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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Alice V. Stutz (March 30, 2013)

Alice V. Stutz, 77, of Arcanum, passed away late Saturday afternoon, March 30, 2013 at her residence surround by her loving family.

She was born September 9, 1935 in Amory, Mississippi, daughter of the late Selma and Susie (Williams) Ford. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Edward (Rosa) Ford and Cecil (Mary Sue) Ford; and a brother-in-law, Leon Stutz.

A homemaker, Alice helped her husband on the family farm. She was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Ithaca.

Alice is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ralph E. Stutz, whom she married June 28, 1974; children, Dan Gaddy, Pat (John) Phlipot, Tammy (Jay) Merzke, Steve (Durinda) Stutz, and Wayne (Lori) Stutz; grandchildren, Danny (Jeorgene) Gaddy, Josh (Jennifer) Gaddy, Allison (Mike) Walls, Stephanie Gaddy, Amy (Rich) Hadden, Stacey (Jesse) Reynolds, John "Weasel" (Megan) Phlipot, Matt Phlipot, Mindy Phlipot, Aaron (Miranda) Merzke, Melanie Merzke, Holly (James) Dotson, Mariah Mareno, Alaina Merzke, Steve (Dani) Stutz, Jr., Chasity Stutz, Kristopher Stutz, Tyler Stutz, Amanda (Mitch) Arnett, Michael Stutz, Kyle Stutz, Kraig Lawrence, and Kyle Klingensmith; 26 great grandchildren and 2 expected; brothers and sister, Clovis "Punk" (Mabel) Ford, Jim "J.C." (Becki) Ford, and Gladys (Charles) Robinson; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 6825 St. Rt. 722, Ithaca, OH, with Pastor Joene Herr officiating. Burial will follow in the Ithaca Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH, on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m., and at the church Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Charles L. Prether (March 30, 2013)

Charles L. Prether age 86, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 8:15 A.M. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Brethren Retirement Community. Mr. Prether was born October 28, 1926 in Darke County, Ohio. He was the son of the late John and Tressie Prether.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Army, he came back to Darke County to farm the family farm. For many years, he was employed by and retired from Provico Inc. Mr. Prether was a lifelong member of Beech Grove Church of the Brethren serving in many different ways through the years. Throughout his life, he was an active member of the community. A few of his activities were serving on the Liberty Local School District school board first as a member then as board president, being a 4-H Advisor, volunteering for State of the Heart Hospice and most recently serving as a member of the Darke County Planning Commission.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 64 years, Edith (Curtner), daughter Deborah Wiltshire and husband David of Plymouth, Michigan, son Terry Prether and wife Kris Stred of Kirkland, Washington, sister Juanita Mikesell and brother in law Bob of Greenville, Ohio, and brother Robert Prether and wife Lucy of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He leaves behind his cherished grandchildren Brooke and Tyler Conn, Matt Prether and fiancée, Ellie Peterson, Mark and Teresa Wiltshire, Eric and Malina Wiltshire, Lara and Nathan Ray and Katie Davis. Great grandchildren are Eli and Madelyn Conn, Brennen and William Wiltshire, and Chloe Ray. He will be missed by his other brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews and many close friends.

A private graveside service will be held at the discretion of the family. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Brethren Retirement Community Chapel 750 Chestnut Street Greenville with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. at the Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident’s Aid Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Helen L. Ross (March 29, 2013)

Helen L. Ross age 90, of Palestine, Ohio was reunited with her husband and son. Helen peacefully passed away at 5:00 A.M. on Friday, March 29, 2013. Helen was born January 26, 1923 in Oxford, Wisconsin to the late Neal & Mildred (Cummings) Houslet.

Helen is survived by a granddaughter, Rachel & Bryan Duncan of Palestine; grandson, Aaron Ross of Palestine; great-grandchildren, Evan Duncan and Chelsea Duncan; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Schultz of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Helen is also preceded in death by her husband, Herman E. Ross on August 4, 2001; son, Jim Ross; brother, Neal Houslet; and sisters, Maxine Houslet and Beth Roney.

Helen was a retired school teacher and raised Standard Bred Race Horses. Helen was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville and the Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association. She was a former member of the Eastern Star.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery in Palestine. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, March 29, 2013

John Edmond Singleman (March 28, 2013)

John Edmond Singleman age 86, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:14 P.M. on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Heartland of Greenville. John was born February 27, 1927 in Hughestown, Pennsylvania to the late John David & Clara K. (Oberer) Singleman.

