|Published October 26, 1997
Former Aurora resident Patricia (Lee) Ranc, 73, died Thursday in Kingsport,
Born June 21, 1924 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Harry and
Mrs. Ranc was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and The Church
Survivors include sons, Donald Jr. of Kingsport, Tenn., David of Ft.
Myers, Fla., John of Las Vegas, Nev., and Robert E. of Rocky River; daughter,
Patty Wilson of Kingsport, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; brothers, William H.
of Aurora, Harry of Bedford and Robert E. of Mantua; and sister, Carol
Garnons of Willowick. Her husband, Donald, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the
Tabone Funeral Home in Solon. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at
The Church in Aurora. Burial will be in Aurora Cemetery.
Ruth E. Thomas, 90, of Hudson, died Friday.
Survivors include her son, Edward (Jane) of Kent; six grandchildren;
ten great-grandchildren; and sister, Gladys (Wick) Baldwin. Her husband,
Francis E., daughter Donna Thomas, two brothers and four sisters all died
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Romito
Funeral Home in Hudson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the
Western Reserve Christian Church, 50 Division St., Hudson. Burial will
be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Hudson.
Memorials may be made to the Western Reserve Christian Church.
Published October 27, 1997
Anna Margaret (Nardo) Kmetko, 85, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Longmeadow
Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Nov. 10, 1911 in Aliquippa, Pa., she was the daughter of Nicholas
and Anna (Ladenberger) Krell. She moved to Rootstown from Pennsylvania
in 1939 and recently was a resident of Longmeadow Care Center.
Mrs. Kmetko and her husband, Vito Nardo, were co-owners and operators
of the New Milford Cafe from 1941 to 1967.
She was a member of St. Peter of the Fields Church in Rootstown..
Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Robert (Delores) Anderson and
Mrs. Gerald (Betty) Ward, both of Rootstown; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
sisters, Hilda Pawelkoski, Elizabeth Cunningham, Elsie Zalewski, and Marie
Patrician, all of Pennsylvania. Her first husband, Vito Nardo; second husband,
Michael Kmetko; grandson, Robert Anderson; and brother, Jacob Krell, died
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Wood-Kortright Funeral
Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St.
Peter of the Fields Church in Rootstown. Burial will be in St. Peter of
the Fields Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter of the Fields Church.
Ruth M. Antonelli
Ruth M. Antonelli, 88, of Harris Street, Kent, died Saturday at Robinson
Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
She was born Feb. 2, 1909 in Kent.
Mrs. Antonelli worked as an air hose assembler at Parker Hannifin in
Survivors include nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Patsy, died in 1967. Her brother, Joe Felsinger, and cousin,
Dr. Sidney Stone, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bissler & Sons
Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday,
with the Rev. Joseph Ruggieri officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock
Cemetery in Kent.
Jacob Reed, the infant son of Daniel D. and Anne M. (Spinelli) Reed
of Diamond, was stillborn Thursday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his brother, Jesse T.
of Diamond; sister, Ashley A. of Diamond; grandparents, Thomas and Virginia
Shellhorn of Ravenna and Charles L. and Helen Reed of Diamond; and great-grandmother,
Kathryn Guth of Ravenna.
Private graveside services will be held. Arrangements are being handled
by James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Graveside services at Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna for former
Ravenna resident Richard D. Vanwormer have been canceled. These services
had been scheduled fortoday. A service with military rites was held this
morning in Bartlett Cemetery in Bartlett, Ohio.
Published October 29, 1997
Dorothy Jane Shryock, 73, of Ravenna, died Monday.
Born in Akron, she had been a resident of Cuyahoga Falls since 1956
before moving to Ravenna three years ago.
Mrs. Shryock retired from the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education in
1982. She was a lunchroom monitor at Bolich Middle School.
Survivors include her daughter, Debie (Kevin) Baylor of Tallmadge;
one grandchild; and sister Barbara (Chuck) Graff of Ravenna. Her husband,
Richard B., and sister, Mary Rickey, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Clifford-Shoemaker
Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, where services will be held
at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department Rescue
Squad, 1924 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221.
