Setting a vision for Ashland’s future

Setting a vision for Ashland’s future

The City of Ashland’s 2019 Targeted Action Plan provides a blueprint for creating positive, transformational change in the city.

Through a grant from Ashland County Community Foundation, the city convened a steering committee of local leaders and hired professional planners to identify and plan a few key projects designed to move the city forward. These priority projects will serve as catalysts, paving the way for further investments in Ashland’s future.

ACCF President/CEO Jim Cutright helped facilitate the hiring of the professional planning firm and provided visionary leadership on the Targeted Action Plan steering committee.

The plan focuses on the U.S. 250 corridor as an attractive “front door” to the community and on the downtown area as an inviting place to gather and to enjoy both public amenities and private businesses. The plan also includes a vision for Center Run Trail as a vibrant green space connecting the U.S. 250 corridor with the downtown area. Each element of the plan was created to be attainable within 10 years.

Designed to be specific and realistic, this is not one of those strategic plans that sits on a shelf. City leaders keep the plan close at hand as a guide for creating real action in a targeted way.

Janet M. Young

Janet M. Young

Janet Young graduated from Loudonville High School in 1953 and continued her education at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio taking job related and correspondence courses. She was employed for 37 years as a Civil Servant in Federal Civil Service until her retirement in 1990. Janet has worked at the Shelby Air Force Depot in Shelby; the Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown, Pennsylvania; Defense Electronic Supply Center and Defense Contract Administration Services—Cleveland, both in Dayton; and Defense Supply Agency in Columbus.

Ms. Young is a resident of the Loudonville Community and a member of Zion LutheranChurch and Zion Singles Support Group. Hobbies include playing cards, reading and crossword puzzles, dining out with friends, and attending local events and plays.

Janet’s desire to support several charities in her hometown of AshlandCounty led to her placing money with the Ashland County Community Foundation. The Foundation helps accomplish Janet’s primary interest of using her dollars for good, forever.

Prepared 2007

Lloyd and Norma Wygant

Lloyd and Norma Wygant

Lloyd and Norma Hostettler started dating as seniors while attending Ashland High School. After they both graduated from college in 1951, and while Lloyd was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, they were married. Their first child, Keith, was born in the naval hospital in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Seventeen years later Keith died. A memorial scholarship fund was set up in Keith’s memory. To insure the perpetual management of this fund, it was transferred to the Ashland County Community Foundation.

The Wygants state, “The Ashland County Community Foundation is the ideal organization to administrate this fund as it has an established committee to select the yearly recipient of the scholarship, insures continuation of the fund in the future and provides an easy way to add to the fund upon our death. We have also chosen the Foundation to manage our other legacy bequest because it is possible to have instruction in place as to how these bequests are to be managed and dispensed without the need for court cost or legal fees.”

Prepared 2005

William and Lutie Wolford

William and Lutie Wolford

Bill and Lutie Wolford have been married for 60 years. They met at Ashland College (now Ashland University) when they were both students. They have been Ashland County residents since the early 1950s.

Bill grew up on a farm in Richland County and graduated from Madison High School. After graduating from Ashland College in 1952, he served two years in the Korean Conflict in the US Army. He began his career as Deputy Auditor for Ashland County (5 years) and retired as Ashland County Treasurer in 1994 (7 years). In between, he spent 25 of his working years as the managing officer, secretary/treasurer of Home Federal Savings and Loan. He has been a Lions member for 56 years – with perfect attendance! Since retiring in 1994, he enjoys woodworking and golfing.

Lutie grew up on a farm in Medina County and spent two years at Ashland College taking business courses. She worked at Hess & Clark for 11 years, then as Treasurer for the Ashland County West-Holmes Joint Vocational School (as it was called then), retiring in 1990. She very much enjoys genealogy. She’s a member of the Ohio Genealogical Association, Ashland Chapter and has written several books on her family history. She also like reading and gardening.

The Wolfords are members of First United Methodist Church, having served on various church and community committees, to include Bill’s service on the United Way Board of Trustees and Lutie’s volunteering at the Food Bank. They’ve spent 15 winters in Arizona and continue their community involvement there as well – Lutie at the Food Bank and Bill with the Lions and volunteering at the RV park.

Prepared 2014

Frances B. Wolfe

Frances B. Wolfe

Frances B. Wolfe was an Ashland High School graduate and a 1938 graduate of Ashland College. She served as an elementary school teacher in the Mansfield, Ohio area for most of her life. Her care and concern for children, as well as her value of education, can still be seen today.

Though she lived in Lakeside, Ohio, for the last 23 years of her life, Ms. Wolfe desired to leave a legacy for students in the Ashland community. In her estate, she named ACCF to receive a gift to create a scholarship fund for Ashland High School students. This scholarship, in memory of her parents, is named the Earl and Mary Wolfe Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics. A second gift from her estate was designated for addition to an existing scholarship, previously created by Ms. Wolfe in honor of her sister, Mary Ellen Wolfe.

For perpetuity, Frances Wolfe’s legacy will live on through her two memorial scholarships. It is profound to think of the many students that will benefit from these scholarships.

Prepared 2005

Mary Lou Wertman

Mary Lou Wertman

Mary Lou was born on April 11, 1930 to John Emmet and Mary Jane (Ferguson) Wertman. An Ashland High School graduate, Miss Wertman graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland. She also attended Ashland University, The Ohio State University and North Central State College.

