Sept. 24, 1917-May 17, 2012
Madonna L. Wildenhaus, 94, of Fort Jennings died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Otterbein, St. Mary’s.
She was born Sept. 24, 1917, in Osgood to Leo J. and Rose (Heinl) Wildenhaus, who preceded her in death.
Surviving is a sister-in-law, Rosemary (Groff) Wildenhaus of Piqua; and 13 nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Roland J. “Bill” and his wife Mildred (Gerker) Wildenhaus, Paul J. Wildenhaus and Leonard A. Wildenhaus; two sisters: Joan and her husband Raymond Szenderski and Elizabeth “Betty” Wildenhaus; and a nephew.
Ms. Wildenhaus graduated from Fort Jennings High School in 1935 and Bliss College, Columbus, in 1936. She worked as a secretary at the State Department of Agriculture, the Treasury Department of Washington, D.C., the War Savings Department in Cleveland and ultimately returned to Fort Jennings where she was a cashier with The Fort Jennings State Bank, retiring after 30 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings and the Altar Rosary Society of the church. She was also a member of the Fort Jennings American Legion Auxiliary; a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Jennings State Bank; and a former board member of the Putnam County Board of Mental Retardation at Brookhill, where she continued as a volunteer. She was an avid traveler and her adventures took her throughout the United States and abroad.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, the Rev. Joseph Przybysz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township (on the corner of Rts. 224 & 634) and one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the church. There will be scripture service at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com