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Patti Lynn Haden of Newark, OH, July 22, 1955 – October 5, 2019

Patti Lynn Haden, 64, of Newark, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2019 in her loving home, surrounded by her husband, children and Vicky.  The last two years of her life on Earth she faced ovarian cancer, but that did not define her as she had unwavering faith and hope and thrived in her personal relationship with GodPatti was born in Santa Monica, CA, moved to Ohio in 1964. She graduated from Reynoldsburg High Schoolwhere she met her true love of life, Bob, and they married in 1972, the beginning of a beautiful love story.  

Patti “Mimi” loved and cherished her children and grandchildren; they were her life, sky and Earth. She enjoyed spending her time tending to her beautiful garden, where she made flowers look and smell their best. With her passion for literature, she was an avid reader, a fabulous cook, loved movies (especially a good mystery), visual and performing arts and she was an amazing dancer. Over the years, many memories were made during family vacations, as well as those special trips with her sister Mickey. 

Patti graduated from the Ohio University with honors in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She found her dream job at Granville Christian Academy, where she flourished as a teacher, mentor and friend to both her students and colleagues alike. In prior years, Patti taught at the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church Preschool and enjoyed her years at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s markets division. 

Proceeded in death by her parents Paul and Helen Smeltzer and her dear sister, Mickey Haven. Survived by her husband and best friend forever, Bob Haden; her treasured children Jennifer (Joe) Shunia, Andrea (Shawn) Whitt, Scott (Erin) Haden; the stars in her sky, her grandchildren,  Jaden, Helena, Isaac and Greyson Whitt and Hudson Shunia; her brothers, Mike Smeltzer, Harry (Olivia) Smeltzer; her sister in law and special friend, Vicki (Dan) Haden-Marty, Debby (Frank) Peck; and many loved cousins, nieces, nephews and their children.  

Patti had several long-life friendships over the years, specifically that with her dear friend Sharon Bartlett, the RUMC Preschool Ladies and the GCA Lunch Bunch, who were locked in her heart forever, gave her encouragement, support, love and were a funnel of hope for their “Pete”. 

Patti’s Family would like to thank the following:  

  • James Cancer Hospital Gynecological Oncology team for their loving care, specifically Dr. Copeland (“Hopeland”) for what you do to fight cancer. A special thanks to Sarah Szvzepanik for being so loving, kind and reassuring to Patti, who loved you dearly. 
  • Hospice of Central Ohio (Newark), for your guidance and care.
  • SpringhillsBaptist Church and Pastor Tom Pound. 
  • Granville Christian Academy, as this is where Patti thrived spiritually as a teacher and friend. A special thanks to the teachers, parents and students for your love, thoughts and prayers.

Her life will be celebrated on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Springhills Baptist Church, located at 1820 Newark Granville Rd., Granville, OH 43023. Friendship Calling Hours will start at 10:00am followed by a Remembrance Service at 11:00am with a meal provided at the church following the service. 

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to; St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital or Faith Mission. 

To read more about Patti, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/patti.haden.3  or www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com 

Debra Kaye Clark of Heath, January 26, 1965 – October 12, 2019

Debra Kaye Clark, 54, of Heath, died Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She was born January 26, 1965 in Mt. Vernon to Robert and Diane (McMurtry) Sunkle.

Debra worked for OSU/ COTC for 22 years as a Financial Aid Advisor. She was a member of Christian Life Center and loved spending time with her grandchildren. 

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Donald Clark II, son, Nathaniel (Lanesse) Clark of Newark; daughter, Rachel (Jacob) Foulk of Newark; eight grandchildren, Jalin, McKenna, Anderson, Emma, Joseph, Maggie, Alivia, and Scarlett; mother, Diane “Ruth” Sunkle; grandmother, Jane Wantland; and two brothers, Robert (Holly) and Gary Sunkle.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Sunkle; and grandfather, Everett Wantland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Debra Clark Memorial Scholarship, Central Ohio Technical College, 1179 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-6 PM at the Christian Life Center, 665 Linnville Rd. S.E., Heath, OH 43056 where a Celebration of Life will follow at 6:00 PM.

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

Nancy Lenore Johnson of Newark, OH, July 3, 1935 – October 8, 2019

Nancy Lenore Johnson, 84, of Newark, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Sharon Brooke Assisted Living. She was born July 3, 1935 in Carmichaels, PA to the late William McKinley and Nancy Jane (Kennedy) Helmick.

Nancy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was ordained as a Deacon. She was deeply rooted in her Christian faith and service to God. She retired as Branch Manager from the Chase Bank in Granville after 29 years of service. Nancy was a member of Zonta, she was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, and loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mom, grammie, and friend.

