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July 28, 1997

Clara Conner
Clara R. (Minth) Conner, 71, of Kent died Saturday
Born March 23, 1926 in Letcher County, Ky., she was the daughter of Rev. Arnold and Maude (Shelton) Kelly.
Mrs. Conner was a homemaker.
Survivors include her sons, John of Kent and David (Daryl) of Kentucky; daughters, Mrs. George (Donna) Lysyj of Cleveland, Mrs. Melvin (Jackie) Taylor of Ravenna, Cindy of Mogadore, Mrs. Harry (Debbie) Calhoun of Kentucky, Mrs. James (Pat) Robinson of Kentucky, and Mrs. James (Berneda) Polly of Ravenna; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Brenda Gardner of Kent; and brother, the Rev. Arnold Kelly of West Virginia.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. James Polly officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

Mildred Hoff
Mildred Lucille Hoff, 89, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born June 21, 1908 in Kinchloe, W.Va., she was the daughter of Waitman T. and Florence (Currey) Smith. She had lived in Spencer, W.Va., until she moved to Ravenna in 1945.
Mrs. Hoff was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ravenna for more than 50 years and the Marian Circle and Willing Workers Sunday School class. She also was active in the Women's Civic Club of Ravenna, Annevar Garden Club of Ravenna and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Ravenna Chapter.
Survivors include her son, Peter of Columbus; daughter, Betty LeBlanc of Stow; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, Fred Smith of Spencer, W.Va., Wayne Smith of Denver, Colo., and Eugene Smith of Kent; and sister, Freda Roberts of Morenci, Mich. Her husband, Jason Sammy Hoff, died in 1995. Her sons, William and James, grandson, Bradley Hoff, sister, Minnie Wilson, and brothers, Doyle, Roy and Don Smith, also died previously. 
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel ,where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Thomas Poremba officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

July 29, 1997

Kenneth Weiss
Kenneth Carl Weiss, 74, of Dandridge, Tenn., the father of Portage area residents, died Saturday at the University of Tennessee Hospital.
Mr. Weiss was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include his son, Kenneth (Rickie) Weiss of Stow; daughter, Eloise Shade of Kent; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Maxine Douthitt, Thelma Dunlap, Marjorie Bradley, Geraldine Michael and Gladys Petricola.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Kent. Arrangements are being handled by McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel in Tennessee.

Ella Norman
Ella R. Norman, 88, of Shock, W. Va., the mother of Stanley Shock of Ravenna, died Saturday at Roane General Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Clay County, W. Va., she was the daughter of George and Sarah Jane Triplett Ward. 
Mrs. Norman was a homemaker.
She was a member of Shock Church of Christ.
In addition to her son in Ravenna, survivors include her son, Pascal of Bartow, Fla.; daughters, Della Southward of Marion, Ohio and Neva Bill of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Austin Ward of Craigsville, W. Va., Dolby Ward of Houghton, La., and Roy Ward of Barberton; and sister, Vesta Boggs of Clendennin, W.Va. Her husband, Boyd, sons, Orval, Denver and Haymond, two brothers and a sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, W.Va., whereservices will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.. Burial will be in Collins Community Cemetery in Stumptown, W.Va.
Memorials may be made to Collins Community Cemetery or the American Heart Association. 

Lillian Wood
Former Windham resident Lillian Wood, 83, of Lower Salem, Ohio, died Monday at Shelby Hospital in Marietta.
Born June 6, 1914 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Fred and Pauline (Janus) Haas. 
Mrs. Wood was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Hiram Lunch Bunch.
Survivors include her sons, Ronald of Lower Salem and Russell of Astoria; daughters, Ruth Maur of Freedom and Robin Sadler of Windham;10 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren. Her husband Earl R., whom she married Oct. 21, 1932, died April 18, 1996. One grandchild and one great grandchild also died previously.
Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Burial will be in Drakesburg Cemetery in Freedom Township. 

