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“I just heard about Margie's death from my sister (Karen O'Shea Mackin) who went to school with Jane and now lives in Bay Village. I am so sorry to...Read More »
1 of 104 | Posted by: Tim O'Shea - Fort Worth, TX

“With Our Deepest Sympathy. Love & Prayers, Larry & Bev Shertzer ”
2 of 104 | Posted by: Larry & Bev Shertzer - Ellenton, FL

“Kettler Family, My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have such lasting memories of Margie - her brilliant smile, the twinkle in her...Read More »
3 of 104 | Posted by: Hanna Smith Bruno - Princeton, NJ

“Dear Kevin and Family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your family on the loss of your mother. Carey and I send our deepest...Read More »
4 of 104 | Posted by: Frank and Carey Starn - Lafayette, CA

“Dear Kettlers, Our hearts and prayers go out to you. I know how much Margie meant to her children (namely, my dear friend Kristen). She was...Read More »
5 of 104 | Posted by: Lori (LePar) Roeser - Kenilworth, IL

“Rick and family, Prayers of condolence and comfort for your loss ... and of thanksgiving for Margie's wonderful and inspirational life. God bless....Read More »
6 of 104 | Posted by: steve doerschuk - canton, OH

“Anyone who knew Margie Kettler could see she spent each day doing what she loved and what she was best at. Not many teachers made as lasting an...Read More »
7 of 104 | Posted by: Brian Longheier - Toledo, OH

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. The Schwertner Family: Jane, Tom, Stephanie and Greg ”
8 of 104 | Posted by: The Schwertner Family - Massillon, OH

“Dear Rick, It was always a pleasure to watch you and Margis dance and interact with each other. You have my deepest sympathy. ”
9 of 104 | Posted by: Jeanette Wagner - North Canton, OH

“Rick & the Kettler family, Margie was a beautiful and kind woman... she always greeted us with a smile. We loved to watch her dance, she lit up the...Read More »
10 of 104 | Posted by: Rich & Michelle Laskey - OH

“Dear Rick and Family: Like everyone who knew her, we were both shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Margie. She was the most vibrant, friendly...Read More »
11 of 104 | Posted by: Earle and Jeanne Shumway - MA

“Dear Rick and Family, I was saddened to hear of your great loss. Please accept my heartfelt condoences. Dick McCarthy ”
12 of 104 | Posted by: Richard Mccarthy - Larchmont, NY

“Ric, Bill, Jane, and family. The news of Margies death saddens me greatly.My memories of good times with the Matthews family were some of the best of...Read More »
13 of 104 | Posted by: tom+debbie schmidt - massillon, OH

“Mr. Kettler and Family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Kettler. I will always remember her for her kind words and constant...Read More »
14 of 104 | Posted by: Melissa Martinet-Dressler - OH

“I haven't seen any of you for years, but I certainly remember what a genuinely nice and friendly person Margie was, and I remember her beautiful...Read More »
15 of 104 | Posted by: Dorothy Boerner Lamb - IL

“Our hearts go out to you and your family at a time of such immense loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Pat & Ali ”
16 of 104 | Posted by: Pat & Ali Blake - San Francisco, CA

“Dear Jane and Bill, The passing of Margie is so sad to hear. She was always a friendly girl whom I remember from many years ago just living a few...Read More »
17 of 104 | Posted by: Mary Jo Waltz Garmey - Wexford, PA

“We can't begin to say what a special friend dear Margie was to us...Margie and I would run to the corner to meet up and walk "the loop" together. We...Read More »
18 of 104 | Posted by: Ruthie and Neil - Estero, FL

“Mrs Kettler was my 4th grade teacher and I still remember her well. She was always so kind, and helpful, and truly loved her job and being with her...Read More »
19 of 104 | Posted by: Mercedes Dottavio - Massillon, OH

“Margie and Rick inspired us to dance. Her smile and positive support helped us in our growth as dance partners. We will truly miss Margie. ...Read More »
20 of 104 | Posted by: Jan and Tony Zopel - North Canton, OH

