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Lorraine (Collier) Poling Niese

June 23, 1925 ~ October 14, 2019 (age 94)


Lorraine (Collier) Poling Niese, 94, of Van Wert passed away at 3:47 AM on October 14, 2019 at Van Wert Manor.

Born on June 23,1925 in St. John's, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of the late Harry and Martha Collier. The Collier family resided in Ramea, New Foundland, Canada until she was 5 years old when they moved to the United States. Lorraine became a United States citizen in 1960.

Lorraine had previously been married to Lloyd Poling and then on, July 27, 1980 she married William I. Niese, who preceded her in death on December 9, 2009. Together, they shared 29 years of marriage.

Lorraine had worked at the Ford Garage in Van Wert and the Van Wert City Tax Office. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, T.W.I.G. I, the Hoaglin-Jackson Sunrise Club, Van Wert Women's Club, the Red Hat Floozies, the Ohio Polka Boosters, the Van Wert County Hospital Ladies Board of Managers, and a former member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Van Wert. Lorraine spent many hours tutoring kindergarten students at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School in Van Wert. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and visiting with friends and family. Lorraine truly cherished the wonderful care and companionship she received at the Van Wert Manor.

Surviving are her children, Karen (Dr. Stephen) Reed of Lexington, Kentucky, Keith (Sally) Poling of Columbus, Ohio, and Kathy (Dave Newland) Kotowski of Simpsonville, South Carolina; her step children, Joan Niese, Angela Niese, Alphonse Niese, Peter Niese, Barbara Runyan, Marie Cass, Carol Schroeder, and Lawrence Niese; a sister, Thelma Randolph; brothers, Leonard Collier, Ed Heidenescher, Roy Heidenescher, and Bill Heidenescher; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Juanita Collier and Ruth Bidlack; and a step son, Daniel Niese.
Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory . A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Van Wert, with Father Stan Szybka, officiating.

Interment will immediately follow in the Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lorraine`s memory may be directed to the Van Wert Manor Activities Fund

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Funeral arrangements are by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891

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October 18, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home
722 S. Washington St.
Van Wert, OH 45891

October 19, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
601 Jennings Road
Van Wert, OH 45891

October 19, 2019

11:00 AM
Woodland Cemetery
10968 Woodland Ave.
Van Wert, OH 45891


Van Wert Manor Activities Fund
160 Fox Rd., Van Wert OH 45891

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