Allison E. Gilbert, 31, Sunbury, died unexpectedly at St. Ann's Hospital. She finished her earthly experience on June 23, 2001, and now rests comfortably in God's arms.
She was born in South Bend, Indiana, on December 15, 1969, to Gary and Charlene (Kern) Gilbert of Sunbury. She was a 1988 graduate of Big Walnut High School and a 1996 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Nursing as a registered nurse.
A member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, she was a past director of the Delaware County ARC Summer Day Camp, assistant troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America, a 17-year volunteer at St. Ann's Hospital, and she was active with the Delaware County Special Olympics.
Along with her parents, she is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Michelle and Anthony Geddas of Delaware and Abigail Gilbert of the home; two brothers, Aaron and Austin Gilbert of the home; grandparents John and Virginia Gilbert of Clyde and Charles and Alfreda Kern of Reynoldsburg; aunts and uncles Colleen and Donal Hiltbrunner, Corinne and Richard Frye, Christine and Michael Dixon, Julie and Kenneth Kern, Joan and Lanny Gilbert, and Penny and Gary Davenport; and her godfather, Jack Morehart.
She was preceded in death by her godmother, Marlene Winters.
Visitation was held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, where prayer services were later held. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with Father James Walter as celebrant. Interment followed in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Charlene A. Gilbert, 55, Sunbury, died Friday afternoon (October 5, 2001) at Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus.
She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, on October 2, 1946, to Charles and Alfreda (Kohne) Kern, who survive in Reynoldsburg. She was a 25-year Sunbury resident after moving from South Bend, Indiana, and was a social worker and court-appointed special advocate for Delaware County. She was a foster parent to over 20 children.
Also surviving are her husband of 33 years, Gary W. Gilbert, whom she married on June 8, 1968, in Bellevue; two sons, Aaron and Austin of the home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Michelle and Anthony Geddis of Delaware and Abigail of the home; a granddaughter, Gabrielle; a brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Julia Kern of Pickerington; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Corrine and Richard Frye of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Christine and Mike Dixon of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Colleen and Donnal Hiltbrunner of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and her in-laws, John and Virginia Gilbert of Clyde.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Allison, on June 23, 2001.
Visitation and a prayer service were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Sunbury, with Father James Walter as celebrant.
Interment followed in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Elizabeth A. "Betty" Giles
Elizabeth A. "Betty" Giles, 83, Centerburg, died Sunday (April 1, 2001) at Knox Community Hospital. She was a member of St. John Neuman Church, Sunbury.
Giles was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer K.
She is survived by a daughter, Judy (Eddie) Dick of Centerburg; six grandchildren, Steve Dick, Hugh Dick, Matt (Staci) Dick, Tim Dick, Gina Oswalt and Eric Clarke; 11 great-grandchildren, Steve Waggoner, Josh Clarke, Justin and Jeremy Dick, Cheyene Dick, Clare, Heidi and Hunter Clark, Alaina, and Ashley and Alan Oswalt; a sister, Helen (Willard) Koebel, nieces and nephews.
Visitation and Funeral Mass were held Wednesday morning (April 4, 2001) at St. John Neuman Church, 9633 Ohio 37 East, Sunbury.
Interment was in Eastview Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, Centerburg.
Lois L. Gilkerson, 67 of Sunbury, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (Oct. 1, 1998) at her residence following an extended illness. Born in Delaware to Ralph and Elsie Mae (Sayner) Gale, she was a homemaker and attended Fargo Wesleyan Church.
Preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob Gale, her sisters Marie King and Mary Gale, and a daughter, Lorena, at infancy. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tommy; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Debbie Hartley of Warsaw, Oh., David and Glorean Gilkerson of Centerburg, and Ken and Kelly Gilkerson of Cardington; daughters and sons-in-law Loretta and Darol Gilkerson and Pam and Ed Lafferty, all of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; one great grandon; and sister Clorabelle Capehart of Columbus.
Funeral services were held in Ashley, with her son Thomas Hartley officiating. Contributions may be made to the Marengo Volunteer Fire Department and Squad Unit.
Tommy V. Gilkerson
Tommy V. Gilkerson, 64, Sunbury, died suddenly Monday evening (January 15, 2001) in the emergency room of Morrow County Hospital, Mount Gilead.
He was born on July 2, 1936 in Micco, West Virginia. A U.S. Army veteran, he was greenskeeper for the New Albany County Club. Gilkerson moved to Sunbury 29 years ago from Columbus.
Gilkerson was a member of Marysville Freewill Baptist Church and the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and woodworking. Gilkerson loved to sing and was a member of the Mount Olive Quartet, Columbus. He was a former member of Fargo Wesleyan Church.
He loved his family and was a terrific father and grandfather.
Gilkerson is survived by his wife, Faye (Stapleton); sons David (Glorean) of Centerburg, Thomas (Debbie) of Warsaw and Kenny (Kelly) of Marengo; daughters Loretta (Darol) Gilkerson of Columbus and Pamela (Edward) Lafferty of Obetz; step-son Brian (Alexia) Gilkerson of Indiana; step-daughters Kristy (Bert) Ervin of St. Louis, Missouri and Charlotte (Dan) McCullough of Middlestown; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; brothers Dallas (Freda), Doug (Donna) and Darol (Loretta) of Columbus and Roger (Candy) of Middleburg; sisters Wilda (Clifford) Birt, Joann Mounts, Nancy Marquez, Carol (Fred) Francis of Columbus; and an aunt, Mary Birt of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois L. Gale in 1998, a daughter Lorena Mae in 1964 and a sister Charlotte Bing in 2000.
