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Anna L. Davidson
Anna Laverne Davidson, 84, of Kailua, Hawaii, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 1997.
Born in Medina, Ms. Davidson was a retired registered nurse at Castle Medical Center.
She is survived by her sons, Harry Jr., Thomas, Richard and Dennis; daughters, Annette Myers and Harriette; and six grandchildren.
Services were held on Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kailua.
Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of The Pacific.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Ordenstein's Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Knuff
Michael Knuff, 84, of Port Richey, Fla., died Sept. 9, 1997, in Port Richey.
Mr. Knuff had been a former resident of Hinckley Township.
He is survived by his sons, Michael E. and Thomas E. Knuff; daughters, Karen Zilko and Laurie (Vic) Sumney; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita M.; granddaughter, Phaedra Sumney; and great-grandson, Georgie.
Cremation has taken place.
Interment: Bennetts Corners Cemetery at a later date.

Dick E. Perkins
Dick E. Perkins, 75, of Medina, died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, at Medina General Hospital.
Born in Leechburg, Pa., he had been a Medina County resident for 30 years. Mr. Perkins was a member of Medina United Methodist Church, the Masonic Robert Burns Blue Lodge 464, lodge council, 32nd degree Consistory, Valley of New Castle, Pa., and Syria Temple AAonas of Pittsburgh. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Perkins was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a retired district claims manager for Nationwide Insurance in Canton and worked part time at Thrifty Car Rental on Brook Park Road. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife, Dottie (nee Kelly), to whom he was married 50 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Scott Febus of Medina and Carol and Ron Wilson of Vero Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Carrie and Matt Febus and Ryan and Megan Wilson; and sister, Jane E. Perkins, of Vandergrift, Pa.
Service 11 a.m. Thursday at Medina United Methodist Church, 260 S. Court St., Medina. Dr. Erwin Jennings and the Rev. Jim Patterson will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St, and one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Medina United Methodist Church, 260 S. Court St., Medina 44256.

Pauline L. Plants
Pauline L. Plants (Roshon), 89, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, at Evergreen Rehab and Care Center in Medina.
She was born in Montville Township and was a Medina County resident most of her life. She retired from H.W. Madison Co.
She is survived by her sister, Edna Preston of Cape Coral, Fla.; nephew, Harry Parrett of West Jefferson, Ohio; niece, Mary Ann Fenneken of Cape Coral; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrell.
Service: 2:30 p.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Jonathan Steingass will officiate.
Burial: Poe Cemetery
Visiting hours: One hour prior to the service at the funeral home Friday.

David P. Sumskis
David P. Sumskis, 50, of Medina, died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, at Fairview General Hospital.
He was born in Cleveland and had been a Medina County resident for eight years. Mr. Sumskis was a member of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 385, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 72, Marine Corps League Detachment 569 and Amvets Post 1990. He was a retired Cleveland police officer, badge 451. He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.
He is survived by his wife, Helen (nee Woollacott); children, Robert, Victoria Shellenbarger, Colleen, Troy, Aaron, Richard and Joseph; parents, Paul P. and Berniece (nee Schreiner) of Cleveland; brother, Michael of Cleveland; sister, Pat Kirlough of Brooklyn, Ohio; grandchildren, Andy Jr., Brad and Cody; and dearest friend and "brother,'' James Simone.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. The Rev. Fr. Mark Hollis will officiate.
Burial: St. Francis Church Cemetery.
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.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Police Credit Union, in memory of the David Sumskis family, 1300 Ontario, Cleveland 44113.

Ralph J. Waite
Ralph Jesse Waite, 82, of Andalusia, Ala., formerly of Brunswick, passed away Sept. 6, 1997, after a brief illness.
Prior to moving to Andalusia, he was president of Waite Construction in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for 35 years. He was also a former football and baseball coach in Ohio and West Virginia and, in 1940, was a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Mr. Waite served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Waite is survived by his wife, Lallah; daughter, Carole Wright of Montgomery; son, James (Stephanie) of Andalusia; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Kathryn Waite of New York and June (Fred) Kroupa of Strongsville; sister-in-law, Ethel of Brunswick; and nine nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and Emerson; and parents, Jesse and Mamie Waite.
Memorial services were held Sept. 10 at The First Methodist Church in Andalusia.
Memorial donations may be made to The Ralph Waite Straughn School Baseball Memorial Fund, c/o Covington County Bank, Andalusia, AL 36420.

