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Obituaries

Jeffrey A. Lanning of Newark, Ohio, May 20, 1956 – August 21, 2018

                                                                                     Jeffrey A. Lanning

 

A funeral service for Jeff Lanning, 62, of Newark, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Rev. Casey Wilson officiating.  Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.

Jeff passed away August 21, 2018, at Riverside Methodist Hospital.  He was born May 20, 1956, in Bluffton, OH, to the late Arthur Dennis and Beatrice Juanita (Matheny) Lanning.

Jeff was a 1974 graduate of Newark High School.  He formerly worked for the Newark Air Force Base. Jeff enjoyed officiating middle school and high school sporting events.

He is survived by his sister, Sharlene Antritt of Newark; brother, Gary (Patricia) Lanning of Granville; aunt, Marcia Lanning of Arlington, OH; uncle, Charles (Anita) Matheny of Chauncey, OH; several step-nieces and step-nephews, and numerous cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Terry P. Antritt.

To sign an online guest book, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.

Mary Catherine Johnson of Newark, OH, November 16, 1943 – August 16, 2018

Mary Catherine Johnson, 74, of Newark, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Center. She was born November 16, 1943 in Appleton, OH to the late Harold and Leona (Evans) Burgoon.

Mary had a caring heart and loved to care for people. She enjoyed tending to her flower garden, watching nature, and reading her bible.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra Gatten of Newark and Edna (Tim) Morris of Cypress, TX; grandson, Skylar Gatten; brother, Kenneth (Shirley) Smith of Johnstown; and sister-in-law, Helen Burgoon of Alexandria.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Johnson; and brother, Burton Burgoon.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:00PM -1:30PM at the Brucker- Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark. A private graveside service will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Johnstown.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com

Patricia Aylene Todd of Newark, May 1, 1922 – August 15, 2018

A funeral service for Patricia A. Todd, 96, of Newark, will be held Tuesday, August 21, 12:00 Noon at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home with Reverend Margaret Hawk officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Valley View Cemetery, Sarahsville, Ohio. Family will receive friends at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark, Tuesday, August 21, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon prior to the service.

Patricia passed away August 15, at Concord Manor.  She was born May 1, 1922 in Columbus, OH, to the late Herbert and Marian (Steffen) Dentner.  She graduated from West High School in Columbus. She was employed as a sales associate, with her last position being at Togs for Kids in Reynoldsburg.

Patricia was a member of the Eastern Star. She attended First Presbyterian Church, Newark, and MCC New Creation Church, Columbus.  She was a seamstress who enjoyed crocheting, knitting, ceramics and flower gardening. She had a great love for music and in her younger years played the piano and organ.

Patricia is survived by her Sons, Kenneth Watson, of Wilmington, NC, Duane (Jean) Watson, of Wilmington, NC, Daryle (Earline) of Cypress, TX, Dean (Jennifer) of Smock, PA, and Stephen (Bryon Yaple) of Columbus; Daughter, Deborah (Robert) Blamer, of Newark, Brother, Noel Dentner, of  Monroe, MI; 2 Sisters, Karen Howald, of Reynoldsburg, and Hope (Robert) Staley,of Summit Station; 12 Grandchildren, Heather, Timothy, Tracie, Tricia, Andrea, Allyson, Joseph, Rebekah, Kathleen, Jennifer, Scott and Tiffany; 21 Great Grandchildren; numerous Nieces and Nephews; and her beloved Rudy.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Oscar Scott Watson, and second husband, Robert Todd. Also preceding her in death were 3 Brothers, Richard, Jack and Keith Dentner, 1 Sister, Faith Suver, and a Grandson, Travis Watson.

The family of Patricia thanks Linda and Mark Harger along with all the staff at Concord Manor, Johnstown, and the staff at Brookdale for the good care shown to their Mother.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, 540 Office Center Place, Suite 100, Gahanna Ohio, 43230.

To sign an online guest book, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.

           

Stella Laverne Mahaffey of Newark, July 7, 1922 – August 15, 2018

Visitation for Stella Laverne Mahaffey, 96, of Newark, will be 10:00AM- 11:00AM Saturday at the Brucker- Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark. Burial will follow in Smith Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Mahaffey died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at The Inn at Sharonbrook. She was born Stella Laverne Smith on July 7, 1922 at Wilkins Corners, Mary Ann Township, Licking County, Ohio, to the late Dallas Rebecca (Hoover) Smith and Roy Willey Smith. She graduated from Newark High School in 1940, was a member of Delta Chi Sigma sorority. In 1942 she went to work for the war effort at the Air Service Command in Dayton during WWII. On June 1, 1946, she married Edward Mahaffey and they had two daughters, Marcia Sue and Anne Michele Mahaffey. In 1962 after a transfer to the Newark Air Force Station, the family resided in Granville where she organized and served as first president of the Granville Town and Country Garden Club. In 1965 she and her husband retired to Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. In 1996 she returned to Newark and resided on Stone House Way where she served as condominium trustee and secretary for eight years. She was a member of the Licking County Genealogy Society; also worked as a volunteer at Hospice of Central Ohio. She was a member of the licking County Historical Society and Monday Talks Club.

