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Ruthilene (Wert) Wilson

October 1, 1923 ~ April 1, 2020 (age 96)

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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 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. Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:30a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020 in the Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio, with Rev. Diane Mendelson officiating. Attendees are asked to follow social distancing and guidelines dictated by the Ohio Department of Health, due to the National Health Concerns of Covid-19. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Lake United Methodist 119 E. Fulton St. Celina, Ohio 45822. Condolences may be shared with the Ruthilene’s family on-line at

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Graveside Service
June 26, 2020

10:30 AM
Woodland Cemetery
10968 Woodland Ave.
Van Wert, OH 45891


Grand Lake United Methodist Church
119 E. Fulton St., Celina OH 45822
Tel: 1-419-586-6621

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