Janet Louise Marshall

February 16, 1947 ‒ December 05, 2020

Bellville, Ohio

Born February 16, 1947 in Seymour, Indiana a small, quiet, rural community of farmers, neighbors and Christians it is no surprise Jan Marshall would call the Clear Fork Valley home for her entire adult life.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years Jerry, sister, Ledell Zellers (Simon), son, Lt. Col Steven Marshall (Kathleen), Brother-In- Law Harold (Sharon) and five grandchildren: Jackson Marshall, Gavin Marshall, Ryan Marshall, Dylan Marshall and Evelyn Marshall.  Jan also leaves behind two Nephews: Eric Marshall (Mansfield), Ben Zellers (Madison, Wisc.)  She was preceded in death by her Mother, Louise Lodwick and her Father, Edward Lodwick.

In addition to family, who will miss Jan with all their hearts, the Lord knew Jan needed a special person to assist with the care of Jan’s physical and cognitive concerns, so he sent Essy Silva.  She was a 12-hour/day, seven days a week “adopted family member” for over 2 years living every facet of Jan’s life right alongside. She too, has lost a large part of her life, and is a wonderful representative of all healthcare workers who dedicate so much of their lives in service every day.  If Jan were around now she would want everyone to know how much she appreciates Essy and all of those who work on the front lines of any profession that dedicates their lives to helping others.

Jan was born into one of those professions as a teacher, and for 36 years enthusiastically gave the children in her elementary classes direction, instruction, confidence, love and a smile that was uniquely hers.  Following graduation from Bay Village High School (Ohio) she attended from Muskingum College and just as in high school and graduate school (OSU) she graduated at the top of her class.

Putting that wonderful education to use, Jan began her teaching career back in Bay Village for a term awaiting Jerry’s graduation from Muskingum.  Jan also served a short term as a Kindergarten teacher and tutor for the Mansfield City Schools.  With the exception of those two brief diversions, she taught in the Clear Fork Valley Local Schools in both Bellville and Butler elementary schools for her entire career – over 30 years.  In the final years of her teaching she served as a Title 1 reading teacher in Bellville and Butler elementary schools. To Jan Marshall, the word teacher is not a NOUN, but a VERB. It is an understatement to say she has touched hundreds of lives forever.

Since reading was her passion she not only enjoyed reading to all of her classes each year, but got a special feeling when reading to her grandchildren.  She loved her teaching very much and the students loved having her as their teacher.  She was frequently greeted by former students who would tell her how much they loved having her as a teacher. They would recall for her the name of books that Jan had read to them decades prior.  A favorite always seemed to be A Wrinkle in Time or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, two books that alluded to the faith Jan held so dear.

Being raised in a devout Christian family provided her with many role models. She reflected that upbringing and the love of Jesus in every phase of her life.  Her joys and concerns throughout life always centered on others – never on herself.  She was a lifelong Presbyterian and a very active member of the Bellville Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, serving many of those years as a Deacon.

That life of service translated to her family as well. She loved helping her husband in many special school projects and events. Those included chaperoning school field trips in and out of Ohio, school dances, contests and many athletic events. After her retirement she joined Jerry’s team and crisscrossed Ohio conducting educational workshops.

When both Jan and Jerry finally retired they wanted to spend more time with their 5 grandchildren and with the ability to make that happen, chose to move closer to them in Colorado Springs.  While the move away from their home of 50 years may have seemed drastic, it provided an opportunity over the past two years for her to see Steve, Kathleen and the grandkids on a regular basis. It was those visits she enjoyed the most and they always seemed to bring out that familiar smile.  It is that smile and Jan’s love for others we will always remember, and we will always miss…until we see her again.

If you are inclined to make a contribution in remembrance of Jan, you may consider the Bellville Presbyterian Church, the Clear Fork Valley Foundation, Ohio Health Hospice, Solaris Hospice (Co. Springs) or Med Central’s Delay the Disease. You may also just want to contribute a grade-level reading book to the CFVLS Title 1 Reading Program.

A Celebration of Jan’s Journey of Love and Kindness will be held Saturday morning, May 15, 2021 in the Clear Fork High School, 987 State Route 97, Bellville, Ohio 44813. A reception serving refreshments and fresh fruit will begin at 10 a.m. Jan’s Celebration of Life will start at 10:30 a.m. Jan’s service will be Live-Streamed via the Bellville Snyder Funeral Homes Facebook Page, beginning at 10:30 am.

