Diane Gail Spradlin, age 65, of Mt. Sterling, Ohio, became an angel in Heaven on Monday, September 30, 2019.  Born in Portland, Maine on February 8, 1954, she was preceded in death by her father Leslie Osteen, Sr., her stepfather Edwin Thorn and her sister Norma Comeau. 

  Diane is survived by her beloved husband of 32 years, Gerald F. Spradlin, Sr., her son and daughter-in-law Gerald F. & Hannah Spradlin, Jr., mother Norma Thorn, sisters: Monica (Jason) Chretien, and Margaret (John) Bennett, brothers: Richard (Lee) Osteen and Leslie (Amber Coombs) Osteen, Jr. 

   She attained her Bachelor of Arts, English degree from the University of Maine.  Diane was a veteran of the United States Army serving as a Photojournalist from 1980-84.  She was awarded the Army Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal  with First Oak Leaf Cluster, the Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster and Expert Ribbon for Rifle M16. 

   Diane was the former Mayor of Mt. Sterling, Ohio and served on the Village Council for many years.  She was a past Secretary of the Mt. Sterling Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of the Mt. Sterling Citizens’ Action Committee.

  She was employed with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and also worked for A Friends House Domestic Violence Shelter and the American Red Cross.  Diane was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to represent good government in Mt. Sterling, Ohio and subscribed to the belief of “service before self.” 

  Private family burial services will be held at Southern Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Springvale, ME.  “I shall pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now for I shall not pass this way again.”  Mahatma Gandhi.

   Please visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com to send condolences to Diane’s family.  Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, 331 West Main Street, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143 (740)-869-2777 assisted the family.

​                                         Kelley Lee Crites, of Mount

                                         Sterling, passed peacefully into

                                        the arms of Christ on September

                                       25, 2019 at his home surrounded

                                       by his family. Born October 25,

1942 to the late Vance and Rebecca Crites of Stoutsville, in his childhood he cherished visits to his grandparents’ Indiana farm and spending time with his siblings and their neighborhood friends.
  He graduated from Stoutsville High School in 1960 where he was Class President and excelled in all sports. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 1964 and majored in Mathematics. From 1965 to 1969, he served honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
  Upon returning home from the service, Kelley unwittingly began a remarkable teaching career in the fall of 1969 that would span forty years and positively impact the lives of countless students. After teaching for both Fairfield and Mount Sterling Schools, Kelley began teaching for the Madison-Plains Local School District in the fall of 1971 when he met his future bride, Charlotte Barnes. Over the years, he also earned multiple advanced degrees and coached basketball.
  “Mr. Crites” was respected and beloved by his students. He spent endless hours instructing, tutoring, and mentoring students, helping them unlock the mysteries of mathematics and their own potential. His classroom maxims were sometimes humorous and always memorable. “Surely with every mistake, we must be learning,” “Shall we try the sit and stare method?” and “I bet you can’t do this one!” were among several favorites. Because there were problems yet to be solved, upon retirement he continued teaching at both Columbus State Community College and Ohio Christian University.
  Kelley was utterly devoted to his family and lived his life in service to them and others. He took great pride in raising educated, independent women. A highly principled, quiet, and contemplative man, Kelley embodied the strong silent type and preferred action over words. “Papaw” delighted in training horses on his small farm and giving pony rides to grandchildren. A natural athlete with a competitive spirit, he challenged those he loved to push themselves to succeed and learn from inevitable mistakes. He valued knowledge, hard work, and perseverance through adverse situations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Sterling, where he faithfully attended and worshipped while simultaneously solving equations on church bulletins.
  In addition to his parents, he was joyously welcomed to eternal life by his sister Constance Slye, brother Vance Crites, and nephews Kelley Lee Slye and David Crites.
  Kelley leaves behind lasting memories for his loving wife Charlotte and their five daughters: Lee Anne (Brian) Lanigan of London and grandchildren Clay, Tara, and Erin Carroll; Susie (Dan) Berry of Mount Sterling and grandchildren Lindy (Travis) Shaw, Danny (Sydney) Berry, and great-granddaughter Ryann Kelley Shaw; Gerry (Cary) Furniss of Lebanon and grandchildren David, Dorothy, and Donald Furniss; Karen Crites Grigsby of Mount Sterling and grandchildren Joseph Kelley, Rebecca, and John Crites Grigsby; and Kathleen (Thomas) Madden of Williamsport and grandsons Paul Kelley, Patrick, Tommy, and James Madden. Kelley is also survived by his brothers Randall Crites of Stoutsville and Will (Tracy) Crites of Amanda, and nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues, and thousands of students.
  A service in honor of Kelley’s life will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Sterling on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The family will receive visitors beginning at 2:00 p.m. with the service beginning at 4:00 p.m. A meal will immediately follow. To preserve Kelley’s enduring legacy and commitment to students and scholarship, the family requests donations be made to the Madison-Plains Scholarship Foundation in memory of Kelley Crites, c/o 12460 Fralick Rd., South Solon, Ohio 43153. Arrangements are being handled by Porter-Tidd Funeral Home. To share your favorite memory of Kelley visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com or to send condolences to his family.

