Jean B Leathers

1931 - 2020

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Jean (Bair) Leathers died Thurs., Oct. 7 at The Heritage. She was born Feb. 25, 1931 to the late Ruth (Lay) and Harvey B. Bair in Harrisburg, PA. She studied piano as a child and learned to play the organ as a teenager. Jean became the organist at her home church, Harrisburg First Church of God while she was still in high school. Coming to Findlay College in 1952, she studied piano and organ and graduated with a music degree. For almost 60 years, Jean played the organ at many Findlay area churches, including Howard United Methodist, Trinity Episcopal, First Lutheran, Findlay United Church of Christ, Fostoria First Presbyterian, Faith Presbyterian and College First Church of God, where she was a member. Jean was employed at Kodak, Hullenkramer Construction, and the Findlay-Hancock Co. Public Library. In 1968 she began working at Shafer Library for The University of Findlay. She retired in 1996 as head of the Circulation desk. In her retirement, she was curator for the Historical Society of the Churches of God, General Conference. Jean volunteered for the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society, Findlay Area Youth for Christ and Birchaven Village. Jean is survived by her daughter Kathy (Mark) Rodabaugh; three grandchildren: Jeremy (Chelsey), Emilie Faith and Dean; great-granddaughters Grace and Vera; nieces Pam (Jeff) Sachs, Kris (Jon) Roland, Ginny MacDonald and Ruth (Bob) Noblett; and a nephew Greg (Trudy) Herman; and many grand- and great-grand-nieces and nephews; and her close friends of more than 60 years, Marty Cunningham and Dorothy Edwards. Her twin sister Joan (Dick) Herman and step-sister Jo (Bob) Earl preceded her in death. Jean loved her family, books and animals. She felt her music was a gift from God and loved to share it in church services and weddings, and for people's enjoyment. Thanks to all the friends and neighbors over the years who were a huge part of Jean's life, as well as the caretakers at The Heritage. A funeral service will take place at College First Church of God on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM with Pastor David Welker presiding. Visitation will be at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm and on Friday 1-hour prior to the service (10:00-11:00am) at the church. Due to COVID 19, the family will be practicing social distancing and requests all guests to please wear a mask or face covering while in attendance to all services. Jean's family wishes all friends and loved ones good health, but appreciates that anyone who feels unwell, or may be uncomfortable with others not wearing a mask, please stay home. Memorials can be made to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, which sends a free book monthly to children's homes; or to College First Church of God, 1100 North Main Street Findlay, OH 45840 or Youth for Christ, 10111 W. US Rt. 224, Findlay, OH 45840 You can also remember Jean by: adopting a dog or cat; calling a lonely friend; volunteering; voting; or serving the Lord with the gift He's given you. Online condolences to the family can be expressed by visiting www.coldrencrates.com


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, October 15th 2020 5:00pm -8:00pm

    College First Church of God[Map]
    1100 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, October 16th 2020 10:00am-11:00am

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, October 16th 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    College First Church of God [Map]
    1100 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    [Map]

  • Contributions:

    College Church of God -
    1100 N. Main St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Youth for Christ -
    For Online Donations, please select above link.
    P.O. Box 514
    Findlay, Ohio 45839

    Dolly Partons Imagination Library
    111 Dollywood Lane
    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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To : Family
Date :Tuesday, October 13th 2020
From : Patti Heldman
Jean was a special lady I met her while I was a nurse at The Heritage. I worked Medical Records and my office was located in the Estates. Jean and I had many wonderful conversations. Unfortunately with the COVID shutting everything down I wasn’t able to visit like I wanted after I retired. My daughter Alyssa kept me posted on all my friends. You are all in my prayers Jean will be missed hugs to you all.



To : Family and friends
Date :Wednesday, October 14th 2020
From : Walt Lessun
Jean was my valued colleague at Shafer Library while I was Public Services Librarian. She was perfect to work with and blessed me with her presence by delaying her retirement an additional year She leaves a void in my heart that no amount of healing will ever fill.



To : The Rodabaugh Family
Date :Wednesday, October 14th 2020
From : Linda Rhoten
Thoughts and prayers to all.
I’m sure there are lots of precious memories each of you can share about your mom/ grandma.

What you and she had can never be lost

Kathy.... I’ll never forget you sharing the connection you have to Arcadia at PT conferences, many years ago.



To : Kathy Mark and family
Date :Wednesday, October 14th 2020
From : Jim and Tena Kirk
We couldn't have asked for a better neighbor, friend and pet sitter. Jean was one of the best people I have ever known. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
So very sorry for your loss. God bless you.



To : Family
Date :Wednesday, October 14th 2020
From : Teri Sena
Jean will be missed here by so many. Her influence in giving through her music was profound. She influenced me through koinania bible study and I am grateful to have known her. See you on the other side Jean when our Lord calls me home. Condolences to all who are reminiscing about her life. Blessings through this time.



To : Family
Date :Wednesday, October 14th 2020
From : Teri Sena
Jean will be missed here by so many. Her influence in giving through her music was profound. She influenced me through koinania bible study and I am grateful to have known her. See you on the other side Jean when our Lord calls me home. Condolences to all who are reminiscing about her life. Blessings through this time.



To : Kathy Rodabaugh
Date :Thursday, October 15th 2020
From : Judy Butler
Dear Kathy,
I was so sorry to read about Jean's passing. Oh my, we went back a long way with our mutual friend, Marian Bartch. I'm sure they are up in heaven right now reminiscing. Jean was truly very special and I know you will miss her terribly. I am so sorry I was not able to attend the visitation this afternoon and will not be able to attend her funeral tomorrow (Friday) morning as I will be working with a friend who is blind, but my thoughts are with you and the family. I see you are a grandmother now. That is hard to believe.
Thinking of you with love and sympathy,
Judy Butler






To : The Rodabaugh Family
Date :Saturday, October 24th 2020
From : Linda Rhoten
Thoughts and prayers to all.
I’m sure there are lots of precious memories each of you can share about your mom/ grandma.

What you and she had can never be lost

Kathy.... I’ll never forget you sharing the connection you have to Arcadia at PT conferences, many years ago.



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