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Miscellaneous Madison County, Ohio Obituaries

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JONES
James F. Jones Sr., 71, of Cridersville, died at 7:58 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born Nov. 16, 1931, in Lima, the son of Robert L. and Agnes (Irwin) Jones Sr. On July 9, 1955, he married Mary Jane Metzger and she died Feb. 3, 2001. Survivors include: three sons, James F. (Sandy) Jones Jr. of London, Rick (Barb) Jones of McKinney, Texas, John (Tammy) Jones of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Debora (Jones) Pseekos, Elida, Barbara (Randy) Pitson of Lima; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pat Baughman of Lima, Phyllis Courtwright of Yuma, Ariz. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Jones Jr.; a sister, Delores Magner. Mr. Jones retired in 1993 from the Lima Branch of the U.S. Postal Service, after 40 years service. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and had served in its prayer chapel. He had served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and later as a hospital corpsman second class with the U.S. Marines. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was a 1949 graduate of St. Rose High School, Lima. Jim loved the Lord, was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Nov. 13, 2003, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta. The Rev. Hank Albietz will be officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Wapakoneta where military graveside services will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Long and Folk Chapel of the BAYLIFF AND ELEY FUNERAL HOME, Wapakoneta, where a prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Rita's Hospice.

BUCHANAN
Robert "Bob" Buchanan, 83, of Deercreek Township, London, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at 4:17 p.m. at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was born May 21, 1920, in Fayette County, a son of Frances Marion and Louella (Crabtree) Baker. He was retired from General Motors in 1985 and had also farmed for most of his life. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 201, West Jefferson, and had been a member of the FOE Aerie No. 950, London. He is survived by his wife, Alberta (Alltop) Buchanan; daughter and son-in-law, Thelma and Paul Sanders of London; sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Mary Buchanan of South Charleston, Gary and Delores Buchanan of West Jefferson; grandchildren, Michelle, Lori, David, Lisa, Brian, Todd, Stacey, Billy, Kellie and Sherry; step-granddaughter, Melanie Black; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Hester Anders. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Jr.; brothers, Frances and Seymour Buchanan; infant sister, Thelma Buchanan. The family invites friends to call at the RADER-LYNCH AND DODDS FUNERAL HOME, London, from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003. Jerry Brooker will be officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Hope Cemetery.

MOORE
William "Bill" Moore, 94, formerly of London, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, in South Side Regional Hospital in Petersburg, Va. Born Feb. 12, 1909, in Connelsville, Pa., he was a son of Stella and Anthony Lorene. Bill was a former member of the U.S. Army and had been employed as a restaurant cook for many years. Survivors include five nephews, Daniel Lawrence of Dinwiddie, Va., Jimmy Lawrence of Lexington, Okla., John A. Lawrence of New Kensington, Pa., Roy Lawrence of Columbus, John M. Lawrence of McKenney, Va; three nieces, Stella J. Roush of Okeechobee, Fla., Pat Cobert of Rices Landing, Pa., Margie Roster of Los Angeles, Calif.; one half-brother, Martin Rattay of New Kensington, Pa. Mr. Moore was cremated according to his own wishes. Memorial services will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements are by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, London.

PITTS (HOLADAY)
Charma Eileen (Holaday) Pitts, 77, was called home to God on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003. Born in 1926, to Dewitt and Nellie Holaday, she was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Frederick Holaday; sister-in-law, Patricia Holaday. Survivors are her son, Stephen (Rebecca) Pitts; daughter, Teresa (Scott) Bennett; grandchildren, Shawn Pitts, Kyle Bennett and Alexandra Bennett, all of London; brother, Robert Holaday; sister-in-law, Eleanor Holaday; nephew, Dick Holaday; cousin, Irene Sprinkle; dear friend, Betty Powell, all of Hillsboro. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, London. The Rev. Sue McClelland will be officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in New Market Baptist Cemetery, Hillsboro. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. If they wish, friends may make memorial contributions to the Extended Care Unit of Madison County Hospital. Family condolences may be made to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

SCHUMANN
Ethel L. Schumann, 85, of London, went to be with the Lord at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, in the Madison House. Born March 27, 1918, in Columbus, she was a daughter of George and Emma Jane (Murdock) Van Meter. She was employed for 23 years at the former Stiffler's Store in London from where she retired in 1985 after 23 years of service. A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in London, she was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the church. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post No. 105 Auxiliary, and was a poll worker for the Madison County Board of Elections. Survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Gary Finchum of West Jefferson; grandchildren, Marie Rodgers of Sedalia, Bernard Finchum of London, Janet Finchum of West Jefferson; sisters, Jane Herren of Reynoldsburg, Irma Jean (Bill) Taylor of Columbus; a brother, Jack Van Meter of Yucaipa, Calif.; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard Schumann on May 3, 1992; two daughters, Carol Gray and Janet Schumann. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, in St. Patrick Catholic Church. Father Ted Sill will be officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, London, from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, where Wake Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. If they wish, friends may make memorial contributions to the Madison County Hospice. Family condolences may be made to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

