Archived Obituaries November 2007
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THOMAS JEFFREY "JEFF" MEISTER
Thomas Jeffrey "Jeff" Meister, 63, of Byhalia, died Thursday, Nov. 29,
2007, at The Gables at Green Pastures.
He was a member of Christian Assembly Church, Marysville, and a former
Washington Township trustee.
He enjoyed traveling, fishing and riding his Harley. Living life to the
fullest, he never met a stranger.
He was a regional sales manager for Metal Improvement, receiving
numerous accolades over the years for his achievements in the industry.
He was born June 5, 1944, in Cincinnati, to the late Robert F. and
Elizabeth J. Evans Meister.
On June 18, 1983, he married the former Nancy Lee Ballinger, and she
survives in Byhalia. He also is survived by two children, Randy (Becky)
Hutchins of Ripley, and Angie (Ed) Lucas of Byhalia; grandchildren,
Brandi (Charles) Dennis of Clarksville, Tenn., Randy Hutchins Jr. of
Cincinnati, Sarah (Wally) Smith of Ridgeway, Seth (Sara) Barlow of
Marysville, Samantha Barlow of Byhalia, Nick (Kara) Lucas of Richwood,
and Jason (Shannon) Lucas of Marysville; a brother, Mike (Ruth) Meister
of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; a sister, Jenny Meister of Los Angeles; and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Christian Assembly
Church with the Rev. Donald Moceri officiating. Burial will follow at
Byhalia Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at
Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Assembly Church, 1003 N.
Maple St., Marysville, OH 43040.
Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

NATALIE ANN POST
Natalie Ann Post, 75, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007,
surrounded by her loving family.
She was vice president of Post Industries for 42 years.
She enjoyed many years of singing with the Blendon Senior Chorus and the
Central Ohio Welsh Society.
She was born to the late Stanley and Mabel Jenkins. She also was
preceded in death by a son, Jonathan Wiley Post, and a brother, David Jenkins.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; daughters, Joann (Willie) Rhodes
and Susan (Richard) Hughes; a son, Earl (Maureen) Post; a sister,
Caroline Goodrich; grandchildren, Jennifer and Alexander Rhodes, Jessica
(Brian) Meek and Robert, Richard, Wayne, Gabriel, and Edythe Hughes;
great-grandchildren, Lillian Rhodes and Leaf Hughes; and nieces,
nephews, cousins and many close friends.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral
Home, 3047 E. Dublin Granville Road, Columbus. Funeral services will be
held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse
Road, Columbus, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment
will follow at Blendon Central Cemetery, Westerville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Carmel Hospice, 793 W. State
St., Columbus, OH 43222.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at
www.NewcomerFamily.com.

JAMES THURMAN TIPPS
James Thurman Tipps, 72, of Plain City, formerly of Lynchburg, Tenn.,
died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at Heartland of Marysville following a short illness.
He retired from Rockwell International as a quality assurance
supervisor, where he was involved with space shuttle engine testing. He
also was a former driver for Anchor Motor Freight in Lordstown.
Upon graduation from Moore County High School in Lynchburg, he served in
the U.S. Air Force.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening, tending to his lawn and his dogs, Daisy and Cody.
He was born April 16, 1935, to the late Daniel C. and Mae Locke Tipps.
He also was predeceased by four brothers Paul, Charlie, Frank and Hal
Tipps, and three sisters, Evelyn Holt, Kathleen Smith and Bettye Davis.
He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Cline Tipps; four children, Sherri
Denise (Terry) Terrell of Dayton, Sheri Mae Tipps of Tennessee, Sandy
(Chuck) Larkin of Raymond, and John (Sharon) Middaugh of Columbus; six
grandchildren, Mitch Ruh, Paul Ruh, Kaci Paquette, Jessie Cargal, Justin
Terrell and Brandy Terrell; six great-grandchildren; and a sister,
Bobbye (Ray) McEwen of Lynchburg, Tenn.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home, where the family will receive callers from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The
Rev. Keith Daniels will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Marysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

MARY JUNE MCCARTNEY

Mary June McCartney, 68, of Conover, died early Wednesday morning, Nov.
28, 2007, at Heartland of Marysville.
She had worked at the Koverman-White Insurance Agency. She also had
attended the Christian Life Center in Vandalia, where she and her
husband were active in the music department.
She was born June 10, 1939, in New Castle, Ind., to the late Elmer C.
and Doris L. Lacy Smith.
On Aug.16, 1962, she married Eddie E. McCartney, and he survives. Also
surviving are children, Scott (Michelle) McCartney of Marysville,
Christina Porter of Columbus, and Teri (Greg) Trantanella of Tennessee;
four grandchildren, Christian, Lily, Jamison and Caitlin; sisters,
Bonnie Jo (Chris) Skinner-Madrid of Chama, N.M., Audrey Tinney of Peru,
Ind., Virginia Edwards of Cincinnati, and Mildred Zornes of New Castle,
Ind.; and a half-brother, Donald (Rose) Smith of Modesto, Calif.
Private memorial services will take place at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Ginghamsburg Church at 6759 S. County
Road 25A, Tipp City, OH 45371.
Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

