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Sally Gurtner

November 29, 1940 — May 13, 2022

Ohio City

Sally M. Gurtner, 81, of Van Wert, and formerly of Fremont, Indiana, passed away at 6:45 AM on Friday, May 13, 2022 at Divine Nursing and Rehab at Shane Hill in Rockford, Ohio.

She was born on November 29, 1940, in Fenton, Michigan, the daughter of the late Chester and Dorothy (Clauser) Carlson. On November 10, 1956, she married Eldon Gurtner, who preceded her in death.

Sally had a love of nature and animals. She was well-known for her embroidery work and, most importantly, was very family-oriented.

Surviving are three children, David Gurtner, Eldonna Wagonrod and Jolenna (Eric) Dailey; grandchildren, Brandon, Christina, Tasha, Maquey, Orion, Jessica, Joelle, Jenna, Reonna, Benjamin, Amanda, Talithia, Tammy, Amy, Angie, Tanzia and Tanner; 30 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Charles, Larry Sr., Sue, Jack, and Greg Carlson

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Gurtner; sons, Lyn Gurtner and Earl Gurtner; grandson, PFC Christian Gurtner; a brother, Tom Carlson; and a son-in-law, Gary Wagonrod.

A celebration of Sally's life will start at 10:30 AM on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 906 W. Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio with a meal to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sally`s memory may be directed to the family.

To share in Sally's online memorial, please visit

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