July 30, 1997

Robert J. Nussbaumer
Robert J. Nussbaumer, 73, formerly of Aurora, who was a professional football player, coach and talent scout for the Cleveland Browns and other National Football League teams, died Saturday at his home in Moreland Hills.
Mr. Nussbaumer began his foootball career with the Green Bay Packers in 1946, and played six seasons in the NFL, first as a receiver, then as a defensive back. He played for the Washington Redskins, then joined the Chicago Cardinals in 1949, before returning to Green Bay for his final season in 1951. 
He spent two years with the Chicago Cardinals as a talent scout and was an assistant coach and a talent scout for the Detroit Lions from 1954 until joining the Browns in 1965 as an aide to the personnel director. In 1972, he took over as director of player personnel. He served as vice president in charge of player personnel from 1973 to 1977.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he lettered in football, baseball and track. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Survivors include a son, John R. of East Lansing, Mich; and two grandchildren. His wife, Marie, who was a reporter for the Record-Courier, died in 1974.
A memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Forward Funeral Home, 17022 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Raymond C. Dowler, 80, of Kent, died Monday.
Born May 28, 1917 in Calis, W.Va., he was the son of John and Icie (Riggle) Dowler.
Mr. Dowler was a retired automobile mechanic. He was employed by Dood Chevrolet in North Jackson.
He was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Mogadore.
Survivors include his son, Jack R. of Kent; daughter, Nancy (Carl) Frost of Holbrook, Pa.; eight grandchildren; brother, Fred McCracken of Aleppo, Pa.; and sisters, Karmen Ward of Warren and Monalee Lough of Maryland. His wife, Maclella "Honey," died in 1972.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. until services at 7:30 tonight at Heritage Baptist Church of Mogadore, with the Rev. Gerald Collingsworth officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Lutheran Cemetery in Newton Falls. Arrangements were made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home. Wood services
Services for former Windham resident Lillian Wood, 83, of Lower Salem, Ohio, who died Monday at Shelby Hospital in Marietta, will be held at 1 p.m.today at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville.
Born June 30, 1914 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Fred and Pauline (Janus) Haas.
Survivors include her sons, Ronald of Lower Salem and Russell of Astoria; daughters, Ruth Maur of Freedom and Robin Sadler of Windham; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother Raymond Haas of Columbus; and sisters, Helen Lybarger of California, Jean Click of Berea, Treasa Thompson of Cleveland and Florence Crossley of Rocky River. Her husband Earl R., whom she married Oct. 21, 1932, died April 18, 1996. One grandchild, one great-grandchild and a sister, Dorothy Capozzio, also died previously.
Burial will be in Drakesburg Cemetery in Freedom Township. Addie Hilberry

Addie C. Hillberry, 86, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Oct. 11, 1910 in Mannington, W.Va., she was the daughter of Clarence and Lila Jane (Hughes) Parks. She had lived in Ravenna since 1942.
Mrs. Hillberry was a member of Brady Lake Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Lawrence Mike of Mantua; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Merle, died in 1990.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Paris Township.

July 31, 1997

Roseland Costill
STREETSBORO - Roseland S. Costill, 61, died Wednesday at Metro Health General Hospital in Cleveland.
Services will be announced by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.

Velma Brumbaugh
PALMYRA - Velma Irene Brumbaugh, 85, died Wednesday at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born June 26, 1912 in Brimfield, she was the daughter of Clarence and Myrtle (Werstler) Hershberger. She had lived in Palmyra since 1944.
Survivors include her sons, Harold I. of Hatboro, Pa., and Robert A. and Donald G., both of Diamond; daughters, Gerry L. Seem and Joanne L. Skidmore of Diamond; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Irvin H.,died in 1991. Her son, Richard, died in 1967, and her brother, LeRoy Hershberger, died in 1970.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Jody Hill officiating. Burial will be in West Cemetery in Palmyra.

