Dortha E. Bowe, 96, of Fremont and formerly of Risingsun, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Bethesda Nursing Home, Fremont.
She was born July 5, 1916, in Bettsville, to Jasper and Lola (Beck) Swartzmiller. She married Ottis Bowe Sr. March 28, 1937, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death Nov. 28, 1983.
Surviving are two sons, Ottis L. (Jackie) Bowe Jr. of Dowagiac, Mich., and Jack E. (Vickie) Bowe of Risingsun; two daughters, Jane (Williard) Hunt of Risingsun and Janet ( Bernard) Watruba of Fremont; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchilden; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Olen, Claude, Leon and Howard Swartzmiller; and sisters, Helen Simpson, Mary Roush, Thelma Francis and Mabel Warner.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Mann-Hare-Hoening Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, and also an hour prior to service, which is to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Church of God, Risingsun. The Rev. Paul Rutledge is to officiate.
Committal services and interment follow in Pleasant Union Cemetery, Old Fort.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Church of God, Risingsun, or Fremont Memorial Hospice.