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Isabelle Fredrick Pursel

Isabelle Fredrick Pursel was born Oct. 15, 1918 in Stryker, (Williams County) Ohio, and died peacefully Nov. 15, 2008.

She was the fourth and youngest child of the Reverend and Mrs. Daniel Elias Fredrick, who, along with her brother Emerson and sisters Lovelle and Mary, preceded her in death.

On Jan. 16, 1943, she married Orville Pursel, and they lived together in Archbold for 61 years until Orville’s death in 2004.

Isabelle was a graduate of Delta High School and Huntington College, Huntington, Ind. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, and for 40 more years served in the same capacity for her husband’s petroleum business. She also was an avid genealogist, who traced the trees of at least half a dozen families, including the Clapp family to those ancestors who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, and the J.B. Short family to those ancestors who came from Germany.

She was a member of St. John’s Church, where she served in numerous capacities, including deacon and as a regular and substitute Sunday School teacher for 70 years.

She leaves to mourn her death, a daughter, Brenda Pursel Schleunes and her husband, Karl, of Greensboro, N.C.; a son, Joseph Fredrick Pursel and his wife Paula of Rockville, Md.; granddaughters, Rebekah Mohr Pursel and Amanda Clair Pursel, both of Rockville, Md., Anna Frederika Schleunes and her husband Michael Wilson of Charlotte, N.C.; and great-grandsons, Henry Walker Wilson and Nathaniel Karl Wilson.

She is also survived by 32 nieces and nephews, many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends.

Services will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Christian Church with Pastors Erich Christman and Adam Just officiating. Interment will follow in the Lockport Cemetery.

The family will greet friends Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Archbold.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to any of the following: The American Cancer Society, St. John’s Christian Church, The National Christian Choir, or the Touring Theater of North Carolina.

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