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Published November 16, 1997

Helen Arbuckle
STREETSBORO _ Helen (Cochran) Arbuckle, 77, died Wednesday at home.
Born Hafetha Razook on April 22, 1922, near Beirut, Lebanon, her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was only three years old and eventually settled in Charleston, W.Va. She graduated from Charleston High School (W.Va.) in 1940.
She was a long-time resident of Northeastern Ohio, living in Bedford, Hudson, Vienna and most recently Streetsboro.
Mrs. Arbuckle was a member of Northfield Baptist Church for 40 years.
She married George W. Cochran Sr. in 1945. They met making bombs together at a war plant in Maryland.
George died of cancer in 1967, and she later married Donald Arbuckle who also preceded her in death in 1994.
Survivors include sons, Edward of Shaker Heights and George of Streetsboro; daughters, Jane Murdock of North Augusta, S.C., Barbara of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Lee and James of Charleston, W.Va.; and sisters, Virginia Lewis, Edna Hanna and Jeannette Corey, all of Charleston, W.Va.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, 99 W. Aurora Road, Northfield, with 11 a.m. services Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Vienna with a 2:30 p.m. chapel service.

John Breth
STREETSBORO _ John F. Breth, 65, of Streetsboro, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 2, 1932, in Mahaffey, Pa., he was the son of Frank and Anna (Costo) Breth.
Mr. Breth had been a Streetsboro resident since 1987, and was formerly of Garfield Heights.
Mr. Breth was retired from Bedford Lithograph where he was a feeder. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bedford.
Survivors include his wife, Joan (Clark); son, Brian of Mayfield Heights; daughter, Lisa Rochon of Hudson; five grandchildren; brother, Paul of Pennsylvania; sisters, Alice Miller and Mary Jane Bennett, both of Pennsylvania, and Eleanor Bee of Florida. A brother, Carl, died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bedford Eagles Club, 237 Broadway Ave.
Shorts Funeral home, Streetsboro Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

John Lorinchack
MANTUA _ John Lorinchack Jr., 71, died Friday at Geauga Regional Medical Center in Claridon Township after a period of failing health.
Born May 2, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of John and Mary (Vargo) Lorinchack, Sr. He was a Mantua-area resident for more than 30 years.
Mr. Lorinchack served as a radioman with the U.S. Navy's Underwater Demolition Team in the Pacific during World War II. He retired in 1979 from Ford Motor Company's stamping plant in Cleveland after 25 years of service as a supervisor. Prior to moving to Ohio, he also worked for Buckete Coalmine in Nemacolin, Pa.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Mantua. Mr. Lorinchack loved gardening and nature and was well known for the many handmade woodcrafting clocks that he produced.
Survivors include his wife, Paula (Porter); sons, Mark (Nancy) Lorinchak and Allen (Renee) Lorinchack, both of Garrettsville; daughters, Nikki (H.T.) Veon of Hiram, Nina (Steve) Spence of Mantua and Tracie (Leonard) Russell of Cleveland Heights; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Joseph (Marge) Lorinchack of Pennsylvania; sisters, Mary (Charles) Cielensky and Susan (Lewis) Humphreys, both of Ravenna; an uncle, Stephen (Mary) Vargo. A sister, Anna Catinella, died previously.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Green's Funeral Home, Mantua, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Douglas Riley officiating.
Memorials may be made to either Christ Lutheran Church, the Heart Association of Portage County or to a favorite charity.

J.C. McHood
RANDOLPH _ J.C. McHood, 77, of Randolph died Friday after a three-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
Born June 3, 1920, in Smithville, Tenn., he was the son of Stith and Letha (Lockhart) McHood.
Mr. McHood was ironworker, and retired in 1983 after 30 years of service for Ironworkers Local 17. He also had 15 years of service with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the invasion and Battle of Normandy in France. He was an avid gardener, and a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dorothy K.; daughters, Linda (Ron) Caldwell of Mogadore, Kathy (Bob) Banar of Uniontown, and Connie McGowan and Karen McHood, both of Akron; brothers, James of Cleveland, Harold (Sybil) of Akron, Jack (Pat) of Uniontown; sisters, Marteen (Ed) Tigyer and Avis Seesdorf, both of Akron, Jean (Joseph) Lupica of Cleveland; and four grandchildren. Brothers Joseph, William, Frank, Letha, and Stith McHood all died previously.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 339 Southwest Ave., Tallmadge. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Rev. John Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron.

