Elfa L. Hack Callahan

September 22, 1941 ‒ April 18, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio
Formerly of Cardington, Ohio

Elfa L.(Hack) Callahan, age 74, of Mount Vernon passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 at Country Court Nursing Home surrounded by her family after a twelve year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Elfa was born September 22, 1941 in Cardington, OH to the late Martin and Thelma (Barthlomew) Hack. Elfa graduated from Cardington High School in 1959 and about a year later married Richard A. Callahan on August 28, 1960. Together they shared 46 years of marriage, raising two children, loving seven grandchildren, and working together at U-Haul, in Toledo, Ohio, where Elfa was the office manager.  Richard preceded Elfa in death on April 20, 2007.

In addition to working at U-Haul, Elfa worked for ARMCO Steel and The Middletown City Schools as the Payroll Supervisor.  Elfa was a quiet and reserved woman who took great pride in taking care of her family.  She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and always looked forward to their visits.   A woman of faith, Elfa was a previous member of Jacksonburg UMC in Middletown, and later attended Green Valley UMC in Mount Vernon, Ohio.   She was a member of the Emmaus group where she volunteered with the Kairos prison ministries.

Elfa is survived by children, Martin (Lisa) Callahan of Lewis Center and Lynn (Bob) Burns of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Katie, David, Molly, Mitchell, Nolan, Audrey and Clara; brothers, Niles and Nelson Hack; sister, Mary Holtrey; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one brother, Noel Hack.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 22, 2016 from 11 until 1 pm at Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion with a 1 pm funeral service.  Burial will follow at The Historic Marion Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made in Elfa’s honor to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon or to the Lil Mac Kids Autism Foundation, 6236 Westwick Place, Lewis Center, Ohio. Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to serve the Callahan Family and online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


  • I am so sorry that little Elfa has left us- she was the sweetest girl
    I know she is in a better place- happy and content – but she will be
    missed by all . My most loving condolences to her family

    • Thank you, Evelyn! I know she loved getting cards over the past years, and I appreciate the memories you can share.

  • My heart goes out to your family. I am so sorry for your loss. What pain hurts worse than the pain of losing someone that you love? Alfa was loved and she will be dearly missed. Again, I am so sorry. Though the pain you’re feeling must seem unbearable, please remember that you are not alone. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” Pray to Him for strength. Weep to Him when there are no words. One of the poets of the Bible said at Psalms 56:8, “You keep track of my wandering. Do collect my tears in your skin bottle.” You see, God understands your pain and He cares for you very much (1 Peter 5:7). And He will really help you get through this difficult time (Isaiah 41:10).

  • Sending prayers & love to you & your family. The video of your mother was just lovely & showed such a warm, loving woman. May those beautiful memories comfort you & give you peace.

  • We met Elfa when we went to visit our sister at Emeritas . We would always speak to her and give her a hug. She would always smile and wave to us. So sad at her passing. Even though we never met her before she went to the nursing home, her smile and kindness still showed in her gentle spirit. Sending our prayers and sympathy for you and all her family. Steve and Linda Pruett

  • Dear Ones, We give our condolences in Elfa’s death. She was such a wonderful and good person.
    I will share one of the times I remember with your Mom. Nancy and I were at Ohio State and your Mom and Dad were going up to visit My Mom and Dad( Aunt Rachel and Uncle Al) for the weekend. So they offered to come get us and take us home for the weekend. We lived in Sandusky, Ohio then so it was about a 2 1/2 hour drive. I fell asleep in the back seat and woke up to sirens and flashing lights. A policeman had pulled your Dad over for speeding( your Dad was known to be a little heavy footed on the pedal at that time. So when we got back on the rode again, your Mom grand lady that she was, didn’t yell or holler or chastize your Dad. She looked at him and very quietly said, “There go the bunk beds”. As others had said, She was a very quiet and gentle person person, but she was very strong too!!
    Love you all .

    • Lol! I love that Linda! She also had a good sense of humor, although, I’m sure that this was not humorous to her at the time. I’m sorry you could not be with us at the service but I know you were with us in spirit and in prayer. Thank you so much for sharing that. I wish I’d had a book for people to write their memories down for us. Love you,