JAMES E. WILLIAMSON
James E. Williamson Sr., 68, of Antwerp, died Wednesday morning, Nov.
28, 2007, at his residence.
He worked at Uniroyal Goodrich, Woodburn, and then as a security guard
at Glenbrook Mall, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 26, 1939, in Hilliard, the son of the late Paul and
Ruth Sparks Williamson. On Aug. 16, 1958, he married Irene Rader, who survives.
He will be sadly missed by his wife; daughters, Deborah (Mark) Altic of
Antwerp and Lou Ann (Tim) Shull of Cecil; son, James Jr. of Antwerp;
sisters, Mary (Bob) Millington and Marge (Jim) Sidenstricker of Plain
City, Carol (Frank) Henry of Marysville, Linda (Carl) Bollack of
Clearwater, Fla., and Chris (John) Kinney of West Liberty; brothers,
Clarence (Sharon) of Plain City and Jack (Ann) of Bellevue; 10
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no services or visitation.
The family requests donations to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses, American
Lung Association or American Heart Association.
Arrangements are being handled by Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at
www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

BETTY LOU DANIEL HANSON

Betty Lou Daniel Hanson, 88, of Marysville, formerly of Morgan County,
died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville.
A former resident of Carriage Court, she lived at The Gables at Green
Pastures. She moved from the McConnelsville area to Marysville in 1996
to be close to family.
She was a representative and district manager for Field Interprises, a
distributor of World Books and Childcraft. With a passion for antiques,
she also managed the Hanwood House, a combination card shop and antique
store. An avid reader, she appreciated large print books.
For many years, she and her late husband were farmers on their Morgan
County homestead just south of McConnelsville.
She was a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McConnelsville.
She was born May 14, 1919, in Dayton, and was predeceased by her mother,
Edith French Daniel; her husband Marcus Tompkins Hanson in 1973; and an infant daughter.
She is survived by a son, Gregory (Karen) Hanson of Marysville; two
grandchildren, Marc (Carole) Hanson of Murphy, Texas, and Angie Hanson
of New City, N.Y.; and a cousin, Judy (Larry) Sorrell of McConnelsville.
The family will receive callers Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Underwood
Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Calling
hours also will be held Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at Miller-Huck
Funeral Home in McConnelsville, with graveside services to follow at 2
p.m. at McConnelsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marysville Public Library, 231
S. Plum St., Marysville, OH 43040 or the Kate Love Simpson Library, 358
E. Main St., McConnelsville, OH 43756.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

LINDA MARIE NEWELL VOILES
Linda Marie Newell Voiles, 56, of Marysville, died unexpectedly Sunday,
Nov. 25, 2007, at her home.
She was a past member of the Church of God in Milford Center and was an ardent florist.
She was born June 1, 1951, in Columbus. She was preceded in death by her
mother, Mary Meaige Newell in 1959.
She is survived by her children, Jamie Voiles of Marysville, John
(Georganna) Voiles of West Mansfield, Mike Greenbaum of Hudson, and Mary
Voiles of Marysville; six grandchildren; her father, Columbus Newell;
and a sister, Amy Joe Goodwin of East Liberty.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral
Home, Plain City, where the family will receive callers from 5 to 7 p.m.
prior to the service.


DONALD P. CHRISTIAN

Donald P. Christian, 62, of Marysville, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at
his residence with his loving wife and children at his side after a
two-year battle with cancer.
He was a retired professional truck driver with The Scott Co. after 34
years of employment.
He owned and operated Christian Trucking Company for 20 years, attended
Powell Christian Church and was a member of the Scotts 20-year Club and
Hiram Lodge No. 18 F&AM.
He was born March 8, 1945, in Union County, to the late Preston O. and
Hazel J. Dillon Christian. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Christian.
He married the former Mary M. Wolford on March 15, 1964, at Ostrander
Presbyterian Church, and she survives. Also surviving are their
children, Rick A. (Kayla) Christian of Belpre, Kan., Lisa M. (John) Dale
of Urbana, and Lori L. Christian of Worthington; seven grandchildren,
Matthew, Sean, Ryan, Faith, Cory, Sara and Christian; two
great-grandchildren, Logan and Michael; a sister, Donna L. (Dick)
Lavender of Marysville; a brother, Bill (Ardena) Christian of
Cardington; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home,
where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. J.
D. Hite officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery near
Ostrander. A Masonic memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice in care of the funeral home.

JOE MYERS
Joe Myers, 68, of Kenton, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007.
A 1957 graduate of Kenton High School, he was engaged in farming.
He was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ, Latham Masonic
Lodge No. 154 and the other Kenton Masonic bodies and a member of the
Hardin County Farm Bureau.
He was born June 6, 1939, in Hardin County, to the late Nelson and Jane
Holtsbery Myers. He also was predeceased by his grandparents and a
brother-in-law. He married the former Bobbie Mays on Oct. 24, 1964, and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Tiffany Jo Myers of Kenton; a sister,
Carol (George) Deringer of Marysville; and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the
Schindewolf-Stevens-Stout Funeral Home, 200 E. Columbus St., Kenton,
where funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev.
Scott Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Wolf Creek Cemetery. At the
request of the deceased, the casket will remain closed.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of
Christ, the Helen Terrill 4-H Endowment Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at
stoutfh@alltel.net.

