Grace M. Lininger

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Grace M. Lininger

UPPER SANDUSKY: Grace M. Lininger, age 87, of rural Upper Sandusky, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at her home in Upper Sandusky.

Grace was born December 27, 1926, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to Henry and Annie (Myers) Bauman, both of whom are deceased. She married J. Richard Lininger on September 5, 1954, at West Swamp Mennonite Church in Quakertown. He passed away on August 1, 2013.

She is survived by three children: Gayle Lininger of Marion, Ohio, Jay (Julie) Lininger of Goshen, Indiana, and Jan (Ed) Partlow of Westerville, Ohio; two grandchildren: Jeremy (Autumn) Lininger of Chauvin, Louisiana, and Joel Lininger of Goshen, Indiana; two step-grandchildren: Eddie Partlow of Dublin, Ohio, and Jason Partlow of Gahanna, Ohio; and one step-great grandson, Jason "JJ" Partlow. Grace is also survived by a brother, Harvey (Pauline ) Bauman of Bluffton, Ohio.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers: Andrew, Melvin, Raymond, and Horace Bauman; and two sisters: Esther Engelman and Dorothy High.

Grace was a 1944 graduate of Quakertown High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1949 from Bluffton University. Prior to raising a family, she taught Home Economics, Biology, Reading and Physical Education at the following schools: Blooming Glen (PA) High School, Marseilles High School, and New Washington High School. She also served as a cheerleading adviser and coach of girls basketball and softball. In 1967, Grace began teaching Home Economics and Senior Adult Living at Upper Sandusky High School. She retired in 1989.

She was a member of Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church and the Progressive Sunday School Class in Upper Sandusky. She also served as coordinator of the church's Service Guild for many years, and directed the group's efforts in church dinners, special events and design of the new kitchen facility in 2001.

She was a former 4-H adviser of the Champion Workers 4-H Club in Wyandot County.

Grace enjoyed watching sports and was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Upper Sandusky Rams. She and Richard faithfully attended Rams boys and girls basketball games, both home and away, for many years.

Grace spent her leisure time reading, sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting. She was an excellent cook and baker, and was particularly known for her pie baking.

She, along with Richard, did a lot of gardening on their farm, where she preserved and shared many fruits and vegetables with family and friends.

She will be remembered by her family, friends and former students for her sweet and gentle spirit and her loving ways, evident throughout her entire life. In the years following her retirement, Grace enjoyed seeing former students, many of whom considered her as their favorite teacher.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church in Upper Sandusky, with the Rev. Jim Stauffer officiating. Burial will follow at Old Mission Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 10, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, as well as one hour prior to the service time at the church on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's International or the Trinity Evangelical Kitchen Fund and may be sent to Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, 476 S. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.

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Lucas Batton Funeral Homes Inc
476 S Sandusky Ave Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
(419) 294-1985
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Published in the Marion Star on Feb. 8, 2014
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