Mary McKenney


Mary Lou McKenney, 81, of Defiance, passed away on December 23, 2012, at the Parkview Heart Institute in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born on September 15, 1931, to Theodore and Ethel (Musselman) Miller in Sherwood, Ohio. She attended school at Defiance High School. On October 10, 1948, she married Richard N. McKenney at the St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance, Ohio. Mary and Richard lived in Defiance, Ohio, where they raised their five children.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and the Ladies Quilting Club. Mary served as a member and pollster for the Board of Registered Voters for several years. Mary stayed connected to her family and community through supporting her many grandchildren at their sporting events. She was also a devoted Tinora Rams Fan, loved flower gardening and was known to enjoy red roses, and many varieties of lilies. She will be missed by many.

Mary is survived by her loving children, Gloria Jean (Virgil) Cameron of Naples, Fla., Jeffery (Cynthia) McKenney of Granville, Ohio, Diane (Joseph) Hohenberger of Big Rapids, Mich., Terry (Kelly) McKenney of Defiance and Lisa (Kenneth) Marihugh of Defiance; grandchildren, Stephen (Janell) Cameron of Marysville, Ohio Clayton (Heather Merillat) Cameron of Wauseon, Ohio, Michael (Kathryn) McKenney of Granville, Ohio, Jessica (Brian Guagenti) McKenney of Granville, Ohio, Melissa Hohenberger of Columbus, Ohio, Brent (Bethany) Hohenberger of New Albany, Ohio, Kirk (Lauren Berry) Hohenberger of Westerville, Ohio, Ethan and Tyler McKenney of Defiance, Kaylee and Megan Marihugh of Defiance; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, Richard N. McKenney; mother, Ethel A. (Musselman) Miller; father, Theodore C. Miller; and a daughter, Jennifer Sue, in infancy.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012, from 3-8 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home Inc., Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 28, at St. John Lutheran Church, in Defiance, with Rev. Donald L. Luhring, officiating. There will be an hour of calling starting at 10 a.m. at the church prior to the services. Burial will take place in Riverview Memory Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance. Online condolences can be given at

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