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Published January 20, 1998

Calvin Lee Siegenthaler
ROOTSTOWN _ Calvin Lee Siegenthaler, 55, died Monday at his home.
Born April 3, 1942 in Bellaire, Ohio, he was the son of Wilbur August and Lucillle Jane (Triplett) Siegenthaler. He lived in Bellaire until moving to Rootstown 33 years ago.
Mr. Siegenthaler was a warehouse manager with Universal Electronics in Twinsburg.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served from 1961 until 1965 and attained the rank of corporal.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.
He enjoyed working with horses.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen Mary (Cubon); son, Stephen J. of Rootstown; daughter, Erica E. of Rootstown; brothers, Cline of Strongsville and Jerry of Akron; and sister, Julia Kiser of Streetsboro. His parents and a brother, James, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Ravenna.

Sammie L. Tomblin
STREETSBORO ­ Sammie L. Tomblin, 53, died Sunday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Oct. 26, 1944 in West Virginia, he was the son of Pearl and Winnie Hampton. A former Cleveland resident, he had lived in Streetsboro for 17 years.
Mr. Tomblin was a laborer, working for Ravenna Aluminum at the FSI plant in Rootstown. 
He was a member of Streetsboro Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; sons, John Serafin of Cleveland and William Serafin of Mantua; daughter, Sheila Waddle of Charlestown; six grandchildren; one great-grandchildr; and sisters, Mary Hensley and Eulene Green, both of West Virginia, and Linnie Sams of Cleveland. His parents, three brothers and a sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 8 tonight, with the Rev. J.W. Adkins officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Anna Jane Gaspari
Anna Jane Gaspari, 81, died Sunday.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she had been an area resident since 1957. For the past four years, she was a resident of Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Mrs. Gaspari retired as an administrative assistant from Kent State University in 1984 after more than 20 years of service.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Charles (Carol) Mahan of Akron; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Mrs. Michael (Harriet) Magee, Sr. of Bay Shore, N.Y.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until services at noon Thursday at Redmon Funeral Home in Stow. The Rev. Ron Miller and Mr. Roy Hostetler will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 190 S. Maple St., Akron 44302.

Paul Colecchi
Paul Colecchi, 68, of Ravenna Township, died Monday at his home.
Services will be announced by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Mary Combs
ATWATER _ Mary Combs, 78, died today at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Arrangements will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel.

Published January 21, 1998

Paul Colecchi
Paul Colecchi, 68, a longtime Ravenna resident who was active in the Italian-American Society, died Monday at his home in Ravenna Township after a brief illness.
Born Aug. 23, 1929 in Ravenna, he was the son of Joseph and Gilda (DiCola) Colecchi. At age 2, he moved with his family to Roccaraso, Italy, where he lived until 1947, when he returned to the United States at age 18.
His son, Stephen Colecchi, president and chief executive officer of Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, said his father moved back to Portage County because he had family in the Ravenna area. He spoke little English when returned.
"He went to classes in Akron to learn English," Stephen Colecchi said.
Mr. Colecchi met his wife, Josephine (Ventura) at an Italian picnic in Erie, Pa. She was born in West Newton, Pa. and also has Italian heritage. Her family in Italy lived within 10 miles of Mr. Colecchi's relatives there, their son said. The couple married in 1951.
"He was very proud of his Italian heritage. He was real active at the Italian-American Society," Stephen Colecchi said. "He ran their bocci league, and he was one of the cooks for the spaghetti dinner."
Mr. Colecchi worked as a machinist and retired from Ferry Machine Co. in Kent in 1990. After he retired, he focused his attention on his 10 grandchildren and spent a lot of time at the Italian-American Society.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna, a member and past officer of the International Union Allied Industrial Workers of America, a past president and trustee of the Italian-American Society and a member of Ravenna Moose Lodge No. 1234.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Stephen (Diane) of Ravenna and Robert (Tracy) of Rootstown; daughters, Mrs. Arley (Linda) White Jr. of Brimfield, and Mrs. Charles (Carol) Schofield and Patricia Colecchi, both of Ravenna; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Vincent of Ravenna and Benny of Rootstown; and sister, Nancy Mascio of Ravenna.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna, with the Rev. Leo Wehrlin officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna.