Published November 3, 1997
Giulitto Michael S.
Giulitto, 34, of Ravenna, died Sunday in a farming accident. Giulitto
reportedly was working on a piece of farm equipment when his coat became
caught in the machine. According to the Portage County Sheriff's Office,
Giulitto's coat was caught on the power take off of his tractor. Dr. Roger
Marcial, Portage County Coroner ruled the death accidental, caused by mechanical
asphyxia from clothing being wound around Giulitto's chest. The accident
occurred in the 4500 block of Lake Rockwell Road, between S.R. 44 and Peck
Road. The Ravenna Township Fire Department rescue squad was called to the
scene at 3:06 p.m. and was on the scene more than an hour. Sheriff deputies
were on the scene when the emergency squad arrived. Arrangements will be
announced by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna chapel.
Theodore W. Johnson
Theodore W. Johnson, 60, of Nelson, died Saturday at home. Born Sept.
27, 1937 in Painesville, he was the son of William G. and Martha (Ely)
Markle Johnson. A former Chardon resident, he had lived in Portage County
for the past 17 years. Mr. Johnson was a machinist at Addressograph-Multigraph
in Cleveland, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Troy Baptist Church
and served in the U.S. Army in Japan and the Panama Canal between 1954
and 1959. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing. In addition to his mother,
survivors include his wife, Fay (Christine), whom he married Jan. 26, 1980;
sons, William Johnson of East Claridon, Ohio, Robert Christine of Tyrone,
Pa., Alan Christine of Rock Creek, Ohio and Matthew of Nelson; daughters,
Kelly Kutz and Meredith Kish, both of Thompson, Ruth McGowan of Huntsburg,
and Amy Christine of Tyrone; 25 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters,
Marcella Acker of Madison, Jean Marie Curry of Fairport Harbor, Agnes Loar
of New Lyme and Betty Raymond of Florida. His father died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Russell Golden
Rule Funeral Home in Middlefield where services will be held at 2 p.m.
Wednesday with the Rev. Wayne Saunders officiating. Burial will be in Huntsburg
Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Chardon Christian Fellowship Church,
401 S. Hambden St., Chardon, 44024.
Istvan Geber II
Istvan Geber II, 76, of Newbury Township, died Sunday at Geauga Regional
Hospital in Chardon after a brief illness. Born July 27, 1921 in Ivanovo,
Yugoslavia, he was the son of Istvan and Julia (Mravaof) Geber. Formerly
of Cleveland, he lived in the Newbury area for 25 years. Mr. Geber retired
in 1986 from Cajon Company in Solon, where he had worked for 13 years as
a machinist. In the 1970s and 1980s, he and his wife Anna (Becak) operated
the first fresh produce market at the former Aurora Farms, S.R. 43, in
Aurora. He was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Cleveland.
In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, George (Slavica) of Chicago,
Ill., and Istvan III (Agata) and Andy (Elizabeth), both of Mantua; brother,
Matyi of Sweden; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A sister
died previously. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday
at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua, where funeral services will be held
at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Munn Cemetery in Newbury Township.
Einer William Sundelin
Einar William ("Whitey") Sundelin, 84, of Sharon, Pa., died Saturday
at home. His daughter, Mrs. Leif (Donna Mae) Cooke, is a resident of Kent.
Born Oct. 13, 1913 in Braddock, Pa., he was the son of Wilhelm and Esther
Sundelin. Mr. Sundelin was a boiler operator in the maintenance department
of the Sharon Regional Health System. He previously worked at the Westinghouse
Electric Corporation in Sharon. He was an avid sports fan and softball
player in the former Farrell-Sharon Church League and also with Jack's
Grille in the Shenango Valley Independent League. He served as a military
policeman in Africa and Italy for the U.S. Army during World War II. In
addition to his daughter, survivors include brothers, Nelson of Sharon
and Roy of Mercer, Pa.; four grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A brother, Ralph, died previously. There will be no calling hours. Services
will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of
Ravenna, 263 S. Prospect St., with the Rev. Thomas Poremba officiating.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Ave.,
Published November 5, 1997
WINDHAM _ Helen Jean Slagle, 72 of Windham, died Tuesday at her residence
following a brief battle with cancer.
