Miscellaneous Medina County, Ohio Obituaries

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Winona R. Leatherman
Winona R. Leatherman, 93, died peacefully at Magnolia Care and Rehabilitation Center on Dec. 22, 1997.
She was born in Sharon Township and had lived most of her life in Wadsworth Township.
Mrs. Leatherman is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Carl G. and Marian of Wadsworth and Bernard E. and Kathryn of Medina; grandsons, Bernard, Bradley and Christopher; and sister, Mildred Irwen of Millersburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold R., to whom she was married 52 years; and sister, Ethel Weber.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Poe Cemetery. Pastor Keith D. Hejnal officiated.
Those desiring may send memorials to the American Diabetes Association.

Clara L. Massey
Clara L. Massey, 87, of Hinckley Township, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at her home.
She was born in Vina, Ala., on May 1, 1910, and had been a Medina County resident for 15 years. Mrs. Massey enjoyed attending Medina Church of Christ, sewing and traveling with her family. She had been a housewife.
Mrs. Massey is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Norma G. Miele (Dominic) of Hinckley; sisters, Verbon Webb and Lorene Holcomb, both of Alabama; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Foy Massey; son, Williard; great-granddaughter, Jennifer Miele; four brothers; and two sisters.
Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road. Pastor Jim Duty will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Medina Church of Christ, 295 Forest Meadows Drive, Medina 44256.

Willard F. Bub
Willard F. Bub, 85, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 1997.
Mr. Bub was a mechanical engineer graduate and former owner of Machine & Tool Accessories Co. He was a 33rd degree Mason, Parma Lodge 721, with many affiliations, including Eastern Star, Shrine, Scottish Rite, York Rite bodies, Royal Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, and more.
Mr. Bub is survived by son, Richard (Carol) and Jeff (Sherry); grandchildren, Rick, Tim (Melissa), Todd, Shane, Heather and Brian; great-granddaughter, Samantha; sister, Marge Long of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth (nee Grumling); and second wife, Virginia (nee Christie).
Services are private.
The family requests memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital, Cincinnati.

Eugene O. Durst
Eugene O. Durst, 74, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, due to a massive stroke.
He retired from the Beacon Journal in 1987 with 30 years service.
He leaves his wife, Arleen of Wadsworth; son, Terry; special friend, Dan Tranberg of Cleveland; devoted friend, Tom Stevens of Cleveland; sister-in-law, Lucille E. Penfield of Cleveland; several nieces and nephews; and all of the caring people at Wadsworth Ford.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, where the family will receive friends one hour to service. The Rev. Kathy Rolenz, Terry Durst's longtime friend, will officiate.
Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family requests no flowers.

Cora I. Miller
Cora I. Miller, 91, of Medina, died Dec. 22, 1997, at Evergreen Care Center.
She was born on July 16, 1906, in Providence, R.I., and had been a Medina County resident since 1983. Mrs. Miller was a member of Medina Needlework Guild and Telephone Pioneers. She had been a secretary for New England Telephone & Telegraph (NETNT).
She is survived by her stepdaughter, Jacqueline Laliberte of Medina; four stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton, in 1982.
Services were held in Lincoln, R.I.
Burial: Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, R.I.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland 44106-3988.
Local arrangements are being handled by Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel.

Hazel H. Brooks
Hazel H. Brooks, 85, of Strongsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at Life Care Center of Medina.
She was born on July 26, 1912, in Williamson, W.Va., and had been a Medina County resident for 23 years. Mrs. Brooks was a member of the Business & Professional Women's Club, Leesburg, Fla., and was an elementary school teacher in Strongsville for 17 years.
She is survived by her husband, Howard W. Brooks, to whom she was married 62 years; daughter, Carolyn Ann Eissler (Robert) of Strongsville; sister, Mildred H. Justice of Maitland, Fla.; brother, Dee Hammon; grandchildren, David and Denise; and great-grandchildren, Marissa, Lauren, Steven and Matthew.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Pastor Barry Wolf will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
There will be no visiting hours.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 225 W. Exchange, Akron 44302.

Clara Bodenschatz
Clara Bodenschatz, 96, of Lodi, formerly of Summerhill, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at Pythian Sisters Home in Medina.
Born on March 4, 1901, in Summerhill, the daughter of John M. and Margaret (Wienzrel) Bodenschatz, she had resided in Cleveland for almost 60 years before moving to Lodi 12 years ago. Miss Bodenschatz was an executive secretary for most of her career, retiring at the age of 70. She was a member of Jesus Our Teacher Catholic Mission in Lodi.
She is survived by her nephew, Thomas Callahan of Lodi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; and four brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church, Summerhill. Fr. Daniel Wolfel OSB will officiate.
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, New Germany.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, South Fork, where a wake service will be held at 3.

