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In Memory of
Arline S. Voltz
March 1, 1919 - December 18, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Sunset Hill Burial Park

Arline S. Voltz, age 99, died Tuesday night, December 18, 2018, at the Kobaker House, Columbus, Ohio. She was the fifth of eleven children. She was born March 1, 1919, to Harry and Edna Rohrer, farmers near Louisville, Ohio. She attended Fairhope Grade School and Louisville High School. During this time she fed chickens, watched cows in the unfenced fields, climbed trees, walked the beam in the large barn, helped in planting and harvesting numerous crops, packed lunches for siblings, played Andy Over, memorized poems for reciting at PTA meetings, slept three in a straw mattress bed, attended church regularly with all the family able to go on any particular Sunday, worked out caring sometimes for young children, sometimes for chronically ill adults. At age 17, she went to East Orange, New Jersey, where she became nanny to two young boys. Over the years she would share with her own children numerous stories of that exciting coming of age time. Arline returned to Ohio in part to be closer to the boy with whom she had maintained a letter correspondence. On August 18, 1940, she and Norman (Bud) Voltz married at the Louisville United Brethren Church, where her young groom was already Sunday School Superintendent. Throughout their 65 years of marriage, Arline and Bud continued to share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, family, and friends. Arline taught Sunday School classes, hosted Christian workers in her home, providing home-cooked meals that often concluded with fruit pies, fruit picked and canned by herself. Her young family of five slept in one bedroom so the guests could have the other one. A large spirit of love and generosity emanated from that tiny woman and her tiny home. Later, another house became a home for family and friends. With the move the family became faithful members of Canton First Friends Church where Arline taught in various capacities and served as an elder. She saw her three children graduate from college and each receive advanced degrees, something she had always valued. In their retirement years, Arline and Bud moved to Huron, Ohio, where they pastored the Milan Friends Church. In their second retirement, they moved to Columbus, Ohio, where they served their first love, Jesus Christ, as visitation pastors in the Orange Friends Church until Buds death in 2005. Arline began a new life on Tuesday, December 18, when she passed from this world to the heavenly home Jesus is preparing for her. It is a spacious home where Arlines service will still and always be to her first love, King Jesus. Three children survive: Judith (Roger) Sorensen of Columbus; Margo Voltz of Gallup, New Mexico; Martin (Shari) Voltz of Elgin, Illinois. Arline has six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Grandchildren by Judith are Heidi (Todd) Muller of Hudson, Ohio; Heather Sorensen of Columbus; and Joy (Craig) Churchill of Belgrade, Montana. Margos children are Noel Voltz of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Geoffrey (Leslie) Horney of Snellburg, Georgia. Martin has one surviving son, Marcus (Nancy) Voltz of Highland Park, Illinois. His son Jarrod (Amy) died in 2006. Great-grandchildren are Theodore, Calvin, Amia, Miles, and Desmond Muller; Titi Gully; Liam and Maggie Churchill; Delilah Gana; Samuel, Zachary, and Lincoln Voltz; Hayden Voltz. Arlines surviving siblings are Dorothy Huther of Findlay; Betty McKee of Louisville; Nova Mobberley of North Canton; and Grace Rymer of Kent, Ohio. There are also numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, December 27 at 11:30 at Sunset Hills Burial Park, 5001 Everhard Rd., N.W., Canton, Ohio, 44718. A memorial service for Arline is planned for March 2, 2019, one day after what would have been her 100th birthday. The service will be at Orange Friends Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Orange Friends Church or to Kobacker House.


Jim McLane

Jan 11, 2019

Arline Voltz and husband Bud has blessed our home and our lives in many ways. While Pastor Bud and Arline were in visiting ministry they visited Donna and I at our home many times and had various oppertunities for fellowship in their home and various outings together. They were definitely the favorite of most at Orange and ALL of the Seniors. When Bud's health began to fail some 14 to 15 years ago I was asked to teach his Sunday School Class which I did until so many of the folks went on to be with the Lord and the class became so small. Arline ws such a pleasant person to visit and always faithful to the Lord. Iknow she is now in the presence of her Savior and her dear husband Bud. Our prayers and heartfelt condolence goes especially to Judy and Roger who cared for her so wonderfully til she passed. I know your house has an empty spot now!