Carolyn Keffer Kohler

March 6, 1938 - November 1, 2020
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Carolyn M. Keffer Kohler, 82, of Findlay and formerly of Toledo and New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020 in the Heritage at Findlay.

Born in Canton, she was the daughter of the late Raymond D. and Rosa L. (Rinchen) Tschantz and a graduate of Timken High School at Canton. Carolyn had retired …

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Carolyn M. Keffer Kohler, 82, of Findlay and formerly of Toledo and New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020 in the Heritage at Findlay.

Born in Canton, she was the daughter of the late Raymond D. and Rosa L. (Rinchen) Tschantz and a graduate of Timken High School at Canton. Carolyn had retired from the American Frame Company and was a member of the philanthropic group PEO and the Gideons. Carolyn was a current member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Toledo and had formerly attended the First Church of the Nazarene at New Philadelphia. A gifted pianist and organist, Carolyn used her talents to serve in the music worship of each church she attended. Most recently she served as a pianist for the Church of the Nazarene at Mount Blanchard.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her late first husband, Richard B. Keffer and her second husband, Douglas Kohler. Surviving are her daughters, Barbara C. (James) Williams of Mount Blanchard and Laurel J. (Matthew) Kerr of Dayton; a granddaughter, Lila Kerr of Monrovia, Liberia; two grandsons, Benjamin (Hannah) Williams of Durham, NC and Andrew Kerr (fiancé Brittany Foster) of Atlanta, GA and two brothers, Grayden Tschantz of Louisville and Dwight (Diane) Tschantz of Canton and a sister-in-law, Pat Tschantz along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husbands, a brother, Gerald Tschantz, and a sister-in-law, Nancy Tschantz are also deceased.

Due to Covid concerns, a private family service will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home at New Philadelphia, with her son-in-law, Pastor Jim Williams, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia. A live stream of Carolyn’s funeral service will be available to everyone on the funeral home’s Facebook page on Friday, November 6, 2020 beginning at 2 PM.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to either Toledo Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 4930 Flanders Road, Toledo, Ohio 43623; Mount Blanchard Church of the Nazarene, 308 South Main Street, Mount Blanchard, Ohio 45867; Gideons International, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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Due to Covid concerns, a private family service will be held. A live stream of Carolyn’s funeral service will be available to everyone on the funeral home’s Facebook page on Friday, November 6, 2020 beginning at 2 PM.


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Evergreen Burial Park

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1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Toledo Trinity Church of the Nazarene

4930 Flanders Road
Toledo, OH 43623

Mount Blanchard Church of the Nazarene

308 South Main Street
Mount Blanchard, OH 45867

Gideons International

P.O. Box 140800
Nashville, TN 37214-0800
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Born: March 6, 1938
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Gary and Julie Reed posted on 11/22/20

We are so sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. She had such a wonderful musical gift.We will always remember her. Our sympathies are with you all. God bless you, Gary and Julie Reed

 

Lynn Kujawski posted on 11/17/20

Carolyn was a Spiritual mother to me and would meet me for lunch and mentor me, sharing stories from her experiences as a wife and a mother. She and Dick had us to their home often for meals with other couples from the church often preparing her amazing rolls and playing games like Balderdash after dinner. They both enjoyed building into young married couples’ lives and encouraging them in their spiritual walk to go deep for the meat and not just the milk. She and Dick initiated Dinners for Eight in our church challenging us to be iron sharpening iron. Carolyn demonstrated to us what a Godly wife looked like including speaking up when necessary being a true helpmeet. ? The joy of the Lord was always on her face, and her brilliance on the piano was evidence of her passion to use her gifts to honor Him. Her piano solos in church were cause for standing ovations! I was privileged to have her be my accompanist for church solos, weddings and luncheons always helping me to be my best. We had several special times in her later years in Findlay singing and playing the piano while the residents and staff listened in. She encouraged me in so many ways and always showed interest in what was going on in my life. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. I love you, my friend. ??

 

Chip Kohler posted on 11/12/20

I was saddened to hear of Carolyn's passing. I know that my father loved her very much. She enriched the last few years of his life. I will never forget how happy and excited that my father was on their wedding day! She was very kind both to my father and the rest of the family. You have my deepest sympathy..

 

Charlene A McMullen posted on 11/6/20

So sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. She was such a sweet and lovely woman. We used to attend the same church where she played piano for those of us who did solos for services. You would practice with her at her home and she was so patient and such a beautiful pianist, she'd make anyone sound good! Condolences and prayers for her family. She is truly enjoying her heavenly reward with our Father. RIP Carolyn.

 

Janice Gray Bonner posted on 11/6/20

Barbara, Laurel and families I’m sorry about your mom. She was a very nice lady. I remember her always smiling! I loved hearing her play the piano at church. Praying for you all.

 

Clarence Dale German posted on 11/6/20

Emmalyn and I send our love and affection to you today. You were with me when I lost mu mom. I would like to have been with you now.

 

Jim Tschantz posted on 11/6/20

Aunt Carolyn was the most kind person I knew. Even though we only got to see each other infrequently, she always remembered what was happening in my life. She always took the time to really listen to every detail and celebrate our joys and comfort sorrows. She so loved to talk about her kids and grandkids in such a loving and doting manner. We have lost a true light and shining star of God's love. Let God, her parents and my Dad welcome her to His kingdom forever. “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalms 94:19 The Tschantz's (Pat, Jim & Connie, Jessica)

 

Kim Simmons posted on 11/5/20

Carolyn was a such a blessing to all who knew her! She opened her home to us and always had a smile while sharing the love of Jesus. Her gift of playing music helped all who heard it worship with joy. Laurie, Barb, and families you are in my prayers and I am so sorry for your loss. By faith we know she is now reunited with love ones in heaven, and we cherish her memory here.

 

Tiffani Martin posted on 11/5/20

I was truly blessed to know Carolyn! She always had a warm smile and kind words for everyone she encountered. I missed listening to her play the piano, she was very talented. Laurel and Barb, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Steve Simmons posted on 11/5/20

So sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was always a joy to see and listen to as she played music for our church. Her smile was infectious and could make anyone’s day better. Our thoughts and prayers for your family.

 

Christie Buuck posted on 11/4/20

What a precious lady! I remember visiting Carolyn and your dad in their Maumee home when Laurie and I surprised them one weekend from college probably in the fall of 1979. She was so warm and welcoming. We went somewhere together and your parents were holding hands as Carolyn practically skipped along. Vivacious and beautiful, inside and out. Much love to Laurie and Barb and all your family, Christie (and John) Buuck

 

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