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Published January 7, 1998

Carolyne E. Weasner, 86
GARRETTSVILLE _ Carolyne E. (Carpenter) Weasner, 86, of Garrettsville, died Sunday at the Napa Nursing Center in Napa, Calif, after a lengthy illness.She was born Aug. 29, 1911 in Wellington, Ohio. 
Mrs. Weasner was a graduate of Garrettsville High School who worked with her husband for 42 years on their dairy farm. She was a girl scout leader for 13 years in the Garrettsville area and was a Record-Courier correspondent for many years.
She was formerly a member of the James A. Garfield Board of Education, and served as a librarian at James A. Garfield High School for 10 years before becoming a librarian and archivist at Hiram College.
She moved to California in 1977 and traveled to more than 135 countries, recording her experiences for talks she would later give for local groups. 
She was a volunteer in the Hospice of Marlin County, several historical societies and local schools and libraries. She also helped found the Glen Ellen Historical Society and helped plan and open an historical museum in Glen Ellen in May 1996.
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Ray (Ruth) Sheehan of Garrettsville and Mrs. Michael (Grace) Jones of Napa; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Mert and William, both of Florida; and sister, Iris Morphew of North Carolina. Her husband, Fred ("Fritz"), whom she married May 23, 1932, died Nov. 29, 1974. Brothers Chauncey, James and Albert ("Derb"), and a sister, Jane, also died previously.
Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.
Memorials may be made to either the Glen Ellen Historical Society, the Hospice of Marlin County or a charity of the donor's choice. 

Carl Kostal
Carl Kostal, 97, of Ravenna, died Wednesday.
Bon Feb. 24, 1900, in Czechoslovakia, he was the son of Anton and Josephine (Valek) Kostal. He had been a Ravenna area resident since 1965 and was formerly of Cleveland.
Mr. Kostal was a retired tool and die maker.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias of Cleveland. 
Survivors include six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Bertha Kostal of Ravenna; and sister, Josephine Burmeister of Macedonia. His wife, Elsie; son, Vladimer "Laddie"; and brother, Frank, died previously.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. Thomas Poremba officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

Wesley Bise Jr.
Wesley L. Bise Jr., 76, of Ravenna, died Tuesday in Kissimmee, Fla.
Born July 23, 1921 in Rices Landing, Pa., he was the son of Wesley L. and Dalia (McLaughlin) Bise. 
Survivors include his wife, Eluend L. (Owens); son, Wesley L. (Sherry) Bise III of Ravenna; daughters, Mrs. Donald (Gayle) O'Brien of Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Pete (Mardell) Greathouse of Streetsboro, Mrs. Jeffrey (Janet) Petrick of Garfield Heights and Mrs. Jim (Phyllis) Reynolds of Rockcreek, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. His sister, Esther Snyder, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Johnson Romito Funeral Home in Twinsburg where services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.

John Coltman
MANTUA _ John B. Coltman, 72, died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 3, 1925 in Ravenna, he was the son of John and Clara (Dobson) Coltman. He was a lifetime Mantua-Shalersville area resident.
Mr. Coltman worked as a bobinwinder for 18 years at the Eaton Corporation in Mantua until he retired in 1987. Prior to that he had worked for 20 years at Chase Bag in Chagrin Falls.
An avid hunter, he raised and sold beagle puppies and farmed at his home and in the Mantua-Shalersville area. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to garden. He was a member of the Mantua Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Flora (Pot) ; son, John D. of Mantua; daughters, Mrs. Charles A. (Rose) Dale of Troy Township, and Mrs. Kevin (Diane) Burke of Mantua; five grandchildren; and brother Thomas D. of Williamsfield. His brother Ralph died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Murray Bay officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Shalersville.