Esther Petot
AURORA _ Esther B. Petot, 97, died Monday at Kentley House in Cleveland.
A memorial service for Mrs. Petot will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at The Church in Aurora with the Rev. Kevin Horak officiating.
Memorials may be made to the church Organ Fund in her name.
Green's Funeral Home in Mantua is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Tegarden
STOW _ Grace E. Tegarden, 68, died Thursday.
Born June 23, 1929, in Akron she was the daughter of George and Velma (Miller) Brown. She was a lifetime area resident and lived in Stow for the past 30 years.
Mrs. Tegarden was a member of the Stow Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include her husband, George H.; son, Don Tegarden of Stow; daughters, Cheryl Davis of Cuyahoga Falls, Lynn Starcher of Stow, Diane Teets of Elkridge, Md.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; mother, Velma Drown of Akron; brothers, Rollin and Raymond Drown, both of Cuyahoga Falls; and sister, Marcine Krumeich of Massillon.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. Monday until time of services at 1:30 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home, Stow. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes Foundation, 5700 Lombardo Center, Suite 218, Cleveland, 44131. 

Published November 17, 1997

Raymond McGee
STREETSBORO _ Raymond H. McGee, 69, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long illness.
Born Feb. 19, 1928, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of Eugene and Nellie (Henery) McGee. He had lived in the Streetsboro area since 1962.
Mr. McGee was employed as a tool and die maker.
Survivors include his wife, Mary (Parry); sons Brian of Streetsboro and Timothy of Aurora; daughters, Diane Crabtree of Alabama, Linda McGee of Wickliffe, and Laura Novak of Kent; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Richard and Michael of Canada; and a sister, Joan Morton of Canada. Two brothers, a sister and a grandchild died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.

Grace Tegarden
STOW _ Grace E. Tegarden, 68, died Thursday.
Born June 23, 1929, she was the daughter of George and Velma (Miller) Brown.
A lifetime area resident, Mrs. Tegarden was a member of the Stow Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include her husband, George H., son, Don of Stow, daughters, Cheryl Davis of Cuyahoga Falls, Lynn Starcher of Stow and Diane Teets of Elkridge, Md; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; mother, Velma Drown of Akron; brothers, Rollin and Raymond Drown, both of Cuyahoga Falls; and sister, Marcine Krumeich of Massillon.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Redmon Funeral Home in Stow, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes Foundation, 5700 Lombardo Center, Suite 218, Cleveland, 44131. 

Lorinchack services
MANTUA _ Services will be held Tuesday for John Lorinchack Jr., 71, who died Friday at Geauga Regional Medical Center in Claridon Township after a period of failing health.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Green's Funeral Home, Mantua, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Douglas Riley officiating.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, the Heart Association of Portage County or to charity. 

Published November 19, 1997

Mary Conrad
MANTUA _ Mary A. Conrad, 79, died Tuesday at Hospice Care Center in Fairlawn. 
Arrangements are being made by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.

Jill Grubaugh
STREETSBORO _ Jill A. Grubaugh, 62, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Services will be announced by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.

Indus Furbee
MOGADORE _ Indus Marcheta Youtz Furbee, 72, died Tuesday.
Born Sept. 14, 1925, she was the daughter of Thomas and Josephine Youtz.
Mrs. Furbee was a member of Bradley Council No. 73 Daughters of America.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond E., to whom she was married for 51 years; sons, Michael (Patty) of Canton and Matthew of Akron; daughter, Michele (Carl) Housley; eight grandchildren; and brother, Joseph of Phoenix, Ariz. 
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Mogadore, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with Dr. Eugene Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park in Mogadore.
Memorials may be made to the Mogadore Christian Church, 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore 44260, or Portage County Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 234 S. Water St., Kent 44240.

Jane Wiseman
HIRAM _ Jane E. Wiseman, 87, of Hiram Rapids, ied Tuesday at her home after a long illness.
Born May 15, 1910 in Marion, she was the daughter of Fred and Katherine (Concklin) Crafts. She was a lifetime Hiram area resident.
Mrs. Wiseman taught elementary school for many years in the Hiram and Garrettsville school systems. She most recently was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Hiram Christian Church and the Rapids Church Cemetery Association.
Survivors include her sons, Ron (Jeanann) of O'Fallon, Mo., and Thomas (Judy) of Mantua; daughter, Kathleen (Gene) Palm of Hiram; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Frederick Crafts of Washington; and sister, Mary Kay Barry of Federal Way, Wash. Her husband, Richard S., and son Erice, both died in 1992.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Hiram Christian Church, with the Rev. Robert Bower officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Hiram. 
Memorials may be made to Hiram Christian Church.

