|Published February 10, 1998
Mario Puccetti, 58, of Niles, who once served as head chef at Cherry's
Steak House in Ravenna, died Monday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 15, 1939 in Lucca Toscana, Italy, he was the son of Dante
and Giuseppina (Gemignani) Puccetti. He came to the United States in 1956
and moved to Niles in 1965.
Mr. Puccetti was co-owner of Station Square Restaurant in Liberty,
Ohio. He previously was head chef at the VIP Restaurant in the Great East
Plaza, Sandalini's and Cherry's Top-of-the-Mall in Eastwood Mall in Niles,
the Living Room Lounge in Warren and Iacomini's Restaurant in Akron.
He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niles.
He served with the U.S. Army in Germany. He was an avid sports and
horse racing fan.
Survivors include his wife, Michele (Marcello), whom he married in
1969; daughters, Marla of Hoboken, N. J. and Kristen of Niles; brother,
Giulio of Niles; and sisters, Daria, Maria and Rita, all of Lucca Toscana.
Two brothers and a sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Peter Rossi
and Son Memorial Chapel in Warren, where a service will be held at 9:30
a.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our
Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niles. Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Ohio.
Virginia R. Dvorak
MANTUA TOWNSHIP _ Virginia R. Dvorak, 71, died Sunday at her home.
Born Feb. 28, 1926 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Bernard and
Dorothy (Pepke) Borling. She had lived in Mantua for 48 years.
Mrs. Dvorak attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mantua.
Survivors include her son, Andrew (Linda) of Mantua; daughters, Deborah
(Thomas) Mitchell of Hiram and Rebecca (Randall) Stone of Mantua; 12 grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband, James, died in 1982. Two brothers
also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Shorts Funeral Home,
Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial
will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hiram.
Dorothy Harris, 70, of St. Cloud, Fla., died Sunday.
Born in Broadheath, Cheshire, England, she moved to St. Cloud from
Ohio in 1987.
Mrs. Harris was a homemaker.
She was the past president of American Legion Auxiliary No. 737 in
Lake Milton. She was a member of the Junior Air Corps during World War
Survivors include her husband, Jennings; son, Donald S. Harris of Lisbon;
daughter, Barbara Brind of Warren; two grandchildren; and brother, Jack
Marsh of Canada.
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled
by Fist Funeral Home & Crematory in St. Cloud, Fla.
Edmond Adolf Hafemeister
Edmond Adolf Hafemeister, 92, the father of James E. Hafemeister of
Kent, died Sunday at N.H.C. Healthcare in Lewisburg, Tenn.
Bornin Milwaukee, Wis., he was the son of Gustav and Helen (Schultz)
Mr. Hafemeister retired from Heil Quaker.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Lewisburg First United Methodist
In addition to his son, survivors include his daughter, Jean Hafemeister
Hill of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held today at Bills-McGaugh & Floyd Funeral Home
in Lewisburg, Tenn. Burial was in Sunset Park in Lewisburg.
Warren W. Scott
Services were held today for Warren W. Scott, 74, of Ravenna, who died
Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Dec. 21, 1923 in Lower Salem, Ohio, he was the son of Emmit and
Laura (Dillion) Scott.
Mr. Scott retired as a machinist in 1987 from Troy Manufacturing.
He enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, and was an avid Cleveland Indians
He was a World War II veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Glenys (Kelloug), to whom he had been married
25 years; sons, Wilbert of Newton Falls, Richard (Bridgette) of South Carolina,
and Bill and Tom (Heather), both of Ravenna; daughters, Mrs. Paul (Joyce)
Hahn of Atwater and Mrs. John (Polly) Cain of Suffield; stepson, Jim Bogard;
stepdaughters, Mrs. George (Jeannie) Tancos and Karen Fergeson, both of
Garrettsville, and Darla Workman of Ravenna; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
and brothers, Sheldon of Idaho, Harold of Arizona and Jim of Kent. His
brothers, Elmer and Lawrence, died previously.
Services were held at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Howell E. "Hop" Conner
BRIMFIELD _ Howell E. "Hop" Conner, 86, died Sunday at his home.
Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, he was reared in Ellet. He had lived in
Brimfield for 37 years.
Mr. Conner worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron for 37
years until he retired.
He was a member of Loyalty Masonic Lodge No. 645.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Perry), to whom was married for
59 years; daughters, Daun (Jim) Savoy of Brimfield, Karen of Suffield,
Susan (Jerry) Holland of Cuyahoga Falls and Kimberly Hackett of Indianapolis,
Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. His grandson, Jason
Holland, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m.
until services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Mogadore.
The Rev. Patrick Barrett will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial
Park in Akron.
