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Rita C. Stroble

Rita C. Stroble, age 66, of Swanton, Ohio, entered through the gates of heaven and into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, following a valiant battle with cancer, Thursday evening, July 30, 2015, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania. She was born April 10, 1949 in Willard, Ohio and raised in Chatfield, Ohio by her parents, Dorcie and Aner (Chesney) Kirby. Rita was a graduate of Buckeye Central High School, Class of '67. She married Ronald Stroble on July 12, 1969. Together they raised two sons, Thad and Brandon Stroble.

Rita worked 32 years for UPS. She was known as the go to person for spiritual and personal guidance by her fellow co-workers in their time of trouble. Rita was a member of the Swanton Church of the Nazarene where she served as church board member for 15 years. She was very devoted to the Nazarene Missions and her volunteer role as Nazarene Missions International President over the past 15 years.

She will be remembered as a very outgoing person who enjoyed socializing with her friends and family.

Rita will be greatly missed by her husband of 46 years, Ronald; sons, Thad Stroble and Brandon (Danielle) Stroble; grandchildren, Nathan, Jessica, Lexi, and Drew Stroble, brothers, Jackie and Harold Kirby; mother-in-law, Mary "Libby" Cady; as well as many nieces; nephews and extended family, and special family friend, Lisa Stroble.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Dorcie and Aner; infant sister, Brenda Kirby, and sister, Shirley Hess.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanton Church of the Nazarene, 315 W. Airport Hwy. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4th in the church with Pastor Harold Ratliff officiating. Private graveside services will be held Tuesday afternoon at Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ebeid Promedica Hospice or University of Michigan Cancer Center.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Monday, August 3rd from 4 to 8 pm at the Swanton Church of the Nazarene

Funeral Services: Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00 am in the Church

Private Graveside Service: Tuesday Afternoon at Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus, Ohio

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Our family sends our prayers and thoughts to Ron and his family. Rita fought a valiant battle and she will be remembered as such a joy. It was a year ago that I had a wonderful chat with her as she was walking to the corn festival. Years ago we had many phone chats because she was so easy to talk to. I know you will miss her.

bill and carol rittenbery Aug 15 2015 12:00 AM

I worked with Rita on NMI missions and first met her when she was the zone coordinator, Maumee Valley, for our churches. She gave me a lot of encouragement and direction and was always so gracious and helpful when I contacted her. She was a role model for me as a Christian and as a NMI president for Hope Community Church of the Nazarene. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones.

Diana Anderson Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

Ron, Thad, Brandon and family, my heart just sank in sadness finding out you lost a beautiful wife, mother and friend. I have the fondest memories of your entire family and the great fun we had. Rita was like a big sister to me and a beautiful friend. I loved babysitting for the boys and joking with you Ron on a regular basis! I hate that we lost touch living so far away from each other, but I want you to know I will be there in thoughts and prayers. She was a beautiful soul and now she's in our Lord's hands. Love to you all, Cindy

Cindy Huckels Bush Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

I remember this lovely picture May you rejoice she is with her Heavenly Father sitting at His feet worshipping and adoring Him. So glad her pain is over imps and Cherish your many memories of good times and what she has meant to each of you. We will mss her as a classmate.

Pat Eckstein Keen Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

To the Stroble Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know Rita at church and she was a real blessing to many. Know and have comfort that she is resting peacefully in Heaven and that we will see her again. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Karen Pever Aug 3 2015 12:00 AM

Ron, our sympathy to you and your family. Rita was such a sweet person and will be missed.

Wayne and Marsha Nelson Aug 3 2015 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with your family. Rita was a great church woman who gave of her time and talent beyond the walls of her local church. Her love for missions will be missed. May others follow in her example.

Jonathon Spyker Aug 3 2015 12:00 AM

Ron, Thad , Brandon Jackie and Harold. Sorry to hear of the passing of Rita, but what a comfort to know that she is in no more pain and she has a heavenly home. I remember her as a little girl in Chatfield and the. Many hours I spent in the Kirby home.

Paul Zimmerman Aug 2 2015 12:00 AM

Ron, We were so very sorry to learn of Rita passing. I remember her as a very fun person who everyone enjoyed being around. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Jim & Carole Gerhart Aug 2 2015 12:00 AM

Ron, Thad, Brandon and all of Rita's family. I was so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. I am so thankful for the times I got to see her these past couple of years. Rita was such a sweet kind person. I can't begin to know the loss you must feel. We were all blessed to have known her. She was a person of great faith and I am sure she was welcomed into Heaven. Please accept my sympathy and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen Alt Aug 2 2015 12:00 AM

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