Katherine Elsass, 85

Katherine C. “Katie” Elsass, 85, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at her residence.
She was born April 7, 1926, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Matilda (Volbert) and Bernard Watercutter, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 15, 1947, she married Ralph G. Elsass, and he died Dec. 10, 1994.
Surviving is a son, Michael (Teresa) Elsass, of Columbus; two daughters, Joyce (Michael) Schaub, of Wapakoneta, and Patty (Todd) Minnich, of Wapakoneta; nine grandchildren, Ben (Kristie) Elsass, Bonnie (Jon) West, Luke (Beth) Elsass, Laurie (Greg) Keifer, Lyndsey Elsass, Mike (Judy) Schaub, Kim Wright and fiancée Tony Lochard, Jeff Schaub, and Holly (Jeremy) Bowersock; 18 great-grandchildren, Ally, Anna, Maddy, Michael, and Kyle Elsass, Jakob and Gracie West, Haiden, Reed, and Maddox Keifer, Caitlin, Audra, and Hannah Schaub, Lisha, Adam, and Aimee Wright, Jonathon and Holden Bowersock; and a sister, Barb (George) Taylor, of Wooster.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Schaub; 5 brothers; and 4 sisters.
A homemaker, Katie worked at Superior Tube Co. and Stolte Jewelry Store, both of Wapakoneta. She also owned and operated her own Rainbow Sweeper sales store. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, solving word puzzles, and making lap quilts for her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, the Rev. Matthew Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.
According to her wishes, there will be no visitation.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.