VAN WERT – Edith L. Nierman, 92, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

She was born Aug. 16, 1926, in Decatur, Ind., to her late parents, Adolph and Viola (Grote) Marbach. On April 22, 1950, Edith married the love of her life, Wilmer D. Nierman. Together they were longtime members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, the Altar Guild and sang with the choir for a time.

She was the pre-pack supervisor at Van Wert City School cafeteria for 19 years before retiring. Edith also volunteered with the American Red Cross for 26 years. In addition to being a Campfire Leader while her children were younger, she was an incredible cook and baker who always had cookies in her freezer to share. She was an avid reader and looked forward to gardening every spring.

She is survived by her children, Gregory (Sandra) Nierman of Newton, N.H., Joyce Ann (Don) Ryan of Kalamazoo, Mich., Pamela (Michael) Chavarria of Van Wert and Ellen (Rudy) Bidlack of Scott; sister, Edna Mesing of Decatur, Ind.; brothers, Herbert (Lorna) Marbach and Richard (Helen) Marbach, all of Decatur; grandchildren, Christopher Van Doren of Sturgis, Mich., Jennifer Van Doren of Paw Paw, Mich., Mitchell (Amanda) Chavarria of Grabill, Ind., Jason (Sarah) Chavarria of Warsaw, Ind., Lynn (Mark) Hanson of Scott; step-grandchildren, Erin Deary and Amy (Ryan) Doolin, both of Newton, N.H.; great grandchildren, Madison Van Doren, Leigha Chavarria, Max Chavarria; step-great-grandchildren, Hayley Deary, Alexander Doolin, Lucas Doolin, Brooklyn Doolin; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer D. Nierman; sisters, Linda Brenneke, Norma Mueller and Florence Bulmahn; and brother, Edward Marbach.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Van Wert with the Rev. Kurt Klingbeil presiding. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, and again on one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.