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Ronald O. Wass
Ronald O. Wass, 54, of Medina, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Medina and had been a lifetime resident of Medina County. He retired from GTE after 28 years and was a planner for Plasti-Kote in Medina. A graduate of Medina High School, he was a loving soccer father who loved antique cars and playing golf.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Patti (nee McKenna) of Medina; sons, Richard (Lori) Cook of Copley and Jeff and Ryan Wass, both of Medina; daughter, Tracy (Dan) Kramer of Michigan; brother, Don Wass of Medina; sisters, Kathy Wuensch of Grafton and Karen Newby of Indiana; parents, Donald and Ruth Wass of Medina; and granddaughter, Melissa Kramer of Michigan.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road (state Route 18 and River Styx Road). The Rev. Jim Patterson will officiate.
There will be open visitation from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland 44106.

John Palicka
John Palicka, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997.
Mr. Palicka was a veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Mohnickey (Andrew) and Nancy Roberts (Gary); grandchildren, Kim Salas (Julio), Michael Giersch, Diane Erny (Mark), Christine Giersch, Shari Giersch and Mark Mohnickey; and five great-grandchildren.
He was the beloved husband of the late Mary C. (Bajan).
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. today at St. Brendan's Church, Brendan Lane and Kenny Avenue.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland 44106.

John Kerek
John ``Corky'' Kerek, 79, of Medina, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital.
He was born in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for 16 years. Mr. Kerek was an avid golfer and a member of the Hungarian American Golf Association. He retired from Equitable Life Insurance Co.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Kerek (nee Kidd) whom he married Aug. 18, 1945; nephews, Robert A. Mills, William B. Kerek, Robert L. Kerek, Wayne L. Kerek and Kenny Kerek; niece, Patty; great-niece, Amber E. Kerek; great-nephew, Devin W. Kerek; sisters-in-law, Cecelia S. Kidd Janson, Margaret Kerek and Lois Kerek; and many other great-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Julia; brothers, William B. and Lewis; and parents, William and Anna Kerek.
Service: 10 a.m. today at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road (state Route 18 and River Styx Road), Medina. The Rev. Sparks will officiate.
Burial: Northlawn Memorial Gardens, Peninsula.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Hungarian American Golf Association.

Oscar Jackson
Oscar Jackson, 49, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Lodi Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born in Matewan, W.Va., he resided in Seville 18 years, previously residing in Wadsworth. He was employed at Sealy Mattress retiring in 1995 after 20 years service. Mr. Jackson was a member of Praise Community Church in Seville and the Seville fire department.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Lola (nee Violet); sons, James E. and Robert D., both of Seville; father, Jim L. of Delbarton, W.Va.; brother, George A. of Delbarton; and sisters, Janet Pierce of West Virginia, Brenda Pierce of Virginia, and Louise Johnson of Dunlow, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene; and several brothers and sisters.
Service: 2 p.m. Monday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. The Rev. Michael J. Daniele will officiate.
Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visiting hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina 44256.

Mary J. Beda
Mary J. Beda, 84, of Port Richey, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, at Columbia Reg. Med. Center at Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla.
She was born in Mildred, Pa., and lived in Port Richey for four years after moving from Brownsville, Ohio. She had been a homemaker.
Mrs. Beda is survived by her son, Victor Paul Beda of Port Richey; brother, Eugene Toushner of University Heights; and sister, Marge Kellner.
Prevatt Funeral Home in Hudson, Fla., was in charge of all arrangements.

Sara (Sally) L. Ryan
Sara (Sally) L. Ryan, 73, of Wooster, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Omaha, Neb. Her parents were Harry and Christina (Koppes) Ferguson. She married James Ryan Jr. on June 26, 1943. He died January 23, 1994. She was a homemaker and had lived in Medina for many years. She was a former member of the Medina County Chorus, singing the Messiah every Christmas season. Mrs. Ryan was active in the choir of the First Christian Church in Medina. In 1994, she moved to Wooster, where she was a member of the Heyl Road Church of Christ. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, music and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Ryan is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Carmine Campionw of Fairfield, Ohio; Kim and Don Paddock of Richfield; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Tammy Ryan of Calhan, Colo., and David and Becky Ryan of Wooster; and 12 grandchildren.
Service: 7 tonight at Roberts Funeral Home. Rev. Dean Troyer will officiate.
Visiting hours: 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Heyl Road Church of Christ, 715 Heyl Rd., Wooster, 44691.

