|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 Zion Lutheran
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Croskey (nee Billman) of Lodi; daughters,
Eloise (Bob) Rice of Lodi and Carolyn (Darrell) Waite 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. today 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.
Goldie M. Presock
Goldie M. (Massie) Presock, 72, of West Salem, died Sunday, Sept. 12,
1999, at Lodi Community Hospital.
She was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Ashland to Graham and Gertrude (Shultz)
Mack. Mrs. Presock was a homemaker most of her life. She enjoyed gardening
She is survived by her husband, James Presock, whom she married Jan.
2, 1964; daughters, Mrs. Robert (Jane) Burgan and Mrs. James (Jodi) Jenkins,
both of West Salem; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and
sister Evelyn Massie of Burbank.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel Massie; son,
Gerald Massie; sisters, Fern Dennis and Mildred Workman; and brothers Charles
and David Shultz.
Funeral service: 1 p.m. Thursday at Matteson Funeral Home, 40 Congress
St., West Salem. The Rev. Paul Matte will officiate.
Interment: West Salem Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Matteson Funeral Home, P.O. Box
314, West Salem, 44287, to help with funeral expenses.
Debra A. Thompson
Debra A. Thompson, 41, of Rittman, died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, in
She was born March 6, 1958, in Akron and was a Wayne County resident
for nine years. Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker and enjoyed arts and crafts.
She is survived by her husband, Tommy Thompson of Rittman; parents,
Jack and Romaine Hawk of Medina; brothers, Don (Gail) Hawk and Jack (Maritsa)
Hawk, both of Medina, and Timmy Hawk of Cleveland.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Bennett's Corners Community United Methodist
Church, 47 W. 130th St., Hinckley Township.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Waite & Son
Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate
Memorial contributions to cover medical and funeral expenses can be
made to: The Debra A. Thompson Memorial Fund at the Great Oaks Branch of
First Merit Bank in Wadsworth.
Stella Burgess, 79, of Brunswick, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Medina
She was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Blair, W.Va. Mrs. Burgess enjoyed gardening,
making quilts, embroidery and cooking. She was retired from Central Service
Mrs. Burgess is survived by her sons, John (Lillian) of Florida and
Kermit (Karen) of Marblehead; eight grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wirt; parents, John and Maude
Canturbury; and daughter, Virginia Caroll.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642
Pearl Road, Brunswick. The Rev. Don Pongallo will officiate.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted.
Visiting hours: two hours before service at the funeral home.
Melba Powers of Wadsworth passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 16,
She was born March 22, 1924, in Birmingham, Ala., and was a Wadsworth
resident for 50 years. She was the organist at Wadsworth First Christian
Church for 30 years, past president of CWF, former group leader BSF, Sunday
School teacher and elder. She was also a former member of the Rebekah Lodge,
Silver Star Riders, Swinging Stars, and past president of the Medina chapter
of the Alliance of the Mentally Ill.
Mrs. Powers was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be
greatly missed by her family and friends who loved her so dearly.
She is survived by her husband, Roy; daughters, Vivian (Mrs. Jerry)
Lash of Medina, Ginger Ramsey and fiance Tim Tackett of Clinton; son, Roger
of Medina; grandchildren, Megan and Molly Lash of Los Angeles, and Jacob
Ramsey of Clinton; brother, Harold "Rusty" Ratchford of Cuyahoga Falls;
and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters; and one brother.
Service: 2 p.m. Monday at Wadsworth First Christian Church, Boyer at
High Street. The Rev. James L. Singleton will officiate.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral
Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, and one hour prior to service at the
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at First
Christian Church, 116 E. Boyer St., Wadsworth, 44281.
Woodrow W. Grossenbacher
Woodrow W. Grossenbacher, 86, of Copeland Oaks, Sebring, Ohio, died
Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Crandall Medical Center in Sebring.
He was born Nov. 26, 1912, to George G. and Lena (nee Haldiman) Grossenbacher.
He lived in Seville most of his life until moving to Sebring in 1995. He
worked at grain elevators in Seville, Sterling and Marshallville. He then
became parts manager at Sterling Farm Equipment Co. in Sterling until his
retirement in 1978. Mr. Grossenbacher was a member of Sterling United Methodist
He is survived by his wife, Frieda (nee Winkler) Grossenbacher; son,
Roger Grossenbacher of Lancaster, Ohio; brother, George Grossenbacher Jr.,
of Wooster; sisters, Virginia Sampson of Williamstown and Martha Brenneman
of West Liberty, Ohio; and one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell and Glenn.
The body has been cremated.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Sterling United Methodist Church.
The Revs. Lee Ann Dunlap and Fay A. Botten will officiate.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Gillman Funeral
Home in Rittman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sterling United Methodist Church,
13486 Kauffman Ave., Sterling, 44276; or to the Flat Rocks Home.
Annabelle H. Thompson
Annabelle Havens Thompson, 81, of Brunswick, died Tuesday, Sept. 21,
1999, in Orwell, Ohio.
