Velma May Young Whatman

July 17, 1919 ‒ June 16, 2014

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE:  Entering Heaven’s gate with a plate of her famous cinnamon rolls, Velma May Young Whatman, Christ’s faithful servant has kept her faith and finished her race.  Velma passed away Monday afternoon June 16, 2014 in the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon. She was 94.

Born Velma May Heldenbrand July 17, 1919 in Butler to Howard and Mary (Brokaw) Heldenbrand, she was a lifelong Clear Fork Valley resident.

A gifted baker, Velma baked tasty peach pie and apple dumplings, but her cinnamon rolls were simply unforgettable. She baked professionally for the former San Dar Restaurant in Bellville.  Velma retired from Gorman Rupp Industries in 1982.  She loved making crafts and shared many with her children and grandchildren.

In 1942 she began her membership with the former Bellville Church of God, and currently attended Clear Fork Alliance Church.

Velma was preceded in death by her first husband Floyd C. Young and her second husband Albert T. Whatman.

Surviving are her son Floyd (Dot) Young of Bellville; daughters Alice (Jack) Emery of Newark, Linda (Ed) Wilson of Bellville, Emily Sensmeier of Mansfield and Pam (Mike) Thompson of Howard; step children Ray (Cathy) Whatman, Charles (Charlot) Whatman, Don (Dotty) Whatman, Dave (Debbie) Whatman and Carol Lehnhart all of Bellville; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; special friend Melba Zoladz.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Marie Lewandowski, Esther Coltas, Thelma Allen, and Martha Nixon; and brothers Harold Heldenbrand, Arnold Heldenbrand, Bill Wheatcraft, and Rex Scott.

Her family will receive friends Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Dr. Michael Stine and Pastor Bill Fennell will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to the Ohio Eastern Star Home’s Activities Department may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Dear Stacy and family:
    Please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Good bless all of you.
    Anna McLaughlin

  • To: All of Aunt Velma’s children she taught me things in life that only an aunt could do. She was and always be missed by me. God Bless you all as she has went home to rest. Love Cheryl

  • To all of Velma’s family, as many as you know Velma was very special to me as well. I just wanted to say it was a great joy to know her and wish you my deepest condolences! You all are in my thoughts and prayers.With love Jamie

  • So very sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort continue to furnish your family with peace and hope during this difficult time.
    John 5:28,29

  • We were sorry to read of Velma’s passing. She leaves behind a great legacy in her family and friends. We know she was greatly loved and respected and will be sadly missed. Her life was a blessing.
    Loving thoughts,
    The Tom Carroll Family