Colleen P Sterling

1928 - 2018

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Colleen Phyllis Sterling, 90, of North Baltimore, entered into eternal peace on Monday, December 24, 2018, at the Briar Hill Health Campus, North Baltimore. She was born on July 12, 1928, in Findlay to the late Lorenz "Skip" and Mary E. (Bender) Spaeth. She married Robert "Elmer" Sterling on October 21, 1951, and they later divorced. Colleen is survived by her sons: Kole "Kasey" (Mary) Sterling of Cygnet and John (Sally) Sterling of North Baltimore; her sister, Darlene (Denny) Toland of Cridersville, OH; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Spaeth; her sister, Carol Griffith; and her granddaughter, Tara Sterling. Colleen was a 1946 graduate of Findlay High School. She retired from Norbalt Rubber company, and formerly had worked for Canning Company. She was a longtime member and secretary for St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Baltimore. She was very active in the church and had taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. Colleen was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and North Baltimore Tiger fan, but her greatest love was her family. She never missed her grandchildren's athletic or academic events. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2018, at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Baltimore. Pastor Ralph Mineo will officiate. Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery, Bloom Township. Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    515 N. Main St
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45872
    Sunday, December 30th 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, December 31st 2018 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church [Map]
    215 N. Second St.
    North Baltimore, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    Weaver Cemetery [Map]

    Bloom Twp., Ohio 45872

  • Contributions:

    Donor's Choice


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To : Kasey John and family
Date :Thursday, December 27th 2018
From : Mark Voni Detamore
Your mom was a sweet, sweet woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

To : John
Date :Friday, December 28th 2018
From : Eileen Myers
Sorry for your loss. Moms mean a lot to us, but just remember no matter what, they are still with us.

To : Darlene TolandKasey SterlingJohn Sterling and all
Date :Sunday, December 30th 2018
From : Nancy Steinman King
Porter and Nancy King send our deepest condolences to ALL .Colleen was a truly sweet and caring lady. So sorry that we can not be with you at this time

To : Johnny Kasey
Date :Monday, December 31st 2018
From : Diane and Dave Lentz
My heart goes out to you both. I have so many special memories of you growing up. Your Mom was such a special lady I always admired her. Love to you all Diane

To : John Kasey
Date :Wednesday, January 2nd 2019
From : William Mary Perry
We are so very sorry and saddened to hear about your mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. She was a very lovely and kind lady, and she will certainly be missed.May God Bless