MARY F. NORTH
Mary F. North, 75, of Mt. Victory, died suddenly Thursday evening, Nov.
22, 2007, at her residence.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she dearly
loved her family and her independence by staying on the family farm.
She was very fortunate in life to be married to her soul mate for 48 years.
She was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Broadway, to the late William and Mae
Betts Gansheimer. She also was predeceased by her husband, Roy E. North,
in 1999; and by three sisters, Doris Berry, Jean Coons and Eva Brewer.
She is survived by two children, Vickie Hollar of Mt. Victory, and Rick
(Kathy) North of London; three grandchildren, Mike (Tammy) North,
Rebecca (Brian) Shafer and Nicholas Herriott; three great-grandchildren,
Zach Shafer, Justin North and Jacob Shafer; a sister, Bonnie Dhume of
Plain City; and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family will receive callers Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ferguson
Funeral Home, Plain City, where the funeral will be held Monday at 11
a.m. with Pastor Pete Miller officiating. Burial will be at Grove
Cemetery, Plain City.


FLOYD H. SHIRK

Floyd H. Shirk, 88, of Marysville, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at
Memorial Hospital of Union County.
He was a retired associate of The Nestle Company after more than 40 years.
A lifelong Quaker, he was a longtime member of Shiloh Chapel Evangelical
Friends Church.
During World War II, he served the U.S. Army in Alaska on the Alaskan
Railroad. On returning to Ohio, he became interested in the sport of
beagling and spent more than 50 years in this sport.
He was a more than 50-year member and past master of Palestine Lodge No.
158 F & AM. He was active in union circles and worked diligently on
behalf of women for higher wages and benefits.
He had much compassion for those less fortunate than himself and
believed in the youth of today.
A graduate of Raymond High School, he was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Peoria,
to the late Don B. and Ada Simpson Shirk and also was predeceased by his
first wife, Ruth Watts Shirk, in 1958; his second wife, Frieda Stewart
Shirk, in 2002; and four brothers, Vernon, Carroll, Tom and Don.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna R. Kinder of Mechanicsville, Va.;
two sons, G. Houston (Linda) Shirk of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dennis D.
(Cindy) Shirk of Newark; two grandsons, Douglas R. (Heather) Kinder of
Mechanicsville, and Darin R. (Heather) Kinder of Hoboken, N.J.; three
great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jordan and Sam Kinder; and several nieces,
nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Underwood Funeral
Home where the family will receive callers Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Frieda I. Shirk Memorial
Scholarship Fund in care of The Ohio State University College of Nursing
or Shiloh Chapel Evangelical Friends Church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

RUBY JEAN STECK
Ruby Jean Steck, 79, formerly of Richwood, died Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007,
at Heartland of Marysville.
She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed the
Ohio State University Marching Band, reading, shopping and the color green.
She was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Columbus, to the late Martin D. and
Thelma Cunningham Wilson. In September 1949, she married Virgil Steck at
Springdale Baptist Church, and he died in 1979.
She is survived by three daughters, Becky (Mark) Boothe of Marysville,
Noreen Loar of Alexandria, and Sandy (Dennis) Faulhaber of Centerburg;
five grandchildren, Gabe Gray, Amy Hartley, Kevin Garee, Ken Garee and
Leah George; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Jewel Markin of
Richwood; and many cousins, some of whom are double cousins.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Jerry McQueen officiating. Burial
will follow at Fairview Memorial Park, Delaware. Friends may call Sunday
from 6 to 8 p.m.
Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

WALTER A. HERD
Walter A. Herd, 93, of Marysville, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at
Memorial Hospital of Union County.
He retired from Scott Farm Seed Company after 38 years, where he served
as former president and CEO. He was also a former associate of the
Sinclair Refining Company.
A 1931 graduate of Marysville High School, he was a member of the first
class to hold commencement at the high school on West Seventh Street. He
was active with the MHS Alumni Association and served on the Alumni
Scholarship Fund Board.
He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville,
where he served as elder, deacon, trustee, Sunday school superintendent
and president of the congregation.
A veteran of WW II in the U. S. Army Air Corps, he served in the
China-Burma-India Theater. He was a life member and past commander of
American Legion Union Post 79 and a life member of VFW Post 3320 and the
Hump Pilots Association.
A 33rd degree Mason, he was a 65-year member and past master of
Palestine Lodge No. 158 F & AM, Scottish Rite and Aladdin Temple Shrine,
Marysville Chapter No. 99 Royal Arch Masons and S. S. Jewel Council No.
89 Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, and a member of the Union County
Shrine Club where he participated with the Tin Lizzy contingent. He was
a member of Mary Chapter No. 9 Order of the Eastern Star.
He was a former board member of the local mental health board, a former
member of Marysville Kiwanis Club and formerly served on the Marysville
School Board. He received the Marysville Jaycees Distinguished Service
Award, participated with the Union County Veterans Memorial Auditorium
revitalization committee and served on the Union County Board of Elections.
He was an active member of the Union County Republican Party and served
on the GOP Central Committee. He also served as an Ohio GOP delegate to
the Republican National Convention in Texas when Ronald Reagan was
nominated for U.S. President.
He was a longtime member of the Union County Historical Society. He
served as past president of the Ohio Seed Improvement Association Board
of Directors from 1974-75 and was a recipient of the OSIA Emeritus award
in 1987.
He was born April 18, 1914, in Union County, to the late A. Glenn and
Ina Reed Herd. He also was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Herd
Mitchell in 1999.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris Robinson Herd, whom he
married Aug. 25, 1939, in Allen Township; a sister-in-law, Eunice
Wiseman of Columbus; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Church. The Rev. Dr. Scott L. Strohm and the Rev. John M. Groat will
officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery, with military honors
provided by the Union County Military Funeral Honor Guard. Calling hours
will be Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of
Marysville or the Marysville High School Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

