The Coshocton County Beacon February 15, 2017 - Page 6

6 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com FEBRUARY 15 , 2017

| OBITUARIES

WEST LAFAYETTE - Jerry Porteus , 75 of West Lafayette , passed away Monday , February 6 , 2017 at his home surrounded by family members .
He was born January 26 , 1942 , to the late Wayne and Helen ( Gaumer ) Porteus .
Jerry was a 1960 graduate of West Lafayette High School . He earned his Bachelors in Education from Union College and Masters of Education from Xavier University .
Porteus
He began his career in education , teaching social studies and driver ’ s education . A former High School athlete , he enjoyed the Head Coach position at Tri-Valley ( Dresden ) and Garaway ( Sugarcreek ) and assistant football coach at River View Local Schools , Lakewood ( Hebron ), Coshocton , and Ridgewood School Districts .
The later part of his career was in administration , serving as Principal at Ridgewood elementary and Junior High as well as interim superintendent for the district .
Following retirement he worked at Coshocton Job and Family Services and later opened his own small business washing private and commercial windows .
He was a forty-six year member of the Elks # 376 and a member of the West Lafayette Masonic Lodge # 602 and spent six years as West Lafayette Democratic Central Committeeman .
A life-long outdoors man , he claimed title into the Ohio Big Buck Club in 2010 . He finally perfected his homemade wine , taking Best of Show at the Coshocton County Fair in 2014 .
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Linda ( Hill ) Porteus , married August 5 , 1967 ; daughters Jennifer ( John ) Campbell of Illinois and Jana Porteus of Arizona .
Grandchildren Lindsey and Lucas ( Campbell ) and sister Brenda Corelis of California .
Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his sister Kathy Zak .
Friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home , 639 Main St . Coshocton on Friday February 10 , 2017 from 4:00PM – 8:00PM and one hour prior to the funeral service . Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00AM with Pastor Dan Eggan officiating . Burial of cremated remains will follow at Fairfield Cemetery , West Lafayette .
In lieu of flowers , memorial contributions can be directed towards : The American Heart Association , The Coshocton Relay for Life , The West Lafayette United Methodist Church- Roof Fund or Community Hospice . Envelopes will be available at the funeral home . An online memorial is located at www . themillerfuneralhome . com
KENTUCKY - Joanne T . Lipskey , 78 , of Mount Washington , KY , died on Thursday , Jan . 26 , 2017 , at nearby Wesley Manor Nursing Home . Among those who preceded her in death include her husband , Bob Lipskey ; parents , James and Nell Tompkins ; and grandson Cody Hatfield .
She is survived by her children , Tim ( Cheryl ) Darr of Hillard , Ohio , Debbie McComas of Coshocton , Ohio , Jamie ( Larry ) Hatfield of Shepherdsville , KY . and Jacque Darr of Orient , Ohio ; siblings , Richard ( Martha ) Tompkins of Coshocton , Ohio , Terry ( Stan ) Kaczmar of Hinckley , Ohio , and Virginia Darling of Brunswick , GA ,; six grandchildren ; three great grandchildren ; and six nieces and nephews . Private services will be held at a later date in Coshocton Ohio .

Don ’ t let six more weeks of winter get you down on the ground

COLUMBUS – Both Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck saw their shadows , predicting a late arrival for spring weather . While temperatures this winter have been warmer than average , forecasters and groundhogs alike warn that snow and ice are likely before this winter is over . Slippery conditions can lead to a fall which , for many older adults , can be a life-changing event .
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related ER visits , hospitalizations and deaths for older Ohioans . However , falling is not a normal part of aging , and most falls can be prevented . The STEADY U Ohio initiative , a statewide prevention effort from the Ohio Department of Aging , offers simple steps you can take to ensure that wintry conditions don ’ t send you slipping and tripping :
• Maintain regular physical activity for strength and balance . Ask your doctor or physical therapist about indoor exercises .
• Eat well and drink plenty of water for the energy and focus to stay on your feet .
• Dress warmly , but avoid coats , gloves , hats and other winter clothing that are bulky or restrict movement .
• Wear boots and shoes that fit properly and have soles with good traction . Keep shoes , canes and walkers dry and free of snow , ice , dirt and mud .
• Keep sidewalks and stairs outside your home clean of ice and snow . Carry a small bag or shaker of rock salt , sand or kitty litter in your pocket or purse for traction on unexpectedly icy paths .
• When walking on surfaces that may be icy , shorten your stride and walk with feet pointed out slightly and knees gently bent to improve traction and balance .
• Avoid walking in more than an inch of snow . Snow can hide curbs , uneven surfaces and other tripping hazards .
• Let loved ones know when you are leaving the house and when you expect to be back . Carry a cell phone with you and call them after you return home .
• Ask your post office , newspaper and garbage collector about service options , such as holds or rescheduling , when conditions are too dangerous for you to go outside .
• Improve lighting around your home with extra lamps and night lights , especially around doorways and stairs . Use the highest-wattage bulbs recommended for your fixtures .
• Keep space heaters , cords and blankets out of walkways . If you must use throw rugs on cold floors , secure them to the floor with tape .
Visit www . steadyu . ohio . gov and follow SteadyUOhio on Facebook and Twitter for more falls prevention tips and resources . Your area agency on aging also can help you connect to services and resources like minor home modifications and “ A Matter of Balance ” workshops designed to help older adults prevent falls . Call 1-866- 243-5678 for the agency serving you . Check on Your Neighbors For a variety of reasons , older friends and relatives may have a harder time adjusting during extreme conditions than younger people do . If severe weather , such as snow , ice or extreme cold , is forecasted or has just occurred , check in on older friends and family members to ensure that they are okay and that they have the resources they need to stay safe and healthy . Things to check include :
• Are they in good health and do they have the medicine and supplies needed to stay that way ?
• Do they need assistance getting around their home ?
• Do they have access to clean drinking water and a way to safely store and prepare food ?
• Is the temperature in their home in a comfortable and safe range for them ?
• Do they have a reliable way to call for help , and do they know who they will call ?
If you or your loved one are ill or injured , call 9-1-1 immediately .
Visit the Ohio Department of Aging ’ s website ( www . aging . ohio . gov ) and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and resources to stay “ Winter READY ” all winter long – no matter how long that may be .
The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow , thrive and contribute . We collaborate with state agencies and community partners , including area agencies on aging , to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice . Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver , caregiver support , the long-term care ombudsman program , the Golden Buckeye Card and more . Visit www . aging . ohio . gov .