Ann D. Wallash
Ann D. (Bartok) Wallash, (nee Novak), died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, at Meadowview Care Center in Seville.
She was born in Cleveland and was a former resident of Olmsted Township, having lived at the Olmsted Township Mobile Home Park from 1978 to 1988. She also lived with her son in Medina in 1988. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and being with her grandchildren.
Ann was the wife of the late Reinhold Wallash; mother of William Bartok of Sullivan; Joseph Bartok and Robert Bartok, both of LaGrange; grandmother of 12; and great-grandmother of seven; sister of Rose Dobos of Strongsville, Katherine Philbin of Cuyahoga Falls, and James Novak of Conneaut.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Bartok.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Baker Funeral Home in Berea. Fr. Charles Ryba of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Columbia Station will officiate.
Visiting hours: 12:30 p.m. Saturday until time of the service at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter, 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, 44120.

Tibor Z. Kovach
Tibor Z. Kovach, 73, of Chippewa Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997.
He was born in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for a long time. He was very athletic and an avid fisherman. Mr. Kovach was a truck driver for Longview Farms in Brunswick. He served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kovach of Chippewa Lake; daughter, Lillian Fortune (Scott Waite) of Chippewa Lake; sister, Olga (Al) Bennett of Marblehead; grandsons, Ray Fortune of Chippewa Lake, and Scott and Mark Waite, both of Brunswick; granddaughter, Shanna Waite of Brunswick; best friends, Jim Croxall and Vera Redden, both of Lodi; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Zsigmond and Julia Kovach; sister, Adele; and grandson, Randy Fortune.
Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Rd., Medina.
Burial: Friendsville Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

E. Pauline Farnsworth
E. Pauline Farnsworth, 88, of Medina, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Medina General Hospital.
She was born in Cleveland and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Mrs. Farnsworth was a member of Lafayette United Methodist Church, Cloverleaf Senior Citizens, Medina AARP and PERI. She was a former organist in her church, enjoyed her family and loved to travel. Mrs. Farnsworth worked in the Medina County Home for 30 years.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Joyce Farnsworth of Seville, Howard and Debbie Farnsworth of Clinton, Dick and Lee Kay Farnsworth of Chippewa Lake and Max and Diane Farnsworth of West Salem; daughter, Patricia Irene Slick of Palm Harbor, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Dick Roberts of Wadsworth; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Eva Miller of Lodi.
Mrs. Farnsworth was preceded in death in 1975 by her husband, Lewis; son, Lewis Charles in 1978; and great-grandson, Jordon in 1988.
Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Medina. The Rev. Randy K'Meyer will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Wadsworth.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Armstrong Funeral Home, 25 Pleasant St., Seville.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Medina 44256.

Olevia C. Walter
Olevia C. Walter (nee Schaefer), 77, of Elyria, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, at the Elyria United Methodist Village following a short illness.
She was born April 25, 1920, in Belden and was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. Walter was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Elyria and enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Leo A. Sr.; daughters, Marie McCartney and Linda Bliss, both of Grafton; son, Leo Jr. of Lakewood; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Norton of Elyria and Emma Schaefer of Medina; and brothers, Lawrence Schaefer of Belden, Frank Schaefer of Elyria, Joseph Schaefer of North Ridgeville and Sylvester Schaefer of Medina.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Josephine (nee Hutinger) Walter; sisters, Grace Hawke, Lucille Walter and Ledna Schaefer; and brother, Martin Schaefer.
Service: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bauer, Laubenthal, Wainwright Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road (at state Route 57), Elyria. A 10 a.m. Mass will follow at St. Jude Catholic Church, 590 Poplar St., Elyria. The Rev. Frank P. Kosem will officiate.
Burial: St. Martin Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arthur F. Ziegler
Arthur F. Ziegler, 69, of Brunswick, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, at his home.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for 38 years. Mr. Ziegler was a member of St. Ambrose Church. He enjoyed his home, hobby shop, gardening and was an avid bowler. Mr. Ziegler sang in the Bayerischer Maennerchor of Cleveland for 30 years. He was a tool & die maker for 15 years with the Ford Motor Co., Local 1250. Mr. Ziegler served in the German army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Rose (nee Johanni); sons and daughters-in-law, John and Suzanne Ziegler of Strongsville and Arthur and Cecelia of Brunswick; grandchildren, Adam, Erin, Christopher and Jeffrey; sister, Ella Baier of Germany; and brother, Erhard Ziegler of Germany.
Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. today at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick. The Rev. Michael B. Smith will officiate.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Cleveland.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland 44106-3988.

