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Obituaries

Kenneth Knitz was former Village of Bloomdale police chief

Kenneth Wayne Knitz, 81, died Feb, 14, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  Kenneth was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Gibsonburg to the late A. Wayne and Edna (Houtz) Knitz.  On Feb. 10, 1955, he married Nancy Lee Knitz who survives.

Ken graduated from Troy-Luckey High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He retired as a machinist at Atlas Crankshaft in Fostoria after 28 years.  Ken was an active member of Pandora United Methodist Church and a 34 year member of the Bloomdale Fire and EMS. 

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Rhonda Staley was a 1986 graduate of McComb High School

Rhonda S. Staley, 48 of Bluffton died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. 

She was born on March 20, 1968 to William C. Nigh, Jr. and Sue F. Nigh. Rhonda married Dan Staley on Aug. 1, 1992, and he survives along with her mother, Sue F. Nigh of North Baltimore, three children; Bridgette G. Staley of Fostoria, Jared R. Staley of Minneapolis, Minn., and Nathaniel N. Staley of Bluffton.

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Allison Neuenschwander was a past Beaverdam village council member

Allison Neuenschwander, 87, died Feb. 5, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Allison was born Nov. 25, 1928 in Columbus Grove to the late Hiram and Edna (Luginbihl) Neuenschwander who preceded him in death. On July 24, 1954, he married Gloria Beemer who preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2014.

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Julia Gable memorial service March 16

Julia A. Gable, 97, died Feb. 2, 2017, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. 

A Memorial Service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bluffton. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Bruce N. Marshall was a 1967 Bluffton HS graduate

Bruce N. Marshall, 68, of Hartford, Connecticut, and formerly of Bluffton died Feb. 1, 2017, while on hospice at Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hartford, Connecticut, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Bruce was born Dec. 12, 1948, in Bluffton to Kimmel and Maxine (Cook) Marshall who preceded him in death.

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Harvey Bauman served on Bluffton board of public affairs and MMH board

He completed many wood working projects in the community

Harvey Myers Bauman, 96, died Feb. 1, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Harvey was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to the late Henry and Annie (Myers) Bauman.  On May 28, 1944, he married Pauline Sprunger Bauman who preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 2015.

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Joan Anderson was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School

Joan Anderson, 84, died Feb. 1, 2017, at St. Rita's Hospice Care Center. Joan was born March 24, 1932, in Allen County, Ohio, to the late Guy C. and Mary (Mason) Mayberry.  On March 24, 1951, she married Donald Anderson who survives.

Joan was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School and was a homemaker.  She was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church in Bluffton. 

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Virginia Augsburger was a retired licensed practical nurse

Virginia G. Augsburger, 93, died Jan. 31, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Virginia was born July 6, 1923, in Bluffton to the late Clarence and Ethel J. (Michael) Roberts. On Feb. 3, 1946, she married Richard Augsburger who preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2011.

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Mary Kathryn Niswander was a graduate of Pandora High School

Mary Kathryn Niswander, 98, died Jan. 30, 2017, at Willow Ridge - Frieda House in Bluffton.  Mary was born June 15, 1918, in Pandora to the late Tony and Zella (Steele) Frantz.  On Dec. 24, 1938, she married Stanley Niswander and he preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2003.

Mary graduated from Pandora High School. She retired from Sears-Roebuck in Lima where she had been a division manager. Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bluffton and past member of Grace United Methodist Church in Lima. 

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Funeral arrangement incomplete for Harvey Bauman

Harvey Bauman, 96, died Feb. 1, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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