Elizabeth “Betty” Unckrich

June 27, 1917 ‒ November 04, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Elizabeth T. “Betty” Unckrich, 97 of Galion passed away Tuesday evening, November 4, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born June 27, 1917 in Lancaster and was the daughter of William J. Thompson and Florence (Eyman) Thompson Coppins. On October 16, 1939 she married Ferdinand W. “Ferd” Unckrich and he preceded her in death on January 25, 2001.

Betty was a 1935 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1939 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Home Economics. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Betty was a very active volunteer with the Galion Chapter of the American Red Cross, teaching swimming lessons and working the blood mobiles, member of the Galion Community Hospital Auxiliary for over 50 years, where she was chairman of the comfort cart and worked in the gift shop, member of the Galion Boosters Club helping her husband organize Galion’s Pickle Run Festivals, member of the Friends of the Galion Public Library, member of First Lutheran Church in Galion where she taught Sunday school to first, second and third graders and was superintendent of the primary level classes. Betty wrote three articles published in the National Lutheran Resource Magazine and organized daily Vacation Bible School. Betty served on the Board of Directors of the former American Steel Grave Vault Company in Galion, which she and her husband owned and operated for many years. She made and collected many teddy bears for enjoyment, some of which she donated to various organizations for fund raising events and also for the Galion Police Departments use in consoling children in need.

Betty is survived by her daughters Mary (Allen) Kingseed of Galion and Betsy (Roger) Beaudet of Galion; grandchildren, Lisa (Brad) Reed, Brent (Stacie) Kingseed, Mark (Diane) Kingseed, Ann (Mark) Miller and Jenny (Rich) Elsasser; great-grandchildren, Natalie and Joshua Reed, Madison and Matthew Kingseed, Samantha and Peyton Miller, Zackary and Evan Kingseed and Trey, Andrew and Jace Elsasser.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a son Captain William F. Unckrich.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 pm Friday, November 7, 2014 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church 127 South Columbus St. Galion with Rev. Matt Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Captain William F. Unckrich Educational Fund, First Lutheran Church and the Crawford County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Betty Unckrich, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Dear Betsy & Roger and Mary & Al and families,

    Your mother and grandmother was such a blessing to all of us. Always smiling and making us giggle! I will miss her very much, but know she is now reunited with loved ones gone before her. I will think of her often with the fondest of memories. I know she was so proud of you all and loved you very much. She had a blessed, remarkable life. Always so loving and giving. I was blessed to call her my friend.

    My thoughts and prayers continue for you all.

    Love, Julie

  • Betsy, Roger and family,
    We were sorry to hear of your loss. Our most sincere condolences to you and your family. With deepest sympathy.

    Debbie and Rich Renock

  • Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother.
    How fortunate you were to have her happy and healthy for so long.

  • Dear Family, What a wonderful woman your Mother was. Loved talking to her at Church or at the house when she would call and have me pick up her items for our CCSG garage sale every year.She had a long wondeful life in Christ now she can be with her loved ones in Heaven.Praying for all of you.

  • It is with a heavy heart that I write this note. Our family has felt and will continue to feel enormous pride knowing that both of our sons, Alex and Jack Nicholls, were recipients of the Unckrich Scholarship at Galion High School. I was told that Mrs. Unckrich took pride in personally choosing the lucky individual that would receive the scholarship in honor of her son, Capt. William F. Unckrich. She was such a strong woman. She and your dad cared so much about our community. What a wonderful legacy they have left behind. Please accept our sincere sympathy during this time.
    Melinda, Mike, Alex and Jack Nicholls

  • Betty was such a wonderful lady that I became to know while at First Lutheran church. She always had a smile on her face and a warm greeting for those around her. I fondly remember going to her house after we would Christmas Carol each year. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.
    Kisti Ujvari & Family

  • To all of the families of Betty,
    Just saw the obituary on line..
    Sorry to all of you. A beautiful lady and I will never forget all of the Good Times that we had in the past during Pickle Run, Galion Booster Club, and all of the love and caring your entire family expressed in our younger days as we raised our children in Galion.
    May God watch over and keep you in his loving care.
    Love, Ruby and Max