|August 6, 1997
Marion "Paul" Gray
Marion P. "Paul" Gray, 70, of Ravenna, died Monday at his home.
Born Jan. 8, 1927 in Sistersville, W.Va., he was the son of Alonzo
L. and Ethel (Bailey) Gray. He had lived in Ravenna since 1954.
Mr. Gray was a foreman at North American Rockwell Co. in Newton Falls
until he retired.
He was a member of the Ravenna Church of Christ.
Survivors include his sons, Greg E. of Manassas, Va., Paul W. of Ravenna
and Lewis P. of Cuyahoga Falls; daughters, Mrs. Robert (Becky) Hanna of
Ravenna; daughter-in-law, Cherie Gray of Ravenna; five grandchildren; two
great grandchildren; and sisters, Jean Kerner, Deloris Placer and Vivian
Pasternak, all of West Virginia. His wife, Helen M., died in 1992. A sister,
Sarah Horbert, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Wood-Kortright Funeral
Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with
Pastor Jim Mowder officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park
WINDHAM - Mildred M. "Midge" Thompson, 70, died Tuesday at Robinson
Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long illness.
Born Dec. 9, 1926 in Denison, Ohio, she was the daughter of Bernice
G. and Jessie (Garbarandt) Waggoner. She had lived in Ravenna until moving
to Windham two years ago.
Mrs. Thompson retired in 1977 from the Portage County Nursing Home
where she was a nurse's aide.
Survivors include her sons, Kenneth G. of Kokomo, Ind., James F. of
Akron, Phillip G. and Terry A., both of Ravenna, and Thomas W. of Windham;
22 grandchildren; and brother, Glen J. Waggoner of Lake Milton. Her husband,
Kenneth, died in 1983. Her daughter, Katherine, and brother, Robert, also
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Wood-Kortright Funeral
Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with
the Rev. William H. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Vaughn Cemetery
in Lake Milton.
Ursula M. Bryan, 85, of Diamond, died Tuesday at home.
Born April 6, 1912 in Ogdensburg, N.Y., she was the daughter of Lowell
and Charlotte (Stockem) Greenier. She had lived in Diamond for 11 years
after moving there from Florida.
Mrs. Bryan was a supervisor in the laundry division at Rocklyn City
Hospital in New York.
Survivors include her son, Robert of New York; daughter, Mrs. Joseph
(Joan) Rose, with whom she lived; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren;
and sister, Barbara Lattimar of Mississippi.
There will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements are being
handled by Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Josephine B. King, 92, of Newton Falls, died Monday at Trumbull Memorial
Born March 21, 1905 in Bloomfield, Ohio, she was the daughter of Earnest
B. and Rose (Williams) Nims.
Mrs. Kinghad worked as a clerk for the Osborne Clothing Store in Warren.
Survivors include her daughters, Gaynel Stern of Southington, and Patricia
A. Banks of Cortland; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Private services were held Wednesday at Pine View Memorial Cemetery
in Warren. Arrangements were handled by Borowski Funeral Home in Newton
Services will be held at 8 tonight for Oliver H. Vayner Sr., 61, who
died Tuesday at his home in Atwater. Calling hours will be held from 2
to 4 and 6 p.m. today, followed by services at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home,
Atwater Chapel. Private inurnment services for the family will be held
later at Atwater Cemetery.
Memorials for John Renszel, 74, of Aurora, who died Wednesday, may
be made to the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation-Visiting Nurse, P.O.
Box 1204, Ravenna, or the American Cancer Society.
August 12, 1997
STREETSBORO - Ann K. Egleston, 76 , died Monday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna after a short illness.
Born Aug. 18, 1920 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of John and Theresa
(Pavlik) Pistotnik. She had lived in Streetsboro for 10 years. Mrs.
Egleston had been an employee of Western Electric Co. in Solon for 26 years.
She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Streetsboro
and the Telephone Pioneers.
Survivors include her son, Steve Jr. of New Baltimore, Mich.; daughter,
Theresa Balawender of Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
one brother and five sisters. Five brothers and three sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro
Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic
Church in Streetsboro, with the Rev. Robert Flynn officiating.
