Freda J. Lay, 91, of Celina, Ohio, died at 11:19 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Gardens in Celina, Ohio. She was born in Denver, Colorado on September 9, 1925, to Eugene and Hilda (Bahl) Mathewson.
She was a graduate
of Dunkirk High School, Dunkirk, Ohio, and on February 21, 1946, she
married Paul Eugene Lay, who preceded her in death on August 25, 1969.
Freda had lived here since 1967, coming from Mt. Blanchard, Ohio, and
was a faithful member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Rockford. She
retired from Shane Hill Nursing Home in Rockford after 22 years as their
Dietary Manager. Most of her life, she was a homemaker, raising her
twelve children which were the love of her life.
Surviving are her
twelve children: seven daughters: Peggy (Ralph) Bakle, South Bend,
Indiana; Dianne (Dick) Holland, Fremont, Ohio; Patricia (Dave) Carteaux,
New Haven, Indiana; Kristine (Keith) Kettering, Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan; Jan (Dan) Minnich, Willshire, Ohio; Laura (Ed) Snyder, Fort
Recovery, Ohio; and Carol (Jerry) Byram, also of Fort Recovery; and five
sons: David Lay, Butler, Indiana; Jim (Kathy) Lay, Miamisburg, Ohio;
John Lay, Dayton, Ohio; Dr. William (Amy) Lay, New Albany, Ohio; and
Clinton (Jill) Lay, Garrett, Indiana. Forty-four grandchildren,
sixty-three great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren also
survive. Surviving also, are a sister, Mary (Jerry) Steiner, Marion,
Ohio; a sister-in-law, Donna Hayes, Oxford, Alabama; and two
brothers-in-law, Robert Miller, St. Henry, Ohio; and Mark Lay, Kenton,
Ohio. Deceased is an infant son, grandson Eric Byrum, two sisters: Josephine Miller and
Elaine Weiss, and two brothers: Albert and Carl Mathewson.
A Mass of
Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017,
at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, Ohio, with
Father Kenneth Schnipke, C.PP.S. officiating.
Services are being handled by Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Ohio.
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