Delores J. Thatcher, 85, of Van Wert, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. She was born March 11, 1933, in Paulding County, to the late Elmer C. and Grace V. (Fiock) Keysor.
A 1951 graduate of Haviland High School, Delores went on to marry the love of her life, Harvey J. Thatcher on October 16, 1954. She was the mother of eight children, three Marsh girls, 4 exchange students, 20 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Delores enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, reading, puzzles, playing bunco and other games. She never missed a sporting event that her children participated in. She was known for supplying hot chocolate and blankets to those in attendance. She was awarded “Mother of the Year” by the University of Findlay Woman’s Softball team.
Once the kids were grown, Delore s and Harvey enjoyed traveling the United States and Mexico and cruising the Caribbean.
She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 64 years, Harvey J. Thatcher of Van Wert; children: Audie L. (Sue) Thatcher of Ohio City; ; Debra M. (Lonnie) Nedderman of Van Wert; Brett W. (Diana) Thatcher of Van Wert; Bart C. (Sondra) Thatcher of New Knoxville; Cindy A. (Tim) Hunsaker of Springboro; Valori Y. (Brian) Dunn of Van Wert; Tyson J. (Lauri) Thatcher of Middle Point; Stacy J. (Brenna Iverson) Thatcher of Brooklyn, NY; brother, George F. (Sharon) Keysor of Paulding; sisters: Collen Myers of Haviland; Noreda Hoaglin of Ft. Myers, FL; Diana (Louis) Crow of Van Wert; grandchildren: Dr. Jake (Dr. Becca Adams) Jones; Meg (Dave Hunsberger)Thatcher; Drew (Kara) Nedderman; Jordan (Heidi) Nedderman; Colin (Sarah) Nedderman; Kelsey (Mike Whitson) Nedderman; Bryn Thatcher; Brock Thatcher; Hollie Ferckel; Heath Eggleston; Bryce (Chris) Thatcher; Laura (Cory) Gengler; Danielle Thatcher; Austin Thatcher; Evan (Taylor) Hunsaker; Kaylin (Matthew) Bittner; Morgan Hunsaker; Tanner Dunn; Rylee Dunn; Briggs Thatcher; Sydni Thatcher; great-grandchildren: Jackson, Debbie & Libby Jones; Grant, Zachary, Joanna, Henry, Sophia & Theo Nedderman; Ayda Whitson; Myra & Brody Thatcher; Kayleigh & Aaliyah Gengler; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Delores was preceded in death by her grandson, Joel Ross Thatcher.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, where the family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.
Preferred memorials are to CHP Home Care & Hospice of Van Wert at www.comhealthpro.org, or to the Alzheimer's Foundation at www.alzfdn.org.
Arrangements are being handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.