Doris Belle Persuhn, 56, of Ravenna, died Monday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Sept. 30, 1940 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Theodore
and Edna (Bailey) Taylor. She had lived in Ravenna most of her life.
Mrs. Persuhn had worked as a nurse's aide at Longmeadow Care Center
She was was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle of Streetsboro.
Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Sr.; sons, Robert E. Jr. of
Ravenna, and Ralph E. of Kent; daughter, Dawna J. Hensley of Kent; six
grandchildren; brother, Robert E. Taylor of Florida; sister, Edna J. Dean
of Cleveland Heights; half-brother, Terry of Ravenna; and sister, Lucille
Parr of Florida.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at
Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held
at 2 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Thomas Shirer officiating. Burial will
be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
ATWATER - Mary Vivian (Sickle) Stroup, 90, died at her home on Monday.
Born Feb. 28, 1907, in Beech. W.Va., she was the daughter of George
and Nora Sickle. She had lived in Atwater since 1926.
Mrs. Stroup was a homemaker.
She had been a member of the Atwater United Methodist Church and in
recent years had become a member of the Atwater Congregational Church.
She had been active in many organizations. including Pythian Sisters,
Good Friends Club, Farm Bureau, Knights of Pythias Lodge and Atwater Lions
Survivors include her sons, Gerald of Atwater, David of Alliance, Alan
of Cocoa, Fla., and Roger of Moscow Mills, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; eight
great-grandchildren; brothers, Russell, Clyde and Harold Sickle; and sister,
Wanda Nichols. Her husband, Chester; brother, Donald Sickle; sisters, May
Cooper and Leola Whittlesey; and two grandchildren died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Cremation has taken place. A memorial
service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Atwater Congregational Church,
with the Rev. Joseph Peters officiating. Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater
Chapel is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Atwater Congregational Church.
Rev. Inez Livingston Willis
The Rev. Inez Livingston Willis, 92, assistant pastor of the Ravenna
Avenue Church of God, died Sunday at Bridgepark Center in Akron.
Rev. Willis had been associated with the Ravenna Avenue Church of God
for more than 35 years, working with the Rev. Cleaster Fowler and his predecessor.
She also was an associate minister at the Westside Church of God in Akron.
A Ravenna resident for most of her life, Mrs. Willis retired from her
position as housekeeper at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, where
she had worked for 14 years. She also worked at Oak Rubber Co., cleaned
at the Ravenna City Jail and cooked at Immaculate Conception Church in
She was an active member of the NAACP for more than 35 years. She enjoyed
sewing and quilting.
Born Jan. 12, 1905 in Pomaria, S.C., she was first of Walter and Lelia
(Johnson) Eichelberger's 11 children. She began working after completing
the fourth grade.
Rev. Willis and her first husband, Walter Livingston, worked as maid
and butler in homes in Scarsdale and White Plains, N.Y., before moving
to Ravenna to work in the newly opened Army Ordnance Plant.
Survivors include her son, Walter Livingston of Exton, Pa.; daughters,
Juanita Portis of Columbia, S.C., Lurlene Heller of Akron, Claudia Parker
of Cleveland and Mildred Yancy of Warren; 27 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren;
and brother, Tryon Eichelberger of Columbia, S.C. Her first husband, Walter
Livingston; second husband, Luther Willis; and sisters died previously.
Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Thursday
at the First Church of God on New Milford Road in Ravenna, with the Rev.
Nobles C. Darby officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in
Ravenna. Arrangements were made by Shorts Funeral Home in Ravenna.
August 13, 1997
Anna A. Pemberton, 82, of Ravenna, died Tuesday.
Services will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna
GARRETTSVILLE Sarah Elizabeth Kauffman, the daughter of Joe Kauffman
and JoAnna Hochstetler, died shortly after birth Monday at Geauga Regional
Hospital in Chardon.
In addition to her parents, survivors include her brother, Logan Derek;
and grandparents, Joe and Amanda (Miller) Kauffman II and Eli and Mary
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Maple View Mennonite Church
Cemetery in Burton, with the Rev. John Gingrich officiating. Arrangements
were made by Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville.
