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Cotner Funeral Home, located at 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH, 43068, is a trusted and compassionate funeral home that has been serving the community for many years. With a deep understanding of the importance of honoring loved ones who have passed, the dedicated team at Cotner Funeral Home provides personalized and professional funeral services to families during their time of need.

A History of Compassionate Care

Founded on a strong foundation of empathy and dedication, Cotner Funeral Home has built a reputation for providing exceptional funeral services that cater to the unique needs of each family. From traditional funerals to cremation services, the funeral home's experienced staff takes pride in ensuring that every detail is meticulously planned and executed with precision. With a rich history of serving the Reynoldsburg community, Cotner Funeral Home has earned the trust and respect of families who have come to rely on their expertise and compassion.

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Address: 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH, 43068
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Gordon "Billy" William Newlun, Jr. - April 20, 1960 - April 24, 2022

Departed: 04/24/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Gordon “Billy” William Newlun, Jr., 62, passed away on April 24, 2022. Billy was born on April 20, 1960 in Columbus, OH to the late Gordon, Sr. and Susie (Whiteside) Newlun. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Terry J. Newlun.
Billy is survived by his children Gordon W. Newlun III, Melissa K. Newlun, Sarah N. Newlun, Dallas S. Newlun and Ashley M. (Thomas) Jackson; grandchildren, Matthew, Charity, Emma, Jeffrey, Jessika, Goliath, Zicari, Ozkar and Cooper; siblings, Vickie (Greg) Clouse, Tammy (Donald) Dailey, Cindy Carstens, Dixie Walters, Kevin Newlun and Robert Newlun.
Billy’s family will receive friends on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 4 to 6PM at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH.
Memorial donations in Gordon "Billy" Newlun's memory may be made to Cotner Funeral Home to assist the family with final expenses.
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Melvin "Douglas" Harris - August 27, 1946 - April 22, 2022

Departed: 04/22/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Melvin "Douglas" Harris, 75, of Pataskala, Ohio passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022.
Doug's family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Cotner Funeral Home 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg where a Celebration of Doug's life will follow at 2 p.m.
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Norma L. Collinsworth - March 04, 1924 - April 09, 2022

Departed: 04/09/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Norma LaVerne (Clark) Collinsworth, born to John and Rebecca Clark on March 4, 1924 and died April 9, 2022 at the age of 98. Raised in Delbarton, WV. and was a 1942 graduate of Burch High School.
Norma proudly served for the Navy Department as our very own Rosie the Riveter during WWII. She later worked for Western Electric in Columbus, Ohio for 20 years.
In addition to parents, she is preceded in death by the love of her life of 54 years Thomas H,; toddler son Glenn Thomas; son-in-law Robert Stuller; infant grandson Robert Stuller III; one sister; three brothers; and best friend Ona Riley. Norma is survived by daughters Carlene Stuller, Kim Collinsworth (Doris Hartman), Robin Collinsworth (Sonny Tiller); and son Thomas Jeffrey Collinsworth; grandson Michael Collinsworth; daughter-in-law Lora; life-long friend and sister-in-law Margie Collinsworth; 8 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends; including her special friend Julia Leasse.
Norma's family will receive friends at Cotner Funeral Home  7369 East Main St Showing on Tuesday April 12 from 10:30 followed by funeral at Noon. Memorial contributions may be made to Full Armor of God Baptist Church 14454 E. Broad St. Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. Norma's family wish to thank Mom’s wonderful caregivers at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor.
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Stephen J McFadden - October 17, 1954 - April 07, 2022

Departed: 04/07/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Stephen J. McFadden, age 67, of Reynoldsburg, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Steve grew up in Christ the King Catholic Church Parish. Steve graduated from Bishop Hartley High School in 1973. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University. Steve retired from the State of Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.  He absolutely cherished his sweet & energetic grandson, Maddox.
Steve is preceded in death by his parents, John J. & Anne C. McFadden; brother Larry A. McFadden; sister-in-law Joyce A. McFadden; father-in-law Cesidio Leone.
Steve will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Rita (Leone) McFadden of 40 years; sons: David McFadden, Mark McFadden; siblings Linda (John) Mundy, Nancy (Mathew) Schmitt, Bruce (Devin) McFadden; mother-in-law Antonia Leone; sister-in-law Laura Leone; brother-in-law Perry Leone & wife; grandson Maddox McFadden; as well as many nieces and nephews and close friends. His family will receive friends on Thursday, April 21, from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg. Mass of Christian Burial 12:00 P.M. Friday April 22, 2022 at Christ the King Catholic Church 2777 E. Livingston Ave. Columbus, OH 43209
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Frances Jo Hough - December 28, 1948 - April 05, 2022

