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Published January 28, 1998

Charles W. Herbold
MANTUA ­ Charles W. Herbold, 58, a Mantua Township trustee, died Tuesday at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Fla. following an apparent heart attack.
Born July 19, 1939 in Meadville, Pa., he was the son of Harry J. and Martha (Carlson) Herbold. He was a 1957 graduate of Linesville (Pa.) High School and a 1965 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a degree in engineering. He had been a Mantua area resident since 1975.
Mr. Herbold was a general foreman for Kelley Steel Erectors of Cleveland. He was a member of Iron Workers Local No. 17 in Cleveland.
He had served as a Mantua Township trustee since 1996.
He was a member, past master and current secretary of Mantua Masonic Lodge No. 533. He was also a member of the Al Koran Shrine of Cleveland, the Scottish Rite Valley of Canton and Mystic Chapter No. 32 Order of Eastern Star in Mantua. 
A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post No. 193 in Mantua.
He was a former assistant Boy Scout leader of Troop No. 61 in Hiram and Troop No. 575 in Mantua.
Mr. Herbold was an avid model train collector of O-gauge trains, and was restoring a Farmall BN tractor that had belonged to his grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Lemish), whom he married Oct. 23, 1965; sons, Steven (Robin) and Michael, both of Mantua; his parents, Harry and Martha of Linesville; and brother, Edward J. of Linesville. A sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua, where the Mantua Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 1 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Will Stackhouse officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery in Mantua Township, where American Legion Post No. 193 will conduct military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department Rescue Squad, Mantua, 44255, or to American Legion Post No. 193, Mantua, 44255. 

Cungee Arena
BRIMFIELD _ Cungee G. Arena, 75, of Jameson Drive, died Wednesday at Akron General Medical Center.
Born May 8, 1922 in Hooversville, Pa., he was the son of Rasario and Carmella (Carestia) Arena. 
Mr. Arena retired in 1985 from Alside, where he had worked for 28 years. 
He was a member of St. Mary Orthodox Church of Akron.
He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sophie (Kozar); sons, Greg and Robert (Ellen), both of Brimfield; two grandchildren; and sisters, Josephine Lewis of Alambra, Calif. and Jo Ann Zito of Virginia Beach, Va. HIs sister, Frances Fusina, died in 1997.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where a Parastas service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, with the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Myron G. Zuder officiating. Additional calling hours and services will be held in Windber, Pa. Burial will be in Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery in Windber.

Vera Thrasher
NELSON _ Vera S. Thrasher, 87, died Monday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following a brief illness.
Born June 6, 1910 in Akron, she was the daughter of Jeremiah and Edna (Hopkins) Shoemaker. Formerly of Garrettsville, she had lived in Nelson for 18 years.
Mrs. Thrasher was a homemaker. She worked as a midwife for 27 years and delivered two of her granddaughters.
She was a member of Garrettsville Faith Evangelical Free Church, where she was the social committee chairperson for 17 years. She was a member of the Ravenna Community Choir for 10 years and the 700 Club for five years. She enjoyed dancing.
Survivors include her son, Rodger Lewis Jr. of Payson, Ariz.; daughters, Mrs. George (Edna May) Breitenbach of Steinhatche, Fla. and Mrs. Elton (Eleanor) Evans of Nelson; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. Her husband, Rodger L. Sr., whom she married May 21, 1926, died Oct. 29, 1971. Her brothers, Arthur, Dean and Delbert, and sister, Geraldine Heinlen, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Peter King officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville.

Alfred Space
Former Ravenna resident Alfred T. Space, 71, of Lake Placid, Fla., died Tuesday at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, Fla.
Born Oct. 2, 1926 in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of Stewart and Martha Eunice (Smith) Space.
Mr. Space worked as a combustion engineer for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron until he retired.
He attended Venus Church of God in Florida.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane (Ferguson) of Lake Placid; son, Carl Dean of Ravenna; daughters, Rhonda Deemer of Rootstown, Carla J. Bednar of Ravenna, Cheryl L. Frank of Brimfield, and Karyle Bechdel of Cape Coral, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Morgan Funeral Home in Reedsville, W.Va., where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Greg Kasler officiating. Burial will be in Morgan Memorial Park in Reedsville.

