Naomi Lucille Counterman, 91, of Rockford, Ohio, died Tuesday evening,
January 29, 2019, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.
She was born April 15, 1927, at home in Hopewell Township, Mercer
County, Ohio, the daughter of Raymond Edward and Ocie Mae (Wurster)
Smith. Ocie passed away in 1960, and Raymond then married Thelma
Wurster; both are now deceased.
Naomi graduated from Neptune High School, and on April 17, 1948, she
married Edwin Counterman, who preceded her in death on May 18, 1989.
Naomi lived in the area most of her life. She not only was a wife,
mother, and homemaker, but she worked on the farm beside Ed, and
continued farming after Ed died. She was a very active member of the
former East Bethel Evangelical Church, where she was a member of the
Ladies’ Aid, a Sunday School teacher, and a Bible School teacher. She
then became a member of the former Grace United Methodist Church. She
worked at Sharp Canning Company and also worked in her later years at
Walmart where she retired at the age of 88. She was very active
throughout her life. She loved gardening, crocheting, and sewing. Most
of all, she loved spending time with her family. She always looked
forward to her drives with her family, seeing the sights and the changes
that were taking place in the area.
Naomi is survived
by her two children: Duane (Diane) Counterman and Pamela (John)
Stapleton, both of Rockford; 4 grandchildren: Lisa (Jody) Haller, Ohio
City; Aaron Stapleton, St. Marys; Justin (Kathy) Counterman, Katy Tx;
and Alysha Counterman, Rockford; 10 great-grandchildren; 3
great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving
is a sister Wilma Houts of Celina; 1 step-sister, Juanita (Tom) Wise of
Van Wert; 1 step-brother, Glen Wurster of Bonita Springs, Florida; a
brother-in-law, Gene Counterman, Convoy, Ohio; and 2 sisters-in-law,
Marie Schnarre and Mary Hull, both of Celina, and a former
sister-in-law, Joann Counterman, also of Celina.
One brother, Ronald Smith is deceased, along with 2 step-brothers:
Wayne and John Wurster.
Funeral services will be held this Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 2:00
p.m., at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, Ohio, with Pastor Tom
Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Friends may call on
Saturday at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service.
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