Robert Ruble
Robert R. Ruble, 76, of Kent, died Monday.
Born March 21, 1921, in Marion, Ind., he was the son of Raymond W. and Vivian (Boxell) Ruble.
Mr. Ruble retired from Kent State University, where he was director of vending. 
Mr. Ruble was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent, the Tree City and Mahoning Valley National Wood Carvers clubs, past presidentof the Kent Lions Club and a member of Rockton Masonic Lodge No. 316 in Kent. He had been an amateur radio operator since 1951.
He served as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.
Survivors include: sons Gary L. of Akron, James L. (Vicki) of Mansfield, Richard A. (Linda) of Port Townsend, Wash., and Jeffrey R. of Orem, Utah; three grandchildren; brother Jack (Fran) of Barberton; sister Jean Tannert of Kent; and friend, Dorothy Egan of Hudson.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Fenton St. John officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery inKent.

Joseph Parsons
ROOTSTOWN - Joseph H. "Joe" Parsons, 73, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a period of failing health.
Born Aug. 2, 1923 in Rootstown, he was the son of Arthur and Anna (Holmes) Parsons. He was a life resident of Rootstown. 
Mr. Parsons was owner and operator of Joe's Lime Service utnil he retired in 1990. He formerly was a commercial truck driver and farmer.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rootstown, where he had served as a trustee on several occasions.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in both Germany and France.
Survivors include his wife, Mary (Thompson); son, Bill of Rootstown; foster sons, Raymond Acomb, Jim Johnson and Larry Woodall, all of Rootstown, and Bob Woodall of Ravenna; foster daughter, Judy Corple of Denton, Texas; four grandchildren; nine foster grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two foster great-grandchildren. His sister, Lucille Kibler, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home in Ravenna. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church of Ravenna, with the Rev. Susan Tipton officiating. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown.
Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church of Rootstown.

Robert Harrell
Robert L. Harrell Jr., 57, of 5167 Warner Road in Kinsman, died Wednesday at his home. 
Born Dec. 28, 1939 in Warren, he was the son of Robert L. Sr. and Lucille (Harding) Harrell. He had lived in the Kinsman area for 20 years and previously lived in Newton Falls and Warren.
Mr. Harrell worked as a dispatcher for Regal Transport of Niles. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Leach), whom he married Sept. 23, 1961; sons, Theodore R. of Howland and Benjamin P. of Warren; daughters, Jeanne Harwood of Warren and Rachel Cox of Niles; stespson, Michael Leach of Warren; nine grandchildren; stepmother, Betty Harrell of Warren; brothers, David of Indiana and Dennis of Kentucky; and stepsister, Margaret Corisine of Georgia. His brother, Richard, died previously.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Arrangements are being handled by Borowski Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Newton Falls.

Jack Hale 
Jack M. Hale, 79, of Lake Milton, died Tuesday at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital in Youngstown.
Born May 25, 1918 in Sulphur Springs, Ark., he was the son of Reed and Anna (Markwardt) Hale. He had lived in Lake Milton since 1959 and was formerly of Akron and McConnell, Ill.
Mr. Hale was a truck driver for Anchor Motor Freight in Lordstown and Leppo Inc. in Tallmadge. He also operated a saw-sharpening service.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pricetown. 
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis (Brashaw), whom he married April 12, 1942; sons, David of Mogadore and Alan of Uniontown; daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Sandra) Crown of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Linda of Cuyahoga Falls; six grandchildren; and sister, Irene Undieme of Freeport Ill. His grandson, Teddy Crown, and brother Larry, both died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Palmyra Cemetery.

Mary Menough
Mary Menough, 83, of Ravenna , died Wednesday in Anchorage, Alaska.
Services will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

August 1, 1997

Johnny Hamilton
Johnny D. Hamilton, 79, of Fairchild Avenue in Kent, died Wednesday at Altercare of Ravenna.
Born April 9, 1918 in White County, Tenn., she was the daughter of John D. and Novella (Knowles) Doney. 
Mrs. Hamilton worked as a press operator at the Chrysler Corp.
Survivors include her sons, Dale Hamilton of Nashville, Tenn.; Ronnie Hamilton of Memphis, Tenn.; Kevin Greathouse of Alabama; daughters, Laura Jane Winnett of Randolph, Joann Radvansky of Memphis, Mich., Geraldine Ricketson of Kent, Martha Kay Moore of Michigan, Mary Faye Martin of Michigan and Karen Bodin of Michigan; 29 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. Her son, James Harold, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent, immediately followed by an 8:30 p.m. service with the Rev. Kay Dunlap officiating. 

