Monday, September 18, 2017

Obituary for Arela K. Bunke

Arela Karlene Bunke, 69, of Powell passed away on September 5, 2017. Arela was born on December 29, 1947 in Gallipolis, Ohio to the late William and Reva Fraley. Arela attended Ohio University where she met her husband Dennis Bunke. Arela worked as a Medical Technologist at Riverside Hospital for several years. Arela enjoyed gardening, bird watching and making crafts. Arela was very family oriented and cared greatly for all her friends. Arela is survived by her children, Stephanie (Sean) Fejko, and Kyle (Christine) Bunke; three grandchildren, Ian and Zoe Bunke, and Michael Fejko; sister, Marlene (Tom) Davis; several nieces and nephews. Arela is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Dennis Bunke. Family will receive friends Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME AT POWELL 450 W. Olentangy Street Powell, Ohio 43065 where a memorial service will follow at 11:30 AM. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105. To send an online condolence, please visit

Obituary for Patricia Mansfield

Patricia Kelly Mansfield, 89, of Powell was called
home by the Lord, Sept. 15, 2017. Born
August 6, 1928 in Wolfpit, KY ; she was the
daughter of Russell V. and Claire (Preston) Kelly.
Pat was a lifelong Southern Baptist who served in
many ways at both North Linden Baptist Church and
Maize Rd. Baptist Church.
Pat retired from the Columbus City Schools, after
serving as a school secretary at both Northland
High School and Woodward Park Middle School.
In retirement, Pat authored the book "Growing up
on the Big Sandy", explored her artistic side through
oil painting and enjoyed working in her herb garden.
Preceded in death by her loving husband of
52 years, Richard T. Mansfield, grandson Jason, and
brother Russell.
Survived by her children Mark (Sheila) Mansfield,
Claudia (William) Jones, Bruce (Gloria) Mansfield
and Beth (Benjamin) Halla; 6 grandchildren and
6 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 6-8 PM, Tuesday, Sept. 19 at
Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 N. High St.
Worthington, Ohio and Wednesday 9:30am until time of service at 10:30am.
Rev. Dan Lambert officiating. Interment to follow at Maplewood
Cemetery, New Albany, OH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Kobacker House. Visit to send
online condolences to the family.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Betty Lou Bell


05/09/1924 - 05/18/2017

Betty Lou (Hill) Bell, 93, of Delaware passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at her residence. She was preceded in death by husband, Harold; son, Steven; brother, Elward Hill and sister, Annie Gifford.  She is survived by sons: Marty (Chris), Daryl (Debbie), Dave (Jan), Don (Annie), Tom (Melissa), 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.   She will always be remembered as a faithful wife and loving mother and grandmother to her family. Betty was an accomplished cook, seamstress and quilter.  She finished her “race” well and passed on to heaven painless and peaceful.  Her faith in Jesus’ death on Calvary for her personal sins has paid for her admission into her eternal home in heaven.  She is now celebrating around God’s throne with other family members and friends who were also trusting in Jesus alone.  Today she is more alive than she has ever been and is beholding the face of her Beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ.  For, He said, “I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3)  Friends may call from 9:30-11:00 AM Tuesday at Hill Funeral Home, 220 S. State St., Westerville.  A celebration-of-life service will begin at 11:00 followed by internment at Pioneer Cemetery, Westerville.  In lieu of flowers please contribute to your favorite charity or church in Betty’s name.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Norma J. Starr

Norma Jeannette Starr, a former resident of Pine Bluff and Little Rock in Arkansas, died peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 85.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, John Robert Starr, former managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She also was preceded in death by a grandchild, Heather Starr Docherty of the United Kingdom, and a brother, Tim Lemons of Bryant, Ark.

A former kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Starr earned her education degree from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on the same day as her youngest son of Palatka, Fla., Rusty Starr, graduated from Arkansas State University. Other survivors include children, John P. Starr of Grand Junction, Colo., and Linda Starr of Lafayette, Colo; a sister Patricia Lamneck of Powell, Ohio, eight grandchildren, Joshua Starr of Grand Junction, Joe Spillyards of Salida, Colo., Deke Spillyards of Salida, Brandon Starr of Palatka, Luke Spillyards of Lafayette, Jill Long of Colorado Springs, Colo., Amanda Staggs of Palatka and Daniel Starr of Melbourne, Fla.; six great grandchildren, Jace, Trevor and Haley Starr of Grand Junction, Derek Long of Colorado Springs and Annabelle and Amelia Staggs of Palatka.

Other close survivors include daughter-in-laws, Barbara Starr of Grand Junction and Tracye Starr of Palatka; a niece, Steffany Loper of Marion, Ohio, and her family Steve, Alexander and Jessica; grand son-in-laws, Chris Long of Colorado Springs and Josh Staggs of Palatka; and grand daughter-in-law Kelly Starr of Melbourne.

