Lydia Garber

June 24, 1939 ‒ May 07, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

Lydia Garber, age 80, peacefully passed away May 7, 2020, in her Lexington home under the care of Hospice with her husband and family by her side. Her family wishes to thank caregivers Bethany, Jean, Grace, Kate, and Holly.

She was born June 24, 1939, in Duisburg, Germany, the daughter of Nikolaus & Helena (Mattke-Berns) Schirdewahn. Lydia’s family immigrated to the US in 1954 and she graduated from Union High School with the class of 1958.

Lydia worked many years as a housekeeper at the L&K on Hanley Road and created a warm and loving home for her 3 children. She was a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges in Lexington.

Lydia loved bird watching and always kept her birdfeeders full. She was very creative and enjoyed ceramics and stenciling. Lydia found excitement in exploring Amish country. She also was a member of the humane society and had a love of animals, especially her beloved pet Rooster, Lucky, and her dog, Libby.

In her spare time, Lydia took pleasure in going to craft shows and flea markets. But above all, Lydia cherished her husband and family more than anything and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible. Lydia and John were the true definition of soul mates, and she loved him wholeheartedly.

She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, John Lester Garber of Lexington whom she married March 24, 1994; sons and a daughter-in-law David Allen and Jeffrey (Sandie) Allen all of Mansfield; her daughter and son-in-law Pamela (John) Trumpower of Lexington; grandchildren Keshia Allen of Lexington, Shandra (Tyler) Myers of Bucyrus, Cassandra Esterline of Lexington, Emilie Allen of Ontario and Janae Trumpower of Lexington; great-grandchildren Kierslyn, John, Praxton, Hunter, Brylee, and Jaxson; step-children Matt (Connie) Garber of Lexington and John (Eileen) Garber of Bellville; and step-grandchildren Jason and Dustin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of her children Donald “Butch” Allen in 2011; granddaughter Hailey Trumpower in 1996; grandson Brian Garber in 2014 and her companion and best friend, Libby the dog in 2019: As well, as many beloved family and friends.

A graveside service will be held 3 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Lexington Cemetery with Pastor Ron Biddle officiating.

Memorial contributions to the Richland Co. Humane Society may be sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904).

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  • I don’t have the words to express how much this woman will be missed!! I love you grandma!

  • I am so deaply sorry for your loss. Your Mom, Grandma was/is such a wonderful person. She treated EVERYONE with kindness, greated all with open arms. I have alot of fond memories with her, and am very happy to have known her. Love you all very much, my prayers are with each and everyone of you

  • I am so glad I had a chance to get to know Lydia, and I know how much her family will miss her. She was an incredible woman…

  • Thoughts and prayers to John and the rest of the family. Wishing you all peace and strength during this most difficult time.

  • May your precious memories sustain you as you go through this time of loss.
    Union High classmate Sondra (Thompson) Milum

  • Such a nice lady,knew her from the Moose. My deepest sympathies to the family. Terry and Linda Hammond

  • Our deepest sympathies to John and the family. Lydia was always a ray of sunshine to us. Will miss her smile and hugs

  • She was the most kind and loving Lady . I met her in 1961 we spent a lot of time together, as the years went on we got busy with our kids and life and dident see much of each other. when we did see each other out and about she always had a Beautiful Smile. I will never forget her she will be greatly missed.

  • I am so very sorry for your families loss. She was one of the most carrying beautiful person I knew. She was always had a smile on her face! What a beautiful soul. She will be deeply missed.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family at this most difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear this please tell John im sorry . Lydia was always so chipper all smiles to me every time they came in Los Jarritos to eat .i always knew what to order for them . Ill alway cherrish thoes days. And remember her beautiful smile
    .to all the Family i send my Love .
    Your server .Cindy

  • Pam, John & The Allen Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lydia always had a wonderful smile and was a kind and caring person who will be greatly missed. Remember, she now has her wings and is flying high like a beautiful butterfly.
    Darrell & Carolyn Jones & Family

  • Dave, Jeff and Pam, I know it is never easy to say final goodbye to your mother. She was known for her smile even in her last years. I met her shortly after her arrival from Germany and was happy to introduce her to my brother, and had no idea I would in turn have a precious niece and two special nephews. I have many wonderful memories of having her as my sister-in-law. My love and thoughts go to each of you.
    Aunt Helen

  • I am so sorry for you loss Lydia will be missed . She was a awesome Lady . So heart breaking . Prayers for the family .

  • So sorry to hear of Lydia’s passing. She was a wonderful person, always giving and kind. Many heart felt condolences to Jeff, Pam, David & Mr. Garber and the rest of the family-

  • Lydia always had a smile and kind words for everyone. She will be missed. God bless you all!

  • So sorry to learn of Lydia’s passing. She always greeted me with a smile and the greatest of kindnesses. Our world will miss her inner and outer beauty. My condolences to John and family.

  • Pam, David and Jeff
    I have such fond memories of your mom and your family. Your mom was such a sweet lady and fun neighbor on Hecht Rd, so many years ago. I am so sorry for your loss. From my mom, not on the internet, she sends hugs and condolences also.
    This is a hard time to have a funeral when we cannot come to support you. I am sorry.
    Carol Lewis Akers

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family. Lydia was our neighbor and friend for 26 yrs.
    She will be missed. Our prayers go out to you all.

  • I’ll miss Lydia. I have many good memories that included her. She was a kind, cheerful, loving person. She loved animals. Was kind hearted to stray cats – I’m always impressed with that. She took
    such pride in decorating her home. She loved her family and she loved me too. She called me her adopted daughter. I’ll miss her.