VERSAILLES - Mary Evelyn Strauss, 96, of Versailles, passed away on Monday morning, April 22, 2013, at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, Florida.
Mary was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Versailles, to the late Herman L. and Mary E. (Baltes) Pepiot.
Mary is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Yvonne and Thomas Hart, of Waynesville, N.C., and Carolyn and Orville Stachler, of Lakeview; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Jim and Kathy Strauss, of Flushing, Mich.; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Janet and Vern Lindsey, of Monroe, Mich.; grandchildren, Denise and Steve Stephenson, of Charlotte, N.C., Yvette Hart, of Waynesville, N.C., Eric Stachler, of Versailles, Rob and Nancy Stachler, of Lakeview, Michael and Beth Stachler, of Bellefontaine, Michelle Kearns, of Rocky River, and Krista and Shane Rodgers, of Rocky River; three stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brother, John Pepiot, Versailles; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Richard Keiser, of Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mary is also preceded in death by her first husband, Adrian J. Monnin on Nov. 25, 1976, whom she married June 14, 1938; second husband, Elmer A. Pleiman on Jan. 10, 1989, whom she married Nov. 23, 1979; third husband, Ray Strauss on Oct. 24, 2009, whom she married Sept. 4, 1993; brothers, Earl and Bob Pepiot; and sister, Roberta James.
Mary graduated from Versailles High School in 1935 and attended Fredericks Academy in Springfield. Mary worked at Rike's Department Store in Dayton for 27 years. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles and the Daughters of Isabella. Mary enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, traveling, quilting and spending her winters in Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with the Rev. David Vincent celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Denis Catholic Church or State of the Heart Hospice.
Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Apr. 23, 2013