Rita Jean Salyer

January 26, 1928 ‒ October 18, 2014

Waldo, Ohio

Rita Jean Salyer, age 86, of Waldo, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, October 18, 2014 at the Marion General Hospital.

Rita was born on January 26, 1928 in Marion. She graduated from the Waldo High School and then attended business school where she received her business degree. She was retired from the Grady Memorial Hospital where she worked in the medical records.

Rita was a very giving and generous woman. She was completely devoted to her sons and was a loving grandmother to her grandchildren. She had a very warm spirit and she would sew clothes to give to her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She will also be remembered for her lovely doll collection.

She was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was a faithful parishioner.

Those who remain to honor her memory include her son Chris Salyer; grandchildren: Alex Salyer, MacKenzie (Ryan) Crisler, Thomas Salyer and Andrew Salyer; great grandchild Ryleigh Crisler; and daughter-in-law Pat Salyer; Siblings: Fred (Elaine) Thieken and Joy (the late Robert) Greer.

She is preceded in death by her parents Elmore and Florence (Seeger) Thieken; son: Mark and Michael Salyer; brother Herb (Martha) Thieken.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion at 10:30AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to St. Mary Church.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving Rita’s family and your condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Jean was not only my mother in law , she was my friend. A warm heart and gentle soul, she was a pillar of strength. Jean was always there for me and my family. She raised three wonderful boys with hearts of gold, I was fortunate to be able to share everlasting love with one of them. She instantly accepted me as her daughter and she taught me how to love unconditionally . Jean gave to everyone and never expected anything in return. A true Christian in every way. I will miss her dearly.

  • I, as well as the rest of the Hollaway clan, are so very sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. We have been neighbors and friends for forever, and she was one of those people who was just part of our community “family.” She helped me with research on many occasions when I was in school and was always my “go-to” person throughout my life if I needed to find information on countless topics. I treasure a few dolls she gave me and fondly remember a dollhouse that I played with for hours on end as a child – one that she parted from her own collection just for me. I will miss her and will always have fond memories of the Salyers (even if Spot bit me when I was little :-)). I’ve inherited her “bottomless” cup of coffee and a love of very old dolls. Please know that all of our thoughts and prayers are with you.

      • Jean was one of the first people we met when we moved to Waldo twenty-six years ago. Jean traveled to my parents farm, went bird wayching at Kildeer Plains, attended luncheons with me to name a few of the many good times.She was always there to lend a helping hand and share her knowledge of history . She truely was a woman of faith and a gentle soul. My husband and I are going to miss her. She was a blessing in our lives.

  • Chris
    We were so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was one of the greatest women of our little Waldo community. She left you with a wonderful, loving legacy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mike and Wendy Sisson