Nehemiah Elizabeth Dilbert

June 9, 1927October 29, 2018
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Nehemiah E. Dilbert (née Faircloth), 91, passed away on October 29, 2018 after a long, wonderful and fulfilling life. She was a devoted wife of 65 years to her loving husband Joseph who passed in 2011. She leaves their eight children, Mary Anne (Dan) Sorg, Joseph W. (Barb) Dilbert, Jr., Thomas (Judy) Dilbert, Linda (Gary) Finney, Robert (Joyce) Dilbert, Catherine (Jerry) McFarland, Jeffrey (Jenny) Dilbert, and Lisa (Joe) Elfers; their sixteen grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and her sister Jessie Mae. “Nehi” was born and raised in Telogia, Florida, where she learned the values of devotion to God, family and hard work – all of which she instilled into her children. She was a Florida country girl and proud of it, and on our annual summer vacations to Telogia would with pride point out the little white one-room school house in Hosford where she attended kindergarten through high school. Her life together with Joe began after WWII when they met and were married in Savannah, GA in 1944, and moved to Reading, Ohio. Nehi’s “southern charm” quickly warmed the hearts of her new northern family who embraced her as a “Dilbert.” She was an active member of the Reading community until they retired and returned together to her hometown in the Florida panhandle where they spent over twenty years enjoying retirement. Nehi made each of her eight children feel special in their own way, even though she didn’t always get their names right in their crowded little house in Reading! Nehi resided at Mason Health Care Center for the past several years since her and Joe moved back from Florida to be with family. She often expressed her sincerest appreciation to the staff there for their compassion and commitment to helping her enjoy quality twilight years. Please consider donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in lieu of flowers. Visitation 10:00AM – 11:45AM, Friday, November 2, 2018 at Schmidt-Dhonau-Kucner Funeral Home, 8633 Reading Rd., Reading, OH 45215. Funeral Service to follow at 12:00PM, with private burial at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, with her beloved Joe.

Nehemiah Elizabeth Dilbert, Strong and Loving Woman You live on in your loved ones, and you will never be forgotten.


  • Joseph W. Dilbert Sr., Husband
  • Mary Anne (Dan) Sorg, Daughter
  • Joseph W. (Barb) Dilbert Jr., Son
  • Thomas (Judy) Dilbert, Son
  • Linda (Gary) Finney, Daughter
  • Robert (Joyce) Dilbert, Son
  • Catherine (Jerry) McFarland, Daughter
  • Jeffrey (Jenny) Dilbert, Son
  • Lisa (Joe) Elfers, Daughter
  • Jessie Mae, Sister
  • Cherished grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 23, great-great-grandmother of 2.


  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 2, 2018

Nehemiah Elizabeth Dilbert

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Trina McFarland

November 20, 2018

Mom you are the strongest woman I have ever known. I miss you terribly. You left behind a big, goofy, wonderful family. Your memory and endless, generous love for your family will live on in us. You are the best Mom any child could ask for and you picked the perfect man to be our Dad. I know that you both are watching over us, together again. You are and always will be, my favorite Mom. I love you so much - MOST!

Trina and Jerry

Linda Finney

November 4, 2018

We will all dearly miss you mom. You have left your mark here on this earth as you are in heaven. The sky was lit up with stars the night you passed and we knew then, that you were at peace. You and dad are together again . To my mother and my best friend I love you mom MORE 💞

joshua dilbert

November 2, 2018

thank you to the entire staff at the funeral home and everyone involved in the services you did an amazing job the service was beautiful and myself and my family thank you

Joshua Dilbert

November 2, 2018

Joyce Dilbert

November 1, 2018

Kym Kelly

October 31, 2018

Mrs.Nehi was a TRUE ANGEL!! She told me my mom was sent to share her room for a reason. And that was true!! She taught her love...compassion...understanding and most importantly the true meaning of FAMILY!! Me and my mom gained family!!! Thank you all for everything she definitely left her mark in my heart!!

Lisa Ladd-Mobley

October 31, 2018

So sad to hear of "Aunt Nehi's" passing. I met her many years ago when her sister Naomi and her husband Lister were pastoring our Church in Wakulla Station. We started a puppet ministry with our youth and one of our favorite puppets was named "Aunt Nehi" , we were able to share our ministry in many churches and at one event, Aunt Nehi was actually there and was thrilled to meet namesake who loved the Lord and good ole "Southern Gospel Music" as she did. My thoughts and prayers are with her children and families. Remember you haven't lost something /someone when you know where it is and Aunt Nehi is surely enjoying all that Heaven has promised and the Savior that she lived for met her with open arms into His kingdom!
Sending my love and prayers for comfort today ad in the difficult days ahead.

Lisa Ladd-Mobley
Wakulla Station, Fl.