Olive M. Schuman, 95, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at her home surrounded by family.
She was compassionate, nurturing, wise, loving, and an inspiration to the lives she touched.
Olive was born June 26, 1916, the youngest of six children born to Pearl Knott and Katie Wallace.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 25 years, William M. Coyle, an infant son Dean D. Coyle and her husband of 36 years, Walter G. Schuman. She was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Lori Thomas.
She was employed at National Seal before moving to Larwill, where she and Walter enjoyed farming, gardening, Federal Land Bank business trips, wintering in North Carolina and fishing trips at Hiawatha Beach Resort, Leach Lake at Walker, Minn.
Survivors include children Jeraldine L. Thomas, Stephen M. Coyle and Mary (Donald) Chiles, all of Van Wert, Ohio; grandchildren Teresa (Eric) Klinker, Kim (Rob) Beilfuss, Mike (Deb) Chiles, Tim (Kelli) Chiles and Dan (Danni) Chiles; great-children Cody and Courtney Klinker, Jessi and Alyssa Beilfuss, Cade, Gage, Dane, Olivia, Luke, Haley and Carley Chiles.
Other family includes her stepson, Larry, deceased, his widow Betty Schuman, step-children Keith and (Priscilla) Schuman, Duane and (Erin) Schuman, Nelson and (Candy) Schuman, Chris and Aggie Schuman and Jana and (Mike) MacFarlane. Step-great-grandchildren include: Caleb, Tiffany, Lexie, Danielle, Israel, Abigail, Rebecca, Jordan, Austin, Ashley Schuman, Cameron, Amelia, Avery, Brooklyn MacFarlane and Luke and Hezekiah Hickok all of Indiana. One step great great granddaughter, Trinity.
She is also survived by a niece, Cleota Knott, other nieces and nephews, their families and many other loving family members and friends.
“Olive will be remembered by her family and numerous friends as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and true friend. She found joy in caring for and loving others and putting their needs first. She has set a loving example for her family and friends to follow.”
Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, 722 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio.
The service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Reverend Paul Miller and Pastor Greg Wack officiating.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Community Health Professionals In Home Hospice.
Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert following the service.Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com