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Caroline Avina, age 86, of Swanton, Ohio, entered into eternal life, Friday afternoon, July 3, 2015 at Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center. She was born August 29, 1928 in Fulton County to Emanual and Dora (Galbraith) Gomer. Caroline married Raymond Avina on November 9, 1946 at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, Ohio. He preceded her in death on February 21, 2008.
Caroline worked 30 years for the Evergreen School District as Cafeteria Manager, retiring in 1984. She and her husband enjoyed spending time at their cabin in the woods which Ray built in Angola, Indiana. They enjoyed fishing, camping and spending winters in Texas and Florida. They were fortunate to travel throughout the United States and Canada. When she wasn't traveling, Caroline loved working in her flower and vegetable gardening and tending to her fruit trees. She also enjoyed freezing and canning what she had grown.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Sandra (Ted) Georgoff, Suzanne K. Avina, and Steve (Nancy) Avina; grandchildren, Steve (Julie), Laurie (Dan), Scott (Cathy), Jesse, and Marne (Brad); great-grandchildren, Morgan, Brett, Brooke, Jacob, Madison, Alec, Persephone, and Cora; and sister, Kathryn (Santo) Giardina.
Preceding her in death besides her husband, Ray, are her parents; and siblings, Manuel Gomer, Robert Gomer, and Helen Weber.
Family and friends may visit Wednesday, July 8th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton (419.826.2631), where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday, July 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where a Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity School.
Residence: Swanton, Ohio
Visitation: Wednesday, July 8th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Mass of Resurrection: Thursday, July 9th at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery in Assumption
Dear Sandy and Ted, we were very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Losing a parent is always difficult for every family and we share your pain. She may be gone but your Mother will not be forgotten. Our prayers to you and your family.
John & Sue Wortman Jul 9 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Sandra, Suzanne, Steve, and families. Please accept my sympathy in the passing of your Mom. She was a real sweetheart.
Penny Burkey Reder Jul 8 2015 12:00 AM
RIP Aunt Caroline! You were my favorite aunt. Love, John and Chris
John Giardina Jul 7 2015 12:00 AM
Caroline and Ray were such a sweet couple. Thinking about her brings back such fond memories. Prayers of peace to family and friends.
Gary Hoffman Jul 7 2015 12:00 AM
Steve, Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May the lord help you and yours during these sad times.
Robert Hefner Jul 6 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Sandra, Steve and Suzanne, I send you my heart felt sympathy is the passing of your mother. She and I were friends for many, many years and she was an IMPORTANT friend. Most sincerely, Pat Dorsey, Bellefontaine
Patricia Dorsey Jul 6 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Avina family, I taught at Fulton Elem for a short time. They moved the fifth grades to Metamora. Mrs. Avina's cafeteria lunches were some of the best! She was a very good cook. Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family and friends at this most difficult time. Praying that God's promise brings you peace. The Lavers
John and Carla Laver Jul 6 2015 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Carol Maag Jul 5 2015 12:00 AM
She and my mom are playing together like little children now walking the streets of heaven. She looks as I remember her at mom's funeral and dad's. Life goes by fast. Like a whirl wind.
Nancy Dunlap Jul 4 2015 12:00 AM