Born August 11, 1925 in Bryan, Pa., she was the daughter of Andrew
Clyde and Fannie (Rupp) Cogley. Formerly of New Kensington, Pa., she had
lived in Windham for 43 years.
She was employed by the Windham School District for five years, retiring
in 1985. She was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational
in Windham for 43 years, where she had served as a Deacon, a trustee and
a choir member. In September she had received an appreciation award for
many years of outstanding service. She was a member and past president
of the Church's Helping Hand Society.
Mrs. Slagle enjoyed gardening, her family and helping others in need.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence M. Slagle, whom she married
on April 18, 1942; sons, Ronald E. of Rogers, Arkansas and Robert of Berea;
daughter, Bonnie Ferry of Ponca, Neb.; four grandchildren; and sisters
Marie Hoffman of Butler, Pa. and Aleen White of Clarion, Pa.
Her parents, brothers Blair and Grant and sisters Lillie Rearic and
Aimee Russell died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson
Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at
the United Church of Christ Congregational in Windham, with Rev. Doug Snyder,
Rev. Jack Humbert and Rev. David Howell officiating. Burial will be in
the Windham Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Helping Hand Society of the United Church
of Christ Congregational, 9029 N. Main St., Windham, 44288, or the K. Slagle
Scholarship Fund at the Grace United Methodist Church, 1801 S. Dixieland
Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72758.
Charles B. "Snooks" Woodlee, 80, a 46-year Rootstown resident, died
Tuesday. Born July 17, 1917 in Tennessee, he was the son of Elmer and Lou
Mr. Woodlee was a machinist for the Akron Beacon Journal for many years.
He had served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Marjorie Woodlee of Rootstown;
niece, Susan McGrath of Rootstown; nephews, Jim Woodlee of Rootstown and
Charles Woodlee of Ft. Worth, Texas; and many great nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Wood-Kortright
Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday
with Rev. Orion Aubihl officiating.
STREETSBORO _ Robert A. Lawrence, 62, died Tuesday at Mount Sinai Hospital
in Cleveland following a brief illness.
Born Dec. 5, 1934 in Ravenna, he was the son of the late Clyde and
Elsie (Shumaker) Lawrence.
He had lived in Streetsboro since 1959. He was a lift truck operator
for the Ford Motor Company in Walton Hills with 43 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Janice (Bender), to whom he had been married
for the past 15 years; stepson, Jeremiah Lawrence of Streetsboro; stepdaughters,
Christine Todd of Streetsboro and Jessica Junius of Akron; brother, Ralph
of Sardis; sister, Ruth Strock of California; and five step-grandchilren.
His first wife, Carol, and brother, Richard, both died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at
Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at
10 a.m. Friday with Rev. J.W. Adkins officiating.
Burial to be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Published November 6, 1997
Duane Lockard and William Lockard
Autopsy reports on two slain hunters from Portage County are expected
to be released Friday and possibly yield more clues into the deaths of
the two brothers who were killed while bow hunting in Harrison County last
Harrison County Sheriff Mark Miller has reportedly begun questioning
several people talking to residents who may have heard or seen something
that may relate to the deaths of Duane Lockard, 60, and his brother William
Lockard, 61, both of Suffield.
The two were shot to death Friday at Tappan Lake, about 60 miles south
of Portage County, in the first double murder Harrison County has seen
in 10 years. Officials investigating the deaths won't say whether the brothers
knew their attacker, but do say that they probably saw the killer coming.
The Portage County sheriff's and prosecutor's offices are cooperating
with Harrison County officials.
Joint services for the Lockards will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at
Adams-Mason Memorial Chapel in Akron.
