Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER – R. Eileen Ditmer Fox of Wooster died Saturday, August 10, 2019 at LifeCare Hospice after a short illness. There will be a cremation and private burial in Piqua, OH with a memorial service in Wooster to follow in the future. McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
She was born August 24, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio to Clarence A. Ditmer and M. Elizabeth (Hagerman) Ditmer and married William A. Fox in 1947. She attended Bank Street College of Education in New York City and subsequently earned her BA in elementary education from Paterson State Teacher’s College. After teaching for 10 years in New Jersey, she taught Kindergarten at Melrose and Wayne Elementary Schools in Wooster for 21 years, retiring in 1988.
She was a Senior Partner at WCH, regularly attended Silver Sneakers at Healthpoint, was a life member of ORTA, a member of the Wayne County Retired Teachers Association, the Women of the World Bible Study, and the Salvation Army (church) where for many years she taught the adult Sunday school class and led a weekly Seniors Group (The Recycled Teens).
Surviving are a son, William A. Fox, Jr. of Tuolumne, CA, a daughter, E. Elizabeth (Mark) Russell of Walden, CO; two granddaughters, Jessica and Erin Fox; one grandson, Brandon Russell; four great grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces and their families; many friends; and a cousin, Nancy Ditmer of Wooster who assisted her in various ways.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, two brothers, and their spouses, Thelma (David) Isaac, Dorothy (Albert) Scott, Jean (Robert) Strain, Edith (Kirk) Frey, Bernard (Freda) Ditmer, and Stanley (Catherine) Ditmer.
Memorials may be sent to the Wooster Salvation Army, 437 South Market Street, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
Salvation Army, 437 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM at The Salvation Army, 437 S. Market St., Wooster

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  1. I have many fond memories of working with Eileen at Melrose. She always had a warm smile – and an even bigger heart. Our thoughts are with her family.

    Bob & Becky Brubacher

  2. Mrs. Fox was my Kindergarten teacher in 1983. She was simply amazing! When I graduated high school, I believe she was at the graduation. However, what I know for certain is that she gave me a personal, hand-written letter with a picture of me in her classroom. Now, as a 19-year veteran teacher myself, I stand in complete awe of her awesomeness! I have never had that level of thoughtfulness for my students and I am known as a loving teacher. I fondly remember learning the Letter Oeople with Mrs. Fox and sitting around her chair as she read to us! Rest in peace, Mrs. Fox! I’ll see you in heaven!

  3. Eileen was a beautiful lady who lived and spread her faith in our Lord Jesus every day in many, many, ways as well as being a wonderful friend to me as well as many others.She will be missed.

  4. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Fox’s family and friends. My son was blessed to have her as his Kindergarten teacher and to have her remember him for special occasions with cards over the many years. She was truly a beautiful lady and wonderful teacher. May she rest in eternal peace knowing what joy that she brought to others.

  5. Girlfriend…thanks for the memories as we love and served our Lord Jesus : had fellowship around the game tables with
    much laughter : enjoyed the Bishops gang after WOW ; and even rejoiced to the end of this chapter because of His new
    chapter He needed you for His new chapter….see ya soon friend. LLC

  6. Eileen was such a sweet and caring lady and a dear friend of my Mom’s. We always enjoyed her visits. She will truly be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and I’m so sorry for your loss. Rest in Paradise Eileen, you certainly deserve it.

  7. Aunt Eileen was a special aunt to all of us. For years she would post on line family birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions in an effort to recognize us and feel loved. We fondly remember her forever smile and kind words to family. We will miss her.

  8. I was sad to hear Eileen had passed away. She used to volunteer at a nursing home I worked for many years ago. She was an incredibly kind, loving, and full of life lady. I will always remember her smile and kindness she showed to everyone.


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