Bessie “Bess” Stauch

February 01, 1930 ‒ May 01, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Bess Burrell Stauch was born February 1, 1930 in Sallis, Mississippi to Oliver and Lula (McGriff) Burrell. She passed from this life on Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Bess was known for her sense of humor, generous hospitality, and endless energy. Her strong convictions were tempered by a gentle disposition. She created beauty around herself in all that she did.

Bess is survived by her husband Jack Stauch, who she married on August 10, 1952, and daughters Kathryn Garcia-Rivera (Gordon Imrie) and Sally Harrington (Bruce), five grandchildren, Elisabet West (Brandon), Sophia Garcia-Rivera, Tyler, Stuart, and James Harrington and one brother, Trent Burrell.

She is preceded in death by sisters, Lou Willie Burrell, Clydie Dickerson, Clara Myers, Cathrine Hague, Doris Abels and Bobbie Mullen, and by brothers, Sammy, James, Oliver, Maxie and Frank, and son-in-law Alex Garcia-Rivera.

Bess was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and was part of many activities there including president of Faith Lutheran Women, church council, choir, memorial committee and pre-school Sunday school superintendent.

She was a retired teacher of home economics. She received her training at Arkansas State University and graduated from Ohio University. She began her teaching career at Amity High School and then at Mt. Vernon Middle School for over 30 years.

Friends may call on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in Bess’s name may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 170 Mansfield Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • I am so sorry to learn of her passing. My whole life – my WHOLE life – she has been one of the loveliest women I have known. I’m sorry to know that never again will she encourage me to try just one bite of vegetables that I know in my heart I will not like.

    Our love to you all,

  • Many fond memories of the Stauch family, and remembering the beautiful Bess. Many years have passed since I “lived” in Mt Vernon, but the Faith Lutheran family was and will always be prevalent in my memories. My sympathies.

  • I am so sorry to hear that mrs Stauch has passed from this life, Mrs Stauch was a lovely Patient Teacher who taught me how to sew and a love for cooking,
    My she rest in peace. I also want to offer my sincere Condolences to the Stauch Family.

  • Mrs. Stauch was a wonderful home ec teacher at Pleasant St when it was a middle school. She was always patient and kind. RIP Mrs Stauch.

  • A beautiful woman has joined the heavenly realm. She left many with a love of life and many memories to share. My condolences to Jack , her lovely daughters and grandchildren.

  • Jack & Family , It has been 17 years since we were neighbors on Nuce Rd .You will be in our prayers Bess was a amazing woman she always watched out for me and was a great help when we moved in giving me ideas on various foods to try on the girls when they were small& she shared from your garden . Your kindness as neighbors was golden.
    Melvin & Andrea& Amy Gantz
    Naomi Rovnak

  • She taught me skills in seventh grade that I still use today. I cut their grass for a summer or two in Mount Vernon. I’m sorry to hear the sad news, they were always nice people who touched many lives.

  • Mr. Stauch, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your wife have been a real blessing to so much of our community.
    You yourself taught many of us how to play the tonette 🙂 in grade school at Amity

    Scott Brenneman MVHS class of 1978

  • Mr. Stauch – I don’t know if you will remember me but this is Sally Tanner. I had heard you moved to the Houston area; I live in the Dallas area and often thought if I knew where you were, I’d stop by and visit. (just MARCH right down there lifting my knees high!!)

    I babysat for your girls and your lovely wife and am so sorry to hear of her passing although you must find peace to know that anyone as gracious as Bess will now how everlasting life.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sincerely, Sally

  • What a wonderful woman, kind, gentle hearted, faithful. Knowing the Stauchs all my life at Faith Lutheran, she became a true friend. Heaven has an angel now.

  • Dear Mr. Stauch, Kathy, and Sally, I was so sad to hear of Mrs. Stauch’s passing. I have fond memories of you as a family. Mrs. Stauch was a great Home Ec teacher and so patient as was Mr Stauch with music students. My heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers ! Love, Valerie McManis



  • Jack, Kathy and Sally

    So sorry to learn of Bess’ death. I knew through h.s. reunions and phone calls with Jack that she had been suffering for a long time. May she now rest in peace.

    As mentioned in the obituary she taught in Amity, as well as Mt. Vernon. When teaching in Amity, she lived in the upstairs portion of my grandmother’s home. By freak happenstance, once, while visiting my grandma (circa 1950-51), there was a knock on the door, I opened it and was shocked to see my then assistant band director standing there, bow tie and all, as he picked up Bess for their first date!

    My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Jack & Bess in their home, and at their attendance of our class reunions in MTV. She was a wonderful lady. Jack, I always marveled at how you ended up marrying such a good looking woman. And then I did the same! Jack, I hope that you and I can continue to stay in contact by phone. Hard to believe that I, one of your first h.s. band students, will soon be 80 years old.

    Pleases accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

    Ned Kuivinen, MTVHS 1954

  • Deepest sympathy on the death of your wife. She was such a gracious person and the last time I saw her was to deliver a picture of you from our reunion in 2010. I was in the class of 1955 and remember when you came to our school. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I live in Leesburg, Florida now and attended my 60th reunion in Aug. 2015. You also had our daughters in band, Kelly and Kerry Hess.

  • My Sincerest condolences to the family. Bess was the definition of ” true Southern Class.” She will be missed as well as Jack still is in the community. Is was and is an honor to know them both and the girls. My humblest of warm thought to Jack and family.

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of Bess’s family. Jim & I met Bess & Jack when we joined Faith Lutheran Church in 1995, so we didn’t have the privilege of knowing them as long as many others. We consider them two of the dearest people we have ever known.