Bertha B. Banbury
PERRYSVILLE — Bertha B. Banbury, 83, of Township Road 2606, Perrysville, died Saturday morning, May 19, 2007, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
She was born April 17, 1924, in Howard to William and Bernice (Shackle) White. On July 10, 1948, she married Donald D. Banbury, her loving husband of nearly 60 years, and Bertha focused her early years on raising three children and homemaking. A former Girl Scout leader and 4-H leader, Bertha was a member of the Home Demonstration Club, and her sewing projects not only kept her busy, but also kept the kids in clothes.
When at home she liked to be out in her rose garden, amid dozens of varieties, but she really preferred to be on the road — camping. A member of National Family Campers, Bertha and Donald were lifelong camping enthusiasts. She was a member of Bellville United Methodist Church.
Remembered as “the Best Wife and Mother one could wish for,” Bertha personified devotion to her family, as she was “always there for them.” Strong in the face of adversity, she wore “care” and “love” like the sweet fragrance of her roses, and shared them both liberally.
She is survived by her husband, Donald D. Banbury; her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Stan Welcel of Perrysville; son and daughter-in-law, Donald D. and Janet Banbury of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Denise Kirk of Bellville, Brett Banbury of Mansfield, Michelle Yost of Brandon and Ashley Banbury of Mount Vernon; six great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Patty and John Groseclose of Danville; sister, Kay Banbury of Danville; brother, Harold White of Utica; sister-in-law, Eva White of Lebanon, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Sellers of Mount Vernon and Jean Reed of Port Richey, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews; cherished family friend, Deb Robinson of Bellville; and lifelong camping co-horts, Jean Dill and Louise Smith, both of Bellville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Charles Lee “Chuck” Banbury, on Nov. 4, 1990; a granddaughter, Chipsy Lee Ena Banbury; and a brother, William White.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 22, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Danville.
Memorial contributions to Ronald McDonald House, Akron, may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Robert E. DeVault
JOHNSTOWN — Robert E. DeVault, 76, of Johnstown died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at Northview Senior Living Center in Johnstown.
He was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Delaware to the late Frank and Hester (Droke) DeVault. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict, he had been a resident of Johnstown since 1959.
His wife of 46 years, Joetta (Keeton) DeVault, preceded him in death in 2000, as well as a brother, Kenneth DeVault.
He is survived by sons, Robert (JoAnn) DeVault of Johnstown, David (Susan) DeVault of Radnor, James DeVault of Newark and Louie (Vicky) Keeton of London; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandson; brother, Harold DeVault of Delaware; sisters, Shirley (Gene) Custer of Westerville and Ruth Belcher of Columbus.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Johnstown.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road SE, Newark, OH 43055. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Virginia P. Frazee
DANVILLE — Virginia Pearl Frazee, 87, of Walhonding Road, Danville, died Friday, May 18, 2007, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
She was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Coshocton to Harry Pennick and Florence Marie (Fouch). She was a member of the Riley Chapel Church, the Knox County Porkettes, and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association as a royalty owner. On April 10, 1943, she was married to Lloyd Stephen Frazee.
She is survived by a son, Larry Frazee of Danville; a daughter, Virginia Lynn Frazee of Columbus; and a sister, Patricia Blanchard of Danville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Russell Wilson; her husband, Lloyd Frazee; two sisters, Edna Mae Kingan and Bonnie Frazee; a brother, Edward Wilson; and two infant brothers; and two infant sisters.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at the Riley Chapel Cemetery off of Ohio 715. The Rev. Gary Weller will officiate. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements. Information is available at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Arlona A. Matthes
FREMONT — Arlona A. Matthes, 75, of Fremont passed away Friday morning, May 18, 2007, at University of Toledo Medical Center.
She was born in Fredericktown on Sept. 1, 1931, to Wilbur and Leola (Landis) White. Arlona graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1949 and then married Robert K. Matthes on June 25, 1955. Besides being a homemaker, she also worked at Aeroquip Inoac for 13 years and worked for Ries Vending as a hostess in the cafeteria at Kelsey-Hayes. Arlona enjoyed camping and traveling to spend time with relatives.
She is survived by sons, Micheal (Debra) Matthes and Daniel (Valerie) Matthes, both of Fremont; a sister, Phyllis (Earl) Gunsalus of Blueridge, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Marge Matthes of Virginia; three nieces; two nephews; eight grandnieces and nephews; three stepgrandchildren; one stepgrandniece; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Arlona was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Robert.
Visitation will be held today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Keller-Ochs-Koch Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch St., Fremont. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
Memorials may be made in Arlona’s name to the United States Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 123, Washington, DC 20004-2608. Online condolences may be made at www.keller-ochs-kochfuneralhome.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Betty Ott, 77, of Mount Vernon died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Vernon.
MOUNT GILEAD — Sarah Dell Pargeon, 65, of Mount Gilead died Sunday morning, May 20, 2007, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead. Condolences can be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Luella K. Porter
COLUMBUS — Luella K. Porter, 92, of Columbus died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Kobacker House.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph.
She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Jean (Frank) Stephens; granddaughter, Amy (Rory) Francis; great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Heather, Stephanie and Elijah; and a sister, Ilobelle Hathaway.
She was a founding member of North Baptist Church, and taught school in Morrow County and Columbus Public Schools.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m., at Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, Worthington Chapel, 515 High St., Worthington, Ohio, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kobacker House.
Pearl E. Robinson
MOUNT VERNON — Pearl E. Robinson, 96, of Mount Vernon died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon.
She was born March 9, 1911, in Lincoln County, Kan., to Howard Everett and Nettie Johnson and had been a resident of the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon since 2002 moving from Wilmington, Ohio.
Mrs. Robinson has made an anatomical bequest of her body to the Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical research and education. There will be no services. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Henry S. Wolfe
MARENGO — Henry S. Wolfe, 75, of Marengo died Friday, May 18, 2007, at St Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
He was born Aug. 18, 1912, in Arlee, W.Va., to the late John and Bessie (Flowers) Wolfe. Retired from Ranco, he worked on the production line and moved to Marengo 50 years ago from Delaware. Henry enjoyed farming, tinkering and fixing various items, including his current home which he hand crafted.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Berry Wolfe, whom he married in Mount Gilead on March 12, 1984; son, Chester (Julie) Wolfe of Sunbury; daughter, Carolyn Sue (Tom) Wells of Prospect; stepson, Lonnie (Karen) Starcher of Delaware; stepdaughters, Rebecca (Robert) Beebe of Columbus, Dawn Pfeiffer of Marion and Julie Owens of Walhalla, S.C.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joyce.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Eric Britenstine officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Helen M. Yarman
MOUNT VERNON — Helen M. Yarman, 86, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Fredericktown, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
To view the obituary or send an online condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.