Gladeen Lantz, 94, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 30, 2017, at her residence, under the care of her family and CHP Hospice.
She was born May 21, 1923, in Shunk, Ohio, the daughter of the late Adam and Tessalone (Jennings) Dietrich.
Gladeen grew up in Liberty Center, Ohio, before her family settled near Fayette. She married Orville Lewis “Red” Lantz on Oct. 28, 1943, and he preceded her in death Jan. 20, 1985. Red was a farmer, and Gladeen assisted him with the family’s turkey farm. She also worked at Wauseon Wire Factory for more than 25 years until its closing, and later at Perfection Finishers in Wauseon, where she retired in October 2001. She was a faithful lifetime member of the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples and was a member of its women’s auxiliary.
Gladeen is remembered for her particular and neat nature. She was talented at crocheting and quilting intricate keepsakes for her family and friends. In her later years, she enjoyed bowling, and belonged to the Morenci Women’s League, often traveling to various states to compete.
She is survived by two daughters, Beverly (and Larry) Sines of Morenci and Janice (and John) Allen of Napoleon, Ohio; a son, Roger Lantz of Fayette; four grandchildren, Wendy (and Rodney) Kessler of Fayette, Chris (and Tonya) Lantz of Fayette, Tiffany Flathers of Wauseon, and Michael Allen of Napoleon; 15 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, James Smith of Morenci.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her youngest child, Rodney Jay Lantz; seven brothers; and four sisters.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Fayette Christian Church-Disciples, with Rev. Gene Sugg officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette Christian-Disciples Church.