She is survived by her husband, James Gregory Johnson; son, John Michael (Brenda) McOsker II of Heath; three grandchildren, Amy Barcus, Rebecca McOsker, and Brian McOsker; three great grandchildren, Braiden, Ashton, and Kenzlee Barcus; many nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Carla Aylesworth and Dorothy Helmick; and brother-in-law, Christopher (Deanna) Johnson. Special friends, Diane VanHoose, Marcita Bennett, Chris Rainey, Kim Dershem, Connie Sharp, Dave and Beth Morris, and Beth Barker and son Spencer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, William “Sonny” Helmick Jr.; two sisters, Ann Delores “Dori” McLaughlin and Marcine McMinn; and mother and father in law, James and Sue Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058 and/or First Presbyterian Church Alpha and Missions Committees, 65 N. 3rd St. Newark, OH 43055.

Visitations will be held on Monday from 4-7 PM at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark, OH, as well as Tuesday at 10 AM with funeral services to follow at 11 AM. Rev. Dr. Richard Ellsworth will be officiating. Burial will follow the service in Newark Memorial Gardens.

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

Carter George Polk of Newark, OH, April 13, 1937 – October 4, 2019

Carter George Polk, age 82, of Newark, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019. He was born on April 13, 1937 to the late George and Edna (Dade) Polk in St. Augustine, TX.

A funeral service will be held 1pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Brucker Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st Street, Newark, OH 43055. Family will greet friends from 5-7pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the funeral home. Carter will be laid to rest at Newark Memorial Gardens following the service, where the Licking County Veterans Alliance will provide military honors.

Carter proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corps. He then went on to work for Dow Chemical Company and the City of Granville, until he retired. Carter was a family man he loved gathering around the table spending time with his family playing cards and dominoes.  Papa is what his grand/great grandchildren called him, he spent a lot of time with them and he will be sorely missed. Carter loved to travel, loved his sports and meeting up with his buddies at local restaurants for morning breakfast.

Carter lived a full life and he touched everyone that came in contact with him, the family asks that you not mourn his death but celebrate his life with the memories of him.

Carter leaves behind his children, James Enricki Greenwell, Darryl Dale Polk, Vicki Marrae Wilson, Lanci Isaac Greenwell, Lonnell (Dawn) Fears, Benny Lee (Tammy) Wright, Jr., and Danny Eugene (Katrina) Polk; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; siblings, Jonnie Pearl (Nathan) Wright, Troy (Debbie) Polk, Sylvia Wells, James Polk, John Wayne (Ruth) Polk, and Frankie (James Chism) Polk. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Carter is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virgie Polk, and son, Larry Dale Polk.

The family would like to thank Tamera L. Novak for her loving kindness and generosity for caring and looking after mom and dad.  Sis we love you dearly.

The family would also like to thank all the ball bearers and honorary pall bearers for their service.

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

Jeffrey A. Bishop of Newark, Ohio , August 18, 1958 – September 29, 2019

Jeffrey A. Bishop

 

A funeral service for Jeffrey A. Bishop, 61, of Newark, will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Pastor Wally McLaughlin officiating.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove cemetery in Alexandria. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.

Jeff passed away September 29, 2019, at the Newark Care and Rehabilitation.  He was born August 18, 1958, in Newark, to the Ruth (Pletcher) Sontag and the late Willis Bishop.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth (Gary) Sontag of Newark; siblings, Julie Bishop (Ben) of Utica, James (Patricia) Bishop of Nashport, and Karen (Bill) Betscher of Martinsburg, and many nieces, nephew, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Bishop.  

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

George “Tom” Coakley of St. Louisville, January 13, 1941 – October 7, 2019

George “Tom” Coakley, 78, longtime resident of St. Louisville, died Monday, October 7, 2019 at Arlington Care Center. He was born January 13, 1941 in Fredonia to the late Lewis and Juanita (Loper) Coakley.

Tom was the former owner of Tom’s Tech Supply. He was a longtime bowler at Park Lanes and enjoyed watching NASCAR and playing golf.

He is survived by five children, Tom Coakley of Buckeye Lake, Tamela (Earl) Simpson of Thornville, Tim (Janet) Coakley of Newark, Tonya (Dwane) Kammer of Columbus; and Tina Bell of Newark; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one brother, Ted Coakley of Harrison, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Coakley; brother, Bill Coakley; and two grandsons, Gregory Matthew and Brian Ray.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 PM at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark, where the funeral service will be Friday at 10:00 AM with Pastor Cory Campbell officiating. Burial will follow the service in Barnes Cemetery.

