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Published November 30, 1997

Donald Grohe
Donald David Grohe, 79, a life resident of Ravenna, died Friday at Edwin Shaw Hospital in Akron after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 27, 1918, in Ravenna, he was the son of Arthur Grohe and Ethel Billingham.
Grohe worked as a purchasing agent at Duracote Rubber until he retired. He also had worked as a bookeeper for Eastpark Restaurant in Ravenna.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, he was a past grand knight and financial secretary for Ravenna Knights of Columbus No. 1417, past usher for Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna and a member of Ravenna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1055.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Martin) Grohe of Ravenna; two daughters, Mrs. Louis (Donna) Drouhard of Rootstown and Mrs. Anthony (Michele) Dowdy of Ravenna; three sons, William "Bill" Grohe of Ravenna, David Grohe of Aurora and Andrew Grohe of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren. His sister, Irene Grohe, and three brothers, Howard Grohe, Bill Grohe and Kenneth Grohe, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with Knights of Columbus service at 8 p.m. Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna with Father Leo Wehrlin officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna.

Leo Manning
Leo Manning, 72, died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 16, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, Manning was the son of Raymond Manning and Alberta Bacon. He had been a Ravenna resident for 30 years.
Manning had been a tow motor operator before he retired from Gougler Machine in Kent.
He was a veteran of World War II, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1055 and a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include his daughter, Maria Delores Holt of Cleveland; son, Ricardo Leo Manning of Cleveland; sister, Estella Massey of Wickliffe; brothers, Raymond Manning, John Manning and Francis Manning, all of California; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Father Robert Sabatino officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna. 

Rebecca Stone
MANTUA _ Rebecca "Becky" Stone, 14, a life resident of Mantua, died Friday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
The Portage County Coroner's Office is still investigating the cause of death.
Born July 19, 1983, in Warren, she was the daughter of Dennis Gray and Cheryl Stone.
Rebecca loved to participate in sports and in the marching band.
Survivors include her parents, brother, David Honzu of Freedom; and grandparents, Mary and William Stone of Warren and Beverly Gray of Freedom.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Golden Rule Funeral Home in Garrettsville where services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Drakesburg Cemetery.

Lois Wolfe
STOW _ Lois Wolfe, 76, of Stow, died Thursday after a long illness.
Born May 13, 1921, in Pittsburgh, she moved to Portage County in 1990.
Survivors include her husband, Jack G. Wolfe, Jr.; daughter, Susan Shaffer of Twin Lakes; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her sons, Walter Wolfe of Northfield and Jack G. Wolfe III of Stow, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Redmon Funeral Home in Stow where services will follow. Burial will follow at Northlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 157 W. Cedar St., Suite 206, Akron, 44307.

Published January 1, 1998

Robert Ostendorf
Robert H. Ostendorf, 84, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at Longmeadow Care Center.
Born Oct. 26, 1913, he was the son of Harry J. and Tora (Sternlof). Formerly of Akron, he lived in Ravenna for 39 years.
Mr. Ostendorf was an accountant. He was employed at Pyramid Rubber Co./Evenflo in Ravenna.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ravenna, Unity Masonic Lodge No. 12 in Ravenna, past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 46, a 32nd degree Mason with the Valley of Canton Commandry, Portage Shrine Club Grotto, Ravenna Kiwanis, Society of the Blind and a lifetime member of Ravenna Elks Lodge No.1076.
Survivors include his wife Freda (Schischka), to whom he was married for 60 years; and brother, Ted of Denver. 
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ravenna. The Rev. Deborah Wissner will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Society of the Blind.

