Eileen M. Imke, 94, of Green Springs, died Monday, November 9, 2020 (her 94th birthday) at the Bellevue Hospital.
She was born November 9, 1926 in Fremont to Frank & Helen (Schall) Farver. She graduated from Clyde High School in 1944, then from Bowling Green State University in 1966. Briefly she taught school in Republic, Ohio before returning home and teaching in the Clyde-Green Springs Schools. Mrs. Imke spent the majority of her 30 years teaching first grade before finding her passion with the Adjusted Studies program at Vine Street. She retired in 1987.
Teaching was her second love. Her first was her relationship with Christ. Eileen became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in 1941 being a student, a teacher, a deacon, an elder, a lay speaker and lastly deacon emeritus. She loved Vacation Bible School and participated into her 80s. She was an organizer and helped keep the church archive records. Decorating the bulletin boards at church came natural after decorating bulletin boards at school. She did not shy away from the pulpit and filled-in with a sermon 26 times.
Eileen grew up on the farm and helped in her parents’ peach stand. She also loved to write letters and had beautiful cursive handwriting. During WW2 she became the pen pal to her neighbor who was serving in Guam and the Philippine Islands, George Edward Imke. Upon his return from the war, she married the farmer down the road on November 10, 1946. They made their life in rural Clyde. She was active in the Unity Farm Women’s Club and the Sandusky County Federation of Farm Women’s Club with many of her neighbors. George preceded her in death on April 19, 1982.
Eileen is survived by her children: Paul Imke of Clyde; Diane (Bernie) Darr of Green Springs; Robert (Louise) Imke of Clyde; and Margaret Jean (Antonio) Alcala of Clyde. Nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Eileen was preceded in death by a grandson, Raymond; great granddaughter, Victoria; her sister, Marjorie Konst; and two infant brothers.
Private family services will be held at this time. Burial will be in Lay-Butternut Ridge Cemetery. A public memorial service will be announced when it is more safe to gather.
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