John is survived by his wife, Martha L. (Runner) Singleman whom he married June 15, 1948; son, Douglas Singleman of Greenville, Ohio; daughters & sons-in-law, Linda & Dan O’Brien of Grand Blanc, Michigan, Nikki & Barry Stevens of Wapakoneta, Ohio and Leslie & Don Rismiller of Russia, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Bertke of Rossburg, Ohio; half sister, Jan & Mike Purdy of Rochester Hills, Michigan; and faithful dog, Daisy.

John worked for 33 years for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier; he was the former Post Master at New Weston and former Officer in Charge at the Rossburg Post Office. John served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville and Greenville Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. John was the former Mayor of New Weston, 1st long term care Ombudsman in Darke County and was the former President and Vice President of the Ansonia Board of Education.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third Street Greenville with Rev. Fr. John R. White celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greenville with Military Graveside Services conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Donna Kay Wright (March 26, 2013)

Donna Kay Wright, 73, of Greenville passed away March 26, 2013 at her home in Greenville. She had recently been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

She was born March 11, 1940, in Greenville, Ohio, the daughter of Donald Richard and Gwendolyn Irene (Rehmert) Neiswonger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Fred Wright; sister, Rebecca Neiswonger, and brother, James William Neiswonger.

After retirement, Donna was very involved with volunteering locally. At different times, she volunteered for Friends of the Library, North School, Woodland Heights, Humane Society, Crime Stoppers, Hospice, Red Cross, and Darke County Park District. She received and 2002 VFW Citizen of the Year and 2003 VFW State Volunteer of the Year award. She helped establish the Darke County Birders Club, the Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club, and began the Greenville Creek clean-up

She was involved with many of the St. Paul Lutheran Church committees, served on church council, and was the first cook for the soup kitchen. She worked as church secretary for Grace Lutheran Church. For many years, she helped as a poll worker. Donna was active with the Republican Party, having served as treasurer of the Darke County Republican Executive Committee, and served on the Central Committee. She received the Darke County Party's Republican of the Year Recognition.

Donna is survived by son, William Norvell of Miami, Florida ; daughter-in-law and husband, Emiko and David Augsburger of Greenville; grandchildren, Nicholas Norvell and Ryan Augsburger of Greenville, two great-grandchildren; and special friend, Steve Miller. She is also survived by brother, Tom (Cindy) Neiswonger of McMinnville, Oregon; sisters, Jennifer (Richard) Wagle of Weatherford, Texas; Mary (Carl) Welsh of Lawton, Oklahoma; Uncle Phil and Aunt Marjory Rehmert of Greenville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church 131 East Fourth Street Greenville with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in the old section of Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be left to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville and State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Tom Inman (March 24, 2013)

Tom Inman, 63 of Union City, Ohio passed away on March 24, 2013 at the Kettering Medical Center. Tom was born on September 7, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Mary Lou Scroughum and the late Elzie Inman.

Tom had worked for Workhorse Chassis in Union City, Indiana. He served our country in the United States Army, during the war in Vietnam. He was a member of the VFW in Greenville, OH. He was always doing something to keep him busy. He loved woodworking and made various items. He also collected coins, had a big interest in old cars and going to car shows. He loved to work in his garden and also loved cooking and fishing. Tom was a devoted husband, father and brother and a super grandfather.

Tom is preceded in death by his father; a brother, Daryle Lee Inman, and a granddaughter, Lexy Pharr.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his mother, Marylou Scroughumof Ft. Wayne, Indiana; his wife, Esther(Cauldwell)Inman, who he married on July 09,1993; sons and daughters in law, T.J and Stacy Inman of Greenville, OH and Scott Smedley and friend Penny Gerke-Williams of Decatur, IN; daughters and sons in law, Chasity and Levi Vinson of Union City, IN and Denise and Jaime Oakes of Englewood, OH; ten grandchildren, Devin Frankman, Dorian Inman, D’Juan Sanchez, Ashton, Braxtin, Zayne Inman, Candace Bettinger and partner Corby Rickert, Tristin Pharr, Jenessa and Isiah Smedley; brother and sister in law, Howard and Sheri Inman of Greenville, OH; sisters and brother in law, Violet Klackner of Greenville, Dixie and Bob Bloom of Fort Wayne, IN, Germaine Main of Marathon, FL, Claudia Smith of Greenville, OH, Laura and Jerry Woodyard of Greenville, OH.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The family wishes that memorial contributions be made to Kettering Medical Center, 3535 Southern Blvd., Kettering, OH 45429. Braund-Pope Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to braundpope@woh.rr.com

Marvin Leo Barger (March 26, 2013)

Marvin Leo Barger, 84, of Greenville (Wayne Lakes), passed away Tuesday morning, March 26, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

He was born October 17, 1928 in Jay County, Indiana, son of the late Charles Abraham and Lucy (Burkey) Barger. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a daughter Scarlet (Barger) McSherry; brothers, Kenneth, Leon, Arlie, Jack, Carl, Glen, and Robert Barger.