Kathryn Becker
Kathryn (Weissapple) Becker, the mother of Kent State University President Carol Cartwright, died Thursday night at a nursing home in State College, Pa., where she had lived for about 20 years.
Cartwright was en route to State College this morning. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be held in State College.
Born Oct. 5, 1908 in Wisconsin, she grew up in the small town of Durand.
Before marrying Carl Becker, Mrs. Becker worked as an executive secretary to the president of an insurance company in St. Paul, Minn.
In the 1996 book, "Against the Tide: Career Paths of Women Leaders in American and British Higher Education," Cartwright, one of the 20 women featured, described her mother as a woman who left her career to raise her family of three children.
Mrs. Becker and her husband supported Cartwright's decision to attend college, but never attended themselves, Cartwright said in the book.
She and her husband settled in Pittsburgh after Mr. Becker retired from the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. After her husband's death, she moved to State College to be closer to her children. Cartwright recalled today that her mother enjoyed seeing her become KSU's 10th president.
"One of the highlights of recent years was her attendance at my inauguration," Cartwright said. "She had a wonderful time, and especially enjoyed dancing with my son, Stephen.
"My mother, who grew up in an era when women rarely worked after marriage and rarely pursued higher education, was thrilled by my career path," she said. "She was always supportive of me."
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her son, Richard and six grandchildren. Her son, James, died previously.

Roseland Costill
STREETSBORO ­ Roseland A. Costill, 61, of Streetsboro, died Wednesday at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident Tuesday.
Born July 27, 1936, she was the daughter of Brooks and Delma (Halley) Howard. She had lived in Streetsboro for the past 6 months and was formerly of Chesterland.
She had worked as a sales clerk for the past three years at Turney Hardware in Chesterland. She had worked for several years at Mantua Corners Crossroads Tavern.
Mrs. Costill enjoyed traveling, gardening, dancing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Survivors include sons, Patrick Fitzpatrick of Richmond, Va., Michael Fitzpatrick of Streetsboro and Sean Fitzpatrick of Westminster, Colo.; daughters, Mrs. Eileen (John) Shea of Richmond, Mrs. Molly (Kenneth) Carpenter of Warm Mineral Springs, Fla., Mrs. Erin (Gary) Mandalfino of Chesterland and Michelle Costill of Stow; 10 grandchildren; and sisters, Jane Spiker and Barbara Baumgardner, both of Ft. Pierce, Fla. and Ruth Pennock of Daleville, Va. Three brothers died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua, where funeral services will follow with the Rev. James Lang officiating. A private burial will follow. The family will also receive friends following the service at the residence of Erin Mandalfino, 8761 Wilson Mills Road in Chesterland.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Donald Young
Donald Lee Young, 50, of Holcomb Road in Newton Falls, died Thursday at his home following a long illness.
Born Oct. 27, 1946 in Warren, he was the son of Charles (Bill) Young and Kathryn J. Hollingshead. He had lived in the Howland-Bolindale area for 45 years before moving to Newton Falls.
Mr. Young was a machinist for Service Guide in Cortland for 23 years.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Bolindale Nazarene Church, and was a member and past president of Trumbull County Amature Ham Radio Club. He enjoyed fishing and racing at Nelson Ledges.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Lynn (Miller Richter), whom he married May 13, 1994; son, Craig of Wasilla, Ala.; stepson, Jon Miller of Newton Falls; daughter, Stephanie Young of Cortland; stepdaughters, Val Lash of Lordstown and Jenny Kover and Vickie Hamerik both of Newton Falls; six grandchildren; adoptive mother, Kathryn L. Young of Niles; brother, Robert Young of Jeanette, Pa.; and sister, Billie Keene of Niles.
There will be no calling hours. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements were handled by James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. 

