Lisa R. (Tinch) Saunders

September 07, 1961 ‒ April 19, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Lisa R. (Tinch) Saunders, age 58, of Mount Gilead, went to be reunited with her husband, Sunday evening, April 19, 2020, following a brief illness.

She was born in Galion, OH on September 7, 1961. Lisa graduated from Mount Gilead High School with the class of 1979 and later went on to obtain her associates degree in business administration.

On October 3, 1981, Lisa married the love of her life, the late Leonard H. “Lennie” Saunders. The two were united at Waterford Church of Christ. On February of this year, Lisa lost the love of her life unexpectedly when Lennie was called home early. Lisa was heartbroken and her sudden illness she experienced was a result of such. Lisa died of a broken heart.

Lisa devoted much of her working years in the banking industry. She started at Bank One in Mount Gilead, then moved to Farmers Citizen in Cardington, and for the last 14 years was at First United Bank in Caledonia. Lisa served as a Branch Manager and more recently Freedom Years Director. Over the last 25 years, Lisa also assisted off and on with the books for the Town Pump and Deli.

Community minded, Lisa loved helping people any chance she could. She helped establish the Village of Caledonia Community events. Lisa was a huge supporter of the local chapter of Relay for Life where she hosted the survivors dinner for many years. She was also active in both the Mount Gilead Athletic and Music Boosters. Lisa participated in the Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed attending the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.

Within her home Lisa may have surprised you with some of her collections. If you visited and needed to use the restroom, you’d quickly realize how much she loved Santa Clauses as she has to be the only one with a Santa Clause themed bathroom. She enjoyed collecting antique tins and Fenton Glass. Being a banker she also had a love for collecting old coins and currency.

Her true prized moments in life were time spent with her family and friends. She was a loyal and loving wife; caring and nurturing mother; spoiling and fun Mawmaw; truest friend of a sister, aunt, and daughter; and a blessing to her friends.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Andrew (Leslie) Saunders of Mount Vernon and Ben Saunders of Mount Gilead; grandchildren: Joscelynn and Grayson Saunders; mother, Karen (Ron) Christman; sisters: Tammy (George) Pennington and Kelly (Steve) Castline; nieces and nephews: Holly (Andrew) Dudgeon, Heather (Aaron) Condron, Cody (Tabitha) Castline, Rick Pennington, Amanda (Ryan Coldwell) Pennington, Nathan (Amy) Saunders; great nieces and nephews: Riley, Laila, Hallie, Landon, Leyton, David, Cassy, Hannah, Barrett, Abby, Oakley, and Ian; morther-in-law, Jeannette Saunders; and a brother-in-law, Ted Saunders.

Lisa was preceded in death by the love of her life, Lennie.

Her family will be celebrating her life and ask that you join them in a drive through visitation at the Morrow County Fairgrounds, on Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Please enter gate B (near the grandstand) and follow the signs. You will exit gate A where her husband Lennie often manned the gate during the fair. We also ask that you stay in your cars as you drive up to the family.

A private funeral service will be observed by her family with burial next to her husband in Bloomfield Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the local chapter of Relay for Life.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Lisa’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I am heart broke for Lisa’s family and especially her boys and grandchildren. They were her everything and I know her death will leave a huge gap in their lives. I know she missed Lennie more than words can express and a broken heart is hard to heal. They simply couldn’t be apart so now they are together again. My heart aches for Karen, Kelly and Tammie also. I pray they find comfort in knowing Lisa is at peace now and not unhappy as she is with her beloved Lennie. I am so sorry for you all.

  • Please accept our heartfelt sympathy! Lisa was always such a kind, friendly girl—she loved her family and her community. May God bless you and give you strength and courage in the days ahead.

  • Such a sad time for family…please accept my deepest sympathy ..i have some fond memories working with Lisa at Chase Bank…She was well liked and and a very giving lady.

  • Lisa was one of a kind and I can’t imagine how I would have survived without her as a co-worker the past 20 years. You will never know a more caring and compassionate person. I will truly miss my friend. I am so grateful to have had her help shape the person I am today. Lisa you will be missed and were very loved. I thank her family for sharing her with us and I will keep you in my prayers always. So very sorry for your loss.
    Rest in Peace Lisa,
    Love Neeta

  • Lisa was a sweet lady and a kind and generous Neighbor. We send the family our deepest sympathy.

  • I am so sorry to learn of Lisa’s passing .All of the family is in my prayers.
    Cherie Riggs Smith

  • I knew Lennie and Lisa for years! They were both caring and wonderful people!
    My heart and prayers go out to they’re family’s.

  • Lisa was a classmate of mine in the Mt. Gilead Class of 1979. She was always a good friend. I spent nearly 15 years with Lisa on the Mt. Gilead Board of Athletic Boosters giving back to the athletes in Mount Gilead. We worked on many projects together but Lisa gave so much more volunteer time than many of us. Lisa just loved giving back to the kids. After she left the Athletic Boosters she continued to serve the school with the Music Boosters. We also worked together through the years on our class reunions. I know she missed Lenny terribly, she died of a broken heart. Rest in Peace Lisa.

  • Karen Hildebrand Tinch,
    Oh, how I wish I could give you a big hug and deliver my condolences in person! I am so very sorry. Deepest sympathy to Lisa’s husband and children as well.❤️

  • So sorry to hear this news
    We always had such a great time as kids playing when the whole family Got together. Prayers are with the family


  • I worked with Lisa the last several years in Caledonia. She will be very missed by coworkers and the community. She was special to all that knew her.

  • To the boys & their families:
    I was a truck driver and worked with your Dad. I met your Mom several times at the shop. They were wonderful people.
    My sincerest condolences.

