Michael J. Relyea

February 18, 1957 ~ December 2, 2019 (age 62)

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Michael J. Relyea, age 62 of Defiance, passed away on Monday evening,  December 2, 2019 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.  
He was born on February 18, 1957 to Glenn and Norma (Burkhart) Relyea in Defiance. Michael was a 1976 graduate of Defiance High School. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Defiance. He worked at Campbell's Soup Co. in Napoleon for over 39 years until his retirement. He loved to bowl, watch movies, and he was a huge  Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions fan.  
Michael is survived by his five siblings; Patrick (Joann Diemer) Relyea of Bryan, OH, Norma Jean (Paul) Appel of Edgerton, OH, Dolores (Leonard) Cereghin of Tombstone, AZ, and Cecelia Relyea and Ann Bacholler, both of Defiance. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters; Janie Phlipot, Virginia Relyea, Theresa Relyea, and Mary Carleen Relyea at birth, and one brother, Timothy Relyea.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on  Friday, December 6, 2019 at Schaffer Funeral Home, with Deacon John Weber officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.
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December 5, 2019

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
December 6, 2019

11:00 AM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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