Ellen Marguerite Amstutz, 78, of Sandusky, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, July 24, 2013, in Stein Hospice Care Center, following a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 6, 1934, in Sandusky, daughter of the late Emery A. and Ione Magdelina (Klenk) Wiechel.
Ellen was a member of the Philanthropic and Educational Organization Coty College for Women in Nevada, Mo. She was a dedicated mother and wife, and she loved to garden. She developed the ordinance for the Tree Commission and worked to have Sandusky become a Tree City, USA. She was an accomplished knitter, quilter, and seamstress. Ellen was also fascinated with genealogy, and was proud of her computer program containing more than 4,000 names and data on her and her husband’s ancestors.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James Carl Amstutz, whom she married June 23, 1956; three children, Barbara Ellen Amstutz, of Dallas, David James (Joyce) Amstutz, of Plano, Texas, and Mary Alice Wilson, of Asheville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Allison Nicole and Caitlin Ellen Amstutz, of Dallas; sister-in-law, Shirley Westenbarger, of Wadsworth, Ohio; brother-in-law, J. David (Jane) Amstutz, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her in-laws, Carl Joshua and Aileen Amstutz; and three siblings, Marion Alice Wilkens, and Richard Ralph and Robert Kent Wiechel.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave. Sandusky, where funeral services will be private. The Rev. Wanda Ray of Christ Episcopal Church will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sandusky City Tree Commission, 222 Meigs St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or Back to the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.