Harold F. Dillery Sr., 71, of Findlay, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born on August 06, 1945 in Fostoria, Ohio to the late William and Roberta (Poston) Dillery. Harold married Carol (Wildman) Dillery on December 22, 1968 and they shared 53 years together. Harold graduated from St. Wendelin High School, and was a self-employed contractor.
Harold is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Harold “Butch” Dillery Jr., and David Dillery; daughter, Kimberly Dillery; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his brothers, Freddie Dillery and Charles Dillery Sr.; and a sister, Sharon Powell.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419) 422-1500. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Jim Klausing officiating. Memorial contributions in Harold’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Doris Lavelle (Wilson) Moore, 96, of Findlay, passed away November 17, 2016 at The Heritage Manor. She was born on October 18, 1920 in Hancock County to the late Dow L. and Blanche (Cochran) Wilson. Doris married Scott C. Moore on December 20, 1941 and he preceded her in death on February 7, 1993.
Doris was co-owner of Cappy’s Dress Shop from 1962 – 1975, a Blue Bird and Camp Fire leader, and a member of First Christian Church. She volunteered at Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary and at Hancock Christian Clearing House. Doris lovingly nurtured her roses, enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Doris is survived by her daughters, Annabelle Adrian of Findlay, OH, Cheryl (John) Chalmers of Auburn, IN, and Doris (Ron) Houck of Findlay, OH; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by sisters, Lola Jimison, Rheta DePuy; and her good friends, Bonnie Routson, and Ellie Weis. In addition to her parents, and husband, Doris was preceded in death by a sister, Florence DePuy; and brothers, Donald, Dane, Dale, and Dow Wilson Jr.
An evening viewing for extended family will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A formal gathering will be held on Wednesday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home followed by procession to Benton Ridge Cemetery for a ceremonial graveside service at 11 a.m. Pastor Rick Pulling will preside the service. Memorial contributions in Doris’s name may be made to the Hancock County Right to Life or Hancock Christian Clearing House or the Lupus Foundation of America or to the Charity of the Donor’s choice.
Geneva Pizzuti, 86, of Findlay, peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus on November 17, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her children. She was born on January 12, 1930 in Richwood, OH to the late Lawrence and M. Catherine (Reed) Foster. On November 14, 1950 she was united in marriage to Frank Pizzuti. He was the love of her life for 60 years.
Geneva was a devoted wife, loving mother, and homemaker. She was an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and a proud member of the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution).
Geneva is survived by her loving children, Michael Pizzuti, Rita (James) O’Harra, Teresa (Craig) Humphrey, and Phyllis (John) Carlile; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, John Foster, James (Sandy) Foster; sister, Jeannette Crumm; and 2 sons-in-law, William Rosshirt, and Jeff Abrams. In addition to her husband, Frank, Geneva was preceded in death by daughters, Pamela Rosshirt, Mary Abrams; granddaughter, Erin Marie Grassel; and sister, M. Elouise Davis.
Friends and family may visit on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500), where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 22 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (Bright Rd.). Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink will celebrate the Mass. Memorial contributions in Geneva’s name may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice or to St. Michael the Archangel Parish.
Violet Frances Cooper, 99, of Findlay, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. She was born April 30, 1917 in Rudolph, Ohio and resided at Fox Run Assisted Living. Violet married Ralph Cooper on April 18, 1936 and he preceded her in death on August 7, 1980. They made their home in Monroe, Michigan until 1945, when they moved to North Baltimore, Ohio, where they raised their family.
Mrs. Cooper was a free spirit always. Young at heart, she especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and they would fondly remember time spent together. She loved to garden and the beauty of nature. Was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble and crossword puzzles. Her family appreciated that she was also a good cook and baker and in her later years, was still making a special Valentine cake that they had always enjoyed and looked forward to as children. Mrs. Cooper spent some time volunteering at Winebrenner in Findlay, and working at the North Baltimore library. She enjoyed family vacations in Oscoda, Michigan and the summer she spent at Lakeside, Ohio were among her favorite memories.
A kind and caring lady who tried to live by the Golden Rules. A witty individual who would laugh at herself. She was a member of The First Assembly of God.
