|Betty J. Lowe
Betty Jane Lowe co-founded Lowes Electronics, a retail store for sales
and service of electronic products including televisions and radios, 50
years ago. The store, still in Chagrin Falls, is now operated by her son,
Robert E. Jr.
The company started in the home of Robert E. and Betty Jane Lowe in
1947 and later moved to a second-floor room above the former Brewster and
Church Department Store. Still later they moved to their current location
at the corner of Franklin and W. Washington streets.
Mrs. Lowe and her late husband, Robert E. Sr., co-owned and operated
the store for over 50 years. For many years they had a second store in
Solon which they closed several years ago.
Mrs. Lowe died at her Chagrin Falls home Dec. 10 ,
following a brief illness of pancreatic cancer.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Chagrin Falls and
the Golden Rule Chapter #442 Order of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Sr. in 1994. She
is survived by twin daughters, Sharon (Terry) Anderson of Hudson and Karen
(James) Raftus of Redlands, Calif.; a son, Robert E. (Holly) Lowe Jr. of
Reminderville; two grandchildren, Katie and Kevin; and three brothers,
Henry Parsons of Mentor, Richard Parsons of Euclid and Edward Parsons of
She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly.
The family suggests contributions to the Hattie Larlham Foundation,
9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua 44255.
Marion D. Bidelman
Marion D. Bidelman, 92, of Claridon, died Dec. 11 
Blossom Hill Nursing Home in Huntsburg. She was born Nov. 9, 1905, in Manominee,
Wis., the daughter of Raymond and Edan Lawler.
She had lived in Claridon since 1986 and prior to that in Marshall,
Mich. She attended Norman School and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in
Wisconsin. She married Gilbert Bidelman on Nov. 27, 1928, in Atlanta. She
was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed cooking, reading and playing
Mrs. Bidelman is survived by her husband, Gilbert; a daughter, Betty
(Donald) Vaccariello of Claridon; two grandchildren, Roger (Elaine) Motylinski
of Gates Mills; and Linda Vaccariello of Cincinnati; a sister, Edna Toney
of Atlanta; and two great-grandsons, Geoffrey Pender and Michael Vaccariello.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Jonnie, Thomas and Raymond Lawler;
and sisters, Margeritte Loving and Katherine Norris.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Claridon Congregational
Church Building Fund, Phase 3.
Margaret O. Hufert
Margaret "Peggy" O'Connor Hufert, brought the pleasure of music and
the joy of her personality to all who knew her.
Mrs. Hufert, 87, of Chagrin Falls, died Dec. 12 
at Hospice House in Euclid. She was born in 1910, in Holton, Mich. She
was a trained classical pianist who delighted in popular music. After attending
Albion College, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, she
met her future husband, Theodore. She taught high school English.
She performed as a pianist professionally and for the pleasure of varied
groups all her life, most recently for "Singalong with Peggy" at Hamlet
Retirement Community, where she moved one year ago. She was a former member
of the St. Cecella Society, an avid bridge player, knitter, golfer and
Her husband, Theodore, who died in 1983, was director of personnel
and industrial relations for Whirlpool Corp. for many years.
Mrs. Hufert is survived by two daughters, Sherry (Bart) Simon of Pepper
Pike and Susan Carman of Boston; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today, (Dec. 18) at Federated
Church in Chagrin Falls.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Peg O'Connor Hufert
Music Fund, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, Mich. 49224.
James N. Larkins
James N. Larkins, 89, of Kensington Care Center in Aurora, died Dec.
9  after a lingering illness. He was born April
23, 1908, in East Liverpool, the son of Nelson and Elizabeth Larkins. He
moved to Aurora in 1984.
He attended East Liverpool High School and Bliss Electrical College
in Washington. He was a retired purchasing agent for Bliss-McIntosh Hemphill
Plant in Midland, Pa. His hobbies included clock building and repair and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Rebbeca (McIntosh) Larkins
in 1984. Mr. Larkins is survived by his son, William J. (Marjorie Q.) Larkins
of Aurora; grandchildren, Stacy (Larkins) Frank of Aurora and Nelson J.
