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05/28/21 06:13 AM #796    


Denise Dishon (Winegardner)


Jay & I would like to send our deepest most Heartfelt ❤️ Condolences to Dave & Family....So Glad You two found each other again 💕                    Kathy was a Great Girl !   Remembering the year at Wilson when they separated the girls from the boys and we had all girl classes.I got to sit behind her in ol Miss Linahans classes close to the teachers desk...       Kathy was so funny !  We girls took off were the boys left off..being Ornery ... She came up with the funniest remarks...She was so under her breath  Clever , Smart , & Fun to be with..Old Miss Linahan threw a chalk board eraser at Us... bad funny we both became teachers. Those Students she had were very lucky...She had a serious side to her too..but I'm sure camp was Great with her around..              She was Natural and Easy to be with..and had a Wisdom about her...and was very down to earth. You were a lucky man Dave Johnson and She Loved You !    Mother of 3 boys....and She loved her boys ...spoke lovingly of her Grandchildren...& her sweet Mother...Betty           Found inspiration in something I heard but not verbatim...                         Moments of impact: not all included.......I have a theory too - my theory is about these Moments,  Moments of impact, these Flashes of High Intensity that completely turn our lives Upside down actually end up defining who we are. The thing is, each one of us is the sum total of every moment that we've ever experienced, with all the people we've ever known. It is these moments that become our history, like our own Personal greatest hits of memories that we play and replay in our mind over and over again. A moment of total, physical, mental and every other kind of love....I'm sure you had many moments with Kathy and you both were Blessed!


05/28/21 05:18 PM #797    


Gale Cady (Williams)

Yes, on all of your words, both on Kathy and her wit and wisdom, and on the epiphanies all of us have that unexpectedly turn our lives around. I miss seeing you in person. Wonderful post. <3

05/29/21 09:14 AM #798    


Julie Dillon

I only knew Kathy through conversations with my Mother, who resides at Kendal in Granville where her Mother, Betty also lives. And learned of her health issues in early 2020 from a Y classmate and a member of her bridge club, Patsy Kern (NHS 66). And now through the beautiful tributes on this site.   Without question those who had the opportunity to call her friend were given a gift.


I would like to share something with all of you that has helped me when confronted with a loss of a family member or friend.  It is from a tombstone in Ireland.


                       " Death Leaves a Heartache No One Can Heal,

                            Love Leaves a Memory, No One Can Steal."


My thoughts and prayers are with Dave, Betty, her entire family and her wonderful friends and acquaintances...

05/29/21 04:33 PM #799    


John Wise

I am so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. She was always nice, friendly and smiling. I had not seen her much since graduation but I did see her a few times when I dropped my son off when he spent time with his friend Wes. I was very happy for her and another school friend Dave Johnson when I heard they were married. My thoughts and prayers are with Dave, Wes, and the rest of the family today. 

06/02/21 01:50 PM #800    

Douglas L. Gage

Not a frequent vistor to this forum. It's news like this that makes it hard to read. I have nothing to add to what has been said to this point except hopefully, in the hereafter, we can meet again. My thoughts are with Dave and his famiy.

06/15/21 06:42 PM #801    


Diana Holmes (Brown)

Carolyn M. (Hupp) Merica 

NEWARK - A funeral service celebrating the life of Carolyn M. Merica, 71, of Newark, will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service. Burial will follow in Perryton Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held at the funeral home, 179 Granville, Newark, on Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Carolyn was born in Newark, Ohio on October 1, 1949 to the late Zella Frances (Stowers) Reber and John Otis Hupp. She passed away at Licking Memorial Hospital on June 13, 2021. 

Prior to retirement, Carolyn was a home health care worker with the Licking County Aging Program for over 30 years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with her loving family and friends. 

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Ann (John) Merica-Golden; brothers and sisters, Herman Walker, Wilbur (Kim) Hupp, Paul Reber, Jr., Wanda Reber and Candy (James) Bates; grandson, Johnathon Merica; grandchildren, Jaeden, Kaleaha, Kayeanna and Johnathon Jr.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnell Frank Merica; sister, Patricia Cline; and great grandson, Joshuwa. 

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carolyn to the Licking County Aging Program or the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

Visit to share a special memory about Carolyn or to sign an online guest book. 

Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service is honored to care for Carolyn and her family.

06/15/21 10:21 PM #802    


Larry Wilson

Thank you, Diana, for posting Carolyn's obituary.  I posted her obituary on the In Memory section.  May Carolyn rest in peace.

Carolyn M. Merica  

06/16/21 06:58 PM #803    

Deborah Gail Smith (Hall)

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. 

