MUENCH, Mary Ellen, 77, of Vandalia, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at her home after her fourth fight with Cancer. She was born to Charles & Margaret McClellan on Feb. 11, 1944 in Dayton, OH. Mary Ellen spent the 60 years between 1949 and 2009 in school. She attended Queen of Martyrs, Julienne High School and the University of Dayton where she received her BA of Education. Mary Ellen went on to teach at St. Rita Catholic School for 39 years and 5 more years as a teacher’s aide. After she retired she volunteered at St. Christopher Catholic School for 8 years as well as teaching her grandson at home throughout last year’s pandemic. Besides teaching, she loved to read, tend to her flowers, make crafts, play games, travel and spend time with family & friends, especially her grandson, Fritz! Preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Margaret McClellan; her husband, Charles L. Muench; 5 brothers, John, Tom, Donald, Daniel & Fritz McClellan and sister, Patricia Wade; Survived by her daughter, Sarah Muench and her husband Chatam Miracle; grandson, Fritz Patrick Jacobs; 45 nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, great-great nieces & nephews; many cousins, extended family & friends. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 5401 N. Main St., Dayton. Fr. Gene Schnitke, C.PP.S., celebrant. Cremation to follow. The family will receive friends Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., prior to the mass, at the church. Masks are required for in person entry to visitation and funeral. During life, Mary Ellen was very concerned with the risk of Covid 19 and would not want anyone to get sick during her farewell. Wipes and hand sanitizer will be provided. Social distancing is encouraged. The funeral will be streamed online so individuals have the option to join safely from home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-86XGx9E6fk Arrangements entrusted to the Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, Vandalia.
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