Pauline Michael
Pauline Katherine Michael, 75, a former resident of Streetsboro, died Jan. 1 in Palm Bay, Fla.
Born Feb. 16, 1922 in Crucible, Pa., she was the daughter of Michael and Anna Kroftcheck Pribula. 
Mrs. Michael and her husband operated Michael's Lounge on S.R. 43 in Streetsboro and other businesses for more than 20 years before retiring to Florida in 1978.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Michael, of Palm Bay, Fla.; daughter, Maryann (William) Square of St. Louis; sons, Charles (Lindy) Michael, Jr. of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Robert (Joanne) Michael of Palm Bay, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and sister, Helen Barnish of Crucible, Pa. Four brothers died previously.
Burial will be in Palm Bay, Fla.

Norman Sargent
Norman William Sargent, 81, who taught at Mantua Center School during his education career, died Dec. 16 in Coral Springs, Fla.
Born June 16, 1916 in Orange, Ohio, he was the son of William Henry and Lottie (Stoneman) Sargent. He was a graduate of Auburn High School and Hiram College.
Mr. Sargent was a professor emeritus of education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
He was a member of the Crystalaires Barbershop Chorus and the Palm Harbor, Fla. chapter of SPEBSQSA.
Survivors include his wife, Lois (Derr), of Dunedin, Fla.; sons, Charles of Indianapolis, Ind., and Martin of Pompano Beach, Fla.; daughter, Christine Sargent Guidry of Coral Springs, Fla.; one grandchild; brothers, Howard and Elmer of Ohio; and sisters, Ruby Shaffer of Homosassa, Fla. and Marie Protiva of Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 at Mantua Center Christian Church at S.R. 82 and Mantua Center Road.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

William Rinehart
William (Bill) A. Rinehart, 62, of Newton Falls, died Wednesday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
Born Dec. 2, 1935 in Brownsville, Pa., he was the son of William L. and Nettie (Sullenberger) Rinehart. 
Mr. Rinehart had worked at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant.
He was a member of the Lake Milton Church of Christ were he was a lay preacher and enjoyed coaching little league baseball.
Survivors include his wife, Carol E., whom he married on June 6, 1958; sons, Mark and William A., both of Newton Falls; daughters, Mrs. Edward (Jeanne) Mihelcic of Indiana, Pa., and Mrs. James (Emy Lee) Cahalin and Elizabeth Rinehart, both of Newton Falls; five grandchildren; brother Robert of Uniontown, Pa.; and sisters, Mrs. Eugene (Betty) Rode of Brownsville, Pa. and Mrs. Charles (Connie) Franks of Uniontown, Pa. His brother Kenneth died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Newton Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Newton Falls.

Published January 9, 1998

Helger Forsman
Former Kent resident Helger "Hal" L. Forsman, 81, of Port Richey, Fla., who had owned H&L Machine in Kent, died Thursday at his home.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minn, and moved to Port Richey from Indian River, Mich. 11 years ago.
Mr. Forsman had been a member of the Rockton Massonic Temple in Kent, the Tadmor Shrine Temple in Akron and the New Port Richey Shrine Club.
Survivors include his wife, Betty J.; sons, Peter D. of Hermosa Beach, Calif. and Robert of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; daughters, Christine Stanley of Appleton, Wisc. and Jill of Kent; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no services and cremation will take place. Arrangements were made by Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home in New Port Richey, Fla. 

Marie "Betty" Rider
HIRAM _ Marie E. "Betty" Rider, 84, of Hiram, died Wednesday at Altercare of Ravenna.
Born Nov. 15, 1913, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of John and Mary (Kozlowski) Svoboda. A Hiram resident for the past four years, she formerly lived in Florida and Michigan.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth of LaCombe, La.; daughter, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Pereces of Hiram; brother, John Svoboda of Streetsboro; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas A., died in 1966. Her brother, George Svoboda, and sister, Pat Sacha, also died previously.
A private burial has been held. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. 
Arrangements are being handled by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.