Lois Lash
Lois C. Lash, 82, of Ravenna, died Thursday after a brief illness.
Born May 12, 1915, in Nottingham, Pa., she was the daughter George and Wanetta (Harriett) Brown.
Mrs. Lash was homemaker. She was a member of the Yale Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons, Roger of Stow, Bruce of Derby, Kan., David of Ravenna and Keith of Kent; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Jewel Leonard of Beaver Falls, Pa. Her son Brian died in 1971.
Calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. until the 8 p.m. service Sunday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. A private burial will be held.

August 2, 1997

Kathryn Becker (see another obituary dated August 3, 1997)
Services for Kathryn M. Becker, the mother of Kent State University President Carol Cartwright, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College, Pa.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Koch Funeral Home in State College. Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park in State College.
Mrs. Becker, 88, died Thursday at Brookline Village in the Fairways of State College.
Born Oct. 5, 1908 in Durand, Wis., she was the daughter of Anton and Ethel (Kelly). She married Carl A. Becker in June 1940.
Mrs. Becker was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.
In addition to Dr. Cartwright, survivors include a son Richard A. (Janice Bartoo) of State College; six grandchildren; and brother, James Weishapple of Durand. Her husband and son, James J.,died previously. 
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 800 Westerly Parkway, State College, Pa. 16801.

August 3, 1997

Joseph Marsky
Joseph M. Marsky, 77, of Streetsboro, died Saturday at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Brecksville following an extended illness.
Born July 24, 1920 in Cleveland, he was the son of Martin and Mary Marsky. He had been a Streetsboro resident for the past 37 years. He was retired from Hancock Lumber of Chagrin Falls where he worked as a foreman.
Mr. Marsky attended St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Streetsboro. He was a member of the Streetsboro American Legion Post No. 685. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Leona; and several nieces and nephews. One brother, Val Sersa, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel at Northlawn Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls.

Mary Ann Racin
Mary Ann Racin, 64, of Cuyahoga Falls died Saturday. Services will be announced by the Wood-Kortwright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Lillian Maynard
Lillian C. Maynard, 90, of Nelson died Friday at St. Joseph Eastland Hospital in Warren.
Born April 8, 1907, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of James and Mary (Swantonski) Chunat. She had lived in Nelson for 45 years.
She had been an inspector at Polson Rubber prior to her retirement in 1970.
Mrs. Maynard was a member of Nelson United Methodist Church.
Survivors include son, Robert, of Garrettsville; daughters Laverne Pechac and Pearl Ely, both of Garrettsville; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Lawrence, died in 1988. In addition to her parents, her stepmother, Katie Chunat, and brother, Clarence, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home, Garrettsville, with services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Dwaine C. Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville.

Kathryn Becker
Services for Kathryn (Weissapple) Becker, the mother of Kent State University President Carol Cartwright, will be held Monday in State College, Pa.
Calling hours for Mrs. Becker, 88, who died Thursday, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory.
Born Oct. 5, 1908 in Wisconsin, she grew up in the small town of Durand.
Before marrying Carl Becker, she worked as an executive secretary to the president of an insurance company in St. Paul, Minn.
Mrs. Becker and her husband settled in Pittsburgh after Mr. Becker retired from the Missouri-Pacific Railroad.
After her husband's death, she moved to State College to be closer to her children.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Richard, and six grandchildren. A son, James, died previously.

