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Luella McGowan

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FORT LORAMIE — Luella "Tude" (Romie) McGowan, age 92, of Elm Street, Fort Loramie, passed away of natural causes early Monday morning, June 20, 2016, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster, Ohio.

She was born April 10, 1924, in Fort Loramie, Ohio, to the late Martin and Clarabelle (Barga) Romie. On Nov. 13, 1948, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Luella married James Patrick McGowan who preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2014.

Surviving are seven children, Terry and Dan Schoch, of Minster, Pat and Janice McGowan, of Newport, Dennis and Patti McGowan, of Minster, Mike and Paula McGowan, of Minster, Jim and Angie McGowan, of Fort Loramie, Kathy and John Amos, of Sidney, and John and Shari McGowan, of Fort Loramie; 21 grandchildren, Phil, Andy, Brian, Kevin, Chris, Joe, Jessica, Michael, David, Claire, Bridget, Pierce, Stephanie, Matt, James, Nathan, Jeremy, Jake, Alison, Erin, Marcus and 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Council, of Greenville and a sister-in-law, Marlene Romie, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by eight siblings, Evelyn and John Siegel, Mildred and Howie Coble, Harold and Ann, Lillian, Oscar and Julie, Robert, Roger and Norbert Romie.

Luella was a 1942 graduate of Fort Loramie High School. She retired from the U.S. Post Office, Fort Loramie branch, in 1987 and had been Postmaster since 1976. She began working intermittently at the post office in 1942. Luella had always been a dedicated homemaker. She was a lifetime member of St. Michael Catholic Church and had been an Apostleship of Prayer Promoter. Many years ago Luella played the accordion with her family's Romie Orchestra. Luella enjoyed collecting stamps and pencil sharpeners. She also cherished interacting with her family and grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with the Rev. John W. Tonkin presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. and Friday 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad, Fire Department or St. Michael Church Building Fund.

Condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.


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Published in Sidney Daily News from June 21 to June 22, 2016