Stanley Bliss
Stanley K. Bliss, 78, of Garrett Street, Kent, died Thursday at his home.
Born July 18, 1919, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of Walter K. and Bertha (Brighty) Bliss.
Mr. Bliss was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served with the 730th Ordinance Company in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was a retired electrician from Kent State University.
Survivors include his wife, Rose E. (Riggs), whom he married Nov. 17, 1945; sons, Clifford of Ravenna and Ronald and Roger of Campbell, Calif.; daughter, Claudia of Amenia, NY; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Donald of Delanco, N.J.; sisters, Lorraine Gruner of Captain Cook, Hawaii, Phyllis Collins of Beverly, Mass. and Priscilla Colarusso of Winthrop, Mass. His brothers, Robert and Allison, and great-granddaughter, Amanda, died previously.
Calling hours will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with memorial services at 3:30 p.m. at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent with the Rev. Edward P. Peterson officiating. Private burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Memorials may be made to Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation - Visiting Nurse and Hospice, P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna, 44255-1204.

Published January 10, 1998

Paul Griffith
Paul Amos Griffith, 71, formerly of the Mogadore area, died Friday at Akron General Medical Center after a long illness.
Born April 24, 1926 in Shreve, he was the son of Glenn and Dora (Lilly) Griffith. He was a 1944 graduate of Jackson High School.
Mr. Griffith retired from the East Ohio Gas Co. in 1981 after 18 years of service. He formerly was employed by Hoover Co. 
Survivors include a daughter, Kathi Griffith, of Nevada; brother, Johnny E. Griffith of Massillon; one grandchild; and former wife, Phyllis Griffith of Rootstown. A son, Jerry, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Reed Funeral Home, 705 Raff Road SW, Canton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. William Harmon officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Wayne County.

Laverna Mason
Laverna M. Mason, 95, a former Akron resident, died Tuesday at Altercare Nursing Home in Ravenna.
Born March 17, 1903 in Round Prairie, Minn., she was the daughter of Clemont and Ethel (Doorman) Dufrene.
Survivors include several brothers and sisters. Her husband, Ross T., died in 1976.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Wood-Kortwright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Lattimer officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron.

Alan Sommers
Alan L. Sommers, 43, of Warren, died of natural causes Friday at his home.
Born Jan. 21, 1954 in Ravenna, he was the son of Bradley and Leola (Dobbs) Sommers. A life resident of the Windham and Hiram areas, he had lived in Warren for the past year.
Mr. Sommers was a self-employed mechanic . He formerly worked as a bus driver and bus mechanic for the James A. Garfield School District.
Survivors include his sons, Fred Buell of Florida, Jason of Warren, and Frank of Windham; daughter, Karen of Windham; three grandchildren; parents, Bradley and Leola of Windham; brothers, Robert of Hiram, and James and William of Windham; and sisters, Mary Custer, Lily Morris, and Gloria Caris, all of Windham.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Anchor-Moore Cemetery on Mumford Road in Hiram Township.

Gus Grano
MANTUA _ Gus C. Grano, 79, died Friday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long illness.
Born April 25, 1918 in Thomaston, Conn., he was the son of Domenick and Concetto Grano. A Mantua area since 1997, he formerly lived in Euclid and Geneva, Ohio, for 27 years.
Mr. Grano was an assembler for 35 years at Cleveland Crain and Engineering in Wickliffe until he retired in 1981.
He was a member of His Ministry in Aurora.
Survivors include his wife, Marcella; sons, Robert Gambel of Willoughby and Gus of Euclid; daughters, Mrs. Pete (Clara) Bora of Cleveland, Mrs. Blake (Donna) Ladac of Mentor, Mrs. Greg (Sue) Marian of Burton, Mrs. Dennis (Barbara) Sampson of Euclid, Mrs. Raymond (Theresa) Ward of Mantua, Kathy Gamber of Richmond Heights, and Lynda Warner of Mantua;19 grandchildren;16 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Celia Burnette of Mentor, and Mary Frabotta and Phyllis Sabrunno, both of Lake County. 
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at His Ministry in Aurora, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Florence Udell officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery in Mantua. Green's Funeral Home in Mantua is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Klingensmith
HIRAM _ Richard H. Klingensmith, 69, died Friday at Geauga Regional Hospital in Chardon.
Born Sept. 6, 1928, in Washta, Iowa, he was the son of H. Glenn and Vera (Robinson) Klingensmith. A former Arkansas resident, he had lived in Hiram for one year.
Mr. Klingensmith was a food broker and owner of Rocky Mountain Marketing Services.
He was an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Bella Vista, Ark.
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Lu; son, Richard H. Jr. of Aurora, Colo.; daughters, Shelly Lyon of Carmel Valley, Calif., Kathy of Hiram, and Jennie Smith of Houston; eight grandchildren; brothers, David of Iowa, Roger of Minnesota, Daniel of Minnesota, Scott of Georgia, and Michael of New York; and sisters, Ruth Hastings of Arizona, Joan Oberdeck of Florida, Kaye Metcalfe of Florida, and Marilyn Dowart of Florida.
Private family services will be held at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Golden Rule Funeral Home in Garrettsville.

