Mary Jane ‘Janie’ Roof Hursh


Mary Jane “Janie” Roof Hursh passed away at home on Jan. 6, 2015, one day after her 81st birthday, with her children and her husband of 61 years at her side.

Janie, as she was called by those who loved her, was born in Middletown, on Jan. 5, 1934, to the late Beneville and Rosa Reed Roof. She graduated in 1952 from Middletown High School. On June 20, 1953, she married her high school sweetheart, Clayton Hursh in Middletown. The couple spent a year in Kalamazoo, Mich., before returning to Middletown and eventually settling in Bellefontaine to raise their family.

Janie’s children include her daughter, Cheryl (Bob) Mitchell of Bellefontaine, and sons Charles (Deborah Wagy) Hursh of Bellefontaine and Christopher (Angela) Hursh of Cincinnati. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Bob Jr. (Laura) Mitchell, Christi (Wes) Dodds, Brooks (Ashley) Hursh, Jordan Hursh, LilyAna Hursh and Elizabeth Hursh. Janie was also great-grandmother to Laney and Blaine Mitchell. She is also survived by her brothers Ben (Wanda) Roof and Dick (Becky) Roof, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Janie was a loving and generous spirit who always looked for ways to help others. An active member of First United Methodist Church, she served on the United Methodist Women and as superintendent of Sunday School. Janie was a member of the Theta Circle of King’s Daughters and Sons, and the Bellefontaine Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was a Girl Scout leader and the Neighborhood Chairwoman for Appleseed Ridge Girl Scouts in the 1970s. She was also a volunteer for the Mary Rutan Hospital Guild for many years. She was a whiz at solitaire, an expert babysitter, and a skilled home cook.

 A funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Eichholtz, Daring, & Sanford Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where Pastor Ed Beale officiate along with Eastern Star services. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow in Bellefontaine Cemetery. 

 Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine, and to Senior Independence Hospice.

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