Ellen Messing, 78 of Bluffton died November 21, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 23, 1935 in Ada to the late Rufus G. and Lillian M. Howard Smith. Ellen retired from Sprint where she was an operator and dispatcher. She was a member of the English Lutheran Church, Bluffton and the Ada VFW. She was a 1953 graduate of Ada High School. Ellen was preceded in death by a brother, Louis David Brentlinger.
M. Bernadine “Bernie” Basinger, 92, went to be with Jesus at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013, at Richland Manor in Bluffton, Ohio. Bernadine was born on July 04, 1921, in Pandora, Ohio, to the late Bert Hews and Ara (Nichols) Hews.
Matthew A. Mericle, 39, of Midlothian, died Saturday, November 9, 2013. He is survived by his daughter, Kaitlyn Rhodes Mericle; his parents, Joan M. and Gerald E. Mericle Jr.; and grandmother, Eilene Mericle. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gerald E. Mericle Sr.; and his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Lucy Dirmeyer. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Chesterfield Chapel, Bennett Funeral Home, 14301 Ashbrook Pkwy. The funeral mass was celebrated at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Epiphany Catholic Church, 11000 Smoketree Dr. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1942.