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David E. Randolph Jr.
David E. Randolph Jr., 66, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 11, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Greensburg, Pa. He was a 25-year member of Reimer Road Baptist Church. Mr. Randolph was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2224, Fraternal Order of Moose Lodge, and the Barber Shop Quartet. He coached youth baseball for 15 years and was an avid ballroom dancer. Mr. Randolph was employed at Ohio Valley Flooring, and worked 46 years in the flooring industry. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean Conflict, where he was a staff sergeant.
He is survived by his daughter, Joan C. Young (Randolph) of Lexington, Ky.; sons, Marc D. Randolph (Patricia) of Medina, Scott C. Randolph of Plantation, Fla., and Rex E. Randolph (Janet) of Centerville, Ohio; adopted family, Mollie Pfister, Charles Pfister (Terri), James Pfister (Rebecca), Suzan McCreanor (Jim); and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Joan Ann, and one grandchild.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Pastor John Powell will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 225 E. Exchange St., Akron, 44302.

Margaret Shipman
Margaret Shipman, 89, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Medina and Seville, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, in Atlanta.
She was born in Seville to John and Ida Decker, and was a Medina County resident for 30 years. Mrs. Shipman was a member of the Medina Moose Lodge, May Chapter 217, and Order of Eastern Star, Seville. She was a former purchasing manager for A.I. Root Co. in Medina.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Shipman of Atlanta, and son, Louis Shipman of Seville.
She was preceded in death by her son, Richard.
Service: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Armstrong Funeral Home in Seville. Phillip Wilden will officiate.
Burial: Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville.
Visiting hours: 1 p.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Margery L. Dressler
Margery Lois Dressler, 77, of Wadsworth, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, after a lengthy illness.
She was born June 24, 1922, in Medina to Emerson and Fern (Musch) Bowman. Mrs. Dressler was an avid bowler and member of the Akron Bowling Association. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1089 Ladies Auxiliary.
Mrs. Dressler is survived by her husband, Donald Dressler Sr., whom she married on May 18, 1940; children and their spouses, Donald and Lucinda Dressler Jr., Linda and Ivars Pakulis, and Barbara and Gerald Stewart: six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Service: 2 p.m. today at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 146 High St., Wadsworth. The Rev. William Johnson will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Association and the Ohio Lung Association.

Frank W. Sullivan
Frank W. Sullivan, 76, of Lodi, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Millville, Pa., and lived in Lafayette Township for 25 years. Mr. Sullivan was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, American Legion Post 202 and D.A.V. Chapter 72. He was a retired wildlife biologist.
For more than 20 years he worked in Allegheny County, Pa. Mr. Sullivan pioneered the re-establishment of the Native Eastern wild turkey. He authorized many wildlife articles, especially "In the Woods." Mr. Sullivan was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving in the 2nd Armored Division.
Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Yurjevich) of Lodi; sons, Mark F. (Deborah) of Jacksonville, Fla., and David F. (Gloria) of Parma Heights; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Norma Swackhammer, Maryann Liptak and Joann Kyle.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Bradley and Michael; and parents, Thomas and Mary Sullivan.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. Father Mark Hollis will officiate.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V.

Elizabeth J. Hollenbach
Elizabeth J. "Betty" Hollenbach, 78, of Wadsworth, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
Mrs. Hollenbach was born in Wadsworth, where she resided most of her life. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Wadsworth Woman's Club, Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Auxiliary, and the executive committee of the Medina County Republican Party. She was also past president of American Legion Post 170 Auxiliary, and enjoyed horses.
She is survived by her daughters, Dianne Hollenbach of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandson and wife, Leif and Lisa Jonassen III of Cumming, Ga.; great-granddaughters, Ashley and Mari; aunt, Mirian Schaffer of Springfield, Ohio; cousins, Joanne Heykoop of Wadsworth, Eleanor Gibbs of Toledo and Betsy Berkshire of Palm Beach, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack"; sons, John William and Robert Louis.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Hilliard & Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth.
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 tonight, and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 406, Wadsworth, 44281.

