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Dennis Ray Altstaetter was an educator

Born on June 18, 1943, Dennis Ray Altstaetter died of cancer on March 24, 2024 at the age of 80 in Three Links Care Center with Barb at his side.


Martha “Marty” Jane Hostetler taught at Bluffton Elementary

Martha “Marty” Jane Hostetler passed away on April 1, 2024. Marty was born on November 22, 1940, the youngest child of William and Elma (Locher) Badertscher of Bluffton. She grew up in the Bluffton area, attended Bluffton College where she met her husband Lowell, and other than a brief stint in the ‘60s, lived her whole life in Bluffton. She and Lowell traveled extensively throughout their 60-year marriage. Between her travel experiences and her insatiable curiosity about everyone and everything, Marty’s world was so much larger than a life lived in a single small town might seem.


Basilda Reese Rockhold was a teacher and school administrator

Basilda Reese Rockhold, 85 of Lima, passed away March 27, 2024, with her loving family by her side. Basilda was born April 15, 1938 in Lima to J. Arthur and Elizabeth (Parrott) Reese, who preceded her in death.


Judith L. Koepke worked for Goshen Community Schools

Judith L Koepke, 84, passed away Wednesday, March 20, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.


Obituary for Bonnie Lou Geiger

Bonnie Lou Geiger, 94, of Green Springs and formerly of Pandora, passed away March 27, 2024 at Elmsprings of Green Springs, Ohio. Bonnie was born February 5, 1930 in Bluffton to the late Elmer and Sylvia (Suter) Geiger.


Katrina M. Riepenhoff taught at Bluffton Middle School

Katrina M. Riepenhoff, 27, of Bluffton, passed away at 10:13 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024 at Blanchard Valley Medical Center, Findlay. She was born on May 11, 1996, in Bluffton to Joe and Becky (Cline) Riepenhoff, who survive in Ottawa.

In addition to her parents, she is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Marie Cline of Fostoria; and her beloved dogs: Baxter and Tilly.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Gilbert and Dorothy Riepenhoff; and maternal grandfather, Harold Cline.

Katrina graduated from Ottawa-Glandorf High School and Bowling Green State University in Education. After graduation, she taught 5th grade science and math at Ridgemont Elementary School. The past two years, she taught 7th grade math at Bluffton Middle School.