Obituaries

Janice Mae’ Hilty Bulkley

   Janice Mae’ Hilty Bulkley was born on May 16, 1941, to Herbert Herman and Mabel Ruth Hilty, at Bluffton Hospital in Bluffton, Ohio.  She spent her young life growing up on the family farm in Pandora, Ohio.  She had two sisters, Sarah Helen and Karen, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins
Jan’s loving family survives her:
   Robert Lee Bulkley, husband of almost 48 years (on August 8th).  Her adoring children include Robert Allen Bulkley, son, with his wife, Carrie Bulkley, of Castle Rock, Colorado and Kim Yvonne Bjerga (Bee-year-ga), daughter, with husband, Harald Bjerga and three grandchildren: Sarah Dawn, Hagan Erling and Elizabeth Anne, of Chewsville, Maryland.

Josephine Miriam Burkholder

   Josephine Miriam “Jo” Burkholder passed away at 2:40 a.m. August 19, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born October 15, 1932 in Bluffton to Walter and Leona (Burkholder) Augsburger.  On November 1, 1952 she married Howard Burkholder and he died September 7, 2007.
   She was a homemaker.  She attended St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora and was a member of Pandora Missionary Church.  She enjoyed attending the chapel services at the Mennonite Memorial Home.  She prayed for her children and family daily.  She enjoyed working with flowers, canning and baking.  She was a graduate of Bluffton High School.  

Geraldine Ann Fields

Geraldine Ann Fields,78, of Bluffton, Ohio died at 10:08 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Bridge Hopsice Care Center, Findlay. Geraldine was born on May 8,1934 in Lima, Ohio to the late Paul and Gladys (Musto) Bonito. She is survived by a daughter, Debra (Jim) Holmes, Findlay, a son, Rick (June) Fields, Harrod, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tiffany (Nathan) Holmes, J. Michael (Joyce) Holmes, Sarah (Justin) Gossard, Kyle Fields and five sisters. She was preceded in death by one brother. Geraldine was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bluffton. It was Geraldine’s wish to have no funeral service or visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay.

Peter Gerhard Fast

   Peter loved music, reading historical books, pecan pie, homemade ice cream, and fresh produce, especially cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew. As a Christian, he is now home. Peter Gerhard Fast, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 2:45 p.m. in Bluffton, Ohio, after succumbing to a rare neurological disorder, known as Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) or Shy-Dragers.  Peter Gerhard Fast was born on April 28, 1925, north of Chinook, Montana, but his family soon moved to Mt. Lake, Minnesota, where he grew up on the family farm.  He was the youngest of nine children. This early move might have influenced him as he enjoyed traveling during his life both in the U.S. and abroad.

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