Miscellaneous Union County, Ohio Obituaries

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Mary Lou Weidman
Mary Lou Jenny Weidman, age 71, of Marysville, died unexpectedly, Thursday, March 22, 2001 at Ohio State University Medical Center.
A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she served as a Stephen Minister.  She was a member of the church’s Outreach, Support, Worship and Care committees and was a member of the church council and the 79er’s.  She was a member of Hannah Circle of Trinity Lutheran Church Women.  She was also a church office volunteer and surrogate grandparent for Trinity School. In 1998, the church congregation named her the year’s “Outstanding Member”.
She retired in 1991 from Milcrest Nursing Home after working 21 years as assistant to Donna Crawford, her golfing buddy and nursing home administrator.
During her younger years, she was a former associate with Eljer Plumbingware and the Sears catalog store in Marysville.
She was a past member of Marysville Lionness Club and Business and Professional Women.  She was a former member of Mary Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.  She once served as secretary for the Women’s Union County Bowling Association for 20 years.
A member of the Marysville High School Alumni Association, she was a 1947 graduate MHS and was the 1946 Football Homecoming Queen.  She was most remembered as the first queen to be crowned on the “new” football field at the corner of Collins Avenue and Grove Street.  She was active in school sports and band.
She collected lighthouse memorabilia, enjoyed computerized solitaire and loved wild birds and gardening.
She was born August 11, 1929 in Orrville, Ohio to the late Carl Richard and Evelyn Harkless Jenny. She was predeceased by a brother in his youth, Richard, and a sister Phyllis Burroughs Zimmerman.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Conrad A. “Connie” Weidman, whom she married February 3, 1950 at the Trinity Lutheran parsonage by Rev. Goedeking; a daughter, Libby Shaw of Jacksonville, NC; a son, Matthew C. (Cherie) Weidman of Marysville; four grandchildren, Craig Shaw of Columbus, Aaron Shaw of Jacksonville, NC and Cole and Emily Weidman of Marysville; a sister, Margaret (Dave) Rupright of Sidney; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Grisham of Milford Center; nieces, JoBeth Grisham and JoAnne (Kevin) Weller, Judi Sumler and Beverly Jackson; and nephews, Jeff and Greg Rupright and Rick Burroughs.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Rev. Renee Ahern and Rev. John Davoll will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Underwood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Craig Shaw, Aaron Shaw, Kevin Weller, Mike CiCigoi, Donald DeGood, Marvin Gilbert and Jim Rausch.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.

Midge Horn
Marjorie “Midge” Horn, age 70, a longtime resident of Marysville, died Monday, July 30, 2001 at Memorial Hospital of Union County following a final battle with cancer.  A proud and creative homemaker and loving wife and mother, she was a longtime floral designer and interior decorator. Having retired in 1989, she worked locally at numerous floral shops throughout the years.  A member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, she was a passionate and enthusiastic volunteer in the community. She generously dedicated many hours of service to the community Thanksgiving dinner, cancer society fundraisers and the high school band parents association in the 1970’s, to name a few.  Her philanthropy to Memorial Hospital of Union County was untiring and openhearted. As one of the early members of the hospital’s women’s auxiliary, she was active for over 40 years as a hospital volunteer having accrued thousands of hours.  She was a member of Twig 8 and was a former member of Twig 9 and an inpatient volunteer. She served on committees for the “Hi Fever Follies” and the “Festival of Trees” and personally designed a Christmas tree for the fundraiser each year. She was a past president and a former auxiliary board member and was a former delegate to the Ohio Hospital Convention. She loved all types of sports, especially major league baseball and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. She collected Old World Christmas tree ornaments and enjoyed flower gardening and feeding and watching birds. She was born March 27, 1931 in Albion, New York to the late Edgar and Elizabeth Taylor Decker.  At age eleven, she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Ethel and Clarence Mercer who also preceded her in death, in addition to a brother, Charles. She was a 1949 graduate of North Plainfield High School in New Jersey and received a degree from the McDowell School of Design in New York City.  Following her schooling, she was employed by Bamberger’s Department Store in Newark, NJ as a buyer of women’s wear. She married First Lt., US Army, George E. Horn, on December 13, 1952 in Plainfield, NJ and he survives.  She is also survived by two daughters, Deb Horn of Marysville and Cindi Horn of West Mansfield; and a sister, Helen Hefferin of New York. The family will receive friends 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Underwood Funeral Home.  Private services and interment will be held later at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospital Auxiliary of Union County or Union County Cancer Society.

