Jeannette M. Arnold, 84

Jeannette M. Arnold, 84, of Virginia Beach, Va., died at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, at her residence.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1926, in Auglaize County, to Ernest and Martha (Post) Mertz, and they preceded her in death.

On Aug. 6, 1949, she married Alvin W. Arnold, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1977.

She is survived by three sons, Ryan Arnold of Virginia Beach, Va., Kevin M. (Michelle) Arnold of Easton, Penn., and Ryan S. (Katie) Arnold of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Dan (Sally) Mertz of Missouri; a sister, Marilyn (Paul) Smith of St. Marys; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jodette Cotrell; two Brothers, Wendell Mertz and Richard Mertz.

She graduated from Miami University, Oxford, with a B.A. She then went on to graduate with a master’s in education from Temple University.

After college, she took a position with Perry Local Schools as a teacher. She then, with her husband’s job transfer, moved to Pennsylvania with her family and had taught at the Northwestern Lehigh School system for 22 years, until her retirement.

She had been a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Macungie, Penn.

She was attending the Atlantic Shores Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with her family.

A private family visitation will be held. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Jerry Hall officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.