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Cleo ''Frank'' Ownby
Cleo ''Frank'' Ownby, 79, of North Royalton, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, at his residence.
He was born in Cocke County, Tenn., on Dec. 24, 1918, and had been a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hinckley Township. Mr. Ownby was a retired milkman for Serve Milk Co. and for Dairymans.
Mr. Ownby is survived by his wife, Rose (nee Pyrtko); sons, David (Judy) Ownby of Florida, Wayne (Karen) Ownby of Parma and Dale (Vicki) Dayton of Canton; daughter, Kaye (Daniel) Decker of Kent; sisters, Pearl Maloy, Bess Layman, Rhonda Sprieul and Wanda Snapp, all of Tennessee; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ada Ownby.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Hinckley. The Rev. Phillip Cummings will officiate.
Burial: North Royalton City Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick.

Betty B. Jacobs
Betty B. Jacobs, 67, of Nashville, Ohio, formerly of Brunswick, died Friday morning, Dec. 19, 1997, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., following a sudden illness.
She was born on March 5, 1930, in Dunbar, W.Va., to Kelly and Dencie (Stover) Hill.
Mrs. Jacobs is survived by her husband, Laben Charles Jacobs, whom she married June 28, 1947; daughters, Mrs. Albert (Brenda Kay) Barge of Medina and Mrs. Jerry (Linda Rae) Barge of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; son, Charles Kelly (Tammy) Jacobs of Seville; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and brother, Dale Hill of Scott Depot, W.Va.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Dennison; and sister, Mae.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, Ohio. The Rev. Del Conner will officiate.
Burial: Nashville Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ordean A. Zacharias
Ordean A. Zacharias, 60, of Lafayette Township, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at Life Care Center of Medina.
She was born in Lodi on May 21, 1937, to Roy and Eleanor Schuttpelz Zacharias and had resided in Lafayette most of her life. Miss Zacharias had been a housekeeper for 33 years with Life Care Center of Medina, retiring earlier this year due to her illness. She was a member of Medina Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Lafayette.
Miss Zacharias is survived by brothers, Vancel (Brenda) Zacharias of Westfield Township and Clinton (Judy) Zacharias of Medina; nieces, Cheryl Zacharias, Brenda Zacharias, Keturah Zacharias and Abigail Zacharias; and nephew, Benjamin Zacharias.
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 7490 Coon Club Road, Lafayette. Ron Wingfield will officiate.
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery.
Parker & Son Funeral Home in Lodi is in charge of arrangements.

Richard D. K'Meyer
Richard D. K'Meyer, 71, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997.
He was born in Mogadore and was a lifetime resident of the Mogadore area. A pharmacist, he worked at Peoples Drug and retired from Bumpus Drug in Tallmadge in 1993. Mr. K'Meyer was a member of Springfield Church of the Brethren in Summit County. A member of the Ohio State Pharmaceutical Associations, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Mr. K'Meyer was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, Randy (Connie) of Medina, Tom (Darlene) of Ravenna and Steve (Astrid) of Seattle; daughter, Julie K'Meyer of Mogadore; grandchildren, Jennifer, Brian, Sarah, Lauren, Brandon, Lindsey, Jamie and Alex; sisters, Mary Ellen Shull of Mogadore and Harriet Johnson of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Glenna K'Meyer.
Service: 3 p.m. today at Hopkins Lawver Mogadore Funeral Home, 34 S. Cleveland Ave.
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 1 p.m. until the service today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Church of the Brethren, 3500 Albrecht Ave., Akron 44312.

