Margaret E. Berger
MOUNT VERNON — A funeral for Margaret E. Berger, 93, of Mount Vernon will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at noon at the Law-Baker Funeral Home, Utica. The Rev. Ric Harvel will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Margaret died Nov. 1, 2005, at Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon.
She was born Jan. 2, 1912, in Knox County to Earl L. and Ada (Cline) Weaver. She was a member of Utica United Methodist Church, Willing Workers and White Cross Alumni Association.
She is survived by daughters, Betsy (Gene) Taurman of Milwaukee, Wis., and Barbara (James) Price of Heath; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne C. Berger, who died Nov. 6, 1995; brother, Robert Weaver; and sister, Betsy Lord.
Donations may be made to Utica United Methodist Church, 626 North St., Utica, OH 43080; Knox Community Hospital Palliative Care, 1330 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 16810, Columbus, OH 43272-5117.
Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home, 34 N. Main St., Utica.
Donald D. Priest
MOUNT VERNON — Donald D. Priest, 65, of Mount Vernon died Nov. 1, 2005, at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
He was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Knox County to the late Ernest J. and Beatrice (Ramsey) Priest. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ. He was a member and Past Master of Ohio Lodge 199, F&AM. He was past district deputy grand master of the 19th Masonic District, serving in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was a past president of the 19th Masonic District. He was a member of the Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite, the York Rite Bodies, Aladdin Temple Shrine, the Baldwin Shrine Club, Kam Ram Grotto; member and past patron of Glenwood Chapter 303, OES; he was an honorary member of Mount Zion Lodge 9, F&AM; and member and past president of Mount Vernon Exchange Club. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam. He was the former owner of Don’s Plaza Shell for 26 years. He was serving as the zoning inspector for Clinton Township.
He is survived by his wife, Helena (Stafford) Priest, to whom he had been married 46 years; one daughter, Pam (Scott) Staats of Bladensburg; one son, David E. (Dawn) Priest of Mount Vernon; six grandchildren, Casey, Dustin and Mackenzie Staats and Hanna, Hunter and Hailey Priest; two brothers, Robert (Marilyn) Priest of Clarksdale, Miss., and Kenneth Priest of Mount Vernon; one sister, Helen Lucille (Roger) Sobers of Newark.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Central Church of Christ on Harcourt Road, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 8 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church, with Mr. Ken Springer and Mr. Don Linn officiating. Burial will be in the Martinsburg Cemetery. The North-Dilley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Lodge 199 F&AM Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 33, Bladensburg, OH 43005. This obituary, along with an online guest registry page, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
HOWARD — Dolores Rutledge, 74, of Apple Valley Drive, Howard, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, at her home.
She was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Ireland to the late John and Nancy (Coffey) Conway. Dolores retired in 2003 from National City Bank in Mount Vernon.
She is survived by her lifelong partner and companion, Richard Lockhart; two daughters, Deidre Rutledge of Palm Coast, Fla., and Doreen Ramirez of Hilliard; a grandson, Alexander Ramirez; three brothers, Fabian Conway of England, John Conway and Gerry Conway, both of Ireland; four sisters, Ann Kingston and Mary Strachan, both of Ireland, Nuala Thompson and Cora Mason, both of England; and brother- and sister-in-law, Billy and Ann Rutledge of Ireland; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. The Rev. Ted Thomas will officiate. The family will observe a private graveside service in Ireland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary may be viewed on www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Marian Bennett Schamper
MARENGO — Marian I. (Earlywine) Bennett Schamper, 94, of Marengo died at home Nov. 2, 2005.
She was born Sept. 1, 1911, in Mount Vernon and attended the Mount Vernon City Schools, Gambier High School and Ohio University. She worked for the Bennett family farm during World War II and with several Marengo area businesses, and with her husband in the family fuel business of Bennett Distributing.
Surviving are a son, Earl Warren Bennett of Marengo; nephews, John and Shelby VanVoorhis; and stepsons, Daniel (Nancy) and Thomas (Patricia) Schamper.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Cordia (Wolfe) Earlywine; husbands, William D. “Bill” Bennett and Walter Schamper; sister, Ethel VanVoorhis; and nephew, Robert VanVoorhis.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Marengo United Methodist Church, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Beverly Hall will officiate. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta. Arrangements entrusted to DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
BELLVILLE — Frances G. Sturtevant, 82, of Bellville, formerly of Mount Vernon, died Nov. 2, 2005, at The Inn at HillenVale. The North-Dilley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bryan D. Wolfe
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The world suffered a great loss on Oct. 24, 2005. Bryan Daniel Wolfe died unexpectedly in Newport News, Va., at the age of 27.
He was born April 14, 1978. He was the most understanding, generous, warm-hearted son, father, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend anyone could have. His family and friends are honored and privileged to have known and loved him.
He was a Knox County, Ohio, resident until 1994 when he moved to Newport News. He graduated from Menchville High School in 1997. While in high school he developed a love for body building, and competed for and won the Colonial Heights Body Building Competition in Virginia. His love for body building continued until his untimely death. Bryan graduated from Thomas Nelson Community College with a degree in business. He also attended Christopher Newport University.
Bryan’s love of cars led him to start the Harpersville Motor Company, formerly Wolfe Import of Newport News, Va. He enjoyed the automobile business and the camaraderie of his friends at the Chesapeake Auto Auctions on Wednesdays.
Bryan is survived by his son, Daniel Charles Wolfe of Newport News; parents, Carol Adrian (Kenneth Barnette) of Newport News, and Martin (Rose) Wolfe of Carleton, Mich.; a brother, Joshua Wolfe, and his fiancee, Kimberly Barkman, of Browntown, Mich.; maternal grandmother, Sylvia Adrian of Loudonville, Ohio; uncles, Rick, Alan, George, Joe, Jim and Jeff (Cindy) Adrian; and aunts, Pam (Chris) Tuttle, Laura (Chris) Segraves, Mary Buren and Gay (Stan Deibert) Biffith, all of Ohio. Bryan is also survived by many cousins, Jessica, Danielle, Brian, Zachary, Garrick, Isaac, Alex, Rick, Colton, Sarah, Christopher, Katie, Victoria, Gabrielle, Johnathan, Jarod, Alyssa, Matthew, Hailey, Tatum, Trevor, Isabella, Kayla and Brody.
Bryan was preceded in death by his sister, Andrea; maternal grandfather, George Adrian; maternal great-grandmother, Irene Thomas; and paternal grandparents, George and Sylvia Kearns.
Funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville with Pastor Patrick Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Workman Cemetery. Calling hours are today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bryan will be missed forever. May God rest his soul. This obituary may be viewed online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.