Mary Catherine (Dillon) Jacoby left this world on January 1, 2011, surrounded by family in her home, after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Born February 23, 1930 in Ironton, Ohio to Ruth (Vaughn) and Howard Dillon, she was the beloved wife, best friend and business partner to her husband of nearly 61 years, Gerald (Jerry) E. Jacoby. Together, they built a family, a home and their faith and founded and operated the former Westerville Interiors furniture store in uptown Westerville for 28 years. Mary had a beautiful singing voice, a knack for selecting colors and textures and the ability to design spaces to perfectly suit her customers, but her greatest loves were her husband and family. Mary was the daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and coworker we all aspire to be. Preceded in death by sister Betty Ranney in 2009 and son-in-law Larry Luthi in 2001, she is survived by husband Jerry; children Janet (Todd) Walko, Kari Luthi (Ed Schneider) and Robert (Kathy Hoyer) Jacoby; grandchildren Jack Fleming, Kacy Walko (Michael Stoner), Michael Walko, Luke Luthi, Nicolas Jacoby, Kelli Jacoby and Natasha Schneider; sisters Jean (Richard) Longhenry and Margay (Ralph) Smith; brother-in-law Hal Ranney; numerous relatives and many friends. Visiting hours will be in Ballard Hall at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 South Sunbury Road, Westerville, from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, followed by a memorial service officiated by Dr. Richard Ellsworth in the church’s Ellsworth Chapel at 7 p.m.
Private burial at Blendon Central Cemetery. Arrangements by the Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to any charity of your choice or Mount Carmel Hospice, to whom the family is extremely grateful for all the gentle assistance and loving care given Mary during her long illness.
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Mary Jane & John Sprague - Jan 7, 2011
Janet,Todd,Jack,Kasie,& Mike, We are so very sorry for the loss of your mother & grandmother. Her warm spirit lives on in each of you. May God bless & watch overyou as he gives you strength.
All our Love & prayers to each of you,
John & MJ
marita eichensehr - Jan 6, 2011
Bob,Kathy,Nic and Kelli-we were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother and grandmother.May you always treasure the memories that she blessed you with —Love,Dennis,Marita Erica and Megan
Amy Logsdon - Jan 6, 2011
Kari, my deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time of loss.
Lori Bishop - Jan 6, 2011
Kari and family, my sincere and heartfelt condolences at such a difficult time. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe and Carroll Bowman - Jan 5, 2011
Bob and Family – so very sorry for the loss of your precious Mother. Our prayers are with your and your family. Our very heartfelt sympathy, Joe, Carroll, Grant, Teresa, Allyson, Todd, Aaron and Dixie Bowman.
Denise Ashbaugh - Jan 4, 2011
My prayers are with you…
Mary was such a special person; she taught me so much from the 6th grade on. I will never forget how she made me feel part of your family.
God Bless all of you, and thanks so much for letting me know of her death.
Denise Jasnau Ashbaugh
Henry S. Dillon - Jan 4, 2011
Jerry, Janet, Kari and Bob –
Please accept our sincerest condolences following the passing of a very special lady, mother, grandmother and wife. I will always remember her easy manner and pleasantness about all things.
My very earliest memories of family include Mary and her sisters sitting in a bay window at Grandma and Grandpa Dillon’s house probably at Christmas time in the very early 1940s. Later toward the end of her high school years she rode from Ohio to California with my family. I had a “big sister” all the way across the country.
Aunt Nell frequently talked about Mary and included Mary in many of her stories about family. What a blessing to have collected and preserved these memories and stories.
Mary will be deeply missed by all her ever knew her and will remain in our memories forever.
Bud and Linda Dillon
Tish Cabrera - Jan 4, 2011
Kari and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
"Mike" Miller - Jan 3, 2011
Dear Jerry, I am so sorry to hear about Mary. Having my husband, Bill, die 5 years ago I understand what you are going through. Try to remember all the good times you shared with Mary. She will always be with you.
Therese&Lee Pealer - Jan 3, 2011
Those we hold dear never truly leave us.
They live on in the kindness they showed,
the comfort they shared and the love they
brought into our lives. May your memories of
this beautiful lady as mom and grandma bring
Barbara Hull Miller - Jan 3, 2011
Jerry, I feel your loss…My husband, Frank, passed away on Nov. 17 with the same problems. Your marriage was one of the best, I know, as mine was. I Know that you did all you could for a long period of time and that you are relieved that her suffering is over, but yet you are alone and missing her the way she “used to be”. My sympathy and understanding are with you. Barbara
Jill Barrows - Jan 3, 2011
Dear Janet,Todd and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your Mother and wishing we could be there for support during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jill and Jerry Barrows
Bobbie Julien - Jan 3, 2011
Dear Janet and Todd, What a beautiful lady!! I wish I would have known her. IT is clear how much she loved and cared for her family. You will miss her dearly, I know. Wishing you peace in her passing, and the knowledge that she knew you loved her as much as she loved you! Bobbie