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William A. Nakoff 
William A. "Billy" Nakoff, 52, of West Salem, died Saturday, July 29, 2000. 
He was born Aug. 9, 1947. 
He served in the Air Force and was a self-employed carpenter. 
He is survived by his mother, Constance Nakoff of Medina; son, Brad Nakoff of Medina; daughters, Julie Nakoff of Medina and Stacy (Tom) Geis of El Cajon, Calif.; brothers, Randy and Rick Nakoff, both of Medina; sister, Sandy Zelenka of Eaton Township; and grandchild, Erica Wray. 
He was preceded in death by his father, William Nakoff. 
Service: 5 p.m. today at Carlson Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road, Medina (River Styx Road and state Route 18). Father Mark Hollis will officiate. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert B. Hartman 
Robert B. Hartman, 88, of Seville, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000. 
He was born in Seville on Aug. 10, 1911, to Blake E. and Perle T. Hartman. Bob followed in his father's footsteps and became a pharmacist, graduating in 1942 with Ohio State University's first class of registered pharmacists. During World War II, he was chief chemist/foreman at Elwood Ordnance in Joliet, Ill. He eventually settled in Columbus, where he operated his own pharmacy until taking over the family drugstore in Seville in 1954. He was a member of Seville Presbyterian Church. 
He is survived by his sons, Gary L. (Jackie) of Medina and Scott (Eve) of Seville; and grandchildren, Seth, Michelle and Tiffany, all of Medina, Brandon (Amy) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ryan of Wilson, N.C., and Neil and Evan Whitesell, both of Seville. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, in 1978, and sister, Frances Staton, in 1999. 
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Armstrong-Waite Funeral Home, Seville. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Medina County, Seville Presbyterian Church or Mound Hill Cemetery Tree Fund. 

Mary Hummel 
Mary Hummel, 90, of Brunswick, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, in Middleburg Heights. 
She was born Aug. 3, 1910, in Drifting, Pa., and was a Medina County resident for nine years. She was a homemaker, liked to cook and do cross-stitch, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harry Hummel of Brunswick; sons, Ron Hummel of Wooster and Jerry (Sally) Hummel of Florida; daughter, Theresa Kasperak of Brunswick; granddaughters, Tracy (Matthew), Michelle (Jim) and Theresa (Jim); great-grandchildren, Joshua, Megan, Brittany, Ashley and Vaughn; brother, Morgan (Margaret) Parnell; niece, Marge (Dennis) Fonte; and nephews, Charles and William Parnell. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hiram and Teresa Parnell, and son-in-law, Michael Kasperak. 
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick. 
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71). 

Dianne E. Nawal 
Dianne E. Nawal (nee Olenik), 54, of Homer Township, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Medina General Hospital following a short illness. 
She was born in Cleveland and was a resident of Homer for the past 23 years, after moving from Cleveland. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed sewing, flower gardening and playing bingo and cards. 
She is survived by her daughters, Kimberly Julius of North Ridgeville and Jessica Nawal of Lakewood; brothers, John "Sonny" Olenik of Fremont and Kenneth Olenik of North Royalton; and sisters, Sharon Doak of Columbia Station and Josie Olenik of Westlake. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Nawal, in April 1991, and parents, John and Wanda Olenik. 
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. The Rev. Thomas J. Pajk will be the celebrant. 
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Richard H. Clevidence 
Richard H. Clevidence, 51, of Medina, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at his home. 
He was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Lodi and was a lifelong Medina County resident. Mr. Clevidence graduated from Medina High School, where he was active in many sports. He graduated from Kent State University and received his master's degree from Ashland University. During his 25-year tenure at Medina High School, he taught and tutored children with learning disabilities and coached the girls gymnastics team. 
Rich was a courageous inspiration to many students, athletes and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him and whose lives he touched. He was a special friend of the Medina High School girls gymnastics team. 
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Kathie (nee Ashbaugh) Clevidence of Medina; parents, William and Betty Clevidence of Medina; brothers, Tom (Helen) Clevidence and John (Marianne) Clevidence, both of Medina; nieces, Brooke (John) Platner, Jennifer and Katie Clevidence, Andrea and April Beight, and Shawna and Kaitlyn Rohrman; nephews, Andy, Craig and Michael Clevidence; grandniece, Kristin McIntyre; and special friend, Pattie Kovacek. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carroll and Maxine Miller, and George and Mildred Clevidence; aunt, Myrtie Earl; nephew, Matthew; and niece, Amber. 
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Medina United Methodist Church. The Rev. Irwin Jennings will officiate. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. 
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Rich Clevidence Scholarship Fund, c/o Medina City Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1035, Medina, 44258. 

