Ursula Frieda Thornton

May 05, 1941 ‒ March 11, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Ursula Frieda Thornton, age 77, of Marion, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at Marion General Hospital after an extended illness.

Ursula was born May, 5 1941 in Rothwesten, Germany to the late Oskar and Lina M. (Walkowiak) Hornig.

Ursula met Terry Douglas Thornton, a U.S. soldier, while he was stationed in Germany.  Shortly after, the two were wed July 22, 1970.  Together they started their lives together in Marion, Ohio.

While Ursula was living in Germany, she worked for many years at an insurance company.  In later years, she worked at Bank One in Columbus and The Marion Area Council Center.

Ursula was a kind and caring person, with a feisty personality.  Her love for animals, especially cats, was only overshadowed by the love she had for her family, especially her son Ron.

Ursula will be missed by her husband, Terry; son, Ron (Gwenevere) Thornton of Westerville; step-grandchildren, Joshua (Kari) Benner and Melanie Benner; sisters, Ruth Eckel and Christa (Rainer) Jatho both of Germany; extended family, and countless friends.

Ursula was preceded in death by parents, and brother-in-law, Manfred Eckel.

A memorial gathering will be held at Heartland of Marion, 400 Barks Road West, Marion, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at2:30 p.m. with Earnest Lyons officiating.  Family burial will take place in Germany at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Ursula’s honor to The Marion Area Humane Society.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Ursula’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Ursula was a great woman who has made a big impact on many lives, she will be missed, especially by the staff and care givers at Heartland of Marion. She was a strong woman and as well kind and loving.

  • so so sorry to hear this she was a great roommate to my mom Ida Page she will be missed Rita Krichbaum

  • I will definitely miss Ursula she was next door to my mom Maxine Decker at Heartland…I filled her bird feeder for her and my mom…they both loved to watch the birds…I loved talking to Ursula she told me some fascinating stories about her life in Germany…I really came to care so much for her and I loved her hugs she was a awesome lady

  • Condolences to Roni, Gwendolyn, Doug, Dorothy, Cindy, and other family members.
    Knowing Ursula was a blessed experience! She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. She had a vibrant zest for life and showed it daily through her love for others.
    My little therapy dog, Fifi, and I met Ursula at Heartland almost four years ago. We visited multiple times each week, often taking Ursula on outings. In time, we became great friends. We had so many things in common.
    Ursula quickly became a star character in Fifi’s life. When Fifi and I visited Heartland, Ursula gave Fifi rides on her walker to visit other patients. The two of them had a special bond. When on outings, many thought Fifi was Ursula’s pet.
    Fifi and I are grieving the loss of our dear friend, but are thankful to have been a part of her life.
    I realize wonderful people like her are rare, and a special blessing from God.
    Peace be with you until we meet her again in the presence of our Lord and His holy angels in His glory, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more tears, no more death.

  • Ron So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a blessing to be around. To know her was to love her. My greatest sympathy and thoughts are with you at this tragic time. May God give you peace and strength to through these trying days.