Mrs. Cooper is survived by three daughters, Barbara (Paul) Wymer of Upper Sandusky, OH, Carol (Jess) Mallow of Lakeside, OH; and a son, James Ralph Cooper of Findlay, OH. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons, making it a five generation family. Siblings include, Bob Snyder of Gibsonburg, Thelma (Lee) Marsh of Florida, and Carolyn Bowers of Bowling Green. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by daughters, Nancy Eblen (Dwight), and Jacqueline Cooper.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Violet’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Galleria Officentre #111, Southfield, MI 48034 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.
Thelma June Marsden, 99, of Findlay, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016 at Legacy Memory Care at The Heritage. She was born on June 12, 1917 to the late John and Lelia (Bloomer) Thompson in rural Lebanon, Kansas. Thelma married Daniel W. Marsden in 1947 and he preceded her in death.
Thelma was a loving wife and mother. During WWII, she worked for Lockheed in Long Beach, CA assembling planes for the troops. Thelma also helped in the Family Shoe Store, Marsden’s Better Footwear, in Whittier, CA.
Thelma is survived by son, John (Becky) Marsden of Independence, MO; daughters, Margaret (Jay) Flemion of Findlay, OH, and JoAnn (Brian) Eldredge of Corning, CA; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Beverly Lynd of Huron, SD. In addition to her parents, Thelma was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Martha; and brothers, Wayne, and Lynn.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016 at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A private burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions in Thelma’s name may be made to 50 North Senior Center in Findlay, OH.
Karen Sue Smallwood, 71, of Findlay, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center. She was born in McComb, Oh on August 4, 1945 to the late Carl I. and Edna (Brumbaugh) Funk.
Karen was a 1963 graduate of McComb High School and attended the old Ohio State Beauty Academy in Findlay. She worked at Norbalt Rubbers for 28 years before retiring. Karen loved going to sport events and loved watching any kind of sports. She enjoyed reading and going on little adventures. Karen cherished her time with her grandchildren whom she loved dearly.
Karen is survived by her children, Anthony (Trish) Smallwood of Columbus, OH, Christopher (Adriane) Smallwood of Bluffton, OH, LaDonna (Allen) O’Nan of Tiffin, OH; and step-son, Kelly (Monica) Miller of Chagrin Falls, OH; grandchildren, Kyle Farison, Tiffany Smallwood, Ethan Farison, Reygin Smallwood, Blake Sampson, Jakob Hayman, Brooklyn Smallwood, Wyatt Smallwood, Braxston Smallwood, Gordon Miller, Christopher Miller, and Ciara O’Nan; and 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by sisters, Barb (Richard) Buckingham of Wayne, OH, Judy (Perry) Emmitt of Hoytville, OH, and Cindy Howe of Loudonville, OH. In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her brother, Roger Howe; sister, LaDonna Funk; and step-mother, Elenor Funk.
Friends and family may visit on Monday, November 14, 2016 from Noon – 3:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Karen’s name may be made to the Cancer Patient Services or the Armes Family Cancer Care Center.
Helen A. Drerup, 81, of Van Buren, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at The Heritage in Findlay. She was born in Landeck, OH on August 29, 1935 to the late Ferd and Agnes (Pohlman) Miller. Helen married John H. Drerup on May 18, 1957 and he survives.
Helen devoted her life to her family. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, and listening to music. She also was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish.
Helen is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, John; three sons, Steve (Tina) of Van Buren, Dan of Bakersfield, CA, Russell (Jean) of Westlake, OH; and daughter, Kathy (Pete) Natal of Findlay, OH; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Theresa Honigfort of Lima, OH; two brothers, Thomas (Agnes) Miller of Delphos, OH, and Robert (Mary Lee) Miller of Landeck, OH; and sister-in-law, Irene Miller of Ottoville, OH. Helen was preceded in death by brother, Ralph A. Miller; and brother-in-law, Raymond Honigfort.
Friends and family may visit from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016, where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 11, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Downtown Church on West Main Cross St., Findlay, OH. Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow in the Bechtel Cemetery, Van Buren. Memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Thomas J. “Butch” Sterling, 76, of Findlay, peacefully passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at The Heritage. He was born on June 20, 1940 in North Baltimore, OH to the late John W. and Mabel C. (Wheeler) Sterling. Thomas, and the love of his life, Donna L. Harris, were married December 31, 1978 in North Baltimore by his father, then Mayor John W. Sterling.
