|Dudley E. Green
Dudley E. Green, 81, of Solon, died Jan. 14 at his home from complications
of prostate cancer. He was being cared for by his family and Cleveland
Born on Feb. 3, 1917, in Oak Park, Ill., the only son of Carroll and
Julia (nee Wing) Green, he lived in Solon for 50 years, prior in Twinsburg.
A graduate of Twinsburg High School, he married Clarice E. Craemer
on June 8, 1940, in Twinsburg.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South
He worked for Cloyd Steininger building homes in the 1950s and then
became a self-employed primary painter, wallpaper hanger and interior refinisher.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1863 in Solon.
Mr. Green loved to fish. He enjoyed gardening and other outdoor activities,
in addition to helping his family and others.
He is survived by his wife, Clarice; sons, David E. (Connie), Michael
E. (Nancy), and Tommy, all of Ohio; daughter Nancy (Dale) Lundblad of Cook;
two granddaughters, Megan and Kimberly Green; many nieces, nephews, cousins
Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at Kindrich-McHugh Steinbauer Funeral
Home in Solon.
Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.
The family requests memorial contributions to the Cleveland Clinic
Sheila M. Braun
Sheila M. Braun, 59, of Bainbridge, died Jan. 20 at her residence of
Pick's disease, a rare form of an Alzheimer's related disease.
She was born on Sept. 8, 1939, in Cleveland, and was a graduate of
St. Gregory the Great grade school and Beaumont High School.
A 1960 graduate of St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, she worked
in the em ergency room and intensive care units at Hillcrest Hospital for
20 years on a part-time basis while raising five children.
In 1983, she received her bachelor's degree in health care management
from Ursuline College, where she was a member of the Kappa Gamma Pi honor
society for "grade point average and quality leadership and service." Following
graduation, she worked full time at Hillcrest Hospital where she was the
"Risk Manager" until her retirement in 1992.
She was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection in Solon.
Mrs. Braun is survived by her husband, Michael E. Braun Sr.; sons,
Michael E. Jr. (Lisa) of Bainbridge, Dennis G. (Amy) of Lutz, Fla., Timothy
J. (Deanna) of Beavercreek, Paul C. (JoAnna) of Columbus; daughter, Kathleen
M. Braun of Atlanta; grandchildren, Courtney, Christopher, Sarah and Michael;
her mother, Catherine Wervey of Spring Hill, Fla.; and brothers, Richard
Wervey of Bainbridge and Gregory Wervey of Plant City, Fla.
Funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 25 at Church of the Resurrection
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association,
12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120.
Katherine F. Wick
Katherine F. Wick, 84, of Chagrin Falls and formerly of Shaker Heights,
died Jan. 20 at Heather Hill Nursing Home in Munson.
She was born April 28, 1914, in Cleveland Heights, and lived in Chagrin
Falls for 20 years, prior for 40 years in Shaker Heights.
A 1931 graduate of Hathaway Brown, she attended finishing school at
the Ogontz School in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Wick was a member of several garden clubs including Junior League
Garden Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. Other memberships include
the Intown Club of Cleveland and the Recreation League.
She was a member of the Fairmount Presbyterian Church where she taught
Sunday School and was a member of the Shaker Country Club and the Kirtland
She was also a volunteer for the Cleveland Art Museum and the Health
Mrs. Wick is survived by her husband, Robert B. Wick; daughters, Robin
Wick of South Russell and Kathy W. Oliver of Kailua, Hawaii; grandchildren,
Casey Abley and Abbey Abley, both of Denver, Kari McCartney of Atlanta
and Kristin Oliver of Denver; a brother, Herbert W. Foster Jr. of South
Euclid; and a sister, Alma F. Hillner of Savannah, Ga.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Apple.
Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at Fairmount Presbyterian Church.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association,
12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120, or a favorite charity.
David C. Humphrey
Dr. David C. Humphrey, 80, of Chagrin Falls and formerly of Shaker
Heights, died at his residence on Jan. 19 of respiratory failure and lung
He was born Oct. 19, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo., and was a 10-year resident
of Chagrin Falls, prior a 35-year resident of Shaker Heights.
Dr. Humphrey earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas.
He married Margaret Dinsmore McCarty while he was a medical student. He
then completed an internship and residency in Cincinnati, upon which he
entered the U.S. Navy and served as a medical officer during World War
II. He was a lieutenant with a PT squadron in the Phillipines.
He began a fellowship in medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 1947,
then joined its staff where he was an expert on kidney disease and high
blood pressure. He served on the kidney-transplant team at the Cleveland
Clinic Hospital when the procedure was new.
In 1951, he became a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
An author of many scientific papers, he belonged to the Cleveland Academy
of Medicine, the Ohio State and American medical associations and the American
Heart Association. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians
and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor fraternity.
He was the original chairman of the department of hypertension and
renal disease, now nephrology and hypertension at Cleveland Clinic. He
retired in 1983, but continued to serve as a consultant at the hospital
until the end of 1995.
Dr. Humphrey enjoyed tennis and fishing and was a member of the Mount
Pleasant Rod and Gun Club. He also was member of the Cleveland Skating
Club, the Civil War Roundtable, Sons of the American Revolution, Dry Fly
Fisherman, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Trout Club.
Dr. Humphrey is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret M. "Peggy"
Humphrey; sons, Thomas Paul (Ann) of Bethesda, Md., and David C. (Shirley)
of Solon; daughters, Ann Margaret (Stephen) Gillen of Cincinnati and Susan
(Steven) McCord of Cincinnati; and grandchildren, Susan, Peter, Paul, Emily,
Sarah, David, Jeff and Jennie.
Memorial services were held on Jan. 25 at Parkside Church in Bainbridge.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the
David C. Humphrey Scholarship Fund, c/o Fidelity Federal Savings Bank,
7136 Miami Ave., Cincinnati 45243.
Michael R. Vitale
Michael R. Vitale, 71, of Aurora, died Jan. 21 at Aurora Manor, a special
care facility, of intracerebral hemorrhages.
Born in Cleveland on Dec. 27, 1927, he was raised in South Euclid.
A graduate of the Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., he served
his country for two years in the U.S. Navy.
He attended Case Western Reserve University for three years and was
a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Mr. Vitale had two careers. First, he was president of Pioneer Contracting
Corp. in Bedford Heights for 35 years. His company completed hundreds of
miles of state highways and municipal roads in Ohio, and were responsible
for complete site development of several regional shopping malls, including
Randall Mall, Richmond Mall and Beachwood Place. He also did the site work
for Thistledown Racetrack. He also built and ran two asphalt plants in
His second career was president of M.J. Contracting Corp., where he
developed some of the finest residential developments in Chagrin Falls,
Auburn, Bainbridge and Russell, including Hemlock Lakes in Russell starting
in 1977, Auburn Lakes in Auburn in 1982 and the Sanctuary in Bainbridge
in 1994. He built homes in Pepper Mill Chase in Bainbridge and prestigious
homes in Naples and Sarasota, Fla.
