Jennie E. Davidson
BLADENSBURG — Jennie E. (Shrontz) Davidson of Bladensburg passed away on Jan. 18, 2007, after an extended illness.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1925, the seventh of nine children of Gayman and Mabel Shrontz in rural Marianna, Pa. Jennie pursued and completed a nursing degree at Pittsburgh’s Presbyterian Hospital during World War II, and moved to San Francisco. She worked as an operating room nurse at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. She married Glenn (Pete) Davidson on April 2, 1950, in Reno, Nev., and the young couple moved back to Bladensburg, Glenn’s family hometown, where they shared their life until Glenn’s passing in 1987.
Jennie voluntarily provided thousands of hours of nursing care for ailing folks in the surrounding community. She was also the school nurse for Bladensburg/East Knox Schools for over 35 years. She was an avid reader, especially enjoying historical information on the Civil War and the American Revolution, loved family genealogy, dreamed of being a writer, and was a devout Christian. Her travels with her family took her through all 50 states.
She and Glenn sponsored the Bladensburg Fourth of July fireworks for many years, and helped develop and support the annual Bladensburg Christmas Parade and street lighting. She lived in the same house in the little community for over 50 years.
She is survived by all five children, Dixie (Joseph) Furlong of San Francisco, Calif., Marsha Davidson of Bladensburg, Kimberly (Richard Barker) Davidson and Lucinda (Kai) Larsen, both of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a son, Robert (Sara) Davidson of Bidwell; five grandchildren, Emily, Caleb, Daniel and Elizabeth Davidson and Cecilia Furlong; numerous nieces and nephews; and a brother, Al (Myrna Loy) Shrontz of Alabama.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn (Pete) Davidson, in 1987; five sisters, Margaret, Frances, Harriett, Lorraine and Lena; and brothers, Frank and Sam.
Friends may call on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Harris-Dilley Funeral Home in Bladensburg. Funeral services will be held at the Bladensburg Church of God on Sunday at 2 p.m. with Mr. Matt Schwartz officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband of 37 years, in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
Special family appreciation goes to her daughter, Marsha, for her unselfish dedication and care for the last many months.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department, Bladensburg, OH 43005. This obituary, along with an online guest registry page, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
DANVILLE — Lola May, 89, of Danville passed away Jan. 17, 2007, at Morning View Care Center after a brief illness. She was born in Virginia in 1917.
She is survived by four daughters, Jean of Newark, Helen and Betty of Danville and Delphia of Mount Vernon; one son, Ralph (Fay) of Howard; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude, in 1967; and two grandchildren.
Friends may call Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home of Danville, where funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Homer Cemetery.
David G. Ridenour
COLUMBUS — David G. Ridenour, 59, of Columbus died Jan. 14, 2007, after a brief illness.
He was born in Mount Vernon on Nov. 8, 1947, to Russell and Helen Ridenour who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Paul Russell Ridenour. David was a Vietnam veteran. David was fond of cars and stock car racing, bingo and country music.
A memorial service will be held in Delaware at The Elks Lodge, 1502 W. William St., on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Rodman Funeral Services-OCMS of Columbus assisted in the arrangements.
Evelyn F. Schaffer
HOWARD — Evelyn Francis Schaffer, 51, of Howard passed away Jan. 17, 2007, at Knox Community Hospital.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1955, in Norwalk to Victor Francis and Mary Margaret (Youngless) Schaffer.
She is survived by three sons, Keith (Denielle) Schaffer of North Ridgeville, Matthew (Jennifer) Cochrane of Howard and Nash Cochrane of Gambier; two daughters, Katrina Cochrane and Emily Fantin, both of Mount Vernon; three brothers, Tom, Patrick and Jerry Schaffer; six sisters, Patty Thomas, Jeanie Weaner, Mary Dewalt, Dorothy Shambler, Vicki Nestor and Judy Newville; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Cathy.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the North-Dilley Funeral Home, 212 N. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
This obituary, along with an online guest registry page, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Harold E. Shock
MOUNT VERNON — Harold Edward Shock, 82, went to join God’s Heavenly choir on Jan. 17, 2007, in the Palliative Care Unit of the Knox Community Hospital after loosing his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and dear friends.
Harold was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Clarksburg, W.Va., to Harry Sr. and Opal (Swisher) Shock. He was a graduate of Charleston (W.Va.) High School and while serving in the Air Corps, he attended Texas Tech and Morris Harvey College. He was employed by Libby-Owens Ford in Charleston before transferring to Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Mount Vernon in 1946, where he ultimately retired as a glasscutter.