Robert J. Filous
Robert J. Filous, 71, of Valley City, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Hospice of Western Reserve, Cleveland.
He was born in Cleveland and moved to Valley City in 1928. Mr. Filous was a member of Valley City VFW Post 5563 and American Legion Post 703 in Parma. He was a farmer and operated an excavating business for many years. Mrs. Filous' hobbies included attending auctions and restoring antique tractors. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Celeste (nee Haury); son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Rosanna Haas of Valley City; grandchildren, Kenny Haas of Valley City and Karen (Steve) Day of Columbia Station; brothers, Raymond of Brooklyn, Frank (Evelyn) of Parma, Leonard (Doris) of Valley City and George (Janet) of Chatham Township; sisters, Mariann (late Ed) Rotatori of Brooklyn and Mildred (Frank) Sciuto of Northridge, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Filous; and brother, Nelson.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City. The Rev. Thomas Dunphy will officiate.
Burial: Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials contributions, if desired, may be made to Hospice of Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland 44119.

Lester L. Hannahs I
Lester L. Hannahs I, 56, of Chippewa Lake, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Medina General Hospital.
A Chippewa Lake resident for 17 years, Mr. Hannahs had previously lived in Cleveland. He was a member of UAW Local 1005 and had worked at General Motors, Parma plant for 30 years.
Mr. Hannahs is survived by his wife, Patsy; daughter, Sherry Hannahs of Chippewa Lake; sons, Lester (Lynda) of Wooster and Forrest (Kari) of Seville; mother, Alberta of Bradford, Pa.; eight grandchildren; brothers, James and Tom, both of Pennsylvania; and sister, Sandra of Pennsylvania.
Service: 1 p.m. Thursday at Armstrong Funeral Home, 25 Pleasant, Seville. The Rev. Ted Mason will officiate.
Burial: Friendsville Cemetery, Westfield Township.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Celeste I. Harkin
Celeste I. Harkin (nee Erhart), 91, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at The Lamp nursing home in Brook Park.
Born in Medina, Mrs. Harkin was a former resident of Valley City and a member of St. Martin Church in Valley City. She resided in Parma Heights prior to entering the nursing home.
Mrs. Harkin is survived by her daughters, Jane Neville of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Carol Gleason of Williamsburg, Va.; son, John B. Harkin of Parma; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Genevieve Cady.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Harkin; and daughter, Janet Ody.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church, York Road, Parma.
Burial: St. Martin Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Baker Funeral Home, 206 Front St., Berea.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Michael L. Dorner
Michael L. Dorner, 37, of Medina, previously of Wadsworth, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.
Born in Wadsworth, Mr. Dorner liked to work on cars. He also enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He built conversion vans for Vans by Doran for 13 years.
Mr. Dorner is survived by his wife, Jayne Favri of Medina; mother, Helen Dorner of Wadsworth; sons, John Michael Dorner and Brandon D. Schultz, both at home; daughter, Tiffini E. Schultz at home; brothers, Robert Dorner of Mansfield and James Dorner of Oklahoma; sister, Barbara Dorner of Wadsworth; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert.
Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road, Medina.
Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mary Hanacek Krueger
Mary Hanacek Krueger (nee Liptak), 87, of Hinckley Township, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at her residence.
She was born in Pleasant City and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Mrs. Krueger was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and a homemaker. She loved her family, gardening and crocheting.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Frederick E. and Marielies Hanacek of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara L. and the Rev. Stanley Sultemeier of Seguin, Texas; daughter, Virginia Hanacek of Medina; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Andrew Liptak of Cleveland; sisters, Betty Olah of Florida and Margaret Kassovic of Cleveland; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Emil Hanacek and Paul Krueger; and daughter, Marilyn Hanacek.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 N. Broadway St., Medina. The Rev. William Lucht Jr. will officiate.
Burial: Townline Cemetery, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St., Medina.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Renovations Fund.

