Meredith ‘Reed’ Strohecker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Meredith ‘Reed’ Strohecker, 95, formerly of New Middletown, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 29 in Jacksonville after an extended illness.

Meredith was born on Jan. 9, 1919 in Parkers Landing, Pa., a daughter of Irvin M. and Margaret (Kilgore) Colwell. She lived in New Middletown most of her life, until she began traveling to Florida for the winters to be near her children.

Meredith married Homer W. Strohecker on Sept. 18, 1938. She managed local restaurants and motels, retiring from the Fatted Calf Restaurant in Southern Park Mall in 1979.

She enjoyed keeping busy and assisted her son in cleaning the Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium until she was 85. She attended the Free Methodist Community Church of New Middletown.

Meredith leaves to cherish her precious memory a daughter, Joyce Morain and her husband Jim of Columbiana and Tavares, Fla.; a son, Larry Strohecker and his wife Carole of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Joylene (Brian) Yoor of Libertyville, Ill., Justine (Todd) Burkey of Boardman, Jeffrey (Lindsay) Strohecker of Clearwater, Fla., and David (fiance Eden Guzzo) Strohecker of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dean (LaVon) Colwell of Aurora, Colo., and Stanley (Joanne) Colwell of Montgomery, Ala..

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Homer who passed away in January 1961; her sister Martha Gray; and, her brother Irvin Colwell Jr.

Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, June 4 at the Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St., North Lima, with Pastor Renae Meggitt officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, June 4 from 11 a.m. at Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Meredith’s memory to the Free Methodist Community Church, 9900 Youngstown Pittsburgh Road, New Middletown, OH 44442.

The Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima, Ohio has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to visit to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.


(Paid obituary)