Deshler, Mary

Written by David Green.

Mary Catherine Deshler, 88, of Morenci,  Mich., died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

Mary was born Aug. 8, 1919, to Donald E. and Ida C. (Donaldson) Etter in Adrian.

She graduated from Adrian High School in 1938. On June 5, 1942, she married Gerald (Jerry) Deshler and he preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1986.

Mary was employed by Hurd Lock during World War II, Kewaunee Manufacturing, and then retired from Bixby  Hospital in 1981 after 18 years of service.

Mary was a member of the  Medina Federated Church and was very active with the Ladies Guild. She enjoyed and loved her church family very much. Mary loved to help her children in their many home projects through the years, working hard and never letting her age or pain slow her down. She was the “Construction Boss.” She was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be missed very much.

Mary is survived by four sons, James (and Carol) Deshler of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jerry (and Rochelle)  Deshler of Nicholasville, Kentucky, John (and Pat) Deshler of Adrian and Jeffrey (and Loretta) Deshler of Adrian; three daughters, Janet (and Gary) Lawrence of Adrian, Judith (and Russell) Robinette of Morenci and Joanne (and Ronald) Shaffer of Morenci; a sister, Edna (and Joseph) Swanson of Adrian; a sister-in-law, Betty Hatt of Adrian; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special friends Richard and Judy Ort.

In addition to her husband, Gerald, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard and Edgar Etter; a sister, Marda Withrow; and a daughter-in-law, Judith Deshler.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow in Palmyra Cemetery. Visitation is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Medina Federated Church Gym Fund or Lenawee Medical Care Facility. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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