Edward Potkay
Edward W. Potkay Jr., 61, of Willoughby, a former Streetsboro resident, died Wednesday at Lake West Hospital in Willoughby.
Born May 22, 1936 in Cleveland, he was the son of Edward and Mary (Balicki) Potkay Sr. He had lived in Willoughby since 1985.
He retired from the customer service department of the TRW Argotech Co. in Euclid. He also had worked for the Flintkote company in Rootstown and the Portage County Health Department.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran. 
Survivors include his wife, Bernadine (Sever), to whom he was married for 41 years; son, Jeffrey (Barbara) of Streetsboro; daughters, Susan (Doug) Campbell of Aurora, and Cindy (James) Carlson, Luanne Potkay, and Karen Brown, all of Streetsboro; six grandchildren; and father, Edward of Garfield Heights. His mother and brother, Robert, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery in Northfield.

Published January 30, 1998

Cungee Arena
BRIMFIELD _ Cungee G. Arena, 75, of Jameson Drive, died Wednesday at Akron General Medical Center.
Born May 8, 1922 in Hooversville, Pa., he was the son of Rasario and Carmella (Carestia) Arena. 
Mr. Arena retired in 1985 from Alside, where he had worked for 28 years. 
He was a member of St. Mary Orthodox Church of Akron.
He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sophie (Kozar); sons, Greg and Robert (Ellen), both of Brimfield; two grandchildren; and sisters, Josephine Lewis of Alambra, Calif. and Jo Ann Zito of Virginia Beach, Va. His sister, Frances Fusina, died in 1997.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where a Parastas service will be held at 8 tonight, with the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Myron G. Zuder officiating. Additional calling hours and services will be held in Windber, Pa. Burial will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery in Windber.

Karyn Simera
NELSON _ Karyn Margaret Simera, 24, of Nelson, died Thursday at University Hospitals of Cleveland after a long illness.
Born Feb. 1, 1973, in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Paul and Barbara (Rakauskas) Simera. She had been a lifetime Nelson resident.
She had worked as an administrative assistant at RYL in Columbus.
She was a 1991 graduate of James A. Garfield High School and attended Kent State University. She was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Parkman and enjoyed the ocean and spending time with family and friends.
In addition to her parents, survivors include a brother, Brian (Linda) of Ashboro, N.C.; and sister, Mrs. Mark (Christine) Knapp of Ravenna.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Harry Winca officiating. Burial will be in Harrington Cemetery in Nelson.

James Everhart
NEWTON FALLS _ James Roy Everhart, 52, died Wednesday at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. 
In addition to his brother, Curtis, and sister, Cathy Miller, both of Newton Falls, survivors include his wife, Lillie (Crites); daughters, Shauna Lynn Everhart of Jacksonville, N.C., and Tina Marie Phillips and Brook Dana Everhart, both of Hubert, N.C.; brother, Bill of Dallas, Texas; and two grandchildren. His parents, Curtis and Maxine (Erwin) Everhart, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Jones Funeral Home and Crematory in Swansboro, N.C. Burial will be with military honors in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Published February 1, 1998

John L. Jones
John L. Jones, 54, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
He was born Nov. 11, 1943, in Fayetteville, W.Va., the son of Charles and Cloia (Woolwine) Jones.
Mr. Jones had worked as a press operator for the Teledyne-Monarch Company in Hartville.
He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Sue (Wolford); mother Cloia Jones of Sprague, W.Va.; brothers Charles of Rootstown and Calvin of Oakhill, W.Va.; sisters Cordelia Oberholtzer of Kent, Frances Martin of Ravenna and Gloria Bostick of Sprague, W.Va. His father and sister Loretta Ross died previously.
Calling hours will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Dan Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Anna Mae King
Anna Mae King, 89, formerly of North Mantua Street in Kent, died Saturday at Kent Quality Care Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 6, 1908, in New Brighton, Pa., the daughter of Nicholas and Eliza (Morrison) Lane. She was a member of the Kent Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include her twin sister, Mary E. Lane of Beaver Falls, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Harold King; brothers Forest, Raymond, Edward, Howard, Dale, Almond and James Lane; and sisters Lois Lane and Myrtle Reiter died previously.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kent Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. James Trippett officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
Memorials may be made to the Kent Church of the Nazarene.

