Juanita M. Hanson-Heck, 87, of Newcomerstown, formerly of Gnadenhutten, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Aultman Hospital in Canton.
Born Jan. 28, 1922, in Mountain, W.Va., (the former Mole Hill, W.Va.), she was a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Myrtle Mae (Forester) Jones.
After growing up in West Virginia, where she was a graduate of Pennsboro High School in 1940. Juanita moved to Gnadenhutten where she made her home for most of her life and had been a longtime member of Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church. Most recently, she had been a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Newcomerstown.
On Dec. 5, 1943, she married Alvin A. Hanson with whom she enjoyed nearly 36 years of marriage until his passing Nov. 1, 1979. They are survived by two children, David Hanson and his companion, Linda Pinchek of Dennison and Mrs. Jayne (Robert) Shaw of Newcomerstown; five grandchildren, Carrie Stewart (Larry) Johnson of Mogadore, Richard (Karen) Baker of Gnadenhutten, Jennifer Steed and her companion, Rob Hand, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Melissa (Rick) Menges of Sugarcreek and Tosten Hanson of Uhrichsville; and five great-grandchildren, Shayne Stewart, and Emily and Erika Johnson of Mogadore, and Hunter and Elena Baker of Gnadenhutten.
Juanita was preceded in death on Jan. 30, 2003, by her second husband, Dwight Raymond Heck to whom she wed June 1, 1984. She is survived by her step-children, Robert (Phyllis) Heck of Denver, Colo., and Ray (Patti) Heck of Louisville, Ky.; three step-grandchildren, Rob and Timothy Heck of Denver and Jennifer Heck of Louisville; and several step-great-grandchildren.
One of 13 siblings, she is survived by two brothers, Howard L. (Eleanor) Jones of Baltimore, Md., and Lester (Norma) Jones of Duncannon, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by six brothers, James, Paul, Lionel, Clarence, Wayne and Chester; and four sisters, Allean Spencer, who had resided in Gnadenhutten, Melissa, Arrahwanna and Bessie.
Juanita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker who loved caring for her family and home. She is fondly remembered for her meticulous attention to detail in all of her domestic duties.
Services, officiated by the Rev. Russel Ham, were Dec. 31, 2009, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home at Dennison. Interment followed in Gnadenhutten-Clay Union Cemetery.
Those wishing to honor her memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832.
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindseyfh.com.