Obituaries

Ruth Bixel Miller

Ruth Bixel Miller, 102, of Sarasota, Florida died on November 18 at Sunnyside Nursing Home. She was born December 25, 1906 in Pandora to Noah and Sarah (Neuenschwander) Bixel.
She graduated from Bluffton College and Ohio State University with degrees in Music. She taught organ and music theory at Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE; Tabor College in Kansas and Huntington College in Indiana. Ruth was a church organist and wrote music; when she was 92 she learned to write music on the computer.
She was a member of Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, FL. She went on several mission trips to a Wycliffe mission in Brazil. She also helped organize Wycliffe banquets in Sarasota for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Miller, and her step-son Leland Miller. She is survived by her step-son, James Miller of Ottawa Lake, Michigan and her niece, Marguerite Loganbill of Arizona.
Her memorial service will be held in January in Sarasota.

Gloria Jane Geisheimer

Gloria Jane Geisheimer went to be with her Lord and Savior and loyal friend, “Gabby the Dog”, on November 28, 2009.
She was born August 28, 1951 in Lima, Ohio to Lowell and Marjorie Standeford, of Ottawa, Ohio. She married Kurt Geisheimer on June 24, 1972 and he survives.
She was a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School in 1969 and attended her 40th High School Reunion in the summer of 2009.  She attended Bowling Green State University.
Her final days were spent using her faith in Jesus Christ as an instrument to witness during her care for breast cancer, which took her life.  She passed in her home in Bluffton, Ohio where she spent her final moments.
Gloria taught piano lessons for 26 years and was a teacher in every aspect of her life and mentor to many.  She was a member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA).
She viewed her life as a ministry and enjoyed knitting, collecting teddy bears and spent her summers at Lakeside, Ohio with family and friends.
Gloria participated in the annual Prayer Flight during National Day of Prayer on May 7th, since its inception.  She was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, rural Bluffton, Ohio.
She was an active participant with her Shetland Sheep Dog, Gabby, in therapy dog activities in many local nursing homes.
Survivors include two children, Jonathan (April), of Neyruz, Switzerland and Shane (Gwen), of Streetsboro, Ohio; four grandchildren Benjamin, Molly, Jacob and Caitlyn; brother Tom (Brenda) Standeford, of Lancaster, Ohio; and her parents, of Ottawa, Ohio.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday December 3, 2009 at Pleasant View United Methodist Church. Rev. Jerry Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Clymer Cemetery. Visitation was from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, Bluffton. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant View United Methodist Church or the Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center.  

Lois Oyer Glendening

Lois Susanna (Oyer) Glendening, 83, died on October 30, 2009, following a courageous fight.
Beautiful, gracious, and kind, Lois was born on March 21, 1926, in Bluffton, Ohio. A graduate of Bluffton High School (’44) and Bluffton University (’48) Lois earned a master’s degree in music education, with an emphasis in vocal arts from Ohio State University. She completed an additional two years of training at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago at which time she accepted a teaching opportunity in Venezuela. Lois met her husband Jack, an oil and gas exploration geologist, in Lake Maracaibo, VZ. Returning stateside for four years, the couple had three children: Michele, Jeff and Lori. The family later moved to Tripoli, Libya for four years and returned to Caracas another four years where Lois continued to teach. She pursued her passion for singing as an alto soloist with church and community choirs. The family moved to Tulsa where Lois completed her certification in Elementary Education at the University of Tulsa. Lois taught in the Tulsa Public Schools for sixteen years. Lois’ pride and joy were her children and grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her parents Edna and Albert Oyer of Bluffton, her husband Jack and a sister Magdalene Suter of Fostoria, Ohio. She is survived by: her special child, Michele (Micky) Glendening of Vinita, OK; her son, Jeff Glendening (Dianne) of Tulsa; and her youngest daughter, Lori Butters of Mansfield, TX; three grandchildren: Lauren Glendening, Haley Butters and Jeff Butters of Mansfield, TX; sister, Ada May Cortner of Florida; niece, Carla Mueller of Texas; and two nephews, Tom Suter of Ohio and David Suter of Michigan. Bluffton area survivors include an aunt, Margaret Steiner; cousins, Alice Niswander, Ned Niswander, Ethelyn Rice, and Fred Steiner.
Services were held November 3rd in Tulsa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home of Hope, Box 903, Vinita, OK 74301. Condolences may be left online at www.freemanharris.com. Freeman Harris 749-3333 Lois Susanna Glendening.

Elizabeth Fields

Elizabeth I. Fields, 100, of Bluffton and formerly of Mt. Cory died at 5:45 a.m. on October 30, 2009 at Richland Manor Nursing Home. She was born July 7, 1909 in Mt. Cory to William and Sophia (Fox) Falk. On July 22, 1934 she married James A. Fields in Clay County, Arkansas and he passed away September 25, 1991.
Elizabeth retired after teaching at Holgate, Ohio; Paducah, Kentucky; and Brookport, Illinois. She was a member of the Mt. Cory United Methodist Church. She was a 1927 graduate of Mt. Cory High School and attended Bluffton College and Ohio Northern University.
Survivors include a son Robert (Marlene) Fields of Rawson; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by a son James Fields; a daughter Jacqueline Fields; brothers Donald and Robert Falk; an infant brother; and sisters Winona Falk, Marguerite Wittenmyer, Dorothy Johnson, and LeVon Trask.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 2nd at Chiles-Laman Funeral Hom, Bluffton. Rev. Jerry Lewis officiated. Burial was in Clymer Cemetery, Mt. Cory. Visitation was held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Cory United Methodist Church.

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