|Lester H. Aufmuth
Lester H. Aufmuth, 78, formerly of Medina, died Aug. 23, 1999, in Tucson,
He was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Cleveland to Hilda and Louis Aufmuth
and grew up in Litchfield Township. He graduated from Litchfield High School.
Mr. Aufmuth was a B-17 pilot during World War II with the 384th Bomb Group,
8th Air Force Base in Grafton/Underwood, England. His plane crashed near
Gisor, France. He was with the French Underground in Paris, then was captured
by the German Border Patrol in Spanish Pyrenees and spent 19 months in
POW Camp Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany. Mr. Aufmuth was the founder of
the Medina VW dealership, served as Medina City Council president and was
a member of UCC Congregational Church prior to moving to Tucson in 1975.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara (Heintzleman); sons,
David A. (Linda) Aufmuth, Richard L. and Peggy, and Robert Edward "Ned",
all of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and
sister, Dorothy Towle of California.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward and Norman.
Memorial services were held.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oro Valley United Church of Christ
Building Fund, 1401 E. El Conquistador Way, Tucson, AZ 85737; or the 390th
Memorial Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85706.
Lillian B. Miller Hone
Lillian B. Miller Hone, 80, of Lodi, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31,
1999, at Lodi Community Hospital, following a yearlong battle with leukemia.
She was born Oct. 24, 1918, in Indianapolis, Ind., to James and Bertha
Mae Jeffers Denman. She lived in Medina and later moved to Phoenix, where
she resided for 15 years before moving to Lodi in 1987. Mrs. Hone was a
nurse at Crestview Nursing Home and later worked for Mountain Bell Telephone
while in Arizona.
She is survived by her daughter, Elsie Mae Price of Lodi; son, George
James (Ann) Miller of Homer Township; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Miller.
There will be no services.
Parker & Son Funeral Home, Lodi, is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy O. D'Abundo
Dorothy O. D'Abundo (nee Fleahman), 76, of Brunswick Hills Township,
died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, after a sudden illness.
She was born in Norwalk, Conn., and was a Medina County resident for
22 years. Mrs. D'Abundo was a bookkeeper in her family-owned business,
Commercial Mall Services, for 20 years. She enjoyed swimming, reading,
crossword puzzles, computer games and puzzles.
She is survived by her husband, John of Brunswick; sons, Brian (Sylvia)
and Royce (fiancee, Susan), both of Brunswick; daughter, Mrs. Sandra (Roger)
Thomas of Litchfield Township; and grandson, Brett Thomas of Litchfield.
Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Carlson, A Golden Rule
Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
Eldred M. Proctor Jr.
Eldred "Ted" M. Proctor Jr., 56, of Medina, died Wednesday, Sept. 1,
1999, at Akron General Medical Center.
He was born in Kimbolton, Ohio, and was a Medina County resident for
six years. Mr. Proctor was a member of the American Legion. He was property
manager of Medina Motel and served in the U.S. Marines Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene R. Proctor (nee Moe) of Medina;
sons, Eldred Proctor III of Ashland and Timothy Miller and William Israelson,
both of Chicago; daughters, Donna Robnett of Phoenix and Linda Cheiky of
Medina; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Betty Tidwell
of Mogadore, Sharon King of Akron, Marie Hadzima of Bullsholaos, Ariz.,
Sandra Schilling of Wisconsin and Shirley Proctor of Chillicothe; brothers,
Robert and Roger Proctor, both of Illinois and Walter Proctor of Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Ellen and Patty Ann Proctor
and Vivian Howard; brother, Fred; and parents, Eldred and Vivian Proctor.
Service: 8 p.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel,
765 N. Court St.
Visiting hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Ann H. Szafranski
Ann H. Szafranski, 85, of Medina, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at
Medina General Hospital.
She was born in Oil City, Pa., and was a Medina County resident for
44 years. Mrs. Szafranski was a member of St. Francis Women's Guild, St.