Walter T. Brenner
Walter T. Brenner, 92, of Parma, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, in Brunswick.
He was born April 28, 1905, in Austria. He was a member and past master of Harding-Concordia Masonic Lodge. Mr. Brenner was a retired machinist for Teledyne Republic in Independence.
Mr. Brenner is survived by his daughter, Carol (Thomas) Perdok of Brunswick; brother, Gerhard Brenner of Berea; daughter-in-law, Elsie Brenner of Strngsville; granddaughters, Christine and Marjorie, both of Brunswick, and Cathleen of Brecksville; grandson, Daniel of Brunswick; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; and son, Walter.
Masonic service: 7:30 p.m. today at Jardine Funeral Home, 14701 Pearl Road, Strongsville. Harding-Concordia Lodge 345 F&AM will officiate.
Burial: Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, Cleveland.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mitchell L. Fetzer
Mitchell Lee Fetzer, 25, of Strongsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, in Strongsville.
Born Oct. 19, 1972, in Medina, Mr. Fetzer had been a lifelong Strongsville resident. A graduate of Strongsville High School, he worked as a warehouse stockman at Pat Catan's.
He is survived by his parents, Fred and Harriet Fetzer of Strongsville; brothers, Fred A. Fetzer of Strongsville, Timothy Fetzer of Valley City, Andrew Fetzer of Seville, William Fetzer of North Royalton, Christian Fetzer of Grafton and Matthew Fetzer of Strongsville; sisters, Victoria Magnuson of Wadsworth, Valerie Fetzer of Denver, Cynthia Bauer of Medina and Cheryl Fetzer of Strongsville; aunts; uncles; 15 nieces and nephews; and cousins.
Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Services will be conducted by Apostolic Christian Church.
Burial: Strongsville City Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Barbara L. Fillingim
Barbara L. Fillingim, 66, of Chippewa Lake, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Akron General Medical Center following a short illness.
She was born Aug. 21, 1931, in Fairview Park to Orin and Luella Kern Beebe and later resided in Westfield Township. She moved to Chippewa Lake in 1969.
Mrs. Fillingim was a past employee of the former National Disposal (Hobart Corp.) in Medina and was presently employed at the Truckstops of America in Westfield Township. She attended Church at the Lake in Chippewa Lake and had also been an avid sprint car racing fan.
She is survived by her sons, Jimmie (Jerri) of Green Cove Springs, Fla., and Allen (Nancy) of Chippewa Lake; grandchildren, Kathleen Fillingim and Mrs. Eric (Misty) Miller; and great-granddaughter, Alexandria Paige.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Frank, in 1995.
Funeral service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. The Rev. Bill Roth and Don Wolff will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Anastasia McKeith
Anastasia McKeith, 92, of Litchfield Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Evergreen Care Center in Medina.
She was born in Vac, Hungary, and resided in Lakewood before moving to Litchfield in 1972. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Martin of Tours Church in Valley City.
She is survived by sons, George Schultz of Litchfield and William Schultz of Florida; daughters, Florence Schultz of Warrensville and Verona (Paul) Piechuta of Litchfield; grandchildren, Michael (Jamie) Piechuta, Mark (Charlene) Piechuta, Vicky (Mark) Oboy, Becky (Joe) Centofanti, Andrew Schultz, Steven (Lynn) Schultz, Teresia (Charles) Starks, Karen (Bruce) Thomas, Jeannie (Bob) Longo and Priscilla (Michael) Bigley; 30 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and sister, Elizabeth Kovach of Lakewood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, WIlliam McKeith; brother, Steve Kosa; and sisters, Anne Lande and Verona Sikorski.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin of Tours Church, 1824 Station Road, Valley City. The Rev. Thomas Dunphy will officiate.
Burial: St. Martin Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.

Utella Mohr
Utella ''Dixie'' Mohr, 80, of Brunswick, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Willowood Nursing Home.
She was born in Scout City, Va., and had been a Medina County resident for 25 years. Ms. Mohr retired in 1980 as a clerk from Forest City Products in Cleveland.
She is survived by her daughter, Carole A. Reiff of Olmsted Township; and grandchildren, Rebecca Wainwright, and Bryan, Preston, Erik and Tobin White.
She was preceded in death by her companion, George Malay.
Service: 11 a.m. today at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick. The Rev. Berry Wolfe will officiate.
Burial: Westview Cemetery, Brunswick.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 157 W. Cedar St., Suite 206, Akron 44307.