The Marshalls are grateful to the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home and the entire community of Bellville for guidance, support and their compassion.

Friends and family may leave a message of condolence by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Jerry and family, so sorry for your loss. We know Jan is in a good place and will live on in your hearts.

  • Such a beautiful woman, inside and out, who lived in Christ with an abundant of grace. Mich love to the family.
    The Simlers

  • We do not grieve without first loving. We do not love without gaining more than we could ever lose.

    My heart to Jerry and family. Jan was an amazing lady.

  • Jerry, Steve and family. You have my deepest sympathy. Jan was a beautiful women inside and out. Jerry you were so good Jan. What a true testimony of love. Essy was so wonderful to care for Jan. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are loved so much by so many.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. She was one of my favorite teachers. What a beautiful lady!

  • Jerry this is so hard. She was so special and God will use her to help with others in heaven. Please know our prayers are with you. We will never forget what a wonderful and gracious person Jan was. Love to all of you.

  • Jerry and family, you have my deepest sympathies. Jan was one of the kindest people I’ve known. My prayers for you all!🙏🙏

  • Dear Jerry, Steve and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing! She was so kind and thoughtful, a wonderful person. In all of her years teaching and beyond she touched and made a difference in so many lives. May she rest in peace! Sincerely, Becky Marth and family

  • So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I will always remember her smile as she walked around the track at the fitness center in Mansfield. Glad she was able to spend time making memories for her grandchildren. She will be missed.

  • To Jerry, Steve and family so sorry for your loss.
    What a blessing Jan was to the Clear Fork community. Her good works will be multiplied many fold by the students she impacted. Her legacy will last many lifetimes. My prayers to you all.
    Dennis Snyder

  • Coach and Steve and I family, I’m so sorry to hear of Jan leaving this world and receiving her wings. I can remember when you guys lived at the trailer court and we’d come out to see you two. She was such a beautiful lady and was great with the kids in the valley. RIP Jan and fly high watching over your loved ones.

  • Deepest condolences to the Marshall family. Thank you for sharing your lives with us all as you have touched many memories in a positive way. Mrs. Marshall will always be one of the first teachers I remember when I think of my Bellville elementary years in that iconic brick building forever etched in our minds. She seemed to have eyes in the back of her head during class. I never launched a spitball without her catching me just before takeoff. That woman always caught me red handed! I deserved everything she gave me and I respect and love her for it too. It feels like a little piece of our heart passes along with every memorable person we lose in the Valley.

  • Jerry, am very sorry to hear of your loss. Jan definitely fought the good fight and can now rest in piece. Prayers for your family.

  • Jerry and family,
    I’m so very sorry to read this. Unbelievable. She is in God’s hands now watching over you. May you find peace and comfort in your faith.
    Lynn Ousley

  • Many will remember Jan & that smile
    Rest in power beautiful soul & peace to her family.
    The Sheriffs

  • Jerry and family,
    So sorry for your loss. What a legacy Jan left behind. You are in my thoughts and prayers. The CF Valley is a better place because of Jan and Jerry Marshall.

    Jay Guth

  • Jan was my college roommate at Muskingum & we were in each other’s weddings 50 years ago. I’ll miss her greatly! Even in college Jan read her Bible every night before she went to sleep. She never preached to me but her kind personality & loving actions spoke louder than words. Through faith in Christ I know we’ll see each other again in Heaven. She is there now rejoicing in glory. Jerry, you took excellent care of your bride! Jim & I send love & prayers to you, Steve, & your family. Love, Rika Hess Wadsworth

  • To Jerry and family. So sorry to hear this news. Her kindness and legacy will live on in the hearts that were touched by her. We were so blessed to have you and her in the Valley. Colts forever!

  • Mr.Marshall and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. She was such an amazing lady and teacher. I know how dear she was to all of those around her. She reminded me a lot of my mom….always so kind to others. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. She will be deeply missed in The Valley.

  • Mr. Marshall & Family,

    We are so sorry for your great loss.

    May our God surround you with His love and peace during this difficult time.

