The Village of Owensville lost a staunch supporter on Saturday, Nov. 28 with the death of Agnes Cecelia Schmidt Gauche. Mrs. Gauche was born March 21, 1919. She was 90 when she died.
After the death of her husband, Stanley Gauche, Agnes Gauche approached council in 1999 to state her intention to donate her home and nine acres to the village. The home, located at 410 South Broadway Street, was originally built in 1867 and was, at one time, the residence of John Pattison. Pattison served as governor of Ohio in 1906.
The village turned the land into a park named after the couple and the home now serves as the Owensville Historical Museum.
Mrs. Gauche served as a council member for the Village of Owensville from November 1978 to December 1989.
"Even though she was no longer on council, she continued to come to meetings regularly until about 2005. She did many things in the community and with her church to show her support of the community," said Owensville Clerk/Treasurer Marlene Bauer. "She was always concerned about things in the community and took an interest in Owensville."
Mrs. Gauche is survived by 23 nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 9:30 - 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at St. Louis Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held following the visitation.
Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church, 210 North Broadway Street, Owensville, Ohio 45160.