Lucille Den Herder


PAULDING -- Lucille Elizabeth Den Herder, 94, Paulding, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at her residence.

She was born November 13, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of William P. and Isabelle F. (Brown) Matson. In San Francisco, Calif., on August 25, 1945, she married John S. Den Herder, who preceded her in death on March 10, 1985. She was a 1938 graduate of Sierra Catholic High School, Chicago, and graduated from St. Xavier College School of Nursing, Chicago. She served during World War II as Lt. Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps at Great Lakes Illinois USN Hospital in Chicago and USN Hospital in Dublin, Ga.

She was a member of the staff of Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, retiring in 2005 after 40 years as a funeral director. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paulding, National Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Funeral Directors Association. During her childhood days in Chicago from 1924-29, she modeled for Lincoln Logs, Ovaltine and Sears Roebuck.

Lucille is survived by a son, John W. (Janis) Den Herder, Paulding; a daughter, Elizabeth A. (Charles) Hankey, Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren, William J. (Leah) Den Herder of Middletown, Ohio, Joseph E. Den Herder of Paulding, Anne E. (Randy M.) Forman of Chicago and Emily C. Hankey, New York, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline J. Forman, and twins, Olivia and Elizabeth Den Herder.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Lt. William F. Matson, a U.S. Army World War II Japanese POW.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, January 31, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, Ohio. Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Friday.

To honor Lucille's wishes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, statues and other funeral memorabilia, donations be made to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

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