Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Carol Jane œJan  Hider of Wooster went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 13, 2022.
She was born April 17, 1934, in Mount Eaton, Ohio, the daughter of Bryan and Bessie (Kenwell) Kreiling and graduated from Jeromesville High School, finishing her education at Wooster Business College.
She was married March 26, 1960, to Richard Hider at the Wooster Trinity United Church of Christ officiated by Dr. Leo Kiel.   Their children became members of Trinity as well.   Richard and Jan were married for 53 years prior to Richard ™s death in August 2013.
For several years before having children, Jan worked as a secretary for Attorneys Marion F. Graven and George Barnard in Wooster.   She also served as secretary to the Local Young Republicans.   She was a member of Damacus White Shrine and Floralynn Garden Club.   Later in life, for about 25 years, she worked as a volunteer in the household department of People-to-People Ministries.
Jan was also very active in gardening and flower arranging which included memberships in the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, American Flower Arrangers Guild, Judges Guild of Kingwood Center, and was a former OAGC accredited judge.
She served as OAGC Region 14 Publicity Chairman, OAGC Region 14 Flower Show Chairman and was a two-term State Secretary of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs under Presidents Nadine Elder of Warsaw and Kate Pond of Doylestown.
She was known for her love of Period, Moribana and Modern Flower arranging and flower gardening.
Jan was an avid reader of various biographies and fictional literature by Pearl Buck.
She adored impressionistic art, with a particular fondness for Monet and Renoir.   When it came to TV and film, time-period shows, like Downton Abbey, were some of her favorites.
She loved listening to ragtime music, such as by Scott Joplin.   One of her favorite musicians was Elton John, especially his song œCandle in the Wind. .   She was particularly moved when listening to the song œToo Beautiful to Last  by Englebert Humperdinck.   Her favorite childhood song, which later reminded her of her mother when they went to church, was œLove Lifted Me. 
Jan enjoyed travel with her favorite two trips being Switzerland and Ireland.
As an animal lover she always had a cat or two in the house.   Additionally, she cared for many outdoor feathered and furry friends.
She is survived by her son Eric Richard Hider of Wooster, daughter Julie Maria (David) Ellis of Hilliard, Ohio, and brother Ronald D.(Betty) Kreiling of Jeromesville.
There will be no calling hours. Her wish was for a private family service and private burial at the Wooster Cemetery.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Donations may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ Free Breakfast Program, 150 E. North St., Wooster, OH 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
Donations may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ Free Breakfast Program, 150 E. North St., Wooster, OH 44691.

Her wish was for a private family service and private burial at the Wooster Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours


  1. Eric, Julie, David and family we are sorry for the loss of Jan. Loved her flowers! Such a talent

  2. Jan was a good friend of my cousin, Janice (Uhler) Marthey and was one of Janice’s bridesmaids. Jan, her brother and Mom attended the same church in Reedsburg while growing up until moving to Wooster. Thoughts and Prayers for her Family.

  3. God.bless your family as you treasure sweet memories of your mother. Go be with you and your family today and everyday. Dawn

  4. Julie and David,
    So very sorry about your loss.
    Prayers and thoughts your way.
    Please let me know if yo
    you need anything.
    Suzi Zelinski

  5. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jan and Richard in the 90’s when I was dating their daughter, Julia. Although I only dated Julia for a short time, we have never stopped being friends. The same was true for Jan and Richard…we remained friends the rest of the time they were alive. One day I will depart this world and only because I accepted God’s free gift of eternal life, I will get to be in heaven with Jan and Richard! My condolences to Julia, Dave, and the rest of the Hider family as they deal with the loss of one very tough but wonderful lady. Jan was very protective of Julia and she let me know early on that there would be consequences if I didn’t treat Julia right. I respected Jan for that fierce protective nature and it is one of the many great qualities she possessed.

  6. Julie and Dave, we are so sorry about your loss. I know you’ve been on a long journey with your Mom and I know you were faithful to make sure she had the best care possible. God sees your faithfulness. May the Lord bless you with his shalom in the days ahead. We are always here for you if you need anything! Love, The Chabots

  7. My deepest sympathy to you, Julia, Dave, Eric and family upon the loss of your mom. You enjoyed many years of traveling the world with her and now you have many memories to treasure. Julia, you and Dave have been so devoted to Jan, you truly honored her in this life! Peace to all!

  8. Eric, I am sorry for your loss and hope you find peace and solace in your mother’s passing. I am always your friend in need. My condolences. Steve Rothermel

  9. My dearest friends, Dave and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. I consider myself so lucky to have met her, even for a short while. Such a loving and sweet person! God rest her soul!

  10. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you. May the Lord hold Jan and you in the palm of his hand.