Francis Xavier Church and Medina Ladies Bowling League. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons, Allen (Orvilla) Szafranski of Seville
and Carl Szafranski of Medina; daughters, Eleanor (Ronald) Kulick of Delmont,
Pa., and Marilyn (Dennis) Basarab of Medina; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild;
sisters, Katherine Krajewski of Garfield Heights and Mary Morley of Richfield;
and brothers, George and Lawrence Lucas, both of Lilly, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester S.; parents, Matthew
and Kathryn Lukacs; and brothers, John, Mike, Andy and Franklin.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic
Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. Father Russell Rauscher will officiate.
Burial: St. Francis 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.
William J. Mahota Jr.
William J. Mahota Jr., 74, passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 3,
In the eyes of his children who survive him — Pam, Kim, William and
Tracy — he will always be remembered as a father who willingly donned that
"super hero cape," as fathers often do, for their children. He was there
for us when, as children, we were sick and, as adults, still in need of
a father. He was there for the "2 a.m. flat tire" and any other crises.
He always believed in us as individuals and believed in our hopes and dreams,
no matter how often we failed.
He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren — Brooke and Meredith
Myers, Shane and Joey Mahota and especially by William and Stewart Blessing.
He recently became a great-grandfather to twins — Vanessa and Mersadie
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Eddie Myers.
A graduate of Worchester Poly Tech, Massachusetts, he was a well-respected
mechanical engineer and conducted business with many tire and rubber companies,
not only in Akron, but across the United States. He was a much decorated
veteran of World War II in the Army Air Corps. He was twice an MIA in Europe.
As his children, we have all grown up and watched our father slowly
grow old. We have come to see that he was not, in fact, a super hero, but
instead a man complete with frailties, faults and attributes. He may have
been an ordinary man, but he was our father and he had an extraordinary
Please join us in remembering him at calling hours on Tuesday from
7 to 9 p.m. at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, 765 N. Court St., Medina.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis
Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina.
Contributions in his memory may be given to the charity of your choice
or St. Francis Xavier Building for the Millennium Fund, 606 E. Washington
St., Medina, 44256.
Virginia L. Swinderman
Virginia Lee "Ginny" Swinderman, 72, of Dover died Wednesday, Sept.
1, 1999, at Aultman Hospital in Canton, following a yearlong battle with
cancer followed by a stroke on Aug. 20.
Born on Oct. 6, 1926, in Dover, she was the daughter of the late Walter
C. "Dutch" and Dorothy L. "Dot" Bricker Hisrich.
She was sacred choir and graduate choir director at St. John's United
Church of Christ in Dover and worked for the Ohio License Bureau, East
Ohio Gas Co., and Shenaugo Penn Mold, inspecting the inside of artillery
barrels, during World War II. She was a soloist and member of St. John's
UCC Senior Chancel Choir at Dover for more than 60 years. She was soloist
and chorus member of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. She was an
accompanist for Dover High School students competing in state solo and
ensemble contests. Virginia studied private voice with the Stewarts from
Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, following graduation from Dover High School
She sang in numerous operas in Northeast Ohio, Canton, Cleveland and
Pittsburgh. She gave up a New York Metropolitan Opera career to raise her
family in Dover and was guest lecturer in voice pedagogy at Malone College
and other locations throughout Northeast Ohio. She served on the board
of the Salvation Army Auxiliary and Silver Tea. She also worked for the
Tuscarawas Board of Elections as precinct presiding judge for more than
She was a founding member of the KIP bridge club, Dover High Band Boosters
and Mothers Club. Ginny was an avid reader and a Notre Dame, Cleveland
Indians and 49'ers fan. She was a contributing member of the National Wildlife
Federation and numerous other national wildlife support groups. She enjoyed
creating craft arrangements for music club banquets.
