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.
Nancy Edinger, 76, passed away at 11:57 p.m., Friday at her home in Van Wert. She was born on August 14, 1937, in Ironton, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Robert Louis and Mildred Alice (Holmes) King. On December 30, 1956, she married Robert H. Edinger who survives.
George Swank, 93, died November 12, 2013 in Rockford, Illinois. George was born August 3, 1920 in Bluffton, Ohio, son of George and Emma (Bigler) Swank. He graduated from Bluffton High School in 1938 and excelled in football, basketball and track. While at Bluffton College he received a BA degree in Science (1942), he enjoyed playing football for the college team. Following graduation he taught science and coached athletics at Bluffton High School. In 1943 George enlisted in the armed services where he served in the Air Force and later in the 3rd Army in the European theater. On March 30, 1945 he married Luella Jeanne Baumgartner, his childhood sweetheart. George received a PhD degree in 1950 in plant pathology from Ohio State University.