Mary Combs
ATWATER _ Mary Virginia Combs, 78, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Sept. 13, 1919 in Congress Lake, Ohio, she was the daughter of Leo and Ruth (Coler) DeGroff. She had lived in Atwater most of her life.
Mrs. Combs worked in the linen services department at Robinson Memorial Hospital for 15 years until she retired.
She was a member of Atwater United Methodist Church, for more than 60 years. She was a longtime participant in the Rebekah Circle.
Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Donna (Larry) Hadinger of Randolph, Mrs. Janet (Walter) Timberlake of Lexington, Ky. and Mrs. Nancy (James) Ruff of Fairfield, Conn.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Thacker, Alice Boldizsar, Meda (Victor) Osco and Edith (John) Herchek. Her husband, Donald B., died Dec. 29, 1992. A brother, Merle (Pete) DeGroff, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. John Mather officiating. Burial will be in Atwater Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Atwater United Methodist Church.

Virginia Brutscher
Virginia H. Brutscher, 85, of Ravenna, died Tuesday.
Born Aug. 11, 1912 in St. Clairsville, Ohio, she was the daughter of Sherman and Bertha (Haught) Bryant.
Mrs. Brutscher was head resident of Westminster Hall at Ohio State University for many years. She also worked at Wooster College as a dorm manager, at the Belden Hotel in Canton and the Congress Lake Club. She operated her own decorating company in Florida and was affiliated with Camp Kawanee in Weld, Maine.
She was a member of Asbury Park United Methodist Church in Florida. She was an accomplished pianist and artist and enjoyed quilting.
Survivors include her sons, Garry Hershberger of Decatur, Ind. and Donald (Susan) Hershberger of Worthington; daughter Virginia (Robert) Replogle of Charleston, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy Duncan of Ravenna and Doris Gordon of Rootstown. Her husband, William, son, H.M. Hershberger Jr., and daughter-in-law, Martha Hershberger, died previously.
A memorial service will be held for the family. Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

Fred Crane
STOW _ Fred A. Crane, 71, died Monday.
Born in Akron, he had lived in Stow since 1946.
Mr. Crane retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in 1988 after 45 years of service. 
He attended Cornerstone Community Church in Stow and was president of the Goodyear Woodcarvers.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II
Survivors include his wife, Oda, to whom he was married for 51 years; son, Fred (Jean) Crane of Kent; daughters Mrs. Stan (Martha) Jarris of Lexington, S.C., and Susanne of Stow; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Nina Thomann and Elizabeth Milham, both of Akron; brother-in-law Virgil Riddle of Stow; and sister-in-law Helen Crane of California.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 4 to 8:30 p.m. today at Redmon Funeral Home in Stow, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Bob Brubaker officiating. Burial will be at Crown Hill Burial Park in Twinsburg.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Community Church, 5344 Fishcreek Road, Stow, 44224.

Marie Ward
Marie Ward, 90, of Carthage Avenue, Kent, died Tuesday at her home.
Born May 26, 1907 in Jonesboro, Ill., she was the daughter of E. Otis and Ethel May (Merriman) Anderson.
Survivors include her son, Gerald (Alice) of Lewisville; daughters, Mrs. Richard (Hazel) Patsche of Canton and Mrs. Robert (Bety Jane) Braybon of Kent; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Roy Anderson of Illinois; and sister, Ruth DePriest of Michigan. Her husband, Wilbur A. died in 1981. Her brother, Carl Anderson, and sisters, Beulah Short, Myrtle Batey, Flo Parmeley and Eva Ramsey, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Bruce Chouinard officiating. 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, 44266-1204.

