Viola Wachs

December 07, 1944 ‒ January 04, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Viola Maxine Melton Wachs went to be with her Lord, January 4, 2017.

Viola was born October 20, 1926 to Fred Estil and Ola Beatrice (Siebenthal) Melton in Okmulgee Oklahoma.  As a young girl Viola’s family moved to Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  Viola met her one true love, Donn Earle Wachs, while roller skating on the town square with her best friend Helen.

Viola married Donn Earle Wachs, December 7, 1944 in Amarillo, Texas where he was stationed with the Army/Air Force.  Viola returned home to the Mansfield area where she kept the home fires burning and to start her career as a wife, mother and homemaker.  As a mother of five she did the usual chores, cleaning, laundry, ironing etc but that was not enough to keep her busy, she would paint rooms, rearrange the furniture, sew clothes and work in the flower beds.  She also had a way of making every holiday special for her family and friends.

The First Friend’s Church was a very important part of her life.  She held the office of treasurer for many years.  She also hosted many of the church functions including one of the most memorable for the Youth Group was her famous Halloween Haunted Basement.   It was also through the church where she befriended a young mother bringing her to stay with her family till she could get on her feet again.  Viola would always go out of her way to help.

Viola is survived by her 5 daughters, Karen McWilliams of Mansfield, Marilyn (John) Freer of Massillon, Ellen (Bob) Miller of Oak Hill, WV, Donna (David) Wittmer of Mansfield and Miriam Bostic of Mansfield.  5 Grandchildren, Chad (Kim) McWilliams of Mansfield, Jennifer (John) Budd of Tucson, Donn (Angie) Freer of Canal Fulton, Danielle (Chris) Tisler of Medina and Brittany (Tim) Maust of Mansfield.  13 Great Grandchildren, Jordan and Abby McWilliams, Lauren Budd, Aaron and Adam Kistner, Autumn Freer, Caeden, Caleb, Cooper and Carson Tisler, and Maddy, Mason and Lukas Maust.  A brother, Jim (Sylvia) Melton of Mt. Vernon, nephew Jeff (Gwen) Melton, Great nephews Nick (Caitlynd) Melton of Mansfield, Jay Melton of Mt. Vernon and Zack Melton of Bridgeport and other relatives.  She is also survived by her special extended family, Kaye Massie, Heather Solon, Sarah (Vald) Martinez, Ken Massie and their families.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 55+ years, Donn Earle Wachs and her sister and brother in law, Mildred and Jack Hookway.

The Wachs family will receive friends Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Viola’s life will begin immediately at 2 p.m. Pastor Dick Pass will speak. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to Southern Care Hospice. Viola’s family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Mansfield Memorial Homes, Southern Care Hospice and the Snyder Funeral Home family for their outstanding care during a very difficult time.

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  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy to Karen, Chad , Kim, Jordan and Abby McWilliams. I am glad we ran into you last night. RIP

  • Karen, Chad and family:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God keep you in His loving arms during this difficult time.

    Jo and Denny Isch

  • I am very sorry for your loss. I have some special memories of spending time at the Wachs house and your mother’s cooking. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. As a child I remember the Halloweens spent at the Wach’s home. I also have very fond memories of spending time with the family at their home and at First Friends Church.

  • Ellen, Karen, Donna, Miriam and Marilyn

    Sadden to hear of your mothers passing. My prayers are with all of you.

    Bill Lewis

  • Im so sorry to hear of your loss of your mother my friend You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  • So sorry to learn of Aunt Maxine’s passing. She was a wonderful person and lived a long live. So sorry we will not be able to attend her services today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all 0f you.
    Roger & Penny Meredith

  • Our hearts were saddened to read of Maxine’s passing. She was such a dear lady, we so appreciated her help looking after Norma, she was a wonderful friend to her. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Jack &Judy Blandi