Teacher Obituaries


Kathryn A. Litzelfelner  
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LITZELFELNER, Kathryn A. Age 86, of Hamilton, Ohio died Friday, July 8, 2011 in Hospice of Hamilton. Kathryn was born on March 15, 1925 in Bethlehem, PA to Claud and Sarah Fegley. She resided in Hamilton, Ohio for 50 years. She graduated from Miami University with a BS in Business Education and received a Masters degree in Personal Counseling in 1973. She worked in the Hamilton City School System for 18 years. She started the Distributive Education program in 1967 at Garfield High School, in 1974 took a position as counselor of students, and was then promoted to Dean of Students. In 1980, she transferred as Dean of Students to Hamilton High School. She retired in 1985. During her career, she was an active member of the Hamilton Association of Trade and Industry, American Business Women's Association, Junior Achievement Board of Directors, and Phi Delta Kappa Educational Honorary. She also sponsored the National Honor Society at both Garfield and Hamilton High schools. In her retirement years, Kathryn was devoted to the scholarship committee at The Hamilton Community Foundation. She served as a committee member from 1986 - 2006. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Convention and Visitors Bureau, in addition to volunteering at the City of Hamilton Government Service information desk. She stayed connected to the school system by tutoring at Hayes Elementary School. She was an active member throughout her life of Queen of Peace and St. Julie Billiart Catholic Churches. As a resident of Berkeley Square Retirement Community she had many friends. Kathryn liked to travel and always found enjoyment in visiting historic sights and museums. She loved going to operas and other formal occasions and having a glass of champagne. Kathryn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald Litzelfelner, and her sisters Nancy Lysinger and Jane Frappier. She is survived by her five children, Charlotte Litzelfelner Root (John) of Tallahassee, FL, Frank Hunold, Jr. (Rachel), of Midland, TX, Betsy Hunold Anderson (Kevin), of Tampa, FL, Joseph Hunold(Peggy), of Ypsilanti, MI, Kathryn Hunold Horton(Pete),of Birmingham, AL; a sister, Margaret Droz of Tallahassee, FL; twelve grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and also her dear friend, Fred Eichler of Hamilton. Kathryn was a loving wife and mother, devoted educator, and responsible community member. She will be greatly missed. The family will receive visitors at Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N. W. Washington Blvd. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 224 Dayton Street, at 12 noon. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Memorials may be directed to The Hamilton Community Foundation, 319 N. Third Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 or The Colonial Foundation for Berkeley Square, 520 Eaton Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45013. A reception to celebrate Kathryn's life will be held at Berkeley Square Town Hall Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Online condolences are available at www.weigelfuneralhome.com
Published in the Hamilton Journal-News on 7/09/2011

