Bernadine Gustwiller


Bernadine E. Gustwiller, 91, of Defiance, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born in Henry County, Ohio, on October 27, 1922, the daughter of the late Peter and Hazel Siefert. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church and the New Bavaria VFW auxiliary. She was the widow of Eugene A. Gustwiller, who died June 24, 1994.

Bernadine worked in the bakery department at Hench's and then Chief Grocery for over 40 years, retiring in 2003. She had also worked at the Zeller Co. and All-Star Products.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Vicky (Stephen) Lieswyn of Defiance; sons, Dan (Rhonda) Gustwiller of Defiance, Doug Gustwiller of Newburgh, Indiana; three grandchildren, Leah (Robert) Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota, Adam and Nicholas Lieswyn, both of Toledo.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Nienberg; and a half brother, Bill Siefert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Friends are invited to call Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, 1753 S. Clinton St., Defiance, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Suggested memorials are to St. John Catholic Church, Holy Cross School or CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Condolences may be shared at

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