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Michael A. Laurence 
Michael Anthony Laurence, 9, dearest son of Terry and Bonnie Laurence and Jacqueline Hlavacek, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2000. 
He was the loving brother of Ashley, Terry Jr., Amber and Steven; cherished grandson of Nancy and Thomas Laurence, Tom and Sandy Rebro, and Richard and Brenda Scarberry; great-grandson of Angela Spangler; godson and nephew of Ray and Tracy Laurence; nephew of Timothy and Arlene Laurence, and Theresa, Tim and Richard Scarberry. 
Prayer service: 9 a.m. Saturday at Busch Family Chapel, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma. 
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. 
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be forwarded to the Michael Laurence Memorial Fund at any FirstMerit Bank. 

Dawn L. Schofield 
Dawn L. Schofield, 40, of Granger Township, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at her residence. 
She was born Feb. 15, 1960, in Cleveland and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Mrs. Schofield was a member of Remsen Christian Church. She was a homemaker. 
She is survived by her husband, Gary B. Schofield of Granger; children, John, Grant and Carla Schofield, all of Granger; mother, Wanda Laurie of Granger; sisters, Diane Ortiz of Medina and Darlene Wyatt of Doylestown; and grandmother, Elva Vaughn of Medina. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel, and brother, James Laurie. 
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Dr. John Mills will officiate. 
Burial: Granger-Fairview Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Waite & Son Funeral Homes. 

Mary Beth Simon-Newell 
Mary Beth Simon-Newell, 51, of Valley City, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights. 
She was born in Cleveland and lived in Cuyahoga County for many years before moving to Valley City in 1988. Mrs. Simon-Newell was a former member of St. Colman Catholic Church in Cleveland and member of St. Martin of Tours in Valley City. She was a member of the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association and was a licensed practical nurse, working at the former St. John Hospital Cleveland and retiring from St. John Westshore in Westlake. She loved antiques, doing crafts and had a great love of traveling, especially camping out West. 
Mrs. Simon-Newell was the beloved wife of David, to whom she was married 21 years; loving sister of Vincent (Barbara) Simon of Portage Lakes, MaryGrace (John) Kenny of Brunswick and Clara Marie Simon of Medina; special aunt of Danny, David, Diane, John and Mackie; special grandaunt of Allison, Tylor and Vincent; cherished godmother; and devoted friend to many. 
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin of Tours, 1824 Station Road, Valley City. The Rev. Thomas Dunphy will officiate. 
Burial: St. Martin Church Cemetery, Valley City. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, or St. Martin Church Building Fund.

Betty J. Alpaugh 
Betty J. Alpaugh, 73, of Hinckley Township, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, July 12, 2000. 
She was born May 31, 1927, in Morristown, N.J., and was a lifetime resident of Long Valley, N.J., before moving to Hinckley a year ago to be with her family when she became ill. Mrs. Alpaugh was a homemaker committed to her family and friends. She was a member of Long Valley Presbyterian Church for 62 years and secretary and treasurer of Robert W. Alpaugh & Son Inc. 
Mrs. Alpaugh was the beloved wife of Robert W. Alpaugh for 52 years; dear mother of Glenn R. Alpaugh of Andover, N.J., and Sharon (Scott) Gilbert of Hinckley; and beloved grandmother of Amanda, Kelan and Jordan Gilbert, and Kyle and Kristen Alpaugh. 
She was preceded in death by her brother, Bert Swackhammer. 
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Long Valley Presbyterian Church, Bartley Road, Long Valley. 
Burial: Fairmount Cemetery, New Jersey. 
Visiting hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Cochran Funeral Home in New Jersey. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256, or Long Valley Presbyterian Church, Bartley Road, Long Valley, N.J. 
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements. 