Faith Leona (Juszli) Nestor, 39, of Akron died Monday.
Born in Barberton, she had lived in the area all of her life.
Mrs. Nestor most recently was employed by H&R Block. She had previously
worked for the Aurora Police Department and as a bus driver for Stow and
She had received the Award of Achievement for 1992-93 for the Graduate
Survivors include her son, Dennis Ray (Barbie) of Lima; daughter, Marcia
Alexandria, at home; father Floyd (Ginger) Juszli Sr. of Stow; mother Clara
E. Juszli of Akron; and brothers Floyd Juszli Jr. of Stow and Vaughn M.
Juszli of Akron.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Hopkins Lawver Funeral
Home in Akron, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, 1200
McArthur Dr., Akron 44320.
Arthur L. Chrell
AURORA Arthur L. Chrell, 75, died Monday at Meridia South Pointe
Hospital in Warrensville Heights after a short illness.
Born Oct. 17, 1921 in Mantua, he was the son of Anthony and Mary (Debennedeto)
Chrell. He had lived in Mantua before moving to Aurora.
Mr. Chrell was a salesman for Sam Glazer Co. until he retired. He
was a member of Immaculate Conception Church of Ravenna.
Survivors include stepson, George Fedor of Pennsylvania; stepdaughters,
Sharon Desatink of Cleveland and Diana Zak of Medina; brother, Harry of
Ravenna; and sisters, Edith Lyons and Daisy Knight of Ravenna. His wife,
Alice, died in 1995.
Calling hours will be held today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today
at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at
11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna, with the Rev.
Leo Werhlin officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Catholic
August 14, 1997
Edward Sanders Jr.
Former Hiram Mayor Edward Rembert Sanders Jr., 91, of Bradenton, Fla.,
died Sunday at his home.
Born July 11, 1906 in Charleston, S.C., he moved to Florida from Hiram
Mr. Sanders was a chemical engineer until he retired. He served as
mayor of Hiram from 1957 to 1961. He also served as a Hiram Township trustee
and a Hiram Board of Education member.He also was a deacon of Hiram Christian
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, Fla.
and was on the roster of Registered Professional Engineers and Professional
Surveyors of Ohio.
Survivors include his sons, Edward R. III of Tampa, Fla., Richard G.
of Carlsbad, Calif. and David W. of Athens, Ohio; daughter, Amy of Winston-Salem,
N.C.; four grandchildren; and sister, Alma Thomas of Savannah, Ga.
Services were held Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Bradenton,
Fla. Kicliter Funeral Home in Palmetto, Fla. handled arrangements.
Dorothy G. Fink, 63, of North Olmsted, the mother of Laura (Andy) VonStein
of Ravenna, died at home Tuesday after a 13-month illness.
Mrs. Fink was a dental assistant for Dr. Roger Cosgriff. She also was
a sales representative for Avon products for 30 years.
In addition to Mrs. VonStein, survivors include her husband, Melvin
A.; son, David (Karen); daughter, Kathleen; two grandchildren and one brother.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Jenkins
Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake. Services will be held
at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Clarence Catholic Church, 30106 Lorain Road,
North Olmsted. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Former Newton Falls resident Margaret G. Morally ,68, of Peru, Ind.,
died Tuesday in Winona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.
Born Dec. 12, 1928 in Newton Falls, she was the daughter of John and
Eva (Pollack) Gretchko.
Mrs. Morally was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Michael Church in Newton Falls.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis J., whom she married Aug. 10,
1953; daughter, Karen Fish of Glen Burnie, Md.; one grandchild; and sisters,
Madeline Holesko of Newton Falls, Olga Kapalko of Sebring and Sally Burow
of Monroeville, Pa. Her son, Gary D., one sister and two brothers died
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Borowski Funeral
Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St.
Michael Church in Newton Falls. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.
Anna A. Pemberton, 82, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at her daughter's home
following a period of declining health.
Born Jan. 12, 1915 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of John and Frances
Mrs. Pemberton retired from the Woolworth Corp.
She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 496 in Kent.