No service is planned. Her ashes will be mixed with her husband's and family members will sprinkle them in places the deceased couple enjoyed most. That will include the Rocky Mountains and the St. Johns River in Florida.

Mrs. Starr was born in. Memphis, Tenn., and reared in
Pine Bluff, Ark. She moved to Memphis after her marriage. The couple lived mostly in Little Rock before moving to Palatka in 1997. Mrs. Starr moved to Ohio a few years after her husband's death in 2000.

The Starr family went to 48 states in four years ending in 1966. The love of travel remained including an around the globe adventure Mrs. Starr enjoyed with her husband.

During the administration of Gov. Bill Clinton, Mrs. Starr served on a task force to reform public education in Arkansas. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dolly Trombetti 3-4-17

Trombetti (Bellanco) Ida "Dolly" Claire Trombetti, age 81, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. She was born May 15, 1935 in Dover, OH; grew up in Weirton, WV and was a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School. She was a lifetime member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, served as a secretary to the Director of Religious Education at St. Anthony Catholic Church, WOSU and for Dr. Miles Drake - Neurology at OSU. She served as a booster of both Music and Athletics at Beechcroft High School, where she was known for her spaghetti dinners for the football teams, in support of her children that meant everything to her, only equaled by the love for her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, where she started the Widow and Widower's Club. Preceded in death by her husband Michael Trombetti, her parents Tom and Mary Bellanco, her brother Tom Bellanco, her in-laws Alidore and Beatrice Trombetti. She is survived by her four children, Vince (Nora) Trombetti, Joseph (Melanie) Trombetti, Deneen Trombetti (Holly Boyd), Karla (Jeff) Line; grandchildren, Allison (Kyle) Kemp, Katie Trombetti, Anna Trombetti, Ray Trombetti, Michael Trombetti, Bailey Line, Jack Trombetti and Savannah Line. The family will accept visitors on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 2-8 p.m. at the SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 N. High St. (1/2 mile south of 270) with a saying of the rosary at 1:30 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday 11 a.m. at St ELIZABETH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 6077 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229, where friends may call from 10 a.m. till time of mass. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center, OH. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church or the Alzheimer's Association Central Ohio Chapter. Visit to send online condolences to the family. -

Friday, November 18, 2016

Christopher "Jack Parsons" Obituary

Christopher "Jack" Parsons, surrounded by his family, peacefully passed away and entered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on November 16, 2016. Jack, 87, was born in Pennington Gap, Virginia and is preceded in death by his much-loved paternal grandmother, Dora "Big Mom" Statzer Parks, who raised him from an early age and was truly his "mother" and father Christopher Clyde Parsons. Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anna Laura Parsons; daughter Donna South and son-in-law Larry South; son Chris Parsons; grandson Chad South and his wife Mindy; great-grandchildren Moriah, Jack, Arielle and Josiah South; brothers Jim (Lee Ann) Parsons and Paul (Janice) Parsons; nieces Leeanne Parsons Eagan and Jenny (Jim) Mosic; and nephews Jim (Michelle), Brian (Bunny) and Thom Parsons. Jack loved His Savior Jesus Christ; his family, especially his beloved Ann; his church, Grace Polaris, where he served in many capacities for over 30 years; and his country, for which he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his church, Jack and Ann supported numerous charities including Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, In Touch ministries with Pastor Charles Stanley, Right Start Ministries with Pastor James Custer, the Arthritis Foundation and various law enforcement organizations. Calling hours will be on Sunday, November 20, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and the funeral service on Monday, November 21 at 10:00 am, both at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 North High Street. A graveside service will be held immediately following the funeral at Kingwood Memorial Park where Jack will be buried with military honors. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Right Start Ministries ( or the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio ( 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Everett Van Dyke

Van Dyke Everett W. Van Dyke, age 81, of Powell, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Born March 5, 1935 in Athens County, Ohio. Survived by his wife, Carol (Keethler) Van Dyke; daughters, Kristy Litteral, Cheryl (Kermie) Walters, Beth (Chet) Mobley, Robin Van Dyke; step-children, Peggy Eberst, Michael (Jo) Keethler, Rebecca (Randy) Davis, Kathryn (Jim) Smithson; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and six step great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Van Dyke, sisters, Rita Hamm and Lynda Van Dyke; many other family and friends. Member of New England Lodge No. 4, F.&A.M.; Corinthian Chapter #393, Order of the Eastern Star, Scioto Model "A" Club, Square Wheels Square Dancing and Camping Group. The family would like to express a Special "Thank You" to the Riverside Neuro Critical Care ICU team for all their care and support. A Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Worthington Christian Church, 8145 N. High Street (S.R. 23 N), Columbus, Ohio 43235. Entombment will follow at Kingwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 at Worthington Christian Church, where an Eastern Star Service will be held at 8 p.m. Additional visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to Worthington Christian Village. Arrangements by RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085.

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