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Columbus Grove

Frances C. Steele, 87, died at 2:05 p.m. June 15, 2008, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.

She was born April 5, 1921, in Cloverdale to Steven and Mary Eagleson Barnhart, who preceded her in death. On Feb. 18, 1947, she married Robert W. Steele, who survives.

Mrs. Steele was a homemaker. She had worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp., Lima, Mackey's Cannery, Columbus Grove, and had helped on the family farm. She was a member of Columbus Grove Christian Church (formerly Columbus Grove United Church of Christ), where she had taught Sunday school for several years. She and her husband enjoyed polka dancing. She collected bells and thimbles, loved knitting and liked all animals.

Survivors also include three sons, Steven (Phyllis) Steele, of Columbus Grove, Raymond (Jean) Steele, of Ottoville, and Glenn (Kaylene) Steele, of Columbus Grove; a daughter, Kathryn (Harold) Barfell, of Kalida; two brothers, LeRoy (Lavella) Barnhart and Harold (Mary) Barnhart, both of Cloverdale; three sisters, Phil (Martin) Schaad, of Harrod, Mildred Klink, of Elida, and Angela Duncan, of Continental; and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Clarence Barnhart; and a sister, Cecilia Dake.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. Pastor Dave Thompson will officiate. Burial will be in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hilty Memorial Home or Putnam County Hospice.

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