SIBBALDS
Donna L. (Ferguson) Sibbalds, 65, of Columbus, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, from Mount Carmel West Hospital, Columbus. She was born Jan. 26, 1938, in West Jefferson, a daughter of Harold E. and Nellie (O'Brien) Ferguson. Donna was a homemaker and a member of the West Jefferson Church of Christ in Christian Union. Survivors include her husband, Arthur "Art" Sibbalds whom she married Sept. 11, 1959, in West Jefferson; two sons, Randy (Stacy) Sibbalds of West Jefferson, Bryan (Shawna) Sibbalds of Radnor; four grandchildren, Ryan, Brittany, Taylor and Joel Sibbalds; two sisters, Anna Mae (Clarence Lares of West Jefferson, Mary Lou (Russell) Turner of Plumwood; daughter-in-law, Diana Sibbalds of Columbus; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Laura Sibbalds of Carroll; mother-in-law, Lenora Sibbalds of Columbus; several nieces and nephews. Donna was preceded in death by her father in 1993; her mother in 2000; sister, Delores Jean Rogers in 1988; a brother, Harold E. Ferguson Jr. in 1996. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in the West Jefferson Church of Christ in Christian Union. The Rev. Paul Burgett and the Rev. Phil Conrad will be officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Galloway. Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, in the RADER-McDONALD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. Main St., West Jefferson.

SIMMONS
Ellsworth L. Simmons Sr., 79, of London, died at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in his residence. He was born May 30, 1924, in Madison County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of London. Mr. Simmons was also a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and had belonged to the Madison Memorial Post No. 105, American Legion and HV Christopher Post No. 1176, VFW. He had been a truck driver with Signal Delivery Company in Columbus for 18 years before retiring in 1990. Survivors are daughters, Reida Turner, Carolyn Wilson, Flora Artis, Delores Ward and Judy Simmons; sons, Tony Simmons, Ellsworth Simmons Jr. and Lance Simmons, all of London; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; very special friend and companion, Betty Burrough of Follansbee, W.Va., special aunt, Florence Locklear of London. He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Simmons on Jan. 4, 1994; mother, Jeannette (Russell) Simmons; stepfather, John Bramlett; granddaughter, Monica Simmons; grandson, Kevin Simmons. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in the First Baptist Church of London. Pastor Joseph Young will be officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, London from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. If they wish friends may make memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church. Family condolences may be made to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

SMITH
Mabel F. (Parker) Smith of Galloway, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, in Arbors West Care Center, West Jefferson. She was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Hilliard, the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel (Dougherty) Parker. Mabel was a member of the Galloway Presbyterian Church, the Galloway Homemakers, Westland Senior Citizens and the Alton Grange. Survivors include sons, Bill (Carla) Smith of Grove City, Kody (Terri) Smith of West Jefferson; daughters, Marilyn Smith of Medicine Lake, Mont., Kathleen (Jim) Morrison of Galloway; grandchildren, Kevin, Gretchen, Charlie and Tammy Smith, Kimberly Morrison; sisters, Evelyn (Vern) Ervin of Columbus, Betty (Gerald) Walker of Mt. Gilead, Norma (Don) Ferrell of Marion; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Naomi Smith of Galloway. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Tom Smith; brothers, Clarence, Walter, Howard, Edward Parker; sisters, Gladys and Minnie Parker. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in the RADER-McDONALD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. Main St., West Jefferson, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Larry Wickliff will be officiating. Burial will follow in Alton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Galloway Presbyterian Church, 6191 Hall Road, Galloway, OH 43119.

FOSTER
Viola M. Foster, 99, born on Aug. 9, 1904, in Jewell, Kan., taught in a one-room school house in Kansas. Married Jay M. Foster Sept. 9, 1925, and he passed away in 1959. She maintained a 100-acre farm near London, for 36 years. She was a former member of the London United Methodist Church, a member of the Women's Circle and Conference Delegate. She was an award recipient volunteer with Madison County Hospital. She moved to Columbus in 1975, and was a member of the Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Young at Heart Group, Adult Bible Study, Elizabeth Circle and was a charitable volunteer. She had been a resident of Wesley Glen since 1990. She was preceded in death by children: Evelyn, Warren and Delpha Foster. Survivors are children, Mary (Bill) Banks, Dean (Mildred) Foster; grandchildren, Nancy (Bob) Cowee, Karen (Rich) Terhune, David (Betty) Foster, Paul (Maria) Foster, John Foster, Jim Foster, Bruce (Sally) Foster, Michael Foster, Joyce Foster; great-grandchildren, Bryan and Andrea Cowee, Daniel, Jay and Christofer Foster, Jennifer and Kyle Foster. Family received friends from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Weir-Arend Funeral Home, 4221 N. High St. Service of Memory was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Wesley Glen Auditorium, 8th floor, 5155 N. High St., where family received friends following the service. The Rev. Bill Croy and Dr. Leonard S. Confar officiated. Interment was at 2 p.m. in Deercreek Township Cemetery, Lafayette. Friends who wish may contribute to Maple Grove United Methodist Church or Wesley Glen in her memory.

