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Mary Louise Neumeier, 91, died at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, after an extended illness at her Silver Street home with her children encircling her.
Maryâ€™s wish to remain in her home was made possible through the care of her loving sons, Dick and Matt. She was eager to re-join Elmer (died May 14, 2012) with whom she raised 19 children to adulthood.
An infant daughter, Victoria, preceded the couple to heaven on Aug. 14, 1964. Their daughter Rebecca Mosler, who died Sept. 6, 2012, was also there to welcome her mother home.
Mary Louise, fondly called â€śWesieâ€ť by her friends and husband Elmer, was born June 2, 1922, to George and Louise (Kohler) Gehrlich. She was a lifelong resident of Wapakoneta who married her soulmate, Elmer, on Jan. 10, 1944. Mary, who never ventured far from her hometown, was proud of her tea cup and postcard collections which reflected the travels of her family. In one of Maryâ€™s last conversations, she expressed her love for her grandchildren (132 with four on the way) and her prayer that they would all grow up in the faith that she and Elmer treasured.
Maryâ€™s work ethic served her well in the various jobs she held in early years: caring for an elderly neighbor, cleaning houses, and bookkeeping at Bowsherâ€™s Hardware. Once the youngest reached school age, Mary extended her love to 38 additonal children over the next 20 years as their childcare provider. Wesie was noted for her volunteer work in scouting, DAV auxiliary and her neighborhood. She spent many dedicated hours at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the only church home during her entire life. She participated in the Christian Mothers, Resurrection choir, and the Church prayer line. Although Mary spent most of her time dedicated to the duties of a wife and mother, she loved camping, fishing, playing cards, crocheting, the Reds, and up to her final days, playing Text Twist and Words with Friends.
Mary Louise is survived by 18 children Janice Daum, James (Elena), Barbara Maloney, Bonita (Michael Flood), Teresa (Michael) Elsass, Richard, Alice Altstaetter, Nancy (Edward) Gutman, Joseph (Kathy), Mary Kay (Daniel) Drexler, Philip, Frederick (Robin), Angela (Robert) Butler, Michael, Samuel (Mary), Matthew, Mark (Christina), Amy (Stuart) Meyers; a son-in-law, Tom Mosler; and two sisters-in-law, Frances Gehrlich and Ruth Gehrlich.
Mary always remembered in her daily prayers and rosary for those in her family who had died, great-great-grandson Jayden, and three sons-in-law, Emerson Altstaetter, Tom Maloney, and Bob Daum.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Churchâ€™s Parish Life Center in Wapakoneta, with the Revs. William Oâ€™Donnell, Patrick Sloneker, and Daniel Hunt officiating.
Burial is to follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Long & Folk Chapel of Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 13 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.