Ruby Irene Nettelhorst

June 17, 1922 ‒ January 04, 2018

Fort Myers, Florida
Formerly of Sunbury, Ohio

Ruby Irene Nettelhorst, age 95 of Fort Myers and long-time Sunbury resident died Thursday morning, January 4, 2018 at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Ruby Irene (Comstock) Nettelhorst was born to Glendon and Levena (Lott) Comstock in Condit, on June 17, 1922.  She was a twin–Ralph, he passed in 1994.

She attended the two-room school house that stood next to the Trenton Cemetery for her first year and then to Sunbury, where she graduated in 1940.  She joined the Condit Presbyterian Church April 7, 1935.

She married Charles Nettelhorst in April 1941.  In 1949, after starting their business, Sunbury Plumbing and Heating, where she was bookkeeper, they built a home on Otis Street where they lived for 60 years before moving to Florida in 2010.

She was a leader of a Girl Scout troop, helped with the Boy Scouts, and worked with the BW Band Boosters.  She was a member of the Pythian Sisters and enjoyed the Mid-Ohio Camera Club and the ladies Euchre Club.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the BSTG Ladies Auxiliary.

She loved to crochet beautiful afghans and baby afghans, and to give them as gifts, making over 70.  Ruby did amazing embroidery and cut work pieces, and later kept friends and family supplied with scrubbies.  She never missed sending a card for birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy or thinking of you, and she loved to get cards and correspond with so many people.

She and Charles traveled extensively in the United States and Canada, enjoying the motorhome lifestyle and wintering in Florida.  She so enjoyed the COTC Travel Club.  Many great times, and delicious potlucks, with wonderful friends and family, were had at “The Woods”, their private campground on the family farm.

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles, brother Ralph Comstock, and sister Florence Mae Murray.

Those left to cherish her memory:  Sons: Roger (Linda) Nettelhorst and Ralph (Bobbie) Nettelhorst. Daughter: Ruth (Frank) Pickell. Grandchildren:

Dale Fling, Steve (Kerry Bonaventura) Fling, and Billy (Darla Frakes) Fling, Teri (John) Stinauer, Vicki (Dan) Kurkimillis, Rodney (Cynthia) Nettelhorst, Douglas Nettelhorst, Sarah (Shep) Critzer, Michael Nettelhorst.  11 Great-Grandchildren, and 2 Great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Noon at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Burial to follow at Trenton Cemetery in Sunbury.  Friends may call from 10 AM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Condit Presbyterian Church, 15102 Hartford Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mrs. Nettelhorst’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at


  • Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. We enjoyed monday breakfast with them here in Ohio and Florida.

  • Dale, Steve and Billy: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandmother. I know she must have been a special lady

  • I have many good memories of Chuck and Ruby as I grew up and as an adult. I enjoyed emails from Ruby and Christmas cards. Rest well good friend.

  • Ruby and Chuck were wonderful neighbors when I lived in town. Ruby always had a beautiful smile and words of encouragement. I enjoyed many fine years of worshiping at Condit with them as well and great times at “The Woods”. May they Rest In Peace together again. May God carry you all with your memories.
    Susie Milem

  • A lady, yes, truly a lady! And a consummate hostess, especially at “The Woods!”
    She and I shared thoughts about her faith, her handwork, her family and life in general. She was not one to harbor a grudge, nor to speak ill of anyone else. She saw a lot of life in her 95 years and graciously touched many lives! May you, her dear ones, be comforted knowing that she is at peace, with God.

  • I’m so sad to hear of Ruby’s passing. I got to know her late in life, although we were cousins (she and my Dad were first cousins, and I don’t know what that made Ruby and me), but I’m so grateful for the time we had in Florida with her and Chuck.
    I’m going to miss our spring visits.
    My love and condolences to the family.

  • Our sincere sympathy to the families of Ruby. She was indeed a sincere, dear lady. Ready to help whenever she could, keeping up with Big Walnut grads was a priority. A faithful worker at her church I am sure. You were blessed with many years with her. Prayers and thoughts for you at this difficult time.

  • It is with deep sorrow that I must write this brief note of sympathy after learning of the passing of Mrs. Nettelhorst. In all of our moments with her in the sharing of conversation and “scrubbies” we never left without feeling that we wanted to stay longer to continue the sharing. In spite of all the pain and suffering she endured her cheerful countenance always made you happy to be with her. She will certainly be missed but she has earned her eternal rest from all her struggles.

  • Sincere Sympathy to the Family of Ruby, She was one of the nicest ladies we have ever known, Always so pleasant and great to be around. We enjoyed several Sunbury days together in Florida and it was always a great to see Chuck and Ruby.

  • Dear Nettlehorst family I am a relative. My father was Kenneth Metzger and his father was a cousin to Chuck. I got to know Ruby and I truly loved our talks before she moved to Florida. She was related on my mothers side also because of the Lott connection. I just want you all to know how Deeply I feel your loss at this time. She is with the Lord now and at peace. No more suffering she is set free from this earth. God bless you all.

  • Dear Ruth, your mom was a very sweet lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her. I will always remember her and be grateful to her. You see, when her household items were auctioned I purchased a box of kitchen items that had a square angel food cake pan in it. Well I use it regularly and am often asked where I got a square cake pan and the answer – Ruby, my dear friend Ruth’s mother. And her oatmeal bread recipe was fabulous. She will be missed and you are blessed to call her Mother.
    Love, Your friend Debbie

  • Ruth, Roger and Ralph,

    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I remember her very well as I was growing up. Our little group used to run around on Rainbow, Harrison and Otis Streets. Often think of those days in Girl Scouts.
    She was one of the Mom’s that was home and her house had an open door. She will surely be welcomed at heavens gates. Always, Bette Hoke Roberts.