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Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Alice Gehle Smith
Alice V. Gehle Smith, 88, Celina, died at 4:50 p.m. May 20, 2011, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
She was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Van Wert to Joseph and Esther Grote Germann. She married Clarence Gehle, who died Sept. 11, 1976. On Sept. 28, 1991, she married Lloyd Smith, who died July 27, 2010.
Surviving are sons, Donald (Roberta) Gehle, Celina, Bernard (Paula) Gehle, Lima, and Kenneth (Diane) Gehle, Celina; a daughter-in-law, Karen Gehle, Celina; daughters, Patricia (Tony) Baliey, Roanoke, Va., Susan (Larry) Downam, Celina, and Emma (Ray) Tregembo, Fresno, Calif; a brother, Howard (Marvalle) Germann, St. Marys; a sister-in-law, Lois Germann, Celina; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are sons, Rudy Gehle, Wilfred Gehle and Dale Gehle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Elmer and Bernice Germann, Arthur and Pauline Germann, Lester and Nina Germann, Paul and Yvonne Germann, Herbert Germann; sisters and brothers-in-law, Agnes and Millard Teboe, Mildred and Fredrick Germann, Mable and Ada Prichard, Ireta and Harold Grace, Helen and Fred Searight, Norma and Charles Zizelman and Laura and William Kahn.
A 1941 graduate of Van Wert High School, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, and its Altar Rosary Sodality. She was a member of Celina Senior Citizens and the Mercer County Council on Aging, where she was named Outstanding Senior Citizen in 1992.
She was a member of the Sunshine Singers, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Celina and had served as a hospital workers for the Military Order of the Cooties.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Ken Alt officiating. Burial will follow in Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina.
Memorials may be directed to the I.C. Endowment Fund.
Condolences may be left at LHDfuneralhome.com.
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