LimaDorothy I. Hughes Mertz Donnal, 76, died at 7:50 a.m. May 5, 2011, at Triumph Hospital, Lima.She was born May 22, 1934, in Hardin County to Finley D. and Agnes I. Burris Hughes, who preceded her in death. On July 13, 1956, she married Vic D. Mertz Sr., who died in October 1964. On May 27, 1965, she married the Rev. J. Donnal, who survives in Lima.Mrs. Donnal was a graduate of Harrod High School. She was a member of Bethlehem Tabernacle Church, where she served as treasurer. She enjoyed reading, baking, crafts and sewing. She loved church activities and was director of vacation Bible school. She loved her cats.Survivors also include six children, JoAnna M. Mertz (Jim) Hirt, of Harrod, Wanda J. Mertz Hirt, of Columbus Grove, Vic D. (Nancy) Mertz Jr., of Harrod, D. Renea (Franklin) Perry, of Lima, Edward E. (Cathy) Donnal, of Van Wert, and Russell D. (Lisa) Donnal, of Lima; nine grandchildren, Rachael (Shaun) Brady, Daniel W. Hirt, Victoria (Andrew) Hunt, James Russell Donnal, Bethany Perry, Samantha Hirt, Breona Donnal, Alexandra Mertz and Moriah Donnal; a great-grandson, Elijah Hunt; and a sister, Mary Irene (Jim) Pope, of Alger.She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Beth Donnal; and a brother, Donald Hughes.Services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel. The Rev. Mathias Snodderly will officiate. Burial will be in Bluelick Cemetery, Lima.Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Tabernacle Church.Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.
Dorothy I. Hughes Mertz Donnal