Barbara M. Hartzler, 100, of Cable, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Green Hills Care Center, West Liberty.
She was born in Porter County, Ind., on Oct. 29, 1918, to the late William and Anna Birky. On Oct. 2, 1943, she married Donald B. Hartzler and he preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by six siblings, and an infant granddaughter, Bonnie Jean Hostetler.
She is survived by a brother, James Birky of Greentown, Ind.; a son, David (Vietta) Hartzler of Goshen, Ind.; two daughters, Judith (Larry) Steider and Evelyn (Merle) Hostetler, both of West Liberty; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey (Alison) Hartzler, Monica (Matt) Beachy, Ryan (Heather) Hostetler, Brice (Suzy) Hostetler, Kevin Hostetler, Jason (Amy) Steider and Beth (Josh Ferrer) Steider; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Barbara graduated from Kouts High School in Indiana and LaJunta Mennonite Nursing School in Colorado. She worked as an RN at the Ypsilanti Mental Health Facility in Michigan after her marriage. They moved in 1946 to West Liberty where they raised their family. After her children were born she filled in for nurses at a local doctors’ offices and volunteered for the Red Cross.
Barbara was a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. She loved to cook, garden and entertain visitors in her home.
Barbara has donated her body to The Ohio State University for research purposes. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, 1525
Mennonite Church Road, West Liberty, following visitation that begins at 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 105 N. Detroit Street, West Liberty, OH 43357; and Oak Grove Mennonite Church, 1525 Mennonite Church Road, West Liberty, OH 43357.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty and condolences may be
expressed to the family at www.edsfh.com.