Mary Ellen Birch

Mary Ellen Birch, 84, of Tiffin, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at St. Francis Nursing Home, Tiffin.

Mary was born July 30, 1928, in Tiffin, to the late John J. and Hazel C. (Feasel ) Engeman. She married Donald Lawrence Birch May 29, 1948, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, and he preceded her in death in 1983.

Survivors include her two children, Steven J. Birch of Green Springs and Jane M. Birch of Tiffin; three grandchildren, Jameson Leaser, Andrew Leaser and Aaron (Dotty) Birch; and a brother, Donald Engeman of Green Springs.

Mary was a retired bus driver for Green Springs Schools, working 25 years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, a 1946 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School and enjoyed gardening, playing cards and golf with her ladies traveling league. Mary was a life patron of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.

Mary also was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Nancy Ann Leaser.

Her Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, (419) 447-1221.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care or St. Mary Catholic Church.

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