Marilyn Phyllis Hoffman, 90, of Fort Seneca left this earth to dance with her husband on September 3, 2020. She departed from the St. Francis Home in Tiffin, at 5:11 a.m.
Marilyn was born November 18, 1929 in Bettsville to Lawrence Dexter and Melinda M. (Kohler) Channels. On June 11, 1960 she married Meredith “Mert” Hoffman at the Bettsville United Church of Christ.
Marilyn is survived by a son, Stanly L. Hoffman, of Fort Seneca; two sisters-in-law, Peg Channels of Bellevue and Alice Lou Channels of Bettsville; one brother-in-law, Robert “Bobby” Hoffman of Fountain Hills, AZ.; a niece/guardian, Lisa Swickard of Fort Seneca; as well as other numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years; her parents; three brothers, Neil, Howard and Willis “Bunker” Channels; and three sisters-in-law, Beverly “Bev” Swickard, Marilyn Martin and Ethel Channels.
Marilyn was the valedictorian of her 1947 graduating class at Bettsville High School. During her grade school years, she was the county’s reigning spelling bee champion. After graduation, she went to work in the payroll department at Basic Refractory Inc. at Maple Grove, Ohio. She was employed there for 23½ years.
When Marilyn was only 4 years old, her mother – who was a one-room schoolhouse teacher – taught her how to sew. Throughout her life, Marilyn was an accomplished seamstress, and was in demand during the war years as a dressmaker. She loved to laugh, sing and she always enjoyed a good story and a well-prepared meal. Her snippets of humorous wisdom will be missed by those who knew her best.
Visitation for family and friends will from 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2020 until the time of the service at the Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home with the Rev. Dave Hudson officiating. Burial will follow the services on Wednesday, at Pleasant Union Cemetery in Old Fort.
Memorials may be made to Camp Fearless, a bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one, sponsored by Heartland or to Promedica Hospice.
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