Lavern J. Wolters, age 89, of Coldwater, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton due to a stroke.

He was born July 2, 1931, in Coldwater to the late Richard and Mathilda (Will) Wolters. On Aug. 29, 1953, he married Alfrieda A. (Schoenlein) in St. Rose, Ohio. She died Nov. 8, 2008.

Lavern had eight children, 31 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren with one on the way: Children Joyce DeStefano of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Diane and Joe Siegrist of Union City, Indiana, Shirley and Kevin Fullenkamp of St. Henry, Ohio, Steve and Deb Wolters of Celina, Ohio, Jane Jones of St. Henry, Ohio, Donna and Larry Lane of New Bremen, Ohio, Brenda and Ken Homan of Maria Stein, Ohio, Lynn and Ron Broering of New Weston Ohio; 31 grandchildren, Sam DeStefano, Gail and Joe Dues, Jill and Jeremy Geisendorff, Eric and Jani Siegrist, Beth and Will Handt, Kyle and Jill Siegrist, Alex and Peyton Fullenkamp, Gwen Fullenkamp, Claire Fullenkamp, Dan and Kendra Wolters, Jenni and Brian Erhart, Gary and Melissa Wolters, Adam and Whitney Wolters, Ryan Jones, Austin and Kendra Jones, Hannah Lane, Tess Lane, Zoe Lane (deceased), Justin Homan, Sarah and Mark Post, Abigail Homan, Zachary Homan, Victoria Homan, Grace Homan, Pam and Rick Thimmes, Nathan Broering (deceased), Rachel Broering, Cody Broering, Cory Broering, Jesse Broering and Jacob Broering.

Lavern was the last surviving member of his family.

He was preceded in death by siblings and in-laws Mildred and Jerome Selhorst, Lucille, Rudy and Mary Link, Dolores and Ludwig Wuebker, Albert and Victoria Schoenlein, Bernard and Ruth Schoenlein, Herman Schoenlein, Roman and Rita Schoenlein, Mary and Vernon Rutschilling and Esther and Walter Rethman.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater, the men’s society of the church and Coldwater Knights of Columbus.

Lavern was a lifelong farmer and lived a full life filled with faith and family.

A Funeral Mass following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Holy Trinity Church, Coldwater, with live stream at coldwatercluster.org/information/watch-mass-online. Burial will follow in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Coldwater where CDC guidelines of mask wearing and social distancing will be followed.

Memorials may be made to Center for Neurological Development and the Cancer Association of Mercer County.

Condolences may be expressed at hogenkampfh.com.