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Published March 7, 1998

Barbara Lee Brown
Former Portage County resident Barbara Lee Brown, 59, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Thursday.
She was a 1956 graduate from Rootstown High School and a member of the Mary Esther Church of God in Fort Walton Beach.
Survivors include her husband Glenn, to whom she was married 40 years; son, John W. (Elizabeth) of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Joann M. of Odenton, Md.; brother, James (Sandra) Alden of Rootstown; and stepbrothers, Melvin (Betty) Boston of Ohio and Robert (Jean) Boston of South Carolina.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach, with the Rev. Buck Dockery officiating.

Ruth Leona Osborne
Ruth Leona Osborne, 79, formerly of Atwater and Ravenna, died Friday at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville.
Born May 26, 1918 in Akron, she was the daughter of Irvin and Cora (Rett) Hanna. She had lived in Atwater for 53 years until moving to Ravenna more than 20 years ago.
Mrs. Osborne was retired from Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, where was a housekeeper. She was a member of the Atwater Pythian Sisters.
Survivors include her son, Jerry R. (Marie) of Brady Lake; one grandchild; and sister, Ethel Grow of Ravenna. Her husband, Frederick G., died in 1977. Her brothers,Delbert and William Hanna, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Mark Lattimer officiating. Burial will be in Atwater Cemetery.

Doreen B. Eboch
Doreen B. Eboch, 57, of Howe Road, Kent, died Thursday at Akron City Hospital.
She was born Feb. 5, 1941 in West Decatur, Pa., the daughter of Leo and Florence (Yarger) Thompson. 
Mrs. Eboch worked in cable assembly at Morris Control in Hudson.
Survivors include her son, Leo A. of Kent; daughters Mrs. Tom (Suzanne) South of Rootstown, Cindy Palmisano of Tallmadge, Mrs. Chris (Nicole) Logan of Palmyra; five grandchildren; mother Florence Thompson of Zephryhills, Fla.; sister Elaine Tackett of Brimfield; and John Johnson. Her father, Leo Thompson, died in 1995.
Visitation will take place one hour before the service at 7 p.m. Monday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home, the Rev. Kay Dunlap officiating. 

Dorothy Margie Southworth
Dorothy Margie Southworth, 78, of Warren, died Friday morning at St. Jospeph's Eastland Hospital in Warren.
She was born Nov. 30, 1919 in New Boston, the daughter of Dorothy (Tackett) and James Sanders. A former California resident, she had lived in Warren since 1969.
Mrs. Southworth was a homemaker and had worked at the Ravenna Arsenal during World War II. She retired in 1960 aftter 4 years as a bearing inspector at Tyson Roller Bearing in Massilon. 
She was a member of First Church of God in Newton Falls. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and family.
Survivors include son, David Laflin of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.; stepson, Daniel Southworth of Canton; daughter, Mrs. Charles (Marlene) Fenton of Warren; stepdaughters, Sandi Puskas of North Canton and Jeri Lynn Southworth of Canton; brother, James Sanders of Newton Falls; and sisters, Laveda Sanders of Southington and Sally Gillium of Braceville. Her husband, Jay, whom she married July 11, 1956, died July 31, 1993. Her sister, Gertrude E. McNaughton and grandaughter, Tonya Wade also died previously.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held 11 a.m. Monday. Burial will be at Newton Falls Cemetery.

Wendell H. Foster
Wendell H. Foster, 71, of 225 West Maryland Avenue, Sebring, died Friday morning at Mercy Medical Center in Canton following a short illness.
He was born Sept. 1, 1926 in Moundsville, W. Va., the son of Wendell H. and Edma M. (Wilhelm) Foster.
Mr. Foster was retired from United National Security, and was a truck driver. He was a member of the Maranatha Church of God in Alliance.
He is survived by his son, Steve H. of Sebring; daughter Judith A. Anderson of Alliance; three grandchildren; brothers William Hill of Texas and Tom Hill of Louisiana; and sisters Elnor Lilley of Aurora and Alma Wood of West Virginia. His sisters, Laura Crow and Helen Hipkins and brothers Robert, Kenneth and Sam died previously.
Calling hours will be 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Dean''s Funeral Home in Sebring. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Maranatha Church of God in Alliance, the Rev. B. H. Settle officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Beloit.

