua Landes of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Landes, and grandson, Andrew Landes.