Alice Virginia Sidener, 89, died peacefully at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Otterbein in Cridersville.
She was born March 16, 1922, in Lima, the daughter of Henrietta (Stork) and Louis Schlegel, who preceded her in death. On June 19, 1942, she married Charles F. Sidener who survives in Cridersville.
Surviving are two sons, David (Cheryl Stefanik) Sidener, of Columbia Station, Larry (Debbie) Sidener, of Cridersville; two daughters, Janet (Ron) Stevely, of Wapakoneta, Kathy Eberle, of Cridersville; a brother, John (Shirley) Schlegel, of Wapakoneta; a sister, Louetta Vermillion of Cridersville; nine grandchildren, Bryan Stevely, Brad Stevely, Amy Sidener Hansen, Eric Eley, Tara Sidner Rhodes, Chad Eley, Marc Sidener, Sabrina Eberle, Kelsey Stefanik-Sidener; and 18 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan, Tyler, Chelsea, Adrian, Catherine, Molly, Leyton, Sarah, Elisha, Claire, Trinity, Dillon, Aaron, Cole, Caleb, Landen and Ella.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Schlegel and Donald Schlegel; and a sister, Marjorie (Schlegel) Perry.
She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lima on April 23, 1922 and confirmed to the church at the age of 16. Throughout her life she was a member of the Lutheran faith, attending Immanuel Lutheran where she was the church organist in the 1950s, taught Sunday School, and was active in the choir and the Lutheran Womenâ€™s Missionary League. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church during her adult life where she had returned to worship in her final months. In the 1960s she worked at Shawnee Country Club. She drove school bus for Perry schools for 13 years and retired in 1982. She worked at Lima Memorial Hospital as a volunteer for 4756 hours over 24 years and was a member of the Lima Memorial Auxiliary. She was a 25 year member of the Hix â€˜Nâ€™ Chix square dance club, and was a life member of the VFW Post 1275 Auxiliary.
Throughout her life she loved gardening, traveling, camping in her motor home, playing the piano and organ, and square dancing, but her greatest love was her husband of 69 years and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A devoted wife who and mother who was deeply involved in the lives of her family, she lived life to the fullest and encouraged her family to do the same. She set a wonderful example of how to live life for the Lord. She had a beautiful spirit that all who knew her appreciated.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Church on Hume Road, with the Rev. James Couser officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.. Wednesday at Bayliff Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Memorial contributions can be given to the charity of the donorâ€™s choice.
Condolences may be shared at bayliffandson.com.