Dorothy Ann Banks
BELLVILLE — Dorothy Ann Banks, 87, of Bellville died Jan. 9, 2006, in Country Meadow Care Center, Bellville.
She was born March 18, 1918, in New Philadelphia to Roy and Coral (Matteson) Morse, and was a 1938 graduate of Bellville High School. Dorothy was co-founder, along with her husband, of the former San-Dar Smorgasbord in Bellville. She was a member of the Mid-Central Ohio Restaurant Association, Ohio Restaurant Association and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bellville.
Surviving are a daughter, Sandy Homerick (fiancé Glen Paramore) of Bellville; son, Darrell E. (Marty) Banks of Bellville; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters, Virginia Ellis of Owasso, Mich., Geraldine Shirk and June Herron of Bellville, Marcia Harrison of Mount Gilead and Ilene (Charles “Dick”) Ridenour of Bellville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Eugene Banks; and two brothers, Elwin Morse and Robert Morse.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Douglas J. Pretorius will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Helen M. Busenburg, 84, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling the arrangements.
MANSFIELD — Clarabelle Grassel, 87, of Mansfield died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Winchester Terrace Nursing Home.
Born Jan. 29, 1918, in Mansfield, she was the daughter of Jacob Clifton and Olive Kathryn (Taylor) Swendal. She retired from H.L. Reeds. Mrs. Grassel was a member of the First English Lutheran Church. She enjoyed golf, gardening, and bowling. Mrs. Grassel also enjoyed being a grandma; spending time with her husband, Pete, at the golf course after he retired; and being with her grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons,, Jerry (Susie) Grassel of Mansfield and Pete (Betty) Grassel of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren, Tim Grassel, Jenni Grassel and Suzanne Shoger; great-grandchild, Reid Welsh; sister, Dorothy White of Mount Vernon; three sisters-in-law, Kate Brubach of Mansfield, Mary Alice Swendal of Mount Vernon and Margaret Grassel of Columbus; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 68 years, Peter Joseph Grassel; three sisters, Irene Brownfield, Esther Howell and Edith Porch; and brother, Raymond Swendal.
Memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 13, at noon at the First English Lutheran Church conducted by the Rev. Cloyd E. Kress. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Private burial occurred at an earlier time.
Memorial contributions may be made to First English Lutheran Church. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors assisted the family with arrangements. Online guest registry is at www.wappner.com.
MOUNT VERNON — John O. Klinger, 85 of Willow Street Extension, Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
He was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Ipswich, Mass., to Raymond and Robena (Bruce) Klinger. John was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church in Mount Vernon.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lois (Stone) Klinger; three sons, Donald (Linda) Klinger of Meridian, Idaho, David Klinger of Ringgold, Ga., Dean Klinger of Siloam Springs, Ark.; two daughters, Carolyn Mattson of Mount Vernon, Joanne Klinger of Harrison, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond (Frances) Klinger Jr. of Ipswich, Mass.; a sister, Eleanor McCoy of Naples, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Bradley Klinger.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church with Pastors Peter Simpson and Willis Adams officiating. Burial will be in Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Ind. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School, P.O. Box 891, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Betty J. McCord
MOUNT VERNON — Betty J. McCord, 84, of Mount Vernon died Jan. 10, 2006, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon. The North-Dilley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy E. Sechrist
SUNBURY — Dorothy E. Sechrist, 67, of Sunbury passed away Jan. 9, 2006, after a seven-year struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
She was the daughter of John and Lovina (Thomas) Swisher. Dorothy was born in Columbus and moved to Gallia County at age 9. She graduated from Vinton High School as co-valedictorian in 1956. She attended Bliss Business College, worked as office manager for National Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Columbus, and served as office administrator for Church of the Master United Methodist Church in Westerville. Dorothy was a 50-year member of the Vinton Eastern Star, and also served as president, Campfire Westerville Leaders Association and president, Cherrington PTO. More recently, Dorothy co-owned Locust Springs Sheep Farm, Mount Vernon, with her husband, Richard. She was also a member of the Sunbury Lioness Club and the Sunbury United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her first husband, James E. Stumpf, who passed away in 1977.
Surviving are her husband of 24 years, Richard Sechrist; and children, Rita (Jeff) Duncan of Hilliard, Jennifer (Jeff) Clark of Lakewood and Linda (Jeff) Lentz of Indonesia. Also surviving are her brother, Donald of Rio Grande; her sister-in-law, Sally Stumpf of Columbus; and four stepchildren, David (Jan) Sechrist of Dublin, Calif., Nancy (Roger) Williams of Colville, Wash., Laura (Scott) Sommers of Granville and Daniel (Rebecca) Sechrist of Whitehouse. Dorothy also has 10 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many longtime friends.
Friends may call one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service Saturday, Jan. 14, at Sunbury United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Donald Newland officiating. Interment will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park. Arrangements in care of the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.
The family requests donations to Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cherry St., Sunbury, OH 43074; or Camp Fire USA, Central Ohio Council, 1515 W. Lane Ave., Suite 10, Columbus, OH 43228. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
WALHONDING — Josephine Uhl, 65, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Morning View Care Center in Danville. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling the arrangements.