Larkins of Freeport, Maine; and great-grandchildren, Lauren, William and
Brandon Larkins of Freeport, Maine and Austin Frank of Aurora.
Chris "Taki" Pappas, grandson of a Greek priest who resided in Greece,
died Dec. 14  at Anna Maria Nursing Home in Aurora
following a brief illness of pancreas and liver cancer. He was diagnosed
An avid tennis player, Mr. Pappas played tennis even during the final
stages of his illness and has won numerous tournament titles in the Cleveland
area. Following a 20-year career of amateur tennis, he won both singles
and doubles tournaments including the prestigious Monte Ganger Invitational
in 1995 held at the Cleveland Skating Club.
Having been an active member of the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club and
the Chagrin Valley Country Club, he also was co-chairman of the Men's East
Side Country Club Tennis League consisting of 14 teams.
A resident of Moreland Hills since 1977, Mr. Pappas is survived by
his wife, Lee, founder and former owner of Falls Travel in Chagrin Falls;
two children, Kimberly Lee Pappas and Tommy Kono Pappas; and two brothers,
John Pappas of Big Pine Key, Fla. and Pete Pappas of New York.
A 1964 graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor
of science degree in engineering science, he also did graduate work there
and received his master's of business administration and master's of science
degree in engineering.
His career began with a three-year stint with TRW where he was part
of the development team designing and manufacturing rocket engine components
including those for the Apollo 4 Lunar module. For the next 18 years, he
was senior manager in charge of product/process development practice, a
technical management group with Booz, Allen and Hamilton whose company
is headquartered in New York with a Cleveland office.
While at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Mr. Pappas was involved with introducing
new technologies relating to the production and development of such things
as anti-lock braking systems for the automobile industry; batter powered
electric vehicles; small commercial and household appliances; compact light-weight
garden tools; and orthopedic implant medical devices.
Later Mr. Pappas formed his own company, T.M.S. Management Consultants
in Chagrin Falls, where he developed new products and technology. He was
active in publishing works in technical journals.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Spence Chapin Adoption
Services, 6 E. 94th St., New York, N.Y. 10128, or the Case Fund, c/o Case
Alumni Association, Crawford Hall #107, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106.
Venette F. McBride
Venette "Etta" F. McBride (nee Judd), 102, Chester's oldest known resident
and the recipient of the Chester Historical Foundation's "Cane" Award,
died Dec. 4  at Meridia Hillcrest Hospital. She
was born Feb. 24, 1895, in Harpersfield.
She had a three-mile walk to school to the one-room schoolhouse in
Cork. She met her husband, Charles, while on a vacation in Michigan. After
they married, they had a furniture store in Alpena, Mich. They traded with
the Indians. She survived the Great Depression with the store making on
some days only $1.
Her husband, Charles, died at age 50. She was left a widow with a small
daughter to raise. She took a job at Windsor Hospital, in Chagrin Falls,
and was employed there as head cook for 40 years, retiring at age 80.
Mrs. McBride enjoyed travelling, reading and gardening.
She is survived by one daughter, Gene (Lawrence) Roseum of Chester;
two granddaughters, Patricia (Richard) Cleversy of Perry and Laura Sanders
of Chester; a grandson, Thomas (Kathy) Sanders of Houston; great-grandchildren,
Carrie and Sara Cleversy and Emily and Thomas James Sanders; and a sister,
Marjorie Judd Freeman of Columbus, formerly of Chagrin Falls.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Louise Otto, Addie Whipple and
Minta Yeager; and brothers, Clifford, Elmer and Lloyd Judd.
A tree is being planted in her memory.
Janice Jordan, 87, a long-time Chagrin Falls resident, died Dec. 25
 in Oceanside, Calif. She was born at home in Cleveland
With her brother-in-law Charles H. Lesher, she co-founded Lesher Shoes
in 1946, opening one of the very first stores in the Van Aken Shopping
Center in Shaker Heights. Following his death in 1968, she purchased the
company and ran it until 1977, when she sold Lesher Shoes and retired.
The company continues today.