Velma L. Engler
Velma L. Engler, 88, of Kent, died Friday.
She was born Nov. 16, 1909 in Bath, Ky., the daughter of Patrick and Ellen (Cox) Hall.
Mrs. Engler was a homemaker.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. William (Donna) Derita of Kent; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, William Hall of Ravenna; sister, Francis Fry of Ravenna; and daughter-in-law, Doris Engler of Brimfield.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, with the Rev. Richard Morris officiating. 
Arrangements were made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel.

Eva P. Roberts
Eva P. Roberts, 72, of Tallmadge, died Wednesday.
She was born in Webster, W. Va. and lived in the area for the past 45 years. 
She was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include her son, Gale, of Florida; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Bub, died in 1973 and her son, Jeff, died in 1989.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Road, Akron, where services will be held Monday, with the time to be announced. Burial will be at Hillside Memorial Park in Akron.

Published March 8, 1998

Mary Zapka
Mary Zapka, 89, of Bowman Drive, Kent, died Friday at home.
Born Aug. 23, 1908 in Yatesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of Andrew and Julia (Maslak) Koma. She had lived in Haines City, Fla., for nine years until recently returning to Kent.
Mrs. Zapka retired from Monsanto Corp. 
She was a former member of Faith United Methodist Church of Brimfield anda member of First Christian Church of Haines City.
Survivors include her son, Edward (Janice) of Kent; daughter, Mrs. John (Marian) Gussett of Haines City; four grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; brothers, John Koma of Pittsburgh, Frank Koma of Sagamore, Pa., Michael Koma of Smicksburg, Pa.; and sisters, Kathryn Bianco of Warren and Helen Hershberger of Sugarcreek. Her husband, Paul, died in 1996. Her sisters, Sue Chernin, Anna Vasbinder and Julia Wannett, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Michael Doak officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Brimfield.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Ravenna, 420 S. Prospect St., Ravenna 44266.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent for Velma L. Engler, 88, of Kent, who died Friday.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna (William) Derita of Kent; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, William Hall of Ravenna; sister, Frances Fry of Ravenna; and daughter-in-law, Doris Engler of Brimfield. Her husband, Herbert F.; son ,Frank D.; brother, Marshall Hall; and sister, Cleo Dennis, died previously.
Arrangements were made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel.

Margaret A. "Peg" Gear-Spencer
WINDHAM _ Margaret A. "Peg" Gear-Spencer, 56, died Friday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Sept. 22, 1941 in Adolph, W.Va., she was the daughter of Wilson and Gwendolyn (Lloyd) Rush. She had lived in Windham for 30 years.
Mrs. Gear-Spencer was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Howard Spencer; sons, Terry Spencer of Florida and Timmy and Tony Spencer, both of Windham; daughters, Tammy Emigh of Mantua and Tina Spencer of Windham; one grandchild; mother, Gwendolyn Rush of Boardman; and brother, Lawrence Rush of Boardman. Her father died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Fred Youngen officiating. Burial will be in Windham Township Cemetery.

Ruth Packard
Ruth Packard, 85, of East Summit Street, Kent, died Thursday at Akron City Hospital.
Born Feb. 3, 1913 in Normal, Ill., she was the daughter of Edgar and Harriet (Brown) Packard.
Mrs. Packard was employed by Davey Tree Expert Co. in Kent for 41 years. She was manager of the order department.
No services will be held. Arrangements were made by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.

Eva P. Roberts
Eva P. Roberts, 72, of Tallmadge, died Wednesday.
Born in Webster, W.Va., she had lived in the area for 45 years. 
Mrs. Roberts was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include her son, Gale, of Florida; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Bub, died in 1973. A son, Jeff, died in 1989.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Akron, where services will be held Monday at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park in Akron.

