Virginia Ann Uppenkamp, 83

Virginia Ann Uppenkamp, 83, of Botkins, died at 6:32 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center, in Lima. She was born March 24, 1930, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Carl J. and Laura E. (Wahl) Moell, who preceded her in death. On April 15, 1950, she married Richard James Uppenkamp, and he died July 11, 1977.

Survivors include six children, Cindie (Mike) Szekely, of Wapakoneta, Jon (Jane) Uppenkamp of, Wapakoneta, Jerry (Phyllis) Uppenkamp, of Botkins, Cheryl “Middy” (Kevin) Paul, of Botkins, Cathy Bell, of New Bremen and Christy (Rich) English, of Proctorville; 27 grandchildren, Erin, Michael Szekely, Megan (Nick) Aurin, Maren Szekely, Jenny (Jeff) Pleiman, Julie (Andy) Schneider, Joy (Brad) Aufderhaar, Jason (Mendi) Uppenkamp, Jill (Bob) Kinsella, Josh (Sara) Uppenkamp, Beth (Neil) Boerger, Scott (Amanda) Uppenkamp, Daniel Uppenkamp, Ben (Erica) Paul, Andy (Kris) Paul, Nick Paul and Fiancée Linsey Knoch, Gina (Eddie) Greve, Jordan Paul, Mark (Michelle) Bell, Laura (Brandon) Kelley, Lynn (Doug) Marsee, Matthew Bell, Richard Bell, Jeremy Slusser, Lindsey Slusser, Ian, James and Isaac English.

38 great-grandchildren, Austin, Brady Hanes, Carson, Dana and Eva Pleiman, Dani and Nate Schneider, Evan, Ethan, Ella, Emmett and Eli Aufderhaar, Austein Snapp, Aubrie Uppenkamp, Katelyn, Carly and Harper Kinsella, Brandt, Xavier and Caelen Boerger, Zane, Boston, Rylyn Paul and Zack Ware, Camdyn, Trent Paul, Brylie and Brayla Greve, Makayla, Emma and Tyler Bell, Shelby Kelley, Courtni, Pippin, Jonathan and Aubrey Kelley, Caden Marsee, Paeton Baum and D. J. Marsee.

One of 14 children, she is survived by two brothers, Robert (Mildred) Moell, of North Carolina and George (Mary Florence) Moell, of Dayton; and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Moell, of Oregon, Ohio, Pat Moell, of North Carolina, Betsy Moell, of Urbana and Janis Green, of Lima. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by son, James Uppenkamp, and siblings, Rev. Carl J. Moell, Mary Mahoney, Richard Moell, Franklin Moell, Rita Parke, Martha Huebner, Margaret Workman, James Moell, Joe Moell, Tom Moell and Francis Moell,

Virginia, whose nickname was “Tuf," worked 30 years as a telephone operator at the Telephone Service Co., Wapakoneta. She always had a great memory for telephone numbers. A 1948 graduate of St. Joseph High School, Wapakoneta, she was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie #691, Wapakoneta, and the Knights of St. John, Auxiliary. She was a former 4-H leader, and faith, family, gardening and naps were some of her interests. Virginia possessed a natural gift for music, and was an accomplished pianist and organist. She was a child care provider for many including her grandchildren, and she enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was very creative and artistic and did many paintings. A wonderful mother for her own seven children, she also raised her three younger brothers, and nieces and nephews. Most of all she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014, at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rhine, Ohio, with Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, and 9-9:45 a.m., Friday, at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, state Route 501, Wapakoneta.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Kidney Services of West Central Ohio and Botkins Local Schools.

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