|Pauline L. Downard|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:02|
Beloved wife and mother Pauline Lois Downard went home to be with the Lord at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg on April 20, surrounded by her loving family. She died just short of her 80th birthday.
She was born on April 30, 1933 in Perrysburg to Irvin and Naomi (Mullinnex) Mutchler.
On July 30, 1933 she was baptized at Zoar Lutheran Church. Her confirmation followed on May 27, 1947, also at Zoar.
Pauline graduated from Haskins High School in 1951 and the same year, on October 27, married the love of her life, Harmon Fredrick Downard Sr. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Haskins.
In May of 1966 she graduated from nursing school, a profession she loved and with knowledge she used all her life. She worked at Wood County Hospital in labor and delivery, and the nursery, until she retired in 1984.
Among her memberships were American Legion Auxiliary Unit 463, Waterville, and Lybarger-Grimm Unit 441, Tontogany; the L.P.N. Alumni Association; Buckeye Boys State, where she used her nursing skills; Haskins School Alumni; Wood County Hospital Guild; and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Weston, where she was active in Ladies' Missionary Society, was a teacher for both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and a choir director.
Her lifelong love of all children was shown through caring for them in her home, plus fostering nephews and many troubled teens. She had watched children since the age of 10. In addition to working with children at church, Pauline was also a softball coach and playground supervisor.
In addition to her loving nature, Pauline is remembered for her Christian faith; rocking her own children, grandchildren and many others; her mouth-watering apple dumpings and strawberry jelly; plus playing Scrabble with anyone and everyone. She loved spring flowers and butterflies. She knew the birthday and anniversary of everyone in her large and extended family for three generations, including church members and every baby she ever helped deliver at Wood County Hospital.
The most important things in her life were Jesus and her family.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Harm, of Bowling Green; children, Carmen (Dave) Duncan, Grand Rapids; Harmon Downard Jr., Haskins; Charles (Peggy) Downard, Bowling Green; Hobart Downard. Cleveland; Polly (Mike) Balmoria, Weston; Thomas (Candy) Downard, Bowling Green; Renita (Chuck) Nojeil, Cleveland; and Maggie (Tom) Ladd, Tenn.
Additional survivors include 40 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Mutchler, Arizona, and Eugene Weidner (Jill) Bowling Green; two sisters-in-law, Oneta Mutchler, Texas, and Pauline Mutchler, Perrysburg; and a niece, Patty Wires, Tontogany.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were three brothers, Irvin, Marvin and Harold; two sisters, Ruth Hedges and Esther Shue; and two grandsons, David Duncan Jr. and Brian Balmoria.
Visitation will be Wednesday at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Tontogany from 2 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church, Weston, at 11 a.m., with burial following at Custar Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon at the church will follow the burial.
Memorials may be made to the family to cover extensive medical and funeral expenses.
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