Marie E. Wente, 90

Marie E. Wente, 90, of New Bremen, died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1921, in Maria Stein, the daughter of Fred and Helen (Walterbusch) Luebke. She was married on May 4, 1946, in Maria Stein to Leo R. Wente; he died on May 5, 1988.

Her survivors include six children, Marjorie and Warren Retzlaff of Wichita, Kan., Linda and Douglas Hoelscher of New Knoxville, James and Teresa Wente of New Bremen, William and Pam Wente of New Bremen, Donna and Michael Mueller of New Bremen and Laura and James Umstead of Huber Heights; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Lawrence Luebke of Minster, Irene and Tom Woehrmyer of Minster and Jeanette and Leander Moeder of Maria Stein; three sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Luebke of Celina, Joann Luebke of Fort Loramie and Della Mae Luebke of Coldwater. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alvin, Greg and Paul Luebke; in-laws, Rosalie Luebke and Lawrence Schemmel.

Marie was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in New Bremen, the New Bremen Senior Citizens and FOE 1391 Auxiliary of Minster. She was also retired from Crown Equipment of New Bremen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Redeemer Church in New Bremen by the Rev. Tom Mannebach. Burial will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery in Minster. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Condolences may be made at