Mary Jo (Hyer) Trapp, 94, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 7:49 a.m. at the Robert A. Barnes Center in Reynoldsburg.  She had resided at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community (Bishop Place) in Reynoldsburg from January 18, 2017, until moving to the Barnes Center on May 16, 2020.

She was born May 2, 1927, at Frankfort in Ross County, Ohio to Delno and Madge Godden Hyer.    Following her father’s death on December 20, 1931, she was reared in Clarksburg by her mother and stepfather, Madge and Warner Southard.

Mary Jo was a 1945 graduate of Clarksburg High School where she was valedictorian of her class. She taught school while attending Wilmington College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in August 1961.  She continued her teaching at Beechwood Elementary School within the Whitehall School District and taught there until her retirement in May, 1992, for total of 40 years of teaching.

On April 3, 1950, she married Norman Atlee Trapp.  They moved to Reynoldsburg in 1954 where they resided until 2016.  He preceded her in death on August 12, 2016, following 66 years of marriage.  She was also preceded by her parents; a brother, Don Hyer in 1983; first cousins, Barbara Hyer on May 27, 2012, and Mary Ellen Schwart on December 28, 2019.

She is survived by a niece, Cheryl (Jim) Molley; a nephew, Dennis Trapp and cousins, Mike (Peggy) Hiser, Janet (Larry) Dowler, Joy (Ross) Morgan, Robert Lindemuth, Carol (Bill) Daulton and Jim (Suzanne) Hiser.

The funeral will be Monday, June 7, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church in Washington Court House, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Brown’s Chapel Cemetery near Clarksburg.

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

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  • Lori Whitlatch says:

    I taught with Mary Jo at Beechwood for 12 years. She always had one of the bestt-behaved classes, which I appreciated as an art teacher. She and Norm were such nice people, and a wonderfully- matched couple. May the happy memories carry you through your times of sadness.

  • Denise Briggs Spear says:

    Mrs. Trapp was my supervising teacher in 1970. She was wonderful to work with. I enjoyed my time with her. I still have the poetry book that she had all the students sign for my last day.
    I had lost contact with her through the years. I wish I had known where she was in Reynoldsburg. I would have liked to visit her.
    My condolences to her family and friends.

  • Ruth Hughes says:

    I am so sorry to learn of Mary Jo’s passing. My son had her in third grade at Beechwood and not only was she a wonderful teacher, she was a lovely lady. My sincere condolences to the family. I know she will be missed.

  • Deanna Ralph says:

    So sorry to learn of Mary Jo passing away. She use to work with Helen Fulmer at Beechwood School. Helen worked with me in the library at Redeemer’s Church, 1850 Courtright Rd. Columbus. Mary Jo and Norman use to come in and check out books. They were such a nice couple.