Jessica S. Richards
Jessica S. Richards, 12, of Medina, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at Medina General Hospital, Medina.
She was born in Middleburg Heights and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Miss Richards was a member of Medina United Methodist Church, Medina Youth Soccer, A.I. Root Student Council, Rustic Hills Junior Golf League, Ski Club and an honor student at A.I. Root Middle School. She would have been a seventh-grader at A.I. Root Middle School.
She is survived by her father, Carl Richards of Medina; mother, Rebecca Richards of Medina; sister, Courtney Richards at home; and grandmother, Pauline Anderson of Ellettsville, Ind.
Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Medina United Methodist Church. Dr. Larry Morrison and the Revs. Janet Zimmerman and Jim Patterson will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road, Medina.

Margaret E. Hansen
Margaret E. Hansen, 80, of Medina, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at Life Care Center of Medina.
Born in National, Md., she had been a Medina County resident for three years. Mrs. Hansen was a member of Holy Martyrs Catholic Church and Our Lady of Good Council in Cleveland. She was a retired newsstand clerk at Windsor Hotel in Cumberland, Md.
Mrs. Hansen is survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; sisters, Genevieve O'Donnell and Virginia Difibaugh; and great-niece, Kerry Anne Spencer.
Mass: Noon Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cumberland.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Lois C. Hoffman
Lois C. Hoffman, 64, of Chippewa Lake, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at Akron City Hospital.
Mrs. Hoffman was born in Jersey Shore, Pa., and resided in Medina County for 32 years, previously living in Lock Haven, Pa. She was very active in Chippewa Lake Wesleyan Church working with the Clowns Love Jesus Ministry as ``Raggedy Lou'' and teaching Sunday school for 30 years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed animals.
Mrs. Hoffman is survived by her husband, Lee Hoffman of Chippewa Lake; daughter, Ronda Hoffman of Chippewa Lake; son, Wayne Hoffman of Chippewa Lake; stepson, Herman Hoffman of Lodi; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Norman Crider of Duboistown, Pa., and Glenn Crider of Lock Haven; and sisters, Vivian Smith of Brookville, Fla., and Marian Sorenson of Lock Haven.
Service: 7 p.m. Sunday at Chippewa Lake Wesleyan Church, 590 Lake Road. The Rev. Don Lane will officiate.
Burial: Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven.
Visiting hours: 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church Armstrong Funeral Home in Seville is in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Chippewa Lake Wesleyan Church, 590 Lake Road, Chippewa Lake 44215.

Kay E. Geringer
Kay E. Geringer, 58, of Chippewa Lake, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 1997, at Medina General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Cleveland on July 7, 1939, to George and Ruth Schwarz Magargee and later resided in Seven Hills before moving to Chippewa Lake in 1961. She was a 1961 graduate of Bowling Green State University where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Mrs. Geringer was a teacher at Parma City Schools, Medina County Career Center and later at Rittman schools where she retired in 1994. She was a member of Church at the Lake United Methodist, Chippewa Lake Women's Club, was active with tennis leagues at Washington Court in Medina and had inspired the Chippewa Lake Tennis Academy.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas Geringer, whom she married Aug. 5, 1961; daughters, Susan Kay of State College, Pa., and Sandra Kay of Hilton Head, S.C.; son, Scott Douglas of Chippewa Lake; mother, Ruth Magargee of Westfield Township; sister, Jane Magargee of Bedford Heights; and aunt and uncle, Arlene and Harold Csontos of Seven Hills.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Magargee.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Church at the Lake United Methodist, 7824 Lake Road, Chippewa Lake. The Revs. Bill Roth and Mitchell Ladich will officiate.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi.
Memorial contributions may be made to Church at the Lake United Methodist or the American Cancer Society.

