ALBANY — Ethel Veronica Stutzman, 96, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Russell Nursing Home in Albany after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 20, 1915, at the home of her paternal grandparents in Danville. She was the only child of Lama and Ida (Blubaugh) Arnold. She resided in Mount Vernon most of her adult life until moving to Albany to live with her daughter in 2006.
Ethel graduated from Danville High School in 1933, where she excelled in athletics, especially basketball, and was editor of the yearbook. She attended The Ohio State University and became a lifelong fan of the football Buckeyes. She also enjoyed playing tennis and golf. Her uncle, Bill Wagner, brother to Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner, helped instill in her a love of baseball as well. Her other hobbies included gardening and going to garage sales. She was a former member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Danville and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.
She was employed as a telephone operator, clerk at the former Ringwalt’s Department Store in Mount Vernon, and a receptionist at the former Cooper-Bessemer in Mount Vernon. Following her marriage to Paul R. Stutzman, who preceded her in death on May 12, 1998, she became a full-time homemaker.
She is survived by her daughters, Stacia Stutzman of Albany and Paula Sue “Suzy” Stutzman of Mount Vernon. She cared for Suzy at home until her move to Albany. Ethel is also survived by a special cousin, Barbara Mickley of Danville; and friends and caregivers, Claudia Sheehan of Millfield and Steve Orth of Athens. She will be sadly missed by her cat, which she named My Cat.
In addition to her parents, husband, and aunt and uncle, Bill and Vera Wagner, she was preceded in death by many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Per her request, she will be cremated. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. at Hughes-Moquin Funeral Home with Monsignor Patrick Gaughan officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Her cremains will be interned at St. Luke Cemetery in Danville at a later date. To send the family a message of sympathy visit http://www.hughesmoquinfuneralhome.com.
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