Miscellaneous Medina County, Ohio Obituaries

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Lawrence V. Kusmierek
Lawrence V. Kusmierek, 47, of Brunswick, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, in Middleburg Heights.
He was born Feb. 8, 1952, in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for 18 years. He worked as a bus mechanic for the city of Strongsville and was disabled since 1995.
He is survived by his daughters, Tiffany, Lauren and Mandi Kusmierek, all of Olmsted Falls; mother, Wanda Blauman of Cleveland; and sisters, Diane Opal and Beverly Klimas.
Service: 11 a.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).
Burial: Lutheran Cemetery, Hinckley Township.
Donations for the family suggested, in care of Waite & Son Funeral Homes.

Julia McDermott
Julia McDermott (nee Berg), 74, of Brunswick, died Monday, March 1, 1999, at her home.
She was born in Czechoslovakia and had been a Medina County resident for 40 years. She had worked at Burger King.
Mrs. McDermott is survived by her sons, James (Pat) of Medina and Terrence (Liz) of Brunswick; daughters, Patricia (Dave) Bell of Clearfield, Pa., and Judy (Mike) Peaco of West Salem; sister, Mary Schepis of Cleveland; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyril T. McDermott Jr.
Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ambrose Church, Brunswick. Father Jackson will officiate.
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Jardine Funeral Home, 14701 Pearl Road, Strongsville.

Edward M. Zitko
Edward M. "Eddie" Zitko, 69, of Brunswick, died suddenly Tuesday, March 2, 1999 in Flagler County, Fla.
He was born April 8, 1929, in McKinleyville, W.Va., and had been a Medina County resident for 42 years. Mr. Zitko retired in 1982 as a die maker at the Chevrolet Plant in Parma. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Zitko loved woodworking and fishing trips to Canada. He was a member of Brunswick VFW.
He is survived by his sons, Randy M. (Debra) Zitko of Medina and Scott E. Zitko of Levittown, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Vlada Zhiteleva of Levittown; daughter, Tracy L. (Michael) Liposec of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; and grandchildren, Lisa, Kimberly, Danielle, Benjamin and Anastasia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Pauline (nee Chesla) Zitko Sr.; one sister; brothers, Peter Jr. and Joseph; granddaughter, Amy; and son, Ronald.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lucille V. Zitko
Lucille "Lucy" V. Zitko, 68, of Brunswick, died suddenly Tuesday, March 2, 1999, in Flagler County, Fla.
She was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Wheeling, W.Va., and had been a Medina County for 42 years.
She was retired after 35 years as an obstetrics nurse at Medina General Hospital. Following retirement, Mrs. Zitko was a volunteer at Medina General. She loved her work helping others.
She is survived by her sons, Randy M. (Debra) Zitko of Medina and Scott E. Zitko of Levittown, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Vlada Zhitelva of Levittown; daughters, Tracy L. (Michael) Liposec of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; grandchildren, Lisa, Kimberly, Danielle, Benjamin and Anastasia; sister, Patricia (David) Wood of St. Clairsville, Ohio; brothers, Donald (Linda) Fortney of Valley City and David (Shelly) Fortney of St. Clairsville; and mother, Sophia Fortney of St. Clairsville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Osborne Fortney; granddaughter, Amy; and son, Ronald.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick.
Memorial contributions may be made to Medina General Hospital Obstetrics Department or Akron General Hospital Neo-Natal Department.

Ronald K. Zitko
Ronald K. "Goose" Zitko, 43, of Ormand Beach, Fla., died suddenly Tuesday, March 2, 1999, in Flagler County, Fla.
He was born April 21, 1955, in Wheeling, W.Va., and had been a Florida resident for 17 years. Mr. Zitko was a self-employed remodeling contractor. He was an avid sports enthusiast.
He is survived by his sister, Tracy L. (Michael) Liposec of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; brothers, Randy M. (Debra) Zitko of Medina and Scott E. Zitko of Levittown, Pa.; and sister-in-law, Vlada Zhiteleva of Levittown.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71). The Rev. Al Hubler will officiate.
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Edward Pirman II
Edward Pirman II, 54, of Medina, beloved son of Edward and Margaret Pirman, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born Feb. 1, 1945, in Wadsworth and lived in Medina for the past 10 years, previously residing in Wadsworth. He was a cashier at the Medina County Achievement Center and was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Wadsworth.
He is survived by his parents, Edward and Margaret (Weakland) Pirman of Wadsworth; sister, Kimbra Gospodinsky of Wadsworth; nephew, Kolby; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman. The Rev. Jonathan A. Knight will officiate.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medina County Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road, Medina 44256.