Carl C. Hetman 
Carl C. Hetman, 42, of Medina, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Hospice of the Western Reserve. 
He was born Jan. 2, 1958, in Cleveland and was a lifelong resident of Medina County. Mr. Hetman attended Diesel School in Cleveland and was self-employed as Pro-Mow 2 Snowblasters Inc. He was a member of Holy Martyrs Church and enjoyed bowling and had an interest in Little Theatre in Independence. 
Mr. Hetman is survived by his daughter, Marie Hetman of Medina; son, Chris Hetman of Medina; mother, Ruth Hetman of Granger Township; and uncle, David. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; father, Carl; and uncle, Raymond. 
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, 3100 S. Weymouth Road, Medina. Father Robert Pfeiffer 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. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hepatitis Foundation. 

Allen F. Arnold 
Allen F. Arnold, 67, of Wadsworth, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at his residence. 
He was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Copley to Francis Arnold and Helen Schlayer. Mr. Arnold worked for Wadsworth Sash and Door and enjoyed farming. He was a member of the Wadsworth Eagles. 
Mr. Arnold is survived by his son, James Arnold of Wadsworth; daughters, Karen Shotnicki of Harrisburg, Pa., and Lynn of Florida; three grandchildren; brothers, Howard (Coralee) Arnold of Cool, Calif., Bernie (Pat) and Dale Arnold, both of Sharon Center, and Edward Arnold of Massillon; and sisters, Laura Jean (Al) Winland of Albuquerque, N.M., and Marjorie (Bill) Robbins of Canal Fulton. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Ronald. 
Private service: Roberts Funeral Home-Hillcrest Chapel. Chaplain Paul D. Fink will officiate. 
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. 
There will be no visiting hours. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Victor A. Gregory 
Victor A. Gregory, 73, of Palm Harbor, Fla., died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at his home. 
He was born in Webster Springs, W.Va., and moved to Palm Harbor in 1985 from Medina. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Medina. He also volunteered for 10 years at Ozona Elementary and was twice voted outstanding volunteer. Mr. Gregory was a foundry foreman for Ford Motor Co. in Cleveland and a World War II veteran. 
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Martha; mother, Agatha of Medina; son, Victor Jr. of Port Richey, Fla.; daughters, Vickie Klein, of Goshen, Ind., Cindy Wiltheiss of Rockford, Mich., and Cathy Gregory of Brandon, Fla.; brothers, John of Webster Springs, David of New Florence, Pa., and Fred of Medina; sisters, Betty Cornelius of Medina, Lenore Cool of Strongsville, Bobbie Dillon of North Royalton, Nancy Beck of Chicago and Phyllis Close of Romney, W.Va.; and six grandchildren. 
Curlew Hills Funeral Home in Palm Harbor handled arrangements. 

Andrew Paulocsak Sr. 
Andrew Paulocsak Sr., 84, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. 
He was the dear father of Marianne (Andrew) Vargo, Andrew M. Jr. (Kathleen), Michael (Lynne) and Paul; grandfather of 11; brother of Veronica Ondo; and brother-in-law of Joseph Vavrek. 
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ann S. (nee Vavrek); sisters, Mary (Andrew) Stass, Alberta (Michael) Gulish, Helen (Joseph) Bobkovich, Ann Vavrek; and brother-in-law, George Ondo. 
Memorial service: Noon Aug. 19 at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick. 
Inurnment: Holy Cross Cemetery 
The Donald A. Faulhaber Funeral Home, Broadview Heights, is in charge of arrangements. 

