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Robert N. Coleman, 70

Robert N. Coleman, age 70, of Archbold, passed away Thursday morning, September 26, 2019, at CHP – Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice. He had worked at Waldron Industries in Waldron, Michigan and retired from there in 1994. After retirement, he became a dairy farmer. He had also worked as an auctioneer. …

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Kathy E. Rittenhouse, 51

Kathy E. Rittenhouse, 51 years, of Bryan passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Visiting Nurses and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana after a fierce battle with cancer. Kathy was born March 12, 1968 in Norwalk, California, the daughter of the late Ray and Karen (Heinle) Holmberg, Jr. Kathy was …

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Carole L. Thomas, 75

Carole L. Thomas, age 75, of Sherwood, Ohio, died on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice near Defiance, Ohio. Carole was a graduate of Sheridan High School, Sheridan, Indiana, and attended Purdue University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, in German and a …

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Lena Opal Luke, 101

Lena Opal Luke, age 101, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away peacefully at 3:04 P.M. on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice near Defiance, Ohio. She was a member of First Church of Christ in Bryan. Lena was a packer at Spangler Candy Company for 29 years. …

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Shirley A. Guilford, 86

Shirley A. Guilford, 86 years, of Sherwood, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at SKLD Nursing Center, Bryan.  Shirley was born May 20, 1933, in Paulding, Ohio, the daughter of the late Roy and Ruth (Grimes) Grunden.  She was a 1951 graduate of Defiance High School.  She married Roger James …

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Nancy L. (Vajen) Brown, 84

Nancy L. (Vajen) Brown, age 84, of Napoleon, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Fulton Manor Nursing Home.  She was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 29, 1935, to the late William H. and Mildred E. (Warncke) Vajen.  Nancy worked for Perfection Finishers, retiring in 1991, and …

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Graeme O. “Cracker” Lauber, 78

Graeme O. “Cracker” Lauber, age 78, of Archbold, passed away in his home on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Graeme had co-owned, along with his brother, Bruce, the former Lauber Manufacturing in Archbold. He had worked at the factory his entire life. Graeme was born in Archbold on November 27, 1940, …

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Helen Wheeler, 86

Helen Wheeler, 86 years, of Alvordton, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019, in Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan.  Helen was born January 29, 1933 in Kunkle, Ohio, the daughter of the late William Paul and Mary K. (Hollstein) Hawkins.  She married James F. Wheeler on February 17, 1951 in …

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Jennifer K. (Karnes) Bauer, 59

Jennifer K. (Karnes) Bauer, age 59, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Waterville Healthcare in Waterville, Ohio, after an extended illness. Ms. Bauer was a 1978 graduate of Fairview High School and was employed by K-Mart as a manager in the Angola, Fort Wayne and …

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Ronald “Deke” M. Dietrich, 62

Ronald “Deke” M. Dietrich, 62, of Montpelier passed away Sunday evening at his home.  He was born on February 12, 1957 in Bryan to Ronald M. and Grace M. (Finch) Dietrich.  Ronald graduated from Millford High School, in Michigan, in 1975. He attended Life Changing Church in Edgerton.  Ronald worked …

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