Crystal A. Kohler

February 08, 1935 ‒ September 18, 2016

Ashley, Ohio


Crystal A. Kohler, age 81 of Ashley passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Riverside Hospital on what would have been her 63rd wedding anniversary.

She was born on February 8, 1935 in Ashley to the late Albert and E. Adelaide (Swartz) Goodman.  The 1953 graduate of Elm Valley High School was a lifelong resident of Ashley. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles “Fred” Kohler on September 18, 1953 and together they shared 59 wonderful years until his passing in 2012.

In addition to raising her family Crystal worked at the Hultz’s Drug Store and the Ashley Ribbon Factory before retiring.  She was a lifetime member of the Progressive Mother’s Club of Ashley, Delaware County Genealogy Society, Delaware Pioneer’s Club, and the Newark Vibrators Antique Car Club. She also volunteered with the Delaware County Historical Society.

To say she was passionate about genealogy would be an understatement.  Crystal possessed a vast knowledge of community history. She often volunteered at the Delaware Library assisting families in their search of genealogy.  In fact she was the go to person for such knowledge.

In addition to collecting figurines and angels, she was also an avid QVC shopper. Strong willed and determined she will be remembered for her wonderful memory and love of family.

She is survived by her children: Shirley Noble, Dale Kohler (Pat Downing) and Warren (LeeAnn) Kohler, grandchildren: Shane (Beth), Donnie, Tod (Kasey), Ashley (Billie Mayes), and Michael, great-grandchild Zennon, Lily, and Lilah, step-great- grandchildren, Brittany, Alex, Emily, Ema, step-great-great-grandchild Nala, brother Donald (Linda) Goodman, sisters Nancy (Bob) Young, Carol (Kenny) Drake, and brother in law Sam Watts.

In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by brother James Lee Goodman and sister Donna Watts.

Private services will be held at a later date in Ashley Union Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

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  • To Freddie & Crystal’s family we are so sorry for your loss. A very special couple. They were so full of life, fun, and friendship. They will be greatly missed by all who knew them. May your many warm memories comfort you in this difficult time. Jim & Annamae Lockhart

  • So sorry for your loss.
    Aunt Crystal give a hug to Uncle Fred as reunited. I always loved visiting and seeing the cars with Mom (Carolyn). Rest in Heaven. Glenn Eric (Yogi) and Debra Davis

  • So sorry for your loss. I also enjoyed visiting my Uncle Fred and Aunt Crystal every summer growing up, when Mom (Carolyn), would take us on a road trip to Ashley. So Mom and Fred will be there waiting for Crystal, no pain or sorrow in heaven, only happiness. Love Brenda Davis and family

  • Another great elder gone. I always enjoyed listening to her pass on our family history to us younger one. So much I didn’t get hear yet. Our family wont be the same with out her. Such an amazing woman with a wealth of information. I am sorry for your loss, I am going to miss talking to her whether in passing it at the family reunion. Let us know if we can do anything for you.

  • Warren I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mother .My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We were so sorry to read of Crystal’s passing. We send our thoughts and prayers to all of the family. I have know Crystal forever, and recently had worked on the Alumni Committee with her. She was a special lady. Dan Masters