Her daughter, Barbara Cline, passed away in 1966 at the age of 27,
leaving four children whom Mrs. Jordan subsequently raised. They lived
in Chagrin Falls for several years before moving to California in 1977.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Jordan had contributed more than 7,000 hours
of volunteer time to local hospitals in California.
Mrs. Jordan is survived by her four grandchildren, Timothy Cline, Lynda
Cline, Karen Cline Shepherd and Richard Cline, all of whom attended Chagrin
Falls schools. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren; her niece,
Karen Lesher Young of Solon; and a nephew, Michael Boyer of Lyndhurst.
Norman W. Sargent
Norman William Sargent, 81, of Dunedin, Fla., died Dec. 16
 in Coral Springs, Fla. He was born June 16, 1916, in Orange,
the son of William Henry Sargent and Lottie Stoneman Sargent.
Mr. Sargent was a graduate of Auburn High School and Hiram College.
He also taught at Mantua Center School. He was a professor emeritus of
education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He was a member of the Crystalaires Barbershop Chorus and the Palm
Harbor, Fla. chapter of SPEBSQSA.
Mr. Sargent is survived by his wife, Lois Derr Sargent of Dunedin,
Fla.; children, Christine Sargent Guidry of Coral Springs, Fla., Charles
Sargent of Indianapolis and Martin Sargent of Pompano Beach, Fla.; a granddaughter,
Michelle Guidry of Coral Springs, Fla.; sisters, Ruby Shaffer of Homosassa,
Fla. and Marie Protiva of Ohio; and brothers, Howard Sargent and Elmer
Sargent of Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 18 at the
Mantua Center Christian Church at Route 82 and Mantua Center Road in Mantua.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Vernie L. Lazzara
Vernie L. Lazzara (nee Harpster), 70, a Solon resident since 1954,
died Jan. 5  at Meridia Hillcrest Hospital. She
was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Centre Hall, Pa.
She managed Town & Country Cleaners in Chagrin Falls from 1964
to 1978. She also owned and operated D.O. Summers Cleaners in Chagrin Falls
retiring in 1992. Her hobbies included traveling.
Mrs. Lazzara was a member of Federated Church in Chagrin Falls.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joseph; brothers, Donald,
Kenneth and Lawrence Harpster; and sisters, Emeline Hood and Betty Mae
The family suggests memorial contributions to Federated Church, 76
Bell St., Chagrin Falls 44022.
June E. Chapple
June E. Chapple, 72, of Bainbridge, died Jan. 9 
in Aurora of cancer. She was born June 25, 1925, in Attica, the daughter
of Hobart K. Link and Garland (Parkhurst), who are now both deceased.
Mrs. Chapple was a graduate of Attica High School and of Ohio Wesleyan
University. She was a salesperson, working with retail clothing. Her interests
included reading and sports, and she loved to travel.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls' Women's
Club, PiBeta Phi Alumni Association and various Chagrin bridge clubs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Chapple.
Mrs. Chapple is survived by her daughters, Linda Wright of Arlington,
Texas, Cynthia Snider of Chagrin Falls, Jennifer Chapple of Bainbridge,
Rebecca Chapple of Los Angeles and Constance Chapple of Tucson, Ariz.;
and granddaughters, Jaclyn Chapple and Amanda and Marty Wright.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the United Methodist
Church of Chagrin Falls or the American Cancer Society.
Leah M. Crouse
Leah M. Crouse, 93, of Chagrin Falls and former long-time resident
of Watertown, N.Y., died Jan. 4  at Burton
Health Care Center in Burton. Mrs. Crouse was born Nov. 8, 1904, in New
She was a legal secretary for a private law firm in Watertown, N.Y.,
and was an active member of Eastern Star for many years. She was a member
of Stone Presbyterian Church in Watertown.
Mrs. Crouse was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar, and her brother,
She is survived by a son, Robert (Nancy) of Chagrin Falls; a daughter,
Diana of Stamford, Conn.; three grandchildren, Eric of Bedford, Wendy (Dan)
Pardue of Clarksville, Tenn. and Allison of Chagrin Falls; and two great-grandchildren,
Dillon Crouse and Jessica Pardue.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Stone Presbyterian Church,
140 Chestnut St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601.
Myrtle W. Hardy
Myrtle W. Hardy, 86, of Beach Haven, N.J., and Cranford, N.J., died
Jan. 6  at Heather Hill Nursing Home in
Chardon following a brief illness.