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

Phyllis Jean Walker of Reynoldsburg, OH, June 4, 1931 – October 6, 2019

Phyllis Jean Walker, age 88, of Reynoldsburg, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 6, 2019. She was born on June 4, 1931 to the late James and Verna (Pinkerton) Howard in Newark, OH.

A funeral service will be at 11am on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church 65 N. Third Street, Newark, OH 43055. Family will greet friends from 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Brucker Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st Street, Newark, OH 43055. Services will be officiated by Dr. John Minihan and Pastor Steve Brand. Phyllis will be laid to rest at Wilson Cemetery following the service.

Phyllis worked as a clerk for Newton Township for 12 years. In her free time, she enjoyed cooking, music, and spending time with her family. Phyllis was an active member of First Presbyterian Church for 72 years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Leland Walker; children, Jeffrey (Ann) Walker, Vickie (Nabil) Gayed, Linda (David) Mann, Kimberly (Dave) Hinkle, and Donna (Paul) Robes; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis is preceded in death by her brothers, Donald, Chester, Wendell, Herman, and James Walter, Jr.; sisters, Mary Lybarger and Clara Ritchey; and great grandson, Levi Daniel Gargiulo.

Donations in Phyllis’ memory may be sent to First Presbyterian Mission Committee, 65 N. Third Street, Newark, OH 43055 or to Hospice of Central Ohio, PO Box 430, Newark, OH 43058.

The family would like to give thanks to HealthPro and to the staff of Hospice of Central Ohio and a very special thank you to Belinda Corbin and Stacy Cross of HealthPro for all their care and compassion.

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

Paul M. Haas of Heath, Ohio, December 9, 1956 – October 3, 2019

Paul M. Haas

 

A funeral service for Paul M. Haas, 62, of Heath, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Scott Hayes officiating.  Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.

Paul passed away October 3, 2019, at Riverside Methodist Hospital.  He was born December 9, 1956, in Newark, to the late Paul F. and Ruth Janet (Wade) Haas.

Paul was a 1975 graduate of Heath High School and Newark Vocational School. He retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation as a highway maintenance worker 4.  He was an active member of GWRRA, former senior chapter director of chapter O, 32 years with the Rolling Thunder Toy Run, and a union steward at ODOT.  Paul loved kids and enjoyed playing Santa Clause. His biggest enjoyment was his grandkids and motorcycle rides with wife Cindy.

Paul is survived by his wife, Cynthia (VanAtta) Haas; daughter, Holly (Sonya Frederick) Haas of Galloway; son-in-law, Jonathan (Rachael) Ferguson of Casstown; sister, Robin (Claude) Barclay of Newark; brothers, David Haas and Tim (Dixie) Haas both of Heath, and grandchildren, Katie, Morgan, Jamie, Adam, and Joey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Christy Ferguson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

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

Jay Arnold Wince of Newark, February 28, 1942 – September 28, 2019

Jay Arnold Wince, 77, of Newark, died Saturday, September 28, 2019 at his daughter’s home. He was born February 28, 1942 in Mt. Vernon to the late Jay and Mary (Comstock) Wince.

Jay was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Newark Air Force Base after 23 years of service. Mr. Wince coached little league baseball in Hebron for many years. He enjoyed fishing, thrifting, golfing, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by three children, Jeff (Chad Snelling) Wince of Frazeysburg, Polly (Keith) Williamson of Newark, and Jon (Misty) Wince of Maitland, FL; six grandchildren, Jay Stevens, Lee Stevens, Ashley Wyler, Shane Stevens, Emily Del Rio, and Skyler Wince; four great-grandchildren, Hunter Searls, Alexis Wyler, Delilah Stevens and Blake Fischer; and one brother, Larry Wince.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jordan Stevens.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jay’s cousin, Carol Raymond, for her comfort and support.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 PM at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark, where the funeral service will be Monday at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow the service in Dresden Cemetery where military honors will be presented by the Licking County Veterans Alliance. Jay hated getting ‘dressed up’, so please feel free to come to the service dressed casual.

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

Donna J. Anthony of Heath, Ohio, September 21, 1935 – September 29, 2019

 Donna J. Anthony

 

A funeral service for Donna J. Anthony, 84, of Heath, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Rev. Scott Campbell officiating.  Burial will follow in Jacksontown cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.

Donna passed away September 29, 2019, at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Care Center.  She was born September 21, 1935, in Alexandria, Ohio, to the late George B. and Violet Mildred (Lamp) Nichols, Sr.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Kenneth L. Anthony; stepson, Rick (Janet) Anthony of Hebron; brother, George (Patty) Nichols, Jr. of Heath, and grandchildren, Jennifer Anthony of Westerville and Megan Anthony of Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Licking County Humane Society, 825 Thornwood Dr. SW, Heath, Ohio 43056.

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