Charlotte Hobson
Charlotte Hobson, 65, of Ravenna died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Arrangements will be announced by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Published January 22, 1998

Rev. A. Elaine LePoris
The Rev. A. Elaine LePoris, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ravenna since 1995, died Wednesday in Akron following a struggle with lymphoma and pneumonia.
Born in Alliance, she attended Boardman schools and was a graduate of Clarion College and the University of Pittsburgh. She did postgraduate work in biochemistry at the State University of New York at Plattsburg and received her master of divinity from Hamma School of Theology. She was ordained at Weaver Chapel in Springfield on Nov. 13, 1976.
Rev. LePoris was an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Northeastern Ohio Synod. Prior to coming to Ravenna, she served Lutheran parishes in Lancaster, Arcadia, Springfield, Fairlawn, Casstown, Massillon, Akron and Enon, Ohio.
Survivors include her brother, Frank Rich of Niles; and sisters, Bobbie Wittkugle of Struthers and Joann Laurie of Mentor; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ravenna with Bishop Marcus J. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Memorials may be made to the Kathryn LePoris Scholarship Fund, Trinity Seminar, 2199 East Main Street, Columbus 43209-2334, or to charity.

Ethel Kilby
Former Parkman resident Ethel Kilby, 84, of Takoma Park, Md., died Wednesday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma.
Born Jan. 30, 1913 in Dekalb, Ill., she was the daughter of John and Dagmar (Lehtonen) Urpi. 
Mrs. Kilby was a homemaker. She also had worked at General Electric at Nela Park in Cleveland and was a waitress at Post House Restaurant.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a former "Miss Parkman."
Survivors include her daughters, Carol of Takoma, Md., Alice Khalif of Olney, Md. and Deborah of Parkman; two grandchildren; and sister, Lila Pettengell of Charlotte, N.C. Her husband, Henry C., whom she married in 1945, died Jan. 11, 1967. Her brothers, Donald, Uno and Wilho and sisters, Allie Pavlick and Helvi Harwath, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Overlook Cemetery in Parkman.

Ruth Seither
SHALERSVILLE _ Ruth G. Seither, 75, died Wednesday at Akron General Medical Center after a long illness.
Born July 14, 1922 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Sreal and Helen (Arnold) Thomas. She had lived in Shalersville for three years. She formerly lived in Ravenna and Bedford.
Mrs. Seither retired from National Pottiers in Bedford, where she was a floral arranger.
She had served as president of AFL-CIO Local No. 411 in Bedford Heights for more than 20 years.
Survivors include her sons, Donald of Garrettsville, and Louis "Butch" of New Orleans, La.; daughter, Susan Marks of Shalersville; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Ralph Thomas of Ravenna; and sisters, Shirley Griffith of Mantua and Linda Sykes of Louisiana. Her husband, Donald, died in 1984. Two grandchildren and her sisters, Jean Black and Marilyn Wagner, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Allen Rittman officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.

Charlotte Hobson
Charlotte M. Hobson, 65, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following a battle with cancer.
Born June 18, 1932 in Uhrichsville, Ohio, she was the daughter of William A. and Grace I. Brown. Formerly of Streetsboro, she had lived in Ravenna for 10 years.
Mrs. Hobson worked as a clerk at Fisher's Big Wheel in Ravenna and last was a dispatcher for the Streetsboro Police Department. She most recently was employed as a clerk for Hills Department Store in Kent.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ravenna and its Willing Workers Class. She attended the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn.
Survivors include her husband, Alfred, to whom she had been married for 44 years; sons, Joseph of North Port, Fla., John Mark of Ravenna and James of Brimfield; daughter, Valorie Adkins of Kent; three grandchildren; brothers, Vernon of Augusta, William of Tuscon, Ariz. and Russell of Minerva; and sisters, Pauline Huff of Tuscon, Ariz., and Pearl Dunbar and Carolyn Kandel, both of Minerva.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Ravenna, with the Rev. Thomas Poremba officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marjorie Edwards
Marjorie L. Edwards, 92, of Ravenna, died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born July 27, 1905 in New Harmony, Ind., she was the daughter of Lorren and Elizabeth (Schutz). She had been a Ravenna resident since 1945.
Mrs. Edwards was a homemaker.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ravenna.
Survivors include her daughter, Nadine Bezilla of Berlin Center; three grandchildren; and sisters, Anna Shaw of Nevada, and Mary Millroy and Aleda Miller, both of Indiana. Her husband, Harris, and daughter, Elizabeth, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. Thomas Poremba officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Morrell Gale
SHALERSVILLE _ Morrell F. Gale, 76, died Wednesday at Kent Quality Care Nursing Center.
Born March 5, 1921 in Cleveland, he was the son of tFrancis and Fay Gale. He had lived in Shalersville since 1978.
Mr. Gale retired from the City of Akron Water Works Department.
He was a member of the Summit County Grange.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Anita (Seivert); and son, Keith William of California. A daughter, Lynn, died in 1975.
Private services have been held . Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmstead. Arrangements were made by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Published January 23, 1998

