Eileen L. Hart

November 11, 1919 ‒ December 21, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Eileen L. Hart, age 97, a lifelong resident of Mount Gilead, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Woodside Village Care Center.

On November 11, 1919, Eileen was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, one of two children of the late Ward and Grace (Gompf) Blayney.  She graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1937, and attended office training school in Columbus.

A very proper and professional secretary, Eileen worked at the Hydraulic Press Manufacturing Company (HPM), where she spent time in New York handling their important correspondence.  Next, during World War II, she did her part to serve her country by working at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, transcribing vital war documents.

Shortly following the war, Eileen was set up on a blind date by mutual friends with James Hart, whom she married soon thereafter on July 6, 1947, at the First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead.  They shared over fifty two years of marriage and lovingly raised three children: Steve, Jerry and Rita.  Jim preceded her in death on March 14, 2000.

Continuing as a secretary, Eileen was the personal assistant to the principal at the Mount Gilead High School for twenty two years.  Lastly, she worked part time with Gladden Insurance for seven years.

Of the utmost significance to Eileen was her church and faith.  She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary and treasurer, taught Sunday School classes, sang in the choir, and was a part of the Woman’s Group ABW Ministries.

Snowbirds, Eileen and Jim enjoyed wintering in Frostproof, Florida, for well over fifteen years.  They were involved with the Pearl Harbor Reunion Group for Central Ohio together, as he was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

An avid reader, Eileen read countless books in her lifetime.  She also enjoyed needlepoint and knitting, especially knitting caps for infants, and bird watching.

Having a heart of gold, Eileen had a wonderfully positive outlook on life, always seeing the best in everyone and everything.  She was a loving woman whose door was always open.  She especially cherished her family, and loved time spent with them.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children: Steven (Kathy) Hart and Rita (Brad) Wood, both of Mount Gilead; a daughter-in-law, Vonnetta Hart of Fredericktown; six grandchildren: Trisha Hart, Stefanie (Andrew) Cluck, Jennifer (Zach) McGuire, Chris (Alesha) Wood, Philip (Kylie) Wood, and Kelli (Rob) Harman; ten great-grandchildren: Natalie McGuire, Asha, Eli, Aubrey, Adelyn, and Alaina Wood, Brett, Bailey, Brayden and Bradley Harman; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Eileen was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Hart; and brother, Richard Blayney.

Services honoring Eileen’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the First Baptist Church (address below), with Pastor Steve Cummins officiating.  Her family will greet friends for an hour prior to her services at the church.  Interment will take place at a later date in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 51 W. High St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Eileen’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • So sorry for your loss I always enjoyed talking to Eileen she was so proud of her family
    Prayers for the family
    Barbara and Rick Moore

  • To STEVE and RITA so sorry for the loss of your mother I always looked forward to seeing them on the holidays. YOUR mother was a very smart and up standing person RIP UNCLE JIM AND AUNT EILEEN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU MARK ALLEN BLAYNEY.

  • Eileen was efficiency personified! My husband and I enjoyed Eileen and Jim’s company on severer of our trips to Quebec. She was a special lady.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss of your Mother. She sure did live a full life and everyone could see how she loved her family. Rest in peace Eileen .

  • What a beautiful lady…one I will always remember with love! Sympathy to the Hart family.
    Connie Klahn

  • Sorry to hear this. I remember her fondly as Principal Jerry Tschudi’s secretary when I was guidance counselor at MGHS.Wonderful woman who lived a great life so many people are thankful for.

    • You said it Mr. Schmitt, dad always spoke highly of Mrs. Hart. The Tschudi family extends our condolences.

      • She taught me how to handle Mr. Tschudi and Mr. Schmitt when I worked as an office assistant! Always a class act.

  • I work at Woodside Village in Mount Gilead I had the pleasure of serving her dinner she would always talk to me and tell me stories from her war days . I will miss her

  • Fond memories of “Mrs. Hart” working in the office while I was in high school.
    Thinking of the extended Hart family with caring thoughts and deepest condolences.

  • Rita,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lori Davis McGee

  • Thinking of your families, and remembering how special your mother was to everyone. She was a special, caring lady and even just a month ago when we played “bingo” she was helping her friends. She shared her strength with so many and always looked forward to her outings and being with family. You were blessed to have had her as a mother. May the memories give you strength in the days to come.
    The Radel’s (especially Howard and Marilyn)

  • TO STEVE AND RITA SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS UNCLE JIM AND Aunt EILEEN will always HAVE a warm place in my heart my thoughts and prayers go out to both of you Mark A BLAYNEY

  • Dear Steve,
    Your family was always special to me . You have my deepest sympathy . Your Mom like my Mom has enjoyed and a long and meaningful life. She will be surely missed by many . I have thought of her often. Your friend and classmate, Cindy

  • I had the privilege to serve under the guidance of Mrs. Hart both as a student and as a co-worker. She demonstrated professionalism and class every day she worked as an administrative assistant. It has been said, and I concur, that she was a member of the greatest generation due to their grit and determination. She was a testament to the unheralded role that women played during this era. She asked what she could do for her country before the famous words of JFK. We are forever thankful for her selfless contributions.

    Melissa and I regretfully send our condolences to the family.

  • To all the Hart family…just read this And so sorry. Love and prayers for your loss She was s SPECIAL lady and will be missed by all. May God grant you peace, comfort & refuge. Don & Carolyn Staiger

  • My condolences to the family. Eileen was a favorite cousin to my mother, Ivah Mae (Gompf) McClenathan. I can remember family reunions at Grace Blayney’s house in Mt. Gilead when I was a child. I remember that in later years, Mom asked Eileen, her good friend, to help her by typing up the history she had researched of some old one-room schools in the community. Mom also passed away at Woodside at the age of 90 years.