Katherine Church

Katherine Mary Shelby Church, 45, of Marysville, died Monday, March 23, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus. She was a fourth grade teacher at Mill Valley Elementary School in Marysville. A 1986 graduate of Brookville High School, she received a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and a master’s degree from Wright State University. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Marysville. She enjoyed the outdoors and went camping often with friends and family. She loved rollercoasters and was an avid reader. She will be remembered as a dedicated educator, a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. She was born June 21, 1969 in Dayton and was preceded in death by her mother, Shirlie Martin Shelby. She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Bill Church, whom she married February 1, 1997 in Columbus; three children, Rachel, Megan and Andrew; her father, Marvin Shelby of Brookville; two sisters, Rhonda (Joe) Landis of Lewisburg and Crystal (Mike) Reed of Richwood; a brother, Jeff Gebert of Muncie, IN; her father-in-law, James Church of Marysville; a brother-in-law, John (Kelly) Church of Cedar Falls, Iowa; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 740 West Third Street, Marysville. Bishop Brent Hiltscher will officiate. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Ronald Donnett

Ronald David Donnett, 63, of Marysville, formerly of Powell and Englewood, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Memorial Gables in Marysville. An educator for 33 years, he retired in 2012 from Worthington City Schools where he served as elementary school counselor for 24 years. He was a 1969 graduate of Colonel White High School in Dayton and received bachelor’s degrees from Miami University and Wright State University and a master’s degree in counseling from University of Dayton. He also held a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He was flutist with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra for more than twenty years. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially yard and garden work. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and above all, his kindness to the many children he served as a counselor, as well as to family and friends. He was born April 14, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Chester J. and Minnetta Cushman Donnett. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathleen A. Cosler Donnett, whom he married November 27, 1976 at Shiloh Congregational Church in Dayton; two children, Erin and Alexander Donnett; a brother, Donald (Judy) Donnett of Englewood; four brothers-in-law, Ronald (Lorraine) Cosler of Rockford, IL, Robert Cosler of Pasadena, MD, Charles Cosler of New York City and Gary (Linda) Cosler, Kennesaw, GA; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, Fifth and Court Streets, Marysville, where the family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westerville Symphony, First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, the Hope Center Community Kitchen, or Loving Care Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Arleta Bowersmith

Arleta F. McCarty Bowersmith, age 83, of Marysville, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Memorial Gables. She retired in 1991 from Union County Common Pleas Court after 27 years of service. She held a variety of positions including, legal secretary, law librarian, probation officer and jury commissioner. She served under Judges Gwynn Sanders and Joseph Grigsby. She was most proud of serving as the county’s first female bailiff. A 1949 graduate of New California High School, she was a former member of Business and Professional Women. A creative and skillful soft sculpture artist, she designed and created over 100 one-of-a-kind, life-sized animals. Her “Animals by Arleta” museum gallery included domestic and exotic, hand-stitched animals and birds, including her “masterpiece” a 14-foot giraffe. Since the founding of her gallery, she hosted scores of school groups and bus tours from around the region. Presented the Columbus Museum of Art Award for Excellence at Winterfair, she was featured in the Columbus Dispatch in 2001. A talented quilt maker, she provided homemade quilts to Project Linus and gave lap quilts to grieving family and friends in need. She was known as an exceptional self-taught cook and baker. She will be remembered for her potato salad, rhubarb and apple pie, oatmeal cookies and fried chicken with crispy gravy. Above all, she was a true matriarch – a loving wife, a dedicated mother and doting grandmother. She was born December 24, 1931 in Irwin, Ohio to the late Ray and Nellie Walke McCarty. She was also preceded in death by her father-and mother-in-law, Edgar and Hattie Bowersmith; a brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Phyllis McCarty; brothers-in-law, William Burns, Richard Rausch and Richard Kaiser; sisters-in-law, Betty Cody, Dorothy Hinton and Maryellen McCarty. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Edgar H. Bowersmith, whom she married May 20, 1951 in Irwin; two daughters, Debra (Paul) Henning and Judy (Duane) VanDuzen, both of Marysville; five grandchildren, Mandy (Luke) Powers Henning, Kati (Chase) Henning, Adam (Haley) VanDuzen, Nicole VanDuzen and Vanessa VanDuzen; four great-grandchildren, Trace, Katy, Xander and Israel; three sisters, Mary Burns, Betty Dodge and Doris Rausch; two brothers, Ray (Dorothy) McCarty and Glen McCarty; brothers-in-law, Bob (Erika) Bowersmith and Kenny (Shirley) Bowersmith; sisters-in-law, Pat Kaiser and Ruth Bowersmith; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday. Pastor Luke Craymer of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to mobile meals at Memorial Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Sheryl Ann Young Boggs

