|Elmer N. Graham
Elmer N. Graham, 91, of Medina, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at
Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Newcomerstown, and was a Medina County resident since
1925. He was a member of Medina Assembly of God Church.
Mr. Graham was employed by Graham Well Drilling and was a member of
Ohio Well Drillers Association. He was the recipient of many awards for
his many achievements in his profession.
He is survived by his wife, Velma Graham (nee Dickerman), to whom he
was married 61 years; sons, Roger (Jeraldeen) Graham and George (Donna)
Graham, both of Medina; grandchildren, Kellie, Jeff, Steven and Ann; and
He was preceded in death by his son, Clifford; and 11 brothers and
Memorial service: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Medina Assembly of God Church,
830 W. Lafayette Road, Medina. The Rev. Ron Dress will officiate.
Burial: Mallet Creek Cemetery.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to the service at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Medina Assembly
of God Church.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina, is in charge of arrangements.
Amelia F. Hatcher
Amelia F. Hatcher, 61, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 21, 1999.
She was born March 1, 1938, in Spencer, W.Va. to Willis Vernon and
Hattie Maxine (Matheny) Carpenter, but resided in the Norton area for 45
She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, Ralph Hatcher;
daughters, Darlene (Bruce) Greenwood and Vivian (Dale) West ; sons, Terry
(Sarah) Hatcher, Ronnie (Carol) Hatcher and Kenneth (Michele) Hatcher;
12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. today at Roberts Funeral Home-Hillcrest Chapel, corner
of Acme and Seville roads, Wadsworth. The Rev. Glenn Rogers Jr. will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Temple Baptist Building
Fund, P.O. Box 181, Green, OH 44232.
Mary E. Hoban
Mary E. Hoban (nee Williamson), 73, passed away.
She was the beloved wife of John H.; dear mother of Robert (Pat) Fuller
and Shirley (Bob) Kenderes; grandmother of 14; and great-grandmother of
She was preceded in death by her son, Raymond Fuller, and 12 sisters.
Service: 6 p.m. Sunday at Carlson, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477
Medina Road, (state Route 18, ½ mile west of Interstate 71) Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family suggests contributions to Hospice of Medina County, 797
N. Court St., Medina, 44256.
Leota (Rusty) Holbert, 84, of Brunswick, died Thursday, April 22, 1999,
at Pearlview Nursing Home.
She was born in Burnthouse, W.Va., and was a Medina County resident
for several years. Mrs. Holbert was an avid bowler and she enjoyed participating
in the Senior Olympics. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her children, William D. of Summersville, W.Va.,
Carolyn of Brunswick, Frederick Gale of Elko, Nev., Richard Gale of Detroit,
Mich., and Barbara Sue of Leesville, La.; sister, Helen Shaffer of Ann
Arbor, Mich.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.
Service: 6 p.m. today at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley
City. The Rev. Richard Powers will officiate.
Graveside service: 10 p.m. today at Richwood Cemetery, Richwood, W.Va.
Visiting hours: 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Marie Lowe, 90, of Brunswick, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at Pearlview
Skilled Care Center in Brunswick.
She was born in Cleveland and was a Brunswick resident for three years.
Mrs. Lowe was a member of the Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons -- Branch
4 of Cleveland. She enjoyed ballroom dancing and bowling in her younger
She is survived by her daughter, Carol (James) Peabody of Brunswick;
and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, in 1981.
Services were held on Friday.
Burial: Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, Cleveland.
Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home in Brunswick, handled arrangements.
James C. Martin
James C. Martin Sr. , 83, of Medina, died Thursday, April 22, 1999,
at Ohio Pythian Sister Home.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for five
years. Mr. Martin was a clerk for General Motors in Cleveland for 30 years.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a member of the Indoor
Gardening Society in Cleveland.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Martin (nee Probeck) of Medina;
sons, James C. Martin Jr. (Nancy) of Chatham and Philip F. Martin (Christine)
of Granger; granddaughters, Helen Greenya and Susan Febus; grandsons, Matthew
and Edward Martin; and great-granddaughters, Caitlyn Smith and Lauren Greenya.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Orrville.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina
Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Jim Duty will officiate.
