MARIE A. BOWERS, 101, of Monroeville, died Thursday, September 13, 2007, 3:45 a.m., at her residence. Born in Allen County, she was the daughter of the late Anton Herber and Martha Schmidt. She married Earl J. Bowers on June 21, 1941, in Hessen Cassel; he passed away on October 17, 1971. She was a homemaker; member of St. Louis Catholic Church Besancon, Harvest House, and Gold Star Mother.
Surviving are her sons, Michael A. Bowers, William L. (Cheryl) Bowers and Thomas J. (Pat) Bowers, all of Monroeville; daughters, Nancy A. Drewes of Anna, Ohio, Mrs. Steve (Marcia M.) Pyle of Kendallville, and Noreen E. Hilliard of Monroeville; son, John C. (Anita) Bowers of Monroeville; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 2 expected great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Jerome E. Bowers, who was killed in Vietnam, in 1969; one daughter, Brenda L. Hanchar, in 2003; two brothers, Robert M. Herber and Ambrose Herber; and two sisters, Blanche J. Herber, in 1981, and Sister Mary Evangelista S.P., in 2006.
Prayer service was 9:20 a.m. Monday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville. Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. Monday at St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, New Haven. Father Steve Colchin officiating. Visitation was from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Rosary at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Burial in St. Louis Catholic Church Cemetery, Besancon.
Preferred memorials for Masses to the church or to St. Louis Academy and/or St. Mary of the Woods. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.
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