Norma J. Wannemacher
Norma J. Wannemacher
April 12, 1930-July 28, 2020

OTTOVILLE — Norma J. Wannemacher, 90 of Ottoville died at 4:16 a.m. Tuesday at Van Wert Hospital.

She was born April 12, 1930, in Delphos to Robert and Esther (Bigelow) Metzger, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 8, 1947, she married Maurice R. Wannemacher, who died Aug. 29, 1999.

Norma is survived by her children, Pam (Howard) Odenweller, Renee (Danny Sollis) Gudakunst and Dane (Connie Carnahan) Wannemacher, all of Ottoville; nine grandchildren, Ryan Odenweller, MaKenzie Heitmeyer, Shannon Mitchell, Michelle Hanneman, Devon Ortega, Kerri Stevens, Tara Eickholt, Erin Heitmeyer and Erik Gudakunst; 27 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her siblings, Henry (Doris) Metzger, Betty Frysinger, Mary (Ted) Pohlman, Helen (Lawrence) Miller and William (Maggie) Metzger; a son-in-law: Paul Gudakunst; and a great-grandson, Tate Griner.

Norma and Maurice purchased Wannemacher’s Tavern in 1947. They owned and operated it for many years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Lima Orioles, Van Wert Elks and the Delphos Eagles. Norma and Maurice loved to dance, and up until six months ago she was still going to dances, bowling and playing bingo. Norma was the treasurer of the Friday Night Bowling League and the secretary of the Springbrooke Dance Club until it closed.

Funeral mass was held Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter offciating. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

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