Burial: Lakewood Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation, 10065
Johnnycake Ridge, Painesville, OH 44077; or Ohio Pythian Home, 550 Miner
Drive, Medina, 44256.
Stella Rozak (nee Stefanski), 88, of Parma, died Friday, April 23,
1999, at Mt. Alverna Home, Parma.
She was born Nov. 3, 1910. Mrs. Rozak was a member of Altar & Rosary
Society of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. Mrs. Rozak was
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Rozak (Colleen) of Medina; granddaughters,
Marilyn Rozak Pastor (Keith) of Akron, Patricia Lavery (Keith) of Chippewa
Lake and Betsy of Akron; grandsons, Michael (Michelle) and Harold (Tammy),
both of Akron, Michael Burgdorfer of Columbus and John of Medina; sisters,
Sophie Zenda of Seven Hills and Helen Schlekie of Garfield Heights; brother,
Anthony Stefanski of Parma; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1984.
Service: 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart of Jesus, East 71st & Kazimier
Burial: Calvary Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Komorowski Funeral
Home, 4105 East 71st St., Cleveland.
Miyo Tenorio, 66, of Brunswick, passed away Thursday, April 22, 1999,
at her residence.
She was born March 20, 1933, in Japan and was a Medina County resident
for many years. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Tenorio is survived by her husband, Cecil; son, Myron of Brunswick;
grandson, Alexander of Brunswick; three brothers; and two sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642
Pearl Road, Brunswick. Rev. Father Robert Jackson will officiate.
Burial: Lutheran Memorial Cemetery, Hinckley.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Esther B. Baker
Esther B. Baker, 77, of North Olmsted, passed away Saturday, April
24, 1999, at Fairview Hospital.
Mrs. Baker was born in Mentor in 1921 and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Jacob F.; children, Beverley (George)
Lambert of Medina, Ronald of Atlanta and Carol (David) Gresh and David
(Dawn), both of Creston; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters,
Florence Pratt, Norma Schultz and Jean Liddy; and brothers, Walter, Lydall,
Richard, Albert and Edward Beekman.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the new chapel at Sunset Memorial Park,
6245 Columbia Road, North Olmsted.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel.
Dostal Funeral Services, North Olmsted, is in charge of arrangements.
Mary J. Barnhart
Mary J. Barnhart, 93, formerly of Lodi, passed away Saturday, April
24, 1999, in Lady Lake, Fla.
She was a retired nursing supervisor at Medina General Hospital.
A complete obituary will appear in The Gazette next week.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Seville, is in charge of arrangements.
Doreen V. Mapes
Doreen V. Mapes, 71, of Lodi, died Friday, April 23, 1999, at Castle
Nursing Home in Millersburg.
She was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Chatham Township to Glyde and Edith
Pratt Meek and was a lifelong resident of the Lodi area. Mrs. Mapes was
a former employee of Lodi Community Hospital and member of Zion Lutheran
Church in Homer Township.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; sons, Larry (Letha) of Lodi and
Gary of Valley City; grandchildren, Ashley and Tyson; sisters, Edith Pandur
of Medina, Lucille Trunk of Drumright, Harriett Yothers of Florida and
Alice Aldrich of Toledo; and brothers, Glenn Meek of Lodi and Willard Meek
of West Salem.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Earl, Harold
and Clare Meek.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Burbank Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran
Church in Homer or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Parker & Son Funeral Home, Lodi, is in charge of arrangements.
Phyllis D. Thunhorst
Phyllis D. Thunhorst, 90, of Wooster, died Sunday, April 25, 1999,
at Karrington of Wooster.
She was born in 1908 in Georgetown, Guyana, to James E. and Philomena
(D'Ornellas) Bennernagel. Mrs. Thunhorst was a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughters, Joan Custer and Betty (John) Schuler,
both of Wooster; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Thunhorst, in 1993;
and brothers, Norman and James Bennernagel.
