Jean A. (Stiger) Berlekamp, 98, of rural Green Springs died at home on Sunday, September 11, 2022. She was born February 28, 1924 in Old Fort, OH to Lester M. and Luella E. (Hoke) Stiger. She married Rondo K. Berlekamp on April 9, 1944 in Wheeling, W Va. She is survived by daughter Miriam K. Fankhauser of rural Green Springs; son Timothy B. (Marilyn) Berlekamp of Grove City, OH; sister Myrna L. Riedel of rural Tiffin; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great-grand nieces and nephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rondo K. Berlekamp and her partner George Bagley; two sisters Delean (Charles) Mc Donald and Shirley (Robert) Eborg, and four siblings died young.
Jean was a 1942 graduate of Old Fort School, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin, OH, and a homemaker for 36 years. She was part owner and manager and after her husband’s death guardian and manager of the Homestead Acres farming operation.
As a genealogist and historian, she belonged to the Seneca Co Genealogical Society 1982 to present, the Ohio Genealogical Society 1982-96, and First Families of Ohio. She published multi-volume works for both Hoke and Berlekamp families, co-authored other genealogical works, and published Pleasant Union Cemetery . . . Its History and Record, A History of Pleasant Township, Seneca Co., OH, The Enchanted Moment and Other Stories, as well as writing memoires.
She was a member of Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District Auxiliary and was the first woman to serve on the SWCD Board of Directors 1981-87 serving as Pres of the Trust Fund Board 1982-1987.
She and her three sisters started The Enchanted Moment Doll and Gift Shoppe in 1990 in Fremont, OH when she became secretary and vice president until 2019.
She served as President of the Enchanted Moment Doll Museum and Gallery Inc, Tiffin, OH from 2009 to Present.
Visitation: Thursday from 6 to 8p.m. at Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, 211 N. Broadway St., Green Springs, OH 44836.
Jean’s funeral will be Friday, September 16, 2022 at 10:00 am at funeral home, with an hour of visitation prior to the service. Pastor Andrea Thurston will be officiating.
Burial at Pleasant Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to The Enchanted Moment, 174 Jefferson St, Tiffin, OH 44883 or Heartland Hospice, 907 W State St. Ste A, Fremont, OH 43420.
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