Departed: 04/05/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Frances Jo Hough, 73, passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on April 5, 2022. Frances was born on December 28, 1948 in Carrollton, OH to the late Thomas and Florence (Smalley) Gotschall. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Timothy C. Hough; infant son, Mathew Thomas Hough and brother, Robert W. Gotschall.
Frances is survived by her daughters, Valerie (Khristopher) Trull and Hilary (John) Carlisle; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Glen) Aubery, Timmy Higgins, Korben Higgins, Caleb Trull, Khristopher Trull II, Liam Trull, Katie Trull and infant great-grandchild, Bailey-Jo Anne Aubery arriving in August, 2022 and brother-in-law, Stephen Hough.
Frances’s family will receive friends on Friday, April 8, 2022 beginning at 10:00AM at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH where her funeral service will follow at 11:00AM with Pastor James Addy officiating. Internment at Violet Township Cemetery.
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Lester "Les" Hugo Allton - December 19, 1955 - April 05, 2022

Departed: 04/05/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Lester “Les” Hugo Allton, 66, was born in Columbus, OH on December 19, 1955 and passed away on April 5, 2022. Les is preceded in death by his grandparents, Lester and Birdella Minor and Bo and Madeline Allton. Also preceded by his mother, Carol Anne Allton.
Les is survived by his father, Richard Allton, Sr.; brothers, Richard Allton, Jr. and David Allton; sister, Tammy (Tim) Tharp and many nieces and nephews.
Les graduated from Eastland Vocational Career Center. He spent many years as a Master Mechanic. Les loved working on cars, fishing with his friends and he also had a fond love for animals.
Services will be held privately with the family. Arrangements under the care of Cotner Funeral Home.
For those who really knew Les knows he he lived his life by his terms. So in memory of Les raise your glass or take a toke. Cherish your memories of Les always.
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Rita Kay Wolfe - December 25, 1944 - April 04, 2022

Departed: 04/04/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Rita Kay Wolfe, 77, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2022. Rita was born on December 25, 1944 in Johnstown, OH to the late Robert and Janice (Rhodeback) Edwards. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Barry Wolfe.
Rita is survived by her children, Joshua Wolfe, Brett (Emily) Wolfe and Jessica (Scott) Cates; grandchildren, Marion and Evelyn DeCarolis and Remy Wolfe; siblings, Judy Piatt, Gary (Liz) Edwards and Karen (Daniel) Spears; several nieces and nephews.
Rita’s family will receive friends on Friday, April 8, 2022 from 3 to 5PM at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH where her funeral service will be held at 5:00PM with Pastor Dennis Barnhart officiating. Private inurnment in Dayton, OH.
Memorial donations in Rita’s memory may be made to: The American Cancer Society-North Central Region, 5555 Frantz Rd. Dublin, OH 43017.
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H. Virginia Saylor - February 10, 1930 - April 04, 2022

Departed: 04/04/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
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Mary Theresa Beyer - June 18, 1951 - April 01, 2022

Departed: 04/01/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Mary Theresa Beyer was born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 18, 1951, to Mary Jeanne Rita Beyer (Dunn) and Carl Knapp Beyer. She grew up in the south end of Columbus and graduated from Wehrle High School and took classes at Capital University. Mary worked for several businesses in the Columbus area until joining the Kroger Company where she worked in the payroll department until retirement. Mary loved traveling and going on cruises throughout the world. She, also, avidly studied the Beyer and Dunn genealogy and ancestry. She is survived by siblings Andy Beyer (Becky), Willy Beyer, Mike Beyer (Karen), Jane Stephan, and John Beyer (Brenda) and many nieces and nephews.
Her family will welcome friends from 9-10 AM on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1051 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Her service will begin at 10 AM.
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Shannon Sue McCandlish - April 09, 1976 - March 27, 2022

