VAN WERT, Ohio — Patricia J. Ward, 73, of Van Wert, died at 11:14 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. She was born May 4, 1944, in Van Wert, to the late Wilbur and Sara (Clark) Adams. On Sept. 2, 1967, she married Richard L. Ward and he survives of Van Wert.

Patricia is survived by two daughters, Dr. Melissa Bowman of Convoy, Ohio, and Miranda (Adam) Garcia of Lima, Ohio; one brother, Dr. Robert (Deb) Adams of Van Wert; a sister, Sherrill (Tom) Giessler of Madison, Wisconsin; and four grandchildren, Jacob Bowman, Scott Bowman, Autumn Garcia and Christian Garcia.

She is a retired art teacher from the Paulding Exempted Village Schools. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoyed reading.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to: