Esther J. Wical

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BOTKINS - Esther J. Wical, 85, of Botkins, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 5:54 p.m. at Dorothy Love Retirement Community.
She was born on Jan. 29, 1928, in Franklin Township, Shelby County, the daughter of the late Alfred and Ora (Billing) Knasel. She married M. "Wayne" Wical on Jan. 22, 1964, and he died on Aug. 29, 1980.
She is survived by her two children, Jennifer L. Wical and Jeffery W. Wical, both of Botkins; a brother, Paul (Ingrid) Knasel, of North Brook, Ill.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who all had a special place in her heart.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and their spouses, Dorothy (Lowell) Fogt and Betty (Gerald) Dahlinghaus, and by a brother and his spouse, LeRoy (June) Knasel. She was also preceded in death by her in-laws and their spouses, Odetta (Milo) Opperman, Lincoln (Betty ) Wical, Marie (Kenneth) Fogt, James Wical, and Thomas Wical.
Esther graduated from Anna High School in 1946. She worked as an inspector at Stolle Corp in Sidney. In 1956 she and her good friend, Margorie Ollerman, left Ohio and went to Santa Monica, Calif., where she was a secretary at General Telephone Company of California. Missing her family, she returned to Ohio in 1960 and took a position as parts clerk at Westinghouse Air Brake in Sidney. She took a break from working outside the home to raise her twins. She also sewed and assisted her husband in his business. During her high school years she stayed with her Grandmother Knasel and then helped her Aunt Leota Knasel when she developed health issues. After her children were raised, she continued her passion for helping the elderly by working for Staff Builders in Troy, providing home health care for elderly individuals in the Minster, Sidney, Wapakoneta, New Bremen and Botkins areas.
Esther was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botkins, where she had served on church council, taught Sunday School, was a member of the Mary Circle, and assisted with Vacation Bible School.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins, with the Rev. Robert Carter officiating. Burial will be at Loramie Valley Cemetery in Botkins.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and on Monday morning from 9 a.m. until the hour of service at the St. Paul Evangelical Luthern Church in Botkins.
Memorials may be made to the Anna Rescue Squad or to St. Paul Evangelical Luthern Church in Esther Wical's memory. Envelopes will be available at the church. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Cromes Funeral Home Inc., 302 S.Main Ave., Sidney.
Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the Wical family at Cromes Funeral Home's website,

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Published in Sidney Daily News on June 21, 2013