DEFIANCE – Rebecca L. Canales, age 75, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 16 at Mercy St. Vincent Hospice, Toledo.

Rebecca was born Dec. 23, 1941 in Austin, Texas, to the late Alfonso Perez and Susana (Luna) Perez. She was a loving mother to a son, Andrew Contreraz, and daughter, Anne Contreraz, who both preceded her in death. In 1996, she married Efrain Canales, who survives.

She retired from the Zeller Corporation, Defiance, in 2000. She enjoyed spending time in her garden and planting flowers. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Defiance, but also enjoyed going to many churches, singing and participating in bible study groups. Rebecca and Efrain often spent their winters in Texas.

Rebecca also will be sadly missed by her brother, Raul (Irene) Perez, Paulding; sisters, Agedita Trejo, Austin, Texas, Susan Cuellar, Fort Wayne and Rosie (Jack) Merrilat, Hudson, Mich.; granddaughters, Brenna Contreraz, Fort Wayne, and Caryss Canales, Defiance; three stepchildren, Free (Charro) Canales and Efrain Canales, both of Defiance, and Shiela Canales, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by five brothers, Roland, Regino, John, Joe and Jim Perez; and two sisters, Gloria Flores and Margaret Pina.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding with Deacon Eli Pina. She will be laid to rest in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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