Leah Thelma Bateson

Leah Thelma Bateson, 78, of Fostoria, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

She was born July 28, 1939, in Gibsonburg, to Deloy and Iva (Strausbaugh) Sebring. Her parents later divorced and she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Ransom Essex. She married Richard E. Bateson Oct. 10, 1986, at First Church of the Nazarene in Fostoria.

Surviving are her husband, Richard; six children, Kevin (Chris) Bickel of Wayne, James (Mary) Bickel of Tiffin, Daniel (Deb) Bateson of Risingsun, Sharon (Paul) Cochey of Gibsonburg, Nancy (Kenny) Roberts of Fremont and Deborah (Roger) Freeman of Parma; and numerous grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather; two daughters, Linda Carpenter and Carolyn Strawman; a brother, Wayne Essex; a sister, Helen Mae Timmons; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Mann-Hare-Hoening Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, and one hour prior to funeral services.

Her funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the funeral home with the Rev. Ron Merritt, officiating. Burial will follow in Knollcrest Gardens Cemetery, Arcadia.