Jennie Lee Wheelbarger Blauch – September 26, 2017

Jennie Lee Wheelbarger Blauch 95 of Sugarcreek died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at New Dawn Nursing Home in Dover. She was born December 9, 1921 in Dayton, Ohio. Her parents were Albert Samuel Wheelbarger and Ruth Seltzer.

Jennie’s father, Albert migrated from Dayton, Virginia to Dayton, Ohio as a young adult and he worked his entire life for the National Cash Register Company where he was an inventor. Jennie attended Steel High School and Parker Co-Op in Dayton, Ohio.  After graduating from high school, she worked for one year at Brown and Brockmeier Company as a secretary before attending Otterbein College. Jennie received scholarships to Otterbein College in Piano, Accordian, and Voice. It is at Otterbein where Jennie met her future husband, Doyle S. Blauch.  They were both students at the college until Doyle joined the Army and went to Europe as a medic on the front lines.  At that time, Jennie began working as Secretary to Professor Martin, President of the College.  After Doyle returned home from the war, they made their home in Westerville where Doyle taught High School science courses in Columbus, OH. After several years, they then moved to Wyoming for two years where Doyle taught school and Jennie taught accordion to young children.  Upon leaving Wyoming, they moved to Wooster, Ohio, where Doyle taught high school and Jennie worked at the College of Wooster.  After many years of teaching, Doyle pursued his PhD degree and they moved to West Virginia where Jennie worked in the Library at West Liberty State College in West Virginia and Doyle taught science courses.  When Doyle retired, they moved to Sugarcreek and Jennie began teaching piano to the young children and had many students and recitals which gave her great pleasure. 

She was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek and also a member for many years of the Fort Knightly Music Club which she greatly enjoyed. Jennie was in every sense truly a very loving godly woman who believed in and loved the Lord as much as she did her family.  She represented at all times as a genuinely honest and gentle lady. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Sarah and grandson, Sam as well as those whose lives she has touched. 

Memorial services for Jennie will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the First Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek with Rev. Jayne Byler officiating.  Arrangements are being handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.