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Ethel L. Sudman, 99,

May 30, 2014

Ethel L. Sudman, 99, formerly of New Bremen, died at 4:10 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at The Gardens of Celina where she had resided since 2007.  She was born on May 5, 1915, in German Township, Auglaize County, near New Bremen.  

She was the daughter of William and Clara (Wierwille) Ahlers.  

On Sept. 8, 1932, she married Wilbert Sudman, who preceded her in death on May 11, 2002.  

Survivors include her children, Kenneth (Regina) Sudman and Lee (Patricia) Sudman, both of St. Marys and Beverly (Harold) Donovan of Celina.  

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, 13 stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was a daughter-in-law, Lynda Sudman, one stepgrandchild, one great-grandson, brother and sister-in-law Harold and Frances Ahlers, a sister and brother-in-law, Lucille (Lester) Lutterbeck and in-laws Willis and Evelyn Sudman and Alfred and Helen Sudman.  

Mrs. Sudman was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ.  She had worked for 6 years before her marriage at the former White Mountain Creamery in New Bremen.  She then worked alongside her husband on the family farm.

Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, the Rev. Becky Erb Strang and the Rev. Allen Sudman officiating.  

Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.  

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the services on Saturday at the church.  

Memorial contributions can be directed to the church memorial fund.  

Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen is handling the arrangements and condolences to the family may be left at


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