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9/18/2013 8:00:00 AM
Mary Jane Gearhart
Aug. 7, 1933 - Sept. 17, 2013
Mary Gearhart
Mary Gearhart

Mary Jane Gearhart, 80, Akron, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 7, 1933, in Peru, to parents George and Agnes (Shauman) Phillipy.

On April 11, 1951, she married Max J. Gearhart in Akron. He preceded her in death June 9, 2001.

She worked at Chamberlain Products, Akron, and Singer Controls, North Manchester, as well as being a babysitter for many children and was a homemaker.

She was a 1951 graduate of Peru High School. She was a member of Friends of the Library. She enjoyed fishing, bird watching, feeding squirrels, mushroom hunting, bike riding and being around children.

She is survived by daughters, Shelly Bahney, Mentone, and Melea Gearhart, Rochester; sons, Michael and wife Terry Gearhart, Akron, and Martin Gearhart, Akron; 10 grandchildren, Justin Gearhart, A'Shel Santana, Josh Bahney, Shannon Bayha, Travis Dittman, Troy Dittman, twins Clayton and Matthew Gearhart, Aaron Gearhart and Cameron Gearhart; 10 great-grandchildren, twins Branigan and Victoria Bahney, Marisha and Isaiah Bahney, Madison Gearhart, Jake Gearhart, Connor Bahney, Baby Max, and Ella and Alex Bayha; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Dorothy; brothers, Leonard and Mack; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Lucille, Betty, and twin sisters Torrine and Pauline; and brothers, Nelson, Joe, Donald and Robert.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor John Branch officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice or the Henry Township Fire Department.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Vicki Meyer

Dear Shelly and Melea and Family. So awful Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was one Special Lady She surly loved her Kids and Grandkids. That's what she would talk about the most.And I also had the Peasure of working with your Dad Max at Lynns and Wilts Grocery Store. They were two Very Special People to Me. I will be Thinking of you all. r.i.p. Mary Jane You were Dearly Loved.

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