Ruth Grote
Ruth Grote

June 24, 1931-June 9, 2019

OTTOVILLE — Ruth H. Grote, 87, of Ottoville died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at The Meadows of Kalida.

She was born June 24, 1931, in Fort Jennings to Henry and Lauretta (Ellerbrock) Broecker, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 18, 1953, she married Norbert Grote who died Dec. 22, 1998.

She is survived by nine children, Dennis Grote of Cloverdale, Patricia (Robert) Risner of Elida, Michael (Sharon) Grote of Ottoville, Diane (Jeff) McDougle of Delphos, Jean (Mike) Lyons of Delphos, David Grote of Cloverdale, Karen Eickholt of Fort Jennings, Tim (Kara) Grote of Ottoville and Ken (Connie Rosselit) Grote of Kalida; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one on-the-way; four brothers, Charles Broecker, Roger (Alice) Broecker, Paul (Jo) Broecker and James (Jeanette) Broecker, all of Fort Jennings; and two sisters, Betty (Richard) Miller of Ottoville and Catherine McGraw of Fort Jennings.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Norman and Steven Grote; and two brothers, Louis and Donald Broecker.

Ruth was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Rosary Altar Society. She was also a member of the Ottoville VFW Auxiliary and Fort Jennings American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

A Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, the Very Rev. Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township, where there will be a scripture service at 1:45 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Home Care and Hospice or to the Meadows of Kalida activities department.

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