Departed: 03/27/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Shannon Sue McCandlish, 45, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 27, 2022. Shannon was born on April 9, 1976 in Columbus, OH to Sharon (Matthews) Madden and the late Dallas Madden. Shannon was also preceded in death by her father-in-law, Glen McCandlish.
Shannon is also survived by her loving husband of 26 years, Scott R. McCandlish; her son, Cody McCandlish; best friend since childhood and “step-sister”,Jesse (Jonny) Moore; mother-in-law, Irene McCandlish; sister-in-laws, Janet (Craig) Kaiser, Jayne (Kirby) Storts and Sharon Tom; brother-in-law, Steve (Pam) McCandlish; several nieces, nephews aunts and uncles.
Shannon’s family will receive friends on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 6 to 8PM at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH where her funeral service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11:00AM with Pastor Robert Linder officiating. Interment Glen Rest Memorial Estates.
Memorial donations in Shannon’s memory may be made to: James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute, 460 W. 10th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210.
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Dorothy B. Moore - October 23, 1935 - March 21, 2022

Departed: 03/21/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Dorothy B. Moore, 86, of Reynoldsburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Dorothy loved taking organ lessons, painting, her flowers, and travel. She especially loved family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved the time that she and her husband Paul would winter in Arizona.
She is preceded in death by her parents Edward and Eleanor Becht. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 67 years Paul II; children Paul III of Mesa, AZ; Jon, Becky (Keith) Brown and Mary (Bill) Werkhaven; grandchildren Paisley and Paul Moore IV aka Beau, Alaina (Kevin) Wood, Jilliann (Nate) King, Brady Penna, William Werkhaven and Delanee (Chris) Bailey, Skyler and Jarrett Werkhaven; great-grandchildren Remington Wood, Camden Knorr, Milo King, Liam and Lily Werkhaven, and Brielle Bailey; and sister Betty Ann (Bob) Hammons.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Cotner Funeral Home 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg.
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Delores Ann Besmertnuk - May 17, 1943 - March 21, 2022

Departed: 03/21/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Delores Ann Besmertnuk, age 78, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2022. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and sister. Her life will always be remembered by the lives she touched by her family, friends and those who knew her. Delores is survived by son, James Besmertnuk; granddaughters, Brittney (William) Wright and Stevie Grinnell; grandsons, James C. Besmertnuk and David Jarrells; brothers, Jerry Williamson and Frankie Williamson; niece Teri Leahy; great-granddaughters Kaylee Curry, Kalea Curry, Athena Wright; great-grandson, Julian Gonzalez.
Delores was preceded in death by sons, David Besmertnuk and Brian Besmertnuk, nephew, Barry Williamson.
In lieu of services, there will be a celebration of Delores’ life on a date yet to be determined. To be notified of the date/time/location, please contact James Besmertnuk by email at:
Arrangements under the care of Cotner Funeral Home.
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Bill Ray King - July 26, 1945 - March 19, 2022

Departed: 03/19/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Bill Ray King came into this world on July 26, 1945, in Salyersville, Kentucky, born to the late Chalmer and Annis (Adams) King. He made his triumphant transition to glory on March 19, 2022. Assuredly the angels rejoiced at his arrival.
Bill will be missed by his devoted wife of 58 years, Linda Faye (Barnett) King; his daughter Michelle Renee (Richard) Schultz; daughter-in-law Natalie (Brian) King; grandchildren Levi, Ava, Dylan, Edan, and Brylie; his two sisters Delilah (Donald) Issac and Dianna (Rev. Danny) Hamilton; his brother David (Maria) King; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Bill was greeted in Heaven by his parents and his two sons, Steve and Brian.
Bill graduated from Willard High School in 1964 and later received his Bachelor's Degree in Theology from the International Bible Institute. He was a successful business owner of King's Tire and Service Center before being called into full-time ministry in 1982, where he faithfully served the body of Christ for many years in his role as pastor and board member of the Church Of God.
Bill also hosted weekly television (WSFJ-TV 51) and radio (WCVO) programs and was an active member of his community. He developed a chaplaincy program for the Reynoldsburg Police Department, served on the steering committee for the City of Reynoldsburg Crisis Response Team, and facilitated various race relations studies.
Bill was known for his passion for lost souls. Bill was a man who loved the Lord, his family, church, and community. Because of his faithfulness, many have come to know Jesus. His presence will be missed, but his impact will live on for eternity.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 6:00 pm, on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Potter's House, 1001 Rosehill Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio where his family will receive friends and family 3 pm - 6 pm.
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Erik Donald Johnson - November 18, 1968 - March 17, 2022

