The children of Joseph Anthony Elfrink are saddened by his recent death on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 while he was residing at Madison Senior Living Community in London, OH. 
  Joe was born on October 6, 1936 to Matilda and Gerrit Elfrink. He grew up on the family farm (London, OH) where he learned about gardening, especially tomatoes and sunflowers, continually growing them throughout his life. 
 Joe’s work life included Westinghouse, West Jefferson Schools (bus driver), Casto’s Meats, and retirement after more than 25 years of driving for Yellow Freight Trucking. For many years, Joe was a volunteer firefighter in West Jefferson, enjoying the yearly Ox Roast activities and responsibilities.
  During his last few years in West Jefferson, you could find Joe on his daily walks from the east side to the west side, monitoring the progress of various projects happening around town. You may also have seen him regularly sitting in McDonald’s on Main St. with his table of friends discussing OSU sports.
   Joe spent the last weeks of his life surrounded by his loving children ~ Jarrod(Stephanie), Brian(Kim), Dwayne, Scott(Dee), Kevin(Kelly), Tod(Dode), Mark, and Drena(Rob), gathering for cookouts, camping, and family time. Joe’s family also included 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition, Joe was able to spend time with his siblings and their families, sharing stories and memories together: Eddie(Nancy), Mary, Ray(Carolyn), John(Barbara), and Patty(Howard), as well as his many nieces and nephews. 
   Joe was preceded in death by his parents Matilda and Gerrit, siblings Rudy and Pauline, his children’s mother and former wife Marcelia, grandson Nate, nephew Craig, and niece Stacy. Joe is survived by a spouse, Norma.
   There will be no memorial service. We, his children, wish to thank the caring staff, especially nurses and aides, at Madison Senior Living Community for the kindness and respect they gave dad while in their care. May he rest in the peace of his own story.
   “Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.”   

St John Chrysostom

Jo Ann Collins, 78, of London, died Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in her residence.
   Born December 27, 1940 in Lawrence County, KY; she was a daughter of Leonard and Marie (Moore) Gussler.
   Jo Ann retired from London City Schools as a cook and then had worked for the Kroger Fuel Center. She was a member of the Springfork Enterprise Baptist Church.
 Survivors include her children Sherry (Steve) Kellum, Ronnie (Natalie) Collins and Donna (Danny) Fisher; grandchildren Sam (Jennifer) Petee, Adam Petee, Kathy (Garrett) Fellure, Cory Collins, William Collins, Jason Hahn and Kyle Collins; great-grandchildren Jacob and Alyson Petee, Cody and Gavin Petee, Katlyn Goodyear, Jaxson Petee, Kaiden and Sophia Collins and Eilie Collins; several nieces, nephews, friends and her four legged friend Abby..
  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, husband Sammie Collins in 2007, sons Greg and Danny Collins, son in law Tom Petee and brothers Freddie and Robert Gussler.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, August 19, 2019 in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London with Pastor Steve Hicks officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, London. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 AM until time of services Monday.
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​Shirley Ann Vostatek, 82, of London, died Saturday, August 10, 2019 in her residence.
   Born March 10, 1937 in Beaver Falls, PA; she was a daughter of Louis and Eleanor (Cavota) Chiodo.
   She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
    Survivors include her children Loreen (John) Ward of Plain City, Michael (Marie) Vostatek of Boardman and Sharon Federspill of London; grandchildren Ashley (Nick) Allen of Dublin, Jordain Corner of London, Michael Vostatek of Seattle, WA, Cailey (Brett) Deitering of McComb, Vincent Vostatek of Boardman, Nataley Ward (Dalton “DJ” O’Brien) of Plain City and Josee Federspill of London; great-granddaughter Haddie Deitering; sister Delores (Donald) Miller of Beaver Falls, PA; several nieces, nephews and in laws.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles Vostatek and brother Ronald Chiodo.
    A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, August 17, 2019 in St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Michael Hinterschied officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, London. Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London from 6-8 PM Friday.
   The family suggests memorials be made in Shirley’s memory to the American Cancer Society,
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Jerry L. Dillion, 76, of Logan, Ohio, died Sunday, August 4, 2019, at the Hocking Valley Community Hospital. Jerry was born January 1, 1943 in Madison County, Oho, the son of John P. and Norma E. (Hunter) Dillion. He had formerly been employed at AMTEKO and at the "old" Dixie Restaurant in London.

   Jerry is survived by his wife: Susan (Fife) Dillion of Logan; daughters: Anna Dillion of Logan; Kristal L. Johnston of Lancaster; Tina S. Dillion of Nelsonville; son: Jonathan E. Dillion of Logan; sister: Nancy Sparks of London; eleven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Linda Sullivan; brothers: Tommy Dean and Dennis Dillion.