Lola Sue Webb 
Lola Sue Webb, 42, passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at her home. Our family's precious angel that God gave us has gone home to be with the Lord. 
Lola Sue was born at 10:20 a.m. March 7, 1958, in Cleveland. 
She is survived by her loving companion, Stan Edwards, with whom she made her home; parents, Roger and Wanda (Thompson) Webb of Warsaw, Ohio; daughter, Jessica Lynn Robart of Wooster; grandson, Jarred Lee Robart of Wooster; twin sister, Lois (Chris) Cornman of Statesville, N.C.; sister, Tina Venus of Lodi; brother, Jesse (Mary) Webb of Doylestown; aunts, Helen Chewing of Unita, W.Va., Pauline Peters of Beckley, W.Va., Judy Bond of Whitesville, W.Va.; uncles, Ernie Thompson of Naoma, W.Va.; aunts and uncles, Sue and Joe Hutson of Brunswick and Jean and Shelby Williams of Shady Springs, W.Va.; niece, Megan Webb (Charlie Katona); nephew, Austin Webb; Lola's pets, Wrinkles, Cinja and Popcorn; and many other family members and friends, including George Kovac of Cleveland. 
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Rodney and Paul Webb. 
Burial: Noon Friday at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Prosperity, W.Va. 
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. 

Barbara E. Bixler 
Barbara E. Bixler, 97, of Creston, died Wednesday, August 9, 2000, at Kingston of Ashland Nursing Home. 
She was born May 3, 1903, in Canaan in Wayne County to Reuben and Ida (Showalter) Lewis and graduated from Creston High School in 1923. She also graduated from Ashland College and from Kent State University and received her master's degree from Ohio University. She also attended Bluffton College and Women's University in Texas. Mrs. Bixler taught for 39 years at Weller Township High School in Richland County, Melvern in Stark County, Liverpool School in Valley City, Sterling School in Wayne County and, from 1953 to 1972, at Norwayne High School, where she taught home economics. She was a Red Cross instructor with more than 3,000 hours as a volunteer at Wooster Hospital. Mrs. Bixler was a member of Medina Church of God and did mission work in Cuba and Haiti. 
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara L. Noble-Malone of Ashland; granddaughters, Nancy L. Noble of Ashland and Jill R. Noble-Ashton of Bucyrus; and sister, Mrs. John (Evalynn) Lea of Wooster. 
She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Lewis and sisters, Gladys Smith, Zola Fetzer and LaVerne and Ruby Lewis. 
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St., Creston. The Rev. C.H. Dickerson will officiate. 
Interment: Burbank Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Medina Church of God, 6745 Wooster Pike, Medina, 44256, or Norwayne High School Academic Boosters, 350 S. Main St., Creston, 44217. 

John W. Lucas 
John W. Lucas, 79, formerly of Wadsworth, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, in Phoenix. 
Mr. Lucas was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and an auditor for the state of Arizona. 
He is survived by his brother, Leo Lucas of Las Vegas; nieces, Judy Moran of Sparks, Nev., Linda Lucas of Aurora, Colo., and Connie Walker of Arvada, Colo.; and nephews, Pat Lucas of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Michael Lucas of Wadsworth. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryon. 
Memorial Mass: 1 p.m. today at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 19644 N. 7th Ave. Phoenix. 
Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. 
Hansen Mortuary in Arizona is handling arrangements. 

