Alice J. Kohli, 81, of Mt. Cory died at 4:19 a.m., October 7, 2014 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay. She was born December 20, 1932 in Ada to the late Eugene and Mozelle Bullock Thompson. On April 28, 1950 she married Harold B. Kohli and he preceded her in death on October 11, 2004.
Joan Marie Basinger, 80, passed away at 11:20 a.m. October 6, 2014 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. Joan was born December 30, 1933 in Orange Twp., Hancock County, Ohio to Ivan and Helen (Bell) Montgomery who preceded her in death. On April 2, 1965 she married Wallace Basinger and he survives. Joan retired from Pandora-Gilboa School where she was the high school secretary for 23 years. She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church. Joan enjoyed needle work, reading, going to her grandchildren’s activities and traveling with her retired friends. She was a 1951 graduate of Bluffton High School.
Margaret Gratz Detwiler, 94, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Born on July 30, 1920, in Bluffton, Ohio, she was the second of six children born to Homer and Edna Gratz. Margaret grew up in Bluffton on the Gratz family farm. Multi-talented and musically gifted, she “milked the cows in the morning” before going off to class carrying the cherished cello she loved to play in the orchestras of Bluffton High School and Bluffton College. Also well accomplished in piano and voice, she continued to perform in string quartets and choirs throughout her long life.
Rev. Dan U. Dalke, 93, passed away at his home in Inman, Kansas on September 29, 2014. He was born June 27, 1921 to John and Sara Dalke in Inman, Kansas. He married Edna Franz on January 22, 1943 and together they had 7 children. Dan felt the call from God into full time pastoral ministry at the age of 28. After graduating from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951, he was ordained to the ministry and for 63 years conducted numerous pastoral assignments, including 18 years as senior pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church. For the past 12 years he served as Chaplain for Pleasant View Retirement Home where he resided.