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Monday, June 18, 2012 1:38 PM

Aug. 15, 1918-June 16, 2012

Former co-owner of Tri-County Plumbing, Heating, Hardware of Delphos, Mary V. Pothast Deffenbaugh died at 6:20 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest Healthcare Center.

She was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Delphos to Patrick and Frances (Hemker) Hickey, who preceded her in death.

On May 1, 1943, she married Firmin B. Pothast, who preceded her in death on June 12, 1966. On May 29, 1972, she then married A. James Deffenbaugh, who preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2005.

Survivors include three children and three stepchildren, Lola (Neal) Youngpeter of San Tan Valley, Ariz., Millie (Roger) Berger of Findlay, Philip (Maryanne) Pothast of Fishers, Ind., James T. Deffenbaugh of Newport News, Va., Leann (Tom) Bowers of Niles, Mich., and the Rev. Joseph P. Deffenbaugh, Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Helen Pothast of Delphos; sisters-in-law, Mildred Rayman of Cloverdale, Sister Mary Emma Pothast of Tiffin and Beverly Hickey and A. Jane Beckman of Delphos; brothers-in-law, Charles Niedecken and Tom (Mary Ellen) Deffenbaugh of Delphos; 16 grandchildren, Jamey (Kate) Bowers of Arlington, Va., Lori (David) Youngpeter Wendt of Avon, Rene Youngpeter Mueller of Delphos, Joel (Kate) Bowers of Mishawaka, Ind., Angie (Matt) Youngpeter Marqueling of Gilbert, Ariz., Amy (Scott) Youngpeter Geier of Lima, Kristy Youngpeter of Colorado Springs, Colo., Michelle (Joe) Pothast Hunt of Brunswick Hill, Nicholas (Nicole) Berger of Phoenix, Ariz., Anthony (Kim) Bowers of Chicago, Ill.., Andrew Pothast of Canton, Mich., Kara (Paul) Bowers Engles of South Bend, Ind., Maria (James) Deffenbaugh Burdan of Spotsylvania, Va., Lisa (Vinh) Deffenbaugh Nguyen of Fairfax, Va., Lindsey Pothast of Panama and Emily (David) Deffenbaugh Hewitt of Huntsville, Ala. She also has 15 great-grandchildren, Charlie and Jack Wendt, Brooklyn, Lincoln, Evelyn and Carolyn Mueller, Stephen and Katie Marqueling, Nicholas, Lindsay, TJ, Ethan, and Norah Bowers and Grace and Liliana Burdan. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by siblings Cyril Hickey, Cletus Hickey, Agnes Kimmet, Margaret Kimmet Benson and Gerald Hickey; and a stepdaughter-in-law, Elaine Deffenbaugh.

Mrs. Deffenbaugh began her career engraving and stenciling for Birkmeier Monuments, Delphos. In addition to her work with Tri-County Hardware, she also worked as a bookkeeper for Rental Mart in Lima and Shuman Pharmacy in Canton. She loved growing flowers and had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos.

Mass of Resurrection will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Church, the Rev. Jacob Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m.. today, at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, 506 N. Cable Road, Lima, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice.

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