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Diane Sue (Louagie) Thornell

April 28, 1950 ~ March 31, 2019 (age 68)

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Diane S. Thornell, 68, of Defiance, peacefully passed away on Sunday evening,  March 31, 2019 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.   
She was born on April 28, 1950 to Maurice and Clara (Darris) Louagie in Van Wert County, Ohio. Diane was a 1968 graduate of Crestview High School. On October 4, 1969 she married Robert Thornell, who resides in Defiance. 

Diane was an active member of  Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Paulding, and most recently at St. John Catholic Church in Defiance, and sang in the choirs. Diane enjoyed traveling with Bob and they have visited all 48 continental states. She loved to read, and she will be remembered for her wonderful cooking. She will be dearly missed by her family and many good friends. 
Diane is survived by her loving husband of  49 years, Robert Thornell of Defiance, her children; Scott (Deb) Thornell of Huber Heights, OH,  Angela Thornell of Texas, Jason (Beth) Thornell of Paulding, and Jennifer (Jeff) Fastinger of Delaware, OH. She was a proud grandmother to six grandchildren; Zachary, Alyssa, Laura, and Trent Thornell, and  Madison and Avery Fastinger. She also leaves behind two brothers, Robert (Bonnie) Louagie of New Haven, IN, and Dan (Donna) Louagie of Convoy, OH. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Louagie, and her sister, Marie Louise Junkin.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at St. John Catholic Church, with Fr. Eric Mueller officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. John Catholic Church, or The Oncology Department at Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital. Online condolences can be given at

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April 3, 2019

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Mass of Christian Burial
April 4, 2019

11:00 AM
St. John Catholic Church
510 Jackson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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