She is survived by her husband, C. Dale Swinderman, with whom she celebrated
53 years of marriage on May 18; sons, Bradley Dale, Corey Brian (Ann) and
Brett Wynn Swinderman, all of Dover; daughter, Lynne Christine (David)
Ledford of Medina; sister, Billie Jean Poole of Canton; grandchildren,
Toy, Kevin and Angie Mick, and Kyle Swinderman; sister-in-law, Betty Hisrich
of Marietta; five nephews; five nieces; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews;
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard "Dick" Hisrich.
Service: 1 p.m. today at St. John's United Church of Christ, Dover.
The Rev. Steven Daniels will officiate.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Maple Grove Cemetery, Dover.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Swinderman Music
Scholarship, c/o St. John's United Church of Christ, Dover.
Toland-Herzig Funeral Home, Dover, is in charge of arrangements.
Denise S. Walker
Denise Sue "Blough" Walker, 38, of Lake Worth, Fla., went home to be
with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Akron City Hospital.
She was born May 14, 1961, in Lodi. She attended the Medina County
Career Center and graduated from Cloverleaf High School in 1980. She moved
to Florida in 1981.
She is survived by her husband, Kyle Walker; daughter, Jessica Marie
Walker; mother, Marie Harper of Seville; grandmother, Dorothy Weaver of
North Ridgeville; sisters and their families, Tina and Dave Cotner and
sons Alex, David, Ronnie, Jimmy and Richard, and Dorothy and Ed Belle and
sons Kevin and Shawn, all of Chippewa Lake; brothers and their families,
James and Carol Sidwell of Medina, and Ronald and Jane Sidwell and sons
Jim and Tim Mowrey and Ronald Sidwell II of Missouri; father-in-law, Jack
Walker of Lake Worth; sister-in-law, Judy (Norman) Caple of Fort Myers,
Fla.; brothers-in-law, Bob Walker of Tennessee and Ronald Lockard of Florida;
special friends, Jennifer and Steven Neff and son Michael of Hollywood,
Fla.; and many cousins, aunts and uncles, including special uncle Paul
Weaver of Medina.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clayton Blough; and mother-in-law,
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Canaan Free Will Baptist Church. The
Rev. James R. McComas will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Murray Funeral Home,
173 S. Main St., Creston.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.
Michael Horvath, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in Traverse City,
He was born Aug. 18, 1913, in Painesville to Mike and Anna Horvath
and was a Medina County resident since 1925. Mr. Horvath was a former member
of Medina Methodist Church since 1944 and transferred to First Christian
Church in 1990 and in 1998 to First Christian Church of Kent. Due to his
illness, he moved to Kent in April 1997 and Traverse City, Mich., in February
1999 to be closer to his daughters.
Mr. Horvath was a Dale Carneige graduate in 1958. He was past president
of Medina Senior Citizens, first vice president of local AARP 2095 and
chaplain. He volunteered at Helpline and Medina nursing homes. He was a
former member of the Knights of Pythias and Noon Kiwanis. He also was an
ardent baseball fan of the Cleveland Indians since 1927.
Mr. Horvath worked at Henry Furnace Co. for nine years, Permold Co.
for 24 years and Crum and Chester Real Estate and Insurance for nine years.
He drove a school bus for Medina City Schools and St. Francis School for
22 years and also was head custodian at Medina Junior High until his retirement.
Mr. Horvath is survived by his daughters, Patricia (Francis) Mahan
of New York, Bonita Wishart of New Mexico and Vickilyn (Richard) Olsafsky
of Michigan; and grandchildren, Sarah (Tom) Caputo, Joshua and Russell
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecelia (Maximuk), in 1975; parents,
Mike, in 1975, and Anna, in 1961; and grandson, Christopher Mahan, in 1984.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes,
Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Daniel Griggs will officiate.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and
the American Lung Association.
Jessica L. Lucas
Jessica Lyn Lucas, 17, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, in an automobile
Jessica had an extreme sense of compassion for her family and friends.
