Marvel Mae Stetler passed away June 18, 2021, at the Laurels of Shane Hill where she was a resident.

She was born May 12, 1939, in Van Wert County to the late August and Charlotte (Shutt) Etzler.

While attending Lima Memorial School of Nursing, she became pen pals with an Army soldier in Europe, and through those exchanges, she met the love of her life Donald "Butch" Stetler and married him on April 29, 1960. Together they enjoyed over 40 years of marriage until Butch's death in January of 2003.


They had three children: Steven (Dawn) Stetler of Dayton, Ohio, Debra (Mike) Lowry of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Timothy (Lisa) Stetler of Rockford, Ohio. Surviving in addition to her children are a brother and sister-in-law, Lowell (Pat) Etzler of Greenwich, Ohio, and her sister Marilee Etzler of Convoy, Ohio, brother- and sisters-in-law Ron (Hope) Stetler and Joan Stetler, as well as 6 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


Preceding her in death are a brother Lowayne, brothers- and sister-in-law Sue (Al) Heitkamp and Dick Stetler, and a great grandson Carter Honious.


Marvel truly enjoyed her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren. At a surprise celebration for her 82nd birthday, she was thrilled to finally meet her 2 newest great-grandchildren born in 2020. Marvel would often crochet daily, and if you were fortunate enough to have received one of her afghans, consider yourself truly blessed. She was a resident of Rockford for many years, as well as a registered nurse in the area for over 50 years. She carried an infectious laugh and caring heart everywhere she went.


For individuals wishing to do so, memorial donations in Marvel's honor may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Services will be held at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, Ohio. Visitation will be 6-8 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and 1-3 PM on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, with the funeral service immediately following.


Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, Ohio. Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements have been entrusted to Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, 111 W. First Street, Rockford, Ohio 45882.






Lauren Danielle Rupert, 29, of Van Wert, passed away unexpectedly at 6:53 AM on June 18, 2021 at Van Wert Health Emergency Room.


She was born on August 07, 1991, in Van Wert, to her parents, Paul Rupert and Michelle (Gutierrez) Rupert. Lauren was a 2010 graduate of Van Wert High School- Vantage Career Center where she earned her CNA certification. After graduating high school, she moved to Lake Worth, Florida where she began her CNA career. After 8 years in Florida, Lauren returned north but still maintained many Florida friendships. She was an artistic person and enjoyed drawing, swimming and making others laugh. Of all her activities, she loved spending time with her friends and family the most.


She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Michelle Rupert and Stan Ayers of Rockford; father, Paul Rupert of North Manchester, IN; brothers: Zach (Mikayla) Ayers of Antwerp; Logan (Kara) Rupert of Van Wert; sisters: Jamee Ayers of Van Wert; Nicole Albright of Idaho; Samantha Ayers of Rockford; grandparents: William & Patricia Gutierrez of Florida; Elaine Rupert of St. Marys; nieces: Josie Zuidema of Van Wert; Stella Albright of Idaho; Ruby Rupert of Van Wert; nephew, Summit Albright of Idaho as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Alcaria "Kelly" Gutierrez and grandfather, Benjamin Rupert.


A celebration of Lauren's life will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Watson, officiating.


The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 10 AM to 12 PM Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lauren`s memory may be sent to Juvenile Diabetes Research,

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.


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