Fern M. Walker, 99, of Van Wert, Ohio, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2020, at Vancrest Nursing Home in Van Wert.
She was born December 4, 1920, in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, and the daughter of William Henry and Ina Mae (Finkhousen) Lichtenberger, who both preceded her in death. On January 9, 1942, she married Herbert K. Walker who passed away January 4, 1990.
Fern is survived by her children, Roger (Jo Ellyn) Walker of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Linda (Robert J.) Breese of Willshire, Ohio, Suzanne (Dennis) Cox of Convoy, Ohio , David (Holly) Walker of Brookfield, Ohio and Jeff Walker of N. Fort Myers Florida. Her grandchildren included Carla Walker, Kimberly Youtsey, Gregory Breese, Trisha Martin, and Jennifer Calayo, Matthew Breese (dec.) Janette Griffith, Jason Cox, Jerod Cox, and Alex Walker. She had 13 great grandchildren.
Fern was the oldest of a family of eight. Sister Betty and Brother Ray survive. Siblings Mary, Lloyd, Kathryn, Lawrence, and Carl preceded her in death.
Fern retired from the National Seal Company in the mid-eighties with over 35 years on and off. She took time off when she had her children. When National Seal opened in 1942 she was one of the first hired. Those women working the factories during World War II were called, “Rosie the Riveter.”
Fern attended Trinity United Methodist Church for over fifty years. She taught Sunday School, sang when younger and enjoyed the services throughout her life. She lived a Christ centered life.
She did enjoy camping and spending time with her family. She always had cats to entertain her and to take care of. She took her house duties very seriously and hardly ever sat down. The last few years of her life were spent doing crossword puzzles, painting crafts, and sewing.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, at the Cowan and Son Funeral Home, with Rev. David To officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Preferred memorials are Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
There will be no visitation because of the pandemic and immediate family only will be in attendance.
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