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1937 Joan 2021

Joan Custer

September 30, 1937 — December 1, 2021

Van Wert

Joan M. Custer, 84, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:35 PM on December 01, 2021 at Vancrest of Van Wert. She was born on September 30, 1937, in Van Wert, to the late Harley and Myra (Goings) Welker. On September 18, 1955, she married the love of her life, Allen "Whitey" Custer, who preceded he in death in 1986.

In her younger years, Joan helped her parents operate the Colonial and Betty Ann Restaurants. She was also self-employed, operating her own cleaning business.

Joan was a member of the American Legion Isaac Van Wert Post 178 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1320. She was also a longtime member of St. Paul's Reformed Church and regularly attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church, where she was a enjoyed quilting in the Piece Makers Quilting Group.

One never to know a stranger, Joan had an outgoing personality and loved to visit with people. She adored her family and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her children: Charles Custer; Pam Waltmire; Gordon (Malynda) Custer; all of Van Wert; Vicki (Scott) Vonderembse of Delphos; grandchildren: Emily (Nathan) McGreevy of Toledo; Kayla (Jonathan) Knippen of Cloverdale; Adam (Liz) Custer of Van Wert; Jordyn Custer of Van Wert; great-grandsons: Hunter Burton and Colin McGreevy.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by granddaughter, Brandy Hartman Burton; son-in-law, Robert Waltmire, and longtime companion, Charles "Rock" Kesler.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 4, 2021 at St. Paul's Reformed Church 6077 German Church Road Ohio City, OH 45874 with Rev. Will Haggis and Rev. Steve Drake officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.

Family and friends will be received two hours prior to the funeral, on Saturday, from 12 to 2 PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joan`s memory may be sent to St. Paul's Reformed Church.

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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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