EDITH J. WISSMAN, age 94
Of New Bremen, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 1:48 A.M. at the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. Born at home near McCartyville on May 2, 1928 the only child of Lester H. and Lorraine B.W. (Laut) Blanke, she was proceeded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Jennifer Poeppelman, and also her husband John E. Wissman (whom she married on August 6, 1950) and he died on October 8, 2007. She is survived by her daughters Chris (Bill) Poeppelman and Cindy (Jerry) Newman all of New Bremen, a grandson Jeff (Nikki) Poeppelman of New Bremen, a granddaughter Janelle (Larry) Ballinger of Taylorsville, KY, and her great-grandchildren: Alexa, Aaron, and Brady Poeppelman, and Crew, Brycen, and Brooklyn Ballinger.
Edith graduated from New Bremen High School in 1946, and went on to further her education at Miami of Ohio University graduating in 1950 with degrees in Physical Education and Music Education. She began her 30 year teaching career in Waynesfield, Moulton, and New Knoxville, and retired after teaching in New Bremen for many years. Together she and John enjoyed spending their time fishing and camping with their friends and grandchildren, they loved to go dancing, and they attended countless sporting events in New Bremen and Miami. She was a true follower of New Bremen athletics, and she was extremely proud to be at the state tournament when New Bremen won their first state championship in volleyball. She loved to play the piano and was part of the “Dynamic Duo” with Ethel Mesloh. She also enjoyed playing cards and was part of several card clubs for many years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen where over the years, she had active in the Busy 12, Satellite groups, the Called to Care ministry, the choir director, and a member of the bell choir. Among the many awards she acquired were: being chosen for Grand Marshal of the Bremenfest Parade in 1984, chosen Auglaize County Citizen of the Year, chosen for the State of Ohio Honor Senior Citizens, and she was also the first lady to have a hole in one at the Arrowhead Golf Course. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers of Auglaize County, New Bremen Athletic and Music Boosters, long-time supporter of Lock One Community Arts, and a former board member of the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital where she also volunteered for many years.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen with Rev. Becky Erb Strang and Pastor Bryan Trego officiating. The services will also be live-streamed on the St. Paul United Church of Christ-New Bremen, Ohio Facebook page. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling hours will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 3:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and again on Saturday morning, at the church, one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions in memory of Edith can be made to support Grand Lake Hospice (1122 E. Spring Street, St. Marys, Ohio 45885), or St. Paul Church Memorial Fund (119 N. Franklin Street, New Bremen, Ohio 45869). Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting the family, and online condolences can be left on the funeral home website at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
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Shelly Finke saysAugust 10, 2022 at 5:46 pm
She had such a lovely spirit and will be so missed. Hugs to you all.
Barbara Thompson saysAugust 10, 2022 at 6:05 pm
Chris and Cindy and families, Your mother brought joy wherever she was. Now all the Angels are singing in her choir, including my mother. What a blessing that she lived a good long life. My sympathy to you all, I know you will miss her but the memories you have will heal your heart and make you smile.
Frances(Beth Braden) E. Schoffner saysAugust 10, 2022 at 6:20 pm
Your mom brought great joy to everyone she met. My memories of her I will greatly cherish. God bless you are at this time.
Sherri and Shirley Tontrup saysAugust 10, 2022 at 6:32 pm
I have so many fond memories of her. She will definitely be missed. Prayers to the family
Janice Gagel saysAugust 10, 2022 at 6:37 pm
Edith was a gift to our community, a gift to so many of our children. “Good” doesn’t begin to describe her. Such a good heart! Thanks to her family for sharing her all through the years.
Larry Gruebmeyer, Mesa, Az. saysAugust 10, 2022 at 7:07 pm
My sincere condolence for your family. My favorite memory being the special 8th period study hall interactions that I had with Edith in 1963-64. She was a very positive influence on my student years. May her legacy always be in our hearts.