Service: 1 p.m. today at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel. The
Rev. Wayne Giesler will officiate.
Entombment: Sherwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Donna B. Davis
Donna B. Davis, 67, of Seville, died Monday morning, April 26, 1999,
as a result of an auto accident near Creston.
She was born June 17, 1931, near Sterling to Floyd E. and Alta M. (Hartel)
Gingery. Mrs. Davis was a 1949 graduate of Sterling High School. In 1998,
she retired from Tenneco Products (PCA) in Rittman, following nearly 50
years of service. She was employed at Akron Hearing Health and was a member
of Sterling United Methodist Church, where she was the treasurer. She was
a former organist and choir member and member of PCA Fitness Club. Mrs.
Davis was a former secretary/treasurer for the Sterling alumni banquet.
She was a member of various bowling leagues, having bowled in Creston,
Rittman and Wadsworth.
She is survived by her husband, William Davis, whom she married Sept.
29, 1951; children, Douglas Davis of Smithville, Cheryl and Walt Muller
of Creston and Janice and Dan Bauman of Sterling; grandsons, Chad and Brett
Muller, Erik and Sean Davis and Judson and Logan Bauman; brother and sister-in-law,
Floyd E. and Vi Gingery of Wadsworth; sisters and brothers-in-law, Thelma
and Forrest Uhler of Creston, Fern and Delbert Sayre of Smithville, Betty
Lucas of Marion, Clara and Ervin Schaffter of Sterling and Treva and Dale
Wirth of Creston; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, LaVonne "Bonnie"
Shaffer; and infant sister, Mada.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St.,
Creston. The Rev. Fay A. Botten will officiate.
Burial: Creston Maple Mound Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Betty M. Fallows
Betty M. Fallows, 63, of Wadsworth, died Monday, April 26, 1999, at
Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Sharon Township and resided in Wadsworth since 1960.
She was a member of Wadsworth Doll Club and former 4-H adviser. Betty was
a loving mother and grandmother whose cheerful positive attitude was an
inspiration for us all. She always put the needs of other people before
her own and will be forever loved and missed by all who knew and loved
She is survived by her husband, William E.; son, David N. of Wadsworth;
daughter, Jennifer of Wadsworth; daughter and son-in-law, Amy L. and Derek
Leaberry of Queenstown, Md.; grandchildren, Jack and Hannah; brother and
sister-in-law, Adam and Kay Maximuk of Brooklyn; brother-in-law, Michael
Horvath of Traverse City, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Genevieve Roshon and Cecelia
Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174
N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Pastor Leslie F. Critchfield will officiate.
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Elsie S. Marsal
Elsie S. Marsal (nee Schindelholz), 99, of Medina, died Tuesday, April
27, 1999, at Sophia Huntington Parker Home.
She was born Jan. 22, 1900, in Cleveland to Jacob and Anna Schindelholz
and was a Medina County resident for 28 years. She met and married William
Marsal at the Stone Shoe Co. in Cleveland. They started their own shoe
store, which became the well-known Marsel Scientific Shoe Co. After her
husband's death in 1958, she continued to operate the business for a period
of time. Upon her retirement, she resided at her home in Weymouth. She
loved outdoor gardening and feeding wildlife. She was an avid bridge player,
belonging to several bridge clubs.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Anna Schindelholz; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; parents; brothers,
Emil, William, Fred and George; and sister, Gertrude Blumenstein.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel,
765 N. Court St. The Rev. William Cunningham will officiate.
Burial: Lakeview Cemetery.
There will be no visiting hours.
Thomas J. Mink
Thomas J. Mink, 55, of Litchfield Township, died Monday, April 26,
1999, at Allen Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Detroit, Mich., and was a Medina County resident since
August 1981. He retired after 37 years from the Ford Motor Casting Plant.
Since retirement, he was employed by Harrison Ford in Wellington as a car
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Mink (nee Paseshnik) of Litchfield;
sons, Jon (Gail) Mink of Medina and Dennis (Jenny) Mink of West Salem;
mother, Elsie Mink (nee Kass) of Taylor, Mich.; grandchildren, Allison,
Katelyn, Nicole, Corey and Danielle; brothers, James R. (Wanda) Mink of
New Boston, Mich., and Michael R. Mink of Taylor, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey; and father, Roy.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Constance Catholic
Church in Taylor.
