Carolyn Elizabeth Rettig

1937 - 2019

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Carolyn Elizabeth Rettig, 82, of rural Bluffton, passed away at 5:54am on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. Carolyn was born on June 15, 1937, in Dola, Ohio to Willard and Fairy (Wilch) Neff. She graduated from Cory Rawson in May 1955. On August 7, 1955, she married Gerald E. Rettig. This union was blessed with two children: a son, Steve (Laura Donnelly) Rettig of Kenton, and a daughter, Sheryl Rettig of Bluffton. Carolyn is also survived by her grandchildren: Lauren (Travis) Hare, Tyler Amos, Courtney (Caleb) Breitigam, Kelsey (Mason) Waltz, Cody Amos, Dillon Amos, Peyton Rettig, and Carly Amos; brother-in-law, Roger Ruffell; sister-in-law, Sharon Rettig, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws: John and Verna (Gehron) Rettig; brothers: Jimmy and Richard Neff; sisters: Mary Johnson, Janice Redick, Ruth Ann Ruffell, and Esther Neff; brothers-in-law: Norman and Herbert Rettig, Norman Johnson, and Ralph Redick; and sister-in-law: Beulah Griffith. Carolyn retired from Cory Rawson Schools where she worked in the cafeteria for many happy years. Prior to this, Carolyn had a cake and candy business called Carolyn's Sweet Shop. She and her sister-in-law, Sharon Rettig, made beautiful wedding cakes together. Carolyn enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, playing cards, and watching the Cleveland Indians. She also enjoyed being a farmer's wife, from hauling grain to helping do the chores. She always had a smile on her face. She loved her life and her family more than anything. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, Ohio. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 1:00-6:00pm at CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Arlington. The funeral service will be on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Jenera, with one hour of visitation prior to the service (10:00-11:00am). Pastor Steve Edmiston will officiate, and interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Building Fund or the donor's charity of choice. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Sunday, July 14th 2019 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church[Map]
    9340 TR 32
    Jenera, Ohio 45841
    Monday, July 15th 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, July 15th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church [Map]
    9340 TR 32
    Jenera, Ohio 45841

  • Final Resting Place:

    St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery [Map]

    Van Buren Twp., Ohio

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To : The Family
Date :Thursday, July 11th 2019
From : Dan and Paulette Hartman
We were so sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. She was always so kind and had a smile. She will be missed. You have our sympathy.

To : The family
Date :Friday, July 12th 2019
From : Andrew and Beth Solt
You have our condolence.

To : Gerald Steve Sherry
Date :Sunday, July 14th 2019
From : Carol and Charlie Breitigam
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.