  A funeral service will be celebrated 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 7, 2019, with Pastor Mark Schroder officiating, at the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St., London.

   The family invites friends to call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the start of the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home, to assist with expenses.​

Mary Lanigan, 85, of London died Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in her residence.
   Born January 20, 1934 in Springfield; she was a daughter of Robert L. and Margaret (Phillips) Baumgardner.
   Mary had been a school cook for Madison Plains and had belonged to the Worthwhile Club and the Young Homemakers Club.
   She is survived by her children Margaret Lanigan (Paul McFadden), Brian (LeeAnne) Lanigan and Aaron Lanigan (Ruth Ernst); grandchildren Amanda Bailey (Matt Williams), Clay Carroll, Tara Carroll and Erin Carroll; great-grandson David Lanigan (Michela Palmer), nieces and nephews Matt (Gay) Christian, Susan (Keith) Campbell, Amy (Christian) Henry and Casey (Richi) Murphy, special friend Sissy Wiseman.
   Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Walter Lanigan on April 28, 2019, sister Magdalene Christian and dear friend Phyllis Ryan.
  Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London from 4-7 PM Sunday, August 18, 2019. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, London with Pastor Sue McClelland officiating.
   The family suggests memorials in Mary’s name be sent to Loving Care Hospice, PO Box 445, London, OH 43140.
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Robert “Bobby” Becker, 63, of London died Friday, July 26, 2019 in his residence.
  Born March 31, 1956 in Columbus; he was the son of Robert and Marvene (Weese) Becker.
  Bobby retired from Kroger in London and was currently working for T & A Transport and 56 Auto.
  Survivors include his daughter Janel Becker (Bryan White and his daughter Torrey); mother Marvene Becker, sisters Sandy (Jim) Smith and Nancy Lauren; nieces Jessie (Chris) Edwards, Meagan (Jon) Marko and Courtney Gardiner; several great nieces and cousins including special cousin Cindy Collins;and Bobby’s fur babies Angel, Cooter and Pia.
  He was preceded in death by his wife Elaine Becker and father Robert “Bob” Becker.
  Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London from 3-7 PM Wednesday, where funeral services was held at 10 AM Thursday with Brad Seaburn officiating. Interment will follow in Paint Memorial Cemetery, London.
    The family suggests memorials in Bobby’s name be sent to the Madison County Humane Society, PO Box 777, London, Ohio 43140.
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Stella Ryan, 81, of Enon; died Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Madison Health.         
   Born May 19, 1938 in Canoe, KY; she was a daughter of Alfred and Fannie (McIntosh) Hensley.
     Survivors include her children Kimberle Burgert and Keith Ryan; grandchildren Alisha Burgert and Shawn (Autumn) Burgert; great-grandchildren Kippy, Nicole, Braylen, Audree and Brody; sisters Jo (Raymond) Jones and Elsie Bruce Gregory ; several nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Ryan and brother Gerald Hensley.
  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Bryon Cemetery, Fairborn with Pastor Douglas Campbell officiating.
   The family suggests memorials in Stella’s name be sent to Madison Health Foundation, 210 N. Main street, London, OH 43140.
  The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London; where online condolences for the family may be sent to

Virginia S. Richey, 97, died Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Bluebird Retirement Community Center in London, Ohio.   Born October 7, 1921 in South Charleston, Ohio; she was the only child of Wardie and Kitty (Beekman) Sesslar.   
 Virginia, “Ginny”, graduated valedictorian from Selma High School in 1939 and attended Park (College) University in Missouri.
 Virginia was an accomplished gardener and bookkeeper for  the family farms, a talented seamstress especially helping the members of the Hilliard Katy Did Sew 4- H Club as their advisor for years as well as the President of Hilliard High School Band Boosters including making the majorette costumes. Virginia loved square dancing, taught Sunday school at Hilliard United Methodist Church where she also served as the church secretary.   After moving from Hilliard, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church of London. She retired as the bookkeeper from Universal Processing Company of Columbus, Ohio.  Virginia enjoyed wintering in Bradenton and Naples, Florida.  She loved traveling, playing bridge and was a member of the Pelican Bay Women’s League as well as Social Chairman of the Laurel Oaks community.  More than anything, she loved and supported her family.
  Survivors include her children Linda (Richard) Dipman of Redwood Valley, CA, William “Bill” (Rebecca) Richey of London and Elaine  (Denny) Ehlers of Durango, CO; grandchildren Carrie, Scott, Meghan, Trevor, David, Ryan, Anne; 16 great grandchildren.  
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband test pilot USAAF Lt. Ernie Linville in 1947, and the love of her life husband, William Kent Richey in 1978.
   A Celebration of Life service is being planned by the family and will be announced in the future.  The family suggests memorials in Virginia’s name be sent to, the First United Methodist Church of London,
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Nancy Ann (Dwyer) Beathard passed away on August 6, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in London, Ohio on January 1, 1927 to Paul M. and Helen (Keyes) Dwyer. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s of the  Springs College for Women and The Mount Carmel School of Nursing. A lifelong member of St. Patrick Church and a tireless volunteer for many parish and civic causes throughout her life. Nancy was an avid and accomplished genealogist and a world traveler.

  Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Maurice E. (Morty) Beathard, brother Jimmy Dwyer, daughter-in-law Dawn (Perry) Beathard and granddaughter Shannon E. Beathard.  She is survived by her seven sons; R. Michael (Margarita), Steven P.(Leanne), Jeffery D. (Sandy Rodabaugh), Timothy E.  (Ann), William H. (Johnda), P. Gregory (Linda Giglio), P. Scott (Christi).

  Grandma Beathard will be missed by 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by her sister Julia E. Dwyer and brother-in-law Ruben Stortzum; nephews James, John, Mark and David Beathard and niece Mary (Beathard) Weisman.

   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Church on Saturday, August 10th at 10am with Fr. Michael Hinterschied presiding. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. The family will host a reception and celebration of Nancy’s life immediately following the service until 2pm at St. Patrick parish center. 
   In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Nancy can be made to St. Patrick Altar and Rosary Society, Rockin’ on the Run (Team Ryan) or Orant Charities.  Special thanks to The Bluebird Retirement Community and Loving Care Hospice for their kind care.
     Condolences may sent to:
  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the: Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St., London.

William Michael "Bill" Harris, 77, of London, died Sunday, July 21, 2019 in his residence. Bill was born April 7, 1942 in Jeffersonville, Ohio, the son of Grant and Alma Davis (Lett) Harris. He loved to play cards, pitch horseshoes, bingo, and horse racing.

   He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cynthia (Sergent) Harris; children: Chris (Susie) McNeal of London; Mike Harris of Columbus; Brian Harris of Circleville; Michelle (Lowell) Mosley of Grove City; grandchildren: Diante, Kiana, Jayla, Aryn, Brian, Destiny, Brionna, Jada, Braylon, Damon, Abby, Kristen, Brandon, Zackary, Nathan, and Tieisha; great grandchildren: Aliza, Kora, and one more, not yet born, great grandson; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Doug and Jody Campbell; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Shannon and Ronnie Crawford; close friends of the family: Tonya Slone and her children Taron and Alanta Slone. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Diann Hampton; Phylis Hargrave; Bertha Harris; great granddaughter: Callie Rose.

   A funeral service was celebrated Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 1:00 PM. at the Fountain Of Truth Ministry, 135 Maple Street, London, with the Reverend Ty Artis officiating. Friends are invited to call at the church for two hours prior to the start of the funeral service. After the funeral service, the family would like to invite friends to stay after the service for a meal and a time of sharing. Bill's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St., London. Online condolences may be sent to:

