COLUMBUS GROVE - Wilfred F. Niese died at 11:03 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
He was born Dec. 1, 1916, in Miller City, to the late Bernard and Anna (Siebeneck) Niese. On June 4, 1947, he married Marie Alt who preceded him in death in 1994. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U. S. Army.
He retired from Paulding-Putnam Electrical Cooperative, after 34 years of service. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove, and the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9648 and the American Legion Post 516, also of Columbus Grove. Willy's favorite past time was fishing on Stoney Lake, Canada, and woodworking in his shop.
Survivors include two sons, Eugene (Shirene) Niese of Columbus Grove, and Michael (Judy) Niese of Glandorf; a sister, Alfreda (Paul) Schroeder of Glandorf; and brother, Arnold Niese of Miller City; eight grandchildren, Carrie Niese, Lori (Andrew) Duguid, Matthew (Nikki) Niese, Kristine Niese, Dan (Lindsay) Niese, Nathan (Sarah) Niese, Jennifer (Tony) Roberts, and Julie Niese; six great grandchildren, Tate Niese, Connor and Gabriella Duguid, Ben and Myles Niese, and Jackson Schumaker.
Additional survivors include brothers-in-law, Eddy Alt of Ottawa, James (Ursula) Alt of Bluffton, Harold (Phyllis) Alt of Shelby, William Alt of Columbus Grove, Frank (Vera) Alt of Tempe, Ariz., and Arthur (Ruth) Alt, Jr. of Pandora; sisters- in-law, Mary Alice Niese of Miller City, and Teresa Shinabery of Columbus Grove.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Urban, Edmund, Hugo and Amos Niese; and sisters, Colletta Bockrath, Mary Verhoff, and Leona Alt.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove, with Father Tom Extejt officiating and assisted by Wilfred's nephew, Deacon Tom Niese. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, with military services by the VFW-American Legion Color guard.
Arrangements were handled by Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove.
Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony School Endowment Fund.
You may express sympathy at hartmansonsfuneralhome.com.