For over 16 years, he had built custom homes in the Chagrin Valley
area with his wife, Laureen and daughter, Lillian Mushrush and son-in-law,
Terry Mushrush through their company, M.J. Construction Co.
Mr. Vitale was a member of the Ohio Contractors Association, the International
Operating Engineers, the Beta Alumni Association of CWRU, a life-time member
of the Massanutten Military Academy Alumni Association and a member of
St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Bentleyville.
Mr. Vitale is survived by his wife of 44 years, Laureen C. (nee Anderson);
a daughter, Lillian May (Terry) Mushrush of Bainbridge; a son, Richard
(Patty) Vitale of Chardon; five grandchildren, Tiffany, Heather, Diedra,
Jordan and Michael; and a brother, Theodore Vitale of South Euclid; and
a sister, Valerie Bass of Sacramento, Calif.
Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Massanutten
Military Academy Alumni Association, P.O. Box 289, Woodstock, Va. 22664.
Erma G. Hanna
Erma G. Hanna, 95, formerly a resident of Solon and Moreland Hills,
died Jan. 22 at Holly Hill Nursing Home in Newbury.
She was born in Pittsburgh, in 1903, to Mae and Christian Gottwald,
and moved to Cleveland at an early age.
A graduate of National Park College, Silver Springs, Md., she was active
in its alumnae association. The college became part of Walter Reed Hospital
during World War II.
Mrs. Hanna worked in the public library system in Cleveland Heights.
She was a member of the Euclid Avenue Christian Church for 85 years,
making her the longest continuous member of that congregation.
Mrs. Hanna loved animals and co-founded Valley Save-a-Pet, an organization
which sponsors spaying and neutering of dogs and cats, and helping find
homes for lost, abandoned or unwanted pets.
She was active in animal humane work throughout her life, and was awarded
a trophy from the Western Reserve Kennel Club for her years of service.
She was also a Charter Member of the Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding
An amateur lapidarian, Mrs. Hanna created jewelry pieces from gemstones,
many of which she had unearthed herself. She was an artist, and painted
many oil canvases until her eyesight weakened. She traveled widely but
her favorite spot was her summer cottage in Marten River, Ontario. She
was active in many charitable organizations.
Mrs. Hanna is survived by her two sons, M.A. "Jack" Hanna of Chardon
and George C. Hanna of Chagrin Falls; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Milton A. Hanna,
and her younger sister, Joan Gottwald Vietor, of Newark, Calif.
Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at Reed-Nichols-Brown Funeral Home
in Chagrin Falls.
Interment is at the family plot in Lake View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Save-A-Pet, P.O. Box 39221,
Muriel B. Jones
Muriel B. Jones (nee Bindewald), 76, formerly of Chagrin Falls and
Zellwood, Fla., died Jan. 19.
She was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Bayonne, N.J.
A devoted wife and mother, she was a homemaker who enjoyed golf, playing
at both Aurora and Tanglewood country clubs. She played bridge and loved
reading, crossword puzzles and talking and lunching with her friends.
A lifetime member of P.E.O. Ohio Chapter CO, she was affiliated with
the P.E.O. group at Mount Dora, Fla., where she was recording secretary.
She was also a member of a Chagrin garden club.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her daughters, Candace J. (Harry Sr.) Lum
of Hunting Valley, Bonnie J. (the Honorable Robert J.) Cindrich of Pittsburgh,
Deborah J. (Dr. Robert) Thacker of Canton, N.Y., and Jacqueline J. (Philip
Jr.) Alestri of Hudson; grandchildren, Harry Lum Jr., Megan L. Mehalko,
David A. Lum, Stephen, Scott and Amanda Cindrich, Allison and Melissa Thacker,
and Phillip III and Brian Alestri; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Kristen
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rex S. Brown and H. Allyn
Funeral services were private.
The family prefers memorial contributions to Judson Retirement Community,
2181 Ambleside Drive, Cleveland 44106.
Gertrude J. Smith
Gertrude J. Smith, 94, a longtime South Russell resident, died Jan.
24 at Burton Health Care Center.
Mrs. Smith was the wife of the former Chagrin Falls Police Chief Alvin
"Smitty" Smith, who died in 1978.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter-in-law, Doris Smith; grandchildren,
Alaine (Darryl) Sotera of Auburn, Alvin "Bean" (Caroline) Smith of South
Russell and Micheal of South Russell; great-grandchildren, Craig (Dawn)
and Curt Sotera, and Michelle, Jeff, Steve and Teddy Smith.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her two sons,
Alvin and Joel.
Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home
in Chagrin Falls.
Burial was in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Chagrin Falls.
The family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association
or the American Cancer Society.
Ronald K. Hallstrom
Ronald K. Hallstrom, 56, of Cleveland Heights and formerly of Chagrin
Falls, died Jan. 22 at his home in Cleveland Heights, following a long
battle with cancer.
He was born May 27, 1942, in Cleveland, the son of Margaret A. (nee
Kivisto) and Kenneth G. Hallstrom.
A 1960 graduate of Chagrin Falls High School, he received a bachelor
of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1964 from Case Institute
Mr. Hallstrom was an engineer and manager at Warner & Swasey for
22 years, and Machine Tool Industry Management.
He married Marcia Rymker on June 19, 1965, at Federated Church in Chagrin
A member of the Boy Scouts of America, he enjoyed woodworking, outdoors,
travel and spending time with his family.
Mr. Hallstrom is survived by his mother, Margaret A. Hallstrom; wife,
Marcia R. Hallstrom; sons, Drs. Brian R. and Craig K. Hallstrom; brother,
James B. Hallstrom; sister, Linda C. LaPointe; daughter-in-law, Kirsten
E. Hallstrom; and grandson, Lars Ronald Hallstrom.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth G. Hallstrom.
Memorial services were held Jan. 27 at Federated Church in Chagrin
The family requests no flowers please. Memorial donations may be made
to Federated Church Boy Scout Troop 150.
Katherine M. Hallbom
Katherine M. "Kaye" Hallbom, 83, formerly of Auburn Township, died
Feb. 10 at University Hospitals Health System Geauga Regional Hospital,
following a lingering illness.
She was born in Cleveland, on May 10, 1915, and was a resident of Auburn
for much of her life.
She was a member of the Valley Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge and
a member of the TWIGS of the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department.
