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Frances Helen (Schaffer) Vandemark

July 20, 1924 ~ October 11, 2020 (age 96)

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Frances H. "Mike" Vandemark, age 96 of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at her home in Defiance.   
She was born on July 20, 1924 to Lester and Ruth (Stevenson) Schaffer in Defiance, Ohio. She was a 1942 graduate of Defiance High School. On June 12, 1944 she married Harold G. Vandemark, who preceded her in death on September 1, 2008. 
Frances was a faithful member of St John United Church of Christ, the Ladies Guild of St. John UCC, Past Deaconess, and Vice President of Consistory. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and playing euchre. Frances was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Indians. She treasured her time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. 
Frances will be sadly missed by her sons, Michael  (Sally) Vandemark of Overland Park, KS, and Monty Vandemark of Defiance, and her daughter, Sue (Bruce) Sisco of Defiance. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren; Jason (Mel) Vandemark, Lisa (Steve) Wurster, Dan (Lenora) Vandemark, Melanie (Eric) Gerber, Joe (Angie) Sisco, Erin (Devon) Pearson, and Josh (Chelzi Cain) Sisco, 19 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, her brother, L. Wayne (Sally) Schaffer of Defiance, and many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Donald C. Schaffer, and Emil "Bud" E. Schaffer, her sister, Gertrude Oder, and grandsons, Steven and Brian Vandemark.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, October 16, 2020 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Due to the recent pandemic, masks and social distancing are required to enter the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. John United Church of Christ in Defiance, with Rev. James Brehler officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the church, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.


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October 16, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
October 17, 2020

1:00 PM
St. John United Church of Christ
950 Webster St.
Defiance, OH

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