FREDERICKTOWN — Julia Chalfant, 94, of Fredericktown passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born Aug. 24, 1911, in Belle Valley, Ohio, the daughter of the late Michael and Eva (Smerkonage) Soroka. Julia was retired from the N.C.R. Corp. in Cambridge and had attended Christ the King Community Church.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Renee (Edward) Suchman of Fredericktown; three grandchildren, Scott Chalfant, Danielle Jordan and Andrea J. Zarley; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Emanuel Chalfant; three brothers; and six sisters.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at noon at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown. Friends may call one hour prior to the time of service. The family will observe a private committal service in the Arlington Field of Honor at Canal Winchester.
To view this obituary and leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Donald E. Hillier Sr.
MOUNT VERNON — Donald E. Hillier Sr., 75, of Mount Vernon died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon.
Don was born Oct. 28, 1930, in Mount Vernon to Harry C. and Wilna Mae (Hartshorn) Hillier and had spent his lifetime in the Mount Vernon area graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1949. Don was active in sports while in high school and earned a varsity letter in football all four years. Don was a master carpenter and built his home from the ground up including all woodwork and cabinets. He started working with his father in construction, was a foreman for R.A. Bergs Construction in Mount Vernon and had worked with Harold Dailey Construction in Mount Vernon. He retired in 1990 from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners after 21 years.
Don was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Mount Vernon, was a life member of the BPOE Lodge 140 in Mount Vernon. He was a former member of and helped build the Colonial City Moose Lodge on West High Street in Mount Vernon. Don was an avid sports fan especially the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes. He had served as a little league coach and past president of the American Little League at Phillips Park in Mount Vernon and also as a coach for the Mount Vernon Babe Ruth League. He was one of the individuals responsible for erecting the lights at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Appleton) Hillier, whom he married Nov. 25, 1950; his children, Donald E. (Beth) Hillier Jr. of Mount Vernon, Linda Lou Hillier of Mount Vernon, Bonnie Jean (Joseph) McCluskey of Mount Vernon, William C. “Bill” (Jackie) Hillier of Durham, N.C., Michael Paul (Terri) Hillier of Mount Vernon, Thomas Lee Hillier of Delaware and Kathryn Ann Hillier of Mount Vernon; eight grandchildren, Angela (Sam) Ullum, Ginny (Adam) Looney, Bill (Kelley) Hillier Jr., Brandi (Pat) Couzins, Matthew McCluskey, Justin Hillier, Jamie McCluskey, and J. Thomas Hillier; and five great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Hillier.
Friends may call Monday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, where a Christian Wake Service and an Elks Lodge memorial service will follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Mount Vernon with the Rev. Ted Thomas as celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in the name of Donald E. Hillier Sr. can be made to the Scholarship in Carpentry at the Knox County Career Center, 306 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and to send an online condolence to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Kathy J. Nelson
COSHOCTON — Kathy Jo Nelson, 47, of County Road 27, Coshocton, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.
Funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw with the Rev. Greg Rowan officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Chapel Cemetery. Calling hours are today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut St., Coshocton, OH 43812; or to the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church, 45494 County Road 23, Coshocton, OH 43812. This obituary is online at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy M. Swihart
BELLVILLE — Dorothy M. Swihart, 85, of Bellville died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006.
She was born March 29, 1920, to John H. and Dorothy (DeLyk) Maxwell. Following the death of her parents, her uncle Elbert A. Maxwell raised her. Dorothy graduated in 1937 from Waverly (Illinois) High School and attended Rubican Business College. After her schooling, she worked at Curlee Clothing in St. Louis, Mo. She had also worked at Salem Nursing Home in Fredericktown for 14 years. Dorothy attended Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church.
She is survived by two sons, John H. (Shirley) Swihart and Kenneth B. (Janice) Swihart, both of Bellville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Stanley Crawford of Yuma, Ariz.; a sister, Phyliss Hughes of Bakersfield, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Bertie Jones of Gambier.
On May 12, 1948, she married Charles G. Swihart, who died Dec. 16, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Vivian Crawford.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service will immediately follow in Bellville Cemetery. Pastor Don Farner will officiate. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Juanita ‘Sally’ Weyrick
MARENGO — E. Juanita “Sally” Weyrick, 84, of Marengo passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 15, 2006, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements will be announced by the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Marengo.
Burley Woods Sr.
MOUNT VERNON — Burley Woods Sr., 71, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 14, 2006, at his residence with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born July 2, 1934, to Everrett and Nellie (Boggs) Woods. Burley loved spending time with his loving wife of 50 years, Jean Ann, and his family fishing. He was gifted with the ability to play various musical instruments in which he and his family and friends enjoyed. He dearly loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Burley will be sadly missed by his wife, Jean Ann (Ray) Woods; children, Jerry (Patty) Woods of Deridder, La., Sherrill (Tim) Stickle of Mount Vernon, Bonnie (David) Yeager of Howard and Burley Woods Jr. of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Kimberly Woods of Mount Vernon, Becky (C.T.) Kiely of Louisiana, Wesley Stickle of Mount Vernon, Ruth (Jamie) Overholt of Fredericktown, Leslie Yeager of Mansfield, Bryan Yeager of Howard, Dustin and Lindsey Woods, both of Howard, Ashley and Arron Woods of Louisiana, and Mathew Brady of Mount Vernon; great-granddaughters, MyKenzie and MyKaylynn Kiely of Louisiana; brothers, Ferrell Woods of Louisiana, Ralph Woods of Tennessee and Herman Woods of Columbus; sisters, Pebble Ferrenbaugh of Bladensburg, Brenda (Richard) Keylor of Howard, Sharon Flack of Gambier, Elizabeth (John) Steele and Rosa Mary Baker, both of West Virginia, and Christine Johnson of Howard; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everrett Morgan and Nellie Jane Woods; grandson, Anthony Morgan Woods; brothers, Timothy, Thurman, Newman and Earl Woods; and a nephew, Early Eugene Woods.
Burley received salvation. He was baptized at the Millwood Church of Christ.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Millwood Church of Christ, 11961 Bridge St., Millwood, with funeral services to follow at 3 p.m. with Evangelist Gene Lilly officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or to the American Cancer Society, 1105 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302. To view this obituary and to leave an online condolence to the family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.