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Esther ‘Jo’ Nelma Ratzer

July 24, 2012
The Marietta Times

Esther "Jo" Nelma Ratzer, 87, former resident of Jaycee Estates in Marietta, passed away on Monday (July 23, 2012) at 10:35 a.m. at Marietta Center for Rehabilitation.

She was born on July 28, 1924, in Corinth, W.Va., to Mack Roy and Flora Belle Long Sisler. She had been employed at Marietta College in food service and was a veteran of The Women's Army Corps during WWII. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by two daughters, Glena (Dale) Barnett of Marietta and Shirley (Donald) Sims of LaMirata, Calif.; five grandchildren, James, Michael, Sandra, Kathryn, Susannah; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers; and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday (July 26) at 10 a.m. at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Pastor Jeffrey Baumer officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday after 2 p.m. with family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Messages of sympathy may be sent at



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