This is the story of Richard Downing (Dick) Seidel, Sr. He was a man of great spiritual depth, who loved Jesus and made it his mission in life to share the Good News of Christ. Dick was a strong family man and was known to his 11 grandchildren as Opa. He taught his family through example never missing an opportunity to put his words into action and leaving an impression on his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and all those who came to call him friend. Dick loved to make people laugh and in doing so made them feel loved.
Dick’s story starts on April 11, 1935, the middle child of Paul J. and Susan (Whelen) Seidel. Dick was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. The family (including older brother Paul and younger sister Suzie) would move numerous times throughout their early academic years attending 11 different schools. One of Dick’s favorite stories with brother Paul was walking home from Sunday school one afternoon both wearing their neatly white pressed shirts. They heard the train so they ran to the bridge to look over and just as the train was passing it blew a plume of smoke and soot that shot right into their faces turning them black along with their white shirts. They looked at each other and couldn’t’ stop laughing.
The Seidel’s finally made their way to Meadville, Pa. where Dick (now a junior in high school) attended MASH and played on the football team. He loved telling stories of his football days at MASH and at Boardman H.S. in Ohio. The best part of relocating to Meadville was that Dick found the love of his life, Sara Jane McCaffrey. Dick and his buddy decided to switch dates and it was certainly one of the best decisions Dick ever made. They were wed August 10, 1957. Soon after, Dick left to serve his country in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959, stationed in Germany and accompanied by his wife in 1958. They would always say it was like a yearlong honeymoon as they traveled all around Europe as young newlyweds.
Their first child Elizabeth Ann was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1959. She would be the center of their love and affection for the next 4 years. Dick would go on to graduate from Alliance College in 1965. By this time a second daughter Molly Ann, born in 1963 joined Mom and big Sis on Dick’s graduation day. That same year (1965) a son and namesake, Richard Downing Seidel Jr. was born. The last boxcar to join this Seidel train (our little caboose) was baby brother Matthew Paul born in 1971.
Dick worked as an Engineer for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad retiring in 1978. His love of trains carried on for the rest of his life. Dick would always tell his children to listen for 3 long train whistles, which meant, “I love you”. To this day those whistles make our hearts beat a little faster and remind us of our loving Dad.
After retiring from the Railroad Dick joined Parker-Hunter Inc. He loved playing the market and had a passion for helping people. This was indeed his dream job. This also gave him the opportunity to attend school functions whether it was a theater performance, football, basketball, soccer game or a track meet. When not attending sporting events he loved the game of golf and was himself a scratch golfer. Whether he was playing at one of the local golf courses or watching it on television it was something he enjoyed. He spent many days on the links with good friends and family. A highlight was attending the Masters practice session in Augusta, Georgia along with wife Sara and her brother Bill and his wife Donna.
Dick retired from Parker Hunter in 2006 after 28 years. At this time he became more involved in the lives of his grandchildren. He would often and always share with them his love of scripture and write them letters of love and encouragement. He also attended their various school and sporting events. Dick was a prayer warrior and was on his knees every night giving thanks to God and lifting up family and friends in prayer. He loved living at Cribbs House at Wesbury and volunteering his time. He made many friends and Dick especially enjoyed attending bible study under the leadership of Sam Marchetta.
Dick had one last destination, one he longed for these past few years. He would always say, “I am ready” and on Sunday, December 2, 2018 he entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior.
Loved ones that will joyfully be welcoming him home are his wife Sara, his parents, a sister Marion, brothers in law Phil Barnes, Wally Brown, Bill McCaffrey, Jack McCaffrey, Karl Perry, a sister in law Nita McCaffrey, and a niece Tina Alexatos
Loved ones that will miss him until they meet again are his children: Elizabeth Forgy (Mike), Molly Byham (Jeff), Rich Seidel (Mary), Matthew Seidel (Jill), grandchildren: Nick and fiancée Gemma, Jacob, Rachel, Alec, Mia, Celeste, Anna, Rockne, Kayle, Tyler and Hope and step grandsons Aaron, Jason and Lucas. His wonderful big brother Paul Seidel (Carol), devoted and loving little sister Susan Barnes Brown, sisters in law Rose Anne Alexatos, Kathleen Perry, Mary Ellen McCaffrey and Donna McCaffrey along with several loving nieces, nephews and close friends who brought Dick much laughter and joy.
Charles "Ernie" Goodwin, age 84, died in his home in Nevada, Ohio early Saturday morning, June 12, 2021, following a brief illness. He was born July 5th, 1936, in Columbus, Ohio to the late Harry "Hart" Goodwin and Margaret Goodwin. Ernie graduated from Big Walnut High School and Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. He then served in the US Army. On August 29, 1964, he married Paula Haney from Stillwater, Ohio.
Ernie was an insurance agent and past owner of Goodwin Insurance Agency in Marion, Ohio. He worked as a field agent before joining the former Kraner/Bush agency in 1970. In 1986 he established the Goodwin Insurance Agency. His son Mark is now the CEO of that agency.
Ernie was an avid sailor for many years. After his retirement in 2001, he pursued a latent hobby in woodworking. His talents led him to become a Luthier and he has made many beautiful mountain dulcimers, lap harps, reverie harps and other specialized instruments made of beautiful varieties of wood. He always enjoyed variety in his projects.
He is survived by his wife Paula, son Mark (Rene) Goodwin, of Delaware, OH and daughter Nancy Goodwin. Sisters Carol (Owen) Johnson, of Texas and sister Peggy Goodwin, of S. Carolina. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Ernie was preceded in death by his daughter Laura and brother Richard (Becky) Goodwin, of Troy, Oh.
On September 20, 2023, our beloved mother, Martha Ellen Beatty Soles, passed away quietly in Wilmington, NC: She was 91.
She was born on February 23, 1932, in McKeesport, PA, to Foster and Wynona Beatty, both high school teachers. As a child, Martha developed the love of language from her English teacher father and went on to become a voracious reader — you rarely saw mom without a book. Mom also treasured the many fun summers spent in Dayton, PA, with her cousins, aunts, and beloved Grandma Marshall. Mom attended Muskingum University, followed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. In 1955, Martha married Dr. E. Melvin Soles, an optometrist, which eventually lead Mel to a career in the army and Martha as an Army wife — a role she cherished. During that time in the military, Martha placed her nursing career on hold to raise her three children. In 1982, after 25 years, Martha reentered the nursing field and found her passion in oncology at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
No matter who it was — family, patients, or friends — Martha was ready to help. Whether volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels or advocating for military families, mom felt it her mission to get involved. Living in Joppatowne, Maryland, for over 30 years, she and Mel attended Good Sheppard Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, sat on many committees, and made life-long friends. An avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Ravens, and Pitt Panthers, she always found time to watch or listen to the games. Her greatest pleasure, though, were her grandchildren, all three of which she loved greatly.
In 2005, to be closer to her daughter Debbie, she and Mel moved to Shallotte, NC. A few years later, Mel and Martha followed Debbie to Asheville and moved into Givens Estate, where Mel died in 2016. Mom’s last move was in 2020 to Wilmington, NC, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her last few years of life lead to quite a few trips to the hospital, which, in a way rekindled her spirit as she joyfully bantered with the nurses and traded stories about their shared experiences. We’re sure mom is up there somewhere wearing a nursing outfit, finding ways to help out.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. E Melvin Soles, daughter, Marilyn Soles Dash, and brother, Russell Beatty. She’s survived by Debbie Soles Dillard (Bruce), Brian Soles (Joyce), son-in-law Joe Dash (Anne), and three grandchildren: Cameron Dillard (Haley), Sam Dash, and Karina Soles.