Beatrice A. Lukas 
Beatrice A. Lukas (nee Novak), 70, of Medina, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at Medina General Hospital. 
She was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for eight years. She was a homemaker. 
Mrs. Lukas is survived by her husband, Joseph Lukas of Medina; son, Gary (Kathleen) Lukas of Brunswick; daughter, Laura (Michael) Morabito of Medina; grandsons, Anthony and Mikey Morabito, and Daniel and Robert Lukas; and granddaughters, Mackenzie and Maureen Lukas. 
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Novak, and parents, Edward and Cecelia Novak. 
Service: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick. 
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road (one-half mile south of state Route 303), Brunswick. 
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Bruce Edwards 
Bruce Edwards, 72, of Sullivan Township, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at his home. 
He was born July 29, 1928, in Garrett, Ky., to Ephriam and Julie Bell Owsley Edwards. He lived in Wellington, moving to Sullivan 17 years ago. Mr. Edwards was a truck driver and manager of the Sullivan Shell Station. Prior to his death, Mr. Edwards was maintaining the parks and cemeteries for Sullivan Township. 
He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Gail) Pay of Sullivan, Gay Reed of Plain City, Ohio, Kim Clantz of Sullivan and Jessica Edwards of the home; son, Dale (Sandy) Edwards of Ashland; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; sisters, Ella Rose Lafferty of Franklin, Ohio, and Mrs. Bill (Dorlis) Van Hoose of Mount Vernon, Ky.; brothers, Lloyd (Bobbie Jean) Edwards of Prestonburg, Ky., and Cecil (Margaret) Edwards of Middletown, Ohio. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Ruth, in 1996. 
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 202 E. Main St., Spencer. Pastor Billie Joe White of Sullivan will officiate. 
Burial: Sullivan Southview Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1605 County Road 1095, Ashland, 44805. 

Dean E. Renker 
Dean E. Renker, 46, of Wooster, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Wooster Community Hospital. 
He was born April 29, 1954, in Wooster to Vernon and Barbara A. Calhoun Renker. Mr. Renker was an electrician at Crown North American for 27 years. 
He is survived by his children, Wendy and Mike Moore, both of Lodi, and Bryan and Lisa Renker, both of Wooster; two grandchildren; and brother, Dale Renker of Holmesville, Ohio. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandchild; and brothers, Donald and Ronald Renker. 
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. Mr. Gene McNeely and the Rev. Robert Stull will officiate. 
Burial: Moreland Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Iris I. Bartholomew 
Iris I. Bartholomew, 87, of Medina, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Medina General Hospital. 
She was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Stanislas, Prussia, and was a Medina County resident for 43 years. Mrs. Bartholomew volunteered her time at Medina Senior High School, and she was called upon to assist with many school functions. She also worked as cafeteria manager for Ella Canavan and Sidney Fenn schools. 
She is survived by her daughters, Rayma (Thomas) Fairchild of Medina and Ruth (William) Porter of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; grandson, Charles Fairchild of Parma; brother, Edward Schultz of Edmonton; and sisters, Irma Spooner and Trudy Raby, both of Edmonton. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond. 
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 N. Broadway, Medina. The Rev. Tom Schwartz will officiate. 
Burial: Lutheran Memorial Park, Hinckley Township. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 North Court St. 
The family suggest memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Northern Ohio, 1621 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44115. 

Raymond H. Gordon 
Raymond H. Gordon, 84, of Wadsworth, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. 
Mr. Gordon was born in Montville Township and was a lifelong resident of the Wadsworth area. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a tool and die maker at Hobart Inc., retiring in 1981 with 21 years of service. He was previously employed at the Ohio Injector Co. Mr. Gordon was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family. 
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Rita and Bob Hart of Sterling and Pam and Clay Johnson of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Heather and Nathan; and one great-grandson. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; brother, Paul; sister, Lucille Grimm; and half brother, William. 
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Hilliard & Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Pastor Steve Mortach will officiate. 
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. 

Mabel A. Hill 
Mabel A. Hill, 87, of Medina, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at Medina General Hospital. 
She was born in Palmyra, Mich., and was a Medina County resident for 51 years. Mabel was employed as a secretary for G.O. Corp. in Adrian, Mich. She enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles and playing bridge. Mabel was involved with Welcome Wagon and the Democratic Party, and was an election board poll worker. She was a Red Cross and Medina General Hospital volunteer. 
She is survived by her son, Steven (Mary) Hill of Port Clinton; grandson, Steven (Sharon) Hill Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jake and Jenna Marie Hill; nieces and nephews; and close friends, Dee Montgomery and Garnet Nichols. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph G. 
Private family services will be held. 
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1621 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44115, or the American Cancer Society, 1900 W. Market St., Akron, 44313-6927. 
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. 

