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James Ward Sr

Sep 11, 1935 - Nov 13, 2023

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Defiance, OH

Obituary of James Edward Ward, Sr. Mr. James Edward Ward, Sr. , age 88, transitioned from this life on Monday, November 13, 2023 at his residence in Defiance, Ohio. He was born on September 11, 1935 in Florence, AL to James Davis Ward and Mary Marie Hines. Both parents preceded him in death. Mr. Ward was a member of Believer Church International. He retired from General Motors Company. He loved to be around his family and friends. James leaves to cherish his precious memory 3 sons: James E. (Ang...Read More

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Reda Adams

Mar 10, 1948 - Feb 24, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Reda Adams, age 75, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.Reda was born on March 10, 1948 in Blackey, KY to Mark Fields Sr. and Harriet Ritter (Watts) Fields. On January 16, 1967 she married Wendell Adams, who preceded her in death on December 4, 2022. Reda spent her life creating a loving home for her family. She was a member of Rose Hill Church of God and loved to garden, go bowling, take walks outside and visit with friends.Reda will be lovingly missed by her sons: Tony (Rhee) Adams, Paulding, OH; David (Ashley) Adams, Paulding, OH; brothers: Lyndon (Kay) Fields, Paulding, OH; Mark (Ouida) Fields Jr., Convoy, OH; grandchildren: Tyler Adams, Austin Adams, Peyton Adams, Kiara Adams, Addison Adams, Makenna Adams.Reda was also preceded in death by her brothers: Eugene Fields, Glen Fields, John Fields, and Paul Fields; sisters: Sophie Back, Sarah Watts, Magolean Rehahn; Sue Carver, Irene Perry.Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Rose Hill Church of God with Pastor Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Jackson Township, OH.A gathering of friends and family will be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of services on Saturday at the church.Memorial contributions may be made in

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Margaret Ann Mack

May 10, 1932 - Feb 24, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Defiance, Ohio mourns the loss of a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Margaret Ann Mack, who passed away peacefully on February 24, 2024. Born on May 10, 1932, in Paulding, Ohio, Margaret was the beloved daughter of Paul and Margaret Hasch. Margaret's life was one of enduring love and commitment. She graduated from Defiance High School in 1949 and, in 1952, married her high school sweetheart, Jonas J. Mack. Their union was a remarkable journey that spanned 71 years, a testament to the strength of their bond, and continued until Jonas's passing on October 12, 2023. Margaret is survived by her two loving children, Kathy Reynolds (Mark) and David Mack (Kathryn). Her heart carried the weight of the loss of her son, Steven Mack, in 2021 at the age of 66. As a grandmother to six grandchildren and a cherished great-grandmother to four great-grandsons, Margaret's love extended across generations, creating countless memories rich in love, laughter, and shared memories. Margaret was preceded in death by her brother Robert Hasch and sisters Madeline Kennedy and Patricia McFeeters. Reuniting with them in the afterlife, she leaves behind a legacy of familial bonds and a treasure trove of cherished moments. Following her retirement from the Campbell Soup Company, Margaret continued to find her most joy in life’s simple pleasures-a hot cup of coffee, a good crossword puzzle, autumns in northern Michigan, and greeting her grandchildren with cocoa and a roaring fire after a day out sledding on the hill. Her appreciation for life's uncomplicated moments was infectious, and she will be remembered for the warmth of her spirit and her genuine love for the ordinary joys of life. A celebration of Margaret Ann Mack's life will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, providing opportunity for family and friends to gather, share stories, and honor the memory of a remarkable woman. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:00 am at St. John Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kurt Mews officiating. There will be one hour of visitation before the service at the church. Margaret will be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery in Defiance. In lieu of flowers, or gifts, please consider a donation to ELARA Hospice, St. John Lutheran Church, or Kingsbury Place in Margaret's name, continuing her legacy of love, kindness, and appreciation for life's simple pleasures. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com. To to the family or in memory of Margaret A. (Hasch) Mack, please

