Obituaries

John Leroy Treft

   John Leroy Treft, 84, rejoined the love of his life, Marilyn Faith Painter Treft on Monday, March 25, 2013.  He “crossed over” peacefully in his home with family at his side after a brave six-month battle against stroke. His faith never wavered, courage never faltered and he inspired all those who cared for him.

Bertha E. Scoles

  Bertha E. Scoles, 97 died March 24, 2013 at her residence.  She was born in Belvidere, Illinois on February 24, 1916 to the late Orville and Marry (Masse) Coulter.  She married Cleo Garau and he preceded her in death.  On November 24, 1965 she married Gerald Scoles and he died December 31, 1995. 
Bertha retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton and was a farmer’s wife.  She was a member of First Missionary Church, Bluffton.  She enjoyed painting and gardening.
   Survivors include a nephew and caregiver Randy Scoles of Bluffton; several other nieces and nephews; and a sister Priscilla Birdwell of Zanesville, Ohio.

Matilda Alma McNeil

   Matilda Alma McNeil, 93, of Pandora, Ohio was received by her Heavenly Father at 12:10 a.m. on March 23, 2013, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.
   She was born on March 23, 1920, in Driscoll, North Dakota to Martin and Lucille (Meyers) Ambers. She married Ingavald M. Iverson on September 16, 1943, in Moorhead, Minnesota and he preceded her in death on March 28, 1968. She then married Clayton D. McNeil on October 2, 1981, in Kenton, Ohio and he died on  December 7, 1997. 

Elisabeth Gratzer

   Elisabeth Gratzer, 98 died at 2:15 pm March 20, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born June 26, 1914 in Hamburg, Germany to the late Franz and Elisabeth (Riess) Andres.
She retired as an auditor for a department store in Hamburg, Germany prior to coming to the United States.  She became an American Citizen in 2000.  She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.  She loved the outdoors, traveling, gardening and took wonderful care of her grandchildren.
   Survivors include a daughter Heidrun Awad of Bluffton; a granddaughter Tamara (Greg) Awad-Lobe of Kitchener, Ontario; a grandson Karim (Kristie) Awad of Toronto, Ontario; and two great grandchildren Elias and Aisha Awad-Lobe.

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