Marie Hale


Marie Alice Hale, 84, of Defiance, passed away on February 15, 2014, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center with her family by her side.

She was born on January 7, 1930, to Paul and Ellah (Miller) Heil in Defiance, Ohio. She attended school at Defiance High School and was part of the graduating class of 1948. On September 11, 1948, she married James "Jim" Hale in Defiance, where they have lived since. Marie was an avid swimmer and a member of the YMCA's 1,000 Lap Club. She also enjoyed tennis, bowling, reading, playing bridge and traveling. She was quite fond of her trips to Alaska. Marie was also a devoted Indiana Hoosiers fan.

Marie is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Jim R. Hale of Defiance; daughters, Diane (Frederick) Bokop of Defiance, Debra (John) Ridenour of Davenport, Iowa, Denise (George) Findling of Bend, Ore., Julie (Gary) Kobel of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Robert (Joann) Heil of Defiance; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gene Heil and Francis Heil in infancy; and her beloved golden retrievers.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home Inc., Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the Fort Defiance Humane Society and/or CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Online condolences can be given at

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