CATHY J. RIGGS
Cathy J. Riggs, 49, of Ostrander, died Thursday morning, Nov. 15, 2007,
at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus following an
extended illness.
A 1976 graduate of Fairbanks High School, she was a former employee of
Great West Life Insurance Company.
She was a loving, compassionate and generous person who valued family
and friends. She enjoyed traveling the country with her husband on their Harley.
She was an avid Buckeye and NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching old TV
westerns such as "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke."
She was an active member of the Marysville Moose Lodge and Women of the
Moose and enjoyed volunteering at lodge functions. A patriotic person,
she had a strong attachment to her country and respected the soldiers
who fight to protect our freedoms.
She was born Aug. 14, 1958, in Marysville, the daughter of Robert L.
Nichols Sr. of Plain City, and Barbara J. Williams Nichols of
Marysville. She was preceded in death by a brother, Andy; a
sister-in-law, Kelly Riggs; and her father- and mother-in-law, Pat and
Norma Riggs.
She married Steven P. Riggs on June 12, 1976, at the Unionville Center
United Methodist Church, and he survives. Also surviving is their son,
Darrick B. Riggs of London; her brothers, Robert (Darlene) Nichols Jr.
of Springfield, and Wade Nichols of Marysville; and brothers- and
sisters-in-law, Rick and Brenda Riggs of Milford Center, and Jerry and
Vicki Riggs of Hillsboro, Mo.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran
Church with the Rev. Barry Scott officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Humane Society in
care of the funeral home.

ROY E. "BUCK" KILFIAN
Roy E. "Buck" Kilfian, 94, of Richwood, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at
Marion General Hospital.
A World War II Army veteran, he had worked for the former
Gruber-Reidenbaugh auto dealership in Richwood for 26 years.
He was a member of Richwood American Legion Baccarat Post 40. He enjoyed
fishing, going to auctions and doing crafts.
He was born Aug. 1, 1913, in Leesburg Township, to the late John and
Hattie Floretta Almendinger Kilfian. He also was predeceased by two
sons, Terry Ray Kilfian and Roger A. Shearer; a brother, R.B. Kilfian;
and a sister, Dessie Dell Teets.
On Nov. 1, 1974, he married Martha Louise Henry, and she survives. Also
surviving are children Monty Lee (Barbara) Kilfian of Lakeview, Tina
Lynn (John) Stovall of Magnetic Springs, Robert E. Shearer of
Marblehead, Mona Lisa (William) Young of Las Vegas, and Valarie Jo
(William) Wooldridge of California; 21 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home in Richwood, where friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Pastor Fred Cheney will officiate, and burial will be at Claibourne
Cemetery where there will be veteran graveside services conducted by the
Richwood Veterans.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association,
1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH 43228.
Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

PAULINE MCKINLEY
Pauline McKinley, 90, of Richwood, died late Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at
The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville.
A 1934 graduate of Richwood High School, she was a long-time and oldest
member of the Richwood Garden Club.
She enjoyed many Sunday dinners with her family, reading, doing
crossword puzzles and playing with "Pookie" the cat.
She was perhaps best known for her weekly routine of going uptown in
Richwood to the bank, library, hairdresser and lunch at the restaurant.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
 She was born Jan. 29, 1917, in Richwood, to the late Howard and Martha
Naus Jerew. On Sept. 9, 1939, she married Frank T. McKinley, and he died
in July 1986. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Hazel Wood.
She is survived by two sons, Gary (Mary) McKinley of Marysville, and Rex
(Phyllis) McKinley of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Diane (Don) Johnson of
Marysville; six grandchildren, Eric McKinley of Florida, LeAnn Jolliff
and Michele Moore of Marysville, Jeff Martin of Columbus; Russell
McKinley of South Carolina, and Clint McKinley of Richwood; nine
great-grandchildren, Ryan, Katelyn, Elton, Tyler, Derrick, Trevor,
Shane, Colin and Aubrey; nephews, Roland "Jake" (Phyllis) Wood of
Richwood. and Donald (Marilyn) Wood of Oregon.
 Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home, Richwood, where funeral services will be held Saturday at
10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Fred Cheney officiating. Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice, 113 S. Main
St. Marysville, OH 43040.
Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

