Kathleen K. Chester
SUNBURY — Kathleen K. Chester, 85, died Thursday morning, March 1, 2007, at Countryview of Sunbury.
Calling hours will not be observed. Cremation service under the direction of the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Janette A. Hankinson
MANSFIELD — Janette A. Hankinson, 84, formerly of the Waterford, in Mansfield, died Wednesday night, Feb. 28, 2007, in Mansfield Memorial Homes, following a long illness.
She was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Toledo to Elsworth and Martha (Palmer) Armstrong, and was graduated from Waite High School in 1940. Janette was a patriot, enlisting as a Navy WAVE in 1943. She served over two years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman First Class. During her time in the service, she met the man who would become her husband, Samuel F. Hankinson.
She is survived by her son, Richard (Margery) Hankinson of Mansfield; her daughter, Valerie J. Seeley of Columbus; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy (Armstrong) Bruning Backhurst of Toledo.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a brother, William Armstrong.
A private memorial service will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Senior Civic Center or The Knox County Career Center Samuel Hankinson Scholarship Fund through the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44904. Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.snyderfuneralhome.com.
Margaret E. Kuehnle
BUCYRUS — Margaret E. Kuehnle, 91, of Bucyrus, died early Thursday morning, March 1, 2007, at her residence.
Margaret was born Sept. 21, 1915, in Crawford County to the late Harry & Carrie (Rexroth) Kurtz. She graduated from Whetstone High School and was the last living member of her class. On Aug. 14, 1938, she married Paul F. Kuehnle who preceded her in death. She worked with her parents growing and delivering gladiolas and vegetables and this continued with her husband. Margaret, a very gifted organist, took lessons from Bessie Todd and attended summer programs at the Interlochen Music Festival in Michigan. She was organist and choir director of three choirs at Epworth United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years; part of a 72-year history of playing organ in Bucyrus and Galion churches. She was a member of the Mary Martha Sunday School Class and the Ruth Circle. Over the years Margaret participated in numerous performances as organ accompanist for Handel’s “Messiah.” She was a member of the King’s Daughters and Sons, Narcissus Circle 1 and the Golden Age Hall of Fame.
She is survived by two daughters, Judith “Judy” Etter of Bucyrus and Carolyn (Randy) Grimm of Fredericktown; one son, Wayne Kuehnle living at home; seven grandchildren, Joy Holly Etter- Link and husband Michael, Grett Lee Etter, Megan (Grimm) Bender and husband Ryan, Erin (Grimm) Overholt and husband Ryan, Josh Grimm, Alisha Grimm and Zak Grimm; and two great-grandchildren, Alena and Madison Bender.
In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret is also preceded in death by son-in-law, Greg Etter.
Her family will receive friends Sunday, March 4, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wise Funeral Service. The funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Epworth UMC with the Rev. Sue Chidley officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.wisefuneral.com.
James L. Newton
MOUNT VERNON — James L. Newton, 51, of McKinley Avenue, Mount Vernon, passed away following an accident on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.
He was born April 28, 1955, in Mount Vernon to the late Clyde Robert and Juanita M. (Freeman) Newton. James was employed at Weyerhaeuser Co. here in Mount Vernon and was a member of the Moose and Eagles lodges.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Diane (McKenzie) Newton; a son, Adam (Hannah Vernon) Newton of Mount Vernon; a brother, Clyde Robert (Vicki) Newton Jr. of Utica; a sister, Sheila Kay (Jeff) Burton of Millwood; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides his parents, James was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Joe Hall.
Friends may call Saturday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will follow at 2 p.m. The family will observe a private burial at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or Mount Vernon Chapter of the American Red Cross, 300 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and online condolences can be accessed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Vivian Leigh White
SHARPSBURG, Ga. — Vivian Leigh White peacefully and joyfully went to be with her Savior and Lord at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday evening from her home in Sharpsburg, Ga. Present with her was her husband of 29 years, Wayne White, and her youngest daughter, Aaralyn Loop, along with mother-in-law, Melba Brady, and longtime family friend, Nancy Van Wyk.
Vivian fought cancer the last seven years of her life with great courage and good humor all the way to the last moment, when she gave a wry smile at a family joke seconds before her passing. She was always more concerned about those around her than herself.
During the last several weeks of Vivian’s sickness, family and friends visited often. Vivian seemed to collect intimate friends everywhere she went. During her work as an emergency room and ICU nurse, fellow employees grew to love her and visited often; in some cases staying all night at her home to help take care of her during the last few difficult weeks.
Vivian’s many friends from Christ Church-PCA, Newnan, were near and dear to her. They displayed exceedingly great generosity and support through visitation, house and yard work, food and emotional support. Their love and care is overwhelming and words cannot express our gratitude.
Vivian had the gift of touching lives everywhere she went. She was equally comfortable vigorously advocating for a six patient at her work, or playing with the smallest child nearby. The gap she leaves behind among family, friends and acquaintances is inexpressible.
Vivian was God’s gift to her family for her short life of 52 years. She is survived by Wayne White, her husband; three adult children, Sarah Hartley of Fredericksburg, Ohio, Aaralyn Loop of Tulsa, Okla., and Joshua White of Stillwater, Okla.; parents, Carroll and Ernestine Tickle, siblings, Roger Tickle and Angie Van Winkle, all of Mount Vernon, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
Flowers are welcome and memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church-PCA, 1485 Highway 34 E, Newnan, GA 30265. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mckoon.com.
Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, Ga. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church, 101 Carriage Lane, Peachtree City, GA. On Sunday, March 4, a brief memorial service will be held at Green Valley Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Ohio, followed by interment.