Edward L. Beltowski 
Edward L. Beltowski, 75, of Brunswick, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at his residence. 
He was born Sept. 27, 1924, in Hastings, Pa., and was a Medina County resident for 21 years. Mr. Beltowski was a member of Medina Eagles. He retired from the city of Cleveland as a supervisor in the motor vehicle department. 
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (John) Vojtus of Brunswick; sons, Raymond (Donna) Beltowski of Medina and John (Denise) Beltowski of Middleburg Heights; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers and sisters. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella (nee Michalczyk). 
Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Brunswick. 
Burial: Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick. 
Visiting hours: 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. 

Edward J. Charron 
Edward J. Charron, 91, of Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2000, in Westlake. 
He was the husband of Isabell (deceased); dear father of Richard (Ann), Beverly Gorris, Joyce Timmons and Edward Jr. (deceased); grandfather of 16; great-grandfather of 25; and great-great-grandfather of 13. 
Private family services were held. 
Interment will be in Zephyrhills. 
Busch-Saxton-Parker-Daniels Family Chapel, Lakewood, is handling arrangements. 

Rupert F. Keller 
Rupert F. Keller, 91, of Medina, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina. 
He was born July 29, 1908, in Valley City to Frank and Mary (nee Frambach) Keller and was a lifelong resident of Medina County. He retired from Columbia Gas of Ohio after 23 years of service and enjoyed farming for many years. Mr. Keller was a member of Medina County Farm Bureau, Medina Coon Club and Columbia Gasco Club and an auxiliary member of Erhart Volunteer Fire Department. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Valley City. 
Mr. Keller was best known for his many stories and the recitation of endless poems and verses, which he had committed to memory as a young man. 
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Helen (Ray) Baker of Norton; stepson, William Dale Ribbeck of Goose Creek, S.C.; granddaughter, Tracy Keller of Medina; great-grandson, Michael Keller of Medina; daughter-in-law, Kitty Keller of Medina; sister, Julia Spieth of York Township; brothers, Paul (Bessie) Keller of Valley City, Earl Keller of York Township and Ray (Myrtle) Keller of Mallet Creek; and many nieces, nephews and stepgrandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carlie, in March 1999; son, Alan Keller, in July 1996; and parents. 
Service: 11 a.m. today at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1377 Lester Road, Valley City. The Rev. Dennis Murawski will officiate. 
Burial: St. Paul Church Cemetery in Valley City. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Church or Erhart Fire & Rescue Department, 6609 Norwalk Road, Medina, 44256. 

Evelyn C. Marek 
Evelyn C. Marek, 91, of Medina, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina. 
She was born March 21, 1909, in Cleveland to Ernest and Florence (Fortier) Copeland. Mrs. Marek was a homemaker. 
She is survived by her son, Daniel (Laura) Marek of Medina; grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Marek, and Robin Rifici; and great-grandchildren, Kevin and Alex Marek. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Joseph H. Marek. 
Religious service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Zeis-McGreevey Funeral Home, 16105 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. The Rev. David Bargetzi will officiate. 
Burial: Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River. 
Visiting hours: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Mary Beth Simon-Newell 
Mary Beth Simon-Newell, 51, of Valley City, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights. 
She was born in Cleveland and lived in Cuyahoga County for many years before moving to Valley City in 1988. Mrs. Simon-Newell was a former member of St. Colman Catholic Church in Cleveland and member of St. Martin of Tours in Valley City. She was a member of the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association and was a licensed practical nurse, working at the former St. John Hospital Cleveland and retiring from St. John Westshore in Westlake. She loved antiques, doing crafts and had a great love of traveling, especially camping out West. 
Mrs. Simon-Newell was the beloved wife of David, to whom she was married 21 years; loving sister of Vincent (Barbara) Simon of Portage Lakes, MaryGrace (John) Kenny of Brunswick and Clara Marie Simon of Medina; special aunt of Danny, David, Diane, John and Mackie; special grandaunt of Allison, Taylor and Vincent; cherished godmother; and devoted friend to many. 
She was preceded in death by her nephew, Vincent Simon. 
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin of Tours, 1824 Station Road, Valley City. The Rev. Thomas Dunphy will officiate. 
Burial: St. Martin Church Cemetery, Valley City. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, or St. Martin Church Building Fund.