“Dear Kettler Family- My heart breaks for your loss. We are friends of Kristen and was fortunate enough to meet Margie on many of her trips down to...Read More »
21 of 104 | Posted by: Ann Willey & Jeff Douglas - NC

“Dear Kettler Family, We were heartbroken when we heard of the loss of Margie. Her smile was contagious.You are in our prayers,Dan and Linda Bryant ”
22 of 104 | Posted by: Linda and Dan Bryant - Massillon, OH

“Dear Margie, I want to thank you for 60 years of a "special" friendship. Our adult lives have intertwind due to our yards joining, our kids being...Read More »
23 of 104 | Posted by: Susan Means - Massillon, OH

“Rick .... In the 47 years since I first met Margie, I have never met a sweeter, more genuine person. Obviously, she never changed. Elva and I send...Read More »
24 of 104 | Posted by: Dave & Elva Cohoon - Hamburg, NY

“Judge Kettler and family: I am so sorry for your loss - I remember you speaking so lovingly of your wife. Thinking of you and praying our Heavenly...Read More »
25 of 104 | Posted by: Angela Stone - Canton, OH

“WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR MEMORIES AS THE SWEET KIND ,THOUGHTFUL FRIEND THAT MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION ON US IN SUCH A SHORT TIME, WAY TOO SHORT. SHE...Read More »
26 of 104 | Posted by: JIM&DOTTY LYNCH - ESTERO, FL

“What a great loss. She will be dearly missed. We still talk in our family of her "I CAN MANAGE MY SELF CARDS" given to each child in the 4th grade....Read More »
27 of 104 | Posted by: Pamela Bunnenberg - Massillon, OH

“Margie, we knew each other a short while but you were a lifetime type of gal. Your laughter and good natured spirit will always be in our hearts....Read More »
28 of 104 | Posted by: Rose & Don Celidonio - Manchester, NJ

“We were so sorry to hear of Margies passing. As stated by everyone that met her she was a joy and great example of love here on earth. Our prayers...Read More »
29 of 104 | Posted by: Jim & Sharon Thieret - Massillon, OH

“Jane and family, My mother, Ruby, at Amherst Meadows, gave me the sad news about Margie. Please accept our sympathy. She will be sorely missed...Read More »
30 of 104 | Posted by: Lois Price - Fairfax, VA

“I am deeply saddened to hear of this loss to our community. I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Kettler for the first time as the mother of one of my...Read More »
31 of 104 | Posted by: Barb (Pfiffner )Puperi - OH

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kettler family. So sorry for your loss. Ken and Lois Hartwick ”
32 of 104 | Posted by: Kenneth Hartwick - Fort Myers, FL

“Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. As you gather to celebrate Margie's life and mourn her passing, I pray that you know God's...Read More »
33 of 104 | Posted by: Mickey Parker - Wadsworth, OH

“I met Margie at the Elms. We golfed together in the Ladies Monday morning league. Margie had the ability to share, make me laugh, and become an...Read More »
34 of 104 | Posted by: Connie Willhite - Massillon, OH

“Not only was Mrs. Kettler my childrens teacher, having volunteered for so many years at St. Mary's I came to know her and her infectious smile so...Read More »
35 of 104 | Posted by: Linda Mendiola - Massillon, OH

“Dear Rick and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Margies passing. What a beautiful woman, teacher, and role model to many! You can't help...Read More »
36 of 104 | Posted by: Denise Poppovich.. Lisa, Sara, and Megan - OH

“My deepest sympathies to the Kettler family during this most difficult time. I was a student at St. Mary's and loved Mrs. Kettler. She was a...Read More »
37 of 104 | Posted by: Roslyn Valentino Ellerbusch - TX

“I was very sorry to hear this news. You are in my prayers. ”
38 of 104 | Posted by: Russ Kolarik - Greenville, SC

