|Wallace E. Bixby Jr.
Wallace E. Bixby Jr., 76, of Medina, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2001,
at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1924, in Berea and was formerly of Lakewood.
Mr. Bixby was a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art (1950s) and a co-founder
of the Cleveland Traditional Jazz Society. Mr. Bixby worked as a graphic
artist in Cleveland for many years and spent his retirement in Medina to
be close to his brother and family. He was a major fan of jazz music and
photographed many jazz stars, such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and
Gene Krupa, who performed in Cleveland clubs in the 1950s. Mr. Bixby later
donated those photos to the Cleveland Public Library. He had exhibits of
his work at the Medina County District Library and Tri-C Metro. He continued
his art in retirement and was honored by the Medina Post Office in 1996
with their choosing of his design for the cancellation stamp for the U.S.
Postal Service commemorating "Great Band Leaders." Mr. Bixby also was a
part-time cartoonist. He served in the Army Signal Corps during World War
II from 1943 to 1946.
He is survived by his brother, James A. Bixby of Medina; nephews, Jeff
Bixby of Cincinnati, David Bixby of Derwood, Md., and Bruce Bixby of Dalton,
Pa.; and nieces, Jody Doyle of Defiance, Nancy Jones of Dalton and Laura
Bogdanski of Medina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace E. and Marie Bixby,
and brother, Leon.
Private family services will be held.
Burial: Lakewood Park Cemetery.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Medina
County Home, 6144 Wedgewood Road, Medina, 44256.
George O. Hutton
George O. Hutton, 74, of Chippewa Lake, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001,
at the Medina County Home.
He was born on May 20, 1926, in Cedar Grove, W.Va., to Noah and Jessie
(nee Hackney) Hutton. Mr. Hutton was retired from Chevrolet after 26 years
of service. He was a member of Triangle Baptist Church in Chippewa Lake.
Mr. Hutton is survived by his stepson, Jim (Della) Watkins of Cleveland,
and brother, Jack (Vivian) Hutton of West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline (nee Wallace); three
brothers; and one sister.
Service: 11 a.m. today at Triangle Baptist Church, Chippewa Lake.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Wadsworth.
Stanley T. Wood
Stanley T. Wood, 80, of Medina, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2001,
at Akron General Hospital.
He was born on March 17, 1921, in Needham, Mass., and was a Medina
County resident since 1958. Mr. Wood was a sales representative for the
Stanley Works of Britain, Conn. He was an avid woodworker, furniture maker
and golfer. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a Veteran of Foreign
Wars. Family and friends will remember Stanley for his wit and humor.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy B. Stanley (nee Bergstrom) of Medina;
sons, Fred Wood of Seminole, Fla., Peter (Patty) Wood of Fairlawn, Paul
Wood of Biddeford, Maine, and Roger (Katie) Wood of Naperville, Ill.; and
grandchildren, Eric, Carly, Kyle, Andy and Joey.
He was preceded in death by his son, Mark; sister, Marjorie Cooke;
and brother, David.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel,
765 N. Court St. The Rev. Dr. Ted Elsenheimer will officiate.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1815
W. Market St. #301, Akron, 44313-7067.
Norman C. Biehl
Norman C. Biehl, 85, of Valley City, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at
Life Care Center of Medina.
He was born in Cleveland and moved to Valley City in 1963. Mr. Biehl
was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Valley City. He
was a supervisor of the former George Worthington Hardware in Cleveland
and worked security for the National Air Raid on the west side of Cleveland
from 1940 to 1943. Mr. Biehl loved animals, stamp collecting, cooking and
He is survived by his wife, Mildred (nee Hoehn), whom he married on
June 15, 1963; cousins, Aldine Hadsell of North Ridgeville and Florence
Tomasallo of Cleveland; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wolff and Margaret Hibler,
both of Valley City; brothers-in-law, Wally Hoehn and Richard Westlake,
both of Brunswick; and many nieces and nephews.
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 Church Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bauer Funeral Home,
2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
Memorial suggested, if desired, to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
or the American Diabetes Association.
Mary A. Carver Buettner
Mary A. Carver Buettner, 90, of Medina, died Saturday, May 12, 2001,
at Samaritan Care Center of Medina.
She was born on Kelly's Island and resided in the South Euclid-Cleveland
area prior to moving to Medina County in 1950. Mrs. Buettner lived most
of her life in Medina County, except for six years in Taveres, Fla. She
was a homemaker and member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Mrs.
Buettner worked as a bookkeeper for her sons, Ken and Dick Carver, at the
Tebbit's Beverage Store in Medina for many years.