IDA L. NICHOLS POLING
Ida L. Nichols Poling, 76, of Marysville, formerly of Raymond and
Kenton, died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, with her family at her
side at the Gables at Green Pastures.
She retired from H & H Electric in Bellefontaine, after 22 years.
She was a longtime auxiliary member of the Eagles Lodge, Aerie No. 3506.
A wonderful cook, meticulous housekeeper and a loving grandmother, she
liked music, playing cards and socializing with friends. She enjoyed
preparing and serving big meals for family and friends on birthdays,
special celebrations and holidays.
She was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Hardin County, to the late Ovie and Luna
Mae Perkins Nichols. She also was predeceased by three sisters, Jean,
Barbara and Pamela Mulholland; and three brothers, David, James and Arnel.
She is survived by two daughters, Lisa (David) Lamb of Marysville, and
Vickie (Paul) Wright of Raymond; five grandchildren, Ryan Hughes, Leanne
Lamb and Christina Lamb and Darryl Johnson and Danyelle Johnson; a
brother, Terry (Jane) Nichols of Kenton; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Underwood
Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4
and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Raymond Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

MARY HERD SEWELL
Mary Herd Sewell, 96, of Marysville, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at
The Gables at Green Pastures with her loving family at her side.
She began working with the Ohio Penal Industries in 1944 and retired 27
years and three months later in 1972 to care for her ailing daughter.
She previously had worked for the Jack Morris Grocery Store and the
American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association.
She was a member of Marysville First United Methodist Church since 1933
and belonged to the Methodist Women and the Friendship Circle. She
formerly had enjoyed membership in the King's Daughters and the
Marysville Business and Professional Women's Association.
She was a 1929 graduate of Richwood High School.
Mrs. Sewell and her husband were avid harness horse racing enthusiasts
and enjoyed traveling for more than 55 years to Lexington, Ky., to the
Red Mile Harness Race Track Grand Circuit Meet.
She was a great fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and was a proud member of
the Red Hot Mamas Red Hat Society at The Gables.
She was born July 16, 1911, on a farm outside of Marysville, to the late
Nelson and Lida Northrup Herd. She was married to Ralph L. Sewell on
Nov. 22, 1930, at the Marysville Methodist parsonage by the Rev. Sims.
Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 2000, following 70 years
of marriage. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley
Garey, on Jan. 12, 1973; two sisters, Isabel (Frank) Clevenger and
Glendora (Gerald) Carr; and a half-brother, Delbert Herd.
Survivors include her son-in-law and "adopted" daughter, David and Jane
Garey of Plain City; three grandchildren, Vicki (Roger) Geer, Jeff
(Sandy) Garey and Janet (Steve) Eisenberger; eight great-grandchildren,
Katie (Shawn) Endicott, Melissa (Dale) Banfield, Michael Garey, Lindsay
(Jeremy) Cox, Bill Lane, Jamie (Ryan) McArdle and Jenny and Jim
Eisenberger; six great-great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Garey, Codie and
Holden Banfield, Olivia and Makayla Cox and Noah Endicott; and numerous
nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mannasmith Funeral
Home, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. The Rev.
Ken Daft will officiate, and burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Garey, Roger Geer, Steve Eisenberger, Michael
Garey, Bill Lane and Jim Eisenberger.


ALFRED B. MANCINI

Alfred B. Mancini, 74, of London, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at Madison
County Hospital.
 He was an acting coach at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in California for
30 years; was on the "That Was the Week That Was" for 12 years; was a
featured actor in the play "The Time of Your Life;" was involved in
several movies, including the "Dirty Dozen," where he acted as one of
the "Dozen;" was a 2002 Theatre L.A. Ovation Award winner; and was a
member of the Screen Actors Guild.
He was born Nov. 13, 1932, in Steubenville, the son of the late Marino
and Elizabeth J. DiFederico Mancini.
He is survived by his sister, Rose (Clint) Morse of London; nieces and
nephews, Matthew Morse of Chicago, Vincent Morse of Boca Raton, Fla.,
Rachel Sirca and Andrew Morse of Marysville, Roberta Nichols of
Springhill, Tenn., and Nicolas Morse of Delaware; and several
great-nieces and -nephews.
 Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rader-Lynch and
Dodds Funeral Home, London, with a wake service at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Saint Patrick
Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ted Sill officiating. Interment will
follow in Saint Patrick Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