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Timothy J. Casarez

Sep 16, 1958 - Feb 23, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Timothy J. Casarez, age 65 of Defiance, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, February 23, 2024. He was born on September 16, 1958 to the late Alfonso and Peggy (Frakes) Casarez in Napoleon, Ohio. He worked as a Truck Driver for Genova Products until his retirement in 2020. Tim enjoyed fishing, reading, spending time with his family, and watching sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tim will be greatly missed by his family and many good friends. Tim is survived by his daughter, Brittney Casarez of Defiance, stepson Jason Drain of Wauseon, OH, his grandchildren, Trenton Weber, McKenzie Weber, and Taylor Weber, all of Defiance, his brothers, Michael Casarez of Traverse, FL, Chris Casarez of Kissimmee, FL, and Matt Casarez of West Palm Beach, FL, and his sister, Lisa Smith of Ararat, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfonso and Peggy Casarez. There will be no visitation or services. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements. Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com. To to the family or in memory of Timothy J. Casarez, please

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Diamantina Contreras

Aug 07, 1929 - Feb 21, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Diamantina Contreras, age 94 of Defiance, peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center. She was born on August 7, 1929 to the late Apolinar and Zeniada (Pena) Santos in Brownsville, Texas. On April 17, 1946 she married Ignacio Contreras, who preceded her in death on March 29, 1996. Diamantina was a faithful member of St John Catholic Church and was a member of Virgen de Guadalupe at St. Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed volunteering at the Food Pantry years ago. Her devotion to her family was an inspiration. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, word search puzzles, and making everyone laugh. Diamantina was a loving mother and a wonderful cook, providing the best traditional Mexican meals for her family and anyone who entered the threshold of her home. She was devoted to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Diamantina is survived by her children, Maria (Stanley) Hilton and Emma (William) Davis, all of Worcester, Massachusetts. Jesus Contreras (Sharon Long) of Toledo, OH, and Gloria Turner of Defiance. Left to cherish her memory are 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Ignacio Contreras Sr., her sons, Ignacio Contreras, Jr., and Roberto Contreras and her daughter, Sylvia Cooke. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 1, 2024 at St. John Catholic Church, with Fr. Jason D'Souza officiating. Diamantina will be laid to rest at Riverview Memory Gardens. Memorials are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation. To to the family or in memory of Diamantina Contreras, please

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Donald R. Gahris

Sep 19, 1949 - Feb 21, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Donald R. Gahris, age 74 of Defiance, peacefully passed away on Wednesday morning, February 21, 2024 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center. He was born on September 19, 1949 to Robert and Lois (Scheuerman) Gahris in Defiance, Ohio. Don was a 1967 graduate of Defiance High School, and earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He worked as a Chemical Engineer for Medusa Cement, and later The Washington Group until his retirement in 2015. Don enjoyed bicycling and he loved his beloved dog "Pepper". He always considered Defiance his home, no matter how far he traveled. Don is survived by his sisters, Linda (Jonathan) Hay and Becky (Joseph) Geiger, all of Defiance, his nieces, Sarah (Ruben) Torres and Jennifer Hay, and nephews Matthew (Kristy) Geiger and James (Lisette) Hay. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 26, 2024 at Riverside Cemetery in Defiance, with Deacon Mark Homier officiating. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Fort Defiance Humane Society. To to the family or in memory of Donald R. Gahris, please

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Jane Rosemary Claussen

Dec 23, 1938 - Feb 18, 2024

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Defiance, OH

"Jane Rosemary Claussen, 85, of Defiance, Ohio passed away on February 18, 2024. She was born in Muscatine, Iowa on December 23, 1938, to the late Henry and Anna (Rueckert) Marten. On June 25, 1961, she married the Rev. Ronald Claussen at Zion Lutheran Church in Muscatine, Iowa and they shared almost 50 years together. Jane was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Defiance. She taught for many years at Tinora High School. Jane was a master gardener who liked quilting and traveling. She was an avid walker, often over two miles a day. In her spare time, she loved having coffee with her friends and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Jane is survived by her children, Marten (Karen) Claussen, Kelley (Nick) Waisner, Patrik (Linda) Claussen, Nicolas (Stacy) Claussen; grandchildren, Samantha Claussen, Amanda Claussen, Adam (Ania) Claussen, Ben (Krista Malone) Claussen, Perri Waisner, and Sarah Waisner; sisters-in-law, Betty Marten and Connie Claussen; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; brother Tom Marten; and sister Florence Weiss. Friends and family will be received at the Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, on Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Adams Ridge, on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 11:00 AM with an hour of visitation prior to services. Interment will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Filling Home of Mercy or a charity of your choice in her honor. Online condolences and messages may be shared with the family at rodenbergergray.com."

