Orlene E. Mason, age 80 years, of Archbold, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Bradenton, Fla.
Orlene Stuckey was born and raised on a farm near Archbold.
She graduated from Goshen College in Indiana with a nursing degree.
After working in Elkhart, Ind., and Denver, Colo., she worked in a clinic in northern Haiti for two years. She returned to the U.S. and located in Cleveland, working as an ER nurse.
There she met Walter E. (“Mike”) Mason. They married Feb. 24, 1974. She became wife and mother in one moment. Orlene guided three teens (two daughters and a son) to adulthood.
When Mike retired from the Coast Guard and took a position in Detroit, they moved to Grosse Ile, Mich. During that time, she was an active member of St. Thomas Church.
In 1992, they moved to the farm she was raised on. Orlene enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, planting, and caring for trees, preserving fruits and produce.
She volunteered in her church and community, and she was an active member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.
Orlene and Mike spent time in Florida during the past 20 years. They traveled extensively, making cruises to the Bahamas and Hawaii among many others. They enjoyed local trips and picked local produce in Florida as well.
Orlene was a gracious and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be missed by many.
Orlene is preceded in death by her father, John Stuckey; mother, Bertha Stuckey; and a son, Michael Eric Mason. She is survived by her husband, Walter E. Mason; daughters, Jeanette Dodson and Laura Mason; five grandsons; one great-grandson; sisters, Annabelle Lerch and Louise Rudo, and brother Allen Stuckey.
Memorial services were held yesterday, Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Archbold with Pastor Paul Reichert officiating. Interment preceded at 9:30 a.m. in the Lockport Cemetery.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold was entrusted with the arrangements. www.ShortFu neralHome.com.