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 Myrtle Irene <I>Oliver</I> Oberlin

Myrtle Irene Oliver Oberlin

Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA
Death 29 Apr 1995 (aged 71)
Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Burial Cocoa, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Plot Veterans Garden 1
Memorial ID 41631699 · View Source
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Birth Record revealed Myrtle Irene Oliver was born at 8:03 a.m. on September 10, 1923 at home at 745 Baker Street, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio. Her parents were Mirrel Samuel Oliver (24), a Sheet-Mill Worker and Dorothy Vadis Kidd (17), a house-wife, both born in Washington County, Ohio.

Myrtle wore a size three dress when she started first grade in 1929 and they had to make her a stool to stand on to get a drink. One year, she and her younger sister walked almost a mile through the fields to attend Oak Grove School. They recalled how they would arrive to school almost frozen many days in the winter. The next year they were allowed to ride a bus three miles to the Bolivar School where she attended the rest of her school days. Myrtle only grew to four feet and nine inches tall. She often hunted and fished with her father and many winter days they would run the muskrat lines.

Marriage License revealed Donald L. Oberlin and Myrtle I. Oliver of East Sparta were married by a minister on September 26, 1939 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.

Donald was eighteen and Myrtle was sixteen when they married.

The 1940 census revealed Don lived in Bolivar in 1935, was a driver for a bread company and earned $156 in 1939 and was seeking work during the week of March 24-30, 1940. They were living on Sherman Church Road with Myrtle's family in Bethleham, Stark County, Ohio. Donald and Myrtle had a tenth grade education. Household members: Donald L. Oberlin (20), Myrtle I. (16), Mirrel S. Oliver (41), Dorothy V. (34), Dorothy A. (15), Bernadine M. (12) and Donna J. (2).

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records revealed Donald L. Oberlin was born in Ohio in 1821, had a tenth grade education, was an electrician and was separated with dependents. Don enlisted as a private on September 22, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1943, Myrtle was stricken with diphtheria, an acute contagious disease characterized by the formation of a false membrane in the air passages and by fever and great weakness. It took her months to recuperate. It left her hard of hearing in one ear.

During the next two years, Myrtle worked at Taylor Craft in Alliance, Ohio. Her mother and sister, Dorothy did the same. They also moved into the house she bought in Lexington Township, Alliance in Stark County, Ohio in 1944. Her mother took in boarders and helped raise grandchildren so others could work. Myrtle lived with her Aunt Edith in Marietta, Ohio for a short time when her third child was born in 1945.

They bought their bungalow on fifty acres on the corner of East Sparta and Sherman Church on April 12, 1946. It was three miles east of Bolivar and five miles west of Canton, Ohio across the street from where she had lived as a child. She signed the deed to the house in Alliance, Ohio over to her mother and stepfather in 1947 for their wedding present.

They sold their home in Ohio in the summer of 1956 and moved to Cocoa Beach in Brevard County, Florida. They bought a home across the street from a canal. They went fishing about every day for fish were plentiful in those days. Myrtle received a pin award when she caught a large trout over six pounds. They sold their home in the summer of 1957 and moved to Utica, Michigan. They bought a home there and their son graduated from High School in 1958 and he moved to Ohio. Their fourth child was born in May of 1959 when she was thirty-five and a week later, they sold their home and moved to Alabama for six months.

On Christmas day of 1959 they moved to Toronto, Italy where Don worked for NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Christmas of 1960, the family traveled down Italy's coast to the southern tip of the peninsula and took the fairy to the large island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, to see Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. They mistakenly took the road intended for experienced climbers and found a path leading to the top. Myrtle and the baby waited in the car many hours while her husband and daughters explored the trail to see the crater.

After two years in Europe, they returned to the United States and moved to Cocoa Beach in Brevard County, Florida and had a home built on Bay Shore Drive. Through the years Myrtle enjoyed bowling, fishing, postage stamp collecting and sewing. For a few years, she held sewing lessons for the girl scouts.

They had one son and three daughters:

Donald Lee Oberlin (b.1940)
Carol Jean Oberlin (Lee)(Carter)(Fortin)(b.1942)
Sandra Kay Oberlin (Suttle)(b.1945)
Janice Faye Oberlin (Barber)(Smarr)(b.1959)

They had been married thirty-two years when Donald died in 1972.

Neil Alvin Ferris was born on January 13, 1919 in New York and resided at 22 Cocoa Palms Drive in Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida. This was his third marriage and his last marriage ended on May 15, 1971 by death. Myrtle Oliver Oberlin was born on September 10, 1923 in Ohio and resided at 1721 Bayshore Drive in Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida. This was her first marriage and it ended on July 12, 1972 by death. They were married by a minister on August 26, 1973 in Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida.

Neil was fifty-four and Myrtle was forty-nine when they married.

Myrtle divorced Neil in September 5, 1974 and moved to be near her mother and sisters in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio and lived on Julie Avenue.

Myrtle moved to 15221 Gaskill Drive in Alliance, Ohio about 1977. She spent the winters at 85 Oak Manor Drive in Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida in the trailer with her x husband, Neil and the summers in Ohio.

When Neil died in April 1984, Myrtle received his estate which included the trailer in Cape Canaveral.

Myrtle suffered many years with asthma that began during her last pregnancy. Her daughter, Carol introduced her to square dancing in 1985. It was good therapy for her and she enjoyed dancing almost weekly for five years. She moved back to Cocoa in Brevard County, Florida in 1986 for her health. In 1987, she became a diabetic and controlled it most of the time by diet.

Myrtle got a home nursing care certificate and took various jobs caring for people in their own homes starting in the winter of 1990. Many jobs required her to live in and she would go home on the weekends. She was at work the day she died on April 29, 1995 in Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida. She simply decided to take a little rest before getting dinner but she never awoke.

Death certificate verified Myrtle I. Oberlin was born on September 10, 1923 in Zanzeville, Ohio, had a tenth grade education and was a widow. Myrtle died at age seventy-one on April 29, 1995 at 250 Sykes Creek Parkway in Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida where she was a live in nurse. An autopsy revealed cause of death was Ventricular Fibrillation due to Idiopathic Chronic Congestive Cardiomyopathy. Her parents were Mirrel S. Oliver and Dorothy V. Kidd. Informant was her daughter, Carol Fortin of 4820 Worth Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32780. Myrtle was buried at Brevard Memorial Park in Frontenac, Florida.

(Star Advacate, Pg B3, Friday May 4, 1995)

{{Cocoa - Myrtle I. Oberlin, 71, a homemaker. died Saturday, April 29. Mrs Oberlin was born in Zanzeville, Ohio. She came to Brevard County in 1962 from Taranto, Italy.

Survivors include her son, Donald Oberlin of Alliance, Ohio; Carol Fortin of Titusville; Kaye Suttle of Cocoa and Janice Barber of Manchester, England; sister, Dorothy Yost and Jean Mozzochi, both of Alliance and Bernadine Collins of Alvin, Texas; brother, James Hickman of Salem, Ohio; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at Brevard Memorial Funeral Home in Frontenac. Graveside services will be 10 am Thursday at Brevard Memorial Park.}}

Myrtle lived to age 71.

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Donald Lee Oberlin Jr

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  • Maintained by: Janice Oberlin Smarr
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