Jerome Bollenbacher, age 95, of Rockford, Ohio, was born to Victor and Martha (Fahncke) Bollenbacher on May 5, 1925 in Rockford, Ohio. He died Thursday, January 21, 2021 at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.


Jerome was the oldest brother to Lloyd, Don, Cliff and Jane. He grew up in Rockford, Ohio, graduating from Rockford High School in 1944. He was drafted into the US Navy, May, 1944 and served until May 1946. Jerome married Ruth Hassan on January 18, 1947. Jerome was a farmer, co-owner of Bollenbacher Drainage and lived most of his life in Blackcreek Township.


Jerome was a faithful and devoted lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Rockford. His work as a member of the Consistory and Superintendent of Sunday School included several repeat duties through the years. He gladly volunteered at the church in whatever capacity he was needed. Jerome was also a member of  Shanes Masonic Lodge #377.


Left to cherish a lifetime of memories are his four daughters: Kathy (Dave) Taylor, Rockford, OH, Lois (Jerry) Cox, Spencerville, OH, Cinda (Doug) Pontsler, Monclova, OH, and Peggy (David) Painter, Pitsburg, OH. Jerome was blessed in having 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, delighting with each addition and enjoying all of their activities until he was no longer able. Jennifer (Jason) Dietsch, Taylor and Jaden; Nikki (Mike) Etzler, Cole, Spencer, Campbell and Briggs; Kristi (Roger) Voisard, Quinci, Rhese and Sunni; Matt (Gina) Taylor, Stella and Ruby; Tim (Natalie) Cox, Jason, Rachel and Megan; Jared (Jamie) Cox, Dylan; Andrea (Ryan) Donley, and Maizy; Ryan (Sarah) Pontsler, David, Nathan and Noah; Aaron (Colleen) Pontsler; Abby (Grant) Burgess, Emerson and Addison; Cora (lan) Fleming. Jerome is also survived by his sister-in-law, Laurabel Bollenbacher.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Martha, his loving wife Ruth, his siblings, Lloyd (Ruby) Bollenbacher, Don (Eileen) Bollenbacher, Cliff Bollenbacher and Jane (Vernon) Luginbill and twin granddaughters, Nora and Stella Burgess.

Jerome will be laid to rest in a private ceremony next to his wife Ruth who has been waiting on him since September 2, 2013.


We think that dad, grandpa, great-grandpa deserves a grand final send off, but he would never want anyone to gather and risk being infected with COVID-19. If Dad touched your life in any special way and you feel moved to honor his memory through a donation, one can be made in his name to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH 45882, and State of the Heart Care, 230 W. Main St., Coldwater, OH 45828.

The family would like to thank the wonderful health care professionals at State of the Heart Care who helped bring dad comfort as he made his final journey home. They would also like to thank the nurses, aides, and staff at The Laurels of Shane Hill for their wonderful care. 


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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The funeral will be livestreamed at 10:00 AM Monday, February 1, 2021 and available for viewing at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, 111 W. First Street, Rockford, OH 45882.





Donald “Don” A. Regedanz of Celina passed away at the age of 65 on January 21, 2021 at 7:55 in the morning at the Colonial Nursing Home in Rockford. 


He was born in Celina on July 25, 1955 to Forest & June (Willmann) Regedanz, who both preceded him in death. 


Don is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Becky & Lester Schaffer of Celina. 


Graduating in 1973, Don attended Celina High School.  He was employed for many years as a brick layer.  He was a member of the Celina American Legion Post #210, the Celina Moose Lodge #1473 and the VFW Celina Post #5713. 


Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina. 


A funeral service will follow the visiting hours at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Jon Exman officiating.  Internment will follow at Mercery Memory Gardens in Celina. 


Attendees are required to follow social distancing and guidelines dictated by the Ohio Department of Health, due to the national concerns of COVID-19. Masks are required by attendees at visitation and funeral service.


Memorial contributions can be made to the family to help pay for medical expenses. 


Cisco Funeral Homes of Celina & St. Marys are honored to care for Don and his family.


To pay respects and to leave online condolences or memories, visit or Cisco Funeral Home Facebook page.




Geraldine K Lewis "Geri", 76, of Rockford, passed away at 12:05 AM on January 21, 2021 at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

Geri was born on August 23, 1944, in Celina, to the late Gene and Ethel (Linn) Longsworth. In October of 1968, she married the love of her life, John Hall, who preceded her in death in 1998. Together, they shared years of memories.

Geri and John lived in Florida for 25 years until his death, upon which she returned home to Rockford. She worked for several years at Balyeats and Crescent Laundry. While in Florida, she cared for children as a babysitter.

Geri enjoyed shopping trips with her sister, being around others and socializing. Of all the things she loved the most, her grandchildren were her greatest pride and joy.  

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Kimberly Hall of Ocoee, FL; sister, Ruth (Gary) Davis of Rockford; grandchildren: Destiny, Herman and Isaiah Gomez, of Ocoee, FL.  

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Hall and brother, Clifford Longsworth.

Geri will be interred privately in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.  A celebration of Geri's life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Geraldine`s memory may be sent to Van Wert Manor Activities Fund.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, 111 W. First Street, Rockford, OH 45882.


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