Lola M. Webster
Lola M. Webster, 83, of Medina, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Evergreen Care Center where she had resided for the past five years.
Born in Remsen Corners on Nov. 14, 1914, she had been a lifetime resident of Medina County, living in the Sharon Center area for over 50 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sharon Center and had been employed for Highland school as a secretary.
She is survived by her sons, Thomas Webster (Lavonne) of Spencer and David Webster of New York City, N.Y.; brother, Victor Weltzien of Wadsworth; grandson, Douglas (Stephanie) Webster; granddaughters, Tracy (Donald) Kelling, and Lisa (Edward) Trudell; stepgranddaughter, Sue Ann (Dennis) Few and Linda (Ronald) Isom; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; brother, Clyde; great-grandson, Jordan Webster; and parents, Carl and Catherine Weltzien.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6462 Ridge Road, Sharon Center. The Rev. Jean Hansen will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Dudley W. Armentrout
Dudley W. Armentrout, 73, of Seville, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at his home.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1924, in Rittman, to Richard and Rebecca (Rice) Armentrout and lived in Creston before moving to Seville in 1976. He was employed at the General Motors plant in Parma for 23 years until retiring in 1986. Mr. Armentrout was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Canaan Freewill Baptist Church in Creston, Seville Masonic Lodge F&AM, and May Chapter 217 of the Order of Eastern Star in Seville.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Ferguson, whom he married May 4, 1943; sons, Larry (Gay) Armentrout and Ron (Desireee) Armentrout, both of Columbus, and Jerry Armentrout of home; daughter, Mrs. Jim (Linda) Warrington of Columbus; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Glen Armentrout of Creston and Howard Armentrout of Ravenna; and sister, Betty Lowe of Wadsworth.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jake Armentrout in June 1997.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Canaan Freewill Baptist Church. The Revs. James R. McComas and Larry Armentrout will officiate.
Burial: Rittman Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Canaan Freewill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 167, Creston 44217.

Donald I. Brown
Donald I. Brown, 77, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
Mr. Brown was born in Sharon Center where he was a lifelong resident and farmed for many years. He was a 1938 graduate of Sharon School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from Sharon Golf Club in 1992 with 25 years service and served as a Sharon Township trustee for 28 years, retiring in 1987. Mr. Brown was a former bus driver for Highland Local Schools and fire chief of Sharon Township Fire Department. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Beres); daughter, Jolan Dearth of Sharon Center; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Shirley of Berlin Center; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Robert Witschey of Wadsworth; grandchildren, William Dearth and Michele (Mrs. Christopher) Robin of Akron, and Erin, Robert, Patricia and Jessie Witschey of Wadsworth; and great-grandsons, Tyler and Matthew Robin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Jessie; and infant daughter Brown.
Service: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Building Fund or Alzheimer's Association.

Mary H. Drotos
Mary H. Drotos (nee Fidrus), 91, has died.
She had been a former longtime resident of Medina.
Mrs. Drotos was the beloved wife of the late Joseph; dear mother of Clara Lesiuk, Lucille (Bob) Behlke and the late Joseph; grandmother of 13; great-grandmother of 18; and sister of Helen Meier.
Mass: 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church.
Burial: St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Road, Parma.

Phyllis Etta Ellenberger
Phyllis Etta Ellenberger, 85, of Elyria, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Center Ridge Nursing Home in North Ridgeville.
She was born on March 30, 1912, in Elyria. Mrs. Ellenberger enjoyed baking and crocheting. She was formerly employed at Worthington Ball.
She is survived by her son, Perry Ellenberger of Grafton; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ellenberger of Grafton; and niece, Dolly Henson of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry in 1988.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Blackburn Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton. Pastor Dennis Murawski of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Valley City will officiate.
Burial: Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Valley City.

Beulah J. Leopold
Beulah J. Leopold, 77, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital in Orrville.
Mrs. Leopold was the mother of Paula Colussi of Valley City and Penny Bowers of Orrville. She is also survived by her husband, Robert Leopold; stepson, Charles Leopold of Orrville; stepdaughter, Roberta Fynn of Three Rivers, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Church of Christ, on North Elm in Orrville.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gresser Funeral Home, 415 N. Elm St., Orrville.

