CECIL -- Christine E. Laker, 88, was freed from the bonds of her earthly body and journeyed home with the Blessed Virgin Mary to be received into the loving arms of her savior, Jesus Christ. Christine rejoiced at meeting her earthly mother, Marie (Kummerant) Phlipot, for the first time since her birth June 19, 1924. And once again at her side, her Aunt Rose (Phlipot) McGrath, the mother who raised, cared for and loved her as a daughter, joined in the celebration.
Christine married the love of her life, Roman C. Laker, August 21, 1945, as the world rejoiced at the end of World War II. She was a dedicated, supportive and loving wife for 67 years, as Roman and Chris shared their joyful love in the sacrament of marriage.
Christine devoted her life to caring for her nine children, David (Janet) Laker of Cecil, Jim (Karen) Laker of Antwerp, Ohio, George (Susan) Laker of Bryan, Ohio, Jerry Laker of Defiance, Ohio, Ken (Arlene) Laker of Cecil, Bonnie (Tim) Nally of Defiance, Ted (Donna) Laker of Antwerp, Rosann (Carol) Laker of Paulding, Ohio, and Mary (Scott) DeGood, Syracuse, Ind.; her 27 grandchildren, Shelly, Jen, LeAnn, Tamara, Brian, Stephanie, Stacy, Heather, Andy, Danielle, Tim, Ashley, Matt, Mandy, Sara, Brad, Adam, Wes, Ryan, Abby Laker; Regina, Kim, Nate, Aimee Nally; Joshua, Caylyne and Cassandra DeGood; her 46 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Christine is the daughter of Raymond (Marie) Phlipot and was raised by Rose (T.J.) McGrath. She has four living Phlipot siblings, Helen Coil of Traverse City, Mich., Harold of Paulding, Ohio, Laura Pease of Paulding, and Dorothy Alt, Columbus, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Marie and Hazel Phlipot; Rose and T.J. McGrath; her siblings, Lawrence, Howard, Ruth, Earl, Mabel, Jerry Phlipot; and Charles, Pat, Loretta, Leo McGrath. Christine was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cecil, until 2003, and at the end, a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and prayed the rosary daily to our Blessed Mother, Mary. She loved square dancing, gardening, harness horse races, local fairs, traveling and her many, many grandbabies!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Crane Township, Paulding County.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m.
Please make memorials for a Mass or to Hospice Care of Paulding County or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.