Lois Ann Lehner

June 04, 1926 ‒ October 13, 2007

Radnor, Ohio

Lois Ann (VanAtta) Lehner, age 81, of Radnor passed away Saturday afternoon at her residence. She was born June 4, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio to Amos and Loretta (Ross) VanAtta. She graduated from Orange High School and the Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught 18 years in Delaware and Union Counties. Nine of those years were at Elm Valley High School in Ashley where she was the principal of the high school and taught speech and English. In the school years of 1960-61 and 1961-62 she and her students won the Sweepstakes Trophy for the State of Ohio in the Ohio High School Forensics League. They placed as Runners-up in the next year. Lois was a published writer. In the 1960s she wrote and privately printed 3 books of poetry. Her interests then turned to writing about glass and pottery. She wrote hundreds of articles for various antique and collectables newspapers. She wrote “Ohio Pottery and Glass” published in 1978 and “American Kitchen and Dinnerwares” published in 1980. In 1988 “Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks of Pottery, Porcelain and Clay” was published which is still in print and considered a best selling classic in the field. She was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church, the National Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, the Verse Writers Guild of Delaware, and the Girls Glee Club at OSU. She is survived by her husband of 61 years Charles, 2 Sons – Charles Thomas of The Ivy Tree and Stephen Michael (Shelly) of Lehner’s Country Gatherings, daughter in law Ann Lehner, all of Radnor, Grandchildren – Shawn (Christy) Lehner, Shannon (Joe) Candio, Cheryl (Matt) Williams, Corey (Jason) DelCol and Carrie (Amit) Agarwal, great grandchildren – Corrisha, Jocelyn, Alexandria DelCol, Sidney Williams and Ethan Agarwal. She is preceded in death by 2 sisters – Ruth Bush and Mildred Bush. Friends will be received at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware on Tuesday from 4 – 8 PM. Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 AM at Lehner’s Country Gatherings. Those unable to attend may express their condolences by visiting our website at www.rodmanneeper.com.