Jerri Lynn Klaus
October 21, 1954 ‒ April 24, 2021
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 www.ALZ.org.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jerri’s family. Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.