Ericka D. Dresback
Ericka D. Dresback, 46, of Delaware, died unexpectedly at her home Monday (Jan. 30, 2006).
She was born Feb. 15, 1959 in Indianapolis to Larry and Donna (Sellars) Gorman. She graduated from Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis and had resided in Delaware since 1998. She was a homemaker and a member of the Moose Lodge.
She is survived by her husband, Craig; a daughter, Amber Martin; a son, Thomas Spenos; and three grandchildren, Kyrstin, Madison and Zoe; her mother, Donna Dugan, all of Indianapolis; two sisters, Lisa Mosier of Indianapolis and Dana Vawter of Kingsman, Ariz.; a brother, Mark Gorman of Indianapolis; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Gorman.
At her request, there will be no services.
Arrangements are in charge of Robinson Funeral Home, 32 W. Winter St.
Christine Marie Erwin Laird
Christine Marie Erwin Laird, 34, of Richwood, died unexpectedly Sunday (Jan. 29, 2006) at Memorial Hospital in Marysville.
She was born June 28, 1971 in Columbus to Donald Erwin and the late Linda C. Jamison Erwin and was a 1989 graduate of Centerburg High School.
A loving wife, mother and daughter, she is survived by her father and stepmother, Donald and Sharon Erwin of Delaware; her husband, William Bill Laird; sons, Joseph and Nicholas; a daughter, Tabitha; and a brother, Jeffrey Erwin.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ingram Funeral Home, Marysville. Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oakdale Cemetery in Marysville, with the Rev. Jerry Bentley officiating.
Mary Lou Pfeiffer Saunway
Mary Lou Pfeiffer Saunway, 94, of Kenton, died Monday (Jan. 30, 2006) at her residence.
She was born Feb. 28, 1911, in Douglas County, Ill., to the late John and Adda Mae (Reeder) Benge. She graduated from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor’s degree in education. On Aug. 20, 1932, she married Paul Pfeiffer, who died in 1974. She married George J. Saunway on Dec. 8, 1979, and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2005. She was a retired teacher, radio broadcaster and counselor at Ohio Northern. She also was retired as the owner of a cosmetic business and broadcast for eight years on WRFD in Worthington and for six years on WCIT in Lima. She was the first female farm radio director in the nation. She spoke on the Farmers Institute Circuit for many years. She served eight years on the Ohio 4-H Foundation board and is a member of the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame. She was an active member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Kenton; Goshen Grange, where she was an eighth-degree member; and the Hardin County Farm Bureau. She founded the Hardin Memorial Hospital auction, which helped the community finish Hardin Memorial Hospital. She received the Grocery Manufacturer’s Award in New York from the Grocery Manufacturers of America for her series of programs on “Food Processes and Prices,” featured in the Ohio Story, Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping and Country Gentleman magazines. She and her husband, George, were chairpersons of the International Center at the “Fly-In” in Lakeland, Fla., for 10 years. She strived to bring a better understanding among all people and to bring the rural and city residents closer together.
She is survived by a daughter, Kay (Paul) Miller of Washington Court House; a son, Vaughn (Nanette) Pfeiffer of Kenton; six grandchildren, Dr. Jeffrey (Dr. Kathy) Miller of Indianapolis, Douglas R. (Anita) Miller of Washington Court House, Mark A. (Katie) Miller of Johnstown, Peter H. (Dr. Carole) Pfeiffer of Saline, Mich., Talia (Rik) Alexander of St. Mary’s and Jeremie (Heather) Myers of Junction City, Kansas; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Etta Naomi Bruno of Indianapolis and Maxine Lovell of Marion.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Visiting hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Kenton, prior to the memorial service at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Scott Johnson and Pastor Chuck Zweizig officiating. Burial will be at Grove Cemetery at a later date.
Schindewolf-Stevens-Stout Funeral Home, Kenton, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio 4-H Foundation, 2120 Fyfe Road, Room 25, Columbus, OH 43210, attn: Pfeiffer-Miller-Saunway Fund No. 31202.
Josephine ‘Jo’ Elizabeth Galbraith Watts
Josephine “Jo” Elizabeth Galbraith Watts, 88, died Monday (Jan. 30, 2006).
