|Published November 21, 1997
Former Ravenna resident William Neil Ferguson, 91, of Florida, died
Born Nov. 27, 1905, he lived in the Portage County area until 1991,
when he moved to Michigan and then to Florida.
Mr. Ferguson was a member of First Church of God in Ravenna
Survivors include his sons, Robert N. of Ravenna and Gary and Donald,
both of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. His wife,
Rachel, died in 1991.
Cremation has taken place. Private memorial services will be held for
Memorials may be made to the First Church of God in Ravenna.
Stephen J. "Red" Holecko, 80, of East River Road in Newton Falls died
Thursday at St. Joseph Eastland Hospital in Warren.
Born July 28, 1917, in Youngstown, he was the son of John and Mary
(Krotky) Holecko. He was a farmer in Newton Falls and worked as an iron
molder at Valley Mold in Hubbard for 44 years. He later worked for the
Ideal Foundry in Newton Falls and retired in 1979 from Republic Steel in
He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mildred (Soos); daughters,
Mary-Ann Brown of Akron and Mrs. Dorothy Fogel of Howland; two granddaughters;
and sisters, Mrs. Frances Hricko and Mrs. Millie Gran, both of Youngstown.
Two brothers John and Joseph, and a sister, Mary Oras, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Barowski Funeral
Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph
Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Published November 22, 1997
AURORA _ Jane M. Born, 77, of North Aurora Road, died Saturday at Anna
Maria Nursing Home in Aurora.
Born Oct. 10, 1920, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Earl and
Margaret (Pucci) Boyd.
Mrs. Born was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Canton
until she moved to Aurora two years ago.
Survivors include her son, Gregory (Diana) of Wadsworth; daughter,
Mrs. Elmer (Margaret) Bjerregaaard of Aurora; and three grandchildren.
Her husband, Jack William, died May 30, 1997; her brothers, Emmett and
Carl Boyd died previously.
Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Bissler &
Sons Funeral Home in Kent and one-half hour before the services at the
church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic
Church in Canton. Burial will be in Northlawn Cemetery in North Canton.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
WINDHAM _ Edith Groff Johnson, 70, died Saturday at her home following
a brief illness.
Born Oct. 6, 1927, in Connellsville, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles
and Emma (Smith) Groff.
Mrs. Johnson was the founder and former owner of Stoney's Pizza in
Windham where she continued to make pizza at the shop after she sold the
Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Penick and Robin Bierer, both
of Windham; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles
and Robert Groff of Connellsville, Pa.; and sister, Mabel Bergstrom of
Watsonville, Pa. Her husband, James W., whom she married June 24, 1950,
died Dec. 30, 1995. Her brother, Albert Groff; sisters, Mary Anderson,
Gert Riley, Shirley Suffren and Marie Groff, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville where
services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Matt Darrin officiating.
Burial will be in Windham Township Cemetery.
Former Streetsboro resident, Francis E. Baker, 85, of Ravenna, died
Friday at Intensiva Hospital of Akron in Barberton.
Arrangements will be announced by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.
Published November 24, 1997
ROOTSTOWN _ Lester C. Sommers, 79, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Nov. 29, 1917, in Harmon, Ohio, he was the son of Elmer and Verda
(Mishler) Sommers. He had lived in Rootstown for 55 years.
Mr. Sommers was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron.
A World War II veteran, he served more than four years with a medical
unit in the U.S. Army's Third Division, commanded by Gen. George S. Patton.
He was chosen in 1995 to represent other Portage County World War II
veterans at a statewide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of World
War II held in Cleveland. He was a past commander of Portage County Disabled
American Veterans No. 26.
He was a member of Rootstown United Methodist Church, a member and
inner guard of Ravenna Elks Lodge No. 1076, a member of the Foreman's Club
at Goodyear and the Elks Golf League. He was a former member of the Ravenna
Survivors include his wife, Leah (McManus), to whom he was married
51 years; sons, Lester Jr. (Julie) of Portage Lakes and John (Bille Jo)
of Ravenna; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Bradley
of Windham. Four brothers an two sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Shorts
Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where an Elks service will be held at 6:45
p.m. Tuesday and funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with
the Rev. Orian Aubihl officiating. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
BRADY LAKE _ Mary Louise Rogalsky, 81 of Wunderlich Avenue, died Saturday
at her home.
Born Dec. 2, 1915 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Kessler and
Hazel (Lovell) Hirt.
Mrs. Rogalsky had owned and operated Mary Lou's Beauty Shop.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent and its Mary
Reed Circle, Olive Chapter No. 53 Order of the Eastern Star, the Emblem
Club of the Elks, American Legion Auxiliary, TOPS, of which she was past
president;Akron Mud Hens and the Brady Lake Women's Club. She formerly
was a Camp Fire and Girl Scout leader and was a former chairman of the
Portage County Red Cross.
