Maxine Y. McCafferty, 86, passed away Jan. 9, 2017, at 4:30 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Maxine was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Bluffton to the late Louis and Gladys (Schick) Criblez. She married Max McCafferty who preceded her in death on June 6, 1989.
Richard (Lee) Cookson of Katy, Texas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at the age of 69. He was a beloved husband, father, and “Pepaw” to his six grandchildren. Lee was born in the small town of Bluffton, Ohio, on April 16, 1947. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Bluffton High School in 1965, where he was senior class president and a defensive back on the Pirates football team. He met Elise (Sommer) Cookson at summer camp in high school when they shared an ice cream sandwich at the snack shop. It took a while to convince her, but Elise eventually came around, and they were married for 47 years.
Lois A. Sanderson, 87, of Bluffton, Ohio, formerly of Genoa, Ohio, died Thursday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Lois was born Jan. 7, 1929, in Bluffton to James A. and Freida (Frankhouser) Hauenstein. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Sanderson, on June 28, 2003. They were married in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, on Nov. 26, 1952. Lois was a homemaker and enjoyed reading and gardening. She had been an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Genoa, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and participated in the ladies’ group. She was also active in 4-H for many years and a Girl Scout and Brownie leader. Lois had been a member of the Genoa American Legion Auxiliary, the Ottawa County Historical Society and the Mad River Historical Society.
Bradley M. Wentz, 16, Gilboa, died 12:24 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, as a result of an auto accident in Hancock County. He was born July 24, 2000, in Lima to Nicholas Wentz and Casandra Bennett. His father and stepmother, Kendra, survive in Gilboa. His mother and stepfather, Joe, survive in Findlay.