She was born at home in Genoa Township on Aug. 6, 1917 to Truman R. and Cora Clark Galbraith. At a few months of age, she was moved in a clothes basket by a bobsled and horses to a new home in Delaware County. She graduated from Galena and Berlin schools. She turned down a college scholarship to stay home and help her parents because her father was blind. She spent her life as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a talented, creative homemaker and seamstress. She was a loyal lifetime Auxiliary member of the 96th Infantry Division Association. A faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church on Norwich Avenue, she was a teacher of young members and frequently she taught so many years she began to “talk their language.” More recently she was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her beloved and loving husband, Russell, with whom she would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in May; daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and David Schumaker of Spring Branch, Texas, and Rachel and Stephen Mushrush of Columbus; grandchildren, Kristina (Chip) Macon of D’Hanis, Texas, Scott (Tiffanie) Schumaker and Julie Schumaker of Boulder, Colo., Michael (fiancee Karen Carver) Mushrush of Powell and Christopher Mushrush of Bellingham, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Jake, Tye and Grace Macon of D’Hanis, Texas and Cammie Louthen of Somerset, Ky.; nieces, Mary Martha King of Tennessee and Beverly Holderman; cousin, Thomas Glass; and many other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Clark Galbraith.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Schoedinger North Chapel, 5554 Karl Road, Columbus, with Pastor Ronald Huff officiating. Interment will follow at Cheshire Cemetery in Delaware.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ascension Lutheran Church organ fund, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43229.
Linda K. Rensch
Linda K. Rensch, 58, of Lewis Center, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning (Jan. 31, 2006) in the Emergency Room of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville. Arrangements will be announced by DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
Mildred E. ‘Midge’ Burns
Mildred E. “Midge” Burns, 81, of Ostrander, died Feb. 8, 2006 in Cleburne, Texas after a short battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 7, 1925 in Delaware to Charles and Zella Mae Clark. Upon graduation from high school, she worked at Curtis-Wright in Columbus and later retired from Ranco Controls in Delaware. Her favorite things were gardening, fishing and traveling with her bowling league. She was an avid reader who was a wonderful mother, grandmother and respected friend. She will be dearly missed by all.
She is survived by a son, William Burns Jr. of Ashley; four daughters, Carole (Mark) Mulligan of Cleburne, Patty (Steve) Henrichs of Coatesville, Ind., Debbie (Terry) Matthaes of Ostrander and Jeannie Van Bibber of Coral Springs, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Madeline Fisher of Statesville, N.C.; and three brothers, Carroll Clark of Cheshire and Edward and Harley Clark of Delaware.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Burns, whom she married March 27, 1946 in Pomeroy; and her youngest brother, Charles Clark.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 :30 p.m. Saturday at Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Bennett Brown Chapel, 92 N. Sandusky St., where a memorial service will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Esther L. Burch
Esther L. Burch, 87, of Delaware, died Saturday (Feb. 11, 2006) at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
She was born on April 15, 1918 in Delaware to the late Guy and Marie (McGuire) Lloyd. A graduate of St. Mary High School in 1936, she married her husband of 58 years, Robert A. “Ash” Burch on Oct. 15, 1940. For 45 years she and her husband owned and operated Burch’s Grocery Stores in Columbus and Zanesville. Together they were longtime members of the Central Ohio Retail Grocers Association. Following retirement in 1989 they returned to Delaware. A wonderful cook and an excellent seamstress, family was her greatest joy and Sunday dinners were a must. Known for her home baked pies, she enjoyed flowers, gardening and collecting salt and pepper shakers from her travels.
She is survived by one daughter, Carol L. (Charles) Snyder of Columbus; one daughter-in-law, Carol Burch of Spartanburg, S.C.; five grandchildren, Christine (Kevin) Sintz of Beavercreek, Brian (Andrea) Burch of Greenville, S.C., Cheryl Kulp of Columbus, Rebecca (David) Wilbur of Spartanburg, S.C., and Chad Kulp of Grove City; two stepgrandchildren, Carrie Snyder of Columbus and John Snyder of Pataskala; three great-grandchildren, Amber and Alyssa Burch and Elizabeth Sintz; one sister, Ruth Ann (Thomas) Hall of Delaware; and many loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert A. “Ash” Burch on Dec. 31, 1998; one son, Gerald W. Burch, on Oct. 3, 2001; and one brother, George W. Lloyd.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Radnor Cemetery.
