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Miscellaneous Portage County, Ohio Obituaries - 1998


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Published March 2, 1998

Harry "Pinky" Pingstock
Harry "Pinky" Pingstock, 82, of Canton, formerly of Madison Street in Ravenna, died Sunday at Columbia Mercy Medical Center in Canton.
Born Aug. 28, 1915 in Zoar, Ohio, he was the son of Harry and Sally (Baker) Pingstock. He had lived in Ravenna since 1950, moving to Canton in October 1997.
Mr. Pingstock retired from Vale Edge Sparkle Market in Ravenna, where he worked as a meat manager. He had also worked as a Funeral Home Associate at Shorts Funeral Home.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna, where he taught the Willing Workers Sunday School class for many years. Since moving to Canton he had attended Greenwood Christian Church in Canton. He also was a member of F & AM Unity Lodge No. 12 in Ravenna, where he had served as Lodge Educational Officer.
He was a member of the Consistory Valley of Canton, the Bethany Commandry, the Royal Arch Masons and had served as Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 46 three times. He also was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II. 
Survivors include his wife, Marie (Pace) whom he married in 1943; son, Ford of Akron; daughter, Linda McCurry of Canton; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Kaye Dawn Browning and brother, Ford, died previously.
Masonic services will be held at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel where calling hours will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Anthony Amerine officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Minerva.

Muriel D. Tucker (Roberts)
Former Howland resident, Muriel D. Tucker (Roberts), 90, died Friday at Glenview Manor Nursing Home in Warren after a short illness.
Born October 27, 1907, in Alliance, she was the daughter of Owen E. and Rachel Rees Roberts.
Mrs. Tucker was a homemaker and a member of the Fidelis Circle of the First Baptist Church of Warren; the Ida McKinley Chapter #229 of the Order of Eastern Star; the Trumbull Art Guild; the Warren Music Club, and the Howland Garden Club.
Survivors include her sons, Robert E. of Howland and James E. of Kent; daughter Nancy Prine of Cambridge; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Edward Roberts of Poland, Ohio; and sisters Betsy Sparrow of Toledo, Ethel Roberts of Niles, Charlotte Anderson of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mrs. William (Gwyneth) Halberg of Boardman, and Mrs. Robert (Mona) Walker of Canfield. She was preceded in death by her husband C. Elwyn Tucker, whom she married June 27, 1928 and her sister Louise Roberts.
Ida McKinley Chapter #229 of the Order of Eastern Star will hold a service at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Roberts-Clark Memorial Home. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Warren. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Burial Park. 
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund at the First Baptist Church of Warren.

Walter Vasil, Sr.
NELSON _ Walter Vasil, Sr., 71, died Sunday at home after a long illness.
Born Jan. 11, 1927 in Cleveland, he was the son of Steve Vasil, Sr. and Anna Vasil. He was a lifelong resident of the Nelson area.
Mr. Vasil retired in 1992 after serving 36 years at Burton Rubber.
He enjoyed long walks, gardening, camping, traveling and family gatherings.
Survivors include his wife, Anna (Colegrove) Vasil, whom he married Oct. 19, 1946; sons, Walter, Jr. of Garrettsville, Carl of Massillon and Michael of Dover, Ohio; daughters, Nancy Turner, Shirley Bierce, Mary Thomas and Cindy Hillier, all of Bristolville, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, John Vasil of Pennsylvania. His brothers, Joseph, Steve Jr. and Mickey died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dwaine Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Harrington Cemetery in Nelson. 
Memorials may be made to the Portage County Hospice.

Robert N. Janson
Robert N. Janson, 70, formerly of Creek Road, Austinburg Township, died Thursday at the Columbia Blake Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.
Born Oct. 25, 1927 in Rock Creek, he was the son of Peter E. and Areba (Hopes) Janson Sr.
Mr. Janson owned and operated the Robert N. Janson Trucking and Excavating Co. and retired in 1990. He also owned and operated the Austinburg Milling Co. the past eight years. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church, Tuscan Lodge, 342 F&AM, 32nd degree, BPOE 208, Austinburg Grange, Jefferson Squares, Farmers Union and the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau. Mr. Janson served as an Austinburg Township trustee from 1988-1996. He enjoyed square dancing, golf and antique vehicles.
Survivors include he wife, Patsy J. (Thornhill), whom he married Jan. 5, 1951 in Plymouth Township; sons, Robert E. of Ashtabula, Ronald W., Russell A. and Richard N., all of Jefferson; daughter, Jolyn A. Gates of Kent; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Peter E. of Rock Creek, Ralph of Bristolville and Donald of Geneva; and sister, Leora Peterson of California. His daughter, Jeanne Rae, died in 1962.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were handled by the Fleming Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Eloise S. Jones
AURORA _ Eloise S. Jones, 84, died Sunday at Aurora Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Born July 6, 1913 in Minnesota, she was the daughter of Chester and Ethel (McDonald) Shumway. Formerly of Ravenna, she had been an Aurora resident for the past 20 years.
Mrs. Jones was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 46 in Ravenna.
Survivors include her husband, Merle K. to whom she had been married for the past 60 years; son, David of Toledo; daughter Holly Wiggins of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister Lorayne Wilson of Ravenna.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no calling hours or services.
Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.

