OttawaDonald C. Niese, 80, died 1:29 a.m., April 29, 2011, at his residence.He was born Jan. 22, 1931, in Belmore to Ferd and Margaret Kaufman Niese, who preceded him in death. On June 10, 1952, he married Ethel J. Gerdeman, who died Sept. 26, 1982. On Dec. 28, 1987, he married Frances Klausing Cole, who survives in Ottawa.Mr. Niese retired from Philips ECG, Ottawa, after 40 years. He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2234, Ottawa, the Quarter Century Club, the Amateur Radio Club, the Model Train Club and Parkinson's Support Group. He had been a member of the Leipsic Rod and Gun Club. He had a passion for fishing, playing cards, trains and shuffleboard. He enjoyed winters in Florida with his wife.Survivors also include five children, Joyce (Greg) Poppel, of Columbus, Roger (Barb) Niese, of Glandorf, Dale (Denise) Niese, of Northwood, Elaine (Tom) Schulte, of Marco Island, Fla., and Dean (Cathy) Niese, of Maumee; a son-in-law, Dennis Diehn, of Toledo; three stepsons, Christopher Cole, of Pandora, Nicholas (Deborah) Cole, of Leipsic, and David (Carla) Cole, of Ada; 14 grandchildren, Jill (Brian) Boerst, Heather (Nick) Anderson, Krista (Andy) Nicholas, Nicholas Poppel, Brian (Sarah) Niese, Holly (Kevin) Unterbrink, Cody Niese, Benjamin Niese, Andrew Niese, Alan Schulte, Erin Schulte, Nathan Niese, Alyssa Niese and Justin Niese; five stepgrandchildren, Dalton Cole, Kelsey Cole, Wyatt Rodriquez, Paige Cole and Corissa Cole; nine great-grandchildren, a stepgreat-grandson; and a sister, Rita Langhals, of Kalida.He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Diehn; and three brothers, Charles, Wilbert and Henry Niese.Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. Father Alfons Minja will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post 63 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 9142.Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where a Scripture service will be held at 8 p.m.Memorial contributions may be made to The Parkinson Foundation of Northwest Ohio, 1930 N. state Route 19, Oak Harbor, OH 43449; Putnam County Hospice; or the Masses.Condolence may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Donald C. Niese