M. Joan Secrist


M. Joan Secrist, 86, of Lancaster, formerly of Bellefontaine, died Aug. 21, 2014, at the Pickering House.

She was born to the late Rev. T.P. and Anne Bohlender Laughner on Feb. 7, 1928, in Terre Haute, Ind.

She was a 1946 graduate of Leetonia High School and she graduated from Wittenberg University in 1950. She obtained an additional undergraduate degree from Wright State University where she also obtained her master’s degree. She was a first grade teacher for 26 years at Northeastern Elementary School in Bellefontaine.

She was active in the Lutheran Church Women, Athenian Club, Retired Teachers Association and bell choir for many years.

Survivors include her sons, Tom Secrist of West Liberty and Mark (Maureen Colopy) Secrist of Middleton, Wis.; daughters, Barbara (Tom) Tobin of Charlotte, N.C., and Ginni (the Rev. Roger) Quay of Lancaster; grandchildren, David Tobin, Claire (Ken) Ingalls, Brian (Corrin) Secrist, Beth Secrist, Nathan Quay and Seth Quay; sisters, Betty (John Olson) Schaffer and Annabelle (Richard) Sitler; and several nieces and nephews.

A service begins at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 1920 W Fair Ave., Lancaster, with the Rev. Diana Gugel officiating. Calling is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, 405 N. Columbus St., Lancaster, and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made in her name to either FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster OH 43130; First Lutheran Church, 208 W. Sandusky Ave., Bellefontaine OH 43311, and memorials of choice. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralhome.com.