Matilda Fay Howell, 92, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at the Mercer County Hospital in Coldwater. She was born in Paulding County, Ohio on Feb. 4, 1928, to the late Eli and Emma (Gerber) Pfister.  On Oct. 24, 1947, she married Eugene W. Howell; he preceded her in death on July 8, 2009.

Surviving are a daughter, Suzanne Miller of Celina; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Phyllis Howell of Bluffton; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, John Pfister; and sister, Pauline Baxter. Preceding her in death were a son-in-law, Glen Miller Jr.; a grandson, brother Elmer Pfister; and three sisters, Sophia Pfister, Marie Marten, and Louise Hierholzer.

She was a graduate of Rockford High School, a member of Mt. Tabor Church of God in Celina, and retired from Mersman Brothers after 26 years of service.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at the Lehman-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina with Rev. Steven Howell and Rev. Amee Paparella officiating. Burial will follow in North Grove Cemetery in Celina. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday before the service.  

Attendees are required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Tabor Church of God Building Fund, 9744 U.S. 127 North, Celina, OH 45822.  

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