Virginia “Ginny” Lothamer, 58

Virginia “Ginny” Lothamer, 58 years of Hamilton, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2023, at her residence with her family at her side.  Ginny was born May 10, 1964, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of the late Frank W. and Janice L. (Barker) Merriman Jr.  She was a graduate of New Haven High School and continued her education at Indiana-Purdue University- Fort Wayne.  She married James Lothamer on June 22, 1984, in Van Wert, Ohio, and he survives.  Ginny was a teacher’s aide for Hamilton Community Schools for the past 24 years.  She loved to interact with the students and help them with whatever they needed.  After school, Ginny enjoyed relaxing at home and play internet games.

Surviving is her husband, James of Hamilton; one son, James Lothamer, III of Hamilton; one sister, Marlene (Mike) Bixby of Hamilton; two brothers, Frank (Jill) Merriman, III of Payne, Ohio and William (Ruth) Merriman of Fort Wayne, Indiana; several nieces and nephews; father-in-law, James A. Lothamer, Sr. of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Megan “Punkin” Lothamer and mother-in-law, Judith Lothamer.

To honor Ginny’s request, there will be no visitation or services at this time.  Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 3985 East Church Street, Hamilton, Indiana.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to Monica Farnham Classroom and her students at Hamilton Community Schools, 903 South Wayne Street, Hamilton, Indiana 46742.

Condolences may be sent to the family, or the online guest book may be signed at


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