Freda Kathleen Rohrbough Petty Tolley Obituary

March 25, 2017 Obituary

Freda Kathleen Rohrbough Petty Tolley, East Liverpool, Ohio - obit

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Freda Kathleen Rohrbough Petty Tolley, of Forbes Road, Wellsville, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 7:36 a.m. at the East Liverpool City Hospital. She was 90.

She was born in Sutton, West Virginia on January 11, 1927, a daughter of the late Houston and Bertha Gillispie Rohrbough.

A 1944 graduate of Manchester High School, Freda was a faithful member of the Bible Baptist Church in Wellsville where she was the Treasurer for 12 years and sang in the choir and with the quartet.

Her favorite hobbies were sewing and making quilts.

Freda was preceded in death by her first husband, Rodney C. Petty, who was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII in 1944. He died from those wounds in 1945 in the German hospital Kloster Steinfeld. There were no children from this marriage. Her second husband, Hayward D. Tolley, Sr., passed away on April 9, 1996. Also preceding her was her son, Hayward D. Tolley, Jr. in 1991 and her brother James Rohrbough.

Surviving is her daughter, Diane Wiley, of Wellsville; three grandchildren, Glenna McNeil and her husband, Scott, Vanessa MacDonald and her husband, Doug and Kendra Wiley and her partner, Tim Moore. There are also six great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Her sister Barbara Ann Stephens and her husband, Glenn, of Beverly, Ohio survive as well.

Friends may visit on Tuesday, March 28 at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Pastor Nick Timms of the church will conduct a funeral service Wednesday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home.

Burial will be at beside her second husband at Springhill Cemetery in Wellsville. Following burial family and friends will gather at the Bible Baptist Church in Wellsville for a time of fellowship.

Memorial contributions may be made to the future care of her great-grandson Matthew Wiley who lived with Freda, c/o: Future Care of Matthew, P. O. Box 888, East Liverpool, OH 43920.

View Mrs. Tolley’s memorial webpage and express condolences online at

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints, Psalm 116:15.

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A television tribute will air March 28 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.