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MARGARET ALICE TOPE, 82, died on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the Gardens of Paulding, Paulding, Ohio. Born June 16, 1930, in Kendallville, she was the daughter of William F. and Lucille (Smith) Menzel. On Dec. 10, 1950, she married Lowell Edward Tope; he preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 2002. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding and the owner / operator of the former Tope's Hardware, Paulding, and Paulding Movie Theater. She was also employed as receptionist for Dr. Lonnie Tope and Dr. Larry Tope. She is survived by a son, Dr. Larry (Debra) Tope of Paulding; mother, Lucille Menzel of Butler; daughter-in-law, Judy Tope of Paulding; sister, DonnaBelle Gaff of Butler; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by her father; son, Dr. Lonnie Tope; and brother, William Menzel. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Calling also from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the funeral home. Burial will follow service in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paulding or St. John Lutheran Church of Briceton. Online condolences may be sent to
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 6, 2012
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