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Elizabeth "Libby" Anderson, 86, of Oregon Ohio, passed away June 24, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Libby was born to Elizabeth (Ehrsam) and Jacob Moritz February 10, 1927. She was one of nine children raised on her parents' farm in Curtice, Ohio. Libby graduated from Clay High School with honors, and married the love of her life, Danny Anderson, June 12, 1947. The two were loving partners and best friends for over 61 years.
Libby was firmly rooted in her faith in God and was a lifelong member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Curtice, Ohio. She contributed in any way she was needed, from council secretary, to church dinners, ladies groups and committees. In a time when many women did not work, Libby was ahead of the curve and used her mathematical and organizational skills as an accountant for Buckenmeyer and King. Libby loved her country and as the wife of an Army man, she took every opportunity to lend her support to veterans and those fighting overseas. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Christ Dunberger American Legion Post 537.
Libby was an avid sports fan. Her number one team was the Ohio State Buckeyes and she and her husband attended several bowl games. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Libby herself coached women's softball for over 15 years taking her daughters' team to 7 national tournaments. Her passion for athletics continued throughout her whole life and she could be seen at many of her grandchildren's various sporting events keeping meticulous track of scores and stats. Libby was also a super booster for Clay High School's athletics program. Libby herself enjoyed playing sports and in her retirement loved playing golf with her friends.
Libby was the rock and moral compass of her family. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly and she was the glue that held her family together. There was nothing in her mind that a little hard work and elbow grease couldn't fix. She was always there to lend a helping hand to a neighbor or to hold the hand of someone who was ill or struggling. A child of the depression, she was very frugal, but never hesitated to share anything she had with someone in need. She was honest, humble, kind, intelligent, faithful, loyal, and nothing meant more to her than God and her family. She was devoted to her husband Danny and together they created a beautiful family woven together by love and faith. They were a very social couple who had a huge circle of friends and loved to entertain. Lib spent lots of time planning and carrying out Danny's grand party ideas. In Danny and Libby's eyes there was always room for one more and they were always ready with a welcoming meal or a place to lay your head. Libby was a loving mother to her three children and a huge supporter of her ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was always their number one cheerleader at any of their events and activities and was so proud of their accomplishments. Libby's kind heart, ready laugh, and sparkling blue eyes will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but we are comforted by the fact that she believed in the Lord's promise of eternal life and is now in Heaven with her family and friends. The family would like to thank Libby's amazing and loving caretakers, Melissa, Rick, Bill, Traci, and Tonia.
Libby is survived by her daughters, Kris (John) Nikoncyk, Pat Schwierking; son, Tim (Cindy) Anderson; grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Rettig, Chad (Heather) Nikoncyk, Sean (Alicia) Nikoncyk, Lyndse (Mike) Farrell, Jamie (Mike) Katschke, Jodie (Ben) Mason, Erica Anderson, Nathan (Lindsey) Nikoncyk, Stacy Schwierking, Brad Anderson; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Kirsten, Mikaeli, Kelsie, Lukas and Cam; brother-in-law, Jim Harrell, and brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Alberta Johnson.
Visitation will be held at the Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Rd. on Friday from 2:00-9:00 p.m. with Christ Dunberger Auxillary services at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 20 S. Yondota Rd., Curtice, Ohio on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. and where the family will greet friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial services will be later at a private service. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Libby's memory are asked to consider St. Luke's Lutheran Church.
Eggleston-Meinert-Pavley Funeral Home
440 S. Coy Road Oregon, OH 43616
Published in Toledo Blade from June 26 to June 27, 2013