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Claire E. Ohl


1920 - 2016
Claire E. Ohl Obituary
Claire E. Ohl

AGE: 95 • Watchung

Claire E. Ohl, 95, went home to be in the presence of Jesus on April 10, 2016 at Shawnee Manor, Lima, Ohio.

Claire was born December 23, 1920 in Newark, N.J. to Joseph and Louise (Maresch) Muller who preceded her in death. On February 12, 1944, she married John H. Ohl who preceded her in death on October 23, 1994.

Claire graduated from Montclair State Teachers College in 1941 then worked as a Technical Assistant at Bell Laboratories before serving her country as a US Navy Wave in WWII from 1943 to 1945. During the war, she married John H. Ohl who was serving in the US Army Air Corps. After the war and through 1951, she again worked at Bell Labs until she decided to leave the workforce to raise her two sons John and Glenn. Between 1961 and 1983, Claire was a Mathematics Teacher at Governor Livingston Regional H.S., Berkley Heights. As a retiree, Claire became a certified EMT responder with the all-volunteer Watchung Rescue Squad. Between 1983 and 2014, Claire was a member of the Watchung Rescue Squad and held the positions of Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Auditor. The Watchung Rescue Squad bestowed upon Claire the following: Outstanding Member Award, Distinguished Member Award, Captain's Award, Top Responder Award, 30 Years Outstanding Commitment Award and Life Achievement Award. In 1995, Claire was recipient of the Courier News Star Award to Somerset County Senior, volunteer category. In 2010, Claire was honored by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Board of Chosen Freeholders as a Role Model of Aging. She was a longtime member of Wilson Memorial Union Church having served as Trustee, Treasurer of the Memorial Gardens and Secretary of the church's Women's Guild. In addition, Claire was a volunteer at the Watchung Public Library, Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center and Star Fish of Plainfield, NJ. Claire was an avid NY Mets fan and solver of crossword, Sudoku puzzles and computer games.

Claire was a devoted and faithful wife and a loving mother. Survivors include sons John (Susan) Ohl of Lima, OH and Glenn (Kathleen) Ohl of Wilsonville, OR; six grandchildren, Gregory Ohl, Ryan (Courtney) Ohl, Michael Ohl, Steven Ohl, Kaitlin Ohl and Kimberly (Samuel) Allred; one great-granddaughter Charlotte Ohl and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Carol Gegauff and Doris Mergenhagen and one brother, Joseph Muller.

A memorial service will be held at Wilson Memorial Union Church of Watchung, NJ at 11:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2016 with the Rev. Barbara Peters officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Memorial Union Church or the Watchung Rescue Squad.
Published in Courier News on Apr. 26, 2016
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