She was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Windham, Ohio, and was a Medina County
resident for 35 years. She was a letter carrier in Hinckley Township for
Mrs. Thompson is survived by her sons, Maxwell Thompson of Sommerfield,
Fla., John Thompson of Parkman, Ohio, and James Thompson of Garrettsville,
Ohio; daughters, Pauline Kline and Linda Smith, both of Freeport, Fla.,
Wanda Weigert of Claridon, Ohio, Vesta Hamrick of Cowen, W.Va., Elda Clutter
of Diana, W.Va., and JoAnn Gingerich of North Bloomfield, Ohio; sister,
Iris Trask of Mesopotamia, Ohio; 49 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren;
and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel (Rood) Havens;
husband, Arnell Benard Thompson; sons, Bruce and Robert Thompson; daughter,
Bernice Hill; and sisters, Helen Orchard and Verl DeHon.
Service: Noon Saturday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral
Home, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville. Pastor D. Ray Mullett, of Maple View
Mennonite Church in Burton, will officiate.
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Hiram Rapids, Ohio.
Visiting hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Robert C. Mentzer
Robert C. Mentzer, 76, of Hinckley Township, died Wednesday, Sept.
22, 1999, at Pearlview Nursing Home in Brunswick, after a long battle with
He was born July 2, 1923, in Bayonet, N.J., and was a Medina County
resident for 50 years. Mr. Mentzer was a pipe fitter for Schweizer Dipple
Co., and a farmer. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a tank
commander with the 778th Armored Tank Battalion and received two Bronze
Stars. Mr. Mentzer was a fireman with the Hinckley Volunteer Fire Department
for 42 years, the last 11 as fire chief. He was a member of Pipefitters
Local 55 and in 1993, was named Hinckley Citizen of the Year.
He is survived by his loving wife, Pat (Van Deusen) Mentzer of Hinckley;
daughter, Kay (Don) Lynch of Whittier, Calif.; grandsons, Robert Lynch
and Hub Van Deusen; stepdaughter, Kathleen; stepsons, Jesse "Andy" Van
Deusen and Martin "Troll" Van Deusen; brother, Richard (Sally) Mentzer
of Tiffin; and dear aunt, Dorothy Seiberling of Akron.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Theresa; and daughter,
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1605 Center
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 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); and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association,
Hospice of Medina County, Hinckley Fire Department or Our Saviour Lutheran
Alice Summers, 82, of Chippewa Lake, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999,
She was born in Montana and was a Medina County resident for 35 years.
Mrs. Summers was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, James L. and Mary
Summers of New Lexington, Richard C. and Doris Summers of North Ridgeville,
Walter C. and Diane Summers of Sarasota, Fla.; brothers, Don Jones of Illinois
and Lester Jones of Florida; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Summers, in 1985.
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Armstrong Funeral Home, 25 Pleasant
St., Seville. Father Mike Whittman will officiate.
Burial: Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Chippewa
Lake Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 15, Chippewa Lake, 44215.
Marie Rosbaugh, 72, of Brunswick, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at her
She was born May 14, 1927, and was a Medina County resident for 20
years. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Mrs. Rosbaugh was
a homemaker and former owner of Fruit & Vegetable Stand in Middleburg
She is survived by her sons, Donald R. Rosbaugh of Cuyahoga Falls and
James P. Rosbaugh of Brunswick; daughters, Shirley Rosbaugh of Cleveland,
MaryAnn Newman of Newcomerstown and Kathleen M. Pearce of Brunswick; brothers,
Malcolm Sturgill of Jackson, Mich., Curtis Sturgill of Lewittsburg, Tenn.,
and Charles Sturgill of Munith, Mich.; sisters, Eva Gilbert of Parma Heights,
Cynthia Ethel England of Munith, Mich., and Maude Piaser of Ashtabula;
beloved friend, William Terrill; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter A. Rosbaugh; parents,
Reese and Virgie (Handshoe) Sturgill; five brothers; and one sister.
Service: 11 a.m. today at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted.
Clara E. Staton
Clara E. Staton, 77, of Medina, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999,
at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina.
She was born Feb. 26, 1922, in York Township and resided in Medina
County most of her life. Mrs. Staton was a member of Fairlawn Lutheran
Church and Women's Guild of the church. She attended Dyke College in Cleveland
and was a secretary for Permold, Inc. and Friction Products. She enjoyed
working with crafts.
Mrs. Staton is survived by her very dear friend, Norman Earl of Medina;
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Myrtle (nee Nosker)
Morlock; and brothers, George and Clarence Morlock.
Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road,
Valley City. The Rev. Charles Lentner will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the Fairlawn
Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Akron, 44333.
Frances P. Staton
Frances P. Staton, 84, of Wadsworth, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at
Akron General Medical Center, after a brief illness.
