Eunice Joyce Oswald, 81, of Allen, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.
Services will be Saturday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Concord, with the Pastor Todd Thelan officiating. Burial will be at the Allen Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 21 at the church, from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday one hour prior to services.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home of Laurel.
Online condolences may be made at www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.
Eunice Joyce Oswald was born Aug. 22, 1937 on a farm south of Milford to Chris and Mary Roth. She was the fifth of six children born to Chris and Mary. As a young girl, Eunice attended Milford Public Schools. She worked for Paul and Nonie Rolssmeier as a nanny near Milford. On Sept. 16, 1956 she married Marvin Oswald at the East Fairview Mennonite Church in Milford. She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Concord, where she enjoyed serving.
The family lived several places before moving to Allen in 1977. Eunice first and foremost was a loving and giving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Eunice began part-time employment in 1979 at Waldbaum’s (Michael Foods) in Wakefield and then was a full time employee from 1984 until she retired in 2002. Because of Eunice’s love for children, she found part-time work with the Allen Daycare from 2002 until 2012.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin, of Allen; six children and their spouses, Dwight (Jane) Oswald of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dwaine (Barb) Oswald of Allen, Mary (Jeff) Schoning of Griswold, Iowa, Martin Oswald of Wakefield, Max (Lana) Oswald of Allen, Curtis (Dawn) Oswald of Allen; 19 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters Grace (Dale) Grieser of Beemer, Vada (Ken) Roth of Dorchester; sister-in-law Anna Mae Roth of Milford; brother-in-law Richard Miller of Milford; sister-in-law, Marie Eichelberger of Beemer; brothers-in-law Merle (Betty) Oswald of Beemer, and John Beller of Norfolk.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Earl Roth; sister and brother-in-law, Berniece and Clayton Beckler; a sister, Shirley Miller; brother and sisters-in-law Elmer and Doris Oswald, Ella andd Joe Ehrisman, Mildred and Vernon White, Harold Eichelberger and Delores Bellar.
Pallbearers will be Eunice's grandsons, Kyle Oswald, Chad Oswald, Eric Oswald, Christopher Schoning, Zachary Schoning, Jared Schoning, B.J. Schoning, Joseph Schoning, Daniel Oswald, Jacob Oswald, Colton Oswald, Lukas Oswald, and Nathan Oswald.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eunice’s granddaughters, Ellie Diehm, Charis High, Charity Anderson, Faith Nichols, Amber Mattson, and Lexi Oswald.