David W. Hull
David W. Hull, Xenia, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 30, at Greene
Memorial Hospital. He was 67 years of age.
He was born June 21, 1935, in Fairfield, Ohio, the son of Charles and
Cora Young Hull.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of St. Brigid Church and
was formerly employed at Vernay Laboratories.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. “Peg” (Finn) Hull, whom he
married May 17, 1958; four children and their spouses, Douglas W. and
Veronica Hull, Beavercreek, Melissa and Brian Neary, Xenia, Angie and
Scott Beam, Xenia, and Michael J. Hull, Xenia; eight grandchildren,
Daniel, Allison, David, Nicholas, Alexander, Jackson, Olivia and
Chloe; and a brother, Chester Davis, Virginia Beach, Va.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Brigid
Church, Xenia. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery, Yellow Springs.
Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or to the
American Heart Association.
Charlotte Case of Williamsburg, Va., died Saturday, Oct. 12. She was
103 years of age.
She was born Charlotte Adams Smith on March 22, 1899, in Rochester, N.Y.
During World War I, she attended Mechanics Institute (now part of the
University of Rochester), then worked in a chemistry laboratory where
she developed new dyes to replace those formerly imported from
Following her marriage to Percival Homer Case on Sept. 11, 1920, she
lived for a time in Denver, where she studied and performed vocal
music at the Denver Conservatory. During WWII, she managed voluntary
services for the Office of Civil Defense on Staten Island.
In 1943, when their son was serving as a naval officer in the Pacific
Fleet, she and her husband settled in Van Buren County, Mich. They
raised jersey cattle and a variety of fruits on Peaches ’n Cream
Farms. After Percival died in 1953, Charlotte continued to administer
the farm operation alone until 1957, when she moved to the Chicago
area. There, she became office manager and bookkeeper for a large
Following her retirement, she returned to needlework, an avocation of
her youth. During the years from her 70th to her 95th birthday, she
created more than 40 quilts. Every one of her descendants has at least
one of her quilts. During her 100th birthday celebration, 26 quilts
were exhibited in the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists sanctuary.
She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 71 years, a third
generation Unitarian, and a member of the Williamsburg Unitarian
Universalists. She had lived in Williamsburg since 1989.
She is survived by her son, David Adams Case, and his wife, Barbara
Wilcox Case, of Yellow Springs, and by their four daughters, Janet
Case Title of Arlington, Va., Martha Case Betts of Sandpoint, Idaho,
Sara Ellen Case of Yellow Springs and Polly Case Lohrer of Cologne,
Germany; her daughter, Katharine Case Fournier of Williamsburg, and
her two daughters, Susan Campbell Fournier of Williamsburg, and Annie
Fournier Tiberio of Amherst, Mass; and eight great-grandchildren,
David and Allison Betts, Benjamin and Brian Title, Douglas and Michael
Hass, and Adam and Jenny Tiberio.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at the Williamsburg
Unitarian Universalists, 3051 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Va. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williamsburg Unitarian
Universalists Endowment Fund or to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North
Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
John W. Lang Jr.
John W. Lang Jr. of Yellow Springs died Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Good
Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. He was 65 years of age.
Born Nov. 10, 1936, in Pickens County, Ala., he was the son of the
late John W. Lang Sr. and the late Annie Lee Cole Lang.
He moved to Xenia to attend high school and became part of an extended
family of the late Lewis L. and Gloria S. Winfrey. While a student he
worked at the Winfrey Funeral Home. After graduating from East High
School in Xenia, he enrolled and graduated from the Chicago Institute
of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He became a furniture maker
with Kroehler Manufacturing Company in Xenia, where he worked until it
was destroyed by a tornado.
He relocated to Charlotte, N.C., where he continued his trade as a
furniture maker. Upon retiring, he moved back to the Xenia and Yellow
Springs area where he worked part-time for St. John Bus Company.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Lucy B. Lang; children,
Gerald Leslie and Mary Lang of Charlotte, Darwin Wayne Lang of Yellow
Springs, Dr. Sandra Lang of Ft. Worth, Texas; one grandson, Andre
Leslie Lang of Savannah, Ga.; two sisters, Lula L. Lang-Jeter and her
husband, James Jeter, of Arlington, Va., and Johnnie L. Lang of
Philadelphia; and a nephew, Lewis Rinehart of Philadelphia; and a host
of other family members and friends.
Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, at the United A.M.E. Church,
286 East Church Street in Xenia, Pastor Robert H. Reid Jr. presiding.
A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a
funeral service. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery. The
Porter-Qualls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joyce Ann Canterbury
Joyce Ann Canterbury of Fairborn died Wednesday, Oct. 9. She was 47
years of age.
Born in Barberton, she was the daughter of Edward Swason and Patricia
She graduated from Barberton High School and attended Ohio State University.
She was the owner of Fiber Fantasy in Yellow Springs, which closed in
1999. She was a popular instructor of spinning and knitting. She bred
and raised angora rabbits and sheep and devoted her life to the love
and care of injured and homeless rabbits of all species.
