MOUNT GILEAD — Elizabeth J. “Betty” Blankenship, 80, of Mount Gilead died Feb. 22, 2007, at the Morrow County Hospital.
She was born in Youngstown on Jan. 1, 1927, the daughter of Paul and Julia (Buckley) Lehnerd.
Surviving are sons, William “Bill” (Laura) Blankenship of Mount Gilead and Michael Blankenship of Cincinnati; daughters, Mary Ann (Dean) Turner of Rome, Ga., and Julia Blankenship of Bexley; four grandchildren; and a sister, Paula (Thomas) McKinney of Youngstown.
On Sept. 17, 1955, Betty married Fred C. Blankenship, who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 1992. Also deceased is a son, Donald “Fritz” Blankenship in 1987.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Craven & Snyder Funeral Home, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where rosary will be recited at 2 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be Monday at 11 a.m., preceded by one hour of viewing at the Sacred Hearts Church, 4680 U.S. 42 N., Cardington, with the Revs. Barry Bentz, Frank Lehnerd and Charles Foeller as celebrants. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the church following the graveside service.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
CENTERBURG — Joseph R. Colliflower, 60, of Centerburg passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville.
He was a retired meat cutter from the Kroger Co. after 38 years.
Mr. Colliflower is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Brenda (Frazier) Colliflower; children, Keith (Stephanie Buckler) of Centerburg, Todd (Turi) of Suffolk, Va., Nikki (Davy) Webb of Centerburg, and Joe (Ashley Persinger) of Centerburg; grandchildren, Christina, Lane and Savannah; loyal pet, Bud; eight sisters; two brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Colliflower; and his parents, Ray and Helen Colliflower.
Friends may call Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, 49 W. Church St., Centerburg. Service and burial will be private.
Friends, if they wish, may contribute to the American Lung Association of Ohio, 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH 43228-4102.
Anna L. Schnoeblen Coyl
MOUNT VERNON — Anna Lorena Schnoeblen Coyl, 93, of Mount Vernon passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2007, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon. The North-Dilley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Gerald Gentry Sr.
UTICA — There will be no public service for Gerald D. “Jerry” Gentry Sr., 59, of Utica, who died Feb. 20, 2007, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Newark to Harper W. and Hallie N. (Willard) Gentry. He was a1966 graduate of Newark High School and an avid distance runner.
He is survived by his wife, Linda R. (Redman) Gentry; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Gina Gentry and Cortney and Amanda Gentry, and four grandchildren, Acura, Aya, Madison and Avia Gentry, all of Utica.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N Main St., P.O. Box 456, Utica, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Allen M. Leaf Jr.
GALENA — Allen M. Leaf Jr., 76 of Galena died Friday morning, Feb. 23, 2007, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Larry L. Matthews
FREDERICKTOWN — Larry L. Matthews, 60, of Fredericktown died Feb. 21, 2007, at home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 18, 1947, in Columbus and had lived in the Fredericktown area for 30 years. A self-employed auto mechanic, he also made and sold wood crafts and signs.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pamela (Bell), whom he married Oct. 6, 1969, in Wise, Va.; children, Larry E. Matthews of Cardington, Tony (Angie) Matthews of Mount Vernon, Tom (Staci) Matthews, Laurie (Donnie) McManaway and Dave Matthews (Holly Davis), all of Fredericktown; 10 grandchildren; mother, Margie (Powell) of Cardington; brothers, John (Linda) Matthews of Marengo, Mike Matthews of Cardington; sister, Donna Plummer of Deland, Fla.; and aunts, uncles and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward C. Matthews; and sister, Kathy Ucker.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where service will follow Monday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Larry Carnes officiating. Interment will be in Marengo Cemetery. Memorial contributions made be directed to his family.
Wanda M. Nugent
MOUNT VERNON — Wanda M. Nugent, 7 Fairway Drive, Mount Vernon, died Feb. 22, 2007.
She was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., and was the daughter of Michael and Sophie Mucha. She met her husband, Mervyn “Red” Nugent, while stationed as an Army nurse in Casablanca, Morocco, during World War II. They were married Sept. 7, 1947, and raised three children, Merv Nugent of St. George, Utah, Marge Nugent-Meyer of Atlanta, Ga., and Mike Nugent of Powell.
Wanda was a Registered Nurse with a 25-year career that took her to hospitals, factories, schools and private practice. She enjoyed her career at every stop and even after her retirement, was well read on all the new medical practices and medicines. But her real “reason for being” was that of a devoted wife, loving mom and grandmother.
She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren as well as many close nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Red, in 1982; her parents; a brother (Ed Mucha) and sister (Helen Micek).
A private ceremony will take place at Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon with burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Howard. To view this obituary or send an online condolence to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Charles D. Vasbinder
FREDERICKTOWN — Charles D. Vasbinder, 76, of Fredericktown died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Charlie was born July 13, 1930, in Mount Vernon to J. Kenneth and Nellie (McGugin) Vasbinder, attended Mount Vernon High School, and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He had worked with his father, first with Vasbinder Heating and Roofing and then at Ken’s Antiques, both in Mount Vernon. Charlie was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Fredericktown and the former Fredericktown Sportsman’s Club. Charlie’s passion in life was his family, most especially his three grandchildren.
Surviving Charlie are his wife of 45 years, Florence (Hyatt) Vasbinder; his daughters and sons-in-law, LouAnn and Robert Davidson of Lewis Center and Diane and Jeff Walters of Howard; his three grandchildren, Derek Walters, Winston Davidson and Olivia Davidson; and his three brothers, John Vasbinder, David Vasbinder and Thomas Vasbinder, all of Mount Vernon.
Besides his parents his sister, Doris Hawkins, preceded him in death.
Funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown, where friends may call Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery at Fredericktown.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To view this obituary or send an online condolence to the family visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Jenalee R. Yoder
MARTINSBURG — A funeral service for Jenalee R. Yoder, 16, of Martinsburg will be Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at Mount Zion House of Prayer, 20875 Clutter Road, with Pastor Phil Coblentz officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery, Clutter Road, Utica.
Jenalee went to be with the Lord on Feb. 21, 2007. She was born Nov. 5, 1990, in Berlin, Ohio, to Robert and Marie Yoder. She was a member of Mount Zion House of Prayer and made a commitment to the Lord. She was an active participant of the Church Youth Group. She was an inspiration with life flowing from her and will be missed by her family and many friends. She worked at Miller’s Essenplatz.
She is survived by her mother and father, Robert and Marie Yoder of Martinsburg; sisters and brothers-in-law, Julia and Matthew Shetler of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Diane and Richard Miller, Karen and Junior Knepp, Malena and Roy Miller, all of Walhonding; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Lucinda Yoder, Bryan and Rose Yoder, all of Warsaw, and Brendon, Rendall and Kevin Yoder, all of the home; paternal grandfather, Eli A., and stepgrandmother, Lydia Yoder, and maternal grandparents, Aden A. and Lydiann Yoder, all of Millersburg; nieces, Cassandra, Kiara, Shaelyn and Courtney; nephews, Alex, Shane, Preston, Collin and Laredo.
She is preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Effie (Miller) Yoder.
The family wishes to thank the EMTs and the community that was involved in helping Jenalee after the accident.
Friends may call Friday, Feb. 23, from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Zion House of Prayer, 20875 Clutter Road, Utica.
Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., P.O. Box 456, Utica, assisted the family with arrangements.