Alma Ellen Bolenbaugh
Alma Ellen Bolenbaugh

VAN WERT, Ohio – Alma Ellen Bolenbaugh, 97, of Van Wert, died at 12:28 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.

She was born Jan. 19, 1917, in Mercer County, the daughter of the late Rebecca (Williams) and Philip Swander.

Her husband, John Vernon Bolenbaugh, died May 16, 2008. They were married March 30, 1937, in Huntington County, Indiana.


Survivors include a son: Jack A. (Sharon) Bolenbaugh of Van Wert; daughters: Marjorie (Robert) Waldron of Celina, Ohio, and Carole Doner and Jean (Thomas J.) Metzger, both of Van Wert; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren, and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law: Ronald Doner, two brothers: Raymond and Kenneth Swander, and three sisters: Nettie Swander, Lucy Copeland, and Ola Swander.

She had worked at Goodyear in St. Marys, Poultry House and TuWay Products in Rockford. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert. She was active in the Women’s Bowling League well into her 80’s and was an avid Cincinnati Reds, Dallas Cowboys and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. The Rev. Harold Shafer of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Calling hours are Monday from 3 - 7 p.m.

Preferred memorial is St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Disabled American Veterans.

Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to: cowanfh@yahoo.com.