C. MAXINE MURRAY SWARTZ
C. Maxine Murray Swartz, 81, of Walbridge, formerly of Prospect, died
late Sunday evening, Nov. 11, 2007, at the Bellevue Care Center.
She worked at Denison Division of Parker Hannifin in Marysville for many years.
She was an active member and part-time financial secretary of St. John's
Lutheran Church in Walbridge.
She was an excellent cook and seamstress and also enjoyed crocheting,
knitting and doing crossword puzzles.
The joy of her life was spending time with her family and her dog,
Bailey.
She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Prospect, to the late Lloyd and Hazel
Martin Brim. She was married first to Wallace Murray, and he died in
1968. She then married Ernest R. Swartz in 1988, and he survives in Walbridge.
Also surviving are two sons, Richard (Mary) Murray of Bellevue, and Dr.
Robert A. Murray of Woodbridge, Va.; stepchildren, Ken (Sharon) Swartz
of Perrysburg, Jim (Gail) Swartz and Sharon Boyer of Northwood, and
Glenna (Don) Ernsthausen of Pemberville; numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; two sisters, Mildred McNeal of
Prospect, and Martha June (Frank Kunz) Hamilton of Columbus; and a
brother, Eugene (LaWanda) Brim of Mansfield.
Private funeral services will be held Wednesday at Stofcheck-Ballinger
Funeral Home in Prospect, with the Rev. Daniel Beaudoin officiating.
Burial will follow at Claibourne Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, P.O.
Box 279, Stony Ridge, OH 43463.
Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at
www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

BRENDA S. TEMPLE
Brenda S. Temple, 59, of Richwood, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at her
home surrounded by her loving family following an extended battle with
breast cancer.
She was a claims representative for Ohio Job and Family Services in
Columbus. She was a former member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marion.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and making afghans.
She was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Marion, to the late George and Virginia
Court Bowman.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ralph Temple, whom she
married Aug. 2, 1969, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marion; a
daughter, Theresa (Brock) Layne of Marysville; a son, Bryan (Ami) Temple
of Plain City; eight grandchildren, including Craig McComas, Zoee
Vermillon, Brock Layne II; a brother, Orrin (Billie) Bowman of Richwood;
a brother-in-law, Roger Temple of Marion; a sister-in-law, Mary (Gregg)
Darling of Marion; and three nieces.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Underwood
Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at York
Township Cemetery in York Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to breast cancer research in care of
The Ohio State University Medical Center, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH
43202, attention: #646870.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

MICHAL D. COOPER WEBER
Michal D. Cooper Weber, 46, died peacefully at her home surrounded by
her family Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, after an extended and inspirational
battle with cancer.
A 1979 graduate of Harding High School, she was a partner with her
husband, Dean, at EGW Financial Services for the last seven years. She
was previously employed by Worthington Industries for 17 years.
Prior to her illness, she was a member of Marion General Hospital's Twig
I-Well Baby Clinic.
She was born June 9, 1961, the daughter of Jon and Zuella Colegrove
Cooper, who both survive in Marysville. She was preceded in death by a
nephew, Corey Hoehn.
On Aug. 30, 1991, she married Dean Weber, who survives in Marion. She
also is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Longacre of Columbus, and
Emma Weber at home; a granddaughter, Jasmine Longacre; a brother, Jon
(Tammy) Cooper Jr. of Marysville; a special aunt, Madge Cooper Guthery
of Marion; her mother-in-law, Pat (Ralph) Weber of Marion;
sisters-in-law, Vicki (Doug) Griesbach of Berea, and Kim Weber of
Marion; nieces, Courtney Cooper and Amanda Hoehn of Marysville, Jill
(Shane) Polk of Cleveland Heights, and Laura Griesbach of New Albany; a
nephew, Nick Cooper of Marysville; and numerous aunts, uncles, and
cousins. Also mourning her loss are her beloved four-legged family
members Reggie and Sammy.
Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gunder/Hall & Folk
Funeral Directors, 347 W. Center St., Marion, where funeral services
will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Marion
Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Guthery Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Corey Hoehn Memorial
Scholarship Fund through the Union County Foundation, or to the family
to offset medical expenses.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
gunderhallfolk@aol.com.

MARY F. CLEMANS
Mary F. Clemans, 77, of Milford Center, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at
The Gables following an extended illness.
She was a longtime active member of Milford Center United Methodist
Church, a member of the Emmaus family and the United Methodist Women.
Her hobbies included crafts, sewing, knitting and playing canasta for
more than 40 years with the Canasta Card Club.
A native of Maine, she was a 1948 graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School
in Portland, Maine.
Her greatest joys were her family, her world travels and traveling the
western parts of the United States. She learned to fly Bob Ryan's small
airplane in and around the Grand Canyon and other places of interest in
Arizona. Her travels included driving U.S. Route 1 from the farthest
northern part of Maine to Key West, Fla.
While her sons-in-law were serving in the U.S. military around the
world, visiting her grandchildren became an adventure that also allowed
her to visit places such as Rome, Corsica and Sardinia. While there, she
visited the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. She also had the opportunity
to tour five times in Trident Submarines with her sons-in-law on family
days. Visiting her grandchildren also took her to Seattle many times
through the years.
The greatest highlight of her travels came with her 50th wedding
anniversary Alaskan cruise with her husband Mark.
She was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Houlton, Maine, to the late Joseph E. and
Evelyn Appleby Cullinan. She also was preceded in death by an infant
son, Mark Joseph; a brother, Christy Cullinan; brother-in-law, Dale
Crandall; and special longtime friends, Charlene and Bob Ryan.
She married Mark W. Clemans on June 6, 1952, in Mechanicsburg. He
survives, as do her children, Lida Jane (Glenn) Thompson and Larry A.
(Mary Jane) Clemans of Marysville, Juanita L. (Edward) Angelbeck of Port
Orchard, Wash., and Denise L. (Jeffrey) Fultz and Evelyn R. Clemans of
Milford Center; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann
(Archie) Pelky of Millinocket, Maine, Jennie Crandall of Abington,
Mass.; and brothers, Peter (Alice) Cullinan and Roy Cullinan of Oakfield, Maine.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Ingram Funeral
Home where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev.
Ronald Payne officiating. Burial will follow at Milford Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Milford Center United
Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

