Areva Audene Nikolaus Haldeman

January 08, 1922 ‒ August 29, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Johnsville, Ohio

Areva Audene Nikolaus Haldeman, age 94, of Mount Gilead, was reunited with her husband, Russell, on Monday morning, August 29, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family following a recent decline in her health.

On January 8, 1922, Areva was born in Richland County, Ohio, the second of five children of the late Lorentz and Mary (Remington) Nikolaus.  She graduated from Mansfield Madison High School in the class of 1939.

While attending a church function at the Johnsville Evangelical United Brethren Church, Areva met a young man about to join the U.S. Navy, Russell Haldeman, who would become the love of her life.  They married on May 10, 1946, while he was on leave from World War II, having a double wedding with her sister, Arlene and Ray Brenneman.  Together they shared over sixty four wonderful years of marriage, and lovingly raised two children, Dan and Bonnie.  Great companions, they were always by each other’s side.  Russell preceded her in death on October 16, 2010.

In addition to being a loving homemaker, Areva worked for many years as a clerk at the Morrow County Board of Elections.

A woman of faith, Areva was an active member of the Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church, where she served as the financial secretary of the church for over thirty years.  Formerly she was a member of the Johnsville E.U.B.

For over fifty years, Areva was a member of the Williamsport Grange #1815, with whom she and Russell had countless enjoyable gatherings with this special group of dear friends endearingly referred to as “the Birthday Gang”.  They tried to get together monthly if possible.  Areva also was a member of the Mother’s Club.

A favorite pastime for Areva and Russell was taking scenic drives throughout Ohio, often making special trips to visit covered bridges.  Along their travels they collected various mementos to remember their trips by.  They also loved playing cards and dominos with their family and friends.

Sharing a special bond with her mother, Mary, Areva loved visiting Mom to help her tend to her garden and can their bountiful crop every year.  She also was excellent cook and a great baker of cookies.

Deeply thoughtful, Areva never missed an occasion to send a card or letter to her many family and friends.  She also was very creative, painting many things over the years, with her favorite being her Christmas window paintings for everyone on Cedar Street to enjoy.  She will be remembered for her fun loving personality and great sense of humor.

She will be missed by her two children: Dan Haldeman of Mount Gilead and Bonnie Burns of West Chester, OH; six grandchildren: Aaron (Melanie) Haldeman, Lindsey (Steve) Sikora, Garrett Haldeman, Scott (Amy) Burns, Emily (Brian) Gray, and Amanda (Bryan) Peters; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother, Don Yeager; a brother-in-law, Ray Brenneman; two sisters-in-law: Doris Nikolaus and June Kennard; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Areva was preceded in death by four siblings: Thelbert Nikolaus, Arlene Brenneman, and Donald and Marvin Nikolaus.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, September 2, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services honoring her life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with her nephew Dr. Keith Nikolaus and Pastor Karen Wagenhals officiating.  Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery in Johnsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to her caretaker for the past two years, Jennie Miller; and to Hospice of Morrow County for their tender care of Areva.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Areva’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Dan: I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I’m sure she was always proud of you & your sister. You were blessed to have both of your parents many years.
    Prayers for your healing and peace at this time.

  • Areva was a wonderful person! She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She was a fine example of what people should be like. She will be dearly missed!

  • Dan, so sorry to hear of you mother’s passing. Wow though 94!
    Hope you can share memories with family and friends, as I am sure she lead an incredible life. Take care, Carol

  • She will be missed! I loved mowing the yard or walking Jilly and waving at her while she watched TV on the porch! Thinking of you all!

  • Dan, sorry to here of the loss of your mother, may peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

  • Dan and Bonnie,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I know how you must feel. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Our parents both lived long and blessed lives.
    Nick Bachelder

  • Dan and Bonnie,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful woman who always welcomed me into her home. Hold close to your heart the wonderful memories you share of your Mom. May those memories bring you some comfort in the days ahead. She will be missed. Much love to you both, Vickie Daniels

  • Dan and Bonnie,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a wonderful woman and cared very deeply for you. I’m sure she will be dearly missed.

    Jim and Joanne

  • Bonnie and Dan- so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a great lady and know you will miss her. May you find peace in remembering.

  • Our prayers are with you and your family. Your Mom has been a pleasure for many people and I remember her when we ate pie together and her laughing.

    A prayer for you!
    Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
    My heart is broken and my spirit mourns.
    All I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
    This day, this hour
    Moment by moment
    I choose to lean on You,
    For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest.
    I pour out my grief to You
    And praise You that on one glorious day
    When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered
    We shall walk together again.

  • Dear Bonnie and Dan,
    I know what wonderful parents Areva and Russell were… not because I knew them when their children were growing up…but because I have watched you (Dan and Bonnie) and your relationship during your adult years. You truly are the most supportive siblings I have ever witnessed. Each sees all the good in the other sibling. You work together well when challenges arise and still tease one another unmercifully during the fun times. Each of you wants the best for the other. This had to be modeled by your parents. You two are the best product of your parents’ love. I know Russell and Areva are looking down and watching you together and thinking, “We raised two great kids who became caring adults. Our work here is done.”
    With All My Admiration,
    Dauna Easley

  • Dan and Bonnie, SORRY to hear of your mothers passing. I remember delivering the newspaper to your house so many years ago. Good parents you had. Hang on to your memories. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  • She was one of the highlights of my marrying into the Jordan family. She was such a sweet person who would lend a hand wherever it was needed. She will be missed but she is so happy now that she is reunited with Russell. Prayers for you all.

  • Dan,
    Thinking of you at this sad time. Sounds like your Mom was a wonderful person who will be missed by many. May God comfort you and your family.
    Hank & Deb Solis