Pauline E. Hedding

May 31, 1917 ‒ April 19, 2010

Marion, Ohio

Pauline Elizabeth Hedding, age 92, of Marion and formerly of the Kingston residence, went to be with the Lord and her husband, on Monday morning, April 19, 2010, following a “good long life” and a short six week battle with pneumonia.

On May 31, 1917, Pauline was born in Marion County, the daughter of the late Charles F. and Sophia (Heimlich) Kaelber. She graduated from Waldo High School in the Class of 1935 and attended Capital University, where she earned a two year teaching degree in elementary education.

Pauline began her working career teaching 5th and 6th grade at Martel, where she met her husband to be, Jay R. Hedding, while working with the Martel Grange. Soon thereafter, on June 8, 1941, Pauline married Jay in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Waldo. They celebrated 55 ½ years together before Jay passed away January 5, 1997.

After Martel, Pauline transferred to the Marion City School System and taught at the Silver Street Elementary. During this time she also continued her education, graduating from the Ohio Northern University in Elementary Education in 1957. After teaching for 39 ½ years (6 years at Martel and 33 ½ years at Silver Street) she retired in 1981. Soon after retiring, she was honored to receive the Woman of the Year Award from the American Business Women Association (ABWA). Nevertheless, she continued her work with children, volunteering her next five years to the Safety City Program. She was a member of the Marion City/County Retired Teachers’ Association and a Life Member of the Ohio Education Association (OEA).

A woman of faith, Pauline was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she had been active in the Ladies’ Circle and moderator of Presbyterian Women’s Association.

With a love for music, Pauline served as choir director at the Iberia Presbyterian Church for many years. Also, she enjoyed singing in the Marion Lecture Recital Club and in the Marion Senior Citizen’s Chorus.

Extremely active within the Marion community, Pauline was a 50 year member of the Vera Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Caledonia, where she was a Past Worthy Matron. Also, she had been a Past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Marion. For the Masonic temples in Marion and Caledonia, Pauline cooked many dinners, and she had other Masonic affiliations such as the Ladies Oriental Shrine Thea Court #5 in Columbus. She was also a 50 plus year member of the Bethlehem Grange.

Pauline will be dearly missed by her two daughters: Juanita Kay (Steve) Mitchell of Uniontown, OH, and their two sons: Michael Mitchell (Ted Altschuler) of New York City, and David (Shannon) Mitchell of Louisville, KY; and Bernita Gay (Michael) Beck of Plain City, OH, and their two daughters: Angela Beck of Plain City, OH, and Heather (Scott) Griswold of Westerville, OH; and two great-grandchildren: Gaven and Cadence Mitchell of Louisville, KY; and a sister-in-law Fay Burgener of Upper Arlington, OH.

Including her husband and parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her daughter, Rownita Vay Hedding; three brothers: Harry, Oscar, and Woodrow Kaelber; and a brother-in-law, Ory Hedding.

Pauline’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where Eastern Star services will follow immediately at 7 p.m. Services celebrating her life will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, with Rev. Charles Stenner officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Pauline’s family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Dr. Arora, the staff at Marion Manor, and her Kingston Family all who took such loving care of Mom.

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