Survivors include her son, John of Las Vegas; daughter, Mrs. John (Betty)
Hamilton of Ravenna; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister,
Helen Jelinek of Garfield Heights. Her sister, Frances Bowman, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wood-Kortright
Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Elizabeth (Miller) Sigley, 81, of Niles, the mother of several area
residents, died Wednesday at home after a long illness.
Born Dec. 12, 1915 in Campbell, she was the daughter of Andrew and
Hedigus (Lego) Zidell. She came to Trumbull County as a child.
Mrs. Sigley was a housewife.
She was a member of the Apostolic Bible Church of Niles.
Survivors include her sons, George and David Miller, both of Niles,
and Francis and Robert Miller, both of Garrettsville, Earl Miller of Windham,
and William Miller Jr., of Niles, with whom she lived; daughters, Delores
Taylor of Howland, Betty Jane Campbell of Ocala, Fla., Barbara Ann Anderson
and Darlene Gearheart, both of Mineral Ridge, Ruth Tarter of Ruskin, Fla.,
and Patricia Campbell of Niles; 40 grandchildren;33 great-grandchildren;
and half-sister, Margaret DellaPinta of Narco, Calif. Her first husband,
William Miller Sr., died Feb. 8, 1958, and her second husband, Clarence
Sigley, died Nov. 3, 1990. Her sons, Billy and John Miller, and daughters,
Rebecca Miller and Sandra Turner, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren
and two brothers died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Holeton-Yuhasz
Funeral Home, 126 W. Park Ave., Niles, where services will be held at 1
p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Niles.
Bobby Fitzgerald Jr.
Bobby J. Fitzgerald Jr., 18, of Kent, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Aug. 23, 1978 in Bedford, he was the son of Bobby J. and Monica
Fitzgerald. He was a Kent resident for many years.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his brothers, Darnell,
Andre and Shaun, and sister, Satasha Fitzgerald, all of Kent; and grandparents,
Leroy (Luella) Fitzgerald of Twinsburg, and A.L. Harris of Denver, Colo.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Saturday
at Mount Olive Church in Twinsburg. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery
in Twinsburg. Arrangements were made by Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home
August 15, 1997
Paul Beebe Jr.
Paul Beebe Jr., 78, of Cuyahoga Falls, died July 28.
He was born in Akron and was a graduate of Albion College and a member
of the Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Mr. Beebe retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. as a plant
manager with 43 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist
Church of Cuyahoga Falls.
He is survived by his wife, Ann: sons, James (Joanne) Beebe of Brimfield
and Douglas Beebe of Los Angeles; daughter, Mrs. Ron Hosenfield (Betsy
Beebe) of Sunbury; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Aug. 2 at First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga
Falls, with the Rev. Paul Beal officiating. Burial was at Northampton Cemetery.
Billows Funeral Home, Cuyahoga Falls chapel, made arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Gifts and
Memorials Fund, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, 44221 or the American
Heart Association, 1236 Weathervane Lane, 300C, Akron 44302.
Takako (Jeanie) Bernardine, a former Ravenna resident, died Aug. 11.
Mrs. Bernardine moved from Ravenna to California in 1975.
She and her husband and his parents owned and operated F & J Coffee
Shop and F & J Cab Company in Ravenna.
Survivors include her sister, Kay Kiellor of Dayton and two brothers
and sisters who live in Japan. Her husband, Larry, died previously.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 in Bloomington, Calif.
George L. Desmett
George L. Desmett, 46, of Peoria, Ariz. died unexpectedly at his home.
Local services will be announced by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna
August 18, 1997
David Byron Longcoy
David Byron Longcoy, a lifelong area resident who was active in Kent
and Streetsboro community affairs, died Sunday at Stow-Glen Retirement
Center in Stow. He was 96.
Born Feb. 17, 1901, he was the son of David M. and Mary (Dahl) Longcoy.
He was a descendant of an early Kent family.
A 1919 graduate of Kent High School, he worked as a telegrapher on
the Erie Railroad in Kent. He also worked for many years at the Longcoy
Grocery Store in downtown Kent, which he owned from 1946 until 1951. He
was a guard at the Ravenna Arsenal during World War II.
