Betty Jane Damman, age 80, devoted wife, loving mother, adoring grandmother and doting great grandmother, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from the combined complications of pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Betty was born to Carl and Emma Clark on April 12, 1934 in the Lyons area. On August 28, 1950 she married her high school sweetheart, Maurice (Moe) Damman. They celebrated 60 years together prior to his passing in 2011.
Known for her love of baking, Betty spent years learning the craft at Em’s Ice Cream Bar and White City restaurant from her mother and mother-in-law. In 1965 she started her career as a school bus driver for Lyons Public School and later Evergreen Local Schools where she drove for 31 years. She also spent the last several years of her career serving as transportation coordinator, retiring in 1996.
Betty enjoyed her retirement years playing cards, camping, spoiling her grandkids, wintering in Florida, or traveling anywhere her family would take her. Betty was happiest when she was on the go and with family! Betty was a faithful member of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Wauseon, OH.
Left to cherish her memory are her sister Joyce Shulters, sister-in-law Janice (Daniel) Schult, brother-in-law LeRoy Gillespie, and children: Joseph (Debbie), Susan (Daniel) Buchinger, Jeffrey (fiance’ Linda Mossing), Nancy (Gary) Kreuz, Tina (Rob) Broadway, and Dana (Mike) Falkenberg, as well as her 15 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 step great-grandchild. Preceding her in death was her sister Clara Belle “Pete” Gillespie.
Funeral services will be held at Emmaus Lutheran Church at 10:30 am on Saturday September 6th, 2014, with interment at the Lyons Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Friends may call at Emmaus Lutheran Church on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Emmaus Lutheran Church or Lyons Volunteer Fire Department. Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements.