ADA - Josephine N. (Rayl) Willeke, 86, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 6:31 a.m., at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born on Sept. 28, 1926, in Ada, to the late Charles I. and Kathryn C. (Businger) Rayl. On March 30, 1946, she married Robert E. Willeke and he died on Dec. 17, 2001.
Josephine taught school at Arlington, Ohio, for 13 years and was an elementary principal for 12 years also at Arlington. She was a 1944 graduate of Ada High School, a 1965 graduate of Ohio Northern University and a 1974 graduate of Bowling Green University. She was a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, Gold Star Mothers and the Blue Star Mothers. She was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, Dola, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the Women's Group for years.
Surviving are a grandson, Michael Robert (Jodi) Willeke, of Ada; great-granddaughter, Taylor Lynn Willeke; great-grandson, Michael Blake Willeke; step-granddaughter, Leigh Ann Collins; three step-great-grandchildren, Tracy, Miranda and Kaitlyn VanAtta; daughter-in-law, Diane (Steve) Simon, of Ada; six brothers, Wallace (Jean) Rayl, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Waldo Rayl, of Ada, Gerald (Dorothy) Rayl, of Ada, Jerry (Alta) Rayl, of Ada, David (Miriam) Rayl, of Cherokee Village, Ark., and Charles E. (Janice) Rayl, of Lima; and a sister, Shirley Wetzler, of Ada.
She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Robert Willeke on July 22, 1968; and a brother, Daniel J. Rayl.
Funeral Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Pastor Charles M. Horn officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada.
Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church and/or the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hansonneely.com.