Marvin was retired from GM in Dayton, Ohio where he had worked for 31 years.

He is survived by his wife Bernice (McGahey) Barger whom married in Portland, IN in 1948; children, Lugene Barger of Dayton and Doug Barger of Wayne Lakes; grandchildren, Heather Battles, Alan McSherry, Brett McSherry, Sarah Copas, Elizabeth Copas, Katherine Petersen, Lorraine Barger, Amy Barger, Adam Barger, Lisa Barger; great grandchildren, Jennifer, Scarlet,Thomas, Caitlyn, Autumn, Selah, Noelle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013 at Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church in Fort Jefferson, Ohio with Pastor Doug Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery in Ft. Recovery, Ohio.

The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. till the time of services.

Arrangement have been entrusted to Oliver-Floyd Funeral in Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Betty L. Keyser (March 24, 2013)

Betty L. Keyser age 76, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 9:52 P.M. on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Hospice of Dayton. Betty was born September 1, 1936 in Somerset, Kentucky to the late James A. & Fannie (Everidge) Osborne.

Betty is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, James & Maria Keyser of Troy and David & Joyce Keyser of Salina, Kansas; daughter & son-in-law, Susan & Adren Cox of Louisville, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters & brother-in-law, Anna L. Foy of Lexington, Kentucky and her twin sister, Bonny & Milt Beasley of Miamisburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Betty is also preceded in death by her husband, Earl W. Keyser on October 6, 1975 whom she married May 23, 1954.

Betty retired in 2004 with over 30 years of service for Dr. Morris and Dr. Ruhenkamp Optometrists in Versailles where she was a receptionist. Betty also was a teacher’s aide at Versailles Elementary School, where she helped with learning disability classes. Betty was a active member of Versailles Christian Church, where she was a Deaconess, choir member, Sunday School Teacher and a former member of the Philathea Women’s Fellowship Group of the Church. Betty was active in the Coterie Club, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Bridge Club and taught Community Education & Bridge Classes. Betty was also a former Paramedic for the Versailles Life Squad.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Versailles Christian Church 105 West Ward Street Versailles with Pastor Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home and Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or Versailles Christian Church. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

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Marjorie Adele Townsend (March 24, 2013)

Marjorie Adele Townsend, 87, of Greenville, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2013 at The Claire Bridge Sterling House in Greenville, she was born on August 3, 1925 in Greenville, Ohio to the late John and Merl (Fernsler) Tharp.

Marjorie worked for The Nestle Company for 22 years and later retired from The Treaty Company after working for 23 years. She was a longtime member of EUM Church and served in many areas of ministry such as United Methodist Women and the Funeral Meal ministry. Marjorie also volunteered for many years for Meals on Wheels. Marjorie enjoyed working in her yard and taking care of her home. She was a social person and enjoyed the time she spent with her friends and family.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Townsend, whom she married on June 23, 1945. Lowell passed away on January 11, 2002. Also, preceding her in death are three brothers, Raymond Tharp, William Tharp and John Tharp, Jr., and a sister, Pauline Good.

Marjorie is survived by a nephews, Roger Good and niece Becky Good of Indiana, Ralph and Pat Tharp of Indiana and James and Pam Tharp of New Mexico; niece, Patricia and Tom Baker of Greenville, Ohio; great nephew, Douglas Tharp; great nieces, Jennifer Good, Michelle "Shelly" and Barry Cox, Sharon and Dave Weitz and Cindy.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, March 29th at 11:00 AM at EUM Church, 1451 Sater Street in Greenville with the Rev. Sylvia McKibben and Rev. Eric Fee being asked to officiate. The family will receive guests an hour before the service beginning at 10:00 AM. Marjorie asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made to EUM Church for their building fund or State of the Heart Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

Funeral services are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Tom Hull Voiles (March 23, 2013)

Tom Hull Voiles, age 63, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. He was born on April 24, 1949 in Greenville, Ohio, to the Edgar & Winifred (Spence) Voiles of Greenville.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife of 40 Years Judy (Shroyer) Voiles of Greenville, whom he married on March 23, 1973; son and daughter in law, Matt & Melissa Voiles of Greenville; daughter and son in law, Mandy & Chad Garrett of Rancho Santa Margarita, California; grandchildren, Brodie & Breckin Garrett and Gavin Voiles; brother and sister in law, Jerry & Susan Voiles of Arcanum, Ohio; mother in law, Jean Shroyer of Greenville; brothers in law and sisters in law, Janie & Butch Clark, Joann & Bob Nelson, Mike & Sue Shroyer and Jim & Janet Hunt all of Greenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father in law, Robert Shroyer.

