Eleanor Witzky

Eleanor L. Witzky Lash

LEXINGTON: It was by grace that Eleanor Lash was saved through faith - the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). She did not rely on good works to save her, yet her strong Christian faith showed itself by her good works. And Eleanor was a woman who knew work.

As a single mother raising five children, she knew work. As a full-time career woman, she knew work. And as a full-time caregiver, she knew work.

Eleanor's work is complete, as she went to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, December 22, 2012 from MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. She was 84.

Born Eleanor Louise Witzky June 27, 1928 near Lexington, she was the daughter of Adolph H. and Mary Viona (Davidson) Witzky.

She was a Mansfield area resident most of her life. When her position with Bell Telephone was moved to Canton, she moved there in 1969 to keep her job, and returned to Mansfield in 1981 following her retirement.

Eleanor had been active first in Marion Avenue Grace Brethren Church, and later at Woodville Grace Brethren, Lexington Grace Brethren, and more recently Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church. She served the congregations as nursery worker, VBS worker and greeter.

Remembered for her generosity and heart-felt caring, Eleanor was an excellent cook. Her bread stuffing and pot roast recipes were examples of her comfort food cooking style.

She is survived by a family she dearly loved, on whom she focused most of her time and attention. They include her children Kathleen & Bertin Ousley of Butler; Benjamin "Mark" & Debbie Crump of Warsaw, IN, Robin & Ronnie Thompson of Butler and William Douglas Clapp of Canton; 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren; siblings Charles R. Witzky of Hudson, Gene E. & Margaret Witzky of Lexington, Robert T. & Alice Witzky of Mansfield, James L. & Beverly Witzky of Howard, Brenda J. & Robert Juday of Albuquerque, NM and Phyllis K. & James Arnott of Altavista, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold Lash, a son Robert Dana Clapp, and a brother Harold E. Witzky.

Her family will receive friends Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Pastor Les Vnasdale and her brother Pastor Gene Witzky will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in her memory to Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church or Worthington Township Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Mrs. Lash's family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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Published in the News Journal from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, 2012