Velma A. Skelly Hantz, 100, of Angola, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Lakeland Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Angola.
She was the Publisher, Editor and Owner of The Reflector Newspaper from 1961 to 1974. She and her husband were farmers, contractors and owned several apartment houses.
She was born August 18, 1914 in DeKalb County to Elmer and Dessie (Ritter) Skelly. She married Earl Hantz on July 15, 1934. She graduated from Fremont High School.
Velma was a member of the Pleasant View Church of Christ, Angola, North Scott Christian Church, Steuben County and the First Christian Church in Punta Gorda, Florida. She was also a member of the Steuben County Women’s Club, Angola Women of the Moose for over 50 years, Steuben County Farm Bureau, South Scott Ladies Aid, Friendly Circle Club at Pleasant View Church of Christ, Angola. She was a Gold Star Mother through the Angola American Legion Post 31 and a member of the Auxiliary. She was a member of the Steuben County BPW and the Women of the Year from 1973-1974. She started the first 4-H Club in York Twp. And was a member of the York Twp. Home Economics Club. She loved playing bridge and was in several bridge clubs.
Surviving are her daughters Janet Dowell of Angola and Shirley Brownheim Watts of Royal Oak, Michigan; one son Wendell J. Hantz of Auburn; two sisters Mildred Champion of Angola and Dorothy Walker of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 9 great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl Hantz on June 28, 1987, son Wayne Hantz in 1968, a granddaughter Shelley Elizabeth Hantz in 1964, one great-grandson Patrick Wayne Dowell in 1992 and one great-granddaughter Cassandra Reimer Burke in 2010.
Services will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola with Pastor Eric Bingaman officiating.
Visitation will be from 1-2 PM, Sunday at the funeral home prior to the service.
Burial will be in South Scott Cemetery, Steuben County.
Memorials may be given in Velma’s memory to South Scott Cemetery Association.