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SEAN MICHAEL SWEENEY

Sean Michael Sweeney, 38, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 8:40 a.m. at the Grant Medical Center in  Columbus where he had been admitted the previous evening.  His death was sudden and unexpected.

Sean was born September 30, 1982, in Columbus, Ohio to Pierre George and Gayle Susan Powers Sweeney.  He was a 2001 graduate of Miami Trace High School; attended Southern State Community College and lived most of his life in this community.

He was an estimator for Lifetime Quality Roofing in Columbus.

Sean’s lifelong passion was soccer.  He played on numerous soccer teams throughout his youth and the Miami Trace soccer team during his high school career.  He was currently assistant soccer coach at Miami Trace High School and program director of the Big Cats Soccer Association.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lisa Marie Goff whom he married October 7, 2017; four daughters, Kenzie, Isabella, Brooklyn and Hunter Vanover; a granddaughter, Emma Blake Fannon; his father and step-mother, Pierre and Marilyn Sweeney of New Holland; his mother and step-father, Gayle and Paul Smith of Chillicothe; a sister and brother-in-law, Erin and Danny Rickman of Washington Court House; a brother and sister-in-law, Lyle and Lindsy Sweeney of Washington Court House; a step brother, Joshua Stump of Columbus, Ohio and five nieces, Maya, Piper, Maizey and Perri Rickman and Tatum Stump.

The funeral will be Friday, April 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Michael Hodge, pastor at the Walnut Hill Church of Christ in Christian Union, officiating.  Cremation will follow the service.

Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Friday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Miami Trace Boys’ Soccer.  Checks may be made payable to the Miami Trace Local School District with “Soccer Program” written in the memo line and mailed to Miami Trace Local School District, 3818 State Route 41-NW, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.

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GAYNELLE JUNE HEATH WILLIS

Gaynelle June Heath Willis, 90, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Monday, April 12, 2021, at 7:43 p.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since January.

Mrs. Willis was born June 11, 1930, in Sedalia, Ohio to Guy Andrew and Dorothy Estelle Badger Heath.

She was active in high school as a cheerleader, member of the band (saxophone) and possessed a beautiful voice. Following graduation from high school she attended The Ohio State University where she was a sorority member and was nominated for the homecoming court and May Queen her freshman year.

She was involved with the Lioness Club; was a volunteer for her children’s Boy Scout and 4-H clubs; was a member of Phi Beta Psi and mentored at the Children’s Home.  Most exciting and memorable was in 1960, when she served as Mrs. Ohio, traveled to Florida and appeared on national TV and was among the final top ten contestants vying for Mrs. America 1960.

Mrs. Willis married Richard Robinson Willis on February 19, 1949.  They celebrated 63 years of marriage before his passing on February 26, 2012.  They loved to travel, entertain and especially enjoyed their time with friends and family at Rocky Fork Lake and the many years they spent the winters in Marco Island, FL.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dale Heath Willis; a brother, Dr. Norman Heath and her parents.

She is survived by three children, David (Barb) Willis of Chillicothe, Dawn (Trigg) Kuhn of Marco Island, FL and Douglas “Duke” (Kim McCoy) Willis of Washington Court House; nine grandchildren, Jim (Maricay) Willis, Jody (Nick) Vrettos, Amanda (Austin) Dickerson, Ben Willis, Alex Kuhn, Seth Kuhn, Jessica Willis, Dr. Kellie Willis (Cameron) Schwalbach, and Nick Willis and nine great grandchildren, Dora, Lydia and Neva Vrettos, Gus, Max, Noah and Roman Willis, Harper Dickerson and Boden Schwalbach.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021, 11 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the church, officiating.  A private burial will be held in the Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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MAYNARD LEE OESTERLE, JR.

Maynard Lee Oesterle, Jr., 66, of Columbus, Ohio died at his home.

Maynard was born May 2, 1954, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Maynard Lee and Joann Mae Morris Oesterle.  He was a 1972 graduate of Miami Trace High School and lived most of his life in Columbus.

He was an electronics technician for Honeywell in Columbus.

Maynard was preceded in death by his parents; a nephew, Matt and a niece, Jill.

He is survived by his siblings and their spouses, Melanie and Dan Smith, Delores and Larry Woods, Dianne and Russ Coldiron, Mary and Rob Paxton and Dwight and Tonya Oesterle; nephews, Brandon, Jason, Justin, Joshua, Nathan and nieces, Megan, Robyn, Nicole and Jessica and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in the Highlawn Cemetery, under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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ROBERT LAYTON BRIGGS

Robert Layton Briggs, 52, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Sunday, April 11, 2021, at his home.

