Archived Obituaries May 2005

JOANN M. RINGGAARD BALZER
JoAnn M. Ringgaard Balzer, 74, of Marysville, died Thursday, May 26,
2005 at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a short illness.
She was a court stenographer for 25 years with the Franklin County
Municipal Court.
She was born May 24, 1931, in Arlington, S. D., to the late Clarence P.
and Alice C. Jacobsen Ringgaard.
She is survived by two daughters, Roberta (Lee) Pencil and Julie (Larry)
Braun, all of Marysville; a son, Rick (Shana) Balzer of Hilliard; eight
grandchildren, Brandi Braun of Marysville, Anthony Braun of Columbus,
Ashlea Braun of Marysville, Cassie Vruno of Minnesota, Angela Vruno of
Milford Center and Jacob Balzer, Eric Balzer and Samantha Balzer, all of
Hilliard; two great-grandchildren, Dominick Vruno and Alexis Joy Vruno;
a brother, Jim (Lois) Ringgaard of South Dakota; and a cousin, Lynn
Hlavin of Delaware.
After cremation, burial of ashes will take place in South Dakota.
Underwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be
expressed at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

MARGARET RUTH HENTE
Margaret Ruth Finch Hente, age 83, of Marysville, formerly of
Edwardsburg, Mich., died Sunday, May 29, 2005, at Heartland of
Marysville after an extended illness.
She retired in 1978 from the Bendix Corporation in South Bend, Ind.,
where she had been employed as a brake builder and inspector for more
than 30 years. She was born and raised in Kilbourne, La., and was a
graduate of Kilbourne High School.
She was a great fan and customer of QVC and will be remembered as a
strong, independent woman. She had great appreciation for all the
special people in her life, especially her caregivers through Loving
Care Hospice and Heartland of Marysville.
She was born Dec. 16, 1921, in Kilbourne, La., to the late Thad and Etta
Ainsworth. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Rabon Finch, on
July 3, 1997.
Survivors include her sister-in-law and dear friend, Joan Finch of
Marysville; her niece, Brenda (David) Volpe of Hilliard; and her
caregivers.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral
Home. No local funeral service will be held. Burial will take place in
Kilbourne Cemetery in Kilbourne, La.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice or the
Marysville First Baptist Church.


GARY KIRBY
Gary Kirby, 52, of Marysville, died Friday, May 27, 2005.
He was a corrections officer at the Ohio Reformatory for Women for 14
years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and attended Shiloh
Chapel Evangelical Friends Church.
He was born Feb. 19, 1953, in St. Albans, Vt., to Francis Gene and Iris
Ann Coleman Kirby and was predeceased by his mother.
He is survived by his father, Gene (Barb) Kirby of Marysville; a son,
Jason Kirby and a daughter, Jenean Kirby, both of Columbus; a grandson,
Jacob Kirby; a step-brother and a step-sister; and a half-sister, Niki
Wertz of Marysville.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Underwood
Funeral Home. After cremation, graveside services will be held Friday at
11 a.m. at Oakdale Cemetery, with the Rev. Ed Vinson officiating.
Military honors will be provided by the Union County Military Funeral
Honor Guard.
Condolences may be expressed at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

ESTHER L. RUSH
Esther L. Rush, 86, formerly of Richwood, died early Monday morning, May
30, 2005, at the Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville surrounded by
her loving family.
She was a homemaker who loved the Lord and her children and
grandchildren. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in
Richwood, and joined Kings Grant Baptist Church while living in Virginia
Beach, Va., where she regularly attended Mary Martha Sunday school
class.
She was born Dec. 10, 1918, in Union County, to Orlie and Minnie Fox
Storey, both deceased. On June 19, 1939, she married Marion M. Rush, who
died Nov. 19, 1986. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary
Lou Rush; and a sister, LottaBelle Storey Alexander.
She is survived by two sons, Richard L. (Patty) Rush of Marysville, and
Danny G. (Bobbi) Rush of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Joyce
Steele of Richwood, and Shirley M. (Ed) Daniel of Indian Lake; nine
grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a
brother-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ballinger Funeral
Home, Richwood, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Kathy Reiff will officiate. Burial will be in Claibourne
Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Richwood First Baptist Church, 101
E. Ottawa St., Richwood, Ohio 43344 or Kings Grant Baptist Church, 873
Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23452.
Condolences to the family may be sent online at
www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.


LORETTA GRAY SHANKS
 Loretta Gray Shanks, 97, of Marysville, died Saturday morning, May 28,
2005, at Heartland of Marysville.
She was retired as a sales clerk from Gugel Hardware. She, along with
her husband, owned and operated the Luxmar Theatre in Milford Center.
A longtime member of First Congregational Church, she was a former
member of the Mayflower Circle of Kings Daughters for more than 60
years, and was a former member of the missionary guild of the church.
She was born Nov. 5, 1907, in Marysville, to the late Earl W. and Orpha
A. Parmer Gray. She was married Nov. 19, 1927, to Clayton B. Shanks. He
preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1997. She also was preceded in death
by a grandson, Mark Pinon; two sisters, Edna Arnold and Ruth Kelley; and
a brother, Charles Gray.
She is survived by her daughter, Jean Ann (Marvin P.L.) Rausch of Casa
Grande, Az.; grandchildren, Sue (Dirk) Pinon and Brad (Debbie) Rausch;
great-grandchildren, Brian Pinon, John Draughn, William Draughn, Michael
Rausch and Patricia Rausch; great-great grandchildren, Zoe and Kayla
Draughn; and a brother Robert Gray.
 A graveside service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Oakdale Cemetery
with the Rev. Bobbie Campbell officiating.
 Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church in
care of Ingram Funeral Home, which is completing arrangements.


