Elaine (Freshley) Wagner | News, Sports, Jobs


Elaine (Freshley) Wagner, 86, of Homeworth died at her home on Thursday February 10, 2022. She was born in Homeworth, Ohio on April 27, 1935, the daughter of the late Atlee and Violet (Wyss) Freshley. She had graduated from Alliance High School in 1953 and was on the planning committee for their meetings.

She was a woman of strong faith and a longtime member of the Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church and was very active. She was part of the Presbyterian Women’s Group, was a former Sunday School secretary and pianist as well as the person who started and led the junior choir for many years. She also started the tradition of making hard candy as a fundraiser for the church which she first started in her kitchen.

As a youth, Elaine played softball for the Homeworth team and received the trophy for leading the league in batting average. She later coached softball creating the Homeworth team when her daughter Amy played. Elaine was the scorer for 37 years for the West Branch High School boys’ and girls’ basketball team and the new scorer’s table was named in her honor. “The Elaine Wagner Scoreboard.” For her volunteer work as a scorekeeper, she was inducted into the West Branch Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2020, she was honored along with her sister Eleanor Carver as Homeworth Citizen of the Year for her service to the community. She loved going to observe her children and then her grandchildren in their various sports and activities. She was an avid West Branch Warrior fan and went to many sporting and arts events.

She is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 68 years, Ronnie, whom she married on September 27, 1953. She is also survived by her four children, Pam (Larry) Miller of Homeworth, Randy ( Melanie) of Willard, Andy (Cathy) of Beloit and Amy (Lenny) Niederhiser of Louisville; grandchildren, Taryn and Logan Miller, Tyler and Cory Wagner, Rachel (Aaron) Gamble, Chad (Christina) Gimmi, Brynn Guist; two special great-grandsons, Scottie and Grady Gamble; his sister, Eleanor Carver, and his sisters-in-law Carol Ringer, June Wagner and Tammie Freshley; and an uncle, Dwight Freshley of Athens, Georgia, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by four brothers, Jim, Joe, John and Jan Freshley.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church, 4306 Homeworth Road, Homeworth, at noon with Pastor Eric Phillips officiating. The family will receive visitors two hours before the service from 10 a.m. to noon. Elaine’s service will be streamed live via the funeral home’s website, follow the link found on her obituary page. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church or West Branch Athletics 14409 Beloit Snodes Rd. Beloit, OH 44609.

Family and friends can sign the guest register and send their condolences online at www.grfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home, Sebring, Ohio, 330-938-2526.



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