Visitation was at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury where services were held. Interment in Marlboro Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Marysville Freewill Baptist Church.
Helen M. Gillis, 90, Marengo, formerly of Holiday, Florida, died Friday evening (July 13, 2001) at Bennington Glenn Nursing Home.
She was born on Feb. 26, 1911, in Presque Isle County, Michigan, to the late John and Mary (Rogers) Buscher.
Helen spent the majority of her life in the Melvindale, Michigan area before moving to Holiday. She was a member of the Eastern Star, a Girl Scout leader and secretary for the Tanglewood Mobile Home Village. She enjoyed her hobby of computers.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Roy Gillis, who died in 1990; and a son, Roy J. Gillis.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Bonnie Gillis of Galena and Harold Gillis of Marengo; a daughter, Charlotte Hyatt of Taylor, Michigan; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Cheryle Thrams.
Visitation was held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Marengo, where funeral services were also held with the Reverend Alice Deffinger officiating. Graveside committal services were held at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bennington Glenn Activity Center, 825 Ohio 61, Marengo 43334.
Barbara R. Goodrich
Barbara R. Goodrich, 76, of Galena, died Tuesday (July 21, 1998) at Riverside Methodist Hospitals, Columbus.
She was born Sept. 13, 1921 in Galena to the late Harold W. and Edith S. (Gorsuch) Roof. She graduated from Galena High School. Mrs. Goodrich was a homemaker and had worked as the manager of the former Sunbury Dime Store. She was a member of Galena United Methodist Church, G & T Club of Galena, and the 50-50 Club.
She is survivd by loving family, including daughter and sons-in-law Beverly and Paul Zistl of Galena, and Elizabeth and Richard Thornton of Lewis Center; sons and daughters-in-law Steve of Union City, Tenn., James and Patricia of Upper Arlington, and John and Victoria of Westerville; 12 grandchildren, Ben and Courtney Clouse, Andrea and Curstiss Bennett, Cassie Zistl, Matt, Ty, and Clay Goodrich, Stephanie and David Goodrich, and Danny and Kelsey Thornton; great-granddaughter Emily Bennett; a sister, Judith L. Roof, of Galena; her brothers, William H. Roof of Orlando, Fla. and John M. Roof, of Galena; special niece Lori Roof, and other nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 433 years, Walter I Goodrich on Aug. 29, 1989; a sister, M. Lorraine Crowl, on July 4, 1975; and grandson Michael Zistl.
Funeral services were held at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, at Ohio routes 3 and 61 in Sunbury, the Rev. Stacy A. Evans officiating. Interment was in Galena Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Galena UMC, P.O. Box 3308, Galena, OH 43021.
Charlotte Marie (Denton) (Clayton) Grace
Charlotte Marie (Denton) (Clayton) Grace, 71, died Tuesday (September 11, 2001) at her home. She was born July 6, 1930 in Ravenna.
Grace attended Sunbury School and graduated from Croton High School. She retired from The Borden Company after 30-plus years of service. Grace was an avid camper and reader and she loved to travel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert I. and Corinthia E. Denton; two brothers, Robert I. Jr. and James Denton; and by her husband, James F. Grace.
Grace is survived by her son, Larry A. Clayton; daughter, Mary Patricia "Pat" (Gary) Bauer; sister, Barbara L. Johnson of Sunbury; step-daughter, Barbara Jean Foltz of Findlay and family; grandchildren, James R. and Corinthia S. "Carriy" Clayton; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many loving friends.
A memorial service was held Friday (September 14, 2001) at Schoedinger North Chapel, Columbus. Interment at a later date.
Harold E. "Hoot" Graham
Harold E. "Hoot" Graham, 80, Mount Vernon and formerly of Delaware County, died Tuesday evening (December 26, 2000) at the Laurels of Mount Vernon.
Graham was born in Nelsonville on March 15, 1920 to the late Allen and Mary (Wagstaff) Graham. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a retired inspector for Columbia Gas.
He was a Concord Road resident for 41 years, recently moving to Mount Vernon. He loved motorcycles, sports and traveling.
Graham is survived by son and daughter-in-law David and Angie Graham of Gambier, a granddaughter Danielle and by a sister Libby.
Calling hours were at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services were held with Pastor Merlyn Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Jerome Cemetery.
Ruth L. Graham, 80, died Tuesday (July 20, 1999) at Morningview Care Center, Condit.
Born in Finncastle, Va., she was a longtime Westerville resident.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, George and Diana Graham, Sunbury; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Glenn Green, Westerville; and six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Graham; parents, Urah and Willie Nininger; sister, Leliah Cooke; and two brothers, Alvy Nininger and Luther Nininger, an infant.
Visitation was held at Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville with services at the funeral home. Interment was at Otterbein Cemetery.