Mae Burkhart 
STREETSBORO _ Mae Burkhart, 91, of Streetsboro, formerly of Franklin, Ohio, died Monday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Survivors include her sons, Delmar Strong of Bellbrook, Ohio, Donald Hammond, of Pine Knot, Ky. and Marion of Centerville, Ohio; daughters, Mrs. J.W. (Joyce) Adkins, with whom she resided, and Lavada Adkins of Franklin, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Claude Roberts and sister, Marie Rose, both of Hazel Green, Ky. Her husband, Charles, died in 1968. A son, Charles, and brothers, Harrison Roberts and Arnold Hensley, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Eaton-Anderson Funeral Home, 121 E. 2nd St. in Franklin, Ohio, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery.

Arnold Nutter
Arnold E. Nutter, 82, of Braceville, died Monday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Jan. 26, 1915 in Clay County, W.Va. he had lived in the area for 45 years.
Mr. Nutter was employed at the General Motors Transmission Plant in Parma until he retired in 1975.
He served in the U.S. Army under General Patton during World War II in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and central Europe. He earned the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Award, World War II Victory Ribbon with four letters of commendation as a member of the 284th Field Artillery Battalion.
Survivors include his son, Larry (Mary) of Windham; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Private services will be held. Burial will be in Windham Township Cemetery.

Florence Bower
ROOTSTOWN _ Florence M. Bower, 76, died Monday at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna after a long illness.
Born Sept. 27, 1921 in Portage County, she was the daughter of Ed and Ethel Logan. She had lived in Rootstown for 54 years.
Mrs. Bower was a homemaker.
She was a member of New Milford Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir and AWANA program. She also was a member of the Rootstown Garden Club.
Survivors include her husband, Richard, to whom she had been married for 54 years; son, Bill of Rootstown; daughters, Carol Telshaw of Melbourne, Fla., Denise Poling of Deerfield, and Debbie Cross of Rootstown; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers, Paul Logan of New York, Charles Logan of Florida, Glen Logan of Texas and Carl Logan of Akron. Her granddaughter, Kimmie Ann Blasens, and brother, Roy Logan, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 tonight at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, and from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the New Milford Baptist Church. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna. 
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Elmer Trinkle
Elmer E. Trinkle, 70, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Jan. 4, 1927 in Essenville, Va., he was the son of Thomas E. and Bessie E. (Stapleton) Trinkle. He had lived in Ravenna for more than 50 years.
Mr. Trinkle retired from Eaton Co., in Aurora, where he had worked as an extruder operator. 
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ravenna, Ravenna Moose No. 1234, Unity Masonic Lodge No. 12, Ravenna Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ravenna American Legion, Order of the Eastern Star No. 46, andTadmor Temple. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Irene (Currence), to whom he was married for 34 years; stepsons, Miles "Dick" Tenney of Kent and Sidney "Bud" Holler of Rootstown; stepdaughter, Vivian I. Pittsinger of Williamsfield, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sisters, Grace Passmore, Margaret Fluke, and Thelma Edmonston, all of Ravenna. His brother, Joe, and sister, Lena Weeks, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with Masonic services being held at 6:45 p.m., at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Tom Poremba officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to Unity Masonic Lodge No. 12 in Ravenna.

Published November 20, 1997

Lois Harmon
BRIMFIELD _ Lois Dorine Harmon, 66, of Sandy Lake Road, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born April 17, 1931 in Brimfield, she was the daughter of Howard and Marjorie (Rearick) Shellhorn. 
Mrs. Harmon retired from Roadway, where she had worked as an auditor, in September. 
She was a member of Victory Baptist Temple in Brimfield.
Survivors include her sons, David (Patti) of Ravenna Township, Mark (Linda) of Stow and Scott of Brimfield; daughter, Mrs. Vince (Amy) Crookston of Cuyahoga Falls; two grandchildren; brothers, Robert Shellhorn of Rootstown and Courtland Shellhorn of Sun City, Ariz.; and sister, Virginia Partin of Muncie, Ind. Her husband, Marvin C. "Danny," died in January. Her brother, Howard Shellhorn, died previously.
Calling hours will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Baptist Temple, with the Rev. Mark Mohler officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Brimfield.
Memorials may be made to the Michael P. Leonard Living Trust Fund, c/o Huntington National Bank, 3793 Darrow Road, Stow, 44224.

