Marie Hale (1928-2020)

Marie L. Hale, age 91, of Wauseon, peacefully passed away under hospice care at her daughter’s home on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. She was born in Palmer Twp. in Putnam County on May 23, 1928 one of nine children to the late Albert Okuley and Monica (Roof) Okuley.

Marie was a graduate of Continental High School.  On January 24, 1948 at St Joseph Catholic Church in North Creek, OH; she married Roger “Dean” Hale and he preceded her in death in 2007.

Marie was a proud and active member of St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon; where she served on the Alter Society, was in the choir for over 40 years, was a leader of song for 25 years and a proclaimer at Sunday Mass for over 30 years.  She was also a member of the Lyons’ Live and Learn Homemaker Club, a 4-H advisor for many years as well as a Brownie Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother and a very avid participant with her patriotic dress attire and bike in most of the parades in Wauseon.

Marie played in the Delta Community Band and was a former member of the Wauseon Community Band for 10 years. When time allowed, she even dressed as “Annie” the clown for local events.

Along with her husband of 59 years, Dean Hale, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Hale on April 8, 2017, grandson, Jonathan Hale, daughter-in-law, Jill Hale; siblings, Marcus Okuley, Adeline Gordon, Ruth Mosler, Edna Giesige, Irene Warniment and Clarence Okuley.

Surviving are her loving children, Kenneth (Judy) Hale of Wauseon, John Hale of Wauseon, Ronald (Tok-Cha) Hale of Tucson, AZ, Joan (Stephen) Wernert of Toledo, Donald Hale of Wauseon, Jean (Norman) Schnitkey of Wauseon, Jane (Richard) Patterson of Wauseon and Bruce Hale of Bowling Green; brother, Nelson Okuley of Ayersville; sister, Marjorie (Lauren) Brown of Michigan; twenty grandchildren, and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all services will be private for the family. Interment will be next to her husband at St. Caspar Catholic Cemetery in Wauseon. Arrangements by Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Hwy. 109 in Delta.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Caspar Catholic Church, 1205 N. Shoop Ave, Wauseon, Ohio 435567 or Community Health Professionals Hospice, 230 Westfield Dr., Archbold, Ohio 43502 in Marie’s memory.

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13 Comments on "Marie Hale (1928-2020)"

  1. Tammy Brooker | April 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm | Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Many Prayers to all.

  2. Roger Drummer | April 13, 2020 at 4:20 pm | Reply

    Our sympathies and prayers are with you all! May she Rest In Peace!

    Roger & Cathy Drummer

  3. Melanie Gingrich | April 13, 2020 at 5:55 pm | Reply

    I will miss her. We had so many great conversations. She was so head strong. She shared so much about her life and growing up, things she’d done. How much time’s have changed. She gave the best hugs. I really did love her. So sorry to all of you for your loss.

  4. What an active participant off Wauseon… When I think of parades in Wauseon three people always come to mind… Marie… Brett Kolb and DeFord Schwall… She will be missed…

  5. April and Jason Waite | April 13, 2020 at 6:28 pm | Reply

    My condolences to the family.

  6. My sympathies and prayers to the entire family.

  7. Marlene Baldwin | April 13, 2020 at 6:52 pm | Reply

    Marie sang for my parent’s wedding (Clarence & Lucinda Koenig) in 1933. Marie’s mother (Monica) was my Godmother. Now they all can be together in heaven.

    Marlene Baldwin
    10627 US Highway 127
    West Unity OH 43570

  8. My Condolences to the Hale Family. I loved her stubbornness and her love for God, Family and America! I will never forget her. R.I.P. Marie. I will see you again.

  9. Matt and Heather Tester | April 13, 2020 at 8:26 pm | Reply

    Sorry for your loss. We have many memories of her ridding her bike in the parades!

  10. What an amazing lady Marie was. She loved life and everyone she came in contact with. She was always smiling and would wave as she passed you by on her bicycle. She will be missed. RIP Marie

  11. Tet and Karen | April 14, 2020 at 9:59 am | Reply

    Don our condolences go out to you and your family. She will be missed by all.

  12. Lavina Steffen, Ken and Marleen Westrick | April 15, 2020 at 11:41 am | Reply

    Thinking of you during this difficult time with deepest sympathy.

  13. Norm & Vicky Bratton | April 15, 2020 at 1:15 pm | Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Marie without a smile. She was always sweet and kind to me and we would share memories from church when I’d see her at the Chiropractic office. She loved life and was so full of energy. Wauseon’s Homecoming parades will never be same without her. To all her children, it was an honor to have known her and she will be missed. Our sympathies for the days ahead.

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