FLORENCE M. GRIFFITH
Florence M. Griffith, 94, of Marysville, died Wednesday, May 25, 2005,
at Memorial Hospital of Union County.
 A longtime resident of Marysville, she resided in the home that has
been in her family since 1912. She became a member of the Marysville
First United Methodist Church in 1934. She was active as a member of the
United Methodist Women, the missions of the church, and also volunteered
in the church office. She was a member of the Kings Daughters, was a
former Girl Scout leader for 30 years, and also served for 10 years on
the Heart of Ohio Girl Scout Council.
She was born May 20, 1911, in Urbana, to the late Pearl M. and Lillian
Shatto Mauck. She was married Nov. 28, 1934, in Columbus, to Walter E.
Griffith. He preceded her in death on April 10, 1994. She also was
preceded in death by her brothers, Paul, Donald, Virgil, and Danny, and
a son-in-law, Dr. Thomas Stevenin.
A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is survived by
her children, Elizabeth G. (Robert) Schlitz of Plain City, Barbara J.
Stevenin of Fairway, Kan., David A. (Kay) Griffith of Raymond, and Dona
L. (Seth) Watterson and Ruth G. (Rick) Limes, all of Columbus; 17
grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ruth Mauck of
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Richard Teller officiating. Burial will follow at
Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Cards will be available at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be the deceased's grandsons.

OBURN CARLISLE WILLIAMS
Coburn Carlisle Williams, 63, of Marysville, died Thursday, May 19,
2005, at his home after a short illness.
Mr. Williams was a retiree of Rockwell International and a member of UAW
Local 1037. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a kind, generous
person to all who knew him.
He was born in Seth, W.Va., to the late Cobert Emmite Williams and Ollie
Marie Pettry Williams. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine
Sumner Williams.
He is survived by his son, Eric Williams of Marysville; a sister, Wanda
Ferrell of Ostrander; and a brother, Larry Williams of Antioch, Ill.
A service was held in the chapel at Rodman Bennett Brown Funeral Home,
Delaware, on May 19.

DENNIS PARL STRAHM
 Dennis Parl Strahm, 52, of Marysville, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at
his residence.
He was an organ and tissue donor. He was a veteran of the U.S Army, and
secretary, treasurer and Road Captain of the Sons of God Motorcycle
Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Kelly; his parents,
Francis and Kathryn Strahm; his in-laws, Gary and Jan Hitchcock;
children, Valerie (Tony) McComas, Sondra Strahm, Parl Strahm, Lance
Strahm, Kris Carrocci and Ben Carrocci; brothers, Jim, Francis, John
Paul and Mike; sisters, Bonnie, Linda, Kay and Leona; and many family
members and friends.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
Schoedinger Worthington Chapel. A funeral service will be held Thursday
at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Charles Pack officiating. A motorcycle
procession to burial in Mansfield Memorial Park, Mansfield, will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sons of God Motorcycle Club, P.O.
Box 248108, Columbus, Ohio 43224. Online condolences may be expressed at
www.schoedinger.com

HERMIA VOLKERTS
Hermia Volkerts, 83, of Huntington Beach, Calif., died May 14, 2005 at
her residence.
She attended school in Marysville, and was a caring and generous person,
well loved by family and friends. Her first interest was her family. She
also enjoyed gardening, decorating, cooking and music.
She was born Oct. 20, 1921 in Rosedale, Madison County, to Mack and
Zenna Mitchell. She married Lennie Brehm in 1938, and he preceded her in
death. She moved from Marysville to California in 1964 and married Tom
Volkerts who died in 1987. She also was preceded in death by brothers
Vernon Mitchell and Lee Mitchell and sisters Mary Foreman, Bessie Lane,
Zelma Underhill, and Maxine Hildreth, who all lived in the Marysville
area.
She is survived by children Marvin, Dennis, Roger and Carole;
daughters-in-law Donna and Peggy; son-in-law Jack; grandchildren Lilli,
Francie, Erin and Tyler; Lilli's husband Scott; great-grandchildren
Emma, Sara and Adam; and numerous nieces and nephews. A fourth
great-grandchild is expected in August. She also remained close to her
former daughter-in-law Faye.
A memorial service will be held in Sacramento, Calif. She will be buried
at the Fairfield Memorial Cemetery in Fairfield, Calif.

ROBERTA E. AMRINE BAKER
Roberta E. Amrine Baker, 95, of Marysville, died Saturday, May 21, 2005,
at Milcrest Nursing Center.
A homemaker, she worked closely with her husband, Ed Amrine, during his
term as Union County Sheriff. She served as the cook for the sheriff's
department and became a deputy sheriff. Upon her husband's death, she
was appointed to finish his term as Union County Sheriff. She was a
member of Marysville First Congregational United Church of Christ, the
Ever Ready Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3506, and was Mom of
the Red Hat Society at Milcrest Nursing Center. She enjoyed reading,
playing solitaire, and enjoyed a collection of porcelain dolls and "Gone
With The Wind" memorabilia.
She was born Oct. 22, 1909, in Peoria, to the late Winfield and Edna
Marie Shirk. She married Edward Amrine on Aug. 30, 1934, in Kentucky,
and he died Nov. 17, 1972. She also was preceded in death by a second
husband, Basil Baker; two sisters, Olive Mae Spain and Clarice Galloway;
a brother, Harold Shirk; and a great-granddaughter, Laura Ann James.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet (Everett) Humble of Marysville;
three grandchildren, Doris Humble of Marysville, Debbie (Alan) Herd of
Raymond, and Everett (Billie) Humble II of Broadway; six
great-grandchildren, Nathan Vanover (Jennifer Cordrey), April (Shane)
Dean, Aaron Humble, Todd Burkard and Blake and Michael Andrews; two
great-great-grandchildren, Macey Vanover and Caden Cordrey; a
brother-in-law, John Spain of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Mannasmith
Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m.,
with the Rev. Bobbie Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale
Cemetery. An Eagles Memorial service will follow Tuesday's visiting
hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marysville First Congregational
United Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.


