Ethel Mae Buchenroth, 86, passed away at Logan Acres, surrounded by family, on Dec. 24, 2017. She was born Sept. 16, 1931, to the late Venard V. Hurley and the late Lula Belle Davis Hurley of Bellefontaine.
She was a 1949 graduate of Huntsville High School and married her high school sweetheart, Joe E. Buchenroth on Dec. 11, 1949. He preceded her in death Feb. 29, 2004. She is survived by five children, Bonnie (Dwight) Hansen and Susie (Eric) Whetsel, both of Bellefontaine, Cindy (Jack) Beuschlein and Kerry (Kim) Buchenroth, both of Lewistown, and Steve Buchenroth (fiancée Robin Brandewie) of Huntsville; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and great- and great-great nieces and nephews to whom she was affectionately known as Aunt Tommy. She also was preceded in death by one son. Kris (KT) Buchenroth; one grandchild, Dennis Hansen; one great-grandson. Landan Harris; and two brothers, William Wayne Hurley of Jackson Center and Raymond Hurley of Huntsville.
Ethel was active in various organizations throughout her life, including the Logan County Genealogical Society and the Logan County Historical Society, several home demonstration/Family Community Education clubs, King’s Daughters and Indian Lake Women Who Care. Ethel was especially proud of her work on the Underground Railroad for the Logan County Genealogical and Historical societies. She was able to glean and save valuable information on the UGRR. She was an avid supporter of her children and grandchildren in all endeavors — sports, education and careers. Ethel loved to travel with her husband and lived for family gatherings. Family was very dear to her. Over the years she was a member at the Hopewell, Huntsville and Lewistown United Methodist churches.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where calling is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, and an hour prior to the service. The Rev. Bryan Meadows officiates and interment is in Huntsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan County Genealogical Society, 521 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311, the Logan County Historical Society, 521 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311, and to organizations of the donors’ choices.
Express condolences at www.edsfh.com.