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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 in Ravenna.

Mildred Thompson
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 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 the Rev. William H. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Vaughn Cemetery in Lake Milton.

Ursula Bryan
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 King
Josephine B. King, 92, of Newton Falls, died Monday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
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 Falls.

Vayner services
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.

John Renszel
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

Ann Egleston
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 Persuhn
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 in Ravenna.
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.

Mary Stroup
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 Club Wives.
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 Ravenna. 
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 Pemberton
Anna A. Pemberton, 82, of Ravenna, died Tuesday.
Services will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Kauffman infant
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 (Slabaugh) Hochstetler.
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 Nestor
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 Hudson schools.
She had received the Award of Achievement for 1992-93 for the Graduate Equivalency Diploma.
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 Charities.

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 in 1982.
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 Church. 
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 Fink
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.

Margaret Morally
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 previously.
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 Pemberton
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 (Pazdernek) Kubisek.
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 Sigley
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 in Akron.

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 Bernardine
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 Chapel.

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 handling arrangements. 

August 19, 1997

Fred Cooper Sr.
Fred H. Cooper Sr. of Ravenna died Monday.
Arrangements will be announced by Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home in Akron.

Lena Beebe
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.

George Desmett
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 of Ravenna.
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, died previously.
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 in Hiram.


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