Elizabeth J. “Betty” Oberlin, 92 years, of West Unity, passed away early Friday, October 14, 2016 at Hillside Country Living, Bryan. Elizabeth was born August 12, 1924 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the daughter of the late Merle C. and Esther (Schierloh) Harker. She was a 1942 graduate of West Unity High School. She married Richard D. Oberlin on December 24, 1942 in West Unity, and he preceded her in death on December 31, 2012, a week after their 70th anniversary.
During the war years, Elizabeth worked for Holabird Corporation and ARO Corp. She also worked at the West Unity Post Office, when Richard served as Postmaster. After the war, Elizabeth was devoted to raising their family and caring for their needs. She was a member of the West Unity United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star as well as a charter member of the West Unity American Legion Post 669 Ladies Auxiliary and the Bryan Moose Lodge 1064, helping out in many capacities. An avid reader, Elizabeth could complete a book in a couple day span. She also enjoyed playing solitaire, working crossword puzzles, making crafts, sewing and crocheting. Elizabeth was also a pretty good golfer, playing golf with her husband many times. She also played her share of card games.
Surviving is her son, Jim (Bev) Oberlin of West Unity; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas (Anne) Harker of Oakton, Virginia; brother-in-law, Jack (Jean) Oberlin of Defiance and a special nephew, Jeff (Chris) Oberlin, also of Defiance. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard; one daughter, Betsy Keefer; infant son, John F. Oberlin and one brother, Fred Harker.
There will be no visitation and memorial services for Elizabeth will be held at a date in the late
spring of 2017. Interment will be made in Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 202 North Liberty Street, West Unity, Ohio.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to Friends of the Library, West Unity Branch or to the West Unity United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com
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