Mrs. Hardy moved to Ohio two years ago after living in Beach Haven
She was a graduate of Newark State College and later did graduate work
at New York University. She taught elementary education in Chatham, N.J.,
Madison, N.J. and Springfield, N.J.
She loved golf and played regularly. She was a former member of the
First Presbyterian Church in Cranford.
Mrs. Hardy is survived by her husband, Russell Willis Hardy; a son,
Dr. Russell W. (Judith) Hardy of Novelty; grandchildren, Jennifer and Caroline,
both of New York City; sisters, Evelyn Heroy of Wildwood, Fla., Ruth W.
Carter of Venice, Fla. and Doris Mardfin of Hilton Head, S.C.
She was preceded in death by a son, David Ward Hardy.
The family suggests contributions to the Heather Hill Hospital and
Health Care Center, 12340 Bass Lake Road, Chardon 44024.
Edward N. Salathe
Edward Nelson Salathe, 85, of Willoughby and formerly of Chagrin Falls,
died Jan. 26  at Lake West Hospital in Willoughby.
Mr. Salathe was a resident of Breckenridge, a retirement community in Willoughby,
along with his wife, Thelma.
Mr. Salathe was born Oct. 22, 1913, in Venedocia. From 1973 until his
retirement, he was project purchasing agent for the H.K. Ferguson Co. He
received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry and did graduate studies
in metallurgy and petroleum engineering.
He worked for the Standard Oil Co. from 1940 to 1948 as an inspector
and was chief engineer for them from 1948 to 1953. From 1953 to 1961 he
was procurement engineer. In 1961 he went to work as a purchasing agent
for the Arthur G. McKee and Co. and worked there until 1973.
Mr. Salathe was an active member of the Golden Gate Masonic Lodge #245
in Chagrin Falls. He was also a member of other Masonic bodies and for
10 years was a member of World Politics. Earlier he was a member and served
on the board of deacons at Federated Church in Chagrin Falls. For the past
several years he was a member of the Willoughby United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma; and two nephews.
Byron O. Childs
Byron Olds Childs, 67, of Bainbridge, died Jan. 30 
at Cleveland Clinic Hospital following complications from an aneurysm (aortic).
He was born April 8, 1930, in Ashtabula, and graduated from Ashtabula High
School in 1948.
Mr. Childs attended Bowling Green State University and studied architecture.
He served in the Korean War. He began his career as a construction superintendent
with the Albert Higley Co. in 1953.
He met his wife of 43 years, Clara McCoy, at his first construction
job at Reliance Electric in Ashtabula. They married in 1954 and moved to
Middleburg Heights in 1960. He worked for Gilmore-Olson Construction Co.
from 1955 to 1972. When he left there he was vice-president.
Mr. Childs moved from Middleburg Heights to Newbury in 1971. He started
Childs Company Construction in 1972 with a contract to build an addition
to the Cleveland Skating Club in Shaker Heights. He founded the Newbury
Electric Supply Co. in 1977 and later sold it to another group.
Mr. Childs became construction manager for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation
in 1982 until his retirement in 1991. While at the clinic, he built the
Crile building and supervised the renovation of numerous wings of the hospital,
the Omni International Hotel and Classics restaurant.
He taught construction inspection courses for nine years at Lakeland
Community College starting in 1989. He also built the geodesic dome at
ASM International in Novelty, Chase Brass & Copper in Euclid and the
Research and Dev. Center in Newark.
Mr. Childs served on the Newbury board of education for 12 years. He
was a member of 32nd degree Masons. As a member of the Burton Rotary Club
in the 1970s, he and his family sponsored Bridget Cooksley of Wellington,
New Zealand, as an exchange student in their home for one year in 1976
He was a past member of American Legion Post #663 in Newbury. He enjoyed
spending time with his family, gardening, boating, woodworking, traveling
and listening to baseball games on the radio. He also loved American history
and history of the American West.
