Category Archives: Memorials

In memory of those who excelled at serving Miami Group

Miami Group Memorial Tree Planting and Dedication

Miami Group Sierra Club Tree Planting & Memorial Grove Dedication

The Miami Group Sierra Club Memorial Grove project was started in 2012. Through it, the Miami Group seeks to provide an ecological memorial to members, family and friends. Join us Saturday as we plant 15 native trees in French Park to commemorate those we have lost over the past several years. After the planting, help celebrate their lives with an informal ceremony and hanging of personalized plaques.
The planting is scheduled to from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  The Memorial Ceremony will follow the planting, starting at 11.30 AM to about noon.
We hope to see you there.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 AM to 11.00 AM – tree planting
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM – memorial ceremony
Where: French Park
3012 Section Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Preparing the Grove

Leader: Elizabeth Durrell, Co-Leader: Karen Anderson-Brown

We are grateful to have help from the Cincinnati Parks staff for this event.


Joan Schuch has passed away

Email from her son, Steve Schuch:

Dear Friends,

I’ve been back in Cincinnati the past three weeks and recall well the love and stories shared last fall at the Life Celebration for my Dad, Paul Schuch.
Many of you knew my Mom as well.  She died in her sleep here at home yesterday morning, with full hospice care, and her faithful hound Abby-Chaco and me by her side.  My wife Marilyn was able make it from New Hampshire to share Christmas here as well.  Over the past three weeks we had a good visits from friends, laughter, singing (and Mom’s Doc Martin DVD’s), right up till near the end.  See attached lyrics and photo.
Mom’s ashes (and those of her favorite dog Topper) will eventually go next to Dad’s and Kathy’s at Walnut Hills Cemetery.  We may have a very simple gathering later this winter or spring, to share a few stories, maybe sing a few of her favorite songs.  Maybe here at the house… details to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, we might suggest taking time to reflect.  Maybe a gift of time, or financial gift to those in need (possibly a dog).  And speaking of dogs:  If you know anyone who might like to adopt Abby-Chaco, my parents’ dog, it would be great to try to find her a good home in the next few days while I’m still in town.  Separate email to follow.
Thank you for your friendship towards Mom and Dad across the years.  Please feel free to pass this email on to others who knew Mom and Dad too.
Blessings and Best Wishes,
Steve Schuch

Long-Time Member Bob Mentzer passed away January 7th

Per Rhonda:

Bob MentzerBob’s death was unexpected, unreal, and very much of a loss to all of us. He died of a hemorrhage in his brain. It seemed to happen very suddenly and out of the blue on Tuesday afternoon and he very rapidly lost consciousness and never regained it. He died this morning at 11:04 am (Thursday, January 7th). It has been an emotionally and physically exhausting 3 days but it has also been a time filled with love and support from so many family and friends. That has meant the world to all of us. Thank you to each one of you for that.

We wanted to let you know of the plans for the memorial service/funeral for Bob.

It is being held on Monday morning, January 11, 2016 at:
Hodapp Funeral Home
6041 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45224
(That is in College Hill – near the junction of North Bend Rd. and Hamilton Ave.)

Visiting time is 10-12 a.m. The service will be at noon, and following that will be the ride to Spring Grove Cemetary where Bob will be buried. At the burial site those who want to can stay afterwards and we will have a sharing time for sharing memories and thoughts of Bob and of our relationships with him.

In keeping with Bob’s values, we would ask that rather than giving flowers, those who want to can donate to the Sierra Club which Bob was a member of for around 30 years. It is also where Bob and I (Rhonda) met. Checks can be made out to:
Miami Group Sierra Club, in memoriam of Bob Mentzer, and can be brought to the service on Monday or can be mailed to:
Tim Hershey, Miami Group Treasurer
1216 Holly Ave
Dayton, OH 45410

There is also a memorial service for Bob at the Sunday morning service at our church, the Church of the Brethren on Nassau St. in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati. The service starts at 11 a.m. but all are welcome to come and visit at 10:30.

Paul Schuch Passed Away

Paul Schuch Obituary  (1927-2015)

Paul SchuchPaul W. Schuch passed away the week after his 87th birthday. Despite diabetes and a long time heart condition, he lived an active life up till near the end. He is survived by his wife, Joan Schuch, his son, Steve Schuch and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Wyzga. He requested his ashes be placed alongside those of his daughter, Kathy Ann Schuch, who died in 2008. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift of time for someone in need, or a donation to a local food pantry, world hunger group or environmental organization.

A Cincinnati native son, Paul attended Walnut Hills High School. He graduated from Denison University, and later received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. Paul served for many years as an attorney for Anderson Township, along with doing volunteer work in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. He served on the board of Youth Inc., working with disadvantaged youth. For more than 50 years, Paul was active in the life of Mount Moriah Methodist Church. He also loved the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Reds… and anything to do with trains.

Paul’s smiling face could often be seen along hiking and biking trails near and far. His son recalls many memorable caving adventures and backpacking trips, long before the era of cell phones, GPS and high tech equipment. A little wood smoke and “good clean dirt” made
supper and storytelling around the campfire even better.

Paul first fell in love with the Smokey Mountains and hills of Kentucky as a child. He later joined many others in a decades-long effort to protect the scenic Red River Gorge area from a proposed Army Corps of Engineers dam. Paul was a long-time member of the Sierra Club, Cincinnati Nature Center and Western Wildlife Corridor. At potlucks and campfires, he frequently told stories from the life of naturalist John Muir, quoting lengthy passages from Muir’s nature writings by heart.

While in his seventies, Paul hiked to within 2,000 feet of the rugged 14,259 foot summit of Longs Peak, Colorado. At eighty, he climbed the 6,593 foot Mount LeConte a final time to behold the sunset and sunrise from the roof of the Smokies. In later years, the family dogs seemed relieved as he began to consider easier trails.

A public “Celebration of Life” for Paul Schuch will be held at the Mount Moriah Methodist Church in Cincinnati  on Saturday, October 3, at 1:00 pm. The service will be followed by lunch in the church fellowship hall. Friends are invited to bring a favorite reading, story or memento to share. A potluck dish is optional. A “Memories Table” will be set up to display photos, poems and other mementos. For details and to RSVP, call the church at (513) 752-1333.