Wheeler, Gertrude

Gertrude Marie Wheeler, 98, of Fayette, Ohio, died April 6, 2019, at Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio, while under the care of CHP Hospice.

Born July 3, 1920, near Elmira, Ohio, she was the second child born to Lawrence and Mary (Kutzley) Gigax. Gert grew up in Elmira where she attended school as a young girl before later taking classes at Archbold. She worked for the former Morenci egg plant, Essex Wire and later King-Wyse in Archbold.

She married Bud Wheeler on Nov. 17, 1951, in Archbold, Ohio, where they made their home for a year before settling on Maple Street in Fayette in 1952. Soon after, Bud went into the armed services and Gert devoted herself to serving as a loving homemaker as they began their family. She later operated a home-based flower business for many years, where she was locally renowned for her variety of bedding plants which she nurtured into beautiful blossoms that often adorned graves at the cemetery.

A lover of nature, one of her favorite hobbies was fishing, and she was known to take frequent daytrips and spend hours in solitude catching fish at nearby lakes. She also accompanied her husband on numerous trips to Fletcher’s Pond and northern Michigan for fishing and hunting.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Dale Gigax, Don Gigax and Helen Neuenschwander; and a son-in-law, Roger Fruchey.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gorham Fayette Fire Department or a charity of the donor’s choice.