Tom was the owner and operator of Voiles Electric Motor Repair and also worked at Ace Hardware in Greenville. Tom was a wonderful grandpa and really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

There will be a service held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 4-8 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Brian Eugene Crabtree

Brian Eugene Crabtree, 46 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully. He will be missed dearly by all of his family.

Private graveside services will be held at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens at the convenience of the family with Pastor Ron Hoeksema officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

H. Samuel Grabeman (March 22, 2013)

H. Samuel Grabeman, age 76 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:35 A.M. Friday March 22, 2013 in the Rest Haven Nursing Home of Greenville.

Sam was born November 8, 1936 in Dubois County, Indiana and the son of the late Herbert & Meta (Hoffman) Grabeman.

Sam retired in 1999 from ABF Trucking of Dayton, Ohio. He had also worked for Carl Subler Trucking and Pohl Trucking, both of Versailles, Ohio. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Military Police Unit. He was also a member of the Kentucky Colonel.

A member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville, the church choir and had been a member of a Barber Shop Singing Group. Sam, with his wife Ruth, had enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states as well as Hawaii and their trips to Europe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ruth E. (Coulson) Grabeman June 22, 2010. They were married November 3, 1957.

Sam is survived by his sons Allan Grabeman of Fishers, Indiana, Daniel Grabeman of Portsmouth, Ohio; daughters in law Janice Grabeman of Portsmouth and Kay Grabeman Eltzroth of Frankton, Indiana; grandchildren Katie Grabeman, Luke Grabeman, Jessica Grabeman and Mary Grabeman, sister and brother in law Grace & John Parmelee of Wilmington, Delaware and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday March 26, 2013 in the St. John Lutheran Church 7814 State Route 121-North Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday March 25, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Tuesday 1 hour prior to the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the St. John Lutheran Church.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Christopher Steven Overholser (March 20, 2013)

Christopher Steven Overholser age 38, of Columbus, Ohio & formerly of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 11:32 A.M. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his residence. Christopher was born January 9, 1975 in Greenville, Ohio to Steve & Teresa Overholser of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, Christopher is survived by a sister & brother-in-law, Niki & Josh Routt of Greenville; brother, Tyler Overholser of Greenville; nieces and nephews, Raven Petitjean, Brandon Allread, Isaac Routt, Isabella Routt and Mavrick Routt; grandparents, Bud & Phyllis Overholser of Greenville and Rev. Clyde Eldridge of Fairborn; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Christopher is preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Eldridge.

Christopher worked at Nationwide Insurance Corporate Office in Columbus. He was a graduate of Greenville High School and The Ohio State University in Columbus.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor David Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Herbert H. Stentzel (March 19, 2013)

Herbert H. Stentzel, age 87 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 5:27 A.M. Tuesday March 19, 2013 at his residence. Herbert was born March 23, 1925 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of the late Herman & Macie (Prinzing) Stentzel.

He had retired in 1990 as the assistant manager of the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Store of Greenville and had worked for many years as the sexton at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenville.

Herb was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and had served as a Deacon of the church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers LeRoy, Joseph (Joe) and Sterling Stentzel. Also Infant Cecil Stentzel and Dona Stentzel Zigler.

Herb is survived by a nephew Lawrence LeRoy Stentzel of Wilmington, N.C., a niece JoAnne MacPhail of San Francisco, CA. and numerous other extended family members.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday March 23, 2013 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Dr. John Person officiating. Burial will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday in the funeral home.

It was the wishes of Herb that Memorial Contributions are given to the First Presbyterian Church.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com


Steven J. Baker (March 14, 2013)

Steven J. Baker, 64, of Dayton, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2013 at Hospice of Dayton. Steven was born on November 28, 1948 in Piqua, Ohio to the late Robert and Mildred (Sturgeon) Baker.

A celebration of life service will be held on March 20, 2013, 10 AM at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison with the his son Timothy Baker being asked to officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Greenville Twp. Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com. Services are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wilma Jean (Lenker) Mangen (March 16, 2013)

Wilma Jean (Lenker) Mangen, 82, of Greenville and formerly of Rossburg, passed away Saturday evening, March 16, 2013 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was born August 22, 1930 in Darke County, daughter of the late Orville and Lurlene (Richter) Strait. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband Joseph Lenker and second husband Roger Mangen; daughter, Janice Lenker and 2 brothers, Robert and Kenny Strait.

