Gertrude H. Colopy
DANVILLE — Gertrude H. Colopy, 91, died peacefully June 26, 2004, at her home on Millersburg Road, Danville, surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 26, 1912, in Newark to Calvin and Mary (Baumgardner) Gardner and spent most of her life working side by side with her husband on a dairy farm near Danville.
She is survived by daughters, Dolores Strand of Tucson, Ariz., Mary Louise Kick of Lakeville, Rose Sebouhian (George) of Danville and Elizabeth (Ken) Durbin of Danville; one son, James (Judy) Colopy of Danville; 20 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to her loving caregiver, Joyce Peck, whose dedication to Gertrude and the family allowed Gertrude to remain in her own home throughout her final illness.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilford; her son, Stephen Lynn, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 20; a brother, Raymond Gardner; and a sister, Evelyn Singer.
As a Gold Star Mother, she became an outspoken advocate for peace and through her letters, lobbied Congress and the president for an end to the Vietnam War.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church in Danville. A vigil for the deceased will begin at 7:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery. Her grandson, the Rev. James Colopy, her nephew, the Rev. Homer Blubaugh, and other concelebrants will officiate. The Fischer Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 302 E. High St., Mount Vernon 43050.
Julia I. Lemon
LANCASTER — Julia I. (Shy) Lemon, 83, of Lancaster passed away Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Fairfield Medical Center.
She was a member of Community Methodist Church in Circleville and past member of the First United Methodist Church. She retired from Pickaway County Mental Health Institute in Circleville.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandy (Roy) Creiglow of Clovis, N.M., Marjorie Hiller of Circleville, RoseAnn (Bob) Deese of Jacksonville, Fla., Jeanne (Bill) Gregg of Lancaster; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother of Circleville; a sister of Lancaster; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Eunice Shy; a brother, Freddie; a son-in-law, Dick Hiller; and a great-great-granddaughter, Krista Hiller.
Funeral will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home in Lancaster with the Rev. Ken Marckel officiating. Graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon. Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mildred L. Lowe
WARSAW — Mildred Lucille (Garver) Lowe, 85, of Ohio 60 North, Warsaw, died June 26, 2004, at the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.
She was born Aug. 29, 1918, in Coshocton to Grover and Clara (Fisher) Garver. She was a homemaker and a member of the Blissfield United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Lowe (Richard) McConnell of West Lafayette; two grandsons, Trevor (Dorothy) McConnell and Travis (Rhonda) McConnell; four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Haley, Colin and Brianna McConnell; a very dear friend and traveling companion, Helen Van Kannel of Blissfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Evard D. Lowe, whom she married Sept. 7, 1940. He died Dec. 27, 1990. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Garver.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Fischer Funeral Home at Warsaw. The Revs. Ron Davis and Don Duncan will officiate. Burial will be in Blissfield Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home today from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday until service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blissfield United Methodist Church or the Gospel Hill Ministry.
Sylvia J. Osborne
CENTERBURG — Sylvia J. Osborne, 68, of Centerburg died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
She is survived by a very dear friend, Graden Thomas; children, Rita Swint of Mount Vernon, Doug (Mildred) Worden of Utica, John (Della) Worden of Big Sandy, Texas, Elmer (Peggie) Blankenship of Mount Vernon, Nina (Cecil Crowder) Osborne of Columbus, Tim (Barb) Quarles of Columbus, Robert (Gerlayne) Newsome of Utica and James Roger (Monica Gatton) Osborne of Mount Gilead; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Thomas of Raven, Va.; a special girl, Sandy Patrick; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, her parents, and brothers and sisters.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, 49 W. Church St., Centerburg, where funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. Roger Crego will officiate. Interment will be in Eastview Cemetery.
MOUNT VERNON — Bonita Varner, 67, of Green Valley Road, Mount Vernon, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 26, 2004, at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.