Her passion for life was tremendous. She attended Nottingham Country Elementary
School, Memorial Parkway Junior High and was a graduate of Taylor High
School. She was a member of Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church. Jessica
was a lifeguard for the past two summers at Lone Star Pools.
She is survived by her parents, David and Kathy Lucas; sisters, Jennifer
and Erin Lucas; maternal grandparents, Mary Keating of Medina and Gordon
Keating of Ocala, Fla.; paternal grandparents, H.D. Lucas and wife, Linda,
of Pensacola, Fla., and Julie Jabko and husband, Bill, of Loganville, Ga.
Mass of Christian Burial: 1 p.m. today at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic
Church, 1530 Norwalk, Katy, Texas. Monsignor Jack M. Dinkins will officiate.
Rite of Committal will follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jessica's name to Students Against
Family Funeral Care Katy Chapel, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.
Alfred J. Motzko
Alfred Joseph "Al" Motzko, 79, of Medina, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999,
at his residence.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and was a self-employed upholsterer
in Wadsworth for more than 30 years. Mr. Motzko was a member of Ohio Sportsman
Club of Copley and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He served in the U.S.
Navy in World War II as a gunnery instructor.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Tammy (Wass); daughters, Carol
(James) Birkbeck, Julia Ruckman and Christine (Greg) Norman, all of Wadsworth,
and Catherine (Fred) Raack of Beaver Creek; son, Fred (Bertha) of Akron;
stepson, Ted (Lani) Hubler of Toledo; sisters, Betty (John) Sharkey of
Wadsworth and Helen (Walter) Anderson of Coshocton; brother, Stephen (Kathy)
of San Bruno, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene (Gaugler); brother,
John; grandson, Michael Motzko; stepdaughter, Ruth Ann Hughes; and parents,
Michael and Helen Motzko.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hummel Funeral Home West, 3475
Copley Road. Pastor Bud Couts will officiate.
Private burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797
N. Court St., Medina, 44256; or Lafayette Township Fire & Rescue, 6776
Wedgewood Road, Medina, 44256.
Wilbur S. Wood
Wilbur S. Wood, 97, of Placentia, Calif., formerly of Lodi, passed
away Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Terrace View Care Center in Fullerton.
He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, to Charles and Lillian Ward Wood
and lived in Lodi since 1943 moving to California in 1991. Mr. Wood was
superintendent for the Lodi and Cloverleaf Schools, retiring in 1967. He
was a member of the Lodi United Methodist Church, a 70+ year member of
the Harrisville Lodge 137, F&AM, AASR Valley of Cleveland and a member
of the Lodi Rotary Club.
Mr. Wood is survived by his son, Kenneth (Beverly) Wood of Anaheim,
Calif.; three granddaughters; three great-grandsons; sister, Elsie Hexenkemper
of Corning, Ohio; three nieces; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Martha in 1985;
second wife, Lucille Mowrey in 1987; and sister, Henrietta Wood.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina
St., Lodi. The Rev. David Howell of Lodi will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, with
Masonic service at 8:45 p.m.
Joseph E. King
Joseph E. King, 87, of Creston, formerly of Rittman, died Saturday,
Sept. 11, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born April 13, 1912, in Neffs, Ohio, to Charles E. and Barbara
(Ruble) King and lived in Rittman before moving to Creston 20 years ago.
He was formerly employed at the Packaging Corp. of America, now Rittman
Paperboard. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.
He is survived by his son, Clifford (Judy) King of Rittman; stepson,
Robert Swinderman of Lodi; stepdaughter, Linda Hasselbach of Mississippi;
12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Bill (Jean) King
of Creston; sisters, Marie Linter of Lodi and Nancy Hemming of Westfield
Center; and special friends, Kathryn Gabbard of Creston and Eleanor Hostetler
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy King, on Sept. 12, 1992;
and brothers, John, Herman, Clarence, Homer and James King.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gillman Funeral Home, Rittman. The Rev.