Helen Gates
Helen Gates, 87, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Altercare of Ravenna.
She was born June 10, 1910, in Danville, Ill., the daughter of Albert and Henrietta (Matrisch) Fischer. A former Akron resident, she had lived in Ravenna since 1995.
Mrs. Gates was a homemaker.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Sharon Stewart of Cuyahoga Falls; brothers Fred Fischer of New York and Herman Fischer of Ravenna; sisters Louise Marks of Ravenna and Dorothy Barry of New York. Her husband, Ray, died previously.
Calling hours will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. A private service will be held. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
The family requests no flowers.

Published February 2, 1998

Robert Dennis
Robert Dennis, 73, of Ravenna, died Monday.
Services will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. 

Howard Shearer Jr.
Howard E. Shearer Jr., 83, of Salem, a former Kent resident, died Sunday at Alliance Community Hospital after a long illness.
Born June 15, 1914 in Clearfield, Pa., he was the son of Howard Sr. and Margaret (Metzler) Shearer. He came to Salem from Kent in 1946.
Mr. Shearer was superintendent of Grandview Cemetery in Salem for 20 years until he retired in 1979. He also was a service manager at Parker Chevrolet in Salem.
He was a 50-year member of Salem City Masonic Lodge No. 698, serving as past master and past secretary; past high priest of Salem Chapter No. 94; past illustrious master of Omega Council No. 44; past commander of the Salem Commandry No. 42; and a member of the Ohio Grand Council Order of High Priesthood; The Order of the Silver Trowel; 32nd Degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Youngstown; Shannon Council No. 28 Knight Masons of Akron; Killarney Council No. 76; Knights Masons of Salem; Ohio Priory No. 18; Knights of the York Cross of Honor; Salem Chapter No. 334 Order of the Eastern Star; and an honorary member of Perry Masonic Lodge No. 185.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the China-Burma-India Theater.
He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem.
Survivors include his wife, Miriam (Miller), whom he married Nov. 30, 1935; sons, Howard E. III of Delaware, Ohio, and James of Dayton, Nevada; daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Suzanne) Smith of Salem; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Minter of Gettysburg, Pa. A brother, a sister and a great-grandson died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Arbaugh Pearce Greenisen Funeral Home, 1617 E. State St., Salem, where a Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Salem.
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 251 S. Broadway Ave., Salem 44460 or Salem City Lodge No. 698, 788 E. State St., Salem.

Emma Snyder
Emma L. Snyder, 95, of 2869 Canal St., Newton Falls, died Saturday at Ridgecrest Care Center in Warren.
Born Aug. 18, 1902 in Spencerville, Ohio, she was the daughter of Stewart D. and Elizabeth J. (Masters) Roberts. She had lived in Newton Falls since 1928.
Mrs. Snyder was a member of First Christian Church of Newton Falls, where she was a member of the choir for more than 40 years. She was was a former member of Newton Falls Garden Club and the Rebekah Lodge.
Survivors include her son, Harold R. of Newton Falls; daughter, Mrs. Robert (Shirley Jean) Frantz of Dunwoody, Ga.; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. Her husband, Harold H., died in 1992. Two brothers and two sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church of Newton Falls. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery.

Basil Wilson
BRIMFIELD _ Basil E. Wilson, 67, died Friday.
Born Sept. 21, 1930 in St. Mary's, W.Va., he moved to the area in 1973.
Mr. Wilson retired as a maintenance worker at McIntire Chevrolet in Akron in 1993 after 20 years of service.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.
Survivors include his sisters, Maxine McIntyre of Brimfield and Barbara Abrams of Redlands, Calif.; and brother, Hugh of Lakeland, Fla. His brothers, Jack and Donald, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home in Tallmadge, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Paul Staat officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Brimfield.

