The Rev. Eleanor F. Painter, 86, of Pemberville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Village, Pemberville.
She was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Fostoria, to David and Floy (Caskie) Painter. The Rev. Painter served congregations at Elkhart Church of the Brethren, Elkhart, Ind., and then at Palmyra Church of the Brethren, Palmyra, Pa., for more than 25 years. She was also a science and physical education teacher at McComb High School.
While in Palmyra, she was pastor of visitation, served on the Steering Committee and Ultimate Board and COBY'S (Children & Youth Services - Church of the Brethren Youth Services). After moving to Otterbein Portage Valley Feb. 6, 1998, she was very active at the facility. She was involved in: the Companion Program, Tutoring Program in conjunction with the elementary schools and OPV, Resident Board Member, Treasurer of Friends of OPV, volunteered at OPV and made all the birthday cards for the residents in assisted living and nursing areas for several years. The Rev. Painter also tutored English Second Language through the Pemberville United Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday school at Lakewood Church of the Brethren and also worked on the Heifer Project.
The Rev. Painter is survived by her sister, Virginia Wise; niece, Betsy (Kevin) Kistler; and nephew, Ernest (Carol) Wise Jr., all of Tiffin; great-nephews, Brian (Kathy) Kistler and Brandon Kistler, both of Tiffin, and David (Kristin) Wise of Bettsville; and special friend, Barbara Forbes of Pemberville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Ernest Wise Sr.
A memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Village Auditorium, with refreshments to follow. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Myers.
Arrangements are being handled by Marsh Funeral Home, 4094 SR 105, Pemberville, OH 43450, (419) 287-3236.
Considerations for memorial contributions are Benevolent Care Endowment Fund in care of Otterbein Portage Valley or the Heifer Project.
Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at www.marshfuneralhomes.com.