Velma M. Myers, 106, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at Galion Pointe Nursing Home, Galion.
Velma had been a resident of Galion since 1919, living 86 years at 201 Gill Ave., until Galion Pointe became her home the last 11 years of her life.
She was born in Monon, Indiana on July 24, 1910 to the late Harry P. and Emma (Eichhorn) Myers, both natives of Windfall, just northeast of Galion. Her parents were married in the First Reformed Church of Galion and moved to Indiana in 1909, to help Harry’s grandparents.
Harry died in the influenza epidemic at the end of World War I, shortly after returning from his mother’s funeral in Galion. At the time of his death, he owned a greenhouse in Delphi, Indiana, and had four children, Velma being the oldest.
Velma’s mother and her family returned to Galion after his death, moving into the house on Gill Avenue, which had been built by Velma’s great-grandparents, Philip and Katherine Hocker. Velma became the guardian of the family throughout its early years, helping all her siblings achieve their vocation. She continued to help support her mother until Emma’s death in 1967. Velma’s was truly a life of loving service.
Velma was also devoted to Galion’s Eichhorn Reunion. Starting at the end of World War II until she was 80, she mailed a typed, multiple-page newsletter to the large extended family. Her many friendships extended even to members of the Eichhorn family still living in Germany. Velma attended the 100th Eichhorn Reunion in 2008.
Velma retired from the position of bookkeeper at Kafers Florists in Mansfield in 1975. She held that position for around 30 years, following in her father’s profession. Earlier jobs included work for Gerlach Flowers in Piqua, and during the depression years Velma was a reporter for the Galion Inquirer, the Mansfield News Journal and the Marion Star.
She is survived by her 10 nieces and nephews: Kathy Bowden, Jean Bowden, Marsha Myers and Jeff Myers, of Columbus; William Bowden, Phil Myers, Janet Slack, Gary Wolfelt, Alan Wolfelt, Kay Montes, and eighteen great-nieces and nephews.
Velma’s siblings all preceded her in death, dying in the reverse order of their birth. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ruby E. Myers Bowden, of Mansfield; and her three brothers, Frederick C. Myers, Harry S. Myers, and Donald Wolfelt.
Friends may call Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, 303 Portland Way N., Galion, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Darrin Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Galion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund at the United Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.masfh.com.