She is survived by her sons, Donald (Edna) Carver and Richard (Dianna)
Carver, both of York Township, Norman (Elaine) Carver of Estes Park, Colo.,
Kenneth (Marilyn) Carver of Medina, David (Diane) Carver of Eustus, Fla.,
and Chris (Kristine) Carver of Medina; daughter-in-law, Sandy Carver of
Lake Mary, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sister,
Julie Werkheiser of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 40 years, William
Carver; son, William Carver Jr.; second husband, Louis Buettner; and brothers,
Joseph Palco and John Palcho.
Funeral Mass day and time will be announced in Tuesday's Gazette.
Burial: York Township Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bauer Funeral Home,
2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
Thelma O. Johnson
Thelma O. Johnson, 91, of Creston, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at Wadsworth-Rittman
She was born in West Virginia and moved to Litchfield Township in 1957.
She lived there until moving to Creston in 1992. Mrs. Johnson worked at
the Medina Laundry from 1958 to 1966. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing
She is survived by her children, Cora Brown of Tennessee, Elsie Badgett
of New Philadelphia, Myers Johnson of Hondo, Texas, and Jene Johnson of
Creston; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Johnson, in 1991;
son, Earl Johnson; and daughters, Lois, Shirley and Elva Johnson.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road,
Valley City. The Rev. David Shimp will officiate.
Burial: Litchfield Township Cemetery.
Visiting hours: One hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral
Kathleen M. Mabry
Kathleen M. Mabry, 93, of Lodi, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at Medina
She was born in Reigate, England on Nov. 8, 1907, the daughter of Charles
and Mary Hadley. She was raised in Cleveland, where she graduated from
East Tech High School and later worked at Halle Bros. Department Store.
Mrs. Mabry resided in Lodi since 1936, where she was a member of Lodi United
Methodist Church, Lodi Community Hospital Auxiliary and was a former member
of the Lodi-Cloverleaf school board for 14 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Raymond of Missouri;
son, Charles (Ramona) Mabry of Lodi; three grandsons; one great-granddaughter;
and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Henry Mabry, in 1969,
and sister, Elsie Robeck.
According to her wishes, cremation will take place and a memorial service
will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lodi United Methodist Church, 320 Medina
St. The Rev. David Howell of Lodi will officiate.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lodi Community Hospital, 225
Elyria St., Lodi, 44254.
Parker & Son Funeral Home, Lodi, is in charge of arrangements.
Donald G. Metter
Donald G. Metter, 66, of Brunswick, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at
the Cleveland Clinic after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Brunswick resident for 40 years.
He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, past grand knight and member
of the Knights of Columbus Council 4847, Brunswick 3505 Eagles and social
member of Brunswick VFW Post 9520. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, camping
and loved his yard work. Mr. Metter was a custodian at Highland schools
and Polaris JVS. He was a Brunswick Transit System driver and worked for
Carlson Funeral Homes. In addition, he was a bus driver for Brunswick City
Schools and a heavy equipment operator specialist at Terex.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carlotta (nee Pesek) of Brunswick;
sister, Helen Kollmorgan of Cleveland; mother-in-law, Ethel Pesek of Cleveland;
and brothers-in-law, Stanley Pesek of Salem, Va., Robert Pesek of Shelby
Township, Mich., and Dennis Pesek of Cleveland. His extended families included
the Butler and Szill families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Helen Metter; sister,
Helen Ballasch; and brother, Walter.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church,
929 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
Burial: Resurrection Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Carlson, A Golden Rule
Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Donald's
name to the charity of one's choice.
Billie Jo Schuck
Billie Jo Schuck, 49, of Spencer, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2001,
at the Cleveland Clinic.
A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday's Gazette.
Parker & Son Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.
Frank S. Zwolsky
Frank S. Zwolsky, 81, of Medina, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Medina
General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Palanka, Yugoslavia, and was a Medina County resident
for 13 years, formerly of Cleveland. Mr. Zwolsky enjoyed gardening, reading,
writing and his granddaughters. He was a tailor all his working life and
worked in the men's clothing department of Halle Bros. Department Store
in Cleveland until retiring in 1982.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna (nee Fritz) of Medina;
son, Donald (Louise) Zwolsky of Medina; and granddaughters, Jessica and
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Frances.
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road
(one-half mile west of Interstate 71), Medina.
Burial: St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the American Heart Association.
Robert P. Acker
Peter Pan has gone to Never Never Land. Robert P. "Bob" Acker, 83,
passed away peacefully at the Hospice Care Center on Thursday, May 17,
2001. He is now with his parents, Lawrence and Carrie; brothers, Frank,
Bill and Stan; granddaughter, Tina Elliott; wife, Geneva; and first wife,
Mr. Acker was a decorated veteran. He served during World War II in
the Pacific as a tail gunner on a B-29 bomber. An avid sports fan and fierce
euchre player, he was blessed with an inspiring tenor voice, sense of humor
and total love of life. He never met a stranger.