RAYMOND ELL

Raymond Ell, 95, a former resident of Marysville, died Friday, May 20,
2005 at Solheim Lutheran Home in Pasadena, Calif.
He was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. He moved to California
in 1960, where he was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Pasadena. He
was a World War II veteran and served in France and Germany, including
the Battle of the Bulge. He worked as a security guard at Air Logistics
Corporation of Pasadena for many years. He and his wife enjoyed
traveling throughout the United States in their motor home visiting
relatives and friends.
He was born Aug. 8, 1909, in Union County, the son of the late Peter and
Lydia Rausch Ell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years,
Margaret "Peggy" Bird Ell on March 2, 2005; a son, William on Aug. 25,
1987; two brothers, Eugene and Horace Ell; and a sister, Valita Weiler.
He is survived by a sister, Alice Dillon of London, Ohio, and many
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park,
Whittier, Calif.


HAROLD E. HOFFMAN
Harold E. Hoffman, 85, of near Essex, died unexpectedly Friday
afternoon, May 20, 2005, at Marion General Hospital.
Mr. Hoffman was a retired farmer, a 1937 graduate of Richwood High
School, a member of Essex United Methodist Church, 50-year member of the
Essex K of P, member of the former Richwood Lions Club, former Richwood
Fair Board member, former Jackson Township trustee, member of the Mt.
Carmel Lodge No. 303 F&AM, member of the Ohio Cattleman's Association
and a member of the Richwood, Prospect, Pleasant and Green Camp senior
centers. His joys in life were his family, playing cards and harness
racing.
He was born Oct. 23, 1919, at the home where he resided to the late Roy
E. and Nellie Roberts Hoffman. He also was preceded in death by his
wife, the former Barbara A. Anders, whom he married Feb. 27, 1943, in
Columbus, and who died Feb. 20, 1993; two sisters, Elizabeth Sager and
Pauline White; and a granddaughter, Sarah Ekerdt.
He is survived by his children, Carol (John) Ekerdt of Austin, Texas,
Donna (Herman) Steele of Clayton, N.C., Kay (Jon) McAfee of Toledo, Mark
(Lori) Hoffman of Prospect, and Eric (Pam) Hoffman of Richwood; 11
grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Marguarite Miller of LaRue;
and a special friend, Donna Flach of Essex.
Visiting hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral Home,
Richwood, and one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be held
Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Essex United Methodist Church. The Revs. David
Hoffman and David Lippert will officiate. Masonic services will be held
today at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Price Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Larry Anderson, Mike Temple, Rick and Mike Hoffman,
Bill Parish, Chad Hoffman and Bob Flach. Honorary pallbearers will be
his grandsons, Nathan and Ryan McAfee, Steve Brant, Lance Hoffman and
Tyler Kaufman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Essex United Methodist Church,
32697 Route 37, Richwood, Ohio 43344 or the Emanuel Reformed Church at
4234 Green Camp Essex Road, Marion, Ohio 43302.

TERRY A. KEMP
Terry A. Kemp, 46, died Sunday morning, May 22, 2005, at The Gables at
Green Pastures, where he had been a longtime resident due to
debilitating arthritis.
He especially enjoyed visits from friends, aunts, uncles and many
cousins and talking about his extensive pocket knife collection.
He is survived by his parents, Terry (Barb) Kemp of Raymond, and Jean
(Rod) Farrington of West Mansfield. Also surviving are a sister, Joyce
(Mike) Cameron of Minneapolis, Minn.; a brother, Mark (Sabra) Kemp of
Raymond; grandparents Delton and Frances Kemp of Raymond, Delmar Eastman
of Raymond and Virginia Benton of New Philadelphia; and nephews, Logan
Rife, Cole Cameron and Noah Kemp.
He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Pauline Eastman.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at York Cemetery with
Pastor Jerry McQueen officiating. There will be no public calling hours.

Stofcheck Funeral Home in Richwood is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Central
Ohio Chapter, 3740 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026 or Loving Care
Hospice, 113 S. Main St., Marysville, Ohio 43040.


MELL LEE TAYLOR
Mell Lee Taylor, 37, of Marysville and formerly of Madison, Ind., died
Thursday, May 19, 2005, at his residence.
He moved to Marysville four years ago from Columbus, Ind. He had
formerly worked for Toyota Industrial and Maria Meat Packing in
Columbus, Ind. Mr. Taylor enjoyed fishing and squirrel hunting.
He was born May 17, 1968, in Madison, Ind., to Mellwood Taylor and
Margaret Ruth "Ruthie" Sides Taylor.
He is survived by his parents of Marysville; a sister, Tona M. Taylor of
Columbus, Ind.; a niece, Dannielle Browning, and a nephew, Michael
Walden, both of Columbus, Ind.
Visiting hours will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lytle Funeral Chapel in
Madison, Ind., and one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be
held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lexington
Cemetery in Madison, Ind.


HAROLD E. HOFFMAN
Harold E. Hoffman, 85, of near Essex, died unexpectedly Friday
afternoon, May 20, 2005, at Marion General Hospital.
Friends may call Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the Stofcheck Funeral Home in
Richwood and one hour prior to the funeral, which will be held Tuesday
at 11 a.m. at the Essex United Methodist Church.

JO ANN HILTBRUNNER GORDEN
Jo Ann Hiltbrunner Gorden, 78, of Plain City, died Thursday, May 19,
2005, at her residence.
She worked at Mills Restaurant in downtown Columbus, where she met
Robert J. Hiltbrunner. They fell in love and were married in 1947 and
had four children. She also worked for F&R Lazarus for more than 15
years. She was an avid bowler for more than 50 years.
She attended Trinity Grace Brethren Church, where she was baptized in
1991. After being widowed in 1988, she was blessed to find love again.
In 1998, she married Warren Gorden at Jerome United Methodist Church.
They traveled extensively and had many wonderful years together.
She was born Oct. 25, 1926, to the late Arthur and Verna Grimm in
Fayette County. She was the eighth of 13 children. Family life was
challenging in the wonderfully large family, but she had a special bond
with each of her brothers and sisters.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Mark A. Hiltbrunner in 2002;
three brothers, Gordon, Charles and Robert; and three sisters, Mildred,
Mary and Doris.
She is survived by her second husband; two daughters, Linda (Robert)
Lipp and Gayle Cline; a son, Steven A. Hiltbrunner; a stepdaughter,
Karen (Marvin) Boerger; a stepson, Roger (Denise) Gorden; brothers, Art,
Paul (Liz) and Roger (Mary) Grimm; sisters, Carol (Ed) Perry, Janice
Edwards and Wilma Lewis; a brother-in-law, Glenn (Sue) Hiltbrunner; 10
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and
friends.
Visiting hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson
Funeral Home, Plain City, where funeral services will be held Monday at
10 a.m. Burial will be in Glen Rest Cemetery, Reynoldsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jerome United Methodist Church
Building fund.

