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ADA ó Josephine N. Rayl Willeke, 86, died at 6:31 a.m. July 14, 2013, at St. Ritaís Medical Center, Lima.


She was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Ada to Charles I. and Kathryn C. Businger Rayl, who preceded her in death. On March 30, 1946, she married Robert E. Willeke, and he died Dec. 17, 2001.


Mrs. Willeke taught school at Arlington for 13 years and was an elementary principal for 12 years, also at Arlington. She was a 1944 graduate of Ada High School, a 1965 graduate of Ohio Northern University, Ada, and a 1974 graduate of Bowling Green University. She was a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, Gold Star Mothers and the Blue Star Mothers. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Dola, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the Womenís Group for years.


Survivors include a grandson, Michael Robert (Jodi) Willeke of Ada; a great granddaughter, Taylor Lynn Willeke; a great grandson, Michael Blake Willeke; a step-granddaughter, Leigh Ann Collins; three step-great grandchildren, Tracy, Miranda and Kaitlyn VanAtta; a daughter-in-law, Diane (Steve) Simon, of Ada; six brothers, Wallace (Jean) Rayl of Cheyenne, Wyo., Waldo Rayl, of Ada, Gerald (Dorothy) Rayl, of Ada, Jerry (Alta) Rayl, of Ada, David (Miriam) Rayl, of Cherokee Village, Ark., and Charles E. (Janice) Rayl, of Lima; and a sister, Shirley Wetzler, of Ada.


She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Robert Willeke, on July 22, 1968, and a brother, Daniel J. Rayl.


Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada. Pastor Charles M. Horn will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada.


Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Church or the charity of the donorís choice.


Condolences may be expressed at hansonneely.com.


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