“We are so saddened to hear of Margie's passing.She was one of our children's favorite teachers.She never failed to ask about them whenever our paths...Read More »
39 of 104 | Posted by: Nancy & Paul Hodgson - Massillon, OH

“My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew her. She is a part of many of my wonderful childhood memories. May she rest in peace. ”
40 of 104 | Posted by: Megan Norris - Columbus, OH

“Dear Judge Kettler and family, We were so sorry to hear of Margie's death. She was a wonderful person and always greeted me like I was her best...Read More »
41 of 104 | Posted by: Paul and Diane Stropki - Dalton, OH

“I was lucky enough to have Margie as a teacher. What a wonderful person she was. She will be truly missed. ”
42 of 104 | Posted by: Catherine Belski Ardelea - Canton, OH

“Mrs. Kettler treated all her students with genuine compassion.She made each and every child feel valued and loved. Mrs. Kettler was one of my...Read More »
43 of 104 | Posted by: Lindsay Plas - Cottonwood, AZ

“Kevin and Susie, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a beautiful life she led! I am certain that the Lord welcomed her with open...Read More »
44 of 104 | Posted by: Mary (Petry) Meyer - Cincinnati, OH

“Bill-We are so sorry and after reading your sister's memorial it is safe to say God has a special place in heaven for her. What a wonderful lady. ...Read More »
45 of 104 | Posted by: Jay and Lori Meyer - Covington, OH

“My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I was very blessed to have had Mrs. Kettler as one of my teachers growing up. She was such a...Read More »
46 of 104 | Posted by: Kelly (Hodgson) Cole - Bloomville, OH

“Dear Kettler Family, We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences. A donation to the American Cancer Society has been made in honor of Howard...Read More »
47 of 104 | Posted by: McKesson - San Francisco, CA

“Kettler Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences. A donation to the American Cancer Society has been made in honor of Howard...Read More »
48 of 104 | Posted by: McKesson - San Francisco, CA

“Sorry to hear about the passing of Margie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
49 of 104 | Posted by: Bob & Betty Masse - Nashua, NH

“We treasured our friendship with Margie and Rich and are so saddened of her passing. We are in AZ until spring or would be present at her Mass but...Read More »
50 of 104 | Posted by: Mike and Joan Currence - AZ

“Judge Kettler and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Margie was a wonderful person and whenever I saw Margie and the Judge together it was obvious...Read More »
51 of 104 | Posted by: Susan Pucci - OH

“My most sincere condolences to all of the Kettler family. She was a ray of sunshine in our yoga community and we know we will all carry some of...Read More »
52 of 104 | Posted by: Sandy Gordon - Massillon, OH

“It was my / our pleasure to be trusted with building Margie's sunroom. From the design to the finished product we enjoyed working with you both....Read More »
53 of 104 | Posted by: Thomas N. (Rusty) Wilhelm - OH

“Rick and Margie moved in next door to us in Florida. We became wonderful friends. We shared many conversations and Happy Hours on our lanai's. ...Read More »
54 of 104 | Posted by: Larry and Sue Pederson - Estero, FL

“We will miss you greatly Margie. Exercise class won't be the same without you. Your smile, energy, and friendliness to all of us will always be...Read More »
55 of 104 | Posted by: Robin Bennett - Canal Fulton, OH

“My condolences to the Kettler family, Margie was a great woman, she will be sorely missed. ”
56 of 104 | Posted by: Jason Mrugala - OH

“Margie was a gift of love to all who knew her. Her zest for life was so obvious! We shared rides to Kent State in our college years , teaching at St....Read More »
57 of 104 | Posted by: Linda and Bill Smith - Lakeside, OH

“Margie just lit up the room whenever she walked in. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for all she met. She will be greatly missed. ”
58 of 104 | Posted by: Francine Hubbell - Clinton, OH

