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Published January 13, 1998

Mourine Ehmcke
Mourine Ehmcke, 88, of North Mantua Street, Kent, died Saturday at Brownsville Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas.
Born March 28, 1909 in Lore City, Ohio, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Olive (Young) Hart. She was a longtime Kent resident.
Mrs. Ehmcke was a retired teacher.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ of Kent; the Order of the Eastern Star for 70 years; American Association of University Women; Business & Professional Women; Women's Club of Kent; AARP; and Retired Teachers of Ohio.
Survivors include her son, Benjamin L. (Bette J.) of Texas; son-in-law, Steve Maczik of Hale, Mich.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Clarence R., died in 1968. Her daughter, Betty E. Maczik, brother, Estle Hart, and sister, Cuma H. Laughlin, died previously.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, with the Rev. Steven Lashbrook officiating. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to United Church of Christ of Kent, 1427 Horning Road, Kent.

Evelyn J. (Mellin) Sayre
NELSON _ Evelyn J. (Mellin) Sayre, 63, died Monday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long illness.
Born Feb. 4, 1934 in Shalersville, she was the daughter of Willard and Leora Roth Sedivy. She was a graduate of James A. Garfield High School.
Mrs. Sayre was a lab technician with Geauga Industries for 12 years until she retired in 1985.
She was a member of the Nelson United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Roy, whom she married Sept. 5, 1953; sons, Leonard of Garrettsville and Donald of Akron; daughters, Laurie Taylor of Ellijay, Ga., Julianne Vermillion of Yelm, Wash., Billie Jean Baisden of West Farmington, and Doreen Lallathin of Hiram; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her mother, Leora of Ravenna; stepmother, Leona Mellin of Ravenna; brother, Butch Mellin of Maxburg; sisters, Carol Mast of Ravenna and Bonnie Little of Mansfield; stepbrother, Ron Ramsdell of Nevada; and a stepsister, Sandra Ramsdell of Ravenna. Her father and a grandson, Jeffrey Lallathin, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dwaine Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Harrington Cemetery in Nelson.
Memorials may be made to the Nelson United Methodist Church or the American Lung Association.

Benjamin August Thomas
Benjamin August Thomas, 91, died Sunday at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville.
Born July 12, 1906 in Cleveland, he was the son of Benjamin F. and Emelia (Laturell) Thomas. He had lived in Paris Township for more than 50 years. 
He lived in California for 19 years, where he served in the gospel ministry. He returned to Ohio in 1941 and served as pastor of the Lake Milton Community Church. He served in the rescue mission ministry in Warren and had taught Sunday school for six years at the Edinburg Church of God. He had also worked as a carpenter.
Survivors include his wife, Helen W. (Parthemer); and three stepchildren and their families.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Newton Falls Church of God, with the Rev. James Kyle officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Paris Township.

James Scott Alzner
James Scott Alzner, 75, of North Benton, died Sunday at home.
Born March 4, 1922 in Alliance, he was the son of Henry and Lura (Scott) Alzner. He had lived in the Alliance and North Benton areas for most of his life. He was a 1941 graduate of Alliance High School. 
Mr. Alzner retired from Chrysler Corporation in 1989 after 28 years of service. He formerly owned the Polka Dot Drive-In Restaurant.
He was a member of the Union Avenue United Methodist Church, the National Rifle Association and the Chrysler United Auto Workers of Twinsburg. He had served as president of the Treasurer Cove Allotment Association. 
He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran who received a Bronze Star, serving in France, Germany, England and Belgium.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Cline), whom he married Dec. 14, 1957; sons, James H. of Columbus, Scott K. of North Benton and Robert W. of Columbus; daughter, Patricia Votaw of Alliance; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Robert J. of White River Junction, Vt.; and sister, Jane Ruth of Alliance. A brother, William, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 11:30 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Ave. in Alliance. The Rev. Gordon Ruggles will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Hospice of the Valley.

Virginia Gooding
Virginia Gooding, 85, of Bristolville, died Monday in Cortland Quality Care Nursing Centers in Cortland after a short illness.
Born May 15, 1912 in Apollo, Pa., she was the daughter of Peter and Margaret (Cooks) Kennedy. She moved to Bristolville in 1977 from West Farmington.
Mrs. Gooding was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading Western books, flower gardening, watching Western movies on TV and crocheting.
Survivors include her sons, Donald W. and Duane J., both of Bristolville; a daughter, Diane Harper of West Virginia; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Her husband, William I., whom she married July 26, 1938, three brothers and two sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Paul Cook officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in West Farmington.

Published January 14, 1998

Betty Davis
Betty M. Davis, 71, of Braun Road, Belpre, Ohio , a former Aurora resident, died Tuesday at home.
Born in West Virginia, she was the daughter of Maude and Gladys (Ruble) Chapman. She graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland.
Mrs. Davis worked at Pick and Pay in Cleveland.
She was a member of Streetsboro Church of God and attended the 19th Street Church of God in Parkersburg, W.Va.
Survivors include sons, Kenneth G. of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Meredith E. of Sevierville, Tenn; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Patty Rankin of Cleveland. Her husband, Mostyn A., died in 1995. A daughter, Evelyn Ann, brother, Robert Chapman, and sister, Juanita Estes, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ogdin-Kimes Funeral Home in Parkersburg, where services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday. Additional services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Streetsboro Church of God. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Bedford Heights.

Buryl Ables
Buryl Ralph Ables, 65, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Sunday in Akron City Hospital. He resided at Wyant Wood Nursing Home, Fairlawn.
Survivors include his sons, David, James and Fred, all of New Jersey; daughters, Charlotte Wrobleskwi of Germany and Deborah Nissim of New Jersey; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold of Ohio and Dayton of West Virginia; and sisters, Mary Strader of West Virginia and Bonnie Pravdick of Florida, 
Dunn-Quigley Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home in Akron is handling arrangements.

Thomas Golias
SHALERSVILLE ­ Thomas Golias, 76, of Infirmary Road, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Services will be announced by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.

Albert Kump
Albert W. Kump, 78, of Creston, Ohio, a Portage County native, died Tuesday at his home after a seven-month illness.
Born Nov. 20, 1919 in Randolph, he was the son of Harold G. and Helen (Stewart) Kump. He was a graduate of Atwater High School and Ohio State University. 
Mr. Kump retired in 1989 from General Clay Products in Wadsworth.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
He was a member of Creston Presbyterian Church, Sandy Valley Masonic Lodge No. 408 in Hanoverton; May Chapter No. 217 Order of the Eastern Star in Seville; Scottish Rite, Valley of Canton; and American Legion Post No. 497 in Creston. 
Survivors include his wife, Jean (Bricker), whom he married Aug. 5, 1944; son, James W. (Anita) of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; one grandchild; brothers, Wilfred "Bill" of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Harold L. of Minerva; and sister, Ruth Gamoran of Sebring. A daughter, Barbara Joyce, died in 1956. A brother, Frank, and sisters, Emma Evans and Mary Kump, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St. in Creston, where Eastern Star services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at Creston Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. James McCurdy officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Jackson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Wayne County, 2525A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691 or Creston Presbyterian Church, 13070 Cleveland Road, Creston, 44217.

Edith Milkon
Edith I. Milkon, 82, formerly of Robinwood Blvd., Newton Falls, died Monday at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
Born Jan. 8, 1916 in Piney Fork, Ohio, she was the daughter of Joseph and Pia (Farrari) Polazzi.
Mrs. Milkon attended St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Schmitt of Warren; son Anthony of Champion; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Angeline Siemion of Detroit, Mich., and Mary Cicone of Steubenville. Her husband, Anthony, died Dec. 24, 1980. A brother, Joseph, and sister, Bruna, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Fund. 

Mary Rumbaugh 
Mary K. Rumbaugh of Allison Park, Pa., died Monday in Irvine, Calif.
Survivors include her son, Alan of Grand Rapids, Mich.; daughter, Kathleen Rayl of Irvine, Calif.; brother, Albert "Skip" Howell of Greensburg, Pa.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Harry E., died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Neely Funeral home, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, Pa. , where services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, Pa., 15101.

Hilda Patterson
Hilda A. Patterson, 68, of Kent died Monday. 
Born Jan. 2, 1930 in Akron, she was the daughter of Lorenzo and Rose (Sunseri) Comeione.
Mrs. Patterson worked as a cook for six years at the Acme store in Kent. 
Survivors include her sons Larry J. (Diane) Nathaniel of Streetsboro and Raymon Patterson of Marion; daughter, Mrs. Dwight (Judy) Willochell of Akron; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers Joseph (Shirley) Comeione of California, John (Ann) Comeione and Anthony (Ruth) Comeione, all of Akron; sister, Mrs. Ralph (JoAnn) Adkins of Kent; and daughter-in-law, Jill Reitz. Her husband, Raymond C., and brothers Frank D. Comeione and Alfanso Cameione, died previously. 
Calling hours will be held from 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 339 Southwest Ave.,Tallmadge. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Gardens in Ellet.

Margaret Suchy
STREETSBORO _ Margaret A. Suchy, 82, died Monday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a short illness.
Born Jan. 5, 1916 in Shamokin, Pa., she was the daughter of Ignatious and Anna (Antol) Sabol. A former Akron resident, she had lived in Streetsboro since 1978.
Mrs. Suchy worked as an assembler with the Lemco Co. in Maple Heights.
She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro and its Altar and Rosary Society.
Survivors include her sons, Dennis of Streetsboro and Stephen of Chicago; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, John, and a sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro, with the Rev. Frederick Slaven officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Society.

Published January 15, 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.


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