Douglas E. Brown
Douglas E. Brown, 48, of Litchfield, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Louisville, Ky., and resided in Litchfield for many years. He was employed as a union carpenter/foreman with Giorgi Interior Systems Inc. for the past 24 years, and enjoyed part-time farming. He was a member of Carpenter's Local 212. His many hobbies included NASCAR racing, water gardening and raising exotic Koi fish. Mr. Brown enjoyed spending time with friends at the Friendly Inn and Sunday afternoons at the milkhouse.
He is survived by his son, Bennett; daughter, Emily; daughters and sons-in-laws, Becca and Jason Ashworth and Sally and Clayton Kiner, all of the Medina County area; sisters, Linda Brown and Julie (Paul) Herrin, both of Cleveland; brother, Pete (Laura) Brown of Butler, Pa.; and granddaughter-to-be Kiner.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery, Litchfield.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Gerald L. Benson
Gerald L. Benson, 87, of Lodi, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Lodi Community Hospital.
He was born in Richmond, Ind., on Feb. 25, 1912, to R. Elmer and Jeanette Redman Benson and was a lifetime resident of Lodi. In 1930 he graduated from Lodi Public School and in 1938 graduated from Ohio State University as a chemical engineer.
Mr. Benson designed military vehicles at Cleveland Tank Plant for 21 years, at which time he retired from General Motors. He attended Lodi United Methodist Church and was a member of the Lodi Board of Public Affairs from 1956 to 1980, the Harrisville Lodge F&AM 137 and Lodi Rotary Club, in which he had perfect attendance from 1952 until his illness.
Mr. Benson and his wife were Rotary Paul Harris fellows. He also delivered Meals on Wheels in Lodi, and he and his wife donated the money to Lodi Community Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit.
Mr. Benson was a World War II Army Veteran, entering the military in 1941 as a 1st lieutenant assigned to the armored board because of his experience in testing military tank track components. He was a colonel at the time of his discharge. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the U. S. Army for his material improvements to military vehicles. The Legion of Merit mentions "his accomplishments had a material effect in the Allied victory".
Mr. Benson is survived by his sister-in-law, Alma Benson of Lodi. Also nieces, Deanna K. (Charles) Slater of Broomfield, Colo., and their son, B.J. Slater; Beth (William R.) Grim of Homerville and their son, Tom (Sharon) Grim of Ashland and their daughter, Amy (Jon) Miley of West Salem; and Lee Benson (William) Patterson of Wooster her sons, Craig (Shelly) Benson of Circleville, Keith (Anita) Benson of Houston, and her daughter, Joy Benson of Columbia, Mo.; and six great- grandnephews and grandnieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pauline in 1997; son, Robert James in 1956; brothers, "Deb" and "Chink" Benson; sister-in-law, Maxine Benson; and nephew, George Benson.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. The Rev. David Howell of Lodi and the Rev. Michael Boehm of Chatham will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.
Visiting hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lodi Community Hospital, 225 Elyria St., Lodi, 44254, or to Lodi Fire & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 212, Lodi, 44254.

Mary E. Porter
Mary E. "Maureen" Porter, 67, of Brunswick, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, in Middleburg Heights.
She was born Nov. 30, 1931, in Lakewood, and was a Medina County resident for 40 years. Mrs. Porter was a member of the Westside's Irish American Club. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel F. of Brunswick; daughter, Maureen Porter of Brunswick; sons, Samuel (Cheryl) Porter III of Brunswick Hills and Martin (Connie) Porter of Brunswick; sisters, Catherine Chesser of Westlake and Carol Ann Kennedy of Cleveland; brothers, John (JoAnn) Kilbane of Lakewood and Desmond Kennedy; and grandchildren, Shilo, Chelssey, Brittany, Martin and Samuel.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Capt. James Kilbane; and parents, Michael and Mary Agnes (nee Patton).
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Brunswick.
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick, 44212.

