Ann Neal Spletzer, 92 years, of Bryan, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 following a brief illness. Ann was born January 29, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late John Stacy and Gail (Wertz) Neal. She lived the majority of her life in Bryan, Ohio, where her mother’s family had lived for several generations. Ann graduated from Bryan High School in 1941 and from Miami University in 1945 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Business. Following college, Ann worked for Procter and Gamble Company, doing Market Research in every major city east of the Mississippi. She married Arthur Spletzer Jr. on April 6, 1947 in Bryan, Ohio. Ann was a full time Mom while her children were young, but eventually worked part time as Financial Secretary at the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan. She was an expert seamstress and made almost all of her and the girls clothes when they were younger. Ann loved traveling with her husband and friends, including trips to China, Alaska, Spain and a houseboat trip in France. She also enjoyed visiting her daughters in Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Maumee, Ohio. Ann was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Delta Gamma Sorority, Claire Newcomer Club, where she was instrumental in bringing ballet classes to Bryan from Toledo Ballet, a prolific user of the Bryan Public Library, an Election Board official, and a lifelong alum of her beloved Miami University.
Surviving are her husband, Art of Bryan; three daughters, Nancy (Jeff Ricklefs) of Idaho Springs, Colorado, Janet Spletzer of Ashville, North Carolina and Barbara (Craig Cheetwood) of Maumee; six grandchildren, Emily, Joel and Stefan from Colorado; Nathan from North Carolina; Hannah and Sam from Maumee, Ohio; one great-grandson, Raleigh from Colorado.
Visitation for Ann Neal Spletzer will be held Monday, August 22, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan. Memorial services for Ann will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 506 Oxford Drive, Bryan with Pastor Barry Sweet officiating. Private family interment will take place in Brown Cemetery, Bryan.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the Medical Staff at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Genesis Health Care in Bryan and the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance for their excellent care of Ann.
The family has requested those planning an expression of sympathy to consider Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, 6817 State Route 66 North, Defiance, Ohio 43512 or to the Bryan Area Foundation Fund for First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 651, Bryan, Ohio 43506.