Charles Gless
Charles F. Gless, 86, died Thursday.
Born Feb. 4, 1911in Ravenna, he was the son of Lawrence and Alice (Hugli) Gless.
Mr. Gless was a purchasing agent for Ward-Riddle/Allen Aircraft Co. in Ravenna for many years.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna and the Ravenna Elks.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, to whom he was married for 61 years; sons, Richard (Marilyn) of Akron, James (Patricia) of Kent, and Robert (Lona) of Ravenna; daughter, Mrs. David (Janice) Spiker of Ravenna; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His sisters, Mary and Martha, and brother, Harry, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

Published January 11, 1998

Paul Fihn
NEWTON FALLS _ Paul G. Fihn, 79, of Newton Falls died Saturday.
Born March 31, 1918, in Akron, he was the son of Joe Fihn and Regina Gimpel. He had lived in Newton Falls since 1921.
Mr. Fihn worked at Rockwell International in Newton Falls for 24 years until it closed in 1976.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, whom he married on May 8, 1948; daughters, Mrs. Robert (Rosemary) Woolard of Leavittsburg, Mrs. James (Regina) Kline of Newton Falls, and Mrs. Thomas (Sandra) Vandyke of Warren; son, Paul J. Fihn of Leavittsburg; sisters, Mrs. George (Dorothy) Huzvar, and Mrs. Fred (Margaret) Pangler; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A son, Roger Fihn, and sister, Lanora Fihn, died previously.
There are no services. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were handled by James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.

Marie Kline
Marie A. Kline, 97, of Kent died Friday at Altercare in Ravenna.
Born March 24, 1900, in Brimfield, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary (May) Kline.
She retired from AMETEK/Lamb Electric after 33 years of service.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Kent.
Her brothers, Roy and John; and sisters, Bessie Knapp and Esther Bauer, died previously. She had 17 nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be announced. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Private burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to the endowment fund of St. Patrick School in Kent.

Emanuel "Manny" Giarrizzo
Emanuel "Manny" J. Giarrizzo, 46, of Ravenna died Saturday.
Born April 17, 1951, in Cleveland he was the son of Joseph Giarrizzo and Eva McPhrin. Formerly of Cleveland, he had lived in Ravenna since 1994.
He was a painter and retired from Automated Packaging in Streetsboro.
Survivors include his wife, Almira (Boczek) whom he married Sept. 30, 1994; daughters, Kimberly of Westlake and Penny of Middleburg Heights; sisters, Donna Mance and Victoria Mey, both of Cleveland; brother, Donald Evans of Van Wert; and a grandchild.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4:30 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home in Ravenna where services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday with the Revs. Leo Wehrlin and Jim Topa officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.

Paula Ries
Paula Ries, 82, of Kent died Friday in the Lorantffy Care Center in Copley.
Born Sept. 24, 1915, in Bajmok, Austria-Hungary, she was the daughter of Jacob and Regina (Elmer) Kunzer. She lived in Yugoslavia and Germany from 1945 until she moved to the United States in 1949. She lived in Newton Falls until she moved to Kent in 1985.
While living in Newton Falls, she had worked as a floral grader at Newton Falls Cut Flowers.
Survivors include her son, Joseph (Julia) of Brady Lake; sister, Regina Downing of Philadelphia; and a grandson. Her husband, Mathias Ries, parents, two brothers, and two sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Wood-Kortwright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Bruce Chouinard officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.


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