“Rudy and I are so sorry to hear of Margie's passing. We live in NC now but our hearts will always live in Ohio. Our prayers are with the family now...Read More »
59 of 104 | Posted by: Joyce & Rudy Shane - Oak Island, NC

“We are thinking of Margie and family during this difficult time. We always enjoyed getting together with the Ress extended family. Thoughts...Read More »
60 of 104 | Posted by: Molly McCarthy and Family - MD

“Rick and family, Chris and I were deeply saddened to hear of Margie's passing. She will be deeply missed by all. Margie was a sweet and wonderful...Read More »
61 of 104 | Posted by: Kim and Chris Rudy - Canton, OH

“Dear Kettler Family, What a blessing it was to have Mrs. Kettler for my son's fourth grade teacher. We will never forget her. Colleen...Read More »
62 of 104 | Posted by: Colleen Fritz - Massillon, OH

“Few teachers display their passion for their profession like Mrs. Kettler did. She was by far one of the best teachers I've ever had; joyful...Read More »
63 of 104 | Posted by: Jeremy Crallie - Killeen, TX

“To the Kelltler family, My condolences. Kristen I remember your mother always with a smile on her face whether she was coaching cheerleading,...Read More »
64 of 104 | Posted by: Mary Kutscher Summerfield - OH

“There are no words that can do justice to such a beautiful person. Mrs. Kettler touched the lives of so many, find comfort in the fact that her...Read More »
65 of 104 | Posted by: Tina Baecker-Pitre - OH

“To the Kettler family, I want to express my sympathy to all of you. It was a privilege to be taught by Mrs. Kettler she was the best. ”
66 of 104 | Posted by: Scott Wantz - MASSILLON, OH

“I was fortunate to have lived next door to the Kettlers for many years. Margie always had a smile on her face and her kindness is what I remember...Read More »
67 of 104 | Posted by: Sharon Wachtel Ritchey - OH

“Dear Rick, There are no words to take away this pain. Whenever I saw you or Margie my heart lite up. She was the greatest role model of what a...Read More »
68 of 104 | Posted by: Robyn Graybill Rankl - Massillon, OH

“Its hard to believe that someone who was always so full of life is gone so suddenly. Please know that you are in our thoughts as you go through this...Read More »
69 of 104 | Posted by: Mark & Carolyn (Crawford) Stefanik - OH

“Dear Rick & Family, We are mourning the loss of Margie, our beloved neighbor and friend. Margie has enriched our lives with her beauty,grace...Read More »
70 of 104 | Posted by: Pam & Rob Tyler & Sons - OH

“Rick and family, What a fitting tribute to a true angel. Margie was an inspiration to so many. I will always remember my 4th grade year at St....Read More »
71 of 104 | Posted by: Candace Coyne-Lanzo - Massillon, OH

“Dear Kettler family, I'm truly sorry for your loss of Mrs. Kettler. I had Mrs. Kettler as a substitute teacher a couple of times at St. Marys. I...Read More »
72 of 104 | Posted by: dylan lanzo - massillon, OH

“Sorry to hear the loss of such a wonderful teacher and even better woman to her family and friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
73 of 104 | Posted by: Bud Kraft - Austin, TX

“Mrs Kettler was such an inspiration to me as a young teacher. I am so grateful for all we shared together. ”
74 of 104 | Posted by: Greg Schupbach - Dayton, OH

“I am very sorry for your loss.. May God be with you all at this most difficult time in your lives.... ”
75 of 104 | Posted by: Ivanic & Cardenas families - OH

“My condolences to the Kettler family. I always knew Margie to have a smile on her face and a happy disposition. I know my Mother cherished her...Read More »
76 of 104 | Posted by: Mike Platt - Columbus, OH

“A sad day here on earth, a celebration in her heavenly home. I was one of many who had the honor of being under her love and care my (then) 4th grade...Read More »
77 of 104 | Posted by: Karri Accetta-VanKirk - OH