Mrs. Hallbom is survived by a son, Richard (Betty) Rugg of Russell;
grandsons, Robert (Dorothy) Rugg and Richard (Cathy) Rugg, all of Russell;
great-grandchildren, Kristy, Kasey, Rebecca, Rachel and Richard; step-children,
Robert, Lauren, Jannine and Daniel Hallbom; a brother, John Kennedy of
Burton; and a sister, Esther Ronan of Solon.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Rugg; and her
second husband, Robert Hallbom, a fire chief in Auburn.
Services were held Feb. 13 at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home in Chagrin
Josephine C. Hahl
Josephine C. Hahl, 82, of Mayfield Heights, died Feb. 8 at Heather
Hill Health Care.
She was born Dec. 2, 1916, in Cleveland, the daughter of Harry and
Clara Scott. She lived in Mayfield Heights the past nine years; prior in
New Smyrna, Fla., and Chardon.
A homemaker and mother, she enjoyed knitting, playing bridge and volunteering
at Geauga Regional Hospital with over 100 hours of service.
Mrs. Hahl is survived by her sons, Charles (Carole) Hahl of South Russell
and Bill Hahl of Boca Raton, Fla.; a daughter, Joy Raine of Chardon; five
grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Cope of North Royalton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 1980.
Memorial Mass was celebrated Feb. 11 at Church of St. Mary in Chardon.
Burial was in Whitehaven Cemetery in Mayfield Village.
The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made
to the American Cancer Society.
Clair J. Lanzendorfer
Clair James Lanzendorfer, 74, of Solon, formerly of Duncansville, Pa.,
died Feb. 9 at Hamlet Manor Nursing Home in Chagrin Falls from complications
of Alzheimer's disease.
He was born Jan. 21, 1925, in Blair County, Pa., the son of Leo and
Olene (nee Baker) Lanzendorfer.
Mr. Lanzendorfer served his country during World War II in the 3rd
Armored Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 1st Marine Division, of the United
States Marine Corps. His older brother Earl and he served side-by-side
as tank drivers during the landing on Peleliu in the South Pacific. His
brother was killed during that landing and Mr. Lanzendorfer became the
driver of his brother's tank after it was put back in operations several
He married Sara LaRue (nee Croft) on May 30, 1944, and moved to the
Cleveland area where he worked at Euclid Road Machinery Co. He retired
from Dahmler-Benz (originally General Motors and White Motors) in 1986
after 35 years of service.
Throughout his career, he traveled extensively working in distant countries
such as Russia, Iraq, Kuwait and South Africa. He was known by many as
a man who could build or fix anything. He enjoyed his tools and his family.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1863 in Solon, Church
of the Resurrection in Solon and Holy Angels in Bainbridge.
Mr. Lanzendorfer is survived by his children, Lyn Tracy, of Dayton;
Lon of Chagrin Falls; and Lisa Greenwood of Arlington, Va.; six grandchildren,
Deidre, Cory, Kate, Sara, Tim and Mitchell; and six siblings, Floyd, Lou,
Skip, Denny, Eva and Rita.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara LaRue; and brothers, Leo,
Raymond, William, Earl and Roger.
Mass of Christian burial was held Feb. 12 at Holy Angels Church in
Interment All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's
Association, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120.
Pearl M. Bennett
Pearl Millicent Bennett (nee Quin), of Aurora, formerly of Moreland
Hills for 12 years, died Feb. 4 following a brief illness.
She is survived by her husband, Peter Richard; and sons, Michael Peter
and Simon Paul.
Al services are private.
The family suggests contributions to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland 44101-8713.
Maurice E. Furlong
Maurice E. "Morry" Furlong, 69, of Bainbridge, died of a heart attack
on Feb. 4, in Ellicottville, N.Y.
He was born in Cleveland, on Feb. 19, 1929, and was a management analyst
for the Department of Defense.
Mr. Furlong is survived by his wife, Mitzi; children, Scott (Kim) of
Medina and Bryan (Beth) of Gates Mills; grandchildren, Lindsay, Alex and
Meghan; two brothers, Jerome and Thomas; and a sister, Eileen Elliott.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gregory.
Services were held on Feb. 8 at the Fellowship Bible Church in Bainbridge.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association
or the Fellowship Bible Church.
Mayford Whaley, 68, of Chauncey and formerly of Chagrin Falls, died
Feb. 13 at O'Blennis Memorial Hospital in Athens.
He was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Sevierville, Tenn., the son of Isaac and
Minnie Green Whaley.
He was a retired officer of the Chagrin Falls Police Department.
A veteran of the Korean conflict, he served his country in the U.S.
Army. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Bedford chapter and Chagrin
Falls Eagles and Lions clubs.
Mr. Whaley is survived by his son, Michael Whaley of San Francisco;
three daughters, Michele (Donald E. Jr.) Meacham of Coalton, Melanie Whaley
of Chauncey and Melissa (Sam Chamberlain) Whaley of Philadelphia; brothers,
Clyde H. Whaley and Dick Whaley, both of Chagrin Falls; sisters, Lucille
Deckle and Helen Mazzeo, both of Lakeland, Fla., and Jean Diermeyer of
Port Charlotte, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and
former wife, MaryAnne Green Whaley of Coalton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Mayford Isaac
Whaley; brothers, Buford, T.J., Conley and R.C. Whaley; and a sister, Ann
Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Elsnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home.
Burial was in Coalton Cemetery.
Harold W. Fugman
Harold William Fugman, 76, a lifelong resident of Mantua, died at his
residence on Feb. 12. He was born in Mantua, on May 24, 1922.
A graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor of arts degree,
he also received a bachelor of science degree from Principia College in
He worked his entire career as a design engineer and retired several
Mr. Fugman is survived by his wife, Doris; a son, Varon Fugman of Madison,
Wis.; a daughter, Trila Fugman of Godfrey, Ill.; a grandson, Gabriel William
Fugman; and sisters, Ruth Kinney, Fern Clarke and Marian Madden.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Fugman.
No services will be held.
Dorothy M. Farrow
Dorothy M. Farrow, 62, of Bainbridge, died Feb. 13 at University Hospitals
Health System Geauga Regional Hospital.
She was born in Cleveland, on Dec. 1, 1936, and was a longtime resident
A volunteer at Geauga Regional Hospital, she was also a charter member
of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church. She was active in outreach programs
of the church helping people with food, clothing and shelter all over the
local area as well as in other countries.
Mrs. Farrow is survived by her children, Michael E. (Diane) of Streetsboro,
Michele (Jeff) Kurtzman of Mansfield, Cathy (Dave) Cook, Ernie (Debbie),
Lisa (Ken) Lewis, all of Auburn, and Matthew (Rosie) of Fort Meyers, Fla.;
14 grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Vernick of San Antonio, Texas, and
a sister, Geraldine Arendas of Twinsburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Farrow, in 1995.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 18) at Lord of
Life Lutheran Church, 17989 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge. The family
will host a reception following the service at the church.
