OBITUARY

Alice Mary DeMange

May 29, 1932January 15, 2021
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Alice Mary DeMange, of Versailles passed away after a long illness on January 15, 2021 at age 88 at her daughter’s home in Columbus. She was born May 29, 1932 to the late Leroy and Mildred (Pitsenbarger) McEldowney. On May 1, 1952, she married the late Homer Louis DeMange. They were married 39 years until his death on November 2, 1991.

She is survived by her five children, Ronald (Joan) DeMange of Versailles, Susan (John) Pottkotter of Columbus, Karen DeMange of Versailles, Joe (Cindy) DeMange of Versailles, and Mark (Donna) DeMange of North Star, 13 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are siblings; Jim (Janet) McEldowney of Versailles, Tom (Rita) McEldowney of Greenville, Rosemary (Floyd) Monnin of Versailles, Carl (Ethel) McEldowney of Ansonia, Fred (Donna) McEldowney of Versailles, brother-in-law Ted Carter of Richmond, IN, sister-in-law Alvina DeMange of Piqua, Mary DeMange of Ansonia, and Phyllis Link of Coldwater. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by great grandson Anthony DeMange, sisters and brother –in-law Dolores Carter, Marlene and Urb Zumberger, and brother in-laws and sister-in laws Paul and Helen DeMange, Earl DeMange, Francis and Betty DeMange, Marie and Ed Vagedes, Herb and Rosemary Tobe, Ruth and Ott Tobe, Elmer Link, Robert DeMange, and Betty DeMange.

Alice graduated from Ansonia High School, (class of 1950). She worked at Versailles Poultry Producers and was kept busy on the family’s dairy farm for 43 years. She was an active member of St. Denis Parish, where she belonged to the D of I, and also helped with funeral dinners for years, she was a friends to all, and spent many years helping to take care of her mom and the neighbor ladies. She loved spending time with, and taking care of her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter and sister.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 22, 2021 at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, with the Rev. Fr. Jim Duell, celebrant. Interment will be at Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown. Friends may call on the family from 4:00- 8:00 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, on Thursday, January 21, 2021 for a “walk-through” visitation. The State of Ohio is under a mandatory mask order, and has required that face masks be worn, as well as practicing social distancing. Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown, Hospice of Central Ohio, or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, January 22, 2021

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Carolyn Waymire

February 4, 2021

Alice was such a lovely lady and I was sad to hear of her passing. I would see Alice and Edna walking to Mass as I was going to work. They were always deep in conversation. She loved her family so much and her Lord and Savior.
In sympathy, Carolyn Hartzell Waymire and Donald Waymire

Kathleen Balbaugh

January 22, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I worked with Sue for years, and know how much she treasured her dear Mom. Hold fast to the memories. God's love will be with her.

Tony Bet

January 21, 2021

Sorry for your loss +++

Kathy Monnin

January 20, 2021

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother. My prayers are with you. May you be comforted by the promises of God. Peace and prayers.

Margie Heitkamp

January 20, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Alice was a great friend to my mom, Edna Grilliot. She and Mom will be missed here on this earth, but will continue to look over us. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Margie & Rick Heitkamp

Diane Swallow

January 19, 2021

Alice was always a joy to talk to; was always kind and caring to my dad. May the memories you hold so close , help to comfort you in the days ahead. May you have peace in your hearts knowing Alice is living again with God in His glorious Kingdom. Our deepest sympathy,
Diane (McEldowney) and John Swallow

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Alice Mary DeMange. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed.

She was the daughter of Leroy and Mildred McEldowney. Alice was raised in Versailles and Ansonia, Ohio. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Alice's personality throughout her life.

Alice was the oldest of eight children. She had three sisters, Marlene, Delores, and Rosemary, and four brothers, Jim, Tom, Carl, and Fred. Alice and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

She went to Versailles High School but shortly before her graduation, her family moved and Alice graduated from Ansonia High School in 1950. Alice enjoyed english class and home ec. Alice was a member of the Prom Court. She also stayed friends with her classmates throughout the years.

Alice was a popular person throughout her life. She was dependable, loyal and trustworthy. She was well loved by many and some of her friends included Edna Grilliot, Betty Jutte, Agnes Bruns, Evelyn Bernholt, Agnes Monnin, and Arlene Pohl.

Alice was a faithful and loving person. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. On May 1, 1952, Alice married Homer Louis DeMange at Holy Family Catholic Church of Frenchtown, Ohio. Compassionate and devoted to each other, Alice and Homer had a wonderful marriage.

Alice and Homer were blessed with five children. They had 3 sons and 2 daughters, Ron, Susan, Karen, Joe, and Mark. They were also blessed with thirteen grandchildren, Jesse, Jon, Jake, Megan, Molly, Pam, Sandy, Bill, Matt, Eric, Darren, Kyle, and Kristin, and eventually 32 great-grandchildren.

Alice was a homemaker who took care of her family and kept busy on their dairy farm. In addition to spending time with her family, she also enjoyed sewing, reading and journaling, dancing, playing cards, attending church, and volunteering. In addition, she regularly watched The Lawrence Welk Show.

Religion and faith were incredibly important to her. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church from childhood until she moved into town when she was 60. She then joined St. Denis Catholic Church where she was a member for 28 years. She attended mass often. She was a part of the women's sodalities, and also volunteered for funeral luncheons, for Adoration, and led the Rosary on occasion.

Alice built a new home in-town, and moved off of the farm after her husband Homer passed away in 1991. She stayed busy helping her mom, and the other neighbor ladies in town. She was always looking to help others. She also spent a lot of time with her children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren.

Alice passed away on January 15, 2021 at her daughter Susan's home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She passed away from a long-term pulmonary disease complicated by COVID-19. She is survived by her five children, Ronald (Joan) DeMange of Versailles, Susan (John) Pottkotter of Reynoldsburg, Karen DeMange of Versailles, Joe (Cindy) DeMange of Versailles, and Mark (Donna) DeMange of North Star, 13 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings; Jim (Janet) McEldowney of Versailles, Tom (Rita) McEldowney of Greenville, Rosemary (Floyd) Monnin of Versailles, Carl (Ethel) McEldowney of Ansonia, Fred (Donna) McEldowney of Versailles, brother-in-law Ted Carter of Richmond, IN, sister-in-law Alvina DeMange of Piqua, Mary DeMange of Ansonia, and Phyllis Link of Coldwater. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, with the Fr. Jim Duell, celebrant. Internment was at Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown. There was a visitation at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Alice was laid to rest in Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown, Ohio.

Alice was a down to earth person, outgoing and extremely generous. She was hardworking and independent, never letting someone’s kindness towards her go unappreciated. She was selflessly devoted to her family and her faith, remaining strong in her faith throughout difficult moments in her life. She also showed deep compassion for others. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Alice, and are better for having known her.