Bobby was born August 27, 1968, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Billy Joe and Elizabeth Ann Smith Briggs.  He was a 1986 graduate of Miami Trace High School and was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

He worked for Ryder Truck in Groveport and was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a daughter, Rachael Briggs; five grandchildren, Adalynn, Layton, Natalee, Kaizleigh and Lavaeh; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph (Joey) and Debra Briggs; special friend, Rebecca Sheets and several cousins.

Cremation will take place and a graveside service will be held at a later date in the New Holland Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.

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JEANETTE (KEARNEY) MAXWELL

Jeanette (Kearney) Maxwell of Columbus, Ohio died Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, at the age of 47.

She was born on October 10, 1973, in Lorain, Ohio to Albert and Sondra (Fullen) Kearney.

Jeanette loved to cook and listen to music.   She found solace with friends and was generous to others with her time.

She is survived by her greatest love in life, her daughter, Emma Kaye Maxwell, with her husband, Matt Maxwell (married 2001-divorced 2018).  Also surviving are her parents, Albert and Sondra (Fullen) Kearney, of Okemos, Michigan; two sisters, Megan Kearney, of Milford, MI  and Michelle (Ryan) Gregg of Ann Arbor, MI; she was a loving aunt to Christopher and Addison Gregg, Lena and Bailey Magee, and Bre Anna Maxwell. Jeanette was also a loving step mother to Emma’s brother, Corey Maxwell and was cherished by her aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/manage/remembering-jeanette-kearney-maxwell to help the family support Emma and her future.

To honor Jeanette, please always lead with kindness towards others; we never truly know the struggles of those we encounter.

 

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BARBARA JANICE ARMINTROUT

Barbara Janice Armintrout, 90, of Washington Court House, Ohio moved on to reunite with the love of her life, Alvin, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 3:05 p.m. at her home.

She born January 2, 1931, in Chillicothe, Ohio to Ora and Elizabeth Barfell Rooker and for the 90 years in between, she brightened this world with her kind heart, quick wit and selfless love.

After graduating from Waverly High School, she married Alvin George Armintrout on August 26.1950, and together, they built a thriving farm and family.

She had formerly attended the McNair Memorial Presbyterian Church and had been a 4-H advisor; a member of the Bloomingburg Lioness Club and the Gradale Club.

In addition to her husband, who preceded her in death on March 21, 2003, she was also preceded by a grandson, Aaron Armintrout, and a brother, Donald “Jake” Rooker.

She is survived by four children, Jennifer (Greg) Holder of Cape Coral, FL; Joyce (David) Layne, Wayne Armintrout and Ryan (Lisa) Armintrout, all of Washington Court House; eight lucky grandchildren, Kyle Armintrout, Susan Armintrout, Stephanie (Nicholas) Lockwood, Samantha Armintrout, Lindsey (Jeff) Landthorn, Tony (Amy) Holder, Brian (Gina) Holder and Jaime M. VanZant.

As much as Barbara fiercely loved her family, she also doted and worried over anyone or anything who happened into her life that may have been in need of care or love.  She was a talented painter, skilled bargain shopper, lover of sweets, gifted gardener, cancer survivor, and too many other amazing things to list here.

Because Barbara would want everyone to stay safe and healthy, there will be no public calling hours or visitation.  For those whom would like to celebrate her life, there will be a graveside service Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Bloomingburg Cemetery with her cousin, Bob Kellough, officiating.  Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House

Barbara always had a fondness for furry (and feathered) creatures, and she would be so happy that, in lieu of spending money on flowers, contributions in her memory be made to the Fayette Regional Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 to honor both her and two of her beloved companions, Buttercup and Frisky, who she is so happy to see again.  Contributions may also be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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MARY PFERSICK CAPUANA

Mary Pfersick Capuana, 101, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 3:35 p.m. at Court House Manor where she had lovingly been residing since November 20, 2014.

Mary was born November 25, 1919, in Nashville, TN to Percy Golden and Beulah Gardner Cunningham.  She spent her childhood in Nashville, graduating from East High School and first working for Cain-Sloan Department Store and later working for the U.S. government as an accounting clerk at the Nashville Air Force Base.  She moved to Washington Court House in 1947, when she married Dr. Charles M. Pfersick, a local dentist.

She had formerly worked at the Martha Washington Dress Shop and Calmar and was a secretary at the Washington Middle School from 1976 to 1986.

Mary was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and loved working at the church’s rummage sales.  She was a member of The Twenty Club, the Washington Lioness Club and had been a volunteer with the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  She enjoyed playing bridge; sewing, especially making clothes (from Easter outfits to prom dresses) for her daughters; cross-stitching quilts; cooking (She was known for her pies and famous macaroni and cheese) and traveling, especially to New England to purchase antiques.  She found great joy in telling stories and making those around her laugh.  Her lifetime legacy was “Always keep your candy dish full!”

