J. Norman Vercler passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m., March 27, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He had been a resident of Bluffton for 58 years. Norm was born March 14, 1925, in Meadows, Ill., to the late Elmer and Naomi (Claudon) Vercler. He graduated from Chenoa (Ill.) High School and went on for further studies at Illinois State Normal University where he majored in science. After graduation, he began work at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington as head medical technician, a position he held until 1956.
Eleanor L. Leinsetter, 91, Leipsic, died at 1:14 p.m., Friday, March 20, at The Meadows of Leipsic, exactly 38 years after her husband’s passing. She was born on June 29, 1923, in Leipsic, to the late Ernest and Helen (Martin) Rothenberger. On October 18, 1941, she married Eugene Leinsetter who died on March 20, 1977. Eleanor is survived by three children: Patricia Eberle of Lima, Charlotte (Powell) Prater of Findlay, and Roger (Karen) Leinsetter of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren with one on the way; and a sister, Rosemary Mullett of Leipsic. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Wilbur Rothenberger, Herschel Rothenberger; and one granddaughter, Rhonda Eberle.
Forest L. “Bud” Kantner, 86, Bluffton, died at 11:45 p.m., March 16, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Bud was born January 31, 1929, in Auglaize County to Louis and Ida Deiringer Kantner. On December 16, 1951, he married Betty E. Basinger, and she survives. Bud had worked at Trim Tread, Spencerville and retired from Tower Automotive, Bluffton. He was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, and the Bluffton Senior Citizens. He was a graduate of Spencerville High School.
Deborah J. Konopka passed away Saturday, March 14, at Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, Ariz. She was born August 11, 1949, to James L. and Betty A. (Moffit) Oberly. Her father survives in Bluffton, and her mother preceded her in death. On February 29, 1984, she married Robert S. Konopka, and he survives. Debby graduated from Allen East High School in 1967. She loved horses and raised and entered them in many competitions. She was the owner and manager of Mid Town Market in Beaverdam until she retired. She was a member of the Eagles and Moose in Lima. She is survived by a daughter, Ann (Dale) Perkins, and a daughter-in-law Marla Niemeyer, Lima, and four grandchildren, Hailey and Luke Perkins of Lima, and Megan and Morgan Niemeyer of Lima. Her son, Mark Niemeyer is deceased.