Bradley "Brad" Johnson, 90, of Naples, FL, formerly of Zanesville, died 8:37 PM, Sunday, September 17, 2023, at his summer home in Zanesville. He was born Sunday, September 3, 1933, Westchester, NY, the son of Okey H. Johnson and Marjorie S. (Friedmann) Johnson. He married Sandy M. (Moyer) Johnson who survives. Brad was a 1952 graduate of Philo High School and attended Muskingum College. He served his country as a member of the United States Naval Reserve. He was co-owner/operator of Clay City Beverage Company, the Pepsi-Cola Distributors for Southeastern Ohio, for over 37 years. He was a member of Honor Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio, Valley of Cambridge Scotch Rite, Aladdin Shrine Temple, Zavi Shrine Club, United Commercial Travelers, Zanesville Country Club and Foxfire County Club in Naples. Brad was a very civic minded man, and was instrumental in the creation of the Muskingum County Welcome Center. He served on the boards of Six County, Inc., Zanesville Jaycees, Good Samaritan Hospital, Good Samaritan Foundation, and Chairman of the Muskingum County Welcome Center. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Brad is survived by his wife of the home, Sandy Johnson; two daughters, Barbara (Pat) Allen and Shelly (Brodie) O'Connell; one step-son, Larry (Sherry) Davis; nine grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; one niece, Margie Johnson Fairall; one nephew, Chase (Jane) Johnson; a special cousin, Gay Sideris and several close friends, Andrew Bryan, Carol Bryan, Betsy Beach, Gary (Becky) Clifford, Bruce (Denise) Brill, Ken (Anne) Ryan and Tom (Janet) Lallathin. In addition to his parents, Brad was preceded in death by four sons, Kerry Johnson, Bradley "David" Johnson, William "Bill" Johnson and Christopher Johnson, I, and his brother and sister-in-law, Richard O. "Dick" & Jane Johnson.
Walter C. Hales, 96, passed away on July 31, 2023, with his children by his side. Born on June 15, 1927, in New York, New York, Walter lived a life of service. Growing up in Long Island, New York, Walter graduated from Valley Stream High School in 1945 and Muskingum College in 1949, then worked in New York and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Fueled by his lifelong desire to serve others, Walter attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, graduating in 1955. While at seminary, Walter met and fell in love with Barbara Streeter. They married in 1956, and Walter was appointed to his first post as a Presbyterian minister in Dubois, Pennsylvania. Walter was a minister in churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio before changing careers to become a counselor for the Ohio Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) in 1970, moving to Perrysburg. At BVR, Walter worked with people with disabilities in job skill development and training as a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor and counselor manager. He was a member of the Ohio Rehabilitation Association and Ohio Rehabilitation Counselor Association, serving terms as president and treasurer. Walter retired from public service in 1992 and immediately launched into what seemed to be full-time volunteer public service. He served on the Perrysburg City Council for two terms, volunteered in the Way Library history room, served on the Perrysburg Area Arts Council and Perrysburg Symphony Chorale Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Exchange Club of Perrysburg, serving a term as president. He also volunteered as an AARP tax preparer at Way Library from 1996 to 2012, working as the site coordinator from 1996 to 2010. As a member of the Cognoscenti Book Club in Perrysburg from 2004 to 2023, Walter developed a close group of friends and continued to enjoy meeting friends for brunch on Sundays for years. In addition to these many activities, Walter was an avid raspberry grower, baker, and runner. In addition to his many interests and accomplishments, Walter was a devoted father and grandfather. His grandchildren have wonderful memories of educational and fun outings, his love of play and conversation, and his sound advice. Walter was an example of loyalty and commitment, doing whatever was necessary to support and guide his family and contribute to his community. This tribute would not be complete without including his deep and longstanding commitment to racial equity, civil rights, and the promise of our democracy. A lifelong Democrat, Walter never missed an opportunity to vote and insisted on being taken to vote only a few weeks before he died. Walter was happily married to Barbara Streeter for nearly 43 years until her sudden passing in 1999. He married Gloria Walker Green in 2004, and they enjoyed almost 14 years of fulfilling companionship until her passing in 2018. In addition to Barbara and Gloria, Walter was preceded in death by his brothers, Gilbert W. Hales (Mary Lou) and Roy E. Hales (Joan, deceased). He leaves behind to cherish his memory children, Janet Hales (Gary Miesle) and Walter J. Hales (Karen); grandchildren, Marisol Perez-Hales, Ramon Perez-Hales, John Miesle, Jackie Miesle, Audrey Hales, and John Hales; great-granddaughter, Mikayla; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Hales; other family member, Kerry Green Zobor (Attila), and extended family and friends. We will miss him dearly.
Mary Jean Torchia Of Newark, OH, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Loving wife of Ross Falvo; daughter of the late Richard and Mildred Torchia; sister of Richard (Irene) Torchia, Cathy (Doug Hamby) Moore and Dan (Kandis) Torchia. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary graduated from Newark Senior High School, Muskingum University and Medical College of Ohio At Toledo. In professional practice, Mary specialized in anesthesiology and pain management. She did private practice in Pittsburgh, PA for much of her career followed by a long stint as a resident anesthesiologist at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, OH. Throughout her professional life, Mary also participated in numerous mercy missions as part of a team to provide medical care to patients in underdeveloped countries in Africa and in Central and South America. Her professional and personal lives have been ones of giving to and caring for others.
Mary Agnes "Aggie" White died on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023.
Mrs. White was born on Feb. 13, 1941, and raised in Hubbard, Ohio, a daughter of William Wilson White Sr. and Katherine Keach White. She graduated from Hubbard High School, attended Muskingum College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University. She also earned a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina.
Aggie was an educator. She taught in the Southwestern School District in Columbus, Ohio; for the Department of Defense in Japan; in the Douglas School District in Rapid City, South Dakota; for the high school completion program for the United States Army in Germany; and for Central Carolina Technical College in the Office System program. While at Central Carolina, she also served as department chair for the Office Systems program, liaison to the Distance Education Program, Registrar, and Chief of Student Services.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William W. and Katherine K. White; and her two brothers, William W. Jr. and John K. White.
She is survived by her cousins, to whom she was very close.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sumter.
F. Ruth McElfresh
Caldwell - F. Ruth McElfresh, age 84, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Friday, November 6, 2020, at Summit Acres Nursing Home in Caldwell.
She was born September 24, 1936, in Noble County, daughter of the late Rev. Lenley D. and Dorotha M. Cramer Addis. She was a graduate of Dexter City High School, and she attended Muskingum University. Ruth earned both a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Education from Ohio University in Athens. She retired in 1987 as an elementary school teacher for Caldwell Exempted Village Schools following 33 years of service. She was a member of the Caldwell United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, a 50 year member of the Guernsey Chapter #211, Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Noble County Business and Professional Women's Association, and the Caldwell Literary Club.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Donald W. McElfresh, whom she married August 30, 1958, and who died July 6, 2003; two sons, Brian Earl McElfresh and Steven Grant McElfresh; and one brother, Roy D. Addis.
Surviving are two brothers, Joseph Dale (Joy) Addis of Hilliard and Mark D. (Irene) Addis of Pleasant City; and several nieces and nephews.
Thomas E. Wright passed away suddenly at home in Circleville, Ohio on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at the young age of 61.
Tom was born on February 5, 1962, to Marge (Nestor) and Karl Wright in Salem, Ohio. He was the youngest of three boys.
Tom enthusiastically taught in Circleville City Schools for 35 years and retired in 2019. Tom made a huge impact on the lives of many students and cherished the friendships and close relationships with his fellow teachers and staff.
Tom was passionate about everything that caught his interest. He was an Eagle Scout, a proud member of the Ulster House Fraternity and a past officer of the Circleville Teachers Union. He was also a huge fan of Ohio State sports and all Cleveland professional sports teams. In the last year he discovered the sport of disc golf. As with anything else it became a passion and he played daily. Tom loved garage sales, flea markets and was an avid, informed, collector of many items. He was known to have a wealth of knowledge and would often spin a tale of fact (sometimes fiction) with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Skelton) Wright of Circleville; children, Anya Wright of Circleville, Joseph (Emily) Wright of Bedford, Ohio and Emily (Jack) Presson of Columbus, Ohio; his father, Karl Wright of Salem; brothers, Steve (Paula) Wright of Salem and Chuck (Kim) Wright of Greenwood, Indiana and brothers in-law, Mike (Sara) Skelton of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Pat (Becky) Skelton of Toledo, Ohio, Dave Skelton (Tami Hardesty-Jaynes) of Coshocton, Ohio, Bob (Jill) Skelton of Coshocton, Ohio and Jim (Denell) Skelton of Coshocton, Ohio. Also, many loving aunts, nieces and nephews.
H. Keith Langdon (the Joke List Guy), 87, of Grove City, Ohio, passed away Sept. 2, 2023. Keith was born Sept. 2, 1936, to the late Paul V. and Julia June Duncan O’Rourke in East Liverpool. He was raised by his great-uncle and -aunt (Frank and Clarissa Given) in East End. A 1954 graduate of East Liverpool High School (ELHS), he was a lifelong member of its alumni association. He graduated from Muskingum College where he met his wife, Margret A. Dick. They were married Aug. 27, 1960, and settled in East Liverpool where they raised their family.
