Methel I. Benroth, 91, of Bluffton died at 11:12 am January 15, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born March 26, 1920 near Gomer to Oscar M. and Jessie M. Caskie Renner. On March 26, 1941 she married Merlin Benroth and he preceded her in death on May 30, 1987. Mrs. Benroth owned Methel’s Beauty Shop and M & M Beauty Shop. She has also worked at Evans Clothing Store and A-Z Meats. She was a member of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church and Past Worthy Matron of the former Bluffton Order of the Eastern Star. She was a graduate of Gomer High School.
Donald E. Osborne, 77, of Columbus Grove died at 4:00 am January 14, 2012 at his residence. He was born November 12, 1934 in Venedocia to Francis and Mabel Miller Osborne. On October 20, 1962 he married Lou Ann Palte and she survives. Donald retired from Phillips Corp., Ottawa. He liked to put together jigsaw puzzles, play cards and read. He loved to go gambling. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bluffton and was an Army Veteran.
Thelma Gratz, 92, of Bluffton died at 10:05 pm January 12, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born May 1, 1919 in Warren, Ohio to Laura Jane Medley Dailey and John Smith Dailey. On September 5, 1943 she married Delbert Gratz and he preceded her in death on August 24, 2000. Thelma graduated from Bluffton College where she majored in religion. She later earned a master's degree in education from Bowling Green State University.
Robert Eugene Steiner 74, formerly of Bluffton, passed away on January 4, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born on January 20, 1937 to Wilford and Mabel Herr Steiner who preceded him in death. He was married to Sharon Black who is deceased and survived by two children Shaunna Sibbons and Andrea (Cory) Axness and five grandchildren. He later married Coleen Steiner who survives. He is also survived by one brother Bill (Joan) Steiner of Bluffton, OH.