Mary Lou Piper

December 02, 1929 ‒ January 26, 2018

Johnstown, Ohio

Mary Lou Piper, age 88, of Johnstown died early Friday morning, January 26, 2018 at Centerburg Pointe.

She was born on December 2, 1929 in Groveport, Ohio the daughter of the late Karl M. and Leona M. (Sager) Klamfoth.

On September 6, 1948, she married Lee E. Piper.  They were married for 62 years before his passing in 2010.

Mary Lou was a loving farm wife, mother, and grandmother and great grandmother whose proudest achievement was her family.

She was a lifelong member of the Harlem Road United Methodist Church where she was part of the choir, participated in mission trips, and most notably for her work in the kitchen with the Bereavement/Hospitality Team.  She was also a member of the Harlem Grange as well as the Delaware County Farm Bureau.

Mary Lou loved to cook for her family and they will miss her homemade rolls, noodles, and tapioca pudding.

She will be missed by her children: daughter Joyce Facemyer of Sunbury her son Cameron (Ada), their children Levi and Abbey; son Allen (Donna) Piper of Sunbury; son Gary (Anne) Piper of Centerburg, their children Becky (Paul) Stephens and their children Storm, Shiloh (Ashley), Mariah, Paul Jr., and Zoe; Leigh Anne (Tommy) Marcum; and their children Thomas, Victoria, Maddie, and Christian, and Brett (Kelly) and their children Patrick, Alexis, and Bishop; son Dwight (Lana) Piper of Johnstown and their sons Richard and Brian and Richard’s son, Chace;  Son Duane (Heidi) Piper of Sunbury their children Chad (Katie) and Dawn (Brian) Baker and their son Bradley; brothers David Klamfoth of Waverly, Iowa and Gene (Kathy) Klamfoth of Condit.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brother Richard “Dick” Klamfoth.

Friends may call on the family on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services will be held at the Harlem Road United Methodist Church, 5520 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021 on Tuesday at 10:30 AM.  Burial to follow at Fancher Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to her church.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mrs. Piper’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at


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  • I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. I loved talking to her when I seen her.

  • Duane, Heidi and the Whole Piper Family,
    Prayers of comfort and love to all of you during this time of loss. What a wonderful lady Mary Lou was with her bright eyes and loving smile. We were so happy to meet her at Chad’s wedding and to tell her what an amazing job she had done raising her sons! (Such a great job that I asked her if she had any more single ones!) Ofcourse she laughed and warmly told me how blessed she was to have been their mother and she commented “yes they’re pretty great!” and YES they all are! We remember her sweet nature and humbleness, not taking any credit for being a strong role model who helped build the foundation of what continues to be a very respected, kind and loving family.
    All our Love,
    Kristen Swallow Deskins, Allye and Lanni Deskins

  • We’ So sorry for your loss but so grateful for her wonderful children. I didn’t know her, but I did through knowing Duane. Love to all. ❤️❤️

  • So deeply sorry for this very difficult loss. Prayers and sympathy Duane, Heidi and Family.🙏🏻

  • To the Piper Family

    My condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Although I didn’t know her the legacy she leaves through her children and grandchildren says it all. May you cherish the memories and look upon them fondly. Sorry I am not there to give all of you big hugs but will be thinking and praying for you.

  • We are so sorry about Mary Lou passing and feel fortunate to have met her at Chad and Katie’s wedding. How nice that she was able to attend.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

    May she rest in peace.

    Love,Lenny and Charlotte

  • I am so sorry for the families loss. She was a wonderful woman. I was blessed to know her my entire life. She was truly a blessing to all that knew her.
    Love and continued prayers for all.
    Amy Brierley

  • Dear Piper Family,sending you all prayers & hoping all your great family memories will hold you all tight together!!🙏🙏🙏😇😇😇😇

  • So sorry for your loss…I enjoyed talking to Mary Lou when I worked at nursing home sweet lady. My thoughts prayers with her family❤

  • So Sorry to the Piper family for your loss .Mary Lou was such a sweet lady.. She had visted with me many times in my home, and I visted with her in her home.. She will be missed very much..

  • So sorry to learn of your loss. Mary Lou was a great lady. Mom and I enjoyed our lunches and especially our card playing with Mary Lou and Joyce. . We had great times together. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • I will surely miss seeing Mary Lou in the Beauty Shop every Friday. She certainly was a joy to all of us along with her family. Prayers to all of those who will miss her greatly. Find joy knowing she is healthy and happy in heaven. XOXO

  • To the Piper and Klamfoth families: we are so sorry for your great loss. Mary Lou was a lovely, gracious and gentle lady. Prayers for comfort and healing.

  • Allen, Donna and Piper Families: Please know my deepest sympathy is extended as this was a great loss in your family. Mary Lou will be remembered for being a gracious lady.
    Prayers coming your way.

  • My condolences to the family. Didn’t know her personally but knew many of her family. Love,🙏🙏, hugs at this difficult time. May God wrap His loving arms around you in the days ahead.