Sep 3, 2015


Sarah Elizabeth (McMahon) Welker, 94, of Huron, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, in Community Health Partners in Lorain after a sudden illness.

She was born Aug. 14, 1913, in Groton Township and graduated from Sandusky High School in 1930. She received a B.S. degree in education from The Ohio State University in 1935, and also attended Hiram College, Bowling Green State University, Syracuse University and Ohio Northern University.

Mrs. Welker spent much of her life as an educator, with more than 41 years of service and experience. She worked for five months in the Rockford, Ohio, area, three years for White Eyes Local School District in Coshocton County, Ohio, and 38 years at the Vermilion High School. She primarily taught business education but also taught physical education. She was an advisor for school publications, directed plays, served as the senior class advisor for 32 years and was the official scorer for basketball teams for many years. She wrote as a correspondent of Vermilion news for 10 years to the Lorain Morning Journal, the Sandusky Register and Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Her gifts and talents also reached out into various community organization, including being among the charter members of the Vermilion College Club and past president of the Beta Epsilon chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an honorary women's educational organization. Other memberships included the Ohio Retired Teachers, Erie County Chapter; two terms on the Erie-Ottawa Community Mental Health Board and Erie County Democrat Central Committee. She served as secretary of the Vermilion Township Zoning Commission from its inception in 1957 until 2007 as well as secretary for the Vermilion Township Board of Zoning Appeals. She enjoyed more than 60 years as a member of the Margaretta Grange, where her great-grandparents were charter members. She wasa Democrat poll worker in the Mitiwanga precinct and was the recipient of the Erie Regional Planning Commission Hall of Fame Award.

She is survived by her husband with whom she celebrated her 68th wedding anniversary Aug. 31, Harold K. Welker of Huron; daughter, Nancy Lee Welker of Stow, Ohio; son, James H. Welker of Huron; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Preceding her in death were her parents, James J. and Florence (Dining) McMahon, and half-brother, Robert E. McMahon.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion, where a funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Matthew Humphrey, Life Celebrant, will officiate at a service of celebration and faith. Entombment will be in Meadow Lawn Memorial Park, Huron.

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