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Mary C. Bidlack

August 18, 1928 — September 5, 2023

Mary Catherine Bidlack, 95, of Van Wert, Ohio passed into the arms of her Savior at 10:47 AM on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Born on August 18, 1928 in Van Wert County, she is the daughter of the late Francis and Hazel (Fox) Martin. Mary wed the love of her life, Norman A. Bidlack, on August 20, 1950. They enjoyed over 65 years together before his passing in 2016. Mary was also preceded in death by their 10 year old son, Dennis. Mary will be greatly missed by friends and her surviving family. She leaves behind two daughters; Nancy (Kent) Bowen of Angola, Indiana and Susan (Robert) Brubaker of Van Wert, Ohio. Grandchildren include Allison (Blaine) Cooper-Surma, Luke (Sarah) Brubaker, Alexis (Philip) Schenck, Leah Brubaker, and great grandchildren Bowen, Bennett, Hannah, and Evan. Also surviving are her sister Delores (Kenneth) Miller, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws. Mary and Norman had wonderful memories of traveling with family and friends throughout all 50 states and traveled abroad as well. Mary especially loved seeing the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. Mary taught 3rd grade at Hoaglin-Jackson School from 1950-1956. After taking time off to raise her family, she continued her teaching career with the Van Wert City Schools from 1968 until her retirement in 1990. She was so good at remembering the names of the many children she taught over the years and cared deeply about each one, wanting nothing but the best for them. Mary loved anything Norman Rockwell and had an extensive collection that gave her great joy. She also loved her church family and friends and attended Wesley United Methodist Church from the age of 2 until her passing. A funeral to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Wesley Church of Van Wert with Rev. Clark Williman, officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM on Friday, September 8, 2023 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to LifeWise Academy or to Homestead at Towne Center. Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Visitation

Friday, September 8, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Visitation

Saturday, September 9, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Wesley United Methodist Church

551 Center St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Funeral Service

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Wesley United Methodist Church

551 Center St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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