Lynne Thompson saysAugust 10, 2022 at 7:18 pm
My sincere condolences. She was a wonderful and beautiful friend to all.
Becky Rasawehr saysAugust 10, 2022 at 7:37 pm
Cindy and Jerry so sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful lady and you were so fortunate to have her in your life.
Jamie Brunicardi saysAugust 10, 2022 at 9:27 pm
What a wonderful lady! I have been out of school a long time and I still remember her wonderful spirit during her teaching days. Prayers for your entire family.
Roger and Cheryl Barlage saysAugust 10, 2022 at 10:02 pm
Sending our sympathy and prayers to your families.
She was such a kind person and will be missed.
Wayne and Kathy Gruebmeyer saysAugust 10, 2022 at 10:56 pm
Sending sympathy and prayers to your families. Edith was a remarkable and full of life woman touching many lives and holding great memories of her.
Chris Sharp saysAugust 11, 2022 at 8:08 am
Truly an angel sent from heaven. A woman who shared her love and compassion with everyone she met. I was one of the lucky ones who got to call her my teacher. I still hold dear all the memories from her music class, the songs and the joy we all shared. She always took time to stop and talk with anyone she met. A wonderful influence on the entire community. She will be missed by all. I love you Mrs. Wissman
Rae Ann Roettger saysAugust 11, 2022 at 8:28 am
I am so very sorry for your loss… God has certainly gotten an angel. Edith was so giving of heart to her family and friends, a wonderful educator, and as a volunteer. May your family find peace and continue the legacy of such a woman.
Pam Egbert saysAugust 11, 2022 at 11:05 am
I met Edith at St Paul’s United Church of Christ and she was always so nice. I remember her smiles and how she knew everyone. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
Charles E Caton saysAugust 11, 2022 at 6:58 pm
Edith was a good friend and the greatest influence on my early teaching years. She helped me in so many ways to become a teacher. Her heart was always happy and cheerful and she was always ready to help. She will be missed a great deal by all of us.
James Scheer saysAugust 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm
She was an excellent teacher and person. My prayers and thoughts to the family. Jim Scheer
joann hegemier saysAugust 11, 2022 at 10:16 pm
Edith never met a stranger because she knew everyone. She radiated such positive energy wherever she went. She gave so much time and support to JTDMH, the auxiliary, and the volunteer program. Such an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to know her. May you all find peace in the wonderful memories she has left you.
Former student saysAugust 12, 2022 at 9:23 am
It was a pleasure to run into her during my post-NB years at a Miami University athletic event. Cheers to her for a good, long life.
Terri Davis saysAugust 13, 2022 at 6:06 am
I was blessed to call her teacher and then as an adult friend! She was a true blessing to everyone she met. Sending prayers to the family. Terri Davis
LaRita Condon saysAugust 13, 2022 at 9:49 am
Edith was an inspiration to all new educators. I loved her positivity and spunk at all our DKG meetings. She was full of wisdom and shared when ever asked. She will be dearly missed.
Pam Elking saysAugust 13, 2022 at 9:58 am
My sympathies to Chris and Cindy and families. Edith was a friend to everyone. She was my favorite teacher in school and friend after. Whenever I ran into her, she always had a hug and kind words to say. She will be missed but her memory will be with us. Such a loving person.
Jill Poppe MacKenzie saysAugust 13, 2022 at 8:37 pm
Earlier this week, probably about the time Mrs.Wissman was directing Heaven’s Children’s Choir for the first time, my youngest daughter asked to sign up for choir at her new middle school. My heart filled with hope she would have a music teacher as enduring as Mrs. Wissman. I love music, and at the very core of my love for music is my love for Mrs. Wissman and her love for music and each child she taught. I am grateful for the gifts of love and music Mrs. Wissman so freely gave to me. She will continue to live on at the center of my love for music.
Lisa Thobe saysAugust 14, 2022 at 9:49 pm
One of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. Prayers for peace and comfort for her family. She has left many people with wonderful memories.
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