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March 3rd, 2011

Esther Erxleben

March 3, 2011

    Esther Erxleben, 89, of Decatur, died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    She was born on August 6, 1921, in Adams County to Fred and Lizzie Meier Bulmahn.
    She married Lorenz Erxleben on May 2, 1943, in St. John Lutheran Church at Bingen; he passed away on August 17, 1986.

March 2nd

Lucille K. Sprunger

March 2, 2011

    Lucille K. Sprunger, 96, of Berne, died Tuesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
    She was born to Henry and Cassie Schindler Winteregg.
    Surviving are two daughters: Roxanne Leichty of Newport News, Virginia and Mrs. Ted (Lana) Schwartz of Berne; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

March 1st

Max E. Andrews

March 1, 2011

    Max E. Andrews, 78, of Placentia, California, a former Decatur resident, went to be with his Lord and Savior on the 27th of February.
    He was born on August 7, 1932, to True "Tabby" and Elsie Andrews.
    He was a petty officer and gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy and retired from International Harvester with more than 30 years of service.
    His hobbies were reading and politics. After moving to California, he and his wife enjoyed watching the Los Angeles Lakers.

February 28th

Bernice E. Bransteter

February 28, 2011

    Bernice Eileen Mathys Bransteter, 88, a resident of the Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne, passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Swiss Village.
    Bernice was born on January 10, 1923, in Geneva, the daughter of Clinton and Jessie (Runkel) Mathys, both deceased.
    Bernice was a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneva.
    She was a retired employee of the C.T.S. Corporation in Berne with 20 years of service, eight of those years as a lead lady.

Peggy L. Fortney

February 28, 2011

    Peggy L. Fortney, 78, of rural Convoy, Ohio, died on Thursday in Adams Memorial Hospital,
    She was born to Cyrus and Lula Roberts Cranor.
    Among survivors are her husband, Harold B. Fortney; one daughter, Mrs. Ed (Ilona) Welker of Convoy; and two sons: Jody Fortney of Ashland, Ohio and Michael Fortney of Crawfordsville, Indiana.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church of rural Convoy, with burial in IOOF Cemetery at Convoy.

LeOrace D. Neuenschwander

February 28, 2011

    LeOrace D. "Lee" Neuenschwander, 82, formerly of Geneva, died Saturday in Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.
    He was born in Adams County on February 6, 1929, to Joel M. and Cora Winteregg Neuenschwander.
    Among survivors are his wife, Betty; one son, Richard "Rick" Neuenschwander of Berne; and three daughters, Mrs. Ron (Kathie) Patterson of Berne, Mrs. Jeff (Carole) Billington of Bryant, and Mrs. Arne (Lori) Liechty of Berne.

February 24th

Barbara E. Flynn

February 24, 2011

    Barbara E. Flynn, 60, of Galva, Illinois, died Monday at home.
    She was born to Milan and Evelyn Moore.
    Among survivors are her husband, Jesse Flynn; two daughters, Mrs. Tony (Tammy) Moss of Rock Vail, Tennessee, and Nicole Jackson of Fordyce, Arkansas; and three sons, Larry Warnack of Decatur, James M. Kelly II of Fort Wayne, and William A. Kelly of Galva.
    There is no funeral service or visitation. The body was cremated.

February 23rd

Treva M. Ruble

February 23, 2011

    Treva M. Ruble, 95, of Decatur, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
    She was born on July 25, 1915, in Monroeville to Ralph A. and Huldah F. Marquardt Barkley.
    She married Romey R. Ruble on July 23, 1932, in Decatur; he passed away on January 6, 1988, after 56 years of marriage.
    Treva was a homemaker and, at age 73, began employment at The Hope Chest and also at the Adams County Council on Aging, both in Decatur.

February 22nd

Ruth R. Riley

February 22, 2011

    Ruth R. Riley, 92, formerly of Willshire, Ohio, died at 1:35 p.m. Sunday in Van Crest Healthcare in Van Wert, Ohio.
    She married Norris R. "Shorty" Riley on November 11, 1939, in Wren, Ohio; he passed away on June 2, 1988.
    Surviving are one daughter, Janet Whitaker of Van Wert; one sister, Mrs. Floyd (Rosalie) Kirkland of Berne; one brother, Noel Thatcher (and wife Barbara) of Decatur; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

February 21st

Donald E. Kipfer

February 21, 2011

    Donald E. Kipfer, 84, of Bluffton, died at 3:55 p.m. Friday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
    He was born on August 10, 1926, in Adams County to David and Fannie Reinhart Kipfer.
    He married Norma Jean Lautenschleger in Decatur on March 25, 1950; she survives.
    He was a group leader at Franklin Electric Corp. in Bluffton for 30 years, until retiring in 1988. He also worked for Steve's Landscaping for 10 years.

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