Joan Schlatter, 91 of Van Wert, peacefully passed away at 10:37 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016, surrounded by her family, at the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

She was born on October 18, 1924 in Van Wert, Ohio, the daughter of the late Orley W. and Jennie M. (Baker) Putman.  On December 7, 1946, she married Fred Lee Schlatter, who preceded her in death on August 7, 1968.

She ended her nursing career in 1997 after 52 years.  She had worked at the Van Wert Hospital, for  Dr. Underwood, and served as the Director of Nursing at VanCrest Health Care Center and Van Wert Manor. She ended her career working as a private duty nurse with Hospice patients.  

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

She had served on the Cerebral Palsy Board. She was a member of the B.P.O. Elks #1197, Van Wert and the Van Wert Nurses Association.  She was a 1942 graduate of Van Wert High School and a 1945 graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Through the years in her spare time, Joan loved to bowl, golf, knit, complete word search puzzles, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

Family survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy & Jim Stanley of Van Wert; grandson, Todd (Diane) Daniels of Toledo; great granddaughter, Madison Daniels; and nephew and nieces, Bill (Marcy) Wellman of Celina, Barb (Bud) Reed of Van Wert, and Cheryl (Tom) Compton of Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her twin sisters, Sarah Rebecca “Becky”  Agler and Betty Wellman.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 10:30 a.m., at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Paul W. Miller of First United Methodist Church.  Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Interment is at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, Ohio.

Memorial contribution may be made to C.H.P. -Inpatient Hospice Center or American Heart Association.



Hoffman Lechifflard

Betty Hoffman Lechifflard, 93, long time resident of Vero Beach, Florida and Celina, Ohio, passed away at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, on March 4, 2016 at 3:53 pm.  She was born August 4, 1922 in Mercer County, Ohio.

Survivors include her children, Kathy (Ron) Seibel, Sylvania, OH, Butch (Karen) Hoffman, Celina, Bill (Shirley) Hoffman, Celina, Vicki (Al) Summers, Pataskala, OH, Patricia (Grover) Nuding, Celina, Kelly (Beth) Hoffman, Celina; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Keith Hoffman on January 6, 1976 and her second husband Al Lechifflard on August 4, 2013.

She was a 1940 graduate of Celina Senior High School. 


She attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Celina and sang in the choir for 30 plus years.  


She enjoyed singing, square dancing and traveling.


Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in the Cisco Funeral Home, Celina with Rev. Matt Overman officiating.  The family will receive friends 9:00 am – 11:00 am prior to the service.


Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery, Rockford, Ohio.


Contributions can be made to Community Health Professionals, Celina, Ohio.


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