Zelma Dickerhoff


PAULDING -- Zelma Louise Dickerhoff, 92, went to be in the arms of her Lord and Savior on March 24, 2014, at 9:25 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.

She was born on October 11, 1921, in Venedocia, Ohio, to Nelson Homer and Zelma (Harshman) Ward.

Zelma grew up in Payne, Ohio. She graduated from Green Springs School in Green Springs, Ohio, in 1939. Her graduating class dedicated the bell that still stands outside the school today. She at one time worked at Lathams Super Dollar (now known as Miller's) in Clyde. Zelma married Carl Leroy Cleveland in 1939 in Decatur, Indiana. Carl died in a train accident in 1966. She then married Lyle James Dickerhoff in 1969 in Green Springs, Ohio. Lyle passed away in 1993 in Fort Myers, Florida. Zelma enjoyed writing letters, gardening, flowers and birds. She was always taking care of other people and was a prayer warrior. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Zelma is survived by her sister, Alice Elinor (Ralph) Johnson of Oakwood, Ohio; sons, Nelson Wayne (Yvonne) Cleveland and Allen Carl (Mary) Cleveland of Fremont, Ohio; daughters, Teresa Ann (Frank) Reineck of Paulding, Ohio, and Jane (Gary) Scheeff of Millersburg, Ohio. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Zelma was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Zelma; her husbands, Carl and Lyle; brothers, Andrew Earl Ward, Charles Wesley (Cora) Ward, Kenneth Homer Ward, James Alfred (Phyllis) Ward, Daniel Walker (Patricia) Ward; sisters, Nella Adelaide (Page) Robinson, Ruby Jean (Harry) Morton; daughter, Joyce (Dickerhoff) Weber; granddaughter, Carol Weber Steffens; and daughter-in-law, Susan (Timmons) Cleveland.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 27, from 4-8 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. There will also be visitation from noon until 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, 211 North Broadway, Green Springs, Ohio 44836, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Green Springs Cemetery, Green Springs, Ohio.

Memorial donations may be made to Bayshore Community Chapel, 16990 Church Drive, N. Fort Myers, Florida 33917; CHP Hospice, Defiance; or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

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