Fannie L. Dauterman, age 92, a longtime educator in the Findlay City Schools and a constant presence at St. Marks United Methodist Church, died peacefully at Birchaven Village, Findlay, Ohio, on Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2018. She was born near Benton Ridge, Ohio on March 28, 1926 to Orville and Alma (Bowers) Smaltz, who preceded her in death. She married James F. Dauterman at the Calvary Evangelical United Brethren (now United Methodist) Church in Benton Ridge, Ohio on June 11, 1949. Jim preceded her in death on February 6, 2012. Fannie was also preceded in death by her sister, Marceilla (Howard) Burner, and her niece, Alma Burner (Leon) Creek.
Fannie is survived by her son, Steven (Donna) Dauterman, of Cincinnati, Ohio, her grandson, Michael (Calissa) Dauterman, of Atlanta, Georgia and her granddaughter, Elizabeth Dauterman, of Chicago, Illinois. Fannie is also survived by her great-granddaughter, Eleanora ("Nora") Dauterman, also of Atlanta. She is survived as well by her nephew, Rev. Dan Burner of Penn Yan, New York, two grandnieces, Elizabeth Burner (Adam) Neely of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Sarah Burner (Brandon) Wilson, of Bentonville, Arkansas, and great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces Carter Neely, Sarah Neely, Emily Wilson and Parker Wilson.
Fannie overcame numerous obstacles before establishing her long career in education. Her mother passed away when Fannie was 6 and Marceilla was 8. They were raised by their widowed grandmother on a farm in Liberty Township. Fannie graduated from Liberty-Benton High School in 1944, and paid for her college education at Bowling Green State University by working at department stores in Findlay and in Bowling Green. She graduated from BGSU in 1948 with a degree in music education. Fannie immediately began her career in education teaching music in the Sandusky, Ohio school system, followed by several years teaching music in Haskins, Ohio and Portage Township (Wood County, Ohio) schools. She then took a seven year break in her career to raise her son.
Finding no open positions in music education in Findlay area schools in 1960, Fannie took additional coursework to obtain her elementary teaching certificate and fortuitously, and quickly, began her 32 year tenure in the Findlay City Schools. After teaching 3rd grade for two years and 2nd grade for one year, she had the opportunity to teach her favorite level, 4th grade, for the next 29 years. She taught at the former Howard School until 1970 when it was converted to a school for the hearing impaired, and then taught at the former Benjamin Franklin School until her retirement in 1992. She was proud to have taught several children of former students, and even a grandchild of one of her very first students. Fannie continued to use her musical skills as well, directing annual musical productions at Benjamin Franklin School.
Fannie received several honors during and after her career for excellence in teaching. She was honored as a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar at BGSU in 1968. She was especially honored to receive the Bruce Hill Award in 1989 for excellence in education in the Findlay City Schools. Fannie was also inducted into the Delta Kappa Gamma teacher's honorary sorority following her retirement, and she remained active in that organization for many years as the Chair of Scholarships and World Fellowships for the Alpha Sigma Chapter.
Fannie was an enthusiastic member of the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association beginning with her retirement and for the rest of her life. Just one year after joining the organization, she became the Chair of its Scholarship Committee and served in that capacity until 2017. She prepared forms and certificates, made phone calls, collected information and recommendations, presented award recipients at the group's annual luncheon, and personally presented the scholarships to the recipients at each school's awards assembly. In 2017, one additional scholarship was presented to honor Fannie's years of service.
From 1957 until her death, Fannie poured her heart and soul into countless acts of service at St. Marks United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Chancel Choir at the church for 60 years. For 27 years, she directed the St. Marks children's choirs. She also taught the high school Sunday School class for over 20 years. Later in life, she was one of the teachers of the Crusaders Sunday School class, a group of her peers. She also served 17 years as the President of the church's United Methodist Women, and regularly participated in that group's annual salad luncheons. She and Jim were always present to serve meals on behalf of the UMW at the St. Marks DOCK.
Fannie was also a member of the Three Arts Club in Findlay for many years. She frequently hosted the group at her beloved Mohican Road residence of 42 years, and often gave the main presentation at those meetings. She was also active in the local Bible Study Fellowship group.
Fannie enjoyed traveling with Jim throughout the United States. Although they just missed visiting every state, they focused on the nation's beauty and historical landmarks. They shared these trips with their son during his formative years, and later took their young grandchildren on several vacations to the same locations they had taken Steve as well as others. Their annual trips with Steve, Donna, Michael and Elizabeth to North Myrtle Beach were summer highlights, and created wonderful memories for the family. Fannie was proud of her grandchildren and was especially pleased to be able to attend their college graduation ceremonies. She enjoyed spending time with her young great-granddaughter, including a visit in her last weeks.
Fannie continued her many activities for several years after Jim's death in 2012, finding a new sense of her own life. Her loss of independence after her bout with breast cancer in 2015 and her additional health issues in 2016 were setbacks, but she persevered even as she reluctantly let go of those activities, one by one.
The family would like to thank the staff at Birchaven Village for the care they gave Fannie after her move there in 2016, days before her 90th birthday. They would also like to thank Bridge Hospice for their dedication to Fannie in the last three months of her life, and to the Revs. Mark Hollinger and Dan Metzger for their frequent visits. The family is most indebted to the wonderful members of St. Marks who visited her so often at Birchaven, and especially to the members of the Sunday night small group that met regularly at Fannie's apartment for her convenience.
Visitation will be held at the KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Ave., Findlay, Ohio from 4 pm to 7 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018. Additional visitation will be held at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St., Findlay from 10 am to 11 am on Saturday, December 8, followed by a Celebration of Fannie's Life at the Church at 11 am. Burial of Fannie's cremains at Maple Grove Cemetery will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Fund, c/o James Baughman, 211 Center St., Findlay, Ohio 45840, or to St. Marks United Methodist Church for the benefit of their music activities, 800 South Main St., Findlay, Ohio 45840.