Published March 9, 1998

Dorothy Emma Miller
Dorothy Emma Miller, 74, of Hardin Road, Rootstown, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Dec. 16, 1923 in Randolph, she was the daughter of Oscar and Ollie May (Arehart) Knapp. She formerly worked at the Kentwood Restaurant and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include sons Larry (Joyce) of Ravenna, David (Kathy) of Randolph, Danny of Rootstown and Herman Jr. "Junior" (Pamela) of Ravenna; daughters, Deborah Miller of Rootstown, Mary (Clarence) Hurd of Diamond and Christine (Wade) Pol of Diamond; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Paul Knapp, John Knapp, Richard Knapp and Raymond Knapp; and sisters, Edna Nuzzo, Alice Mattes, Mary Jane Knapp, Betty Sorboro and Rosemary Kintz. Brothers Roy and William Knapp died previously.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter of the Fields Church in Rootstown. Burial will be in St. Peter of the Fields Cemetery in Rootstown. Bissler and Sons Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to The Center of Hope, 1024 W. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266.

Lavina A. Blair
Lavina A. Blair, 86, of Ravenna died Friday at Altercare Nursing Home in Ravenna.
Born Oct. 20, 1911 in Ova, Va., she was the daughter of William and Mary (Rose) Law. Formerly of Monroe County, Ohio, she has lived in Ravenna since 1965.
Survivors include son Homer of Rinard Mills; daughters, Mrs. Carl (Erma) Stephan of Dover, Mrs. Charles (Clara Jean) Saffle of Blandchester, Ohio, and Mrs. Leslie (Minnie) Haney of Ravenna; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, E.J., died in 1966. Two grandchildren and a sister, Mabel Hall, died previously.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Christian Union Church at Lowgap, Ohio with visitation one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be in Lowgap Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Published March 10, 1998

Cecil Nedelka
GARRETTSVILLE _ Cecil D. Nedelka, 51, died Monday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long illness.
Born Aug. 21, 1946, in Cleveland, he was the son of Frank C. and Betty (Ceboll) Nedelka. He had lived in Garrettsville for 25 years. 
Mr. Nedelka was employed by Kraft Maid in the Customer Service Department.
He was a member of Garrettsville Eagles Club No. 2705, St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Garrettsvilleand the Knights of Columbus of St. Ambrose. He was a volunteer at the Northeast Ohio Food Shelter.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Mathews), whom he married June 2, 1981; son, Frank of Alliance; daughters, Melanie Homistek, Dottie Howells, and Peggy, all of Garrettsville; foster daughter, Faith Miller of Middlefield; six grandchildren; parents, Frank and Betty of Garrettsville; brothers, Donald Sparks "Nedelka" of Parma, Terry of Philadelphia, Pa., and Frank of Garrettsville; and sister, Winnie "DeeDee" Lawrence of Garrettsville.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.Wednesday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Garrettsville, with the Rev. Richard Pentello officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville.

James Dennis
James Mathias Dennis, 69, of Township Road 308, Ironton, a former Ravenna resident, died Wednesday at King's Daughters' Medical Center in Ashland, Ky.
Born Feb. 12, 1929 in Ashland, Ky., he was the son of Everett and Lena (Jones) Dennis. He was a resident of Ravenna for 30 years before moving to Ironton in 1985.
Mr. Dennis retired from Chrysler Corporation in Twinsburg after 30 years of servcie. He was a high-low driver.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra (Lowden) ; daughters, Susan Marie (John) Dietz of Akron and Angela Dawn Dennis Snider of Ravenna; stepson, Joseph Carder of Akron; stepdaughters, Dawn (Scott) DeBarr of Akron, Lisa (Jay) Anderson of Ravenna and Caren Carder of Ironton; six grandchildren; and brother, Jack of Texas.
Graveside services were held Saturday at Melvin Cemetery in Deering, Ohio, with the Rev. John Stockbridge officiating. Arrangements were made by Steen Funeral Home in Ashland.

Robert Schaffer Sr.
Robert Leroy Schaffer Sr., 75, of St. John's Island, S.C., died Monday in Charleston, S.C.
Born in Bells Landing, Pa., he was the son of Harry L. and Mabel (Bickel) Schaffer.
Mr. Schaffer was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Haag); sons, Robert L. Jr., of Kent and Mark of John's Island, S.C.; daughters, Georgia Eckart of Charleston, S.C., Gladys Raymond of Irmo, S.C., Sandra Raymond of Lexington, S.C., and Marlene and Janice, both of John's Island, S.C.; six grandchildren; and brothers, Walter of Tucson, Ariz., and James of Ravenna. 
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at McAlister Funeral Home in Charleston, S.C. A private burial will follow. Arrangements were made by Liberatos Cremation Center of Charleston.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association-Coastal Branch, 1941 Savage Road, Charleston, S.C. 29407. 

