Rancie A Titley

November 19, 1940 - January 10, 2019
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Rancie A. Titley, 78, of Bowerston, passed away peacefully in the Community Hospice Truman House on Thursday, January 10, 2019 surrounded by her family, following complications of a stroke.

Born in her parents’ cabin in Hilham, Tennessee on November 19, 1940, Rancie was the daughter of the late Rancy and Vonda I. …

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Rancie A. Titley, 78, of Bowerston, passed away peacefully in the Community Hospice Truman House on Thursday, January 10, 2019 surrounded by her family, following complications of a stroke.

Born in her parents’ cabin in Hilham, Tennessee on November 19, 1940, Rancie was the daughter of the late Rancy and Vonda I. (Benson) Bilbrey.

After graduating from Dayton Stivers High School, Rancie continued her formal education at Otterbein University. There, Rancie met her lifelong companion and best friend, William “Bill” Titley. They were married in 1962 and together began careers in education.

Rancie taught in the Barberton School District for 28 years. She was a home economics teacher for 18 years. Then, she led the GRADS program, which helped at-risk female students with life skills.

Upon retirement, Rancie and Bill moved to the home they built by hand on Leesville Lake. They also became winter residents of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. In both states, they enjoyed their memberships with the Dover-New Phila Kiwanis Club and New Smyrna Beach Kiwanis Club, respectively.

Rancie’s faith has been nurtured for many years at the First Presbyterian Church in New Philadelphia. She also enjoyed participating in the Bowerston Book Club.

For the past 18 years, Bill and Rancie enjoyed participating in the Space Coast and the North Coast Miata Clubs. They have driven hundreds of hours through the Smokey Mountains and other places. Rancie especially enjoyed the stops on the drives, where she could share in comradery with other members. Rancie met no stranger and genuinely was interested in other people, their experiences, and their families.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Bill, of Bowerston; her son, Bill (girlfriend, Regan Durbin) Titley of Fairborn, Ohio; grandchildren, Kaili, Alaina, and Grant Titley and Madisyn Durbin; sisters-in-law, Ann Pokopac, Kathy Bardon, and Laura (John) Scott; cousins, Ellen Andrews and Dick Andrews; and nieces and nephews, Tim Fogle, Jeff Fogle, Jim Scott, Virginia Moser, David Pokopac, Joe Bardon, and Sandy Bardon.

Memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia from 10 to 11:30 AM. A memorial service celebrating Rancie’s life will begin at 11:30 AM with Rev. Joe Svancara officiating. Friends are invited to the Geib Family Center, located adjacent to the funeral home, immediately following the service where a luncheon will be held.

Memorial contributions in Rancie’s memory may be directed to either the First Presbyterian Church, 217 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 11:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Reception Information

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm

Geib Family Center


116 2nd Street NE, New Philadelphia, OH, 44663

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Born: November 19, 1940
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Frank & Gloria Bracken posted on 1/31/19

So sorry to learn of the passing of Rancie. When we first met her in Tennessee, she made us feel very welcome. Bill, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Frank & Gloria Bracken, NW Ohio Miata Club


Mike McClain posted on 1/16/19

Rancie was such a blessing. Always concerned about others. She really went out of her way to make Jane welcomed last year at Townsend. She's with her Lord and healthy again.


Lucie Pearce posted on 1/16/19

Dear Bill, It with great sadness that we heard of Rancy’s passing! Al and I send you our most heartfelt condolences and assure you that you are both in out thoughts and prayers during this time of grief! God bless, Lucie and Al.


Tangela Barnette posted on 1/15/19

Sending love to the family......she is a wonderful role model of compassion and action. Rancie was my Home Ec teacher and mentor as well. Because of Rancie, I had the opportunity to be a support to a teen mom in high school....that experienced shaped and grew my heart and mind. I am forever grateful.


Tracy Neal posted on 1/15/19

Sorry for your loss.. Mrs Titley was my home ec teacher...R.I.H Mrs Titley, you were a wonderful woman and will be missed.


Mark Behrendt posted on 1/15/19

We are so sorry to hear about Rancie. She certainly had the gift of good cheer- she always brought sunshine into a room. May God bless you all and give you comfort. Mark and Carolyn Behrendt


Carl hastie posted on 1/15/19

Bill, I am so saddened with the news of rancie's sudden passing. You and your family are ever present in my thoughts.


Dennis Sterling posted on 1/14/19

We are sorry for the loss of Officer Bill Titley’s mother.


Rev. Bill and Linda Lawrence posted on 1/14/19

Bill and family, We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rancie. What a wonderful, warm, gracious, and caring lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you that God's strength and comfort will surround you.


Alan Cooksey posted on 1/14/19

To Bill and family, My sympathy for your loss. I have so many great memories of Rancie. She was a beautiful person, and she impacted many lives. May you all find peace.


Robyn Williams posted on 1/13/19

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Titley's passing. I remember her well as a teacher and as a neighbor. Every time I walk past the house on 27th I think, what is she doing now? Prayers for the family at this time of loss.


Torri Aprile posted on 1/13/19

Bill and family - Phil and I are very sad to hear of Rancie’s passing. The Glens will surely miss her and we will miss her beautiful smile. Prayers will continue for the family. Blessings- Phil and Torri Aprile


Ed and Vicki Hill posted on 1/13/19

May the thoughts and prayers of those who know and love you be a comfort to you. Someone so special will not be forgotten nor the happy times we shared.