Grace E. Speelman
Grace Eleanor Speelman, 81, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, at Life Care Center of Medina. She had Alzheimer's for the past 10 years.
She was born on Sept. 27, 1916, in Avalon, Pa., to Frank C. and Agnes (Hunter) McNeal. Mrs. Speelman was a member of First English Lutheran Church, Crestline, and retired as a secretary from the former A.M. Castle Metals of Galion. She was a member of Crestline Women's Club and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 43, Crestline, was a church organist for seven years, and taught Friendship Sunday school classes for 25 years.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Mickey Speelman M.D. of Medina; daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Scott Solsman of Columbus; five grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Bob O'Heron of Crestline.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence L. ''Tuffy'' Speelman, whom she married on Feb. 9, 1941, and preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1987; parents; two brothers; and one sister.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at First English Lutheran Church, Crestline.
Burial: Mansfield Memorial Park, Ontario.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Crestline.
Memorial contributions may be made to First English Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Assoc., in care of Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, 223 W. Main St., Crestline 44827.

Doris E. Parks
Doris E. Parks, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in Strongsville.
Born on Aug. 16, 1921, in Salem, Mich., she had lived in Lakewood for the past 17 years, previously living in Brunswick for 35 years. Mrs. Parks was a retired office manager for Medina County Veterans Service office.
Mrs. Parks is survived by her daughter, Nancy E. Parks of Strongsville; sister, Marion Brown of Michigan; and brothers, Ray and Don McCartney, both of Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Parks; son, David; sister, Ruth; and brother John.
Service will be held at a later date.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road, is in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League, 1729 Willey Ave., Cleveland 44113.

Lois M. Reep
Lois M. Reep, 92, of Medina, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, at Evergreen Care Center.
Born in Cleveland on May 5, 1905, she had been a Medina County resident for 26 years. Mrs. Reep enjoyed sewing and baking. She was employed as a sales clerk for Federal Department Store.
Mrs. Reep is survived by her daughter, Betty Jane Marx of Findley; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Jean White (Bob) of Tucson, Ariz.; son and daughter-in-law, William Alfred Reep Jr. (Ruth) of Medina; sister, Gladys Lemley of Columbus; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was the loving wife of her late husband, William.
Service: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Don W. Kraps will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Joseph P. Rice
Joseph P. Rice, 79, of Lodi, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at his home.
He was born March 4, 1918, in Lodi to Noble and Verda Stentz Rice and had resided in Lodi all of his life.
Mr. Rice was a former partner of Lodi Lumber Co., serving as secretary and treasurer of the family business until his retirement 10 years ago. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Lodi, the Lodi Rotary Club, Harrisville Masonic Lodge 137 and 32nd Degree Valley of Cleveland. Mr. Rice was also past president of the board of directors of the Medina County Bank and past director of the Lodi Auto Club. He was a lifelong woodworker, an avid golfer and had won many awards for roller skating.
Mr. Rice is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Noel (Juanita) Watson of Ashland; granddaughters, Jennifer Watson, 19, a college student at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and Nicki Watson, 16, of the home; sister, Mrs. Virginia Kennedy of Lodi; and brothers, Richard (Lynne) Rice of Westlake, David (Mary) Rice of Lodi and Charles (Agnes) Rice of Lodi.
He was preceded in death in December 1995 by his wife, Helen; and parents.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church, 114 Church St., Lodi. Pastor Stephen McLaughlin will officiate. A Masonic service will be held at 8:45 p.m. today at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.
Visiting hours: 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church, 114 Church St., Lodi 44254.

Walter R. Melrose
Walter R. ''Wally'' Melrose, 76, of Hinckley Township, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at his residence.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for many years. Mr. Melrose was a first counselor to the bishop at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He attended Kent State University for three years, was the past president of the Lions and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a medical lab tech at the 21 First Station Hospital Iran and Italy.
Mr. Melrose enjoyed fly fishing. He was a journeyman carpenter for 20 years, building homes in Cleveland and surrounding areas. He was a real estate broker for Greenwood Village Homes and Ken Cleveland Builders. Mr. Melrose was a member of the Realtors Million Dollar Roundtable and worked for Frank Hollo Construction.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Glen (April) of Medina; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Mark Beynon of Palmetto, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather, Luke and Jake; and sister, Marge Wild of Mentor.
Mr. Melrose was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, whom he married Nov. 24, 1943; and parents, Herald and Amolia.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4411 Windfall Road. Brian Laubaugh will officiate.
Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Hinckley Township.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road (state Route 18 and River Styx), Medina.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Cleveland MetroParks Systems ''Take a Kid Fishing'' fund.