Charles E. Myers
Charles E. (Gene) Myers, 76, of Medina, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
He was born in Weston, W.Va., on May 31, 1921, to Minter Lee and Dona Foster Myers and had lived in Grafton for a number of years, residing the past 30 years in Medina. Mr. Myers was a machinist for Lear Sigler in Elyria, retiring in 1989 following 36 years of service and was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Melinda Myers of Bryan, Ohio; sons, Gary (Lynn) of Medina and Eric (Jodi) Tolson of Stryker, Ohio; three grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Lewis of West Virginia and Pearl Keith of Kansas; brother, Howard Myers of Virginia; and niece, Cherry Beth Lerue of Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Betty; and infant son, Robert.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. The Rev. Larry Welch of Erhart will officiate.
Burial: Penfield Cemetery.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Walter S. Kodysh
Walter S. Kodysh, 89, of Fairlawn, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Born on Sept. 19, 1908, Mr. Kodysh was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Medina Senior Citizens. Mr. Kodysh was a retired auto worker and belonged to UAW Local 217. He worked as a tool and die maker for 25 years at Lampson & Session.
Mr. Kodysh is survived by his daughter, Barbara Holan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sister, Sophia Screptock of Independence; granddaughters, Debbie Beutell of Houston, Lorrie Farnsworth of Medina and Kelly Evans of Bay Village; and great-grandchildren, Russell and Amanda Farnsworth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie (nee Sanko); parents, Frances (nee Swaitek) and Stephen Kodysh; great-grandson, Jacob Farnsworth; brothers, John, Joseph, Charles, Michael, Frank and Florian; and sisters, Mary Zawada and Anne Kozminski.
Mass of Christian burial: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. Fr. Stephen Kaminski will officiate.
Burial: St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

William H. O'Connor
William H. O'Connor, 83, of Wadsworth, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at Meadowview Care Center.
He was born in Oklahoma and resided in Wadsworth for 39 years. Mr. O'Connor was a superintendent at Akron Paint and Varnish for 15 years, retiring in 1975. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed woodworking, gardening and fishing.
Mr. O'Connor is survived by his wife, Ethel; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Fran of Wadsworth and Dan and Cindy of Medina; son, Kevin of Wadsworth; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Tom Christ of Wadsworth and Sharon and Paul Venoy of Norton; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Gerald of Lima and James of South Euclid.
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 272 Broad St., Wadsworth.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hilliard, Cox, Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Cedar Locust Building, 157 Cedar St., Suite 206, Akron 44037.

Donald I. Brown
Donald I. Brown, 77, of Sharon Center, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
He was born in Sharon Center, where he was a lifelong resident and farmed for many years. Mr. Brown was a graduate of Sharon School in 1938 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the Sharon Golf Club in 1992 with 25 years of service and served as a Sharon Township Trustee for 28 years, retiring in 1987. Mr. Brown was a former bus driver for Highland Local Schools and fire chief of the Sharon Township Fire Department. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Beres); daughter, Jolan Dearth of Sharon Center; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Shirley of Berlin Center; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Robert Witschey of Wadsworth; grandchildren, William Dearth and Michele (Mrs. Christopher) Robin of Akron, Mary, Erin, Robert, Patricia and Jessie Witschey of Wadsworth; and great-grandsons, Tyler and Matthew Robin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Jessie; and infant daughter, Brown.
Service: 9:30 a.m. today at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund or the Alzheimer's Association.

Kevin S. Kerns
Kevin S. Kerns, 44, of Brunswick, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at his residence.
He was born in Cleveland and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Mr. Kerns was a member of UAW 425 and a 1972 Brunswick High School graduate. He enjoyed playing softball and golf. Mr. Kerns was a welder for 24 years with the Lorain Ford assembly plant.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen M. (nee Avery), whom he married June 30, 1990; daughters, Jenny (Edward) Gammey of Medina and Jamie Kerns, Mandy Schalabba and Stefanie Schalabba, all of Brunswick; son, Andrew Schalabba of Brunswick; parents, James Sr. and Rita Kerns of Brunswick; brothers, James (Paulette) Kerns of Medina and David (Margaret) Kerns of Denver; and grandchildren, Kody Gammey and Madison Kerns.
Service: 11 a.m. today at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, Brunswick Chapel, 1642 Pearl Road. The Rev. Donald Poest will officiate.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Medina County Hospice.


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