“Every thing that was mentioned in the obituary is but a mere portion of a beautiful life. Thank you, for allowing me and my four children to be a...Read More »
78 of 104 | Posted by: Marcie (Hilty) Otto - Massillon, OH

“To the Kettler Family, words cannot begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. I loved Mrs.Kettler. she was by far one of the greatest teachers I...Read More »
79 of 104 | Posted by: Annette Baecker - Massillon, OH

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kettler family. Mrs Kettler was a great teacher! ”
80 of 104 | Posted by: Marisa Chovan - Columbus, OH

“To the Kettler family, I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to all of you. It was a privilege to be taught by Mrs. Kettler she was truely the...Read More »
81 of 104 | Posted by: Evan Berbari - massillon, OH

“Mrs. Kettler was my 4th grade teacher many yrs ago and she was ALWAYS my favorite. I remember her teaching us multiplication and letting us scream...Read More »
82 of 104 | Posted by: Krista (Tolson) Chipman - OH

“What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful woman. My deepest sympathy to all who loved her. ”
83 of 104 | Posted by: Julie Roseman - Massillon, OH

“Mrs. Kettler was a wonderful teacher who had a huge impact on me, both as a child and as I chose a career in education. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
84 of 104 | Posted by: Bill Bridenthal - Canton, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kettler Family. Mrs. Kettler was one of my favorite teachers at St. Mary's and will be deeply missed. God...Read More »
85 of 104 | Posted by: Tony & Kristen Kaplanis - Canton, OH

“Dear Rick and Family, We too weep along with all of you as you grieve the loss of the Center of your World. Margie a woman so vibrant and full...Read More »
86 of 104 | Posted by: Phil and Patti Bucci - Massillon, OH

“Of all the teachers I had at St. Mary's - Mrs. Kettler was by far my favorite! She made all of her subjects fun! My deepest condolences to her...Read More »
87 of 104 | Posted by: Marylee (Garbarino) Brown - OH

“Dear Rick and family, We were so sorry to hear about Margie's death. She was so full of life and fun to be with. When we look back on those Law...Read More »
88 of 104 | Posted by: Tony and Tee Heald - Delaware, OH

“We were richly blessed to have Margie as our longtime friend and Godmother to our youngest daughter Adrienne. Our lives were enriched by her, and we...Read More »
89 of 104 | Posted by: The King Family - Pickerington, OH

“Dear Rick and all family, Tennis brought Margie and me to become such good friends for so many years. We would take all the children to daycare so...Read More »
90 of 104 | Posted by: Cynthia Roland - Canton, OH

“Kettlers, you have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We are blessed to have Aunt Margie as a member of our family and will...Read More »
91 of 104 | Posted by: Todd, Candice, and Drew Matthews - AL

“My deepest condolences to the Kettler Family. I grew up practically with all of you from our days at St. Mary's and onto Central Catholic. Your Wife,...Read More »
92 of 104 | Posted by: Victor Massarelli - GA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you...Margie touched so many lives it will be difficult to be without her smiles, Margie..isms,caring ways and...Read More »
93 of 104 | Posted by: Linda Platt - OH

“Rick We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the kids. You all will be in our prayers and thoughts. ”
94 of 104 | Posted by: Sam and Nancy Juhasz - FL

“May memories of the laughter and love you shared bring you peace now and always. ”
95 of 104 | Posted by: Bill Barkalow - Cincinnati, OH

“Rest in peace Margie. You will be missed by many. ”
96 of 104 | Posted by: Jennifer Norris - Massillon, OH

“Our deepest sympathies to Rick and the family. We were looking so forward to seeing you guys in Florida in April. Our prayers are with you. Margie...Read More »
97 of 104 | Posted by: Frank & Peggy Jones - Pittsburgh, PA

“Rick, Our hearts go out to you for the tragic loss of Margie. I hope you and your boys will find solace in the incredible life and love you shared. ...Read More »
98 of 104 | Posted by: Timothy P. Streb - San Francisco, CA