Phyllis Lyle
Phyllis A. Lyle, 70, of Ravenna, died Thursday at Akron City Hospital.
Born June 20, 1927 in Youngstown, she was the daughter of George and Lila Robbins.
Mrs. Lyle worked as an elementary school special education teacher at Rootstown Elementary School. Prior to that, she taught at Athens Middle School and at Aurora Elementary School.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Ravenna and the National Organization of Women. She volunteered at the Center of Hope in Ravenna, at Planned Parenthood and the Ravenna Preschool. She was an avid gardener and belonged to several garden clubs.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. William Lyle, to whom she had been married since 1949; son, Randall of Kent; daughters, Roxana Lyle of Ravenna, Nena Lalich of Cincinnati and Aimee Lyle of Kent; and 10 grandchildren. A brother and sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church, Ravenna with the Rev. Gaye Jennings officiating. Private burial will take place. 
Memorials may be made to Planned Parenthood, 34 S. High Street, Akron.

Betty Jane Scheffel
Betty Jane Scheffel, 73, of Diagonal Road, Kent, died Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Born Oct. 13, 1924 in Bedford, she was the daughter of George and Maxine (Stancliff) Yost.
Mrs. Scheffel taught at Lake County, Twinsburg, Hudson and Ravenna schools. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro.
Survivors include her husband, Chester, whom she married Jan. 2, 1946; son, Gary (Kathy) of Streetsboro; daughter, Mrs. John (Vickie) Mathews of Timmonsville, S.C.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, George Yost of Chagrin Falls; and sister, Wilma Hull of Franklin, N.C. Her brothers, Richard, Nelson and Joe Yost, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Workman and the Rev. Bill Moser officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro. 
Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 9890 S.R. 43, Streetsboro, 44241.

Olive Holliday
Olive "Pug" Marie Holliday, 68, of Silverton, Ore., died Dec. 19, 1997 in Silverton.
Born Feb. 1, 1929 in East Freedom, Pa., she moved to Silverton in 1955 from Whittier, Calif.
Mrs. Holliday volunteered for Next to New in Silverton. She was also a member of Assembly of God Church in Silverton.
Survivors include her daughters, Carol Satrum of Silverton, Ore. and Susan Fairchild of Eugene, Ore.; four grandchildren; brother, John Kuhns of Freedom, Pa.; and sisters, Esther Ferguson of Silverton, Ore. and Alma Hosterman of State College, Pa.
Services were held Dec. 22 at Assembly of God in Silverton, Ore. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery in Silverton, Ore. 
Memorials may be made to Evergreen Hospice in Silverton, Ore.
Arrangements were handled by Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton, Ore.

Lucinda Wheat
Lucinda "Cindy" Grafton Wheat, 48, of Florence, Arizona, formerly of Ravenna, died Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz. following a long illness.
Born in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Hildred (Teaford) and George Grafton. She graduated from Ravenna High School. 
Mrs. Wheat was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Dave of Florence; son, Troy (Heather) of Apache Junction, Ariz.; daughters, Brandy (Mike) Burnett of Parsons, Kan., and Candy Wheat of Pueblo, Colo.; four grandchildren; mother, Mrs. George Grafton of Streetsboro; brother, Monty (Jennifer) Grafton of Streetsboro; and sisters Jackie (Jack) Giulitto, Linda (Blaine) Baldasare and Tracy (Bryan) Wright, all of Ravenna and Tammy (Ron) Thompson of Ashland. Her father, George Grafton, died previously.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Simes Mortuaries Florence Chapel, P. O. Box 366, Coolidge, Ariz. 85228, with the Rev. Steve Vaughn officiating.


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