Joining a circle of family and friends who are already rejoicing with the Lord, Carolyn Behrmann Apgar Switzer passed away on October 6, 2021. Carolyn was born in Napoleon, Ohio on June 2, 1937 to Margaretha and Raymond Behrmann (Behrmann vaults). The youngest of three close-knit sisters, Lois, Lucille and Carolyn lived with their parents and extended family in Ridgeville Corners, Ohio. She was very active in school activities, playing French horn in the school band with older sister, Lois, who played tuba. Carolyn also loved sharing her wonderful alto voice by singing in various church choirs and the Sweet Adelines. Although she was a country girl at heart, Carolyn loved to travel and see the world, and have adventures in the big city. She lived in Miami, Florida for many years where she worked as a reservation specialist for Eastern Airlines. Taking advantage of the travel opportunities her job presented, she and her parents traveled many times to Europe, particularly Germany to visit distant relatives, and the Caribbean. When they wanted to keep Christmas-gift surprises a secret from the rest of the family, Carolyn, Margaretha and Raymond would boldly discuss the topic in front of others in low German. During one of her adventures to New York City, she met and fell in love with William Apgar. They married and settled in Charlotte, North Carolina. She and Bill thrilled the family with all of their stories about riding out Hurricane Charley and other adventures of “mountain” life. After Bill passed away, Carolyn returned to her country home to live with sister Lucille and mother Margaretha. The three of them were unsurpassed at finding the most amazing treasures at flea markets and Shipshewana. She worked for a pharmacy mail-order company and for a local physician’s office where she loved getting to see all of the local children coming for well checks. Deciding that she found meaning and life purpose in volunteer work, Carolyn retired and joined sister Lucille in volunteering at the Fulton County long term care center. Love found Carolyn a second time, and she and fellow volunteer, Bob Switzer, married on Halloween in 2009. Although her family campaigned for an orange wedding, the theme was purple. After her sister Lucille passed away, Carolyn continued to live happily with Bob in Archbold, where she loved her church family. Anyone who knew Carolyn knew that she loved her parrots, pugs, Siamese kitties, the Doughbox bakery, and the turtle sundaes at Mr. Freeze ice cream. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Margaretha and Raymond Behrmann, husbands William Apgar and Robert Switzer, and sisters Lois Hollins and Lucille Hansen. She is survived by nieces Sharon Hollins of Toledo and Barbara Lake of Dublin Ohio.
Visitation for Carolyn will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ridgeville Corners. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 A.M., also at the church, with the Rev. Carl E. Rockrohr, officiating. Interment will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Zion Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com. Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with arrangements.
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