The family suggests contributions to the Ronald and Dorothy Farrow
Memorial Fund, c/o Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 17989 Chillicothe Road,
Kenneth Otto, 62, of Burton and formerly of Chagrin Falls, died Feb.
13 at Western Reserve Hospice Home in Euclid.
He was born Oct. 6, 1936, in Cleveland, the son of Howard R. and Marcella
(nee Paschal) Otto.
A graduate of Orange High School Class of 1955, he served his country
in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Mr. Otto was a horticulturalist and owner of Otto's Greenhouse in Burton
for four years and in Warrensville Heights for 44 years.
He loved animals, large and small. He also enjoyed tennis, golf and
all water sports.
An avid square dancer, he is a former member of the Chagrin Valley
Squares in Northeast Ohio.
Mr. Otto is survived by two sons, Dwight of Aurora and Chris of Burton;
a brother, Howard of Beachwood; and a grandson, Riley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 at the American
Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton. No services will be observed,
per Mr. Otto's wishes to be cremated.
Alain Finet, 57, of Aurora and formerly of Newbury and Bainbridge,
died Feb. 13 at his home following a short illness.
He was born June 15, 1941, in the Dominican Republic, the son of Claude
and Rene Finet.
He received a bachelor of science in engineering from Case Institute
of Technology and a master's of business administration from Case Western
Reserve University. He was a longtime employee of the Stock Equipment Co.,
where he was manager of the service department.
Mr. Finet is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter, Denise Finet of
Columbus; two sons, Marc Finet of Aurora and Jean-Paul Finet of Columbus;
his mother, Claude Rinet; and a sister, Yannick Grullon of the Dominican
A memorial service was held Feb. 16 at the Church in Aurora.
The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made
to the Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora 44202, or Newbury
United Community Church.
William M. Sherwood
William M. Sherwood, of Solon and formerly of Las Vegas, died Feb.
10 at Anna Maria Nursing Home in Aurora of pancreatic cancer.
He was born July 25, 1923, in Cleveland, the son of John and Marie
He attended Collinwood High School and is a veteran of World War II,
having served his country in the U.S. Navy.
A tool and die maker for General Motors, Fisher Body Coit Road plant
for 30 years before retiring in 1977, he moved to Las Vegas in 1978.
Mr. Sherwood is survived by his daughters, Judith A. (Frank) of Schaumburg,
Ill., Annmarie (Joseph) of Solon; grandchildren, John, Frank, Alison and
Amy; great-granddaughter, Katelyn; and brother, Daniel Sherwood of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John Sherwood
of South Euclid.
Private family services were held.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Clarice A. Eaton
Clarice A. Eaton, 90, of Middlefield, formerly a 60-year resident of
Newbury, died April 5 at Milestones Adult Group Home in Bainbridge.
She was born June 9, 1908, in Cleveland, and she was a charter member
of Newbury Flames.
Mrs. Eaton is survived by her son, Grant F. of Newbury; grandchildren,
Lisa Eichembaum of Chagrin Falls, Shaunn Frink of Fort Myers, Fla., Thomas
of Elk River, Minn., Paul of Middlefield, and Ellen Mingus of Athens; sisters,
Eleanore Marx of Maple Heights and Hermia Reinhold of Covina, Calif.; and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant; son, Gordon; brother,
Roy McMillian; and sisters, Thelma Abram and Lucille Alexander.
Funeral gathering was held on April 10 at the Newbury Fire Station
The family requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be given to
Newbury Fire Department.
Mary J. Royer
Mary Jennings Royer, of Chagrin Falls, died April 13. She was born
in Virginia, Oct. 20, 1912.
She married John H. Royer Jr. on June 18, 1932. He preceded her in
death on Oct. 22, 1995.
Mrs. Royer was a professional photographer, a member of the Trisdale
Boys Home Board, active member of the American Polled Hereford Association,
Howard County (Maryland) Hunt Club, Christ Church in Glendower, Va., and
renowned design seamstress.
More recently she was a member of the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls.
She is survived by two sons, Bob Royer of Cleveland and Bill of Bethlehem,
Pa.; and four grandchildren, Bob, Dan, Katie and Stacey.
Four other boys were like sons, Cary Malkus of Preston, Md., Lonnie
Malkus of Bosman, Md., Richard Virgilio of San Diego, and the late Walter
Matthews, of Kildeer, Ill.
Memorial services were held April 17 at Christ Church in Glendower,
Va. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
A memorial service will be held on May 6 at the Federated Church in
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Cleveland Ohio American
Jean K. Jaken
Jean K. Jaken, 81, of Bainbridge, died April 8 at Kent Quality Care
She was born Nov. 4, 1917 in East Liverpool, the daughter of Edward
and Eva Arnold.
A 1935 graduate of East Liverpool High School, she graduated from St.
Luke's School of Nursing in 1938 and returned to East Liverpool to work
as a nurse for an obstetrician.
Mrs. Jaken joined American Red Cross and in 1942 joined the U.S. Army
Nursing Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in England during World War
II. Following her discharge, she enrolled at Western Reserve University
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, graduating in 1948. There she met
her husband, Harry Jaken, and they lived in Bedford from 1950 to 1969.
She obtained a teacher's certificate and taught at St. Mary Elementary
School in Bedford from 1955 to 1969.
In 1970, they moved to Bainbridge and she was the supervisor of nursing
for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District until she
retired in 1990.
Mrs. Jaken is survived by her husband of 51 years, Harry J. Jaken;
a daughter, Deborah (Dr. Haleem) El-Dabh of Kent; grandson, Habeeb; and
brother, Frank Arnold of Cleveland Heights.
A memorial Mass was celebrated April 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church
Lester W. Coster
Lester W. Coster, 81, of Twinsburg and formerly of Solon, died April
17. He was born Sept. 11, 1917, in West Farmington, where he was raised.
Mr. Coster worked as a fireman on a steamship of the Pittsburgh Steamship
Co. in the late 1930s. He was a millman for Packard Electric Division of
General Motors before entering the U.S. Army in 1941.
He served his country during World War II in the 819th Signal Service
Company as a First Sargent in the Normandy and North France Campaigns.
He was a cook and baker.
Mr. Coster was a tool and die maker, working for Ford Motor Co. in
the late '40s and then Chrysler Corp. for 30 years until he retired in
While in the service, he married Emma Gum. They were married for 49
years until her death in 1991.
Mr. Coster enjoyed playing Santa Claus for several years at Solon City
Hall in the late '50s and early '60s.
He was a life member of the Solon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1863,
AARP, and the N.E.S.C.A. (Senior Anglers Club) located in Twinsburg. He
also enjoyed fishing and hunting, cooking and caring for his family.