Published March 3, 1998

Dolores Graybill
WINDHAM _ Dolores F. Graybill, 64, died Monday at Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Niles after a brief illness. 
Born Sept. 8, 1933 in Akron, she was the daughter of Chester W. and Mabel L. (Lorenson) Flitcraft. A 1951 graduate of Windham High School, she had resided in Florida for the last three years.
Mrs. Graybill was a Packard Electric inspector for 25 years, retiring in 1992.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies Auxillary of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, International Union of Electricians Local No. 717 and the Cantonment Church of Christ.
Survivors include her brothers Don of Trinidad, Venezuela, Jack of Columbus, Paul of West Farmington and Ralph of Homestead, Fla.; and sisters, Susan Hankins, Carole Hurst, Sandy Pemberton, and Linda Steiner, all from Windham. Her husband, George L. Graybill, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 p.m. until services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Madasz Funeral Home, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield. The Rev. Daniel F. Cesene will officiate. Burial will take place at the Brookfield Twp. Cemetery. 

John Burek
John J. Burek, 82, of Austintown, the father of Carol Lesko of Garrettsville, died Friday at The Assumption Village in North Lima.
Mr. Burek was a press operator for 35 years at General Fireproofing in Youngstown, until he retired in 1978.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his sin, John J. Jr. of Austintown; two grandchildren; and sister, Stella Bucko of Niles. His wife, Mary E. (Yakubov), whom he married Aug. 5, 1939, died Nov. 29, 1986. Five sisters and a brother died previously.
Services were held this morning at St. Casimir Church in Youngstown. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown. Arrangements were made by Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown. 

Charles Klohn
Services have been held in Florida for former Kent resident Charles A. Klohn, 88, of Brandon, Fla., died Feb. 24.
A native of Ravenna, he moved to Florida from Kent in October.
Mr. Klohn was a jeweler and engraver.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Ravenna.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Robert of Seffner, Fla.; daughter, Marilyn Hunsicker of Campbell, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Gladys Sutliff of Ravenna; 
Services took place in Florida.
Memorial may be made to the Mike Klohn Memorial Scholarship Fund, 904 Alpine Drive, Brandon, Fla., 33510.

Published March 3, 1998

Anna Zimomra
NEWTON FALLS _ Anna J. Zimomra, 64, died Monday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
Born Nov. 1 1933, in East Braden, Pa., she was the daughter of John and Lucille (Guth) Harmon.
Mrs. Zimomra was a press operator at Packard Electric Co. for 28 years. She was a former member of the Newton Falls Board of Education.
She was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Newton Falls, Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 236, chairwoman of Americanism of Girls State and Friends of the Library. She also was active with SCOPE and VITA tax preparers.
Survivors include her son, Charles of Coshocton; daughters, Judith Ann of Cleveland, Mrs. Tom (Carroll) Ferry of Newton Falls and Mrs. Jack (Deborah) Thomas of Mentor; six grandchildren; and brother, Frank Harmon of Mattoon, Ill. Her husband Charles Jr., whom she married April 7, 1956, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with the Rosary and Panachida service at 6 p.m., at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Newton Falls, Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Children's Library of Newton Falls. 

Freeman Thompson
CHARLESTOWN _ Freeman E. Thompson, 87, died Monday at Longmeadow Care Center, Ravenna.
Born April 5, 1910 in Michigan, he was the son of George and Etta (Marsh) Thompson. He had been a Portage County resident all his life.
Mr. Thompson was a machinist for Kent Mold & Machine until he retired in April 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred (Hanson), whom he married Nov. 18, 1949; sons, Dale Brittan of Kent and Robert George of Brookfield; daughters, Marilyn Reynolds of Hudson, Patricia Foust of Santa Anna, Calif., and Darlene Armentrout of Charlestown;16 grandchildren;15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Arthur of Carrollton. His daughter, Betty Hamley, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Carl Holm officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg. 