Survivors include her husband, Adam W., whom she married Sept. 7, 1952;
daughters, Heidi Smith of Kent and Pam (Bruce) Rogalsky Cannon of Brady
Lake; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Harold Hirt
of Bay Village. Her brother, Edwin Hirt, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bissler and
Sons Funeral Home in Kent and from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Wednesday
at the United Methodist Church of Kent, with the Rev. Dr. David Palmer
officiating. Eastern Star services will be held at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at
the funeral home. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
PARIS _ Alda Estaline "Curly" Gordon, 68, died Saturday at Hospice
Care Center in Copley.
Born June 15, 1929 in Newton Falls, she ws the daughter of Harry E.
and Erma E (McClain) Moss. She had lived in Paris Township for 50 years.
Mrs. Gordon was a homemaker and helped with the family business, Gordon
and Sons Saw Mill in Paris.
She was a member of Newton Falls Church of God, where she helped with
the missions. She also was a member of Paris Ruritans for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur C., whom she married Dec. 21,
1946; son, Dave of Paris; daughter, Carleen L. Jones of Canfield; four
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Samuel O. Moss of Lordstown
and Charles W. "Bill" Moss of Champion; and sisters, Mrs. John (Ada Ruth)
Church of Braceville, Mrs. Robert (Vera) Goode of Allegany, N.Y., and Mrs.
Robert (Susie) Hamilton of Newton Falls.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at James Funeral
Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First
Church of God in Newton Falls. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Paris.
Francis E. Baker, 85, of Ravenna, died Friday at Intensive Hospital
of Akron in Barberton.
Born Jan. 23, 1912 in Warren, he was the son of Rex and Lida (Higgins)
Baker. Reared in Green Township in Trumbull County, he lived in the Warren
and Cortland areas for many years. He had lived in Streetsboro before moving
Mr. Baker was a truck driver for Cooper-Jarrett Trucking Company from
1973 until he retired in 1981. He also owned and operated Baker's Professional
Guards, a security business in Streetsboro.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police in Portage County.
Survivors include his son, Jerry (Kathleen) of Randolph; and sisters,
Bernice Drake of Espyville, Pa., and Helen Brewer of Warren.
There will be no calling hours or services. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements were made by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.
BRIMFIELD _ Tom Loomis, 39, of Brimfield, died Sunday.
Services will be announced by the Wood Kortright Funeral Home Ravenna
The Portage County coroner's office is investigating the cause of death.
Jack Henry, 73, of Barberton died Monday at Akron Manor Care Nursing
Services will be announced by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.
Published November 25, 1997
BRIMFIELD _ Tom J. Loomis, 39, died Sunday.
Born Sept. 25, 1958, in Alliance, he was the son of Robert A. and June
L. (Shoffner) Loomis. He was an area resident most of his life.
Mr. Loomis was employed by National Stamping of Youngstown and also
worked part-time at the Ravenna Save 4 Store.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda (Longenette); daughter, Morgan,
of Ravenna; four stepchildren; and sister, Mrs. Walter (Kim) Davis of Randolph.
His parents and a brother, Bob, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Wood-Kortright Funeral
Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Randolph.
The cause of death is being investigated by the Portage County coroner.
Sarah E. Morris, 89, formerly of Warren and a resident of Assumption
Village in North Lima, died Monday at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in
Born June 4, 1908 in Erie, Pa., she was the daughter of Robert and
Mary (Perkio) Thurman.
Mrs. Morris was an operator for Warren Telephone Co.
Survivors include a daughter, Arlene A. Yochman of Diamond; three grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; and brother, Walter Thurman of Warren. Her husbands,
William R. Morris and Donald T. Morris, and brother, Raymond Thurman, died
Private services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Borowski Funeral
Home in Newton Falls. Burial will be in Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna,
Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Village, 9800 Market
St., North Lima,44452.
ROOTSTOWN _ Mick (Mitchell) Bresky, 84, died Tuesday at Kent Quality
Care Center after a long illness.
Born Dec. 29, 1912 in Campbellsport, he was the son of Luke and Julia
(Shutiak) Boresky. He was a life resident of Portage County.
Mr. Bresky worked as a forman for Darwall in Ravenna. He also was a
carpenter and a handyman in his neighborhood.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, whom he married in 1940; daughter,
Barbara Sorkin of Rootstown; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and
sisters, Julia Porter, Sue Cipriano and Helen Martinkus, all of Ravenna.
His son-in-law, Nathan (Buck) Sorkin, died previously.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Wednesday
at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Sister Regina Zeleznik will officiate.
Burial in Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown.