She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.
She is survived by her mother; her sister, Anita Canterbury; her
brother, Edward Canterbury; three aunts, Bessie, Helen and Lillian;
two first cousins; a niece and several grandnieces and nephews.
A viewing and memorial service were held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the
Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home in Yellow Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clark
County Humane Society, 5201 Urbana Road, Springfield, Ohio 45503.
J. Robert Pfeiffer
J. Robert Pfeiffer of Springfield died Tuesday, Oct. 8, at his
residence. He was 86 years of age.
Born Feb. 21, 1916, in Springfield he was the son of Joseph D. and
Mary E. (Liesch) Pfeiffer.
He retired in 1981 from Meade Corporation and was a ham radio operator
for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hope Errett
and Ruth Cultice.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nona; a son and
daughter-in-law, David and Susan Pfeiffer of Yellow Springs; a
daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jeff Sturgell of Springfield; four
granddaughters and their husbands, Sheryl and Bud Lanier, Tamara and
Lonnie Snapp, Laura and Scott Morgan, Heidi and Shane Hall; eight
great-grandchildren, Travis, Justin, Kacie, Nick, Danny, Jake, Brad
and Megan; a brother and sister-in-law, Mac and Leanna Pfeiffer; a
sister, Betty Kennedy, all of Springfield; nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends.
Services were held on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Asbury United
Methodist Church in North Hampton, with burial following in Myers
Martha Ream Yoder Morris
Martha L. Ream Yoder Morris of Scottsdale, Ariz., died on Sunday, Oct.
13. She was 83 years of age.
She was born in Springfield on Dec. 11, 1918.
During her marriage to Earl Yoder, she moved to Yellow Springs, and
together they established Yoder Memorial Home. She received her
funeral director’s license from the University of Cincinnati and was
active in Eastern Star.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Todd of Scottsdale, and her son
and daughter-in-law, Mark and Suzanne Yoder of Sarasota, Fla.
Her family and friends honored her life in a private ceremony.
Verna M. Papania
Verna M. Papania of Springfield died Saturday morning, Oct. 19, at
Mercy St. John’s Center. She was 92 years of age.
Born May 16, 1910, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Joseph and
She retired as an executive secretary with International Harvester
Company after approximately 40 years of service. She was a member of
the St. Teresa Catholic Church.
She is survived by two sisters, Connie Wood, Springfield, and Frances
Amato, Celina; a brother, Stephan Papania, Yellow Springs; six
nephews, Jerry, Joe and Michael Amato, David and Alan Wood and Jerry
Papania; a niece, Mary Ann (Wood) Mazur; numerous great-nieces and
nephews; and a special friend, Jean Mader.
Mass was held Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Teresa Church, with burial in
Calvary Church. Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Hospice.
Dorothy Hilbert of Yellow Springs died unexpectedly of an apparent
heart attack at about 6 a.m. Friday at her home. She was 91 years of
She was active to the end of her last full day. Thursday evening she
played cello in an amateur string quartet that has met weekly in her
home for more than 20 years.
She was found Saturday by a friend who was delivering labels for
mailing the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s newsletter.
Born in Dayton on Sept. 15, 1911, Dorothy was the daughter of Clara
Broenstrup and William Otto Hilbert. She grew up in Dayton and
graduated from the Antioch Academy, a private high school in Yellow
Springs, in 1928.
She earned a B.A. from Antioch College in 1933 and an M.A. from Ohio
State University in 1936.
In 1935, she married Charles Merchant; they divorced without rancor 10
After the separation she worked for the Social Security Administration
in Marion, Ohio, and became assistant manager of the Social Security
office in Springfield in 1961.
She retired and moved to Yellow Springs in 1976 and soon became one of
the most active volunteers in the village.
In 1977, Dorothy was one of five incorporators of Friends Health Care
Association, which operates Friends Care Community. “She did an
enormous amount of work,” said Paul Wagner, who chaired the group at
its start. “The rest of us were all employed full time. We couldn’t
have done it without her.”
She then served two terms on the Friends Care board of trustees, and
continued on as secretary to the board. She also worked as a
volunteer, repairing residents’ clothing and tending flowers at the
Care Center. Last year, Friends Care honored her with its first
lifetime achievement award.
She served a term as secretary of the Greene County League of Women
Voters and edited its newsletter for several years.
She also edited and typed the Yellow Springs Senior Citizens
newsletter for several years and had been contributing a monthly
column of health tips to recent issues.
She was the first Yellow Springs member of the committee that
originated the Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame.
“Dorothy was an example for all of us,” Dr. Carl Hyde said during the
local Quaker Meeting’s Sunday worship. “She saw what needed to be
done, and she did it.”
Dorothy was active in the local Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
which took charge of arranging for cremation of her remains.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Lantz of Dayton and
Ava English of Yellow Springs.