Departed: 03/17/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Erik Donald Johnson, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of Thursday, March 17, 2022. Born November 18, 1968, the only son of Donald (deceased) and Linda Johnson.
Erik graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 1987 and studied at Columbus State Community College.
Left to cherish his memory are his mother; daughter Jacy (Steve) Reiss, and grandson, Louie Reiss. Also surviving him are sisters, Kristin (Doug) Lach and Amy Johnson; nieces, Sophie and Andy Carroll and Katie Lach; longtime childhood friends, Ty Mullins, Sean Moore and wonderful friend Christine Grundy; loving aunts and cousins, and his beloved black lab, Stella.
Erik loved to cheer on the Browns and the Blue Jackets and enjoyed listening to his favorite music often playing along on his drums or guitar.
A memorial service for Erik will be held Friday, March 25, 2022, at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Rd, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Family and friends are invited to call during the visiting hour at 6 pm followed by the memorial service at 7 pm.
Memorial contributions in Erik's honor may be directed to Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Dog Rescue, PO Box 135, Bath, OH 44210 or, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, PO Box105, Glenolden, PA 19036. Arrangements under the care of Cotner Funeral Home.
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Janet Susan Richardson - November 18, 1968 - March 16, 2022

Departed: 03/16/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Janet Susan Richardson, age 53, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Ohio State University Hospital following an extended illness. Janet was born November 18, 1968 in Harveysburg, Ohio.
She graduated from Clinton-Massie High School in 1987. Janet is survived by her loving husband, Dale; son, Justin (Destiny) Richie; grandsons, Shane and Cameron; brother, Joe Stacy; parents-in-law, Carl and Connie Richardson; brother-in-law, Pastor Chip (Kim) Richardson; sisters-in-law Anne (Kevin) McDonough, Nicole (Wesley) Olson; several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Diane Stacy.
Janet enjoyed crafts, knitting, and crocheting, and could often be found making blankets, crosses, and other treasures for friends and family. She was an excellent cook and took pleasure in cooking for others. Her two cats, Millie and Ricca, were very special to her. She adored her family and was a very proud grandmother.
A Celebration of Life service, followed by a reception, will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, 11:00am, at Vineyard Community Church, 15187 Palmer Road SW, Etna, Ohio 43068. Arrangements under the care of Cotner Funeral Home.
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Jase Daniel Blanton - September 30, 2009 - March 15, 2022

Departed: 03/15/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Jase Daniel Blanton, age 12, of Pataskala, went Home to Jesus Tuesday, March 15, 2022, after a four year battle with medulloblastoma (brain cancer). Jase attended Southwest Licking Schools and currently Watkins Middle School. He was a member of Living Hope Church, loved the Buckeyes as well as the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. During his battle with medulloblastoma he began playing video games and especially loved to play Fortnite. Jase was as tough as he was kind hearted and will be sorely missed. He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents Ella Mae and Eugene Lovell, Thomas Daniel Glotfelter, and Marylou and Roger Barnett. Jase is survived by his parents Jayson and Alisha; awesome big sister Ella; maternal grandparents Jack and Debi Barnett; paternal grandparents Tim and Pam Blanton; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. His family will receive friends Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Living Hope Church, 9286 York Road, SW, Pataskala, Ohio where his service will be Monday at 1:00 p.m., Pastor Brian Burd officiating. His interment will follow at Pataskala Cemetery. His family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in his memory to any of the following organizations who helped Jase so much: the Chance For Hope Foundation (, the Sam Bish Foundation (, A Kid Again (, or Believe in Tomorrow (
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Mary N. Kitzmiller - January 11, 1927 - March 14, 2022

Departed: 03/14/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Mary N. Kitzmiller of Reynoldsburg, 95, passed away Monday, March 14, 2022.  She was born January 11, 1927, to the late Arthur and Lula Ruh.
Mary was a loving wife and mother who loved to work in her flower gardens and had a kind, generous heart. She is preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, Lloyd; her sisters, Evelyn Winegardner, Juanita Dehner, and Josie Minkos, and her only brother, Arthur Ruh Jr.
Mary is survived by her children; Patricia (Paul) Penington, Thomas (Patricia) Kitzmiller and Sue Day (Josh Copley); sister, Linda Ruh; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mary's presence will be missed by all that knew her. Per her request, there will not be a public showing. Private services under the care of Cotner Funeral Home.
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Tina Marie Armstrong - February 11, 1970 - March 11, 2022

