Margaret Tope


PAULDING -- Margaret Alice Tope, 82, Paulding, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Gardens of Paulding, Paulding, Ohio.

She was born June 16, 1930, in Kendallville, Ind., the daughter of William F. and Lucille (Smith) Menzel. On December 10, 1950, she married Lowell Edward Tope, who preceded her in death on October 2, 2002. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, and the owner/operator of the former Tope's Hardware in Paulding, and Paulding Movie Theater. She was also employed as receptionist for Dr. Lonnie Tope and Dr. Larry Tope.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Larry (Debra) Tope, Paulding; her mother, Lucille Menzel, Butler, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Judy Tope, Paulding; a sister, DonnaBelle Gaff, Butler, Ind.; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband; father; a son, Dr. Lonnie Tope; and a brother, William Menzel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paulding or St. John Lutheran Church of Briceton. Online condolences may be sent to

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