Beth Hoover

September 14, 1968 - February 23, 2021
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Beth Hoover age 52 of Lima passed away 5:20 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. She was born Sept. 14, 1968 in Lima to Gary and Shirlee (Ward) Zerkel who survive in Lima. In 1992 she married Stephen Hoover who survives in Lima.
Beth graduated from Bath High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and played 3 instruments in the band. She went on to play in the band at Ohio Northern University where she received her bachelor’s degree. Beth furthered her education at the University of Findlay getting 2 master’s degrees, in environmental management and business administration. She had worked for Charles River Laboratories for 28 years. Beth enjoyed traveling and had been to all 50 states and 32 countries, mostly in Europe. She was a huge fan of Bret Michaels, on a first name basis after so many meet and greets and was able to hang out with the band. Beth was totally devoted to her fur babies: Pinky, Toady, Halves, Smokey and Baby Weenie.
Additional survivors include a brother Stephen (Misty) Zerkel, a niece Lacey Zerkel both of McPherson, Kansas, aunts and uncles: Alice Ward, Sharon Taulbee, Col. Michael Ball, Martha Zerkel, Mary Lou Neff and Delores (Darwin) Duff, in-laws Richard and Alice Hoover of Coshocton, and brother-in-law Tim (Tracey) Hoover of Plainfield, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by aunt and uncles: Donnie Ball, Doug Ward, Andrew Taulbee, Richard Zerkel and Jimmy Neff.
The family will receive friends Monday, March 1 from noon til 2:00 p.m. at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The funeral will follow at 2 with burial in St. Matthew Cemetery near Cridersville.
Memorial contributions may be given to James Cancer Hospital for research.

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Date: Monday, March 1, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Monday, March 1, 2021

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: September 14, 1968
Died: February 23, 2021

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Brenda Diehl posted on 3/1/21

My deepest condolences to you n the family.


Karen Purewal posted on 2/28/21

Stephen, Shirlee,Gary and all the family, I am so very sorry to hear of Beth’s passing.. Beth was the most amazing, kind, and the bravest person in the universe. Throughout her whole difficult unless she thought of others and took care of them, from bringing Cookies to her caregivers and neighbors and lending her car to those who needed it, and being steadfast in treatment with many would have given up. She loved her husband and her parents and her furry children so much. Now she is An angel in heaven who will look out for all of you. Words cannot express my deepest sorrow and my deepest sympathies for you all. Love, Karen Purewal


Lorri Gerwig-Parker posted on 2/26/21

I met Beth at a Bret Michaels Band Concert about 3 years ago. We were standing in line and talked up a storm. Two strangers who had two things in common, we loved our fur babies and Bret Michaels/Poison. Admittedly, I did not know her well. But my heart breaks for the loss of her bright spirit. The last time I saw her was at the Bret Michaels concert at the Hobart Arena in Troy, OH. She always had such a big smile on her face and at that time was still working. What a strong and powerful will she had. I unfortunately cannot come to her funeral. I will be in California. I want to extend my deepest condolences to Steve Hoover, Beth's parents, and family as a whole. She was a magnificent example to me as a professional, and a strong, spirited woman. I always kept her in my prayers to be healed. She is out of pain and is strong again now. I don't know her religious or spiritual beliefs, but I know she has been welcomed into God's kingdom in his celestial presence. God Bless the Hoover family and relatives.


Ike and Deanna Rarey posted on 2/26/21

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.


Pam Smith posted on 2/26/21

Steve, My sincere condolences!! Beth was one of a kind! I remember her bringing her meet and greet stuff to work to show me with Pete Rose! Seeing her one year at the reds fest, not knowing she was a fan too!!! I remember all the good times at the battle of the businesses! She will always have a special place in my heart! May God be with you in this difficult time. Pam Smith


Darrel Hotmire posted on 2/24/21

You all have our deepest sympathies. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Dr. Darrel and Heidi Hotmire