Memorials may be made to the Community of Christ Church, 834 Grant
St., Akron 44311.
Ruth E. Croasmun
STREETSBORO _ Ruth E. Croasmun, 77, died Monday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Jan. 2, 1921 in Coalport, Pa., she was the daughter of Robert
J. and Lillian A. (Kruise) Dick. Formerly of New York, she had lived in
Streetsboro for 30 years.
Mrs. Croasmun was main cashier and bookkeeper for DeBartolo Corp. Race
She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro.
Survivors include her sons, H. John of Twin Lakes and Robert C. of
Rootstown; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph
Dick of Pennsylvania; and sisters, Helen Stombaugh of Delaware and Grace
Braniff and Mary Louise Carson, both of Pennsylvania. Her husband, M. Clayton
Croasmun, died in October 1997. A son, Thomas, died in 1988. Her brothers,
Robert, George and Larry Dick, also died previously.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and at 10 a.m. Thursday
at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Services will be held at 11
a.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro, with the Rev. Frederick
Slaven officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Gordon Wesley Hartlieb
Former area resident Gordon Wesley Hartlieb, 77, of Anchorage, Alaska,
died Jan. 27 at his home.
Born July 4, 1920 in Ravenna, he was the son of Mildred and Wesley
Hartlieb. He attended West Virginia University and graduated from Kent
State University. He earned his law degree from Ohio State University in
After passing the Ohio bar in June 1953, Mr. Hartlieb moved to Alaska
and passed the Alaska bar. In 1954, he received presidential appointment
as U.S. Commissioner for the Anchorage Precinct and served until 1956,
when he co-founded the law firm of Hartlieb, Groh & Rader. He practiced
law for 15 years, specializing in labor law.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War IIr.
Survivors include his wife, Dee (Moreau); sons, Raymond and Wesley
(Robin); daughter, Mrs. Nathan (Lynda) Cooley; stepchildren, Nick and Marti;
nine grandchildren; stepfather, Tony Silva; brother, Raymond (Nancy) Santoro;
and sister, Mrs. John (Virginia) Beard.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Anchorage, 3305 Arctic Boulevard,
Anchorage, Alaska 99053.
Published February 12, 1998
Judge Robert Kent
Retired Judge Robert L. Kent, 77, of Ravenna, died Wednesday in Florida.
Kent retired in 1988 from his position as judge of the juvenile-probate
division of Portage County Common Pleas Court. A life resident of Portage
County, Kent was elected to the common pleas bench in 1978 after serving
11 years as a municipal court judge.
As juvenile-probate judge, Kent presided over an average of 1,200 cases
During his retirement, Kent served on the bench during temporary assignments
by the Ohio Supreme Court, including a several-week appointment on the
Summit County Juvenile Court bench to fill in for a judge who was ill.
Kent graduated from Ravenna High School in 1938 and later served on
the district's board of education. He graduated from Adelbert College,
held a membership in Phi Beta Kappa and received his law degree from the
Case Western Reserve College of Law.
He was an assistant professor of speech at Kent State University and
formerly served as Ravenna city prosecutor, Mantua village solicitor, juvenile
court referee and clerk of Ravenna City Council.
Kent was a former president of the Portage County Bar Association,
a member of the American Judges Association, the American Judicature Society,
the Ohio Bar Association and the Association of Ohio Probate and Juvenile
He also formerly served as the chairman of the Portage County Red Cross
Chapter, president of the Ravenna Rotary Club and chairman of the board
of trustees for the First Christian Church of Ravenna.
Services are being arranged by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna
Chapel. A full obituary will be published in Friday's Record-Courier.
Fannie M. Sepi, 93, formerly of Franklin Avenue in Kent, died Wednesday
at Kent Quality Care Nursing Home.
Born Aug. 18, 1904 in Naples, Italy, she was the daughter of Michael
and Caroline (Curiale) Apicello.
Mrs. Sepi was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and the Christopher
Columbus Society Auxiliary.
Survivors include her son, Mike (Dorothy) of Kent; daughters, Josephine
Waller of Kent, Marie Shanley of Kent and Mrs. Pat (Caroline) Shanley of
Indiana, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Frances Sepi of Lady Lake, Fla.; 12 grandchildren;
19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Samuel
Apicello of Carlsbad, Calif.; and sisters, Julia Antonelli, Mary Orsini
of Kent and Pauline Graves, all of Kent. Her husband, Frank, died in 1975.
Her son, Dan, in 1988.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bissler &
Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at
St. Patrick Church. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick School Endowment Fund, 127 Portage
St., Kent, or Kent Lions Club, P.O. Box 666, Kent, 44240.
Lynwood A. Waller, 71, of Kent, died Tuesday at his home after a period
of failing health.