Thomas retired from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company after 39 plus years of service. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Methodist Church in North Baltimore, formerly Evangelical United Brethren Church. Thomas was a member of F&AM Masonic Lodge #227 in Findlay, a life member of Sons of AMVETS, Fraternal order of the Eagles, and loyal order of the Moose. He was also a member of the Men’s Auxiliary to the VFW, Sons of the American Legion, and Veterans Auxiliary to the DAV.
In addition to his loving wife Donna of 37 years, Thomas is survived by his children, Denise (Tom) Green, and Dianne (Bruce) Fleckner both of North Baltimore, OH; Tammy Montgomery (Warren Krout) of Findlay, OH, Toni (Larry) Smith of Ottawa, OH, and Steven (Nikki) Shearer of Bryan, TX. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces; and a sister, Bonnie Routson of Findlay, OH. Thomas was preceded in death by three brothers, Marvin, James, and Robert Sterling.
Friends and family may visit on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A private graveside service will be held in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore, OH. Memorial contributions in Thomas’s name may be made to the Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County.
Leo Lopez, 77, of Findlay passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 3, 1939 in Toledo, OH to the late Antonio “Tony” and Frances Lopez. Leo married Halina A. Lopez on March 26, 1966.
Leo grew up on the family farm in Cygnet, OH. He and his wife loved to travel places near and far, even abroad. Leo’s passion was his work. He retired after 30 years from the Lima Tank Plant (General Dynamics). He continued on to work at Findlex, then for Greenline (Apio) Logistics in Bowling Green for 13 years. Leo was a very special “Papa” to Rosanna, Leon, Alana, and Cole. He loved spending time outdoors and admired low rider trucks and classic cars.
Leo is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Halina; two sons, Mario Lopez of Findlay, OH, and Henry (Betty) Lopez of Texas; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Gonzales of Fostoria, OH; brothers, Pete (Norma Jean) Lopez of North Baltimore, OH, and Joe (Mary) Lopez of Findlay, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Teresa A. Lopez; seven brothers, Phillip, Gusto, Thomas, Frank, Vincent, Alfonso, and Simon; and two sisters, Ruth Briseno, and Juanita Briseno, both of Chicago, IL.
Friends and family may visit on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 40:00 – 6:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a visitation from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink will officiate with Interment following at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Leo’s name may be made to the family in c/o Hufford Family Funeral Home.
Norma J. Doyle, 86, of Findlay, passed away Thursday, October 20 2016 at Birchaven Village. She was born on April 26, 1930 in Findlay, OH to the late Ignatius C. and Elizabeth (Kintsle) Pahl. Norma married her high school sweetheart, Charles Arthur Doyle and shared 50 years of her life with her loving husband.
Norma was a devoted mother to her seven children and grandchildren going to every event she could attend. She graduated from Findlay High School and was always proud of her employment as the first female employee at Dietsch Brothers during her high school years. Norma worked at Ohio Bell as a telephone operator and later owned her own answering service, Answering Associates. She was also a Girl Scout leader and a gym teacher at St. Michael’s school where she was a member of the church.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the nurses, aides, and staff at Birchaven for the wonderful kindness and care that Norma received while there.
Norma is survived by her sons, Chris, Phillip (Julie), Patrick; daughters, Cheryl (John Dibling), Sandy (Tim) Hord, Connie Niemeyer, and Linda (Paul Ramos); 19 grandchildren, Shawn, Shane, Karina, Cole, Josh, Jeremy, Preston, Alexa, Lauren, Charlie, Michelle, Christy, Candy, Jenny, Jacob, Bradlee, Brandon, BreAnna, Britany; and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Robert Pahl; and sister, Mary Collett. In addition to her husband Charles, Norma was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Kenneth Pahl, and Ned Pahl.
Friends and family may visit on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500), where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 25 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Downtown Church on West Main Cross St., Findlay, OH. Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be held in the St. Michael Parish Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions in Norma’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Michael the Archangel Church.