Clara H. “Dolly” Keltz, New Middletown, Ohio

Becker Funeral Homes

February 7, 2020

Clara H. "Dolly" Keltz, New Middletown, Ohio - obit
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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Clara H. Keltz, 106, fell asleep in death on Friday morning, February 7, 2020.

Clara, known by her family and friends as “Dolly”, was born November 4, 1913 in New Middletown. Dolly was the daughter of the late Ambrose and Ina (Sowers) Aeppli.

She graduated from Springfield Township High School in 1931 and was a lifelong area resident. Dolly married James A. Keltz on June 9, 1934. They were married for 65 years.

Dolly was a member of the New Springfield Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who enjoyed sharing her Bible based beliefs with all. Her favorite scripture was the 91st Psalm.

Clara enjoyed writing poetry, having several published and winning several awards. She was an avid quilter who loved making quilts for family and friends. Clara entered many of her handmade quilts in the Canfield Fair, earning several ribbons. She played piano, organ, and keyboard, being self-taught. A Youngstown Vindicator carrier for 11 years, she had a motor route in Poland Township. Clara relished participating in the Crossword Puzzle Tournament, age 97-99, at the Poland Library.

Clara, “Dolly,” is survived by ten of her 12 children, Joan V. (Bill) Newman of Columbiana, Ohio, John A. (Phyllis) of Barnesville, Ohio, Judith A. (J. Robert) Busek of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jay A. (Colleen) of Corryton, Tennessee, Joel A. (Marjean) of Wetumpka, Alabama, Jeffrey L. (Marie) of Norwalk, Connecticut, Joy R. (Bill) Oakes of Sharpsburg, Georgia, Judson E. (Janice) of Buckeye, Arizona, Janie A of New Middletown and Jackie I. (Terry) Yocum of Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is also survived by 37 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, 37 great-great-grandchildren. Additionally daughter-in-law, V. Louise Keltz, one nephew, three nieces and numerous grand and great-grand nephews and nieces.

Besides her parents, Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Keltz; two sons James Wm. and Jerry Charles. Also three brothers, two sisters; daughter-in-law, Gert Keltz; two grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. at Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market Street, Boardman, OH. A funeral service will follow at 3:30 p.m. with Mr. Colin Conner officiating.

Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in New Middletown.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to ALL Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Suite B-101, Canfield, Ohio 44406 in memory of Clara.

Clara’s family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Masternick Memorial Health Care Center, particularly Johneen, Amy, Devorah, Becky, Maria and Steve. Also special thanks to Dr. Richard Wise; and to the staff of ALL Caring Hospice, notably Amanda, April, Dana, Sam and Mike. Thank you all, again, for the love, care and support that you extended to Mom/Grandma/Bubba and to all of us.

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