SPENCERVILLE, Ohio — Rita R. French, 89, of rural Delphos, passed
away peacefully in the Lima Memorial Health System at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday,
April 11, 2017. She was a resident of the Roselawn Manor in
She was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Delphos, a daughter of Lewis A. and Ruth V. Stepleton Etgen, who are deceased.
On Sept. 16, 1944, she married Willie Boyd “Bill” French, who died Feb. 2, 1998.
are three children, William B. (Luella) French of Spencerville, Robert
L. (Myra) French of rural Cridersville and Donald P. (Angela Burgei)
French of rural Delphos; two stepsons, Clifford French of Georgia and
Jerry French of Florida; her son-in-law, William “Bill” Grigsby of
Spencerville; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one
great-great-granddaughter; four siblings, Mary (Charles) Flanagan of
Delphos, Lewis (Barbara) Etgen of Elida, Oscar (Martha) Etgen of
Huntsville and Ralph (Joyce) Etgen of Elida, and her brother-in-law,
Ralph Elsea of Buckland.
Rita was preceded in death by her
daughter, Marjorie M. Grigsby, and three siblings, infant Anthony Etgen,
Elizabeth “Betty” Elsea and Leo (Glenna) Etgen.
She was a 1944
graduate of Shawnee High School and retired in 1982 as a press operator
at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in St. Marys.
She was a member
of the Van Wert / Delphos Eagles Auxiliary, a life member of Bowersock
Bros. VFW Auxiliary in Spencerville; the DAV Auxiliary in Lima and the
Lima Senior Citizens.
Funeral services will begin at 10:30
a.m. Saturday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville
with the Rev. Andrew J. Atkins officiating. Burial will follow in the
Hartford Cemetery, northeast of Spencerville.
family will receive friends from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at
the funeral home, where the VFW Auxiliary will conduct a memorial
service at 8 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.
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