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Theda Lehman worked for 26 years at Rawson post office

Attended a one-room school, graduated from Bluffton HS

Theda M. Lehman died Oct. 5, 2019, just shy of her 99th birthday. She was born Nov. 8, 1920, on her parents Harry and Minnie (Schaublin) Anderson's family farm near Bluffton, Ohio.

She attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse. With the passing of her mother when she was 10, she learned a lot about life and grew up fast. She went on to graduate from Bluffton High School. While attending Lima business College, she worked for Union Central Life Insurance Co. She also worked at the Lima Locomotive Works as a bookkeeper and at St. Rita's Hospital during World War II.

On Oct. 20, 1945, after his return from serving in WWII overseas, she married her 6th grade sweetheart, Raymond Lehman. They were married for 58 years.

They set up house-keeping in Rawson. She worked at Rawson post office for 26 years, retiring in 1981.

She was a long-time member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Rawson. She served as treasurer and board member and belonged to the New Hope United Methodist Women Group. She also belonged to Share A Talent Club, Town and Country (Rook) Club, Royal Neighbors, Poinsettia Club, Heirloom Antique Club, Bluffton, Tawa and Findlay Senior Citizens.

Surviving her are three sons, Larry, Brad (Jackie) and Brett (Carla). Also surviving are six grandchildren, Mark (Michelle) Lehman, Tamara (Robert) Hobbs, Andrea (Brian) Hobbs, Shawnda Lehman, Crystal Lehman, Eric (Alyssa) Lehman and step grandchild, Hanna Patton. Nine great-grandchildren, seven great step grandchildren and two great-great step grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton with Rev. Ben Lowell to officiate. A private burial will be held in Tawa Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11,  at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to New Hope United Methodist Church, Rawson Ohio or the Salvation Army.

Online condolences may be given at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.