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Barbara A. Lecher, 72, St. Mary's, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at her home.
Born April 30, 1944, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of Anna (Brandes) and Valentine "Jack" Simmermeyer. She married Thomas Lecher May 9, 1962, at St. Mary's of the Rock Catholic Church, St. Mary's.
Barbara was a homemaker and Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg, member. Barb was very talented. An accomplished quilter, she also crocheted and her children and grandchildren all have pieces she made for them that are treasured family heirlooms. Her family indicated she was a good baker, especially her pies, and a great cook. No matter what she made, it was all good.
Until recent years, she would put out a large garden and can the excess to be enjoyed during the winter months. While Barb wasn't much for watching television, she did like putting together jigsaw puzzles. The Great Smoky Mountains were a favorite destination for her, and she and Tom would visit several times a year.
She is survived by her husband; daughters and sons-in-law Shirley and Marlin Stenger, Brookville, Valerie and Greg Caudill and Wendy and Jim Weisenbach, Batesville; sons and daughters-in-law Gary Lecher, Rick and Melissa Lecher, Mike and Christy Lecher, Sam and Nicole Lecher, Frank and Kim Lecher and Tony and Toni Lecher, St. Mary's, and Marvin and Natalie Lecher, Batesville; sisters Jackie Armbruster, Aurora, Melly Allgeier, Greensburg, Rosie Weisenbach, Morris, and Martha Simmermeyer, St. Mary's; 43 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Janet Hartman, sister Doris Doll and brother Frank Simmermeyer.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Holy Family Church with the Rev. David Kobak, OFM, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's of the Rock Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice Fund. Online condolences can be posted at www.weigelfh.com.
Published on November 14, 2016
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