John Edward Dombrowski
Feb 02, 1938 - Feb 19, 2024
John Edward Dombrowski passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, February 19, 2024.John was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 2, 1938, to Matthias and Marie Dombrowski. He spent his early years in the Chicago area before moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan. While attending Western Michigan University, John met the love of his life, Darrell Urban. They were married on August 17, 1963, and celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2023.After graduating, John joined the U.S. Army Reserve and worked for the Bell Telephone Company. During the Vietnam era, John was called up to active duty and served in Stuttgart, Germany. After returning from his overseas assignment, John and Darrell moved back to the Chicago area where they lived for several years before joining much of Darrell’s family in southern California. While in California, John worked for many years as a custodian in a local elementary school where he was beloved by the students and faculty. Years later he returned to his Midwest roots, moving to Cleveland, and then settling in Mansfield, OH to be close to his grandchildren.John and Darrell were devoted to their family, raising three successful children, Michelle who lives in Florida, Mark who lives in Ireland, and Jim who lives in Mansfield. John is the proud grandfather (“Pops”) of six grandchildren: Delaney, Connor, John, David, Matylda, & Stella.John has rejoined Darrell, who passed away in December of 2023.John and Darrell will be interred together at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery on February 26, 2024, at 12:45 pm. Family and friends are welcome to join John and Darrell’s family there to celebrate their lives and honor John’s service to his country.Instead of flowers and in keeping with John’s love of America’s National Parks, please consider donating to the National Park Foundation (give.nationalparks.org).
Carole Joanne Humbert
Dec 11, 1934 - Feb 19, 2024
Carole Joanne Humbert, 89, passed away at her home on Monday, February 19, 2024. Carole was born December 11, 1934 in Mansfield, Ohio to John and Lucille (Schroeder) Leedy. Carole was a homemaker for much of her life as she raised her family. Later in life, she worked a few clerical jobs in the Mansfield area. She was a member of Franklin United Methodist where she was a secretary for several years. She was a gifted singer, singing with the local chapter of Sweet Adelines, Mid-Ohio Sound, and the Canton City of Flags Chorus. She sang with the church choir, with her sisters, and in a quartet called “Daddy’s Girls”. Carole was a fabulous cook, and many raved about her special dishes. Carole is survived by her daughters, Janie (Chip) Poland, Jody (Jeff) Spelman and Amy (John) Wise; her grandchildren, Brit (Susan) Brafford, Bethany (Shaun) Hickey, Brooke (Merrill) Hudgens, Matt (Trista) Poland, Courtney (Zach) Ringler, Jonathan (Anna Marie) Spelman, and Jordan (Amanda) Spelman; her great-grandchildren, Brynn and Luke Brafford, Kyla and Kayden Brafford, Malley Hickey, Nick Poland, Ava, Kenley, and Foster Ringler, Junia, Quin, and Avila Spelman, Rowan and Josie Spelman, and Jayden Hudgens; and her sister, Bette Murphy. Carole was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 68 years, Roger Humbert; and her siblings, James Leedy Sr., Wanda Robertson, and Dan Leedy. Guests will be received from 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Wappner Funeral Directors-Mansfield, 98 S. Diamond Street. An additional hour of visitation from 10:00-11:00 am on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at the funeral home. Pastor Brian Amstutz will officiate the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am. Carole will be laid to rest at Franklin Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice or Faith United Methodist Church.
