A memorial celebration of the life of Mary K. Wiechel, 84, of Newark, Ohio, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 88 N. Fifth St., Newark, with the Rev. Barbara Sholis officiating.
Mrs. Wiechel died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Flint Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 15, 1924, in Grover Hill, Ohio, daughter of the late Harry Burnett and Emma (Tuohy) Kohn.
She was a devoted wife and mother. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert G. Wiechel, LCDR USN (Ret.), whom she married June 22, 1947; children, the Rev. Dr. David R. (Barbara) Wiechel of Dayton, Ohio, Dr. John F. (Patty) Wiechel of Worthington, Ohio, Martha E. (Dr. Jeffry) Rothermel of Huntsville, Ala., Thomas H. Wiechel of Northern Kentucky; daughter-in-law, Sandra K. Wiechel of Bethel, Ohio; grandchildren, Benjamin Wiechel, Jeremy Wiechel, Daniel Wiechel, Nathan Wiechel, Matthew Wiechel, Ann Marie Wiechel, Jeremy Anderson, Stacie Brown, Lucas Wiechel; six great-granddaughters; aunt, Margaret (Kohn) Osborn of Sylvania, Ohio; very special first cousins, Bonnie Wallace of Van Wert, Ohio, and Jackie Pencil of Temperance, Mich.; special cousin by marriage, Norma Adams of Van Wert; and many other relatives in the Van Wert area.
Mrs. Wiechel retired in 1982 from the Newark School System, where she taught high school seniors advanced English, English literature and American history. During her tenure at Newark Senior High, she developed a curriculum "The Bible as Literature". She also taught at Keller Elementary and had previously taught in the Toledo School System. She received a B.S. degree in education in 1947 from Bowling Green State University with an emphasis in music. She also had certifications in English, music, history and psychology. She graduated from Scott High School (Toledo) in 1942.
She was a life-long Methodist; a former member of Epworth United Methodist Church (Toledo), and since 1962 a member of First United Methodist Church (Newark), where she served on its Administrative Board and was a member of the Women's Society and Candlelighters. Together with her husband and William and Eve Koppert, organized the New Life Mission in the 1960s, and also served on the commission on membership. She was a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, and a member of Mu Sigma Phi. She was also an auxiliary member of the Military Officers Association of America and the Military Officers Club of Central Ohio.
She and her husband were members of the Airstream Travel Club and developed and led the 3200 mile Wally Byam Caravan Club International National Caravan "The National Lewis & Clark Historic Trail" as well as several other regional caravans
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Vensil-Orr & Chute Funeral Home, 1850 W. Main St., Newark, and from 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church until the memorial service at 10:30 a.m.
The family requests that memorials in Mary's memory may be made to First United Methodist Church, 88 N. Fifth St., P.O. Box 729, Newark OH 43058-0729. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Additional information and guest book are available at vocfh.com.