Linda K. Fulmer
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ONTARIO: "Enjoy the Journey" was Linda's motto, and through her writing, teaching, and living, she inspired and encouraged others to do the same. She began her journey on November 9, 1947, in Mansfield, OH, born to Burdell and Dorothy (Eyerly) Rader. She lived each day as a blessing for 66 years as a resident of Ontario, OH and passed away on April 30, 2014.
Linda lived and loved and laughed enthusiastically! She was optimistic, energetic and kind. Some of her favorite things were music, movies and theatre, reading and writing, traveling, learning and teaching, nature and animals, the vibrancy of cities and the beauty of farms, and most of all enjoying her friends and family. As an endless cheerleader for her children, grandchildren and community, she attended countless activities, sporting events, and lifetime milestones - always with her camera in hand!
Earning both her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in education from The Ohio State University was an endearing accomplishment for Linda. She retired from teaching in 2004 from Ontario Middle School after 30 years of educating sixth grade students in Language Arts. In addition to being a teacher, Linda held the position as the first Ontario Recreation Coordinator, was active in the Ontario Growth Association, and served as a board member of The Little Buckeye Children's Museum. Her creativity and love of writing motivated her to be the co-author of three books. She continued her passion by writing news articles and her "Enjoying the Journey" series for the Tribune-Courier, which drew the community into her life's adventures!
Linda was connected to her community. She graduated from Ontario Schools, was active in 4-H as a youth and a leader, sang in the choir and was a member of The Ontario United Methodist Church, directed plays and musicals for Ontario High School, and organized the annual Ontario Christmas Bazaar. She shared in her book club, relished time with euchre club members and enjoyed playing cards and going on excursions with her Weebles. In 2013 she served as Grand Marshall of the Ontario Fourth of July Parade.
She is survived by her loving soul mate and husband, Mike Fulmer, whom she married in 1966; her mother Dorothy Rader of Ontario, OH; daughter Beth (Brian) Waterhouse of Powell, OH; sons Scott (Trish) Fulmer, Ontario, OH; Mark (Amanda) Fulmer of Ontario, OH; five treasured grandchildren, Mick, Kearstin, Jordan, Jerod and Zain; sister Pam (Ron) Dille of Ontario, OH; sister in-law Birdie Zimmerman; brother in-law Butch (Linda) Fulmer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by infant sister Laura Jean Rader and father Burdell Rader.
"Living Out Loud" was essential to Linda. So much so, that she created a binder filled with quotes and principles to reaffirm her focus and to help her enter into each day with a clear head and a greater connection to her world. Ever growing and evolving; the light and energy that is Linda will continue to shine brilliantly in our universe!
Linda's family would like to express their deep gratitude for all of the cards, food, flowers, gifts, prayers, kindnesses and support that they received from so many caring people during her illness. A Celebration of Linda's Life will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, OH 44906. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Student Kindness Initiative that will be set up in Linda's Memory.
Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of Linda Fulmer.
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Published in the News Journal on May 18, 2014