|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, 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.
MANTUA _ John B. Coltman, 72, died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital
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 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 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
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 (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
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
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
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
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 K. Bliss, 78, of Garrett Street, Kent, died Thursday at his
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,
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 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 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 L. Sommers, 43, of Warren, died of natural causes Friday at his
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.
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.
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
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 F. Gless, 86, died Thursday.
Born Feb. 4, 1911in Ravenna, he was the son of Lawrence and Alice (Hugli)
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
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
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 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
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, 82, of Kent died Friday in the Lorantffy Care Center in
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.