FIRST ELECTED LADY SHERIFF …………….
KATHERINE M. NAMETH CRUMBLEY of Shadyside, Ohio died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Park Health Center in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
She was born on March 8, 1946 in Bellaire, Ohio to her parents, Elizabeth Nameth and Andy Nameth.
Kathy was raised in Bellaire and attended Bellaire High School, graduating in 1964. Kathy worked for City Insurance & Real Estate right out of high school. Later she became a female deputy for Belmont County. She decided to run for sheriff so, she had to resign as a deputy. She was hired at that time to work for the UMWA as an Insurance and Benefits Coordinator. In 1976 she ran for sheriff of Belmont County and was elected and served from 1977 until 1981. She became quite a celebrity, being the first elected female sheriff in the whole country. She was invited to appear on the Johnny Carson Show, Hee Haw and the Mike Douglas show, just to mention a few. After her term as sheriff, Kathy worked as a bounty hunter and private investigator until she was hired as a fraud investigator/supervisor for the Belmont County Department of Jobs and Family Services. During that time, Kathy was very instrumental in investigating fraud cases and as a result, recoupment of thousands of dollars was made to the state of Ohio. Through her whole career and life, Kathy has received numerous awards and recognition. She was awarded the Alumni Award and the DAR awards in high school, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 and was Honorary Referee in girl’s sporting events. Due to health issues, she had to take a medical retirement in 2004. She had a full-filling and rewarding career at the Belmont County Jobs and Family Services. Kathy was a very caring, loving, hard working individual. Her most meaningful job was yet to come, raising her two beautiful grandchildren, which she did until her recent illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. “Brutus” Crumbley in 1989, parents, Andy in 1996 and Elizabeth Nameth in 2000, paternal grandparents, Walter and Edna Nameth and maternal grandparents, John and Theresa Traylinek.
Kathy is survived by her son, Joshua A. Crumbley and his wife, Debra, grandson, Jedidiah James Crumbley and granddaughter, Johanna Surrette Crumbley, brother, Andrew R. Nameth and his wife, Judy and their son, David and grandson, Elliott of Huntington, West Virginia, sister, Betty A. Stock and her husband, James who she calls her guardian angels of Amherst, Ohio and their daughters, Lori Sosinski and her husband, Joe and their three sons, Jacob, Jordan and Joey; Denise Carreon and her husband, Marty and their three children, Marisa, Mariana and Tony all of Amherst, Ohio, Godmother, Ann Traylinek, and SPECIAL friends, Annie Smith, Joyce Bosold, Beth Johnson, Sandy Studenc, Janie King, Mike Kovalyk, Tim Taylor and SPECIAL cousins, Barbara Gerdau, Carol Pruneski and Elaine Nameth and one VERY SPRECIAL FRIEND, Ed Sustersic.
Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio on Tuesday from 2 to 8 pm.
Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 am at the St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio with Fr. Daniel Heusel, the Celebrant.
Interment in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.
Vigil services will be held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Hospice, Inc. 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, Ohio 43943 or the Park Health Center’s Patient Fund 100 Pine Avenue St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.
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Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Time: 11:00 am
Thank you so much for taking care of the family during this difficult time. You did a super job. May God bless you.
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