Gertude Spriestersbach Wells

June 28, 1930 ‒ March 07, 2005

Lucas, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Gertude Spriestersbach Wells, 74, of Pulver Road, Lucas, died Monday, March 7, 2005 in Mifflin Care Center following a seven-month illness.

She was born June 28, 1930 in Bellville to Harry W. and Laura (McWilliams) Spriestersbach, and was a graduate of Bellville High School with the Class of 1948. On March 5, 1955 she married Carl E. Wells who survives.

After beauty school, Gertude was co-owner of the former Vogue Beauty Salon, and later also owned the Hillside Beauty Shop. She also worked at O’Possum Run Greenhouse, from which she retired after 19 years.

An area resident all her life, Gertude was active in both the Bellville and Lucas communities. She was a member of Little Washington Congregational Church where she served on numerous committees. Gertude was past president of the Practical Gardeners Club in Bellville, a member of the Johnny Appleseed Square Dance Club, and the local archery club.

She was an avid golfer and particularly enjoyed playing at Little Apple Golf Course. Gertude also loved to travel.

Gertude was truly an artist with talents in painting, woodworking and carpentry, and a gifted seamstress who made her own wedding gown.

In addition to her husband, Gertude is survived by a brother and sister-in-law Rick and Debra Spriestersbach of Mansfield; a sister and brother-in-law Kay and John Hoppers of Columbus; three sisters-in-law and their spouses Marge and Dick Parsons of Euclid, Ruth and George Damoff of Titusville, Florida, and Georgianna Spriestersbach of Grafton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother Dean Spriestersbach, and two nephews Gabe Spriestersbach and Steve Damoff.

Friends may call Wednesday, March 9, 2005 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, and also Thursday from 12 noon until the 1 pm funeral service. Pastor Chris DeLozier will officiate. Burial will follow in Caesarea Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Little Washington Congregational Church may be made at the funeral home.