Born April 12, 1926 in Marianna, Fla., he was the son of Lloyd and
Nellie Jewel (Harden) Waller. He was an area resident for 39 years.
Mr. Waller was a painter for P.L. Frank Construction Co. for 23 years.
He was a member of Painters Local No. 841 of Akron.
He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his daughter, Tammy (Donald) Jones of Mantua; two
grandchildren; brother, Tom of Miami, Fla.; sister, Margaret Roberts of
Satellite Beach, Fla.; and former wife, Vivian Wanda Waller of Kent. A
son, Larry, died in 1984.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wood-Kortright
Funeral Home, Kent Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Published February 13, 1998
Marjorie P. Patch, 70, of Clearwater, Fla., died Thursday in St. Petersburg,
Fla. after a short illness.
Born Feb. 14, 1927, in Akron, she was the daughter of Theodore Noel
Phelps and Ruby (Hart) Phelps. She was a life resident of Portage County
before moving to Florida in 1988.
Mrs. Patch retired in 1986 from the Streetsboro School District where
she taught speech and English. She was active in drama, directing several
plays while at Streetsboro. She also taught at Charlestown Township, Warren,
the University of Akron and Kent State University .
She was active in the Young People's Christian Federation at Drakesburg
Methodist Church and served as treasurer of the building fund to relocate
and rebuild the church in Freedom. She was active in Methodist Youth Fellowship
at Freedom Methodist Church. She was involved with the Ravenna Women's
Federation in the 1950s, and she was a life member of the Portage County
Retired Teachers Association and Ohio Teachers Association.
Survivors include a son, Keylon L. of Maitland, Fla; daughter, Keslie
Patch Bohrod of South Orange, N.J.; six grandchildren; sister, Joyce Henceroth
of Ravenna; and brothers, William Phelps of Garrettsville, Richard Phelps
of Canfield and David Phelps of Akron. Her husband, Louis J. Patch Jr.,
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the
Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel where services will be held
at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Drakesburg Cemetery.
Maryalice Power, 85, formerly of Cherry Street and Tower 43 in Kent,
died Thursday at Heather Knoll Nursing Home in Munroe Falls.
Born April 26, 1912 in Nelsonville, she was the daughter of Alexander
and Flossie (Hawk) Power.
Miss Power was a cosmetologist. She was a member of the First Christian
Church in Kent.
Survivors include her sister, Freda Pennock of Streetsboro; sisters-in-law
Aileen Power of Kent and Marie Power of Euclid; and many nieces and nephews.
Her brothers, Arthur and Ralph, died previously.
Visitation will take place one hour before the service at 2 p.m. Saturday
at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, the Rev. Daniel Griggs officiating.
Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Kent.
Esther C. Hively
NEW WATERFORD _ Esther C. Hively, 90, of Columbiana, died Wednesday
at Parkside Health Care Center following a short illness.
Born Dec. 17, 1907 in Leetonia, she was the daughter of Albert E. and
Grace (Anglemeyer) Crook. She had resided at Parkside Health Care Center
for the past eight years.
Mrs. Hively was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, the church sewing circle
and a charter member of the Highland Social Club.
Survivors include sons, John and Roy, both of New Waterford; daughters,
Grace (Lamonte) Merreot, Jean (Wyman) Longbottom and Carolyn (Dean) Witmer,
all of Columbiana, Greta (Donald) Berger of New Waterford and Marilyn (John)
Whiting of New Wilmington, PA.; 24 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren;
one great-great-grandchildren; brother, James Crook of Beaver Falls, PA.;
and sisters, Mary Heron of Washingtonville and Martha Kennedy of Columbiana.
Her husband, Curtis F., whom she married Sept. 2, 1927, died Feb. 11, 1967.
Daughter Joyce Tomlinson, brother Roy Crook, sister Ruth Detwiler and two
granddaughters also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Warrick-Kummer
Funeral Home in Columbiana, followed by a 3 p.m. service, with the Rev.
Barbara A. Holzhauser officiating. Burial will be in the New Waterford
Memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church.
Published February 14, 1998
Esther C. Hively, 90, of New Waterford, Ohio, died Wednesday at the
Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana, Ohio after a brief illness.
Survivors include her sons, John and Roy, both of New Waterford, Ohio;
daughters, Mrs. Lamonte (Grace) Merreot of Columbiana, Mrs. Donald (Greta)
Berger of New Waterford, Mrs. Wyman (Jean) Longbottom of Columbiana, Mrs.
Dean (Carolyn) Witmer of Columbiana and Mrs. John (Marilyn) Whiting of
New Wilmington, Pa.; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great
grandchild; one brother and two sisters. Her husband, Curtis F, died previously.
