Mary Ruth Crandall

Mrs. Crandall

Mary Ruth Crandall, 77, of Fostoria, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

She was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Cleveland to the late Glen M. and Miriam E. (Reinheimer) Haas. She married Allan C. Crandall June 2, 1979, at Solomon Lutheran Church in Woodville, and he survives her in Fostoria.

She also leaves behind, cherishing her memory, her children, Carla (Tom) Lyberg of Altamonte Springs, Florida, John (Regina) Myers of Mount Vernon, Mindy (Pat) Phillips of Maumee, Kevin M. (Rhonda) Crandall of Rochelle, Illinois, Arin (Deanna) Crandall of Cumming, Georgia, Kip (Nancy) Crandall of Oregon, Illinois, Shane (Holly) Crandall of Pekin, Illinois, and Kyle (Krista) Crandall, of Seattle; 19 grandchildren; and one brother, John G. (Sue) Haas of Canton.

She also was preceded in death by an infant son, James Walter Myers.

Mary Ruth was a 1958 Woodville High School graduate. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in education in 1962 from Bowling Green State University, where she also was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. She taught part time at Tiffin East and Fostoria City Schools, and was at Hopewell-Loudon for more than 20 years, where she also was athletic director and dean of students, and served as well on the Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education.

She was a member of the NWOIAA — Northwest Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Association — and Ohio Athletic Association, where she was secretary for several years, and was named 2000 Ohio Athletic Director of the Year. She was a member of the Seneca County retired teachers and a former member of the Business & Professional Women.

Mary Ruth was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fostoria and formerly president of church council. She enjoyed playing bridge, “Life Master” and traveled for bridge tournaments. She also enjoyed time spent with her “YaYa Girls” and enjoyed sharing her and Al’s time-share with family and friends.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Mann-Hare-Hoening Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Hope Lutheran Church, 151 W. Center St., Fostoria, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Larry Knigga officiating. She will be laid to rest privately in Woodville Township Cemetery in Woodville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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