Nadine Frank
Nadine Frank, 93, of Lodi, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, in Brandon, Fla., following a short illness.
She was born Oct. 2, 1903, in West Salem and had lived in West Salem and Homerville before moving to Lodi in 1946. She and her late husband owned and operated the former H & N Restaurant in Lodi. She later worked as a cook at the Hob Nob Restaurant for many years. Mrs. Frank was a member of Lodi United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Chet (Betty) Rudnick of Lorain and Peggy Buchanan of Wooster; son, Dale (Buster) Frank of Lodi; stepdaughter, Mrs. Edmond (Arlene) Broga of Clearwater, Fla.; stepsons, Elmer (Bernice) Frank of Lodi and Jerry (Judy) Frank of Seven Hills; 30 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sisters-in-law, Beatrice Fetzer of Lodi and Imogene Immel of Seville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; daughters, Donna Murry and Joy Norman; and stepson, Donald Frank.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. The Rev. David Howell of Lodi will officiate.
Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Homerville.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

John Kosarovics
John Kosarovics, 90, of Brunswick, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, at his residence.
Mr. Kosarovics was born in Putnock, Hungary, lived in Brookpark and resided in Brunswick for 20 years. Previously a coal miner in West Virginia, he retired from Standard Oil as a labor foreman after 15 years. He will always be remembered by the kids of the past 40 years from Brookpark, Strongsville and Brunswick as the ''Popcorn Man,'' as he made fresh popcorn each Halloween for their treats from an antique crank, old fashioned machine.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth M. (nee Bartus) of Brunswick; daughter, Barbara A.E. Brasdovich of Brunswick; grandchildren, Donna Marie and Lawrence Steven; great-grandchildren, Michelle, Tommy and Tony; stepgreat-grandchild, Danny; great-great-grandchild, Kenneth; sister, Julia Haynal of Michigan; and an uncle, great-uncle and great-great-uncle of many.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Colette Church, 330 W. 130th St., Brunswick. Fr. Thomas Montavon will officiate.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Cleveland.
Visiting Hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Carlson's, Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick.

Andrew Mantell
Andrew Mantell, 86, of Madison, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, at Memorial Hospital of Geneva.
He was born Dec. 25, 1910, in Whitinsville, Mass., to Clara (Cnossen) and Cornelius Mantell and was a lifelong resident of the Madison/Thompson area.
He had been a golf course superintendent at Madison Country Club from 1951-1961, built Hidden Valley Golf Course in Thompson, was a 40-year member of Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America and was a member of Central Congregational United Church of Christ. He loved to travel.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Leslie (nee Tucker); daughters, Marilyn (William) Knebusch of Painesville, Andrea ''Sue'' (John) Riley of Geneva and Robin (Curtis) Kennedy of Medina; son, Leigh (Linda) Mantell of Mount Perry, Ohio; grandchildren, Shawn and Scott Knebusch, Stephen and Matthew Mantell, Shannon and Kerry Riley and Justin and Allison Kennedy; one great-granddaughter; and sisters, Gertrude Crawford and Jennie Johnston, both of Uxbridge, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dora Fletcher; and brothers, Sydney, Charles and Cornelius Jr.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 71 River St., Madison. The Rev. Jay Schmidt will officiate.
Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Thompson.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at Behm Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison.

Jeffrey G. Stumph
Jeffrey G. Stumph, 46, of Brunswick, died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, in Brunswick.
He was born March 4, 1951, in Hartford City, Ind., and had been a Medina County resident for 20 years. Mr. Stumph had been a service manager at Conrad's Tire Service for 12 years and had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.
He is survived by his wife, Carol E. Stumph of Brunswick; daughters, Amy M. and Jennifer L. Stumph, both of Brunswick; parents, Carl R. and Jacqueline (nee McHenry) of Indianapolis, Ind.; sister, Marcia A. (Michael) Aten of Indianapolis; and brother, David R. Stumph of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Marc B. Stumph.
Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Gardens.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Alex Barath
Alex Barath, 17, of Brunswick, died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, at his home.
Alex had been a lifetime resident of Medina County. He was an 11th-grade student at Brunswick High School, and had been a stock boy at Convenient Food Mart in Brunswick for the past six weeks.
He is survived by his parents, Vojetch and Alzbeta Barath of Brunswick; and brother, Joseph Barath of Brunswick.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick. Donald R. Madzay will officiate.
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