She is survived by daughter, Marcia Sue (Mahaffey) Leversee and son-in-law, Gordon Jepson Leversee; two granddaughters, Katherine Rose Leversee and Anna Jepson Leversee of Keene, New Hampshire; sister-in-law, Louise (Jones) Smith of Newark; niece, Tracey Rebecca (Smith) Henegar Carpenter of Newark; nephew, Jeffrey Allen Kane and Melissa Marie Kane, Jeffrey Allen Kane Jr, Kelley Marie Kane of Omaha, Nebraska; nephew, Richard Leslie Kane and Patricia Marie Kane, Jacklyn Ann Kane and Kyle Robert Kane of Cincinnati; niece, Lori Sue Kane of Newark; niece, Suzanne (Abram) Bruney of Georgetown; niece, Corinne (Reed) Noschang of Cincinnati; niece, Pauline (Reed) Sachs of Cincinnati; five cousins; and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward; daughter, Anne Michele Mahaffey; brother, Ralph Leslie Smith; and sister, Shirley Ann (Smith) Kane.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant View United Methodist Church or Smith Chapel Church or Licking County Genealogical Society or Hospice of Central Ohio.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com

Evelyn Marie Smaltz of Newark, February 23, 1935 – August 15, 2018

Evelyn Marie Smaltz, 83, of Newark, passed on to be with her Lord, August 15, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving famiy. She was born February 23, 1935 in Perrysville, OH. to the late Kenneth and Eileen (Coulter) Ridenour.

Evelyn was a faithful member of The North Side Church of Christ for over 50 years where she sang and played piano. Her family and church were her Greatest of Joy’s. She also enjoyed the 18yrs with her Meijer’s family in the café and deli. Evelyn was a wonderful loving mother to four children of her own and six others.

She is survived by her brother Dana (Deb) Raby of Loudonville Oh. Daughter Susan (Jeff) and (Heather) Simington of Mancelona, MI; two sons Tom Smaltz of Newark and Kenneth N. Smaltz of Alexandria. Seven grandchildren, Felicia Walton, Sonja (Jason) Bellefeville, Lisa (Brandon) Garriss, Michael (Zoe) Smaltz, Kyle (Mary) Smaltz, Kenneth K. Smaltz. Also 12 great grandchildren; and a special mother to Trisha Ridenour.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Thomas M. Smaltz; daughter, Patricia (Carl) Watson; and brother, Paul Jr. Ridenour.

Visitation will be Saturday from 6-8 PM at The North Side Church of Christ, 4427 Marion Rd. NE, Newark, where the funeral service will be Sunday at 1:00 PM with Pastor Frank Austin officiating. A graveside service will be held Monday at 10:00 AM in The Greenlawn Cemetery in Perrysville, OH

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be made to The North Side Church of Christ.

 

Connie Jean Wood of Newark, Ohio, October 29, 1953 – August 14, 2018

Connie Jean Wood

 

A funeral service for Connie Jean Wood, 64, of Newark, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Lee St. John officiating.  Burial will follow in Newark Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.

Connie retired after 42 years from Licking Memorial Hospital in the sterile processing department.  She passed away August 14, 2018, at the Select Specialty Hospital.  She was born October 29, 1953, in Lancaster, OH, to the late John B. and Alberta J. (Marshall) Valentine.

Connie was a 1971 graduate of Newark High School.  She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, and an active member of the Silver Club.  She enjoyed working hard for the food pantry and was active with the NHS band boosters.

She is survived by her daughter, Emily (Greg) Gilner of NC; grandchildren, Jordan Hicks, John Hicks, and James Gilner all of NC; brother, James “Jim” (Sally) Valentine of FL; nephews, J. “Kevin” Valentine of Newark and Ja Valentine of FL, and her companion of 14 years, Eugene Edward “Stonee” Stone of Newark.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Silver Club sewing group.

To sign an online guest book, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.

Tom Wortman of Newark, Ohio, January 22, 1941 – August 11, 2018

Tom Wortman

 

January 22, 1941- August 11, 2018

 

 

 

Carl Thomas Wortman, 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 11th at his home surrounded by his wife Nancy and family.   He fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past eight years.

