Mary Lou Peper


HOLGATE — Mary Lou Peper, 89, Holgate, died Wednesday evening, June 12, 2019, at Vancrest of Holgate.

Her Legacy… She was born June 17, 1929, to Earl George Sr. and Effie Lena (Knapp) Ott in Defiance. On May 29, 1949, she married William Hall Peper in Defiance. Mary Lou was employed at First Federal Bank in Defiance, was a child support clerk at the Henry County Courthouse and a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Holgate.

Her Family… Mary Lou is survived by her four daughters, Nancy (Scott) Zimmer of Napoleon, Janet Peper Drozd of North Praire, Wis., Mary Ann (Pete) Mendez of Holgate, and Carol (Jeffrey) Peper Sawyer, Bowling Green; four grandchildren, Evan (Kate) Mendez, Weston Mendez, Gretchen Sommer and Peter (Cortney) Drozd; great-grandson, Ty Mendez; great-stepgrandchildren, Kylie and Brady Wortham; and sister, Shirley Dale. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Earl George Ott Jr., Eileen Frieda (Ott) Huber and Dorothy Baringer; a grandson, Andrew; her husband, Bill, on June 15, 2016; and and infant daughter, Patricia Anne Peper.

Her Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Family Funeral Home, 114 William Street, Holgate, on Sunday from 3-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the church service. The celebration of Mary Lou’s life will be on her birthday, Monday, June 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. in St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holgate, with Reverend Dana Bjorlin officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Contributions made in Mary Lou’s memory can be made to the Putnam County Hospice, Vancrest activities fund or the Ronald McDonald House. Please visit to leave online condolences.

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