Retta Janiece Koontz

1929 - 2019

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Retta Janiece Koontz, 90, of Gastonia, NC and formerly of Findlay, passed away on July 1, 2019 at her residence. She was born on February 7, 1929, in Wharton, OH to the late Truman Howard and R. Lafaun (Benjamin) Ward. She married Kenny Koontz on May 21, 1950, and he preceded her in death on May 18, 2016. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Brad (Meg) Koontz of Gastonia, NC; her sister, Shirley Scanland of Findlay, OH; her grandchildren: Nathan (Bethany) Huffman, Jared (Jessica) Huffman, Sean (Chelsea) Huffman, Tara (Jeremy) Parsons, Adriane (Kris Pirmann) Koontz, and Jacob Koontz; and her great-grandchildren: Christian Huffman, Virginia Huffman, Jameson Huffman, Connor Patrick Huffman, Addison Jordan, Aven Parsons, Adley Parsons, and Russell Koontz Pirmann. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Huffman; and her brother, Norman Ward. Janiece had worked for Porcelain Products in Findlay and Millington Plastics in Upper Sandusky, yet her best role was as a homemaker. She was a former member of the Lincoln Grange and the Ohio Farm Bureau. Janiece and her husband enjoyed their vacation home and boat at Lake Erie, then after retirement, their winter home and friends in Florida. She enjoyed taking care of pets, puzzles, reading, fishing, and gardening, but her greatest joy was her beloved family. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay, where visitation will be held 2 hours (12:00-2:00pm) prior to the service. Pastor Mike Spann will officiate. Burial will be in Wharton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, 700 Robinson Road, Gastonia, NC 28056. Online condolences may be expressed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Sunday, July 7th 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Sunday, July 7th 2019 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Wharton-Richland Union Cemetery [Map]

    Richland Twp., Ohio

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To : Janiece's Family
Date :Friday, July 5th 2019
From : Betty Bardon
I was so sorry to hear the news about Janiece. She was a very dear friend.

To : Koontz Family
Date :Saturday, July 6th 2019
From : Craig Kim Gwen Lynn Tom Dan Kurt Terry
Treasured memories of a much loved and kind Aunt never to be forgotten.

To : Brad and family
Date :Sunday, July 7th 2019
From : Nadine McNutt Boehm
Brad, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. I would love to have been there to see you all, but with church and my husband's family reunion I figure I shouldn't skip out. I have to use a walker now so I don't get around very well and everyone is always watching over me. Please don't be a stranger and forget us all from the class of 74!

To : The Koontz Family
Date :Monday, July 8th 2019
From : Twilla Lefford
We met Janiece and Kenny at church in Florida. A nicer couple you would never find. My only regret we had such a short time together. Keeping in touch by phone was our contact in the last few years. I know Janiece is happy and content now that her and Kenny are together. God bless the family.