Ruth M. Niekamp, 84, of New Bremen, died at 5:26 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen.
She was born on Aug. 4, 1929, in Carthagena. She was the daughter of William and Philomena (Clune) Gerlach.
On July 27, 1949, she married Paul J. Niekamp, and he survives in New Bremen. Other survivors include her children, Diane and David Wagner of Celina, Marilyn and Jerry Nerderman, Linda and Alan Kelley, Tim and Jeanne Niekamp and Randy and Jenny Niekamp, all of New Bremen. Also surviving is her daughter-in-law, Kathy Niekamp of Huber Heights, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, her sister, Dorothy Niekamp of Montezuma and her brother, Bob Gerlach of Coldwater.
Preceding her in death was her son, Roger Niekamp and her siblings, Pauline Klosterman, Harold E. Gerlach, Clarence Gerlach, Victor Gerlach, James Gerlach and Harold Gerlach.
Mrs. Niekamp was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, where she was active with the funeral lunch committee and the former St. Ann Alter Sodality.
She was a member of the VFW Post 9019 Auxiliary of Chickasaw and the American Legion Post 241 Auxiliary of New Bremen, where for many years she helped raise money by selling “poppies” on Poppy Day and assisted with the American Red Cross Blood Drives held at the American Legion Post.
She belonged to several card clubs over the years and enjoyed working crossword puzzles and making sure there were always “sweets” around the kitchen for the entire family. She was a member of the former Myron Pearce All Girls Orchestra and loved big band music.
Christmas was Ruth’s favorite time of year, and she enjoyed 64 consecutive Christmas Eve gatherings on the farm with the entire family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating.
Burial followed in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences to the Niekamp family can be left at GilbergHartwigFh.com.
Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen handled the arrangements.