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ROSE E. McMAHON

d. June 18, 2010

Rose Eileen (Kocher) McMahon, age 83, of Nashville, Tenn., died at 3:53 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2010, at Christian Care Center of Nashville.

She was born August 14, 1926 to the late Clarence F. “Dusie” and Ada (Heydinger) Kocher, in Melmore, Ohio.

She is survived by two daughters, Candance Rose (McMahon) Williams of Tiffin, and Wendy McMahon of Nashville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Sean McMahon Williams, Captain USMC, San Diego, Calif., and Tristan Hall of Nashville; two sisters, Donna (Kocher) Uhlenhake, and Janet (Kocher) Dell-Freeman, both of Tiffin, and 17 grand-nephews and nieces.

“Sis,” as she was known by family, relatives and friends, was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Leslie Ann McMahon in 1978, her husband, Major USAF (Ret) John W. McMahon in 2001, and her brother, Clarence F. “Bud” Kocher in 2009.

Sis accepted the challenges and experiences of travelling in Europe during her husband’s overseas assignments. Their youngest daughter Wendy was born after their return to the United States. After her husband retired from the US Air Force, they lived in Daytona Beach, Fla. Upon his death, Sis spent her remaining years sharing a home with daughter Wendy and grandson Tristan in Nashville. She expressed great pride in the achievements of grandson Captain USMC Sean Williams and hoped grandson Tristan Hall would follow his example of service to our nation set by their grandfather, Major John W. McMahon. Sis served her country well after earning a Certificate in Radio and Teletype School in Kansas City, Missouri, and additional training at Tiffin University before accepting messenger carrier duties for the duration of World War II at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, where she met her future husband.

Sis will be remembered for her sharp wit, interest in current events, especially those of political persuasion, her love of animals both wild and domestic and her particular attachment for cats. Sis was devoted to her grandsons and enjoyed visits with cousins, grand nieces and nephews, and both old and new-found friends.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Traunero Funeral Home, 214 S. Monroe Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 (419) 447-3113. There will be a Rosary service at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 2010 at the funeral home, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m., in St. Mary Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Eric Culler. The Rosary will be recited 20 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will follow at Rock Creek Cemetery, Tiffin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seneca County Humane Society, St. Mary Catholic Church, the U.S.O., or Melmore United Methodist Church, in care of Traunero Funeral Home.

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