Catherine Ring Lyons
Catherine Ring Lyons, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 1997.
She was born June 23, 1915, in Brecksville. Mrs. Lyons co-owned Mudlake Farm in Westfield Township with her husband, Oscar Lyons, where they raised registered Holsteins. She was a graduate of Brecksville High School and the Gregorian Institute of Music and was active in Girl Scouts, PTA, Lodi Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Lyons was a member of the Medina County Community Concerts, the founding member of the Medina County Musical Arts Club and a volunteer in music therapy for many years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brecksville. She was also state chairman for Music in Hospitals, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. A liturgical organist and music teacher, she was a lifelong learner.
She is survived by her sister, Patricia Ring of Brecksville; daughter, Patricia Lyons Samuel of Bar Harbor, Maine; and granddaughter, Emily Samuel, DMD, of Boston, Mass.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Seville. The Rev. Mike Wittman will officiate.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Armstrong Funeral Home, Seville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seville-Guilford Rescue, P.O. Box 6, Seville 44273.

Alta M. Newcomer
Alta M. Newcomer, 100, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 1997, at Rittman Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness.
Born April 22, 1897, in Wayne County, to Ludema and Jacob Easterday, Mrs. Newcomer was married for 64 years to Warren Newcomer. She was the oldest member of Wadsworth First Mennonite Church where she was quite faithful and active in church work. She also enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, crocheting, fishing and traveling.
Mrs. Newcomer was devoted to her family, Ethel Wallace of Sterling, Lois and Charles McDermott of Westfield Center and Nina and Ralph Ferguson of Guilford Township; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980; and nine brothers and sisters.
Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. The Rev. Leonard D. Hershey will officiate.
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church, 405 Trease Road, Wadsworth 44281.

Robert L. Zorger
Robert L. ``Zorro'' Zorger, 79, of Creston, died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at Medina General Hospital after a short illness.
Born Nov. 23, 1917, in Akron, to Leroy and Lauretta (Grue) Zorger, he married Vivian Fate on Feb. 15, 1947. Mr. Zorger retired from Goodyear Aerospace in Akron and was a member of Creston Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1224. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He had made his home near Seville, moving to Creston three years ago.
Mr. Zorger is survived by his sons, Robert (Debbie) of Wooster, Roger (Maj-Britt) of Creston and Rodney of Akron; and grandchildren, Sean, Nicole and Amanda.
He was preceded in death by his wife on June 28, 1992; and daughter, Sharon.
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St., Creston. The Rev. Donald Kuntz will officiate.
Interment: Northlawn Memorial Gardens.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Michael A. Berken
Michael A. Berken, 41, of Seville, died Monday, Aug. 18, 1997, at his home after a courageous battle with Leukemia, following complications of a bone marrow transplant. He was surrounded by his loving family and dear friends.
He was born in Brunswick and had been a Medina County resident for 26 years. He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians - Jesus Emmanuel Community, Seville, Over the Hill Track Club and he coached Medina Home School Track Club. He was an avid pole vaulter in local and national meets. Mr. Berken enjoyed hunting for mushrooms. He had a special interest in the church's social concerns, was a naturalist and had a lifelong interest in political and social issues that contributed to peace and justice. He was a music lover, particularly folk music of the British Isles.
He had worked as a supervisor for Dynometer Laboratory in Cleveland and Engine Plant 2, Ford Motor Co..
Mr. Berken is survived by his wife, Rhonda Berken (nee Beckler) of Seville; children, Alison Michele, Nicholas Ronald, Heidemarie, Andrew Michael, Hannelore and Alec Christian, all of Seville; mother, Ruth Berken of Brunswick; sisters, Christina Berken of Akron and Suzanne Berken of Medina; brother, Eric Berken of Brunswick; mother- and father-in-law, Margaret and Ronald Beckler of Brunswick; sister-in-law Lisa Pettry (Tim); nieces, Sara and Nina; nephews, Colin, Matthew and Noah; and grandmother-in-law, May Beckler.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Jesus Emmanuel Community, 60 High St., Seville. The Rev. Michael Wittman will officiate.
Burial: Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Commission or to the family.

