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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Gone are the days we used to share, But in our hearts you're always there
Never more than a thought away, Loved and remembered every day.

Paula Marie Montgomery, 68, of Covington, OH, passed away at 11 p.m. on April 5, 2023 at Hospice of Miami County after a fierce fight against Lewy Body Dementia, robbing her physical body but not her mind or spirit. She was born on April 6, 1954, in Detroit, MI, to the late Helen (Mosley) and John Asher.

Paula married John Montgomery on September 10, 1978, and they share five children together. Amy (Brent) Welborn of Covington, OH; Peter (Mindy) Montgomery of Ludlow Falls, OH; Katie (Isaac) Rentz of Los Angeles, CA; Sarah Beth (Ryan) McNeill of Ardmore, OK, A.J. (Natalie) Montgomery of Troy, OH; their grandchildren Bennett, Eve, Johanna, Kent, Lucy, Mosley, Ruth, and Theodore Welborn; Mitchell, Hudson (whom she shares a birthday with), Sienna, and Sutton Montgomery; Otis and Margot McNeill; Emma and Isabel Montgomery; and Maggie, the grand-pup.

She is survived by her siblings, Rose (Tracy) McMaken, James (Connie) Asher, and Mary Beth (Rick) Canan, and by her in-laws, Jerri (John) Ostergren, James (the late Jody) Montgomery and Jody Liddy, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, other relatives and many friends. She leaves behind a family that were friends and friends that were family.

Paula graduated from Covington High School, class of 1972. She shared an unbreakable bond with her friends; their slumber parties continued through their retirements. After high school, she stayed home to raise her children.

Paula then began her career in Child Nutrition as Food Service Supervisor at her Alma Mater, Covington High School. Later, while working at Bradford Schools, she opened her heart and home to Natashua (Stonerock) Benedict, raising her as her own. She retired from Fairborn City Schools after countless state and national awards. Serving and advocating for healthy meals for children was Paula’s passion. She loved her title “Lunch Lady”.

During her battle against Lewy Body Dementia, friends and family visited, and people from all over the country sent her letters, cards, and pictures. Paula’s family is forever grateful for the care she received from Esther Mwaura at home, her special hospice nurse Kyle Lavy, and the countless providers at Miami County Hospice.

She loved Jesus, people and really loved life. Paula may leave a void but, more importantly, she leaves a legacy. “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”- Nehemiah 8:10.

Irene R. (nee Scanlon) Weber, 85, passed away Oct. 17, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimers. She was born Jan. 11, 1937. After graduating from Villa Angela in 1954, Rene became an Ursuline nun, Sister Charles Borromeo, before leaving the convent after a decade of teaching. Later, she met and married George and started her family. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from Ursuline College in 1967 and worked for over 22 years for the Diocese of Cleveland, where she retired as the Director of Nutrition Services in 1999. Rene started the first Head Start program in Cleveland and was an advocate in Washington, DC for affordable and healthy children’s food programs. She never met a stranger and was a fun person who loved her family, friends and her Irish heritage. Irene was the beloved wife of George; loving mother of Tom (Carolyn) and Jim (Kari); and cherished grandmother of Connor, Chris and Elliott. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends who she cherished. Rene was the youngest of nine children of the late Thomas E. and Mabel M. (nee Boud) Scanlon. As the last to pass in her family, she was preceded in death by Alice W. Scanlon, Thomas B. Scanlon, Mabel (Jack) Ray, Charles Scanlon, James R. (Vivian) Scanlon, Catherine E. Straka, Hettie J. (Edward) Durand and Beatrice A. (Casimir) Choromanski.  