Departed: 03/11/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
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Delia Whitt - January 23, 1931 - March 10, 2022

Departed: 03/10/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Delia Whitt, Rotonda Lakes, Florida passed away March 10, 2022 as a result of a long battle with dementia. Her daughters and son-in-law cared for her for many weeks before the Lord called her home.  She was born to Joseph and Delia Vierra of Hilo, Hawaii on January 23, 1931. She graduated from Hilo high school in Hilo, Hawaii.
She was a devout Christian and deeply devoted to her children, family and church. She was more than happy to be a central figure in their lives since that is what mattered most to her. She is beloved by them and will be remembered for her sweet smile, gentle spirit and great love.  Delia is preceded in death by her husband Willis Roger Whitt Sr., Karen Himes, daughter, and Willis Roger Whitt Jr., Son.
Delia is survived by her daughters Debra Crawford (Bob), and Kathy Simmons. Grandchildren; Michelle McArdle (Tom), Angela Newnes (Chris), Jesse Crawford (Jessica), Kelly Danner( Bob), Melissa Small (Troy), Nicole Coldren (Shawn), Sean Himes, Jeremy Himes (Shelly), Chad Himes, 16 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
Memorials will be held at  Obetz Church of the Nazarene, March 26th at 3 PM. Located at 4101 Groveport Rd. Obetz, OH. 43207.
Murdock Baptist Church, April 2nd at 10 AM located at 18375 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33948.
Private burial at Franklin Hills Memory Gardens, Canal Winchester, OH.
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Rose Callihan - June 21, 1951 - March 06, 2022

Departed: 03/06/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Rose Mary Callihan, 70, of Grove City, passed away on March 6, 2022. She was born on June 21, 1951 to Elmer Wilbur & Ida Haines. Rose is preceded in death by her parents; brother Charles Porter; and grandson Nicholas Lemon. She is survived by son Robert (Abby) Wood; daughters Crystal (Dennis) Smith and Linda Vanhorn; sister Penny Fontaine; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Her memorial service will be on Sunday, March 27, at 11am, at 21059 Justus Road, Williamsport, Ohio 43164. Services under the care of Cotner Funeral Home.
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Edward Bruce Pennington - January 29, 1964 - March 03, 2022

Departed: 03/03/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Edward Bruce Pennington, 58, was born 29 of January 1964 to the late Betty Jane Dildine (Rioux) and Herbert Clyde Pennington, in Columbus, Ohio. Edward peacefully departed the Earth on 3 March 2022.
Edward is survived by a devotionally loving family; and his heart did not acknowledge separation. In blissful union with his dearly loved former wife of 24 years, Robbin K Mapes, the gift of life was given to his 5 dedicated, compassionate, resilient and loving children; Brooke (Johnny) Cropper, Austin (Abi Chomin) Pennington, Logan Pennington, Seth Pennington and Danielle Tolkendorf. He was also served in laughter and love by his former, but always present, son in law Timothy (Mary) Tolkendorf. Edward’s legacy is honored and extends through his beloved grandchildren Ava Grace, Darien, Vanessa, Erika, Gracelynn, Gavin, Klara and Willow. Edward was embraced by his unbreakable bond with his loving siblings Herbert Pennington, Douglas (May) Pennington, Mark Pennington, Barry Pennington, Terri Pennington, Kim Lane, Mindy (Pennington) and Tiffany Ackley. Edward was guided with support and wisdom by his gracious and loving Step Mother Patricia Pennington, along with many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Edward proudly served his country in the US Army. He used the open road as his office as he dedicated decades of his life as a truck driver. Edward enjoyed singing and passionately preforming as Elvis Presley. He was quick on his feet, fast with his tongue and kind with his heart. Edward believed in serving love on a plate as he was always eager to feed people. He never hesitated to pause to help a person in need. Edward had a generous and giving heart that literally could not be stopped. Edward lived by the motto “When one man is in trouble, everyone is in trouble.” May his legacy live on through the spirit of unity and service. Shall we all carry with us the power of being present for others. Keeping our heart’s open to offer healing through love in abundance, selfless compassion and open non judgmental recognition of suffering. Feed a stranger, wipe another’s tears, be a helper and hold the hand of those you love until their last breath. Never leave any man behind. It is with peace and joy we say; “The King has left the building.”
Edward’s life will be honored in ceremony and the essence of his existence with close friends and family on 20 March, 2022 from 2pm-4pm at Cotner’s Funeral Home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Proceeding this honorary service will be a private celebration of life reserved for family.
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Mary S. Hostenske - April 27, 1923 - March 02, 2022