Mr. Coster is survived by his daughters, Sandra Coster, Pamela Leach
of Georgia, Denice Coster, Anita Twarogowski; sons, Charles Coster, Michael
Coster and Mark Coster, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren,
and a brother, Gene Coster.
He was preceded in death by his wife Emma; daughter, Melissa; three
sisters and a brother.
Memorial services were held April 20 at Tabone Funeral Home in Solon.
Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Robert L. Bailey
Robert Lewis Bailey, 72, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and formerly of Cleveland,
died on Christmas Day due to complications of heart disease and diabetes.
Known to his grandchildren as "RB," he was born July 17, 1926, in Cleveland,
and raised in Cleveland Heights. A graduate of Western Reserve Academy,
he served his country during World War II in the Naval Air Corps.
At the end of the war, he attended Oberlin College and received a degree
in business administration from Colorado College in 1950.
Mr. Bailey was regional sales manager for Glastic Corp. in South Euclid,
now part of the Tremco Corp., for 17 years. For four years he was a manufacturers
representative for vibratory finishing machines and suppliers to the metal
He relocated to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and entered the hotel management
field. Nearly 20 years ago, he moved to the Charleston area to pursue part-time
He loved the beaches and ocean, fishing and golfing.
Mr. Bailey is survived by his children, Robert A. Bailey of Chagrin
Falls, Janet Bailey Cubbage of Greenville, S.C., and Donald H. Bailey of
Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren, Leigh Ann, Kristin, Jimmy and Bryce;
special friend, Gail Davis of Folly Beach, S.C.,; and three brothers, Richard
C. Bailey of Houston, David B. Bailey of Cleveland and Douglas L. Bailey
of Washington, D.C.
Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. April 30 at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home
in Chagrin Falls.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 1 at United Methodist
Church of Chagrin Falls.
The family requests memorial donations to the American Heart Association,
1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland 44106, or to the American Diabetes Association,
14077 Cedar Road, Cleveland 44118.
Robert P. Ullman
Robert P. Ullman, 70, of Bainbridge, died at his residence on April
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 18, 1928, and was a resident
of Bainbridge for the past 33 years.
A graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor
of arts degree, he founded Bob Ullman Inc. (now Ullman Oil) in 1966 and
retired from the company in 1986. Today, the company is a diversified petroleum
distributor with divisions supplying heating oil, fuel and lubricants statewide.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served his country in the U.S. Army.
An avid boater, he was Past Commodore of the Perrysburg Boat Club.
He also served on the board of directors of Geauga Regional Hospital,
and was a council member for Mobil Oil's National Distribution Advisory
He was a member of the Chagrin Camera Club and Chagrin Valley Chamber
Mr. Ullman is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Ken S. (Mary)
Ullman and Kim (Kim) Ullman; a daughter, Karen (Wayne) Murray, all of Chagrin
Falls; and grandchildren, Laryn, Lindsay, Logan, Laurel, Dreen, Cody, Luke
Visitation hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. tomorrow (April
23) at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home, 95 S. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 25) at Valley
Presbyterian Church, 17560 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge.
Private burial will be held at Restland Cemetery in Bainbridge.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Hospice of the Western
Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland 44119.
Elizabeth D. Knox
Elizabeth D. Knox, 98, of Litchfield, Conn., died Sept. 28 at her home
after a short illness. She was the widow of Bartholomew J. Knox.
Mrs. Knox was born Oct. 9, 1900, in Tournafulla, County Limerick, Ireland,
daughter of the late John and Bridget (Sullivan) Doherty. She was a Litchfield
resident for 72 years and worked for many prominent families in the area
for over 60 years.
She was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Litchfield
and served her church through many organizations. She was a charter member
of Circle 541, Daughters of Isabella and held many offices, including several
terms as regent. She was also a member of the Morgan-Weir Post, American
Legion Auxiliary, and the Litchfield Senior Citizens. She was an avid card
player and hosted a weekly gathering of card-playing friends until her
She leaves one son, Bartholomew "Chummy" J. Knox Jr., of Northfield,
Conn.; three daughters, Elizabeth Barry (Mrs. Edward), of Woodbury, Conn.,
Joan Collins Barrow (Mrs. John), of Chagrin Falls, and Margaret "Peggy"
Perusse (Mrs. Gerard), of Litchfield; three sisters, Nora Mae Doherty,
of New York, Bridget Moran, of England, and Catherine Shute, of Ireland;
22 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many
nieces, nephews and cousins both in the United States and Ireland.
Mass was held Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Church, with internment
at St. Anthony Cemetery.
Contributions may be made St. Anthony of Padua Church, South Street,
Litchfield CT 06759 or Visiting Nurse and Home Care Northwest Inc., Federal
Square, 24 Village Green Dr., Litchfield, CT 06759.
John P. Isham
John P. Isham, 84, of Willowick, died Sept. 28 at Lake West Hospital.
Born March 31, 1915, in Cleveland, he was a resident of Willowick for
20 years, prior Highland Heights and Lyndhurst.
A controller at API Instruments, he retired after 30 years of service.
Mr. Isham was a member of Forresters Lodge 650.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Isham (nee Kortz); daughter, Linda
Hodge of Enfield, N.H.; son, Tedd (Nancy) Isham of Chagrin Falls; and grandchildren,
Jennifer Hodge, Katie Isham and Danny Isham.
Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at the Jack Monreal Funeral Home
Interment was at Whitehaven Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve,
5786 Heisley Road, Mentor 44060.
Grace J. Koepke
Grace Jeannette Koepke, 87, a lifelong resident of Chagrin Falls, died
at Joy's Place in Munson Township where she was a resident for a short
time. She was born in Chagrin Falls on Sept. 16, 1913.
Mrs. Koepke was a retired postal clerk from the Chagrin Falls Post
Office. She attended the Elderlife program at Federated Church of Chagrin
She is survived by a niece, Judith (Gary) Riley of Chagrin Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter "Buck" Koepke; and
three brothers, Alden, Kendall and Gordon Fellows.
Services and burial were held Oct. 5.
Mary E. Burns
Mary E. Burns, 90, of Chagrin Falls and formerly of Cleveland Heights,
died Oct. 1 at Kensington of Anna Maria in Aurora.
Born in Cambridge, on March 12, 1909, she was a resident of Cleveland
Heights for 43 years prior to moving to Chagrin Falls 12 years ago.
A high school graduate of Villa Angelo Academy, she later attended
secretarial school. She was an executive secretary for U.S. Steel for many
years and her hobby was cooking and her family.
