Bertha Jean Clinger

1951 - 2020

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Bertha Jean Clinger, age 69, of rural Arlington, went home to be with the Lord at 8:15am on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 10, 1951, in Medina, Ohio to Pastor Glenn and Shirley (Correll) Coats. Her mother is deceased and her father survives and resides in Findlay. She married Edwin R. Clinger on September 8, 1973 and he survives. Also surviving are sons: Edwin (Amy) Clinger Jr. of Lima, Ohio and Ben Clinger of Arlington; daughters: Heidi (Bill) Allen of Zebulon, North Carolina, Heather (Jeff) Stissel of Arlington and Carrissa Clinger of Arlington; brothers: John (Colleen) Coats of Sevierville, Tennessee and Paul (Vi) Coats of Dayton; grandchildren: Justin Clinger, Megan Clinger, Austin Stissel, Katrina Stissel, Trista Allen, Bethany Allen, Josiah Allen and Naomi Allen. A brother: Jim (Deb) Coats preceded her in death. Bertha was a woman of great faith who enjoyed spending time reading the Bible, praying, and singing church hymns. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church where she previously served as church librarian. She always showed her thoughtfulness and love for others in the many handwritten letters, notes and cards that always included a note of encouragement and pride. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, having played both instruments at church. Sewing, embroidery, canning and cooking were among her favorite hobbies. She enjoyed making dresses for her young daughters as they were growing up. She greatly loved her many cats and knew each one by their personality. Her and her husband Ed would have celebrated 47 years of marriage on Tuesday. She was devoted to her family and loyal to her friends.She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held from 11:00am until 2:00pm on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, 620 North Main Street, in Arlington. Her funeral service will start at the conclusion of the visitation at 2:00pm. Pastors Herbert Koonce and Elaine Sturtz will officiate with interment to follow at Arlington Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either Trinity Baptist Church in Findlay or to Bridge Hospice. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Thursday, September 10th 2020 11:00-2:00PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, September 10th 2020 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    620 North Main Street
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:

    Arlington Cemetery [Map]
    18470 Twp Rd 71
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Contributions:

    Trinity Baptist Church


    Bridge Home Health and Hospice
    15100 Birchaven Ln
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Ben Clinger
Date :Tuesday, September 8th 2020
From : The Andersons Upper Sandusky
Many thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

To : Edwin and family
Date :Tuesday, September 8th 2020
From : Tracy Buler
Sorry for the loss of loved one. In my prayersπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

To : Carrissa Clinger
Date :Tuesday, September 8th 2020
From : Bill and Elaine Spitz
Your Mom was so sweet and caring for our Danielle. We truly are thankful for her. We are saddened for you and your family. The good news is we will all meet again in Heaven!

To : The family
Date :Tuesday, September 8th 2020
From : Tammy Frazier
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers are being said for each of you. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

To : The Clinger Family
Date :Wednesday, September 9th 2020
From : Larry Hoover
My condolences to the entire Clinger Family. I remember Bertha as a gentle soul with a kind spirit. I am sure she is in heaven right now, chatting with my wife Jane.

To : ED
Date :Thursday, September 10th 2020
Dear friend,I am so sorry to hear of your wife passing.My heart felt condolences.It has been a few years since F.T. but it was a good time. Miss my food town people,think of all of you a lot. Love from me. Ron Tuttle. If you have a e-mail please send me a note to mine above.Some of us old meat cutters get together from time to time and I can send a note to you.

To : Clinger Family
Date :Friday, September 11th 2020
From : Mike and Cheryl White Trinity
We are both very sorry for your tremendous loss but rejoice to know Bertha is now with her Savior.

John 11:25-26: 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believe the in me shall never die.

Mike and Cheryl White