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Wanita J. Runkle

Wanita J. Runkle, 85, of Bellefontaine, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 surrounded by her family at Logan Acres Senior Community.

Wanita was born on July 28, 1932 in Williamsport, Ohio to the late Arthur and Ethel (Ladley) Gilbert. On February 4, 1973 she married William Forest Runkle.

Wanita was active in the Church of Christ Christian Union for many years. She loved fishing and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and ceramics. She also was an avid gardener. Wanita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband, William Runkle; children, Joe (Linda) Baldwin, Sheila (Rick) Strong, Mike (Karen) Runkle, Deb (Ed) Warnecke, Shari (Randy) Green and Tim (Cheryl) Runkle; 23 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; siblings, Arthur (Elyse) Gilbert Jr., Pansy Irene (Samuel) Gilbert Skaggs, Glenda J. (David) Smith; sister-in-law, Francis Gilbert; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Betty Gilbert Shackleford, James Arthur Gilbert, Floyd Wayne Gilbert, Franklin Eugene Gilbert, Norma Jean (Robert) Gilbert Blankenship, Goldie Mae Gilbert, Harold Ray Gilbert, Dorothy Lee Gilbert, Curtis Lee Gilbert, Shirley Maryln (Samuel) Gilbert Hicks, Curly Marion Gilbert, Floyd Ben Gilbert.

Services will be held Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Jennings Farley Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be held Monday, November 27, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral. There will be an additional hour of visitation prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery following the service.

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