CUBA -- Dorothey Michel, 91, of Cuba, Ohio, has fallen asleep in the sure hope of the Resurrection. The Lord heard her prayers and allowed her to die at home and to celebrate Christmas in her New Life. The last day of her journey was Wednesday, December 25, 2013.
She entered this life on December 10, 1922, born to Joseph and Bernadina (Gerdeman) Morman near Glandorf, Ohio. On May 7, 1947, she married her life partner, Othmar Michel, and he has been waiting for her to rejoin him since March 30, 1993.
Dorothey, born and raised on a farm, remained a farmer her entire life, working as a partner in the Michel Family Century Farm, first with her husband and later with her son. She loved to garden and preserve her harvest. She was well-known for her homemade noodles, fresh bread, and angel food cakes. Other hobbies included quilting and playing cards. She enjoyed traveling, especially with her daughters, visiting 47 different states and two different countries. She was always a good listener and remained interested in the goings-on of her ever-growing family.
She leaves a son, Leonard (Doris) of Cuba; five daughters, Rita (Robert) Maag and Janet (Clifford) Schroeder of Ottawa, Sister Edna Michel of Tiffin, Donna (Thomas) Klear of Miller City, Judy (Jeff) Orphal of Wapakoneta. Her family also includes 24 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, with two more yet unborn. She is also survived by a sister, Clara Schroeder of Leipsic.
In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothey was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard Morman and Gilbert Morman; and two sisters, Alberta Morman and Margaret Morman, as well as by many friends and relatives.
Dorothey was a lifelong Catholic and shared her faith generously with her family. She was very devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and an active member of St. Isidore Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies of Columbia.
All are invited to celebrate Dorothey's life in a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Church in Continental. Father Mark Hoying will officiate. Burial will be in the Cuba St. Isidore Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to visit from 2-8 p.m. Monday, December 30, at Love Funeral Home, in Ottawa, where there will be a scripture service at 2 p.m. and one hour before services on Tuesday, December 31, at St. John the Baptist Church in Continental.
In lieu of memorial gifts, contributions can be made to Putnam County Hospice, St. John the Baptist Church, or Putnam County Council on Aging.