JANICE LEE ECHLER, 70, of Montpelier, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier after a long battle with cancer. She was born on Jan. 9, 1943 in Fort Wayne, Ind. the daughter of Edward and Helen (Blee) Eagleson. Janice graduated from Central Catholic High School, and then went on to St. Francis College both in Fort Wayne. On June 30, 1962 she married Van D. Echler in Fort Wayne, and he survives. She was a elementary teacher's aide for Montpelier Schools for 27 years, retiring in 2006. She also sold real estate for Bob Mercer Reality. For many years she attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and was a member of the Pioneer Garden Club. She is survived by her husband, Van of Montpelier; son, Daniel (Tracey) Echler of East Tawas, Mich.; three daughters, SuAnn (Darin) Thorp of Montpelier, Dr. Nanette (Jon) Mick of Sylvania, Ohio, Pamela (Tom) Zahniser of Temperence, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Brittany and Blaine Thorp, Morgan, Lauryn and Connor Mick, and Mitchell, Mara and Matthew Zahniser; two brothers, James (Carolyn) Eagleson of Middlebury, Ind., and John (Barb) Eagleson of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier, Ohio. Father Jim Halleron officiating. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at the Wilson Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Donations may be made in Janice's honor to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Montpelier Elementary School or Bryan Hospital Hospice. Online condolences can be made at wilsongeeseyfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 3, 2013