Paul A. Matte will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Seville.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wilmer W. Lang
Wilmer W. "Bill" Lang, 69, of Medina, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999,
at his home in Medina.
He was born in Orrville and was a Medina County resident for 40 years.
Mr. Lang was a member of First Christian Church, where he served as elder
and deacon for 39 years. He was a member of Medina Noon Kiwanis and an
avid fisherman who loved fishing in Canada. He was a member of Medina F&A.M.
58, Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland, Tadmor Temple of Akron and Medina
Moose and Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137 and Wooster Elks.
He was an avid sports fan and owner of Medina Paint Co. since 1959. Mr.
Land was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War from 1951-53.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Shirley (nee Grosjean) of Medina;
daughter, Diane (Robert) Edie of Medina; son, Duane (Carri) Lang of Medina;
grandchildren, Marcus and Kristen; and brother, Owen Lang of Wooster.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Vera Faber, Ruth Frontz, Mary
Rhoades, Edna Hollinger, Mildred Young and Alice Beckler; brothers, Roy,
Ray, Lester and Herman; and parents, Jacob and Edna Owen Lang.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina
Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Dr. Teresa Dulyea Parker will officiate.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday with Masonic service
Tuesday evening, at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Medina High
School Athletic Fund, c/o Medina High School, 777 E. Union St., Medina,
Louise K. Miller
Louise K. Miller (nee Komlosi), 76, of Lorain, died Friday, Sept. 10,
1999, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center, following
a sudden illness.
She was born July 19, 1923, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of
the city. A lifetime parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church,
she attended its parish school and went on to graduate from Lorain High
School. She was most recently employed as the office manager for National
Gypsum Co. of Lorain, where she retired in the early 1980s, following 20
years of service. She had previously been employed as a sales associate
for Ted Jacobs Co., and earlier as a radio operator for Lorain Radio Station,
a service that broadcast information to freighters and pleasure boats on
Since 1971, she was a member and once served as president of the International
Association of Administrative Professionals; she was currently serving
as chairperson of its 50th Anniversary Committee.
In her earlier years, she enjoyed sailing and participated in numerous
races and regattas. She later became interested in all forms of crafts,
developing a particular fondness for painting, cross stitching and designing
silk and dried floral arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Donald J. of Amherst and Alan L. of Medina;
daughters, Janis L. Freda of Conway, Ark., and Nancy A. Pena of Vermilion;
13 grandchildren; and brothers, J.A. Komlosy of Elyria and Eugene J. Komlosi
of Pittsfield, Mass.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin E. Miller, in 1998;
father, Joseph, in 1948; mother, Mary (nee Peters), in 1989; and brothers,
William Komlosi, in 1982, and Gilbert Komlosi.
Service: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gluvna Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway,
Lorain; followed by Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church,
1305 E. Erie Ave. The Rev. Regis Schlagheck, OFM Conv., associate pastor
of St. Anthony Church, and the Rev. G. Giapietro of Lorain Catholic High
School will co-officiate.
Burial: Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Irene P. Moran
Irene P. Moran (nee Lucas), 83, beloved wife of the late William, passed
away on Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at The Oaks at Medina.
Mrs. Moran was a Medina County resident for more than 25 years. She
previously resided in Cleveland and worked for the Cleveland Public Schools.
Irene was the dearest mother of William P. (Delores) and Thomas P.
(Joyce), both of Medina, and Kathleen J. of Chicago; dear grandmother of
Lisa, Brian, Michael, Brenda, Patricia and Thomas; great-grandmother of
Stephanie, Erin, Megan, Ashley, McKenzie and Bryce; sister of Mary Gregoire,
Clara Milton (deceased), Eleanor Schroeder (deceased) and Edmund Lucas
Prayer service: 9 a.m. Tuesday followed by Mass at 10 a.m. at Holy
Martyrs Church, 3100 S. Weymouth Road, Medina.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Babitt Funeral Home,
9350 Ridge Road, North Royalton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Hospice
of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256.
