Mary Gazelle LaFontaine, 85, formerly of Defiance, Ohio, passed away on December 19, 2012, at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.
She was born on April 22, 1927, to Alva and Zena (Shreve) Snodgrass in Paulding, Ohio. She graduated from Paulding High School. On November 9, 1946, she married Douglas J. LaFountaine in Kentucky. Douglas and Mary raised their family in Hamilton, Indiana, and Edgerton, Ohio, where they were members of St. Mary's Catholic Church. They travel and camped with several friends for many years. Douglas passed away on May 27, 1992.
In 1995, Mary relocated to Florida where she and a longtime friend of the family, Floyd R. Bell, spent 11 years together, until Floyd's death on July 19, 2006.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Linda (Robert) Albright of Defiance, and Jeanne (John Streff) Royal of Bradenton, Fla.; brother, William Snodgrass of Paulding, Ohio; grandchildren, Julee (Rudy) Morris of Defiance, Kim Albright-Good of Defiance, Douglas (Tracy) Williamson of Montpelier, Ohio, John (Heather) Adams of Mark Center, Ohio, Justin (Leisa) Adams of Bryan, Ohio, and Jessica (Mark Johnson) Adams of Defiance; great-grandchildren, Jose R. (Jessica Bright) Hernandez IV of Osprey, Fla., Alex Hernandez of Osprey, Fla., Zachary Morris, Tyson and Brady Williamson, Kennedy, Braelyn, McKenzie and Jacob Adams, Hailey, Ryan and Bryar Johnson; a great-great-grandchild, Aliana Hernandez; stepgrandchild, Brian (Albright) Stamper; great-stepgrandchildren, Holly Grieser, Mindy (Fredy) Argueta, Rick (Amy) Good, Scott (Leslie) Good and Kesia Keesbury; great-great-stepgrandchildren, Brendan and Courtney Good, Sydney and Jared Grieser.
She was preceded in death by husband, Douglas J. LaFontaine; father, Alva Dean Snodgrass; mother, Zena Snodgrass; brother, Robert Snodgrass; sisters Kathleen Hart, Colleen Culp and Lynda Lee; and longtime family friend, Floyd R. Bell.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 28, 2012, from 5-8 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Defiance, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will take place in the Riverview Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to the Friends of Felines Rescue Center. Online condolences can be given at www.HCSfuneralhome.com.