William Poorman 
William "Billie" Poorman, 76, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Willowood Nursing Home, Brunswick. 
He was born in Peel, Pa., and was a Medina County resident most of his life. Mr. Poorman was a member of Medina Moose 647 and Brunswick Eagles 3505. He was a residential and commercial general contractor. He served in the Navy in World War II as an airplane mechanic on a naval carrier. He enjoyed fishing. 
He is survived by his son, William J. "Jim" of Brook Park; daughter, Jenny (David) Weese of Brunswick; brothers, Norman (Betty) of Northfield, Raymond of Medina and Donald (Mary) of Hinckley Township. He also was a grandfather and great-grandfather. 
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Clara Belle Hajek and Thelma Bohm-Weldy. 
Memorial services will be held at a later date. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland, 3601 S. Green Road, Suite 100, Cleveland, 44122. 
Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, Brunswick, is handling arrangements. 

Robert J. Pritchard 
Robert J. Pritchard, 77, of Medina, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Ohio Pythian Sisters Home of Medina. 
He was born in Cleveland and was a lifetime resident of Medina County. Mr. Pritchard was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. He was vice president of Rawiga Country Club. He played Abbeyville fast-pitch softball and was a golfer, bowler and remodeler. Mr. Pritchard was president of Permold, where he worked for more than 40 years, having worked his way up from the shipping department, tool room, foundry and plant manager to president. He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. 
Mr. Pritchard is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (nee Nemec) of Medina, to whom he was married 49 years; daughter, Jeanne Pritchard of Medina; and son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Nancy Pritchard of Carrollton. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gary and Clara (nee Gienke) Pritchard. 
Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Michael D. Oakley will officiate. 
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert J. Pritchard Scholarship Fund, c/o Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St., Medina, 44256. 

Irene J. White 
Irene J. White, 72, of Homer Township, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Fairview General Hospital in Cleveland, following a period of declining health. 
She was born March 13, 1928, in Elyria and lived in Spencer before moving to Homer 28 years ago. Mrs. White was a former employee of General Industries in Elyria and later Flexible Flyer in Medina. She was a member of Homerville United Methodist Church. Mrs. White enjoyed lapidary and crafts. 
She is survived by her sister, Janet (Harold) Trockley of Thomasville, Ga.; brother, Charles Keller of Elyria; close friend, Agnes Rumbaugh of Homer; and a number of nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. 
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 202 E. Main St., Spencer. The Rev. Robert Holmes of Pleasant Home will officiate. 
Burial: Spencer Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: One hour prior to service at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Town & Country Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 175, West Salem, 44287. 

Ella M. Wilson 
Dr. Ella M. Wilson, 61, departed this life on Wednesday, July 12, 2000. 
She was born March 31, 1939, in Lexington, Ky., to Samuel and Ella Mae McEwen. Her family moved from Lexington to Medina, where she attended and graduated from high school. She attended the University of Akron, where she obtained her bachelor's degree, and continued on to Kent State University, where she received her master's degree and doctorate. 
Ella was a devoted educator, wife and mother who taught at Hiram College for 14 years. She spent the remaining years of her professional career at Wilberforce University as a vice president of student affairs. She was a dedicated member of the United A.M.E. Church of Xenia, where she acted as a missionary and stewardess, and participated in the women of wisdom group. She also was an active member of Spelman A.M.E. in Kent, where she wrote and directed several plays. She was a member of several professional organizations in education, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Wilberforce chapter of Links Inc. and Greene Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. 
Those she leaves to mourn are her mother, Ella Mae Porter of Medina; children, Joseph Wray of Southfield, Mich., Jeffrey Wray of East Lansing, Mich., Jonathan Wray of Akron, Mark Wilson of North Carolina, Debbie Evans of Akron, Mary David of Fayetteville, N.C., and Denise Harris of Akron; brothers, Samuel McEwen of Columbia, Md., Charles McEwen of Detroit, Mich., Kenneth McEwen of Akron and Paul McEwen of Medina; sisters, Jean Evans of Lancaster, Calif., and Dawn McEwen of Chicago; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joel L. Wray, whom she married in March 1957, in 1968; second husband, Dr. Milton E. Wilson, whom she married in January 1983, in 1989; and son, Jerrold, in 1966. 
Service: 5 p.m. Sunday at United A.M.E. Church, Xenia. Pastor Antoni Sinkfil will officiate. Final service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Second Baptist Church, Medina. The Rev. Russell Burden will officiate. 
Interment: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina. 
Visiting hours: 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at United A.M.E. Church, Xenia. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ella Wilson Education Fund, c/o United A.M.E. Church, 286 E. Church St., Xenia, 45385. 
Colbert Funeral Home in Xenia and Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home in Akron are handling arrangements.