Sandra Namath
Sandra L. Namath, 56, of Leavittsburg, died Monday at her home.
Born May 31, 1941, in Charter Oak, Mo., she was the daughter of James and Sunshine (Mick) Garner. She lived in Vermillion before moving to Leavittsburg eight years ago.
Mrs. Namath was a homemaker.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Vermillion, and the Moose Club of Fl. She was an avid reader and endjoyed travelling. 
Survivors include her husband, Laszlo M, whom she married in 1962; sons, Gordon Lawson of Augusta, Ga.; Laszlo M. of Elyria; and Walter S. of Vermillion; daughter Gina of Fl.; six grandchildren; mother, Sunshine Garner of Vermillion; brothers, Joe Garner of Vermillion and James Garner of Jacksonville Fla.; and sisters, Patricia Leonberger of Vermillion and Connie Goldcamp of Columbus.
Calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. until services at 8 tonight at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Cremation will take place. 

Arlie Lind
Former Kent resident Arlie Irene Lind, 83, of San Marcos, Calif., died Friday at Life Care Center in Escondido, Calif.
Born Sept. 5, 1914 in West Virginia, she was the daughter of J.A. and Josephine (Jackson) Cunningham. 
Mrs. Lind was a former member of the United Methodist Church of Kent.
Survivors include her sisters, Vera Madge Steffy of Canton and Donna Urban of West Palm Beach, Fla. Her husband, Harvey, died in 1986.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, with the Rev. Kay Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

Published March 4, 1998

Gerald Beal
Gerald R. Beal, 82, of Middlebury Road, Kent, died Saturday at Anna Marie of Aurora.
Born Oct. 21, 1915 in Kent, he was the son of Norman N. and Bessie (Henry) Beal.
Mr. Beal was the proprietor of The Smoke Shop in Kent from 1937-48 and retired from the Albrecht Grocery Co. after 27 years.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Kent.
Survivors include his wife, Hester (Parmelee), whom he married Aug. 30, 1941; son, James R. of Kent; two grandchildren; and brothers, Glen of Sarasota, Fla., Nelson of Hendersonville, N.C. and Wilbur of Sarasota, Fla. His brother, Earl, died previously.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Church of Christ in Kent, with the Rev. Steven Lashbrook officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent at the convenience of the family.

Icy Ruth Luetta Channell
Icy Ruth Luetta Channell, of Warren, died Wednesday in Warren.
Born. Nov. 20, 1927 in Colton, W.Va., she was the daughter of George and Dolly Herron. She had lived in the Warren area for 45 years.
A homemaker, Mrs. Chanell also served as a volunteer for SCOPE and the American Red Cross.
Survivors include her husband, Hartsell, to whom she was married Aug. 26, 1944; sons, Ronald D. and Roger H., both of Warren; daughters, Mrs. Earl (Patricia Joyce) Rutherford of Windham, Mrs. Donald (Norma J.) Beck of Brookfield, Mrs. James (Icie Ruth) Click of Champion, Mrs. Larry (Carol J.) Berkenstock of Warren, Mrs. Timothy (Julie A.) Enderton of Warren, and Mrs. Michael (Roberta J.) Guerriero of Youngstown; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dennis Herron of Layton, Okla. and Jahu Herron of New Cumberland, W.Va.; sisters, Mrs. Rose Streets and Mrs. Irene Smith, both of Belington, W.Va. and Mrs. Georgie Batten of Akron. Two daughters and one grandchild died previously. Four sisters, three brothers and three half sisters also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 N. Park Ave. in Warren, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in the Champion Township Cemetery. 

Thelma Irene Collins
NELSON _ Thelma Irene Collins, 79, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
Born December 12, 1918, in Hiram, she was the daughter of Jerry and Edna Cooper.
Mrs. Collins was a homemaker.
She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles. She was an avid Cleveland Indians and Cavs fan.
Survivors include her sons Austin (Judy) of Nelson; Robert (Karla) of Mantua; Norman (Mary) of Nelson; and Richard (Pam) of Garrettsville; daughters Mrs. Bill (Barbara) Sackrider of Michigan; Shirley Collins of Garrettsville; and Mrs. Jerry (Nel) Haithcock of Columbia Stations; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lewie J. Collins, whom she married March 17, 1939, her daughter Ann, two grandchildren, her parents, and her sister Elizabeth Tallmadge.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. The service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Rev. Dwaine Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Harrington Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Garrettsville Fire Department and/or Community Ambulance.

Stanley Corey
Former Kent resident Stanley Corey, 90, died Feb. 25 in Green Valley, Ariz., where he had lived for the past 25 years.
Born in Blaine, Maine, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1933. He taught for three years at Kenka College and for 35 years at Kent State University, where he also served briefly as acting vice-president and provost. He retired in 1972.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Kent, where he served as a deacon, trustee, moderator, superintendent of the Sunday school and chairman of the building fund.
During World War II, he served in the Navy, teaching aerial navigation at the naval base in Kingsville, Texas. The war ended just as he was sent on carrier duty.
Survivors include his wife, Katharine; son, Brian (Lisa); daughter, Elaine (Robert) Stephens; and one grandchild.
Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at a later date in the Boundary Cemetery in Bridgewater, Maine.
Memorials may be made to the Kiwanis Educational Foundation in care of the Kiwanis Club of Green Valley, P.O. Box 949, Green Valley, Ariz. 85622.

