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Grace Lucille Kalter
Grace Lucille Kalter, age 81, of Gratis OH, passed away peacefully on Wed. June 29, 2022 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, IN. She was born November 10, 1940 at home in Gratis to David and Elizabeth (Lowman) Kalter. Grace was a 1958 graduate of Gratis High School. She attended and graduated from Grace College in 1962. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Xavier University in 1978. She attended Grace Brethren Community Church of West Alexandria, OH, where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years from 1962-2017. She served as church treasurer and played the organ. Grace taught school for 19 years in Kitchel IN, (second grade) and 15 years in Liberty IN, (second grade). Her educational skills made it possible to touch many young lives and be a positive influence to those around her that they will not forget. She has lived in Gratis with her only sister, Barbara Jean Kalter, at the home on RT. 122 built by their grandparents in 1911 their entire lives. Her interests were Church, gospel music, crocheting, travel, (to 39 states), books, hot air balloons, and visiting lighthouses. Grace is survived by her sister Barbara Kalter of Gratis, OH; her Church family; Bertha (Combs) Grauman, of Farmersville (who was with her in passing.) Bertha was a lifelong friend for 70 years. Her husband, Ben Grauman and daughters (considered nieces who called their aunts: Aunt Gracie and Aunt Barbie): Melissa(Grauman) Knuckles of Allegan, Michigan, Rachel(Grauman) Keyser of New Lebanon, OH and Rebecca(Garber) Moore of Massillon, OH. Also surviving are: Michael and Bonnie Bailey (Grace’s roommate) and their family: Michael and Meg Bailey, Pat and Terry Bailey, Mishael Castro, Letitia and Rodney Fugate, Giles and Kathy Bailey and Shawn Bailey all of Ohio. Many other friends of the community survive Grace, who are family to them. Preceding Grace in death are her parents: David and Elizabeth Kalter. Funeral services held on Tuesday, July 5, 2:00 pm. at Gard Funeral Home, 113 Ada Doty Street, Gratis Ohio. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm preceding the service. Pastors Elbert Sorrell, Paul Ayers, and Mark Combs, officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Gratis following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Brethren Community Church or Gideon International. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.gardfuneralhome.com.
I became friends with grace and Barbara at the laundry mat. Myself and my 6 year old son always helped carry their loads and we got to learn about their life story. Grace will truly be missed. Sending love to Barbara.
Amy Hale and Tristan Sep 1 2022 7:21 PM
Miss Kalter was my teacher in second Kitchel. what a great caring teacher. I loved her sooo. She took great interest in each student she had. prayers and love to the family
Sandra Buttery Jul 10 2022 5:10 PM
I am devastated. I just found out today and so sorry for her passing and for Barbara. She was my Sunday school teacher and close church/family friend of the Swaffords. In my thoughts and prayers.
Aaron Swafford Jul 5 2022 10:06 AM
Bob & I both are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Bob & Deb Quinn
Bob and Deb Quinn Jul 3 2022 2:26 PM
We are sorry for your loss Barbara
Caralynn and Dan Appenzeller Jul 3 2022 11:20 AM
So sorry for your loss Barb. I love you sister.
Angie Dalton Jul 2 2022 12:58 PM
Barbara, we are so sorry of the loss of Gracie, we will miss seeing you guys around. Pug Creech Weadick.
Dan & Pug Weadick Jul 1 2022 9:07 AM
The Lord received a faithful soul when Grace came home. She is well loved in my heart. May the Lord be with you Barbara. I love you.
Sharon Jul 1 2022 1:01 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Grace Kalter
Hickman Kathy Jun 30 2022 2:13 PM
Barb. I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.
Vicki Oliver Jun 30 2022 1:31 PM