MATHIAS, Joan I. (Crane)
Joan Ileane Mathias, 81, of Findlay, Ohio, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, February 15, 2009 at her residence surrounded by her family. Joan was born on August 15, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio to George B. and Frances (Baker) Crane, Jr. She married John F. ""Jack"" Mathias on July 15, 1950 and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2002. She is survived by her children, Matthew C. (Deb) Mathias, Franktown, CO; James G. (Jennifer) Mathias, DVM, Tipp City, OH; Gregory J. (Colleen) Mathias, Boise, ID; Melissa M. Humphress, Findlay; and Renee (Gerald) Leguire, Findlay; thirty-one grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, John Zachry, Vincent, Cecelia, Frances and Philip Mathias, Mary, Nicholas and Jacob Mathias, Lydia Rowe, Anna Oparah, Brian Murphy, Gabrielle Humphress, Christopher Roynon, Matthias, Alexandra, Veronica, Harrison and Joseph Leguire, Melissa Peltier, Geoffrey Keeney, Jacqueline, Megan, Andrew, Rebecca, Michael, Dominic and Christian Mathias, Stephanie Alvis and Mary Kate Mathias; eleven great-grandchildren, Margaret and Jameson Doran, Grace and Matthew Mathias, Marcus and Jack Rowe, Rebecca Mathias, Caleb and Arianna Peltier, Johnny and Jude Leguire; a sister, Christine Dysinger, Findlay and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Tobias Joseph Mathias and a sister, Georgianna Snyder. Joan was a 1945 Findlay High School graduate and she attended Oklahoma Women's College, Chickasha, OK for one year. She graduated from Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and then worked as a private duty nurse. She was later employed at Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. as an Industrial Nurse and retired from its Occupational Claims and Benefits Department. Joan was the proud mother of three Eagle Scouts. She was also a life-time member of the John Birch Society, and attended the traditional Latin Mass offered at St. Josephs in Toledo, and the Society of St. Pius X in various locations. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Michael Parish Cemetery. Visitation hours are 1-5 p.m and 7-9 p.m. Friday, February 20, 2009 at the funeral home, where a Rosary Service will begin at 8:45 p.m. Memorials may by made to Ralph D. Cole Post #3, American Legion Scholarship Fund, 120 West Front Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840, Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, Ohio 45840 or to the charity of the donor's choice.