Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home in Napoleon Ohio is a fairly busy funeral home servicing 20-30 funerals each month. Consequently, the Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home obituary page is updated very frequently.

Recent Rodenberger Funeral Home Obituaries

Henry John Wachtman Obituary

Henry John Wachtman, a resident of Napoleon, Ohio, passed away in his home on February 15, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was 89 years old. Henry was born in Napoleon, Ohio, on January 12, 1934, to Henry and Emilia (Rickenberg) Wachtman. He graduated from Ridgeville High School in 1952 and later joined the US Service in August of 1955, serving in the Korean Conflict. Henry earned the rank of CPL in the US Army I Corp, from 1955 to 1957. Upon his return home, he was employed by Harper Supply, where he worked for 43 years.

Henry was a lifetime member of the Ridgeville American Legion and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon Twp., where he held many duties of the church, including Elder, President, Sunday school teacher, and St. Paul Foundation founding member. He was a 4-H advisor, member of the Low German Club, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Farmers Mutual Telephone Co.

Henry loved farming and enjoyed checking on his growing crops daily. Besides being devoted to his family, he also loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Henry is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marylin, and children, Debra (Mike) Miller (Napoleon), Kathy (Tom) George (N. Carolina), and Edwin J. (Lori) Wachtman (Napoleon). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrew (Amy) Miller (Napoleon), Katie (Bob) Black (Napoleon), Megan George (N. Carolina), and Luke (Lauren) George (N. Carolina), and great-grandchildren (all of Napoleon), Lorelei Miller, Lyla Miller, Macoy Miller, Allie Black, and Jake Black. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as siblings Clara (Leonhard) Schwiebert, Edwin (Almeda) Wachtman (killed in WWII), Arthur Wachtman, Eldor Wachtman, and Albert (Dorothy) Wachtman.

Friends and family can pay their respects and offer condolences at Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, on Sunday, February 19, 2023, from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon Township, on Monday, February 20, 2023, at 11:00 AM, with an hour of visitation prior to services. Interment will take place in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the Ridgeville American Legion Post 454. The family has requested that memorials may be made to the St. Paul Foundation or to the 4H.

Joan Norden Obituary

Our beloved Joan C. Norden, 86, of Napoleon, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2023 at home surrounded by her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and her passing has left a void in our hearts that can never be filled.

Joan was born on November 7, 1936 to the late Dewey and Carol (Repp) Munday in Williams County, Ohio. She married Leonard Norden and they shared many happy years together until his passing on May 19th, 1987. She was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Napoleon Township and served on the Ladies Aide Committee. She was a homemaker and worked in Food Service at Four County Joint Vocational School for 15 years.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Tammey) Norden, Scott (Alessandra) Norden, and Carol (Martin) Niese; grandchildren, Andrea (Nathan) Copsey, Timothy (Amber) Norden, Audrey Norden, Andrew Norden, Arica (Chad) Hester, Gina (Zach Yoder) Norden; step-grandchildren, Cody (Tasha) Turner and Nathaniel (Olivia) Pettry; 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 step-great-grandchildren. She was a loving mother and grandmother, always putting her family first.

Joan was also preceded in death by her second husband, Terry Armbruster and her brother, Robert Munday. Her passing has left us with a deep sense of loss, but we take comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her loved ones in heaven.

A visitation for family and friends was held on Thursday, February 16 from 5-8:00 p.m. at Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon. Funeral services were private per Joan’s wishes, and interment followed in St. Paul’s Lutheran Napoleon Twp. Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Napoleon Township or CHP Hospice. We are grateful for the outpouring of support and condolences we have received during this difficult time. Our family thanks you for your kindness and love.

Imogene Large Obituary

Imogene (Moore) Large, 87, of Napoleon, Ohio passed away peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2023 at Northcrest Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. Employees at Northcrest Nursing Home had the privilege of caring for Imogene during her stay.They remember her feisty spirit and hearty laugh, which never failed to bring a smile to my face. She was a hardworking homemaker who loved spending time in her kitchen and vegetable garden, quilting, and showing off her pantry filled with home-canned food items. Imogene’s kindness extended far beyond her family, and she enjoyed taking care of others and visiting with friends over a cup of coffee. She was rarely found sitting still and was fondly known as the “Ohio Flash” during her time in Florida. Imogene lived a long and fulfilling life, and her memory will forever bring joy to the hearts of those who knew her.

Imogene is survived by her children, Leonard Muncy, Liberty Center, OH, Kay (Don) Fitzgerald, Roanoke, VA, Silas Vance (Paula Vance), Wauseon, OH, and Harry (Candy) Sanders, Napoleon, OH, 18 grandchildren, and a multitude of great and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings Bonna Self, Chesterfield, MI, Helen (Larry) Baker, Noblesville, IN, and Bud Moore, Wytheville, VA, many nieces and nephews, and daughters-in-law, Kathy and Nina Muncy.

Imogene was preceded in death by her husbands, Elmer Muncy, Silas Vance, Harry Sanders, Vern Sanders, and Jim Large, sons Lonnie Muncy and William Muncy, siblings Vernie Marshall, Gearline Bise, and Phyllis Mitchell, and daughter-in-law, Susan Muncy.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, February 16th, from 3-5 PM, followed by funeral services at 5 PM at Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, Ohio. A private burial will take place later at Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Imogene will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but her legacy of kindness and joy will live on in the hearts of those she touched.