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It Happened in Crawford County: Tony Rose — from teaching and coaching to genealogy

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Tony, Tim, Tom and Terry are sons of Harold and Tina Stalvey Rose. Tony was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to Conneaut, Ohio, High School where he played basketball, tennis and cross country. He graduated in December 1984 from Walsh College in North Canton with a bachelor of science degree in education. His dad was his high school basketball coach, and they moved often as he took a new coaching job. Tony’s summer job was for the City of Conneaut — mowing cemeteries, burials, etc; he’s always been intrigued about cemeteries. 

After graduation from Walsh, Tony went to Manchester, Ohio, in December where his dad had located. Tony stayed with his parents until the following year when he got his first teaching job at West Salem Northwestern H.S. He was the junior varsity basketball coach and junior high physical education teacher.

Tony took the North Adams H.S. basketball team to the University of Cincinnati to compete in team camp. That’s where he met Erin Mutchler, a Bucyrus girl, and a member of the women’s basketball team at UC. Erin is the only 13-letter winner, boy or girl, with four in basketball, softball, volleyball and one letter in track at BHS. She walked onto the team at the University of Cincinnati and made it as a freshman, with no scholarship, but earned one later. It would be an honor if she would be elected to the Crawford County Hall of Fame. Erin graduated in 1998 with a degree in environmental science. 

Tony and Erin were married three years later at Bucyrus Woodlawn Methodist Church by his teammate Brad Gee, a neighbor and a Lutheran minister. Brad used an old worn-down basketball in the wedding ceremony.  Tony and Brad played ball together every day as neighbors. The Roses lived in Columbus, where Erin worked at Roxane Labs, a pharmaceutical company, in Quality Assurance. She was the last one to approve a drug before it was released. Tony continued teaching and coaching in the Columbus area. Tyler, Drew and Nash were all born in Riverside Hospital. The boys attend Buckeye Central Schools.

Tony and Erin moved to Bucyrus in August 2013 when he started teaching and coaching at Bucyrus H.S. It was a good opportunity for their kids to grow up around grandparents, Bill and Judy Mutchler, and families. Erin started daycare as soon as Nash was 1, mostly for family. She loves kids. Tony is semi-retired having left teaching on Nov. 15, 2019, mainly because he had a very sore, painful right hip. He had been limping for three years and had a total hip replacement on June 29. Since he was a phys ed teacher, the years of playing golf, tennis and the twisting of the body had caught up with him. It was hard to walk; he had no choice.

Tony started genealogy two years ago with his Aunt Helen at the Rose Reunion in Kentucky. He began at the local cemeteries at Elkton, one being the Rose Family Cemetery on a farm in the middle of nowhere. It has his second great grandparents’ burials and another four cemeteries in the area with over 300 Rose relatives.  Tony wanted to research Erin’s relatives, especially at Whetstone Cemetery, Crawford County, north of New Winchester. Many people are related there, especially the Cotsamire and Beach families. He met with John Wingert, manager of the cemetery, and they decided to rename every row and stone, 22 rows total. Then Tony read all 630 stones. He is also painting a new sign for the front entrance. Every burial has a memorial on Find A Grave website, and he created a computer spreadsheet database.

Next, Tony began work on the Mutchler family in the three Oceola cemeteries. He met Linda King, manager of the cemeteries, and made a map with lot numbers, sections and every stone in Oceola #3. With her records they’ve found people without stones. 

Tony wants his kids to have a nice family tree and also tracks cause of death, looking for hereditary diseases. It’s rewarding helping people find relatives they’ve been searching for and didn’t have any idea where they were buried, he said. They’ve thanked him many times and that’s what motivates him. Tony is an organized person and likes good records. He is thankful for Mary Erwin, Mona Trout, Ken Striker, Kathy Scott, Linda Kaple and Cheryl Slone; all Find A Grave website memorial managers who helped the past two years to complete the cemeteries. Sheraton Richardson has also been a huge help in the Oakwood Cemetery office.

Tony has finished several big cemeteries and, as he gets them done, he shares the database with the Crawford County Genealogy website: crawfordcountyohiogenealogy.org to help other researchers. Readers can check out the website for information on many records.

Readers  — if you are interested in sharing a story, write Mary Fox, 931 Marion Road, Bucyrus, OH 44820 or email littlefoxfactory@columbus.rr.com.

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