    Steve & Jill Schlosser

  • She was a wonderful lady,and a great teacher. Thoughts and Prayers going out to the family and friends. So Sorry for your loss.

    From Tammy (Spellman)
    Hildebrand & Family

  • So sorry to hear of Jan”s passing, Even though you have not lived here the past couple of years your family has left an everlasting impact on our community both as educators and community service. You were a great principal and leader and I will never forget all the good times.

  • Jerry and Family, While the Valley has lost one very special lady, Heaven has welcomed a beautiful Angel. Her journey here on Earth was a blessing to so many. She always exuded such love, kindness and friendship. Jan was such a joy to be around and I will fondly remember how her face lit up when talking about those darling grandchildren! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. You are loved.

  • Jerry and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Jan. I will never forget her. She was my fifth grade teacher and what a wonderful champion of education she was. She always knew how to make me feel important and heard. Sitting with her last December was such a privilege and honor. Jerry, you loved her well, and that was so visible in your kindness and care for her. Please know that you and your family will be prayed for.

  • To Jerry, Stephen and the extended family. This wonderful picture of Jan shows her beautiful spirit. Behind that great smile and quiet manner was a heart of gold and a wonderful woman. We never had Jan as a teacher, but we knew her through Jerry. A teacher, coach and friend. If you knew Jerry, you knew Jan. A great team in the Valley. You both have touched so many lives and made a difference. We are saddened that Jan is gone, but know she has received her wings and is home in heaven. Much love, prayers and many thanks to both of you for your contributions to The Valley!

    Much love and prayers,
    Don and Sue Thomas

  • Mr Marshall and family,

    So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I myself never had her as a teacher, but it is quite obvious from reading these many messages of condolence that she made a huge impact on those whose lives she touched — what a wonderful legacy she leaves behind! May your faith and many precious memories help you through this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Carol Brokaw Shaw

  • Mr Marshall I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending my Deepest Sympathy to you,the family and friends that have to face this loss. My God give you all the comfort to help you during this time.

  • So sorry for the whole Marshall family. Mr Marshall my heart goes out to you. Prayers for comfort.

  • Jerry, Steve, Essy, and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you all. Wishing you comfort during this difficult time.

    Jan was such a wonderful tutor to me during my 8th grade year. She “teachered” me (certainly a verb) over 3 months both at MGH and at home. I didn’t miss a beat in the books during that time away from Bellville Junior High. I learned more about myself and learned how to learn because of Jan.

    I cherish many fond memories of our families centered around the congregation of Bellville Presbyterian Church.

    She is in Jesus’s arms, and He is with all of you.

    With Sympathy

  • Marshall Family,
    My sympathies to you all at this time. To be remembered as an earth angel describes Jan. May God give you all peace and comfort. 🙏❤️

  • Jerry and Family-
    Sorry for your loss but rejoicing that Jan is now in the arms of our Savior! She was a wonderful teacher as I remember her being patient, kind and she made school fun. She leaves quite a legacy and I am sure she will be greatly missed. Praying for you during this difficult time.
    Jim Baumann

  • Much love, and prayers to your family.
    People like Jan ,and Jerry are never forgotten…
    Thank you for your contributions, to our lives.
    Gods comfort will sustain you in the days ahead.. Debby Chapman Barth….
    🍃🌸✨💓❣️🌸🍃 I speak on behalf of the Sara,
    And Roy Chapman family. We love you ❣️

  • I am saddened to learn of Jan’s passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I feel so blessed that I got to know Jan through you Jerry. Her smile brightened a room and the smile on your face whenever she was near radiated the love that you shared. Her students were given such a gift in having her as their teacher. The deep love of her family and her strong faith in our Lord shaped her life. She is at peace now. May God give you strength as you face the days ahead. Take comfort in the beautiful memories that you have shared.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Cathy Gonot

  • Jerry, Steven, and family,
    Jan was such a gem. Her beautiful legacy will live on forever in The Valley and beyond because of the many lives she touched. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  • Jerry,
    My sympathies to you at the loss of your dear wife Jan. The tribute to her drew a marvelous picture of a life well lived giving and serving others so well. Praying for you in your loss. My thanks for your influence in my life. God bless you and be your comfort in these days and months.

