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MARY ESTHER JESS, age 85, of Piqua died at Upper Valley Medical Center on January 15, 2014, at 3:47 P.M.

She was born in Piqua on August 23, 1928, to the late Herman J. and Goldie (Brush) Franke. On April 22, 1946, in Maysville, KY, she married Robert L. Jess, Sr. He survives.

Mary also survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Robert L. and Deborah Jess, Jr., Bradford; one daughter and son-in-law: Sharon K. and George Schaffer, Piqua; one sister: Doris Tyler, Sidney; three grandchildren: Robert D. Schaffer, Piqua; Jinny and Jim Hale of Panama City Beach, Florida; Lee and Brittany Jess of Bradford; and six great grandchildren: Jordan and Emma Hale, Winchester, Illinois; Ellie and Kennedie Richards, Bradford; Zoie and Gage Jess, Bradford. She was preceded in death by one son: Richard L. Jess and two sisters: Martha Jean Burnside and Frances Scherer; and four brothers: John Franke, Herman Franke, Thomas Franke and Larry M. Franke.

Mary was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She worked at Copeland Corporation in Sidney for 10 years.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 20, 2014, at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua with Pastor Carl Ward officiating. Burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park, Piqua. Calling hours will be Monday 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Piqua Manor and all of the members of Calvary Baptist Church for their loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 726 Wilson Avenue, Piqua, Ohio 45356.

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Published in Troy Daily News from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2014
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