HOFBAUER
Anna K. Hofbauer, 88, of Plain City, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at the Convalarium at Indian Run. Born Dec. 10, 1914, in Germany, the daughter of Valentine and Anna Maria (Franz) Kress. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Plain City, and the Pleasant Valley Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph V. Hofbauer in 1989; brother, Joseph W. Kress in 2003; sister, Margaret F. Matthews. Survivors include a son, Joseph G.V. (Mary) Hofbauer of Plain City; granddaughters, Mary Catherine Spodar of Plain City, Julia Ann Hofbauer of Columbus; sister, Paula Kress of Germany. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 140 West Ave., Plain City, with family receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Rosary Service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the church. Father Patrick Toner will be the celebrant. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Vincent DePaul Society in care of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6604 Perry Pike, Plain City, OH 43064 or Plain City Historical Society, 341 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, or Grant/Riverside Hospice, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214-3998. Arrangements are being handled by the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, Plain City.

LANG
Earl B. Lang, 96, of Columbus, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. He had retired from the City of Columbus as head cashier after 30 years of service, was supervisor of the East side of OSU football stadium for 58 years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary E. Lang; five brothers; two sisters. His survivors include his wife, Ruth of the residence; son, Donald "Dick" (Sandy) Lang of London; daughters, Sally Rase and Beth Irwin, both of Columbus; grandchildren, Derrick (Janet) Lang, Dena (John) Kramer, Darla (Walt) Caines, Michelle (Steve) Wenz, Werner Rase II and Clinton Rase; 14 great-grandchildren. He was a 50-year member of the York Lodge No. 563, F&AM and York Temple Chapter No. 155, RAM. He was also a member of York Council No. 115; Columbus Commandery No. 69, K.T.; Aladdin Temple Shrine; P.P. of Corinthian Chapter No. 393, OES; Athena Court No. 3, Order of Amaranth; P.W.O.F. of North Star No. 45, Order White Shrine of Jerusalem; and P.P. of the OES 46 Club. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at the RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High St., Worthington. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, where the York Masonic Lodge Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Corinthian Chapter OES service. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Masonic Home Benevolent Endowment Foundation, 5 Masonic Drive, Springfield, OH 45504.

MILLS
Ross E. Mills, 85, formerly of London, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla. Born on Jan. 20, 1918, in Bladensburg, he was a son of Newt and Ina (Ross) Mills. Ross was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of London, Chandler Lodge No. 138 F&AM, the Aladdin Temple Shrine, and the London Rotary Club. He was employed with BCI&I in London for 35 years, having retired from there as a photographer. Survivors are his wife, Grace (Vogel) Mills; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and the Rev. Thomas Holmes of Jacksonville, Fla.; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Dr. Jon Scales of Wichita Falls, Texas, Kristen Holmes of Fredericksburg, Va.; two great-grandchildren, James and Joseph Scales of Wichita Falls, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Leland and Marguerite Mills of Mt. Vernon; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma on May 17, 1981. Graveside memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Kirkwood Cemetery, London. Pastor Joe Miller will be officiating. Funeral services are under the direction of the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, London. Family condolences may be made to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

PICKERING
Laura Elaine Pickering, 66, formerly of London, died at 2:12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in the IOOF Home in Springfield. She was born Sept. 11, 1937, in Toledo, the daughter of Charles and Ethel (Chaffin) Pickering. Laura is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Kelly Pickering of Dayton; granddaughter, Holly Pickering; step-granddaughters, Ashley and Andrea Radley; brother and sister-in-law, Ted and MaryAnn Bisbee of London; nephew, Kenneth Dixon of London; several cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Katrina; aunts and uncles. Visitation will not be observed. Private services will be held at the convenience of the immediate family. Services have been entrusted to the RADER-LYNCH AND DODDS FUNERAL HOME, London.

REAVER
Wanda R. Reaver, 75, of South Charleston, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in her residence. Born Oct. 23, 1928, in Columbus, she was the daughter of James and Edna (Simpson) Bullock. She was a member of the London Church of the Nazarene and had previously worked as a secretary with South Vienna School and had retired from Madison County Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Warren Reaver; daughter, Shirley Paul; son, Mark (Cynthia) Reaver; grandchildren, Kristeen, Nathan and Tyler Reaver, all of South Charleston; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, in Kirkwood Cemetery, London. Chaplain Rick Clos officiated. If they wish, friends may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Community Hospital, 2615 E. High St., Springfield, OH 45501. The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, London. Family condolences may be made to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.


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