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Thomas Stephen Sanderell

May 18, 1929 — May 15, 2021

Thomas Stephen Sanderell, 91, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater.

He was born on May 18, 1929, in Fort Recovery to the late Adolph and Ida (Reinhard) Sanderell.

Thomas was the last of his immediate family. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his 5 sisters, Regina (Walter) Forthoefer, Emma (Linus) Hart, Matilda Sanderell, Monica (Herbert) Rammel, and Bertha Sanderell; and his 3 brothers, William, Norbert, and Leo Sanderell.

Thomas was a 1947 graduate of Fort Recovery High School. After school, Thomas joined the United States Army, where he served his country honorably during the Korean War. Thomas was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed raising crops and tending to his livestock. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joe. Thomas was a charter member of the Fort Recovery Knights of Columbus, and a part of the Fort Recovery and Holy Name Society of the church. After retiring from farming, Thomas and his sister, Bertha, became world travelers and traveled to all seven continents.

Thomas will be remembered for his love and generosity to his beloved community and various organizations in Fort Recovery and the surrounding area. From St. Joseph Catholic Church to Mercer Health Hospital, Thomas' legacy will live on forever.

To honor Thomas' wishes, there will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a public Mass of Christian Burial that will take place at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1689 St. Joe Road, Fort Recovery, Ohio, 45846, with Father Ned Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Brockman Boeckman Funeral Home will be serving Thomas' family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Thomas S. Sanderell Memorial Fund in care of the Fort Recovery Foundation.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • 1689 St. Joe Road
    Fort Recovery, OH - Ohio 45846
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