FINDLAY -- Marian Bartch, a retired professor at the University of Findlay who co-wrote children's literature with another college professor, died July 26 in Sunrise Assisted Living. She was 85.
A patient in the assisted living facility for the last year, Miss Bartch died from respiratory failure, said her niece, Victoria Weddle.
She was a professor of education from 1969 to 1994 and co-wrote a series of 16 children's books with Jerry Mallett, who was a professor of education at the Findlay college.
Their books were based on a character -- Ernestine Cecelia Tubb -- and her family.
"It was a natural outgrowth of my interest. I read mostly children's books," she told The Blade in 1984.
Miss Bartch grew up in Findlay and graduated from Findlay High School in the 1940s.
Mrs. Weddle said she was supervisor in the children's literature department at the Findlay Public Library.
"That is where she began working with children and began her love for children's literature," she said.
Mrs. Weddle said Miss Bartch cared for her parents, and entered college in the 1960s after they died.
She obtained her bachelor's in education at then-Findlay College, and later obtained her master's degree in education at Bowling Green State University and doctorate in education at the University of Toledo.
Mrs. Weddle said her aunt was a consultant and presenter of workshops in children's education programs and had articles published in professional journals. She also had been an adjunct professor in children's literature at Ohio Northern University in Ada.
"She was highly accomplished and a wonderful woman," she said.
She held memberships in the American Association of University Women and Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary.
In 1993, the Business and Professional Women's Club in Findlay recognized her as an outstanding educator.
Miss Bartch also served as a consultant and presenter of workshops, in addition to co-authoring numerous children's books.
She was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, where she was a church historian and was involved with the After School Middle School Program, the library committee, community dinners, and the Beacon Club.
Mrs. Weddle said her aunt assisted in creating the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay.
Founded in 1982, the museum is devoted to art and illustrations in children's picture books and literature.
There are no immediate survivors.
A memorial service will be at 10 am. today in St. Andrew's United Methodist Church.
Tributes are suggested to the University of Findlay Department of Education or a charity of the donor's choice.
Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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