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John A. Mensch

Friday, July 20, 2007

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John A. Mensch, 92, Cuyahoga Fall, OH, passed away July 18, 2007

He was the son of the late Rev. John A.L. Mensch and Nellie Ann (Shearer) Mensch.

He graduated from Mt. Union College (B.A.) and Kent State Univ. (Masters).  He studied for his PhD. at Kent State University, University. of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University. and Akron University. His educational career of more than 30 years included: superintendent at Smith Township, Windham and Fairless School Districts; and school teacher and principal at Tallmadge High School.

He wrote and introduced the Occupational Work Adjustment Program (OWA) for Ohio schools. He retired from Tallmadge High School in 1977. A supporter of high school athletics, he was a high school coach, served on the N.E. Ohio District Athletic Board, Ohio State Athletic Board of Control, as well as Commissioner of the Portage County and Metro leagues. He wrote and published a book titled "Mediocrity in Public Education".

A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Force in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He belonged to the American Legion and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge at Garrettsville, OH.

He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, serving in many leadership capacities.

He is survived by his second wife, Marion (Reynolds) Mensch; brother, Dr. George Mensch; daughter, Judith Overholt; sons John (of Bloomfield), Donald, and Robert; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his wife of 46 years Velma M. (Peterson); sisters, Alice (Harsh, Vandergrift), Mary (Oswalt); and brother, Henry.

Visiting hours are at Billow Falls Chapel, 1907 23rd St., Cuyahoga Falls, on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Viewing will also be Saturday at 10 a.m. with the funeral services to follow at 11 a.m., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2121 6th St., Cuyahoga Falls, with Pastor Robert Linsz officiating.

Interment will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 281.  Donations may be given to the St. Luke's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. (Billow FALLS Chapel, 330-867-4141).