Virginia E. Haney
Virginia E. Haney (nee Jackson), 81, of Medina, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
She was born in Cass, W.Va., and was a Medina County resident for 39 years. She was a member of Litchfield Assembly of God. Mrs. Haney was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert F. Haney of Medina; sons, Norman F. Haney (Lila) of Lodi and Melvin L. Haney of Seville; sister, Marie Teeter of Coalton, W.Va.; brother, Dewey Jackson of Carolton, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Delmas.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Pastor Samuel Calhoun will officiate.
Burial: York Township Cemetery, Mallet Creek.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mary Ann Kresse
Mary Ann Kresse, 87, of Brunswick, formerly of Bedford, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, in Medina.
She was born March 29, 1911, in Cleveland, and was a Medina County resident for 12 years. Mrs. Kresse was a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Julius) Shadi and Margie (Ron) Zak, all of Brunswick, Betty (Thomas) Fanara of Euclid and Cindy (Marc) Chanson of Medina; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Branyik of Mentor and Ethel Komlos of Garfield Heights; brothers, Alex Pall Jr. of Lyndhurst and Julius Pall of Garfield Heights.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward W. Kresse; and parents, Alex Pall Sr. and Mary (nee Seaman) Pall.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
Burial: All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).

Eugene E. Coffey
Eugene E. "Gene" Coffey, died Feb. 24, 1999, in Okarche, Okla.
He was born Sept. 15, 1917, in Okarche to E.J. and Mary Ellen Coffey. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1941 and soon after was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to research and development of the Navy guided missile program at Cal Tech in Pasadena, Calif. When that project was moved to the Mojave Desert, he continued the same work as a civilian after his discharge from the Navy. In 1963, he transferred to NASA and worked in the research and development of outer space rockets, particularly the Centaur.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy; children, Regina Alig, Paula Coffey, Judy Shapiro, Greg Coffey, Brian Coffey, Mike Coffey, Marian Coffey, Bob Coffey and Jim Coffey.
Funeral services were held in Okarche on Feb. 29.
The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Xavier Building Fund.

Cora G. Coleman
Cora Geneva Coleman peacefully slipped away from us in Escondido, Calif., on Feb. 26, 1999, where she lived for the past 15 years.
She was born on Dec. 20, 1909, in Pomroy, Ohio, but lived most of her life in Medina County. Prior to moving to Escondido, Geneva and her husband, Francis Marion Coleman Jr. lived in Bakersfield, Calif., where he worked for the Bakersfield, Californian Newspaper. Geneva was married to Raymond Benner Auker, Wadsworth, until his untimely death from tuberculosis in 1932. She dealt with adversity early when she was widowed in Arizona where she and her husband had gone for his health. With three small children under the age of 4 and her husband's body, she returned to family in Ohio in mid-winter by unheated train. She survived all that and brought a smile to the face of those around her.
She will be missed by her children, Claribell Wagner of Escondido, Joyce Lane of Lead, S.D., and Raymond B. Auker Jr. of San Francisco. Geneva was the matriarch of a large adoring family of 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Harry Lee Carpenter of Bloomington, Calif.
A memorial service will be held in Escondido on Mar. 20 and her ashes will be scattered in the desert which she loved.