William H., 61, was born March 20, 1936 in Broad Top, Pa. while Duane
E., 60, was born Oct. 13, 1937 in Indiana, Pa. Both were the sons of Eldon
and Helen (O'Neal) Lockard.
William was a 25-year member of the Masons.
He is survived by sons, James of Boardman, Jeffery of California, and
Robert of New Waterford; daughters, Joyce Lockard of Lubbock, Texas, and
Sue Karrer of Amanda, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
Duane is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Duane II of Akron; daughters,
Deborah (Leonard) Shakan of Sharon Center and Dorane Clemens of Akron;
seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son, Del, died previously.
Both are survived by brothers Allen (Marylou) Lockard of Columbiana
and Ernest Lockard of Akron; sisters, Vivian Hilliard of Prospect, Pa.,
Ruth Dorsett of Groton, Conn., and Patty Surgen of Akron.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Adams-Mason
Memorial Chapel, 791 E. Market St., Akron. Cremation will take place and
burial will be at the discretion of the families.
RANDOLPH _ Eugene L. "Gene" Klein, 59, died Tuesday.
Born Dec. 21, 1938 in Suffield, he was the son of Robert and Agnes
(Weigand) Klein. He had lived in Randolph for more than 27 years.
Mr. Klein had retired from General Electric in Ravenna.
He was a former member of the Randolph Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Martha (Schaefer); sons, Douglas and Gregory
of Randolph; daughter Gloria of Sarasota, Fla.; and sisters, Louise Pasternak
of Barberton, Ruth Woolf of Rootstown, Rose Horning of Brimfield and Edith
Lowden of Suffield.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Friday services
at St. Joseph Church in Randolph, with the Rev. Edward Wiezorek officiating.
Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna
Aubrey Reynolds, 72, of Tavares, Fla., died Sept. 20 at Phoebe Putney
Hospital in Albany, Ga.
Born Aug. 8, 1925, he was the son of Oscar and Blanche (Strock) Reynolds.
Mr. Reynolds worked as a highway design engineer for Dade County, Fla.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the Battleship
Survivors include his wife, Janet, whom he married in 1953; sons, Allen
of Hollywood, Fla., and Bernard (Larry) of Miami, Fla.; five grandchildren;
and sister, Mrs. Bernis (Marjorie) Butler of Garrettsville.
Funeral services were held at the Kraeer Funeral Home in Ft. Lauderdale,
Published November 8, 1997
Kathleen Coz, 73, of Kent, died Friday at her home.
Born Aug. 28, 1924, she was the daughter of Robert and Mary (McPartlin)
Bronson of Stow. She was a longtime Kent resident.
Mrs. Coz held many business and teaching jobs throughout her life.
She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent.
Survivors include her son, John, at home; daughters, Mary of Kent and
Mrs. Sean (Patricia) Shay of Hilliard; and brother, Robert Bronson of Munroe
Falls. Her husband, John, died in 1973. Two sisters also died previously.
Arrangements will be announced by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in
Sandy D. Shively, 54, of 1080 State St. N.W., North Canton, died Friday
at her home after a three-year illness.
Born Sept. 7, 1943 in Salem, she was the daughter of Virgil E. and
Violet (Stanley) Weingart. She was a 1961 graduate of Southeast High School
and a 1963 graduate of Bohecker's Business College in Ravenna.
Mrs. Shively was a member of the Church of God in North Canton.
Survivors include her mother, Violet Weingart of Sebring; and sister
Judi Yeager of Naperville, Ill. Her husband, Richard, who she married Oct.
15, 1971, died Nov. 13, 1996. Her father also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Gednetz-Ruzek
Funeral Home in Sebring, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday,
with the Rev. Jody Hill officiating. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association hospice
program, 2367 W. State St., Alliance.
STREETSBORO _ David M. Coburn, 59, died Thursday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Aug. 30, 1938 in Rahns, Pa., the son of Clarence R. and Helen
(Isbrecht) Coburn. He had lived in the Streetsboro area since 1970.