On Nov. 15, 1947, he married Ruth Samples who survives. Harold was known to many for his smooth baritone gospel singing voice. In the 1960’s he helped to found the Lordsmen Quartet and later joined the Regents Quartet. He was a charter member of the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene where he served as past board member, choir member and usher. He also proudly served on The Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Harold’s love for the city of Mount Vernon was displayed in his many years of volunteer service with the Mount Vernon City Shade Tree Committee. An avid gardener, he was known by many for his gift of tomato plants that he started from seeds each spring.
Besides his wife, Harold is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jim Tharp of Fredericktown; his daughter-in-law, Ruth Shock of Milwaukee, Wis.; his grandsons, Jeffrey Shock of Pewaukee, Wis., and Benjamin Shock of Milwaukee, Wis.; sisters, Edna (Oscar) Poole of East Elijay, Ga., and Ruthanna (James) Perry of Charleston, W.Va. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen, in 1999; his parents; and brothers, Kenneth, Virgil and Harry Jr.
Friends may call Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home from 1 to 4 p.m. A service will be held on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Larry Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
The family requests memorial contributions to Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, American Cancer Society, the Mount Vernon Salvation Army, the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital or the City of Mount Vernon Shade Tree Committee (Harold Shock Memorial Fund). This obituary and online condolences can be accessed at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
June Van Nostrand
MOUNT VERNON — Evalyn June Van Nostrand, 81, of Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at her residence.
She was born on Dec. 5, 1925, in Mount Vernon to the late Jacob and Creta (Ralston) Esely. In 1931, June first started to school at the Third Ward School in Mount Vernon, two years later her parents moved to Gambier, with June entering school there. In 1938, June’s family moved to Loudonville, Ohio, her dad working at the Flxible Co. June now becomes a Loudonville High School “Red Bird.” During her high school years she gained a lot of working experience with part-time jobs in the local business stores. She was an ambitious lady. June enjoyed her high school years, receiving many awards and was very active in high school activities. She was a good student and set her life’s goals to become a nurse.
June graduated from Loudonville High School in 1943 and entered the Mansfield Hospital Nursing College. Her cousin Helen Campbell also entered the Nursing College at the same time, so they had companionship. Since World War II was taking place, the U.S. government needed nurses, so they established the U.S. Army Nurses Cadet Corps at the Mansfield Hospital Nursing College.
June became a member of the Army’s Nurse Cadet Corps, and it was a financial blessing for June as it paid all of her nursing education expenses. June now was an official Army board nurse, but the war ended in 1945, so her obligation to the U.S. government was canceled.
June finished her nurse education and takes the Ohio State Nursing Exam and earns her Registered Nursing Degree.
June married Clyde Hawkins in 1946 and worked as a nurse at Ashland Hospital helping Clyde get his business degree at Ashland College. Later June worked as a nurse in Toledo, Ohio, and Effingham, Ill. In 1965, June and family moved to Mount Vernon. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon for 25 years as a highly respected nurse and as a supervisor of fourth floor for her last 10 years. For years after and to the present day after her retirement, she often gets accolades and praise from her former patients remembering her good professional care.
June married Guy Van Nostrand, a Mount Vernon High School teacher and coach in 1966, and they have had 41 great years together.
She enjoyed early American antiques and she was an avid collector of them. June was instrumental in helping to restore the old Tiger Valley one-room school house that was moved to Knox County Fairgrounds, to its original likeness with artifacts that she obtained at auctions. By doing this she helped to preserve the early history of education for today’s youth.
She was a member of the Ohio Registered Nurse Association, the Lady of Aladdin and Baldwin Shriners, Knox County Agricultural Museum, Knox County Historical Society and the Ohio Eastern Star 92 of Ashland, Ohio.
June was a good Christian being affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Loudonville. She was a good mother, wife and friend. All will miss her and she had faith in God and his son Jesus. June believed that she was born to help others and she did, as a nurse reflecting God’s light on earth, one of his angels.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Richard “Rick” (Mary Jo) Hawkins of Mount Vernon and James (Pam) Hawkins of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Susan (Dan) Snyder of Mount Vernon; a stepson, Gary (Ruth) Van Nostrand of Mount Vernon; two stepdaughters, Patsy May of Fort McCloud, S.C., and Susan (John) Peters of Clearwater, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde Hawkins.
Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Diabetes Association, 1100 Dennison Ave., Columbus, OH 43201. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.