Jean had retired as a bus driver for Mississinawa Valley School District having driven for over 25 years and was a member of the Rossburg United Methodist Church. She attended the Pleasant Valley Church of Brethern.

She is survived by her children, Linda (John) Schroeder of Lynn, IN, Tim (Mirinda) Lenker of Etowah, TN, Carol (Steve) Hill of Fountain City, IN and Dan (Sheila) Lenker of Greenville, OH; step children, Larry Mangen of Rossburg, Gary Mangen of New Paris, David (Janel) Mangen of Versailles, Madonna (Tim) Runner of Rossburg, a sister, Betty (Gail) Teegarden of Ansonia, OH; 9 Grandchildren, Eric, Laura, Kristina, Timothy, Joey, Adam, Tonya, Sheila and Jennifer; 9 Great-grandchldren; Several Step Grandchildren and step Great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 21 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Teegarden Cemetery near Ansonia.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 - 8 P.M.. The family request that memorial contributions be given to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

William J. "Bill" Sholley (March 15, 2013)

William J. "Bill" Sholley, 85, of Greenville, passed away late Friday evening, March 15, 2013 at the Oakley House in Greenville.

He was born August 23, 1927 in Ansonia, son of the late Francis William and Nettie Edna (Miller) Sholley. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby H. (Atkinson) Sholley on March 25, 2008; 3 sisters, Mary Helen Coppess, Alice Shaw and Marie Derr, and one brother John Sholley.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Victor Arnett; 3 grandchildren, Barbara Arnett (Larry Vititoe) of Gordon, Jeff (Darrellyn) Arnett, Nicole (Kirk) Rice of Greenville; eight great grandchildren, Ethan Arnett, Jeffrey and Jordan Rice, Mara, Celeste, Annie, Billy and Ruby Arnett all of Greenville;

Services with full military honors by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Ansonia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com.

Sharon Kay Bryant (March 15, 2013)

Sharon Kay Bryant, age 70, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. She was born on March 20, 1942 in Wayne County, Indiana, to the late Harold & Helen (Witter) Yeatts.

Sharon is survived by her husband Ronnie Bryant of Greenville, whom she married on August 30, 1969; son Daryl Bryant of Greenville; daughter and son in law, Kimberly & Rob Claudy of Greenville; grandchildren, Taylor, Mackenzie and Madisyn Bryant all of Greenville; sisters, Carol Bucher and Dianna Flatter both of Richmond, Indiana; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She was a member of the Bradford Church of the Nazarene where she played the organ for many years.

There will be a service held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Louis Reinbel officiating. Burial will follow in the Spartanburg Cemetery, Spartanburg, Indiana. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, March 15, 2013

Kristen Marie Leese (March 14, 2013)

Kristen Marie Leese, age 29, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on March 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She was born on May 12, 1983 in Edison, New Jersey, to Paul & Marie (Femano) Ricci of Greenville, Ohio.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband Ryan Leese of Greenville, Ohio, whom she married on November 17, 2007; daughter Gemma Leese who lives at home; and brother and sister in law Eric & Kacey Ricci of Greenville, Ohio.

Kristen was employed at GTI as a trainer.

There will be a visitation held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 1-5 PM at Paul and Marie Ricci’s residence, 2908 St. Rt. 502, Greenville, Ohio. There will be a celebration of life held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Ramona J. Brubaker (March 14, 2013)

Ramona J. Brubaker, 84 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Thursday March 14, 2013 at 4:50 AM. She was born September 24, 1928 in Miami, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Frank & Helen Sims. She was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Husband: Robert L. Brubaker on October 27, 2011.

She is survived by her sons & daughters in law: James E. & Marjorie A. Brubaker of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jerry L. & Babette Brubaker of Grand Rapids, Michigan; daughter & son in law: Jo Ann & Mickey Elliott of Brunswick, Georgia; numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren.

A private family gathering will be held at the convenience of the family at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Brook Charles Baker (March 14, 2013)

Brook Charles Baker 34 was born February 28, 1979 in Greenville, Ohio and went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Surviving a traumatic birth, he was a "miracle baby" from the beginning. Each day of his 34 years was truly a gift from God.

He loved the Lord, his son and his family with all his heart. He was a people person who never knew a stranger.

