Clara "Dolly" (Aeppli) Keltz

November 4, 1913 ~ February 7, 2020 (age 106)


Clara H. "Dolly" Keltz, 106

New Middletown - Clara H. Keltz, 106, fell asleep in death on Friday morning, February 7, 2020.

Clara, known by her family and friends as "Dolly", was born November 4, 1913 in New Middletown. Dolly was the daughter of the late Ambrose and Ina (Sowers) Aeppli.

She graduated from Springfield Township High School in 1931 and was a lifelong area resident. Dolly married James A. Keltz on June 9, 1934. They were married for 65 years.

Dolly was a member of the New Springfield Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who enjoyed sharing her Bible based beliefs with all. Her favorite scripture was the 91st Psalm.

Clara enjoyed writing poetry, having several published and winning several awards. She was an avid quilter who loved making quilts for family and friends. Clara entered many of her handmade quilts in the Canfield Fair, earning several ribbons. She played piano, organ, and keyboard, being self-taught. A Youngstown Vindicator carrier for 11 years, she had a motor route in Poland Township. Clara relished participating in the Crossword Puzzle Tournament, age 97-99, at the Poland Library.

Clara, "Dolly," is survived by 10 of her 12 children. Joan V. (Bill) Newman of Columbiana, OH; John A. (Phyllis) of Barnesville, OH; Judith A. (J. Robert) Busek of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Jay A. (Colleen) of Corryton, TN; Joel A. (Marjean) of Wetumpka, AL; Jeffrey L. (Marie) of Norwalk, CT; Joy R. (Bill) Oakes of Sharpsburg, GA; Judson E. (Janice) of Buckeye, AZ; Janie A of New Middletown; and Jackie I. (Terry) Yocum of Wake Forest, NC. She is also survived by 37 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, 37 great-great-grandchildren. Additionally, daughter-in-law V. Louise Keltz, 1 nephew, 3 nieces, and numerous grand and great-grand nephews and nieces.

Besides her parents, Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Keltz; two sons, James Wm. and Jerry Charles. Also 3 brothers; 2 sisters; daughter-in-law, Gert Keltz; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:15 pm at Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market Street in Boardman, OH. A funeral service will follow at 3:30 p.m. with Mr. Colin Conner officiating. Interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in New Middletown.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to ALL Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Suite B-101, Canfield, Ohio 44406 in memory of Clara.

Clara's family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Masternick Memorial Health Care Center, particularly Johneen, Amy, Devorah, Becky, Maria and Steve. Also special thanks to Dr. Richard Wise; and to the staff of ALL Caring Hospice, notably Amanda, April, Dana, Sam and Mike. Thank you all, again, for the love, care and support that you extended to Mom/Grandma/Bubba and to all of us.

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February 15, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Davis-Becker Funeral Home Boardman
8536 Market Street
Boardman, OH 44512

Funeral Service
February 15, 2020

3:30 PM
Davis-Becker Funeral Home Boardman
8536 Market Street
Boardman, OH 44512


ALL Caring Hospice
6715 Tippecanoe Road, Suite B101, Canfield OH 44406

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