Pauline Edith Schlingman, 91, passed away peacefully on October 9 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.
She was born Pauline Dravenstott on October 27, 1927 in a farmhouse in rural Ashland County. She was the youngest of five children born to Elza R. and Ruth M. (Switzer) Dravenstott and lived in the Ashland area her entire life.
Pauline grew up on farms in the Rowsburg and Jeromesville areas and graduated from Jeromesville High School in 1945. After graduation, she attended the Wooster Business College and began her career as a member of a typing pool at F.E. Myers. She was later promoted to the position of personal secretary and was employed at Myers’ for a total of ten years. While working there, she met the love of her life, Harry Thomas Schlingman, who worked in the foundry.
Harry and Pauline were married on September 15, 1951 at St. Edward’s Church. Pauline left the workforce for several years to raise their children. When she re-entered the workforce, she was employed as a proofreader and later a paste-up artist for the Ashland Times-Gazette where she worked for 13 years. After leaving the newspaper, she was employed as a personal secretary for Marshall Boyer & Associates/The Jeromesville Mercantile for 17 years. She retired in 2001 at the age of 73.
Besides taking care of her family, one of Pauline’s biggest passions in life was traveling. During her lifetime, she visited all 50 states and dozens of countries on five continents. Her favorite countries to visit were Australia, Bermuda, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland. Her absolute favorite place to vacation on the planet was Hawaii, which she visited seven times.
Pauline was also very athletic. When she was younger, she was a pitcher on various softball teams and a member of the F.E. Myers Rifle Team. She later participated in bowling and golfing leagues for several decades. Pauline also enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre.
She was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and recently received a commemorative pin for being a member of The Catholic Daughters for 35 years.
Pauline is survived by her four children, Kevin, Lee (Selora), Mark and Jill, all of the Ashland area. In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren: Matthew (Candace), Megan (Adam Fox), Sarah (Jerrod Wagner), and Daniel, as well as four great-grandchildren: Soren and Remy Fox and Lyle and Clara Schlingman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, on June 30, 1982, her parents, two brothers, Forrest and Elza and two sisters, Opal (Middaugh) and Cleo (Britton).
Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 PM on Monday, October 14 at Heyl Funeral Home. The funeral will occur at 11 AM at St. Edward’s Church on Tuesday October 15, 2019 with Father Rod Kreidler officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service at The Ashland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 501 Cottage Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.; Humane Society of Ashland County 1710 Garfield Avenue, Ashland Ohio 44805 or LifeCare Hospice of Wooster, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691
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