Marietta C. Van Fossen

December 17, 1922 ‒ January 17, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Marietta C. Van Fossen, age 94, of Mount Vernon passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at her home with her family by her side.

She was born on December 17, 1922 in Licking County to the late Perry and Myrtle (Jones) Adams. Marietta was a graduate of Utica High School Class of 1940 and later from Muskingum College Class of 1944. She began teaching in Appleton, Ohio in 1942. She moved to Obetz, Ohio and taught there from 1945-1949. Marietta retired from North Fork School District Utica Elementary School where she taught from 1967-1984. She was an active member at Gay St. United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women for over 59 years. Marietta was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by her children Beth (David) Sheffer, Roger Van Fossen, Kay Moreland; her grandchildren, Melissa (William) Ho, D. Curtis (Brandie) Sheffer, Katelyn (Alex) Hanson; Kara Moreland; her great grandchildren, Whitney Ho, Malerie Ho and Dylan Sheffer; her sister Virginia Yeakley; her sister-in-law Jean Adams and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marietta was preceded in death by her husband, of over 60 years, D. Leon Van Fossen; her son Dennis Van Fossen; and her brother J. Robert Adams.

Friends may call on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 1-2PM at the Gay St. United Methodist Church. A service will follow with Rev. Denise Marikis officiating. A private burial will be held in South Lawn Cemetery in Utica.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Gay St. United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Knox County.

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  • Roger, Beth and Kay:

    Condolences, Hugs and Prayers. I’m thinking of you all often and hope that you can find peace.

    Desi

  • Chris an I are so sorry Kay. Please accept our condolences. We are praying for you an your family. Remember she is at peace in God’s wonderful hands.

  • Beth, Roger, & Kay, Your mom was like a second mom to me. She was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. My thoughts & prayers for all of you. Love Pam Parker & family

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Blessings.
    Jan Humphreys Gibbs and family

  • My mother, Zelma Lapp Barth, was a classmate of Teddy’s at Muskingum and they remained friends for many years after graduation. She joins me in expressing our sincere sympathy to your family. We were raised by amazing women!

  • Beth, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I remember her so fondly as my third grade teacher for most of the school year when Mrs. Brown became ill. She was a sweet lady. I know you will miss her. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace.
    Sherre Morrison Packard

  • Beth,Roger and Kay (and all families) – The world has forever been changed by the home going of your sweet ,beloved Mother…there are no words .She will be missed ,forever.We were so very blessed and honored to have been able to call her neighbor for over 3 decades,and friend.Her impact on our lives left huge footprints on our hearts.The beauty of who she was shone so beautifully as I watched each of you take such tender loving care of her and allow her to remain where she was most comfortable,at home-thank you for restoring a belief in family .Do let us know if there is anything we can do…and Roger (or Kay) move home-we need a Van Fossen neighbor.humbly we add much love!
    Karl,Darcy and Lil

  • The Sheffer Family,
    Warm thoughts from me in Florida. My sister , Gloria, had Mrs Van Fossen in elementary in Utica. I seemed to be a matchmaker so I feel part of the family. What a wonderful lady.

    Hugs
    Appalachia Perry

    • Thank you, Perry the Appalachian Matchmaker. Gay Street United Methodist church, and its members will remain forever in our hearts. For generations, our family experienced Christ’s love in that place. It all started with my grandmother, Marietta, who taught us how to be a faithful and loving servants of God.

  • To the family of Mrs. Van Fossen. She was my second grade teacher at Utica elementary. No words can express the impact she made on my life. I have thought of her often over the years. She was truly a very special woman. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • We send our deepest sympathy to you Beth and your family. The Lord has called your mom home to comfort her in Heaven. I pray the Lord wraps His comforting arms around you all and sends you love and peace during this difficult time.

  • We were very saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a lovely woman and she and her family were, by far, the best neighbors we have ever had. I am so sorry that we were unable to attend the visitation but want you all to know that Mike and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • She was a special teacher and a special friend. I was in her classes for 3rd and 4th grade at Bennington- Liberty school. Have missed having her at the school reunions.

  • Sorry to see Marietta’s passing. She was a great friend to my mother and we always like to take her veggies. My thoughts are with the Family

  • To all of the Family of Marietta.
    In the short time I knew her we had a fun time playing canasta…kidding each other and then indulging in treats. I will fondly remember those monthly canasta games
    being with her. Barbara Perkins

  • I knew Marietta through church for a very long time; however, the last couple of years I was included in the monthly cantata games. What an honor and privilege it was. Marietta enjoyed her cards and socializing. She was truly a gentle lady. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Dear family, So saddened at the news of Marietta’s passing. What a lovely person and sweet lady. We all have such fond memories of your mom and dad and Aunt Vada and Uncle Don. We know where she is now and heaven is a brighter place. I’m sure Buddy was waiting and asking what took her so long. Most Sincerely, Steve and Julie (Van Fossen) Atwood and family, Tom and Judy Van Fossen and Louanne Van Fossen-Moberly and family.

  • Dear family, So saddened at the news of Marietta’s passing. What a lovely person and sweet lady. We all have such fond memories of your mom and dad and Aunt Vada and Uncle Don. We know where she is now and heaven is a brighter place. I’m sure Buddy was waiting and asking what took her so long. Most Sincerely, Steve and Julie (Van Fossen) Atwood and family, Tom and Judy Van Fossen and Louanne Van Fossen-Moberly and family.

  • Sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. I enjoyed working with her at church. I loved those great cream puffs!. blessing to your family. Norma Siekkinen