Mary F. Blide

1936 - 2019

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Mary Stimmel Blide, 82, passed away on January 6, 2019 at Birchaven Village. Mary was born in Findlay to the late Vern and Ruth (Stall) Stimmel. She married John R. Blide in 1954 and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy (Terrence) Hemmer. Surviving are a son, John V. (Bernadine) Blide of Findlay; two daughters: Liz Wickard of Aurora, Colorado and Emily (Robert) Moore of Victoria, Texas; nine grandchildren: Carrie (Jason) Plesec, Megan Hemmer, Bryan (Elizabeth) Blide, Christine (Evan) Brim of Findlay, Jennifer (Brent) Kieffer of Whitehouse, Ohio, Joshua (Alex) Wickard of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Ian, Andrew, and Xavier Moore of Victoria, Texas; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include: Kathleen Phillips of Findlay, Naomi Campbell of Aurora, Ohio, and Evalyn (Glenn) Saylor of Seven Hills, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Shelley, and her brothers: Ronald Stimmel and Dr. Joseph Stimmel. Mary was a 1954 graduate of Findlay High School and a 61-year member of the First Presbyterian Church. Mary enjoyed golf, playing cards, gardening, and sewing. Mary and John loved traveling and visited nearly every state. Mary especially loved the beaches in Florida, as well as North Carolina's Outer Banks. Mary loved her family, especially doting on and holding her baby grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary worked for Theatrical Accessories Inc. of Findlay until its closing and then was a partner in SNAPS Inc. of Mount Cory, Ohio. She enjoyed being a partner and attending the annual Halloween show in Chicago. In her thirty years of being in the costume business, her highlights included collaborating on a jeweled white jumpsuit for Elvis and a Halloween costume for Ted Kennedy. Mary had four business related television appearances, including the TODAY Show. Mary loved to celebrate. She was a fabulous hostess for holiday gatherings, birthdays, and picnics for her large family. Mary and John hosted legendary Christmas parties for their friends for thirty years. All of these special events will be remembered fondly. Mary will truly be missed by many, and our world is a much sadder place without her. Visitation will be held from 3-7pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. The funeral service will be at 1:30pm on Friday, January 11, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Findlay, with Pastor Jessica Myers officiating. A Celebration of Life will take place following the funeral service at the Crates Life Appreciation Center, 219 West Sandusky Street, Findlay. Memorial contributions may be made to The John and Mary Blide Memorial Golf Scholarship through the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, to First Presbyterian Church, 2330 South Main Street, Findlay, Ohio, or to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, January 10th 2019 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, January 11th 2019 - 1:30 PM

  • Service Location:

    First Presbyterian Church [Map]
    2330 South Main St.
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:


  • Contributions:

    John and Mary Blide Memorial Golf Scholarship
    Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation
    101 W Sandusky St #207
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Emily and Family
Date :Wednesday, January 9th 2019
From : Sarita Meeks
Emily and Family,
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

To : John
Date :Wednesday, January 9th 2019
From : Tim Jacquie Weimerskirch
Sorry for the loss of your mother.
Your mom and dad were great neighbors and will be missed by all at Countryside .

To : Family
Date :Thursday, January 10th 2019
From : Carole Byal
My condolences on the death of your mother. She was a very special woman who spent her life caring and doing for her family. She was also fun to be around and knowledgeable about so many things. I'm happy to have known her most of my life.

Carole Byal

To : CarrieMegan and Blide family
Date :Saturday, January 12th 2019
From : Norma Perkins
So sorry for the loss of your Grandmother/Mother. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers through your loss.