ROBERT N. JEREW
Robert N. Jerew, 67, of Richwood, died unexpectedly early Thursday
morning, May 19, 2005, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.
He retired as a fire marshal from the Whirlpool Corp. after 39 years of
employment and was captain of the Richwood Fire Department, where he
served for 51 years. He also served on the Whirlpool Fire Department
(PEO) for 34 years. He was a member of the Marion National Guard for 12
years, a member of the Marion National Guard Veterans Association for
many years and a member of the Goldwing Riders Association. For the past
several years he worked at G&H Threads in Richwood. He also had worked
part time at Kale Marketing in Richwood.
The joys of his life were his family, especially his grandchildren, his
friends, of which there are many, and the fire department.
He was born June 2, 1937, in Union County, to the late William and Della
Douglas Jerew. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Marion Jerew,
and a sister, Maxine Jerew Woods.
On Oct. 9, 1955, he married Shirley A. Beeney at the Richwood Church of
Christ, and she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Pam Simpson of
North Carolina; a son, Scott (Kelly) Jerew of Richwood; grandchildren,
Karie (John) Whitmore and Gus and Harley Jerew; a sister, Patty
(Loraine) Bassinger of Kenton; three brothers, Kenneth Jerew of Byhalia,
Bill (Grace) Jerew of Richwood, and Jerry (Delores) Jerew of Green Camp;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral
Home, Richwood, where funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m.,
with the Rev. Joseph Rhea officiating.
Burial with veteran services conducted by the Richwood American Legion
and VFW posts, will follow in Clairbourne Cemetery.
Pall bearers will be Rod Evans, Jack Kirby, Jason Beeney, Jim Jerew, Jim
Wiley, Jeff Swartz, DeLynn Kale and Al Sycks. Honorary pall bearers will
be Kenny Jerew, Bill Jerew, Jerry Jerew, Ernie Beeney, Elmer Simpson,
Dick Tevis, Bill Davis and Steve Leeth.
Donations may be made to a fund set up in the deceased's memory for the
purpose of purchasing a new fire truck. They may be sent to 602 N.
Franklin St., Richwood, Ohio 43344.

ETOILE P. CARDER
Etoile P. Carder, 87, of Marysville, died unexpectedly at Memorial
Hospital of Union County Wednesday morning, May 18, 2005.
A homemaker, she lived her life in the Piqua, Covington, and Marysville
areas. She was a former member of the United Church of Christ, YMCA, JR.
Mother's Club and the Avocation Club, all of Covington, the Piqua United
Methodist Church and the Windsor and Community Seniors Inc. of
Marysville.
She was born Jan. 29, 1918, in Piqua, to the late James M. and Jessie E.
Magill Rue. She married James Robert Carder June 13, 1936, in
Winchester, Ind. He preceded her in death in 1999. She also was preceded
in death by a son, James R. Carder Jr., and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Gary R. (Kim) Carder of Bradford,
Thomas J. (Cathy) Carder of Covington, Marilee S. (Robert) Scheiderer of
Marysville, Richard P. Carder of Plain City, Sherrie J. (Michael)
Mattingly of Cincinnati, John R. (Joyce) Carder of Marysville, and
Michele R. (Scott) Astleford of White River, S.D.; many grandchildren
and great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Irma Carder of
Batesville, AR.
 At her request, her body has been donated to Ohio State University
Medical Center for research. Burial and memorial services will be held
at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gables Activity Fund in care
of Ingram Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.


GARY L. MOORE
Gary L. Moore, 60, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, after a long battle with
cancer.
He served honorably in the Navy for 24 years and retired as a Sr. Chief
Petty Officer. He received the Navy Achievement Service Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and five Good Conduct
Awards. He was a Vietnam veteran and served with his five brothers at
the same time.
His love for the Navy continued after his discharge, resulting in a
civilian job with the Navy in Aurora, Colo. At the time of his death, he
was employed at Odd Lots. He was an avid NASCAR fan.
He was born Oct. 13, 1944, in Delaware, to the late Perley Thomas and
Rubye Esther Morris Moore. He also was preceded in death by brothers Max
and Wayne.
He is survived by children, Missy (Bob) Fuson and Brenda (Randy) Jervis,
all of Marysville, and Barb (Ralph) Jamison of Bainbridge;
grandchildren, Katie, Christopher, Laura, Amanda and Matthew Fuson,
Carrie Jervis and Megan Moore; brothers and sisters, Marvin (Janet) of
West Virginia, Kenneth (Jeanine) of Pickerington, Rodney (Donna) of
Delaware, Wendell (Dillis) of Indiana, Steve (Diane) of Columbus, and
Marsha (Cliff) of Indiana; many nieces and nephews; special friends
Herbie, Pat and Fish; and his many friends at the Nike Sports Lounge.
Visiting hours will be Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tidd Funeral Home with
Crematory, Hilliard, where a funeral service will follow at 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur G. James Cancer
Hospital.