Beatrice A. Lukas 
Beatrice A. Lukas (nee Novak), 70, of Medina, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at Medina General Hospital. 
She was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for eight years. She was a homemaker. 
Mrs. Lukas is survived by her husband, Joseph Lukas of Medina; son, Gary (Kathleen) Lukas of Brunswick; daughter, Laura (Michael) Morabito of Medina; grandsons, Anthony and Mikey Morabito, and Daniel and Robert Lukas; and granddaughters, Mackenzie and Maureen Lukas. 
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Novak, and parents, Edward and Cecelia Novak. 
Service: 10 a.m. today at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick. 
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman. 
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

William H. Payne 
William H. Payne, 52, of Brunswick, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000. 
A complete obituary will appear in Saturday's Gazette. 
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, is handling arrangements. 

Marybeth Trowbridge 
Marybeth Trowbridge, 35, of Rittman, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at her home. 
She was born Oct. 27, 1964, in Lakewood and lived in Seville before moving to Rittman in 1987. She graduated from Cloverleaf High School in 1983 and received a licensed practical nursing degree from Wayne College. Mrs. Trowbridge was employed at Tri-County Home Nursing in Wadsworth. She loved camping. 
Mrs. Trowbridge is survived by her husband, Roy L. Trowbridge; sons, Mark, Matthew and Michael, all of the home; and parents, Francis and Ruth (Faw) Coyle of Seville. 
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Drive, Rittman. The Rev. James M. Ickes will officiate. 
Burial: Rittman Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Hospice, 102 Main St. Suite 304, Wadsworth, 44281.

Joseph F. Morabito 
Dr. Joseph F. Morabito, 83, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, of complications from a brain tumor after a successful battle against esophageal cancer. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. 
Dr. Morabito dedicated his life to serving his patients and his family. He had his offices at 26100 Lakeshore Blvd. and in his long career delivered more than 10,000 babies as a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology. He was known throughout the community as more than a doctor. He was a compassionate, caring and gentle husband, father, grandfather and friend. 
Dr. Morabito had a private OB/GYN practice in Euclid from 1952 until his retirement in 1991. He was chief of OB/GYN at Euclid General Hospital from 1962 to 1976 and received an award for outstanding and dedicated service to the hospital. In 1991, he received an award for exceptional contributions and long dedicated service to Meridia Euclid Hospital. In 1993, he was awarded a certificate of distinction for 50 years of medicine from the Ohio State Medical Association in recognition of his devotion to his patients, his contributions to the health of the public, and his allegiance to the principles of the medical profession. 
Dr. Morabito was born in Conifer, Pa., and moved with his family to Massillon as a young boy. He played baseball for and graduated from Massillon High School. He then went on to Ohio State University, where he lettered in baseball in 1939. Dr. Morabito received his bachelor of arts and was accepted to Loyola (Stritch) School of Medicine in Chicago. He finished medical school just in time to serve in the Navy during World War II. He was a ship's doctor on LSTs. "We called them Large Standing Targets because they couldn't get out of their own way. Everybody was always seasick." Dr. Morabito served in Manila and Borneo and was given a commendation for his evacuation plan of the dead and wounded in Borneo. He was then promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. 
After the war, he had residencies at Glenville Hospital (Cleveland), St. Ann's Hospital (Cleveland), and Doctors Hospital (New York City), where he met his wife, Catherine, who was a nurse there. They married in 1950 in Bethlehem, Pa., and moved to Cleveland in 1952. Dr. Morabito earned his OB/GYN board certificate and was a founding fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was an excellent craftsman in anything he tried and took a special interest in woodworking and stained glass. Mr. Morabito was an avid gardener, raising vegetables for his family and many friends to enjoy. His rose garden was his pride and joy. 
He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Euclid, Holy Name Society, the American Medical Association, the Ohio Medical Association, and Northeast Yacht Club. He had a deep, abiding faith in God that flowed into his medical practice and his family. 
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Catherine "Kay" (nee Mihala); son, Joseph Francis Jr. (Terri) of Winter Garden, Fla.; daughters, Catherine Diane, Cheryl Ann and Jacqueline Jean Hacker (David) of Seville; grandchildren, Joseph Francis III (Trey), Lisa Marie, Robert, David Brian (D.J.), and Jonathan Joseph; sisters, Fortunata Mazziotta and Rose DeLong; and brother, John. 
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Church (Chardon Road). 
Interment: Calvary Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Brickman & Sons Funeral Home, 21900 Euclid Ave., Euclid. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Endowment Trust Fund, 1231 Chardon Road, Euclid, 44117; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Department 300, Memphis, TN 38148. 

