Loretta Hershner

April 03, 1931 ‒ May 16, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

Loretta Jo Hershner, age 89, peacefully passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020, in her Lexington home. She was reunited with the love of her life—her husband Dean of 59 years—after only 4 months apart since his passing in January.

Loretta was born April 3, 1931, in Perrysville the daughter of William & Lora (Robertson) Zody, and was a graduate of Perrysville High School. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in education from Ashland College. Loretta was set up on a blind date with a handsome young carpenter named Harold Dean Hershner and the pair soon married on July 30, 1960.

Loretta was a grade school teacher for Lucas, Mansfield City, and Lexington Local school systems. She taught second and fourth grades, retiring in 1988, and dearly loved her students. In free time, she enjoyed reading, playing card games, solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and watching game shows including Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

She was a member of Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church where she was a member of the woman’s group and served as a Sunday School teacher. Loretta was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Mother of Twins Club. She was very involved with the Ohio Genealogical Society and not only researched her own family history, but also helped friends discover their own family roots.

Loretta is survived by her children (& spouses): Lori & Gary Bastin of Lexington, Andy & Krista Hershner of Coshocton, Steve & Chris Hershner of Powell, and Scott & Tracey Hershner of Bellville; grandchildren Logan Bastin, Mitchell Bastin, Andy Johnson, and Alex Johnson; brother-in-law William (Maxine) Hershner of Johnsville; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Loretta was preceded in death by her loving husband Harold Dean Hershner, and a sister Velma (Marvin) Cates.

The Hershner family wishes to thank all those who gave loving care to Loretta including private caregivers: Kris, Nila, Hannah, Jericka, Dan, Peg, Carmen, Connie, Denise C., and Denise M.

Her family will receive friends from 12 noon to 3 pm, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where social distancing will be observed. A private funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Dave Smith with burial in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville. The public is welcome to join the Hershner family outdoors at the cemetery with an estimated time of arrival of 4 pm Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Ohio Genealogical Society or Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church may be sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Loretta’s family. Share a memory & watch her tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Lori! I now know where your love for reading and solving crossword puzzles came from! What a beautifully written obituary! Wish I could have known your mother! So sorry for the loss of both of your parents but am happy that you could visit her to the end! Her timing was perfect allowing you to have a somewhat traditional funeral! Affectionately, Carol

  • To the Hershner family’s.
    Sorry for your loss. Sending Prayers for u and your family. Love u all
    Sincerely Sherry Hildebrand Spires .

  • So sorry for your loss, Lori…I’m so glad you got to see her and bee with her, what a blessing 💜 praying for God’s peace to surround you during this difficult time… Julie (Dolce) Bartholomew

  • Sorry to hear about your mother, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. the lord gained a beautiful angel, may God be with all of you during this time.

  • So sorry for your loss! Loretta was a very special person. She always had kind and encouraging words for you. I always enjoyed visiting her. She will be dearly missed! 💕

  • May God Bless you with peace & comfort. Your mom was so full of wisdom & love which will truly be missed. Just think, she can run & rejoice now and is not tied down ! She is reunited with your dad but most of all she has seen the eyes of God !
    Bless you all .

  • May God bless and comfort your family . We have missed your mom at church where she always had hugs and loving words for all.

  • Lori and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has shed many tears the last couple of months! We are thinking of you!

  • Loretta was a dear wonderful lady. We had many good times working together at church functions. Your dear mother will surely be missed. I know she is happy to be with the love of her life. God’s blessing to all your family.