Lester Joel Joseph, 81, of Napoleon, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Genacross Lutheran Services in Napoleon, Ohio. He was born on Dec. 31, 1935, in Vaughnsville, Ohio, to the late Charles Lester and Ruby (Steele) Joseph. On Dec. 31, 1955, he married Sherry Zimmerman who survives. Lester worked for the Ohio Army National Guard for 28 years as an Administrative Supply Tech and retired as a First Sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; children, Stephanie (Steve) Swanson of Napoleon, Ohio, Leslie (Dana) Vogel of Cecil, Ohio, Craig (Debra) Joseph of Jackson, Michigan, Shelly (Roger) Bell of Napoleon, Ohio, and Kelly (Amy) Joseph of Tipp City, Ohio; 25 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sister, Patricia Schmidt of Pandora, Ohio. He was preceded in death by parents and three siblings.
Edith Lenore Burkholder, 92, passed away March 18, 2017, at 3:15 a.m. at Lima Convalescent Home. Edith was born June 21, 1924, in Columbus Grove to the late Jesse and Helen (Moore) Lentz. She married Jim Burkholder who preceded her in death on April 17, 1993. Edith loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and wintering in Florida. She loved cooking, quilting, sewing, polka dancing, bowling and playing bingo. Edith loved shopping with her three best friends, Joyce, Lola and Jean. She had worked at Terry’s in Bluffton and Northland Lanes in Lima.
Phyllis Mary Bixel was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Carlton and Erma (Sanford) Newton on Aug. 17, 1922, and quietly passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 4, at Oakview Terrace in Freeman, South Dakota, where she had been a resident for a year-and-a-half. She was 94. Phyllis graduated from Western Michigan University in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy and spent her first years of employment working at the Kalamazoo State Hospital, where her husband-to-be, James W. Bixel, was also employed as musical director through Civilian Public Service.