Mrs. Burns is survived by a son, R. Thomas (Ann) Burns of Bainbridge;
and a daughter, Betsy (Michael) DeAngelo of Upper Arlington; grandchildren,
Leslie Burns (Kurt) Koch, Colleen Marie (Ed) Monarchik, Tony (Ami) DeAngelo
and Michelle DeAngelo (Darrell) Hughes; and two great-grandchildren, Connor
Koch and John Monarchik.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Burns in 1989.
Memorial services were held Oct. 2 at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home
in Chagrin Falls.
Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association,
Cleveland Area Chapter, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120.
Harriet Swatek (nee Brown), 83, of Solon, died Sept. 30 at Anna Maria
Nursing Home in Aurora from complications of Alzheimer's/dementia.
Born in Cleveland, the daughter of Harry Brown and Augusta Knapp Brown,
she graduated from Shaw High School and married her husband, Edward, in
They lived in Maple Heights and Orange until she moved to Solon following
her husband's death in 1981.
A member of Church of the Resurrection in Solon, she was also involved
in the church senior group.
She was involved in St. Wenceslas Ladies Auxiliary, Bishop Hagan Ladies
Guild of the Knights of Columbus, a volunteer at Sunny Acres Skilled Nursing
Facility, and served meals at Epiphany Church.
Mrs. Swatek is survived by sons, E.J. "Scotty" (Mary) Swatek of Napoleon
and John (Jody) of Romona, Calif.; daughter Judy (Frank) Riha of Solon;
grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of 11.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 4 at Church of the Resurrection
Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's
Association or American Cancer Society.
Constance Rochelle Eiben (nee Olson), of Bainbridge, died Sept. 29
at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from cancer.
Born Feb. 6, 1935, in Madison, Minn., the daughter of Nathan and Cora
Olson, she married Donald T. Eiben on Aug. 24, 1960.
A graduate of St. Olaf College School of Nursing, in Northfield, Minn.,
she worked for the U.S. Public Health Service in her early nursing career.
She met and later married her husband, a naval officer, while engaged
on a field research project involving Navy personnel. After marriage, she
was a school nurse and obtained a master's in education. She worked in
the Chagrin and Kenston school districts and retired from the Beachwood
She enjoyed gardening, bridge, travel, friends and music.
Mrs. Eiben is survived by her husband, Don; son, Erik; daughter, Jennifer
Bell; sisters, Jeanne Vaala and Nadine Clegem; and brother, Clair Olson.
Funeral services were held Oct. 4 at the United Methodist Church of
Interment was at Munn Road Cemetery.
Robert J. Vajner
Robert J. Vajner, 80, a 51-year resident of Bainbridge, died Oct. 4
at University Hospital Health System Geauga Regional Hospital.
Born in Cleveland, on Feb. 15, 1919, he attended Orange High School
and was a member of the Orange Alumni Association.
A veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Vajner
was a tool and die maker for Magnetics International.
He was an avid trap shooter and a member of the Kingswood Gun Club.
Mr. Vajner is survived by a daughter, Susan A. (John) Wood of Bainbridge;
grandchildren, Cherie (Dr. Thomas) Dickson and Robert L. (Angela) Wood;
and great-granddaughter, Olivia Antoinette Dickson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Rita L. (nee Murawski)
Vajner; son, Robert J. Vajner Jr.; and sister, Jane Maichle.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Oct. 7) at Stroud-Lawrence
Funeral Home. Burial is at Restland Cemetery in Bainbridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bainbridge Community Church.
Ann M. Holowaty
Ann M. Holowaty (nee Vanac), 81, of Hambden Township, died Sept. 28
at her home.
Born May 29, 1918, in Munson Township, she was a lifelong Geauga County
She married Michael Holowaty in Chardon, on Oct. 11, 1938. He preceded
her in death on Feb. 11, 1992.
A licensed practical nurse at Geauga Community Hospital for 17 years,
she retired in 1975. She enjoyed gardening and working in the health care
Mrs. Holowaty is survived by her son, Mike Holowaty of Hambden Township;
twin brother, Bill Vanac of Hambden Township; brother, Edward Vanac of
Concord Township; and sister, Rose Barnes of Chester.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Holowaty; and her
parents, Charles and Mary (nee Kabat) Vanac.
Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at Hambden Cemetery where she was
Blanche B. Battles
Blanche B. Battles (nee Black), 89, of Thompson Township, died Sept.
28 at University Hospitals Health System Geauga Regional Hospital.
Born Feb. 21, 1910, in Willoughby, she was a resident of Thompson since
Born Blanche Lillian Black, she married Harmon Battles in Mentor, on
April 4, 1934. He preceded her in death June 22, 1990.
Mrs. Battles was a bookkeeper for the former Snap Out Forms for many
years, retiring in 1975. Prior to that, she worked for the former Thrasher's
Meat Market on Chardon Square.
A 25-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, she was Past Matron
of Ruby Chapter in Chardon, Myrtle Chapter in Madison and a member of Urania
Chapter in Painesville.
She was a 50-year member of the Ledge Grange in Thompson Township and
Pomona Grange of Geauga Country.
Mrs. Battles enjoyed gardening, needlework and cooking with the Eastern
Star for lodge dinners. She especially enjoyed working the pancake breakfasts
at the Geauga County Maple Festival.
She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Jane) Battles of Thompson Township
and Ford (Gail) Battles of New Lyme; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Harmon Battles, she was preceded in death
by her parents, William George and Charlotte (nee Surko) Black; sisters,
Dorothy Woods and Evelyn Lamos; and a brother, George Black.
Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at Burr Funeral Home in Chardon Village.
Interment was at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chester.
Memorial donations may be made to the Urania Chapter of Eastern Star,
88 N. St. Clair, Painesville 44077.
Brooks R. Milgate Jr.
Brooks Richard "Dick" Milgate Jr., 75, a lifelong resident of Chardon
Village, died Sept. 28 at University Hospitals Health System Geauga Regional
Born Feb. 21, 1924, in Chardon Village, he was the son of Brooks R.
and Christine (nee Burkeholder) Milgate Sr.
He married Delphine Brothers in Chardon Village, on July 10, 1947.
Mr. Milgate was a 1943 graduate of Chardon High School, where he had
been active in football, baseball and thespians.
He attended Fenn College (now Cleveland State University).
Owner of the former Circle Maintenance in Chardon Village for over
25 years, he was an active member of Chardon area organizations including
JayCees, Lions Club, Chardon Masonic Lodge, Ruby Chapter of Order of Eastern
Star, "Summer Theatre" acting group and a Boy Scout Leader.
An avid sports fan, he enjoying fishing, especially in Canada. He loved
his God and studying the Bible.