Departed: 03/02/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Mary S.Hostenske, born April 27, 1923, died March 2, 2022 in Hayes, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Hostenske (CW4 USAF) and her son, Charles W. Hostenske (Captain USAF); her parents, Pete and Mary Trembach of Pennsylvania and her 4 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her two sons; Dale (Andi, TX) and Tom (Janet, VA), 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Mary witnessed many things in her nearly 99 years of life, but she was most proud of her family and three sons. As a dedicated and supportive Air Force wife for the first 26 years of their marriage, she traveled from Virginia, to Georgia, then California and Alaska finally settling in Reynoldsburg, Ohio in 1958 where she and Bill raised 3 sons. She was proud of her sons’ education with all three receiving their Masters degrees. She and Bill were also founding members of St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Mary should be familiar to hundreds of children having worked as a school cook in Reynoldsburg Schools for 24 years. She earned a reputation for creating tasty meals from supplied government “ingredients” at French Run, the Junior High and High School as she followed her sons through the system. Her pies and Thanksgiving meals being especially enjoyed by school system administrators.
Mary was truly about family and care giving, dedicated to son Charles as he dealt with his transitions with MS and the loving care she provided.
She will be missed by many and is now in the loving arms of her husband, son and family.
Mary’s family will receive friends on Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 5 to 8:00PM at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Mary’s funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 11, 2022 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1051 Waggoner Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH at 10:30AM with Fr. Dave Young officiating. Graveside service will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Mary’s memory may be made to: Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, PO Box 9, Bena, VA 23018.
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Ronald Dean Whitley - May 07, 1946 - March 01, 2022

Departed: 03/01/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Ronald Dean Whitley, 75, of Utica, Ohio, formerly of Canton, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Ron was a graduate of Timken High School, Canton, Ohio where he played basketball and baseball. He continued playing baseball into his 30’s. Ron attended Jersey Baptist church for many years, but recently had been attending New Covenant Community Church. He retired from AEP after 27 years of faithful service. He was a member of the AEP Angels Harley group. Ron was a gentle giant and passionate about his Lord – this is why he served. He was a volunteer with the Licking County Jail Ministry, and he helped with the Marysville Women’s Prison post-prison ministry in helping with housing.
He was preceded in death by his parents Marjorie and Troy Whitley. Ron is survived by his loving wife Kenny Lou; children Michelle (David) Lehman of Dalton, Ohio and Stephen (Andrea) Whitley of Pataskala, Ohio; step-daughters Kristina (Michael) While of Salem, Ohio and Catherine (Garth) Creekmore of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; brothers Roger (Kathy) Whitley of Delroy, Ohio and Donnie (Mary) Whitley of Naples, Florida.
Ron's family will receive friends 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022 at New Covenant Community Church, 8408 Johnstown Utica Road, Johnstown, OH 43031 where his funeral will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Ben Schwieterman officiating. Burial at Sunset Hills Burial Park, Canton, Ohio. Contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to Operation Christmas Child C/O Samaritan’s Purse PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607:
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Scott Westley Rowe - March 17, 1987 - March 01, 2022

Departed: 03/01/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Scott Westley Rowe, 34, of Newark, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Scott attended Lakewood High School and Newark Digital Academy. He was a Juggalo, loved music, video games, hanging out with his friends, swimming, fishing, camping and all things outdoors.
Scott was preceded in death by his wife Kimberly Rowe; grandparents Maria Norris, Jewell Rowe and Lewis Hillyer. Scott is survived by his parents Ronald Rowe (Daisy Lee) and Tina Norris (Harry Small); siblings Ericka Fatz, Christian Rowe, Brianna Rowe, Kenny Lee, Ronnisha Blackshear, Josh Wells, Ronnie Rowe, Jr., Dean Rowe, and Addaline Rowe; grandma Maryland "Nancy"; aunt Tudy Kuehner; uncles Joaquin "Jay" Norris, and Charles Hillyer; and great-uncle Carl McClain.
Private services.
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Maire Beth Kish - May 11, 1954 - February 28, 2022

