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Clinton County Obituaries


Mrs. Bessie (Devers) ZURFACE, age 85, died August 17, 1962 at her daughter's (Leota Pendry) home in Wilmington. Her husband George, whom she married January 28, 1900 proceded her in death. Bessie Zurface was born July 26, 1877 in New Antioch, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas and Amanda Esterbe Devers. She is survived by five sons, Merton, Carl, Earl Sr., Harry,and William. Burial was at Centerville Cemetery in Lees Creek Ohio.

Submitted By Don Watts - Extracted from Wilmington News Journal of Wilmington, OH - August 18, 1962.

Bessie M. (ZURFACE) BEEKMAN, Bessie M. Beekman, age 89, died Thursday April 3, 1986 in Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House, Ohio. She was born September 10, 1896 in Clinton Co., Ohio, the daughter of John W. and Myrtie Driscoll Zurface. Her husband Ray Beekman died July 3, 1968. She is survived by a son, Delbert Beekman, a daughter, Jean Curtin, a brother, Robert Zurface, and three sisters, Audra Orr, Hazel Deller, and Margie Zurface. Rev. Thomas Hermiz officiating the burial in the Washington Cemetery (Washington Court House, Ohio).

Submitted By Don Watts - Extracted from Record Herald, WCH, Ohio - Thursday April 3, 1986.

Cora Audra (ZURFACE) ORR, C. Audra ORR, age 83, died Friday October 26, 1990 in Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio. She was born January 23, 1907, 1896 in Clinton Co., Ohio, the daughter of John W. and Myrtie Marie Driscoll Zurface. She is survived by her husband Richard ORR, three daughters Mrs. Louise Dean, Mrs. Thelma Mills, and Mrs. Patty Downing, a brother, Robert Zurface, and two sisters, Audra ORR, Hazel Deller, and Margie Zurface, and a sister-in-law Mrs. Lucille ORR. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Frances. Burial will be in the New Holland Cemetery (New Holland, Ohio).

Submitted By Don Watts - Extracted from UNKNOWN

Ellen ZURFACE, daughter of Oliver C. and Rebekah ROGERS, was born at Rome, Adams County, Ohio, December 7, 1844, and quietly passed away at the home of here daughter, Mrs. Elijah Plymire of near Wilmington, on the evening of July 12, 1912, aged 67 years 7 months 5 days.
She was the tenth child of a family of eleven children all whom have preceded her to the better world excepting one brother, Robert Rodgers, of near Highland, and three sisters, Mrs Potts, of Sisterville, West Virginia, Mrs. Grant, of Vanceburg, Kentucky, and Mrs Brownlee, of Highland, Ohio.

In 1860 she was united in marriage to Thomas Drake. To this union was born four children, three of whom survive their mother. Of these, only one, Mrs. Addie Rinehart, of Greenfield, is permitted to be present on this occasion, the others being prevented by distant residence.

In 1874 she came to Clinton County, locating at Sabina, Ohio, and in 1875 was married to Samuel Zurface, living the remainder of her life in this vicinity. This union was blessed with five children, three sons, John, George, and Charles, and two daughters, Margaret and Eunice, all of whom were present to pay their final respects to a loving and most devoted mother, and who are mourning to-day the loss of a kind and indulgent one who was ever ready to render to them any service which would contribute to their comfort and happiness. She was a kind and obliging neighbor and her presence was not denied whenever she could be of assistance.

Early in life, she joined the Methodist Episcopal church, and the conversion that she then sought and found was to her a solace and a comfort throughout the years of her life, and especially did she find it a fortifying grace in her last illness which she bore with patience and resignation, though painful and trying, expressing her willingness to go and assuring her loved ones that she was ready to meet her Savior, her only regret being the separation from her dear children.

During the last days of her sickness while the taper of life was slowly but surely flickering out, her only thoughts were of her Savior and children whom she admonished to be good and live lives that would meet with the approbation of Him, into whose arms, sooner or later, all shall be folded by and by.

While she was in declining health for more than a year, the rather sudden termination of her life was altogether unexpected, her illness assuming a malignant form about four weeks ago when on a visit with her daughter. She leaves to mourn her loss eight children, 30 grand-children, and 12 great grand-children, one brother and three sisters.

Though you have suffered an irreparable loss and oftentimes will long for the “touch of the vanished hand, and the sound of the voice that is still,” however, in the deep anguish of your hearts at this hour you should find consolation in the fact that all the service that an attentive physician and your loving hands, assisted by kind neighbors, could give, was unsparingly rendered ad while absent from you, in the land of the redeemed, she awaits your coming.

The poet has beautifully said, That

Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with tears and pain;
Into sweet rest she has entered,
No more to sorrow again.

Over her bed the green grasses,
Soon will so lovingly creep;
Out ‘mid the daisies and clover,
Mother has fallen asleep.

Rest the worn now forever,
Dear wrinkled hands are so still;
Pulselesss is the heart that no longer
Sorrow can quicken or thrill.

Years will glide over her gently,
facing the shadow and deep;
Drive back the tears, would you wake her?
Mother has fallen asleep.

Oh, beautiful for the weary,
Beautiful rest for the true;
Laying so peacefully ever,
Under the sunlight and dew.

Floats through our hearts strings a
quiver, Like death a whisper so sweet;
He giveth to his beloved,
And mother has fallen asleep.


We desire to extend out thanks to all those friends, who extended a helping hand, during the sickness of our beloved mother, to H.L. Littleton for his efficient and kind method of conducting the funeral, to Rev. Laird, who officiated at funeral. Each and every one have our heartfelt thanks.


Submitted By Don Watts - Sabina (Ohio) Tribune on 17 Jul 1912

Mrs. Eunice B. Yarger, age 80 of Sabina, died Friday (March 11, 1966) in Highland Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio. She was the widow of Frank Yarger, who died in 1962. She was born near Memphis, Clinton County, Ohio. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Opal Hendee, a son, Dorcie Yarger, and a brother Charles Zurface. Burial will be in the Lees Creek Cemetery (Lees Creek, Ohio).

Submitted By Don Watts - Extracted from Record Herald, Washington Court House, Ohio - Friday, March 11, 1966.

Frank W. Zurface, age 63, died Thursday (June 11, 1964) in Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House, Ohio. A native of Clinton County he lived in the Good Hope area 40 years. He is survived by his wife Pauline Hoppes Zurface, a daughter, Mrs. James (Helen) Houseman, a son, Donald Zurface, his step-mother Mrs Leona Zurface, a brother Robert Zurface, three sisters, Mrs. Eva Beekman, Mrs Bessie Beekman, and Mrs. Audra Orr, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Hazel Deller, and Miss Marjie Zurface. Burial will be in the Good Hope Cemetery (Good Hope, Ohio).

Submitted By Don Watts - Extracted from Record Herald, Washington Court House, Ohio - Thursday, June 11, 1964.

John W. Zurface, age 78, died Monday (November 15, 1954). He was a well known resident of the New Vienna community. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Mary L Zurface, five daughters and two sons, Mrs. Chester Beekman, Mrs. Ray Beekman, Mrs. Richard Orr, Mrs. Richard Deller, Mrs. Melvin Cooper, Frank Zurface, and Robert Zurface. Also two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Howard, and Mrs. Eunice Yarger, and a half sister Mrs. Addie Rinehart.

Submitted By Don Watts - Extracted from Record Herald, Washington Court House, Ohio - Monday November 15, 1954.