Shirley Silva
Shirley Silva, 71, of Jefferson Street, Ravenna, died Wednesday at Hospice Care Center of Copley.
Born Aug. 31, 1926 in Geneva, N.Y., she was the daughter of Robert and Ada (Stone) Mosher.
Mrs. Silva was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent, where she was active in the Ministry for the Sick.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph, whom she married July 25, 1958; sons, Jerry Clark of Kent, Mike Piotrowski of Kent and Steve Piotrowski of Riverside, Calif.; brother, Robert Mosher of Ravenna; and sisters, Jane Nutkins of Homer, N.Y. and Ada Oursler of Homer, N.Y. 
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church in Kent, with the Rev. Joseph Ruggieri officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. 
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Portage County Chapter, 1640 Franklin Ave., Kent, 44240.

Myrtle Palmer
Myrtle E. Palmer, 84, of Kent, died Monday at her home.
Born May 31, 1913 in Durbin, W.Va., she was the daughter of Albert and Mae (Westfall) Ash. She had been a Kent resident most of her life.
Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Frank (Connie) Dennis of Stow and Sue Ciancio of Virginia; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters. Her husband, John, died previously.
Private family services were held this morning at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel. Burial was in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

Jill Grubaugh
STREETSBORO _ Jill A. Grubaugh, 62, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born May 31, 1935 in Barberton, she was the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Snyder) Jantz.
Mrs. Grubaugh was a school bus driver for the Streetsboro and Hudson school systems until she retired.
Survivors include her son, Hoy III of Streetsboro; daughter, Zandra Boepple of Vermillion; and three grandchildren. Her husband, Hoy E., died in 1992.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro, with the Rev. Robert Sabatino officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.

Elsie Bishop
EDINBURG _ Elsie S. Bishop, 86, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter in Ravenna.
Born Oct. 28, 1911 in Edinburg, she was the daughter of Elmer and Hattie (Phile) Shilliday. She lived most of her life in Edinburg and made her winter home in Ridge Manor, Fla.
Mrs. Bishop was a homemaker.
She was a member of Edinburg United Church and attended All Faith's Church in Ridge Manor, Fla.
Survivors include her sons, Alan of Edinburg and Richard of Bay Port, Fla.; daughter, Gayle Meyer of Ravenna; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister, Susie Hicks of Ravenna. Her husband, Paul, died in 1964. Three brothers died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Edinburg Cemetery, with the Rev. Ruth Chartier officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Betty Hamley
Former Mantua resident Betty M. Hamley, 64, of Bradenton, Fla., died Monday at her home.
Born Aug. 1, 1933 in Streetsboro, she was the daughter of Edward and Mildren (Hanson) Brittan. She had lived in Florida for the past 22 years.
Mrs. Hanley was employed in the trust department of Northern Trust Bank in Sarasota, Fla., for 15 years.
She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed bingo and clogging.
Survivors include her sons, Gary (Vivian) of Erie, Pa,. and Mark of Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Diane (Glenn) Walls of Mantua; three grandchildren; mother and stepfather, Midred and Freeman Thompson of Ravenna; brother, Dale Britton of Kent; and sisters, Marilyn Reynolds of Hudson, Patricia Foust of California and Darlene Armentrout of Ravenna.
Calling hours will be held from 10:30 a.m. until services at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua. The Rev. Will Stackhouse will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.

Mary Conrad
MANTUA _ Mary A. Conrad, 79, died Tuesday at Hospice Care Center in Fairlawn.
Born Jan. 12, 1918 in Portage, Pa., she was the daughter of John and Anna Kristoff. Formerly of Maple Heights, she had lived in Mantua for eight years.
Mrs. Conrad was a homemaker. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mantua.
Survivors include her sons, Bernard A. (Barbara) of Roy, Wash., Guy M. (Gerry) of Exeter, N.H., and Mark A. (Virginia) of Canton; daughters, Mary Ann (Thomas) Painley of Mantua, Kathleen (Robert) Zoldak of Wooster and Georgette (Michael) Fries of Picayune, Miss.; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua, where prayer services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mantua, with the Rev. Thomas McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland. 
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, 44333.

Stephen Holecko
Stephen J. Holecko, 80, of Newton Falls, died this morning at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
Services will be announced by Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls.


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