Treva M. Whitlock 

Treva M. Whitlock (Jones) age 76 of Venice, FL. Born in Dayton, Ohio. A long-term resident of Miamisburg, OH. Passed away July 10, 2021. Predeceased by her cherished parents, Harry & Mary Jones. Beloved wife of 58 ½ years to Randall Whitlock. Mother of Deborah (Joseph) Howard and Randall Whitlock Jr. Devoted Nana of Sophia and Theo Howard. Sister of Kay (Ken) Johnson, Cliff ord (Karen) Jones, and preceded in death by siblings: Marion Kincer, Monroe Kincer, and Bonnie Larrison. Sister-in-law to: Patricia Colen, Morris (Bobbi) Whitlock, David (Martha) Whitlock, and Steve (Marsha) Whitlock.

Her career as a Director of Child Nutrition spanned over 30 years. She developed life-long, cherished friendships with Directors throughout the country, they called themselves “Sisters of the Skillet”. She was a board member of the National School Food Service Association and former President of the SNA of OH. In 1998 she was nominated for Ohio Food Service Director of the Year. She was widely recognized amongst her peers for developing the Food Court concept for school cafeterias.

Treva loved reading, gardening & baking. She was a skilled gardener; her awe-inspiring garden was featured in the local newspaper. A framed copy of the article traveled with her to Florida, where she continued to spend each day cultivating and tending to her new, tropical flower garden. Recently she had begun to grow pineapples, to her delight. She was a master baker and was renowned amongst family and friends for her amazing, flaky pie crusts and award-winning pies. She was happiest when baking for those she loved. She was a member of Venice’s Christ United Methodist Church. She loved the church and made lasting friendships there, including Mike and Sue Craig, who remember her as a devoted and beloved friend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to OH SNA Memorial Scholarship fund care of Tracey Hogan SNA of OH, 400 Wilson Bridge Rd #120, Worthington, OH 43085. Checks payable to SNA of OH, referencing Treva in the memo line.

Linda L. Ramsey

Linda L. Ramsey of Goshen, Ohio passed away on July 25, 2020. Linda was a compassionate spirit with a beautiful soul whose passion was caring for others. She started her career at the Goshen Local School District. She had a passion for caring for kids, which led her to a career in child nutrition as the Director of the Child Nutrition Program. She dedicated much of her heart and soul into her program to make it great for the kids in her district. She loved her family, community and animals of all kinds. She was loved dearly and will be missed by all of those who knew her.

Sue Whitaker

Sue Whitaker passed away on July 29, 2019 with her family by her side. Sue was the
Food Service Director of Huron City Schools. She gave 35 years of her heart and soul to a job that she found rewarding. Starting on the lines herself then moving up to director never changed what Sue’s goal was: to give the children in her district
the most nutritious lunch that she could. Sue was a huge advocate for all children in our state. Sue made an impact on everyone she met. Most of you will remember her volunteering many years in the “Basket” room at State Conferences. Sue gave so much of her time to the SNA of Ohio and served for over 15 years on its board of Directors. Sue also held every office in her local Chapter 22. Sue believed that with the right tools, anyone could make a difference in their district, and she believed very strongly that the right tool was joining the School Nutrition Association. The SNA was, she felt, the key to our success as professionals in our districts. The educational classes and the abundance of networking opportunities all give us the empowerment we need to feel validated in our jobs. Sue felt membership to this great organization provides us the professional tools needed to stand out and bring credibility to ourselves and our profession. Sue was proud of this organization and pushed constantly for membership to increase and ways to educate everyone in its value. Many of you would approach Sue at Conference with questions. She didn’t always have the answers right then, but she always the right person who could help. Sue was fearless, energetic, outspoken and passionate in everything she did. All Sue ever wanted was for school nutrition professionals to stand out in our own schools and to give the best of ourselves to the kids in our districts. Thank you Sue for pushing us all to be the best we can be! You will be missed – and always remembered - by your SNA of Ohio family!!!

