Delight Fricke, age 83 years, of Archbold, passed away Sunday morning, November 3, 2019, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.
She was born March 3, 1936, near Archbold, the daughter of Kenneth and Doris (Rupp) Grieser, and married Orville Fricke on May 9, 1954. A lifelong resident of the Archbold/Pettisvile area, she was able to balance her time as both a loving wife and mother and a respected company supervisor, with a career spanning 25 years.
She, with her husband, operated a foster home farm for 42 teenage boys over the course of 14 years. As her husband served and traveled with multiple mission organizations, she demonstrated constant faithfulness and support.
A strong woman of faith and character, she was a rock and source of wisdom and encouragement for both her family and all those who came in contact with her. She was a member of Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon.
She is survived by three children, Rick (Kathy) Fricke of Pandora, Rob (Audrey) Fricke, and Melanie Yoder both of Archbold; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two siblings, a sister, Tootie (Merle) Seiler of Archbold and a brother, Kennard (Sandy) Grieser of Defiance. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; an infant daughter, Marcia Dee; and a son-in-law, James Yoder.
A memorial service will be held on Friday (11 AM) at the Crossroads Evangelical Church with burial preceding at Pettisville Cemetery (9:30 AM). Friends may call at the church from 5-9 PM on Thursday.
Memorials are suggested to the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.
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