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.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.grieders
    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
  • Front.sidewalk
    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017