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H. LaVerne Wertz, 89, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born May 29, 1922, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Malinda (Kinstle) and William â€śBillâ€ť Veit, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 31, 1943, she married Llewellyn F. Wertz, and he died March 29, 1997.
Surviving are a son, Franklin L. (Patricia McCain) Wertz, of Wapakoneta; four grandchildren, Kelly (Bryan) Huffman, of Puyallup, Wash., David Wertz, of Toledo; Frank L. Wertz, of Berlin, Wis., Nicole (Jerry) Sawmiller, of Wapakoneta; nine great-grandchildren; a great great-grandson; and her pet dog, Mandy.
Preceding her in death were three brothers, Conrad â€śCoonieâ€ť Veit, Edmond Veit, Frank Veit, and Harry Veit; and two sisters, Agnes Koch and Viola Leibrick.
A homemaker, she had retired in 1984 after 30 years of service at Superior Tube Co. in Wapakoneta. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, cooking and most especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Services are at 3 p.m. Friday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be given to St. Ritaâ€™s Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to bayliffandeleyfh.com.