Keith was involved in multiple churches over the years including Grace Presbyterian, Chester Church of the Nazarene, Etruria Church of God and First Presbyterian Church in Grove City. Lest there be any confusion, Keith was a Calvinist by faith. He served on the board of directors of the Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church and the board of Tri-State Area Teen World.
A beloved speech and English teacher for 36 years at ELHS, Keith directed numerous plays and musicals along with his childhood friend Jim Martin. He was director of Thespian Troupe 319 and sponsor of the Keramos Echo Newspaper. After retiring from ELHS in 1995, he taught English and Composition at the Ohio Valley College of Technology. His teaching career spanned a total of 50 years! He brought joy and humor to people’s lives by distributing his joke lists wherever he went. Everyone looked forward to receiving their copy of the “Langdon List.” He was a talented piano player who played by ear (never learning to read music) and loved sharing his gift of music with others. Combining his two gifts of music and humor, he performed a Victor Borge-style comedy piano routine for various organizations and church events.
Keith was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Margret A. Langdon (Dick). He is survived by his sister Marilyn J. Wagner (Langdon) of East Liverpool; children Kevin S. Langdon (Shelley) of Danville, Ohio, Karen G. Yoder (Glen) of Orient, Ohio, and the Rev David E. J. Langdon (Dawn) of Ashland, Ohio; grandchildren Joshua T. K. Langdon (Anna), Amanda R. Davidson (Matt), Thomas J. Wilson, Alexander R. Langdon (Emily), Melissa K. Wilson, Nathan R. Langdon, Jonathon D. Langdon; great-grandson Oliver M. Langdon.
Howard Wesley Lowery, 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday August 20, 2023 in his home at First Community Village in Upper Arlington.
He was born August 29, 1929 with twin brother Harold, the sons of John Glenn (JG) and Mary Martha Lowery. The twins grew up in the small college town of New Concord, Ohio along with older brothers Art and John and younger sister Jean. Childhood was at times rough and tumble, as he survived a run in with a truck whilst delivering newspapers on a snowy day, and his mother’s wrath when he and Harold constructed an all too effective crossbow and used her good washtub as a target. He was a straight shooter from an early age. His loving parents instilled in him the importance of learning, hard work, thrift, duty, and faith which he endeavored to pursue his entire life.
He was the starting center for the New Concord high school basketball team, as well as a gifted student. His father being Dean of Education at Muskingum College limited his choice of colleges to one because tuition was free for children of faculty (a $175 value for a semester). He graduated summa cum laude in the class of 1951; he was deferred from the Korean War to attend medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, graduating in ’55.
After an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, he served 2 years in the Navy at Tongue Point Naval Air Station, Astoria, Oregon. On a brief assignment to Oregon State University doing physicals, fate intervened and he was set up on a blind date with Ellen Simpson arranged by the son of his medical officer commander.
They married February 2, 1958 and then drove across the country, first to New Concord and then on to New Your City for his residency in Otorhinolaryngology at Columbia Hospital. They spent three years in NYC and their first son, Jamie was born at New York Hospital.
Howard and his young family returned to Columbus and he joined his brother John Lowery in the practice of ENT medicine and surgery in 1961. Two more children, Robert (Bob) and Mary Ellen were born.
He was the patriarch of the family and a quiet capable leader throughout his life. Among the many leadership positions in which he served were Muskingum Alumni President, church elder, deacon, a founding member of ROMA, President of Riverside Hospital Medical Staff, and a board member of Ghost Ranch.
Howard and Ellen were world travelers and he was proud to have visited six continents and experienced so many different cultures and traditions. All the while he enjoyed honing his photography skills.
In 2001, Howard flunked a retirement attempt and returned to the practice part time until 2018. He spent 55 years as an ENT. He was a good family man, and a friend to all who knew him. The practice of medicine, particularly surgery of the ear and restoration of hearing, was his passion.
Howard and Ellen have been long term members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He swam daily, liked to garden, sing in the choir, play chess, fix things around the house in Rube Goldberg fashion, golf in retirement, grab the dinner check, and generously support the educational aspirations of his children. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, twin brother Harold (Pat Armstrong), as well as sons James (Dawn) and Robert (Carol), daughter Mary Ellen Kubat (Tony), grandchildren Jameson (Allison), Jaclyn, Cassie (Jim Newman), Carissa, and Abbie, and great granddaughter Lydia along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Howard was kind, amiable, tolerant and even keeled: the epitome of a gentleman and caring physician and he will be greatly missed.
Norma Katheryn Bundy, 88, died Monday, August 21, 2023. She leaves behind her children, Beth McGinniss and husband Mike; J. Scott Bundy and wife Lucrecia; and Lee Bundy and wife Lisa. She also leaves her 5 grandchildren Allison, Michelle, Kelly, Austen and Jack. Born in Washington D.C. and raised in northwest Pennsylvania, the daughter of Glenn and Norma Dickson (Kanney) graduated from Muskingum University in 1957 with a degree in Physical Education. She started her career in Avon Lake Ohio as a Physical Education teacher where she met and then married the love of her life, Norm, in 1959. They had their 3 children in Avon Lake before moving the family to Randolph, NJ in 1970. After 35 years supporting her husband in the home and raising the 3 children, she and Norm made their final move to Anderson, SC in 1986, where they thoroughly enjoyed the Stone Creek Cove community for 36 years. Norma was active within the Stone Creek Cove community and like her husband was a sportsman to include golf, bowling and boating. Additionally, she was an avid reader devouring books weekly. Norma was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Michelle L. Gall, 83, of Lordstown, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023 with family by her side.
Michelle was born January 14, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Harold Ingram Gall and Claire Sutton Gall.
Michelle grew up in Lordstown and was an early graduate of Lordstown High School in 1956. At 16, she matriculated to Muskingum College, eventually earning her bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University. Michelle also earned a Master’s Degree in English from YSU.
She served students as an English teacher at East Palestine High School before retiring in 2005.
Michelle took great pleasure in gardening and all things outdoors. She was intellectually curious and naturally inquisitive about a myriad of topics. She had a tremendous love of words and literature and was a voracious reader. Michelle’s greatest passion was her family as she cherished time spent with her children and grandchildren.
Precious memories of Michelle live on with her children: sons, Stephen G. Zerefos of Warren, Ohio and Matthew I. Zerefos of Southington, Ohio and daughter, Claire M. (A.J.) Calderone of Bristolville, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Athena Zerefos, Kenneth Zerefos, Corrin Calderone and Nicholas Zerefos.
Aside from her parents, Michelle was preceded in death by her brother, Jay Gall and daughter-in-law, Diana Zerefos.
Alan R. Keirn, 80, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Dublin Methodist Hospital.
Alan "Al" was born March 28, 1943, in Massillon OH to Dr. Arthur Keirn and Mary Keirn Richey.
He married Rosanna Hurley on November 20, 1966. She survives as do five children: Heather (J) Keirn-Swanson of Berea, OH, Holly (Todd) Hall, John (Kelly) Keirn, all of Marysville OH, Laura (Brian) Keirn-McCreanor of San Diego CA, and David (Andrea) Keirn of Chicago IL. He has eight grandchildren: Paige and Brody Hall, Alaina and Jyoti Keirn-Swanson, Max and Weston Keirn, Jennings and Tennyson McCreanor. A son, Brett Andrew, was stillborn in 1970. Al is also survived by a brother, David (Saralee) Keirn, Tucson AZ, and special friends Mike and Gene Farley.
Al graduated from Hudson High School and Muskingum College. He began teaching at Indian Lake Jr. High School in Lewistown OH. He then taught at West Liberty-Salem where he was also a coach. He coached wrestling, girls' track, and girls' cross country, in which he had a state cross country champion. After retiring from teaching, he worked for Ridgemont Schools as a night janitor and as a substitute teacher during the day. He really enjoyed his year as the substitute shop teacher for Ridgemont.
Al was a member of the First Christian Church, Bellefontaine for 57 years where he served first as a deacon and later as an Elder. He taught a variety of Sunday school classes from 5th-grade to adults for 50 years. During the summer VBS program, he directed the recreational time for the children. In 2022, he was named an Elder Emeritus. Al also served as church custodian for several years. Through the years, he has enjoyed Monday morning coffee chats with Bob Notestine and Joe Smucker.