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Betty J. Lehman

Nov 20, 1933 - Feb 17, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Betty J. Lehman, 90 of Defiance, Ohio passed from this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the Laurel's of Defiance. Betty was born in Defiance on November 20, 1933 to the late Clarence A. "Lonnie" and Goldie M. (Mansfield) Floehr. A lifetime resident of Defiance, Betty was a 1951 graduate of Defiance High School where she was a member of the band and played clarinet. Betty was married to the late James "Jim" L. Lehman for 56 years, until his passing in 2013. Betty and Jim have three sons, the late James J. "Jimmy" (Pat) Lehman, Jerry (April) Lehman of Wisconsin and Jeff (Melanie) Lehman of Montpelier, Ohio. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Kyle (Kim) Lehman, Emily Lehman, Lydia Lehman, Mahalia (Andrew) Winters and Henry Lehman. Betty was predeceased by her husband, parents, eldest son, and her younger brother, A. John Floehr. Besides being a homemaker, Betty had been employed at the former G.C. Murphy department store, Wellman's Restaurant and Awards Plus all of Defiance. She was an Avon lady as well as a self-employed seamstress and baker of cakes for special occasions. Betty was known to have made both cakes and bride and bridesmaids dresses for numerous weddings. She was active in "Defiance Remembers" which was sponsored by the Defiance Co. Senior Center as well as the Defiance County Historical Society where she served several terms as the Chairman of the Board and Auglaize Village where she was known as "the worm lady", the butter lady and the herb lady, just to name a few. Betty took a great deal of pride in the accomplishments of her family. Betty was an avid reader and "fervent conversationalist". She never met a stranger and was willing and prepared to talk at length with anyone. There will be a graveside service on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:00 am at Riverside Cemetery with Pastor Maurice Dunn officiating. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Independence United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com. To to the family or in memory of Betty J. Lehman, please

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John Henry Andrist

Nov 09, 1941 - Feb 17, 2024

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Defiance, OH

John Henry Andrist, age 82 of Defiance, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024. He was born on November 9, 1941 to the late Henry and Norma (Viebauch) Andrist in Defiance. He was a 1959 graduate of Defiance High School. John proudly served our country in the U.S. Army in 1962. In 1993, he married Sandra (Scheirer) Andrist who survives. John worked as Millwright at General Motors in Defiance until his retirement in 1991. He belonged to many social clubs in Defiance and was a life member of the AmVets and Eagles. He was also a member of the Defiance Masonic Temple. In his free time he enjoyed many different activities, he was an avid golfer, scuba diver, motorcycle enthusiast, he also enjoyed playing Santa Clause around town every Christmas. John played minor league baseball for the Defiance Merchants but his true passion was for the martial arts. John achieved a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from the Pil-Sung Academy of Martial Arts where he also served as instructor. He loved to work with his hands, a painter, fabricator. He was a jack of all trades. John also liked to sing karaoke and spend time with family and friends. He and his wife Sandi loved their trips to Las Vegas to visit friends and try his luck at the casinos. John absolutely adored his grandchildren. He will be missed by many. John is survived by his wife Sandi, and his children, Kelly (Terry) Dockery of Continental, Shelly (Tim) Gares of Defiance, Shelby "Omar" Wilson of Seville, Jeff (Roni) Andrist of Archbold, Matt (Lisa) Andrist and Josh (Jennifer) Busch, all of Defiance. He also leaves behind his 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded by his parents; son, Chad Andrist; brother, James Andrist; and sister, JoAnn West. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation. To to the family or in memory of John Henry Andrist, please

