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May 10, 1913 — January 18, 2012

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Elmer L. Warnement, age 98, of Tiffin, Ohio died January 18, 2012.  He was born May 10, 1913 to Leo and Ida (Zirger) Warnement in Tiffin.

Survivors include, daughters Judy Bour (Hugo) of Tiffin, Jane Hartsig (James) of Plymouth Mich., Anne Hummer (Thomas) of Monroe Mich., Mary Bell of Grove City, Alice Kosnikowski (Thaddeus) of Ludington Mich., Kay Zilka (Walter) of Navarre Fla., Ruth Rahla of Toledo, a son, John Warnement of Tiffin, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; four brothers, Herman, Paul, Urban and Ralph Warnement; and four sisters, Sister Mary Estelle, Frances Eichhorn, Alice and Genevieve Warnement.

Elmer attended Calvert High School in the old Ursuline convent and graduated in 1931 where he lettered in football from 1928 to 1930 for Coach Wish Kramer.  During those three years, the team won all of their games except against their perennial archrival, Fremont Ross.  After high school he attended Tiffin University when it was located at Madison and Washington Streets.

During his youth he worked on his parents’ farm delivering milk and eggs and had a paper route for the Advertiser-Tribune where he delivered papers to every office in the old Courthouse.  He dearly loved his Indian pony named Billy.

When he left Tiffin University, he took a job as a machinist at the National Machinery and later at Webster Manufacturing.  Subsequent to that he went to Cleveland for a year where he worked for his brother Ralph and ran many types of machines and presses.  He returned to Tiffin and worked for Louis Dehmer building and paving roads throughout Ohio.

Elmer started carrying mail for the Tiffin Post Office in 1937.  The first ten years of his career he carried mail within the city and then had a rural route for the next 27 years.  He retired from the Post Office in 1974.  For the next 17 years he sold real estate for Jim Wilson Realty. Elmer was a member of The National Association of Retired Federal Employees since 1974.

Elmer was a life-long member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  Elmer was active in the Holy Name Society and is proud of the fact that while President of the Holy Name, he was instrumental in starting the annual festival as an outgrowth from the parish picnic.  Elmer was also an active member of the St. Joseph’s choir and sang on Sunday’s for 44 years.

Elmer enjoyed bowling and excelled at golf and was a competitive player until about his 90th birthday.  He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and fondly remembering his trips with Helen to Florida, to his daughter Jane’s home in South Carolina and to his daughter Anne’s lakefront cottage in Michigan.

The family would like to offer sincerest gratitude to Dr. John Vela, his nurses and staff who compassionately cared for Elmer these past 25 years and Ellie Amann for delivering Communion to him and Helen every Sunday during their homebound years; and a special thank-you to all the caregivers who laughed at Elmer’s jokes and tended to his needs.

Calling hours will be held 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Traunero Funeral Home, 214 S. Monroe St.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. at the funeral home and 20 minutes prior to the Mass at the church.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Tiffin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made for masses in his name to St. Joseph Church.
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