Thomas George Webster
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WEBSTER, Thomas George 82, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, February 26, 2011. He was born on October 27, 1928 in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of Helen (Fink) and Horace Webster, both deceased. He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Webster. Tom was a product of the Hamilton school system, graduating from Madison, Roosevelt and Hamilton High (1946) before obtaining his undergraduate degree at Cedarville College and his Masters at Miami University. On January 27, 1951 he married the love of his life, Mary Louis (Dee Dee) MacGregor of Hamilton. After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Tom served with the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean conflict. He returned to teach sixth grade at Jefferson, Fillmore, and Harding; English at Garfield; Assistant Principal at Garfield and Harrison: and, Principal at Fillmore. During that time he also taught driving to many in Hamilton. He retired in 1988 after 36 years. He enjoyed bowling, golf and reading. Tom was active in several organizations such as Hamilton Men Teacher's Association, New London Swim Club, Double BSW poker club, BPOE, K. of C., and St. Julie Billiart. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Dee Dee; son Timothy and wife Mary (Miller); granddaughter Erin (Webster) Boyce (Edward): grandson Timothy Jr.; great-grandchildren Samantha and Thomas Boyce; in-laws Pat (Newman) MacGregor, Emily (MacGregor) Scott, and Dr. James I. Scott, Jr.; Marcia and Ernie Schlichter, John and Lorie MacGregor, Nancy and Brad Brockhoff, Christina and Tim Hackney, James Scott III, John and Joanne Scott, Tom and Tracy Scott, Tim and Karie Scott, Kim and Jim Swann, Mark and Erin Webster; as well as countless cherished friends, both living and deceased. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hamilton Community Foundation - John MacGregor Scholarship Fund, Lane Public Library, or The Colonial Foundation for Berkeley Square. Condolences may be made at weigelfuneralhome@fuse.net
Published in the Hamilton Journal-News on 2/28/2011
Scott, Ruth M.
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SCOTT, Ruth M. age 84, passed away on Wednesday August 11, 2010. She was born July 6, 1926 in Mt. Vernon (Wabd) Kentucky to the late Oscar Harlan Scott and Verna Jane Cummins Scott. Two brothers, John E. Scott and Oscar Nolan (Bud) Scott, preceded her in death. Surviving family members include the following: Lucille (Earl) Adams, Louise (Harold) Reynolds, Velda (Ray, deceased) Herald, Betty Scott (sister-in-law), Dorothy (Ed) Thacker, Jennie (Fred) Pruitt, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. After graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1944, Ruth attended Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Education. Beginning her career in one-room schools in Rockcastle and Lincoln counties in Kentucky, Miss Scott later moved to Ohio and taught in the Kings Mills and Hamilton City school districts. While employed by Hamilton City, she taught at both Harrison and Buchanan Elementary schools. After selflessly educating and encouraging scores of young people, Ruth retired from teaching in 1985 after 42 years of service. Always seeking professionalism and continued knowledge in her profession, she was a member of the Ohio and Butler County Retired Teacher Associations and the National Education Association. Ruth taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school in her previous home churches for many years and was a current member of Tri-County Baptist Church in West Chester, Ohio. Evident by her efforts and involvement in schools, professional organizations, and Christian ministry throughout her life, Ruth always gave herself wholeheartedly to whatever she attempted to do. She will be thought of by her countless students, Christian brothers and sisters, family members and friends as a compassionate and devoted educator, sister, aunt, church member and friend. She will be missed and remembered for her positive influence and steadfast Faith. The family of Miss Ruth M. Scott would like to extend a special "thank-you" to the staff at Sterling House of Fairfield and Vitas Hospice for their special care. Visitation at THE WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME 3080 Homeward Way at Rt. 4, Fairfield on Saturday August 14, 2010 from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM. Burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. www.websterfuneralhomes.com
Buddy Combs
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COMBS, Buddy Age 63, of Fairfield, passed away on August 4, 2010. He was born on June 27, 1947 in Hamilton to the late Ballard and Eva (Howard) Combs. He was employed by the Hamilton City School District as a health and physical education instructor for 33 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law: Joyce Shie; and fathers-in-laws: Don Shie and Roger Bennett. He is survived by his wife of 39 years: Lynda Combs; three daughters: Heather (Jack) Sawmiller, Christi (Eric) Merkle, and Cara (Steve) Kerchner; three grandchildren, Jenna and Bree Sawmiller, and Karson Kerchner; sisters-in-law: Nancy Sheerin and Valery Asenjo; cousin: Alma Barger; and many loving nieces, nephews, family members, and dear friends. Buddy was proud of being raised in Hamilton, Ohio. He didn't see East or West side differences. If one had a smile and a kind word, he was ready to be a friend. He enjoyed teaching his students at Buchanan, Grant, Adams, and Hamilton High. He believed that his students should be treated with respect and a sense of humor should be added to each lesson. He was a faithful, fun loving husband to his wife. He was a devoted fan of his daughters and attended all of their activities. He showed unconditional love and pride for his grandchildren. Friends and family may gather to celebrate the life of Buddy Combs on Monday, August 9th at St. Mark's Methodist Church from 5 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Methodist Church, 4601 Fairfield Ave., Fairfield; OSU James Cancer Support Fund Number 312727 Medical Center, osu.edu; or caringbridge.org.


Andrew Allen Ennis Jr.

