Paul Wolstenholme and Mary Wolstenholme

The daughters of Paul and Mary Wolstenholme sadly announce the death of their parents five days apart in Garner, N.C., a suburb of Raleigh. Paul and Mary are formerly of Bellefontaine.

Mary died April 4, 2015, after a long illness suffering from acute rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Paul died on April 9, 2015, after a battle with cancer. Their strong and courageous daughters, Diana of Raleigh and Janice (Rob) Genadio of Garner, and granddaughters, Haley and Harper, survive them.

Mary was born April 20, 1945, a daughter of the late Bernard and Virginia Brown. She grew up in the West Mansfield area and later moved to Continental with her family. Mary graduated high school in l963 and received a bachelor’s degree in education at The Ohio State University in 1967.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John, who passed away in October 2014. She is survived by a sister, Darlene Brown Kleman Hensley of Kalida; sister in-law, Sue Brown of St. Louis, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews

Paul was born May 18, 1944, in Rhode Island, a son of the late Earl and Agnes Wolstenholme. They moved to West Mansfield in 1954. He graduated high school in 1962 and earned his bachelor’s degree in education at The Ohio State University in 1966. Paul served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea for one year.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald. He is survived by his brother, Albert (Betty) of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sisters, Harriet Thompson of Knoxville, Tenn., and Phyllis (Bill) Dorfman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Paul and Mary were married in August 1968 and both taught school in the Lima area for one year before returning to Logan County. Paul joined his father in running Super C, a grain handling equipment company located in West Mansfield for the next 17 years. He later owned an insurance agency in Bellefontaine, where he also served on the Mary Rutan Hospital Board.

In 1998 they moved to the Raleigh area to be near their two daughters and where Paul worked for the State of North Carolina until his retirement.

A memorial service is being planned for the summer. Express condolences at jgenadio@yahoo.com.