Lillian Peachock
Lillian Peachock, 84, of Youngstown, the mother of Phillip Peachock of Kent, died Jan. 26 in her home.
Mrs. Peachock was a homemaker.
She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Youngstown, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Holy Name Guild and the Third Order of St. Francis.
In addition to her son in Kent, survivors include her sons, Frank and Thaddeus, both of Youngstown; daughters, Delores, Mary Ann Chacon, Florence Tirabassi and Ann Siciliano, all of the Youngstown area; 26 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Phillip, died July 9, 1961.
Services were held Jan. 28. Arrangements were handled by Rossi Brothers Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Norman Phillips
STREETSBORO _ Norman D. Phillips, 70, died Sunday at Wade Park Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland.
Born Feb. 26, 1927 in Cleveland, he was the son of Louis N. and Mary Margaret (Davis) Phillips. He had been a Streetsboro resident for most of his life.
Mr. Phillips was a retired crane operator for Operating Engineers Local No. 18 in Cleveland.
He was a member of Streetsboro Veterans of Foreign Wars, Streetsboro American Legion and the Streetsboro Eagles. He also was member of Lionheart Masonic Lodge No. 673 in Cleveland.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his sons, Michael P. and Anthony, both of Streetsboro; daughter, Sheri of Arlington, Va.; three grandchildren; and brother, Charles of Euclid. His brother, Eugene., died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Streetsboro. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.

Michael Quimby
Michael B. Quimby, 33, of Elizabeth Drive, Warren, died Sunday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Lordstown.
Born Sept. 29, 1964 in Warren, he was the son of Joseph R. and Irene (Eckenrode) Quimby.
Mr. Quimby was an operator for Taylor Steel Inc. in Lordstown.
He was inducted into the Lordstown Fire Department April 18, 1988. He held previous captain and lieutenant positions on the department, and on June 19, 1995, he became the assistant fire chief. He held a basic EMT card. He was an inspector for Lordstown Village and held the position of fire investigator. He also was the fire department's engineer and a member of the water rescue team. 
In addition to his parents of Lordstown, survivors include his brothers, Joseph of Lake Mountain, Ohio, and Jason and Mark, both of Lordstown. 
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Lordstown Cemetery. 

Peter Augusta
Peter Augusta, 75, of Park Avenue, Newton Falls, died Monday at his home. 
Born June 28, 1924 in Penowa, Pa., he was the son of Michael and Esther Augusta. 
Mr. Augusta retired from Thomas Steel Inc. in Lordstown, where he was a carpenter.
He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls. He was a past grand knight and fourth degree member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 3350. 
He served two terms on Newton Falls City Council and was a volunteer fireman. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his sons, David and Pete, both of Newton Falls, and Dennis of Lordstown; and six grandchildren. His wife, Helen Rita (Dugic), whom he married in 1946, died in 1988. Five brothers and two sisters also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Newton Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lordstown Firefighters Association.

Vera Weber
BRIMFIELD _ Vera C. Weber, 96, a Brimfield resident for 69 years, died Monday at Akron City Hospital.
Mrs. Weber worked at McCrory's in Kent.
She was a member of Tallmadge Alliance Church and cared for many of her grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Rodney of Payson, Ariz.; daughters, Mrs. George (Betty) Bailey of Parma, and Mrs. Jim (Sandra) Meloy of Phoenix, Ariz.; 23 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two-great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at Tallmadge Alliance Church.
Memorials may be made to Tallmadge Alliance Church. 

Betty Ferrara
Betty Claire Ferrara, 77, of Tallmadge, died Monday at Akron City Hospital.
Born April 21, 1920, in Ashland, she was the daughter of Sam and Margaret (Hettinger) Fink.
Mrs. Ferrara was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Tallmadge.
Survivors include her husband, Siv, to whom she was married for 57 years; daughters, Mrs. Bob (Kay Lynn) Tafini of Munroe Falls, Sylvia Lee Ferrara of Diamond Back, Calif., and Mrs. Joe (Marty) Staud of Roswell, Ga.; ; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Joe Fink of Sterling, Ill.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Tallmadge, with the Rev. John Hengle officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Kent Lions Club Eye Programs, P.O. Box 666, Kent 44240.


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