Mr. Childs is survived by his wife, Clara; sons, Craig (Mary Beth)
of Willoughby, Clint of Concord, Bruce (Martha) of Chagrin Falls and Dwight
(Mary Beth) of Broadview Heights; daughters, Lori (Robert) O'Neill of Bainbridge
and Linda (Rick) Udelson of Moreland Hills; his mother, Irene Childs of
Streetsboro; brothers, Horace of Jefferson and Richard of Winter Park,
Fla.; a sister, Joanne Kraft of Ravenna; and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Childs was preceded in death by his father, Horace; and his brother,
James O. Hillshafer
James Orrin Hillshafer, 80, of Pleasant Lake Villa in Parma, died Jan.
29  of a heart attack (complications from
pneumonia). He was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Findlay, the son of Ora James
Hillshafer and Lenore H. Hillshafer.
Mr. Hillshafer was a self-employed architect and attended Case Western
Reserve University. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed antiques. He was
a member of the Romeos and Eagles, and spent 22 years on Chagrin Falls
Mr. Hillshafer is survived by his daughters, Sharon (David) Hart and
Janet (David) Sanderson; a son, William J. Lenarz; 10 grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; and nieces, Charlotte Crandall, Jane Galbraith, Barbara
Carmel and Ruth Cardina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jean
(Feltes); and sister, Alice May Solt.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.
Fritz A. Sprute
Fritz Arnold Sprute, 64, of Bainbridge, died Jan. 26 
at Geauga Regional Hospital of acute pancreatitis. He was born April 21,
1933, in Sharon, Pa., the son of Arnold Sprute and Mathilda Wink Sprute.
Mr. Sprute attended high school in Farrell, Pa., and received a four-year
scholarship at Westinghouse to be a tool and die machinist. He was employed
at Westinghouse in Pennsylvania and Sprayon and Custom Pac.
His hobbies included playing the accordion and woodworking, and he
was a Mason.
Mr. Sprute is survived by his wife, Katherine "Kay" Pappas Sprute of
Bainbridge; a daughter, Kathy Marino of Bainbridge; a son, Dan Sprute of
Auburn; grandchildren, Cindy Lathrop of Mantua, and Matthew and Laura Sprute
of Auburn; and a sister, Gertrude Utley of Shiremanstown, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Margaret Tomczak.
Ann B. Savel
Ann B. Savel, 75, of Solon, died Jan. 31 
at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland. She was born July 23, 1922,
Mrs. Savel attended Jane Adams High School in Cleveland. She was employed
for six years by Richmond Bros. in Cleveland and was a homemaker.
She enjoyed reading and writing and was extremely fond of her pets.
She was a past member of "I Can Cope" cancer support group during the 1970s
and was a member of St. Rita Church in Solon.
Mrs. Savel is survived by her husband of 49 years, Richard J. Savel,
with whom she would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this
year on May 8; daughters, Linda P. Davis of Wellington and Karen L. Savel
of Solon; and a sister, Cele Lenc. She was preceded in death by a brother,
Frank J. Vober Jr.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Hospice of the Western
Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland 44119.
Robert F. Derry
Robert F. Derry, 86, of Chagrin Falls, died Feb. 1 
at the Burton Health Care Center. He was born Sept. 26, 1911, in Uhrichsville.
Mr. Derry studied architecture for four years at Ohio State University
and graduated from Western Reserve University with a degree in business
administration. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in India,
Burma and China. He was a technician with Company "C" 1880th Engineers
Mr. Derry was a 32nd degree Mason and past master of Forest Hill Lodge,
Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, Shrine, Chanters and Royal Arch Mason. He retired
as vice-president from Cardinal Federal Savings and Loan (formerly Second
Federal Savings and Loan) in 1976 after 26 years of service.
Mr. Derry lived in Cleveland Heights until he moved to Chagrin Falls
in 1989. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jean Derry,
on Nov. 13, 1997; and his sister, Dorothy Henthorne.
