Beatrice Ann “Bea Ann” (Shumaker) Blosser, 94, of Lancaster, formerly of Pleasantville, went to her eternal home on Monday, November 11, 2019, at the Pickering House. Beatrice was born Wednesday, January 7, 1925, at the Lancaster Hospital. She was the second of three daughters of the late Walter S. Shumaker (d. 1983) and Mary (Friesner)Shumaker (d. 1993) of Bremen.
Beatrice was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Merrill E. Blosser on 24 April 2007.
Bea was raised on a farm near Bremen. She graduated from Rushcreek Memorial High School, Class of 1943. In her senior year, she worked on Saturday at SS Kresege Store in Lancaster selling candy and popcorn.
Following graduation, she worked at the National Bank, Columbus. She enrolled at OSU where she studied clothing, design and textiles in the Home Economics Department. She also was employed at Montaldo’s – an exclusive ladies apparel shop in Columbus.
Later Bea worked at Madison’s clothing store in Columbus as manager of the millinery department. When that department closed, Bea Ann came to Lancaster and was manager of the millinery deparatment at Manson’s until it closed.
Previously, she worked at Harpers Printing Company in Columbus. Later she served as the assistant to the head administrator of all the civilians stationed at the Port Columbus Naval Air Base until WWII ended and the base closed.
Beatrice returned to her parents home and waited to be married to her high school classmate, Merrill E. Blosser, on July 14, 1946, following Merrill’s honorable discharge from the U.S. Army after returning from the battlefields in Italy.
The happy couple moved to Toledo, where Merrill attended barber college. Following his graduation, they moved to Columbus where he completed his apprenticeship. During that time, Beatrice was employed as a sales person at F&R Lazarus. When Merrill finished his apprenticeship, they moved to Pleasantville, where they opened a barbershop and later an insurance agency. Beatrice joined the insurance business, selling health insurance for AFLAC Insurance Company.
Together, they served the community for 55 years, until the business closed in 2003 due to Merrill’s illness and death.
Beatrice hat making skills with the New York influence and her experience in millinery retail served her well later in life. She taught hatmaking classes and was a talented seamstress. She made many hats, bridal veils and clothing for many ladies.
Bea was a 4-H member for 10 years and served as an advisor for five years. She made her first doll dress at age 3 and her first dress for herself at age 10 in 4-H. It won a Blue Ribbon at the Fairfield County Fair.
During her senior year in high school, Bea was selected as an outstanding Fairfield County 4-H member to attend the annual 4-H Club Congress week at OSU. She was one of five girls and five boys receiving the honor to attend Club Congress.
Beatrice learned her sewing skills from her mother and grandmother, Alice Friesner; Alice had her own dressmaking shop in Logan, in the late 1800’s.
Bea lived a very purposeful and service driven life. Her many activities through the years included insurance agent; census taker in the 1970’s; past president of the American Legion Auxillary Post 9; past president of Dr. Lerch Hospital Twig #10 in Pleasantville; member of Rebekah Lodge #196 IOOF in Pleasantville; past member of the Business Ladies Delta Chi Sigma, Columbus; Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Rushcreek Grange, Bremen; Pleasantville Grange; and current member of the Bremen Area Historical Society.
Bea enjoyed a variety of hobbies including genealogy, collecting crosses and angels, playing scrabble, doing count cross stitch and going to Amish country in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In Bea’s younger years, she played piano for youth group church meetings and youth grange meetings. She played violin in high school orchestra and the clarinet in high school band. She also enjoyed taped music.
Merrill and Beatrice were members of the Fun Timers and enjoyed dancing with the Country Swingers Dance Club in the late 1980’s.
Beatrice was formerly a 50-year member of the Pleasantville United Methodist Church and recently a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Baltimore. While in Pleasantville, she served as past president of the WSCS Ladies Auxillary, past church treasurer, acolyte and cradle roll chairperson, pre-school and Sunday School teacher; and served on many church committees.
She served two years as president of the World Day of Prayer program sponsored by the District Council of Churches.
Beatrice Ann is survived by her son, Alan E. (Sherry Sokolowski) Blosser of Toledo; grandchildren, Kristin (Brian) Sheipline of Perrysburg, Jena (Geoff) Szabelski of Maumee, and Callie Blosser of Toledo; great-grandchildren, twins, Blake and Haylee and little brother, Jase W. Sheipline; and sisters-in-law, Betty (Ronnie) Brown and Linda (John) Craig, all of Lancaster.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Merrill Blosser; she was preceded in death by sisters, Eleanor (Shumaker) Ackers (2010) and her husband, Harold Ackers (2000) and Reba Jane (Shumaker) Ety (1988) and her husband, Fred Ety (2012); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sarah Kathleen (Blosser) King (1999) and her husband, Dean King (1985), Mildred (Blosser) Stoner (2013) and her husband, Raymond Stoner (1978), Fred Blosser Jr. (2005) and his wife, Jeanne (King) Blosser (2106); father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred Blosser Sr (1938) and his wife, Shirley (Robinson) (Blosser) Bell (1973); aunt, Fannie Friesner (1993); and uncle and aunt Harold Miller (1968) and his wife, Florence (Shumaker) Miller (1954).
She is survived by cousins, Bernese (Miller) Friend, Newark, (husband deceased, William Friend), Hugh Miller, Worthington, (wife deceased, Juanita Miller) and Pearl Miller and his wife, Mona Miller, of Texas; special friends, Paul Sheldon, his wife Wanda of Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin, Steve Haugen, his wife, Gloria Haugen, Onalaska, Wisconsin and their respective families; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends; special niece, Katherine Hughes, Arizona; and dear friends who helped Bea Ann in time of need, Jody Watson, Robert and Mary Ledget, Denise Snider, Phyllis Carpenter and Michelle Shumaker.
A time to visit with Bea’s family will be from 12 – 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at the Morgan Funeral Home, Bremen. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Randy Hardman and Rev. Steve Rath officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Bea’s memory to Christ UMC, 700 Main St., Baltimore, Ohio 43105 or Bremen Area Historical Society, 161 Carter Street, PO Box 33, Bremen, Ohio 43107. Online condolences may be made and a more details about Bea’s life may be read at www.morganfuneralhomeohio.com