JEAN K. AHLERS-WATERMAN age 88,
of New Bremen, died on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 2:24 A.M. at the Heritage Center in Minster, where she had resided for the past seven years. She was born on February 23, 1932 at home in Mercer County, the daughter of the late Homer F. and Irene K. (Rump) Greiwe. On February 8, 2000 she married David L. Waterman in Las Vegas, NV, and he survives in New Bremen. Also surviving are her children: Joni (Robert) Burger of Mt. Vernon, OH, and John (Judy) Ahlers of Gainesville, GA; her step-children: Guy (Becky) Waterman of New Bremen, Jerry (Natasha) Waterman of Milford, OH, Randy (Kim) Waterman of New Bremen, Linda (Joe) Barhorst of Minster, and Bonnie (Ron) Berelsman of Minster; her grandchildren: Tim Burger, Jacob (Megan) Burger, Emma (Derrick) Palmer, and Brooke Ahlers, her great-grandchildren: Joey, Sophie, Shelby, Nolan, and Evan. She also leaves behind her step-grandchildren: Tony (Angie) Waterman, Amanda (Ben) Wibbeler, Elizabeth (Jordan) Williams, Jill (Alex) Lampert, Katie and Nick Richardson, Jessica, Jordan, and Joel Berelsman, Jacob (Jenna) Waterman, Garret (Stephanie) Waterman, Amber Waterman, and a number of step great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister in-law Ruby Greiwe. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Donald (Clara) Greiwe, and Delbert Greiwe.
Jean was a 1950 graduate of New Bremen High School. She was a member of St. Peter’s Church for many years, and later, a member St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen where she was took part in the Circle of Friends. She was a member of the New Bremen Women’s Club, PERI of Auglaize County, and the New Bremen American Legion Auxiliary. She worked as the Village Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of New Bremen for 30 years, and later worked part-time as a bookkeeper for Weigandt Development of Minster. Jean loved to travel, taking many family trips to Michigan and the Wisconsin Dells, and later traveling with Dave. She enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends, but her favorite activity was shopping. She was a doting grandmother, and she especially loved when the great-grandchildren came along. She will be remembered for always being a kind and gentle woman who wanted the best for her family.
Private family graveside services will be held in the Willow Grove Cemetery near New Bremen, with Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Memorial contributions in memory of Jean can be made to New Bremen American Legion Auxiliary, or to St. Paul U.C.C. in New Bremen. Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen has been entrusted with the services, and online condolences to the family can be left at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.