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Kathryn Mann, 91, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family on June 15, 2011, at 1:45 p.m. She was born on Sept. 19, 1919, to Julia (Wilt) and Lewis Wiessinger and they preceded her in death along 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, John, (Lori ) and David (Debra) Mann, both of Jackson Center; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She came from a wonderful Christian family of eleven siblings, and is survived by Robert Wiessinger of Canal Winchester, and Twylah Argabright of Jackson Center.
She was an active member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jackson Center, from an early age. 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," 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.-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 Redâ€™s 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 will be held at 10:00 Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center, with the Rev. Kent Hollis officiating. Calling hours from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Smith-Eichholtz Funeral Home, Jackson Center and Saturday one hour prior to the funeral service. 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 www.smith-eichholtz.com