Anita Mae Weeder
Anita Mae Weeder


VAN WERT, Ohio — Anita Mae Weeder, 103, of Van Wert, passed away at 7 p.m. Sunday at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

She was born on June 15, 1911, in Auglaize County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Melvin F. and Hannah (Zimmerman) Metzger.

On March 5, 1938, she married Clair Wilbur Weeder and they enjoyed 73 years of marriage before he died on June 15, 2011.

Family survivors include her three daughters: Sharon L. Blank of Van Wert, Marilyn A. (William) Morgan of Venedocia, and Debra J. (Robert) Keppel of Tipp City, five grandchildren: Brian (Jeff Greenblat) Blank, Anne (David) Harting, Jennifer (Brent) Wright, Kathleen (Will) Kessler and Colleen (Brandon) Flayler, and five great-grandchildren: Ragen, Jaret, Mackenzie Harting and Hannah and Marissa Kessler.

She was preceded in death by a sister: Helen Bell, five brothers: Richard, Herbert, Burdette, Clifford and Theodore Metzger, and a son-in-law: Robert Blank.

Anita co-owned and operated Triangle Super Valu grocery in Van Wert, retiring in 1976. She was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church where she was active in Caregivers, Piecemakers and the Dorcas Circle. She was also a member of the Men’s Garden Club and Lady Board of Managers of the Van Wert County Hospital.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at St. Marks Lutheran Church with the Rev. William C. Haggis, II officiating. Interment will follow at Van Wert Woodland Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 - 7 p.m. at Cowan & Son Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to St. Marks Lutheran Church, the Brumback Library, or the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center.