John L. Carey Funeral Home, Cleveland, is in charge of arrangements.
Casper J. Schmidt
Casper John Schmidt, 89, formerly of Valley City, went to be with our
beautiful Savior on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999.
Mr. Schmidt was born April 1, 1910, in Valley City to Gustave and May
(nee Thompson) Schmidt. He had been engaged in farming years ago, when
he was also employed at the Federal Land Bank Conservation, Medina. He
later owned and operated the former Valley City Casing Gang. Casper was
a school bus driver with Buckeye Local School District for many years.
He took care of the Liverpool Township cemeteries with great pride for
Casper has been an active lifelong member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Valley City, where he sang in the church choir until age 83. He
was an avid hunter, trapper and traveler.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Ida Lang Schmidt; son, Kenneth
Schmidt of Cleveland; daughters, Loretta (Kermit) Kuhl of Levittown, Pa.,
Noreen (Dale) Miller of Wooster and Linda (John) Lucas of Medina; eight
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Angell (nee Ruder) Schmidt,
in 1972; grandson, Michael Miller; sister, Erva Kleinict; and brothers,
Harold and Hubert Schmidt.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1377 Lester Road, Valley City. The Rev. Dennis Murawski will officiate.
Burial: St. Paul Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bauer Funeral Home,
2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
Memorials suggested, if desired, may be made to the church.
Shirley M. Cooper
Shirley M. Cooper, 80, of Chatham Township, passed away, Saturday,
Sept. 11, 1999, at her home. She suffered a stroke a few weeks ago.
Mrs. Cooper was born in Cleveland in 1919. She and her husband, Arthur
E., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5. A homemaker,
Mrs. Cooper had a lifelong interest in art and had a studio in her home.
She was a member of Baycrafters in Bay Village and had shown paintings
at Gallery Blue in Medina. She traveled to all the prisons in Ohio to encourage
painting by prisoners and was instrumental in the organization of an art
show in Cleveland that exhibited some of the paintings.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Leigh
Eastman of Bay Village, Theodore A. of Washington, D.C., and Laura (William)
Jordan of Chatham; grandchildren, Marion Eastman, Margaret Tuma, William
A. and Melissa Ann Jordan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis B. and Marion Seltzer.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the new Chapel in Sunset Memorial
Park, 6245 Columbia Road, North Olmsted.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities Hope
Program, 246 Northland Drive, Medina, 44256; or the Chatham Volunteer Fire
Department Association, P.O. Box 57, Spencer, 44275.
Dostal Funeral Services, North Olmsted, is in charge of arrangements.
John W. Croskey
John W. Croskey, 85, of Lodi, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, in Lodi.
He was born Aug. 4, 1914, in Columbus and was a Medina County resident
for 78 years. He was a self-employed owner/operator truck driver. He and
his wife farmed together for 43 years at their home, east of Lodi, where
they were married on June 4, 1944. Mr. Croskey enjoyed hunting in his early
years on the farm. When he retired and moved into town, he enjoyed mowing
lawns on his John Deere tractor. He was a lifetime member of Mt. Zion Church.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Croskey (nee Billman) of Lodi; daughters,
Eloise (Bob) Rice and Carolyn (Darrell) Waite, both of Medina; stepgrandchildren,
Andrew, Brandon and Catherine Waite.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Noble and Mae Croskey; and
sisters, Margaret Leichty and Thelma Stover, both of Ashland.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, 8439 River Corners
Road, Homer Township.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Parker & Son
Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.
Waite & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ambrose D. Dray
Ambrose D. Dray, 86, of Medina, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at The
Oaks at Medina.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for 3½
years. Mr. Dray was a conductor motorman for 33 years for the Cleveland
Transit System. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Dray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Florence; and son, Donald
(Carole) Dray of Las Vegas.
Private family services will be held.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.