GARY JAMES TRUSKOSKI
Gary James Truskoski, 67, of Marysville, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at
the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus after an extended
illness.
He was a 1956 graduate of Arthur Hill High School and attended Michigan
State University. He retired from Montgomery Ward as a warehouse manager
following 20 years of employment. He was raised in the Saginaw, Mich.,
area, spent most of his life in Houston, Texas, and moved to Marysville
in recent years to be near his son.
 He enjoyed visiting Marysville First United Methodist Church with his
son's family and found great enjoyment socializing with friends at the
Marysville Eagles Aerie No. 3506.
Mr. Truskoski enjoyed reading suspense novels and was an avid history
buff, especially enjoying movies and books on the Civil War and the
world wars. He found peace in the tranquil setting of his son's pond and
enjoyed watching the family dogs, Carly and Luke, at play. He was dearly
loved by his family.
He was born Feb. 14, 1938, in Saginaw, Mich., to the late Clarence and
Josephine Wisniewski Truskoski.
Survivors include two sons, Michael (Cheri) Truskoski of Marysville, and
Gary (Jamie) Truskoski of Midland, Mich.; four grandchildren:  Gary Jr.,
Josie, Laurie, and Emily Truskoski; three sisters, Patricia (James)
Losee of South Branch, Mich., Denise (Ron) Carter of Lansing, Mich., and
Janet (Russ) Jolin of Saginaw, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Marysville
First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Richard Teller will officiate.
Scattering of the deceased's ashes will take place at a later date
during a private family ceremony.
Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville, is assisting the family with
arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marysville First United Methodist
Church in care of the funeral home.

E. LUCILLE KEZERTA BISHOP
AND SANDRA L. PEARSON ZIGLER

Graveside services for former Marysville residents E. Lucille Kezerta
Bishop and her daughter, Sandra L. Pearson Zigler, will be held
Saturday, May 21, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Oakdale Cemetery. The Rev. Richard
Genzman will officiate.
The family will receive visitors at the cemetery. Mannasmith Funeral
Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

WILLIE "TINY" BURCHETT
Willie "Tiny" Burchett, 79, of Unionville Center, died Sunday, May 15,
2005, at Memorial Hospital of Union County, after a courageous battle
with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
 He retired as a plant operator at American Aggregates of Hilliard after
37 years of employment. He was an avid coon hunter and fisherman who
also enjoyed listening to and playing his banjo to bluegrass music.
He was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Louisa, Ky., to the late John and Bertha
Leddingham Burchett. He also was preceded in death by a son, Steven
Burchett, in 1959.
He is survived by his wife, Polly Farley Burchett, whom he married July
12, 1958, at Hall's Corner in Plain City; two children, Gary (Nancy)
Burchett of Marysville, and Carolyn (Danny) Wilson of Unionville Center;
grandchildren, Derek (Chanda) Wilson, Casey Wilson, Kayla Wilson, Willie
Wilson, Tabitha Burchett and Zechariah Burchett; a brother, Junior
(Darlene) Burchett of Unionville Center; and two sisters, Gladys Wright
and Sarah (Paul) Fannin, all of Louisa, Ky.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City, where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10
a.m., with Pastors Harold Collins and Dana Booth officiating. Burial
will be in Darby Township Cemetery, Unionville Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Burchett Family in care of the
funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to fergusonfh@netwalk.com.

KAYAH ROSE ROBERTS
Kayah Rose Roberts, infant daughter of Abby May and Jon Roberts of North
Lewisburg, was stillborn Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of
Union County.
She was predeceased by her grandmother, Eden Roy Roberts;
great-grandfathers, Paul Thompson and Clyde Roberts; great-grandfather,
Paul Dean Shelton; maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Sharon May;
and great-aunts, Patty Gilmore and Grace Swain.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Makayla Nicole;
maternal grandmother, Terri (John) Collier of North Lewisburg; maternal
grandfather, Robert (Billie) May of DeGraff; paternal grandparents,
Steve and Esther Roberts of Marysville; maternal great-grandmother,
Marilyn Shelton (Ed) Evans of West Mansfield; paternal
great-grandparents, Magdalene Thompson of Lisbon, Fla., and Cloe and
Regina Roy of Fremont, Calif.; aunts and uncles, Emeline (Rich) Kelly of
Marion, Jasmine (Joseph) Rausch of South Bend, Ind., Katherine (Andrew)
Wiest of Reynoldsburg, Seth Collier of North Lewisburg, Ashton Kidd of
Milford Center, Nicholas Roberts of Marysville and Larry (Angie) Hoff of
New Albany; great-uncle, Jimmy (Debbie) Shelton of Plain City; cousins,
Sara and Brandon Kelly, Logan and Morgan Wiest and Vaughn and Ian Hoff;
and several other aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Maple Grove
Cemetery in North Lewisburg. Chaplain Jack Heino of the Union County
Sheriff's Office will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

DONALD S. JONES
Donald S. Jones, 87, of Marysville and formerly of the Columbus area,
died Tuesday afternoon, May 10, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of Union
County.
He was a 36-year employee of the Ohio Bell Telephone Company in Columbus
and was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Marysville.
 He was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Columbus, to the late Joseph G. and
Dollie S. Stevens Jones. He also was preceded in death by a brother
Eben.
Mr. Jones was married Nov. 8, 1947 in Greenfield, to the former Louise
M. Monson. She survives as do their daughters, Jody (Lynn) Zell of
Marysville, and Charlene (Paul) McKelvey of Hilliard; seven
grandchildren, Jamie (Jennifer) McKelvey, Kevin McKelvey, B. J. (April)
Zell, Tiffany (Brett) Ivey, Brian (Heidi) McKelvey, Shawn (Summer)
McKelvey and Terry McKelvey; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Gavin
Zell; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Jones of Friendship Village in Dublin;
and several nieces.
 Private family graveside services will be held at Union Cemetery in
Columbus. A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with Don Will officiating.
 Ingram Funeral Home is completing arrangements.

FAY LAWRENCE CODER
Fay Lawrence Coder, 85, a Marysville native, died April 15, 2005, at St.
Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood, Ky. He resided in Erlanger, Ky.
He attended Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Marysville, where he
was baptized and confirmed.
A memorial service was held May l, 2005, at St. Luke Lutheran Church,
Cold Spring, Ky.