August Eble
August ``Gus'' Eble, 85, of Medina, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 1997, at Evergreen Care Center.
Mr. Eble was born in Cleveland on Nov. 24, 1911, and had been a Medina County resident most of his life. He was a member of and past treasurer of First Christian Church. He had attended Cleveland schools, Cleveland College and Fenn College. Mr. Eble had spent 12 years with Clark Restaurant Co. in Cleveland and 13 years with Permold, moving to Medina with them in 1941. He then became manager of Spitzer Insurance agency in Medina from 1955 to 1960. He spent 12 years with Medina Development and Building Corp. as assistant secretary and treasurer.
He was a member of Medina Masonic Lodge and various Masonic organizations; president of Medina Masonic Temple Company Board for 20 years; past master, 32nd Degree and 50-year Mason; past member, chairman and acting executive director of Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority from 1968 to 1992; past chairman and director of the Medina County Cancer Society; past Medina County Red Cross campaign chairman and instructor; past member and director of the Medina Area Chamber of Commerce; past member of Medina Noon Kiwanis; and past member and chairman of Medina City Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Eble had served on the original charter commission for the city of Medina in 1951 and the charter review commission in 1964. He was the first council president of the city in 1952 and served a total of four terms as councilman and president of council.
He had filled in John W. Brown's term as mayor when Brown was elected lieutenant governor in 1953, filled in Brown's term as mayor when he resigned due to ill health in 1963 and was elected to two terms as mayor from 1973 to 1981.
He is survived by his son, Jeff Eble of Medina; special friend, Bea Bowman of Medina; sister, Elizabeth Eble of Cleveland; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; and seven brothers and sisters.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Jeff Kenhle will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today with Masonic services at 8:30.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 333 E. Smith Road, Medina, or the American Cancer Society, 803 E. Washington St. #110, Medina, or the charity of one's choice.

Catherine Ring Lyons
Catherine Ring Lyons, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 1997.
She was born June 23, 1915, in Brecksville. Mrs. Lyons co-owned Mudlake Farm in Westfield Township with her husband, Oscar Lyons, where they raised registered Holsteins. She was a graduate of Brecksville High School and the Gregorian Institute of Music and was active in Girl Scouts, PTA, Lodi Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Lyons was a member of the Medina County Community Concerts, the founding member of the Medina County Musical Arts Club and a volunteer in music therapy for many years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brecksville. She was also state chairman for Music in Hospitals, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. A liturgical organist and music teacher, she was a lifelong learner.
She is survived by her sister, Patricia Ring of Brecksville; daughter, Patricia Lyons Samuel of Bar Harbor, Maine; and granddaughter, Emily Samuel, DMD, of Boston, Mass.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Seville. The Rev. Mike Wittman will officiate.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Armstrong Funeral Home, Seville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seville-Guilford Rescue, P.O. Box 6, Seville 44273.

Joyce A. Magowan
Joyce A. Magowan, 84, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and then Berea, passed away Aug. 9, 1997, at Aristocrat Berea Nursing Home. She was a devoted teacher, mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Magowan was born in Suffield, Conn., and was married in 1946 to Lt. Thomas Ritchie Magowan, an engineer and World War II pilot. They had two daughters. Linda passed away at the age of 14. Marlene is married to Robert Shurell and lives in Berea. Mrs. Magowan's four grandchildren brought joy to her and include Alison Sedlacek, Robert, Charlotte and Elizabeth Shurell.
Mrs. Magowan was a dedicated third-grade teacher during the 1960s at Applewood Elementary School in Brunswick. During the 1970s, she taught in Ormond Beach, Fla. She also enjoyed gardening and reading.
Joyce's two sisters, Sylvia Cote and Alice Rogers passed away several years ago. She is survived by her brothers, Charles, Francis, John and Joseph Albert.
The family would like to express its appreciation to all Joyce's friends and health-care providers for their extraordinary care and concern.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland 44119, or United Methodist Church of Berea, 170 Seminary St., Berea.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel of United Methodist Church of Berea at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Baker Funeral Home, 206 Front St., Berea, is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur St. Clair
Arthur St. Clair, 78, of Strongsville, died Monday, Aug. 18, 1997, at his residence.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wis. He was a member of the Columbia Hills Country Club and St. Mary's Church in Berea. Mr. St. Clair owned and operated A.R. St. Clair Co. and had served in the Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Meredythe of Strongsville; daughters, Jo Ann (Larry) Meuler of Medina and Wendy (Lad) Ferian of Berea; sons, Mike (Fran) of Aurora and Pat (Patti) of Henrietta, N.Y.; sister, Rita Amidzich of Milwaukee; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mass: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church. The Rev. John Garrity will officiate.
Burial will be private.
There will be no visiting hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's School Scholarship Fund c/o St. Mary's Church, 250 Kraft St., Berea 44017.
Baker Funeral Home, 206 Front St. in Berea is in charge of arrangements.