Barbara Dewey posted on 1/13/19

I will miss Rancie's enthusiastic participation in Bowerston Book Club, and wonderfully enlightening phone calls in between! She was a caring friend. My sincere sympathy to Bill and the Titley family.


Dave Stephens posted on 1/13/19

Me Titley So sorry to hear about the loss of your life. God Bless you & your famyduring this tough time. Thank you for all you did for me as your student at Portage Jr High School! I’m eternally grateful! Dave Stephens


Debbie and David Allen posted on 1/13/19

Bill, we are so sorry to hear of Rancie's passing. She was such a sweet and caring person and we enjoyed listening to her stories. May God grant you peace and strength. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Danielle Boone Olney posted on 1/12/19

Mrs. Titley wasamazing. I had the pleasure of having her as my GRADS instructor in 91' and later found out she was my mother's home ec teacher in the 60s. She helped me find the best ob/gyn to deliver a healthy baby in 92 that I used for 5 more pregnancies. I was blessed in 2010 by her presence when I sold Mazdas in Wooster, OH.. she and her husband were on a Mazda run and were starting at the dealership where I worked. I just thought of her a few weeks ago and wanted to find her and let her know I was starting my masters program. She loved to hear from former students. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.


Jan Beitzel posted on 1/12/19

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts, love, and prayers are with all of you Jan Beitzel


Carol Finta posted on 1/12/19

Bill and family- I was so sorry to hear of Rancies passing. We will all miss her here on Bouchelle Island. I know that happy memories will help you in the coming months. Carol


David Hiles posted on 1/12/19

Bill and Family, I did not know Mrs. Titley. But, I sure know how it hard it is to loose a parent. Bill, your mother sounds like a wonderful person who positively touched and changed the lives of SO many... Much like you have done your entire career. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your Dad and the entire family. God Bless you all.


Gord and Char Kerr posted on 1/12/19

To Bill and Family, Gord and Char will miss Rancie at Bouchelle. We send our deepest sympathy and will continue to pray for your family as you go through this time of adjustment. We will miss her walking and talking on the boardwalk and stopping by our door for a quick coffee and good conversation. Her friendship and positive attitude was a true blessing to us. Gord & Char Kerr


Stephany Romano posted on 1/12/19

So sorry for your shocking loss. You we be missed here this year. We are all thinking of you and sending prayers to give you strength


Karin Wilhelm posted on 1/12/19

So sorry to hear. I fond memories of all of youI I will keep you in my prayers.


Sue Heffelman posted on 1/12/19

Bill and family very sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed talking with Rancie and sharing things. She will be missed here at Bouchelle Island ?.


Laura Clark posted on 1/12/19

I have often wondered about Mrs. Titley over the years since leaving school. I'm so sorry to read of her passing. She was one of my favorite teachers. I still make the potato "candy" she taught us to make in 8th grade Home Economics. Rest in peace dear lady, your lessons stuck with me. Prayers for her family.


Melissa (porcella) Miller posted on 1/12/19

Mr Titley and Bill. My heart is heavy hearing of this news. I am so sorry. Mrs. Titley was my mentor inspiration,leader and guide, when it came to my passion and love for children. She was a remarkable women. My deepest condolences.


Libby (Roland) Fisher posted on 1/12/19

I was shocked to hear of Rancie’s passing and am deeply saddened by your loss. I remember fondly the times both Bill and Rancie came to our Lady Magics and Men gatherings. It was so good to see both of them. My classmates still speak of those happy times. Sending comforting prayers and gentle hugs. Peace be with you.


Larry Edgell posted on 1/12/19

Very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You, your dad and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember spending time with you and your parents at the cabin at Leesville Lake. Great memories. Take care my friend.


Carol and Dennis Rambaud posted on 1/12/19

My sincere sympathy to Bill and family. Rancie was a wonderful lady who never knew a stranger, and will be deeply missed. I so enjoyed being in Kiwanis with her. Bill and she were always missed when they went to Florida in the winter, and we were happy to have them back home in the summers! My prayers & a hug to Bill!


Tanya Boone Gowin posted on 1/11/19

I remember Mrs. Titley from Barberton High School during the late 80's fondly. I enjoyed her fun personality, & she was a breath of positivity. All who knew her we're blessed. I send my deepest condolences to Mr. Titley who was also one of my favorite teachers at BHS - sending prayers & warm thoughts. -Tanya "Boone" Gowin, Class of '90


Susan Destefani posted on 1/11/19

I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs. Titley. I fondly remember you both at the bank and how I enjoyed talking and visiting with you. Again, please accept my sympathies on your loss. Susie, from First Federal


David & Laurie Lowenfeld posted on 1/11/19

Bill, Billy and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. We shall all remember the wonderful days at the lake. Keeping you in our ousts now and as time moves in. Find comfort in the memories. Our deepest condolences. David and Laurie Lowenfeld (and family)


Jim and Elaine Shoaff posted on 1/11/19

To Bill and Family, Our sincere sympathy to you all and our Prays are with you at this time. We are remembering all the party's and wonderful times a the Lake, Rest in Peace Dear Friend.. Gods Blessings, Love Jim and Elaine Shoaff


Trent Troyer posted on 1/11/19

Bill I am very sorry to hear of this and am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Rancie was a fabulous person and will be missed by all. I will be out of state and unable to come In person but you have my deepest sympathy.