Mary E. Rickle, 90, of Wharton, died on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Birchaven Village Home in Findlay following an extended illness.
On Dec. 9, 1930, Mary was born in Wyandot County, Ohio, one of eight children of the late Paul and Blanche (Ogg) Sammet. She graduated from Carey High School in the class of 1949.
One fateful night, Mary went to the movie theater in Carey, and when she left she met a young gentleman, Dwight E. Rickle, who was visiting friends on Main Street. From there, the rest is history. They were married on May 20, 1950, shortly after she graduated. Together they shared 46-plus years of marriage. He preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 1997.
A loving homemaker and business partner on the farm, Mary took pride in helping her husband on the farm however she could and caring for their children. On the farm, she was always in charge of raising the calves and chicken, and her CB handle was “Straw Boss.” She was an amazing cook, and no one ever left the farm hungry. She also was an excellent seamstress, making lots of her own and her children’s outfits, and she crocheted many afghans over the years.
Very faithful, Mary attended many churches over the years and was of the Lutheran faith. She and Dwight also helped to start and build the Wharton-Richland Community Park.
Always up for an adventure, Mary enjoyed snowmobiling, which earned her the nickname “Thunder Chicken.” After Dwight passed, she enjoyed traveling many places with the Senior Citizens of Bluffton. She also enjoyed polka and square dancing with Bert and Carolyn.
Having a heart of gold, Mary loved to help her family and friends whenever they needed her. She was always bubbly and happy.
She will be missed by her three sons, James (Jackie) Rickle, Paul (Deb) Rickle and Dwight Jr. “Ed” (Joyce) Rickle; son-in-law, Sam Koehler; five grandchildren, Tammy Healea, Kari (Brent) Blair, Ryan Rickle, Christy (Ryan) Rothlisberger and Steven (Theresa) Koehler; 10 great-grandchildren, Logan and Grayson Healea, Morgan and Paige Blair, Ashlyn Rickle, Seth, Owen and Cade Rothlisberger, and Zakery and Hunter Koehler.
Including her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Becky Koehler; granddaughter, Angela Rickle; four brothers, David, Frank, Joe and John Sammet; and three sisters, Esther Bristoll, Ruth Borton and infant Dorothy Sammet.
Her family will greet friends from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey. Services honoring her life will follow there at noon, with the Rev. Jim Stauffer officiating. Burial will follow in Wharton-Richland Union Cemetery, Wharton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wharton-Richland Fire Department or the Alzheimer’s Association and they may be sent to the funeral home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey.
Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.