E. Arlene Firestone
E. Arlene Firestone, 66, of Spencer, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, at Medina General Hospital, following a period of declining health.
She was born in Wellington on Sept. 22, 1930, to Gaylord and Bertha Kessler Fast and was raised in Sullivan where she graduated from high school. In 1950, she moved to Spencer where she and her husband, Bruce, have owned and operated Bruce Firestone Studio-Gift & Snack Shop since 1954. Mrs. Firestone was a member of Spencer United Methodist Church and had attended United Church of Huntington.
Mrs. Firestone is survived by her husband; son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Terri of Westfield Center; and grandchildren, Andy and Becky.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 202 E. Main St., Spencer. Pastor Tim Neptune will officiate.
Burial: Spencer Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Frank S. Ventura
Frank S. Ventura, 76, of Strongsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1997, in Middleburg Heights.
Born June 14, 1921, in Cleveland, Mr. Ventura had been a Medina County resident for 66 years. He was a retired independent truck driver and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Ventura is survived by his daughters, Kathryn (Roy) Krause of Parkland, Fla., Verene (Ron) Buckley of Plantation, Fla., and Camile (Bob) Trivanovich of Wooster; sons, Frank Jr. and Michael, both of Brunswick; sisters, Josephine Cancilla of Cleveland and Sylvia Vincek of North Royalton; brother, James of Cleveland; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Camile "Mae'' Vecchio.
Service: 11:30 a.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick.

Harold I. Wuchter
Harold I. Wuchter, 87, formerly of Wadsworth and Salem, and more recently of Massillon, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at Massillon Community Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Wuchter was born in Wadsworth on Oct. 7, 1909, to the late Avery and Mabel Wuchter. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was retired from Salem Labels.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, to whom he was married 62 years; sons and daughters-in-law, James E. and Barbara Wuchtel of Bothell, Wash., Richard and Fay Wuchter of Huntington Valley, Pa., and John and Teresa Wuchter of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law, Diana Jean and Richard Powell of North Lawrence, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Juanita Hagermeier of Kalama, Wash., and Virginia Neff of Wadsworth.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Bughman and Mary Hyland.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Reed Funeral Home, 705 Raff Road S.W., Canton. The Rev. John Maheffey will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth.
Visiting hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Larry J. Church
Larry J. Church, 54, of Wellington, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, in Lodi following a sudden illness.
He was born in Lodi Feb. 10, 1943, to Albert Jr. and Hazel Lautzenheiser Church and had lived in Congress, residing the past 15 years in the Wellington area. Mr. Church was an equipment maintenance man for more than 20 years with Medina Supply Co. He was a member of the Firelands Four Wheel Drive Club and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mr. Church is survived by his wife, Joyce (nee Williams); daughters, Mrs. Keith (Cynthia) Marx of LaGrange, Ohio, Stephanie Church of Grafton and Angela Tanner and Tiffany Church, both of Wellington; son, Robert Tanner of Valley City; five grandchildren; mother, Hazel Church of Lodi; sisters, Mrs. Francis (Joyce) Bent of Illinois, Vickie Bailey of Bellefontaine, Mrs. Charles (Brenda) Boughman of Glenmont, Ohio, Mrs. Bruce (Hazel) Grier of Lodi and Sandy Wiebe of Orrville; and brothers, Gary (Janice) of Mount Eaton, Ohio, Donald (Susan) of Lodi and Eddie (Christine) and Carl, all of Orrville.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra; and father, Albert.
Service: 1 p.m. Thursday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. Pastor Mike Danielle of Seville will officiate.
Burial: Congress Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

John L. Kopach
John L. "Jim'' Kopach, 86, of Wadsworth, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 1997, at Manor Care Center in Akron.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for more than 30 years. Mr. Kopach attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church, was a member of Medina Noon Kiwanis and was a former member of Mentor Yacht Club. He built his own sailboat and won a regatta with it. Mr. Kopach skippered "Playboy'' in the Falcon Cup Race, which he won in 1939. He enjoyed antiques and was a member of the Model A and Model T Club.
Mr. Kopach retired in 1969, having been the owner and operator of Suncrest Nursery in Pennsylvania since 1956. He also was an auctioneer and recently was a clerk for John Fenstermaker. Mr. Kopach served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was very proud to have been a member of the 10th Mountain Group.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie "Mardy'' (nee Stanley), to whom he was married for nearly 50 years; sister, Estelle Daily of Maple Heights; brother, Adolph Kopach of Euclid; and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kopach was preceded in death by his sister, Mary; and brother, Tony.
Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Stephen Bergmann will officiate.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today and noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics, c/o Society for Handicap Citizens, 4279 Paradise Road, Seville 44273.