Mr. Coburn worked as a crane operator at LTV Steel in Cleveland.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his sons, David of Highpoint, S.C. and Dan (Pattie)
of Streetsboro; daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Cyndy) Stanevich of Willowick; five
grandchildren; brothers, Robert of Florida and Alan of Conshohocken, Pa.;
and former wife Glenda Coburn.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shorts Funeral
Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday,
with the Rev. Carl Holm officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery
Published November 9, 1997
STREETSBORO _ Estelle Arnett, 74, died Friday at her home.
Born Sept. 19, 1923, in Jefferson City, Tenn., she was the daughter
of Dewey and Buena (Hanes) Holt. Formerly of Michigan, she had lived in
Streetsboro since 1960.
Mrs. Arnett was a homemaker and a member of the Streetsboro Community
Survivors include her husband, Carl A., to whom she was married for
52 years; daughter, Lynn Arnett of Streetsboro; brothers, William and Vertis
Holt, both of North Carolina and Harmon Holt of Tennesee; sisters, Essie
Holt of North Carolina and Wilma Barnes and Ann Jones, both of Michigan.
His brother, Joseph, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m Monday and one hour prior
to 11 a.m.Tuesday services at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.
The Revs. Jerry Lowry and Harvey Clark will officiate. Burial will be in
Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Mary Marjorie Davis, 89, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial
Services will be announced by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna
FREEDOM _ Katherine L. Phelps, 82, of Freedom, died Saturday at Grand
Valley Country Manor in Windsor.
She was born May 21, 1915, in Greenville, Pa., the daughter of Claudius
and Mary (Gibson) Schade.
Mrs. Phelps was a secretary.
She is survived by sons, Ralph Delroy of Marietta and Phillip Sherman
of Orwell; daughters, Lois Jean Fryman of Marietta and Judith Stevens of
Windham; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty I.
Parker of Cortland. Her husband of 41 years, Dillen D. Phelps, died in
1991. Her brother, Claude, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson
Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday
with the Rev. Leroy Glover officiating. Burial will be in Drakesburg Cemetery
Marie J. Ziegler, 72, of Ravenna, died Saturday morning in Robinson
Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long battle with cancer.
She was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Ravenna, the daughter of Roy and Georgette
(Raquet) Ziegler. She was a lifelong Ravenna resident.
She owned and operated Ravenna Accounting and Tax for more than 45
years. She was also co-owner of Bohecker's Business College.
She is survived by brother, Frank (Dottie) Ziegler of Freemont, Calif.;
sister, Gilberte Bart of Willoughby Hills; nephews, Bob Ziegler of Minot,
N.D., and Paul (Colleen) Ziegler of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; nieces Mrs.
John (Suzanne) Wood of Short Hills, N.J., and Barbara Ziegler of Cuyahoga
Falls; one great niece; one great nephew; and Lois Hansen, a friend with
whom she lived for 37 years.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral
Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception
Church in Ravenna. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to the Portage County Animal Protective League,
P.O. Box 927, Ravenna, 44266.
Meredith Anne Culp, 48, of Kent, died Friday at her home in Kent.
She was born in Paterson, N.J., the daughter of Sally and Sidney Menk.
She grew up in the Bronx and Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Newton, Mass.
Mrs. Culp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master
of Arts in teaching from the College of Wooster where she played on the
tennis team and taught inner city children in Philadelphia during an urban
field experience. She also learned the art of pottery making and was the
college's last Color Day Queen.
Mrs. Culp taught first grade in Nashville, Ohio, was a childcare worker
at Boys Village in Smithville and developed and ran the ceramic program
at Weaver Workshop in Tallmadge, where she worked for 20 years.
She enjoyed gardening, photography, pottery and chocolate making.
She is survived by her husband, Joel; son, Jamie; daughter, Rachel;
father and stepmother, Sid and Lucy Menk; and brothers, Glen and Tim Menk.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron.
Memorials may be made to Case Western Reserve University, c/o Dr. Gambetti,
CJD Research, Institute of Pathology, 2085 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, 44106.