Norman Bair and Anneita Bair


ARCHBOLD -- Norman G. Bair, 76, and Anneita J. Bair, 75, of Archbold, Ohio, died peacefully at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Anneita died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 7:45 p.m., and Norman on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 1:45 a.m., only six hours apart.

Norman Glen Bair was born November 8, 1936, in Fayette, Ohio, to the late Glen and Elba (Double) Bair. He worked as an electrician and loved to fish and golf. He attained the rank of sergeant in the United States Army and was a member of the Bert G. Taylor American Legion Post 300 and Napoleon Lions Club. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Joann Engler.

Anneita Jane Bair was born July 5, 1937, in Liberty Center, Ohio, to the late Ralph and Wilma (Steele) Baldwin. She had a love and passion for interior decorating. Her favorite thing was to watch sunrises and sunsets at Siesta Key, Florida. She is survived by sisters, Jan Lauber and Donna Klopfenstein, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Baldwin.

Norman and Anneita were united in marriage on September 29, 1961, in Dayton, Ohio. They spent several memorable years in Florida before moving back to Ohio. They were members of Christ United Methodist Church in Sarasota, Fla.

They are survived by three daughters, Cheryl (Scott) Gunn of Warner Robins, Ga., Lisa (Mark) Thomas of Holgate, Ohio, and Christine (Todd) Hesterman of Napoleon, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Jessica) Gunn, Ryan Gunn, Heather (Jon) Eiden, Taylor Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Jenelle Hesterman, Joe and Justin Hesterman; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb Gunn and Skylar Eiden.

Funeral services for both Norman and Anneita will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 6, at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, Ohio, with Pastor Stephen Niermann officiating. A private interment will be held at Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance, where military honors will be accorded for Norman by the Napoleon Joint Veteran Posts. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or St. John Lutheran School Endowment. Online condolences may be made at

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  • Dear Cherri, So sorry to hear about your parents. The Dennis Slattery family sends their love. You are in our prayers. Delores Michael, Donna Rice, Jim Slattery, Pat Slattery, Darlene Thieken, and Deanna Wise