He had previously worked as a dispatcher for Greenville Transit, was a former manager of Radio Shack, was a member of Ansonia United Methodist Church and attended EUM Church in Greenville. He journeyed to South America on mission trips during his teens and later joined Teen Mania Ministries. He was a commissioned missionary for the United Methodist Church having served in Dayton,Ohio and Tucson, AZ. For a short while he served as youth pastor for Family of God Ministries in Arcanum. In Tucson he led a Sidewalk Sunday School program bringing Jesus to children in the projects. He was involved in the Emmaus community and Western Ohio Chrysalis. Serving on many Chrysalis Teams, he loved sharing his faith with teens and watching God work in their lives.

Brook is survived by his son, Joshua Charles Baker of Greenville: his parents; John and Pam Snyder of Ansonia; a bother and sister-in-law, Ryan and Micheal Baker of Xenia: a much loved niece and nephew, Madison and Jackson Baker of Xenia; two aunts, Phyllis Barga of Troy, and his favorite aunt and uncle, Wanda and Richard Burke of Ansonia. He also left behind his faithful companion, Barklay.

Brook is also survived by his father and step mother, Jeff and Vicky Baker of Indiana: a brother, Jordan Baker of Indiana: grandparents, Jack and Mary Baker of Richmond, IN: an, aunt and uncle of Richmond, IN, Kim and Debbie Baker and numerous cousins.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow at Ansonia Cemetery.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be left for Joshua Charles Baker Scholarship Fund.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Julius J. “J.J.” Bey (March 11, 2013)

Julius J. “J.J.” Bey, 76 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Monday March 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM at Wayne Healthcare. He was born September 20, 1936 in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Louis V. & Ruth E. (Mangen) Bey. He served in the United States Army and worked for 40 years at Beauty Systems Group.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sons & daughters in law: Chris Bey of Piqua, Ohio, Aaron & Pam Bey of Greenville, & Brad & Amanda Bey of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 13 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday March 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 235 West Third Street, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Fr. John White Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday March 13, 2013 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Prayers will be held at 4:30 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Veterans Graveside Services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Anita L. (Clingenpeel) Fritz (March 7, 2013)

Anita L. (Clingenpeel) Fritz age 71, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:31 P.M. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at her residence. Anita was born June 11, 1941 in Richmond, Indiana to the late Frederick L. Clingenpeel Sr. & Gertrude M. “Trudy” (Lane) Wilson.

Anita is survived by her son, Charles A. Sayre of Greenville; daughter & son-in-law, Gayle L. & Rick Kerney of Yakima, Washington; step grandchildren, Brett Shelton of Yakima, Washington, Shannon Magana of Zillah, Washington and J.M. Kerney of Seattle, Washington; 2 step great-grandchildren; sister & brother-in-law, Sheila & Homer Baldwin of New Carlisle; sister-in-law, Martha Clingenpeel of Wilmington, South Carolina; and a special thank you to Melissa Thomas and her family for all their help and support.

In addition to her parents, Anita is also preceded in death by her husband, Chester R. Fritz on August 13, 2004 whom she married June 16, 1984; infant daughter, Charlene K. Sayre; brothers, Frederick L. Clingenpeel Jr. and Ronald Clingenpeel; and sister, Carole Ann Bunger.

Anita was a homemaker and formerly worked at Wal-Mart and Hallmark in Greenville. Anita enjoyed genealogy.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Hershel Fee officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Breast Cancer Research. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, March 8, 2013

William B. Grubb (March 7, 2013)

William B. Grubb age 69, of Huber Heights, Ohio passed away at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at his residence. William was born January 21, 1944 in Richmond, Indiana to the late William Lee & Ruby (David) Grubb.

William is survived by his wife, Scherrie (Sander) Grubb whom he married July 27, 1968; children, Brad & Patty Grubb of Vandalia, Andrew & Ursula Grubb of Dayton, Teresa & Darryl Brewton of Savannah, Georgia and Brian & Tracey Grubb of Medway; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Constance Miller of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, William is also preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Wilson.

William retired from Textron-Cadillac Gage in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Randy Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Judy Vaughn-Schneider (March 5, 2013)

Judy Vaughn-Schneider, 65, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013 at her residence in Greenville.

She was born May 12, 1947 in Denver, Colorado, daughter of the late James H. and Sarah E. (DeBord) Vaughn. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Bowers.

Judy was retired from Corning in Greenville. She was a member of the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries both in Greenville.

She is survived by her brother, Vernon (Teressa) Smith of Kingsport, TN; sisters, Mary Sargent of Bradford, OH, and Carol Schmidt of Kingsport, TN; 4 special nieces; 7 special nephews; significant other, Terry L. Baker of Greenville; and many friends and adopted families.

