A Celebration of
Life will be held for Jonny Van and Martha Jane (Shaffer) Sidenbender on
Sunday, April 10th at the Rockford Community Building (402 Holly St.,
Rockford) between 2:00 and 4:00. This will be an informal gathering
when family and friends can share favorite stories and memories of Jon
and Martha with one another.
(Shaffer) Sidenbender, 85, of Rockford passed away on November 6, 2021,
at Vancrest Nursing Home in St. Marys.
Martha was a 1954
graduate of Rockford High School. She was a mail carrier, working from
the Rockford and Ohio City offices for over 30 years and belonged to the
National Rural Letter Carriers Association. Martha was a member of the
Rockford United Methodist Church and was active in the United Methodist
Women's activities. Martha was a very dedicated Band Mother, working in
the concession stands for many years. She also enjoyed supporting her
grandchildren in their many endeavors over the years.
with children and grandchildren (listed below), are brothers-in-law
Tommy (Barb) Sidenbender of Rockford and Nick DeLong of Antwerp.
Preceding Martha in death were eight brothers and one sister: Glenn (Donna), Robert, Thurman (Virginia), Basil (Wilma), Leland (Pauline), Don (Norma, Charles (Patricia) and Leo Jr (JoAnn) Shaffer and Mary Shaffer DeLong.
Sidenbender, 86, of Rockford passed away on August 16, 2021, at Vancrest
Nursing Home in St. Mary's.
Jonny was a 1953
graduate of Rockford High School. Following graduation from high school,
Jonny served in the US Army from 1953 - 1955, where he was the Company
Clerk. He was a teacher and coach for Parkway Local Schools and then a
Secondary Supervisor for Mercer County Educational Service Center. Jonny
also served for many years as the Midwest Athletic Conference (The MAC)
Surviving is one brother, Tommy Lynn (Barb) Sidenbender of Rockford and four daughters: Karen (Casey) Nuttle of Rockford, Kaye (Kevin) Ross of Rockford, Kelley (Brian) Hager of Kettering, and Karla (John) Butler of Rockford; 12 grandchildren: Jordan (Alison) Ross, Grant (Jasmine) Ross, Eric Bills, Kristin Nuttle (Chris) McDorman, Andy (Stephanie) Hager, Drew (Brad Hansman) Ross, Craig (Lisa) Bills, Michael (Alaine) Nuttle, Ben (Amanda Amburgey) Hager, Joe (Irene Brooks) Hager, Krista Butler (Tom) Baer, Shaun Butler; and 15 great grandchildren.
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