Evadine Smeltzer

April 10, 1921 ‒ May 16, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

With the death of Evadine (Selby) Smeltzer, the last of her generation of Selbys has passed on.  The daughter of Paul George Selby and Anita M. Mowry Selby, Evadine’s only sibling, Robert Selby died in an airplane crash during WWII.  Major Selby was a test pilot for the US Army Air Corps.  Evadine’s husband, Vernon Sterling Smeltzer, whom she missed every day, died in 1985.  She will now join them in Mansfield Cemetery in the family plot.

Evadine was the last of her first cousins all descended from her grandfather, Civil War veteran William McCune Selby.  Those Selby cousins were Clarence and Howard Selby (sons of Thomas Leonard Selby), Pauline Schwengel Kazal and Olga Schwengel Howe (daughters of Mary Alice Selby Schwengel McClane), Eleanor Selby Lentz (daughter of William Roy Selby), Helen Ryder (daughter of Bessie Selby Ryder), and Frances Koogle Eller (daughter of Florence Selby Koogle).

A devoted wife, mother and daughter, Evadine married Vernon Smeltzer on December 15, 1942 just prior to Vernon shipping out to the African and European battlefields during WWII.  While awaiting her husband’s return, Evadine, like many women at the time worked in Mansfield to support the war effort.

While raising her children, Evadine worked at the Mansfield Public Library.  After Vernon’s death she worked for Golden Buckeye as a liaison aid and later volunteered as a Grey Lady at Mansfield General Hospital.  She was a life-long member of First English Lutheran Church of Mansfield and like many Selbys before her and since attended Wittenberg University.

Evadine and Vernon lived in Mansfield, raising their two children until 1964 when job opportunities moved them to Cleveland.  They lived several years in the Cleveland and northeastern Ohio area before retirement returned them to Mansfield.  Following the deaths of husband Vernon and mother Anita, Evadine moved in with her father and cared for him until his death at 96 in 1987.

Surviving Evadine are two children, Carolyn Smeltzer Vasko of Mansfield and Stephen Smeltzer (Karen) of Cincinnati; two grandchildren, Hall Selby Smeltzer of Dayton and Brian Vasko (Micah) of Mansfield; and one great grandchild, Elisha Vasko.

A memorial service will be held at Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave. Mansfield on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12 p.m. with an hour of calling prior to the service.  Interment will follow immediately at Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Evadine’s memory to the Hospice of North Central Ohio.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Evadine’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Our deepest sympathy to the family in the death of this remarkable lady. Steve, we are grateful that you have been the “connector” in reuniting our family and have faithfully supported important family events. God bless you and grant you His peace and comfort. “For I am persuaded that nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

  • May 20, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family in the death of this remarkable lady. Steve, we are grateful that you have been the “connector” in reuniting our family and have faithfully supported important family events. God bless you and grant you His peace and comfort. “For I am persuaded that nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

  • Steve, your cousins here in North Carolina are thinking of you as you have said the final goodbye to your dear Mother. She was so proud of you and your family! May you find peace in the love that still surrounds you. Your cousin, Julie