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and father of her children, Dr. Charles M. Pfersick on Nov. 17, 1975; her second husband, Anthony J. Capuana on Feb. 14, 1990; a step-son, Peter M. Pfersick in 2005; a son-in-law, Frank Paces in 2003, and a sister, Jean Reynolds in 2015.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Donna Kelley and her husband, Dan, of Washington Court House and Polly Paces of Round Rock, TX; her grandchildren and their spouses, Cameron and Sandra Kelley of Cincinnati, Cory and Katherine Kelley of Franklin, TN,  Kyler and Sarah Kelley of Washington Court House, Ryan and Jamie Paces of Dallas, TX and Shannon Paces of Austin, TX; six great granddaughters, Caroline, Kennedy, McKinley, Clara and Charley Mae Kelley and Hayden Paces and a great grandson, Cooper Kelley, all who gave great joy and love to their great-grandmother in her final years.

A public visitation will be held Monday, March 29, 2021, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.  Immediately following the visitation, a private family graveside service will be held at the Washington Cemetery with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 116 Morris Road, Circleville, Ohio  43113.

Mary’s family extends its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Reno and nurses and staff at Court House Manor and Heartland Hospice for their love and concern and exceptional care they provided Mary.

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GERALDINE ROSE (JERI) WILLIAMS

Geraldine Rose (Jeri) Williams, 89, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 9:29 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since August 6, 2019.

Mrs. Williams was born November 4, 1931, in Galena, Ohio to Howard and Mildred Rose Shoaf.  She was a 1948 graduate of Westerville High School and received an associate’s degree in interior design from Chamberlain College in Boston.  She moved to Washington Court House in 1978, from Elyria.

On November 11, 1951, she married Edwin Paul Williams.  He preceded her in death on October 11, 2018.  She was also preceded by a sister-in-law, Ruth Martinelli.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Jill and Scott Hartman of Miramar Beach, FL, three granddaughters and their spouses, Cristin and Mark DeVries, Caree and Adam Dey and Tricia and Dewey Landis; four great grandchildren and a brother-in-law, Fred Martinelli of Ashland, Ohio.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation took place.  A family memorial service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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M. ANN MERIWEATHER SHAFOR

  1. Ann Meriweather Shafor, 81, of Washington Court House, Ohio, formerly of Xenia, died Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 3:05 a.m. at Carriage Court Assisted Living in Washington Court House where she had been residing since September, 2017.

Ann was born June 4, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio to Carl McLean and Martha Grace Gibson Meriweather.  She was a 1957 graduate of Washington High School and received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in city planning, both from the University of Cincinnati.  She was a proud member of Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Cincinnati.

She worked more than 29 years with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, where she managed a number of nationally recognized planning initiatives, including the nation’s first Regional Fair Share Housing Plan in 1970, the HEW sponsored Human Service Delivery System Innovation Partnership in 1974, and a wide range of collaborative water management initiatives over the 1980’s and 1990’s.  She was instrumental in the creation of the Housing Fund, County Corporation, and the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center.  She received numerous awards as a result of her work, including the Dayton Daily News’ Top Ten Women Award in 1971; the YWCA Pathfinder Award in 1984; being selected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2003 and the Marle Kindrick Community Volunteer Award in 2009.

Ann is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Shafor of Xenia whom she married May 1, 1965; a son, Aaron Meriweather Shafor of Kettering, Ohio and a sister, M. Jane Meriweather of Washington Court House.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 6, 2021,  at 1 p.m. at the Washington Cemetery with Dr. John W. Lewis, pastor at the Anchor Baptist Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, 8740 Founders Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268 or online at kappaalphatheta.org or the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, 505 Riverside Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45405.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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RICHARD S. “BUD” HOLLAR

Richard S. “Bud” Hollar, 78, of Bloomingburg, Ohio died Monday, March 15, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at the Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Bud was born April 13, 1942, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Richard Robert and Anna Mae Wilson Hollar.  Except for time spent in the Navy, he lived most of his life in this community.

He formerly was a tool and die machinist at Mac Tools and later worked at Advance Auto Parts and Bloomingburg Spring and Wire.

Bud attended the Church of Christ and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant granddaughter; a brother, Jay Hamilton; a sister, Betty Richards and an infant sister that died at birth.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nana C. Newman, whom he married December 22, 1962; three children, Richard Kevin Hollar and his wife, Tiffany, of Washington Court House, Jodi Michelle Wellington of Columbus and Warren Park Hollar and his wife, Amy, of Grove City; five grandchildren, Jacob, Ben, Kaitlynn and Ava Hollar and Danny Wellington; five siblings, Patsy Boddy of Oregon, Sally (David) Massie of Washington Court House, Larry (Susie) Hollar of Circleville, Laura Wilson of Washington Court House and Katie (Danny) Perkins of South Solon and numerous nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no visitation or service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.

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