Kermit Blaisdell February 19, 1945 - July 29, 2023 COLCHESTER Kermit Blaisdell's last laugh was brought on by a video clip of a child whizzing down a slide and, upon missing the puddle at the bottom, diving back in. Nurses rushed into his room at the UVM Medical Center with alarm. But when Kermit laughed, they laughed, you laughed. He died a few days later on Saturday, July 29th. Kermit was born February 19th, 1945, at home in Enosburg and, after many years of mischief there (rockets, BB guns, fishing and swimming in the Missisquoi), he became an Eagle Scout before graduating from Enosburg High School in 1963. He went on to study humanities at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, while serving in the Naval Reserve. Once back in Vermont, Kermit volunteered for the Army, serving in Vietnam with the 2nd battalion 506th parachute infantry regiment 101st Airborne Division in 1969. He was awarded the bronze star and was both forever proud to be a Screaming Eagle and scarred from his wartime experience. But the laugh never went away. As a way, perhaps, to reassimilate into civilian life, Kermit earned a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration at UVM. Service always called him, and he went on to stints in the Vermont Tax Department's Property Valuation and Review division, and the Department of the Blind and Visually Impaired. It was his time in the Tax Department that inspired him to cofound the Vermont Appraisal Company which took him to Enosburg, Sheldon, Underhill, Huntington, Bolton, South Hero, Addison, Shoreham, Orwell, Brownington, Coventry, Bridport, Charlotte, Winooski, New Haven, and Jericho just to name a few over the past 40 years. These towns were close to his heart, and he remained dedicated to serving them until the end. He met Lois Wright in 1976 and the couple married a year later. It was on her ancestral farm's "West Meadow" on East Road in Colchester, where Kermit found some of his greatest peace. His joys included the birth of his two daughters Rebekah and Sarah. For 40-plus years he curated a specimen collection of trees and shrubs which he tended with great care. He would also spend hours mowing his 12-acre lawn which expanded year after year to encompass most of the property. Those who worked with him and those who loved him will remember not just his booming laugh that both startled and warmed all those who were engulfed by his joy, but his compassion ("he was a softy"), his wit (at church he once threatened to try out for the worship team), his equanimity, and his well informed opinions on all things Vermont; state and local. He'd remember the properties he appraised everywhere more than the people who owned them to whom-and apparently this is an Enosburg thing-he'd apply nicknames: Sluggo, Sparky, Kitty, Bad-Mouth Betty, Old Yeller, and Cookie Doug to name a few. He sang and whistled a lot, the former to the enduring delight (or chagrin) of his girls and, later, his grandchildren. Common tunes would get custom lyrics to suit every occasion and, of course, he'd make himself laugh: "Oh, that was a good one." He traded extensively in "dad jokes" and when you didn't laugh, he'd tell them again. "His laugh was an invitation to laugh yourself," Lois says. And so, they did. Kermit is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lois (Wright) of Colchester; daughters Rebekah Blaisdell Simays, husband Christopher Simays, and their children Michayla, Eleanor, and Ari (Milton), Sarah Blaisdell and children Aiden and Silas (Williston), Sandra Lemnah and husband Robert of Jericho; (Beth Hu and husband Stephen); Patricia Ross of Swanton (Alisha and Michael Adams, Anissa and Christopher Seguin, Alexa Ross, Aneda Ross); Deborah Grandshaw and husband Alan of Enosburg Falls (Jesse Grandshaw); Norma (Wright) Pullen and husband Ken of Gainesville Georgia (Christa and Michael Tomlin, Jeremy and Amy Pullen); Martha (Wright) Howard and husband Duane of Cambridge (Adam and Holly Howard, Courtney and Thomas Leitz, Kei Tsuda and Mikiko Takahashi); Seth Wright and wife Irene of Huntsville Alabama, and Wendy Rother Wright of South Carolina (Katie and Max Howard, and Michael); and many grand nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by parents Willard and Izola (Spaulding) Blaisdell, his brothers Dean and Emerson Blaisdell, brother-in-law Ernest Ross, and in-laws Douglas and Thelma (Monta) Wright.
It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Carol Elaine Campbell of Zanesville, Ohio, born in Roseville, Ohio, who passed away at the age of 89, on July 30, 2023. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Carol Elaine Campbell to show support.
She was predeceased by : her parents, Edgar S. Campbell and Marjorie Baldoser Campbell. She is survived by : her cousins, Herbert and Patricia Campbell. She is also survived by family and many other cousins.
Trafford Dick, 65, of Zanesville, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at the Genesis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born August 5, 1957, a son of the late C. Trafford and Marilyn Dick. Trafford was a graduate of Zanesville High School, Muskingum (College) University where he received his Bachelor's Degree, Case Western Reserve School of Law, and the University of Miami (Florida) with a Master's Degree of Taxation. Trafford was a member and Trustee of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He practiced law in Zanesville and served as Assistant Law Director and Muskingum County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Presently he was working part time in the Zanesville municipal Court. He was a member of the Muskingum Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the FOP Lodge 195. Through the years he was an avid tennis player, enjoyed watching Formula One Racing, PGA Golf, U of M football, basketball and Ohio State football. He also sold and took tickets for Zanesville High School sporting events. He is survived by his sister, Valencia (Dick) Clark; cousins, John and Bev Dick and family, Connie and Sonny Coleman and family. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Terry Clark; and cousins, Thomas Dick and Aunt Alice Dick; Uncle, Richard Bridwell.
Erica Denise Kelley was born January 31, 1984, to Thomas and Roxanne Kelley in Zanesville, Ohio. Erica passed away July 30, 2023, after a valiant battle against cancer. Erica attended Zanesville City Schools and was active in the Odyssey of the Mind enrichment program in Junior High School. The family relocated to Berea, Ohio, in 1998. Erica attended Berea High School where she played varsity basketball and was awarded several scholarships at graduation. Erica was crowned Miss Berea Grindstone in 2006. She attended Baldwin Wallace College and graduated in 2006 with a degree in education. She was active in the Delta Zeta Sorority during her college years. Erica began her career in education in the Dublin City Schools at Glacier Ridge Elementary School as a primary grade teacher. She earned a master's degree in gifted education from Muskingum University and then served as a gifted intervention specialist for the Dublin Schools at Glacier Ridge Elementary and Olde Sawmill Elementary School. Erica was a lifelong learner and shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching and learning at various workshops and conferences throughout her career. She also served as an adjunct professor in gifted education for Muskingum University. In 2012, she received the Community Champion Award from the Dublin City School District. Her enthusiasm and creative teaching made her a favorite among students and parents. She loved teaching and working with children. It was her life's passion and calling. Throughout her career, Erica enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to the Bahamas and most recently the Dominican Republic. She was an active, energetic person who was always on the go often traveling to other states including California just to skate and participate in roller skating events. Throughout her life's journey, Erica was an inspiring example of kindness and empathy. She adored her family, relatives and friends and loved spending time playing any kind of board games. She and her mother spent many hours playing various creative games. Erica was a member of the New Covenant Believer's Church and participated by assisting the first lady and serving on other church groups. She especially liked helping her pastor, Bishop Tillman, whenever called upon to do so. She is survived by her parents, her sister Erin (Dr. Michael) Robinson; grandparents, Marian Kelley, Suffragan Bishop Charles Smith and Evangelist Mildred Smith; three nieces, Alicia, Micah and Emiah Robinson; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She leaves behind a lifetime of warm and beautiful memories that will forever be treasured by family, friends, students, teachers and parents. Her legacy of love, kindness and thoughtfulness will continue to inspire all those whose lives she touched. Erica was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Thomas "Felix" Kelley; her aunts, Marian Denise "Nesie" Kelley and Carla Smith; and two treasured childhood friends, Ali Rae Watiker and Joel Martin.
Theodore (Ted) Williams March 20, 1930 - July 31, 2023 Theodore (Ted) Alfred Williams, 93, passed away at his residence, July 31, 2023, of natural causes. He was born in Mount Victory, Ohio on March 20, 1930, to parents Kenneth and Lois Williams (Baumgartner). His family moved to Cambridge, Ohio, where he graduated from Cambridge High School class of 1948. Theodore was associated with the Key Club, Men's Glee Club, Football Team, Junior, and Senior Class Players, and was a member of the Cambridge Flying Club. He was also inducted into the National Honor Society. Theodore enrolled at the Muskingum College in 1948 and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also met his future wife, Norma Jean Spalding, while having coffee and donuts at Brown Chapel. They married in August 1950 having their first child, Linda Lee, July 9, 1952, and later Thomas February 7, 1958. They were married 69 years. He began his career at Sherwin Williams becoming manager to many stores. In 1971 he made a career change when he became the manager of the Ohio Stateing Facility. He retired in 1991 after serving 30 years at the University. Thank you for all the wonderful caregivers who aided Ted and provided comfort and peace to his life.