Edward A. Flahive
Edward A. Flahive, 82, of Delaware, died Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2006) in Cherith at Willow Brook.
He was born Nov. 4, 1923 to John and Jose (Parker) Flahive in Delaware. He graduated from St. Mary High School in 1941, attended Ohio Wesleyan University, and graduated from Capital University Law School in 1952. He was a practicing attorney for 47 years with his office in the Delaware County Bank Building. He served in the U.S. Navy as a naval officer during World War II in the Pacific. He was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was former Mayor of Delaware from 1953 to 1957. He was a former member of the Raymond B. Austin Post 115 of the American Legion, a former member of the Delaware City Board of Education, former member of the Sarah Moore Home Board of Governors, former member and Past President of the Delaware County Bar Association, former President and member of the Grady Memorial Hospital Board, former General Council for 34 years of Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan Association.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jean; his children, Margaret (Michael) Shade, Teresa (Tony) Heald all of Delaware, Babs (Steve) Farkasovsky of Hilton Head, S.C., Edward F. (Penny) Flahive, Terrence (Carolyn) Flahive, Tim Flahive all of Delaware, Shawn (Lisa) Flahive, Dan (Susan) Flahive of Powell; and his stepchildren, Bill (Jill) Rissler of New Albany and Judy (Mike) England of Delaware; 15 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, George (Pauline) Flahive; many nieces and nephews; and a former brother-in-law, Monsignor Francis X. Schweitzer of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Teresa Flahive in 1965; and a brother, Jack Flahive in 1981.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Robinson Funeral Home, 32 W. Winter St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., with the Rev. Kevin Kavanagh and Monsignor Paul Enke as celebrants and the Rev. Deborah Patterson of the First Presbyterian Church participating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery where the Delaware County Veterans Association will conduct full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary School, 66 E. William St., Delaware, OH 43015 with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Parker Tyler Jarvis
Parker Tyler Jarvis, 87, of Columbus and Delaware, died Tuesday (Feb. 14) after a long illness.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a lubrication engineer with Atlantic Richfield Co. until retirement. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth MacBride Jarvis; a son and wife, Dr. and Mrs. Parker M. Jarvis (Bonnie) of Dublin; a daughter and husband, Dr. and Mrs. W. Frederick Rice (Nancy) of Madison, Ala.; former daughter-in-law, Susan Jarvis; grandchildren, Parker Jason Jarvis, William Jarvis Rice and Elizabeth Rice DeMarco; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Parker W. Jarvis; and his brother, Charles W. Jarvis.
Visiting hours are 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 5099 Postlewaite Road, Columbus, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, with Pastor Leo Frailey officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetary.
Donations may be made to Orthodox Presbyterian Home Missions, 607 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090-0920.
James E. ‘Rick’ Martin
James E. “Rick” Martin, 43, of Marengo, died unexpectedly Monday evening (Feb. 13, 2006) at his residence.
He was born in Columbus on March 23, 1962 to James L. and Mary A (Birchfield) Martin. He was a 1980 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School and DeVry University. He was an electronics technician and had worked for Rollins Security and also owned and operated Martin’s Carpet in Marengo from 1994-1999. He enjoyed a recent fishing trip to Lake Okeechobee in Florida with his brother Greg. He also enjoyed baseball, playing golf, hunting and bowling at Delaware Lanes. He was a five-year member of the Rod-n-Tiques club in Mount Gilead and a former member of the Moose Lodge in Delaware.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Greg Martin of Marengo; one sister, Emily Keltner of Marengo; four nieces, Lillee Keltner, the joy of his life, of Marengo, Christine and Chris Thompson of Fulton and Holly Martin of Columbus; his grandmother, Lucille Belisle of Delaware; his grandfather, Steve Ferko of Bokelia, Fla.; and many caring relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Okie and Florence Birchfield and Lee Ferko.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Paul Staton officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Mound Cemetery, Kilbourne.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of Ohio Dialysis Center, 1730 Marion Waldo Road, Marion, OH 43302.