Ann Kirk Marsh

February 10, 1927 - May 14, 2021
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Ann Kirk Marsh, age 94, of New Philadelphia, died early Friday, May 14, 2021, in Park Village Southside at New Philadelphia.

A daughter of the late Brenton S. Kirk, Sr. and Frances Janet (Fribley) Kirk, Ann was born in Dover on February 10, 1927.

Ann was a 1944 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and attende…

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Ann Kirk Marsh, age 94, of New Philadelphia, died early Friday, May 14, 2021, in Park Village Southside at New Philadelphia.

A daughter of the late Brenton S. Kirk, Sr. and Frances Janet (Fribley) Kirk, Ann was born in Dover on February 10, 1927.

Ann was a 1944 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and attended college at Denison University and The Ohio State University. While completing her degree during World War II, there was a teacher shortage and Ann was offered a position at Bolivar school to teach first grade. During the summer months from 1940 – 1946, under the leadership of Coach Paul Hoerneman, Ann worked at Tuscora Park as the first female girl’s playground instructor for summer camp.

On June 24, 1947, she married John “Jack” Marsh, Jr., the love of her life. Together the couple raised three sons and shared in 54 years of marriage prior to his passing on February 5, 2002.

Ann had a great love for swimming that began at age 12 and by the age of 18, she was working as an American Red Cross certified swim instructor at Tuscora Park. She continued swimming and teaching swim lessons at the Tuscarawas County YMCA until she was 88 years old. In addition, Ann, who has held a membership with the YMCA since 1952, served on the Board of Directors for six years and was the board’s first female president. She served on every committee throughout her tenured time with the YMCA.

Ann’s lifelong passion, aside from family and swimming, was art and painting. She started taking lessons in her teens and pursued this love throughout her lifetime. Her first teacher, Vernon Beddoes, began teaching her oil painting as a medium, and years later she studied watercolor painting with Chester Bratten of Chicago, Fred Graff of Medina, Don Getz of Boston Mills, Irving Shapiro of Chicago and Judi Betts of Baton Rouge. She was a member of the Canton Art Institute, Naples Art Center in Naples, Florida, The Ohio Watercolor Society, and she was part owner of the Artists Gallery in North Canton where she exhibited and sold her work. Because of her love of art, Ann was an instrumental part in forming the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts. From 2001 – 2007, she served as a board member and from that same time until 2010, she served on the Educational Committee.

Her other civic activities included the Junior Clionian Society, serving on the T4C Board of Directors, and was head of the TWIG Program, now known as the Union Hospital Auxiliary of which she was a lifetime member. Additionally, Ann was a member of the Kent State Chestnut Society, was a past member of the Union County Club and the Atwood Yacht Club and served as an active parent in various New Philadelphia City Schools events while raising her three sons.

For many years, Ann’s faith was nurtured at the First United Church of Christ at New Philadelphia where she taught Sunday School for over 21 years, served on the Financial Board, Endowment Board, Christian Education Board and the Women’s Guild. In her later years, she returned to her childhood church, the First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia, where she participated in adult small groups.

Ann is survived by her sons, John (Carol) Marsh, III of New Philadelphia, Joe Marsh of Florida and Brian (Pam) Marsh of New Philadelphia; five grandchildren, Andrew, Colby, Brian II, Nichole and Olivia and her great-grandson, Theo Jack Marsh.

Other survivors include a sister, Jane Jenkins of Colorado; a brother, Dave (Linda) Kirk of Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ann was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Brenton S. “Kork” (Ellie) Kirk, Jr. and a brother-in-law, Charlie Jenkins.

A service celebrating Ann’s life will be led by Pastor Brian Flood on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 4 PM in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover where the family will greet guests during a reception immediately following from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service was held in the Evergreen Burial Park.

Memorial contributions in Ann’s name may be directed to the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe St, Dover, Ohio 44622 or to the Tuscarawas Center for the Arts, 461 Robinson Drive SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Evergreen Burial Park


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service was held in the Evergreen Burial Park.