Shirley Hansford-Hunt
ROOTSTOWN _ Shirley A. Hansford-Hunt, 58, died Monday at her home.
Born March 19, 1940, in Ravenna, she was the daughter of George L. and Edna (DeFluiter) Schumm. She had lived in Kent for most of her life until moving to Rootstown six months ago.
Mrs. Hansford-Hunt had been a social worker with the Portage County Department of Human Services. 
She was a member of the United Church of Christ of Kent and a social member of the Kent American Legion.
Survivors include her son, Christopher G. Hunt of Akron; stepson, Dale Hansford of Kent; daughters, Mrs. Shawn (Kimberly) Pruett of Durham, N.C. and Mrs. Gregg (Marchelle) Bobbs of Ravenna; stepdaughters Mrs. Mark (Debbie) Belcher of Morgantown, Ky., Diane Hansford of Findlay, and Denise Pitts of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; mother, Edna Derr of Kent; stepmother Evelyn Schumm of Canton; brother, Thomas Schumm of Houston, Texas; sister, Mrs. Richard (Sharon) Wessel of Virginia Beach, Va.; and former husbands, Glenn R. Hunt of Rootstown and Frank D. Hansford of Kent. Her father, George L. Schumm, and brother, Jerry Schumm, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Clay Roseling
Clay G. Roseling, 78, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at The Arbors of Canton Rehabilitation Center.
Born Feb. 25, 1920, in Roscommons, Mich. he was the son of Louis and Myrtle (Blocksom) Roseling. He had lived in Ravenna for 58 years
Mr. Roseling was a construction worker and a truck driver for ODOT District 4 and the Bradfield Trucking Co. in Brimfield. He also worked for the Ravenna Arsenal and the Portage County engineer's office. 
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 26 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1055.
He was a member of First Church of God in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife, Lois (Mattley), whom he married Oct. 25, 1941; sons, Eugene of Streetsboro and Michael of Kent; daughters, Pam West of Ravenna, Karen Daniels of Howland, Dian Bellino of Lakewood, Darlene Davidson of Kent and Rebecca Kline of Ravenna; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. His sons, Bobby and Forrest, and brother, Charles, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 1 p.m Friday, with the Rev. Phillip Miller and the Rev. Carl Holm officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Mark Skidmore
Connie Skidmore
Mark Wayne "Fuzzy" Skidmore, 36, and Connie Jo "Jody" (Claypool) Skidmore, 39, of Stonewood, W.Va., died Sunday near French Creek, Upshur County, W.Va..
Mrs. Skidmore was the sister of Mrs. Robert (Emma "Dot") Yerkey of Garrettsville.
Sheriff Larry Marsh of Upshur County said the Skidmore's were shot to death early Sunday morning during a domestic dispute. George Fasenmeier, of Alexander, W.Va., a brother-in-law of Mrs. Skidmore, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder.
The Skidmores were married Aug. 2, 1979. They are survived by their daughters, Lorri Ann and Patti Jo.
Born April 25, 1961 in Clarksburg, W.Va., Mr. Skidmore was the son of Denzil R. and Alice Marie (Henning) Skidmore. 
Born Oct. 3, 1958 in Clarksburg, Mrs. Skidmore was the daughter of Robert W. and Hattie M. (Swiger) Claypool.
Mr. Skidmore is survived by his father, Denzil, of Sutton, W.Va.; two brothers and one sister.
In addition to Mrs. Yerkey, Mrs. Skidmore is survived by her parents, Robert and Hattie Claypool of Clarksburg; two brothers; and five sisters. A brother and a sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Sherman V. Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Stonewall Park Cemetery in Stonewood, W.Va.

Published January 2, 1998

Howard Boyle
Howard T. Boyle, 84, of Bowman Drive, Kent, died Tuesday at Akron General Medical Center.
Born Sept. 12, 1913 in Kent, he was the son of Harold and Hanna Mae (Graham) Boyle. He was a Kent Roosevelt High School graduate. 
Mr. Boyle retired in 1976 as night superintendent at Lamson-Sessions after 39 years. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 716th Tank Battalion in the Philippines. He was a member of the Kent VFW and the Lamson Rod and Gun Club. He served two tours in the Civilian Conservation Corps, one in Yellowstone National Park and the other in California building fireblocks.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Theresa (Milano); son, Howard T. (Linda) Boyle II of Kent; daughter, Theresa of Ravenna; three grandchildren; brother, Charles of Gaston, S.C.; and sisters, Ruby Hunt of Orlando, Fla., Clara Goff of Creston and Betty Gallager of Akron. His brothers, Harold, William, Ralph, and James and sister, Dorothy Thomas, died previously.
Private services have been held. The Rev. Joseph Ruggieri officiated. Burial was in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Arrangements were made by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's School Endowment Fund or the Kent City Schools Foundation.