Memorials may be made to the Rootstown Fire Department.
Robert F. Bender, 77, of Newton Falls, died Sunday at Cortland Quality
Care Nursing Center in Cortland of cancer.
Born Jan. 10, 1920 in Newton Falls, he was the son of Arthur F. and
Bessie B. (Grinnell) Bender. He had lived in Newton Falls most of his life.
Mr. Bender was a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Youngstown, Newton
Falls Masonic Lodge No. 462, Newton Falls Order of the Eastern Star, the
Warren-Cleveland Al Koran Shrine, Trumbull County Scottish Rite Society
and Valley of Youngstown Council chapter commander. He had been a member
of Newton Falls United Methodist Church since 1932.
A U.S. Army veteran, he was a pilot during World War II.
Survivors include his son, Terry L. of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughters,
Mrs. Frank (Sherry) Kovell of Green, Mrs. Bryan (Cynthia) Reese, and Mrs.
Craig (Joyce Ann) Fasbender of Luck, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
and sister, Jeannette Leahman. His wife, Betty Jean Yeazell, whom he married
March 18, 1940, died Jan. 27, 1996.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Saturday
at Newton Falls United Methodist Church, where a Masonic service will be
held at 1:45 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were made by
James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Memorials may be made to the Newton Falls United Methodist Church or
to the Hospice of Trumbull County.
Published November 26, 1997
AKRON _ Anna Lou Stout (Shay) Browning, 80, of Akron died Monday at
the Hospice Care Center in Akron.
Born March 7, 1917, in Fort Gay W. Va., she was the daughter of the
Rev. Perry E. Stout and Elsie Brown Stout. She lived in Akron and Bridgeport,
W. Va. a major portion of her life.
Browning was an accountant at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for 21 years
until she retired in 1967. She also was a co-owner of Shay's Grocery store
She was a founding member of the Faith Fellowship Church in Clarksburg,
W. Va. and she volunteered extensively at the Veteran's Hospital in Clarksburg.
She had a love for cooking and growing roses.
Survivors include a son, Orray Nelson (Bev) Shay II of Deerfield; daughters,
Bettie (Joe) Amoroso of Stow, and Charlene (Jon) Vohs of Cuyahoga Falls;
a stepson, Donald (Miriam) Browning of Lake Ridge, W.Va.; stepdaughter,
Patty Sands of Clarksburg, W. Va.; 13 grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren;
and many great- and great-great grandchildren; two brothers, the Rev. Edward
Joseph and Dave Bernard, both of Akron; and a sister, Rosemary Stout of
Virginia. Her first husband, Orray N. Shay I of Newburg, W. Va.; her second
husband, C. Arden Browning of Marbleton, W. Va.; and a daughter, Donna
Kay Jackson, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Redmon Funeral
Home, 3633 Darrow Road, Stow, and from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday at the
Church in Silver Lake, 2951 Kent Road (S.R. 59). Services will be held
at noon at the church with a lunch following at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road,
Akron, 44333; or to the Alzheimer's Association, 157 W. Cedar St., Akron,
Emil J. Vogias, 72, of S.R. 43, Kent, died Monday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna.
Born May 19, 1925 in Lakewood, he was the son of George and Ann M.
Mr. Vogias was a graduate of Dyke and Spencerian Business College and
was in the automobile business for 50 years. After his retirement, he was
a consultant for Kinko's of Kent.
He served as a first class machinist mate in the U.S. Navy during World
War II, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with two
stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star.
He was a member of the Kent Lions, Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Portage
County Auto Dealer Association, Ford Grandmasters Sales Organization, and
president of the Service Managers Council of Cuyahoga County. He also was
a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Bernice J. (Popadak); sons,
Emil J. (Debbie) Jr. of Mantua, David (Tari) of Kent, and Christopher (Julie)
of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters, Cynthia Smith and Rebecca Vogias, both
of Kent; and six grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the
Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday at St. Patrick Church with the Rev. Joseph Ruggieri officiating.
Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
Jack Henry, 73, of Barberton, died Monday at Akron Manor Care after
a long illness.
Born April 18, 1924 in Akron, he was the son of Joseph and Susan (Heffelfinger)
Henry. He had lived in Akron for many years before moving to Barberton.
Mr. Henry was employed as a security guard in Portage and Summit counties
for many years.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene (Robert) Seaver of Springfield
Township; two grandchildren; and sisters, Lillian Wines of Arizona and
Helen (Ed) Kuhns of Akron. Four brothers and two sisters died previously.
No calling hours will be held. Graveside services will be held at noon
Friday at East Akron Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Green's
Funeral Home in Mantua.
Wilbert E. Fullum, 77, of Kent, died this morning.
Services will be announced by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna