Cecilia M. Elchert, 94, of Tiffin and formerly of New Riegel, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 15, 1918, in Salem Township, Wyandot County, to Sylvester and Theressa (Karcher) Boes. Jan. 29, 1944, in St. Michael Catholic Church, Findlay, she married George H. Elchert, who preceded her in death Feb. 12, 2004.
Survivors include her son, Henry S. "Hank" (Patricia "Pat") Elchert of Tiffin; granddaughter, Connie S. Bustamante of Findlay (Isadore "Izzy" Bustamante of Fostoria); a grandson, Rodney A. (Sara) Elchert of New Riegel; and three great-grandchildren, Nicole, Ashley and Brittany Elchert.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; and two brothers, twin brother Cecil Boes and Clarence Boes.
Cecilia was a 60-year member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Riegel, was a member of its Altar Rosary Society and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin the past eight years.
She attended a one-room country school in Springville and Carey, and as a young lady, she helped her father and brothers on a 245-acre farm between Arcadia and Findlay. After her marriage to George, she continued to farm, milking cows for more than 33 years and never missing a milking. She raised chickens, hogs and her favorite, lambs. She considered herself a farmer as she worked in the fields.
Her proudest accomplishment was cutting 80 acres of corn with a one-row binder and a team of horses. She planted a large garden for many years, canning and freezing her own fruits and vegetables for her family, and enjoyed entering and winning many awards for her canned goods and vegetable displays at local county fairs. She assisted her husband George for many years butchering for neighbors and friends around the New Riegel, Bascom and Tiffin area.
Cecilia was a member of McCutchenville Grange for more than 65 years, holding several offices during that time. She was a member of Allen Eiry Senior Center, where she had a great time playing euchre, and was a 4-H member as a young girl.
She enjoyed quilting and was known for her pies and especially for her potato salad, which was requested by many people in the area.
In addition to her farming and being a homemaker, she showed her true compassion and love for people as a caregiver for her father and brother-in-law. Her greatest enjoyment was being around people. She never met a stranger. Anyone who met her walked away with fond memories of a sweet and caring person.
Her Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Riegel. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to the Mass.
Friends may visit with the family 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Fund, St. Joseph Catholic Church or All Saints Parish, New Riegel.
Condolences may be sent and the guest book signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.