Paul A. Lance
Paul A. Lance, 93, formerly of Burbank, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Smithville Western Care Center.
He was born in Burbank Aug. 7, 1904, to Elmer and Millie Fuller Lance and graduated from Burbank High School. Mr. Lance had owned and operated Lance's Garage and Welding in Burbank for many years. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Burbank since 1916, where he had served in many capacities.
Mr. Lance is survived by his wife, Ruth Byers of Smithville Western Commons, whom he married June 14, 1933; and grandchildren Robyn Nichols and Cheryl Nesbitt, both of Tennessee and Shauna Nelson of Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert, in 1985; and one brother.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. The Rev. George Swartzfager will officiate.
Burial: Burbank Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 127 Mill St., Burbank 44214.

Charles B. Smith
Charles B. Smith, 93, of Medina, died Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Kimbolton, Ohio, and was a Medina County resident for 50 years. Mr. Smith was a member of Poe United Methodist Church. He was a self-employed farmer and farmed the Bolton Estates for many years. Mr. Smith was with the Medina County Highway Department for 14 years.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, C. Leona (nee Freshley); son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth C. and Carolyn of Cincinnati; granddaughter, Brenna Johnson; and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his daughter, Carole J.; eight sisters; and five brothers.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
Burial: Poe Cemetery.
Visting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

John M. Chmelik
John Michael Chmelik, 42, of Westlake, died Sept. 6, 1997, in Pennsylvania.
Born in Cleveland, Mr. Chmelik had been a manager of Magneisum Aluminum Corp.
He is survived by his wife, Joan L. (nee Porubsky); children, Elizabeth, Michael and James, all at home; parents, Arnold and Joan Chmelik of Medina; and sisters, Cynthia Ferrini and Mary Jo Libal, both of Strongsville, and Susan Chmelik of Medina. He had been a beloved uncle.
Private services were held.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery.
Carlson's, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road, (state Route 18 and River Styx Road), Medina, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Aristocrat Berea Nursing Home, 255 Front St., Berea 44017, or the charity of one's choice.

Michael R. Lewis
Michael R. Lewis, 56, of Berea, died Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights.
Michael was a biology teacher with the Buckeye Board of Education.
He is survived by his wife, Carole; and sons, Michael J. and David R. Lewis.
Service: 7 p.m. today at Berea United Methodist Church, 170 Seminary St.
Private burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland.
Arrangements are being handled by Baker Funeral Home, 206 Front St., Berea.

Lucille M. Smith
Lucille Marie Smith, 74, of Burbank, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Lodi Community Hospital.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1923, in Weylersville, Ohio, to William Grover and Nanny Olive Corns. She married Roy Kenneth Smith on March 18, 1943. Mrs. Smith worked at Wertman's Village Cleaners for 23 years and later at Swagler's Dry Cleaners for 10 years. She enjoyed sewing, sports and horse shows.
She is survived by her husband; son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Kathie Smith of Seville; grandson and wife, Mike and Dusty Smith of Chatham Township; granddaughter, Melissa Smith of Seville; great-grandaughter, Hallee Renae Smith; and stepbrother, Harold Galley of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, William and Delmer.
Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roberts Funeral Home, 7067 Cleveland Road, Wooster. The Rev. Robert Cover will officiate.
Burial: Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Edna M. Young
Edna May Young (nee Foland), 89, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 22, 1997.
She was a resident at Evergreen Rehab & Specialty Care Center in Medina for the past eight months. Edna was born in Ottumma, S.D., on Dec. 29, 1907. She received her degree as a registered nurse from New York in 1929. Edna moved to Long Beach, Calif., with her son, Robert, worked as a private nurse and was employed at Texaco, where she retired from in 1972. In 1974, Edna married Kenneth Young and later moved to Lake Wales, Fla. They returned to Medina. Edna made her home with her stepson David, daughter-in-law Sharon and grandsons for the past 12 years.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jan Young of Orange, Calif.; stepson and daughter-in-law, David and Sharon Young of Medina; sister, Ruth Laughlin of Noblesville, Ind.; grandsons, Dr. Greg (Barbara) Young of North Stonington, Conn., Scott (Ann) Young of Greeley, Colo., and Steve, Mark and Michael Young, all of Medina; great-grandson, Tanner; great-granddaughter, Charlotte of Greeley; and many dear nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Maud Foland; husband, Roy Young; husband, Kenneth Young; brothers, Otis and Hugh; sister, Opal; grandson, Donald Young; and stepson, Bill Young.
Edna was a special person to all of us who knew her. She loved the Lord and her family very much. She will be greatly missed.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes is arranging the cremation. The family plans a private memorial service.


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