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Donivan Martin Stir of Ashville, Ohio on Friday, August 11, 2023. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. The eldest of four children, Donivan was born on March 13, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio. He lived for his family and friends and loved all things outdoors. He was strong willed and stubborn at times, but he had an enormous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was generous, loyal, and brave. Donivan held many titles in his life, but his favorite role was being a father and a “Pappy”. Despite spending a lot of time with treatments in his final years, he took every opportunity to be with his family and live life to the fullest.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Stir Jr.; mother, Betty Martin Stir Melvin and sister, Debra Butcher. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Nancy Stir; daughter, Allison (DJ) Walters and granddaughter, Olivia. Other relatives include sister, Roxanne Ritchey and brother, Dennis (Theresa) Stir, sister-in-law, Pat (Kevin) Carter, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Donivan went to Teays Valley where he was a talented athlete exceling in football and baseball. He continued his education at Muskingum College where he played football all four years and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education. His professional work included farming and teaching. After 30 years, he retired as a physical education teacher at Walnut Elementary with Teays Valley Schools.
Special friends include Terry Wright, Bill “Duke” Ferris, Lee Stiles and Robert Dick. Terry states, “I will miss his appreciation for “farm life” and his respect for each of our efforts to keep things going. Most of all I will miss the many chats and laughs during our picnics in the field during harvest. He was a part of our family, and he was a true friend- I will miss that most of all.” Bill writes “Will miss his loyalty as a true friend.” Lee commented that “Donnie was a humble man. If we ever disagreed he would let me know and he would be right.” Robert wrote, “I told him once he was like a big brother to me that I never had. I will truly miss him.”
Affectionately known as the Ironman, Donivan was a faithful member of the NSTRA-Ohio Region. Running in field trials with his many English Setters was a passion of his. For 30 years, Donivan was a field trialer, trainer, breeder, judge, trial chair, and officer.
In his fraternity, the MACE club, Donivan’s nickname was “Big Cat”. Loved by all of his brothers, he enjoyed his regular get togethers and some of his favorite MACE adventures included visiting Thorney in Montana, going to Canada with Waibs, meeting Tony in Granville and DV’s tailgates! Finally, for 15 years he enjoyed playing euchre with Mike, Lee, and Tim.
Kenneth R. Uschelbec of Columbia, died Friday, August 4, 2023 at Generations of Irmo. He was 84 years old. Ken was a native of Cleveland, OH. After graduating from Fairview High School, he attended Muskingum College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree.
After over 40 years in Sales, he retired as a Regional Sales Manager for Morton Powder Coatings.
After retiring, he and his wife of 60 years, Marianne, were able to travel extensively. His love for his wife was like no other. He was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary; State Constable, where he volunteered for courtroom security; a proud member of the Masons; member of the Elks, Jaycee’s, and a lifelong supporter of the NRA. Ken was known for his quick wit and a great sense of humor. He was especially proud of his kids and grandkids. His hobbies included shooting sports, knife sharpening, and boating on Lake Murray.
He is survived by his wife, Marianne, Class of 1962; daughter, Beth (Jeff) Teague; son, Jim (Lainie) Uschelbec; sister, Kathy (Jay) Dawson; grandchildren, Matthew, Adam and Griffin Uschelbec; Amanda Teague and Lydia Teague. He is preceded in death by his parents Emil and Helen Uschelbec, and Gretchen and Heidi, his beloved Doberman’s.
Mollie Montgomery, kind and loving mother and grandmother who loved to travel and help others, died peacefully at her home in Oak Harbor, Washington, on April 25, 2023, from Parkinson’s disease. She was surrounded by family.
Mollie was born on January 31, 1937, in New Concord, Ohio, where her father, Dr. Robert Montgomery was president of Muskingum College and her mother, Ruth Kelley, was a pianist. Mollie grew up in New Concord and graduated from Muskingum in 1960. She met her husband Gordon Brunner at the college and they eventually had four children together: Debbie, Jeff, Susan and Julie.
After college, Mollie worked as a special ed teacher in Pennsylvania. Mollie and Gordon eventually settled in Darnestown, Maryland where Mollie did the bookkeeping for the family’s Val-Pak business for over 20 years. She simultaneously raised the four children and managed the household. She was a loving mother and everyone’s biggest cheerleader. Always home to greet the kids after school, she played an active role in their lives—from Girl Scout leader to helping with homework to attending high school swim and football events. She was a volunteer parent with the international exchange program AFS, hosting over 10 students while her children were in high school. She kept in close touch with her German son Bijan for over 40 years.
Mollie was active in the Darnestown Presbyterian Church and the Oak Harbor Presbyterian Church, organizing fundraising craft fairs and assuming other leadership roles. She was skilled at crafting and enjoyed making corn husk dolls and assisting with workshops. She helped raise thousands of dollars for the Oak Harbor Boys and Girls Club by decorating beautiful Christmas trees for the annual Festival of Trees event in Oak Harbor.
Mollie was an avid traveler. She had the opportunity to travel around the world in 80 days with her parents while still in college. Later, she and her family enjoyed many trips together. After her divorce in 1995, Mollie moved to the Pacific Northwest to live near her daughters, but she kept her house in the Florida Keys that she loved and that allowed her to visit her son in Florida more easily. She took each of her grandchildren on a Roads Scholar trip visiting Italy, France, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. On the Harry Potter trip to London, she was the only grandparent who read all of the books and in Costa Rica, in her 70s, she was the only grandmother who did all 12 zip lines! She travelled on several church mission trips to Rwanda, where she got to see the famous mountain gorillas.
Mollie will be greatly missed. The world was a more compassionate and kinder place with her in it.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses: Debbie (George Thompson) Brunner, Jeff (Arwen) Brunner, Susan (Michael) Briddell, Julie (Joe Gaydos) Brunner, and eight grandchildren: Megan, Sidney, Brandon, Mollie, Ridgely, Hannah, Olivia, Celestine. Sister and Brother in law: Gail and Ian Baird and two nephews, Dale and Scott Baird, and her second husband Glenn Anthony. Her first husband Gordon Brunner and nephew Jeff Baird precede her in death.
Katharine Alma Spikes, 53, passed away peacefully at her home in Westfield, NJ, on July 25, 2023, after a long-fought battle with cancer. Born in New York City to Dr. James L. and Judith Doolin Spikes, she was raised in Larchmont, NY. After college, she lived in New York and Jersey City before moving to Westfield in 2011. Katie graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. Just out of college, she began a long and illustrious career in television, first on the CBS News overnight shift and then as a talent producer for CNN's Larry King Live in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In 1997, she returned to CBS News, where she went on to become an Emmy award- winning producer and then a Senior Story Editor at "60 Minutes." Katie was a treasured colleague, mentor, and friend, whose sound judgment, unwavering optimism, and eternal wisdom enriched the lives of all who knew her. She loved spending time outdoors with family and friends, whether skiing in Vermont, hiking in the woods with her beloved dog Splash, or swimming at Barnegat Light. Katie had a passion for historic preservation and was a longtime member of the Westfield Historic Preservation Commission. Katie is survived by her loving husband, Donald E. Furrer; her two sons, James Joseph Furrer and Owen Doolin Furrer; her stepson, Brandon Scott Furrer; her parents, Judith Doolin Spikes and Dr. James L. Spikes; her sister, Sarah Spikes; and numerous cherished nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends.
