Donna W. Elchert

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Donna W. Elchert, 88 of Fostoria, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.
She was born January 1, 1929 in Upper Sandusky to the late Charles F. and Mary E (Volz) Ritzler. She married Donald A. “Tank” Elchert on November 15, 1958 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, and he preceded her in death on October 6, 1997. The wedding was officiated by her twin brother, the late Rev. Donald W. Ritzler C.PP.S.
Surviving are sons, Stephen W. (Kathleen M.) Elchert of Findlay and Mark A. (Jen L.) Elchert of Tiffin; three grandchildren, Alex J., Claire M. and Aaron D. Elchert; sister, Helen M. Vent of Upper Sandusky; brother, James R. (Judith) Ritzler of Bluffton, SC.; sisters-in-law, Rose Ritzler of Poland, OH, and Mary R. (George) Siciliano of Mansfield; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; twin-brother; brothers, Joseph M. (Vivian) Ritzler, Alfred E. (Mary Ann) Ritzler, George F. Ritzler and two infant brothers, Charles and John; sister, Frances U. (Paul) Keiffer; brothers-in-law, Bernard F. Vent, Roland (Ann) Elchert, Raymond “Carl” Elchert, Vernon Elchert, Bernard (Alice) Elchert and Thomas W. Elchert; sister-in-law, Juanita D. Elchert; niece, Sharon Elchert; and nephew, CPL. Richard P. Ritzler, who was killed in Vietnam.
Donna attended both St. Wendelin Catholic elementary and high schools and graduated in 1947. She was an active member and volunteer at St. Wendelin Catholic Church and a former Minister of Holy Communion at Church and Independence House; she was a member of St. Wendelin’s Rosary-Altar Society having served as treasurer; volunteered for catering lunches at Church; worked at the Parish Festival; helped with large mailings for the Parish Office; and was a 4th ward election worker.
She worked many years at the National Carbon Company (now Morgan AM&T); Gutknecht & Echelbarger, Attorneys; and retired after 24 years with Samuel F. Hammonds, Attorney.
Donna enjoyed reading, cross-stitch and her sons and grandchildren’s sports events. Church and family always came first. She could always be found at a ball game, cheering her favorite teams: Ohio State, Notre Dame, B.G.S.U., St. Wendelin Schools, Findlay St. Michael and Findlay High Schools, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Reds.
Visitation is Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. at HOENING FUNERAL HOME 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church with Rev. Todd Dominique presiding. A Rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in St. Wendelin Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Rosary-Altar Society of St. Wendelin, St. Wendelin Church and School, Fostoria Relay for Life, Fostoria Dialysis Department and the Missionaries of the Precious Blood 431 E. Second St., Dayton OH 45402-1764.
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