Ethel N. Elsass, 94, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Auglaize Acres. She was born May 14, 1919, in Clay Twp., Auglaize County, the daughter of Gust F.A. & Barbara (Klopfenstein) Helmlinger, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 28, 1940, she married Roger W. Elsass, and he died March 26, 2002.
Survivors include, six children, Marvin Elsass, Wapakoneta, Loren (Tana) Elsass, Wapakoneta, Myron (Debbie) Elsass, Springboro, Wanda (Nathan) Sell, Wapakoneta, Sandra (John) Wierwille, New Bremen, Lynn (Annette) Elsass, Wapakoneta; 16 grandchildren, Adam Elsass, Emily Elsass, Jeremy (Lori) Elsass, Jonathon (Chris) Elsass, Julie (Tim) Herbst, Benjamin (Christina) Elsass, Erin Elsass, Andrew Elsass, Eric (Jill) Sell, Ryan Sell, Isaac Sell, Leslie (Benjamin) Petrozello, Brian (Katherine) Axe, Brett Axe, Steven Elsass, and Anthony (Brooke) Elsass; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice Ruck, Wapakoneta, and Velma (Ivan) Zwiebel, Wapakoneta; a sister-in-law, Clea Anna Helmlinger, Wapakoneta.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sondra Elsass; a daughter-in-law, Judith Elsass; a grandson, Jeffrey Elsass; a brother, Roger Helmlinger; and a brother-in-law, Nelson Ruck. A homemaker and farm wife, Ethel was an active member of St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church, Clay Twp. Auglaize County, and the Ruth Circle of the church. She was also a member of the Farm Bureau, and a 1938 graduate of Blume High School. Ethel dearly loved the Lord, enjoyed gardening, sewing, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday at the St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church, Clay Twp., with Pastor Richard Faust officiating. Burial is to follow in the St. Markâ€™s Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-6 p.m., Sunday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, state Route 501, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service, Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church or Auglaize Acres. Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.