Ruthilene Leighner-Wilson, age 96, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Miller Place in Celina.

She was born on October 1, 1923 in Rockford, Ohio to the late J. Warren and Loa (Weisenborn) Wert. On June 26, 1975 she married Roger L. Wilson, who died March 13, 2017.

Survivors include her three daughters Nichole Hawkins of Hartwell, GA., Susan Evans of North Port, Fl., Kim Dudgeon of Celina, one step-son and daughter-in-law Steven (Denise) Wilson of Durham, N.C., and one step-daughter Debbie Green of Celina. She was also survived by ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Harold R. Leighner, her second husband Dale M. Dudgeon, sons-in-law, Gerald Hawkins, Ronald Green and her sister Eulalia Stauffer.

Ruthilene graduated from Rockford High School with the Class of 1940. She was a member of the Grand Lake United Methodist Church in Celina. She was past Matron and member of the Order of Eastern Star #91 in Celina. She was a very talented pianist. She loved music and playing the organ at the church in Rockford and lately at the Miller Place, entertaining everyone.

Due to the national health concerns, the Lehman-Dzendzel Funeral Home and Ruthilene's Family are following directives outlined by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date in the Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, Ohio, with Rev. Mick Whistler officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Lake United Methodist Church 119 E. Fulton St. Celina, Ohio 45822

Condolences may be shared with Ruthilene's family on-line at LehmanDzendzelFH.com.


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