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Mary M. (Hoffmaster) Betz


Mary Margaret (Hoffmaster) Betz passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, December 13, 2020 following complications from COVID-19.

Mary was born in Youngstown, OH to Gaylord and Mary Hoffmaster. She was the first female ever on the high school rifle team and was heavily decorated with awards. She also enjoyed playing the saxophone and flute. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. Following graduation, she married Robert “Bob” Betz.

Mary started her career in Baltimore, OH teaching art in K-12 grade. Mary and Bob welcomed son, Charley, in 1970 followed by Robert (Deihl) in 1973. She was a fantastic homemaker, cook, and baker and was known for her casserole wizardry and amazing cookies. She would go on to join Bob running two family businesses over the years: Master Anglers Charter Boats on the Great Lakes and Foggles shooting eyewear. She later returned to the Worthington, OH school system teaching art as a substitute mainly at Thomas Worthington High School. She often taught in Charley’s classes where she never reported him for being tardy.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She was a woman of many passions including fishing, skeet and trap shooting with Bob, and playing cards, especially Bridge.

She will be deeply missed by her children, Charles Aaron (Robin) and Robert Deihl (Jennifer); grandchildren, Carter, Brody, Holden, Bailey, Lainey; as well as numerous extended family members and friends.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, Gaylord and Mary; husband, Bob (1993); and sibling, Raymond.

A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held when our pandemic subsides. Her ashes will be scattered in Canada so she can rest forever with Bob.

Memorial donations may be made to LOCAL OHIO PPE or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, https://covid19responsefund.org/en/. To send a message of sympathy to the family, please visit: www.OhioCremation.org

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  • Nancy Ollila says:

    Mary was the mother of two former students, Charley and Diehl. I always enjoyed interacting with Mary; her bright smile and cheerful disposition made her fun to interact with whenever we were together. She was a supportive parent; I enjoyed her creativity and enthusiasm. Charley surprised me with a clear glass apple he made in high school; it still sits on my desk , My husband purchased a blue glass sculpture from Charley when he was at CCAD. That, too,is in our home for all to appreciate and enjoy. Mary certainly passed on her creativity! She will be missed by many!

  • Mary Bonneau says:

    Charley and Deihl, I was sorry to read of your mother’s passing in the paper. I have often thought of her and wondered how she was doing. I did call but she didn’t talk long. We had many good times together since our teaching days at Liberty Union. Sorry I haven’t been in touch but had had some health issues – fine now. I have always loved you two guys. I know your mother was so proud of you both. May Mary rest in peace.
    Love, Mary

  • Nancy (Franklin) Zaren says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We were best friends growing up on Simon Rd. Even though we lost touch over the years I will always remember her. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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