Judy’s sparkle brought light and laughter to all she met. Small in stature but a huge heart that touched everyone she met. Her warmth, generosity and humor will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

Private services will be held at a later date with burial to follow in Tennessee.

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, OH.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Katherine E. Neff Fitzwater (March 6, 2013)

Katherine E. Neff Fitzwater age 89, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 3:34 P.M. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. Katherine was born May 7, 1923 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Perry & Mabel (Brosey) Neff.

Katherine is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, Gene & Patricia Fitzwater of Greenville; grandchildren, Corrin & Mike Bankson of Greenville and Tracey & Craig Bruns of Greenville; great grandchildren, Rachel Bankson, Morgan Carter and Tyler Carter; brother & sister-in-law, Robert & Marilyn Neff of Strawberry Plains, Tennessee; sister, Mary Cool of Greenville; brother-in-law, Roy B. & Ruth Ann Fitzwater of Greenville; sisters-in-law, Mildred Frazee of Fairborn, Jewel Fitzwater of Greenville and JoAnn Neff of Troy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Katherine is also preceded in death by her husband, Troy B. Fitzwater on February 11, 1976 whom she married December 24, 1941; and a brother, Arthur Neff.

Katherine farmed and worked at Herman Spille’s Harness Shop. She was a former member of Nashville United Brethren Church. Katherine enjoyed cooking and talking.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Bro. Dean Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rayna L. Baker (March 1, 2013)

Infant Rayna L. Baker, 4 months of New Madison, Ohio passed away on Friday March 1, 2013 at Wayne Healthcare. She was born October 7, 2012 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of Dustin Baker & Chantelle Frame of New Madison.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather: Gerald E. Baker.

She is survived by her parents; Paternal Grandmother Patricia & Jay Sanner of New Paris; Maternal Grandmother: Michelle & Jeff Wissman of Greenville; Maternal Grandfather: Brian & Becky Frame of Phillipsburg; & numerous aunts, uncles, & cousins.

Services will be held on Thursday March 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fort Jefferson, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Phyllis Joan Robbins (March 3, 2013)

Phyllis Joan Robbins, 80 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM at her residence. She was born December 6, 1932 in Darke County, Ohio the daughter of the late Corliss Burdett & Martha Evora (Sothoren) Dininger. She worked as a Nursing Assistant at Wayne Hospital for 10 years, the Brethrens Home for 2 years, and at Rest Haven retiring in 1993. She was a member of First Congregational Christian Church, the Women’s Fellowship; and was an avid bowler.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Brother: Robert Earl Dininger; Sister: Betty jean Tharp; Son in law: Carl L. Westfall II

She is survived by her husband of 60 years Richard Robbins whom she married May 17, 1952; children & spouses: Rick & Darla Robbins of Rossburg, Christina Westfall of New Lebanon, Mark Robbins of Greenville, Jeff & Nicole Robbins of Greenville; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters in law: Marilyn Jane Emmons, Marilyn Jean Robbins; numerous nieces, nephews, & cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM at First Congregational Christian Church 115 West Fifth Street, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Ted McCurdy officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 2 hours prior to services on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be given to State of the Heart Hospice.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Monday, March 4, 2013

Geraldine "Gerri" May Bower (February 28, 2013)

Geraldine "Gerri" May Bower, 82, of Greenville, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2013 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville. Gerri was born on March 6, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to the late, Benjamin and Ethel (Ayers) Bower.

Gerri is survived by her two sons, Jan and Jenny Bower of Gordon and Scott Bower of Canal Winchester, Ohio; a daughter, Stephanie Bower; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Gerri worked as a dispatcher for the Checker Cab Company and was a caregiver throughout her life.

A private service will be held at the connivance of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com. Services are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison.

Vitalus H. “Jim” Barga (March 2, 2013)

Vitalus H. “Jim” Barga, age 87, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. He was born on September 14, 1925 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Louis & Eleanora (Goubeaux) Barga.

He is survived by his daughters and son in law, Cheryl & Allen Smith of Greenville and Lisa Barga of Greenville; granddaughter, Leslie Smith of Greenville; brother Mark “John” Barga of Bradford; sisters, Rita Borland of Sidney and Iva Wion of Greenville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Anna G. Barga, whom he married on June 29, 1952 in Union City, Indiana; siblings, Agnes Kissinger, Norbert Barga, Cecilia Gasson, Lucy Petitjean, Bernard “Jake” Barga, Basil Barga, Martin Barga, Noah Barga, Clara Subler, Beatrice “Patty” Barga, Leo Barga and Paul Barga.

