Anna L. Coyl
MOUNT VERNON — Anna Lorena Schnoeblen Coyl, 93, of Mount Vernon passed away on Feb. 22, 2007, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.
She was born Aug. 13, 1913, in Martins Ferry to the late William and Anna (Gaspar) Wurschum. Anna was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church, where she was active in the church’s ministries. She was also a foster grandparent for 20 years for the Mount Vernon Developmental Center.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy L. Patterson of Mount Vernon; a son, James W. Schnoeblen of Collegedale, Tenn.; stepson, George (Yolanda) Coyl of Utica; three grandchildren, Amy M. (John) Meeker of Mount Vernon, Alissa (Josh) Elliott of Howard and Heather D. (Jonathan) Knoch of Suffolk, Va.; and three great-grandchildren, Alivia and Blake Elliott and Aubrey Meeker.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, William A. Schnoeblen and Marion K. Coyl; and three brothers, William, Robert and Charles Wurschum.
Funeral service was Monday at the North-Dilley Funeral Home with Pastor Peter Simpson officiating. Burial followed in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made in Anna’s name to Three Angels Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 220, West Frankfort, IL 62896. This obituary, along with an online guest registry page, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Robert M. Day
MOUNT VERNON — Robert Michael Day, 82, of Upper Fredericktown Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 25, 2007, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 9, 1924, in Mount Vernon, a son of the late Cale and Daisy (Stoffel) Day. Robert was a retired machinist and supervisor for Cooper Cameron. He was also a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, the Mount Zion Lodge 9 of the Free and Accepted Masons in Mount Vernon for 50 years, the Valley of Columbus, Scottish Rite, and the Aladdin Shrine in Columbus. Robert was a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific.
Robert is survived by his devoted wife, Irene (Keever) Day, whom he married on July 6, 1946; daughters, Cynthia Sue (John) Holmes of Richmond, Va., and Rebecca (Robert) Day-Skowron of Franktown, Colo.; grandchildren, Jonathan Keever Holmes, Christopher Asher Holmes, Nicolette Kathleen Skowron and Michael Grey Skowron.
In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Robert Day; brothers, Richard and Herbert Day; and a sister, Frances (Floyd) Ellis.
The family will have a private graveside service in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with military graveside services provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is caring for the family with these arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To view this obituary or to leave the family an online condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Chloe W. Kerch
MOUNT VERNON — Chloe Wilma (Ruggles) Kerch, 85, of Mount Vernon passed away peacefully at Knox Community Hospital on Feb. 24, 2007.
Born July 22, 1921, in Norwalk to the late Frank and Wilhelmina (Ries) Ruggles, Chloe was a 1939 graduate of Monroeville High School. In 1950 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University.
A lifelong Ohio resident, Chloe served as a Home Extension Agent in Perry County. Following marriage to James Kerch and their move to Mount Vernon, she continued to be active with the Extension Program, serving as a project judge in several Ohio counties and for many years as a 4-H club advisor. She was a talented seamstress, a gift she shared generously in fostering the skills of others in the community. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ for 54 years and was active in the church’s ministries. Chloe volunteered with the Head Start Mothers Program, the Knox County Historical Society, and was a member of the Poetry Appreciation Group, the Knox County Farm Bureau, and the General Association of Mayflower Descendants, Columbus Colony.
Chloe is survived by sons, Daniel and Paul Kerch of Mount Vernon; daughter, Martha, her husband, Joseph Matthias, and a grandson, James Kerch-Matthias, of Andover/Bayville N.J. Chloe is also survived by a cherished contingent of nieces and nephews, great and grand.
Chloe was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, James Alfred Kerch, who passed away on May 25, 2003, and their infant son; her brothers, West and Lee Ruggles; and her sister, Netta Ruggles Schnee.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. R. Keith Stuart, Ph.D. officiating. The North-Dilley Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is handling the arrangements.
It is her wish that donations in her memory be made to the First Congregational UCC, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Chloe was a caring and exceptionally creative person, and her family and friends will miss her greatly.
This bio, along with an online guest registry page, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Charles R. Levering
DALLAS — Charles Richard Levering was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Fredericktown, Ohio, and passed away Feb. 22, 2007, in Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Violet Williams Levering and Harold W. Levering of Fredericktown, Ohio, and Bradenton, Fla.; and his oldest brother, Harold W. Levering Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlene Levering; daughter, Lou Ann Levering Monroe, and her son, Preston; son, Craig Richard Levering and his wife, Carrie, and their daughters, Christen and Courtney, all of Dallas; and his brother, W. Roger Levering of Bay Village, Ohio.
He graduated from Staunton Military Academy and attended Northwestern University where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. Charles served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Upon his return, he was a partner in the family business of livestock and wool. Charles and his family moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1958. In 1990, he ended his professional career in management with Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages. During his life he was a 50-year member of the Thrall Lodge of Masonry in Fredericktown, Ohio; a 32nd Degree Mason with Scottish Rite; a Knight with the Knights Templar of Texas; a member of the Hella Temple Shrine; and a 55-year member of the Mount Vernon American Legion.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctor, nurses, and staff at the Plaza at Edgemere as well as doctors and nurses at the Heart Transplant Clinic at St. Paul University Hospital where he received his 1993 transplant.
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 26, in Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, TX 75219; or St. Paul Foundation-Transplant Patient Education Fund, 5909 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75290-9243.
Gwendolyn A. Taylor
CELINA — Gwendolyn A. Taylor peacefully passed away at home in Celina on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, following a long illness.
Gwen was born in Ashland on Feb. 16, 1936, the oldest child of Virgil L. and Lucy H. Raver, who along with a brother, Andrew, preceded her in death.
She is survived by husband, Kenneth E.; four adult children, Joy (Michael) Letts, Jill (Lonnie) Williams, Joan (Charles) Streby and Kirk (Rebecca) Taylor; a sister, Janet Raver; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Gwen received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. Her professional experience included secretarial duties for Wilco Chemical in Akron and for the JB Foote Foundry in Fredericktown.
At Gwen’s request her remains were donated to the Wright State University Medical School in Dayton for training and research. Memorial services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Celina on Saturday, March 10. Visitation with family and friends will begin at 1 p.m. with services to follow at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will continue following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1100 N. Main St., Celina, OH 45822; or to State of the Heart Hospice, 230 W. Main St., Coldwater, OH 45828.