Wauneta A. Suter, 81, died Jan. 19, 2011, at her residence.She was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Medina County to Jay and Eva Garra Root, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 27, 1952, she married Gene Suter, who died April 13, 1988.Mrs. Suter was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora,where she taught Sunday school for the Living Faith Class. She also enjoyed teaching at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was a graduate of The Ohio State University. She began her teaching career in Vanlue and Bluffton and taught junior high social studies at Pandora-Gilboa schools for 28 years, retiring in 1994. Many of her students will remember her teaching antics, including eating chalk and cutting the word can't out of the classroom dictionary. She was an avid and creative quilter, making more than 100 quilts and a boatload of wall hangings in her lifetime. Her creative work was also enjoyed by hundreds of annual visitors to the Suter Corn Maze since 1999. She faced all the challenges life brought with humor, faith and her family at her side. Although she was in declining health during the past six months, she lived a life full of activities, travel and creativity. She has now gone to her eternal home. Her grandchildren will dearly miss her.Survivors include five children, Jerry (Nancy) Suter, of Pandora, Alice Suter (Mike) Hackworth, of Pemberville, Kathy Suter (Scott) Michelich, of Morrow, Joe (Joyce) Suter, of Pandora, and Janice Suter (Scott) Schroeder, of Woodville; two brothers, Darl Root and Gene Root; a sister, Lois Notter; 16 grandchildren, Tom (Christie) Suter, Amy (Tony) Butte, Mark (Andrea) Suter, Mary Hackworth (Justin) Grime, Julie Hackworth (Jim) Grafmeyer, Sharon Hackworth (Craig) Voros, Angie Hackworth, James Michelich, Jacob Suter, Jason (Allyssa) Suter, Joanna Suter, Jesse Suter, Ryan (Anjana) Schroeder, Jeremy (Heather) Schroeder, Tyler Schroeder and Lynne Schroeder; and eight great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Tim Suter and Apphia Michelich; and her special friend and companion, Leonard Stechschulte.Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora. The Rev. Dennis Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Bluffton, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.Memoiral contributions may be made to WTLW TV 44, the Bluffton-Richland Public Library or Findlay Area Youth for Christ.Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.
Wauneta A. Suter