August 6, 1997

Jack A. Wood
Jack A. Wood, who with his father, Robert, and members of his family built Wood-Kortright Funeral Homes into a countywide operation with branches in Ravenna, Kent and Atwater, died at his home in Rootstown Township Monday. He was 75.
In excellent health as he entered his 70s four years ago, Mr. Wood and his wife, Ruth, while returning to their winter home in Naples from the funeral of a friend, were struck in a head-on collision in which the driver of the other vehicle was cited.
Mrs. Wood regained her health, but Mr. Wood's injuries were so severe that for a time his life hung in the balance. He came back to his Portage County home to be among family and friends but was unable to regain the vitality for which he was known.
A friendly man, Mr. Wood was a person of surprisingly diverse talents and interests. Besides operating a successful funeral home business, he was an excellent pianist, who performed regularly in popular restaurants and clubs in the area, specializing in music appropriate for dinner and dance. He was also an accomplished pilot, having honed those skills in World War II as a bomber pilot, and, later, owning an airplane which he flew for personal enjoyment.
Along with other colleagues in the funeral business, he played a leading role in persuading the city of Ravenna to form a municipal ambulance service. This evolved into the skilled Emergency Medical Service team the Ravenna Fire Department currently operates.
He was also an early member of the Portage County Airport Authority, the body that oversees the county airport north of Ravenna.
Two years ago, Mr. Wood and his family decided to sell the funeral business to a larger firm, but Mr. Wood's stepson, Robert Kortright, has remained on in a management capacity to continue to run the business.
Calling hours for Mr. Wood will be at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Born June 2, 1922 in Cleveland, Mr. Wood was the son of the late Robert A. and Winfred (Detwiler) Wood. The family lived in Atwater, where Mr. Wood's grandfather had begun the family business, before moving to Ravenna in the mid-1930s.
After graduating from Ravenna High School in 1940, Mr. Wood attended DePauw University in Indiana, where he was a member of the A.T.O. Fraternity. College days were cut short by World War II, in which Mr. Wood served a member of the Army Air Corps.
Following the war, Mr. Wood returned home, graduated from Kent State University and attended Cleveland Mortuary School to prepare himself to help his father. Together the two operated funeral businesses in Ravenna and Atwater. After his father retired, Mr. Wood and his son, Robert, and stepson and business partner, Robert Kortright, then expanded into Kent by acquiring Tinker-Fries Funeral Home on East Main Street in 1979.
His musical skills kept him in demand in the many organizations and associations he joined. He was the organist for the Ravenna Elks Lodge No. 1076 and the installing organist at Order of the Eastern Star No.46. He was for years the pianist for the Ravenna Kiwanis Club, which he also served for a term as president.
His business helped sponsor many amateur sports activities in the county and, when the Portage County Hall of Fame was formed, it regularly called on Mr. Wood to provide the music for its induction ceremonies. Grateful for his help, Mr. Wood received the Portage County Hall of Fame's Wolcott Award in 1983.
Mr. Wood was also a member of the American Legion and served a term as commander of Post No. 331. He was a member of the Tadmor Temple and the Unity Lodge No. 12, F & A.M., Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Canton. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War and affiliated with its Ravenna Post No. 1055. He was also a member of the International Order of the Odd Fellows and a past member of the Ravenna Jaycees.
He was a 50-year member of the United Methodist Church of Ravenna, and the family says memorial contributions may be made to the church or a charity of the person's choice.
Besides music and flying, Mr. Wood was an avid outdoorsman and he especially enjoyed spending summers with his family and friends at Muzzy Lake.
He also enjoyed boating, golf, photography, traveling, automobiles and card playing.
In addition to his wife, Ruth (Becker), he is survived by two sons, Jack A. (Diane) and Robert A. II both of Ravenna; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Linda) Gepper of Commerce Township, Mich.; two stepsons, Robert A. Kortright (Janet) of Ravenna and David B. Kortright (Susan) of Rootstown; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. David (JoAnne) Taylor of Chestertown, Md.
Elks Services are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday. Masonic Services will be at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

John Renszel
AURORA - John A. Renszel, 74, died Wednesday at his home after a short illness.
Born April 29, 1923 in Cleveland, he was the son of Tony and Rose (Geller) Renszel. He had been an Aurora resident since 1947.
Mr. Renszel was a transportation supervisor for Aurora City Schools until he retired in 1989. 
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Joan A. (Baldwin), whom he married in 1945; sons, John (Michelle) and David (Stacey), both of Aurora; daughter, Barbara Schweitzer of Mantua; four grandchildren; and sister, May Gojsza of Cleveland. One sister died previously.
There will be no calling hours or services. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.

