STITZER - Lydia Edna (Birch) Stich, age 90, of Stitzer, passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Lancaster Care Center.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1922, in Liberty Township. Lydia married Veryl O. Stich on Sept. 15, 1938, in Dubuque. Together they had seven children.

Survivors include their seven children, Gloria (Wayne) Stotesbery of Eau Claire, Laurene (Randy) Hamann of Lancaster, Ronnie (Gail) Stich of Topeka, Kan., Connie (Orlin) Jackering of Fennimore, Gene Stich of Lancaster, Marcia (Larry) Wilson of LaCrosse and Roger “Butch” Stich of Stitzer; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Lois Lyght of Boscobel; a sister-in-law, Ivanelle Funk of Dixon, Ill.; and other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Lydia was preceded in death by three sisters, Beulah Gratz, Grace Herman and Iris Udelhoven; by her twin brother, William Birch; three daughters-in-law, Susan Stich, Judy Scott and Linda Stich; a grandson, Ryan Scott; and a special grandson, Locksley Draves.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the STITZER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH with Pastor John Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Rock Church Cemetery, Livingston. Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at SCHWARTZ FUNERAL HOME and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

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