Ellen Scott
Ellen Mary Scott, 97, formerly of Charlestown, died Sunday in Bellaire, Ohio. 
Born Sept. 27, 1900 in Johnstown, Pa., she was the daughter of James S. and Elizabeth (Smith) Colburn.
Mrs. Scott was a cook for the Ravenna Bus Terminal.
She was a former member of Charlestown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her sons, Gerald of Newton Falls and Harry Brown of Michigan; daughters, Beatrice Passmore of Bellaire and Peggy Hurd of Charlestown; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren;and 20 great- great-grandchildren. Her husband, Sewell, died in 1977. Her daughters, Geneva Jones and Norma Brown, three sisters and a brother also died previously.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Thursday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. Clyde Taylor and Rev. Norma Bates officiating. Burial will be in Charlestown Cemetery.

Dorothy Smith 
Dorothy Smith, 90, the mother of Barbara Batton of Streetsboro, died Saturday at Sarah Claydon Retirement Village in Milton, New South Wales, Australia.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker most of her married years, but was recruited during wartime at a small arms factory. 
She visited her daughter and family in Streetsboro for extended periods.
In addition to Mrs. Batton, survivors include her daughter Jann (Laurie) Anderson of Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Alan Chown of Manly, Australia.Her husband, Roy, died in March, 1963. 

William Bauer
A memorial service for William P. Bauer, 52, of Ravenna, will be held at 12:15 p.m. Sunday at Rootstown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Orion Aubihl officiating.
Mr. Bauer was born Oct. 11, 1945 in East Cleveland.
Survivors include his mother, Justine King;brother, Emerson; and sister, Suzanne Croce. His father, Paul Bauer, and stepfather, Glenn T. King, died previously.

Published March 11, 1998

John Scheuer
John R. Scheuer, 83, of Shaker Heights, died Monday at Kethley House in Cleveland.
Born April 16, 1914 in Lakewood, he was the son of John R. and Anna S. (Rowe) Scheuer. He was a graduate of Lakewood High School and attended business college for more than two years.
Mr. Scheuer was a purchasing agent for A. Shaw Company of Cleveland. Prior to his military service, he worked for the International Harvester Co.
He attained the rank of staff sergeant in the U.S. Army for his service in the South Pacific during World War II. He was an expert marksman who was awarded the American Defense Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon,Meritorious Service Award and Good Conduct Medal.
He was a member of the Purchasing Agents Association of Greater Cleveland and had served as a deacon at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf, swimming, gardening and bridge.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine (Hinds); son, Randall (Kimberly) of Pegram, Tenn.; daughter, Gay L. (Edward) Janis of Cleveland Heights; and two grandchildren. A brother, Robert, and a sister, Florence Reidy, died previously.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Epworth Euclid Methodist Church, 1919 East 107th St. in Cleveland, with the Rev. Mary Beth Tame officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 9 p.m. at the home of Edward Janis, 2936 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Arrangements are being handled by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Memorials may be made to Epworth Euclid Methodist Church. 

Linda Ozenghar
Linda K. (Tressel) Ozenghar, 50, of North Benton, died of cancer Tuesday at her home.
Born Aug. 4, 1947, in Canton, she was the daughter of Grace (Beck) Rohall and William A. Tressel. 
Mrs. Ozenghar taught at West Branch Junior. High School. She was also an adviser to Explorer Group No. 534 and past assistant adviser to Post No. 505.
She enjoyed dancing, music and art.
Survivors include her husband, Robert; sons, Daniel Sebrell of Leetonia, Steven Sebrell of Boardman and Shawn Sebrell of Columbiana; daughter, Deborah Sebrell of Fort Gordon, Ga.; stepson, Robby Ozenghar of Jacksonville, Fla; stepdaughter, Amy Ozenghar, at home; two grandchildren; mother and stepfather, Grace and Peter Rohall, of Canton; brothers, Richard and Alvin Tressel, both of Montana; and sisters, Maria Danes of Canfield, and Betty Drescher of Canton. Her father died previously. 
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Dean's Funeral Home, 256 W. Ohio Ave., Sebring, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. 