He is survived by his children, Nancy Landals, Sue (Jack) Elliott,
Patti (Tim) Reinoehl, Bob and Scott Acker; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;
and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Thursday at Wadsworth First Christian Church,
Boyer Street at High Street. The Rev. James L. Singleton will officiate.
Inurnment: Clearwater, Fla.
So that others may share the peace of this beautiful place, memorials
may be made to Hospice Care Center Indigent Fund, 3358 Ridgewood Road,
Many thanks to his loving caregivers at the Residence of Sterling Oaks
Day Care Center and Hospice Care Center.
Adair M. Arner
Adair M. Arner (nee Miller), 62, of Brunswick, passed away Monday,
May 21, 2001, in Brunswick following a lengthy illness.
She was born May 22, 1938, and was a Medina County resident for 30
years. Mrs. Arner was a former teacher, a volunteer tutor and library worker
at Towslee Elementary School, where she received the Friend of Education
Award. She was a member of United Methodist Women craft group, a former
Girl Scout leader and Brunswick manager for the Girl Scouts. She enjoyed
basket weaving, skiing, sewing and painting.
Mrs. Arner is survived by her husband of 31 years, Russell E. Arner;
son, Keith A. (Amy) Arner of Cranberry Township, Pa.; and sisters, Genevieve
Esgar of North Olmsted and Janet Coley of Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Paula Arner; parents, Andrew
and Joyce (nee Brown) Miller; and brother, Lincoln Miller.
Service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick
Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71). Pastor Thomas
Lenhart will officiate.
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Women c/o Brunswick
United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road, Brunswick, 44212, or Towslee
Elementary School Library, 3555 Center Road, Brunswick, 44212.
Sharon J. Curry
Sharon J. Curry, 55, of Brunswick, died Monday, May 21, 2001, in Middleburg
She was born Aug. 9, 1945, in Pennsylvania and was a Medina County
resident for 23 years. Mrs. Curry was a school bus driver for 12 years
for Strongsville City Schools. She was an amateur photographer, a known
notary public and an avid collector of clocks.
Mrs. Curry is survived by her husband of 38 years, Carl C.; daughters,
Dottie (Stephen) Knowles of Litchfield Township and Karen (Thom) Arndt
of Creston; son, Jeff (Karleen) Curry of Brunswick; parents, Alvin and
Ruby Doleta Casteel; grandchildren, Steve Jr., Anthony, Tommy, Breanna
and Zachary; brothers, Ron (Pat) and Gary (Donna) Casteel; and many nieces
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick
Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71). Pastor Deborah
Wissner will officiate.
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Dorothy E. Fetterman
Dorothy E. Fetterman, 77, of Wadsworth, formerly of Westfield Center,
passed away Friday, May 18, 2001, at her home following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 1, 1923, in Cadiz, Ohio, to Henry C. and Martha (Mattie)
Baker Tredway. Mrs. Fetterman was formerly of Orrville, where she graduated
from high school in 1941. She resided in Medina County the past 34 years
and was an active member of Northside Christian Church in Wadsworth.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Ken) Wolf of Arizona, Christine
(Tom) Mayhew of Eagle, Colo., and Sheila Fetterman of Wadsworth; sons,
Robert Garrad of Wadsworth and Randy (Pamela) Fetterman of Medina; 16 grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia Bernagege; and brother, Arthur
She was preceded in death by her husband, Miles; sons, Walter, James
and Allen; sisters, Hazel Richmond and Grace Kurtz; and brothers, James
(Pookie) and Homer Tredway.
Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina
St., Lodi. The Rev. Robin Hart of Wadsworth will officiate.
Burial: Westfield Center Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Tri-County Hospice, 102 Main St., Suite 304, Wadsworth, 44281.
James V. Meyers Sr.
James Vincent Meyers Sr., 80, passed away Monday, May 21, 2001, at
the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, where he had resided for the past year.
He was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Hollidaysburg, Pa., to William and Bertha
Meyers. Mr. Meyers resided in Cleveland, Olmsted Falls and North Ridgeville,
moving to Spencer in 1997. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his sons, Leonard (Sandy) Meyers, Norman (Joan) Meyers
and James (Martha) Meyers, all of Spencer; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
sisters, Betty (Bud) Bastian, Dorrie Meyers and Peggy Faber, all of Pennsylvania;
and brother, Pete Meyers of Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donnie and William;
and sister, Dot.
Service: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 202 E.
Main St., Spencer.
Burial: Spencer Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association,
157 Cedar St., Suite 203, Akron, 44307.
Robert I. Neptune
Robert I. Neptune, 76, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at the Village
Mr. Neptune was a Medina County resident for 30 years. He was a member
of Bigelow Lodge F&AM and St. Matthew Episcopal Church in Westerville.