Angela Jean Sheldon, 44, of London, formerly of Grove City, lost her courageous lifelong battle against diabetes, heart and kidney diseases on October 4, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family.
  Born June 11, 1975 in Columbus; she was a daughter of Stanley R. and Theresa M. (Schmitz) Sheldon.
  A believer in Christ; Angela loved cooking and sharing recipes, and crafting, especially making keepsakes for her family and friends. She had a servant’s heart, and loved helping feed the homeless and helping those in need.
  Survivors include her parents, Stanley and Theresa Sheldon; sister, Christine (Eric) Woodruff, brother, Shelby Sheldon (Suzanne Akarri); niece and nephews Derik, Jesse, and Megan Woodruff and Kaedyn Sheldon; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and best friends Chantele and Clarissa.
  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Daisa; paternal grandparents, William and Jean Sheldon, maternal grandparents, Arthur and Mary Schmitz; and her four-legged companions Honey and Stuart.
   A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 7:00-9:00 at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, Ohio, with a memorial service beginning at 7:00.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Angela’s name be sent to Faith Mission Homeless Shelter at www.lssnetworkofhope.org.
  Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

John Thomas Adelsberger, 89, of Marysville died unexpectedly Monday morning at Memorial Hospital.
  He farmed with his dad and raised his family in Madison County after graduating from Monroe High School in Plumwood in 1947.  He also owned and operated Adelsberger Trucking. 
  John was a caring giving man who expressed his love and gratitude and was known for his quick wit, hearty laugh, green thumb and generosity.  Through the years, he volunteered with several organizations:  St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg, 4-H leader with the Monroe Winners, Madison County Senior Fair Board of 17 years, Madison County Lions Club, Windsor and Community Seniors, Inc. in Marysville and the Monroe Alumni Association.
    In recent years, he was best known for his planting and maintaining beautiful flowers at sites all over Marysville including his current parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
   John was born October 21, 1929 at the family home to the late Ralph and Nellie Adelsberger.  He was preceded in death by his wife Joan A. Dew Adelsberger; a son Paul Adelsberger, a great-granddaughter Abbigale Hollar; and a brother Ralph Adelsberger.
  Known as Johnny, Dad, Grandpa, Pappy John, “Berger”, he will be sadly missed by his children, JoAnn (David) Dhume, Jane Adelsberger, Phil (Bridget) Adelsberger; step-children, Lori (Rob) Graber, Robert “Bubba” (Annette) Parsons, Doug (Joyce) Parsons, Vicki (Tom) Greco, John “Jack” (Theresa) Parsons; 23 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, brother, Jim (Anne) Adelsberger; and many nieces and nephews.
   Calling hours will be Friday from 5-7pm at the Ingram Funeral Home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Father Kevin Kavanagh officiating.  Burial will be held at the Somerford Cemetery in Summerford.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Building Fund, the Union County Cancer Society or the Union County Humane Society all in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.ingramfuneralservice.com


Ernest Lee Webb, 71, of London died Sunday, October 6, 2019 in London Health and Rehabilitation.
   Born June 6, 1948 in Columbus; he was a son of Ernest Francis and Solange Augusta (Humbert) Webb.
  Ernie was a longtime mechanic for the former Goodyear Chrysler Plymouth Dodge dealership in London.
   Survivors include his nephews Jeremiah Clinton (Lacy Jay) Webb of KY, William Ernest Webb, Donald Lee (Jessica Dawn) Webb both of OH; great niece and great nephew Jayden Elizabeth and Dallas Remington Webb of KY and sister in law Lana Webb of OH.
  He was preceded in death by his mother and father and brother Donald Webb.
   Per Ernie’s request, there will not be any viewing nor funeral services.
   The family suggests memorials in Ernie’s name be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.
   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERLA HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London; where online condolences for the family may be sent to



