Fern Pauline Botdorf

January 24, 1919 ‒ September 29, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Fern Pauline Botdorf, 96 years old, ended her journey on this earth on September 29, 2015 at Brookdale Senior Living (formerly Sterling House) in Mansfield. She will be eternally with her loving husband of 48 years, Robert Samuel Botdorf, who preceded her in death 30 years ago.

She was born January 24, 1919 in Sullivan, the youngest daughter of Emma and Alfred Crile.  Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, five sisters and two great grandchildren.  She attended school in Sullivan, Ohio and lived most of her life in Homerville prior to moving to Mansfield 30 years ago.

In her earlier years, she was an avid gardener and she enjoyed traveling, having seen most of the United States.  She maintained a winter home in Florida.  Around Mansfield she was known as “The Clown Lady” as she made hanging clowns and sold them at many craft shows.

Fern was a member of the Homerville Grace Brethren Church in Homerville, Ohio for 74 years.

Fern is survived by two sons, Jim (Janet) Botdorf of Mansfield and Dallen (Cathy) Botdorf of Desert Hot Springs, CA; two daughters, Jane Coffman of Bellville and Sherry (Jim) Caris of Mercedes, TX; ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Fern’s family would like to thank the folks at Brookdale Senior Living and Ohio Health Hospice for their kindness to Mom while she was under their care.

A graveside service for Fern will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015 in Southview Cemetery, Sullivan Township (located on Ohio 58 just south of the U.S. 224 intersection) and Pastor Reid Firestone will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Homerville Grace Brethren Church or Ohio Health Hospice and sent in care of the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904).

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

  • Jim, Janet and family May your cherished memories of your mother ,grandmother and great grandmother help ease the sorrow
    in you heart. May our thought bring you comfort today and courage
    for tomorrow. RICH, ROSA & family

  • We offer our sincere condolences to Fern’s family and friends.
    I got to know Fern, as she had traveled a bit with our Ashland Senior Citizens Group and was always so pleasant and such a joy to have along. She joined us on one of our trips to the Wagon Trails Safari Adventure, where they took us around the farm in a wagon. We also got buckets of grain to feed the animals and I will never forget this particular camel trying unsuccessfully to steal Fern’s bucket of feed, even going to the extent of reaching under the seat of the wagon and grabbing her pant leg and slowly trying to pull her off the seat, trying to distract her and still trying unsuccessfully to steal her bucket of feed. She had a blast and I am sure made many new friends.
    What a lovely woman. It was no secret that she enjoyed traveling! God bless all of you as she goes to join her husband. Becky Echleberger