Mabel Agnes (Scott) Davis, born August 29, 1930 in Vanceburg, KY, went to be with her Heavenly Father on August 10, 2019.
      Mabel moved to London from Cincinnati with her family in 1970. She was a homemaker once she had children, until the youngest started school. This is when she started cooking for Madison Plains Schools.
   Mabel loved being outdoors where she always had her flower and vegetable gardens. She canned or froze everything she could. She picked wild blackberries for her famous blackberry cake, or she would climb cherry trees to make her cherry pies. She made banana and zucchini breads to freeze or give away. As gifts, she would make her peanut butter pie. She loved giving her baked goods to people.
  Mabel was very involved in her children and grandchildren’s lives. She loved them all dearly. She was there to support all of them in any sport or activity they were involved in. She was active in the Madison Plains P.T.O., a 4-H advisor for many years and was also active in many County fair activities. She would chaperone school trips of all kinds. Mabel was a member of the First United Methodist Church of London where she helped in the nursery, served as an usher and was always available to help in the kitchen preparing for the annual baked steak dinner.
  As her grandchildren went through school, they each would get off the bus at “grandmas” house with a snack ready for each of them.
  Mabel left the school system in 1987 with the urging of her dearest friend Marie (Nibert) Roberts. She accepted a food service position at London Correctional Institute. This is where she met her second husband Pearl Davis. They were married August 5, 1995, the same month they both retired from London Correctional Institute. She was a member of the bowling team for a couple of years.
   Mabel was preceded in death by her first husband James W. Davis, mother and father Alice and Wayne Scott, sisters Inez and Edrele, brothers Herbert, Buddy, Ernest, Chester and Gene and stepdaughter Mary Davis.
   She is survived by her husband Pearl Kramer Davis, daughters Lynn (Gregg) Payne, Conie Stephenson (Bruce Roberts), son Rick (Lisa) Davis, stepchildren Aaron Davis, John (Gennie) Davis, Tim (Lisa) Davis, Ann (Jeff) Smith, Beth (Eric) Vacheresse, Chris (Steve) Elkins, Teresa (Don) Frye and Paul (Teri) Davis; grandchildren Kylie (Josh) Pritchard, JD (Kassie) Payne, Victor (Tori) Stephenson, Vincent Stephenson (Katlyn Donnelly), Nick Stephenson, Rickelle Davis, Rylee Davis, Ryne (Hannah) Davis, step grandchildren Shawn, Susie, Kimberlyn, Heather, Daniel, Emily, Sarah, Philip, Whitney, Talia, Cameron, Cayla, Erin, Jim, Amanda and Natasha; great-grandchildren Karson, Hadley, Winston, Kennidee and Hayes, step great-grandchildren Isaiah, Isaac, Neo, Ivory, Jaden, Braden, Buddy, Faith, Carolyn, Carter, Adrian, Ben, Thomas and Teagan.
   Friends and family may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 11-1 with funeral services immediately following at 1 PM, with Pastors Dave Leckrone and Sue McClelland officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Columbus.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mabel’s name may be sent to Madison County Special Olympics, 510 Elm Street, London, OH 43140.
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Terry K. Phleger, 79, of London, died Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Bluebird Retirement Community.
   Terry was born May 18, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio, a daughter of George E. and Shirley F. (Krebs) Miller. 
She served the Lord as a Reverend with The United Presbyterian Church for more than 35 years. She was a member of the Church Employed Women and the American Association of University Women. Terry attended the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Franklin University.
   Survivors include brother: Phillip Miller of Sabina, Ohio; nieces: Jennifer Ann (Sean) Davis; Jennifer (Chris) Brouwer; nephew: Keith E. (Melanie) Miller; great nieces: Ashley Matson; Amber Patterson; great nephew: Austin Miller; numerous great great nieces and nephews.
   She has been preceded in death by her parents; husband: Bob; sister-in-law: Phyllis Miller; great niece: Annika Miller.
   A memorial service will be celebrated Monday, August 19, 2019, 10:00 AM. at the Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St., London with the Reverend Laura Bailey Officiating.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 211 Garfield Ave, or Hospice Of The Miami Valley, 1498 N. Limestone, Springfield, Ohio 45503.

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​Pogie Murray, age 56, of West Jefferson, Ohio, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  Born in Columbus, OH to the late Edward and Doris Murray,

   Pogie was a graduate of West Jefferson High School, Class of 1981.  He was a long-time auxiliary member of Clarence "Bo" Casto VFW Post #7005, West Jefferson and was a true and honest friend to all.  In addition to his parents, Pogie was preceded in death by his brother Jeffery Murray, his grandparents Paul & Viola Murray and Tom & Helen Lowe, aunts and uncles:  Juanita & Harvey Price, Richard Murray, Ronald Guyton, Harold Lowe, and Herman & Kate Lowe.

    He is survived by his daughter Ashley Murray and grandsons Travis Wilk and Justin Rogers, all of West Jefferson, sister and brother-in-law Debbie & Gaylord Chaffins of West Jefferson, nieces, and nephews: Amy Murray of Hilliard, OH, Bub Murray of Commercial Point, OH, Chris (Beth) Chaffins of West Jefferson and Chad (Carolyn) Chaffins of Grove City, OH, and their families, aunts and uncles: Donna Guyton of Columbus, Connie & Charles Harbage of West Jefferson, Ann Murray of Plain City, OH, Francis & Jenny Murray of West Jefferson and Paul & Bev Murray of West Jefferson, and their families, many cousins and many, dear friends. 

    The family received friends from 3:00-6:00 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 23, 20-19 at the RADER-MCDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 West Main Street, West Jefferson, OH 43162 (614)-879-9222 where his Funeral Service was followed by visitation hours and began at 6:00 p.m.  Casual attire is requested, please! 

    In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider making a donation to the Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Please visit

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