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.
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com