KAREN SUE (MOYER) TOSTRICK, age 79,
of New Bremen, peacefully passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 2:25 P.M. at the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, surrounded by loved ones, after a difficult battle with a number of serious health issues.
Karen was born on April 8, 1944 to the late Harold Walter Moyer and Wilma Lucille (Hollopeter) Moyer in Celina, Ohio. During high school, Karen worked at the soda fountain at Schwieterman’s Pharmacy in New Bremen. After graduation from New Bremen High School, Karen attended the Richard Weston Beauty School in Dayton, Ohio, after which she worked several years as a beautician in the New Bremen area.
In high school, Karen met her future spouse, John Wilson Tostrick. They were married on August 29, 1964 and went on to have three children: Diane Sue (Tostrick) Koenig, Mark John Tostrick, and Steven Jonathan Tostrick.
Karen was predeceased by her parents, brother Jack Gordon Moyer, and son Mark John Tostrick. She is survived by her husband John Wilson Tostrick, children Diane Sue (Dan) Koenig, Steven Jonathan (Jessica) Tostrick, and grandchildren: Laura Sue (Hayden) Pottkotter, Sarah Diane (Ryan) Maguire, and Trevor Thomas Reed.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. A time of visitation will be held on Friday morning one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorial contributions in memory of Karen can be made to St. Paul Church for the purchase of a new funeral pall, or for the Organ Maintenance Fund. Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family on the funeral home website at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
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Roger and Cheryl Barlage saysMay 1, 2023 at 4:59 pm
Sending our sympathy to your family. Hugs and 🙏
Don and Robin Bark saysMay 1, 2023 at 5:07 pm
Sending our thoughts and prayers to your family.
Mona Moyer-Leonard saysMay 1, 2023 at 6:58 pm
Karen is my sister-in-law. I have missed her so much. Her health issues precluded our staying close. My love and condolences to her family.
Doris carr saysMay 1, 2023 at 7:46 pm
Karen was a kind lady. My sympathy to John and family 🙏🌺
Jerry Newman saysMay 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm
John and family, Cindy and I were so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. We just like to remember all the good times that we had in 79ers. Please know that she is at piece now. God will heal all her pains. Jerry
Jeff Gerber saysMay 1, 2023 at 8:34 pm
John and family, Our sincerest condolences to you on the loss of Karen. With the Easter promise of the resurrection we know we never say goodbye for the last time. Peace and comfort be with you all. Bev and Jeff Gerber
Jeff Caudill saysMay 1, 2023 at 10:49 pm
Dear Mr. Tostrick, my heartfelt prayers are with you and your family. Your wife was a true gift to this earth. I pray you receive peace and comfort in this time of earthly loss. What a glorious time your wife must be having. I’m thankful for her support of you and specifically of her supporting your time filling the pulpit at Zion church where you were my confirmation teacher. I gave my life to Christ during that time. I thank your wife for agreeing to that assignment in your life and grateful to you for your faithfulness. I now am a minister of the gospel myself and am mindful of where my walk with Christ began. It is the peace of my savior, Jesus, that passes understanding that I pray for you and your family.
Rosalyn Black saysMay 2, 2023 at 9:17 am
So sorry. I have many sweet memories of sleep overs with Karen. When her mother Wilma passed , we spent the days together.
Vernon and Julia Paul saysMay 3, 2023 at 4:06 pm
Sending our deepest sympathy to John and the family. Hugs and prayers!
Laura Davis saysMay 10, 2023 at 6:00 am
I met Karen & Pastor John as a teen, when they were youth group leaders at St. Paul UCC in St. Louis MO. (John was serving as student minister while attending Eden Seminary.) I so enjoyed getting to know them! We even made a trip to Chicago to see the sights & tour Elmhurst College. This was more than 55 years ago, but the warm memories linger for me. And when I saw the photo of Karen – I would recognize that smile anywhere. I’m very sorry to learn of her passing, yet grateful that she is now reunited with her parents, brother and baby son. May peace be with you, John, and with all who knew and loved Karen.
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