Donna M. Seiter Flach, 96, of Essex, Ohio, died Tuesday evening, December 27, 2016, at Memorial Gables.
She was born August 21, 1920, in Marion County, Ohio, to the late Otto H. and Emma (Dutt) Seiter. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, H. Edward Flach; grandchildren, Robert Flach and Robin Travis Dennis; a great-grandson, Tony Buxton; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Midge Ruth; brothers, Perry, Robert, Melvin and Burneldo Seiter; special daughters-in-law, Sandy and Mabel Flach; and a special friend, Harold Hoffman.
She is survived by two sons, Jay (Jackie) Flach, Columbus, Indiana, and Robert (Annie) Flach of Lakeview, Ohio; three daughters, Susie Travis of Marion, Ohio, De Anna (Terry) Beightler of Richwood, Ohio, and Jan (Brad) Gentzler of Marysville, Ohio; grandchildren, Mike Flach, Shaun Flach, Keith Flach, Chris Flach, Teri Norris, Bev Wasserbeck, Kim Mathys, Todd Flach, Stacey Flach, Nikki Marvin, Amy Flach, Becky Gruber, Rodney Travis, Bobby Travis, Debbie Thompson, Karen Fink, Jennifer Rausch, John Wheeler, Krista McElroy, Kelly Belmer and Erik Wigal; stepgrandchildren, Paul Foster, Vincent Shroats, Jennifer Routman, Nate Fillinger, Kyla Fitzgerald and Josh Stevens; 81 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews that had been close to her.
Donna attended Pleasant School and was an outstanding athlete while she was a student. As a senior, she won several medals at the Marion Senior Center. An avid sports fan, she could be found cheering on her large extended family as well as many other athletes at most of the volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball games at Elgin and North Union.
She was a member of Green Camp Senior Citizens, Richwood Civic Center, Prospect Senior Citizens and Pleasant Senior Citizens, and the Green Camp Get-Together Club for more than 60 years. She served on the Board of Elections in Green Camp for 25 years and for 30 years in Essex (Jackson Township). She had also been a central committeeman for the Democratic Party.
She sang in the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church and later Emanuel Reformed Church.
Donna babysat for more than 40 children from the area. She loved trees and flowers. Her motto was “Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live for today!”
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Emanuel Reformed Church near Green Camp, Ohio, with Pastor Melvin Bowling officiating. Friends may call on Friday from 3 to 7 at the church. Private burial in the Price Cemetery will take place at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Donna M. Flach Scholarship Fund for North Union and Elgin student athletes, c/o Marion Community Foundation, 504 South State Street, Marion, OH 43302, and Emanuel Reformed Church, 4234 Green Camp Essex Road, Marion, OH 43302.
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