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Mary Jane Hagar

Mary Jane Hagar, 91, of West Mansfield, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Logan Acres, following an extended illness.

She was born in Columbus on May 18, 1921, to the late Adrian and Beatrice Pool DeWitt.

On June 3, 1939, she married Harold W. Hagar and he preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1997. She also was preceded in death by a stillborn son, Robert Joseph; brothers, Joseph, Adrian and Harry; sisters, Vivian, Pauline and Mildred; and a great-granddaughter, Christine Reneé Steggeman.

Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia (George E.) Lear of West Mansfield; two grandchildren, Michele Steggeman of Bellefontaine and Richard (Colleen) Lear of Monroe; two great-granddaughters, Anna and Miriam Steggeman; and several nieces and nephews.

She worked at Harding Machine and Screw Co. in East Liberty for several years as a payroll clerk and receptionist. She was a member of the East Liberty United Methodist Church and the Miriam Circle.

A graduate of Middleburg High School, she enjoyed her friendships in the Junior Grandmothers Club.

For years she and her husband were members of a couples euchre club in East Liberty and together they bowled for many years in the singles and mixed doubles leagues, receiving many trophies and awards.

She was a 4-H leader with the original Stitch and Rippers, and her hobbies included bowling, cross-stitch and ceramics.

Upon retirement, Mary Jane assisted her husband by “putting the finishing touches” on many of his woodworking projects.

Mary Jane possessed a love for music and a beautiful voice, but never wanted anyone to hear her sing.

Her family will miss her dearly, but takes comfort in knowing that her passing has released the grip that dementia held over her for so many years.

The Rev. Roger Ashley officiates a funeral at noon Friday at the East Liberty United Methodist Church, where visitation is one hour prior. Burial is in Middleburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Logan Acres Activity Fund, Hospice of Wilson Memorial Hospital and the East Liberty United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were handled by Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where condolences may be expressed at

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