BLACKLICK — Norma “Jean” Lane Kuehner, 80, of Blacklick and formerly of Chesterville, died Friday evening, Nov. 9, 2012, after a word of prayer, surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness.
On March 4, 1932, Jean was born in an old farmhouse in Fredericktown, Knox County, the fourth of five children of the late Harold and Ida (Houle) Lane. She was raised in the Chesterville area, where she attended Chesterville Schools.
A loving homemaker for most of her life, Jean had a very motherly and nurturing way about her, always putting the needs of others before her own. Her pride and joy was her five children, all with whom she had a special relationship.
Getting another chance at love, Jean married Kenneth F. Kuehner, Dec. 29, 1974, moving to Blacklick soon thereafter. In 1980, he suffered a massive heart attack, so she started her own child care business in her home, to be able to stay home and care for Ken and still make ends meet. She cared for as many as 17 children a day, and was able to keep all 17 of them well cared for and in line. Together, Jean and Ken shared 30 years of marriage, until he preceded her in death in 2004.
With a love for nature, Jean loved spending as much time outdoors as she could. Her favorite outdoor activity, though, was mushroom hunting, which she loved sharing with her children, and teaching them quickly that you, “never tell ’em where you got ’em.” She also enjoyed feeding the birds and deer, so she could watch them from her office window, and tending to her flower garden.
Having a fun loving and ornery personality, Jean had a wonderful sense of humor, which she also shared with all of her children. Whenever they were together, there would always be tears from all of their laughter.
She will be dearly missed by her five children, Terry Price of Blacklick, Vickie (Gary) Davis, Rhonda (Robert) Woosley, both of Gambier, Randenna “Dee” (Michael) Sarratt of Columbus, and Angela (Rick) Kenyon of Canal Winchester; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and former husband, Mack Price of Florida.
Including her husband and parents, Jean was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon and Leroy Lane; two sisters, Olive Davis and Shirley Gregory; and former husband, Millard “Hank” Rhodebeck.
Jean’s family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Carmel Hospice for their tender care of Jean, and they may be sent to the funeral home.
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