 

 

 

A Celebration of Life is being held Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Newark, Ohio, where Tom was a 40-year member.  The service will be conducted by Pastor Scott Campbell and will begin at 2:00pm in the sanctuary. Calling hours will precede the service from 11am-2pm.  A fellowship meal will follow at the church.  Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home and Cremation is providing the cremation services.

 

 

 

Tom was born and raised in Newark and was a 1959 graduate of Newark High School where he exceled in academics and sports. He was one of two student/athletes to have earned 12 varsity letters, as well as the Loyd Millisor Outstanding Athlete Award.   His achievements later garnered him a place in the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame.  He went on to play football at Muskingum College where he earned various accolades, including the 1960 conference championship. He transferred to Middle Tennessee State University where he was a member of the track team. He earned various awards and obtained a BS degree in Education.

 

 

 

It was at MTSU were he met his wife Nancy (Sullivan) from Manchester, Tennessee.   It was a memorable first meeting of her future husband:  he walked across the college cafeteria on his hands, flipped up onto his feet, stuck out his hand and said, “Hi, I’m Tom Wortman, wanna go out Saturday night? “  That date led to others and eventually resulted in a marriage of 54 years. 

 

 

 

Upon graduation from MTSU in 1965, he held various coaching and teaching positions in Georgia.  Among other things, he received the AAA State Basketball Coach of the Year.   In 1977, he returned to his hometown and alma mater to coach football and teach at Newark High School and Wilson Middle School.  For several years, he led the local Fellowship Of Christian Athletes chapter.  He retired from teaching in 2004, but continued to coach football and track at NHS until 2010.

 

 

 

After retirement, one of Tom’s favorite pastimes was playing golf while spending time with his friends. He loved visiting his children, grandchildren and favorite grand dog Sadie in Tennessee. Whether it was attending various family events, VIP treatment at shows or watching his son coach his own teams, he cherished the time spent with his family.

 

 

 

Whenever he would run into former students or they would stop by to visit and talk; it reminded him why he chose that career.

 

 

 

He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Julie Wortman, son Barry Wortman, grandson Austin Wortman (Katelyn), great-grandson Eli, brother Jeff Wortman (Jo Doris), son Scott (Heather) and numerous extended family members.  His parents Robert Wortman and Diana Seufert Wortman precede him in death.

 

 

 

2 Timothy 4: 7 – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

 

 

 

In lieu on flowers, please make memorial donations to:

 

 

 

First United Methodist Church of Newark, Ohio

 

 

 

Memoriam – Tom Wortman

 

88 N. Fifth St.

 

P. O. Box 729

 

Newark, Ohio 43058

 

 

 

 

 

Or

 

 

 

The TJ Martell Foundation

 

“Music’s promise for curing cancer”

 

 

 

https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/TJMartellFoundation/OnlineDonation.html#.W3GGj62ZMdV

 

 

Timothy Alan Vermillion of Newark, Ohio, March 14, 1947 – August 12, 2018

Timothy Alan Vermillion

 

A memorial service for Timothy Alan Vermillion, 71, of Newark, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, where military honors will be conducted by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Tim passed away after a hard battle with alzheimer’s and dementia, on August 12, 2018, at the Newark Care and Rehabilitation.  He was born March 14, 1947, to the late Frederick and Jean (Kappes) Vermillion.

Tim was an Air Force Veteran.  He retired from Rockwell Meritor.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating, and was a member of Big Bucks of America.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beverly June (Mount) Vermillion; daughter, Sherry Bartzen of Newark; sister, Cindy (Richard) Morrison of Nashport; grandson, Dakota Alan Bartzen of Newark; great-granddaughter, Kali Marie Bartzen of Newark; niece, Cassandra Fowler of Florida; nephew, L.T. (Brooke) Miles III of Newark, and several great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

To sign an online guest book, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralome.com.

Kristin Ann Bolman of Heath, Ohio, October 7, 1958 – August 12, 2018

Kristin Ann Bolman

 

 

 

There will be no services held in Newark for Kristin Ann Bolman, 59, of Heath, formerly of California, who passed away August 12, 2018, at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Care Center.  She was born October 7, 1958, in Newark to Arthur Lowell and Mary Louise (Reid) Johnson. 

Kristin Ann Bolman of Newark, ohio, October 7, 1958 – August 12, 2018

Kristin Ann Bolman

 

There will be no services held in Newark for Kristin Ann Bolman, 59, of Newark, formerly of California, who passed away August 12, 2018, at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Care Center.  She was born October 7, 1958, in Newark to Arthur Lowell and Mary Louise (Reid) Johnson.