Mary Leopold


Mary M. Leopold, 92, of rural Defiance, went home to be with her heavenly Father on February 14, 2014, at Abernathy Laurels, in Newton, North Carolina.

She was born in Defiance County, Ohio, on September 27, 1921, the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Keller) Herr. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a 1939 graduate of Jewell High School and member of the Jewell American Legion Auxiliary. On Aug. 9, 1941, she married Henry "Hank" F. Leopold, who died January 29, 2011. They were blessed with 69 years of marriage.

She will be missed by her four daughters, Delores Leopold, Judy (Russ) Baxter of Conover, N.C., Shirley Robinson of Claremont, N.C., Carol Klinger of Defiance; three sons, Robert (Deb) Leopold of Defiance, Charles (Janice) Leopold of Defiance, Daniel (Venus) Leopold of Gilbert, Ariz.; sisters, Katherine Bobylia of Fort Wayne, Rose Slocum of Fort Wayne; brothers, Bernard Herr of Defiance and Jim Herr of Defiance. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry "Hank" Leopold; brothers John Herr, Joe Herr and Leo Herr; sisters, Helen Diehl and Betty Smith; a grandson and great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Robert Kill officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, where the rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Visitation will also be an hour prior to the Mass from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in St. Michael's Church Cemetery.

Suggested memorials are to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or the Defiance Senior Center-Meals on Wheels program. Condolences to the family may be shared at

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