JOAN K. AHLERS, 73,
of New Bremen, died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 12:44 A.M. at the Lima Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 20, 1948 in Celina, the daughter of the late Dellious E. and Donna May (Longsworth) Denney. On January 27, 1964, she married William C. Ahlers who died on November 8, 2009. Surviving are her children Melissa (Michael) Schott of New Bremen, Mark (Lisa) Ahlers of Anna, and a son in-law Tim Bowers of New Bremen; her ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory are her siblings Ida Valentine of Canal Winchester and Gene (Judy) Denney of Norwalk. Along with her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by a daughter Christine Bowers and a brother in-law John Valentine.
Joan was a woman who spent a great deal of time with her family and friends. She and Bill took countless trips with their children to the various state parks around Ohio to go camping in their 5th wheel camper, and continued camping later in life. They also frequented Glacier Hills outside of Wapakoneta for many years. She had worked for Crown Equipment Corp. in New Bremen for more than 25 years, first in plant 1 assembling rotators, and later in plant 7 assembling wire harnesses. She loved retirement and making her own schedule. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, and also taught her children and grandchildren how to play card games such as euchre, pinochle and shanghai. She enjoyed taking bus trips to casinos, playing bingo, going to the movie theatre, watching anything on Lifetime television, and collecting TY beanie babies. Joan will be remembered as being a caring mother and loving grandmother, and someone who was a fighter her entire life.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen with Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Interment will follow in the Elm Grove Cemetery of St. Marys. Calling hours will be held prior to the services on Saturday, October 2, at the funeral home from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the services. Memorial contributions in Joan’s memory can be made to the New Bremen Emergency Squad or a charity of the donor’s choice. The family is being assisted by the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and online condolences to the family may be left at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
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Roni block (Veronica) saysSeptember 27, 2021 at 4:18 pm
Joan was my favorite customer at Bollys. I would always make time to come out and talk with her. She sure loved her family she tell me many stories and I will always cherish my visits with her. Loved her
Dean and Kate Hartwig saysSeptember 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Our deepest condolences.
Roger and Cheryl Barlage saysSeptember 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm
Sending our sympathy to your family. Joan was a very sweet lady. Worked with her many years at Crown. Our thoughts and prayers to the Ahlers family.
Putnam Co Hospice saysSeptember 28, 2021 at 9:08 am
The Staff of Putnam County Hospice sends our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep Joan and all her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Heather Homan + family saysSeptember 29, 2021 at 11:13 am
We are so sorry loss Tim, Allison, Eric, Ashley, and Andrew.
Perry Covault saysSeptember 30, 2021 at 7:54 pm
My condolence to the family and I would like to share that Joann was not just my Aunt that I had the opportunity to see and talk with while growing up in New Bremen but I was always remember her demeanor and the family time together with our family and hers. So many fond memories of my childhood and my teen years in Ohio. You were a great woman and mother and friend to many and you will be missed greatly. Your life meant so much to me and others. Thanks for making a difference in this life.
Wendy Marie Link saysOctober 2, 2021 at 8:37 am
I met Joan while working in Plant 7 at Crown Equipment. Plant 7 was one of the plants I cleaned with my job in Shop Services. She was a very nice lady and we would chat when we would see each other. I was so sorry to hear that she had passed away. My Deepest Sympathies to her family and friends.
Mike and Caelynn Bradshaw saysOctober 4, 2021 at 1:53 pm
Our deepest sympathies to Melissa, Mark and family. Her obituary described her so well. Nothing but good memories of her. Sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
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