Mary Jeanette Muth

September 07, 1910 ‒ February 21, 2007

Galion, Ohio

Mary Jeanette “MJ” Muth, 96, of Galion, died Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at Galion Community Hospital Extended Care Unit after an extended illness.

Born Sept. 7, 1910 in Galion, she was the daughter of the late John C. Conaway and the late Edna Whalen Conaway. She was married to Harold D. Muth on June 6, 1934, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Galion. They were married 53 years. Harold preceded her in death on August 22, 1987.

Surviving are her one son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Ruth Muth of Cary, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Don Heimlich of Galion; six grandchildren, Greg Muth of Milligan College, Tenn., LeAnn Reed of Raleigh, N.C., Valerie Kelly of Cary, N.C., Kim Heimlich of Waldo, Chris Heimlich of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Matt Heimlich of Montrose, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Amanda and Kayla Kelly and Nicholas, Kiana and Brody Heimlich.
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She was preceded in death by one grandson, one brother and one sister.

Mary Jeanette graduated from Galion High School and was employed at North Electric Co. in payroll. Her whole life was dedicated to giving service to her community. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was a past president of the Rosary Altar Society and member of the Mansfield Deanery. MJ was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, president of the Leaders Club, served on the Girl Scout Finance and Camp Committees and participated in forming the Lone Star Girl Scout Camp.

MJ was a member of the Galion Community Hospital Auxiliary where she was Reception Desk Chairman for 20 years, Auxiliary Treasurer, In-Service Chairman, Recognition Chairman for 30 years, Auxiliary office assistant for 20 years, served on various committees, and was on the Auxiliary Board. She was a volunteer at “Her Hospital” for over forty-two years and became a friendly hospital fixture. Her joy was receiving the Adelaide Vergon Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 1999.

Mary Jeanette and Harold managed the Golden Age Center for several years. She was very active fixing Thanksgiving Dinners and Baking pies at the Golden Age Center, and played in the Jing-a Lings accompanied by her husband on drums. She was given the Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., by Governor Voinovich at the Ohio State Fair. She received a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding Service as a Board Member and Employee of the Council on Aging. She secured rides for the senior citizen bus and was nutrition sight manager for the Council on Aging. MJ was active with HomeCare Matters and was honored in 1988 with being on the first Board of Trustees of the Crawford County Hospice. She remained on the Board until the merger with Tri-Hospital Home Health Care to form HomeCare Matters Home Health. Her scheduling of the funnel cake stand was very well known about town. Workers said it was very hard to say no to a woman in her 90’s still scheduling. MJ was also honored for her work with the inception of the Hospice organization in Crawford County with a room being named for her at the offices. There is also a room in the new facility on North Market Street in Galion named in her honor. At 96 and being in extended care, she was able to attend the ground breaking for the new facility.

In 1991 MJ received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Galion Area Betterment Commission for efforts and contributions to the people and community of Galion. She loved “Her Galion” and followed every event, even all the sports at the high school. She could name all the athletes and was very proud of them. MJ was also an avid fan and faithful follower of Ohio State Football and Coach Jim Tressel.

She was a Board Member of the Crawford County Cancer Society, where she was chairman of Road to Recovery. She considered being honored in the summer of 2006 as Relay for Life Honorary Chairperson a wonderful experience and was pleased to participate in the event in Bucyrus.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home where Vigil Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with Deacon Ray Lyons. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Very Reverend Michael Schelling, Pastor/Dean officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the HomeCare Matters Home Health, P.O. Box 327, Galion, OH 44833; St. Joseph Activity Center, 135 N. Liberty St., Galion, OH 44833 or to Southern Care Hospice, 775 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, OH 44907.