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Rachel Irene (Sudholtz) Troeger

March 5, 2019 ~ December 29, 2019

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Rachel Irene Troeger, 98, of Archbold, formerly of Ayersville, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Holgate.   
She was born on March 5, 1921 to Ernest and Julie (Miller) Sudholtz in Mark Center, Ohio. Rachel was a 1939 graduate of Defiance High School. On October 26, 1943 she married Lester Troeger, who preceded her in death on May 26, 1983. 
Rachel was a faithful member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, and was active in the Ladies Aid and  LWML, and was a member of Defiance County Home Extension. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and baking, especially her butterscotch cookies. She loved to play UNO, and even at age 98 she could skunk her grandkids at UNO. 
Rachel is survived by her children, Louise Beldon of Archbold, OH, Paul (Barbara Jean) Troeger of Sherwood, OH, and Sue (Robert) Alley of Maumee, OH, eleven grandchildren, and was known as "Grandma Great" to her ten great-grandchildren. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Troeger, sisters, Louise Sudholtz, Justina Boesling, and Jeanette Wilson, brother, Herbert Sudholtz, granddaughter, Janice Beldon Hartman, son-in-law, Rex Beldon, and daughter-in-law, Vi Troeger.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, and for one hour prior to services at the church.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, with Rev. William Stottlemyer officiating. Burial will follow the service at St. Stephen Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at

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January 3, 2020

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
January 4, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

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