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June 28, 2017


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Here's a plate frequently seen on West College Avenue across from St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church. It's on a grey-blue GMC Terrain.

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Della Honse, 97, was a Bluffton High School graduate

Della Amanda Pifer Allen Honse, 97, of Pharr, Texas, and formerly of Bluffton died Dec. 28, 2016, at her residence in Pharr, Texas.
Della was born Aug. 15, 1919, to the late Ami G. and Verna (Pifer) Pifer of Bluffton, Ohio. Mrs. Honse graduated from Bluffton High School, and The University of Findlay.

Della served in the Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946. Boot training was at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, then she was stationed at El Toro Marine Air Station in Irvine, California.


Ruth Schaublin was a Bluffton High School graduate

Ruth L. Schaublin, 92, died Dec. 24, 2016, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Ruth was born Oct. 4, 1924 in Richland Township, Allen County, Ohio, to the late Wilbert and Hulda (Suter) Schumacher. On Oct. 25, 1947, she married Ormel Schaublin who preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 2000.

Ruth was a graduate of Bluffton High School and was a homemaker.  She was a member of Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora and enjoyed cooking, gardening, quilting and sewing.


Dorothy Shroyer 1933 - 2016

Dorothy P. Shroyer, 83, died at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on May 26, 1933, in New Bedford, Mass., to John P. and Edwina V. (Furtado) Roza, Sr., who preceded her in death. On Aug. 20, 1955, Dorothy married George Raymond Shroyer who survives in Ada.

Dorothy was a homemaker.


William Gieseler was retired from Proctor and Gamble

William L. "Bill" Gieseler, 73, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.

He was born on March 2, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio, to Harold L. and Dolores Kathryn (McGlumphy) Gieseler who preceded him in death. On Nov. 16, 1968, Bill married Paula K. Scott and she survives in Alger.


Robert Fleming was an associate professor at OSU

Robert D. Fleming, 73, died on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at 12:28 a.m. at Otterbein Cridersville Nursing Home, Criderville, Ohio.

He was born on Sept. 20, 1943, in Bluffton, Ohio to Gerald R. and Dorothy J. (Smith) Fleming who preceded him in death. On Nov. 1, 1963, Robert married Linny K. Plate and she survives in LaFayette.


Jana Huber was a Bluffton High School graduate

Jana S. Huber, 53, died Dec. 5, 2016, at 10:47 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital. Jana was born March 30, 1963, in Bluffton to the late Lyle and Evelyn (Steinman) Everett.  On Aug. 8, 1981, she married Wayne Huber who survives. 

Jana graduated from Bluffton High School.  She was a homemaker and loved providing child care in her home over the years.  Jana previously worked for Bluffton Preschool.  She attended St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora.


Mary Louise Toews was a Bluffton College graduate

Mary Louise (Dean) Toews, 87, died Nov. 30, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Redding, Calif.

Mary was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to David and Metta Dean. She graduated from Bluffton College and married Theodore Toews, also a Bluffton College graduate.

Mary was a teacher for over 30 years. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Dean, three children, Aiyana Sequana, David Toews (Becky Thatcher) and Rachel Meyer; and grandchildren Jesse Toews, Kyle, Dylan and Devan Meyer, and Megan Sequana.


Sunita Vohra 1939 -2016

Sunita Vohra, 77, died Dec. 4, 2016, at 8:40 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System. Sunita was born July 17, 1939, in Amritsar, India, to the late Puran and Roop (Rani) Kaura.  On June 2, 1956, she married Ramesh Vohra who survives in Bluffton.


Ronald Friesen was on Bluffton University faculty for 35 years

He taught economics and statistics

Ronald Lee Friesen, 77, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.  He was born on March 2, 1939, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Jacob D. and Hilda Marie (Neufeld) Friesen. On June 2, 1961 he married Phyllis Sawatzky and she survives.


Mary Ann Augsburger was a partner in Town and County Meats

Bluffton High School graduate, also worked at Mennonite Memorial Home

Mary Ann Augsburger, 69, died Nov. 30, 2016 at her residence. Mary was born April 20, 1947, in Bluffton to the late Noah "Junior" and Dolly (Johnson) Zimmerman.  On July 31, 1971, she married Tom Augsburger who survives.

Mary Ann graduated from Bluffton High School. She worked alongside her husband, Tom, at Town & Country Meats, Bluffton. She later retired from Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton where she worked in the laundry department. 

Mary Ann was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton.