Ruberta C. Hemmert, 88, of rural Botkins, died at 4:43 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima, surrounded by her family.
She was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Rhine, the daughter of Alvina (Greve) and Peter Steinke, who preceded her in death. On June 10, 1943, she married Elmo Edward Hemmert, and he survives.
Also surviving are six daughters, Shirley Ellinger, of Lima, Paulette (Jim) Fisher, of Bowling Green, Edie (Dave) Huelskamp, of Wapakoneta, Ann (Larry) Vehorn, of Anna, Donna (Chuck Houts) Doseck, of St. Marys, and Sherry (Mark) Cisco, of Botkins; a son, Dan (Carol) Hemmert, of Sidney; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ursula Wachauf, of St. Marys, Sylvia (Urban) Schneider, of Wapakoneta, and Sally (Karl) Naseman, of Botkins; a brother, Bernard (Audrey) Steinke, of Moore Haven, Fla.; four half-brothers, Jim (Bea) Schaub, of Lakeview, Dan (Connie) Schaub, of Botkins, Dave Schaub, of Wapakoneta, Paul (Sue) Schaub, of Wapakoneta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a step-father, Franklin Schaub; a son-in-law, Robert Ellinger; a brother and sister-in-law, Sylvester â€śDutchâ€ť (Luella) Steinke; a half-brother, Frank Schaub; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Emil Wachauf, and Ralph and Florence Koenig.
A homemaker, Ruberta was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Botkins and its Altar Rosary Sodality. She was also a member of the Shelby County Right To Life, and the Legion of Mary. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed gardening. She was an avid sports fan, especially the Cincinnati Reds and the Ohio State University Buckeyes. A loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother, she delighted in hosting family gatherings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church in Botkins, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Botkins.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta.
Contributions may be given to Shelby County Right to Life or to the church.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.
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