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Betty Gilgenbach

July 21, 1930 — December 18, 2021

Van Wert

Betty Jane Gilgenbach passed away at her home Saturday, December 18, 2021. She was born on July 21, 1930, in Leipsic, Ohio to Edwin and Margaret (Winkler) Selhorst who both preceded her in death. She married Milferd Gilgenbach in 1949, he also preceded her in death in 2002.

She was a graduate of Leipsic High School. She was a longtime member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. She enjoyed watching her kids and grandkids activities. She was an avid Lincolnview fan. She loved playing cards with her friends, playing bingo, and gambling with her girls.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Karen (John) Saxton of Oakwood, Connie Jo (Jerome) Niese of New Bavaria, Sandy (Greg) Miller of Elida, Dianne (Denny) Byrne of Van Wert, Cindy (Arnie) Miller of Van Wert, Lisa (Doug) Ruen of New Haven, Indiana; 21 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren, also survived by sister-in-law Ruthie Rieman.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, three brothers, one grandchild and one great grandchild, one son-in-law, and many sisters-in-law's & brothers-in-law's.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Van Wert, with Rev. Chris Bohnsack, officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Ottoville.

Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Lincolnview Athletic Boosters.

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Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

2:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church

601 Jennings Rd, Van Wert, OH 45891

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