Bertha Van Brimmer

May 07, 1929 ‒ February 16, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Bertha Fay Van Brimmer, 85, of Delaware passed away Monday afternoon February 16, 2015 at the Sarah Moore Home.

She was born a coal miner’s daughter on May 7, 1929 in Van Lear, Kentucky to the late William H. and Hattie M. (Harris) Sparks, but lived most of her life in Central Ohio.

Several family members moved to Sunbury, Ohio when she was 16, and she lived there until her marriage to James “Jim” R. Van Brimmer on September 15, 1950. They met while working at Ranco Manufacturing and resided in Delaware the rest of their lives.

Bertha was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Delaware where she served on numerous committees and boards through the years. She was an avid reader and her hobbies included card and board games, sewing and quilting, pottery, tending to her roses, baking, and feeding and watching the birds out her window. She had a soft heart and a gentle soul and she enjoyed exploring Appalachian history and historical locations and traveling on many car vacations with Jim and her family.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters Karen F. (Steven) Stoner of Sagamore Hills, OH and Susan K. (Jeffrey) Leonard of Port Royal, PA; son Richard A. (Sandra) Van Brimmer of Columbus, OH; grandchildren Stefanie Heizer, Micah Stoner, Casey and Ryan Leonard and Tonya Claar; great grandchildren Alexandria, Gladrielle and Natasha Leonard, Ethan Stoner and Erin Niemeyer; brother Eugene Sparks of Columbus, OH; sister Betty Stauch of Sunbury, OH; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James R. Van Brimmer, five brothers Theodore, Edward, Benjamin, Ocheal and Lon Douglas Sparks and six sisters Ida and Berletta Sparks, Sylvia Hensey, Geneva Chandler, Gloria Huddleston and Harva Lee Spangler.

The family will receive friends on Saturday February 21st from 1 – 3 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware. Memorial services will follow at 3:00 pm. Private family graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Contributions in Bertha’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 101 N. Franklin St., Delaware, OH 43015 or Sarah Moore Home, 26 N. Union St., Delaware, OH 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Van Brimmer family.

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  • We’re so sorry to hear of your loss, please except our deepest condolences. Be at peace with the lord.

  • Rick, I am so sorry for this loss. I remember your mother well. I particularly remember her letting us know when she suspected we were up to mischief but she always always made me feel comfortable and welcome with her quiet and gentle manner. Sincerely, Joe

  • Karen,
    I extend my deepest condolences to you and all your family for the passing of your mother. I pray that God provide His comfort and peace to you and your family at this time of loss.

    Richard Blakeslee, Huntsville, Alabama

    • So special to me to get notes from friends. We had a good turnout Saturday for such bad weather. Thank you for remembering us.

  • Dear Karen – I just learned of the passing of your mom. Please accept my deepest condolences; I am so very sorry. Having just lost my mother, I very much feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless………


    • Thank you, Jeanne! We have both had our trying moments. I miss talking to you in Delaware. Again thank you for posting and praying.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Bertha’ s passing. Please take comfort in knowing she is with Jim and in God’s hands.