Dorothy June Rannebarger

August 31, 1924 ‒ March 19, 2020

Marysville, Ohio
Formerly of Sunbury, Ohio

Dorothy June (Daughters) Rannebarger age 95, of Sunbury, passed away Thursday evening, March 19, 2020 at Bluebird Retirement Community of Marysville, Ohio. She was born August 31, 1924 in Van Wert, Ohio, daughter to the late Charles G. & Dorothy M. Daughters.

Dorothy attended North High School and graduated in 1943. She attended The Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics, minoring in French and Spanish. Dorothy went on to earn master’s degrees in French and Spanish. She became a French Teaching Assistant for The Ohio State University, and later taught French, Spanish, German, Latin, and History for Bishop Hartley, and St. Francis DeSales High Schools. She also taught French as a volunteer at Harlem Township, and St. Paul Catholic Elementary Schools.

Left to cherish Dorothy’s memory are her sons: Tim Rannebarger, and Steve (Debbie) Rannebarger; daughters: Catherine (John) Hufnagle, Theresa Nakama, and Peggy (Andy) Wallace; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Dorothy married Harold L. Rannebarger June 16, 1943, at Chanute Field, Illinois. They were a war couple, and remained together for nearly seventy years. The Rannebargers lived most of their married life together in Sunbury, Ohio. Dorothy was an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio, where she sang in the choir. She was also involved in the Cub Scouts Pack 347, the St. Paul PTA, The Columbus Symphony Choir, and was a 4-H advisor who taught sewing, and gardening.

Dorothy had a lifelong love of learning, everything from languages to history, reading, sewing, gardening, knitting, teaching, traveling, drawing and painting.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Harold; sons: Charles Robert, and Thomas Aquinas; and brother, Charles Daughters.

A visitation for family will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. SR 61, Sunbury, OH, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. For your health and safety, and that of the Rannebarger family social distancing will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Heartland Hospice of Marysville, Ohio.

  • It is with great sadness that my mother passed away this week. I know my dad was standing at the gates for my mom with his arms open wide saying “I never thought you would get here. I have been waiting forever for you my love “. My dad could never stand to be away from her. Every time I took her somewhere he would say this when I got her back home. My mom said once she looked into those blue eyes of his and she never looked at another man. They wrote many a love letter to each other while he served in WWII. My mom earned her degree at OSU in 3 years while my dad served in the war. Her grandfather gave her $500 for the entire tuition at OSU. I am sure that’s a shocker for kids these days. They had 6 children and another child Pedro whom was a son and sibling to us all. My parents had 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. In their younger days loved to watch all the grandchildren at their activities. Pedro came to live with our family in 1962 from Cuba under operation Pedro Pan at 16 with 14,000 other children to the United States. He along with us learned much from our Mother who helped with the Boy Scouts, 4-H leader in which she taught us sewing and cooking, PTA president at St Paul’s, teacher at St Paul’s, Bishop Harley, and DeSales. Mom taught French, Spanish, Latin, German, and more….Mom also was in the Columbus Symphony and Choir in which she sang. Our mom loved the arts, and took us all to the opera, musicals, concerts and ballet! Our mom loved to garden and canned over 1000 jars of Vegs, fruit, and applesauce. Pedro remembers when he stayed with us being hungry at bedtime as I am not sure how my dad fed 9 people on one roasted chicken. Every night after everyone was in bed mom gave Pedro a jar of applesauce to eat and talked English to Pedro. Our mom taught us all so much and will be so missed! But we carry with us the things she taught us. RIP Mom you were a wonderful mom! Every time I garden and look at my flowers growing I thank you and smile at the enjoyment it gives me as it did you! RIP with love your daughter Treasure Annie as you called me❤️❤️🙏

  • Dear Mom, Thank you for all of the memories I have of you. All of the baseball games and trips to the swimming pool. The wonderful weekends at Buckeye Lake. The memories of St Mary’s of the Springs with Sister Florita. A wonderful and great mom. God has seen your life and your journey. The walk past the pearly gates and in your husband’s arms I’m sure put an extremely happy smile on your face. Say hello to Dad and Tom. It’s all in God’s hands now. Rest In Peace Mom your loving son Tim..

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I remember going to her house for 4H meetings. She was such a sweet lady. Cherish your memories.

    • Thank you Tena I remember going to your home too. She lived a good long life and I will never forget her.

  • I’ll forever love and cherish my memories of Dorothy❤️ Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your momma’s life and entrusting her into my care. I’ll never forget her💖💖💖 love Sandy- Heartland Hospice❤️

    • Thank you Sandy for all you did for Mom over the past two years. Mom loved you. I appreciated how beautiful you dressed her and did her hair. Mom was scared so well by you and Heartland Hospice.

  • To all family members,

    I will ever be indebted to Dorothy for allowing you to be part of my life. She did an incredible job of raising you and opening her home up to your friends. The Rannebarger family has made a big positive footprint on the Big Walnut community. I am sorry I didn’t get to the funeral home, but my thoughts are with you all. God bless you all.

  • Mr Roberts thank you Peggy and I are grateful for all you did as our teacher at Big Walnut. Fond memories of you too.

  • My condolences to the family. I was a student of your mother; she taught me Latin 3 and 4 at St. Francis DeSales High School. I fondly remember her as she chaperoned 12 other students and me to Greece and Italy for 12 days. What a trip, what a joy to have shared that experience with Dorothy! Peace and Prayers yo you all!

    • Janine I believe the trip to Greece and Italy was my Moms favorite trips. She took around 30 trips with students over the years. I have her picture albums. She made very details albums for each trip. Thank you for your kind words.