Frank A. Bontempo 
Frank A. Bontempo, 90, passed away Friday, July 14, 2000. 
He was born Nov. 8, 1909, in Cleveland, the third child of Maria (Giaimo) and Vincenzo Bontempo. He married Agnes Kearney on June 21, 1946, and they had six children: Mary (Robert) Carlson, Frank (Deborah), Rita (Mark) Thiron, Patricia, Benita and Joseph (Elizabeth). He had 11 grandchildren. 
Frank attended Eagle School (class of 1921), Brownell Junior High School (1924) and Central High School (1927). He was on the staff that published "The Story of Brownell," which chronicles the history of the school and its famous alumni, such as the Rockefellers. 
He worked in his father's barber shop and was apprenticed to the corner druggist. But his dreams of a career in pharmacy were shattered by the Depression. He built the family home in North Olmsted in 1949 and was a plumber for Freese Hardware. He was a pipe fitter for Ford Motor Co. at the Brook Park complex until his retirement in 1975. 
He served in the U.S. Army's Persian Gulf Service Command in World War II with the 762nd Railway Battalion, supplying the Allied forces in Iran. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7647 and Holy Name Society at St. Brendan Church. 
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. today at St. Brendan Church, Brendan at Kenny Lane. 
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery. 
Contributions may be made to St. Brendan Church. 
Corrigan Funeral Home, Fairview Park, is in charge of arrangements. 

Margaret J. Brodbeck 
Margaret J. "Maggie" Brodbeck, 65, of Wooster, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Wooster Community Hospital, after a sudden illness. 
She was born Dec. 8, 1934, in Akron to Dorothy J. Moorhouse. She was a real estate title examiner for the Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston Law Office in Wooster. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sharon Township and attended Zion Lutheran in Wooster. She was a member of the American Horse Shows Association and treasurer of the Ohio Morgan Horse Association and American Morgan Horse Association. 
She is survived by her husband, William F., whom she married on Oct. 3, 1964; daughter, Jennifer J. Brodbeck of Wooster; and brother, John (Barbara) Moorhouse of Mainville, Ohio. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, and brother, Robert. 
Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. The Rev. Dr. Alan E. Nathan will officiate. 
Burial: Wooster Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Earlene R. Hewitt 
Earlene R. Hewitt (nee Hudgins), 54, of Guilford Township, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Medina General Hospital, after a lengthy illness. 
Mrs. Hewitt was born in Akron and resided in Guilford for more than 20 years. She was a member of York United Methodist Church and Sharon Center Women's Club. Mrs. Hewitt collected Beanie Babies and teddy bears. 
She is survived by her husband, Frank; sons, Michael Hudgins of Medina and David Hudgins of Rittman; stepchildren, Jackie and Monica Hewitt, both of Wadsworth, and Edward and David Hewitt, both of Akron; sisters, Hope Myers of Wadsworth, Mary Hudgins of Oklahoma, Sandra Hudgins of Akron and Allison Skruck of Wadsworth; brothers, Richard Hudgins of Sterling and Mark Hudgins of Kansas; half brother, Lee Bendel of Florida; and nephew, Jeff Terwilliger of Wadsworth. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Dolores Hudgins. 
Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hilliard & Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. The Rev. Judy Claycomb and Larry Skruck will officiate. 
Interment: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Harriett L. Lang 
Harriett L. Lang, 91, of Brunswick, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Century Oaks Nursing Home in Middleburg Heights. 
She was born June 26, 1909, in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for three years. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2133 of Cleveland and a typist for Central Petroleum Co. 
She is survived by her son, Clifford (Ellen) Lang of Brunswick; daughters, Barbara (Howard) Broadbent of Brunswick and Louise (Dennis) Shafer of Middleburg Heights; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; parents, Frederick and Hedwig Seidler; and sister, Eleanor Ruttenbur. 
Service: 11 a.m. today at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick. 
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted. 

