Janice Diller-Otto


Janice Diller-Otto, 84, of Defiance, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Janice was born March 28, 1930, in Leipsic, Ohio, to Charles and Mary (Dukes) Nemire. She graduated from Blanchard High School, Gilboa, Ohio, in 1948. She married Robert (Bob) R. Diller in 1950. Bob passed away in 1984. Janice married Kenneth L. Otto in 1988. Kenneth passed away in 2008. Janice worked at the Putnam County Courthouse, Leipsic Bank, and drove school bus for Columbus Grove Local Schools before moving to Ayersville, Ohio, in 1966. She retired from Defiance College.

Janice was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert and Kenneth; and her parents, Charles and Mary Nemire.

She is survived by sons, Charles (Angie) Diller, Lawrenceville, Ga., and Mark (Keeta) Diller, Ayersville, Ohio; a daughter, Robin (Kurt) Kratzer, Lebanon, Tennessee; a sister, Barbara Wentz, Leipsic, Ohio; grandchildren, Elizabeth Diller, Emily Rumble, Sean Diller, Scott Diller, Mindi Boggs, Derek Diller, Keri Gill, Kristi McGowan and Kali Morrison; and seven and one-half great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour from 10-11 a.m. prior to services on Monday at the church. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 21, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Ayersville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Clarence Dinnen officiating. Burial will follow in Ayersville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Defiance College or CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Online condolences may be left at www.schafferfh.com.

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