Mary Eleanor (Steele) Bowlus passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on Thursday, July 20th, 2023, at Brookdale Senior Living Center of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She was born June 29, 1926, in New Concord, Ohio to Harford and Mary Belle (Sharrock) Steele. She graduated from New Concord High School in 1943. She worked at the Bureau of Juvenile Records while attending Muskingum College. She graduated in 1946 and spent a year as a home missionary for the Methodist Church serving at Kingdom Settlement House in St. Louis, Missouri. She was married Aug.27, 1947 to Dr. Edward L. Bowlus who she met in the 6th grade and with whom she has celebrated 75 years of marriage. She worked at The Ohio State University while her husband attended Veterinary School. After moving to Fredericktown, she became a math teacher and later, a guidance counselor, with the Fredericktown Local School District. She retired in 1984 after 21 years of service. After retirement Eleanor got her real estate license and worked briefly for Burch Reality selling real estate. Eleanor was an avid reader, learner, and traveler. She and her husband traveled to numerous states including Alaska and Hawaii as well as many countries including England, Scottland, France, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Egypt, Russia, and China. Eleanor was active in the former Fredericktown United Methodist Church now, Cornerstone Community Church serving in various positions and as a Sunday School Teacher. Eleanor had a heart for social justice. Eleanor quilted for over thirty years and gave away over five hundred quilts. She also loved to knit and made caps for new born babies. Even in her nineties, you could find her quilting socks for her family. She loved her family and enjoyed family get togethers and discussions around the dinner table. To quote her, "She loved her family and friends dearly-especially her 'Forever Friends'," a group of friends who met together for a meal then played cards. This group met for decades. She lived by John Wesley's motto "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward L. ("Doc") Bowlus and her sister, Joan Elaine Buchanan. She is survived by sons, David (Michelle) Bowlus, John (Bonny) Bowlus, and daughter, Mary (Bill) Elder; Grandchildren, Scott Bowlus (Deb Chute), Scott (Julie) Holtje, Dawn (Mike) Jones, Jessica (Brian) Anderson, Liz (Joe) Hayford, Laura (Jamie) Sanders, and Tim (Heather) Elder; Great Grandchildren, Bailey, Lucy, Haley, Haden, Spencer, Ella Grace, Tatum, Brady, Kay, Rene, Josie, Elli, Levi, Ana, Aly, and Ian; and one sister, Janet May Smith.
Wilbur D. "Bill" Thomas, Jr., 87, passed away on July 7 at home. He was the husband of the late Eleanor R. (Loudon) Thomas. Born in Washington, D.C., the son of Wilbur D. Thomas, Sr. and Beulah M. (Hiteshew) Thomas, Bill earned his bachelor's degree at Muskingum University. His professional career included executive positions with Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Fleet Bank, Drake Beam Morin, and executive search firm, The Search Alliance. For 30 years, Bill was choir director at the First Congregational Church in Canton. He also performed with many choral and orchestral groups, and held multiple lead roles in musicals staged by Canton Benefits. Bill loved aviation and the community of lifelong friendships he found through flying. In addition to being a private pilot, he built and flew two airplanes. Since 1980, he played a key leadership role in the growth and success of the annual Simsbury Fly-In. At the heart of Bill's world was his family. He radiated steadfast love and kindness as a husband, father, father-in-law, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Bill leaves his son Stephen and his wife, Laura; his daughter, Debra, and her husband, John; and his son Kenneth and his wife, Pamela. He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves his nieces, Mary Ann Viveiros and Janet Berlincourt, both of Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The Thomas family is grateful to Charlotte Morgan for the care and companionship she provided Bill this past year.
Thomas Bainbridge Eager passed away on July 9, 2023 surrounded by family. He was 71 years old. He was born on January 14, 1952 the son of the late Marilyn and Henry Eager in Watertown, NY. He grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. He attended Muskingum University where in his senior year he was a student aboard World Campus Afloat and spent a semester at sea exploring the Pacific Basin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1974. He began working for American Airlines in 1976 where he met the love of his life and wife of 44 years, Betsy. They moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area where they raised two sons. He had a 39-year career with American Airlines and Sabre as an Information Systems Director. He retired in 2015 and moved to the Eastern shore of Maryland. Summers were spent at his beloved family cottage on Lake Ontario. He was a Boy Scout Leader, the president of Homeports, member of Rebuild Together and Elder at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. He will be remembered for his calm demeanor and ability to listen to others. Always the voice of reason. He is survived by his beloved wife, Betsy (Reed) Eager; 2 sons, Tristan Eager (Amy) of Dallas, TX and Kevin Eager (Jackie) of Corpus Christie, TX; a sister, Mary Cline (Jim) of Victor, MT; 3 grandchildren, Julian, Hudson and Dylan and one grandpuppy, Hobie.
Marilyn Marie (Meeth) Lundquist, age 91, of East Grand Rapids (EGR), MI passed away on July 12, 2023. Marilyn graduated from Ottawa Hills High School, attended Muskingum College (New Concord, OH) and then graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1954 with a B.A. in Education. She taught junior high school in La Mesa, CA and Evanston, IL. In 1961 she moved back to Grand Rapids with her husband, Dr. William C. Lundquist, and her family as he took over a periodontal practice here. Marilyn served her community by giving countless hours of volunteer service to state and local dental auxiliary organizations, Mayflower Congregational Church, EGR parent/teacher organizations, EGR city/school election campaigns, EGR Aquatic Club (Waves) 8 years chairperson, EGR Recreation Commission 7 years chairperson, Women's City Club president 2007-2009, Sweet House Foundation at the Women's City Club president 2011-2015. She assisted her husband in his dental office for 19 years. She was preceded in death by her father Arie A. Meeth, mother Irene M. Meeth, stepmother Florence D. Meeth, sister Gloria (Meeth) Kress, twin brother Robert Meeth. She is survived by her husband of 68 years Dr. William C. Lundquist; three children, Janet Korn, Robert (Nancy) Lundquist, and Peter (Debbie) Lundquist; and seven grandchildren, Jenny Gray, William Korn, Kelly (Fred) Millett, Robert (Taylor) Lundquist, Michael Lundquist, Molly (Jordan) Norville, and Emily Lundquist; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Richard Lee Bassetti, 77, of New Philadelphia passed away peacefully at Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages, Florida, with his wife of 53 years by his side, on January 30, 2023.
Born in Dover on August 4, 1945, he was the son of the late Florence Margaret (DeSerio) and Anthony Bassetti, who were local restaurateurs of Bassetti’s Restaurant in New Philadelphia.
Dick graduated from St. Joseph High School, continuing his formal education at Muskingum College, playing baseball for both schools. At Muskingum, he was a proud member of the MACE Club fraternity and pursued a career in teaching. During his sophomore year of college, Dick was named to the Ohio Conference All-Star Team for his baseball achievements.
Most significantly, it was at Muskingum where he met and fell in love with his wife, the former Lynne Wentz. Together, they were blessed with the birth of their children, were active in their children and grandchildren’s lives, loved to travel, and wintered in Florida.
Professionally, Dick taught Science for the New Philadelphia School District for 35 years. He began his career at Central Elementary and later at Welty Middle School before retirement. While teaching, he completed his Master Degree in Education from the University of Akron. He had the privilege of teaching thousands of students in his career with the goal of making learning enjoyable while having a positive impact on their lives.
When he wasn’t teaching, Dick could be found at Tappan, Leesville, or Atwood Lake with a fishing rod in his hand. He passed his love of the sport onto his son, Christopher, his daughter, Carolyn, and grandsons, Grant and Dean. He loved being on the water, so he served as a patrolman at Atwood Lake and was a board member for the MWCD. He was an avid Cleveland sports team follower throughout his lifetime.
Dick’s memory will be forever cherished by his wife, Lynne of New Philadelphia; his children, Christopher (Jan) Bassetti of North Canton and Carolyn (Tony) Moscardelli of St. Joseph, MI; his grandchildren, Grant and Dean; his brother-in-law, Greg (Nancy) Wentz; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Bassetti Olczak.
Tiffany R. Wehr, age 43, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at the home of her mother in Ava. She was born February 6, 1980, in Zanesville, daughter of Theresa E. Perkins Rayner of Ava and the late Bryan E. Rayner, who died in 2013. She was a 1998 graduate of Shenandoah High School, Washington State Community College and Zane State University. She earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in special education from Muskingum University in New Concord and was employed as an Intervention Specialist by the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Tiffany attended the Ava Free Methodist Church. She was devoted to her family, especially her husband and her boys. She considered her students extended family.
In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her grandparents, Shine Rayner and Dwight and Dorothy Perkins.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband Ryan A. Wehr, whom she married June 19, 2004; her sons, Christopher D. Wehr and Zackary G. Wehr, both of the home; her sister, Emily J. (Michael) Yonker of Ava; her grandmother, Evelyn Rayner of Ava; 3 nieces, 6 nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Wayne Elton Roberts, 72, of Columbia Station, born January 15, 1950, died at home on Sunday, November 20, 2022 following a lengthy illness. Wayne was born to Elton and Stella Roberts of Olmsted Falls, who preceded him in death.
