July 22, 1921 - Feb. 24, 2007
MOUNT VERNON Chloe Wilma (Ruggles) Kerch, 85, of Mount Vernon, died Saturday at Knox Community Hospital.
She was born July 22, 1921 in Norwalk to the late Frank and Wilhelmina (Ries) Ruggles.
She was a 1939 graduate of Monroeville High School. In 1950 she received a bachelor of science degree in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University.
A life-long Ohio resident, she served as a home extension agent in Perry County. Following her marriage to James Kerch and their move to Mount Vernon, she continued to be active with the Extension program, serving as a project judge in several Ohio counties and for many years as a 4-H club adviser.
She was a talented seamstress, a gift she shared generously in fostering the skills of others in the community. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ for 54 years and was active in the church's ministries.
She volunteered with the Head Start Mothers Program, the Knox County Historical Society, and was a member of the Poetry Appreciation Group, the Knox County Farm Bureau and the General Association of Mayflower Descendants, Columbus Colony.
She is survived by her sons, Daniel Kerch and Paul Kerch of Mount Vernon; a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Joseph Matthias; and a grandson and a contingent of nieces and nephews, great and grand.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James Alfred Kerch, who died May 25, 2003; their infant son; brothers, West and Lee Ruggles; and a sister, Netta Ruggles Schnee.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at The First Congregational United Church of Christ. The Rev. R. Keith Stuart will officiate.
The North-Dilley Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is handling the arrangements.