MARION — Dorine E. Laucher, of Marion, died peacefully Friday, May 4, 2012 at home surrounded by family following an extended illness. She was 90.
Born May 14, 1921 in Richland Township, she was the oldest of two daughters of the late Clarence and Hazel (Graham) Hensel. She married Ralph W. Laucher on Nov. 10, 1940, in Marion and he preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1999.
Mrs. Laucher is survived by three children, Carol (Howard) Crum and Douglas (Pam) Laucher, both of Marion, and Connie (Pete) Miller, of Upper Sandusky; eight grandchildren, Cris (Brian) McElroy, Cathy (Andy) Harman, Carrie Block, Matt and Brad Laucher, Lucas (Heather) Miller, Jerrod and Kirk Miller; seven great-grandchildren, Layne, Corey, and Riley McElroy, Jason Akers, Arika (Kyle) Brown, Anthony Harman and Mitchell Block; two great-great grandchildren, Mallorie and Emalynn Brown; her sister, Erma Jean (Charles) Mautz, of Marion; a sister-in-law, Jane Laucher, of Marion; and many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.
A 1939 graduate of Claridon High School, she was a homemaker and helped on the family farm, doing anything from tending the livestock to hauling grain, all while cooking and baking to keep the family and field hands well fed.
The family enjoyed showing Guernseys at county fairs and the Ohio State Fair. They were very active in the Ohio Guernsey Breeders’ Association.
As a young woman, Mrs. Laucher worked at Woolworth’s Five and Dime. She later coordinated market research, interviewing businesses and individuals all around Ohio and a few neighboring states. In the summer, she sold produce for Crum Strawberry Farm.
She was an active member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Waldo, where she served through sewing circle and folding bulletins.
Mrs. Laucher loved working on genealogy and was a member of the Marion Area Genealogy Association. Her family was one of the first to settle in Marion County.
After moving to town, Mr. Laucher often could be found watching her “backyard critters.” Birds, squirrels and even deer were drawn to her flower and vegetable patches.
The Laucher family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Denzer-Farison-Hottinger and Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 W. Main St., Waldo. The family also will welcome friends the hour prior to the service. Pastor Sarah Schaaf will be officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Waldo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to Marion General Hospice, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.