sheryl boggsSheryl Ann Young Boggs, age 69, of Marysville, formerly of Hilliard and Merritt Island, Florida, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Memorial Gables in Marysville, Ohio. She retired from Walmart in Merritt Island where she worked in the bakery. She was a former waitress at the Gloria Restaurant in Columbus. A 1963 graduate of Hilliard High School, she enjoyed the beach, classic cars, dancing and singing and cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a passion for helping the elderly. She will be remembered as a lovely woman with a giving heart. She was born December 6, 1945 in Columbus to the late John and Louise Moore Young. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Loretta Culp, Vaughn Young, Jerry Young and Barbara Roop; and a niece, Kathy Masters. She is survived by her children, Lenda Boggs of Marysville, Howard (Denise) Boggs of Lancaster, John (Heather) Boggs of Columbus and Tony Boggs of North Lewisburg; Erika (Bryan) Kelley, Frankie Borghese and Alec, Kristen, Adam, Matthew, AJ, Jordin, Jackie and Jacob Boggs; great-grandchildren, Aniston and Lilli Kelley and Lil’ Frankie and Aycen Borghese; her brother Neil Douglas Young of Plain City; and many other relatives and friends, including the love of her life, Clyde Snider of Merritt Island, Florida. The family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Lucasey’s Italian Bistro, 333 Millcreek Drive, Marysville where a memorial gathering service will be held at 6 p.m. with Rev. John M. Groat serving as celebrant. Private interment will be held at a later date at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Lester J. E Wolff

Lester John Edward Wolff, age 93, of Chuckery, died early Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Heartland of Marysville. He was born and raised on the family homestead near Chuckery, where he lived and farmed his entire life. He was a graduate of Union Rural Local High School in Milford Center and a longtime member St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chuckery where he was baptized, sang in the choir and served on church council. He was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed playing in the Lutheranobit photo dartball league for 65 years. A 4-H advisor for Darby Valley Producers Club for 35 years, also served on the Union County 4-H Advisory Council. He also was a member of Union County Farm Bureau and the Darby Plain Talkers Farm Bureau council. He was a volunteer for Memorial Hospital of Union County mobile meals for 25 years and accrued almost 3800 hours. A member of Windsor and Community Singers, he sang with the Windsor Singers for many years. He enjoyed traveling, gardening and spending time with his family. He was born August 28, 1921 in Milford Center to the late William Conrad and Anna Margaret Kandel Wolff. He was also preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Irene Wolff. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha Wolpert Wolff, whom he married May 4, 1947 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; his children, Paul (Carla) Wolff of Columbus, IN, Susan (Tim) Crusey of Huntsville and John (Martha) Wolff of Milford Center; four grandchildren, Brian (Pam) Wolff, Sara (Chris) Branaman, Rachel Crusey (Kevin) Schrock and Leah Crusey; two step-grandsons, William and Nathan Harms; two step-great-grandchildren, Corey and Sara Ullrich; brothers-and sisters-in-law, Bernard Wolpert, Walter (Phyllis) Wolpert, Ruth Schroer, Lois (Herbert) Nicol and Esther Carmany; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends, including his loving church family. The family will receive friends from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Rev. Paul R. Schlueter will officiate and burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or mobile meals at Memorial Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Jesse M. “Jess” Wilson

Jesse M. “Jess” Wilson, age 52, of Marysville, formerly of Westerville, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Memorial Gables. Despite his life-long challenges with cerebral palsy, he maintained his zest for life. He cherished his friendships and enjoyed his pet cats. He was a University of Michigan fan and liked football and wrestling. He was born May 29, 1962 in Bellefontaine, Ohio to the late Frank and Melva Adkins Wilson. He was also preceded in death by a brother Charles. He is survived by three sisters, Carol Amspaugh of Zanesville, Barbara (Harvey) Brugger of Litchfield Park, AZ and Dory (Mark) Taylor of Ridgeway; and nieces and nephews. The family will hold private services at a later date. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Brian L. Mulligan

Brian Lee Mulligan, age 57, of Marysville, died early Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Milcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He retired from Honda Transmission in Russells Point after 35 years. A 1976 graduate of Marysville High School, he was a former associate of Cooper’s Dairy Queen and TG&Y. He was an avid reader and enjoyed computers and gardening. He was born December 27, 1957 in Kenton. He was predeceased by his father, Marvin Mulligan. He is survived by his mother, Twila Lane Mulligan of Marysville; two brothers, Jeff Mulligan of Columbus and Kent Mulligan of Marysville; an aunt, Anita Howell of Pataskala; an uncles, Vernon (Geneva) Lane of Richwood; and many cousins and other relatives. The family will hold private services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society or Loving Care Hospice. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Arthur D. Burchett

Arthur D. Burchett, 67, of Richwood, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He retired from Dublin Building Systems where he worked as a construction associate. He enjoyed gardening and collecting. He will be remembered for his generosity and giving heart. He was born November 6, 1947 in Louisa, Kentucky to the late Albert and Bernice Wiley Burchett. He was also predeceased by a son, Arthur L. Burchett; and two brothers, Gilbert and Floyd Burchett. He is survived by his children, Kimberly (Larry) McDonald of Richwood, Tia Woerlein of Springfield, Loretta Miller and Paul Miller, both of Marysville and Joe Payne of Marysville; grandchildren, Joshua Lawson, Kelsey Woerlein, Richard Carson, Jr., James Rollings, Kymberlee (Robert Lingrel) Jones, Anthony Bergum, Desiree Burchett; three great- granddaughters, Paige, Maya and Julianna; a sister, Bobbi Green; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends including, Mike Bright, Joshua Edwards, Dempsey “Luke” Griffin and his former wife, Christina Burchett. The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Underwood Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Barbara Sue Gray

