Phyllis M. (Ostermyer) Eppley

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Sunday, September 10, 2023
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Secor Funeral Home
New Washington, Ohio

Visitation 2:
Monday, September 11, 2023
10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Nazareth Lutheran Church
Chatfield, Ohio

Monday, September 11, 2023
11:00 a.m.
Nazareth Lutheran Church
Chatfield, Ohio

Phyllis M. (Ostermyer) Eppley passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at Grandma’s Place in New London, Ohio. She was 91, most of those years living in her beloved Chatfield, OH.

She was born January 6, 1932 to Elgar and Hazel Ostermyer. She was a sister to Faye (Don) Crum, and Jule Redman, both deceased.

Phyllis married Luther Eppley in 1950 and they loved each other over 60 years until his death in 2011. They had two daughters, Vicki (Fred) Karl, deceased in 1996 and Valerie (Gerald) Gibson.

She adored her grandchildren, Amanda Karl (Brian) Smith, Emily Karl (Kevin) Wallace, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Gibson, and Jordan (Laura) Gibson. She loved as a son, her former exchange student, Hilmar Gersie and his family Nicole and Leni, always considering them her family.

Also surviving her are her cherished great-grandchildren, Brandon, Taylor and Karli Smith; Addilyn, Ava and Jaxson Wallace; Mikayla Garcia, Zachary Smart, Zoe Secrist; Leni Gersie.

Her daughter, mother, mother-in-law, both granddaughters and five great grand daughters share her middle name, Marie.

Phyllis and Luther were well known as former owners of the Chatfield Hardware where she worked 33 years. She was the unofficial Chatfield historian, always active in the community and church. She loved collecting, ice cream, the color red, traveling, movies, crocheting, seashells, baking and giving away cookies.

Secor Funeral Home will be handling services to celebrate Phyllis’ life. Calling hours will be Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Secor Funeral Home in New Washington. Visitation will also be held Monday, September 11, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the service at 11:00 a.m. at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Chatfield with Pastor Kevin Mohr officiating. Burial will follow at the Nazareth Lutheran Cemetery. The family thanks Grandma’s Place Home Care for their loving, excellent care and Promedica Hospice of Fremont for their support and love. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to donor’s choice, Nazareth Lutheran Church, Promedica Hospice or Grandma’s Place Home Care. Online condolences can be made to Phyllis’ family by visiting


Wendy Ayres Daniel - Sep 13, 2023
Val and family - thinking of you during this time of loss.
Joe and Sarah Redman - Sep 11, 2023
Valerie, so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. We have very found memories of both your mom and dad. Growing up in Chatfield they were a big part of everybody’s life. Your mom always had a smile for everyone. We had hoped to make back for her service.
JOHN ROSS - Sep 11, 2023
Valerie, I am saddened to hear about your mother's passing. She always greeted everyone with a smile and kind words. I'll always remember her and your dad riding around Chatfield on their tandem bicycle. They were both wonderful people!
Belinda Slone Elliott - Sep 10, 2023
Our deepest sympathy for your loss, Valerie. We love you. Marge and Belinda
Kari and Chris Karl / girls - Sep 8, 2023
We have always enjoyed knowing Phyllis. She was always full of life and had a great smile, along with always asking how things are going. She truly was a great person in the Chatfield Community. RIP
Darlene & Newman King - Sep 8, 2023
Val and family, so sorry to see of your momma's passing, I am sure of all the memories you have. Keep them close to your heart.From all I had heard your mom was a special lady. Sorry I won't be able to come for services, but will be thinking of you.
Fran Smith - Sep 8, 2023
I was in a writing class years ago and Phyllis was in the class-what a very nice woman she was. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏
Sonja Reer - Sep 8, 2023
Am very sadden by Phyllis's passing she was always a delight to work for and we had many visits she always was giving me cookies or ice cream when I was done working outside on her landscaping! She will be sadly missed may she rest in peace with her husband and daughter and rest of her deceased relatives.💕
Diane Dellinger - Sep 8, 2023
My Deepest Sympathy to the Family, she was such a sweet lady🙏🙏
Jane niedermeier laugbaum - Sep 8, 2023
Valerie, prayers and thoughts with you and your family during this time
Lenora Gibson - Sep 8, 2023
Valerie, Mandy, Emily, and family May all of the prayers and memories comfort you during your days ahead. She always had a smile on her face. Praying for you, Lenora
Karen Knauff Pairan - Sep 7, 2023
I have been praying for Phyllis for 20 days and now I will change my prayer to the family of Phyllis. My father had the privilege of being her pastor, Luther Knauff, until we moved from Chatfield in 1957, and then my son was her pastor and a neighbor. She was a blessing to Tom's children. I know you will miss her.
To Phyllis' family Betty and I extend our condolence and heartfelt love. From the very beginning of my ministry as pastor of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Luther and Phyllis became two of our dearest friends and they were the best of best neighbors. We shared many meals together and meals were always followed by games of Canasta--guys against gals. We shared lots of laughter, tears and stories over the years. One fond memory was Sunday dinner at their home. Phyllis asked if I enjoyed playing ping-pong. She was nonchalant about it. I said yes. I had expected a leisurely game, but after her first serve and wicked slam, game on! If memory serves me well, the games were tight and she had the satisfaction of winning. Again, our love to her family. -- Pastor Ed