He and his wife owned Roberts Flower Supply in Columbia Station. He loved orchids and teaching people how to grow them. He was a member of the Greater Cleveland Orchid Society, Westshore Orchid Society and Greater Akron Orchid Society. He was also a chemist and enjoyed woodworking.
He graduated from Olmsted Falls High School. In his younger years, he played football and was an avid chess player.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Nancy Kay Roberts of Columbia Station; sons, Will Elton Roberts and his wife, Yvonne of Elyria and Fred Samuel Roberts and his wife, Courtney of Cleveland, and three grandchildren, Timothy, Jonathan, and Lydia. He loved his second family of Orchid Societies.
Helen Haley Beams of Xenia, Ohio, retired teacher and wife of the late Rev. Kenneth Beams, passed away on July 1, 2023 in her home. Helen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 12, 1927, and grew up in suburban Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1945, graduating with honors for academic distinction and school activities. She then attended Muskingum College, graduating in 1949 with honors. While at Muskingum, Helen served on the Judiciary Board, which oversaw violations of the honor code, and was one of ten students tapped to meet with the college president's wife to discuss issues of concern to students and the administration. After graduating from Muskingum, Helen went to work for Gulf Oil at its Pittsburgh headquarters, working as secretary to a Vice-President. Helen married Rev. Kenneth Beams in 1950 at the Twin Towers Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. They moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where her husband was serving as pastor to the Second United Presbyterian Church. Helen's four children were born during their time in Cleveland. In 1961, Helen and family moved to Xenia, Ohio, where her husband would serve as pastor to the Second United Presbyterian Church. After several years in Xenia, Helen decided to return to college in order to become an elementary school teacher. She graduated from Central State University summa cum laude with a degree in education, and began her teaching career in the Xenia City Schools at Spring Valley School in 1968. She taught first or second grade students for twenty-five years, first at Spring Valley and then at Cox School, retiring in 1993. In 1983-1984, Helen was selected as a Jennings Scholar, a program of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. In the year Helen retired, she was chosen by the Xenia High School valedictorian as the teacher she wished to honor for her influence on her education. Helen grew up in a loving and stable home, with wonderful parents and a beloved sister. When Helen became a wife and mother, she never tired or failed in her commitment to assure a loving and supportive home for her husband and four children. Her support for the work of the Christian church and her husband's ministry was a constant in her life. That support was especially valuable to Rev. Beams in the years following the destruction of his church building by a tornado in 1974. After her husband passed away in 1984, Helen served as an elder in Memorial Presbyterian Church in Xenia (now Xenia United Presbyterian Church). Helen had a lifelong love of music and the fine arts, which she often shared with her family around a piano in their home. In retirement she served as a volunteer usher for many performances at the Schuster Center. She also served for a number of years as a volunteer at Greene Memorial Hospital. Helen deeply loved America; both her father and her husband were wounded veterans of the world wars of the past century. She often worked as a volunteer at Xenia precincts on election days. Those who loved Helen will forever remember her unfailing love for her family and friends; the integrity of her commitment to the Christian faith; her keen intellect, and unwillingness to be mean-spirited in any circumstance; her success in holding herself to the highest standards in the important facets of her life and career, while characteristically deflecting attention and praise to others for the good she achieved; her enthusiasm for scholarly learning, and her sharing of that enthusiasm with her own children and the many students she taught; and her abiding sense of the wealth of happiness and humor available in hours spent with family and friends. Helen's family and faith were the lights of her life. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth and her son Jeffrey. She is survived by her daughter Joyce, her son Greg, and her son Mark (Ann); her grandchildren Clare (Finn), Owen (Eden), and Haley; her great-grandchildren Madelyn, Tess, Cadence, and Joanna; her sister Alice Harmon, and nephew James Harmon. Her family loved her dearly and will greatly miss her.
Timothy Reed Hutchinson
July 10, 1951 ~ January 26, 2023 (age 71)
There's a little less magic in the world today. Timothy Hutchinson was born July 10, 1951 and lived most of his life in Defiance, Ohio, a community he loved and in which he formed many deep connections. He participated in community life through serving on the board of the Public Library and the Tuttle Museum and as a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Defiance. He balanced small town life with many travels and friendships around the world.
Tim earned his undergraduate degree from Muskingum College in 1973. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1979, taking a year off between studies to spend 6 months travelling in Europe as well as some time working on a fishing boat in Alaska. Following graduation, Tim moved to San Francisco, CA and began his career as a clerk for City Hall. Following the passing of Tim’s father, Reeder Hutchinson in 1982, he decided to move back to Ohio, passing the Ohio Bar in 1988. He worked for 12 years as the Assistant Defiance County Prosecutor for Defiance County. In recent years, Tim provided specialized legal support on a contractual basis for a Defiance law firm.
One of Tim’s favorite past times was holding court with anyone he was with, retelling the stories of his adventures in early adulthood, from his years traveling in Europe, working on deep sea fishing charter boats and living in fun cities. Tim had an encyclopedic knowledge of almost any topic of conversation and if you spoke with him about something he didn’t know much about, you could be sure that by your next conversation he would. Tim loved to do research and was always reading. He didn’t just read about things that interested him though, he went out of his way to learn about things that were important to the people he cared about. He was known for subscribing to newspapers in other cities, just so he could keep up with what was happening in the places where his friends and family were living.
His other passion was magic and he loved delighting people with his tricks. Children especially loved his tiny foam bunnies that he would make disappear and multiply. He had fond memories of going to magic shows with his father, Reeder Hutchinson, who was also a magician, and he formed friendships with other magicians all over the country.
Tim dedicated his life to helping his mother, Mildred, and doting on his surviving nieces and nephew, who never got tired of his stories and his magic tricks. He was always ready to assist with advice on how to get the best possible deal for any major purchase; cars, electronics, phone plans- he put his incredible research skills to great use. He also spent years researching and travelling to map out extensive family genealogies and could explain the complexities in detail from memory. Tim had friends across the country with whom he kept close contact and traveled to see regularly. Despite distance and the busyness of life, he made sure to keep in touch with the people he loved.
He is survived by his nieces and nephew, Leana Tank, Audrey Hutchinson and Reed Befus. He was preceded in death by his father, Reeder Hutchinson, his mother, Mildred Hutchinson and his sister, Barbara Befus.
We certainly weren’t ready for you to go, Tim, but your magic will live on forever with the people who love you.
William "Bill" Louis Hoffmire January 17, 1939 - June 23, 2023 McKinney, Texas
William "Bill" Louis Hoffmire of McKinney, Texas, passed away on June 23, 2023. He was born on January 17, 1939 in Mt. Gilead, Ohio to Carl Hoffmire and Luella Broiler. He was the fourth and youngest child. Bill was preceded in death by his brother Milton Hoffmire (Thelma), and his two sisters Dorothy Hazelrigg (Jim) and Nancy Dreyer (Rudy). He is survived by his two children Ann Riding (Dennis) and Roger William Hoffmire. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren Melinda Hortin (Robert), Russell Riding (Jamilyn), Scott Riding (Micheala), Suzanne Riding, Emily Smith (Andrew), Christopher Riding, Kathryn Riding (Savannah), and Thomas Riding, along with his ten great grandchildren. William graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1957. He attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1962. He received his Masters degree in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1970. He worked the majority of his professional career for Western Electric, which became AT&T, from 1965 to 1998 beginning as a staff trainee and ending as a customer process manager and consultant. This work moved him and his family to many amazing places including Ohio, Washington, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas. As an avid outdoorsman Bill enjoyed golf, camping, boating, hunting, fishing and skiing, all of which were best done with family and friends. He passed his love of skiing on to his eight grandchildren who he would visit and teach to ski. He had amazing friends from his time working at AT&T and later after retirement in his Texas neighborhood. His friends took incredible care of Bill, and he reciprocated by helping where he could. He was a religious man who cared for those around him and did all he could to help others. Bill will be remembered for his love of travel and family. He would travel for all major life events for his children and grandchildren including weddings, graduations, holidays and birthdays. It brought joy to his life to be with his family and friends. His smile and laugh were infectious and he was willing to listen and offer support and advice where he could. Bill loved to be around people and enjoyed just chatting. He touched everyone he came across and will be missed by many people. His family is eternally grateful to those who befriended and helped to take care of our beloved father, grandfather and friend.
