December 2017

Stephen K. Rowley II

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Born December 2, 1936, my father grew up in Bellaire, Ohio. He was the son of an engineer and school teacher, in a blue-collar part of Ohio. His mother and father divorced while he was still in middle school and he moved to Pompano Beach, Florida with his father, while his sister, Pat, stayed with his mother in Ohio. After high school he joined the United States Air Force to get college funding via the G.I. Bill. Steve attended Ohio University where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. It was during this time that he met and married my mother, Joyce Ann. Steve was hired by Ford Motor’s Body Engineering division. He held this job until his retirement in 1994. He acquired a couple of patents for latch mechanisms – one of which I still see on current model Econoline van windows. He was a key player in development of Ford’s Electric “Moon Roof” programs. My father was at times fun loving, and other times a stern task master. When we were little, he loved to get down on the floor and let my sister and me climb all over him. He enjoyed driving cars and motorcycles fast, and in the 70’s he gave himself the CB handle “Lead Foot”! He was active in Cub Scouts and together we built many pinewood derby cars. He taught me a lot of woodworking and mechanic skills at an early age, which served me well in Jr. High Wood Shop, and has helped to make me “handy” throughout life. He was a perfectionist, who held himself to a high standard, and expected the same of his son. He taught me that it’s better to “keep your mouth shut and appear stupid, then to open it and remove all doubt.” This philosophy stuck with me and has served me well in my career. My father had many hobbies that he was deeply involved in. Most notably he was a numismatist – a collector and dealer of coins and paper money, a field he enjoyed success and recognition in. Coin shows became a staple of our family’s weekends for much of the 70’s and 80’s. His other hobbies included sailing, black powder guns, pocket knives, early computing (Commodore 64, etc.) and kites. Unfortunately, my father picked up one habit that would be his downfall – smoking. On various occasions he tried to kick the habit, but every time it got the better of him. For most of his adult life he smoked two packs of Pall Mall Reds a day. His retirement was primarily due to the difficulty he was having with Peripheral Arterial Disease (thank you American Tobacco Co.). On September 4, 1996 he died. With regret, he never had a chance to meet his grandsons, the first of whom was born in 1998.

 

 

November 2017

Linda Kartes

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Laughter and tears, joy and sorrow.

Anyone who has deeply loved someone who has passed, has experienced these emotions.

I met the love of my life, Linda Kartes, on a blind date.  We met in November, her birth month.  We celebrated the day we met as an important anniversary, for we both fell in love that night.

Linda was full of life, with this special, beautiful, welcoming smile and laughter.  You met her once and felt like you had known and loved her for years. 

We had a wonderful, fun, happy, marriage.  Years later, we realized she was ill the whole time.  Linda’s last four years were brutal, but she hung in, trying hard to get better.  Her disease eventually took everything but her love of me from her.

I thank God we had each other as long as we did.

Thank you to New Hope for this opportunity to honor my loving wife, Linda.

With love,
Alan Walthall

October 2017

Hannah Rose Doody

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Our daughter Hannah Rose Doody was a phenomenal child. In her short 7

years she made a huge impact on the world around her. She had a way of

making everyone feel special and she lived life to the fullest!
 

Hannah had a great love and passion for animals…you name it, she has

every type of stuffed animal and begged us to get a cat, a dog or even a

turtle, however we finally settled on bunny named, Snowball.
 

Hannah was very spunky and willing to try out any new adventure that came

her way. She loved gymnastics, soccer, dance and music and seemingly most things came natural to her.
 

Hannah knew how to love and made those around her feel very special. As a matter of fact, many of her classmates shared that Hannah was their “best friend” and her Kindergarten teacher commented that she could always count on Hannah for a BIG HUG.
 

Hannah’s love did not stop there, she loved the Lord! She was bold about her faith and enjoyed attending our church, singing in the choir and praying for her teachers, friends and family.
 

We miss Hannah tremendously but we know in her short years on this earth,

she embraced life to its fullest and helped us see life in a whole new light.

Hannah made us very proud and her spirit lives in our hearts forever.
 

With Love,

The Doody Family

 

 

December 2017 - Stephen K. Rowley II

November 2017 - Linda Kartes

October 2017 - Hannah Rose Doody