Betty Donze


BRYAN -- Betty Jane Donze, 85, of Bryan, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan.

Betty was born July 29, 1927, in Bryan, the daughter of the late Earl and Ethel (Zimmerman) Freese. She married Wilber "Wib" John Donze on June 5, 1948, in Bryan, and he preceded her in death on January 4, 2002. Betty worked as a secretary for Wilson Auction and Realty Company. She had also worked at Pet Milk Company for 39 years as an office manager and a secretary for the Ohio Gas Company. She was a member of First Brethren Church, Bryan.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, and several great nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur; one sister, Dorothy Phillips; and two brothers, Donald and Robert Freese.

Funeral services for Betty Jane Donze will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012, in the First Brethren Church, 13050 County Road C, Bryan, with Pastor Wayne Gropp officiating. Interment will follow in Shiffler Cemetery, rural Bryan. The family will receive relatives and friends in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home-Greenisen Chapel, 225 East High Street, Bryan, on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, from 3-8 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to First Brethren Church, 13050 County Road C, Bryan, Ohio 43506. Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at

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  • Even we can't be there in body our hearts and souls are with you all. We love you and pray for Thursday to be a day of joy in the fact that another angel has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior. We love you Aunt Betty and will miss you greatly!! Love to All, Dan and Rosie