Daily Archives: October 14, 2019

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