Judith E. (Fortman) Stechschulte

Born: Tue., Jul. 18, 1939
Died: Sat., Jun. 27, 2020


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 30, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 30, 2020
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Wed., Jul. 01, 2020
Location: Church of The Good Shepherd

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Jul. 01, 2020
Location: Church of The Good Shepherd

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Columbus Grove, Ohio

Judith E. Stechschulte, 80 years, went to be with her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, Saturday, June 27, 2020, at her home in Columbus Grove.  She was born July 18, 1939, in Columbus Grove to Harry and Irene (Duling) Fortman who preceded her in death.

On April 22, 1961, she married Joseph P. Stechschulte, her loving husband of 59 years.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life.

Judy is survived by three sons, Luke (Rhonda) Stechschulte of Lima, Charles (Becky) Stechschulte of Delaware, OH and Anthony (Marlena) Stechschulte of Rockford, IL; one daughter, Anne (Brian) Williams of Lima; twelve grandchildren, Ryan, Benjamin, Samantha, Jonathan (Randi) Stechschulte, Christianne (Tim) Parrott, Anna Grace, Caleb, Corey and Nathan Stechschulte, Ethan, Lydia, and Sophia Williams; two great grandchildren, Alistair and James  Parrott;  five brothers, Jim (Cheryl) Fortman, Karl (Judy) Fortman, Alan (Barb) Fortman all of Kalida, Joe (Sandy) Fortman of Glandorf and Dave Fortman of Ottawa; and two sisters, Mary Lou Hoffman of Columbus Grove and Karen (Ken) Ruhe of Ottawa.

She was preceded in death by a brother Daniel Fortman and a brother in-law, Don Hoffman.

Judy was a graduate of Kalida High School, class of 1957.  She was a member of Aglow International, Lima Lighthouse where she served as financial secretary.  She had been a teller and secretary at the First National Bank in Ottawa.  Judy had worked with her husband in the family business, Stechschulte Clothing and Shoe for 17 years, and had worked at Warren Printing & Office Products.  

She was a Hospice volunteer and was blessed to be able to comfort those she visited.   Judy was an accomplished seamstress.  She also had served on the Putnam County Election Board for many years .

Services will begin at 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Columbus Grove.  Pastor Keith Wilson will officiate with burial to follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery.

The family has asked that you please keep your condolences brief, in order to allow everyone their moment with the family.  The family will be present for visitation Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 2:00-4:00pm with a two hour break.  Visitation will resume at 6:00 until 8:00pm, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home.  

There will also be visitation Wednesday from 9:00am until time of the service at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartbeat of Putnam County or Putnam County Homecare and Hospice .

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David Fortman
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
I wish to express condolences to Joe, Luke Chuck, Tony and Anne there spouses and grandchildren.

Dave Fortman

Melissa Boyers
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
Anne, so sorry for this loss. I have fond memories of your parents welcoming us to their home during our college years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tony Hageman
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
My memories of Judy are framed in coming to Christ as a high school student (1990). I was part of a small group Bible Study with Anne. It was a transformational time in my life. Joe and Judy were there at the beginning of my faith journey and continued to be an encouragement to me as I entered the mission field. I continue to serve the Lord as a missionary. So thankful for Judy's prayers, joyfulness and blessing in my life and ministry.

Brenda Keller
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
Dear Joe and Family,
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Judy. She was a very special lady. I will always cherish my memories of her. She was kind, gracious and loving. Her Christian faith was evident to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May God comfort all of you in your grief.

Dennis & Kay
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020
Joe & Family

So sorry for your loss.

Den & Kay Zeller

Vinnie Verhoff
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020

condolences Joe from a 57 classmate

Dave and Nancy McSherry
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020
Dear Joe and Family, ,
With sadness we heard of Judy’s passing, and know our hearts share your loss. She was a lovely lady with a beautiful smile and big heart. May memories keep her with you, always.
Dave and Nancy McSherry

John and Janet Smith
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020
So sorry for your loss

Nick Stechschulte
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Joe, Luke, Chuck, Tony, Anne and the whole family. May God bring calm and peace to your souls knowing that Judy now walks with Him. What a beautiful and kind soul! I feel deeply blessed to have been touched by truly one of the kindest and warmest Godly woman I’ve ever met during my formative years growing up. Her life is a testament to and an example of what a generous and charitable Christian woman should be to all those who knew her. God bless!

Betty Wannemacheer
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Joe. You and your family are in my prayers. Judy was a wonderful person.

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