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Daughter of Civil War soldier dies in Findlay at 103

Edna Marie Hetrick (Source: Colden-Crates Funeral Home) Edna Marie Hetrick (Source: Colden-Crates Funeral Home)

FINDLAY, OH (THE COURIER) - Edna Marie Hetrick, the daughter of a Civil War veteran, died Monday afternoon at the age of 103 at the Grand Court senior living facility in Findlay.

Hetrick was born near Rawson on Dec. 2, 1906, to David and Chloe (Helsel) Huffman. David Huffman served with Company F, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the Union Army during the Civil War. He fought in battles in Tennessee and Georgia and was wounded in the battle of Chickamauga.

Hetrick was a child of his second marriage, born when her father was 62, which was 41 years after the Civil War ended.

Huffman had four children, a boy and three girls, with his first wife. After she died, Huffman married Edna Hetrick's mother, Chloe Helsel, and had eight more children, including six sons and two daughters.

"I'm the tail end," Hetrick said in a 2004 interview with The Courier.

The family lived on a 44-acre farm near Rawson where they had a garden and fruit trees and kept animals.

David Huffman died at the age of 78. Hetrick was a teenager at the time, but told The Courier she didn't remember him telling many stories about his Civil War service.

"I was 15 when he died, so I didn't really care for those talks around the big fire in the kitchen with my brothers. Of course they were all ears. But at my age, I wasn't really interested," she said in 2004.

"I think I've lived this long so I'd learn to appreciate my father," Hetrick added. "I don't think I appreciated him when I was 15."

Hetrick's daughter, Jane Minard of Findlay, said her mother attended a reunion for descendants of the men who fought with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry held last summer in Findlay. She said her mother lived on her own until moving to Grand Court last year.

Hetrick was a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The organization's website lists 16 other living daughters of Civil War veterans.

Edna Hetrick's full obituary appears on page A5 of today's edition of The Courier.




Edna Marie Hetrick passed away at 1:35 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2010 at Grand Court surrounded by her daughters. She was born near Rawson, Ohio on December 2, 1906 to David and Chloe (Helsel) Huffman. She graduated from Rawson High School in 1925 and attended Findlay College and Bowling Green State University. She taught school in Benton Ridge and Mt. Cory. She married T. Gerard Hetrick on July 10, 1930. He died October 26, 1983. She is survived by two daughters, Carol Baker, Columbus and Jane Minard, Findlay. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Thomas (Faye) Kelley, Findlay, Dr. James (Leanne) Kelley, Danville, IL, Daniel (Kathe Burkholder) Kelley, Columbus, and Lindsey Minard, Findlay. Five great-grandchildren, Brian and Kristin Kelley, Kathryn, Patrick and Andrew Kelley. Four nieces, Marjorie Evans, Patricia Laube, Bonnie Redman and Mary Ellen Reichenbach and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, half sisters, Arleta Rickly, Mary Bowersox, Almira Bowersox, half brother, Willis Huffman, sister, Alice Miller, brothers Grover, Wilbur, Glenn, Harry, Ralph and Floyd Huffman.

Edna was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Findlay since 1930, where she served as Deacon, former President of the Presbyterian Women's Association, former member of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Circle, Reviewers Book Club, Gamma Circle, Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Edna was a current member of the Hancock Historical Museum (Charter Member, 1971), Chapter #13 Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2010 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, where visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Women's Association. Online condolences can be made via http://www.coldrencrates.com/.

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