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Carolyn Miller

November 20, 1933 — March 27, 2022

Van Wert

Carolyn S. Miller, fondly known as Grammy, 88, of Van Wert passed away peacefully at 11:35 AM, Sunday March 27, 2022, at Homestead at Towne Center in Van Wert, Ohio. She was born November 20, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Albert and Rachel Atha, who both preceded her in death.

Carolyn married Ernest (Ernie) K. Miller at First United Methodist Church on October 25, 1953. They recently celebrated their 68th Anniversary at Homestead in October 2021. She graduated form Van Wert High School in 1952 and worked as a secretary at Central Mutual Insurance until she and Ernie started their family.

She is survived by her husband, Ernie; daughter Cyndi (Larry) Lorton, their children: Gregg (Elissa) Bauer, Molli (Mike) Rosier and Lyndsay (Dave) Miller; son, Doug (Shannon) Miller; daughter, Susan (Greg) Dudgeon and children Brooke (Jon) Van Cleave, Spencer Alvarez and Evan Cormier; Great Grandchildren: Braden Van Cleave, Ben Cully, Mason and Logan Bauer, Tyler, Olivia and Noah Miller and Cameron Rosier; niece, Kim (Dave) Clifton, Rod (Dawna) Miller and Troy (Tina) Miller and their children and grandchildren. Additionally, there are countless extended family members, friends, and neighbors surviving.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her son, Greg Miller; brother, Robert (Bob) Atha; infant sister, Elizabeth; brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Ron and Shirley Miller.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Beta Sigma Thi Sorority, Van Wert Hospital Gift, The Thrift Shop, a ladies bowling league at Olympic Lanes, Van Wert and many groups and function s at church as well and anyone needing a bridge partner.

Visitation will be at the same church on Thursday, March 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Krout area of the building. Please use the Central Avenue entrance.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church, Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11:00 with a luncheon following the service officiated by Rev. Bill Thomas.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Linda Baum, Jake and Ashley Sinn and sons Jared and Mox, the staff at Homestead at Homestead and Everheart Hospice as well as the families and friends throughout this journey. We feel extremely blessed to have all of you in our lives. Too many, in fact to mention, but you know who you are.

She never missed the opportunity to cook for family and friends and was always in the middle of many card and dice games. God Bless You All!

In lieu of flowers: preferred memorials are to the organ restoration fund at First United Methodist Church Organ Restoration Fund.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, March 31, 2022

5:30 - 7:30 pm (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church (Ohio)


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Memorial Service

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church (Ohio)


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