Janice E. Schroer, 74

Janice E. Schroer, 74, of New Bremen, died at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Elmwood of New Bremen.

She was born on March 29, 1938, in New Bremen.

She was the daughter of Leo and Luella (Blumhorst) Topp, who preceded her in death.

On Sept. 7, 1957, she married Lloyd W. Schroer, who survives east of New Bremen.

Also surviving are her daughters, Vicki (Tim) May of New Bremen, Deb (Dave) Hovestreydt of Sidney and Lori (Kurt) Rindler of New Bremen.  Grandchildren include Keith (Steven Meyers) May of Sidney, Jessica (Dakota Blair) May of Minster, Jamie (Cody Russell) Hovestreydt of Sidney, Gerrit Hovestreydt of Sidney, and Jacob, Nathan and Owen Rindler, all of New Bremen. Also surviving is her sister, Bonnie (Orville) Heidt of New Knoxville.

Preceding her in death, along with her parents, was her brother Robert H. Topp, of New Bremen.

Janice was a 1956 graduate of New Bremen High School, where she graduated salutatorian of her class.  She served as drum majorette in the band, and was a cheerleader for all four years of high school. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, where she was very involved in the life of the church, including being a member of the Women’s Guild, the Busy 12, Satellite C, church secretary for more than 20 years, a Sunday School teacher for 30 plus years, singing in the Saturday night church choir, and a Room Mother for the children.

She enjoyed following her children and grandchildren in all of their various activities through the years, including being a band booster member, and a member of the C.C.L. group for many years.  Janice retired from working in the Accounting department at Kirk NationaLease, of Sidney, in 2007 after 22 years of service. She then worked at Emmy’s Bridal in Minster for several years. She was a devoted housewife, mother, and grandmother, also helping out on the family farm since its beginning in 1967. She loved to cook and bake, and throw elaborate parties.  Janice and Lloyd enjoyed traveling, visiting every state in the United States and 26 foreign countries.    

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, the Rev. Becky Erb Strang, officiating. Burial will take place following the funeral in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.

Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, and/or Wilson Home Health/Hospice, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, Ohio, 45365.

Condolences to the family may be left at GilbergHartwigFh.com.