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Roberta Pauline Johnston

Feb 16, 1934 - Feb 18, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Roberta Pauline Johnston passed away on February 18, 2024, at Glenn Park of Defiance. Pauline spent her life caring for her family and her home. Pauline was born on February 16, 1934, in Fulton County, to the late Carl Franklin and Nina Adeline (Bell) Olmstead. Pauline was a graduate of Wauseon High School. On September 1, 1956, she married Harold "Wayne" Johnston, who preceded her in death in 2005. Pauline attended the Beulah Methodist Church in Winameg. Pauline liked flowers and dolls. She enjoyed crocheting also. Above all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, and often babysat them when they were younger. Surviving Pauline is her daughter, Yvonne (Keith) Sommers of Pettisville; son, Lyle (Julie) Johnston of Wauseon; son, Linn (Kathy) Johnston of Wauseon; daughter, Carolyn Stutzman of Wauseon; and daughter, Diane Johnston-Schilling of Illinois. She is also survived by grandchildren, Tom (Sarah), Michelle (Doug), Jill (David), Michael (Cathy), Ben (Tiffany), Tyler (Jodi), Wes (Jessica), Melissa (Ryan), Dan, Jodi (Jay), Amy (Tyler), Amber, Kelly (Tyler), Colleen, Amanda (Zeke), and Alexandria (Drew); 32 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Carl "Jake" Olmstead, Elizabeth Neuenschwander, and Twila Helberg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold "Wayne"; parents; granddaughter Jenni; and siblings, Arlene Onweller, Audrey Smith, Kenneth Olmstead, Kathryn Olmstead, and Phyllis Onweller. Visitation for Pauline will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home of Wauseon, from 3pm to 7pm. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the funeral home, at 10am. Burial will follow at the Wauseon Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Beulah Winameg Methodist Church. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com. The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home of Wauseon is honored to serve the Johnston family. To to the family or in memory of Roberta Pauline Johnston, please

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Roberta Pauline Johnston

Feb 16, 1934 - Feb 18, 2024

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Defiance, OH

Roberta Pauline Johnston passed away on February 18, 2024, at Glenn Park of Defiance. Pauline spent her life caring for her family and her home. Pauline was born on February 16, 1934, in Fulton County, to the late Carl Franklin and Nina Adeline (Bell) Olmstead. Pauline was a graduate of Wauseon High School. On September 1, 1956, she married Harold "Wayne" Johnston, who preceded her in death in 2005. Pauline attended the Beulah Methodist Church in Winameg. Pauline liked flowers and dolls. She enjoyed crocheting also. Above all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, and often babysat them when they were younger. Surviving Pauline is her daughter, Yvonne (Keith) Sommers of Pettisville; son, Lyle (Julie) Johnston of Wauseon; son, Linn (Kathy) Johnston of Wauseon; daughter, Carolyn Stutzman of Wauseon; and daughter, Diane Johnston-Schilling of Illinois. She is also survived by grandchildren, Tom (Sarah), Michelle (Doug), Jill (David), Michael (Cathy), Ben (Tiffany), Tyler (Jodi), Wes (Jessica), Melissa (Ryan), Dan, Jodi (Jay), Amy (Tyler), Amber, Kelly (Tyler), Colleen, Amanda (Zeke), and Alexandria (Drew); 32 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Carl "Jake" Olmstead, Elizabeth Neuenschwander, and Twila Helberg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold "Wayne"; parents; granddaughter Jenni; and siblings, Arlene Onweller, Audrey Smith, Kenneth Olmstead, Kathryn Olmstead, and Phyllis Onweller. Visitation for Pauline will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home of Wauseon, from 3pm to 7pm. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the funeral home, at 10am. Burial will follow at the Wauseon Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Beulah Winameg Methodist Church. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com. The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home of Wauseon is honored to serve the Johnston family. To to the family or in memory of Roberta Pauline Johnston, please

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