STANLEY MICHAEL "MIKE" TEATER
Stanley Michael "Mike" Teater, 58, of Johnstown, died Sunday, Nov. 11,
2007, at Kobacker House.
He was a master sergeant veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired as
assistant fire chief at Rickenbacker Air Base in 1999. After retirement,
he was a part-time support personnel at Centennial Park Harley Davidson.
He was a 1979 graduate of Columbus State University and a 1965 graduate
of Gahanna Lincoln High School.
He was a member of Central College Presbyterian Church and a lifetime
member of the Harley Owners Group.
He enjoyed camping with his grandchildren, riding his Harleys, Ohio
State University football and the Cleveland Browns.
He is survived by his loving wife Peg; his parents, William and Janice;
step-children, David (Lori) Collier, Chris Collier and his fiancée
Donna, and Beth (Scott) Booth; seven grandchildren; brothers, Randy
(Betsy) and Craig (Sandra); and sisters, Sherrie Conners and Danetta (Denny) Babbs.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Hill
Funeral Home, 220 S. State St., Westerville, and Thursday from 9 to 10
a.m. at Central College Presbyterian Church, where funeral services will
be held Thursday at 10 a.m., with the Rev. David Redding officiating.
Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Marysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Cancer Research of Steven
Clinton at the Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.


DONALD "DONNIE" LYNN BENTON

Donald "Donnie" Lynn Benton, 54, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, of Lou
Gehrig's disease (ALS) in the comfort of his home and surrounded by
family and friends.
He was most recently employed at Consolidated Building Components. He
also worked for McDonnell Douglass and Rockwell International.
He enjoyed the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds
and NASCAR.
He will always be remembered as a faithful, loving and devoted husband
and father, a very dear friend to many, and the neighborhood dad who
would have a freezer full of Popsicles, a dish full of candy and who was
always willing to fix a flat tire or broken down bicycle.
He was born July 31, 1953, in Bellefontaine, the son of the late Donald
Pratt Benton and Christiane Liford, who survives in Bellefontaine. He
also was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Chris Predmore and
Madelaine Hartford; brother, William Benton; stepfather, Frank Liford;
and niece, Erin Benton.
On Oct. 31, 1976, he married Leilani Titus, who survives in Marysville.
Also surviving are his son, Corey Benton of Plain City; a sister,
Michelle (Brian) Rood of Bellefontaine; a brother-in-law, Chris Harford
of Lakeview; a sister-in-law, Sandy Benton of Chicago; other beloved
brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear
longtime friends; and his faithful companion, Mingo, his boxer.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Eichholtz Funeral
Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where funeral services will be
held Sunday at 2 p.m. with Gene Marine officiating. Burial will be at
Equality Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation at the
following address: Dr. Teepu Siddigue, Northwestern University, Tarry
Building 13-175, Chicago, IL 60611. (Please note donation on behalf of
Donald Benton.)
Condolences may be expressed at
www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.

JOANN GREG

Joann Greg, 75, of Urbana, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Heartland of Urbana.
She graduated from Urbana High School in 1950. She enjoyed mowing,
gardening and traveling.
She was born July 12, 1932, in Urbana, a daughter of the late Ernest
McClain Sr. and Mildred Stokes McClain. She also was preceded in death
by a sister, Roberta McClain Ferryman, and a brother, Carleton McClain.
She is survived by her husband Glenn, whom she married Oct. 6, 1954;
daughters, Toni (Tim) Livingston of Marysville, and Sherry (Joe) Vondar
Haar of Coldwater; grandchildren, Kelly (Cameron) Vondar Haar Dalton of
Centerville, Bruce Vondar Haar of Coldwater, Jill (Jason) Vondar Haar
Groff of Kettering, Sgt. Andrew Livingston stationed in Seoul, Korea,
and his wife, Joy, of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Anny (Robert) Livingston
Brill of Raymond; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ernest
"Sonny" McClain Jr.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Walter-Schoedinger
Funeral Home, Urbana, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10
a.m. with the Rev. Greg Konerman officiating.
Pallbearers will be Robert Brill, Tim Livingston, Yale Cline, Bill
Ramey, Joe Vondar Haar and Bruce Vondar Haar. Honorary pallbearers will
be Jeff McClain of Texas, and Sgt. Andrew Livingston of Seoul, Korea.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of
Champaign County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, OH 43078 or to the Clark
Champaign Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1106, Springfield, OH 45501.

