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Patricia M. Agler
Patricia M. AglerRed Rose2Patricia M. Agler, 90 of Prospect, died Sunday September 5, 2021 at her home.

Pat was born June 22, 1931, in Waldo, to Clifford E. and Sarah Genevieve “Jane” (Reed) Graham. She was a 1949 graduate of Waldo High School, and following graduation, attended Bowling Green University.

On August 19, 1951, she married William H. “Bill” Agler at Waldo United Methodist Church. Bill preceded her in death in 1999.

In 1951, in the midst of a teacher shortage brought on by the Great Depression, World War II, and a post-war baby boom, Pat was recruited to a teaching career after just two years of college. At age 20, and not yet old enough to vote, she became a fifth-grade teacher at Prospect School. Some of her former Prospect students became close personal friends in her later years.
She taught second grade in Wilmington, Oh, where she and Bill relocated in 1953. In 1963 and following the birth of her three children, she returned to the classroom to become the first kindergarten teacher at Radnor as it became part of Buckeye Valley School District. About this time, she “returned” to college to complete her degree, attending Ohio State Marion, one class at a time, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1972.

In 1968, she began teaching kindergarten at Pleasant, retiring in 1988. Following retirement, she remained committed to the education for young children by teaching Sunday School at Prospect Methodist Church, helping to start the church’s preschool, and also through the children’s program at Marion’s Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) group.

She was a steadfast supporter of her children and grandchildren through their many endeavors. She was a great fan of basketball and likely attended hundreds of games over the years and watching many more on television.

She is survived by three children: Susan (Jim) Wright of Delaware, Brian (Robin) Agler of Worthington, and Brent (Carole) Agler of Marion; seven grandchildren: Wesley (Emily) Wright, Whitney Wright (Clint) Betlej, Will (Pia) Wright; Bryce (Riley Neuheardt) Agler, Taylor (fiancé Taylor Mummert) Agler; Maddie (Kyle) Smith, and Drew Agler; and five great-grandchildren: Henry, Oliver, and Frances Wright, Barrett Betlej, and Nolan Smith. She also is survived by a sister, Vera Cooper, of Marion, and many nieces and nephews, whom she loved like her own children.

In addition to her husband, she also was predeceased by a sister, Natalia Clunk, in 2020.

The family would also like to acknowledge her special friends around Prospect, especially Merle and Diana Dutt, Gary Carr, and Sylvia Harmon; Sue Ahmay for making her look beautiful for many years; and caregivers Shelly Fetter, Tiffany Potter, Tiffany King, and others through OhioHealth Hospice.

She loved Prospect and its park, her church, her family, and friends. She was a generous donor to many community organizations.

Public graveside services will be held Wednesday September 8, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Prospect Cemetery, Rev. Daniel Kiger will officiate.

A Celebration of Life service and cookout for Pat will be held Thursday Oct. 14, 2021, at the Prospect Park, from 5 to 7 p.m. Food will be provided, with the Prospect Lions Club serving hamburgers and hot dogs. A brief recognition service will be held at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brian Agler at Brianagler@aol.com.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the Prospect Park Fund at the Marion Community Foundation (504 S. State Street, Marion), Prospect United Methodist Church, and Elgin High School Athletic Boosters or Alumni Scholarship Fund.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Prospect is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 5:02 PM

My sincere sympathy to the Agler family.  I will always remember Pat's beautiful smile!  Cherish all the fond memories of both of your parents.
    Rita Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS Librarian 1965-1996

#2 from: Pam Gipson
Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 9:45 PM

Many prayers for you and your family.

#3 from: Nancy Dave Lashey
Middletown, DE
Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 10:00 PM

Such an impact on my life!  She promoted all good things in my life, including education, integrity, love for family and friends!  I loved her…. My entire family loved her.  Her joy was contagious and refreshing!  Her love for her children, and their children and their children was phenomenal!  She loved God, her country and  her family and friends fiercely.  I will strive to be like her!

