Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:39 PM
OTTAWA - Gertrude R. Schmitz, 82, of Ottawa, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at St. Rita's Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 8, 1930 in Ottoville to the late Theodore and Bernadine (Hellman) Beining. On May 5, 1951, she married Alvin Schmitz, who died June 1, 1989.Gertrude is survived by a son, Thomas (Gretchen) Schmitz of Glandorf; four daughters, Marilyn (Roger) Ellerbrock of Glandorf; Eileen (Dennis) Vennekotter of Continental; Diane (Douglas) Deitering of Glandorf and Nancy (Gary) Erhart of Kalida; 16 grandchildren, Michelle (Joel) Rampe, Dana Ellerbrock, Jenna Ellerbrock, Rachel (Jeremy Marx) Schmitz, Josh Schmitz, Andrew Schmitz, Evan Barrett, Kyle (Jessica Brown) Vennekotter, Ryan (Cobin) Vennekotter, Cody Vennekotter, Heather Deitering, Ross Deitering, Benjamin Deitering, Emily Erhart, Matt Erhart and Lindsey Erhart; a brother, Ray Beining of Delphos; three sisters, Mary (Herb) Hempfling of Delphos; Alice Arnzen of Delphos and Irene (Joe) Schroeder of Ottawa.
Preceding her in death are a grandchild, Joseph Schmitz; two sisters, Mildred Beckman and Angela Kimmett; and a brother, Rudy Beining.
Gertrude was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf were she was a Eucharistic Minister, Religion Teacher for over 30 years and a member of the Altar Rosary Society, Ladies CHIRP, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and nurtured the flowers in church, and also a volunteer at The Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf. She was a companion of the Ministries of the Precious Blood. She was very active in Right-to-Life, loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities. She was a wonderful caregiver and enjoyed making food for the sick.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf with Fr. Tony Fortman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Love Funeral Home, Ottawa.
Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.