MARIA MILAGROS RODRIGUEZ
Maria Milagros Rodriguez Herbon, 69, of Marysville, formerly of Bayside,
N.Y., died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at her home following a struggle with kidney disease.
A woman of strength, faith and a positive attitude, she enjoyed meeting
people and interacting with family, friends and neighbors.
She was born April 2, 1938, in Banes, Cuba, to the late Orestes and
Josefa Sanz Rodriguez.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Mario Francisco "Frank"
Herbon, whom she married June 15, 1959, in New York City; a son, Omar
Francisco (Michele) Herbon of Marysville; two grandsons, Jordan and
Jaren; a brother, Orestes (Yolanda) Rodriguez of New Jersey; and a
nephew, Oreste Rodriguez of New Jersey.
At her request, no funeral services will be held.
Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110
Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.
 Condolences may be expressed at
www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

NORMA J. ARMENTROUT
 Norma J. Armentrout, 71, of West Mansfield, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007,
at Heartland of Bellefontaine after being in failing health over the
past four months.
A homemaker, she was a member of West Mansfield Baptist Church and was
active in its Bible study group. She enjoyed watching movies.
She was born Sept. 5, 1936, in LaRue, to the late Ellza and Laura Kelly
Virden. She married Gail Sherman Armentrout on Oct. 19, 1958, and he
preceded her in death on April 13, 1996. She also was preceded in death
by her brother, Richard Virden.
Survivors include her son, Gail Eugene Armentrout of Bellefontaine; her
church family; many close friends, neighbors, and other family members;
and her devoted caregivers and providers with Passport Comcare and High
Point Home Health.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger
Funeral Home, West Mansfield. The Rev. William Zearfaus will officiate,
and burial will take place at Byhalia Cemetery. Calling hours will be
from noon until the time of the service.
Contributions may be made to West Mansfield Baptist Church.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

JOY EVELYN APPLEGATE LEMASTER
Joy Evelyn Applegate LeMaster, 82, of Columbus, died peacefully
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus,
following a short illness.
She was employed as a registered nurse for 32 years at Riverside
Methodist Hospital. She served as a cadet in the U.S. Nurse Corps during
World War II and graduated from Springfield City Hospital School of
Nursing, class of 1947.
A member of Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, she was an avid collector
of Fenton glass and was a proud member of the Fenton Art Glass
Collectors of America and the Society of Mayflower Descendants.
She lived at Mayfair Assisted Living Facility for the past five years.
She was born March 2, 1925, in Woodstock, to the late Clark and Edith
Gertrude Hoffman Applegate. She married Rudolph C. "Rudy" LeMaster on
Aug. 23, 1945, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 2005. She also
was preceded in death by two brothers, Marlyn Applegate and Clark W.
Applegate, and four sisters, Mildred Applegate, Dorothy Wiley, Margaret
Stickel and Donna Fetters.
Survivors include her sons, Larry LeMaster of Voorhees, N.J., and his
fiancée, Mary Crowell, and Roger (Diane) LeMaster of Baker City, Ore.;
her daughter, Lynn LeMaster of Columbus, and her fiancé, Tim Hellinger;
two grandchildren, Bethany (David Jr.) Otten and Brandon LeMaster, and
his fiancée, Tiffany Schmidt; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Kayla and
Preston Otten; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Schoedinger
Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus. Chaplain Steven Rice of
Riverside Methodist Hospital will officiate services Wednesday at 2 p.m.
at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery, Marysville.
Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville, is serving the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be expressed at
www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

JOAN E. WESTCOTT
Joan E. Westcott, 77, of Delaware, died late Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at
Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Westcott was a lifelong Delaware resident. She had been employed by
the state of Ohio for more than 31 years and was the first ever woman
superintendent, retiring on Oct. 28, 1994. She was appointed to the
Governor's Council on Women's Affairs.
She was a member of White Lilly Chapel, Ashley, and a member of Delaware
V.F.W. Post 3297 Auxiliary, AMVETS Post 102 Auxiliary and the Loyal
Order of Moose Lodge. She was a well known member of the Delaware
Democratic Party.
She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and traveling throughout the United
States, , and Mexico.
She was born Oct. 28, 1930, in Delaware, to the late Eugene P. and Laura
E. Curry Burroughs. She also was predeceased by one brother, Edward
Burroughs; and two best friends, Rieta Bumgardner and Ruth "Wee Wee" Bowshier.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda J. Westcott of Delaware, and
Dawn L. Westcott of Marion; two grandchildren, Rita Timm and Ariel
Martin; two great-grandchildren, David M. Timm and Laura E. Timm; one
brother, Donald W. Burroughs of Lebanon, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral
service at 7 p.m. at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St.,
Delaware, with the Rev. Jeff Acker of White Lilly Chapel, Ashley,
officiating. Burial will be held privately at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, Ohio
Division Inc., North Region, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.


 

 

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