Dorcas F. Gastier, 93, of Milan, died early Sunday morning, May 2, 2010, in Great Lakes Rehabilitation Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center, South Campus, following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Milan Township daughter of the late William and Ethel (Sanders) Paul. Dorcas was a 1934 Milan High School graduate, and received her degree in Library Science in 1938 from Oberlin University. She spent most of her time working on the family farm with her late husband John.
She was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Milan where she was a member of the Women's Guild and taught Sunday school. Dorcas was a member of the Milan Library and Museum Board, the Milan Mother's Club, and the Milan Travel Club. She enjoyed reading, her dogs and spending time with her family and friends.
Dorcas is survived by her children, Katherine G. (Howard) Paterson Leber of Milan, Ann G. Patella of Hiram, Ohio, and Theodore "Ted" (Donna) Gastier of Milan; 10 grandchildren, Eric (Ann) Gastier, Michael (Kathy) Gastier, Julie (Jeff) Gastier, Elizabeth Kay Tambellini, Jonica Patella, James Patella, Jennifer (Kirby) Scheer, Leanne (Brian) Myers, Melissa (Brandon) Davis and Sheryl (Paul) Stecker; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Dorcas was preceded in death by her husband, John Louis Gastier, in 1959; her parents; and her son-in-law, Dan Paterson.
There will be no visitation. Private family graveside services will be Monday at St. Johns Cemetery. The Rev. Edgar Shelly will officiate. Groff Funeral Home, Milan Chapel, is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Milan Library or Museum, East Church Street, Milan, OH 44846.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.