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Margaret Louise Berry
Margaret Louise BerrySewingMargaret Louise Berry, 93, of La Rue, died peacefully Wednesday morning, October 22, 2020 at the Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky.

She was born May 31, 1927 in Washington C.H. to the late Floyd Webster Clay and Iva Lou (Leisure-Clay) Spangler.  She was also preceded in death by sisters Virginia Webb and Betty Massie, and brothers Lawrence Clay and Charles Clay. Stepfather, Jacob Spangler and Luana’s son, Christopher Foster.

Louise, as she preferred to be called, first met Herman H. Berry on November 25, 1945, at a dance, (they both loved to dance),  decided he was “the one”, they married three days later.  They enjoyed an active and energetic marriage for 64 years, until Herman’s death in 2009.

Louise was retired from the Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, where she worked as an assistant cook.  Previously she worked at the P Hagerty Shoe Company in Washington C.H., OH, as a leather seamstress.  She loved working word search puzzles and reading, but her favorite hobby was sewing.  She could sew anything from shoes to wedding dresses, and her services were in high demand.  During her years at Fairhaven, she did so many alterations that she wore out her sewing machine.  Louise also loved doing exciting things.  As a teenager she raced stock cars built by her brother Charles, who also took her on her first motorcycle rides.  Even after turning 92 she never tired of taking rides, and going fast.

Louise was active in community groups, including the Good Friends Club, and the Weak-Enders Camping Club, but her most favorite times were when her family was together.  

Surviving are her daughters: Loretta Dawson of Marion, Linda (Don) Gossett of Middletown and Luana (John) Mathew of LaRue.

Grandchildren; Cassandra (Chris) Myers, Patrick (Nicole) Dawson, Chandra (David) DeCan, Amy (Scott) Penman, Heather (Brandon) Bello, Sara Kolaks, Scott (Kelly) Gossett and Tomas (Valeria) Trescak.  
Great Grandchildren; Bailey Myers, Josiah Dawson, Ashley Phillabaum, Emma Sue DeCan, Brandon DeCan, Aubrey (Josiah) Stolzburg, Blaine, Abram, Hartleigh and Canaan Bello, Carson Kolaks, and Evangeline and Alexander Penman, Coretta and Adelaide Gossett and Vittoria and Dario Trescak.

Private family services will be held at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue, Pastor Debi Berry will officiate.  Private burial will take place at the Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial Gifts may be made to Fairhaven Community, 850 Marseilles Avenue, Upper Sandusky, OH  43342.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Laura & Jack Williams
Coupeville, WA
Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 1:36 PM

Jack and I were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing.  I remember how Ruth and Eston enjoyed their company and we still laugh at some of the antics Eston and your father pulled on one another.  Please extend our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family.  

Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 7:16 PM


#3 from: Judy Beery
Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 9:00 PM

I did not know Louise, but after reading her obituary, I felt compelled to reach out to her loved ones. What an incredible woman.  The timeline of her life tells of a woman recognizing opportunities, and grabbing onto them with both hands, just enjoying the ride.  From motorcycle riding to marrying a man after knowing him for three days, to her love of dancing and sewing, and of course her family.  She truly sounds like a joy to be around, and that smile says it all.  We need to remember our elderly neighbors, whether related or not.  Whether we actually know them or just passing by...there's so much to learn from them.  I'm sure she will truly be missed.  Thanks for sharing her story.  God Bless.

#4 from: Rita Berry Hunter
Sanford, North Carolina
Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 9:05 AM

With all she was in life, she was still kind Aunt Louise who gave a sad girl time and quiet wisdom. As an older, wiser person now myself, I look back with heartfelt gratitude to the love she offered.  May our Holy Father hold her sweet family securely in His Embrace,as they say goodbye and step forward.

#5 from: Louise McWade Rieke
Marion Ohio
Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 9:14 AM

So sorry to hear of Louise’s passing.   I can see her flying by with John on the motorcycle!

#6 from: Joseph Derringer
Bullhead City, AZ.
Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 10:58 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family .

#7 from: Loretta Harding
Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.  Jerry and I loved going to visit your Mom and Dad for some good fish and lively conversation.  They truly were so pleasant to be around.  When we went to visit your Mom after your Dad passed, she would always say, "I sure miss that old man!"  You were blessed with wonderful parents.  Now, they are enjoying being together again, never to be apart.  My prayer is that God will strengthen and comfort you.  My husband, Jerry, also passed away about 1 1/2 years ago.  God bless you all.

#8 from: Barbara
Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 9:10 AM

So sorry to hear of her death..  You have our sympathy.

#9 from: Rick Martindale
Washington c h.
Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 6:34 PM

Marlene and I were Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was such a fun and energetic  woman to be around. All the times we spent together when we were growing up will always be fond memories. She will be missed. Love and Prayers for you and your families.
Rick & Marlene Martindale

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