Edith M. (Steffenhagen) Biechele, 78, Sandusky, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 2009, in Stein Hospice Care Center after acourageous battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
She was born March 21, 1930, in Sandusky, daughter of the late Paul F.and Josephine E. (Catri) Steffenhagen.After graduating from Sandusky High School in 1947, she attended Capital University and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She was a teacher in the Margaretta and Perkins school districts and helped her husband at the Cohn Store, their family business.
Edith was the American Cancer Crusade Chairman in 1972 and 1973. She drove for the Red Cross Motor Corp. She was a realtor/broker for 33 years, and co-owner of Accent Homes, Inc., for the past 20 years.
Edith was a loving wife, an amazing mother, and a devoted and nurturing grandmother who enjoyed playing card games and working jigsaw puzzles with her family. She was an avid golfer and bridge player. She was a great encourager and an awesome role model for all who knew her,especially her loved ones.
Edith is survived by her husband of 56 years, D. John Biechele; three daughters, Lani (Bob) Jensen of Huron, Beth (Peter Sr.) DeWitt of Columbus and Jennifer (Sherri) Biechele-Speziale of Grayson, Ky.; six grandchildren, Morgan Jensen, Peter, Nicholas and Ann Marie DeWitt, and John and Dana Biechele-Speziale; one sister; one brother; many nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy; brother, Paul; and two nieces and a nephew.
At Edith's request, there will be no visitation and a private celebration of life will be observed by her immediate family.Arrangements entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral Home, Sandusky.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line,Sandusky, OH 44870 or Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 E. Perkins Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870.