Joann Frances (Spain) Bogen
Joann Frances (Spain) Bogen, age 72, of Columbus, died Thursday at Riverside Methodist Hospital,  Kobacker House.  Retired geriatric nurse. Worked at Wesley Glen, First Community and Thurber Village retirement centers.  Graduate of White Cross Hospital School of Nursing, homemaker, WW II historian, enjoyed flowers, birds, reading, the beach and ocean.  Predeceased by two brothers, Joe and Richard Spain.  Survived by daughters, Jennifer (Vernon) Morrison of Upper Arlington and Rebecca (Andrew) Smith of Kansas City, MO; granddaughters, Kathryn and Margaret Morrison; sister, Judy (Curt) Little of Marion;  brother, Malcolm (Rosemary) Spain of Grandview; a dear friend, Evelyn R. (Ward) Barritt of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services 12 noon Monday, October 22, 2001 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2070 Ridgecliff Rd.  Rev. Tom Albaum will officiate and the family will receive friends following the service at the church.  Contributions may be made in her memory to the Upper Arlington Education Foundation, 1950 N. Mallway, Columbus, Ohio 43221 or Hospice at Riverside Kobacker House in care of the funeral home.  Underwood Funeral Home, Marysville  is in charge of arrangements.

Torrie Lee Griffith
Torrie Lee Griffith, age 22, of East Liberty, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at a result of an auto accident.  He was an associate of Marysville Concrete and was formerly employed with Midwest Express.  A loyal University of Michigan fan, he was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.  He collected arrowheads and loved to play the guitar with this buddies, Chad Rausch and Jay Giles.  He was born January 28, 1979 in Marysville. He was predeceased by an uncle, Randy Giles and grandparents, Lonnie and Margaret Griffith, Mae Compton, Laurice Giles and Charles R. Smith.  He is survived by his wife, Renee’ Smith Griffith of East Liberty whom he married April 24, 1999 at Christian Assembly Church; a daughter, Zoe Renee’ Griffith; his father, Darwin E. Griffith and his mother, Cathi Griffith, both of Marysville; a sister, Shannon Griffith of Marysville; grandparents, Frances Giles of Marion, Larry Giles of Marysville, James and Shirley Dodd of Marysville and Grace Smith of Ostrander; great grandparents, Edgar Compton and Kate Giles, both of Marysville;  his mother-in-law, Pam S. (Dirk) Railsback of Raymond; his father-in-law, Steve (Sandy) Smith of Marysville; a step-brother, Mike Spurgeon of Marysville; a step sister, Kim Spurgeon of Richwood; a nephew, Dawson Nathaniel Griffith; brothers-in-law, Chris Smith of East Liberty and Joel Railsback of Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives; and a special friend, Tyson Bodey. Funeral services will be held at 11 am. Monday at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.  Rev. Donald Moceri will officiate and burial will be at York Cemetery. Pallbearers will be special friends, Johnnie Kise, Chris Smith, Daren Pentz, Terry Giles, Jay Giles, John Fox and Todd Day.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Zoe Griffith education fund in care of the funeral home.

Vickey L. Eubanks Birchfield
Vickey L. Eubanks Birchfield, age 38, of Marysville, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. An assembler at Ranco in Plain City for 11 years, she was a 1982 graduate of Fairbanks High School and liked antiques and auctions.  A gardener, she took pride in the appearance and tidiness of her home. Her bubbly personality and dedication to her friends and family was admired by so many. She especially enjoyed her dog, Bear. She was born August 5, 1963 in Urbana.  She is survived by her parents, Rodney R. and Maggie Burroughs Eubanks of Irwin; her husband of 22 years, Jeffrey L. Birchfield; two daughters, Carrie (Michael) McGovern and Karen (Gordon Erhardt) Birchfield, both of Marysville; two grandsons, Cameron McGovern and Jacob Erhardt; a sister, Sherry (Tracy) Mabry of Marysville; four brothers, Tim (Holly) Eubanks of East Liberty, Bud (Lynn) Eubanks of Raymond, Rob (Lisa) Eubanks of Marysville and Rex Eubanks of Irwin; three sisters-in-law, Lisa (Eric) Canter of Plain City, Saundra (Calvin) Dickerson of Michigan, Linda (Steve) Grubb of Tennessee; two brothers-in-law, John (Bonnie) Birchfield of Plain City and Earl (Becky) Birchfield of Marysville; father and mother-in-law, George and Katherine Birchfield of Plain City; several nieces and nephews and many friends and close work associates. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.  Rev. Jack Heino will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eric Canter, Tim, Bud, Rob, Rex and Rick Eubanks.


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