Jack D. Ickes
Jack D. Ickes, 73, of Wadsworth, died Monday, March 8, 1999, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Weyland, Ohio, to Dwight and Charlotte (Bell) Ickes. He attended Ohio State University and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a salesman for American General Life and Accident Insurance Co. for 18 years, retiring in 1985. Mr. Ickes was a member a Sacred Heart Church in Wadsworth. He enjoyed gardening, golf, reading, playing cards and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Renicker), whom he married July, 19, 1951; children and spouses, Linda and Daniel Winkler of Smithville and Susan and Chet Zielinski of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Daniel and Angie Winkler, Kristie Petty, Stephainie and Rachel Maher and Brittany Zielinski.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Edgar and Robert Ickes.
Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Roberts Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, corner of Acme and Seville roads, Wadsworth. Father Joseph Labak will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, where military rites will be held.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to service on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256.

Stanley E. Mersing
Stanley E. Mersing, 92, of Medina, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, at Evergreen Care Center, Medina.
He was born in Elkins, W.Va., and had been a resident of Medina County for 77 years. Mr. Mersing was a longtime member of Izaak Walton League. He was a dental technician for Stan Nichols DDS. He owned and operated a small engine and mower repair business, known as "Stan the Carburetor Man," and also worked for the city of Medina at Spring Grove Cemetery. He served in the U.S. Navy Seebees in World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He is survived by his grandsons, Mike, Scott and Jeff Burlingame; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Thursa Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Berenice; daughter, Dorothy; and parents, Tasie and Erwin Mersing.
Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. John Hays 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 Izaak Walton League, c/o Carl Jessie, 581 S. Broadway, Medina, 44256.

Robert W. Randolph
Robert W. "Tex" Randolph Jr., 54, of Wadsworth, died Friday, March 5, 1999, at Barberton Citizens Hospital, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Randolph was born in San Antonio and was a lifelong resident of Wadsworth. He was employed with the city of Wadsworth for 27 years as an inspector in the engineering department and then park superintendent. He retired in 1989. He was a member of Wadsworth United Methodist Church, Lodge 385 F&A.M., Chapter 102 Order of Eastern Star and formerly the Wadsworth Shade Tree Commission and the ADA committee for the city of Wadsworth. Mr. Randolph was also a past Little League commissioner, an All Sports booster and an avid Beanie Baby collector.
Mr. Randolph will be truly missed by his wife Sandy (nee Noe); sons and daughters-in-law, Tim of Akron, Bart and Becky and Matt, all of Wadsworth, and Rex and Holly of Rittman; grandchildren, Bart II and Brandon; mother, Mildred of Wadsworth; sister, Pam Lawson of Wadsworth; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Sr.
Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wadsworth United Methodist Church, 195 Broad St. The Revs. James D. Foster and Carol A. Cutting will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, where Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m.
Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Medina County or Wadsworth United Methodist Church Building Fund.

William E. Rice
William E. Rice of Decatur, Ga., died Wednesday, March 3, 1999.
He was born Dec. 10, 1931, in Elyria, the son of the late Nadine Motts Rice and Gerald Stowell Rice. He was a 1949 graduate of Timken High School in Canton and graduated from Stetson University, DeLand, Fla., in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Ky., from 1953-55. Following his marriage in 1955 to Elizabeth Ann Osburn of Orlando, he lived in Canton, where they were active members of Christ the King Presbyterian Church. He began a business career in partnership with his father and brother in the family business, the Maytag Rice Co., in Canton and then moved to Florida, where he worked for several years in the home building and contracting business.
From 1963 to 1973 he was a Presbyterian missionary in Taiwan, serving as business manager of the mission and later hospital administrator of the Changhua Christian International Mission of the Presbyterian Church U.S. In 1987, Mr. Rice became executive director of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, where he was an elder and from which he retired in December 1996. He was active in the church's mission programs, particularly at the St. Croix Hospital in Haiti and an ongoing multi-faceted educational, agricultural and medical development program on the Haitian island of LaGonave. He served on the boards of the American Leprosy Mission and Children's Cross Connection, an organization providing treatment, transportation and surgery for underprivileged children from the Caribbean and Central America.
Mr. Rice is survived by his wife, Elizabeth O. Rice; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Karolyn Rice of Decatur and Philip and Elizabeth Rice of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Brendan William, Brian Carl, Kara Elizabeth and Erin Marissa; sisters, Mrs. William J. (Geraldine) Burden of Mendham, N.J., and Mrs. Richard J. (Sue) Mears of Huntington, W.Va.; and brother, George Rice of Massillon.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. today at Southview Cemetery, Sullivan.
His life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Peachtree Street, Atlanta.
Carlson Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road, is in charge of local arrangements.