Mary Elizabeth Watkins

Mary Elizabeth Watkins Mary Elizabeth Watkins, age 68, of West Manchester, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 16, 2018 at her residence. She was born November 9, 1949 in Dayton to the late William and Florence (Rimmey) Wemmer. Mary was a member of the Castine Church of the Brethren. She worked as a Food Service Manager for Northmont Schools and later for Brookville Schools where she retired. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, William E. Watkins of West Manchester, daughters Laura (Brandon) Massengill of Columbus and Sarah Watkins of West Manchester; son Jesse (Jennifer) Watkins of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Tom, Reese and Laney Watkins, Stephen Connor and Ellie Watkins; brother William (Mary) Wemmer of Donnelsville; and niece Lisa (Joseph) Tantillo. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Phillipsburg Missionary Church, 10493 South Dayton-Greenville Pike (St. Rt. 49) Brookville, OH 45309 with Pastor Doug Dafoe officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Joanne L. Morbitzer

Joanne L. Morbitzer Joanne L. Morbitzer, age 56, of Grove City, passed away January 29, 2016 at Doctors Hospital West. Joanne was born May 4, 1959 in Columbus, Ohio. She worked for Marysville Exempted Village Schools as director of food services. Prior to that she worked for Southwestern City Schools. Joanne was preceded in death by her son Ryan Morbitzer and her father Stanley Huston. She is survived by her loving husband, Steven Morbitzer; son, Jason (Amanda) Morbitzer; her mother, Shirley Huston; grandchildren, Landyn and Layla Morbitzer; sister, Ruthanne Huston; brothers, Jeffrey ( Ronda) Huston and James (Diane) Huston; mother-in-law, Betty Morbitzer; sisters-in-law, Leah (Tom) Bartoe, Tina (David) Hickman and Rhonda (Donny) Kelly; brothers-in-law, Gary (Mary) Morbitzer and Andy (Jenny) Morbitzer. A Tribute will be held at 4 p.m. February 6, 2016 at Heimat Haus, 4555 Jackson Pike (St. Route 104), Grove City, Ohio. Please bring a story to share so her grandchildren may learn who she was.

Karen Kay (Kies) Angle

Karen Kay (Kies) Angle Karen Kay (Kies) Angle, age 71, of Covington, died Friday, January 22, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton.  She was born February 29, 1944 in Sidney to the late Homer W. Kies & Helen (Ward) McFee.  She married Wayne F. Angle on October 19, 1963 in Sidney Church of the Brethren.  He survives along with 3 children, Angela (Ron) Shafer of Charlotte, NC, Anthony Angle (Nicole Pittenger) & Andrew (Patty) Angle, both of Covington; 8 grandchildren, Aaron  of Troy, Abbie Rode (Nick) of Ann Arbor, MI, Taylor & Allison of Covington, & Sam of Nelsonville, OH, & Alexandria of Charlotte,NC, Hailie & Lillie Taxis of Covington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Jackie) Angle of Covington, Dale (Barbara) Angle, Carl (Carolyn) Angle & Phyllis Grove, all of Troy; & many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins.  In addition to her parents & step-father, Sam McFee, she was preceded in death by her only brother, Joe.
Karen was active in child nutrition within the schools for 25 years.  She began her career as a cook in Covington Schools & completed them as Food Service Director for Sidney City Schools.  She was active in the American School Food Service Association as a Chapter president & a state officer.  She was also president of the Food & Nutrition chapter of OASBO.  She loved to cook, feeding both the students & her family & had attained several national cooking awards for her recipes.  She also owned and operated Karen's Kountry Katering.  She received her ASFSA Child Nutrition Certification in 1999.
She graduated from Sidney High School with the class of 1962.  She attended Ohio State University & then graduated from Edison Community College in 1989 with an AA & Bluffton University in 1998 with a BA in Business Management Comprehension.
She was active in the Covington community & was recognized as one of the original EMTs in 1974 with the volunteer fire department.  She served as an Emergency Medical Technician until 1980.  She was a member of the Covington Church of the Brethren & served on both the deacon & church boards.
She retired in 2005 and traveled in their motor home with her husband across the United States, and cruised Hawaii & Alaska.  She loved spending the winters in Florida with all their southern friends.  She also spent much of her life with her children and grandchildren, whom she adored. They were her pride and joy.