John Levicky
John Levicky, 77, of Solon, died Friday at Suburban Hospital.
He had been a Solon resident for 50 years.
Mr. Levicky was a machinist and internal grinder at Weldon Tool from 1945 to 1982. He worked for Milbar Corporation in Chagrin Falls from 1987 to 1990.
He was a crew chief of the 310th Airdrome of Flying Tigers during World War II. 
Survivors include his son, John A. (Pat); three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Julie Bridge. His wife, Dorothy, whom he married in 1947, died previously. His son, Daniel, and brother, Peter, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kindrich-McHugh Steinbauer Funeral Home, 33375 Bainbridge Road in Solon. Services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Rita Church, 32820 Baldwin Road in Solon. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Almeda Cole
Almeda Elizabeth (Riddle) Cole, 92, of Bedford, the mother of Mrs. Walter (Dolly) Romito of Ravenna, died Monday.
She was born Jan. 16, 1905 in Gransville, W.Va.
In addition to Mrs. Romito, survivors include her son, John (Nancy) Cole II of Statesville, N.C.; daughters, Orma Stump and Betty (Eugene) Stuver, both of Bedford; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Her husbands, John Cole and Carl Bell, and sons, Carl Bell Jr. and Jacob Bell, died previously. 
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Johson-Romito Funeral Home, 521 Broadway, Bedford, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

Richard Twigg
BRIMFIELD - Richard G. Twigg, 62, died unexpectedly Sunday.
Born Sept. 29, 1934 in Pennsylvania, he was the son of Edward and Sarah Twigg. He was a life resident of the Brimfield and Tallmadge areas.
Mr. Twigg was a surveyor with the Summit County Auditor's Office, retiring in 1995 after 42 years of service. He also owned a surveying business.
He was a member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio. He enjoyed gardening.  Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Beadnell), to whom he was married for 39 years; daughters, Mrs. Joe ( Michelle "Miki") Cambria of Tallmadge and Mrs. Chip (Lisa) Horning of Mogadore; four grandchildren; mother, Sarah; and brother, Robert Fought of Mansfield. His brothers, Lester and Jerry; and infant son, Steven, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home in Tallmadge, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with Deacon Jim White officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Randolph.

Stefan Dobrilovic
Stefan J. "Doby" Dobrilovic, 82, of Ravenna, died Monday at home.
Born Oct. 6, 1914 in Phoenixville, Pa., he was the son of Martin G. and Terezie (Bansek) Dobrilovic,
Mr. Dobrilovic retired in 1973 from P.I.E. Trucking Co. in Brecksville where he worked as a supervisor. 
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes (Bednar), to whom he was married for 50 years; sons, Martin (Gayle) of Lake Worth, Fla., Daniel (Debbie) of Ravenna; daughter, Ruth (George) Palmer of Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren; and brothers, Louis and George of Ravenna and Paul of Kent.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna, with the Rev. Robert Sabatino officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Oliver Vayner
ATWATER - Oliver H. Vayner Sr., 61,died Tuesday at home after a brief illness.
Born July 14, 1936 in Deerfield, he was the son of Steve and Marie (Hartline) Vayner. He had lived in Atwater 41years.
Mr. Vayner was a retired truck driver and had operated the family greenhouse. He enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae (Schneeberger), to whom he was married 41 years; sons, Howard O. of Lake Milton and Walter S. of Alliance; daughter, Connie S. of Charleston; six grandchildren; brother, Steve of Texas; and sisters, Irene Trask of Ravenna, Emma Erickson of Vienna, Judy Myers of Atwater and Kathy Coward of Alliance. A daughter, Anna Marie, died in 1969 and a sister, Betty Weiss, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel, where services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Private services for the immediate family will take place at the Atwater Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Atwater Fire Department or Robinson Memorial Hospital Visiting Nurse and Hospice.


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