Morton Grossman
Services will be held Sunday for Morton S. Grossman, emeritus professor of art at Kent State University, who died Feb. 23. at his home in Kent.
Born in 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he studied art at the Art Student's League and Queens College, where he later taught.
Prior to joining the faculty at Kent in 1969, he taught painting, drawing and watercolor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the University of Maryland and the Tyler School of Art.
Mr. Grossman was a dedicated artist who exhibited widely in watercolor and oil. As a young man, he was a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellow and received many national and international awards, including the Dana Medal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and The Grand Award and Gold Medal of the American Watercolor Society.
His most recent solo show, at the Butler Art Institute in 1991, was preceded by more than 20 One-Man Shows and several hundred group exhibitions. His works are in numerous private collections and in the permanent holdings of several museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Early in his career, he was greatly influenced by a trip to the coast of Maine; he delighted in depicting nature. In 1985, he studied the works of Turner at the British Museum.
Though he focused primarily on watercolor, a subsequent trip to Greece produced elegant drawings of olive groves and the Mediterranean seascape. His mature work grew in abstraction, taking inspiration from Indian Miniatures, Chinese Bronzes and the colors and forms of coastal tide pools.
During his career at KSU, he was an outspoken member of the Faculty Senate and was twice nominated for Distinguished Teaching Awards. He applied his dedication and broad knowledge to the benefit of hundreds of students.
He enjoyed reading, classical music, summers with his family in Maine and teaching his granddaughters how to fish.
Survivors include his wife, Chris; son, Neil of Lakewood; daughter, Inga of Kent; stepson, Philip Qubain of Gardner, Colo. and sister, Sybil Rosenblum of Leavittown, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Church on Gougler Avenue in Kent.
Memorials may be made to the KSU Foundation for the benefit of studio art majors. 

Russell Loomis
Russell Loomis, 80, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Aug. 9, 1917 in New Milford, he was the son of Clyde and Maude (Jones) Loomis.
Survivors include a brother, Richard of Lexington, N.C. and a sister, Dorothy Bloom of Oak Harbor.
Private services will be held for the family. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown. Arrangements are being handled by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Published March 5, 1998

Franklin Smith
Franklin Earl Smith, 36, of Tennessee, a former Portage County resident, died Tuesday.
Born Aug. 18, 1961 he was the son of Franklin Smith and Virginia Conard. He attended Maplewood Joint Vocational School and was a graduate of James A. Garfield High School.
Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army where he was a sergeant for 13 years.
He enjoyed reading, motorcycle riding and related charity events.
Survivors include his son, David; father and stepmother, Franklin and Carolyn Smith of Akron; mother, Virginia Conard of Garrettsville; brothers, Donald of Florida, Raymond of Cleveland and Paul of Garrettsville and David Conard; sister, Beverly (Ed) Bevan of Florida; and grandfather, Edgar (Ruby) Enos of Akron.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Church of God in Windham with the Rev. Clifford Noble officiating.Arrangements were made by Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville.

Vernon Carroll
Vernon S. Carroll, 76, of Mahoning Court, Newton Falls, died Thursday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
Born Dec. 11, 1921 in Gallipolis, he was the son of Charles and Gladys (Strait) Carroll.
Mr. Carroll was employed in the inspection department at Chrysler Corp. in Twinsburg for 28 years.
A World War II veteran, he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3332 in Newton Falls. He was vice president of the Senior Citizens of Newton Falls. 
Survivors include his wife, Betty (Stouder), whom he married in 1948; daughters, Cathy Powell of Austintown and Cindy Hartman of California; four grandchildren; and sisters, Edna Walton, Frances Vesil and Maye Troyer, all of Kent, Dorothy Carroll of Garrettsville, Norma Simpson of Hiram, and Kathryn Edwards of Florida. A sister, Eileen Modla, died previously.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Richard Wright
Richard A. Wright, 46, of Tallmadge, died Thursday.
Mr. Wright was born in Akron.
Survivors include his son, Jeremy; daughter, Shannon; brothers, William of West Salem and Charles of Tallmadge; sister, Elnora Brown of Stow; and Kathy Wright.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Redmon Funeral Home in Stow. The Rev. Jim Shuman will officiate. Burial will be in Maplelawn Cemetery in Stow.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3250 W. Market St., Suite 304, Akron 44333.

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