Joanne Hoosier Payne, 85,of London died Sunday, September 22, 2019 in her residence.Hh
  Born January 14, 1934 in Madison County; she was a daughter of Gus and Zera (Napper) Hoosier.
 Joanne retired from the former Dial Corporation after 27 years of service.
 Survivors include her sons Cornelius “Butch” Payne, Jr. of Youngstown and Michael Payne of Monroe, LA; grandson Cornelius Payne, III, granddaughter Adenia B. Leonard; three great grandchildren; sister Jackie Boronell of FL, brother Gus Hoosier, Jr. of London and many nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, son Jeffrey Lynn Payne in 1995; brothers and sisters Pearl Hoosier Trent, William “Hoot” Hoosier, Ralph Lee Hoosier, Elizabeth Hoosier, Virginia Goldston, Joe Boy Hoosier, Norman “Hawk” Hoosier, Mary Ellen Hoosier Cox, Ercel Hoosier Hill and Bobby Hoosier.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Satuday in the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London with Pastor Tyrone Artis and Evangelist Jackie Boronell officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, London. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Saturday.
   Online condolences for the family may be sent to  www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com

Kenneth Darwin Conley, 70, of West Jefferson, died Monday, September 30, 2019 in Sisters on Elm, London.

   Born June 15, 1949 in Columbus; he was a son of Kenneth and Virginia (Kitchen) Conley.
   A US Army veteran of The Vietnam War-where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) and a bronze star medal; Darwin had worked as an insurance adjuster, done body work and was best known as a local musician. A member of the Clarence Bo Casto Post #7005, VFW and Jefferson Post #201, American Legion; he worked tirelessly helping veterans around the county.
   Survivors include his life partner Kelly Scott; son Casey (Brittany) Conley; granddaughter Alice Conley; stepsons Tim (Nannon) Scott and Zach (Lauren) Scott; step grandchildren Wyatt, Hannah, Lyla and Logan; mother Virginia Conley; sister Kay Conley, brother Darel (Kay) Conley; nephew Edward (Elaine) Conley and family; uncle George (Jan) Kitchen; cousin Jerry Kitchen and family; several other family members and many friends, including best friend Larry (Lisa) Gates.
   He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth.
   A celebration of life service is being planned for a later date.
   The family suggests memorials in Darwin’s name be sent to either Madison County Humane Society, PO Box 84, West Jefferson, OH 43162 or Loving Care Hospice, PO Box 445, London, OH 43140.
   The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, OH; where online condolences for the family may be sent to  www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com


​Marie (Nettie) Craft, 83, of London died Tuesday, October 1, 2019 in First Community Village, Columbus, and entered her forever Heavenly home.                                                                                                              Born April 11, 1936 in Rappsburg, Ohio; she was a daughter of John William and Goldie May (Cornell) Craft.

   Marie was a Charter member of the London Baptist Church. Marie loved singing hymns and praising God.  She was known as the Candy Lady at the former G.C. Murphy Company in London, was a waitress at the Coffee Shop, Double A, Center-Main Restaurant and The Greasy Spoon and was a nurse technician at Madison County Hospital for more than 23 years.                                                                               Survivors include her nieces and nephews Shirley M. Litchfield, John (Pam) Litchfield, Earl (Cate) Green, Earl Hackworth, Nancy Hackworth, Paul (Jane) Hackworth, Ted (Kay) Deneca, Tina (Mike) Hale and Steve (Tammy) Deneca; several great nieces and great nephews and a host of friends.

     She was preceded in death by 11 siblings, including Carrie Litchfield, Sylvia Green, Evelyn Deneca, Callie Hackworth and Calvin Craft, niece Mary Margaret Craft and nephew Ed Hackworth.

  The family wishes to thank all of the First Community Village family who loved and cared for her for over 3 years.  Also, thank you to National Church Residences Hospice for their love and care to both Marie and Shirley and especially Heather Gruenbaum, case manager.                                 

    Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, October 12, 2019 in the London Baptist Church, 1440 St. Rt. 665, London with Pastor Earl Green and the Rev. Sandie Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow in Kirkwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main street, London from 3-8 PM Friday, October 11, 2019 and one hour prior to services.

    Following the service at the cemetery, family and friends are invited to a dinner at the London Baptist Church to continue sharing and celebrat-ing her  life.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.                                                                                                           Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.​

Judy Leona Branson, 68, of London, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on October 10, 2019. A visitation will be held Monday, October 14 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm at RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High St., Worthington OH, 43085. For condolences and full obituary: www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.