#4 from: Mark Rinnert
Palmetto Fl
Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 10:09 PM

So sorry for your loss, God bless your family.

#5 from: Lisa Morabito
Marblehead Ohio
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 7:56 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Agler family during this time of grief. I know the wonderful memories you have created with her over the years will help you through this  very sad time.  

#6 from: Jack and Evelyn (Dix) Porter
Dawsonville, Georgia
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 8:04 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.  Your Mom was a great neighbor to my parents.  Sending prayers to your entire family.  

#7 from: Marge Leffler
Marion ohio
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 8:31 AM

Such a sweet lady and a great teacher.
Long ago when she was a kindergarten teacher at Pleasant I filled in as a music teacher for the kindergartens. She had those kids organized and obedient! I could tell she loved her vocation!
Condolences to her family.

#8 from: Mary Ann Grimes
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 8:42 AM

Prayers and love to the family. I will remember her warm smile even when we lost a game! She was very kind and caring.

#9 from: Gary and Joanie Warner
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 10:08 AM

What a beautiful woman, inside and out!  She was our older son's kindergarten teacher, and she provided so many children with a solid educational foundation.  I also had the privilege of teaching with her at Pleasant Elementary.
90 years old!  God blessed her with long life as well.  Well-done, Pat!
Prayers for the Agler family at this difficult time.

#10 from: Bob Bender
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 10:20 AM

I met Pat at the dedication of the Veterans' Memorial in Prospect Park. She was a classy lady. It was a pleasure to meet her. My condolences to all her family and friends.

#11 from: Laurie Thomas Bauchmire
Lewis Center, Oh.
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Susan and extended Agler family,
Wishing you peace during the loss of your Mom.
Laurie (Thomas) Bauchmire

#12 from: Brian E Napper
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 11:05 AM

Mere words are not enough to express my feelings for the Agler family's loss. Mrs. Agler was part of a team that helped shape my life. Together Mrs. Agler and Mr. Agler changed many lives in a positive way. I am but one of them. Their guidance will continue for many future generations. The philosophies of Mrs. Agler and Mr. Agler will continue as long as we talk to and teach children. Mrs. Agler was a candle in the darkness of this world. I do believe she is now with Bill and GOD.

#13 from: David Clunk
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 11:13 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Susan, Brian and Brent. Pat was a true blessing to our family. I have so many memories growing up, I could write a book! She was an inspiration to us all. When eve r Pat would come visit Mom she just lifted everyones spirit with her presence.
God Bless you Aunt Pat! RIP.

#14 from: Deb and Sam McPherson
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 11:41 AM

So sorry to hear of this loss.  She was a wonderful lady with a beautiful smile.  We enjoy "her" park every day.  Hugs to you, Susan, Brian and Brent.

#15 from: jeff johnson
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 12:07 PM

Sue, Brian and Brent
So said to see of Pat's passing.  I really enjoyed talking to her and Bill as I was growing up.  You three are really blessed to been raised by caring parents.  She will rest in eternal peace.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Jeff Johnson

#16 from: Lee ann Heitmeyer, Norm Heitmeyer  & Kierstynn Myers.
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 3:05 PM

She was a wonderful and beautiful person. We are so so sorry for all the Aglers’ loss.  Love you all much!

#17 from: Brent Harper
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 3:33 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Agler Family.
Your Mother will be missed in the community
My condolences to all of you
Brent Harper

#18 from: Jane M Butts(Roberts)
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 4:44 PM

Susan, Brian, Brent, and Aunt Vera, my deepest condolences to you and the family. I have very fond memories of Pat from my childhood. Mom always told me to walk to Pat's house to call her if the pool closed suddenly and I couldn't use the pool phone. I did have to do that a few times. Pat was always so nice allowing me to call mom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

#19 from: Jon & Dorothy Clunk
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 5:48 PM

