Miscellaneous Portage County, Ohio Obituaries - 1997

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Published October 26, 1997

Patricia Ranc
Former Aurora resident Patricia (Lee) Ranc, 73, died Thursday in Kingsport, Tenn.
Born June 21, 1924 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Harry and Edith Lee.
Mrs. Ranc was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and The Church in Aurora.
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 Thomas
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 previously.
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 Kmetko
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 previously.
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 Kent.
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.

Reed infant
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. 

Vanwormer services
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 Shryock
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., Sharon, 16146.

Published November 5, 1997

Helen Slagle 
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 Woodlee
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 (Shook) Woodlee.
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.

Robert Lawrence
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 week.
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.

Eugene Klein
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 Chapel.

Aubrey Reynolds
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 Denver.
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, Fla.

Published November 8, 1997

Kathleen Coz
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 Kent.

Sandy Shively
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.

David Coburn
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 in Streetsboro.

Published November 9, 1997

Estelle Arnett
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 Chapel.
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 Davis
Mary Marjorie Davis, 89, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital.
Services will be announced by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna chapel.

Katherine Phelps
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 in Freedom.

Marie Ziegler
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 Culp
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.


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