Surviving relatives include nephews Ken Champney and his wife, Peg, of
Yellow Springs, and Eric Miller of Dayton, and niece Annette Hamilton
of Green Bay, Wis., who is known to many youth in Yellow Springs as an
auditions judge of their piano playing.
A memorial service will be held in late December or early January, at
the Unitarian Fellowship Meeting House in Goes.
Her dog, Rusty, is staying with Ken and Peg Champney in the Vale, but
“she’s not a country dog,” says Ken. “The wild outdoors intimidates
her. She’d much rather sit on your lap and cuddle.”
The Champneys are looking for a suitable home for Rusty.
Memorial service for Dorothy Hilbert
A memorial service celebrating the life of Dorothy Hilbert will be
held Monday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist meeting
house in Goes.
Dorothy died unexpectedly on Oct. 18, at the age of 91.
The service will include musical offerings by family members and a
time for memorial tributes. A reception will follow, hosted by the
Unitarian women’s group.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the
Unitarian Fellowship, Friends Care Community or Antioch College.
William DeGrove Baker
William DeGrove Baker, a resident of Yellow Springs since 1970, died
on Friday, Oct. 18, at Friends Care Community after a lengthy battle
with cancer. He was 78.
He moved to Dayton in 1968 when he was hired as dean of the College of
Liberal Arts at Wright State University. A few years later, he
returned to his first love: teaching American literature and creative
writing. His particular interests were Mark Twain, William Dean
Howells, Gertrude Stein and Sherwood Anderson, about whom he wrote
many articles for academic and literary journals.
He was also the author of more than a dozen books, among them Focus on
Prose, Reading Skills (originally published in 1953, it had sold half
a million copies when the third edition came out in 1989), and, most
recently, The LCT Story: Victory in Europe Plus the Letters of a Young
Ensign, which told of his experiences during World War II as the
captain of a landing craft, tank, in the Mediterranean.
Since 1985, he had served as a trustee of the Greene County Public
Library. He was president of the board from 1989 to 1991, and in 1993
was named Trustee of the Year by the Ohio Library Council. The award
recognized Baker’s work in support of intellectual freedom, including
a series of eight articles he published in Ohio Libraries magazine.
In 1985, he also cofounded, with the late Judson Jerome, the Antioch
Writers’ Workshop, which is still flourishing. And in 1983, he was a
member of the board that organized the Chamber Music Yellow Springs
concert series, now in its 20th season.
After his retirement from teaching in the mid ’90s, Baker actively
pursued his interest in genealogy. Research into the works of his
great-great-grandfather William Henry Baker, a portrait painter who
emigrated from England to the U.S. and founded what later became the
Brooklyn Academy of Art, resulted in a biography, published in a very
limited edition for members of his family. Baker’s quest turned up
many paintings, in museums and private collections, and photographs of
which were reproduced in this book.
Baker was born on March 5, 1924, in Buffalo. After his discharge from
the U.S. Navy in 1946, he earned his undergraduate degree at Hobart
College, his master’s at the University of Chicago and his doctorate
at Northwestern University.
He taught at several colleges and universities before coming to Wright
State, including a year (1962–63) as director of the Center for
American Studies in Milan, Italy, and several years as academic vice
president of Rockford College in Illinois.
He was a passionate lover of literature, music, theater and art. His
love of reading led him to start a Great Books discussion group that
meets regularly at the Yellow Springs Library, and he was a member of
an informal discussion group that meets monthly in local residents’
homes. He was also an organizer of a small group of academics from
around Ohio and Michigan who have met annually for 20 years at
different places around the state to share their interests in
literature, history and art.
In recent years Baker was a regular member of the group that gathered
each morning at The Emporium for coffee and lively conversation.
He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Jane Hill Baker; three
children, Pamela Baker of Chicago, William B. Baker of Buena Vista,
Colo., and Priscilla Walker of Boulder, Colo.; their mother, Lois
Tukey Baker of Chicago; two stepchildren, David Hill and Sidney
Leonard, both of Massachusetts; a sister, Janet Swearer, of
Providence, R.I.; five grandchildren; and three nephews.
Contributions in memory of William Baker may be made to the Yellow
Springs Community Foundation (P.O. Box 55, Yellow Springs, OH 45387).
Plans for a memorial celebration will be announced soon.
Charles L. Sternecker of Indianapolis died Tuesday, Oct. 22, at
American Village, Ind. He was 75 years of age.
Born on May 31, 1927, in St. Louis, he was the son of Richard and Mary
He received a master’s degree in sculpture from the University of
Missouri in 1967. He worked as a medical sculptor at Indiana
University of Medicine, where he retired in 1992.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. He was
a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and was a kite enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Carol (Greb) Sternecker; daughters and
sons-in-law, Christa and Travis Newsome of Athens, Ga., and Celise and
Sam McKee of Yellow Springs; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and
Jeanne Sternecker of Mesa, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Anne Nicole
Newsome, Julia Elizabeth Newsome and Samuel Charles McKee of Yellow
Services were held on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Our Redeemer Lutheran
Church with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may
be sent to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer Association.