Jim was a member of the United States Army and retired from the Darke County Garage.

There will be a service held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio, with Pastor Gill Krouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Wehrley, Ann (Barga George) (March 2, 2013)

Wehrley, Ann (Barga George), age 84, of Greenville, OH, formerly of Versailles, OH passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Ann was born July 17, 1928 at the family homestead near Brock, the fifth child of Art and Carrie (Schwartz) Barga. A graduate of Versailles schools, she married James P. George (who preceded her in death) and together they owned and operated Frenchie’s Restaurant in Versailles until 1980. Ann moved to Greenville where she met and married Tim Wehrley. She continued to work in the food and beverage business until age 80, next transferring her energy and enthusiasm to the Darke County Community Action Partnership where she volunteered. In February 2012 she received the Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year award. It was said that “Ann has a warm welcome smile to everyone that visits the clothing bank. No one leaves without having made a friend through Ann Wehrley…. Ann’s energy, bubbling personality and happy demeanor brings a smile to the saddest of folks and melts the hardest of hearts.” She retired from the clothing bank in December 2012, but continued to happily carry her 20lb handbag which contained a hammer, screwdriver, and shot glass among other things!

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Marvin, Richard, and Nelson Barga. She is survived by husband Tim Wehrley; son Thomas J. (Tara) George of Troy; step daughters, Christine Roberts and family of Margate, FL., Jill DeVon and family of Lafayette, IN, and Madalyn Wehrley of Parrish, FL.; grandchildren, J. Tyler George of Troy, and Kathryn K. (Chris) Edwards and great granddaughter Georgie G. Edwards of Charleston, SC; brothers Norman (Edna) of Union City, IN; Thomas (Mary Lou) of Vandalia; sisters in law Eileen and Susie Barga both of Versailles.

A gathering will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 4-7 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Richard Culp officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions to be given to State of the Heart Hospice or American Heart Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

James L. Burden (March 1, 2013)

James L. Burden, age 82, of Eaton, Ohio, passed away on Friday, March 01, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Heartland of Eaton. He was born on January 16, 1931 in Lima, Ohio, to the late Rafe & Marie (Rickman) Burden.

James is survived by his sons and daughters in law, Jim & Elizabeth Burden of Eldorado, Ohio, JD & Stephanie Burden of Richmond, Indiana, and Robert & Stephanie Burden of Phoenix, Arizona; daughters and sons in law, Josephine & Jim Johncox of Delaware, Ohio, and Becky & Daniel Martinovich of Phoenix, Arizona; 17 grandchildren; sisters, Iowana McCown of Muncie, Indiana, and Carolyn Mubbs of Greenville, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by Rebecca Jane Angel; sisters, Juanita Camacho and Wanda Burden; brothers, Kenneth, Harlen, Arther, and Richard Burden.

James was a member of the United States Army and worked at Westinghouse in Union City, Indiana, and also worked for Darke County in the Ditch Maintenance Department.

There will be memorial service held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Triumphant Christian Center, 1129 South Town Court, Greenville, Ohio, with Chaplain Candy Null officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com


Friday, March 1, 2013

Helen Marie Redmond (February 27, 2013)

Helen Marie Redmond, age 84, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on February 27, 2013 at 8:15 AM at Versailles Health Care Center in Versailles, Ohio. She was born on July 29, 1928 in Russia, Ohio, to the late John & Loretta (Cordonnier) Redmond.

She is survived by her sisters and brother in law, Florence Schwartz of Versailles, Dorothy Redmond of Versailles, Marie & Jack Eiting of Portland, Oregon, and Patricia “Pat” Schwartz of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 24 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by brothers in law, Robert Schwartz and Herbert Schwartz.

Helen was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio, and attended Russia High School. Helen’s life was a life filled with joy and love despite the difficulties and challenges she faced throughout. Those who knew her well describe her as being true servant for the Lord. She attended daily Mass every day for 35 years. She loved nothing more than to pray and talk about Jesus. Helen always tried to see God in everyone and this showed as she went about her simple and humble day to day life. Helen truly did “small things with great love” as Mother Teresa of Calcutta instructed us to do. She also lived out the gospel of Jesus every day of her life by joyfully serving others. In doing so Helen lived out what St. Francis of Assisi told us when he said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Those of us who knew her will miss her but we also celebrant knowing that she is finally able to worship Jesus as she always wanted but could not do here on earth.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. Frank Amberger celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Remy Church Cemetery, Russia, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 5-8 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com