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Mary Lou Hakes

July 14, 1936 — September 19, 2023

Eaton, OH


Mary Lou Hakes, aged 87, of Eaton, OH, departed this world on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, to be reunited with the Lord. She was born on July 14, 1936, in Eaton, the beloved daughter of Chelsea Swartz and Mary Viola (Heckman) Rodeffer, both of whom she joins in eternal rest. 

In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Hakes, and her dear brothers, Chelsea Abraham Rodeffer and Ronald Eugene Rodeffer. Her passing leaves a void in our hearts, but her memory will forever shine brightly. 

Mary Lou’s legacy of love and family endures through her children, Andy, Randy, Lora, Joe, and their respective spouses. She was not only a mother but a source of unwavering support and strength. Mary Lou’s love and commitment to family will continue to guide her family through life's journey. 

She is also survived by her brothers, Paul Edward Rodeffer and Samuel Allan Rodeffer, and her sister, Nancy Louise Replogle. Mary's love extended beyond her immediate family, touching the lives of countless others, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends who held her close to their hearts. 

During this challenging time, Gard Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Eaton stand by the family with compassion and care. To offer your condolences and share treasured memories, please visit

A memorial service to honor both Mary Lou and her beloved husband, Bill, will take place next spring, a season of renewal and hope, reflecting the enduring love they shared. 

As we remember Mary Lou, may we find solace in the fond memories we created together. Her remarkable life and the profound impact she had on her family and those around her will continue to inspire and comfort us. Mary Lou Hakes will forever be remembered as a beacon of love, strength, and cherished moments.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary Lou Hakes, please visit our flower store.


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