Neiman Ellen Marie (Shaffer) Neiman, 88, formerly from Youngstown, Ohio, passed away on April 4, 2013 in Columbus, where she lived for the past 22 years in retirement. Born in Wood County (Cygnet), Ohio, on December 22, 1924, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, The Rev. George Neiman, her parents Elzie J. and Julia (Trudel) Shaffer, and her sister Bernice Lucille (Shaffer) Gysan. She is survived by her brother, The Rev. Floyd T. Shaffer of Saginaw, Michigan; and three children, Miriam (Jay) Morrison of Centerville, Philip (Patty) Neiman of Toledo, and Mary Jane Neiman of Hilliard; five grandchildren, Nathan (Sharon) Morrison of York, SC, Amy (Marc) Fingerhut of Chicago, Adam Neiman and his fiancÃ©e, Sharon Hayden of Westerville, Ashley (Ian) Ramous of Cincinnati, and Meredith Neiman-Emmert and her fiancÃ©, Thomas Lopez of Arlington, VA and five great-grandchildren, Noah, Lindsey, and Molly Morrison, and James and Jacob Fingerhut, and her caregiver, Laurann Willis. She was a 1944 graduate of Capital University. A Lutheran Pastor's wife of 66 years, she actively supported her husband's ministry of two American Lutheran Church congregations - Zion Lutheran Church in Woodland, Michigan, for 11 years, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Youngstown for 33 years. A Celebration of Life service officiated by The Rev. Steve Watchman will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212, on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Holy Trinity. Interment will be at Fish Cemetery in New Rochester, Ohio, at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the George and Ellen Neiman Scholarship Fund at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43209, or to the organ fund for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212. Please visit www.weirarendfuneral.com
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