Llewellyn C. "Tom" Thompson,a beloved educator and family man, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2023, in Damascus, Ohio. Born in Cambridge, Ohio on April 16, 1940, Tom lived a life full of love, laughter, and learning, leaving behind an indelible legacy. Tom was the cherished son of the late Llewellyn C. Thompson Sr. and Doris (Baker) Thompson. He was the caring brother of Sally Prouty and John (Karen) Thompson, and the late Bill Thompson. His family was the center of his world, and he was a loving husband of 60 years to Linda (Beamer) Thompson, and devoted father to his four children; Tommy Thompson III, Mace Eric Thompson, Heather (Gregg) Thompson, and Connon (Melissa) Thompson including a special daughter-in-law Claudia (Jeff) Thompson Malarick. Tom was also the proud grandfather of eight; Danielle, Kaela, Gavin, Payton, Gates, CJ, Liam, and Paige Thompson, and the great-grandfather of Lucy, Kenny, and Alice. He held a special place in his heart for his brother-in-law and sister's-in-law and was an adored uncle to many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Tom was a graduate of Muskingum College and later received his Masters from Westminster College. His commitment to education was unwavering, dedicating over four decades of his life to the noble profession. His journey began and concluded at West Branch Local Schools, with a significant 29-year tenure at the Louisville City School District along the way. Tom's dedication to his students was unparalleled, and he left a deep impact on many young lives. Outside of his professional life, Tom was a man of many passions. He loved fishing and gardening, finding peace and joy in the simplicity of nature. However, his favorite pastime was attending his children's and grandchildren's events. His presence at these events was a testament to his unwavering support and love for his family. Tom's life was a testament to the power of love, education, and the human spirit. His legacy will continue to live on through the many lives he touched, both within his family and the countless students he taught. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him, as a loving family man, a dedicated educator, and a true friend.
Jean Elizabeth Adams passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 10, 2023. Jean was born June 25, 1929 in the Bronx, New York City to Thomas I. and Helen Carter McCormack. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, J. Robert Adams. Jean is survived by her children Cathy Dooley (John), Mark Adams (Sue), and Thomas Adams (Beth). Also her grandchildren Erin Kate McGuire (Jonathan), John Robert Dooley (Jennifer), Kate Friedman (Aaron), Maggie Andyjohn (Tim), Hannah Adams, and Sarah Adams; along with 8 great-grandchildren. Jean had an ornery smile and a hearty laugh and her blue eyes would sparkle when she told stories about her family. Jean was an avid gardener, a loving pet owner, and an award-winning artist. Jean left New York City, to the great concern of her mother and sister, to attend college at Muskingum College at New Concord, Ohio. There, she met Bob and graduated in Home Economics. During Bob's pharmacy school at Ohio Northern, Jean was employed as a home economist for Ohio Power in Lima. After finishing Bob's military commitment in Missouri, the couple settled in Troy, Ohio where their children were born. They moved to Worthington, Ohio where Bob owned a pharmacy. After the pharmacy was sold in 1978, they lived in many places in Ohio including Fredericktown, Findlay, and Columbus. Jean very much enjoyed country living in Fredericktown, where she and Bob built a house and she cultivated a beautiful, sprawling garden. She was a good friend to the local Amish community and continued those friendships throughout her life. Jean seemed to make friends everywhere and excelled at keeping long friendships, turning vacation acquaintances into lifelong friends and pen-pals. Jean was well-loved by her family and friends will be very dearly missed.
William “Bill” Louis Hoffmire of McKinney, Texas, passed away on June 23, 2023. He was born on January 17, 1939 in Mt. Gilead, Ohio to Carl Hoffmire and Luella Broiler. He was the fourth and youngest child. Bill was preceded in death by his brother Milton Hoffmire (Thelma), and his two sisters Dorothy Hazelrigg (Jim) and Nancy Dreyer (Rudy).
He is survived by his two children Ann Riding (Dennis) and Roger William Hoffmire. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren Melinda Hortin (Robert), Russell Riding (Jamilyn), Scott Riding (Micheala), Suzanne Riding, Emily Smith (Andrew), Christopher Riding, Kathryn Riding (Savannah), and Thomas Riding, along with his ten great grandchildren.
William graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1957. He attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1962. He received his Masters degree in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1970.
He worked the majority of his professional career for Western Electric, which became AT&T, from 1965 to 1998 beginning as a staff trainee and ending as a customer process manager and consultant. This work moved him and his family to many amazing places including Ohio, Washington, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas.
As an avid outdoorsman Bill enjoyed golf, camping, boating, hunting, fishing and skiing, all of which were best done with family and friends. He passed his love of skiing on to his eight grandchildren who he would visit and teach to ski. He had amazing friends from his time working at AT&T and later after retirement in his Texas neighborhood. His friends took incredible care of Bill, and he reciprocated by helping where he could. He was a religious man who cared for those around him and did all he could to help others.
Bill will be remembered for his love of travel and family. He would travel for all major life events for his children and grandchildren including weddings, graduations, holidays and birthdays. It brought joy to his life to be with his family and friends. His smile and laugh were infectious and he was willing to listen and offer support and advice where he could. Bill loved to be around people and enjoyed just chatting. He touched everyone he came across and will be missed by many people.
Llewellyn C. "Tom" Thompson,a beloved educator and family man, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2023, in Damascus, Ohio. Born in Cambridge, Ohio on April 16, 1940, Tom lived a life full of love, laughter, and learning, leaving behind an indelible legacy.
Tom was the cherished son of the late Llewellyn C. Thompson Sr. and Doris (Baker) Thompson. He was the caring brother of Sally Prouty and John (Karen) Thompson, and the late Bill Thompson. His family was the center of his world, and he was a loving husband of 60 years to Linda (Beamer) Thompson, and devoted father to his four children; Tommy Thompson III, Mace Eric Thompson, Heather (Gregg) Thompson, and Connon (Melissa) Thompson including a special daughter-in-law Claudia (Jeff) Thompson Malarick. Tom was also the proud grandfather of eight; Danielle, Kaela, Gavin, Payton, Gates, CJ, Liam, and Paige Thompson, and the great-grandfather of Lucy, Kenny, and Alice. He held a special place in his heart for his brother-in-law and sister's-in-law and was an adored uncle to many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Tom was a graduate of Muskingum College and later received his Masters from Westminster College. His commitment to education was unwavering, dedicating over four decades of his life to the noble profession. His journey began and concluded at West Branch Local Schools, with a significant 29-year tenure at the Louisville City School District along the way. Tom's dedication to his students was unparalleled, and he left a deep impact on many young lives.
Outside of his professional life, Tom was a man of many passions. He loved fishing and gardening, finding peace and joy in the simplicity of nature. However, his favorite pastime was attending his children's and grandchildren's events. His presence at these events was a testament to his unwavering support and love for his family.
Tom's life was a testament to the power of love, education, and the human spirit. His legacy will continue to live on through the many lives he touched, both within his family and the countless students he taught. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him, as a loving family man, a dedicated educator, and a true friend.
Richard "Dick" Patton May 31, 1942 August 23, 2019. Dick was raised in Hubbard and attended Hubbard schools, graduating high school in 1960. He went on to further his education at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, graduating in 1964.
Rev. Robert Laing Montgomery, age 87, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.
Michael John Korba, Sr (Mike) was born in Canonsburg, PA on May 11, 1944, the beloved son of Michael and Anna (Dubinsky) Korba. He was a 1962 graduate of Canon-MacMillian high school where he ran track, and played trumpet in the band. Mike went onto graduate from Muskingum College, New Concord, OH in 1966. Mike was a proud officer in the United States Navy serving from 1966 to 1988 in various posts in Vietnam, the Philippines, onboard the USS America, the Naval Security Group Headquarters, and at the National Security agency. When Mike retired from the Navy in 1988, he built a 20+ year career as a defense contractor working for various firms. Mike adored his family, and was a loving husband to Alyce, the 2 sharing 50 years of marriage; proud father to Leigh Maxson (Mike), Erin Weseloh ((Liam) and Michael Korba, Jr (Laura). He was the doating grandfather to Sophia Maxson, Logan Weseloh, Abigail Korba, MacKenzie Weseloh, and Graham Korba. All of whom he loved beyond words. Mike was the beloved brother to Joyce Dreeland, and Helen Cesari (predeasced), and was a fun loving brother-in-law, uncle, and cousin. Loved by everyone who met him.