Kathryn Mann, 91, went to be with the Lord, at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, surrounded by her family. She was born on Sept. 19, 1919, to Julia (Wilt) and Lewis Wiessinger and they preceded her in death along with siblings, Paul Zorn, Ervin Zorn, Harold Zorn, Edna (Zorn) Heiland, Orla Zorn, and infant, Herman Zorn; also Freeman Wiessinger, and infant, Kenneth Wiessinger.
On April 29, 1945, she married Nelson Mann and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2002.
They were married 57 years and had four children, Susan (Ted) Polter, of Jacksboro, Tenn.; Mary (Mark) Abner, of Cincinnati; and John (Lori) and David (Debra) Mann, both of Jackson Center; Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
She came from a wonderful Christian family of 11 siblings, and is survived by Robert Wiessinger of Canal Winchester, and Twylah Argabright, of Jackson Center.
She was an active member from an early age of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Jackson Center. She was hired to help print bulletins and perform other secretarial duties. During World War II, she served as Service Secretary and was instrumental in developing the â€śBlabber,â€ť a monthly newsletter sent to servicemen overseas. Through the years, she held various church related offices in Luther League, Dorcas, Sunday School, and Women of the Church. She also organized a monthly Bible Study at Sidney nursing homes. She had a passion for the Wernle Childrenâ€™s Home and led various church projects over the years.
Her early married years were filled with raising their four children, gardening, canning, sewing and cooking. In family circles, she was well-known for her butterscotch pies. Her 80s had been very productive years of service for her. She was a reading mentor at Jackson Center Elementary. She used her love of sewing in various ways â€”making lap robes and quilts, pillowcase dresses for Tanzanian children, wound pads, and quilts to honor church graduates.
In her spare time, Kathryn enjoyed music, reading, and playing cards. Kathryn loved to play the piano and was active in several card clubs. She was a lifelong Reds fan, recording statistics as she enjoyed the games on TV. She was proud of her grandchildrensâ€™ participation in sports and attended as many games as her schedule would allow.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, in Jackson Center, with the Rev. Kent Hollis officiating. Calling hours are scheduled for one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday. Burial will take place at Elliott Cemetery, Jackson Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Jackson Center Rescue Squad.
Condolences may be expressed at smith-eichholtz.com