Margaret Bretz

Margaret A. Bretz, 82, of North Baltimore, passed away Saturday morning, July 4, 2009 at Briar Hill
Health Campus, North Baltimore.
Margaret was born September 28, 1926 in Deshler, Ohio to the late Charles and Sarah (Jennings) Harmon.
She married Melvin Bretz on January 27, 1946 and he survives in North Baltimore.
Also surviving are three sons: Melvin C. (Renee) Bretz of Putnam Valley, N.Y., Mark (Joni) Bretz and Jeff
(Barb) Bretz, both of North Baltimore; two daughters: Mary (Scott) Peterson of North Baltimore, Sherry
Bretz of Findlay; ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Margaret had three siblings precede her in death; Charles "Gene" Harmon, Arlouween Harmon and
Dorothy Clouse.
Margaret was a homemaker and member of North Baltimore American Legion Auxiliary Post 539. She belonged
to St. James United Methodist Church, former elected member of the Wood County Democratic Party
Executive Committee and Central Committee.
Margaret first worked for Dr. C.H. Evans Jr. then for Dr. Edwin Lloyd, The Fibers, Hancock Wood Electric
Office, North Baltimore Public Library typist for 8 years, owned and operated Up Your Alley Shoppe for
15 years.
Her other activities included ticket sales coordinator for many years for Rocky Ford Repertoire Theatre,
bowled on several North Baltimore and Findlay bowling leagues for over 40 years, former member and
president in the 1960s and 1970s of the North Baltimore Music Boosters, co-coordinator for July 4th
North Baltimore Bar-B-Que Celebration for over 10 years, North Baltimore Food Assistance volunteer for
13 years. Mrs. Wood County in 1964, and she loved to make homemade noodles to give away or sell to North
Baltimore residents, and during the building of I-75 she ironed for the construction workers and
railroad employees.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North
Baltimore. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home
with Pastor Paul Eichar officiating.
Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Children’s Miracle Network, Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Program or North
Baltimore Food Assistance Program.
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