Lila 'Jean' Stober


HOLGATE -- Lila "Jean" Stober, 90, died Friday evening, July 11, 2014, in her Holgate home surrounded by family.

Her Legacy... She was born March 15, 1924, to Lloyd and Olive (Holmes) Krofft. Jean graduated from Ada Local Schools in 1942, and attended Ohio Northern, Cleveland Institute of Art and Otis College of Art in Los Angeles. On June 28, 1946, Jean married Earl S. Stober. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2008. She was a member of the Holgate United Methodist Church, where she was an organist for over 50 years, a member of Holgate Legion Auxiliary, past trustee for Holgate Public Library, initial steering committee member for Henry County Hospice, reading tutor at Holgate Elementary, and member of Eastern Star and Henry County Historical Society. She was a homemaker, as well as worked in the drafting department at Lima Locomotive Works and did bookkeeping for Holgate Implement.

Her Family... She is survived by her three sons, Jeffrey of Holgate, Thomas of Coldwater, Mich., and Mark (Gae Ann), Oceanside, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Kristi), Nick (Brandi), Nate (Erin), Steve, Austin and Jennifer (Lance) Westbrook; stepgrandchildren, Nathaniel (Becky) VonSeggern, Michael (Cristina) VonSeggern, Bree (Rob) Rybka, Eva VonSeggern and Lindy (Jon) Diaz; great-grandchildren, Jarrod and Jakob Stober and Makenzie Westbrook; and great-stepgrandchildren, Mason, Elin and Mackenzie VonSeggern, Olivia ZumMallen and Jeorek Rybka. Jean was preceded in death by daughters-in-law, Judy Stober, Natalie Stober and Lesley Warwick; and an infant daughter.

Her Farewell Services... Friends and family will be received in the Zachrich Funeral Home, Holgate, on Thursday, July 17, from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service. The celebration of Jean's life will be Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Holgate United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m., with Reverend Susan St. Peter officiating. Burial will follow in Cole Cemetery, Florida, Ohio.

Contributions made in Jean's memory can be made to the Holgate United Methodist Church, Henry County Hospice or a charity of your choice. Please visit to leave online condolences.

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