I was told today that Susan (Susie) (Morgan) Ables passed on June 12, 2021.  I first met Susie at Wilson and I found her to be a very kind, fun person and we became friends while there.  If I recall correctly, she and her family moved to around Perryton, Ohio, so I imagine she would have graduated from Licking Valley, not certain.

I am sad to learn of this and wanted to share her loss with those who, too, knew Susie. I found her obit listed locally. 

Take care all.

06/21/21 04:49 PM #804    


Larry Wilson

Thank you, Debbie, for posting about Susan.  It's always good to remember former classmates who have passed on, even if they did not graduate with us.  God bless everyone of our class and keep us in good health.

06/21/21 04:55 PM #805    


Larry Wilson

Jeff Danford gave me this video he shot at Maennerchor.  He said they call it a "Gym Jam", but they are all a bunch of old people (oh, that's right - that's us, isn't it?).  Anyhow, I was taken aback as I realized they were dancing to the "Hokey-Pokey".  Now as I remember, that was popular at the skating rink, wasn't it?

06/21/21 10:57 PM #806    


Gale Cady (Williams)

Oh, my. ☺️

06/22/21 11:15 AM #807    


Roger McDonald

If my idle curiosity about the origin and usage of "Gym Jams" (aka "jimjams") has led to Jeff's unearthing this video, please find it in your hearts to forgive me.

06/22/21 09:24 PM #808    


Oletta Bond (Wade)

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the video because I have been trying to teach my 13-month-old great-granddaughter how to do the Hokey Pokey.  Used to do this at the skating rink and was a lot of fun back then.  Don't know why it popped in my head to show Izzy but thought it would be fun.  Now I have video to show her and she might understand it better.  Thanks for sharing.

07/25/21 10:23 PM #809    


Larry Wilson

I found Frank Noland's obituary in Sunday's Newark Advocate.  May Frank rest in peace, and may his family and friends be comforted.


Franklin Lee "Frank" Noland

NEWARK - A graveside funeral service, celebrating the life of Franklin Lee "Frank" Noland, Jr., 72, of Newark, will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Newark Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Neal Skyles officiating. Military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Frank was born in Newark, Ohio on October 28, 1948 to the late Franklin Lee Noland Sr. and Madeline (Cecil) Noland Holeman. He passed away at Licking Memorial Hospital on July 16, 2021.

Frank graduated from Newark High School, Class of 1968. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a fire-fighter during the Vietnam War. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Continental Can Company and MPW. Frank "Dawg" was an avid softball player and dog lover, and he frequented TJ"s restaurant, where he enjoyed friends and coffee.

Survivors include his sons, Benjamin (Jessi) Noland and Daniel (Anthony) Noland; daughter, Annette Kanniard-Spohn; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; special niece, Diana Ghiloni; and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Kathy Lowery, Sue Ellis and Jane Galiher.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Frank to the Newark VFW.

Visit to share a special memory about Frank or to sign an online guest book.

Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service is honored to care for Frank and his family.

09/20/21 06:58 PM #810    


Larry Wilson



Diana Brown sent me a note that Richard Schmitt has passed away.  May Rick rest in peace and may his family and friends be comforted.


U.S. Veteran

A funeral service celebrating the life of Richard W. “Rick” Schmitt, 71 of Newark will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021 in the Newark Chapel of Vensil & Chute Funeral Home with Jeff Smith officiating. Burial will be at Newark Memorial Gardens. The Licking County Veterans Alliance will provide Military Funeral Honors.

Mr. Schmitt passed away September 13, 2021 at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born February 24, 1950 in Newark, OH to the late Otto J. and Ola P. (Holman) Schmitt. A graduate of Newark High School, Rick honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He worked for Owens-Corning Fiberglas for 38 years. Rick was an avid softball enthusiast; for many years much of his free time revolved around softball. He also enjoyed bowling and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Tamara (Springston) Schmitt; children, Heather (Bradley) Thomas, Jennifer (Dennis) Carnevale and Brandon (Michelle) Schmitt; grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Olivia, Madison and Savannah; and a brother, Gene Schmitt.

Friends and family may call 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Vensil & Chute Funeral Home – Newark Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Licking County Humane Society, 825 Thornwood Drive, Heath, OH  43056 or the American Cancer Society (

11/21/21 09:39 PM #811    


Larry Wilson

I found Barb Compton Maier's obituary in today's Advocate.  Please pray for her family.  May Barb rest in peace.



Barbara Anne Maier

( June 30, 1950 - November 16, 2021 )

Barbara Anne Maier, age 71, of Newark, passed away on November 16, 2021.  Barbara was born on June 30, 1950, to the late Clayton and Dorthy (Anspach) Compton.  

She was a successful dental technician for 35 years in Newark and worked 10 years in a factory before retiring. Barbara was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  She enjoyed going to her children’s sports activities and John’s games when he coached.  

