Leona Laurer

February 24, 1931July 4, 2018
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Leona Mary “Birdie” Laurer, 87, of Fremont passed away on July 4, 2018 with her loving family by her side at Toledo Promedica Hospital. Birdie was born February 24, 1931 in Fremont to the late Edward and Helen (Holmer) Bertsch. On May 8, 1954 she married George Laurer at St Joseph Catholic Church in Fremont. George passed away June 27, 1984.

She was a 1949 graduate of St Joseph High School and a member of St Joseph Catholic Church where she belonged to the Rosary Society and the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. She was a 1952 graduate of St. Vincent’s School of Nursing retiring as a RN in 1991, from Fremont Memorial Hospital OB Department after 29 years of service. While there she conducted Expectant Parenting Classes for 17 years. She was past President of the Fremont Council for Catholic Nurses and was a Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer. Birdie was a member of the Ballville Volunteer Fire Dept Auxiliary, the Fremont Christian Women’s Club, Memorial Hospital Golden Threads, Memorial Hospital Retirees, Sandusky County Seniors and St. Vincent Alumni Association. She also conducted “Let's Talk Grand Parenting” classes at Memorial Hospital. Birdie enjoyed entering her prized elderberry pies in the Sandusky County Fair along with her many canned goods.

Birdie shined on the 4th of July for many years leading parades at Camp Yukita and her summer cottage at Riverfront Marina.

Children include Steven (Lydia) Laurer of Fremont, Jeffrey (Debi) Laurer of Fremont, Scott (Deb) Laurer of Fremont, Thomas (Cathi) of Catawba, Timothy (Liz) of Perrysburg and Gregory (Lori) of Fremont; brother Don Bertsch of Fremont; Grandchildren: Courtney, Nicholas, Adam, Jacob, Amanda, Zachary, Austin, Isaac, Grant, Caleb, Brock, Logan, step-grandchildren Andrea, Jeremy, Sonja and Peyton. Great Grandchildren Antonio, Amayha, Camden, Kinslee and River.

She was proceeded in death by Grandchild Heather Laurer and Sister in Law Jean Bertsch

Visitation will be held on Monday July 9 from 2-8pm at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 South Arch Street Fremont.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10:00a.m. from St Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Roemmele officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St Joseph Church, SJCC Booster Club, Ballville Twp Volunteer Fire Dept, Fremont Area Women’s Connection or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Visitation Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Lisa (Golamb) Babos

July 10, 2018

Remembering all the great weeks at the lake when we were young. Great memories! Our parents made it fun! Thinking and praying for all of you. She will be greatly missed.

Neal Miesle

July 8, 2018

To the entire Laurer family,
Jane and I are so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a such a special person. What a sense of humor she had; she loved telling stories. She had a great time at Edmeyer family reunions, we used to go to when we were growing up. She had such a strong faith. That came in handy raising you six boys, I am sure about that. She loved her extended family and all those beautiful grandchildren. She loved St. Joseph Catholic Church and school. She will be greatly missed by all. God bless you guys. RIP Birdie!
Neal and Jane Miesle

Steve Karlovetz

July 8, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Birdie will be truly missed!

Steve and the Ballville EZ Shop employees

Andrea Faulkner

July 8, 2018

To Steve, my mom, Lydia, little brother, Logan, and the rest of the Laurer family... I am so sorry for your loss. Although I wasn’t fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with Birdie, she is someone I will never forget! She was always so kind, full of life, and absolutely the life of the party! I’ll always remember her smile and infectious laugh. I hope the many wonderful memories you’ve made with her over the years brings you comfort during this difficult time. Sending all of my love!

Tom Kwiatkowski

July 8, 2018

Tom and Cathi SonHui and i would like to offer our deepest sympathy with the passing of your mother. God bless you and your family

Lynn Quick

July 6, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. I loved Birdie she was my nurse for both of my children. I remember 1987 she had to send me home at 10 p.m. with false labor to return a hour before her shift was 6 a.m. She stayed my daughter was born at 8 a.m. She always made me laugh.

Laurie Burkett Merrill

July 6, 2018

Tim and Tom and family, so sorry to hear about your mama. Losing a mother is the hardest. Hold on to the great memories you shared. I remember she came to our after high school graduation party and dressed up like a majorette and twirled her baton! And of course the story of your mom and mine being roommates in the hospital giving birth to us July babies! What a great mom and friend I'm sure. May God wrap his loving arms around you all. Love and blessings, Laurie

Jodi (Sanzo) Waits

July 6, 2018

I remember your mother from St Joe. She was always so sweet and full of life. I know you will all miss her terribly. Heaven gained a bright star when they got your Mother. My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort are with you all.

Jill Fick

July 6, 2018

Birdie was the best neighbor ever! Always so generous in sharing her elderberry pies, delicious cookies and homemade jam.
We couldn’t wait till Halloween every year to see what costume she’d wear as she sat in the driveway waiting for the kids.
We’ll miss you, Birdie.

Betsy Nimocks

July 6, 2018

Worked 11-7 OB with Birdie,loved her,loved her stories,loved her jokes. She made working very enjoyable.