RITTMAN - Betty L. Marquart, age 82, of Rittman, died Monday, January 21, 2019, at University Hospital in Cleveland, following a period of declining health.
She was born on September 17, 1936, in Sardis, Ohio, to the late John and Irma (Imhoff) Klotzle. Betty graduated in 1954 in the first graduating class of Norwayne High School. She graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Education. She married Walter F. Marquart on December 26, 1964, in Rittman and has been happily married to him for over 54 years.
She was a member of the Rittman Apostolic Christian Church. She taught fourth grade for 9 years and taught 3 years in the summer reading program in the Rittman Schools. She was a den mother for the Rittman Cub Scouts. The family moved to Ballston Lake, NY in 1978, and she was a member of the Shenendehowa P.T.S.A. Board for several years. She was a reading and math volunteer for 14 years in the Rise in Support of Education at Shenendehowa Schools. The family moved back to Rittman, OH in 1992 where she was a volunteer for 9 years teaching in the Adult Basic Literacy Education Program in Rittman. She was captain for 11 years for the Crusaders Against Cancer Team for the Rittman-Doylestown Relay for Life. She volunteered for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile for 23 years.
Betty enjoyed following her children and grandchildren's activities. She loved baking, making homemade chocolates, traveling, reading, antiquing, refinishing furniture and painting fine china.
Surviving in addition to her husband Walt are two sons, Michael (Marietta) Marquart of Hudson, and Stephen (Regina) Marquart of Warwick, RI; daughter, Michelle (Mark) Christeon of Medina; special granddaughters, Marie-Ange, Evangeline, Paige (Sean), Erin, Camille & Corinne; brother, Harold Klotzle of Ravenna; sister, Inez Ramsier of Marshallville; sisters-in-law, Favonia Marquart of Baltimore, OH, and Jane Klotzle of Rittman; and many special nieces and nephews. Betty was also very excited to meet her first great grandchild who is due to be born this spring.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Irwin Klotzle, sister Eileen Emch, brothers-in-law, Robert Ramsier, David Emch, and Kenneth Marquart, sister-in-law Lou Klotzle, stepfather Noah Hilty, stepbrother Herbert Hilty, and stepnephew, Bernie Hilty.
Services will be held at 10:30am on Friday, January 25, at the Rittman Apostolic Christian Church, 10699 Steiner Rd., Rittman, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Thursday, January 24, at Auble-Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Dr., Rittman, or from 9:30-10:15am on Friday morning at the church. Auble-Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home's web site at www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home, 10680 Steiner Rd., Rittman, OH, 44270.