  • Coach Marshall and family,
    It is very difficult to find the right words to describe Jan. So many thoughts come to mind. It’s not who she was, but what she did for others, that had a huge impact on me. She touched so many lives in her quiet, but caring way. She will live on in all who’s lives she touched. I know how much you loved her because I saw it in the many ways that you took care of her. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Mike Carroll

  • Jerry and family. A lot of people go thru life and you don’t notice any of their impact on the community. What a blessing our community has had from you bringing this wonderful woman to us to help us mold so many Colts into fine Men and Women My heart goes out to you in this rough time in your lives God Bless and keep you. Ken Hollar

  • Jerry & Family,
    We’re so very sorry to hear of your loss. What a lovely lady!
    We will be lifting your family in prayer for God’s consolation and peace.

  • My deepest condllences to to entire family. Jan was such a kind and loving person. Sending prayers to all of you.

  • Jerry, Steve, and Family , My Condolences to all of you .Jerry you and Jan are so Loved here in the valley Peace be with you.

  • My deepest condllences to to entire family. Jan was such a kind and loving person with an infectious smile. She always had something kind ro say on any occasion. Sending prayers to all of you.

  • Jerry, Steve, and family; we are saddened by Jan’ s passing. She was a strong lady of faith. Her smile and kindness will always be remembered. She was a very special part of what makes this Valley such a wonderful place to live. Our prayers are with all of you. Randy and Joyce Dudley

  • Never saw Jan without a smile. She was the hands and feet of the Lord. She fought a good fight. Praise the Lord for you both.

    Hugs and prayers that you feel peace.

  • Jerry and family, deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • My heart felt condolences to you, Jerry, and your family. I’m your age and approaching 50 year with my wife of my youth…can’t imagine the loss.
    My prayers are heaven bound for you. Fred

  • Coach Marshall and family. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved wife.
    May God bless you during this difficult time
    Rick Turner and family

  • Jerry, Steve and Family,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. Jan was my all-time favorite teacher when I was young. She was an inspiration to so many! Prayers for your family of peace and comfort during this difficult time!

  • Jerry, Steve and Kathleen,
    We cherish all our fond memories of Jan. She was a special lady who loved her family and God; took an active participation in her community; and always had a positive attitude.
    Many great memories of her home made pies (especially blueberry), attending AF activities, visiting the Westside Market, and dining out in Columbus and Mansfield. Cleveland Indian games were special too. Her knowledge of baseball was astounding.
    Jan is at peace and with her God, but she will be missed by many.

  • Dear Jerry and family, the earth has a special kind of quiet today as we say goodbye to a very special friend. Jan’s quiet voice and laugh will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Jerry & Family:
    Thank you for keeping our community up to date on Jan’s condition throughout her illness. She touched so many people in her life. Your marriage is a testimony on love and caring. Bless you all! Bruce and Lani

  • Jerry, Steve and Family,
    So sorry for your great loss. Jan fought a long and hard fight, with the help of a great family and grateful community. The Clear Fork runs full of the tears from the people of this Valley.
    My children are better adults because Jan (and Jerry) were in their lives, All of us in the Clear Fork Valley have had richer lives because of these two.
    May your memories help you cope with with the pain of your grief.
    We have been blessed by your family.
    God Bless all of you!
    Darrell, Marty, Julie and Kyle Banks

  • So sorry for your loss! Jan was a great woman and always had a smile on her face! May God give you comfort in this difficult time and may your memories always be treasures in your heart! Sincere sympathy to you!
    Bonnie Palmer

  • Mr. Marshall and family,
    My deepest sympathy for the lose of Jan your dear wife, mother and grandmother. I remember her beautiful smile! God Bless you during this difficult time.

  • Jerry, we are so sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in our prayers during this difficult time. Hold fast to the memories of all of the good times you and Jan shared.

  • Jerry and family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you & the many friends & loved ones who were touched by Jan’s compassionate, caring & loving ways. May you find added strength in knowing that Jan is resting peacefully in God’s hands and may the wonderful memories bring you added comfort in the days ahead.
    Chris & Dave Pigman

  • Our thoughts are with you and your family. We will never forget how you both were there for us in our time of need and how you both helped us to be better people. Jan was a special person! So sorry to hear of your loss.

  • So sorry to hear about Jan sending my Thoughts and Prayers! She was one of my favorite teachers and always had a beautiful smile.

