Isabelle May West

    Isabelle May West, 97, passed away on September 10, 2014 at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio. She was born in Hancock County, Ohio on March 25, 1917 to the late G. Raymond and Mabel (Hamlin) Stewart. She married James F. West on May 20, 1943 and he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1999. Surviving are two sons: James S. (Carol) of Wapakoneta and John C. (Molly) of Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Stacy (Tim) Nordahl, Kelly (Bret) Layman, Bradley (Sarah) West, Jillian (David) Francis, Taylor and Britton West. Her seven great grandchildren are: Madison, Lauren and Elliot Layman, Jacob and Lucas West, and Harper and Logan Nordahl.

Gerald DeVon Brooks

    Gerald “Jerry” DeVon Brooks, 85 of Bluffton passed away at 12:45 p.m. September 8, 2014, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  He was born October 28, 1928, in Palmer Township, Putnam County to the late Malcolm and Violet (Preble) Brooks.  On August 14, 1953, he married Helen Burkholder, who survives.

Catherine Elaine Ream

    Catherine Elaine Ream, 82 of Findlay died at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Sunrise Senior Living.  She was born in Rawson, Ohio on May 12, 1932 to the late Harry G. and Dorothy C. (Reel) Ream.  She retired as a Federal Government Employee.  Surviving is a sister, Eloise (Jim) Traucht of Montana, ten nephews and nieces and eleven great-nephews and great-nieces.  She was preceded in death by her brother Richard Ream.
   There will be a private Memorial Service held at a later date.
   Arrangements entrusted to CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington.  Condolences can be sent via


JoAnn Bender

   JoAnn Bender, 84, of Bluffton passed away August 22, 2014 at 7:55 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born September 8, 1929 in Fostoria to Clarence and Mildred Seitz Brunn.  On August 4, 1948 she married Robert F. Bender and he preceded her in death on December 14, 2011.
   JoAnn was the owner of JoAnn’s Beauty Shop, Bluffton for over 15 years. She then joined her husband as owners of  A-Z Portion Control Meats, Bluffton.  She was an active music booster supporter. She baked  wonderful cherry pies, knitted and bowled.  She enjoyed flowers and was good with plants.  JoAnn was a graduate of Lima Senior High School. She was a woman of very strong faith.

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