    Cindy Hildreth (Cid)

  • I was so very sorry to hear about Lisa. I had been involved with Relay for Life with her and we became co-workers at United Bank. She always spoke of her kids and loved her grand babies. She will be deeply missed. Rest easy Lisa

  • My sincere sympathy to all of the family. I am thinking of all of you and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So very sorry for your loss what an incredible lady so selfless. I can remember when she helped with Dave Castle during his illness. We both were there and she was such a god send. You boys had truly the best mom and dad anyone could ask for. She will truly be missed

  • Lisa was a great friend of mine, we graduated together, even though our paths were different we saw each other from time to time, she always had words of wisdom to share, she talked about her boys and her grandchildren, and all the things she and her family did together! She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed!

  • Ben, Andy and Leslie: we are so sorry for your loss. Your mom and dad were amazing people and wonderful neighbors for 15 years. Your mom was an amazing and wonderful woman. Treasure your memories and know they are both watching over you.


  • There are no words you will be missed by so many family,friends and acquaintances you were a very special loving and compassionate woman always putting others first rest in peace prayers for your family

  • I am personally thankful for the many years working with Lisa at United Bank. Her big heart created everlasting friendship with those who knew her. I am grateful for the friendship we shared. I pray for peace and comfort for her family and friends. Rest in Peace Lisa! I will miss you dearly!

  • Andy and Ben and family- My heart aches for you folks and family. I worked with Lisa when she started at Bank One for several years. Lots of memories.
    In my prayers
    Bonnie Ferrington

  • Praying that God’s Love Enfolds and Comforts the Family with His Perfect Peace🙏

  • Lisa leaves behind an example that will be hard to follow. She went “above and beyond” when it came to taking care of her customers at United Bank. Rest in Peace Lisa and enjoy your time with Lennie, you deserve it. I will miss you!

  • Lisa was one of the kindest people I had the privilege to know. Condolences to all family and friends. Especially Ben, as I know you best. You have the same kind, giving and humble heart as your mom. Bless you young man 🙏

  • Lisa was a kind and generous person to all that knew her. She leaves a big void in so many peoples lives. I am blessed to call her friend.
    Rest with your love.

  • So sorry to hear of Lisa’s passing. To lose them both in such a short time has to feel overwhelming. Prayers for peace for all of you.

  • Our hearts go out to the whole family. It was such shocking news for us, and a tragedy to her family. Sincerely, Max n Barb Weise.

  • Bob and I, go back a long time. We have known Lisa since she was 15. She was always there,when someone asked to help. Prayer’s for you children and grandkids, mom Karen,and Kelly,and the rest of family. God give the family peace, and comfort.

  • Oh family, how our hearts hurt for you all. Lisa and Lenny were both wonderful people who eagerly served many people in this community. They were always there with a smile and a hug, always willing to be of assistance when asked, even before being asked. More than anything else they loved their family and treasured them. It is hard to think of one of them without the other so now they can indeed be together again. We will miss them both and our prayers will be with you all as you adjust to life here on earth without them.

  • Dear Saunders Family, we are sadden to hear of Lennie and now Lisa passing, having worked with Lennie at Snyders Milling and Lisa helping and volunteering for many organizations in the county..God Bless and stay safe..Geri/Mike Park

  • So sorry for the loss of your mom.We were classmate she was a very loving and thoughtful person always talked about her children and her grandbabies. May God give you some peace and comfort during this time. Ince again I am so sorry for your loss .Sending bug hugs to all..

  • I was saddened when I read the post of Lisa’s passing. I will never forget her kindness and great sense of humor when we worked at Mount Gilead athletic events. I so sorry for your families Loss.

  • So many years giving to so many people..thank you Andy and ben and families for sharing both of your parents with so many in the community.
    The many lives they have touched and the differences they have made….
    Jim And Joanne Trainer

  • Sending all of my love to my friend and co-worker, Lisa Saunders. Your absence leaves an overwhelmingly empty space here at United. No one will ever be able to fill that void. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your co-workers and customers. The United Bank and Caledonia communities will sorely miss you. Take care, my friend.

  • I am so sorry for the loss to Lisa’s family, and the loss to everyone else. She will be sadly missed.

  • Many prayers for the family and friends of Lisa, especially Andrew and Ben. Such a sad time already and then to lose another parent so quickly, just devastating. Fortunately, you all have so many amazing memories of all the love and laughter you shared. Hold those close and stay close to one another in the coming weeks and months ahead.
    Class reunions were the best times for me to catch up with Lisa. She was always a kind soul and quick with cherry “hello” and good conversation when I’d see her around town, too. She will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss and God Bless.

  • One of the greatest ladies I ever met! Loved her zest for life and her unbelievable gift to give to the community.

  • Our Freedom Years team will miss Lisa terribly. We offer our thoughts and prayers to her home family, work family, and her customers.

  • Kelly, so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers are with you.
    Aunt Pat and Uncle Jerry

  • I was quite shocked to hear of Lisa’s passing. I worked with her at Bank One and for her
    at Farmers Citizen Bank. She taught me a great deal and was always a true friend My deepest sympathy to Andy & Ben and her entire family. A very devoted family & community person. I’m grateful for knowing her.

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family. Her generosity was inspiring, just so kind, so involved with the community, and made people feel welcomed. Even when I first met her, she made me feel like I knew her my whole life. She truly will be missed.

  • My husband, Jack, and I met Lisa through Freedom Years. We went on many enjoyable day trips with Lisa. She was one of the kindest persons that I have ever met. She was always so so nice to Jack and me. I wish to offer my condolence to all of her family.