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Monday, June 18, 2012 1:43 PM

July 21, 1931-June 15, 2012

Ruth P. Menke, 80, of Fort Jennings, died at 11:05 a.m. Friday at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

She was born July 21, 1931, in Ottoville to Charles D. and Clara (Pittner) Sawmiller, who preceded her in death.

On Dec. 1, 1951, she married Ralph P. Menke, who died August 4, 2011.

Surviving are five children, Shirley Odenweller of Seward, Alaska, Ronald (Peggy) Menke of Delphos, David (Lisa) Menke of Van Wert and Sharma (John) Bidlack and Dennis “Zeke” (Tina) Menke of Fort Jennings; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Theresa Heiing of Ottawa, Dorothy Metcalf of Coldwater, Mich., and Clara (Ralph) Honigfort of Kalida.

She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Mary Sawmiller, Alice Beckman, Rose Mary Seiment, Helen Murphy and Gertrude Michael; and three brothers, Cyril Sawmiller, Charles P. Sawmiller and Harold Sawmiller.

Mrs. Menke owned Ruth’s Shoe service in Fort Jennings with her husband. She retired from Putnam Acres Care Center in Ottawa and had worked at Paradise Oaks Nursing Home in Cloverdale. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and bird watching but most of all, Ruth loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, the Rev. Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials are to Putnam County Hospice or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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