Ralph Strickler
Ralph Herbert Strickler, 68, a former resident of the Kent area, died Wednesday.
Born in Rittman, Mr. Strickler had lived in Cuyahoga Falls since 1962.
He retired as a lab supervisor from DuPont in 1985 after 30 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Marion; sons, Ralph (Deborah) of Cuyahoga Falls, Dennis (Barbara) of Malverne and Gary (Valerie) of Tallmadge; daughters, Holly LoCascio of Akron and Teresa (Tim) Noaker of Cuyahoga Falls; eight grandchildren; and brother, Roger (Maria) of Akron.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Cuyahoga Falls Emergency Medical Service Rescue Squad or the Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Center.

Nancy Penick
WINDHAM _ Nancy Lee Penick, 52, of North Main Street, died Thursday at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
Arrangements will be announced by the Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls.

Harvey "Joe" Rhodes
Harvey G. "Joe" Rhodes, 55, of Ravenna died Wednesday.
Born in Akron, he was a lifetime area resident.
Survivors include his mother, Ethel V. Rhodes, of Ravenna; and sister, Barbara Hill, of Kentucky.
Private graveside services and burial will be held today at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wadsworth.

Bertha Cady
BRIMFIELD _ Bertha M. "Bertie" (Meloy) Cady, 85, died Thursday.
Arrangements will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel.

Gladys Sumner 
Gladys (Hilverding) Sumner, 88, of Kent, died Thursday at Canterbury Villa of Alliance after a long illness.
Born Sept. 9, 1909 in Washington County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edward D. and Bessie M. Mobley Hilverding Guthrie. She had lived in Kent since 1959.
Mrs. Sumner had served as Director of Nursing at Mt. Sinai and St. Luke's Medical Centersin Cleveland. She had taught at Kent State University and served as a nurse for the Red Cross during World War II.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Kent. She was a member of the KSU Faculty Wives Association and the Portage County R.N. Association. 
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary Alice) Jones of Ravenna; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Charles B., to whom she was married in March of 1959, died April 20, 1994. A brother, C. P. "Bud" Hilverding, died April 17, 1985.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Maple-Cotton Funeral Home in Kensington, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gene Hydrick officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Minerva.

Shirley Persinger
Shirley W. "Perk" Persinger, 76, of Ashtabula, died Tuesday at the Ashtabula County Medical Center in Ashtabula.
Born July 25, 1921 in Glen Ferris, W.Va., he was the son of Harry and Della (White) Persinger. He had been an Ashtabula area resident since 1947.
Mr. Persinger worked for Union Carbide and Elken Metals until his retirement.
He joined the Army Air Forces during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ashtabula, VFW Post No. 943, and the East Ashtabula Club.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Lawson), whom he married July 15, 1947; sons, Harry Stephen of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Robert James of Cuyahoga Falls; daughter, Virginia Darrah of Kent; six grandchildren; and sister, Harriet Kennedy of Philippi, W.Va. His brothers, John and Robert and sister, Mitilda Stagg, all died previously.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the 11 a.m. services this morning at the Ross-Billman Funeral Home in Ashtabula. The Rev. Fred Bell officiated. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Ashtabula or to the American Cancer Society.