He is survived by his sons, John (Pat) Derry of Pittsburgh and Alan
(Tinya) Derry of Chagrin Falls; a daughter, Marty (Mike) Roth of Newark,
N.Y.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother John
Derry of Venice, Fla.
Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Bartholomew
Episcopal Church in Mayfield Village.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American
Ann R. Tucker
Ann R. Tucker, 87, a resident of the Western Reserve Convalescent Home
and formerly of Chagrin Falls, died Jan. 31 
at Meridia Hillcrest Hospital. She was born July 24, 1910, in Middletown,
Conn., the daughter of Frank and Lillian Grippo.
Her hobbies included playing piano, reading, doing crossword puzzles
and crocheting. She was a member of Elderlife at Federated Church in Chagrin
Mrs. Tucker is survived by her daughters, Diana Lenson, of South Russell
and Donna Tucker of Rocky Hill, Conn.; a step-son, Thomas Tucker of Round
Rock, Texas; granddaughters, Michelle Ruggie of Aurora and Deborah Lenson
of Rocky Hill, Conn.; and a grandson, Bill Tucker of Texas. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Frank Tucker.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Elderlife, c\o Federated
Church, 76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls 44022.
Charles "Chuck" Hern, 88, Chagrin Falls fire chief from 1946 to 1977,
died in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Feb. 9  following
an illness of several months.
Mr. Hern joined the village's volunteer fire department in 1931 and
during his career as chief was credited for updating training of firemen,
the equipment they used, and the fire trucks and rescue vehicles they drove.
Born in Mantua Aug. 31, 1909, Mr. Hern was a resident of Bainbridge
for many years before retiring to Florida 15 years ago.
A graduate of Chagrin Falls High School in 1928, he served as fire
chief for two fire companies, the volunteer fire department serving the
village and the "suburban" department which is a private company contracting
with surround communities for fire protection.
He was honored in 1997 as parade marshal for the 100th anniversary
of the volunteer fire department and was honored at a separate dinner that
No stranger to honors, Mr. Hern was the object of a testimonial dinner
held by the village the year after his retirement.
In addition to his service as fire chief, Mr. Hern was self-employed
owner and operator of a Texaco dealership he called Hern's Texaco, an independent
dealership believed to be the longest held dealership in Ohio.
Prior to the Texaco name, the business was known as Hern's Valley Tire
In addition to the fire department, Mr. Hern served as director of
the Chagrin Falls Civil Defense organization during World War II.
Mr. Hern is survived by his wife of 64 years, Irene; and daughters
Linda Sumwalt of Olmsted Falls and Judy Wendt of Columbus; four grandchildren,
Gary and Mark Killian and David and Lisa Wendt; as well as three great
grandchildren; a brother, Norman Hern of Avon Park, Fla.; and three sisters,
Dorothy Hurd of Bainbridge, Betty Smith of Rotonda, Fla. and Helen Hammond
of Key West, Fla.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (Feb. 12)
at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home, 95 S. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls. Services
will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The family suggests contributions to the Bainbridge Community Church,
17751 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge, where he was a longtime member.
Albert L. Kurtz
Albert L. Kurtz, 83, of Aurora and formerly a Hamlet Hills resident,
died Feb. 9  at Anna Maria Nursing Home of a stroke.
He was born Sept. 21, 1914, in Manheim, Pa., the son of John P. Kurtz and
Amanda Jane Myers.
Mr. Kurtz was a graduate of Lakewood High School and Fenn College.
He was a mechanical engineer. His hobbies included golf and woodworking.
Mr. Kurtz is survived by his wife, Rosemary A. (Keyes) of Aurora; sons,
John C. Kurtz of Cleveland; Kevin M. (Dolores) Kurtz of Cincinnati and
William A. (Jeanne) Kurtz of Cleveland Heights; and daughters, Susan M.
Cavanaugh of Springfield, Va. and Mary Therese (Mark) Hanna of Chester.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army.