  11. Dear Julia and Eric,
    Your dear mother was so loved and was so good to everyone who knew her, may my condolences bring you peace during this painful time. Nothing can fill the void created by the loss of our dear Mother. The memories of mom brings s smile to my face, let’s keep her in our prayers and find comfort during this hard time in your life. As you grief, do not forget how beautiful and the amazing your mother was! I know she’s in better place now with no pain, my God bless her soul and accept her in heavens.

  12. Julie and Dave,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Although she has gone to be with God and her loved ones, her memory will live in your hearts forever. Sending you healing prayers and comforting hugs

  13. Julia and Dave, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time. I know you’ll treasure the memories of Jan. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  14. I love you, Aunt Jan. Hugs to Julie and Eric

  15. I am so very sorry for your loss. Both Jan and Dick were extraordinary people. I have such wonderful childhood memories of them and our neighborhood. Sending prayers of comfort and healing.

  16. Dear Julie, Dave and Eric,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful mom. Your mom had such a generous spirit – she was so wonderful to my mom and dad during their later years especially. Mom always talked about what a dear, dear friend Jan was to her. I am sure you will miss her very much. Moms are just irreplaceable. Our deepest condolences. Sending you hugs and love.

  17. Hello Eric Sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences from jas and I. Prayers and positive vibes for you and your family to recover from your loss quickly.

  18. Dear Julie, Dave and Eric,
    I will miss my dear friend Jan but know she is free of pain
    and in a better place with God.
    I look at my daffodils and think of mom. She so loved
    Her flowers! Keep in touch
    Hugs, Betsy

  19. Eric, Jules & Dave,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Your Mom had a really good and unmistakable laugh, a laugh that is remembered every time she is in our thoughts.
    May God bless you, much love and prayers!

  20. Julia,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. While I never had a chance to meet her, she sounded like a lovely woman. I’m praying for peace for you and your family.

  21. Julia, Dave, Eric and family: My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Momma. Jan was a sweet lady who sent me a Christmas card containing “words of encouragement” ever since I met her. Julia, I know she loved the trips you all used to take. I’m glad you have those memories. More importantly, I am thankful she is now with her Savior and you know this to be true! Praying for each of you!

  22. Dear Julie and Eric,

    My sincere sympathies and deepest condolences are with you both, Dave, and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother was like a second mother to me during my teen years. I learned so much from spending time with your family all our skating years, and know how very proud she was of both of you. I have many fond memories of your mother, and hope that your memories of her will be comforting during this difficult time.

  23. Julie, Dave, and Eric
    My heart goes out to you. It is hard to think that Jan is gone, but she is.
    Jan was quite a dynamic woman, for whom I had an immense amount of respect and admiration.
    I relished how she always knew what was going on, but one would never know. What a fantastic skating parent she was, nothing escaped her awareness,
    I am sad that she has crossed over but, at the same time, I am full of joy her journey of life is complete.
    I am always here should you need me.
    God Bless

  24. I remember many good times when Ross, Dorothy, Dick and Jan would get together when we were young during the 70s, 80s and 90s. Those memories will be with me forever and I’m grateful for the times we had together.

    My deepest sympathies to Eric, Julie and the rest of your family. Jan will be missed.


  25. Rest in peace my dear friend
    Truly an angel and an inspiration to me
    Hugs and love always

  26. Julia…your Mom lived a life filled with such a wide variety of interests and hobbies, including traveling. How special that you 2 took some of those great trips together too. Sending love and prayers to you, Dave and your brother, during this rough time for all of you. With love and sympathy, Pam

  27. There are no words at a time like this. Hold on to Jesus’s promise “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted”.

  28. Dear Julie,Dave,Eric
    There are no words at a time like this. Hold tight to Jesus’promise “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted”.
    I will think about Jan every time That I work in my garden.

  29. May God carry you in his arms during this sad time. You have our deepest sympathies.

  30. Dear Julia and Dave, Eric,
    As you put one foot in front of the other in the days ahead, I pray strength, courage, and peace as you work through the loss of your mother.

  31. Dear Julia, Dave and Eric,
    I am praying that you will be comforted in the loss of your beloved mother. She lived a wonderful life and got to enjoy many wonderful pastimes like traveling, gardening and spending time with her kids. You guys were so devoted to her especially when her health started to decline. I’m sure she appreciated and took comfort in all the time you spent with her and how you tended to her living conditions and her heath to make sure she was as happy and comfortable as possible. I know she’s smiling down on you from heaven. Love you guys! I’m here if you need me.

  32. Eric, Julia, Dave & Family:
    May the assurance that your mom is now in the sweet presence of God comfort you all!

  33. No more long conversations I’m sorry to say. You no longer are in pain which is an excellent turn of events. I’ll miss you, your laugh, and your YEAH when you agree with the point we discussed. Rest well. My best wishes to Julia, Dave and Eric.


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