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D. Joan Badertscher

After a courageous year and a half battle with cancer, D. Joan Badertscher passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, February 20, 2021 with her loving family at her bedside. She was 83. Joan grew up near Trail, Ohio and was a graduate of Walnut Creek High School in Holmes County. She was also a graduate of Bluffton College, where she met her future husband Daryl Badertscher in 1955 while on a double date. They were married on June 9, 1957 and celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past year. Joan began her career teaching elementary education in the Lima City School System. The family moved to Sugarcreek, Ohio in 1961 where she worked as a clerk for Sugarcreek Livestock Auction and was a consultant for Viviane Woodard Cosmetics. The family moved to Dover, Ohio in 1965 where she focused on being a homemaker and raising two sons, until she got the itch to rejoin the work world upon the kids graduating from high school, at which time she began working for Fluorocarbon/Sparta Manufacturing in Columbia, Ohio. She also ran the food Concession for Trumpet in the Land outdoor amphitheater, prior to co-founding the Dover Station Restaurant with her husband Daryl in 1982, an extremely popular restaurant they ran successfully for 20 years before retiring and selling the business in 2002. She was a legendary cook and gracious hostess who loved providing an abundance of food for large gatherings (typically enough to feed a small army) of family and friends. Every dish she made was delicious, however the list of family favorites always included chicken & noodles, cooked apples, cherry "glop" and graham cracker pudding. Joan was a huge fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers (especially her favorite player Kevin Love), Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes, and of course, her Dover Tornadoes. She was very active in supporting "her kids" activities over the years, serving as president of the Dover Band Boosters and as a member of Dover Mother's Club. Her hobbies included reading, watching cooking shows on TV and crocheting, having created many beautiful afghans, baby blankets and prayer shawls for family members and friends over the years. Joan was an active member of Tabor Ridge Community Church. She taught us, by example, to be kind, loving, giving and to serve others.

She was preceded in death by her father Moses J. Hostetler, mother Ethel (Engel) Hostetler, step-mother Crystal Mae Hostetler, brother John L. Hostetler, and sister June (Harold) Butler. Surviving are her children: Steve (Kim) Badertscher, Marion, Ohio, and Mike (Patty) Badertscher, Marion, Ohio; her grandchildren: T.J. (Ashley) Badertscher, Marion, Ohio, Ryan Badertscher Oahu Hawaii, and Amanda (Kyle) Smithey, Delaware, Ohio, Tiffany (Kevin) Rostorfer, Marion, Ohio, Zach (Amanda) Badertscher, Lexington, Ohio, Wes Badertscher, Marion, Ohio, and De Clarke, Marion, Ohio; her great-grandchildren: Gavin Rostorfer, Madeline Badertscher, Crosby Badertscher, and Liam Smithey; her sister-in-law, Marilyn Hostetler of Canton, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Coletta Mullenhour of Bluffton, Ohio; plus many cherished nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Aultman Cancer Unit staff and Aultman Hospice Care, Tiffany Rostorfer, RN for her loving care in the final days, and Pastor John Dunn and the Tabor Ridge Community Church family for all of their prayers, love, and support.

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, no calling hours or funeral services will be observed at this time. A "Celebration of Life" will take place at a future date with Pastor John Dunn officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tabor Ridge Community Church or American Cancer Society. The Toland-Herzig Funeral Homes & Crematory in Dover is handling the arrangements.

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Published in The Times Reporter on Feb. 23, 2021.
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March 5, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
February 27, 2021
Joan and I were very close in age and our Mothers were First Cousins. I always looked forward to Family reunions when we could spend time together. The last couple reunions were Hosted by Joan and Daryl at their Restaurant. Remembering Good Times and A Person!

Janet Stevanus DuBrule
February 26, 2021
Joan was always very kind and friendly. She was a wonderful mother and supported her sons in their school activities including band and athletics. My sincere condolences to Daryl and her family.
Dixie Heck
February 23, 2021
Daryl, Steve, Mike, and Families'

Rose and I share in your grief and sorrow. Words do not do justice to the life of "Mrs. B". She touched so many lives in her life. Tom & Rose Andreas, Hilton Head, SC
Thomas Andreas
February 23, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Joan's passing. I have such wonderful memories of her and Daryl at the Dover Station for all of those years and the great food they served. I can remember Joan coming out of the kitchen with her apron on and talking with customers. She always had a nice personality and a smile on her face and I could tell she was doing something she loved to do. She had a grandmother like appeal. My thoughts go out to the family she loved so much and the many photos she shared with me. She was a super lady.
Denny Rubright
February 23, 2021
Mrs. "B"- so generous, a larger-than-life figure of my childhood as Mr. B was my principal at East Elementary and was a good friend and colleague of my father, Tom Andreas. Made many trips to the Dover Station restaurant in the 80s and loved visiting with her over good food. My condolences to Steve & Mike and the rest of the family. Most sincerely, Anissa Lewis (Andreas)
Anissa Lewis
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