Louise M. Berger
Louise M. Berger, 67, of Litchfield Township, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at her residence.
She was born in Cleveland and had been a lifetime resident of Medina County. She had been a Cub Scout den mother for Pack 3504 and had helped to organize community support for Litchfield Youth Boosters. Mrs. Berger was retired from Hardware Wholesalers Inc. of Medina.
She is survived by her husband Joseph, to whom she was married 42 years; sons, Duane (Donna) Berger of Clay, Ala., Greg (Carolyn) Berger and Bruce (Becky) Berger, both of Litchfield; daughter, Ellen Judy of Litchfield; grandchildren, Scott, Nick, Jacob, Bret, Clay, Jen, Chelsey, Carrie, Ryan and Katie; great-granddaughter, Alexis; and special friends, Eleanor Prante, Janet Bower and Warren Judy.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frederick and William Prante; and parents, Henry and Louise Prante.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. David Shimp will officiate.
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256.

Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson, 77, of Bradenton, Fla., died Monday, March 8, 1999, at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
He was born June 11, 1921, in Medina Township and had been a Medina County resident before retiring in 1981 to Manatee County, Fla. Mr. Johnson was a retired florist. He was a member of VFW in Medina, Medina Masonic Lodge 58 and Valley of Cleveland Scottish Rite. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; daughter, Christena Strine of Marion; son, Robert L. of Farmington, Minn.; sister, Leatha Behner of Wadsworth; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Monday at Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1204 14th St., West Bradenton, FL 34205; or Hospice of S.W. Florida (Bradenton Area), 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Dorothy Neumeyer
Dorothy Neumeyer, 76, of Brunswick, died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at Life Care Center of Medina.
She was born in Tallmadge to Karl and Myrtle Kramer. Mrs. Neumeyer had been a resident of Medina County for 60 years, residing at Brunswick United Labor Tower for 15 years. She was very involved in the senior citizens activities while living in Brunswick. Mrs. Neumeyer was a homemaker and she dearly loved children.
She is survived by her children: Rita (Kenneth) Hist of Valley City; Robert (Suzanne) Neumeyer of Newark; and David Neumeyer of Olmsted Falls; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Elverna Beach of Norton, Carrie Zinn of Kokomo, Ind., and Betty Griffin of Elyria; and brothers, Walter Kramer of Florida and Gene Kramer of Akron.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Neumeyer, in 1988; daughter, Patricia Neptune, in 1991; brother, Karl Kramer, in 1990; and sisters, Marilyn Born and Lucille Schleigh.
Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin of Tours, 1824 Station Road, Valley City. The Rev. Thomas Dunphy will officiate.
Burial: St. Martin Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Maynard D. Ewing
Maynard D. Ewing, 85, of Medina, died Thursday, March 11,1999, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Lafayette Township and had been a lifelong Medina County resident. He was an avid citizens band radio enthusiast known as "Landlord." Mr. Ewing was admired by many for his perseverance and determination in continuing his active lifestyle after the loss of his sight. He was employed by Permold until 1945. Mr. Ewing owned and operated rental property until retirement in 1981.
He is survived by his son, Donald (Sara) Ewing of Medina; daughter, Marcene Mandato of Medina; sisters, Marguerite Turner of Medina and Louise Bawolak of Olmsted Falls; grandsons, Doug Ewing and Angelo Mandato, both of Medina; granddaughter, Dr. Francine Mandato of Columbus; and three great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Rosalie; sons, Richard and Frank; sister, Madeline Schroeder; and brothers, Kenneth Ewing and Guy Golden.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. David Weiner will officiate.
Burial: Northwest Lafayette Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Robert J. Fitzgerald Jr.
Robert J. Fitzgerald Jr. has passed away.
He was the beloved husband of Christine K. (Tomanek); dear father of Brian, Thomas and Robert; loving son of Mary (nee Rauch) and the late Robert J. Sr.; brother of Kathleen Palker, Anita Zupich, Janice Ulmer, Margaret Mary and Gregory; and grandfather of two.
Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernadette Church.
Interment: Elmhurst Park Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 4 to 8 p.m. today at Berry Funeral Home, 23040 Center Ridge Road (east of Clague), Westlake.

