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Sara Jane Amstutz taught at Bluffton Elementary School

Sara Jane Amstutz, 92, passed away July 27, 2022 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Sara Jane was born November 15, 1929 in Bluffton to the late Hiram and Mabel (Hawk) Huser.  On November 22, 1951 she married Leland Amstutz who preceded her in death on May 24, 1990. 

UPDATED Dennis "Mike" Prichard served in the U.S. Army

UPDATED July 28.

Dennis Michael “Mike” Prichard, age 75, of Ada, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022, at his residence in Ada.

Mike was born on June 6, 1947, in Lima, Ohio to the late Advas and Imogene (Gunn) Prichard. 

He retired from Sodexo at Ohio Northern University, Ada, where he worked as a custodian.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was a lifetime member of the Ada VFW Post #9381.

Mike is survived by his three children: Michael (Lenora) Prichard of Dunkirk, Vonda Stanfield, and Margaret Prichard both of Tiffin; thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; two brothers: John Prichard and Toby (Linda) Prichard; and a sister, Teresa Buckmeir.

Clyde Franklin Brown served in the U.S. Army

Clyde Franklin Brown, age 92, of Ada, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 12:45 a.m. at Vancrest of Ada.

Clyde was born on November 12, 1929, in Louisville, Kentucky to Cholia and Lacy Brown, who preceded him in death.  He served proudly in the United State Army during the Korean War, stationed in Korea for four years. Clyde married Betty Jo Hall on February 26, 1954, in Ada, Ohio.  She preceded him in death on January 25, 2017. Clyde retired from Lima’s Clark Equipment in 1981. He then worked for General Dynamics in Lima until he retired in 1992. 

Nancy Lou Gierhart worked for the Lima Public Library

Nancy Lou Gierhart, age 84, was called into the presence of the Lord at 11:20 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2022, at Van Crest of Ada with the love of her family by her side. 

Nancy was born July 28, 1937 in Lima, OH, to the late Michael M. Werner and Helen Irene (Wellbaum) Werner Metzger.  On June 2, 1956 she married the love of her life, Jack D. Gierhart. 

Jacqueline Gahman Rippe was Director of the Service Center for the South Florida Water Management Center

Jacqueline Gahman Rippe, 62, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away peacefully Friday July 8, 2022. Jacque was born in Lima, Ohio on December 9, 1959 to the late William (Bill) Peter and Mary Lucelle (Martin) Gahman. Jacque was a 1978 graduate of Ada High School in Ada, Ohio. In 1982 she graduated from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering.

Patricia Klingler was a homemaker

Patricia K. “Pat” Klingler, age 81 passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

She was born on May 2, 1941 in Shiloh, Ohio to the late Forrest “Mike” and Mildred Helen (Firestone) Gilbert.  On December 18, 1955, Pat married Robert E. “Bob” Klingler and he survives in Ada.

Pat loved visiting with her family and friends. She loved country music especially Conway Twitty. She was avid flower gardener. She enjoyed reading and playing games. She enjoyed travelling for many years to Myrtle Beach with her husband. She was a wonderful homemaker.

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