“Margie Kettler: a Hall of Fame aunt, comedienne, friend, mother, daughter, wife, and educator. The number of people who miss her is merely a fraction...Read More »
99 of 104 | Posted by: Kip & Niki Matthews - Dayton, OH

“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of our beautiful friend and neighbor. Our deepest sympathy to Rick and the family. You are all in our thoughts...Read More »
100 of 104 | Posted by: The Clokey family - OH

“We were so sorry to learn about the passing of Margie this morning, and wish you our deepest condolences. We know she is in a better place now, but...Read More »
101 of 104 | Posted by: Bob Matthews - Tampa, FL

“Rick & Kids, Heaven has welcomed its most beautiful Angel as we are wrapping our arms around you with love and support. ”
102 of 104 | Posted by: Kathy & Jeff - Massillon, OH

“Love and prayers to all, she is now shining in heaven still watching over her family ”
103 of 104 | Posted by: Lynne Vik - Fort Myers, FL

“My Sincere Condolences to the Kettler Family. No words can express the sorrows of losing a Soulmate so early in life. ”
104 of 104 | Posted by: Michael Berbari - Massillon, OH


Margie Kettler It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Margaret (Margie) Lynn Kettler. Margie suffered a catastrophic brain aneurysm on Monday, December 5th and passed away on Thursday, December 15th. Born on January 23rd, 1944 in Massillon to the late Howard and Anne (Ress) Matthews, she eventually married Canton native and future Massillon Municipal Court Judge, Honorable Richard T. Kettler (ret.). His Air Force career moved them across the country for a few years, but they returned home to Massillon, a town she loved dearly, to raise their four children. Growing up, Margie attended St. Mary's School in Massillon. Her ties to St. Mary's would play a major role in her life. After graduating from Kent State University with a teaching degree and getting her own children off to school, she began what would be an inspirational 25 year teaching tenure at the school. Her faith was strong, as was her loyalty to her students and the teaching profession. Countless adults have approached Margie to say thank you, and to remind her she was their "favorite" teacher. Margie has touched the lives of so many people. As a teacher, friend, parent, grandparent and spouse her influence was undeniable and her legacy far-reaching. Her students will remember her for her patience, guidance and innovative teaching methods; her friends for her sense of humor and her zest for life. Her children will remember her for her energy, kindness, compassion and joyful spirit, and her husband will never forget her incredible support and capacity to love. Some people are lucky to find a passion in life. Margie's passions were innumerable. Dancing, tennis, gardening, yoga, teaching, golf, decorating, and the list could go on. Margie embraced everything she did with both arms open wide. At the core of Margie's life was her family. She was the heart of the family and they were the loves of her life. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Honorable Richard T. Kettler (ret.), a brother and sister, Bill (Janet) Matthews and Jane (David) Steiner; her four children and their spouses, Brian & Tracy Kettler, Kevin & Susie Kettler, Kristen & Ryan Ritz and Brent & Melissa Kettler; as well as ten grandchildren, Max, Josh, Noah, Lily, Carter, Kyle, Quinn, Claire, Jack & Cooper. Margie always made each of them feel special, loved and appreciated. Her whole face would light up at the mention of one of her grandchildren and her later years were filled with many hours enjoying their company. The cuddles, giggles and wise counsel she shared with them will be treasured memories forever. Her children are spread across the country now, but that didn't stop Margie from drawing them together as often as possible at their home in Massillon or Country Creek in Florida. The stories, the "Margie-isms", the laughs and the love that they all shared at their frequent get-togethers in Ohio, Hilton Head, Charlotte, Naples or San Francisco are memories that will be cherished, nurtured, celebrated and handed down to future generations. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Massillon. Fr. John Tully, MSGR James Kolp & Fr. Robert Kaylor will concelebrate the Mass. Her final resting place will be Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Paquelet Funeral Home in Massillon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, in Howard Matthews' memory. Messages of support and comfort may be sent to www.paquelet.com. Paquelet Massillon (330)833-3222

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