Jean E. Plack

October 04, 1923 ‒ December 07, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Jean Plack received great satisfaction in helping people and contributing to her community. She took pride in volunteering and serving in area organizations. Jean’s contributions to the Galion community and Crawford County will continue on for many years. Jean E. Plack, 94, of Galion passed into her Lord’s presence Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Magnolia Terrace where she had been a resident for the past couple of years.

She was born October 4, 1923 in Galion and was the daughter of Herman L. and Bertha (Nelson) Plack.

Jean graduated from Galion High School in 1941 and went on to St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland for nurses training. She worked for Dr. Adams at the Galion Hospital from many years and then as an occupational nurse at the former Galion Dresser from where she retired.

She was a lifetime and active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Galion where she served on the church council. Jean’s additional memberships include the former Order of Eastern Star Naomi Chapter 47 of Galion where she served as the Worthy Matron several times, Galion Golden Age Center, serving as President, Galion Board of Health and past President of the Galion Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Jean helped start Crawford County Hospice which is now HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice. She volunteered in many capacities with hospice and received the HomeCare Matters Senior Award and had been a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Other awards that Jean received included Woman of the Year award thru the Galion Business and Professional Women’s Club in 1960, Outstanding Citizen of the Year – Ohio District 5 from the Area Agency on Aging in 1995 and in 2006 Jean was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame after her many years of volunteering and service to our community.

Jean is survived by nieces and nephews, Carol Prim of Westerville, Gary (Donna) Ness of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Richard (Pam) Ness of Texas, Mike (Dora) Ness of Texas, Susanne Ness of Lewisville, Texas, Tom (Patricia) Plack of Hilton Head, South Carolina and Kathy (Steve) Horvath of Oldsmar, Florida; sister-in-law Joanna Plack of Oldsmar, Florida and numerous great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother J. Andrew Plack; sisters Alice Plack, Dorothy Plack, Juanita Prim, Catherine Ness and Ruth Plack; two nephews David and Steve Prim and her special grandmother Caroline Plack.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. A funeral celebrating her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church, 129 West Walnut Street Galion, Ohio with Rev. Richard Genzman officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice, Galion Golden Age Center or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jean Plack, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • What a great lady. She served Galion for many years. She will be missed. My sympathy to her family.

  • Jean was always so kind and friendly. I was fortunate enough to be in Professional Woman’s Club with her. She was involved with everything, and loved doing every minute of it. She taught me a lot. She will be missed by Galion and many that were blessed enough to have met her.

  • Jean was a one of a kind lady. I was so fortunate to know her through Home Care Matters when she was one of my volunteers. I could count on her for help whenever needed. A great lady and a joy to have known

  • Jean was an asset to the community for many years. She will be missed by many.
    I attended Peace Lutheran Church with the Placks and Prims. I still have a handkerchief that was given to me upon Confirmation from (The Plack Girls)
    Heartfelt sympathy to the family .

  • To the Plack Families,
    Jean was the most versatile nurse that we have ever known. In addition, Jean was a strong pillar of the Galion Community. We can remember her serving on many worthwhile endeavors to improve health and issues for the community. Jean will be missed by so many.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • We are so sorry about Jean’s death. She was a very special person to our family. To our daughter, Cara, she was Aunt Jean. We had such a lovely visit with her just two weeks ago. So thankful for that. I feel very sad that I won’t be able to be at her memorial service. Carol. thank you for all the wonderful care that you gave to her these past few years. Jean appreciated it so much. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

  • I grew up next door to the Plack girl, Alice, Dorothy, Jean and Ruthie, on Cherry Street and remember them all fondly. They always surprised me at Easter with an Easter Basket on my dad’s car bumper in the garage. We delighted in their delicious cookies and candies at Christmas, and occasionally their yummy doughnuts! My mom farmed the back of their lot and shared the bounty with them. I also picked their raspberries for them — I was the best picker because I don’t like raspberries, so they got them all. Ruthie always said “Hi Linda” to me as I walked down the alley between our houses. I can still hear their laughter from next door!

    They were a great group of ladies and are sorely missed by all who knew them. I know I’ll never forget them. Undoubtedly they are having a great time in Heaven!

  • Jean was such a wonderful lady. She gave so much to our town and her Church. I loved working for her at her apartment and visiting her at Magnolia. So sorry I didn’t go out last week like I planned. Thinking of all of you, Carol you took such good care of her and I know she appreciated it. Hope to see you on Tuesday.

  • I only got to Great Aunt Jean”s house on Cherry St. a couple of times as a child, but I made some wonderful memories there. I played “aggravation” with Alice and Jean until I finally won a prize from the coveted prize tray. Since I grew up in New Mexico, Jean’s house was was the only place where I experienced catching fire flies. I will always associate her with delicious caramels at Christmas time. And I sure got a kick out of receiving a greeting card from her because she would enclose balloons in it. Our love to all the family in Galion.

    Becca (Ness) Cox
    Belen, NM

  • My heart is breaking that circumstances have kept me from being able to attend the funeral of my dear aunt, but I am so grateful for that last visit we had together. The childhood memories are endless… all the sleepovers complete with popcorn drenched in butter, the Family cookouts, the special trips including one to the Rose Bowl in 1976 to see Jean’s beloved Buckeyes play, the swag bags she would bring me when I was sick, the popcorn balls at Halloween. I could go on and on. I was so fortunate to grow up in this wonderful family and Jean holds a very special place in my heart.