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Martha Jean Oyer



Martha Jean Oyer, 82, of Austin, Texas, and formerly of Wauseon, passed away peacefully on Oct. 30, 2009, after a long illness.

Jean will be remembered for her caring and giving attitude she brought to everyone that was a part of her life.

Jean was born in Wauseon on Dec. 15, 1927, to Irwin and Rose (Rupp) King. She graduated from Wauseon High School in 1945, attended Wheaton College, and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1949 with a B.A. in education.

She was married to Harold Oyer on June 9, 1950, thus beginning her first career as a dedicated and loving wife.

Harold and Jean celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in June of 2009.

Jean began her teaching career in 1949 at Pettisville High School, where she taught business education until 1956. She resigned from teaching to start her family and her third career as a dedicated and loving mother to her three sons.

She joined the faculty of Wauseon High School in 1965, teaching business education, and was faculty advisor of the Red & White, the school paper, until she retired in 1988.

During her career of 30 years in public education she gained much respect from her peers and students and was named Teacher of the Year in 1978.

Jean was a charter member of the Crossroads Evangelical Church, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and volunteered in many other activities. Her life was a testimony of love for her God and service to others.

In 1998, Jean and Harold moved to Austin, Texas, to be closer with their children and families. Jean is survived by her husband; three sons, David (Laurie) of Austin, Texas, Douglas (Jean) of Littleton, Colo., Michael (Geraldine) of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren; and a sister, Jane Short of Archbold.

She was preceded in death by her inlaws; Lowell Short; and Herbert and Betty Oyer.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at the Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon with Pastor Matt Boyers officiating. Interment will be private.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to either national or local Alzheimer’s associations.

The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Jean’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Cedar Ridge Alzheimer’s Care Facility and Odessey Hospice for the loving care given to Jean over the final two years of her life.


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