July 7, 1926 – June 20, 2019
Keneta Mae Decker, “Grandma Decker”, 92, passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 20, 2019.
Born July 7, 1925 in Bloomdale, Ohio to Ward and Alma (Biles) Smith. She graduated from Burgoon High School in 1944. Keneta married Paul Frederick Decker on October 6, 1946. She was married to Paul 59 years.
Keneta was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Fremont for over 70 years. She sang in the church choir 40 years, was a Sunday School teacher and a past President of the Ladies Guild. Keneta enjoyed singing in the Sweet Adelines Chorus in Fostoria for many years. Grandma Decker was very active with her children and grandchildren in the Sandusky County 4-H program showing horses. She loved the Sandusky County Fair almost as much as she loved celebrating Christmas. Keneta enjoyed bowling, playing cards and board and games with her family and friends.
Surviving Keneta to share memories of her life are; four children, Judy (Phil) Smart, Christy (Ed) Farson, Connie (George) Moore, Tom (Linda) Decker; nine grandchildren, Renee (Tom) Ackerman, Stacie (Ryan) Schiets, Eric Smart, Tim Farson of San Diego, Beth (Dusty) Lee, Derek Decker of Lansing, Michigan, Jerrica Decker of Columbus, Ohio, DeeAnn (Mike) Lento, Fred Shearon (Nichole); great-grandchildren, Brooke, Tate, Shylie and Tyler Schiets, Paige and Payton Ackerman, Eddie, Jaxson, and Addie Lento, William and Isabel Shearon, sisters-in-law, Claribel Decker, Phyllis Henry, and treasured friends, Elaine “Sis” Ruggerio and Rachael Shearon.
Visitation will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, OH, 43420. Funeral services celebrating Keneta’s life will be Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:00am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 204 N. Wayne Street, Fremont, OH, 43420, with one hour of visiting starting at 10:00am at the church. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church of Fremont or to Donor’s Choice.
- Visitation Sunday, June 23, 2019
- Visitation Monday, June 24, 2019
- Funeral Services Monday, June 24, 2019
June 24, 2019
I am so sorry for you family's great loss. I have very fond memories of Grandma Decker. I met Grandma Decker when our children were involved in the Blazing Saddles 4H Club. Grandma always treated my family like we were her family. What a wonderful Godly woman who will be missed greatly. Love and prayers,
The Bryan Brubaker Family.
June 22, 2019
To the Keneta Decker Family
May loving memories bring comfort to you in this time of sadness.
My mom, Willow V (Murphy) Schultz loved going to her house when they were both young.
With Deepest Sympathy
Associated Buyers Employees and Their Families
Edward, Sandra, Donald L. and Willow V Schultz
June 22, 2019
When I think about Grandma Decker the following words come to mind: patience, family, church, friends, and holiday gatherings. She was outgoing and fun-loving woman who enjoyed the company of her friends and family. She welcomed me into the family with open arms. I am grateful for the knowledge she shared with me. I love you.
June 22, 2019
Many years ago, I was on a bowling team with Keneta, Mary Lou Kinsey and Lucille Snyder. This was back at the old Plaza Lanes. Even though these ladies (all of them) were 30+ years older than me, we had a great time. Keneta and Mary Lou each made a blanket for my son when he was born. I still have them 35 years later. Wonderful woman and a lot of fun to bowl with. May she rest in peace.
June 21, 2019
What a wonderful lady Grandma Decker was. She always made everyone feel like family! She will be missed by many. Prayers for the family. I hope you all find comfort in the wonderful memories.
God Bless you all at this sad time.
June 21, 2019
She was a fantastic lady to have four family minded kids and several top notch grandkids that I had the privilege to have in Ag class and the FFA program .