Dorothy N. Eckert
Feb 20, 1936 - Feb 12, 2024
Dorothy N. Eckert, age 87, went to be with the Lord Monday February 12, 2024 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital. Her loved ones are confident that she was welcomed by her son and cherished husband in heaven.She was born February 20, 1936 in Mansfield to parents Clarence and Eva (Treaster) Fullager. Dorothy graduated from Springfield Township High School (now Ontario) with the class of 1954, and met and fell in love with the man who would change her world while square dancing at Odd Fellows. On July 17, 1954 she married Harold Eckert and spent 62 wonderful years together.Dorothy was an avid reader, so it was no surprise when she took a position as a librarian. She served as the librarian for Crestview Elementary and Middle Schools for 30 years before her retirement. She continued subbing for the district for 10 years. During her career, she delighted in the many students she was blessed to impact. She had a true love for history, especially the Civil War Era.Dorothy was a long-time member of Clay Memorial Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and was the second woman ever to serve as a council member.Along with Harold, she was a long-time active member of Grange on both the state and national levels. Dorothy was a state officer serving as program director, lecturer and community service director. Most recently she was a special liaison for the organization. Dorothy and Harold’s position in the Grange offered them many opportunities including travel and meeting with many dignitaries and she also enjoyed portraying Miss Caroline Hall, a niece of one of the founding members of Grange.She was a warm and caring mother, sharing her love of reading with her children and volunteering to support them as a scouting den mother and 4-H leader. She enjoyed gardening and had the gift of music in her heart.Dorothy is survived by her daughter Loretta (Joseph) Chiko; grandchildren Jennifer (Arthur Jones) Chiko, Brian Chiko, and Kristina Jo Chiko; great grandchildren Penelope Chiko Jones and Menander Chiko Jones, several nieces and nephews, and special friend Pamela (Tony) Hugel and their family, and her beloved cat Roo.In addition to her parents, and Harold, she was preceded in death by a son Jeffery Eckert.The Eckert family will receive friends Friday, February 23, 2024 from 3- 8 pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, with a funeral service on Saturday morning at 10 am. Pastor Carol Kilgore will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.Contributions in her memory to Clay Memorial Lutheran Church or the Ohio State Grange may be made at the funeral home.Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dorothy's family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
Apr 20, 1933 - Feb 12, 2024
In loving memory of Inez Shepard Inez Shepard, a cherished member of the Mansfield community, gracefully departed this world on February 12, 2024, at the age of 90. Born on April 20, 1933, in Dublin, GA, Inez touched the lives of many through her incredible dedication and unwavering commitment to education and childcare. After completing her education in the Dublin Georgia School System, Inez sought new horizons and relocated to Mansfield, Ohio. It was there that she began her career in the nursing field, but her true passion drew her towards nurturing and educating young minds. With boundless love for children, Inez took a leap of faith and founded the beloved Happy Time Childcare. Through her tireless efforts, she became a pillar of the community, providing a space of joy and learning for countless children. It was clear from the start that Inez possessed a profound gift for teaching, and so she also established the Culiver Reading Center, a testament to her unwavering commitment to fostering literacy and empowering young minds. Her impact and influence extended far beyond the classroom walls, shaping the lives of generations to come. Inez would often express her gratitude to her faith and spirituality, having been raised in the church from an early age in Dublin, Georgia. She found solace and strength as a devoted member of the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, where her presence was treasured by the congregation. Outside of her professional achievements, Inez found joy in the simple pleasures of life. She had a passion for pottery and ceramics, using her creative spirit to mold beauty from clay. Her green thumb was evident in her beloved garden, where she nurtured vibrant flowers and tended to thriving plants. Inez’s love for gospel music was unyielding, filling her heart with melodies that lifted her spirit and touched the souls of all who listened. Inez will forever be remembered as a dedicated educator, a devoted mother, a loving wife, and a cherished sister and friend. Her memory will be carried on by her beloved husband of 70 years, Kenneth Wayne Shepard Sr; her twin daughters, Sheila (Bryon) Reed and Sharon Shepard-Wright; her sons, Kenneth Wayne (Patricia) Shepard Jr., Charles (Charlene) Shepard, Phillip (Sandra) Duty, and Garry (Lareta) Duty; sister, Mary (Nathaniel) Carter, 20 grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Adolph Wright and Dora Wright and her siblings. Visitation 10:00am and Home Going Service 11:00am Thursday , February 22, 2024, at at the Maddox Memorial COGIC, 1148 Walker Lake Rd. Inez will be laid to rest at Mansfield Memorial Park. In this time of grief, let us remember Inez Shepard as an extraordinary woman: a beacon of light, a guiding force, and a source of inspiration. May her legacy of love, compassion, and dedication continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all whose lives she touched.
Nancy Jeanne Lobring
Jul 13, 1952 - Feb 11, 2024
Nancy Jeanne Lobring passed away at Arbors of Mifflin on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Nancy was born on July 13, 1952 in Mansfield, Ohio. She was the daughter of H. Dale and Susan (McElvain) Eckert. Nancy was a skilled beautician. She was a music enthusiast, especially country, and could always be found dancing. She was a member of the Country Music Association. She also enjoyed bowling. Nancy is survived by her children, Mike (Lisa) Walker and Don (Jenny) Walker; her grandchildren, Jacob, Carolina, Brien, William, Anthony, Nicole and Amanda Walker; her sisters, Sandie Wertz and Linda Nikolaus; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Bob Eckert and Karen Harris. Guests will be received from 12:00-1:00 pm on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Wappner Funeral Directors-Mansfield, 98 S. Diamond Street. Pastor Matthew Pond will officiate the funeral service beginning immediately at 1:00 pm. Nancy will be laid to rest in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Oct 15, 1934 - Feb 12, 2024
