Nioma Stephan

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SIDNEY — Nioma M. Stephan, 74, of 172 Tranquility Court, Sidney, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1940, in Delphos, Ohio, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Edna (Ultrup) Kortokrax.

On Jan. 24, 2000, she married Robert Stephan, who survives along with seven children, Debroah (Tim) Blair, of Gray, Tennessee, Sandra McRoberts, Jeff (Jane) Deitering, both of Sidney, Annette (Dave) Kauffman, of Anna, Ohio, Jack (Karen) Deitering, of St. Louis, Missouri, Bobbie and Brenda Stephan, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Janie (Stephan) and Chad Willis, of Sidney; eight grandchildren, Alisha Deitering and her fiancee' Andrew MacMillan, Brittany (Jason) Rethman, Ashley Ambos, Caleb Kauffman, Taylor Kauffman, Meghan (Brent) Becker, Jordan (Jake) Mills and Alex Stephan; siblings, Bob and Arlene Kortokrax, of Fort Jennings, Ohio, Carl and Carol Kortokrax, of Naples, Florida, and Janet and Tim Michel, of Quincy, Michigan.

Two brothers and one granddaughter preceded her in death.

Mrs. Stephan retired from Everyday Mfg. where she was a secretary. She volunteered her time at the election booth for many years and was a member of several writers clubs. She taught religion for many years at Immaculate Conception Church in Botkins and Sacred Heart Church in McCartyville, Ohio. Nioma attended Sacred Heart Church in McCartyville. She was an Ohio historian on the Erie Canal and was an author of two books, "Low Bridge" and "Cameo Effect." Her hobbies were gardining, sewing, crafts, enjoying her family, going to garage sales and auctions and getting together with friends. Nioma will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., with Deacon Paul Luthman officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. There will be no calling hours prior to the service.

The family respectfully request that memorials be made to the Holy Angels Soup Kitchen in Nioma Stephans memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Stephan family at the funeralhome's website,

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Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2015