Winifred L. Ganyard
Winifred L. Ganyard, 93, of Medina, died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina.
A complete obituary will appear in Thursday's Gazette.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

James R. Weilert
James R. Weilert, 57, of Medina, died Feb. 27, 1999, at his home.
He was born Feb. 20, 1942, in Cook County, Ill., and was a Medina resident for the past five years. Mr. Weilert grew up in Manhasset, N.Y., and then lived in Mineola, N.Y., for many years, where he raised four children. He was a dedicated employee of TWA for 27 years at Kennedy Airport. He loved to read, the outdoors and working out at Powerhouse Gym. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna Mullen of New York; sons, Richard, Darrell and Brett, all of New York; a daughter-in-law of New York; son-in-law, Thomas Mullen of New York; grandchildren, Thomas, Stephanie and Shannon, all of New York; brother, Thomas of New York; and sister-in-law, Joanne of New York; and sister, Judith of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Geraldine; and best friend, Bill Radak.
Services were held at Corpus Christi RC Church in Mineola on Thursday.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, was in charge of local arrangements.

Frances E. Burrows
Frances Eva Burrows, 84, of Medina, died Friday, March, 12, 1999, at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina.
She was born May 6, 1914, in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for many years. Mrs. Burrows was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons, Charles (Estelle) and Albert (Betty); daughter, Lillian Simek; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert.
Service: Noon Tuesday at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road, (River Styx Road and state Route 18).
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Cleveland.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leona J. DeVoe
Leona Jane DeVoe, 74, of Lodi, died Sunday, March 14, 1999, at Samaritan Care Center in Medina.
She was born Feb. 26, 1925, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Peter and Mary Burley Emery and lived in Chatham Township and Wadsworth prior to moving to Lodi in 1965. She was a receptionist and office worker for Invacare in Lodi and also worked at Lodi Community Hospital. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Homer Township and Lodi Rebekah Lodge.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. James (Diane) Lee of Gahanna; son, Bill (Linda) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a number of grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; sisters, Eylaine (Harvey) Mace and Greta Roberts, both of Lodi, and Kay Hall of Medina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 1995; and brothers, Arden and Jim Emery.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. The Rev. Theodore Pelikan will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mitzi Gillam
Mitzi Gillam, 81, of Lafferty, Ohio, died Friday, March 12, 1999, at Park Heath Care Center at St. Clairsville, Ohio.
She was born Nov. 16, 1917, in Yorkville, Ohio, to the late Mele Mistovich and Cvijeta Segan Mistovich. She was a member of St. Cyril Methodius Orthodox Church in Bellaire, Ohio.
She is survived by her son, Mitch Gillam of Lorain; daughters, Mrs. Robert (Nancy) Solar of St. Clairsville and Mary Gillam of Metaine, La.; brother, Charles Mistovich of Georgia; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Moses Gillam, in 1980.
Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Toothman Funeral Home, St. Clairsville. Father Rade Merick will officiate.
Burial: Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cyril Methodius Church, 527 44th St., Bellaire, 43906.