William H. Payne 
William H. Payne, 52, of Brunswick, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, in Middleburg Heights. 
He was born Nov. 27, 1947, in Cleveland. Mr. Payne was a Medina County resident since 1969. He was a toolmaker with Kiffer Industries for 34 years. Mr. Payne was a captain in the Brunswick Fire Department, where he was also a volunteer for 24 years. He was a Little League baseball and girl's softball coach and a member of the Brunswick Fireman's Organization. 
He is survived by his wife of (fianceé, Sherri Reddish) of Medina Township; daughter, Tracy (Darren) Laux of Grafton; grandchildren, Kevin Laux and Amber Payne; 35 years, Linda (nee Midnight) of Brunswick; son, Matthew J. Payne sister, Mary E. Calabrese of Brook Park; andsister-in-law, Nancy J. Payne of Bay Village. He was the uncle of Michael T. and Sue Payne. 
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Edward Payne and nephew, Robert. 
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71). Scott Henderson will officiate. 
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Gardens. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brunswick Firefighters, 4383 Center Road, Brunswick, 44212; or IAFF Local 3568, c/o Russell Merhaut, at the same address. 

Barbara E. Reitzel 
Barbara E. Reitzel (nee Hall), 71, of Medina, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Southwest General Hospital. 
She was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Harvey, Ill., and was a Medina County resident for 35 years, previously residing in North Royalton. Mrs. Reitzel was a member of Peoples Methodist Church in Cleveland and Grace Baptist Church in Brunswick. She was also a member of Dancing Hearts and Medina Squares. Mrs. Reitzel was a homemaker, vice president of AAA Insulation and assistant manager of Medina Lanes from 1962 to 1978. 
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Herbert Reitzel; sons, Michael H. Reitzel, and Rick (Kim) Reitzel; daughter, Wendy (Randy) Reynolds; eight grandchildren; and sister, Carol VanNess. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Hall and Ruby Kampf. 
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Don Pongallo will officiate. 
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Elizabeth B. Swiers 
Elizabeth B. Swiers, 77, of Elyria, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at her home. 
She was born Oct. 30, 1922, in Elyria, where she lived all her life. She graduated from Elyria High School in 1940 and the Maryland College of Women in Baltimore, Md., in 1944. Mrs. Swiers and her husband owned and operated H.H. Benham Insurance Agency in Elyria until they retired in 1985. They also had an interest in standard bred racing and were involved in racing at Northfield Park for several years. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Elyria Women's Club and the Elyria YWCA. 
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gerald D. Swiers; daughters, Laurie Bate of Elyria and Sally Gutowski of Omaha, Neb.; and two grandsons. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard H. and Eleanor Benham (nee Bachtell). 
Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 330 Second St., Elyria. The Rev. Dennis F. Fredriksen will officiate. 
Burial: Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church or Elyria Women's Club, 218 East Ave., Elyria, 44035. 
Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria, is handling arrangements. 

Sally A. Whitenack 
Sally Ann Whitenack, 65, of Rittman, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at Rittman Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rittman. 
She was born Sept. 7, 1934, in Wadsworth to Harold Caskey and Helen Caskey-Kazar. She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Rittman. 
She is survived by her mother, Helen Kazar; stepmother, Donna Caskey; sons, Tim and Gary Whitenack; daughters, Brenda Ludey and Mary Ann Renuk; brothers, John and Charles Kazar; sister, Carol Fritz; stepbrothers, Skip and Greg Caskey; stepsisters, Debbie and Sharon Caskey; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Roberts Funeral Home-Hillcrest Chapel, 9560 Acme Road, Wadsworth. Chaplain Paul D. Fink will officiate. 
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: One hour prior to service Monday at the funeral home.


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