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1933 Janet 2020

Janet Hiegel

October 17, 1933 — November 5, 2020

Van Wert

Janet A. Hiegel, 87, of Van Wert, went to be with the Lord at 4:19 PM on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Van Wert Manor.

Born on October 17, 1933 in Oakwood, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ray and Ara (Hitchcock) Rickner. On April 8, 1956, she married Charles E. Hiegel, who preceded her in death. Together, they shared 42 years of marriage.

Janet was a graduate of Oakwood High School and Lima Memorial School of Nursing.

Janet worked as a Registered Nurse for 40 years. She served in the emergency room, surgery, was the first Director of Nursing at the Van Wert Manor, and retired as the Director of Infection Control at Van Wert County Hospital.

Janet was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women's Mission Team, Registered Nurses Association, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are a daughter, Amy (Kevin) Wermer of Medina, Ohio; a son, Mark (Michele) Hiegel of Van Wert; six grandchildren, C.J. (Ashley Parrish) Hiegel, Courtney (Craig) Feasby, Shannon (Matt) Kies, Lauryn (Dennis) Berry, Cory (Miranda) Compton, and Leevi (Lauren) Barrientos; 15 great grandchildren; and a brother Raymond Rickner of Van Wert.

In addition to her parents and husband, Janet was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Schaffner; and 2 sisters, Alice Robnolte and Carolyn Shalter.

Visitation will be held 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorial contributions in Janet`s memory may be directed to the Van Wert Manor activities fund.

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

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

10:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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