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Leah Isabelle Rothe

January 31, 1920 - April 16, 2017

Burial Date April 27, 2017

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Leah Isabelle ROTHE, age 97, was called home at 2:50 am April 16, 2017 on Resurrection Sunday at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Isabelle was born January 31, 1920 in Allen County to the late Wilbur and Clara (Long) Rhodes. On January 15, 1949 she married Leonard H. Rothe who preceded her in death on March 26, 1991.

Isabelle was employed by J.C. Penney’s for many years, where she worked in the alterations department. She also did alterations and sewing from her home, which included drapes, upholstery, wedding dresses, Barbie clothes and clothing for family members. Isabelle enjoyed country living and was known for her vegetable and flower gardens. People would stop by the farm to admire her flowers. She was an active member of First Evangelical and Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and held various positions in women’s groups. After retirement she and her husband enjoyed many trips traveling the United States and Canada by train. Isabelle was very involved with the USO during WWII meeting troop trains, distributing sandwiches and snacks to the troops. She was an avid doll collector and traveled to several states touring doll factories. Isabelle later donated her dolls to Fairhaven Community for the enjoyment to others. She collected and made teddy bears and was known as the Teddy Bear Lady of Upper Sandusky. Many of her teddy bears were donated to raise money for fund raisers.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Derringer of Huber Heights, Ohio and Crystal River, Florida and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by a step-son, John Rothe; brother, Vernon (Helen) Rhodes; sister, Edna (Dale) Bowers and a brother-in-law, Merlin “Jack” Derringer.

Graveside services will begin 11:00 am Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Memorial Park Cemetery, 3000 Harding Highway, Lima, Ohio 45804.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical and Reformed Church, 320 W. Wayne St., Lima, Ohio 45801or Fairview Community Home, 850 Marseilles Ave., Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351.

Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com


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