TIPP CITY - Diane H. Ratz, 79, of Tipp City, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the SpringMeade Health Center, Tipp City. She was born Jan. 28, 1934, in Bellefontaine, to the late Don Hamilton and Mildred (Davis) Hamilton Paul.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin E. Ratz; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and James Cozatt of Troy; son, Bruce Allen of Louisville, Ky.; brother, Bruce Hamilton of Florida; three grandchildren, Deanna Allen of Louisville, Ky.; Elizabeth Cozatt of Dayton; and Aaron Cozatt of Troy. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, J.R. Paul.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City and formerly active with the American Cancer Society, Meals-on-Wheels and the German American Club. When her children were students, Diane was an avid volunteer with the Troy City Schools. She was the former director of volunteers at Stouder Memorial Hospital, Troy, and a former officer and volunteer with the Stouder Auxiliary.
Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with the Rev. Edward Sensenbrenner officiating. A private family interment will be held at the Riverside Cemetery, Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Suite G100, Dayton, OH 45449.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.
Baird Funeral Home
555 N. Market St. Troy, OH 45373
Published in Piqua Daily Call on May 2, 2013