Obituaries

Ruth O. Bartles

   Ruth O. Bartles, 88, of Columbus Grove died 12:40 p.m., Aug. 22, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Ruth was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Rockport to Charles and Anna Ross Van Meter.  On May 5, 1947, she married Leland Bartles, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 1990. 
   Ruth retired from Konalrad Products, Pandora.  She was a member of Rockport United Methodist Church, Bluffton Senior Citizens and the Cairo Widows Group. She was a volunteer at Our Daily Bread, Lima.   Ruth graduated from Beaverdam High School.

Philip C. Shulaw

   Philip C. Shulaw, Sr., age 71, of Van Wert died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, August 23, at the Van Wert Hospice Center.  He was born on Sept. 14, 1943, to the late Paul and Blanche (Young) Shulaw, Sr. 
   He is survived by two children, Philip (Aya) Shulaw Jr. of Bluffton and Priscilla Shulaw of Kenton; granddaughter, Victoria Shulaw of Bluffton and two sisters, Rose (Sam) Smith of Bluffton and Angie (Don) Beck of Findlay and his companion, Clara Wienken of Van Wert. 
   A brother, Paul “Sonny” Shulaw Jr. preceded him in death. 
   He was a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School and operated his own business Phil’s Refrigeration for 35 years and taught at ITT Tech in Middle Point, Ohio.  He attended First Friends Church in Van Wert.  At his request, no services will be held. 

Leland Robert Garmatter

   Leland Robert Garmatter, 82, passed away August 21 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Leland was born March 20, 1933, in Bluffton to Gideon and Mable (Burkholder) Garmatter who preceded him in death. On October 31, 1959, he married Sandra Bassitt Garmatter who survives.
   Leland retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant.  He was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton.  He was a graduate of Bluffton High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Ruth L. Fritschi

   Ruth L. Fritschi, 88,  passed away Aug. 15 at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Ruth was born April 14, 1927, in Beach City, Ohio, to Swiss immigrants Arnold and Lina (Bloch) Winkelman who preceded her in death. On Nov. 13, 1955, she married Ernest Fritschi who survives.

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