CENTERBURG — Ida Allbright, 71, of Centerburg died June 18, 2006, at St. Ann’s Hospital.
She was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Morehead, Ky., to Charles and Zola (Hall) Barnes. She was a member of the Centerburg Christian Church. She was a loving and devoted mother and enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed working for Joe Vittorio at Champions Golf Course and working in the garden.
She is survived by five daughters, Debra (James) Shipley of Mount Vernon, Denise (Dick) Fisher of Sunbury, Dawn (Steve) Steele of Columbus, Rosalyn (Shane) Pruitt of Groveport and Harriet Bethel of Danville; three sons, Dewey (Jolene) Cockerill of Washington Court House, Leonard Smith of Sabina and James (Kathy) Allbright of Columbus; 22 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; four sisters, Christine Shea of Tampa, Fla., Louise (Louis) Weller of Kansas City, Kan., Jeannie (Dave) Staten of Jacksonville, Fla., and Maxine (Morris) Shady of Fountain, N.C.; one brother: Arthur White of San Jose, Calif.; and numerous loved friends.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Cockerill; her second husband, James O. Allbright Jr.; a son, Daniel J. Cockerill; sister, Chloe Garrison; and two granddaughters, Danielle Cockerill and Molly Allbright.
Friends may call Tuesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Centerburg Christian Church, 33 Church St., Centerburg, where funeral service will begin at 2 p.m., with Mr. Elmer Ball officiating. Burial will be in Mount Liberty Cemetery. The North-Dilley Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the St. Ann’s Cancer Clinic, 495 Cooper Road, Suite 120, Westerville, OH 43081; or to the Mad Hatters of Knox County, P.O. Box 1334, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary, along with an online registry, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Thomas E. Bartlett
MOUNT VERNON — Thomas E. Bartlett, 64, the chief of police in Mount Vernon for the past 23-plus years, died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Mount Vernon to Henry D. Bartlett and Reba L. (Johnson) Bartlett and was a 1959 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. Bartlett began his career with the Mount Vernon Police Department in February 1964. He was made a sergeant in 1977 and became the head of the detective division later that same year. He was named officer of the year in 1981 and in 1983 he became the 11th chief of the Mount Vernon Police Department. He served in that position for over 23 years and was the city’s longest serving chief in history. His skills in the field of vehicle theft investigations earned him honors as an instructor in auto and motorcycle theft investigation classes at the Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy. He had served as vice president of the Ohio Theft Investigators Association and served as an advisor to the magazine Police Products News, for which he authored two articles. Bartlett received many other honors including Life member of the International Association of Police Chiefs, was appointed to the Ohio Victim of Crime Advisory Board by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court where he served for nine years. Chief Bartlett also helped write state laws dealing with vehicle bumper heights.
Outside the law enforcement arena he had served as president of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club and was distinguished as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Tom was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.
Surviving are his wife, Candis (Kelly) Bartlett; his stepdaughter, Theresa Vernon of Mount Vernon; a granddaughter, Edie Vernon, and his mother-in-law, Mary L. Kelly of Mount Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Christopher Bartlett and Chad Thomas Bartlett; an infant brother, David Lee Bartlett; and his father-in-law, Jack L. Kelly.
Friends may call Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon with the Rev. James Magaw and the Rev. Dr. David Baker officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Chief Thomas E. Bartlett Scholarship Fund in care of The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 1 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who chooses law enforcement as a career.
To view this obituary or send a condolence online to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
COLUMBUS — Ruth Chilcote Longenbaker, 93, of Columbus passed away June 16, 2006, at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
A graduate of Fredericktown High School, she was a member of the 1929 and 1930 Fredericktown women’s basketball teams and later was inducted into the Fredericktown Athletic Hall of Fame, an honor she was very proud of. Ruth was a longtime officer of the Downtown Lions Club Women’s Auxiliary, a member of the Aquinas Mother’s Club and the Scioto Country Club. Devoted to her family, she was also the bookkeeper for the family business, McAlister Camera Companies.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John T. Longenbaker, in 1996.
She is survived by sons, Robert (Rosemary) Longenbaker and John (Lisa) Longenbaker; grandchildren, Stephanie (Andrew) Ponzio, Kelly, Kimberly and Ben; great-grandson, Rocco Andrew Ponzio; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at Discovery Christian Church (formerly Upper Arlington Christian Church), 2211 Haviland Road. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lions Sightsavers Inc., c/o The Lions Club of Columbus, P.O. Box 481, Columbus, OH 43216. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to e-mail condolences.
Gene Keith Steinmetz
MOUNT VERNON — Gene Keith Steinmetz, 56, of Mount Vernon died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at his residence.
Keith was born Jan. 25, 1950, in Mount Vernon, was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and had spent his lifetime in the Mount Vernon area. He had been an employee of the Knox County Engineer’s road maintenance crew and the Pleasant Township maintenance crew. Keith was a 25-year member of the Pleasant Grange.
Surviving are his wife, Denine “Dee” Wells-Steinmetz; his sons, Adam K. Steinmetz and Shane A. Steinmetz, both of Mount Vernon, and Aaron K. Steinmetz of Newark; his mother, Ruth (Veatch) Steinmetz of Gambier; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, the Revs. Gail and Stuart Wells of Cincinnati; his sisters, Kathryn (Bob) Westover of Martinsburg and Karen Steinmetz of Mount Vernon; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Keith was preceded in death by his father, Arthur “Peck” Steinmetz Sr.; an infant daughter, Mary Ruth Steinmetz; and a brother, Arthur Steinmetz Jr.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Hopewell Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon; or to a scholarship fund for his son Adam through the family or the funeral home. To view this obituary or send an online condolence to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Louise C. Wagner
102 years celebration of Life
WESTERVILLE — Louise C. Wagner, 102, of Westerville died Saturday, June 17, 2006.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Marion (Jack) Russell of Columbus; son, William R. (Marsha) Wagner of Mount Vernon; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Clayton Porter; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur C. Wagner; daughter, Margaret Jean Porter; and son, George E. Wagner.
Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, where service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Blendon Central Cemetery.
Jerry L. Welsh
AUBREY, Texas — On June 17, 2006, at 2:50 p.m., Jerry L. Welsh passed on to his Savior. Jerry was born in Bloomingburg, Ohio, on May 11, 1937, to Dennis and Velma Welsh. A Mass will be celebrated at St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church, 219 S. North St., Washington Court House, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 21, at 11 a.m.