Mabel F. Bence
ASHLAND — Mabel F. Husted Bence, 92, a resident of The Good Shepherd Nursing Home, formerly of Main Street, Warsaw, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at the nursing home.
Funeral service will be Monday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Ron Davis and Pastor Ron Little will officiate. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Warsaw United Methodist Church, 130 E. Church St., Warsaw, OH 43844; or to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1605 Ashland County Road 1095, Ashland, OH 44805. This obituary may be viewed online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Mildred E. Fisher
COSHOCTON — Mildred E. Fisher, 83, formerly of Fredericktown, died at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital in Coshocton.
Mildred was born Dec. 5, 1922, at Mansfield, a daughter of the late Fred C. and Martha (Stutz) Hall. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Fredericktown in 1957 where they owned and operated J.M. Fisher Jewelers until Jim’s death on March 21, 1969. Mildred had also worked at Ritchey’s Cardinal Market in Fredericktown.
She was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. Mildred especially enjoyed cooking and reading and a highlight of her life was a trip to the Holy Land and taking care of her family. The light of Mildred’s life was her children and grandchildren.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Gregory A. and Kathy (Johnson) Fisher of Coshocton; her daughter and son-in-law, Martha Ann and Phil Lehman of Elkhart, Ind.; her son-in-law, Jacque DeChant of Fredericktown; grandchildren, J.T. (Leslie) DeChant, Stacy (Fisher) Travis Timmons, Alison Fisher, Josh and Julia Fisher, and Holly Lehman; four great-grandchildren, Mason, Logan, Colvin and Kale; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Samantha and Seth; and two brothers, Jack Hall of Mansfield and Elwood (Betty) Hall of Avon Lake.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Murray Fisher; her daughter, Marsha Kay DeChant; a brother and a sister.
Friends may call Monday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the funeral at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Draper officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, OH 43050. For those unable to attend, visit the funeral home’s Web site to share a memory and sign the guest registry at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Edward Griffith Sr.
CENTERBURG — Edward A. Griffith Sr., 86, of Centerburg died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at his home.
He was retired from American National Can Co. in Mount Vernon, and was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II.
Surviving are a son, Edward A. Griffith Jr. of Centerburg; grandchildren, Kimberley (Nathan) Pence of Jacksonville, N.C., Edward A. (Lesley) Griffith III of Glasgow, Ky., David (Kathi) Griffith of Centerburg and Jason (Lisa) Griffith of Jacksonville, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Kari, Joshaua, Jace, Makaila, Ty, Dakota, Jason, Tasha, Aaron and Tiffany; brothers, Robert of Castlewood, Va., and Raymond of Bluefield, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecelia J. Griffith; sisters, Lucy Nash and Caroline Raines; brothers, Walter, Warren, Don and Jack Griffith.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, 49 W. Church St., Centerburg, where service will be Monday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. Elder Vance Jones will officiate. Interment will be in Rich Hill Cemetery.
Friends, if they wish, may contribute to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
MOUNT VERNON — Michael John “Mike” McGuire, 88, of Mount Vernon died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at his residence.
Mike was born Nov. 21, 1917, in Delano, Pa., to Bernard F. McGuire and Mary A. (Burke) McGuire. He was a 1935 graduate of Shortsville High School at Shortsville, N.Y., and earned his BS degree in 1939 and master’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, in 1940 from the University Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind. Mike was employed as a research and development chemist at Uniroyal in Mishawaka, Ind.; Continental Can Co. in Mount Vernon and General Electric in Coshocton. At the time of his retirement in 1982 he was a consultant for International Minerals and Chemical Co. in Terre Haute, Ind.
Michael was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon where he had served as an organist for 40 years, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree 847 in Mount Vernon, the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree 0830 in Newark, the Notre Dame Club of Columbus, the Notre Dame Alumni Association and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society of Manchester, N.Y..
He was married May 10, 1947, to Betty Irene Frushour in the Log Chapel on the campus of the University of Notre Dame with Rev. Peter Forrestal C.H.C., officiating.
Surviving are his five children, Mary V. McGuire of Tempe, Ariz., Martha A. (Eric) McGuire-Morrell of Jacksonville, Ore., and Maureen P. (John Locke) McGuire of Worthington; his two sons, Mark J. McGuire of Columbus and Matthew K. (Nona) McGuire of Bexley; five grandchildren, Matthew Morrell, Aidan Morrell, Brendan Morrell, Halle McGuire and Anna Mary McGuire.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 2003; his son, Michael J. McGuire Jr., in 1971; and his brother, Joseph J. McGuire, in 1985.
Friends may call Monday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where the Knights of Columbus will serve as honor guard. A Rosary service will be recited Monday following the calling hours at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Mount Vernon. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Church, 303 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To send an online condolence to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Earl F. Mickley
DANVILLE — Earl Francis Mickley of Chapel Road, Danville, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, in the Knox Community Hospital ICU, Mount Vernon. Arrangements are pending with the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Go online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com to view the obituary.