Mr. Milgate is survived by his wife, Delphine Milgate of Chardon Village;
two daughters, Betsy (James) Cahill of East Amherst, N.Y., and Heather
Milgate of Westlake; a son, Donald (Nancy) Milgate of Seattle; seven grandchildren,
Skyeler, Hobson, Graham and Nolan Milgate and Megan, Erin and Cori Cahill;
three sisters, Joanne (Fred) Koehler of Lilburn, Ga., Patricia (Robert)
Holp of Concord and Janet Shoda of Charlotte, N.C.; and a brother, Thomas
(Ruth Ann) Milgate of Chardon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brooks R. and Christine (nee
Burkeholder) Milgate Sr., and a brother, John Milgate.
Funeral services were held Sept. 30 at Burr Funeral Home in Chardon
Interment was at Chardon Municipal Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7861
Crile Road, Concord 44077.
Mary D. Vargo
Sister Mary Dolores Vargo, SND, 52, of Notre Dame Educational Center
in Chardon, died Sept. 28 at University Hospitals Health System Geauga
Regional Hospital. She was a resident in the Health Care Center at Notre
Dame Educational Center since 1998.
Born July 10, 1947, in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Margaret
(nee Hamilton) Vargo, she was an elementary school teacher and principal
in Cleveland, Massillon and Youngstown areas since 1969.
She is survived by her mother, Margaret Vargo of Youngstown; sister,
Margaret (Thomas) Williams; brother, John (Debra) Vargo; and the congregation
of Sisters of Notre Dame with whom she shared her life for 33 years.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Vargo.
Funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 2 at Notre Dame Educational Center
Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery, Provincial House Grounds in
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre
Dame Educational Center, 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon 44024.
Samuel K. Taylor
Samuel K. Taylor, 77, of Claridon Township, died Sept. 29 at University
Hospitals Health System Geauga Regional Hospital.
Born April 12, 1922, in Cleveland, he was a resident of Claridon for
23 years, prior in Cleveland.
Mr. Taylor married Joan Pfeifer in Cleveland Heights, on June 15, 1946.
A mechanical engineer for the former Technicare of Solon for 44 years,
he retired in 1986.
He was a graduate of University School in Cleveland, and in 1944 graduated
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a member of
Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Mr. Taylor was known as the father of the mechanical aspects of CAT
Scan Imaging and was instrumental in the development of the MRI Medical
Imaging and patient lift chairs. A very creative person, he was the owner
of several patents.
A member of the Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, he enjoyed
woodworking and carving and maintaining the family farm.
A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Joan (nee Pfeifer) Taylor of Claridon
Township; daughters, Janet (Richard) Lichtkoppler of Denver, Carolyn (David)
Thum of Lakewood, Joan (Gordon) Cikra of Bay Village and Barbara (Trent)
Anderson of Burton; brother, William R. Taylor of Dunedin, Fla.; and grandchildren,
Christopher, Emily and Julie Cikra of Bay Village and Jennifer, Claire,
Hallie, Grace and Samuel Anderson of Burton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Katherine (nee
Kelley) Taylor; and a sister, Katherine Anderson.
Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at Wade Chapel in Lakeview Cemetery
where he was buried.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association,
NEO Chapter, Westpoint Corp. Center, 16600 Sprague Road, Cleveland 44136.
Marietta V. Jackson
Marietta V. Jackson, 101, died Oct. 30 at Western Reserve Nursing Home
She was born in Newbury, on April 11, 1898, and was a lifelong resident
of Chagrin Falls. She grew up in Newbury and attended the former one-room
schoolhouse on Munn Road called Bloody Woods School. She used to ride a
horse to school.
A member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Faithful Few, a ladies aid club
of Chagrin Falls, she enjoyed knitting sweaters and crocheting Afghans.
She worked for the former Merriman's Grocery Store which was on North
Franklin Street in Chagrin Falls, and later for the former Brewster and
Church Co., a department store also on North Franklin Street.
If she would have lived until the millennium, she would have lived
in parts of three centuries.
She is survived by a son, Robert W. Jackson, and a grandson, Andrew
R. Jackson, both of Chagrin Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1974.
Graveside services were held Wednesday at Evergreen Hill Cemetery.
Richard L. Cadwell
Richard L. Cadwell, 70, of Chagrin Falls, died Oct. 30 following a
Mr. Cadwell lived with his daughter, Regina Giordano; son-in-law, Joseph
Larkins Jr.; and grandchildren, David and Brittany Giordano.
Private graveside services for the family were held at Hillside Cemetery.
Ruth L. Patterson
Ruth L. Patterson, 80, of Moreland Hills, died Oct. 29 at Somerset
Pointe Nursing Facility. She had Alzheimers.
Born July 27, 1919, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of George C.
and Mary Anna Lindsey.
A graduate of Ohio University, she taught business education at Solon
High School for 10 years and worked in the legal division USAF at Wright
Field in Dayton for four years.
A member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, she enjoyed swimming, gardening
Mrs. Patterson is survived by her husband, Clyde A. Patterson; and
children, Claire Gebben of Mercer Island, Wash., Craig Patterson of Melbourne,
Ky., Anna Lindsey of Cleveland Heights, and Elizabeth Lindsey of East Lansing,
She was preceded in death by her son, Clyde A. Patterson III.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 4) at Church
of the Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike.
Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of Church of the
Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike 44124.
Harold R. Keller
Harold R. Keller, 93, of Solon, died Oct. 27 at Meridia Hillcrest Hospital
following a three-day stay from intestinal failure.
Born in Anon, N.Y., he moved to Cleveland in 1918 and graduated from
Glenville High School.
He married LaVerne (nee Beerer) in 1931 and lived in Solon ever since.
He worked for Ohio Bell Telephone Co. for 45 years, retiring as a controller
in the accounting department.
He loved to golf and bowl, and certainly loved to watch all sporting
Mr. Keller is survived by his wife, LaVerne; son, Lowell R. (Kirsten)
Keller; daughter Carol M. (late Charles) Holub; grandchildren, Dennis (Cindy),
David (Cindy), Darrell (Cathy), Douglas, Donald (Patti), Daniel (Heidi),
and Dale (Kim) Holub, Susan Simunich, Debra, Teri and Donald Keller; 17
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Gladys Keller and Edna Colburn.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, who benefited greatly from Mr. Keller's
dedication and service, held memorial services on Oct. 30.
Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery in Solon.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7196
SOM Center Road, Solon 44139.
Marjorie L. Freeman
Marjorie L. Freeman (nee Judd), 92, of Columbus, died Oct. 25 at Riverside
Hospital in Columbus.
Born Jan. 27, 1907, in South Harpersfield, she was formerly of Chardon
Township, prior in Hernando, Fla.
She married Shirley Wilbur Freeman Feb. 18, 1941, in Willoughby. He
preceded her in death Aug. 14, 1989.
