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Annabelle W. Mechling

Annabelle W. Mechling was born on May 30, 1920, on a farm near London, Ohio, to Lawrence and Edna Mae Field Wallace and passed away on January 21, 2012.

Annabelle graduated from Woodstock High School in Champaign County in 1938 and received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Home Economics Education from The Ohio State University in 1942. She taught Home Economics in Johnson-St Paris, Versailles and Lancaster City Schools.

Annabelle married Paul P. Mechling on July 29, 1945, in Woodstock, Ohio, enjoying 66 years of marriage. They were members of Grace Lutheran Church of Thornville. Together they managed Wal Mec Farm and operated Wal Mec Bed and Breakfast at the restored family homestead. The farm was recognized as an Ohio Century Farm.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. Paul II (Joanne) of Pierpont, Ohio and Mark (Nancy) of Duncan Falls; grandchildren, Sarah (Marc) Loveland of Roaming Shores, Ohio and Noah Mechling (fiancée Beth Vanfossen) of Millersburg; great-grandchildren, Madison, Luke and Claire Loveland; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul who passed away on October 23, 2011; and brothers, Roger “Dick” Wallace and Deane Wallace.

Annabelle enjoyed gardening, baking, painting, OSU sports, hosting family and friend gatherings and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active in many church and community activities.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 65 East Columbus Street, Thornville. Calling hours will be observed at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Glenford.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Paul P. and Annabelle W. Mechling Scholarship Foundation Fund (#405482) at The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221, the Ohio University Foundation, P.O. Box 869, Athens, OH 45701 (memo line-Paul and Annabelle Mechling Scholarship Fund) or Grace Lutheran Church, 65 East Columbus Street, Thornville, OH 43076.

The Mechling family would like to thank relatives, staff at Primrose Retirement Community and friends for their love, support and care. Condolences may be sent to

Hoskinson-Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service is honored to care for the Mechling family.

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