Florence Herrmann

Florence “Flo” Herrmann, 84 died at 5:02 p.m. December 18, 2011 at her residence.  She was born May 14, 1927 in Belmont, Ohio to Andrew and Elizabeth (Callahan) McLaughlin.  On November 20, 1954 she married Fred Herrmann and he died September 13, 2003. 

She had retired as a bookkeeper at the Bluffton Stone Company.  She was a member of  St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bluffton.  She was a volunteer at Bluffton Hospital and enjoyed reading and traveling.  She was a 1945 graduate of Senecaville High School.

Robert F. Bender

Robert F. Bender, 84, of Bluffton died at 3:10 pm December 14, 2011 at his residence.  He was born September 24, 1927 in Wapakoneta to Frederick Ferdinand and Florence Elizabeth Lamley Bender. On August 24, 1948 he married Jo Ann Brunn and she survives.
Robert and Jo Ann owned A-Z Portion Control Meats of Bluffton. He was a member of Bethel Church of Christ, Ada, and a former board member of the Lima Senior Citizens. He enjoyed sailing, ballroom dancing, carving rocking horses, scuba diving and traveling in his Airstream. He played the organ and piano. He attended Lima Central High School and was a WWII Navy veteran.

Harley D. Augsburger

Harley D. Augsburger, 91 of Bluffton died at 2:20 AM December 9, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  He was born February 7, 1920 in Bluffton to Walter and Leona Burkholder Augsburger. He was married to Estelle Bogart and she preceeded him in death in 1953. On May 29, 1954 he married Glenna Mae Reiter and she died September 13, 2006.

Harley had worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton for 30 years.  He was a member of the First Missionary Church, Bluffton.  He enjoyed watching football and graduated from Bluffton High School.

John A. Schmidt

John A. Schmidt, resident of Los Gatos, California. June 14, 1925 – December 4, 2011
After watching his 49ers defeat the Rams and eating a healthy meal, John passed away peacefully in his favorite chair on the evening of December 4, 2011. He enjoyed life and good health to the end.

Born in Reinfeld, Russia, in 1925 in a “Dutch” Mennonite farming community, John and his courageous parents along with brothers Abe, Pete and Neil escaped the tyranny of Russia to Harbin, China, in 1928. They lived there for a year and sister, Alice, was born before immigrating to the United States and moving to a Mennonite farm in Bluffton, Ohio, where sister, Mary was born.

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