Retta Catherine Bond, 96, of Mount Blanchard, went home to be with her Lord Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Arlington.
She was born Nov. 30, 1917, in Jackson Township, Hancock County, to John C. and Florence L. (Heckathorn) Vansant. She married Raymond W. Bond Aug. 6, 1938, and he preceded her in death, after 60 years of marriage, Nov. 12, 1998.
Retta is survived by her four children, Bonnie R. Thomas of Upper Sandusky, John "Jack" L. (Barbara) Bond of Tiffin, and Joan L. (Timothy) Bash and Beth A. Wingate, both of Mount Blanchard; two daughters-in-law, Sharon L. Bond of Huber Heights and Donna Bond of Findlay; her sister, Lola Carey of Benton Ridge; 17 grandchildren, Michael Thomas, Jeffrey Thomas, Ed Thomas, John Bond, Joyce Varney, Eric Bond, Cathy Saladana, David Bond, Alisa Oliver, Jody Flynn, James Bond, Raymond Bond, Kimberly Bash, Kristie Thacker, Kasie Benitez, Timothy Bash and Joshua Wingate; 36 great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Amanda, Erica, Courtney, Brooke, Greg, Adam, Ben, Michael, Megan, Kirstie, Chase, Colten, Seth, Jenna, Asya, Ciara, Tucker, Liberty, Jackson, Christian, Austin, Aidan, Alex, Brianna, Christopher, Wyatt, Samuel, Johannah, Katie, Mia, Dominic, Chloe, Nicholas, Grant and Lincoln; and one great-great-granddaughter, Alexis.
Retta also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James A. Bond; son-in-law, Norman L. Thomas; and eight siblings, Harry Vansant, Mary Cronbaugh, Lester Vansant, Don Vansant, Lotta Hauck, Julia Conaway, Sylvia Peterman and Earl Vansant.
Retta was a 1935 graduate of Arlington High School. She studied art at Akron College. She was best known as proprietor of Bond Restaurant in Mount Blanchard until 1962. She became the head cook at Mount Blanchard Elementary School, retiring in 1980. She was known as the local "authority" on plants and rocks, and was visited by many of the local elementary classes. Her hobbies were hunting, reading, traveling, gardening, mushroom hunting, painting, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, 205 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, OH 45840, (419) 422-2323.
Her funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with one hour of vistitation prior to the funeral. Elder Timothy Bash will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons Society or Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.