GENEVA — Marie Claire Burkholder, age 78, of Harpersfield, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Geneva Retirement Village.
She was born Feb. 15, 1935, in Ashtabula, Ohio, to Emma (Benson) and Lewis Enquist. Marie moved to a poultry farm in Austinburg at age 6 months. A 1953 graduate of Austinburg High School, she married Gordon Burkholder on Dec. 27, 1953, in Austinburg, Ohio.
Together they operated Concord Acres Fruit Farm in Harpersfield for 59 years, the last 50 years with Welch’s.
She enjoyed planting and gardening flowers, traveling, photography, genealogy and sending cards to family and friends. Marie was a member of South Harpersfield United Methodist Church, Covered Bridge Society and the Ashtabula County Historical Society. She loved animals, especially cats. Marie was a very loving, caring and giving person, mother, wife and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon; daughter, Rose Marie (Dave) Keyes of Harpersfield; son, Jeffrey (Susan) Burkholder of Harpersfield; and grandchildren, Claire and Ben Burkholder.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandsons, William and Steven.
Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21st, at THE BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 175 S. Broadway, Geneva, Ohio 44041.
A Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22nd, at the Funeral Home. Pastor Shirley Stoops-Franz, of South Harpersfield United Methodist Church, will be officiating. Final resting place will be Unionville Cemetery in Unionville.
Contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 734 Alpha Drive, Suite C, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 or Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Road, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
Obituary may be viewed online at www.behmfuneral.com and starbeacon.com.