Sylvia R. Schroeder Niese, 80, of Leipsic, died 2:55 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Glandorf, to Adolph and Adeline (Kreinbrink) Kleman. She married Albert T. Schroeder May 6, 1953, and he died Oct. 14, 1992. She then married Victor Niese Sept. 23, 1995, and he died May 24, 2002.
She is survived by nine children, Janice Schroeder of Leipsic, Karl (Alice) Schroeder of Chandler, Ariz., Charlene Franz of Carey, Mary Ann (Richard) Berg of Deshler, Kenneth (Barb) Schroeder of Gilbert, Ariz., Dale (Teresa) Schroeder of Defiance, Marilyn (John) Siefker of Ottawa, Jane (David) Berg of Lima and Randy (Teresa) Schroeder of Tiffin; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Marlene) Kleman of Glandorf; two sisters, Dorothy Riepenhoff of Miller City and Jeanette (Bill) Gluss of Hamler; and a sister-in-law, Hilda Kleman of Fort Jennings.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard Kleman and James Kleman; and two sisters, Leona Kleman and Odelia Kleman.
Sylvia retired from Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa in 1995. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Leipsic and its Altar Rosary and Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She was a member of the Leipsic American Legion Auxiliary, prayed the rosary daily, enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing euchre, and being with family and friends. She was a volunteer at Putnam Acres and The Meadows of Leipsic and assisted at community events and weddings.
Her Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Leipsic, with the Most Rev. Fr. George Wenzinger officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic where a CL of C rosary will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lovefuneralhome.com.