JAMES W. HOOPER

James W. Hooper, 77, of Lima, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at St. Rita's
Medical Center, Lima.
He was a resident of Jackson Center for 24 years before moving to Lima
in 1974. He had been a resident of Shawnee Manor Nursing Home for more
than 20 years. He was a former member of First Baptist Church and a
member of the Seventh-day Adventists. He also was a member of The
Able-Disabled Club.
He was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Plain City, to the late Herbert H. and
Ella J. McCampbell Hooper. He also was preceded in death by a sister.
He is survived by several cousins, including Dale Astaetter of
Wapakoneta, and special friends, LuAnn (James) Everett of Cridersville,
and Marvin and Joyce Rostorfer of Jackson Center.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Forest Grove
Cemetery in Plain City.
Chiles & Sons-Laman Shawnee Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

IOLA E. MEREDITH
Iola E. Meredith, 87, of Pacific Grove, Calif. and formerly of
Marysville, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at her residence.
She was an executive secretary and enjoyed traveling, making crafts,
reading and completing crossword puzzles in pen. She never forgot a
birthday or special family occasion.
A native of Liverpool, West Va., she was preceded in death by her
husband, George M. Meredith, in January 2004.
She is survived by a daughter, Lola J. Meredith, and her special friend
Ann Willis of Pacific Grove, Calif.; two sons, George F. (Vicki)
Meredith of Marysville, and S. Engle (Colleen) Meredith of Saugas,
Calif.; a sister, Leeta Pendergast of Benecia, Calif.; nine
grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

A family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements
are being handled by Healey Mortuary of Salinas, Calif.

PAULINE H. WHITE
Pauline H. White, 93, of Richwood, died Monday, May 9, 2005, at the
Sterling House in Marion.
An Ohio Northern University graduate, she was a teacher with the North
Union Schools, retiring in 1976. She was a lifetime member of Essex
United Methodist Church, and a member of its women's society. She was a
member of Carpe Diem, Fortnightly, the Richwood Civic Center where she
served on the board of trustees, a member of the Union County and
national Retired Teachers Associations, and a member of the former
Jackson and Claibourne Granges and the Solitaires.
She was born in Jackson Township, Union County, to the late Roy and
Nellie Dale Roberts Hoffman. She also was preceded in death on April 6,
1976 by her husband, Donald E. White, whom she married May 30, 1937; and
one sister, Elizabeth Sager.
She is survived by a sister, Marguerite Miller of LaRue; a brother,
Harold Hoffman of Richwood; 14 nieces and nephews; 31 great-nieces and
great-nephews; and 14 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Visiting hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral
Home, Richwood, and one hour prior to the funeral service, which is set
for Friday at 11 a.m. at Essex United Methodist Church. The Rev. Joseph
Rhea will officiate.
Burial will be in Price Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richwood Civic Center, 235
Grove St., Richwood, Ohio 43344 or the Essex United Methodist Church
Trustees, 32697 Rt. 37, Richwood, Ohio 43344.

HARRIET E. FINCH
Harriet E. Finch, 86, of Urbana, died Monday, May 9, 2005, at her
residence.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Marysville VFW
Auxiliary. She retired from Siemens after 25 years of service.
She was born July 7, 1918, in Marysville, the daughter of the late
Edward and Effie Grey Simpson. She also was preceded in death by a son,
James Franklin; a brother, George Simpson; and two sisters, Ruth
Bowshier and Virginia Sanford.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James E. Finch of Urbana;
two daughters, Marie (Clarence) Shirk of St. Paris, and Rosemary Stimmel
of Woodstock; a daughter-in-law, Paulette Finch of Georgia; one sister,
Carolyn (Ron) Niebler of Michigan; one brother, Franklin (Amy) Simpson
of Marysville; three sisters-in-law, Mary Kattenhorn and Ruthella Finch,
both of Dublin, and Rosa Finch of Urbana; 11 grandchildren, Bo, John,
Jim, Dan, Jeff, Kelsey, Kent, Heather, Heath, Glenna and Crista; and
Miriah Marmon Smith of Marysville, who was thought of as a
granddaughter; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
several nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and
a host of friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and
6 to 9 p.m. at the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated by the Revs. Gregory Konerman and Clarence
Heis on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Urbana. Following
her wishes, her body will be cremated after the Mass.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Oakdale
Cemetery, Marysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Champaign County Cancer
Association, P.O. Box 38125 Urbana, Ohio 43078 or Mercy Hospice, 2600 N.
Limestone St., Springfield, Ohio 45503.


BLAKE WESLEY RYAN STAYNER
Blake Wesley Ryan Stayner, 16, of Prospect, died from injuries suffered
in a single car traffic accident on his way to Elgin High School Monday
morning, May 9, 2005.
He was a sophomore at Elgin High School, where he was a member of the
junior varsity baseball team and football team. He had received his
varsity letter last season. He also participated on the basketball team.

He enjoyed listening to rap music, playing golf and poker and hanging
out with his friends. His favorite football team was Michigan and his
favorite basketball team was Duke.
He was born April 17, 1989, in Marion, to the late Aaron Stayner and
Julee Renee Schmidt Runda, who survives in Prospect with her husband
Bill.
He also is survived by a sister, Makenzee Runda, and a brother, Gage
Runda, both of the home; brothers Josh Runda of Lima, and Zachary and
William Stayner of Marion; grandparents Rick Stayner of Marion, Jackie
Stayner of Cardington, Sandee (Bill) Pinnick of Prospect, Jack (Barb)
Schmidt of Greer, S.C., and Linda Stumbaugh of Lima; great-grandparents,
Shirley Thompson of Marion, and Pearl Schmidt of California; and many
aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Stofcheck Funeral
Home, Richwood. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the
Elgin High School gymnasium, with the Rev. David L. Hoffman officiating.
Burial will be in Radnor Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Runda family for a project to
be determined at a later date at Elgin High School.

