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Engel, Daisy

d. February 11, 2011

Daisy Louise Engel of Athens, formerly of Cantrall, went home to be with our Lord, on Friday, February 11, 2011 at the age of 89. She was born on April 6th, 1921, near Petersburg, the daughter of Chester and Fanny Davis Dufer. As a very young girl, Daisy lived on a farm until the age of 5. The hard times of the Depression hit the family, with her folks losing their farm and being forced to move into Petersburg. Daisy attended Harris High School in Petersburg. Daisy grew up with a true work ethic that she carried throughout her life. As a teenager, she worked as a carhop at the Shady Inn, a burger joint that used to stand where the current Dairy Queen in Petersburg now stands. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant at Harris High School. She was an avid seamstress and had visions of going to New York to become a fashion designer.

In the spring of 1942, Daisy met a handsome young farmer from Cantrall by the name of Carl Engel, who became the love of her life.They married on June 30, 1942, and were married over 59 years until his death in 2001. Her life as a farmer’s wife was not an easy one, not only doing difficult physical tasks, but raising children also.

Their firstborn was Carl David (wife Mary) of Huntsville ,Alabama; Susan Louise , who was taken from them by polio in 1947 before turning 2 years old; Sharon Rapp (husband Larry) of Athens, Karla Henning (husband Richard, deceased) of Athens, and Robert (wife Patty, of Williamsville). Also surviving are twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Randy Rapp; five brothers, Donald, Dallas, and David Dufer, Clarence and Cecil Griffin; and two sisters Dorothy Bailey and Juanita Gillmore.

Daisy was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman and a past-member of the Ruth Naomi Circle at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Athens.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Sunday, February 13, at Mott & Henning Funeral Home, Athens. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, February 14 at the funeral home, with burial following at Hall Cemetery in Athens.Rev. James Stuenkel will be officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman or the Joel Hall Cemetery Association.


  1. Please accept our condolences at this time as Aunt Daisy has stepped across the veil into her next life. While our memories of her are those we had as children, we remember the Dufer/Griffin connections through family visits in Havana and the Petersburg area.

    Sincerely, Priscilla Griffin Hughs, Michael Griffin and Brian Griffin Grandchildren of Cora and Cecil Griffin.

  2. Dearest Karla, Rich, and Family,

    I was so sorry to read about your mother’s (and grandmother’s) death this morning. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. We will pray for you and your family tomorrow in worship.

    I am so sorry that I will not be able to come to the visitation on Sunday evening. I am afraid that I have a commitment that I cannot change.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your or your family.

    Peace be with you, Julie

  3. To All of your families,

    You may not remember me. My Mother was Juanita Gilmore. I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom—-especially when Claranne & I were probably 8 & 11 and your parents were dating! That was the most exciting thing that could have happened in our lives as we would be at Grandma Dufer’s and watch your Mom getting all dressed up for a DATE!. She would always put LIPSTICK ON US, TOO. We thought she was wonderful to do that—VERY WILD FOR THEN!! When I was in Nursing School at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, I would come over to your house and we made peanut brittle at Christmastime.

    I recall with deep sadness the death of Susan from polio and the devotion of both of your parents to one another and their family.

    Time passes—-memories are here to be cherished forever—–Love remains within us.

    My love to all of you. My prayers are with all of you —- and love to your wonderful Mom.

    Corabel Gilmore Ralston 6055 Deer Run Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

  4. Sharon, Karla and family I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. To all the children and families. Our deepest sympathy to you. Aunt Daisy was such a wonderful “Aunt”, as well as a wonderful person. We always looked forward to her visits. And then when Uncle Carl entered the picture, it was doubly the fun as they were always so happy and so cordial.

    Many lives were happier having known this wonderful lady.

  6. Our sincerest sympathies to Daisy’s family. It was fun for me as a child to come out to “the farm” and visit. Sharon and Carla did their best to try to entertain me although I am sure it was difficult. I was out of my “turf” and probably showed it. I still remember the old house. Little did I know I would share the farm experience later when I got married. What keeps going through my head now is the many times my mom told me about what a wonderful housekeeper Daisy was (something I am lax about,unfortunately). I remember, also, how my dad thought so much of Carl. He could do no wrong in dad’s eyes. I am sorry Jim and I were not able to be with you for services. Please know that we are thinking about you all. God bless you and comfort you all now in your time of loss.

  7. Bob, Patty, and Ryan

    So sorry about the loss of your mother and grandmother. We are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. – Judy & Ken Lazar and Drew





  9. We send our sympathy to the Daisy Engel family. Judy (Miller) knew Daisy and Carl and David many years ago. Glenn was David’s classmate in early school years. We were surprised to learn that Karla is also a part of this family. We have become acquainted with her at Mott and Henning. With sympathy to the entire family. Glenn and Judy Evans

  10. Karla I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. May you and family find peace in the wonderful memories you have of your Mom and the love she shared with all of you. Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this time and the days ahead. God Bless, Carol Harris

  11. Dear Friends, I’ve heard it said that when you loose your mother you loose your best friend. “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 May these words be your comfort. Karen Ruhlig

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