Margo Waddell

July 24, 1929 ‒ August 13, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Margo Waddell, age 86, of Mount Vernon, OH, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Knox Community Hospital. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Margo was born on July 24, 1929 in Mainz, Germany to the late Lothar and Minna (Heis) Erlanger. Her family moved to Guntersblum, Germany until Margo was 9 years old.

On November 11, 1938 Margo and her family escaped the Nazi’s and immigrated to America. She was very proud of her nationalized citizenship. Shortly thereafter she converted from her Jewish religion to Protestant. She studied at the Mount Vernon Business College before being employed at Shellmar, Mercy Hospital and the Station Break. Margo was a member of South Vernon United Methodist Church. She was a past board member of her Condo Association, church committees and volunteered at the Ohio Eastern Star Home. She loved her family very much and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities.

She is survived by a son, John (Hilda) Waddell of Groveport, OH; daughters, Marcha (Sam) Pittro of Gahanna, OH, and Ruth (Tom) Robson of Zanesville, OH; 4 grandchildren, Mara Beitzel, Chip Waddell, Alicia and Collin Pittro; 2 great-grandchildren, Elena Beitzel and Charlie-Rae Hankins; a brother, Ed Erlanger of Columbus, OH; sister, Essie Tarbis of Akron, OH; sisters-in-law, Robby Erlanger of Springboro, OH, and Louise Hunter of Mount Vernon, OH; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; her exchange student, Stefan Ehrentraut and family of Germany; several cousins in Germany; many special friends, including longtime friends Betty and Ron Spearman of Mount Vernon, OH.

Besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles Waddell; a brother, Fred Erlanger, a sister, Hannelore Jewell; sister-in-law, Evelyn Erlanger; brothers-in-law, Harold Jewell and Myron Tarbis.

A special thanks to the 6th floor staff at Knox Community Hospital for their compassionate care.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 From 1-3 PM and 5-7 PM with a funeral service on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 11AM at The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home; 619 E. High St. Mount Vernon, OH 43050, with Pastor Lee Cubie and Rev. Bob Alexander officiating. Burial will take place in Mound View Cemetery following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: South Vernon United Methodist Church; 142 Columbus Rd. Mount Vernon, OH, 43050 or Station Break; 106 Howard St, Mt Vernon, OH 43050.

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  • So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours. -Mary Lou-

  • I am very sorry to learn of Margo’s death. She and my mother, Jean, were good friends.

    I am thinking about her family during this sad time.

  • I was in TOPS for many years with Margo and more recently attended South Vernon Church with her and frequently she ate lunch with our small group after church. We always enjoyed visiting with her. Your family has my deepest sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful lady.

  • John, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. You, Hilda and your family have my deepest sympathy. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow.


  • I am so sad to hear Aunt Margo had passed. As I said she always had a smile and a kind word. She will be greatly missed and know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you all as you go through this rough time.

  • Ruth and Tom – our deepest condolences. You are and will continue to be in our prayers.
    Chuck and Kim

  • Our family has greatly appreciated Margo’s friendship with our mother, Dorothy White, and aunt, Mary Swendal, over the past 17 years. We also each truly enjoyed our chats with her. She was a such a vital and marvelous member of the condo community!

  • Dear John, Marcha and Ruth.
    I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I know she is in a better place now, reunited with Uncle Charles, my mom, Uncle Fred, Grandma, Grandpa and many others.
    Mom was so pleased that Aunt Margo was able to visit her in CA before she passed on and I hear that Aunt Margo and Uncle Ed recently visited Aunt Essie. So happy they were able to spend time together.
    Your mom will live on in your hearts and the hearts of all those who loved her.
    Hugs to you —

  • All of us who were lucky enough to know Margo over the years, share in your loss and sorrow. What a pleasant lady, who greeted everyone with a smile. She is with her loved ones in Heaven and there will be a bright star up there so that we know she is okay. Sending our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Sincerely, Susan (Nash) Huggins/Fredericktown

  • My sincere sympathy to John , Hilda and family. I will keep you all in
    In my thoughts and prayers. Love Margaret Fisher

  • John, Marcha & Ruth,
    Please accept my sympathy. Your Mother and my Mother (Ruth Laughlin) became very good friends beginning when they worked together at Mercy Hospital. They so enjoyed each other’s company on into their retirement years. I’ve heard Mom speak fondly of all of you. May God Bless you all and may your Mother rest in peace.

    Peg (Laughin) King

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I remember taking care of Charlie many years a go they were two of the sweetest people I have known!You all are in my prayers.

  • Ruth and tom, so sorry for your loss. Lising a parent is hard at any age. Our thoughts snd prayers are with you during this difficult time

  • Ruth and family, so very sorry about the passing your mom. U all r in my thoughts and prayers…

  • Dear John and Hilda and Family,

    We are sorry for your loss. Moms are so important in our lives and when they are gone, a great love is missing. It is comforting to believe that she is the happy one, even though the ones left behind are sad. From reading all the previous messages, Margo was loved by many. She had a full and very interesting life. We wish we had known her. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. Love, Carl and Marilyn

  • Marcha and family, my condolences to you all. I remember your mother well from our time at Mulberry Street UMC. Especially the youth group gatherings at your house for progressive dinners and her kind words and smile when we would meet.

  • Ruth, Tom, and Family:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Love, Jen and Lance

  • My love and prayers to all the family in memory of a dear friend, neighbor, and board member. I liked to tease Margo that she was my older sister, so close was our friendship. The Woodberry Glen Condo Association depended upon her expertise and experience; we knew she was very thoughtful and would give good advice. What a great loss–but she is reunited with Charles and other family members.

  • Ruth, I just happened to learn of your loss on the funeral home site. I never met her but was moved by the family’s story of coming to America. What a legacy! May God bless and comfort you at this time. Dina

  • As a member of the class of 1948, Mt Vernon High I have known Margo for many years. Mostly in later years as we worked to plan our class reunions She was a very vital part of the process and this when I really got to know her best. As with all of us who have lived this long, seen a spouse through a long illness, I think we all consider ourselves very blessed to have lived in this great community for a lifetime. I know she is resting in peace and this is a blessing for Margo and her family…Lenor Cochran

  • My deepest sympathy to Margo’s family. She was an awesome lady and I loved her dearly. She was a wonderful volunteer at The OES Home and so was Charlie (he polished and shined my shoes for a donation to his church). Heaven has gained a beautiful angel and God has given her a crown of many jewels.