Burial: Michigan Memorial Cemetery, Flat Rock City, Mich.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at Waite
& Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to LifeBanc,
20600 Chagrin Blvd. #350, Cleveland, 44122.
Richard S. Poetter
Richard S. "Rick" Poetter, 45, of Wadsworth Township, died unexpectedly
April 26, 1999, while coaching a track meet at Highland Middle School.
He was born in Wadsworth and was a lifelong resident of the Wadsworth
area. He was a 1972 graduate of Wadsworth High School and received his
bachelor's degree in education from the University of Akron. He taught
health and physical education at Highland Local Schools for 23 years and
coached football, baseball and track. Rick was a member of Emmanuel United
Church of Christ, the church consistory, bell choir and HEA. He was an
avid golfer and bowler. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (nee Smith); children, Carrie,
Jenny and Brian, all at home; parents, Paul and Shirley of Wadsworth; brothers
and sisters-in-law, Dr. Rod and Violet of Ocala, Fla., and David and Holly
of Wadsworth; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Stuart Perry of Doylestown;
father and mother-in-law, Leo and Bonnie Smith; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law,
Tim Smith, Mike and Margo Smith, Jim and Sue Fajt, Allen and Barb Lesure,
Jim and Lisa Smith and Steve and Jessie Smith, all of Wadsworth, and Jody
Smith of Akron; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 16 Eastern
Road, Doylestown. The Rev. James Edwards will officiate.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday
at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth.
Interment: Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Church of Christ
Memorial Fund, Multiple Sclerosis Society or Highland High School Athletic
Robert L. Ferguson
Robert L. Ferguson, 62, of Medina, died Wednesday, April 28, 1999,
at Wade-Park Veterans Hospital.
He was born June 2, 1936, in Medina and was a lifetime Medina County
resident. Mr. Ferguson was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and 4th
degree Knight of Columbus. He was a jet engine mechanic serving in the
U.S. Air Force. Mr. Ferguson served in Vietnam.
He is survived by his sons, Robert L. Ferguson of Akron and James G.
(Michelle) Ferguson of Lodi; daughter, Yoanne (Tom) Mellert of Medina;
mother, Catherine Ferguson of Medina; grandsons, Logan and Spencer Mellert;
granddaughters, Lindsey and Kalyn; and sister, Mary Lou Cirignano of Barberton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Max; and sister, Patricia Ault.
Service: 8 p.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel,
765 N. Court St. Father Robert Pfeiffer will officiate.
Burial of cremated remains, at the request of Mr. Ferguson, will be
held at a later date.
Visiting hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Disabled
American Veterans, c/o Jim Anderson, 692 E. Smith Road, Medina, 44256.
Valoise M. Temple
Valoise M. Temple, 82, formerly of Brunswick, Carrollton and Minerva,
died Tuesday, April 27, 1999, in the Marietta Center for Health and Rehabilitation,
following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 12, 1917, in Minerva to Charley and Edna (Perdue)
Hines. She was a practical nurse, housewife and foster grandmother at St.
John's Villa in Carrollton for three years. Mrs. Temple was a 1935 graduate
of Minerva High School and member of First United Methodist Church in Brunswick.
She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Nancy Ferrell of Belpre, Jean
Temple of New York, N.Y., and Mrs. Janet Reichle of Brunswick; sons, Charles
Temple of Hartville and Glenn Temple of Lakeland, Fla.; sister, Mrs. Vincent
(Mary) Roebuck of Wooster; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three
stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Temple, on March
18, 1970; son, Harry L. Temple; and brother, Charles "Bud" Hines.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home, 206 E.
Lincolnway, Minerva. The Rev. Rodney J. Buchanan will officiate.
Burial: East Lawn Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today and one hour prior to services at
the funeral home on Friday.
Memorial donations may be made to Carrollton United Methodist Church