Verena M. Nichols, 95, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 2:33 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Saarah (Wilhelm) and Gideon P. Steiner, who preceded her in death. On April 25, 1948, she married Walter F. Nichols, and he died March 30, 1977.
Surviving are a son, William (Margie) Nichols of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Anna Mary (Jerry) LaMarr, of Wapakoneta; seven grandchildren, Greg (Lynn) Nichols, Matt (Jennifer) Nichols, Justin(Carolee) Nichols, Dustin (Michell) Nichols, Chris (Sara) LaMarr, Ryan (Erin) LaMarr, and Kelli LaMarr; 16 great grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Slusser of Celina, Muriel Wisely of Arcadia; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Steiner of Bluffton.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Gideon Steiner, Woodrow Steiner, and Frank Steiner, and a sister, Hilda Reichenbach.
She was the oldest of seven children. She had fond memories of being from a large family and kept close relationships with her siblings all her life. A 1934 graduate of Bluffton High School and as a young adult, she was a housekeeper and maid for several families in Lima, and later working for the Meter Works, Bluffton. A farmwife and homemaker, family had always been the center of her life, and they have many memories of the delicious meals she could put together in a moment’s notice. She always delighted friends, guests, and grandchildren with her wonderful cookies.
She was a member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Clay Township for 57 years. She taught Sunday school, Bible school, and was a youth leader and a member of the Women’s Christian Society. She was a member of the Farm Council and Gideons International. She was a servant at heart and considered the Lord to be the stabilizing force in her life.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Michael Westbay officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Clay Township.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the church or Gideons International.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com .
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