Barbara is survived by her loving husband, John Maier; children, Lesley (Chris Beale) Maier, Corey Maier; granddaughter, Harper Anne Maier; 11 nieces and nephews; brothers and sisters-in-law, Connie (Tom) Ellis, Rita (Bill) Revercomb, Joann (George) Henry, Jeff (Sue) Maier, Jimmy (Kristine) Maier and Dave Swan.  

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, David “Rod” Compton and Norman Gallatin; sister-in-law, Patsy Swan and a niece, Amy Ellis.  

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, from 11AM - 12PM, at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home. Where her funeral service will immediately follow with Pastor Barbara Saylers officiating. Burial in Lutheran Reformed Cemetery at 3:15 PM.  

In lieu of flowers you can donate in Barbara’s name to  

To sign an online guest book, please visit 


01/07/22 10:13 PM #812    


Larry Wilson

We have lost another classmate, Terry Cochran.  May Terry rest in peace.  Please pray for his wife, Linda, and their family.



            Terry Cochran

Terry L. Cochran, 72, of Newark, Ohio, passed away Tuesday evening, January 4, 2022 after his courageous six-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. 

Born November 6, 1949 in Newark he was a son of the late Fred and Ruth Cochran and was a 1968 graduate of Newark High School.  Following high school, he immediately enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served our country at home and abroad for more than a decade.  He then worked as a logistics specialist with Defense Supply Center of Columbus for nearly 40 years.  Terry was incredibly proud of the role he played in making sure America’s warfighters had the supplies needed to complete their missions. 

Surviving is his loving wife of nearly 48 years, Linda (Fairall) Cochran whom he married February 27, 1974.  Together they went on to have two children, Molly (James ) Kurtz of Hanover and Patty (Matt) Keiler of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Zachary and Page Fowler and Ava and Brooke Keiler; his brothers, David, Kevin and Jeff and several nieces and nephews.

Terry and Linda traveled to all 50 states and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren (and grandpets).  He was rarely spotted not wearing either patriotic or Ohio State Buckeyes’ gear.

Calling hours will be 4pm to 7pm Friday, January 7, 2022 at the Frazeysburg Chapel of Vensil & Chute Funeral Home, 110 West Third Street.

Funeral services will be 11:00am Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the funeral home with Chaplain Corey Campbell officiating.  Burial will be in Frazeysburg Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, an organization that walked alongside Terry and his family in his final days.

04/08/22 08:17 AM #813    


Gary Berry

Happy Birthday Marty Lange

04/21/22 07:24 PM #814    

Gary Babcock

I just read in the Henderson Funeral home obits that Steve Collier just passed away.

04/21/22 08:42 PM #815    


Gale Cady (Williams)

Oh, no. That is really sad. More and more of us are passing; very sad and also, very terrifying. Precious days; savor every one of them. 

04/22/22 05:45 PM #816    


Larry Wilson

Mike Kelley let me know that Stephen Collier died on April 12th.  Please pray for his family.  May Steve rest in peace.



Stephen Collier




     No services will be held for Stephen Phillip Collier, age 72, of Newark.

     Stephen died Tuesday, April 12, 2022.


The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta Stickle Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Stephen, please visit our floral store.

07/05/22 09:11 AM #817    


Larry Wilson

I just received word that Phil Mick passed away.  If anyone has an obituary, please let me know.  I haven't been able to locate one.  Our prayers are with his wife, Lisa, and his family.  Rest in peace, Phil.



A little memory of Phil with the Sticks and Stones

07/12/22 04:25 PM #818    


Larry Wilson

We have lost another classmate.  Diane Burger Hickman passed away July 6.  May she rest in peace and her family and friends be comforted.






Diane Sue Hickman

GRANVILLE - A Memorial Service for Diane Sue Hickman, age 72, of Granville, will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022 at the Granville Centenary United Methodist Church. A light reception will follow. Diane passed away on July 6, 2022. She was born on February 10, 1950 in Newark, Ohio to the late Albert and Dorothy Burger. She was a graduate of Newark H.S. and had worked as an electronics tester for Boeing and the Defense Department. She retired to Venice, Florida where she loved to swim, read, and go to the beach. She is survived by her husband, Bill, son, Kurt, brother, Gary (Burger), and sister, Sandra (Meacham). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sylvia (Meyers). She will be remembered as a loving, generous mother and wife, who greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

07/13/22 08:19 AM #819    


Karen Snelling (Hysell)

So if sorry to hear of Diane's passing. We were in class together and good friends. My condolences to her family may God comfort then through this time

07/13/22 10:49 AM #820    


Patti Ridenour (Adams)

Before I moved, we walked to the high school together. I had tried to make contact later, but couldn't find her. I'm sure she'll be greatly missed.

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