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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Alma Blanche Behm-Gross
Alma Blanche Behm-Gross, 83, Coldwater, died Feb. 24, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born July 24, 1930, in Sidney, to Homer and Lillian (Cole) Shaffner. She married Frederick Carl 'Lefty' Behm Jr., who died Dec. 12, 1973, and Eugene 'Abie' Gross, who died June 3, 2009.
She is survived by four children, Cynthia (Jack) Naseman, St. Marys, Jeffery (Karen) Behm, Coldwater, Susan (Mark) Miller, Celina, and Frederick (Catherine) Behm, Coldwater; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Dorothy 'Dottie' Ayers, Celina, Paula Roeth, Arcanum, and Cheryl (Ed) Chappie, Houston.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard 'Bud' Shaffner; a sister, Virginia Phillips; an infant brother, Donald Shaffner; and in-laws, Ed Ayers and Leon Roeth.
She was a member of Coldwater United Methodist Church, the Coldwater American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles auxiliaries, and the Democratic Women of Mercer County. She was retired from the Mercer County Courthouse.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coldwater United Methodist Church, the Rev. David Gordon officiating. Burial will be in German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.
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