Rosie M. Cline
MARENGO — Rosie Marie Cline, 75, of Marengo died on Monday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2006, at her daughter’s residence in Cardington.
Arrangements are pending with the Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Gilead. A full obituary can be read and online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Florence G. Gault
MOUNT VERNON — Florence G. Gault, 85, of Old Mansfield Road, Mount Vernon, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at her residence. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. To send a condolence to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Beatrice E. Sickle
MOUNT VERNON — Beatrice E. Sickle, 79, of Willow Street Extension, Mount Vernon, passed away at her home on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. The arrangements are under the care and direction of the Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
William D. Widdows
SPRINGFIELD — William D. Widdows, 76, of Springfield passed away Dec. 16, 2006.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and later achieved the rank of colonel within the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he was an active member of the ROA and the MOAA. He was retired from DCSC.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Linda.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Julie (Johnny) Luttrell, Tony (Hunda) Reali and Nancy (Chad) Forster of Howard; three grandchildren; and many other extended family members and dear friends.
Funeral service will be today at 6 p.m. at Schoedinger East Chapel, 5360 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, where the family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Additional funeral services, including burial, will be held in Wichita, Kan., at a later date.
Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave an online condolence visit www.schoedinger.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Helen (Weiner) Zelkowitz, 95, of Mount Vernon passed away on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah and Samuel Weiner; husband, Charles; son, Stephen; sisters, Tilly Ziskind, Ruth Kanter and Eleanore Yenkin; brothers, Abe, Bernard, Carl and Elliott Weiner.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Donna Zelkowitz, granddaughter, Juliet (Luke) McCarthy III, great-granddaughter, Helen McCarthy, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandson, Jonathan Zelkowitz of California. She is also survived by her devoted nieces and nephews, Bernard Yenkin, Bernard Kanter, Sam Weiner, Leah Salis, Susan Portman, Sharon Keiffer, Sandra Levine and Linda Yenkin; and many cousins and friends.
Helen was not only a pioneer for women as professionals in the communications industry, but more importantly an exemplar of dedication to community and others. She will be greatly missed. In 1951, she helped launch the local FM station and two years later the AM station, and in 1970, Mount Vernon Cablevision. In 1956, she was a charter member of the Columbus Buckeye Chapter of the American Women in Radio and Television where she served as a life member and former board member. In 1979, she was honored by the Ohio Broadcasters Association as the first Woman Broadcaster of the Year. She was among the first inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame when it was established in 1978, and in May 1992, was named to the Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame.
In 1956, Mrs. Zelkowitz was a charter member and first president of the local Soroptimist International. She was the first woman to serve as the Campaign Chairman for the United Way of Knox County and later was the organization’s chairman of the board. She had also been the board chair of the Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She had been a dedicated supporter of Kenyon College, including its Hillel organization. Just this past April, Kenyon bestowed upon Helen an honorary Ph.D. She was a life member of Hadassah and a Ruby Lion of Judah of the United Jewish Federation. Her grandfather, Kalman London, was the first rabbi at Agudas Achim Synagogue in Columbus and she was a life member of the synagogue’s sisterhood. She was also a member of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society, World Jewish Congress, B’nai Brith, and ORT.
Taking food baskets to the poor with her mother and sisters was routine, setting the example for her own philanthropic lifestyle. To Helen, giving was a privilege. Among the many beneficiaries are: Israel Red Cross, Columbus Jewish Foundation, Columbus Jewish Federation, American Red Cross (Mount Vernon), Kenyon College Hillel, OSU Hillel Foundation, Knox County United Way, Mount Vernon Community Trust, Mount Vernon Food for the Hungry drive, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Community Center, Knox Community Hospital, Agudas Achim Synagogue, Columbus Torah Academy, Columbus Jewish Day School, Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Hadassah, Mount Vernon YMCA, Mount Vernon Development Center, Wexner Heritage Village, Schottenstein Chabad House, Shalom House, Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Center, as well as many charities in Israel.
Funeral service will be today at 3 p.m. at The Epstein Memorial Chapel, 3232 E. Main St., Columbus. Prior to the funeral, the family will received friends this morning at Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. Shiva will be observed at the residence of Bernard and Susie Kanter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Charles, Helen and Stephen Zelkowitz Foundation, 1175 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209; Agudas Achim Synagogue, 2767 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43209; Kenyon College Hillel, 103 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022; or the American Red Cross of Knox County, 300 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Online guestbook at www.epsteinmemorial.com.