Ezra C. Miller
FREDERICKTOWN — Ezra Creed Miller, infant son of Buddy E. and Leslie N. (Christopher) Miller Jr. of Fredericktown, passed away shortly after birth on Nov. 8, 2006, at MedCentral in Mansfield.
In addition to his parents, Ezra is survived by a brother, Reece Miller and a sister, Kenley Miller; his paternal grandparents, Phil and Colleen Kimmet of Attica and Buddy E. Miller Sr. of Fostoria; his maternal grandparents, Sam and Terry Christopher of Fredericktown; great-grandfathers, Louis Kimmet Sr. of Republic and Herbert Christopher of Pennsylvania; a great-grandmother, Jean Ritchie of Pennsylvania; and several aunts and uncles.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon with Pastor Chris Macky officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Memorials contributions may be made to the Vineyard Church of Knox County, P.O. Box 1021, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To view this obituary or to leave the family an online condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Edna (Yeager) Rudolph
LEBANON, Ohio — Edna (Yeager) Rudolph died Nov. 4, 2006, at the Otterbein-Lebanon Retirement Community, Lebanon, Ohio; she was 98 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Walter Armstrong Rudolph. Edna and Walter grew up on neighboring farms in Leesburg, Pa.; they married in Volant, Pa., on June 18, 1930. Edna was the beloved mother of LaVonne Gaiser (Mrs. Charles S.) MacKenzie of Grove City, Pa., and Oviedo, Fla., and Katherine (Mrs. Charles L.) Wiley of New Wilmington, Pa. She was the grandmother of Lynne Gaiser (Mrs. Fred) Lascheid of Westerville, Ohio; and the great-grandmother of Matthew Lascheid. She was an aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Edna was born to Johnetta Wiegand and Samuel McClelland Yeager on Aug. 19, 1908, on a farm near Kittanning, Pa. Edna was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Wilda (Mrs. Darrel) Jones, Ann (Mrs. Harold) Kunzler and Henry Yeager; and by two half brothers, Charles Yeager and Harry Yeager.
Edna completed three summer sessions at Slippery Rock Normal Teacher’s College, and for three years she taught grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse near Leesburg. She resigned from teaching to marry Walter and move to Grove City.
As a mother of two daughters, Edna assisted with Girl Scout activities. She served countless meals and snacks to her daughter’s high school and college friend, as well as to the Methodist Youth Fellowship groups. Whenever a family member or friend was ill, she gave nursing care in their home or in the hospital. Edna was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter both in Grove City and Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Wherever she lived, Edna was an active member of the local Methodist Church. At the Grace United Methodist Church in Grove City, she was a member of the True Gold Class. Edna served as communion steward for many years, and helped prepare and serve meals for church activities. At the Gay Street Methodist Church in Mount Vernon and at the Otterbein-Lebanon, she continued to be a communion steward.
Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, Pa., is in charge of funeral arrangements. At Edna’s request, there will be no visitation hours. A memorial service was held Nov. 6, 2006, at her Methodist retirement community chapel. Burial will be private in Grove City. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City, Pa.; or to one’s favorite church fund.
MOUNT VERNON — Esther Rutledge, 88, of Mount Vernon passed away on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Nellie to the late Robert and Edna (Cullison) Burch. Esther attended the Central Church of Christ. She was a loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed by her family.
She is survived by her five daughters, Rita (Dick) Rasnick of Clover, S.C., Norma (William) Mashburn of Springfield, Mo., Carolyn Harmon of Mount Vernon, Sharon (John) Durbin of Kettering and Pamela (Kenneth) Janssen of Wooster; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Calvin (Clita) Burch of Newark, Clarence (Joan) Burch of Fredericktown, Darrell Burch of Orange, Calif., and Jim Burch of Davey, Fla.; and two sisters, Elsie Spurgeon of Mount Vernon and Ara Flack of Howard.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Rutledge; and a granddaughter.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Central Church of Christ. Mr. Don Linn and Mr. Ken Springer will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Church of Christ, 1005 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
SUNBURY — Clyde E. “Kice” Wright, 77, of Sunbury died Nov. 10, 2006, at St. Ann’s Hospital.
He was born May 11, 1929, in Pomeroy to Clyde M. and Cora (Reiber) Wright. He was a 1948 graduate of Linden High School and a member of its first undefeated “City Champion” football team. At age 19, he became a masonry contractor, a trade which he continued for 58 years with Wright Construction Co. Inc. For 10 years he designed, built and cared for the Ohio Vietnam Memorial.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Shade); daughters, Kim Mann of Galena and Jill Wright of Florida; sons, Philip (Diane) Holdren of Johnstown, Scott (Grethe) Holdren of Ostrander; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; brother, John A. (Alice) Wright; and special friend, Floyd Berry.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury; and Monday one hour prior to the service at 7 p.m. at Genoa Baptist Church, Galena. Pastor Wayne Booth will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Carmel Hospice, 793 W. State St., Columbus, OH 43222; or Adventures 4 Wish Kids, 6863 Oakcreek Drive, Columbus, OH 43229. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.