Rosemary Riley, age 89, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024, at Winchester Terrace Nursing Home in Mansfield. Born October 15, 1934, in North Auburn, Ohio to George and Blanche (Fisher) Schmitz and was raised by her adopted parents Urban and Stella Fisher, she was a lifelong area resident. A 1953 graduate of Villa Maria High School, Rosemary was a homemaker all of her life. Rosemary was a member of several social clubs in the area, including The Red Hats, and Daughter of Isabella. She enjoyed sewing and doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Surviving are her four children, Kevin (Connie) Riley of Shelby, Marianne (Mark) Cooper of Shiloh, Brad Riley of Des Moines, IA and Maureen (Daniel) Zupnick of Dublin, OH; seven grandchildren, Michael (Ashley) Riley of Salt Lake City, UT., Stephen Riley of Shelby, James Kempf of Grove City, OH., Benjamin Kempf of Ashland, OH.; Brianna Riley of Des Moines, IA, Sydney Zupnick of Dayton, OH, and Riley Zupnick of Dublin, OH; two great-grandchildren Branson and Axel Riley; and one sister Agnes Heydinger of Rock Hill SC. In addition to her biological and adoptive parents, she was proceeded in death by her husband of 39 years, James Riley; infant daughter Mary Ellen; 6 brothers Paul Schmitz; Ralph Schmitz, Edger Schmitz, Robert Schmitz, Bernard Schmitz, Cletus Schmitz; and one sister Rita Boeckman. A funeral Mass will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, February 19, 2024, from the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, at 29 West St. in Shelby. Father Chris Mileski will officiate with internment in the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Help Line Ministries at 29 1/2 Walnut St. Shelby, OH 44875 or the Avita Health Hospice at 1220 N Market St, Galion, OH 44833. Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
Robert Dale Brady
Oct 19, 1946 - Feb 10, 2024
Robert Dale Brady, passed away at OhioHealth Mansfield on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Robert was born October 19, 1946 in Mansfield, Ohio. He was the son of Paul and Nellie (Russell) Brady. Robert graduated from Mansfield Senior High as part of the Class of 1964. He served in the United States Navy. He began working at Mansfield Tire and later retired from Sabin Robbins. A huge sports fan, he could often be found cheering for his favorite teams, The Ohio State Buckeyes, The Cleveland Browns and The Cleveland Indians. He is survived by his children, Sherry (Eric) Workman and Jennifer (Gregg Hall) Brady; grandchildren, Cory (Megan) Blevins, Taylor (Tim) Hoskins, Tate Rodgers; granddaughter-in-law, Joyce Crawford; 11 great-grandchildren; and other cherished family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Paul, Jack, Neil, Dick, James, Don Brady and Patricia Brumfield; and his grandson, Bryan Moore. There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date. Wappner Funeral Directors-Mansfield is honored to serve the Brady family.
Richard Paul Kulka
May 08, 1931 - Feb 08, 2024
Mansfield: Richard “Dick” Paul Kulka, age 92, of Mansfield passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024, in Wedgewood Estates following a brief illness. As a believer in Jesus, he no longer suffers and is with Him in heaven, reunited with his wife.He was born May 8, 1931, in Mansfield to John and Dorothy (Warner) Kulka and graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1949. He lived in Mansfield all his life.Dick worked at the Tappan Stove Co. until he began his service as a City of Mansfield firefighter in 1957; later promoted to captain. Affectionately nicknamed “Speedy” by his crewmembers, Dick retired in 1987. In addition, he worked part-time at the Overhead Door Co.On a train excursion to New York City, his traveling companion’s luggage was mixed up with another set, as both were marked Wagner… the other Wagner was Joyce Elaine. A dinner invitation was quickly extended and Dick made the “easiest decision of his life” to marry her five months later on January 16, 1960.He was a member of Mansfield St. Peter’s Catholic Church.Dick was even-keeled, pleasant, curious, straightforward, and very smart. He had diverse interests, was self-taught, and proficient at whatever he undertook. Anything electronic or mechanical just easily made sense to him. Because he was so curious and up for any challenge, nothing overwhelmed him- he was a wizard!Woodworking was another skill. He made kitchen cupboards, bedroom furniture, a dining table, a fireplace mantel, vanity tables for the girls, and the list goes on and on.Dick enjoyed taking care of his yard, garden, and flowers- and did it meticulously.As adults, his children looked forward to visits from Mom and Dad as he fixed anything that needed repaired. He was willing and able to work on projects and solve problems around their houses. Mom and Dad made quite a team!It’s hard to describe how rare and vast his range of abilities. His family is fully aware of how unique he was.He is survived by his children Elaine & Terry Ruhlen of Mansfield, David & Carla Kulka of Burns, TN, and Lora & Jim Baumann of Janesville, WI; five grandchildren Katie Roller (David) of Ontario, Anna Shay (Gerard) of Lancaster, Clara Gillett (Adonis) of Independence, MO, Amelia Baumann of Kansas City, MO, and Will Baumann (Nicole) of Middleville, MI; five great-grandchildren Jack, Vivian, Lucy, Thea, "Birdie", and Miles.Dick was preceded in death by his cherished wife Joyce Kulka in 2021, his parents, brother Robert Kulka, and sisters-in-law Marcelle Kulka and Diane Kulka.The Kulka family will receive friends 4:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a vigil service will begin at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am Friday at Saint Peter's Catholic Church (60 S Mulberry St in Mansfield) by Reverend Father Kevin Moebius. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.Memorial contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the Mansfield Fire Museum, 1265 W 4th St, Mansfield, Ohio 44903.Visit snyderfuneralhomes.com to view Dick’s tribute video and leave a message of support for the family.