Our sincere sympathy goes out to the entire Agler family. Aunt Pat was a special lady & such an inspiration to us. We are sure going to miss our talks, her story telling & her great personality. I share my birthday with her & we always would wish one another happy birthday on June 22nd. Going to miss her so much. Rest in peace Aunt Pat. ♥️

#20 from: DeAnn Knickel Ballentine
Gahanna Ohio
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 6:21 PM

Susan, Brian, Brent and family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.  Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

#21 from: Melissa Lasley Scoville
Richwood, OH
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Mrs. Agler was my kindergarten teacher at Pleasant Elementary! She was set me on the path to love school and learning. I loved that she lived in Prospect, and we could stop by and see her when we rode bikes through town.  She was always so kind and welcoming.

My prayers go out to her family and friends.

#22 from: Steve Long
Denver, North Carolina
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 10:38 PM

Susan, Brian, Brent and family members:
It is with sadness to read about the passing of Mrs. Agler.  I send sympathy to the Agler children and their extended families.

#23 from: Rhonda Britton
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 7:41 AM

I have such fond memories of Pat. When I started teaching at the Prospect Christian Preschool she shared with me her teaching skills and lesson plans from Kindergarten. I still use these 20 years later!!  We were neighbors for a short time and her loving smile always brighten my day. My prayers go out to the Agler family.

#24 from: Marla (Foos) Sager
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 8:12 AM

Susan, Brian, Brent and families  I  am so sorry to hear of your loss.  I loved running into your mom, seeing her beautiful smile and catch up with her about all of you.  I always enjoyed listening to the stories of when Mom, Dad and Monica lived beside you.  I know you will all miss her terribly.  

With love

#25 from: Dee Ann (Lauer)Brant
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 9:26 AM

Susan, Brian, and Brent, I am deeply sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I remember her well while growing up. She was a very loving and respected woman in our community. She will be greatly missed. Hold on to all those wonderful memories you created throughout the years. I pray those memories will give you peace and time will heal your pain of loss.      
With Deepest Sympathy,
Dee Ann Lauer-Brant

#26 from: Mark Appelfeller
Louisville, CO
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 10:38 AM

Susan, Brian, Brent & All Mrs Agler's family.
So sorry to learn of your Mom's passing, she was a tremendous person. I'm sure she left family memories & a community legacy that will be cherished & honored for generations to come. Best Wishes.

#27 from: Jason Lambert
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 10:42 AM

So sorry for your loss, one of many teachers I can still remember! Wonderful individual.

#28 from: Peter and Pat davies
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 11:10 AM

Susan and family,
You have our deepest sympathy! We are tremendously saddened for your loss. The memory of your Mother will give you comfort ,and her legacy live through you all!
God Bless your family.

#29 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West  AZ 
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 11:58 AM

My sincere sympathy to Susan, Brian and Brent. Pat was a fine lady and a wonderful mother. May your cherished memories live forever in your hearts.

Pauline Oehler

#30 from: Judy Payne
Richwood, OH
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 3:08 PM

Pat was a mentor to me as I first taught with her at Radner then many years later we were co-leaders in BSF Children’s Program. She was so gentle, patient and encouraging. I wanted to be like her.May our Lord be your comfort as He was Pat’s guide.

#31 from: Peter and Pat davies
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 6:07 PM

Susan and family,
You have our deepest sympathy! We are tremendously saddened for your loss. The memory of your Mother will give you comfort ,and her legacy live through you all!
God Bless your family.

#32 from: Mary Anderson
Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 10:58 PM

My sincere condolences to the Patricia Agler family. I was blessed to be Mrs.Agler's' neighbor for two years. She was a beautiful, caring person with a beautiful smile. In a very difficult time in my life God put a angel beside me, and I will never forget her

#33 from: Lisa Oswald
Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 8:47 PM

So sorry as I just received this info.  Prayers to you and your families as you grieve the loss of your mother. Such a kind and lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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