Lettie Sickle
Lettie Sickle, 92, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 24, 1905, in Lake Milton, she was the daughter of Wallace and Alice (Sutcliffe) McKenzie.
Mrs. Sickle was a homemaker. She also was a member of the Palmyra United Methodist Church, the Pythia Sisters and the Order of Eastern Star No. 114 Palmy Chapter.
Survivors include her son, Raymond of Delano, Tenn.; daughters, Barbara (James) Wilson of Springhill, Fla., and Alice (Gerald) Hughes of Diamond; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Wyatt, died in 1960.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the 1 p.m. Saturday service at the Palmyra United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Clarke officiating. Burial will be in Palmyra West Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. 

Constance Twigg
Constance A. (Barnes) Twigg, 59, of Aurora, died Monday.
Born in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Phyllis (Rife) Barnes. She had lived in the Aurora area for the past 25 years after moving from Cleveland.
She was a machinist for the David Round Company in Solon. She also served as a union stewardess.
Survivors include her sons, Hazen (Gail) and Philip Scalf; daughters, Sherry (Mark) Brown, Theresa (Barry) Niepokny, Carrie (Victor) Gullatta and Christine Scalf; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Barnes, and Norman and Philip Holloway; and sister, Irene Chenowith. Her husband, James H., died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Kindrich-McHugh-Steinbauer Funeral Home, 33375 Bainbridge Road in Solon, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Aurora Cemetery.

Published January 4, 1998

Foster Brooks
Kent State University professor emeritus Foster Lindsey Brooks, 89, of Dollar Lake Drive, Twin Lakes, died Saturday at his home.
Born Sept. 4, 1908 near Carrollton, he was the son of Thomas and Bronta (Herron) Brooks.
After graduating from Mount Union College in 1929, Mr. Brooks received his doctorate from Ohio State University in 1934. He taught two years at Carrollton High School, from which he graduated from in 1925.
Mr. Brooks then taught at KSU's department of mathematics from 1935 to 1973, when he became professor emeritus.
In the 1940s, he taught for four summers at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.
During World War II, he was in the civilian service in submarine work, first in anti-U-boat activities in the Atlantic Ocean and later pro-submarine work in the Pacific Ocean.
For this work, he received the Presidential Certificate of Merit.
From 1949 to 1950, he worked with the Research and Development Board and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to help organize the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent since 1934, and sang in its choir since 1936. He also was a member of the Kent Kiwanis since 1940, and served in various professional groups.
Survivors include 12 cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Kent with the Rev. David Palmer and Rev. Kay Dunlap officiating. Private burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Carrollton. Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation _ Visiting Nurse and Hospice, P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna 44266-1204.

Virginia Custer
Virginia Frances Custer, 90, of Wheaton, Md., died Saturday in Silver Springs, Md.
Born Aug. 20, 1907 in Houtzdale, Pa., she was the daughter of Lewis and Birdie (Warfield) Escott. She lived in Garrettsville and Windham before moving to Maryland.
Mrs. Custer was a cafeteria worker for the E. Brook Lee Junior High School in Rockville, Md. from 1966 to 1977.
She was a member of the Newton Falls Mothers Club, the PTA and the American Association of Retired People.
She enjoyed crocheting, oil painting, writing and reading poems, doing crossword puzzles and caring for house plants.
Survivors include sons, Thomas R. of Tuscon, Ariz., Gerald B. of Poolesville, Md., and Gerald B. of Middletown, Md.; daughters, Virginia L. Almashy of Randleman, N.C., Jeannette M. Knoch of Wheaton, Md., Almeta L. Pingley of Garrettsville, Rella Mae Martin of Hagerstown, Md., Barbara Ady of Warren, and Carol H. Yarger and Pamela J. Custer, both of Silver Springs; 45 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Claire Daniel Custer, whom she married Aug. 8, 1925, died May 2 1959.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Collins Funeral Home in Silver Springs. Local calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery.

Clara White
Clara A. White, 83, of Ravenna, died Friday at her residence.
Arrangements will be announced by the Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna chapel.


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