Velda J. Rufenacht, age 75 years, of Archbold, passed away Sunday afternoon, November 16, 2014, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice. She was born November 23, 1938, near Wauseon, the daughter of Willard and Clara (Short) Richer, and married Lowell Rufenacht on October 4, 1958. She was a graduate of Wauseon High School, and received her Nursing Degree. A lifelong resident of the Wauseon/Archbold area, she worked at Fairlawn Haven and was a homemaker and farm wife. She loved music and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Central Mennonite Church where she was involved in many acts of service.
She is survived by her husband, Lowell; four children, Tom (Channon) Rufenacht of Archbold, Terri Sue (Terry) Rufenacht of Wauseon, Doug (Dawn) Rufenacht of Archbold, and Cathy (John) Leahy of Lima; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roland (Betty) Richer and Larry (Melda) Richer, both of Wauseon; and one sister, Aldine (David) Holsopple of Wauseon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a step-grandson, Joshua Stanford.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday at 11 AM at Central Mennonite Church with Pastor Roderick Miller officiating. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Friends may call at Central Mennonite Church from 2-8 PM on Thursday. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests that memorials be given to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice or Central Mennonite Church. www.ShortFuneralHome.com
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