LUCILLE ELIZABETH DenHERDER, 94, died on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at her residence. Born Nov. 13, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., she was a daughter of the late William P. and Isabelle F. (Brown) Matson. On Aug. 25, 1945, she married John S. DenHerder, in San Francisco, Calif.; he preceded her in death on March 10, 1985. She was a 1938 graduate of Sierra Catholic High School, in Chicago, and graduated from Saint Xavier College School of Nursing, in Chicago. She served during World War II as Lt. Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corp at Great Lakes Illinois U.S.N. Hospital in Chicago and U.S.N. Hospital in Dublin, Ga. She was a member of the staff of Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, retiring in 2005 after 40 years as a funeral director. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding; National Funeral Directors Association; and Ohio Funeral Directors Association. During her childhood days in Chicago from 1924 to 1929, she modeled for Lincoln Logs, Ovaltine and Sears Roebuck. Lucille is survived by a son, John W. (Janis) DenHerder of Paulding; a daughter, Elizabeth A. (Charles) Hankey of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, William J. (Leah) DenHerder of Middletown, Ohio, Joseph E. DenHerder of Paulding, Anne E. (Randy M.) Forman of Chicago, and Emily C. Hankey of New York, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline J. Forman; and twins, Olivia and Elizabeth DenHerder. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Lt. William F. Matson, a U.S. Army World War II Japanese P.O.W. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Visitation also from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will follow service in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, Ohio. To honor Lucille's wishes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, statues, and other funeral memorabilia, donations be made to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 28, 2014