Jerri Lynn Klaus

October 21, 1954 ‒ April 24, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Jerri Lynn Klaus, passed away peacefully, holding the hands of her loving daughters and her husband by her side, on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at The DeWolfe House.  Jerri was 66 years old and lived in Marion.

Jerri was born on October 21, 1954 in Marion, Ohio to the late Lester and Barbara (Dickerson) Smith.  She attended River Valley High School graduating in the class of 1973.  Furthering her education, Jerri attended The Ohio State University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Jerri started her lifelong career as a teacher for River Valley School at Claridon Elementary where she taught Third and Fourth Grade. Later in her career, she taught Eight Grade English retiring after 37 years of inspirational teaching.

Jerri loved to travel and visiting the beach was a must. She enjoyed a month long vacation out West with her daughters where they camped and spent countless hours bonding and laughing.  When Jerri wasn’t traveling or teaching, she could be found working in her beautiful gardens.

Above all, Jerri loved her family and would do anything for them.  She had a special bond with her two daughters and grandchildren who will miss her deeply.

Jerri made an impact on everyone she came across.  Her smile and laugh were contagious and everyone that knew Jerri was better off because of it.

Jerri will  be missed by her husband Jim, who she married in 2006; daughters, Betsy (Aaron) Ballinger and Lauren (Nathan) Smith both of Marion; step-children, Mike (Shana) Klaus, Jessica (Greg) Canicio, and Jake Klaus; grandchildren, Asher and Bennett Ballinger and Knox and Ellison Smith; step-grandchildren, Mindi Klaus, Ethereal Trippett, and Manu Canicio; and siblings, Linda Shank and Julie McKee.

In addition to her parents, Jerri was preceded in death by her brother, Kent Smith.

A time of gathering will be held at The First Presbyterian Church, 143 S Prospect St, Marion, on Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 2 until 5 pm.

Donations may be made in Jerri’s honor to The Alzheimer’s Association by visiting

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jerri’s family.  Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting

  • Betsy & Lauren- I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Sending love and healing to you both. Your mom was one of a kind.

  • Betsy and Lauren, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a special person and through her teaching was a shining example to a lot of students. We were praying for her peace.🙏 We send our condolences. Roger&Karen Hensel

  • Betsy, Lauren, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mom was full of life and loved her family, her students, and her gardens. Remember the good times, the jokes, the love you all shared. She was truly a special lady! Hugs! Kevin and Sally Kelly

  • Betsy and Lauren, your mom truly was a special lady. Her creative approach to teaching made it fun and interesting for the students in her class. I always enjoyed hearing about new ideas she wanted to try. She not only touched the lives of her students, but also the lives of those that worked with her. You were blessed with one of the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lovingly, Jim and Bev McFarland

  • So sorry for your loss. Your mom made a major impact on many lives. She was definitely one of a kind.

  • Lauren and Betsy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerri was such an amazing and loving person. We will always cherish all the fun times and memories Glenn and I had with her. We can still hear her laughter. Just know she is no longer suffering and she is reunited with her family in heaven as you too will be together again.

  • My heart is sad to read this. Jerri was a awesome person and amazoning teacher to me. I was lucky to have her as my 4 th grade teacher nd my 8 the grade english teacher.. my god watch over the family and welcome her with open arms.. prayer to everyone ..

  • Lauren and Betsy,
    We were saddened to see the passing of your mother. You both are in our prayers as you go through the following days.
    Rick and Kim Farmer

  • Very sad to hear of Jerri’s passing —and happy to have known her professionally during my tenure at RVHS. She certainly loved her role in the classroom & was great company and influence to many students and teachers alike. May each passing day bring you greater strength and peace.
    Jeffrey A. Linardi

  • Betsy & Lauren,

    We are so very sorry for you two in the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful person and teacher to our children. May God Bless you and your families during this difficult time.


    Rob & Tammi Cowell

  • Linda, Julie, Betsy, Lauren and families, I am so sorry to hear about Jerri you are all in our prayers.

  • Lauren, Betsy, Jim and families,
    We are so saddened by Jeri’s passing. Although we’ve been out of touch since moving away from Marion, we still treasure the great times our families had together doing Family Fun at First Presbyterian for all those years. Jeri was a wonderful friend and an inspiration. We will always remember her smile, enthusiasm, passion for living life to its fullest and dedication to those she loved. A very special light has gone out.

  • Betsy and Lauren , so sorry to hear of your moms passing may all the wonderful memories you created together help you at this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family
    Ryan & Jo Weston

  • Dear Betsy and Lauren and Jim….my heart is so very sad . Your mom was such a caring friend who taught me about gardens, antiques and dynamic teaching. We had so much fun planning events such as our church “Family Fun” days! Jerri brought warmth and love to every situation. We all shared so many wonderful memories. God bless your families and the love we shared!❤️

  • My sincere condolences to the entire family. I fondly remember her passionate instruction and commitment to her students. She made English fun–especially Shakespeare. I can still picture her dressed up in period attire.

    “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

  • Dear Betsy, Lauren, Jim and families,
    My heart is saddened with Jerri’s passing. Jerri was exceptional in the classroom:
    enthusiastic, encouraging, and engaging with her students. Jerri’s beautifully designed
    perennial gardens full of vibrant colors were expressions of her love of beauty in life.
    Jerri was such a loving and giving person, who will be missed but always remembered.
    May you find Peace, Comfort, and Love in all the wonderful memories you shared.