Lawrence F. Malec
Lawrence F. Malec, 56, of Medina, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, at Metro General Hospital.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for 10 years. Mr. Malec was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, a hospitality greeter at St. Francis, a St. Francis PSR teacher for sixth grade and a St. Francis adopt-a-plot member. He was a member of the board of Realtors, the Pinewood Homeowners Association treasurer and the treasurer of the Thursday night Bowling League. Mr. Malec was also a member of the Medina Chamber of Commerce and a member of N.O.R.M.A.L.S. He was a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty.
Mr. Malec is survived by his wife, Diane of Medina, whom he married July 1, 1961; mother, Margaret Malec of Cleveland; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Tami of Seville and Matthew and Kellie of Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Nick Cinquepalmi of Parma and Sandra and James Downey of Medina; sister, Rosalie Plantan of North Royalton; and grandchildren, Nicholas, Nicole, Shannon, Katelyn and Alexandre.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St. Father Mark Hollis will officiate.
Burial: St. Francis Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road.

William D. Lowther Sr.
William D. Lowther Sr., 69, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, in Gainesville, Fla.
He was born April 28, 1928, in Armagh, Pa. Mr. Lowther was a member of the American Legion and VFW posts 10192 and 9520. He was a retired general supervisor from Ford Motor Co. of Brook Park. Mr. Lowther served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Marie ''May'' (nee Sposet); daughters, Barbara Copperman and Gerry (Dennis) Jolly, both of Brunswick; sons, Stephen (Cindy) Lowther of Medina and Richard Lowther of Atlanta; stepson, Donald Laux of Illinois; stepdaughter, Carol Stuczynski of Brook Park; sisters, Mae Lowther of Maryland, Peggy Isenberg of Indiana, Pa., and Carol Bash of Comadore, Pa.; brother, Robert Lowther of Armaga, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Lowther was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret; parents, Sylvester and Helen Lowther; four brothers; and two sisters.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick. The Rev. Barry Wolfe will officiate.
Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Edward Fischer
Edward Fischer, 67, of Lodi, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born June 13, 1930, in Cleveland to George and Katharina Lang Fischer and had lived in Chatham Township most of his life, moving to Lodi in 1980.
Mr. Fischer was a retired steel worker and was a U.S. Army and U.S. Marine veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma; sons, Steve and George, both of the home; stepdaughter, Mrs. Tim (Linda) Kratzer of Seville; stepson, Edward (Denise) Casteel of Lodi; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Fischer was preceded in death by his parents.
Service: 1 p.m. today at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. Pastor James Siekbert will officiate.
Burial: Chatham Cemetery.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to the service today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

John E. Hosmer
John E. Hosmer, 53, of Guilford Township, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at his residence after a 1«-year illness.
Mr. Hosmer was born in Akron and resided in Guilford Township for 15 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Wadsworth FOE 2117. Mr. Hosmer was employed at Teknor-Apex Co. for 15 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Pam Sue Hosmer-Snyder of Wooster; three grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, George and Geraldine of Wadsworth Township; two nephews; and a niece.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kenny; and parents, Jean and Leone.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Harold F. Fair will officiate.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County or American Cancer Society.
Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline E. Kale
Pauline E. Kale, 71, of Sharon Center, died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, at her residence following an extended illness.
She was born in 1926 in Grayling, Mich., to George and Jenny (Finley) Charvat and moved to Medina County as a child. She was a former resident of North Royalton, where she drove a school bus for many years and served as a 4-H adviser. She moved to Sharon Center in 1974. Mrs. Kale was a member of Medina Presbyterian Church and Skypark Low Flyers Club motorcycle group.
She is survived by her husband, George ''Tink'' Kale, to whom she had been married 51 years; children, Pam McCosh of Brook Park, Edith Lemermeier of Weymouth, Cindee Tyree of Wadsworth and Clifford Kale of Lodi; brother, Martin Charvat of Hinckley Township; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Debra Sue Kale.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Medina Presbyterian Church, 5020 Burgundy Bay Blvd. The Rev. James Gilbert will officiate.
Private family burial will be held at Bennett's Corners Cemetery, Brunswick.
Friends may call one-half hour prior to service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Township Rescue Squad, 1274 Sharon Copley Road, Wadsworth 44281.
Arrangements are being handled by Roberts Funeral Home, Wooster.

Arvin E. Sims
Arvin E. ''Pete'' Sims, 76, passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 1998.
He was born in Gadsden, Ala., on Feb. 8, 1921. Mr. Sims retired from Babcock & Wilcox with 35 years of service. He had served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Clussie Virginia Sims; children, Rick (Charlotte) Sims of Barberton, Donna (Jamie) Fryberger of Wadsworth, Calvin (Merline) Sims, Marie (Robert) Sandford and Kenneth (Dot) Sims, all of Alabama; special grandchildren, John North, Julie North Fredrick, Eric Fryberger, Rickey Sims Jr. and Debbie Sims Ridder; three brothers; and special mother-in-law, Susie Wright.
Service: Noon Thursday at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. The Rev. Jeff Ball and Pastor Fred Webb will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery where VFW Post 1066 will conduct military services.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


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