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William Elsworth Kesselring, 93, of 804 Third Street, died Monday afternoon, December 27, 1988, in Heartland of Marietta.


He was born on December 2, 1895, at Pleasant City to Sylvanus and Lydia Howell Kesselring. He had spent his early life at Pleasant City and later lived at Reno before moving to Marietta, He had been employed at Lock #17 for 40 years until his retirement as chief engineer in 1958. He was a veteran of WWII and was a member of the American Legion Post 64 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 458.


He married Marie Kidd on September 16, 1919. She preceded him in death. Two sons, Lawrence and Ray, both of Marietta, one daughter, Lucille Whitney, of Huntsville, Alabama, survive this marriage.


In 1930 he married Dorothy Boswell, who died in 1975. Two daughters survive this marriage, Janet Nelson of Marietta and Barbara Casioli of Malvern.

He later married Artie Fox, who survives. He also is survived by 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Cecil of Columbus; and one sister, Gail Morgan of San Diego, California.


He was preceded in death by two daughters, Frances and Naomi Kesselring; one grandchild, three brothers, Henry, Charles, and Elza Kesselring; one sister, Grace Marsh.


Committal services will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday in East Lawn Memorial Park with burial in Valley Cemetery.


Leroy C. Kerr was born in Newport Township, Washington County, Ohio on September 20, 1851, the son of Samuel and Hannah Brown Kerr. His mother died when he was just three years old. He received a common school education and was reared on his father's farm where he obtained considerable knowledge of stock dealing. When he grew to manhood, he engaged in stock buying and shipping for seventeen years. In the spring of 1898 he established a fine livery sale and feed stable.


Leroy married Susie Mackey, a daughter of James Mackey of Marietta Township. They had four children: Carrie H. and Katherine M. Anna born October 28, 1883 died December 16, 1184, and Edith born August 22, 1882 died October 31, 1884. He was a fine Newport Resident

Marietta Times Nov 14, 20078

Mary Elizabeth "Meg" Klein of Marietta died Tuesday (Nov. 11, 2008).

She was born Dec. 11, 1923, to Alice Neptune and Dr. Larry Richard Gale (who died in September of 1923) in Marietta, Ohio. She attended Marietta City Schools until 1938. After her graduation from Norwood High School in Norwood, Ohio, she attended Ohio Wesleyan.

She was married to Ensign Theodore G. Klein on June 9, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. After briefly attending the University of Washington she suspended her formal education to raise a family amidst the many duty transfers that are part of a military career until retirement, when she earned her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Ohio University in 1987.

She lived in Jacksonville, Maitland, and Miami, Fla.; Norfolk, Va.; Seattle, Wash.; Ottumwa, Iowa; Corpus Christi, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio; and retired to the Marietta area in 1968. Throughout her adult life she was an active volunteer in many organizations - Girl Scouts of America, American Red Cross, the Chi Omega fraternity, Navy Relief, VA and Naval hospitals, Friends Hotline, Women's Home Board, Campus Martius docent, Washington County Habitat for Humanity president, church Vestry and Altar Guild, for which she grew and arranged summer flowers. Meg operated the Marathon Bridge for the benefit of charitable organizations for years and many local people have specimens of "Meg's Mice," tiny dressed felt mice. In 1998 she was honored as the Betty Hadler Zonta Woman of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on the campus of Marietta College.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Neptune and Gale; grandparents; her brothers, William Hammett Gale and Larry Richard Gale II; her grandson, Curt Williams; her son-in-law, Benjamin L. Stout; and her husband of 60 years, Ted Klein.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary A. Stout of Lowell and E. Carol Williams (James C.) of Brentwood, Tenn.; grandchildren, Ted Stout (Lisa) of Salem, W.Va., Ginny Stout Hemmer (Dave) of East Amherst, N.Y., Robin Stout Kunikis (Michael) of Lakewood, Ohio, and Beth Williams Martin (Greg) of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Kelsie Marple and Garrett Stout of West Virginia, Meghan and Benjamin Hemmer, and Brennan and Madison Martin; niece, Maureen Hayes of Newport, Ohio; two cousins, Kitty Wren, of Newport and Joann Rinehardt of North Canton; nephews, L.R. Gale of Jefferson City, Mo., and William H. Gale II of Michigan.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 15) at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Second Street, Marietta, with the Revs. Richard Heller and Faith Perrizo officiating. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Hadley Funeral.

Memorials can be sent to St. Luke's Episcopal Church; the James Curtis Williams Scholarship at Birmingham Southern College, Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, Ala.; Shriners Children's Hospitals; or the Devola Volunteer Fire Department.