Mr. Neptune was employed as a sales representative for the Jim Boyle Organization,
retiring after 35 years.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue; son, Thomas; daughters,
Susan (Robert) Davidson and Nancy (Bill) Coultas; grandchildren, Scott,
Samantha and Phillip; brother, Tyler (Clarabelle); and many nieces and
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew Church, 233 State St.,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Geographic
Society or the National Wildlife Federation.
Arrangements by Cook & Son-Pallay Funeral Home, Columbus.
Juliana A. Sandor
Juliana Anne Sandor, 82, of Wadsworth, died Monday, May 21, 2001, at
She was born in Akron and worked as a registered nurse for Medina General
Hospital, Deaconess Cleveland Hospital and Akron City Hospital. She was
a member of Fairlawn Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Sandor is survived by her husband of 54 years, Steve; daughter
and son-in-law, Christine and Gary Cogar of West Salem; son and daughter-in-law,
Kenneth and Cheryl Sandor of Vero Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jessica and
Timmy Fodor; and sister, Mary Sandor of Akron.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairlawn Lutheran Church. Pastor Charles
D. Lentner will officiate.
Interment: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Visiting hours: 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hummel Funeral Home West, A Golden
Rule Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Road, Copley.
Jerald W. Beal
Jerald "Jerry" W. Beal, 69, of Medina, died Friday, May 25, 2001, at
Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights.
He was born in Oberlin and graduated from Wellington High School. He
worked as a research mechanic at NASA for 33 years and also worked part
time at Medina Lanes for 10 years. Mr. Beal was a member of Medina United
Methodist Church. He was an avid bowler and an accomplished woodcrafter
who shared his gifts with those he loved and who loved him. He served in
the Air Force for four years during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Doris E. (nee Loomis) Beal of Medina; daughters,
Janet Dellinger of Norwalk, Jennifer Beal of Monroeville and Eileen (Marc)
Ferree of Sidney, Ohio; sons, Jeffrey Beal of Monroeville and Daryl (Bonnie
Bowling) Chidsey of North Ridgeville; grandchildren, Brian, Amy, Samantha,
Benjamin, Laura, Jennifer, Sarah, Brandy and Shannon; great-granddaughter,
Ivy; and brothers, Tom Beal and John Beal.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina
Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Dr. David Loomis and the Rev. Dr. Irwin
Jennings will officiate.
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American
Heart Association, 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland, 44106-3988, or the American
Diabetes Association, 1815 W. Market. St., Suite 108, Akron, 44313.
M. Carole Bica
M. Carole Bica, 53, of Salem, Ohio, died Saturday morning, May 26,
2001, at her home.
She was born Feb. 27, 1948, in Salem to Emil and Hermina (Unetich)
Bica. She graduated from Salem High School, class of 1966, and St. Mary's
College in South Bend, Ind. She worked as an attorney in private practice.
Ms. Bica was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and the Columbiana
County Bar Association.
She is survived by her brothers, Dr. Thomas Bica of Medina and Jerry
Bica of Salem, and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Father Thomas
Eisweirth will officiate.
Burial: Grandview Cemetery.
Visiting hours: One hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral
Stark Memorial Funeral Home of Salem is handling arrangements.
Mabel M. Bluhm
Mabel M. Bluhm, 93, of Medina, died Friday, May 25, 2001, at the Ohio
Pythian Sisters Home.
She was born May 3, 1908, in Chagrin Falls and was a homemaker and
consultant for Tri-Chem Liquid Embroidery.
Mrs. Bluhm is survived by her daughter, Mary Lou McCourt of Medina;
grandchildren, Thomas (Joyce) Davis, James Davis and Laurie (Chris) Wismer,
all of Medina; great-grandchildren, Michael, Amanda and Melissa Davis,
Jessica Wismer, and Kelly, David and Miranda Davis; and sister, Marion
Althoff of Brunswick.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, and sisters, Ruth
Bayless and Dorothy Larson.
Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel,
765 N. Court St. The Rev. Thomas Schwartz will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Catherine S. Kehoe
Catherine S. Kehoe (nee Dunn), 88, has passed away.
She was the beloved wife of Robert L.; dear mother of Mary Angela Stern
Sheffield (Luther), Karen Bertke (Bob), Bonnie Vanek (Bill) and Robert
L. (Judy); loving grandmother of 15; great-grandmother of 10; and sister
of Colletta Staigg, Joseph Hovanec and James and John.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and sister, Margaret Hovanec
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bernadette Church.
Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Berry Funeral Home,
23040 Center Ridge Road (east of Clague), Westlake.
Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Fairview Hospital,
15531 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 44111.
Tony C. Williams
Tony C. Williams "Turtle," 19, of Lodi, passed away Sunday, May 27,
2001, at Elyria Memorial Hospital following an automobile accident.
A full obituary will appear in Tuesday's Gazette.
Parker & Son Funeral Home in Lodi is in charge of arrangements.