June Ellen George, resident of St Paul’s Retirement Community, in Banker’s Hill, CA, went peacefully to the Lord, Wednesday evening the 21st of August.
  Born in June 1937, Madison County, Ohio, devoted wife of Dr. Alan E. George (d. 1983). Loving mother of Lori E. (George) Davis, Stanley R. George, Howie George, (d. 1963) Matthew C. George, wife Heather George, and Christopher A. George, wife Amanda George.
  Affectionate grandmother of Emily Davis, LT Rachael Davis, USN, wife Alexis Finney, Rebecca Davis, Emalee Martz, husband Kenny Martz, Makenzee George, SSGT Kristen George-Fietko FANG, husband LTJG Tom Fietko USN and Joshua George.
  June graduated from London High School, London Ohio in 1955 and worked for Bell Telephone Co. She met the love of her life Alan at Ohio State University and they married in 1956. June resided in Mount Airy, Maryland for over 38 years. June worked as a sales professional for Macy’s, Woodward & Lothrop, Christopher & Banks and received numerous awards for outstanding customer service. She designed bridal wear for Washington Millenary. June’s passions in life were sewing, gardening, cooking, singing and most of all spending time with her children and delighting in her grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.  June recently moved to San Diego, where she resided at St. Paul’s retirement community and was actively involved in choral music, plays and recitals. She loved all her new friends.
  A Celebration of Life ceremony for family members, will be held Saturday, October 12th at   10 AM at Saint Jacobs Church, Republic, OH.

In Loving Memory of our

Beloved June Ellen George

Conrad Rice, age 76 of London, OH, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019. Conrad enjoyed fishing, hunting, attending auctions, he loved to work around his farmhouse, but most of all he loved his family. He is preceded in death by his parents Edgar and Doshie Rice, 6 brothers, and 4 sisters.

   Conrad is survived by his loving wife of 56 years; Dorothy Rice, children; Preston Rice, Sheila Finigan, Mike (Brandey) Rice, grandchildren: Ashley (Chris) Roby, Nick Rice, Jessica (Joey) Adkins, and Evan Rice.

  The family will receive friends at the RADER-McDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME 1355 W. MAIN ST, WEST JEFFERSON, OH, 43162, Monday, October 7, 2019, from 6-8 PM. Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 11 AM with Pastor Jason Meade officiating. Interment will follow at Deer Creek Cemetery, London, OH.

   In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Conrad's name to the Ohio State University The James Hospital, Office of Development, OSUCCC-James, 660 Ackerman Rd., 6th Floor, PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH., 43218-3112 

                                       Susan Jane (Renick) Buscemi 

                                       of Thornville, Ohio passed away 

                                       on  the evening of Tuesday,

                                       October 1st, 2019 after a short

                          illness at the age of 74. Susan is survived by her children, Joseph Buscemi (Amy), Colleen Adkinson (Michael), and Dominic Buscemi (Marci Milito), her siblings Brenda Brush, Michele Beach (Dan), Pamela Wolters (Terry), Candice Ball, Peter Renick (Kristina), her seven grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Marjorie Louise Crandell and Madeira (Pete) Milburn Renick originally of West Jefferson, Ohio, her husband Michael Anthony Buscemi, and her eldest son, Michael William Buscemi.
   Susan was born in Columbus, Ohio and spent her childhood in West Jefferson, graduating from West Jefferson High School class of 1964. It was there she met the love of her life and husband of 53 years, Michael Buscemi. Pioneering the working woman concept, Susan balanced work and motherhood while Mike pursued his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and later co-founded a company. After raising their children, Mike and Susan traveled the world and built a home on Buckeye Lake where they frequently hosted family gatherings and enjoyed their grandchildren. An avid reader and a master level crossword puzzler, Susan was always honest (often brutally!) and known for her lasagna and signature chocolate cake.
   Visitation will be held at Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home 1335 W. Main St. West Jefferson, Ohio 43162 Sunday, October 6th from 2-5pm. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am Monday, October 7th, 2019 at Saints Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church, 9350 High Free Pike, West Jefferson, Ohio 43162. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Susan’s life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to her son’s scholarship fund: The Michael Buscemi Scholarship Fund, c/o New Lexington Schools 2547 New Lexington, OH 43764; Attn: Mr. Coffey.​