Mary Jane Lugibihl
Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:20 AM
PANDORA - Mary Jane (Carr) Lugibihl, 96, of Pandora, passed away at 12:02 p.m. at Hilty Memorial Home on April 14, 2013.
Mary Jane was born on April 7, 1917, at the family's "Hickory Farm" near Bluffton, to William G. and Eva M. (Deitler) Carr. She attended grade school at the Hickory One-Room Country School and graduated from Pandora High School where she excelled as a member of the women's basketball team. On July 5, 1952, Mary Jane married Harlan E. Lugibihl and they celebrated 40 wonderful years together. Harlan preceded Mary Jane in death on Jan. 24, 1992. Mary Jane was a lifelong "Pandora-ite" and loved her community and served it well. Mary Jane and Harlan were co-owners of Harlan's Bar-B-Q and Catering and served thousands at community events and fundraisers throughout Ohio. She also worked earlier at the Amstutz Cannery, Triplett Company in Bluffton, and the First National Bank of Pandora. She also was a charter member of the Asi No Mas Club, Pandora.
Mary Jane was a proud veteran of World War II. She attained the rank of Staff Sergent in the Women's Army Corps (WACs) and served at Oglethorpe Army Base, GA, New York City, and at Wright Patterson Base in Dayton. In 2009, Mary Jane was honored to join the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio in touring Washington, D.C. and the World War II Memorial. She was a 65-year member of the American Legion Post of Pandora.
Surviving are two wonderful sisters, Pauline Bibler and Barbara Gardiner of Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora, and her traveling companion and sister-in-law, Evelyn Lugibihl of Pandora. Preceding her in death was her sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie M. and Harold C. Zuercher, Pandora, brother and sister-in-law, David W. and Catharine (Alspach) Carr, Vashon, Wash., brother-in-law Wallace Lugibihl, Pandora and traveling companion and sister-in-law, Gertrude Drummer (Bob), Pandora.
Since Mary Jane and Harlan had no children of their own, numerous nieces and nephews considered it a privilege to call them "second" parents: William D. Carr (Beng Imm), Vashon, Wash.; Cathleen Carr, deceased, Vashon, Wash.; Ned C. Zuercher (Cindy), Pandora; Deborah J. Backus (David), Anthem, Ariz.; Peter T. Gardiner (Kristi), Port Orchard, Wash.; Colette A. Mata, Findlay, OH; Gregory C. Zuercher (Susan), Findlay, OH; David L. Gardiner, deceased, Mill Valley, CA; Timothy C. Bibler (Shirley), Springboro; Cheryl Pingle (Dan), Bowling Green; Dana Lugibihl (Jenny), Port Clinton; Arthur Armbrecht (Gail), Bemus Point, N.Y.; Gary Armbrecht (Chris), Grand Rapids, Mich.; Bill Armbrecht (Patty), Sandusky; Carl Drummer, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Gretchen Holtgreven (Tom), Lima; and Susie Drummer, Houghton Lake, Mich.
Mary Jane was a devoted member of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton, for over 60 years where her funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, with visitation one hour prior to funeral service. Burial will follow at the church Cemetery with the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Squad performing full military rites.
Arrangements were handled by Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, Bluffton.
Memorial contributions in Mary Jane's name may be made to Ebenezer Mennonite Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.chiles-lamanfh.com.