It is with sadness and sorrow that I, Sylvia Rayella Engle, announce to all that my time here with you has ended, March 1, 2014, after my battle with cancer.
I was born Aug. 25, 1937, in Tiffin, to loving parents, Adams A. and Stella Irene (Andrews) Turner. I was the third of four daughters.
I graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School, class of 1955, and The Ohio State University, class of 1958, with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. I returned to The Ohio State University in 1982, earning a master's degree in elementary education.
While attending The Ohio State University, I was president of the Kappa Delta Sorority and a member of the Alpha Delta Honor Dental Hygiene Sorority, and I enjoyed working with the "Block O" committee. I was also a representative for The National Panhellenic Council.
Following college, I worked as a dental hygienist for Dr. D. G. Dallas Smith in Fostoria, and for many years with Norman Kreiger, DDS, in Tiffin.
On May 9, 1959, I married John Phillip Engle, who went on to own the Turner-Engle Funeral Home. In 1968, I also became a licensed funeral director and worked alongside my husband for many years.
I have been fortunate enough to be listed in the "Who's Who in College;" selected as Tiffin's Junior League Outstanding Young Woman of the Year in 1970; and be a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Past Matron, Tiffin Chapter 189, where, in 1974, I was chosen as Grand Adah for the state of Ohio. I was also a charter member of Altrusa International in Tiffin; chairman and founder of the Seneca County, Ohio, History Day; a member of the Seneca County Museum Foundation; and a founder of the Tiffin Heritage Festival, in addition to involvement with many other civic organizations. It was here I made many lasting friendships, which I treasure to this day.
I have been described as a true friend, reserved, extremely dedicated and passionate, which I proudly exhibited during the six-year fight to save the Tiffin courthouse.
Personally, I enjoyed family gatherings, skiing in the mountains of Colorado, and going camping with my husband and children. I also liked working crossword and Sudoku puzzles.
I leave behind my husband of 54 years, John Phillip Engle; two sons, Matthew S. (Susan) Engle of Pickerington and Adams A. (Stephanie) Engle of Tiffin; a daughter, Kimberly Jo (Patrick) Griffin of Canal Winchester; a sister, Pari A. Carter of Clyde; five grandsons, Tyler Griffin, Turner A. Engle, Carson P. Engle, Riley W. Engle and Andrew A. Engle; three granddaughters, Ari A. Engle, Taylor S. Griffin and Abby O. Engle; a special niece and nephew, Ryan (Katie, M.D.) Carter and Megan (Matt) Brewer; three step-grandchildren, Trisha, Timmy and Nicole; and four step-great-grandchildren, Kaliyah, Weston, Evelyn and Kameron.
In addition to my parents, I was preceded in death by my two sisters, Mary Carolyn McFerrin and Nancy Ann Rohrbach; and an infant brother, Adams A. Turner Jr.
Now, as I enter my new journey, please join my family to remember my life. A memorial service is 11 a.m., Friday, March 7, at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St., with the Rev. Kenneth Gillikin officiating. Friends and relatives may call one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in my name, to Tiffin Historic Trust, 172 Jefferson St., Tiffin, OH 44883, or to First Lutheran Church.
I would like to thank Rev. Kenneth Gillikin and Community Hospice Care for the assistance given to me during my last days, and say a special thank you to Bridgett, Patty and Alice.
Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com to view a memorial and leave a message of condolence for the Engle family.