Mr. Longcoy moved to Streetsboro after his marriage to Gladys Ferguson
Eldridge and lived there until her death in 1983. He worked for the Ohio
Highway Department during the initial phases of the construction of the
Ohio Turnpike. In 1995, he moved to Stow-Glen.
In Kent, he was a member of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and active
in civic affairs. He later was active in the Kent Historical Society, the
Pioneer Cemetery and the Kelso House in Brimfield.
While living In Streetsboro, he was a member of City Council, served
for a short time as acting mayor, was a member of the Streetsboro Planning
Commission and was active in the Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Longcoy enjoyed the outdoors and participated in wildlife education
projects for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Many of the evergreens in the
Kent area were grown in a nursery in his back yard on East Main Street.
On Sept. 30, 1911, Mr. Longcoy was witness to the original landing
in Kent of the airplane Vin Fizz from the rooftop of his house on Hudson
Road. On Sept. 24, 1986, a replica of the plan landed on the old Boettler
farm north of Kent, and Mr. Longcoy met the pilot and signed his name to
the airplane wing.
Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. John (Jean) Jacobs of Suffield
and Mrs. John (Mary Lou) Martin of Kent; six grandchildren; five great-
grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. M.C. (Beatrice) LaDu of Tavares, Fla.,and
Jeanette Good Mack of Kent. His first wife, Zula (Zeppernick), whom he
married in 1926, died in 1946. His brother, Edward, died in 1993.
Visitation will take place on hour before services at 11 a.m. Tuesday
at the United Methodist Church of Streetsboro. The Rev. Clark Stein will
officiate. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Arrangements
were made by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Memorials may be made to the Streetsboro or Kent historical societies
or the American Cancer Society.
Isaac Ray Black
Isaac Ray Black, 98, a longtime dairy farmer who lived in Shalersville
nearly his entire life, died Sunday at his home.
Born Sept. 24, 1899 in New Martinsville, W.Va., he was the son of Isaac
and mary (Haudenschield) Black. His parents moved their family to Shalersville
in 1901, when he was 2 years old.
Mr. Black retired from dairying in 1973, but continued to grow crops
for another decade before completely retiring.
He served two terms on the Shalersville Board of Education and was
active in leadership roles, including singing in the choir and various
quartets, at Shalersville Methodist Church, which is now a part of Portage
Faith United Methodist Church.
He was a member of Portage Faith United Methodist Church, and a former
member of the Portage County Farm Bureau.
Mr. Black and his wife, Verda (Pierce), whom he married in 1920, celebrated
their golden wedding anniversary in 1970. She died in 1975.
Survivors include his sons, Robert N. (Sue) of Paris, Tenn. and Gordon
(Peg) of Wellington; daughters, Virginia (Frank) Goodell of Mantua, Jeanne
Cherry of North Fairfield, and Ruth (Don) Haney of Rootstown; 25 grandchildren;
42 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and Dorothy Black.
His son, Paul, died in 1976 and and his son, James, died in 1990.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wood-Kortright
Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, and from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m.
Wednesday at Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 S.R. 44 in Mantua,
with the Rev. Tom Snyder and the Rev. Donald W. Shilling officiating. Burial
will be in Hillside Cemetery in Shalersville.
Memorials may be made to Portage Faith United Methodist Church.
Pauline M. Moore
Pauline M. Moore, 76, died Friday at Barberton Citizen's Hospital following
a 7-week illness.
Born May 12, 1921 in Mantua, she was the daughter of Fred O. and Ruth
E. (Plum) Reed. She was a lifetime Portage County resident.
Mrs. Moore was the secretary for her husband's trucking business in
Charlestown for many years.
She was a member of Charlestown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Herbert; daughter, Tonya (Charles) Dearth-Brucklemyer
of Ravenna; six grandchildren; brothers, Richard Reed of Florida, Donald
Reed of Ravenna and Ted Reed of Kent; and sister, Marilyn Hardesty of Kent.
A sister, Carolyn Mobley, died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside funeral services will be
held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Charlestown Cemetery, with the Rev. Clyde
Taylor and the Rev. Norma Bates officiating. A memorial service will be
held at a later date to be announced. Green's Funeral Home in Mantua is
August 19, 1997
Fred Cooper Sr.
