Sarah E. Cearns

    Sarah E. Cearns, 76, of Willshire, Ohio, completed the race when she passed through heaven’s gates at 12:41 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital.
    There was “a great cloud of witnesses” present as Sarah’s family and friends observed her finish in Christ’s arms.
    The world was first blessed by Sarah’s presence on May 27, 1936, when she was born to George and Eva (Lyons) Cleckner in Youngstown, Ohio. They preceded her in death, along with nine siblings.
    She is survived by her older sister, Faith Hilbig of Covina, Calif., and younger brother Dale (Judy) Cleckner of Monticello, Fla.
    Sarah’s greatest legacy is her beloved family: her husband of 51 years, James R. Cearns of Willshire; their three children, Paul J. (Diana) Cearns of Convoy, Gary S. (Chris) Cearns of Pleasant Mills, and Susan J. (Brian) Wolfe of Decatur; their seven grandchildren, Sarah, Shalynn, Cody, Courtney, Cameron Cearns, and Zachary and Alison Wolfe; and their great-grandson, Jaxson James Case. Also celebrating Sarah’s victory is her local church family at Willshire’s Countryside Nazarene Church.
    She graduated near the top of her class in 1954, at Youngstown’s Chaney High School, and earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at Eastern Nazarene University in Quincy, Massechusetts in 1957, where she was a proud member of the ENC Debate Team. She was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She quickly became a true public servant as an employee of the American Red Cross and currently at Brumback Library in Van Wert.
    Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert with Pastor Carol Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Rockford. Calling hours are Tuesday 2 – 5 and 6 – 8 and Wednesday one hour prior to services.
    Preferred memorials are to Countryside Nazarene Church.
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