Edna F. Woodruff Blair
Edna F. Woodruff Blair, 101, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home.
She was born Oct. 7, 1898, in Bath to Bert and Stella Woodruff. She lived in Medina most of her life.
She is survived by her sons, Kenneth W. Blair of Mansfield and Donald E. Blair of Piedmont; daughter, Dorothy Bowen of Marietta; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Blair to whom she was married 58 years, and daughters, Betty Deyling and Marjorie Skidmore.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. James Patterson will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Douglas E. Brown
Douglas E. Brown, 48, of Litchfield Township, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Louisville, Ky., and resided in Litchfield for many years. He was employed as a union carpenter/foreman with Giorgi Interior Systems Inc. for the past 24 years, and enjoyed part-time farming. He was a member of Carpenter's Local 212. His many hobbies included NASCAR racing, water gardening and raising exotic Koi fish. Mr. Brown enjoyed spending time with friends at the Friendly Inn and Sunday afternoons at the Milkhouse.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Eloise; son, Bennett; daughter, Emily; daughters and sons-in-laws, Becca and Jason Ashworth and Sally and Clayton Kiner, all of the Medina County area; sisters, Linda Brown and Julie (Paul) Herrin, both of Cleveland; brother, Pete (Laura) Brown of Butler, Pa.; and granddaughter-to-be, Kiner.
Service: 1 p.m. today at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery, Litchfield.

Genevieve P. Longsdorf
Genevieve P. Longsdorf, 85, of Nova, died early Saturday morning, Nov. 20, 1999, at Samaritan Regional Health System, following a short illness.
She was born Feb. 26, 1914, in Seville and was the daughter of Charles S. and Lenore Poteet Ricketts. She resided in Ashland County since 1950, moving here from Homer Township. She was a former waitress at the Westfield Inn and was a homemaker and farm wife, helping her husband on the family farm near Nova. Mrs. Longsdorf was a former member of Church at the Lake, Chippewa Lake, and Nova Research Club, Westfield Grange and Wednesday Morning and Sunday Night mixed doubles bowling leagues at Luray Lanes.
She is survived by her husband, Blake H. Longsdorf, whom she married on May 5, 1934; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Glenn McBride of Peachtree City, Ga., Janet and Reed Stone of Nankin, Ohio, and Helen and Richard Wesner of Ashland; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Sarah Longsdorf and Fred and Frances Longsdorf, all of Nova; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Carl Stoll of Seville.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeff McBride.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Maple Grove Church of the Brethren. The Rev. John Ballinger will officiate.
A private family burial will be held in Ashland County Memorial Park.
Visiting hours: 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Maple Grove Church of the Brethren Building Fund, 960 Township Road 964, Ashland, 44805.
Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Kovalchik
Mary A. Kovalchik, 89, formerly of Valley City, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Brethren Care Village in Ashland.
She was born Dec. 1, 1909, in Old Orchard, Ohio. Mrs. Kovalchik resided in Valley City for many years. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons, William and Carl, both of Medina; daughters, Elaine Henry of Texas, and Rosemary Reutter of Big Prairie, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sister, Rose Trubisky of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1968; and sister, Katherine Shellek.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
Burial: St. Martin Church Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 today at the funeral home.

Hilda R. Kriebel
Hilda R. Kriebel, 96, of Elyria, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Samaritan Care Center and Villa in Medina, following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 3, 1903, in Sheffield and resided in Elyria since 1944. For several years she worked for Kresgee Co. in Lorain and Timms Spring Co. in Elyria. Ms. Kriebel was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Elyria, Altar & Rosary Society of St. Jude, and St. Jude Seniors. She enjoyed crocheting, doing fine needle work, playing cards and flower gardening.
She is survived by her sisters, Dorothy R. Wood of Rocky River, Josephine Diederich of North Ridgeville and Ruth Guggenbiller of Medina; many nieces and nephews; many grandnieces and grandnephews; and many great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Katherine (nee Gubeno) Kriebel; brothers, Albert and Leon Kriebel; and sisters, Alma Stack, Lucille Haas and Bernetta Kriebel.
Service: 9:30 a.m. today at Reichlin-Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland St., Elyria, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St., Elyria, with the Rev. Father Frank P. Kosem, officiating.
Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Elyria.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St., Elyria, 44035.