Fred H. Cooper Sr. of Ravenna died Monday.
Arrangements will be announced by Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home
RANDOLPH - Lena R. Beebe, 95, died Monday.
Born in Randolph, she was a life resident of the township.
She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Randolph and
a life member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Roger (Agnes M.) Begue of North
Canton and Mrs. Robert (Marjorie A.) Cline of Randolph; 18 grandchildren;
and 35 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Joseph W., died in 1956. Her grandsons,
David and Daniel Cline died in 1963, her sister, Mary Guthier, died in
1993, and her sister, Anna Riedinger, died in 1994.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hopkins Lawver
Funeral Home in Mogadore, where wake services will be conducted at 8:30
p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church
in Randolph, with the Rev. Edward Wieczorek officiating. Burial will be
in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Randolph.
Former Rootstown resident George Desmett, 46, of Peoria, Ariz. died
unexpectedly at his home.
Born June 2, 1951 in Clearfield, Pa., he was the son of George L. and
Mildred (Yountz) Desmett. He lived in Rootstown from 1960 to 1970 and graduated
from Rootstown High School.
Mr. Desmett served for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force; during two of
those years, he served with the Thunderbirds, of which he was a lifetime
member. He was also a life member of Ravenna Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post No. 1055.
Survivors include his parents, George and Mildred of Rootstown; brother,
Gary B. Yountz of Colorado; and sisters, Joan Brewster of Ravenna, Cathryn
Wirick of Rootstown and Janice Garrett of Texas. A sister, Lee Ann Quintrell
died in 1994.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service
today at the Grandview Memorial Park Chapel in Ravenna, with the Rev. H.
Les Harmon officiating. Inurnment will follow. Local arrangements were
made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Waldon A. Berg
Waldon A. Berg, 85, of Ravenna, who owned Reliable Printing and Office
Supply in Ravenna for 35 years, died Saturday at his home after three years
of failing health.
Born Feb. 9, 1912 in Cleveland, he was the son of Charles and Margaret
(Crumloft) Berg. He had lived in Ravenna most of his life.
Mr. Berg won the Middle Weight Golden Gloves Boxing Championship for
Ohio in 1934.
He was a member of the Cathedral of Tomorrow for more than 40 years
where he had been a trustee and a lay minister, working with the Rev. Rex
Humbard. Most recently, he was a member of Portage Community Baptist Church
Survivors include his wife Mary K. (McKay), to whom he had been married
for 59 years; sons, James (Cathy) of Georgia, Gary J. of Ravenna and Roger
L. (Meredith) of Kent; daughters, Mrs. Gary (Betty Lou) Marshall of Cuyahoga
Falls and Mrs. Craig (Jan) Thornton of Georgia; eight grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; and sister Margaret Seifert of Florida. His daughter,
Judie,died in 1982. His brothers, Gordon and Wilford, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Wood-Kortright Funeral
Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday
with the Rev. Barry Shahan and the Rev. John Seskes officiating. Burial
will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to Portage Community Baptist Church of Ravenna
or Robinson Memorial Hospital Visiting Nurse and Hospice.
Elizabeth E. Schmiel
HIRAM TOWNSHIP - Elizabeth Ellen Schmiel, 70, died Sunday at her home
after a brief illness.
Born Dec. 9, 1926 in Rittman, she was the daughter of Atlee and Susie
(Cameron) Hostetler. She had been a Hiram resident for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Schmiel was a home health care employee for Loving Care in Deerfield.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Liberty, Ohio.
Survivors include her husband, Robert, whom she married Oct. 30, 1954;
sons, David (Juli) of Egg Harbor, Wis., Paul (Katherine) of Queensbury,
N.Y., James (Valerie) of Euclid, and Karl (Beth) of Garrettsville; daughters,
Mrs. William (Karen) Criblez of Mantua, Mrs. Ron (Nancy) Lemire of Waterford,
Mich., Mrs. Earl (Annaliese) Delmarter of Florida and Bethany Schmiel of
Garrettsville; and 12 grandchildren. Her brother, Marion, and sister, Charlene,
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson
Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
with the Rev. Larry Wiederich officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery