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Marian Ruth (Rolls) Stamler, 81

May 31, 2011

Marian Ruth (Rolls) Stamler, 81, passed away quietly in her sleep Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Kimes Nursing and Rehab in Athens, Ohio, after a hard-fought battle with emphysema and chronic bronchitis. She maintained her dignity, grace and an amazing sense of humor until the end.

She was born March 9, 1930, in Indiana, a daughter of Silas Alvin and Sara LuEllen (Armstrong) Rolls.

She married Glen Algernon, who preceded her in death.

Ms. Stamler graduated from Punxsutawney High School, and Indiana State Teachers College in Pennsylvania. She taught home economics at Sandy Township, as well as Garfield Heights High School, Nazareth Academy, and Holy Name High School in Ohio. Her interest in writing, drawing and painting was enhanced by taking many adult education classes, and she had several articles published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Grit.

After retirement, she combined her fascination of computers with her love for sewing to create detailed and creative embroidery designs. She taught classes at Pins-and-Needles about the computer-generated designs she created, as well as developing a Web site to sell her designs. She became known as the Electronic Grandmother and enjoyed hearing from fellow sewers from around the world. 

Before moving to Athens in 2007, Ms. Stamler was active in her church family at Ridgewood United Methodist Church in Parma for well over 40 years. She developed and established the church Web site, taught and attended many Sunday and Bible School classes.

Ms. Stamler is survived by two daughters, Ruth Day and husband John, and Janet Anderson and husband Nick; a daughter-in-law, Colette Stamler; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Samuel, and Jonathan Day, and Sidney and Kelly Anderson; four brothers, James Rolls and wife Barb, Eugene Rolls and wife Gail, John Rolls and wife Priscilla, and Richard Rolls and wife Jean; two sisters, Ellen Joan James and Janet Miller and husband Culver; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Glen Alvin.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, Punxsutawney, with Rev. James Pond officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

Interment will be at Union Hill Cemetery, Rossiter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Appalachian Community Hospice, 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, OH 45701, or the Athens County Dog Shelter, 13333 St. Rt. 13, Millfield, OH 45761.

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