SIDNEY - Ella M. Kuck, 101, a long-term resident of Sidney, passed away at 2:40 a..m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community where she had been a resident for the past three years.
She is survived by her two sons, Joe A. Kuck, and wife, Carol, of Cortland, N.Y., and W. Theodore Kuck, and wife, Joan, of New York, N.Y.
Mrs. Kuck was born Ella M. Hoge on March 5, 1912, in New Knoxville. She was the last surviving sibling of 12 children, born to Herman H. Hoge, founder of the Hoge Lumber Co. of New Knoxville, and the former Maria Sophia Oehlrich. Ella's five brothers and six sisters preceded her in death. In addition to her two sons and their wives, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Sue (Oliver) Hoge, of New Knoxville, and several nieces and nephews.
Ella Kuck was a native of New Knoxville, where she was a member of the United Church of Christ. She graduated from New Knoxville High School in 1930 where she played on the high school basketball team. She was awarded the Auglaize County Foul Shooting Championship. She graduated from Miami University in 1934 with a dual major in physical education and biological sciences, and a minor in math and history. Following graduation from college, Ella taught physical education in Gibsonburg, and later in Wickliffe, at which time she was required, as was the custom for single female teachers, to surrender her teaching career when in August 1940 she married Kermit T. Kuck, her childhood sweetheart. Kermit Kuck was the former chairman and president of the Monarch Machine Tool Co. in Sidney. He died in 1989.
Ella participated in many community activities in Sidney as teacher, instructor and philanthropist. As a den mother in Cub Scouting, she encouraged both of her sons to become Eagle Scouts. She was a 4-H Leader, teaching young women to sew, and later was a member of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary where she taught sewing, and donated her time and talents to help those in need in the Sidney and Shelby County area.
She also participated in various organizations both in her church and in the community, including a member of the Shakespeare Club in Sidney, the Gateway Arts Council, and the Book and Travel Club. Mrs. Kuck traveled extensively with her husband throughout Western Europe, Japan and the United States, including Alaska; and in later years, she still desired to see the fjords of Norway and made the trip. She was an avid golfer and a member of the Piqua Country Club, the Moose Club
of Sidney and Shelby Oaks Golf courses, where she won honors several times for her flight and foursomes.
A devoted Christian, member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a Sunday school teacher, Ella supported various organizations and individuals financially, including various Christian charities, the Council for Religious Education, the Dorothy Love Life Care Fund, the Fair Haven Memorial Fund, Wilson Memorial Hospital, the Moody Church Hour, the Hour of Power, WEEC Radio, and her home New Knoxville church, the United Church of Christ, and many other organizations throughout the area, and around the world. The beloved mother of her two sons will be dearly missed.
A private funeral service will be held for the immediate family, Monday, May 20, 2013. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave.
Memorials may be made in her name to St. John's Lutheran Church or to Wilson Memorial Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kuck family at Cromes Funeral Home's website, www.cromesfh.com