Joan M. Rager

Posted on Dec 21, 2012
Joan M. Rager

Joan Maxine (Spencer) Rager, 84, of Van Wert, Ohio passed away on December 19, 2012 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born on February 28, 1928 in Bryant to Ernest G. and Lizzie L. (Spade) Spencer. She was married on December 27, 1949 to Ralph E. Rager.
She grew up on the family farm in Jay County and was a 1946 graduate of Hartford High School. She worked at the Central Mutual Insurance Company before becoming a housewife and mother of three children. She sang in the choir and attended the Liberty Baptist Church of Van Wert, Ohio. She loved music, singing, playing the piano, and reading her Bible.
She is survived by her husband of Van Wert, Ohio; two sons, Bruce R. Rager of Fort Wayne; and John A. (Sherry) Rager of Van Wert, Ohio; daughter, Barbara J. (Ralph) Cox of Fort Wayne; sister, Alice L. Smith of Macon, Georgia; brother, Robert D. Spencer of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and four sisters, Kathleen B. Reichard; Mary C. Pence; Rose Anna Buckloh; and Nellie G. Cline.
Private family graveside services will be held at the Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, Ohio. Officiating will be Pastor Jim C. Burns.
Memorials may be made for Bibles placed by the Gideons International.
Arrangements provided by Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, Ohio. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at