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Giola H. Church


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Giola H. Church Obituary

READING - Giola H. Church, 91, of Reading, passed away early Saturday morning, surrounded by her loving family, at Drews Country Living.

She was born April 25, 1925 in Algansee Township to Welcome and Marie (Donbrock) Marsh.

On November 20, 1943 she married her high school sweetheart, Richard, who was home on leave from the U.S. Army Air Corps. He preceded her in death Oct. 15, 2004 after 60 years of marriage.

Giola was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a sales representative for Reading Realty for many years. Mrs. Church retired from Hillsdale College where she had been the manager of the Dow Conference Center for 23 years. She and her husband enjoyed their winters at their home in Wildwood, Florida for many years. She was a homemaker and was known for her excellent home cooking and baking (especially her cookies). She loved gardening, lawn work and was proud of her flowers and yard. She was an avid reader and loved reading books on her Nook!

Surviving is her son, Richard and wife, Cheryl, of Reading; three loving grandchildren, Andrea (Jim) McCormick of Jonesville, Brent Church of Reading, and Jennifer (Chad Youngs) Westfall of Reading; four loving great-grandchildren, Cody Church of Paducah KY, Kalie Spencer and Noah McCormick of Jonesville, and Braeden Westfall of Reading. Also surviving is one brother, Harry (Janet) Marsh of Quincy; one sister, Betty Cleveland of Allen; brother-in-law, Les Avery of Denver CO; two sisters-in-law, Pat Marsh of Coldwater and Jolene Marsh of Reading; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Bruce Marsh, Duane Marsh, George Marsh and his wife Delores Marsh; two sisters, Jacqueline Avery, Beverly Hodge and her husband Herman; and brother-in-law, Lehman Cleveland.

She was dearly loved by all her family and will be greatly missed.

Visitation is scheduled Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel, Reading. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Maplewood Cemetery, Reading.

Memorials are suggested to the Reading District Library.

To view this obituary or send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on June 20, 2016
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