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Norwalk, OH 44857
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Shirley J. Lantz

Shirley J. Lantz, 94, of Norwalk, Ohio, died Monday, April 15, 2013, in Norwalk Memorial Home.

She was born June 11, 1918 in Norwalk, Ohio to the late George and Mildred (Sharp) VanDette and was a lifelong area resident. Shirley was a 1936 graduate of Norwalk High School and was a lifelong member of the Norwalk First Baptist Church. She was also a member of Firelands Post #2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Ken Bur Bell Post #41 American Legion Auxiliary. Shirley was a former employee of the Montgomery Ward Catalog Store in Norwalk, Ohio and Lantz Grocery Store in Fremont, Ohio. She was an accomplished seamstress and also enjoyed crocheting, needlework, reading, and was an avid Cleveland Indians Baseball Fan.

Shirley is survived by her children, Gerald William and Mary Lantz, Jr. of Willard, Ohio and Bonnie J. Carter of Norwalk, Ohio, 8 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald W. Lantz, Sr., by her brother, George "Bud" VanDette, and by her sister, June VanDette.

Friends may call on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Paul Lamb will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwalk First Baptist Church, 67 East Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857. Online condolences may be made by going to