WILLIAM LOWELL "SHORTY" AMRINE
William Lowell "Shorty" Amrine, 93, of Marysville, died Thursday May 5,
2005, at The Gables at Green Pastures after a short illness. His family
was at his side.
A lifelong farmer, he was employed with OM Scotts for more than 19
years. He was a member of Marysville First United Methodist Church and
the Ohio Grange. He completed 11 years of schooling at Broadway and
finished his senior year at Marysville High School in 1930. He was a
gentle and patient man who was very well liked and quite personable. He
will be remembered as a truly devoted husband and as a loving father and
grandfather.
He was born March 24, 1912, at the family home on Wolford-Maskill Road
to the late George Washington and Bessie Crist Amrine. He was preceded
in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Forrest and Mary Amrine; a
sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Bob Hughes; a nephew, Doc Hughes;
and a nephew-in-law, Jack Lyday.
Survivors include his wife of more than 71 years, Doshia Pauline Gambill
Amrine, to whom he was married July 15, 1933, in Kentucky; a daughter,
Marilyn Louise (Dr. Jerry) Hardacre of Marshfield, Wis.; a son, Max
(Karen) Amrine of Milford Center; six grandchildren, Dr. Jerry (Sarah)
Hardacre II, James (Terry) Hardacre, Elizabeth (Tony) Staskunas, Dr.
Jeffrey Max (Hadley) Hardacre, Michelle (Tim) O'Connors, and Nicole
(Patrick) Lietz; 12 great-grandchildren, Jenna, Jay and Jesse Hardacre,
Riley Hardacre, John, Michael and Anne Staskunas, Ryan Gallaspie, Shaune
and Lauryn O'Connors and Nicholas and Hannah Lietz; two nieces, Jeannie
(Bob) Eesley and Kathryn Lyday; numerous great-nieces and nephews; two
first cousins, Lutrelle (Kay) Lee and William Crist; and close friends,
Jim and Mary Howard.
Visiting hours will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral
Home and one hour prior to the Monday 11 a.m. funeral service. The Rev.
Richard Teller will officiate and burial will take place at Oakdale
Cemetery.
The deceased's grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Paris Township Trustees for
maintenance of the Amrine Cemetery. Cards will be available at the
funeral home.

JILL A. MARTIN
Jill A. Martin, 39, of Boca Raton, Fla., died unexpectedly Wednesday,
May 4, 2005, at West Boca Medical Center.
She was a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Fla. She
was employed by Cobex Recorders in Boca Raton, where she served as vice
president of operations.
She was born Aug. 16, 1965, in Delaware, to Roy R. and Margaret "Maggie"
DeVore Wilkerson, who both survive in Marysville.
She also is survived by a daughter, Eliza Katy Martin; grandparents,
Elizabeth DeVore and Norman and Mildred Wilkerson, all of Kenton; her
former husband, Jay Martin; three brothers, Joe (Stacy Stowe) Wilkerson,
Jan Wilkerson and Josh (Dee) Wilkerson, all of Marysville; four nieces,
Shelby, Jordan, Ava and Abigail Wilkerson; a special friend, Matt
LeVine; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of
Lourdes Catholic Church, Marysville, with the Rev. David Poliafico
officiating. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home,
Marysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

CHARLES WILLIAM SOMERS
Charles William Somers, 88, of Marysville and formerly of Farmington
Hills, Mich., died Friday, May 6, 2005, at the Gables at Green Pastures
in Marysville.
He retired in 1986 after 50 years as a tool and die designer for General
Motors Cadillac. He was a former member of the curling league at the
Detroit Figure Skating Club and designed and built his own home in
Farmington Hills, where he and his family resided for almost 60 years.
An artesian and woodworker, he designed and made wood toys and games for
his young daughter and granddaughters and enjoyed "tinkering" with and
maintaining his 1966 Catalina.
He attended the General Motors Institute of Technology where he was a
member of Alpha Gamma Upsilon fraternity. He was a veteran of the U.S.
Army Air Corps during World War II, where he was stationed in the
southern United States.
He was born Aug. 12, 1916, in Pottsville, Pa., to the late Daniel and
Elsie Mary Pfeiffer Somers. He also was predeceased by a brother, Harold
Somers, and a great-nephew, Daniel Somers.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Diana Price Somers, formerly of
Star City, W. Va., whom he married Feb. 13, 1945; a daughter, Karen
(William) Kusey of Richwood; two granddaughters, Karen Diana Kusey and
Sarah Kusey, both of Richwood; a sister-in-law, Elsie Somers Kopacki of
Cranford, N.J.; a niece, June Somers of Cranford, N.J.; three nephews,
George (Mary Ann) Price of Battle Creek, Mich., Curtis (Bonnie) Price of
Fairmount, Ga., and Raymond (Mary) Price of Okatee, S.C.; lifelong
friends, John L. and Vera Holtom of Great Falls, Mont.; and other
relatives.
Visiting hours will be held Monday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Underwood
Funeral Home, Marysville, where funeral services will be held following
the visitation. The Rev. Thomas Hackett will officiate.
Burial services will be held Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. at the chapel of Glen
Eden Lutheran Memorial Park in Livonia, Mich., with the Rev. Jeffrey
Maxwell officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society,
P.O. Box 557, Marysville, Ohio 43040 or the Salvation Army, Union County
Branch, 940 London Ave., Suite 1800, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Condolences
may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com

LONDIE D. VANHOOSE SR.
Londie D. Vanhoose Sr. 82, of Marysville and formerly of Urbana, died
Thursday, May 5, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of Union County.
He retired in 1987 from OM Scotts Co.
He was born Dec. 9, 1922, in West Jefferson, the son of the late Thomas
and Bertha Cordell Vanhoose. He also was preceded in death by his wife,
Alulumae Vanhoose in 1990; a brother, Estel Vanhoose; and a sister,
Inith Hilliard.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen (Terry) Phipps of Marysville; a son,
Dennis (Kimberly) Vanhoose of Marysville; three grandchildren, Terry
(Nathan) Phipps of Marysville, Brooks Collier of North Lewisburg, and
Miranda Vanhoose of Marysville; four nieces, Sharon Wampler of
Marysville, Judy Morris and Gloria Inskeep of North Lewisburg, and
Eileen Vanhoose of Logan, Ohio; and one nephew, Ernie Vanhoose of Logan
County.
Visiting hours will be Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Walter-Schoedinger
Funeral Home, Urbana, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11
a.m. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.


