ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A memorial service for Grace Louise (Riley) Stickle, 102, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Newark, will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service with Sherman Romine officiating. Entombment was held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Royal Palm South Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Grace passed away Friday, July 29, 2011, at Madison Pointe Rehab and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, Fla.
Grace was born in Burlington Township on Sept. 22, 1908, the same week that Henry Ford’s first Model T rolled off the production line. Theodore Roosevelt was president, and women had not yet received the right to vote in most states. Grace was the second child of Wesley E. and Ida (Weaver) Riley. Both of her parents came from families with deep roots in northern Licking County, and Grace grew up surrounded by uncles, aunts and cousins by the dozen. Shortly after Grace was born her parents gave up farming to move to Newark, where Wesley worked for a time at the Burke Golf Works. Grace attended Newark schools and received high marks in drawing, spelling and (especially) music. On Nov. 30, 1926, she married James Adin Stickle, a young baker who operated a shop in Newark. Within four years the couple had two sons, Edward and Jack.
Later, James gave up baking to enter the insurance business, and in the late 1940s the Stickles moved to Tampa, Fla., along with their newest arrival, daughter Sue. The couple spent the remainder of their lives in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, and both of them fell in love with the Florida sunshine. Over many decades Grace was active in her church where she shared her gift of music with others. After Jim’s retirement, the couple traveled extensively around the United States, spending their summers in Ohio with their children and grandchildren, and with their many friends at the Newark Church of God. After Jim’s death in 1996, Grace eventually moved to a retirement home in 2003, but her lifelong love of music never dimmed. Even after she passed her 100th birthday, she was still actively involved with the music ministry of her local church.
She is survived by her son, Edward L. Stickle of Mount Vernon; her daughter, Sue M. Gleeson of New Port Richey, Fla.; 16 grandchildren, David, Steve, Tim, Mark, Mike, Maggie, Mona, Mary, Matthew, Molli, Marcia, Marty, Myles, Rebecca, Casey and Bobby; 36 great-grandchildren, Samuel, Joshua, Tondi, Elisha, Levi, Zacharias, Benjamin, Micah, Elias, Isaac, Pendili, Stephanie, Kyle, Aaron, Wesley, Ruth, Jack, Sarah, Kate, Scott, Chet, Jacob, Olivia, Ryan, Presley, Alexis, Noah, Adin, Allison, Trinity, Hunter, Hayden, Cody, Landon, Taylor and Luke; and four great-great-grandchildren, Avery, Crisp, Emily and Holly.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Dale; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Naomi Stickle; sister, Helen; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Lloyd Weekly; and daughter-in-law, Beatrice Stickle.
Friends may call Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home, 1249 Hebron Road, Heath.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gulfside Regional Hospice, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653.
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