SALLY J. MECKSTROTH age 83
Of New Bremen, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:54 A.M. at Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. She was born on April 25, 1935 in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Elmer L. and Leona B. (Lanning) Kohler. On April 16, 1955, she married Roland S. Meckstroth, who died on January 25, 1996. Along with her husband and parents, Sally was preceded in death by three sisters; June Henderson, Patricia Henning, and Betty Henschen. She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Meckstroth of New Bremen, son Jeff Meckstroth of St. Marys, son Greg Meckstroth of New Bremen, and grandson Jacob Meckstroth of Vandalia. Also surviving are her sister Janet Craft of St. Marys, her sister-in-laws Kate Meckstroth and LaRue Dicke, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Sally was a 1953 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, and she earned a Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree from Wright State University. She taught fourth grade at Minster Elementary School for 28 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, where she taught Sunday School for several years, and was a part of the Circle of Friends ministry. Sally was a member of the Auglaize County Retired Teachers’ Association, Hospital Guild #9, St. Marys American Legion Post 323 Auxiliary, Friends of the New Bremen Library, and the New Bremen Senior Citizens. For many years, she was a volunteer at the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital, the New Bremen Blood Mobile, and the New Bremen Historic Association. Sally was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards, and being with her friends.
Private family services will be held. Inurnment will take place in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen, and condolences to the Meckstroth family can be left online at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
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Rev'd Dr. David A Williams saysAugust 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm
I enjoyed playing bridge with Sally and her sister, Betty, on a number of occasions. Sally was a “spunky” lady who enjoyed laughter and friends. I give thanks for her graciousness and kindness that she expressed to me. Prayers ascend for her family as they remember and give thanks for Sally!
+Pastor David Williams
Roger and Cheryl Barlage saysAugust 17, 2018 at 10:45 pm
Sending sympathy to your family as you go through this difficult time.
May you feel the comfort of God’s love embrace you.
Marilyn Sommer saysAugust 18, 2018 at 9:36 am
Thinking of you all as you work through your loss. May you know His comfort and peace.
Alan Dock saysAugust 18, 2018 at 9:47 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Worked with her at Minster Schools
Phyllis Topp Palmer saysAugust 18, 2018 at 4:43 pm
To the entire Meckstroth family: Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. I have many fond memories of Sally while I was growing up in Lock Two & of babysitting for you Sherry, Greg & Jeff. What a threesome you guys were! What one couldn’t think of, the other ones could! May the memories you have of your mom carry you through this difficult time.
John & Phylls Topp Palmer
Marilyn Mackey saysAugust 19, 2018 at 9:42 am
Sally taught me that complaining was an exercise in futility, that enjoying the company at the card table trumped winning, that daughters are worth more than silver and gold
and to count your blessings-being acquainted with Sally was one of mine.
Pam Leid saysAugust 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm
Our hearts sincerely share your loss. I have been gone from Minster for almost 40 years but your Mom and I were in touch every month the whole time. The best 4 years of my life were sitting at Sally’s kitchen table getting my butt kicked by her at cards and board games. Sally and Steve, my son, even played Jeopardy on a hand held game. Glad to see on Facebook Greg is still quiet and Jeff has as much cat hair on his clothes as I do on mine. I do not want to lose touch with all of you my phone number is 419-819-0671.
Pat Snyder saysAugust 19, 2018 at 7:43 pm
Sally was a favorite aunt of mine, if she was ever sad or downhearted, she never showed it to me. Always a hearty laugh and smile, plus she beat me ALMOST every time at “Words With Friends”, I wondered where she got some of those words. She will be busy in heaven with another whole new vocabulary.She will be missed. Hugs to my cousins, Sherry, Jeff and Greg.
Patricia Hensley saysAugust 20, 2018 at 1:42 pm
Sher, You and Your Family have Our Deepest Sympathy. Our Thoughts are with You. Love and Miss You. Your Coworkers in the Desma Dept.
Barbara Thieman Soucek saysAugust 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I grew up in Minster and Mrs. Meckstroth was my fourth grade teacher and one of my favorites.. I remember thinking she was so pretty and loved when she played her guitar for us. She was a kind and wonderful teacher.
David Kemper saysAugust 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm
I was lucky enough to have Mrs. Meckstroth as my 4th grade teacher. I was in her very first class at Minster. She was my all time favorite teacher. I was recently asked why she was my favorite and I replied, She treated us like we were her age and she acted like she was ours. I loved her very much, My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Barbara Rupert Thompson saysAugust 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm
Sherry, my sympathy to you and your family. May you find peace in knowing you will be together again some day.
Deb Fark Barhorst saysAugust 21, 2018 at 9:01 am
Sherry… so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Jim Scheer saysAugust 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm
We car pooled on occasion when attending classes at the branch campus in Celina, Ohio. I admired her that she returned to college after some delay from high school. She always had some fun stories to share. My prayers to the family.
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