She was born in Seville and resided in Wadsworth for 52 years. Mrs.
Staton was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, women's club, Wadsworth
chapter Order of Eastern Star 102 and several bridge clubs.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Bradley McCanna
of Wadsworth and Janet and Bill Watson of Sharon Center; grandchildren,
Sarah Kay (Jeffrey) Doshna, Bryant Watson, and Amanda and Leslie McCanna;
great-grandchildren, Gage McCanna and Noah Doshna; and brother, Robert
Hartman of Seville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Gale M. Staton.
Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Church of Christ. The Rev.
Jonathan A. Knight will officiate.
Interment: Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hilliard Cox Mullaney
Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Trinity
United Church of Christ, 215 High St., Wadsworth, 44281.
Richard J. McCafferty
Richard J. McCafferty, 77, of Westfield Center, died Monday, Sept.
27, 1999, in Cleveland.
He was born in Chauncey and was a Medina County resident for 17 years,
previously living in Strongsville. He was a research scientist at the John
Glenn NASA Research Center in Brook Park for 30 years. He was former a
member of Hill & Dale Hunt Club. Mr. McCafferty played golf and was
an avid fisherman all his life. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during
World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances "Fran" McCafferty of
Westfield Center; sister, Dorothy Johnson of Reynoldsburg; nieces; and
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Cecil and Jack McCafferty.
Memorial service to be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Seville, is in charge of arrangements.
Carl D. Ruprecht
Carl D. Ruprecht, 39, of Akron, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, in Akron.
He was born in Wadsworth to Clarence and Louise Ruprecht. He lived
in Medina County for 36 years before moving to Akron. Mr. Ruprecht was
a member of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was very active in
church organizations and graduated from Cloverleaf High School in 1977.
He attended Wayne General ATI in Wooster and earned a degree in horticulture.
Mr. Ruprecht was vice president of horticulture and facilities at Stan
Hywet in Akron.
He is survived by his parents, Clarence and Louise Ruprecht of Seville;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Marilyn Ruprecht of Knox County
and Raymond and Debbie Ruprecht of Seville; sister and brother-in-law,
Carol and Calvin Rumburg of Seville; and nieces and nephews, Gwen and Gregg
Short of Burbank, Lyle and Sarah Ruprecht of Wooster, Jenny Rumburg of
California, Amy Rumburg of Seville and Janeen, Faith and Ben Ruprecht,
all of Seville.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church,
9282 Acme Road, Seville. Pastors Gerald Keller and Duane Culler will officiate.
Burial: Church cemetery.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the church
or Carl Ruprecht Memorial of Stan Hywet.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Seville, is in charge of arrangements.
Rosemary S. Pauer
Rosemary S. Pauer (nee Stolpman), of Homer Township, passed away Friday,
Sept. 24, 1999, at Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
She was the beloved wife of J. Pauer of Homer; mother of Thomas (Gayle)
of Berea, Marirose Power of Medina; grandmother of Christian; and sister
of Robert Stolpman of Hinckley Township.
Memorial Mass: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen Church, 44 Britton
St., West Salem.
Those who wish may contribute to Our Lady of the Wayside or the American
Cancer Society in her name.
Malloy Memorial Service and Crematory of Cleveland is in charge of
Anne Homyk, 80, of Parma, died Saturday, Sept. 25 1999, at Parma Community
She was born Dec. 16, 1918, in Rhodesdale, Ohio. Mrs. Homyk was a member
of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons, Raymond Homyk Sr. of Brunswick and Donald
Homyk of Chicago; daughter, Joyce Folliett of Middleburg Heights; sister,
Stella Morick of Brunswick; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter.
Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 6822 Broadview
Road, Parma. The Rev. Father Vladimir Berzonsky will officiate.
Burial: St. Theodosius Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Mallchok Funeral Home,
5660 Ridge Road, Parma.
Gary L. Davis Sr.
Gary L. Davis Sr., 51, of Elyria, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at his
son's home in Polk, after suffering from a short battle with cancer.
He was born June 13, 1948, in Elyria, where he was a resident all his
life. Mr. Davis was a 1966 graduate of Elyria High School and a U.S. Navy
veteran, serving during the Vietnam era. He was employed by Bliss &
Laughlin in Medina and previously worked with the former Stanadyne Western
Steel Division in Elyria. Mr. Davis was a member of Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 1079 in Elyria and enjoyed golfing, bowling, racing and sports.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary L. Jr. and Holly
Davis of Polk, with whom he lived; daughter, Kellie M. Davis of Polk; grandsons,
Cody and Chase; brothers, John T. (Janet) Davis III of Tuscumbia, Ala.,
and George A. Davis of Elyria; and mother, Mary E. Davis of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Davis Jr.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave.,
Elyria. Pastor Marta Mathatas, of West Salem United Methodist Church, will
Burial: Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio,
1605 County Road. 1095, Ashland, 44805.