Violet Bodenbender


OAKWOOD -- Violet O. Bodenbender, 96, of Oakwood, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, November 1, 2012, at the Laurels of Defiance.

She was born March 16, 1916 in Oakwood, to the late George A. and Edna G. (Ream) Grimes.

Surviving are two sons, Richard (Angie) Bodenbender of Continental and Jerry (Linda) Bodenbender of Defiance; a stepson, Darwin (Sharon) Bodenbender of Salem, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Brenda Frankhart; a brother, Cleo Grimes; and two sisters, Faye Grimes and Ladene Brown.

Violet was a former secretary for Oakwood Elevator and Webb Bros. Construction in Defiance. She graduated from Oakwood High School in 1933. She loved bingo.

A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Rev. James Fry officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, and one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of donor's choice. Condolences may be sent to

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