Mary Frances Fleming

1943 - 2021

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Mary Frances Fleming, 77 of Findlay passed away at 8:58 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2021, at The Heritage. She was born in Findlay, Ohio on October 13, 1943 to the late Francis L. Walters and Mary V. (Murphy) Hoover and was raised by her step-father Sid Hoover and her mother, who both preceded her in death. She married Jay E. Woodward and they later divorced. She then was married on June 3, 1989 to David D. Fleming and he preceded her in death. Surviving is a son Scott E. Woodward of Findlay, Ohio and a daughter Susan E. Woodward of Tampa, FL. She has two sisters Elizabeth A. (Richard) Stanley of Lancaster, OH and Holly C. (Robert) Zorz of Perrysburg, OH. She has three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She is survived by aunt Patricia Vossler. She was preceded in death by her two brothers Thomas and John Hoover and uncles and aunts, Richard (Ruth) Rinebolt, Jerry(Sally) Vossler and Reverend Thomas Vossler. Mary was a 1961 graduate of Findlay High School. She worked for Findlay Publishing Company since 2006 and previously worked for the First National Bank; 5/3rd for 23 years. She was very active at First Lutheran Church where she was a choir member, Sunday school teacher, Staff Support Committee and a council member. She was also a member of the Hancock Republican Party Central Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Findlay Rotary Club, United Way, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Trojan Club, Salvation Army, and Findlay Downtown Area Association. Her hobbies are reading and spending time with her family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Friday, January 15, 2021 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Christian Dittmar officiating. Burial will be held at Knollcrest Cemetery (at a later date). Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00pm Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Findlay, OH. Online condolences can be sent via

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, January 15th 2021 12:00 to 2:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, January 15th 2021 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Gardens [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, OH 44804

  • Contributions:

    First Lutheran Church -
    109 East Lincoln Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Aunt Minnie
Date :Monday, January 11th 2021
From : Dan Brownfield
I’ll miss you dearly Aunt Minnie. Wonderful memories of spending Thanksgiving at your house and family gatherings in Findlay. Your joy and laughter could always could put a smile on my face. May you Rest In Peace.


To : Holly and family
Date :Tuesday, January 12th 2021
From : Jackie Arnold Schumm
I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I loved waiting on her and your Dad at Foodtown. What dear sweet people!Prayers to you all🙏🙏🙏

To : Scott Woodward and family of Mary
Date :Tuesday, January 12th 2021
From : Dr and Mrs Vernon Huston
Our deepest sympathy at the sad loss of Mary. We enjoyed singing together in the choir at First Lutheran Church. She was such fun! and what a heavenly choir she is singing in now! Our hearts and prayers are with the all who knew and loved her! Marjorie and Vernon Huston

To : Scott and Family
Date :Tuesday, January 12th 2021
From : AP Tiffin Team
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

To : Mary's Family
Date :Wednesday, January 13th 2021
From : Diane Boguski
I was saddened to read of Mary's passing. I have many fond memories of Mary from the business community.
It was my pleasure to have known her and serve our community together.

To : Scott and Susan families
Date :Wednesday, January 13th 2021
From : wayne and vera sheets
Dear family of Mary Francis Wayne and I were so sorry to learn of Marys . Such good times in ccl and next door neighbors and enjoyed lots of visits at heritage. Sending love and hugs and God's Blessings!!

To : Marys Family
Date :Wednesday, January 13th 2021
From : Brian Hendricks
I worked with Mary at The Courier and also saw Herat Republican Party functions. She also knew my Mom too.My deepest sympathy and prayers to all her family at this time of loss.

To : Marys family
Date :Wednesday, January 13th 2021
From : Lu Ann Matthes
I met Mary thru Findlay Publishing. She and I met for lunch many times to discuss employee/business perks for Keystone Foods. I grew to love Mary’s energy and responsibility for whatever she would be working on. We need more people like Mary😍
I hope Mary went peacefully to heaven 😇
Lu Ann

To : Mary frances fleming family
Date :Wednesday, January 13th 2021
From : Jim and Phyl Barger
To Mary Frances' Fleming family Your loved one has been a long time friend of mine since junior high school. We went to the Coke parties (the kind you drink - LOL) for many years. When she was at Heritage I woould pick her up to go to our High Scool Girls Luncheon. She will be missed by all of us and want you to know how much we loved her.
Jim and Phyl Barger

To : Mary's Family
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Steve Roepke
Mary was a dear friend and client.

Her energy, enthusiasm, and faith were remarkable to observe over the past decades. She made an impact on everyone she met. She will be missed by many.

In another time, I would express these thoughts I person.


To : Mary Frances Fleming Family
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Major Dianna Morales
I personally did not know Mary but I have heard good things about her work with The Salvation Army. Major Don Speakman (retired) attends The Salvation Army in Findlay, that we (my husband and I) are stationed at.
Though I didn't know her I know she made an impact in many lives. I'm sorry for your loss and pray for God's comfort on each of you.

To : Dear Family
Date :Friday, January 15th 2021
From : Bob and Jo Ann Wilson
So deeply sorry for your loss. She was. Such an upbeat and energetic person,
At birth we were in the hospital at the same time so I am one of the ladies in her class who met for lunch
When we were in the fourth grade I remember going to a double feature cowboy movie downtown with her and she wanted to stay and watch it all again, those were the days, she loved life and took in so much and shared her life with so many people that she will be deeply missed by many. You’re in our thoughts and prayers
Bob and Jo Wilson

To : Scott Woodward
Date :Friday, January 15th 2021
From : Jim Joanna Thompson
Scott and family, so sorry to hear the news of Mary's passing. She was a special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

- Jim & Joanna

To : Liz and Family
Date :Friday, January 15th 2021
From : Bob and Liz Ebert
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. We had the pleasure of getting to know Mary at the Heritage. She lived just down the hall from my dad. She always made it a point to stop by and say hi to him and include him in conversations in the dining room after meals. Mary had the gift of hospitality with her warm greetings and lovely smile. Before Covid hit, Mary and I had the opportunity to chat a little, sharing some encouraging words, and always ending with hugs. My dad passed last August. We never knew Mary was your sister until reading it in the Courier. It’s a small world! Hope you are well Liz and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

To : Scott Woodward
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : Sandy Franks
Dear Scott, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you are doing well. Blessings and hugs!

To : Mary Francess Family
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : Judi Davis Umaki
Mary Fran had such a big personality; warm, funny and gracious, and was a wonderful caregiver. We ‘61 Girls will miss her so much but are glad she is at peace. I am very sorry for your loss, which is huge.