Barbara Sue Black Gray, age 62, of Marysville, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A homemaker, she enjoyed shopping, flea marketing, all kinds of jewelry and spending time with her family. She was born July 23, 1952 in Dayton to the late Rev. Paul and Helen DeBolt Black and was also preceded in death by two brothers, John “Woody” Black and Ronald Black; a sister, Sheila Vagedes; and a great grandson, Braeden Gilmore. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert C. Gray, Sr., whom she married October 27, 1975; four children, Renee (Bruce) Lamb of Milford Center, Jackie Shoopman of Dayton, Robert Gray, Jr. of Richwood and Jeremy (Monica) Gray of Winchester; 11 grandchildren, Ashley, Bruce, Jessica, Micah, Dillon, Devon, Desiree, Jordan, Melanie, Holden, Christian; a great granddaughter, Lakyn; four sisters, Brenda (Eddie) Brown, Cheryl Coterel, Connie (Ron) Gaines, Rebecca (Doug) Brooks; a brother Michael Black; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Running For My Life Ministries, 122 North Court St. Pastors Keith and Theresa Roshon will officiate. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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Gary Eugene Stevens

Gary Eugene Stevens, age 73, of Marion, formerly of Marysville, died peacefully Thursday, February 12, 2015 at RiversiGARY STEVENS PHOTO de Methodist Hospital in Columbus with his loving family by his side. He retired in 1998 as supervisor in the draft beer and bottling departments of Anheuser–Busch Brewing Company in Columbus. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959-1963. During his first two years, he was stationed aboard the heavy cruiser and Flagship of the 6th Fleet, the USS Newport News out of Norfolk, Virginia. During the Cuban missile crisis, he was among the Marines deployed to turn back Soviet ships attempting to enter Havana harbor. While stationed in Virginia, he attended Sea School in Portsmouth and Recon School in Little Creek. For the last two years of his service he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as an advanced infantry Marine. While there, he took one year of classes at East Carolina University in Greenville. At the end of his term of service, he declined the offer to extend his enlistment with the rank of lieutenant, and was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal in 1963. He remained intensely proud of being a MarinGaryStevensMarinephoto1 (2)e throughout the rest of his life often saying, “There is no such thing as an ex-Marine.” He was a member of the Marine Corps League, the Marine Corps Association and the American Legion. Bricks commemorating his Marine Corps service were placed by his daughter and son-in-law in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Marine Corps Museum in Triangle, Virginia, in 2006, and by his wife and son at Marysville and Richwood.

After his discharge from the service, he was employed by Eaton Axle in Marion for a year before joining the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 1965 and being stationed at the Defiance post. Serving during the politically turbulent period from 1965-1970, he was often assigned to crowd control at disturbances at many prisons and universities throughout the state. He was a former dispatcher for the Defiance County Sheriff’s Department and Defiance City Police Department, where he handled radio traffic during the night shift. Because his work hours afforded him time for extra study, he was able to complete 18 months’ worth of full time studies in one year. He maintained a 3.28 GPA and graduated from Defiance College in 1971 with a liberal arts degree, double majoring in pre-law and political science. One of his favorite courses was comparative religion. After graduation, he worked for Maremont Corporation in Paulding and Rockwell International in Kenton as a production supervisor. He grew up in Richwood and graduated from Richwood High School in 1959. He made many friends all over the country during his 73 years and one of his last wishes, quoting one of his favorite television shows, was that they should all “Live long and prosper.” His favorite motto was “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome,” which exemplified his long battle with hairy cell leukemia, first diagnosed when he was 35. His favorite current television show was “Family Guy,” which is ironically fitting given the lifelong generosity and loyalty he showed to every member of his immediate and extended family.

He was born Aug. 31, 1941, in Columbus, to the late James F. and Elberta June Elizabeth Greenwood Stevens. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Stevens; a sister Janet Stevens; his daughter-in-law, Tonya Shoemaker Stevens; and a nephew, Troy Coons.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan M. Bishop Stevens, of Marion, whom he married Oct. 20, 1963, and she described him as her hero; his daughter Vicki Stevens and son-in-law Richard De Angelis of College Park, Maryland; his son Guy Stevens and fiancée Danielle Mitchell Bunke of Jackson Center; granddaughters, Kirsten Stevens of Chicago, Illinois and Kara Stevens (Michael Keetch) of Columbus; his sister, Cheryl (Rodney) Stevens Nicol of Plain City; many loving nieces and nephews; many in-laws; and other close relatives and friends, including Danielle’s son, Freddy.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Jim Christy and Rev. Donald Moceri will officiate. Entombment with prayers of committal and military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Sunset Cemetery in Galloway. Memorial contributions may be made to Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd. Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057 or at semperfifund.org. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com. Pallbearers will be Jimmie Cunningham, Rodney Gayheart, David Snook, Richard De Angelis, Mike Keetch and Edward Engel.

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