Esther C. Vennekotter
Monday, December 24, 2012 6:17 AM
MILLER CITY - Esther C. Vennekotter, 89, of Miller City died at 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at The Meadows of Leipsic.She was born Aug. 13, 1923 in Glandorf to the late Leo and Margaret (Feltman) Maag. On May 2, 1946 she married Oscar John Vennekotter who died July 14, 2012.
She is survived by eight children, Thomas (Karen) Vennekotter of Elida, Janet Vennekotter of Perrysburg, Ronald (Jeanella) Vennekotter of Riverside, Calif., Elaine (Mack) Schroeder of Columbus Grove, Roger (Nancy) Vennekotter of Miller City, Wayne (JoAnn) Vennekotter of Miller City, Carl (Diane) Vennekotter of Miller City, and Wilma (Kevin) Recker of Glandorf; a daughter-in-law, Ginny Vennekotter of Miller City; 23 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alphonse (Mary Margaret) Maag and Valens (Ruth) Maag both of Ottawa; and three sisters, Jeanette Heckman of Glandorf, Alvera Laubenthal of Ottawa, and Anna Mae Thomas of New Bavaria.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Larry Vennekotter; three brothers, Leonard, Donald, and Alvin Maag; and three brothers-in-law, Dick Heckman, Walter Laubenthal, and John Thomas.
Esther was a homemaker and a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Miller City and its Rosary Altar and Catholic Ladies of Columbia Societies. She excelled in quilting and enjoyed gardening. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Miller City with Fr. Stephen Schroeder officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Love Funeral Home, Ottawa.
Memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.