Evelyn D. Gaier, of Versailles, Ohio (82)

Evelyn Darlene Gaier, age 82, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 6, 2022, at 2:58 AM at Hospice in Troy, Ohio. She was born on December 16, 1939, on the family farm near Frenchtown, Ohio, to the late Joseph and Bertha (Monnin) Voisinet.

On June 29, 1960, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown, Ohio, Evelyn married Arthur Gaier who survives. Also surviving are five children: David (Tracey) Gaier of Tipp City, Anthony (Donna) Gaier of Versailles, Daniel (Debra) Gaier of Piqua, Douglas Gaier of Piqua, Kimberly & Sue Jackson of Englewood, FL, grandchildren: Samantha Gaier Matthew Gaier, Celia (Anthony) Jones, Allison (Benjamin) Borton with great grandchild on the way, Louis Gaier, Thomas Gaier, Derek (Franziska) Gaier, Brennan Gaier, Nathan Jackson, brothers: Carl Voisinet of Piqua, Norman, of Coldwater, Jerrold (Rebecca) Voisinet of Piqua, sisters: JoAnn Wilker of Versailles, Donna (Thomas) Lyons of Versailles, Lucinda (David) Bey of Versailles, brother in law: Roger (Beverly) Gaier of Greenville. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Rose Gaier; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Frederick Frankenberg, and Gerald Wilker.

Evelyn was a 1957 graduate of Versailles High School. After graduation, Evelyn worked in the offices of the Buckeye Overall Company and Roll Turkey Farm. She also worked in the cafeteria at Versailles High School for 21 years. She enjoyed working in the ticket booth for the VHS football and basketball games. Undoubtedly, her most rewarding job, by far, was being a wife, mother and grandmother. Evelyn was a volunteer for 27 years at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio, as a receptionist and assisted in the human resource department. She was also a hospice volunteer for over 5 years. In addition, she contributed her time to being a 4-H advisor for the youth. Since 1977, she has been known for making prize winning angel food cakes at the Versailles Poultry Days festival. As a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Evelyn helped prepare funeral dinners for St. Denis Catholic Church for 22 years. She treasured daily Mass and was very devoted to saying the Rosary. “Just pray” was her advice. Following retirement in 2001, Evelyn kept busy making 120 sleeping mats from plastic bags for the homeless, 377 crochet lap blankets, 1,300 sewn lap blankets and many neck scarfs, which were all donated to local charities. Evelyn enjoyed mowing the grass and attending to the blue birds, hummingbirds and butterflies that visited her feeders and bird houses. She also had a knack for growing large beautiful ferns.

Evelyn was a life-long member of Holy Family and St. Denis Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Versailles Area Historical Society, Greenville Farm Power of the Past, Coolspring Power Museum, and several other gas engine clubs. She enjoyed using the RV to camp at gas engine shows during the summer with her husband. She really enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday September 10, 2022, at 11:00 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church 14 East Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Tom Bolte, Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday September 9, 2022, and from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Saturday September 10, 2022, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, Evelyn’s wishes are that memorial donations be made to the Versailles Area Historical Society or Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.zecharbailey.com for the Gaier family.

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