Mary Ellen Birch Birch

Mary Ellen Birch

TIFFIN: Mary Ellen Birch, 84, of Tiffin, died at 3:30 a.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the St. Francis Nursing Home in Tiffin.

Mary was born on July 30, 1928 in Tiffin, to the late John J. and Hazel C. (Feasel ) Engeman. She married Donald Lawrence Birch on May 29, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tiffin and he preceded her in death in 1983.

Survivors include her children, Steven J. Birch of Green Springs, Jane M. Birch of Tiffin; three grandchildren, Jameson Leaser, Andrew Leaser, Aaron (Dotty) Birch; and a brother, Donald Engeman of Green Springs.

Mary was a retired Bus Driver for the Green Springs Schools for 25 years. She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tiffin, a 1946 graduate of Hopewell Loudon High School, and enjoyed gardening playing cards and golf with her ladies traveling league. Mary was a life patron of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a daughter, Nancy Ann Leaser.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 25, 2013 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tiffin with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, from 1-4 p.m., at the Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory in Tiffin. Burial will follow the services on Monday, at the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care or St. Mary's Catholic Church. On-line condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral Home

Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory - Tiffin
135 North Washington Street Tiffin, OH 44883
(419) 447-1221

Published in the News-Messenger on Feb. 22, 2013