Avelene Metzger

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WAPAKONETA — Avelene Louise Metzger, 91, of rural Wapakoneta, died 10:12 a.m., Wed. March 12, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born May 12, 1922, in Waynesfield, OH, the daughter of Harrison Guy & Glenna Irene (Hefner) Gossard, who preceded her in death. On May 2, 1943, she married Amos Howard Wilson who died in 1944 serving in W.W. II. Then on May 12, 1948, she married Chester Lee Metzger, and he died April 26, 1991.

Survivors include, a daughter, Gloria (Lowell) Headapohl, Wapakoneta, 2 grandchildren, Barbara (John) Barnhart, Wapakoneta, Christopher (Ashley) Headapohl, Wapakoneta, 3 great grandchildren, John Barnhart, Jr., Derek Barnhart,& Dakota Headapohl, a sister-in-law, Adalia Gossard, Wapakoneta.

She was preceded in death by 4 siblings, Margaret Gossard, Jack Gossard, Beulah Stettler, & Brooks Gossard.

A homemaker, Avelene worked at Westinghouse Corp., Lima. She attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta. Avelene spent 30 winters in south Texas and enjoyed warm winters with her many "snowbird" friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m., Sat. March 15, 2014, at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, Pastor Mark Bauer officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will be at a later date in the Fairmount Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of the service, Sat. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Community Health Professionals of Tri-County Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home
Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home
1102 Lincoln Ave. Wapakoneta, OH 45895
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Published in The Lima News from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014