Gertrude M. Stewart
Gertrude M. Stewart, 97, of Newbury since 1947 and formerly of Cleveland,
died Feb. 7  at Holy Hill Nursing Home. She was
born Sept. 3, 1900, in Dundee, Scotland.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed her family and gardening. She was a
member of Newbury United Community Church.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her grandchildren, Linda Lee (Robert) Bleil
of Gibsonia, Pa., Roger (Ann) Mezak of Newbury, Paul (Linda Ann) Stewart
of Gibsonia, Pa., Russell Stewart of Newton, N.J. and Michael Stewart of
New Orleans; seven great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; a son, Robert (wife,
Dorothy); and her daughter, Betty (Mrs. Lou) Mezak.
Salvatore "Sonny" Bertolone, 67, of Solon, died Nov. 15 
, at his residence. He had struggled for 26 months with stomach cancer.
Born in Cleveland, he began his working career at 14 at the former
Pick-n-Pay Supermarkets. In 1953, he began with the Carling Brewery on
Quincy Avenue in Cleveland for 13 years. In 1966, he worked in the construction
industry and then Anderson Door Co. on Miles Road.
In 1979, Mr. Bertolone founded his own garage door service company
with his youngest son, Sal Jr. The Sal Bertolone and Son Garage Door Service
Co. will celebrate 20 years of successful business in 1999.
Mr. Bertolone was a member of the Solon Italian Club. He also enjoyed
the accordion and harmonica, dancing and singing with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy (nee Luca); children,
Joseph, Nancy Marie (Joseph) Catalani, Mark (Charlene), Antoinette (Joseph)
Strazuso, Sal Jr. (Kimberly) and Rose Ann Bertolone; 10 grandchildren;
two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Warrensville
Heights, with burial in All Saints Cemetery.
Martha M. Weber
Martha M. Weber, 74, of Dublin and formerly of Russell, died of a stroke
on Nov. 25  , at Riverside Methodist Hospital
in Columbus. She was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Franklin, W.Va.
Mrs. Weber, affectionately known as Marty, was a graduate of Madison
College (now James Madison University) with a degree in chemistry. She
was a micro analyst for the Celanese Corp in Cumberland, Md., and later
with the Wyeth Laboratories in Philadelphia. She also worked for five years
as an analytical chemist for the Mogul Corp. in Chagrin Falls.
She lived in Russell for 29 years and moved to Dublin in 1995.
An active member of the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls, she
was a member of the Bible Study group, a Sunday School teacher and former
president of the United Methodist Women and chairperson of the missions
program and other committees.
She was also a member of the Chagrin Falls Current Events Club, the
Early Morning Garden Club and the American Association of University Women.
Mrs. Weber is survived by two daughters, Nancy Kesterson of Plain City
and Marian Poeppelmeyer of Hilliard; grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
one brother, Rembert McNeer of Virginia; and a sister, France Toomer of
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Christian Weber, in
May of this year.
Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at the United Methodist Church of
William J. Pelle
William J. Pelle, 66, of Bainbridge, died at his residence on Thanksgiving
Day  following an illness of cancer. He was born
Sept. 13, 1932, in Cleveland, and was a graduate of the old Bainbridge
He joined the U.S. Navy following high school and served in the Korean
Mr. Pelle was owner and operator of the former J. and B. Machine Co.
in Bainbridge until he retired in 1995.
He loved baseball and played in high school. He tried out for the Philadelphia
Phillies baseball team.
A lifetime resident of Bainbridge, he was raised on the family farm
on Savage Road where he built his home later, and there he died with his
family around him.
He was a member of the Church of the Holy Angels. His hobbies were
his family, hunting, fishing and his two chocolate Labradors.
Mr. Pelle is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Theresa Sirk
of Bainbridge, Jeffery (Rhonda) DeWater of Mantua Township, Robert DeWater
of Wellsboro, Pa., Ted (Diane) DeWater of Bainbridge, and David Pelle of
Bainbridge; grandchildren, Nicholas, Cory, Brittany, Melissa and Jessica;
and a brother, Ernest Pelle of Powell, Tenn.
Funeral mass was said on Nov. 30 at Church of the Holy Angels.
The family suggests donations may be made to the Church of the Holy
Angels, 18046 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls 44023.