Erma W. Lucht 
Erma W. Lucht (nee Smith), 96, of Huron, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Firelands Community Hospital in Sandusky. 
She was born Jan. 24, 1904, in Huron Township and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Sandusky High School and Kent State Normal College. She worked as a teacher in Huron Township, in a one-room schoolhouse. She taught in the Sandusky City School system and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Union Corners, where her husband was a former pastor from 1924 to 1963. She was active in all phases of the church, including Sunday school teacher, choir member and women and children's organizations at St. John's and Zion Lutheran. She was a member of the 50 Plus Club of Huron. 
Mrs. Lucht is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. William R. and Susan Lucht of Medina; daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Esther) Svoboda of Seville; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William R. Lucht, in 1972; son, David; brother, Walter Smith; sisters, Olga, in infancy, Edith Hohman and Norma Hedelund; and parents, John and Louise (nee Arnold) Smith. 
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Union Corners, Sandusky. The Rev. William Hlavin will officiate. 
Burial: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, 410 Main St., Huron. 
Contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 106 Scheid Road, Sandusky, 44870. 

Ginger Stein 
Ginger (Kabeller) Stein, 48, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2000, at the Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Center in Akron, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Her strength, courage and faith in God was an inspiration to everyone. 

God Saw that you were getting tired 
And a cure was not to be: 
So he put His arms around you 
And whispered, "Come home with Me" 
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer 
And saw you fade away, 
Although we loved you dearly 
We could not make you stay. 
Ginger was born in Medina and resided there most of her life. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and a 1969 graduate of Medina High School. She received her nursing degrees from Akron General School of Nursing and the University of Akron. She was employed by VSN of Akron and previously worked at Akron General and Wadsworth-Rittman hospitals. 
She is survived by her loving husband, Jack of Seville; daughter, Jennifer; sons, Kenneth, Jeffrey and Kevin; stepson, Jason; mother, Helen Kabeller of Medina; sister, Joni (Michael) Madasz of Medina; brothers, Joseph Kabeller of Reno, Nev., and Jeffery Kabeller of Medina; mother-in-law, Pauline Stein of Akron; sister-in-law, Mary Lou (Rich) Woodcock of Akron; nieces, Michele and Mindy Madasz, both of Medina; and nephew, Mickey Madasz of Medina. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Kabeller. 
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Church. Father Mark Hollis will officiate. 
Burial: St. Francis Church Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. 
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Bereavement Group in care of the church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina, 44256. 