JOHNNY EDDGLE WILSON
Johnny Eddgle Wilson, 62, of Marysville, died Thursday, May 5, 2005, at
the Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed watching birds and working in his
garden. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to
many.
He was born Jan. 28, 1943, in Holcomb, W. Va., the son of the late John
R. and Lovie E. Gardner Wilson. He was preceded in death by two sisters,
Mildred Crisp Drumn and Shirley Mitchell, and a brother, Roy Wilson.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Beightler Wilson; two daughters, Lynn
(Jeff) Smith of Richwood, and Tammy (Tim) Miller of Marysville; a son,
Kenny Wilson of Magnetic Springs; three grandchildren, Brittany, Nick
and McKinzie; two sisters Euvon (Pete) Foreman and Helen (Dan) Hoffman,
all of Marysville; two brothers, Delford (Violet) Wilson of Richwood,
and Wendall (Pat) Wilson of Marysville; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ingram
Funeral Home, Marysville, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at
1 p.m., with the Rev. Ed. Vinson officiating.  Burial will follow in
Claibourne Cemetery.

 

MILDRED MARIE ORTMAN GEORGE
Mildred Marie Ortman George, 82, of Marysville and formerly of
Westerville, died Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at her home surrounded by her
loving family.
She retired from food service with the Westerville school system after
12 years and was also a former associate for Nationwide Insurance. A
devoted wife, inspiring mother and adoring grandmother, she was totally
involved with her children's activities and a constant presence while
raising them. From parades, scouting and horse care to sewing, farming
and gardening, she was everything to her children.
She enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles and loved flowers.
A Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate, she attended Otterbein College.
She was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Gahanna to the late William and Anna Marie
Beaver Ortman and was also predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Ortman.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Frederick J. George; six
daughters, Susan (Walter) White of Santa Cruz, Calif., Cindy (Bud) Smith
of Ashland, Donna Garrett, Stephanie (Michael) Diaz and Kathy (Joe)
Nichols of Marysville, Kelly Thibault of Hermitage, Tenn.; two sons,
Kevin George of Columbus, Ga. and Robert George of Columbus, Ohio; 15
grandchildren, Christopher, Andrea, Joe, Krystal, Candace, Michael,
Justin, Megan, Alyssa, Jessica, Alex, Danielle, Suzanne, Angie and Ryan;
11 great-grandchildren and a brother, Donald (Marie) Ortman of Newark.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Underwood Funeral
Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 4 p.m. The Rev.
Richard Teller will officiate.
 Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Oakdale Cemetery with
Pastor Peter Miller officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to
Union County Loving Care Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the
family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

JOAN CROY KESTELLA
Joan Croy Kestella, 79, of Marysville died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at
The Gables at Green Pastures following an extended illness.
A hard working and devoted mother, she was employed with The Scotts Co.
for more than 34 years.
She was a 1943 graduate of Marysville High School, a member of the
Marysville First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Scotts
Twenty Year Club, and a dedicated supporter of the American Red Cross.
Over her life she donated 102 units of blood.
She had a keen sense of humor and was known for speaking her mind and
not mincing words with her many friends, young to lifelong. She loved to
bowl, play bingo and cards and was an avid crossword puzzle worker.
She was born Dec. 22, 1925, in Marysville to the late Clinton "Connie"
and Kittie Hanawalt Croy. Preceding her in death were two sisters,
Elloise Kleiber and Clarice Hutchisson; and a brother-in-law, Eber Bell.

Survivors include three sons, John Kestella of Westerville, Joe (Susie)
Kestella of North Lewisburg and Lou Kestella of Marysville; a daughter,
Connie (Gene) Morrison of Fenton, Mich.; seven grandchildren, John,
Joey, Lou and Brett Kestella and Al, Amy and Cris Morrison; a
step-granddaughter, Kristin (Michael) Saxon; and a sister, Georgia Bell
of Marysville.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the
Mannasmith Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Flynn will officiate and
burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mobile Meals or Loving Care
Hospice in care of the funeral home.

KELLY MICHELE BUMBALOUGH
Kelly Michele Bumbalough, 30, of East Liberty, died Sunday, May 1, 2005,
of injuries suffered in a traffic accident.
She was manager at the Corner Carryout in Marysville the past eight
years and an avid bowler. A 1992 Benjamin Logan High School graduate,
she was a member of Goshen Friends Church.
She was born June 10, 1974, in Springfield, to Ken M. and Patty McGinnis
Bumbalough.
She is survived by two daughters, Tessa Kiser and Ava Grace VanPelt of
the home; two sons, Lane Davis Kiser and Devon Rohrbaugh of the home;
two sisters, Sara Long of Bellefontaine, and Jamie (Steve) Powers of
Marysville; maternal grandparents, Wilbur and Libby McGinnis of Lynn
Haven, Fla.; her parents; and an ex-husband, Larry Kiser.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Eichholtz Funeral
Home in Bellefontaine, where funeral services will follow, with Pastor
Mike Hensley officiating.

JANE TAYLOR
Jane Taylor, 89, formerly of Plain City, died Monday, May 2, 2005, at
Heartland of Marysville.
She was a retired librarian from the Plain City Library, where she
worked for more than 30 years. A member of the Plain City United
Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school. She was an avid reader who
would often lose herself in a good book.
She was born Sept. 13, 1915, in Canaan Township, Madison County, the
only daughter of the late William and Bertha Latimer Taylor.
She is survived by numerous loving cousins.
Visiting hours will be one hour prior to the funeral service, which will
be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home, Plain City, with
Pastor Ron Payne of Milford Center United Methodist Church officiating.
 Memorial contributions may be made to the Plain City Library, 305  W.
Main St., Plain City, Ohio 43064 or the Plain City United Methodist
Church Building Fund, 202 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, OH 43064.