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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.  


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.


Katherine V. Parkins was retired from Triplett Corp.

Katherine V. Parkins, 97, died 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2016, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. She was born Sept. 3, 1918 in Elk, Wash., to August and Glenna Payne Steegman.  On Aug. 4, 1937, she married William H. Parkins who preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1981. 

Katherine graduated from Liberty Benton High School in 1936.  In 1939, she and her husband moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she took a job at a sewing factory, sewing gowns and costumes for the Hollywood stars while her husband worked at Douglas Aircraft. 


Etta Jo Huber was active in several local organizations

Etta Jo Huber, 86, died Feb. 5, 2016, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Circleville to Joliffe B. and Irene (Osborne) Maynard.  On Jan. 21, 1951, she married Dale L Huber, and he survives near Bluffton.
Etta graduated from Commercial Point High School in 1946 and Office Training School, Columbus in 1947.  She enjoyed raising her family, being a farm wife, and helping run the family business, Specialty Foods of Ohio, that she co-owned with her husband for 20 years before retiring in 1990.


Shirley Kirk had volunteered at Bluffton Hospital and Et Cetera Shop

Shirley J. Kirk, 88, of Ottawa, died at 3:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

She was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to the late Gordon H. and Gertrude (Spencer) Hosmer. Her step-father, Minor "Mac" McDougle is also deceased.

On June 1, 1947 she married William C. "Bill" Kirk at the First Baptist Church in Lima. After 57 years of marriage, he iedy on April 2, 2004.


Funeral service Monday for Etta Jo Huber

Etta Jo Huber, 86, died Feb. 5, 2016, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Rockport United Methodist Church, Rockport.  Pastor Rich Rakay officiating. 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Sherrill Burkholder was a Beaverdam High School graduate

Sherrill Dean Burkholder, 74, of Commerce, Mich., and formerly of Bluffton, Ohio died Jan. 27, 2016, at his residence.  Sherrill was born Feb. 15, 1941 in Bluffton,  to the late Vernon and Viola (Garmatter) Burkholder. On Aug. 31, 1962, he married Bernadine '"Bea" Mullett Burkholder who survives. 


Isaac Tiessen funeral will be in Canada

Isaac Tiessen, 88, died on Jan. 23, 2016, in Pandora, Ohio.

Survivors are his wife, Margaret (Wiens), of 51 years, a son, Robert (Ingrid), grandchildren Anna and Jacob, sister, Marta Froese (Jake, deceased), brother, Ernie Tiessen (Mary).

Predeceased by siblings Betty Derksen (late John), Henry Tiessen (late Louise), Margaret Cowan (late Morris), John Tiessen (late Caron). Survived by many nieces and nephews.


Funeral arrangements for Sherrill Burkholder incomplete

Sherrill Burkholder, 74 of Commerce, Michigan and formerly of Bluffton passed away Jan. 27, 2016, at his residence in Commerce.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Steven Bronson 1952-2016

Steven Darrel Bronson, 63, of Celina and formerly of Bluffton died Jan. 25, 2016, at 5:59 p.m. at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.  Steven was born Aug. 6, 1952, in Bluffton to the late Fred and Doris (Lamb) Bronson, Jr.

Steven retired from Eaton Corp. in Van Wert as a machinist and had also worked at Crown Equipment.