Her nursing career spanned Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Ashland Samaritan Hospital and MedCentral Mansfield Health System. She also did public health nursing with the Mansfield-Richland County Health Department. Mary Lou is a past member, past president, and past board member of the Mohican Nurses Association, a past member of Ohio Nurses Association and American Nurses Association, and received certification in nursing administration by the American Nurses Association.

She is a member of Grace Brethren Church where she has served on the Missions Commission, Membership Commission, and recording secretary for congregational business meetings. She is a past-president of Coordination Council of Women of Grace and the past-chairman of Women’s Enrichment Series Committee. She also served as a board member of NCO District Women of Grace. Miss Wertman was a recipient of the Senior Medal of Ministry in 2000 and honorary title of Church Historian in 2015.

She served the Christian Business and Professional Women’s Council as a past-chairman and Stonecroft Ministries as a past-area representative. She volunteered with the American Red Cross in Georgia during tropical storm Alberto. She also served seven years on the Board of Trustees of the Area Agency on Aging, Mansfield, Ohio.

Miss Wertman is committed to helping provide higher education to future students. It is her desire that a charitable remainder trust will serve something that will last forever—people!

Prepared 2005

Lizet Weitthoff

Lizet Weitthoff

Life in Loudonville was a pleasure for Lizet Weitthoff. However, she more enjoyed traveling and visiting unique places.

Born in Ashland, Ohio in 1950, Lizet lived with her parents, Helen and Harry Weitthoff, outside of Loudonville on St. Rt. 60 in a house where many years ago Charles F. Kettering, Loudonville’s most famous person, had attended school. Also, she spent the racing season in Saratoga Springs, NY.

In addition to traveling, Liz enjoyed golfing, hunting mushrooms, shopping, watching Broadway shows, following horse races, and eventually, investing in thoroughbreds with the goal of winning the Kentucky Derby. On her adventures Liz sometimes met celebrities such as Donald Trump, Aaron Neville, and Norman Vaughan, mountain climber and Iditarod racer, all with whom she had her picture taken. Later, those pictures became Christmas cards which were cherished by family and friends.

Liz had a special fondness for her elderly friends and animal friends; her community of Loudonville; and her special interests, like the Central Park fountain, the Ashland County Humane Society, the National Museum of Racing, and the Loudonville Fair.

Liz died of ovarian cancer in 2007. By establishing an endowment fund, she trusted ACCF with helping the Village of Loudonville to fund the annual Fourth of July fireworks.
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Frederick H. Weber II

Frederick H. Weber II

Frederick H. Weber II—a businessman, entrepreneur, and inventor—was born to Frederick and Oval Schackelford Weber in Rochester, Pennsylvania on July 29, 1924. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and did post graduate work at Case Western Reserve University of Technology. Mr. Weber was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a fighter pilot during WWII in the South Pacific and England.

Mr. Weber’s professional career began at Abbott Laboratories, formerly Faultless Rubber Company. In 1965, he founded the former Fred H. Weber Co., Inc., a manufacturer’s representative sales company in Ashland. Mr. Weber served as Chief Executive Officer of Mohican Industries, Inc., which he founded in 1980. He is credited with design patents of several molded rubber parts as well as process patents for the molding of rubber parts.

A member of Peace LutheranChurch, Mr. Weber served as president of the church council. He was co-founder and past president of the Board of the County Humane Society and past president of the Ohio Federated Humane Societies. In 1996 he was given the Humane Award for distinguished service by the Capital Area Humane Society. Mr. Weber was a Board member of Big Brothers-Little Sisters and was named in the 1993 Who’s Who Registry of Global Business Leaders.

Mr. Weber died in 1998, having made Ashland “home” for 45 years. His never ending energy and spirit attributed to Mr. Weber’s accomplishments and contributions to the Ashland community that will long be remembered.

Prepared 2005

Tom VanOsdall

Tom VanOsdall

Tom never stopped learning. Although his teaching centered on science, he was also extremely interested in the philosophy of science and its cultural force in our society. He read extensively about religion and carried on a correspondence with C.S. Lewis for many years. In his early years, he played bass in his own swing band, the Tommy Van band, and he listened to good jazz music on his Bose radio every day until his death.

Tom and his wife, Helen, lost their only child in 1962. They set up a scholarship fund to honor their son, Tom, Jr. and when the Ashland County Community Foundation was formed, Tom wanted to be sure that this fund would live on in perpetuity. He transferred the scholarship to the Foundation, knowing that the Foundation would be well managed and that the money he left in his son’s scholarship fund would help college bound high school students long after he died. The Tom VanOsdall Jr. Scholarship has helped many AHS students already and will touch young lives for years to come.

Prepared 2005

Ralph and Betty Jo Tomassi

Ralph and Betty Jo Tomassi

Ralph and Betty Jo Tomassi met as students at AshlandUniversity in 1977. They have been Ashland residents since their marriage in 1981. Ralph has been employed by Ashland University for more than 27 years in the areas of admissions and development. Betty Jo has worked in advertising and public relations while maintaining her interest in buying and selling antiques.

The Tomassi’s believe in the saying, “You make a living by what you get—you make a life by what you give.” They have been, and continue to be, supportive of many community causes. Through their gift to the Foundation, they have designated two endowment funds which will benefit community beautification and underprivileged youth. They strongly believe that the Foundation contributes to and enhances the quality of life in Ashland County in perpetuity.

Prepared 2005