Ilena Mae (Gregory) Squires Sturgeon

October 17, 1921 ‒ February 02, 2018

Chesterville, Ohio

Ilena Mae (Gregory) Squires Sturgeon, age 96, of Chesterville, passed away Friday evening, February 2, 2018, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center in Chesterville.

On October 17, 1921, Ilena was born in Harmony Township, Morrow County, OH, one of eight children of the late Albert James and Leah May (Smith) Gregory.  She graduated from Mount Gilead high school in the class of 1940.

Ilena married Donald Van Squires on March 17, 1942 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead.  They shared 35 years together as husband and wife before he preceded her in death on June 3, 1977.  Finding a second chance at love, she married Paul Leroy Sturgeon on October 14, 1984 at the Chesterville United Methodist Church.  They shared 13 years together before he preceded her in death on January 2, 1998.

For many years, she worked as a nurse aide at Morrow Manor in Chesterville, from where she retired.

A woman of faith, Ilena was a long time member of the Chesterville United Methodist Church.  She belonged to the United Methodist Women and always helped with the funeral meals the church provided.  She had also served as a Chester Township Trustee and volunteered as a TWIG at the Morrow County Hospital.

Being with family meant the world to Ilena.  She loved cooking, baking pies, crocheting and quilting.  She also enjoyed fishing and at one time helped her husband Donald run Squires Lakes, paid fishing lakes in Chesterville.  She traveled to many places with both of her husbands and would do anything she could to help others.

Ilena will be dearly missed by her son, Harry Van Squires of Chesterville; two step-sons: Charles (Bonnie) Sturgeon of Marengo, Vaughn (Linda) Squires of Grove City, PA; two grandchildren: Crystal Steve) Beard, Scott (Jana) Squires; four step-grandchildren: Michele Mandich, Michael Sturgeon, Jeff Squires, Eric Squires; a brother, Max Gregory of California; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren; step great and great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to both of her husbands and her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons: Edward (Beverly) Squires and an infant son; five brothers and one sister; sister-in-law, Geraldine Gregory; step-son, Jim (Ellie) Sturgeon; and great-great grandson, Daniel Napier; and many other extended family members.

Ilena’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held there on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ryan Skelton officiating.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

Memorial contributions in Ilene’s name may be made to Morrow Manor, Kindred Hospice, or the Chesterville United Methodist Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ilena’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • I am so sorry Harry. You mom was the nicest person I knew at church. She even brought my daughter a stuff bear. Wish you well.

  • Harry, I’m so sorry I won’t be able to attend calling hours or the funeral as we are in Florida. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My deepest sympathy to Ilena’s family. My mother, Rosezella Powell Anderson, was Ilena’s first cousin. My mother spoke often of Ilena and the fun visits they had together and with their cousin Almeda May Daugherty Crouch. She loved all the Gregory cousins and told many stories about their childhood memories. Albert was my grandmother, Mary Frances Gano Powell Osborn’s 1/2 brother. Mom had hoped to see your mother early last spring but she passed on March 20th of kidney failure. How ironic that they passed less than a year apart. I am truly sorry that I can’t make it to the calling hours or funeral due to work, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I just saw a bleep in the Marion Star and it was to late to come. I was always grateful that your mother sent my mother letters to the very end as they brightened her day. I can’t help but feel sad that an era in our families has come to an end but I know they are together again!