Leah Jean Hipsher, 89, of Fostoria, passed away at 11:03 a.m. Thursday Aug. 25, 2022, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.
She was born Jan. 23, 1933, in Wyandot County to the late Arlis and Fern (Wagner) Orians. She married Willard Hipsher Jr. and they divorced.
Surviving are her four sons, Michael (Charlotte) Hipsher, Hudson, Wis.; Jay (Dawn) Hipsher, Findlay; Douglas (Karen) Hipsher, Kansas; and Ronald (Lynn) Hipsher, Fostoria; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Dwight (Virginia) Orians, Carey; Patricia (Richard) Snook, Carey; Rex (Nancy) Orians, Findlay; Nondus Doe, Carey; Keith (Lynda) Orians, North Baltimore; and Doneta (Coy) Druckemiller, Carey.
She was also preceded in death by brothers, Lyle, Jerry and Dennis Orians; and sisters, Lorinda Luzader and Mary Jane Orians.
Leah was the salutatorian of her 1951 Carey High School class. She had been a waitress at Club Azar, the Covered Wagon and the Black Cat and also had worked at RCA, Findlay, and retired from Honeywell, Fostoria, after 21 years of service.
Leah owned and operated the Black Cat Restaurant in Fostoria from 1981-1998. She also owned and operated the Point Drive-In, Carey, in the mid eighties. She was always giving to her community and some of her accomplishments and involvements included, 1988, 1989 and 1998 Woman of the Year of Fostoria Business and Professional Women, 1994 chairperson of the Glass Heritage Festival, 2003 distinguished member of the Ohio Business and Professional Women, Supporting Fostoria Community Hero 2008 and Seneca County Red Cross Community Impact 2011.
Of all her accomplishments Leah was proudest of raising her four sons and the love she shared with her siblings and grandchildren. She was passionate about attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events. She was an avid and competitive card player whether it be bridge, poker or euchre. Leah was hard working, she sacrificed, was faith filled, community minded, pro-Fostoria and an unending volunteer. She was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church and for many years organized the festival garage sale.
Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 29, at Hoening and Son Funeral Home, Fostoria, and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the funeral home, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m.
Memorials are suggested to St. Wendelin Church, Fostoria Glass Heritage Gallery or Fostoria Rail Preservation Society.
Online expressions of sympathy and shared memories may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.
I was a 1951 graduate from Carey High, I knew Leah well, great person, willing to be friends with anyone, I have not seen her for many years but remember her well.
Rest in peace, Leah, You leave a good life but a better one is ahead. God be with you.