Reception Information

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Donation Information

The Tuscarawas County YMCA

600 Monroe Street
Dover, Ohio 44622
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Tuscarawas Center for the Arts

461 Robinson Drive SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: February 10, 1927
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Donita Klein posted on 6/7/21

Sorry for your loss.


Wynne Smith posted on 6/6/21

To the Marsh Family, I was a member of Ann’s swimming class at the Y nicknamed the Aqua Babes. Ann was such an inspiration to all of us. I looked forward to seeing Ann and the rest of the ladies. We would go to lunch at the end of the month which was always a blast. Ann was always such a classy lady. She will be missed by all who knew her. God Bless. Love Wynne


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 6/4/21

So sorry for you loss. Truly a wonderful lady who will be missed by many.


Jenny bick posted on 6/4/21

sorry Brian for the loss of your mom..I Met her on a few occasions and she was very kind..


Alan Johns posted on 6/4/21

Brian and Pam, so sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.


Elizabeth W Stephenson posted on 5/25/21

What a great loss of a true lady. Sending thoughts and love to the family.


Jane A. Gingrich posted on 5/20/21

My sincere condolences to the Marsh family. I knew Ann through her involvement as a volunteer at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. She was a long time volunteer teacher of swim classes and women exercises classes. As the first female president of the Y Board of director, shes exhibited her passion for organization and was an inspiration in her leadership. This treasure of a woman will be deeply missed.


Kris Schnell posted on 5/18/21

A beautiful lady, inside and out. My condolences to the family. She will be truly missed.


Jim Senhauser posted on 5/18/21

To John, Joe, Brian and the entire Marsh and Kirk families, So sorry to hear of Ann's passing. She was a wonderful, kind, bright, generous and caring woman and mother. But then, you and everyone who knew Ann was aware of that. She was involved in her children's schools, the UCC church and was one of the real icons of the community. You all have my deepest sympathies in this, your time of sorrow and celebration of Ann's life well-lived. -- Jim Senhauser


Marylee Llewellyn posted on 5/17/21

I first met Ann in an art class. Our paths crossed several times after that. She was so gracious. Her passing is a loss for many. My condolences to the families of Ann


Judith Schrock posted on 5/17/21

Deepest sympathy to the family of Ann Kirk Marsh. We met Ann through church and our Bible study group. Knowing Ann was a reward in itself. She was charming, poised and friendly to all those she met. She was such a gracious lady and she will continue to live in all of us who had the pleasure of knowing her. God Bless, Aden and Judy Schrock


Mary Elco posted on 5/17/21

I was one of Ann’s lifeguards at the “Y” she loved the water..and life in general..such a kind lady, would always ask about my kids by daughter adored her, when she was just little Ann would swim laps with her, my daughter loved that she paid attention to her, but that was Ann, such a kind heart, I will never forget her smile


Sara Landis posted on 5/17/21

Wally and I send our sincerest condolences to the Marsh family. May your lifetime of memories comfort you during this difficult time.


Patty Albrecht posted on 5/16/21

I cleaned Ann's house each week several years ago. She was so kind, and always poised and stylish. I really enjoyed talking to her and looking at her latest watercolor painting. She left a mark with me, and I can only hope I can be that wonderful as I age. My thoughts and prayers to her family. She was very proud of you all.


Jan Johns posted on 5/16/21

To all the Marsh family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Ann was a beautiful lady inside and out. I'm honored to have known her !!!!! God be with you all, prayers With love jan


Leonard Rich posted on 5/16/21

Bess and I send our sincere condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Bess and Len Rich





Deborah J Murphy posted on 5/16/21

'The branch is broken, Leaves have fallen to the earth, But the root lives on.' Wm. S. Shields Sr. Condolences.


Michele Bobnar posted on 5/16/21

Dear Marsh Family, So sorry for your loss. Your mother, grandmother was a beautiful person. Thinking of all of you at this sad time and sending prayers. Michele and Lexi Bobnar


Mary Jo Krebs Haught posted on 5/16/21

I’m so very sorry for your loss.


Cinda posted on 5/16/21

The classiest Lady I have ever met. My deepest sympathy to her family. My God be with you and give you strength.