Vivian 'Vi' Recker (1919 - 2012)

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(NEWS ARTICLE) PEMBERVILLE, Ohio -- Violet "Vi" Recker, who was a homemaker and mother of six when she returned to the classroom as a college student and then as a teacher, died Friday in Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Village, where she lived about a decade. She was 92.

She was comatose after a stroke April 15, her daughter Suzanne said.

As a young woman, she taught at Olney School in what is now Northwood. She married and, on the family farm in Wood County's Lake Township, she cared for her growing family.

She went back to Bowling Green State University, from which she earlier received a teaching certificate, and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree.

She was hired as a fourth-grade teacher at Lake Elementary School, where she remained until she retired in the late 1980s.

"She made teaching exciting and enjoyable and made them want to learn," her daughter said. "She was a fun lady and made it fun for the children [who] were requesting to be in her room."

Three of her children became teachers: Bob, who retired from the Woodmore Local Schools; Bonnie, who taught in Holly, Mich., and Howell, Mich., districts, and the late Connie Keaton, who taught in the Bowling Green and Toledo schools.

At Otterbein-Portage Valley, she eagerly took part when Eastwood elementary students were bused to the community for tutoring. She filled her days with other activities offered at the community, from euchre to Bible studies.

"She was considered the social butterfly at the home," daughter Suzanne said. "She loved life and loved kids and loved people. She liked to keep busy."

She was born Nov. 20, 1919, to Anna and Delbert Snyder. She was a 1937 graduate of Pemberville High School.

Mrs. Recker, formerly of Woodville, liked to square dance and traveled the country with her husband. She was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Stony Ridge, where she taught Sunday school, served on the church board, and was a leader in the Rebekah Circle. She traveled to Israel twice with church groups.

"She was very religious," daughter Suzanne said.

She and Wayne "Brownie" Recker married Dec. 30, 1939. He died in May, 1982.

Surviving are her daughters, Suzanne Pavlica, Bonnie Scheuneman, and Betty Katakis; sons, Robert and Jon Recker; 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is to be Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, Genoa. Funeral services are to be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, Stony Ridge, where the body will be after 10 a.m. The family suggests tributes to the church or Otterbein-Portage Valley Retirement Village near Pemberville.

Contact Mark Zaborney at: or 419-724-6182.
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 28, 2012
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