November 19, 1937 – August 28, 2018
Kay E. Riffle, age 80, of Ansonia, Ohio, passed away on August 28, 2018 at 5:27 A.M. at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio under the wonderful care of State of the Heart (hospice) after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years. She was born on November 19, 1937 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Dora P. (Crumrine) Peters and Wesley Wilson. Kay married James (Jim) Riffle on January 20, 1955 who preceded her in death on February 16, 2014. Kay is survived by children Dean (Pam) Riffle of Dayton, Ohio; Daryl (Mary) Riffle of Ansonia, Ohio; and Denise (Jeffrey) Gayer of Sylvania, Ohio; grandchildren Shawn (Melissa) Riffle, Shannon Riffle, Nathan (Laurel) Riffle, Chase Riffle, Adam (Jessica) Riffle, Andrew (Kalie) Riffle, Abby Gayer and Luke Gayer, and 13 beautiful great grandchildren. She truly loved spending time with her family. Kay was a servant leader in family, church and community. She served on the H.O.P.E. Foundation subcommittee, Ansonia Village Council (1999-2002), the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in Ansonia as coordinator, Darke County Shelter from Violence, Darke County Board of Elections, Ansonia Local Schools volunteer, Darke County Cancer Association volunteer, and participated in leadership activities at Wright State University as well as serving in numerous other organizations. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Union City, Indiana. Kay enjoyed and shared her gift of music. When Kay attended Grace Lutheran Church in Greenville, she taught Sunday School as well as music to the youth, and sang in the church choir. She worked for many years as a private piano teacher and as a substitute teacher at Ansonia Local Schools. Kay and husband Jim were the owners/operators of The Ansonia Inn. Kay worked at The Darke County Board of Education and Arcorp, Inc. She was also the bookkeeper for Jim Riffle Distributing for many years. Kay was a graduate of Greenville High School and attended Wright State University. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by stepfather, Samuel F. Curts. A service will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Melinda Gapen officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, as well as one hour prior to the 10:30 A.M. service at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions be given to the Riffle Family Scholarship in care of the Darke County Foundation or State of the Heart Care, Greenville, Ohio.
- Visitation Tuesday, September 4, 2018
- Visitation Wednesday, September 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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August 31, 2018
I have many fond memories of this amazing woman. First of all being named after her is an honor. I spent many days of playing with Denise thru our grade school years in her and Uncle Jim’s home. One thing that always reminds me of her is a picture of a bicycle my first thought is wow Aunt Kay loved riding her bike. I am going to miss this petite woman and the kindness she had for all those she knew and didn’t know such a great role model. She may be gone but she will always remain in my heart.
August 28, 2018
I just remember another very important part if our relationship. She gave me the chance to be a piano teacher too. Back in 1990 she had scaled back on her teaching. She had gotten a call from a boy in Rossburg who wanted to take lessons but she didn't have time for him. So she called me and asked if I wanted to teach him. Without thinking twice, I jumped at the chance. I only had one student that first year but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I continued teaching for over 20 years and I can't remember how many students I had all those years. I often commented that, if I could have gotten more students, I would have enjoyed teaching full time. I tried to follow the method of teaching she used in her students. Let them ask questions, lead them, laugh with them, and be encouraging in everything. So I had 20 years of enjoyment teaching piano, all due to this sweet, wonderful woman.
August 28, 2018
My heart broke when I saw the sad news of Kay's passing. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to count her among my friends, having known her for over 50 years. When my family moved to the Ansonia school district in 1963, I was looking for a piano teacher. So I could continue taking lessons. Somehow I got hooked up with her. Once a week I'd go to her house. We'd chat and laugh together, but somehow I still managed to learn. I would drive her crazy because I'd chew gum while I played for her, but the chewing and the playing were never in the same tempo. I took lessons from her until I graduated. We remained friends after that. In fact when she volunteered to lead a choir for the Ansonia Bicentennial, she asked me to play the piano for her, knowing full well I couldn't turn her down. After that, I'd see her from time to time walking around town. She'd always smile and say "hi". Even after all these years she has, and will continue to hold a special place in my heart. All of her family has me deepest sympathy.