Anthony D Lamb
Nov 06, 1966 - Feb 10, 2024
In Loving Memory of Anthony D “BAY” Lamb It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Anthony D Lamb, a beloved brother, cherished friend, and a pillar of strength in the Mansfield community. He peacefully departed this world on February 10, 2024, leaving behind a legacy defined by his unwavering determination and warm spirit. Born on November 6, 1966, in Mansfield, OH, Anthony was the proud son of his late parents Albert D. and Annie Ruth Lamb. He attended Mansfield Senior High School, where he graduated in 1985 with a diploma that marked the beginning of a remarkable journey. During his time there, he distinguished himself as a member of the Marching Band, playing the Tuba with great passion and precision, and in track and field events, where he excelled in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and his favorite, the 4×100-meter relay team. Anthony’s dedication and perseverance earned him a many awards, trophies and ribbons. Beyond his athletic talents, Anthony possessed a deep love for art and design. Known for his ability to transform odd items into beautiful works of art, he created a unique style that captivated all who had the privilege of witnessing his creativity. Additionally, he developed a genuine passion for the culinary arts, delighting family and friends with his delicious creations. Anthony’s devotion also extended to his favorite teams, undoubtedly making him the biggest fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns. His unwavering support and unwavering enthusiasm made him a fixture in front of the television on game days, cheering on his beloved teams with unparalleled excitement. A man of great faith, Anthony was a longtime member of New Life Baptist Church, formerly known as Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. This spiritual sanctuary was a place where he found solace and community. He actively participated in the choir and usher board, exemplifying his commitment to serving others. It was within the Sunshine Band that Anthony discovered his talent for playing the piano. Anthony’s memory will forever be cherished by his loving sister, Jeanetta Collier, and brother, Christopher (Lisa) Sykes, who shared an unbreakable bond with him. Together, they experienced life’s joys and tribulations, creating a family dynamic filled with love and support. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, Michael, whose memory he carried in his heart. He is also survived by his uncle Billy Sykes who spent many hours sharing and talking creating a great bond. Anthony will also be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including his great neighbors and friends Denise and Gary. Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00 noon Saturday, February 17, 2024, at MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE MANSFIELD 753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). Anthony D Lamb will forever remain in our hearts as a beacon of strength, a source of inspiration, and a symbol of unwavering faith. May his soul find eternal peace in the loving arms of our Creator.
May 05, 1960 - Feb 03, 2024
Jeffery Withers, age 63, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was born May 5, 1960, in Mansfield, Ohio, to the late Elex and Evelyn (Bond) Withers. Jeff was always joyous and had a boisterous personality. He always had a smile on his face lighting up the room and he made everyone around him laugh. He never knew a stranger and always treated people with kindness and compassion. Jeff had a very strong and special connection with his mother, and she had a significant influence on his life. Jeff and his brother, Tony, had a unique and unbreakable bond, sharing not only love but also the same birthday, just one year apart. Jeff’s positive influence on those he knew and loved will forever be cherished and there aren’t words strong enough to say how much he will be missed. Jeff attended Mansfield Senior High School and played football and basketball throughout his school years. He was an avid sports fan and loved Mansfield Tygers football. However, his favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys. He lived and breathed blue and silver in support of the Cowboys. In addition to his love for sports, Jeff was passionate about music. He was always listening to his radio and whenever he heard a familiar beat, he knew the words to the songs without hesitation. His energy was always contagious, especially around the holidays. Jeff was always eager to celebrate with his family for not only Thanksgiving and Christmas, but was always thrilled for birthdays! Jeff was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and often enjoyed leading his family in prayer. Furthermore, Jeff appreciated the support he received from Catalyst (The Center), and oftentimes would arrive on Monday morning right when the doors would open. His cheerful spirit will forever live on in the memories of those he impacted. He is survived by four siblings, Evelyn (Jerry) Saunders of Mansfield, Annie Withers-Taylor of Pataskala, OH, Mark Withers of Mansfield and Anthony “Tony” Withers of CA; and cherished nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Fannie Withers who died at birth; three siblings, Hattie Withers-Martin, Chester “Mike” Withers and Alex Withers Jr.; maternal grandparents, Lucy and Lucius Bond; and paternal grandparents, Ida Harris-Withers and William Withers. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Wappner Funeral Directors-Mansfield, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh, Ohio.