Nately Ronsheim

NATELY Ronsheim, who died Sept. 21, was unique.

She also was not one to let obstacles stop her. This was demonstrated in her work as founder and director of the Harrison Hills Cottage Industries.

Through that project, she provided opportunities for artists and craftsmen from a five-county area to receive money for their products. But that isn’t all – the project promoted Appalachian folk and traditional art.

Even though she was gentle, the Cadiz woman showed determination to keep the cottage industries project in operation after its initial location was destroyed by an arsonist. She just found another location.

A friend described her as having an avid mind for problem-solving.

She didn’t seek attention, but was quick to give credit to other volunteers and to government agencies as well as to the Presbyterian Church and the Ohio Arts Council concerning cottage industries. It, however, was possible because of her direction.

Ronsheim once noted the inspiration for the project came from India where she and her late husband, Milton, had traveled and done volunteer work on at least four occasions for the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

Sale of the Appalachian projects wasn’t only in Cadiz. She made sure they were available several places in Cleveland and Columbus, including the Statehouse Museum Shop.

THE RONSHEIMS didn’t limit their volunteer work for their church to India. They also were volunteers in Nepal (three visits) and Switzerland.

A woman of many talents and broad interests, she was editor for the “Chautauqua Celebrity Cookbook for the Elegant Eighties,” compiled to salute the celebrities who contributed to the Chautauqua’s history.

She formerly served as director of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle and narrated an audio book about that circle and its history.

The Ronsheims had a common love for the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., where they spent many summers.

That was only one of their interests as they also liked the theater, tennis, classical music and travel.

Despite their varied interests and work to help others, they reared two successful children.

ONE of their son’s favorite quotations, according to a website, was written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who noted, “Failure is impossible.”

He might have learned that from his mother’s example.