Nancy Jane Dyer, 107, passed away April 2 at 5:19 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Nancy was born March 6, 1908, in Middlecreek, Ky., to George and Mary Tennessee (Prater) England who preceded her in death. On April 20, 1929, she married Gladys “Glad” Dyer who preceded her in death on November 23, 1978. Nancy was a homemaker. She was a member of Union Chapel Missionary Church, Lima. Nancy enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, quilting and crocheting, bird watching and watching fish in her aquarium, as well as nature and her farm animals. She also enjoyed watching church programs and traditional Christian music.
Marie C. Place died March 29 at 9:20 a.m. at Willow Ridge – Betty House in Bluffton. She was born on March 12, 1916, in Bluffton to the late Jacob and Lena (Scherler) Schnegg. She was married to Harry Richard Place, and he preceded her in death. Marie was a long time member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Marie had a daughter, Genie Wilch Peterson. Genie preceded her in death in 2013. She is survived by her two granddaughters, Robyn (Peterson) Aguire and Jayme (Peterson) Hawthorne of Buckeye, Ariz., and great-grandchildren, Brianne and Colby Hawthorne, and Baily Aguire, all of Buckeye, Ariz.
J. Norman Vercler passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m., March 27, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He had been a resident of Bluffton for 58 years. Norm was born March 14, 1925, in Meadows, Ill., to the late Elmer and Naomi (Claudon) Vercler. He graduated from Chenoa (Ill.) High School and went on for further studies at Illinois State Normal University where he majored in science. After graduation, he began work at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington as head medical technician, a position he held until 1956.
Eleanor L. Leinsetter, 91, Leipsic, died at 1:14 p.m., Friday, March 20, at The Meadows of Leipsic, exactly 38 years after her husband’s passing. She was born on June 29, 1923, in Leipsic, to the late Ernest and Helen (Martin) Rothenberger. On October 18, 1941, she married Eugene Leinsetter who died on March 20, 1977. Eleanor is survived by three children: Patricia Eberle of Lima, Charlotte (Powell) Prater of Findlay, and Roger (Karen) Leinsetter of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren with one on the way; and a sister, Rosemary Mullett of Leipsic. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Wilbur Rothenberger, Herschel Rothenberger; and one granddaughter, Rhonda Eberle.