A daughter, Joyce Tomlinson of Ravenna, one brother, one sister and two
grandchildren died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Sunday
at Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home, 28 North Main St. in Columbiana. Burial
will be in New Waterford Cemetery.
Arthur H. Brown, 76, of Los Angeles, the father of Jay C. Brown of
Edinburg, died this week after a long illness.
Born June 21, 1921, in Rockville Center, N.Y., he was the son of Edward
and Belva (Pearsall) Brown.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to1947.
In addition to his son in Edinburg, survivors include his son, David
of Topango Canyon, Calif.; daughters, Belva Edwards of Windsor Hills, Calif.,
and Jan Toscano of Concord, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and brother, the
Rev. Edward Brown. His wife, Dollean, twin brother, James, and sister,
Billie Jean Stover, died previously.
A memorial service will be held at the Edinburg United Church of Christ
at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery.
Thomas Ramsell Sr., 65, of Spencer, W.Va., a formerPortage County resident,
died Monday at Shelby Hospital in Marietta, W.Va., following a long illness.
Born Jan. 15, 1933 in Johnstown, Pa., he was the son of John and Nellie
(Trumper) Ramsell. He lived in the Garrettsville-Windham and Streetsboro
areas from 1959 to 1985.
Mr. Ramsell worked for Kroger Co., Munson, and Yellow Freight.
He served in Company A of the U.S. Army in Fort Myers, Va., and as
an honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National
Survivors include his wife, Donna (Railey)l; sons, Thomas Jr. (Terri
Fee) of Mantua and Timothy E. (Jamie Cain) of Hiram; daughters, Diane L.
Lough and Margaret "Peggy" (Ted) Zeigler of Mantua; a stepson and two stepdaughters;
six grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, three great-grandchildren; sister,
Elsie Nord; and ex-wife, Dolores (Reighard). His brothers, Harold, Henry
and Albert, and sister, Dorothy, died previously.
Services will be held today at Egypt Ridge Chapel in Spencer, W.Va.
Mantua native George Norton Heflick, 95, of Ocala, Fla., died Friday.
A former Portage County resident, he moved to Florida from Beallsville,
Ohio in 1981.
Mr. Heflick was a retired security guard for Burns Security in Mantua.
Mr. Heflick was a member of the Ocklawaha Band of Seminole Indians
and a member of Technocracy. He enjoyed writing.
Survivors include his sons, George of Ocala and Sam of Marion; daughter,
Alice Smith of Beallsville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and
four great-great-grandchildren. His wife, Marie, died in 1987.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home
in Ocala. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Ocala.
Nellie A. Boso, 68, died Friday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna
following a declining period of health.
Born Feb. 10, 1930 in Belleville, W.Va., she was the daughter of Chester
and Ora Emrick. She lived most of her life in the Portage County.
She was a retired employee of the Kent City Schools.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Doolittle of Ravenna; four grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Emrick of Belleville, W.Va.,
and Reggie and Leroy Emrick, both of Vienna, W.Va.; and sisters, Marie
Wigal, Ginny Shively and Barb Reynolds, all of Parkersburg, W.Va. Her daughter,
Pauline Hunsicker, died in 1976.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wood-Kortright
Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday
at Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna, with the Rev. Ed Peterson officiating.
Aurelia E. (Barnette) Harpley, 56, a former Rootstown resident, died
Born in Diana, W.Va., she had lived in the Rootstown and Akron areas
most of her life. She was valedictorian of her Rootstown High School class
and attended Kent State University.
Mrs. Harpley retired after 25 years as an employee of the Cuyahoga
Falls Board of Education. She had served as the employees' union president.
She was a charter member of the Cathedral of Tomorrow in Cuyahoga Falls,
where she was coordinator for the Cathedral Singles Plus Ministry. She
attended Evangel Temple.
She sang with several area groups including The Barnette Family Singers,
Cathedral of Tomorrow choirs and Marge and Denny Hazen Ministries. She
was past president of Summit Christian School Parent-Teacher Foundation.
Survivors include her husband, George, to whom she was married for
22 years; son, Robert A.; brothers, Audice Jr. (Marjorie) Barnette, Arnold
(Karen) Barnette and Adrian (Kathy) Barnette; mother-in-law, Helen Harpley;
and sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Fred (Mary) Vardeman, James (Donna)
Warner, Howard (Joeline) Harpley.
Calling hours will be held at 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hopkins Lawver
Funeral Home in Akron, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, with
the Rev. Michael Mancari and the Rev. John Seskes officiating. Burial will
be in East Akron Cemetery in Akron.
Memorials may be made to the Summit Christian School or the Youth Fellowship
of the Evangel Temple.