Gloria K. O'Neil
Gloria K. O'Neil (nee Frank), 61, of Medina, previously of Youngstown, died Saturday, March 13, 1999, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 28, 1938, in Youngstown to Michael and Ann Frank and had been a Medina County resident for five years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and was very active with both the church and school. She was also active with Optimist International, was a former member of Angel Tree Optimist Club in Knoxville, Tenn. Mrs. O'Neil was a homemaker and enjoyed her family and traveling.
She is survived by her husband, William of Medina, whom she married July 18, 1959; son, Dennis of Washington, D.C.; daughters, Terri (John) O'Neil-Titch of Stow, Diane Cates of Akron, Patricia O'Neil of Pocono Summit, Pa., and Denise ("Chip") O'Neil-Johnson of Greenbriar, Tenn.; mother, Ann Maslowski of Medina; brother, Robert Frank of California; and grandchildren, Daniel, Pamela and Jessica Cates, and Isaac, Michael and Kaycee O'Neil.
She was preceded in death by her father, Michael; and brother, Richard Frank.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St. Father Stephen Kaminski will officiate.
Burial: St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road (state Route 18).
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church or Optimist International Foundation, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MI 63108.

Ethel R. Powers
Ethel R. Powers, 74, of Clay, Ky., died Saturday, March 13, 1999, at Colonial Terrace Nursing Home in Sebree, Ky.
She was born June 15, 1924, in Union County, Ky., and was a retired cook and housewife. She was a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 5488. She was Catholic.
She is survived by her sons, Mike Powers of Clay and Kenny Powers of Wake Forest, N.C.; daughters, Phyllis Hartley of Clay, Brenda Becerra of Wake Forest and Judy Dreher of Chippewa Lake; brothers, Joseph Abell and Jimmy Abell, both of Morganfield, Ky., and David Abell of Greenwood, Ind.; sisters, Lois Ware of Clay, Ann Shofner and Joyce Powell, both of Morganfield, Mary Bosse of Indiana, Barbara Abell of Henderson, Ky., and Fannie McSpadden of Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and good friend, Bea Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Henry Abell; and great-grandson, Jerrod Bumpus.
Service: 2 p.m. today at Townsend Funeral Home, 140 U.S. Highway 41A South, Dixon, Ky. The Rev. Earl Reeves will officiate.
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Dixon.
Visiting hours: 8 a.m. till time of service at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Hospice in Webster County and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Rose M. Riedel
Rose Marie Riedel (nee Hama), 70, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 12, 1999, at Medina General Hospital, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 28, 1929, in Lakewood and had been a Medina County resident for 20 years. She was member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Medina and child caretaker in a private home for 10 years. She also enjoyed outdoor trips and lakeside retreats.
She is survived by her husband, Art, to whom she was married 44 years; son, Bruce Jeffrey of Austin, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Bryan Jividen of Akron; three grandchildren; three sisters; and three brothers.
She was preceded in death by three brothers.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71). Pastor Tom W. Schwartz will officiate.
Interment: Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 225 W. Exchange St., Akron, 44302; or the Kidney Foundation of Medina County, P.O. Box 114, Brunswick, 44212.

Donald A. Young
Donald A. Young, passed away Thursday, March 11, 1999, after a courageous five-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.
He was born and raised locally and graduated from Parma High School in 1938, where he excelled in wrestling, boxing and football. Mr. Young attended the University of Michigan, where he continued his wrestling career. After graduating in 1942, with a degree in economics, he attended the Weather Training School, the Army Air Force and attained an officer's ranking. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta.
Mr. Young married Dorothy Morton in 1948 while working for Ferro Corp. and then joined Crowley Thomeson, a local chemical company. In 1959, he founded Young Chemical, with the help of his wife, as a local distributor and he remained chairman of the board. Young Chemical is now headquartered in Brook Park and is still totally owned by family members. Mr. Young was an original member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors, the Cleveland Chemical Association and the Michigan Club.
Mr. Young was an avid golfer, having shot four different holes-in-one, three coming at Lakewood Country Club, where he was a member since 1962. He was also a 14-year member of El Conquistador Country Club in Bradenton, Fla. Gardening was another passion, but his greatest pride was his daughters and grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Young and Todd Kroehle and Nancy Young and Robert Lisey; and grandchildren, Scott and Kelly Kroehle and Heather and Sarah Lisey.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Memorial service: 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 p.m. until time of service Tuesday at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or a charity of choice.


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