Glenn R. Muntz
Glenn R. Muntz, 68, formerly of Valley City, died Nov. 11, 1999, at his residence in Oregon.
Mr. Muntz was a retired machinist. He served as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War.
He is survived by his son, William C. Muntz; granddaughter, Alesci M. Muntz; sisters, Florence King of Charlotte, N.C., Dorothy Earl of Sun City Center, Fla., Violet Albright and Marilyn Bohl, both of Medina, and Betty Lou Wahlers of Bellevue, Ohio; brothers, Donald Muntz of Medina and Robert Muntz of Valley City; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth Muntz; brother, Raymond Muntz; and sister, Marlene Bramley.
Burial was held at Williamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.

Jack R. Pierce
Jack R. Pierce, 83, of Medina, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Life Care Center of Medina.
He was born in Chatham Township and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Mr. Pierce attended Kent State University, taught industrial arts and art in area schools. He was a member of the Grange and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was retired from Bendix Westinghouse, where he was an inspector. Mr. Pierce was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He enjoyed gardening and flowers.
He is survived by his sister, Treva Dorene Coleman of Seville; nine nieces; and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Persis May Jordan, Winifred Heath, Josephine Lorenzen, Marion Curtis and Mildred Kelner; and brothers, Carlton Morse Pierce and Claude Edward Pierce Jr.
Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. James Patterson will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: Noon until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Janyce K. Battles
Janyce K. Battles, 51, of Wadsworth, was called to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
She was born April 19, 1948, in Akron, and raised in Wadsworth. She left Ohio 17 years ago and traveled extensively throughout the United States. During that time, Janyce made Tucson, Ariz., her home, where she went to school and graduated with a degree in interior design. She returned to Wadsworth six years ago to be with her mother. Janyce was an avid lover of all God's creatures and spent a large portion of her life caring for her pets.
She is survived by her loving and caring mother, Helen Battles; brother, Robert Battles; sister-in-law, Susan Forty; nieces, Amy and Kelly Battles; grandnephew, Zachary; aunt and uncle, Ann and Joseph Wright; cousin and loving friend, Joanne Wroblewski; and dear and caring friend, Sharon Huffman.
She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Robert Battles; and sister, Lyn Katherine Battles.
Service: Noon Friday at Hilliard & Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Deacon Roger N. Klaas will officiate.
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Contributions to help defray expenses would be appreciated.

Alex Ostaff
Alex Ostaff, 85, of Medina, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born in Cleveland and was a lifetime Medina County resident. Mr. Ostaff was a member of Holy Martyrs Church and United Auto Workers. He was an avid golfer, a licensed private pilot and was very talented in mechanical work. He was a retired mechanic for General Motors, where he worked for 53 years in the experimental tank division. He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant, serving in the Middle East.
Mr. Ostaff is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Hood), to whom he was married 53 years; daughter, Alice (Don) Lewis of Granville, Ohio; son, David (Debbie) of Seville: five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Julia Naumov of Barberton and Mary Ford of Medina; brothers, Frank and Steve Ostaff, both of Medina; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Terry A.; and brother, John.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Father Robert Pfeiffer will officiate.
Burial: St. Francis Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3250 W. Market St., #304, Fairlawn, 44333.

Jack R. Pierce
Jack R. Pierce, 83, of Medina, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at Life Care Center of Medina.
He was born in Chatham Township and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Mr. Pierce attended Kent State University, taught industrial arts and art in area schools. He was a member of the Grange and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was retired from Bendix Westinghouse, where he was an inspector. Mr. Pierce was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He enjoyed gardening and flowers.
He is survived by his sister, Treva Dorene Coleman of Seville; nine nieces; and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Persis May Jordan, Winifred Heath, Josephine Lorenzen, Marion Curtis and Mildred Kelner; and brothers, Carlton Morse Pierce and Claude Edward Pierce Jr.
Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. James Patterson will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: Noon until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.


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