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Mary E. Crider

November 2, 2012

    Mary E. Crider, 82, of Van Wert, Ohio, passed away at 6:47 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at Van Wert County Hospital.
    She was born in Lima, Ohio, on October 17, 1930, to the late Francis C. and Sarah M. (Ault) Bauer Gleckler.
    On February 2, 1951, she married George W. "Bill" Crider; he passed away January 18, 2006.    
    Mary was a registered nurse, retiring in 1995 after 44 years of nursing, serving the office of Dr. Don Walters for 18 years, the Van Wert County Hospital and the Van Wert Manor. She was a member of Trinity Friends Church, Van Wert, and formerly served with the Van Wert Campfire Girls, now Buckeye Y, and on the Van Wert County Cancer Board.
    Among survivors are her children, Francine Crider of Westerville, Ohio; Cheryl “Gregg” Schaffner, Scott, Ohio; and Becky Markward, Linda Morris, and Richard Jacobs, all of Van Wert; brother, Donald C. Bauer of Odum, Ga; sister, Raellen (Tom) Hoblet, Van Wert; grandchildren, Tim Morris of Decatur; Chad Morris of Austin, Texas; Kim Busher of Jacksonville, Fla.; Matt Jacobs of Ohio City, Ohio; Maggie Markward and Patricia Bigham of Van Wert, Ohio; and nine great grandchildren.
    She was preced in death by her stepfather, Ray Gleckler; brother, Clifford Bauer; two stepbrothers, Raymond Gleckler and Rick Gleckler; two sisters, Delores Free and Audrey Chivington; and one grandchild.
    Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday November 4, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, and one hour prior to services at the church.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at Trinity Friends Church, Van Wert, with Rev. Neil Hammons officiating.
    Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
    Preferred memorials are to Trinity Friends Church.
    Online condolences may be made at

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