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ENNIS JR., Andrew Allen went to be with his beloved wife and the love of his life Katherine Ennis on August 4th, 2010. He was born in Mahan West Virginia to Andrew Allen Ennis Sr. and Beatrice Ennis, September 30, 1926. He leaves two daughters, Andrea Huff and Kathy (Gary) Castner. He has 6 grandchildren: Christopher (Sarah) Witte, Angela Hall, Andrew Dronberger, Daniel Huff, Cori Castner and Todd Castner. There are also 4 great grandchildren: Megan and Christopher Witte, Alasia Witte and Andrew Allen Ennis III. He was also preceded in death by his wife Helen (Dolly) Schutte and a sister Jane Long. He leaves a brother, James Ennis, and two sisters, Mary Davenport and Dorothy Facinoli. He served in WWII and attended and graduated from West Virginia Tech, Miami University and Ohio State University. He taught Industrial Arts at Ross, Garfield and Hamilton High Schools. He attended Grace United Methodist Church, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and loved coaching Garfield High School Swim team. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 1200 Main Street in Hamilton on August 16th at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to the American Cancer Foundation for the cure of Breast Cancer. Weigel Funeral Home serving the family.

Joy Cohen

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COHEN, Joy D. age 82, of Hamilton, recently passed away of natural causes. Joy was the daughter of immigrants, Mary and Jake, whose families fled Poland at the turn of the last century. Born and raised in New York City, she summered in Cynthiana, Ky. with close relatives. After graduating from Bryant College, Joy married Daniel Cohen, who proceded her in death. She lived in Hamilton for 60 years loving and supporting her husband of 49 years. She raised three sons, Jack, Doug and Harvey and devoted much of her time, energy and resources to all three becoming lawyers interested in the world. Joy highly prized education, patronized the arts and had a passion for learning and volunteerism. She taught high school, read and gardened avidly, served on the Board of the Lane Library, actively participated in synagogue life. Joy was also a devoted mother-in-law to Laura, Stacey and Jane and grandmother to Andy, Cassie, Claire, Alina, Dena, Ari and Trevor. She was a supportive and close friend to many. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Beth Israel Synagogue, Hamilton, Ohio. Funeral service will be 9:00 am Sunday at the Colligan Funeral Home. Burial in Beth Israel Cemetery followed by a shiva service at the home of Jack Cohen in Oxford at noon. There also will be a shiva service at the home of Harvey Cohen in Cincinnati on Monday at 7 pm. Online condolences to www.colliganfuneralhome.com
Published in the Hamilton Journal-News on 6/6/2010 

Helen Snyder

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SNYDER, Helen L. Age 86, of Hamilton, died Friday, April 23, 2010 at Berkeley Square Healthcare. She was born April 16, 1924 in Oxford, Ohio the daughter of Omar and Ethel (Decker) Lindsey. She earned a Bachelor Degree from Miami University. She married George Snyder in 1952 in Hamilton and he preceded her in death in 1959. She was a teacher in the Ross and Hamilton Schools for 39 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, several groups at the church, the Metropolitan Women's Club and Delta Kappa Gamma. She is survived by a son, Jim Snyder and wife, Becke of Charlotte, North Carolina; a brother Donald Lindsey and wife, Jeanne of McMurray, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Caroline Gibson and husband, Phil, Matthew Snyder and Jon Keller, special niece, Donna Seeley and many other nieces and nephews. Her caregivers and close friends, Harriet Itkoff, Nancy Puckett, Pauline Zink, Jean Withrow, Ruth Stanton, the Berkeley Square staff, the Hospice of Hamilton staff and many close friends from Park Avenue United Methodist Church. Helen always gave of herself to her family and friends before doing things for herself. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Park and Dick Avenues with Pastor Barb Dafler officiating. Burial will be in Darrtown Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening, April 26 at from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N. W. Washington Blvd. Memorial contributions may be directed to Park Avenue United Methodist Church or The Colonial Foundation for Berkeley Square, 520 Eaton Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45013. Online condolences are available at www.weigelfuneralhome.com