Ella M. Wilson 
Dr. Ella M. Wilson, 61, departed this life on Wednesday, July 12, 2000. 
She was born March 31, 1939, in Lexington, Ky., to Samuel and Ella Mae McEwen. Her family moved from Lexington to Medina, where she attended and graduated from high school. She attended the University of Akron, where she obtained her bachelor's degree, and continued on to Kent State University, where she received her master's degree and doctorate. 
Ella was a devoted educator, wife and mother who taught at Hiram College for 14 years. She spent the remaining years of her professional career at Wilberforce University as a vice president of student affairs. She was a dedicated member of the United A.M.E. Church of Xenia, where she acted as a missionary and stewardess, and participated in the women of wisdom group. She also was an active member of Spelman A.M.E. in Kent, where she wrote and directed several plays. She was a member of several professional organizations in education, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Wilberforce chapter of Links Inc. and Greene Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. 
Those she leaves to mourn are her mother, Ella Mae Porter of Medina; children, Joseph Wray of Southfield, Mich., Jeffrey Wray of East Lansing, Mich., Jonathan Wray of Akron, Mark Wilson of North Carolina, Debbie Evans of Akron, Mary David of Fayetteville, N.C., and Denise Harris of Akron; brothers, Samuel McEwen of Columbia, Md., Charles McEwen of Detroit, Mich., Kenneth McEwen of Akron and Paul McEwen of Medina; sisters, Jean Evans of Lancaster, Calif., and Dawn McEwen of Chicago; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joel L. Wray, whom she married in March 1957, in 1968; second husband, Dr. Milton E. Wilson, whom she married in January 1983, in 1989; and son, Jerrold, in 1966. 
Final service: 11 a.m. today at Second Baptist Church, Medina. The Rev. Russell Burden will officiate. 
Interment: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ella Wilson Education Fund, c/o United A.M.E. Church, 286 E. Church St., Xenia, 45385. 
Colbert Funeral Home in Xenia and Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home in Akron are handling arrangements.

John N. Cole 
John Noble Cole, 91, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2000. 
He was a 1931 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. and was employed as an accountant for SCM Glidden Durkee. 
He was the beloved husband of the late Alice (nee Kelly); dear father of Jane (Pat) Coleman and the late John; grandfather of Patrick, Kelly and Kristen (Raymond) Goodman; great-grandfather of Brandon and Kayla; and brother of the late Geraldine Cole, the late Josephine Linville and the late Nancy Miller. 
Memorial service: 11 a.m. today at Corrigan Funeral Home, Lorain at West 208th St., Fairview Park. 
There will be no visiting hours. 
The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256. 

Kenneth C. Latsch Sr. 
Kenneth C. Latsch Sr., 89, of Akron, formerly of Wadsworth, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at Akron General Medical Center. 
He was born in Wadsworth and resided in Akron the past nine years. He was an engineer at Midwest Rubber, retiring in 1972 with more than 40 years of service. Mr. Latsch was a member of Wadsworth Lodge 385 F&AM and Cuyahoga Falls Moose Lodge. 
He is survived by his son, Kenneth C. Jr. of New York; grandchildren, Nicole and Philippe Roux; son-in-law, Albert Roux of Freehold, N.J.; and dear friend, Ellanore Cook of Akron. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; daughter, Karen Roux; and sister, Caroline. 
Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hilliard & Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. 
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery. 
Visiting hours: 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. 

Paul A. Ramsdell 
Paul Alexander Ramsdell, 49, of Miami, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, in Miami, after a long illness. 
He was born in Boston and was employed as a carpenter. 
Mr. Ramsdell is survived by his companion of many years, Sandra Teter of Miami; son, Lucas of Chippewa Lake; brothers, Steven of Cleveland, Mark (Kathy) of Valley City, Daniel of Medina and Edward (Sheila) of Seville; sisters, Christine (Marvin) Lambert, Patricia (Curtis) Perkins, Helena Sheet and Cheryle Dailey, all of Medina; grandson, Jacob Kameron; and beloved nieces and grandnieces. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Olive (nee Bean) Ramsdell. 
Service: 6 p.m. Sunday at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road, Brunswick. 
Burial: 11 a.m. Monday at Eastlawn Memory Garden, Brunswick. 
Visiting hours: 5 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.


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