Eugenia L. Stepleton
Eugenia L. ``Jeannie'' Stepleton, of Westfield Center, formerly of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Pontiac, Mich., died
She was born Oct. 11, 1920, to Maurice and Roselie Hangstaffer Baldwin. Jeannie's life was a daily celebration of God's love. She was always ready to live because she was prepared to die. Those who knew her felt the love of her best friend Jesus and witnessed her attitude of thankfulness and gratitude to him. She was a woman of strength and dignity, with no fear of old age or sickness, teaching us all of God's loving kindness and of his good paths. Jeannie's desire and greatest attribute was to serve God and others.
For 73 years she was a resident of Pontiac. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Pontiac for 68 years teaching Pioneer Girls, leading bible studies and serving as wedding coordinator. She also had been a secretary for Michigan Bell, Crofoot School and the Pontiac School District, Patrick Oil and later had her own secretarial service.
Her most recent home was in Westfield Center, spending the winters in Fort Meyers, where she attended McGregor Baptist Church. ``It Is Well With Her Soul'' and God has crowned her faithfulness on Aug. 14, 1997.
It has been our joy, honor and privilege to call her friend, wife, mother, grandmother and sister: husband, John ``Jack''; sons, Jon (Debi J.) and Chris (Debi C.); grandchildren, Jeff, Kim, Beth, Erin and Andrea; and sisters, Phyllis (Harold) Appleton and Arlene (Ronald) Rossell, both of Florida.
Service: 11 a.m. today at Huron Street Chapel, Huntoon Funeral Home, Pontiac.
Burial: Christian Memorial Cemetery, Rochester, Mich.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or Medina County Hospice.

Frederick Thomas
Frederick Thomas, 44, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 1997, at his residence in Brunswick, following a brief illness.
Born in Lorain, Mr. Thomas was raised in Berea and was a 1971 graduate of Berea High School. He was a self-employed metal craftsman and artisan and was a member of St. Ambrose Church where he taught in the RCIA program. Mr. Thomas was an active member of the Brothers and Sisters of the Ivory Mountain, and outdoors and camping organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia S. (nee Christofferson); son, Christopher Lee; daughter, Dawn Marie; mother, Celia Thomas of Berea; and brother, Ronald E. Thomas of Berea.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Thomas.
Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Church in Brunswick. The Rev. Paul Smith will be the celebrant.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Baker Funeral Home, 206 Front St., Berea.

Joseph J. Zarkovich
Joseph J. Zarkovich, 82, of Whittier, Calif., went to be with the Lord, Aug. 4, 1997, in Whittier. May he rest in peace.
He was born in Youngstown and was a former resident of Medina.
Mr. Zarkovich was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II (1941-1945), OH 37th Division, Medical Corp.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Robert Coats of Whittier; son and daughter-in-law, Vincent and Linda Zarkovich of Vancover, Wash.; three grandchildren; sisters, Agnes Seamon of Medina and Rose Dull of Elyria; brother, Frank Mikac of Toledo; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 1985.
Funeral Mass was held Aug. 7, 1997, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Whittier.
Burial: Queen Heaven Cemetery, Whittier.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland 44106-3988.


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