Bertha Lucille Caesar, celebrating 90 years of life, has been promoted into the presence of her Lord Wednesday, November 8, 2017. She was born May 16, 1927, at home in Milton Township (Creston), Wayne County, to John Ulrich and Lena Bertha Calame Wuthrich. Her childhood years were in Wayne County and the Spencer and Homerville areas of Medina County, attending Homer School during high school.
As a young adult she lived in Wooster working for the College of Wooster. In 1950 she married Alex Caesar at the Wooster Grace Brethren Church. They settled in Medina to raise their family. After 46 years, they moved to Lodi in 1996.
She was self-employed performing childcare in her home for 30 years, retiring in 1992, which fulfilled her dream of being a teacher. Nearly 1,000 Medina area children knew her as "Mrs. Caesar" during this period. Mrs. Caesar's kids were gently and lovingly encouraged to follow Mrs. Caesar's rules based on safety goals, while imparting values from her strong Christian faith to build positive relationship interaction. Her immense love for children was received and recognized by these children and parents. She frequently expressed what a rewarding career she experienced-priceless memories and appreciated continued communication from these families over the years. She received the American Association of University Women award for Outstanding Woman of Distinction from the Medina County chapter in 1978.
She was a member of Homerville Grace Brethren Church with untiring support of numerous ministries for 75 years. She taught Sunday School, Junior Church, SMM and Vacation Bible School. She served as deaconess, Sunday School secretary, greeter and all-around encourager. In 2000 she received the Senior Medal of Ministry Award at the Christian Education Conference of GBC in Winona Lake, Indiana. As a member of the Women of Grace ladies group she began missionary correspondence in 1960, continuing faithfully for 55 years, annually sending 300 birthday and anniversary cards to overseas workers, spouses and children serving Grace Brethren International Missions in Asia, Europe, Africa, Central and South America. Each card included a personal hand-written note.
Bertha expressed artistic talents in various craft hobbies, home decorating and hospitality, immaculate housekeeping and beautiful penmanship shared with family and friends in a multitude of handwritten notes and cards, receiving a blue ribbon and $5 award for penmanship from the fair as a child. She loved music, was proud of her swiss heritage and learned swiss yodeling from her father who was born in Switzerland. Often her sisters would sing together, harmonizing and yodeling, as requested by classmates. Bertha also loved sports, especially basketball and baseball, attending basketball games to cheer for her uncle John Calame, a star player, as well as Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians games. Her enthusiasm for the Cleveland Cavaliers only increased with the addition of LeBron James, her favorite player, celebrating joyously as they achieved the NBA Championship in 2016!
She was a generous and devoted wife, mother and grandmother leaving a legacy of Godly love with her family and all who entered into her life.
All hearts grow warmer in the presence of one who gave freely for the love of giving, a giving that deepens and grows ever unfolding new sweetness as the blossoming of a rose.
She is survived by her son, John (Cindy) Caesar of Lodi, Cyndie (Michael) Shaw of Westfield Township; grandchildren, Mark (Denise) Caesar, Tim (Suzanne) Caesar, Michael (Amy) Sir Louis, Tiffany (Kevin) Kreeger, Tom (Meg) Sir Louis family (Olivia Sir Louis, Jake Sir Louis, Alexa Sir Louis); great-grandchildren, Debra Caesar, Evan Caesar, Jamison Sir Louis, Noah Sir Louis, Mary Grace Sir Louis, Ben Sir Louis, Madison Kreeger, Hayleigh Kreeger; great-great-grandchild, Hope Renee Caesar; sisters, Esther (Dean) Schempp, Nora McQuate; brothers, Dan (Linda) Wuthrich, Dick (Mary) Wuthrich, Don (Donna) Wuthrich; sisters-in-law, Charlene Wuthrich, Sandy Wuthrich, Lucille Asche; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Alex; daughter, Jo Ann Sir Louis; parents; brothers, Bob Wuthrich, Dave Wuthrich, John Wuthrich; brothers-in-law, Carl McQuate, Frank Caesar, Louis (Irma) Caesar, Andy (Leona) Caesar; in-laws, George and Elizabeth Caesar.
A service will be held at 11:30 A.M. Monday, November 13, 2017, at Homerville Grace Brethren Church, 8992 Firestone Road, Homer Township. The Reverends George Swain and Tim Simmons will officiate. Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman. Private family service. Visiting hours from 4 to 8 P.M. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina Street, Lodi and one hour prior to service Monday, November 13, 2017 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Homerville Grace Brethren Church, 8992 Firestone Road, P.O. Box 25, Homerville, Ohio 44235.
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