  • My condolences to the Marshall family,Jan was a great aspiration to all of us,what a lovely person.Full of energy and laughter.I remember seeing her up at Ohio Health last March and talking to you Jerry and to Jan.I was a joy to see you two again.RIP Jan.

  • Mr. Marshall and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. She touched so many people, one was our son. She was a great help to him after we moved back from Colorado, he dearly loved her and talked about her often, he still does after all these years. She will be sadly missed.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Burt and Rebecca Dickerson and Family

  • Jerry and Family,

    So sorry for your loss, sending prayers. Jan has been in my thoughts and prayers. She will be greatly missed. She was a great person and a great teacher and a great friend from the school.

    Rosalie Snavely

  • Jerry, Steve and Precious Family, What a blessing it was to have known Jan. To experience her infectious smile, laugh, warm greeting and love as a teacher is something I will always remember! Perhaps it was her passion for learning, teaching and intriguing way of drawing you into a story as she read, that in some small way, still inspires me everyday as I teacher the little ones in The Valley! My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of an AMAZING woman. Heaven gained a beautiful angel!

  • Dear Jerry, Steven, Kathleen and precious grandchildren,
    My sincere sympathy to you all. Jan was an amazing teacher, colleague and friend. We are all better people for having had her in our lives. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

    Sandra Homer

  • To Jerry, Steve, and family,

    We extend to you our deepest sympathy at this time of Jan’s death. May God surround you with His love and comfort.

    Randy and Joan Hubler

  • Mr. Marshall – What a beautiful tribute. We are so, so sorry for your tremendous loss. You, Steve’s family, and Essy and other family too, are in our thoughts and prayers. Les and Stephanie Hollar

  • Jerry and family,
    Nancy and I are so sorry for your loss.
    Amazing how quickly 50+ years has passed from our Muskingum days … Seems like just yesterday.
    You and Janet were tremendous role models for many, many children … A GREAT legacy!

    Dick/Nancy Laslo

  • Coach Marshall,
    The Valley has lost a special person. Take care of yourself.

    Karla Winand

  • Sorry for your loss Jerry. Jan worked so hard to delay her disease at the Ontario Fitness center. It was a blessing to get acquainted with you both Jane Beeching

  • Coach , Steve, and family, This is an outcome we didn’t want but our Lord Jesus did. Jan and Jerry were so instrumental in my teenage years. Youth group leaders of our Presbyterian Church where Jan made us Hot Chocolate and took us sled riding at Templed Hills with Coach. I guess you never know how special a person is till you don’t have them anymore. Our deepest sympathies to our wonderful Marshall family ! Love you Coach! The Letizia’s

  • I am so saddened to see that Mrs. Marshall has passed, but so grateful to know she is in the presence of our Lord! I was never one of her students, but her smile was always so inviting and kind! I always appreciate her temperament! I know she touched and loved on so many, so I pray for you all!
    In Christ,
    Ellen (Hunt) Auten

  • Jerry and Family, So, so sorry to hear of your loss. Another angel here on earth called back to our Lord and Savior. Jerry, it has been many decades since you were my Coach and the team would come to your home near the high school. Even after all these years the reminiscing brings a huge smile to my face and a calming spirit to my soul. Jan was such a hostess and made us all feel like family.

    As I read so many of these condolences, it is apparent that Jan was a one-of-a-kind person in the Valley. We only get to meet a few special and wonderful people in our lifetimes who make life meaningful. Jan and you are ones who touched so many lives and bring back fond memories. May you find peace that passes all understanding and know that friends are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

    Mike Jackson

  • I graduated from Muskingum College with both Jan and Jerry. We have been friends ever since. We were friendly rivals between West Holmes and Clearfork. Our sons played football against each other. She was a sweetheart with a beautiful smile. My wife also got to meet this wonderful lady. They both shared their love for their grandchildren and family. She will always be remembered for her love of children and teaching. Our best to Jerry and family. Bob and Becky Porter

  • Mr. Marshall,

    Thank you for your call today. We are very sorry for your loss. After reading the remembrance of Janet’s life, your wife had beauty inside and out which reflected onto others.

    We know that you love your wife very much and will miss her. May God’s peace be with you.

    Stanley Kent and Staff (Crystal Revell and Barbara Davis)