Reverend Mary Burton Vidmar-Gearhart of Sidney died peacefully at Fair Haven on Saturday, August 15, 2020. She was born on July 6, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio as the youngest child of Burton Stuart Floraday and Florence Helen Lomas. She is survived by her husband Edwin F. Gearhart; her daughter, Althea (Jeff) of Edina, Minnesota, her son Donn (Brook) Vidmar of Cinncinati; six grandchildren, Torger, Sander, Maron and Inga Ohe and Miriam and Robyn Vidmar and eight nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Hugh and Richard, nephew Patrick and niece Nancy. A former sister of Notre Dame who attended Notre Dame Academy, Mary Manse College and Western Kentucky University, Mary was a proud English teacher for a number of years before answering a call to serve the church again after attending the University of Notre Dame and receiving a Master’s of Divinity. She was proud to be ordained an Episcopal priest in 2001 and served in Cincinnati and Harrison, Ohio; North Brookfield, Massachusetts and East Liverpool, Ohio. She also helped out at St. Mark’s in Sidney. Well done worship services were very important to her. She loved art, good music and crime shows. She never fully recovered from an auto accident on her honeymoon in 2016 and lately had prayed for God to take her home. The funeral will be at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Sidney. The family asks that any memorials go to Wilson Hospice, Fairhaven or St. Mark’s. A private funeral will be celebrated at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Sidney, Ohio, with The Reverends David Bailey, and Elizabeth Kelly officiating. Due to the COVID-19 Restrictions, and the family’s considerations of such, the funeral will be private, with a Celebration of Mary’s life to be scheduled for a later date. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney, Ohio is taking care of Mary’s funeral arrangements and condolences may be expressed on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com
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