Angela L. Richardson, 91, of Custar, Ohio died Saturday, December 17, 2005, at the Blakely Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. Born September 7, 1914, on a farm near Custar, Ohio, she was the youngest child of George and Anna (Junk) Oster. Angela spent her youth on the family's farm, tending the farm animals, assisting in the canning and preserving of food and driving the family's team of horses during haying season while her brother and cousins pitched hay onto the wagon.
A graduate of Milton Township High School, on November 6, 1937, she married Raymond R. Richardson, also from Custar. They were happily married for 61 years when Raymond preceded her in death on February 1, 1998.
Early in her adulthood, Angela worked for Libbey Glass in Toledo. She returned to Custar to work as an assistant to the Postmaster, and on July 27, 1966, following the retirement of the former postmaster, Angela received a Presidential appointment from Lyndon B. Johnson to the office of Postmaster in Custar. She served in this position until her retirement in 1985. In addition to being Postmaster, Angela served graciously as Custar's first lady during Raymond's many years as Mayor of that Township. They spent many happy summers on their boat, the Ondela, and also at their cabin on an island on Beaverstone Bay in Ontario, Canada. In their later years, they wintered in Hereford, AZ.
She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Custar; Norcross-Meyers American Legion Post #305 Auxiliary, Custar; National Association of Postmasters of the U.S.; National League of Postmasters; National Association of Retired Federal Employees; Libbey Glass Retirees, an associate lifetime member of the 12th Armored Division Association, a member of Wood County Hospital Guild of Bowling Green and a member of the Custar Seniors Group. Angela was active in many community activities up until an injury in September, 2005.
Angela was an accomplished knitter, making many of her designer clothes, wove many beautiful rag rugs on her loom, giving them as gifts to relatives and friends. Her pies were coveted by both family and friends. She was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Toledo Mud Hens. She remained active and independent, maintaining her own home and proudly mowing five acres of lawn until this past summer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Wilbur Oster and two sisters, Salome Montague and Alice Hostettler. Also preceding her were half-sisters, Kathryn, Julia, Ida, Anna and Mary; half brother, Urban; nephews, Tom Oster, Larry David Oster, Robert Richardson and niece, Nancy Bowen. She leaves a legacy of many happy, loving memories to her nephews and nieces, Ted (Martha) Montague of Arizona, Ed (Janet) Richardson of Perrysburg, OH, Rick Hostettler of Toledo. OH, Carol Ann (Robert) Molnar of Oregon, OH, Deanna (Stu) Frost of Phoenix, AZ and Douglas Richardson of Perrysburg, OH; sisters-in-law, Ethel Richardson of Bowling Green, Evelyn Richardson of Perrysburg; 23 great nieces and nephews; numerous cousins and very special friends, Harry Pfeifer and family, Mary Pantenburg, Dorothy (Dode) Feehan of Custar, Velma Kronberg of Milton Center, OH and Juanita (Neeter) Rossow of Toledo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church with Fr. Paul A. Farbach officiating. After a luncheon at the church, entombment will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park, Toledo. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2005, at the Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, OH, where a scripture service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will also be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday prior to the mass at the church.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the caring nurses and staff of Blakely Care Center of Bowling Green, to Heartland Hospice and to Angela's many friends for their cards and visits.
Memorials are requested to be given to the St. Louis Parish School Foundation in Custar, OH, the Salvation Army or a charity of the donor's choosing.
Published by The Blade from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2005.