Jody E. Ricklic

October 14, 1957 - June 13, 2022
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Jody E. Ricklic, 64, of New Philadelphia, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022 in Aultman Hospital at Canton, following a brief illness.

Born October 14, 1957 in Union Hospital at Dover, she was the daughter of the late Julius and JoAnn (Sherrets) Ricklic. A graduate of New Philadelphia High School, Jody was active in …

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Jody E. Ricklic, 64, of New Philadelphia, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022 in Aultman Hospital at Canton, following a brief illness.

Born October 14, 1957 in Union Hospital at Dover, she was the daughter of the late Julius and JoAnn (Sherrets) Ricklic. A graduate of New Philadelphia High School, Jody was active in Spanish Club, Ecology Club, Future Teachers of America and Junior Achievement of Tuscarawas County. After high school, she attended Rio Grande College where she was active in Kayetts, served as President of the Lambda Omicron Psi Sorority and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Social Sciences Comprehensive Reading.

Upon her graduation, Jody began a long career as a reading teacher for grades 7 and 8 for Welty Middle School at New Philadelphia. She also taught both Math and Reading in the Summer Learning Lab. In 1990, Jody completed the coursework for her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Reading at Kent State University. In her time away from teaching, Jody loved to travel throughout the United States and abroad. Visiting locations such as Ontario, Canada, Costa Rica, Bermuda and Europe.

Surviving is her husband, Dan Baker, of the residence, her step-daughter, Megan (Zach) Laflin of New Philadelphia; three grandchildren, Christopher Benjamin Laflin, Colton Wayne Laflin and Kenzie Rose Laflin; her sister, Shelly Leyman of Elbert, Colorado; her father-in-law, Gene Baker and her sister-in-law, Debbie Baker, both of Newcomerstown and her aunt, Lucy Ricklic of New Philadelphia.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Rosemary Baker.

In keeping with Jody’s wishes, she is to be cremated through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia and a celebration of Jody’s life will be scheduled at a later date.


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Born: October 14, 1957
Died: June 13, 2022

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vincent Day posted on 6/19/22

we worked together at Pizza HUt , back in the early 80's she kept us laughing all the time we had few cold ones too , lovely person so sweet she will be missed .Vincent Day


Laura Stephenson Sherrets Moran posted on 6/19/22

My sympathy and prayers to the Ricklic Family. I remember going to the Ricklic's with Shelly (1960s) Jody was always so nice to us and always had a smile on her face. She accomplished so much in her to short life. With Deepest Sympathy, Laura Stephenson Sherrets Moran


Shari Schumacher posted on 6/18/22

Jody was such a tender-hearted and caring person. I enjoyed teaching with her at Central. Her positive attitude and smile warmed the hearts of both students and colleagues. She will be missed! My prayers and condolences to her family.


Jane Gerber posted on 6/17/22

My sympathy and prayers are with Jody's family. I had the pleasure of working with Jody at West Elementary. She inspired me with her positive attitude and the individual care she gave to all her students. She had such a big heart!


Debbie Pallas posted on 6/17/22

Sincere condolences to Jody's family and friends. Jody was a positive and caring person. It was a pleasure to work with her as a teacher.


Rev. William Haggis II posted on 6/16/22

Dan and family so sorry for your loss. It was our privilege to have known Jody. God's peace and favor be with you. Pastor Will and Crystal


Cathy posted on 6/16/22

Dan I know I can’t make your pain go away, but I want you to know I’m here for you with a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen with, or anything else you may need. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.


Ashley, Joe and Shawn posted on 6/16/22

Dan, Words can not express our deepest sorrows with the passing of Jody. Her infectious smile and laugh will forever be missed. We pray you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. We will miss her dearly.


Sheri Kreinbihl posted on 6/16/22

I am so very sorry to hear of Jody's passing. She was a true educator. She will be so missed with her calm and quiet demeanor and her lovely small. My sympathy to her family.


Tangy Bliss posted on 6/15/22

My deepest condolences to you Danny and your family at this time. In my prayers ?


Leeanne Burnworyh posted on 6/15/22

I am heartbroken to see you have left us, Jody. You were an amazing teacher. You touched the lives of so many students. You will truly be missed.


Beth Ho posted on 6/15/22

I am saddened to see this. Jody was such a sweet person. My condolences to her family.


Rebecca Kutcher posted on 6/15/22

My deepest sympathy to Jody’s family. Jody was such a lovely person and caring teacher. Her kindness and warmth touched many.


Betsy Sumerlin posted on 6/15/22

Jody was part of our Ricklic family. Prayers for her family.


Sally Korns Barnett posted on 6/15/22

So very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful colleague and friend. Jody was a wonderful person and I’m glad I got to work with her.


Kelly and Sharon Ricklic posted on 6/15/22

Shelly, Sending our heartfelt condolences on Jody's passing. I so enjoyed spending time with her when I was at your home. I will always remember her kind nature and her loving smile. Dan and family, Sending our deepest sympathy to you all. Jody touched the lives of all who knew her. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.


Shane Milburn posted on 6/15/22

At 44 yrs old, I still remember how kind and amazing she was as my teacher in the early 90's. Thank you for your impact on my life and may the Lord be with your family during this time of loss.


Pamela Rosten posted on 6/15/22

I went to school with Jody. Such a smile ! Sincerest sympathy to her family. Praying for God’s peace for you all.


Tammy Crow posted on 6/15/22

Jody was a good friend in high school. She was such a sweet person.


Judy Kochman posted on 6/15/22

Oh my heart is heavy. I have thought of her often and should of stayed in contact better. She will be missed with her loving smile.


Deb Murphy posted on 6/15/22

Deepest condolences to her family. I remember her well from high school.


Suzanne Moore posted on 6/15/22

Awe, Jody. so very sad to read this. We used to be the best of friends in grade school and junior high. Prayers for those that love you!


Shelia Trachsel posted on 6/15/22

Another bright light that will now shine in Heaven. My sincere condolences to her family.


Ann WeeseStein posted on 6/15/22

I worked with Jody for many years. She was a kind and caring teacher who took her job seriously. She was a good friend and a gentle human being who loved life. She died way to young and will be missed.