Departed: 02/28/2022 (Reynoldsburg)
Obituary Preview: Maire Beth Kish, 67, of Reynoldsburg, passed away on February 28, 2022. She was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 11, 1954 to Bernard & Jacqueline (Gilmer) Ginley. Maire worked for many years for the government. She was known as a “classy lady” who enjoyed spending time with her family. Maire is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Fidelis Asufi; daughter Linley (Jonathan) Parsons-Kirsch; son Ryan (Abigail) Parsons; grandchildren Alexandria Parsons, Connor Parsons, Sean Parsons, Aidan Parsons, Daniel Koenig, and Stella Kirsch; sister Patricia Jude; nieces Susan Johnson and Kelly Humphreys; many extended family and friends. Her family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 2, from 5-8pm at Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, where her funeral will be held on Thursday, at 11am with Fr. Michael Fulton officiating. Graveside service to follow at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.
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Facilities and Amenities

The funeral home's facilities are designed to provide a comfortable and serene environment for families to gather and celebrate the life of their loved one. The spacious chapel can accommodate large gatherings, while intimate visitation rooms offer a private setting for families to share memories and condolences. Additionally, Cotner Funeral Home offers ample parking, wheelchair accessibility, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to ensure that all guests feel welcome and accommodated.

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Community Involvement

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and other biographical information. It may also include details about their life, accomplishments, and surviving family members.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to inform friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a permanent record of a person's life and legacy.

Who writes an obituary?

Obituaries are typically written by family members or close friends of the deceased, although they may also be written by funeral homes or professional obituary writers.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, military service, hobbies, and surviving family members. It may also include details about their life, achievements, and charitable organizations they supported.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication and the individual's life. Typically, it ranges from a few sentences to several paragraphs.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. This can be a great way to personalize the tribute and make it more meaningful.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department or funeral home to learn about their submission process and any specific requirements they may have.

Can I write my own obituary?

Yes, some people choose to write their own obituary in advance, which can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that their story is told accurately.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, usually including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to include humorous anecdotes or quotes in an obituary to reflect the person's personality and spirit.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost varies depending on the publication and the length of the obituary. Some newspapers offer free or low-cost options for simple death notices.

Can I publish an obituary online?

Yes, many online platforms and funeral homes offer options for publishing obituaries online. This can be a convenient way to share the news with a wider audience.

How long will an online obituary remain available?

This varies depending on the platform or website. Some may keep the obituary available indefinitely, while others may remove it after a certain period.

Yes, many online platforms allow you to add links to memorial websites, social media profiles, or videos celebrating the person's life.

What is a memorial website?

A memorial website is a dedicated online space where friends and family can share memories, photos, and condolences. It can serve as a lasting tribute to the person who has passed away.

How do I find an old obituary?

You can search online archives of newspapers or visit local libraries or genealogical societies that maintain records of past publications.

Can I use an obituary as a eulogy?

A well-written obituary can serve as a starting point for a eulogy, but it's often helpful to expand on the information and add personal anecdotes to make it more engaging and heartfelt.

What if I'm not sure what to say in an obituary?

Drafting an obituary can be overwhelming. Consider seeking help from a friend or family member who knew the person well, or consult with a funeral home or professional writer for guidance.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, incorporating meaningful quotes or song lyrics can add depth and personality to the tribute.

How do I proofread an obituary?

Carefully review the text for accuracy and grammar before submitting it for publication. Ask someone else to review it as well to catch any mistakes.

What if I need to make changes to an already-published obituary?

Contact the publication or funeral home that handled the original submission to request corrections or updates. They may charge a fee for revisions.

Can I reprint an obituary in multiple publications?

Yes, you can submit the same obituary to multiple newspapers or online platforms. Be sure to check each publication's submission guidelines and fees beforehand.

What is the purpose of an obituary archive?

An obituary archive serves as a permanent repository of past obituaries, providing access to historical records and allowing researchers to explore family histories and genealogy.

How do I preserve an original copy of an obituary?

You can save a physical copy of the newspaper page featuring the obituary or print out a copy from an online source. Consider laminating it for added protection.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.