A graduate of Andrew School for Girls in Willoughby, she was a longtime
member of the Chardon United Methodist Church. Mrs. Freeman was a former
Sunday School teacher, Brownie Scout Leader and member of the Pythian Sisters.
Mrs. Freeman is survived by her daughters, Judith (Don) Goldberg of
Columbus, Joyce (Richard) Stifel of South Bend, Ind., and Janet (Dustin)
Redmond of Marion; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kim) Kelly of Athens, Andrew
(Amy) Kelly of Columbus, Megan Stifel of Washington, D.C., and Judd and
Allison Redmond of Marion; a great-grandchild, Matthew Kelley of Athens;
and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Millie (nee Bigelow)
Judd; husband, Shirley Wilbur Freeman; sisters, Lulu Otto, Addie Whipple,
Minta Yager and Etta McBride; and brothers, Lloyd Judd, Clifford Judd and
Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at the Chapel at the Chardon United
Burial was in Chesterland Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Andrews School Scholarship Fund,
38588 Mentor Ave., Willoughby 44094.
Richard L. Rarick
Richard L. Rarick, 83, of Chardon Village, died Oct. 27 at Burton Health
Born April 29, 1916, in Chardon, he was a lifelong resident.
He married Erma Eiler in his parent's home in Chardon Village on Oct.
A custodian for the Chardon Local Schools, he retired in 1988.
Mr. Rarick served his country in World War II as a U.S. Navy Merchant
Marine armed guard services.
He had worked at the Junction Tavern, was a lineman for Cleveland Electric
Illuminating Co. and was part owner of Hill's Hardware in Burton Village.
A 50-year member of Chardon United Methodist Church and a former member
of the Chardon Volunteer Fire Department, he formerly owned his own painting
and cleaning contracting business for 10 years.
Following retirement, he and his wife enjoyed going to their cottage
Mr. Rarick is survived by his wife, Erma Rarick of Chardon Village;
daughters, Dixie (Brad) Ryan of Mentor and Donna (John) Kulisek of Chardon
Village; son, Kenneth (Norma) Rarick of Chardon Township; grandchildren,
Scott (Samantha) Hildenbrand of Hambden Township, Wendy Morford of California,
Edwin (Lisa) Kulisek of California, Deborah Kulisek of Chardon Village
and Melissa and Amy Rarick of Chardon Township; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Myrtle (nee Wilber)
Rarick; and brother, Clyde Rarick.
Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at Burr Funeral Home in Chardon
Burial was in Chardon Municipal Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Care Corp, 831 South St., Chardon
44024, or Meals on Wheels, Geauga County Department on Aging, 12555 Ravenwood
Drive, Chardon 44024.
Dorothy B. Hosford
Dorothy Beech Hosford, 97, of Chardon Township, died Oct. 30 at Chardon
Center in Chardon Village.
Born May 10, 1902, in Warren, she was a 79-year resident of Chardon.
She married Lynn H. Hosford on July 31, 1920, in Cleveland. Following
their honeymoon, they resided in the Hosford home on Ravenna Road, which
the family had occupied since 1869, living there until her health failed.
The Hosfords were some of the first settlers in Geauga County, arriving
in 1818. She was the last member of the family living in the area, bringing
to a close an era in the county.
A graduate of Chardon High School, Class of 1920, she served as class
president. She recognized that position as a lifetime office gathering
and officiating at the annual reunion for 72 years, until the last in 1992
when two classmates met for ice cream and cake. (She was the last surviving
At 16, she was the organist for the Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon,
and often accompanied local performers. A writer of poetry, she also kept
a daily diary for 63 years. Following her 80th birthday, she developed
a new talent, composing several songs of love. Three of these will be used
during her funeral service.
She served on the Chardon Election Board for many years.
She was a member of the Pilgrim Christian Church.
Mrs. Hosford is survived by two sons, Lynn H. Hosford Jr., USAF Retired
(late Margaret) of Sun City West, Ariz., and Gregory F. (June) Hosford
of Salt Lake City; eight grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn H. Hosford Sr. in 1988;
parents, George H. and Evelyn (nee Pickering) Beech; sisters, Hazel Beech
and Mildred Christian; and two brothers, Lester and Leslie Beech.
Funeral services were held Nov. 6 at Burr Funeral Home in Chardon Village.
Burial was in Chardon Municipal Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Music Fund of the Pilgrim Christian
Church, 202 S. Hambden St., Chardon 44024.
Della M. Townsend
Della Marie Townsend (nee Rhodes), 91, of Painesville, died Oct. 31
at University Hospitals Health System Geauga Regional Hospital.
Born Feb. 2, 1908, in Leroy, she was a lifelong resident of Painesville.
A laborer for the former Ohio Rubber Manufacturing of Willoughby for
30 years, she retired in 1972.
Mrs. Townsend is survived by her son, Ray (Barbara) Townsend of Montville;
sisters, Hilda White of Roswell, N.M., and Cecile Grundman of Mentor; grandchildren,
Ray (Bonnie) Townsend of Huntsburg, Kenneth (Mary) Townsend of Montville,
Marie (Claude) Sutterline of Harpersfield, Judi (Gary) Minshall of Madison,
Katherine Townsend of Painesville, Richard Townsend of Madison and Linda
(Kevin) Huxley of Painesville; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Carrie (nee Strong)
Rhodes; son, Richard Townsend; brothers, Lee and Richard Rhodes; and sister,
Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at Burr Funeral Home in Chardon Village.
Burial was in Montville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Lewis R. Bostwick
Lewis R. Bostwick, owner of Bostwick's Hardware Store in Chardon, died
Nov. 2. He was 85. Mr. Bostwick was born Sept. 8, 1914, in Chardon.
Mr. Bostwick took over his father Robert's business in 1940, and by
1956, moved the store to Chardon Plaza. He acquired Chardon Hardware in
1964 and remained actively involved in the business until his death.
Mr. Bostwick and his wife Rose were married in 1943. They met while
students at Western Reserve University. Mr. Bostwick was also a graduate
of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson.
He was a trustee at Chardon Savings Bank, a member for many years of
the Rotary Club and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. In 1992, Mr.
Bostwick was honored by the Chardon Chamber of Commerce as Business Person
of the Year.
An avid golfer, he shot a hole-in-one at Legand Lakes Golf Club.
Mr. Bostwick is survived by his wife, Rose; children, Barbara Hahl
of Florida, Peter of Columbuis Station, Jane of Chardon, and Robert of
Shaker Heights; and a brother, George of North Carolina; and Barbara Williamson
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Frances; and
a brother, Thomas.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. today (Nov. 5) at the Church
of St. Mary, 401 North St., Chardon.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Heather Hill Hospital
Health and Care Center, 12340 Bass Lake Road, Chardon 44024, where Mr.
Bostwick served for more than 25 years as a trustee.