Linsey Lupardus
Services will be held Friday for Linsey Leah Lupardus, 8, of Troy Township, who died Monday in a motor vehicle accident.
Lindsay was riding her bicycle when she was struck by a Jeep pickup. The accident remains under investigation.
Born Feb. 18, 1990 in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Kevin and Maria (Gates) Lupardus. She was a life resident of Troy Township.
She was in second grade at Troy Elementary School.
In addition to her parents, survivors include her brother, James and sister, Adrian, both at home; and grandparents Erman and Lorene (McClain) of Spencer, W.Va., Dale Gates of Garrettsville and Rosemary (Yozzo) Gates of Middlefield.
Calling hours will be held from noon until services at 2 p.m. Friday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Burial will be in Overlook Cemetery in Parkman.
Memorials may be made to the Troy Volunteer Fire Department.

Dorothea V. Lampe
AKRON _ Dorothea V. Lampe, 83, died Monday after a long illness.
Born in Akron, she was a Portage County resident for many years.
Mrs. Lampe was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church of Brimfield.
Survivors include her son, Douglas (Barbara) of Manchester; daughter, Mrs. Harold (Sharon) Ritterbeck of Ellet; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother, Serge Cook of Lakemore. Her husband, Raymond, died in 1994.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Akron, where services will be held at 1 p.m.Thursday, with Rev. RichardSmith officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Brimfield.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 157 W. Cedar St., Akron. 

Rev. James Stenson
Rev. James Stenson, 77, of Lousiville, pastor emeritus of St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro, where he served from 1968 to 1989, died Monday at St. Joseph Assisted Living in Lousiville.
Born Dec. 6, 1920 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Martin and mary (Murphy) Stenson. He was ordained Oct. 7, 1951.
During his years in Streetsboro, Father Stenson led his congregation durng a period of growth which paralleled the community's growth in the 1970s and 1980s. Among his accomplishments was the completion of the church complex, which was dedicated in 1988.
Prior to serving in Streetsboro, he was associate pastor of St. Patrick Church in Youngstown from 1951 to 1963. He later served at two parishes in Canton and at St. Jude Church in Columbiana.
Survivors include his brother, Henry, of Pennsylvania. His brothers, John and Edward, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro. Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.

Published March 12, 1998

George Loomis
ROOTSTOWN _ George L. Loomis, 88, died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 3, 1910 in Charlestown, he was the son of Clyde and Alice (Neeb) Loomis. He was a Charlestown resident for 53 years before moving to Rootstown 12 years ago.
Mr. Loomis was a steel hauler until he retired from Kaplin Trucking in Cleveland.
He was past master of Unity Masonic Lodge No. 12 in Ravenna and a 32nd-degree Mason from Valley of Canton.
Survivors include his wife, Ethelyn (Ellsworth), whom he married 64 years ago; daughter, Virginia (Harold) Miller of Rootstown; two grandchildren; brothers, Richard of Manning, Calif. and Clyde of Sagamore Hills; and sisters, Yola Hubbard of Manning and Ione Arnold of Mills, Wyo. His sister, Oweeda Loomis, died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be held later. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown. Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Animal Protective League in Ravenna.

Kathryn M. Kidikas
RANDOLPH _ Kathryn M. Kidikas, 72, a Randolph resident for 50 years, died of cancer Monday.
Mrs. Kidikas attended St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church in Rootstown and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Randolph.
She served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 
She enjoyed china painting, cooking, travelling, sewing and being with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Frank, to whom she was married for 50 years; sons, Bob (JoAnn) of Kent and Frank (Julie) of Randolph; daughters, Carol (Mark) Harris of Peachtree, Ga., Cheryl Pope of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Debbie Bennett of Bossier City, La.; seven grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Stevanov and Ann Thompson.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 tonight at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Akron, where a wake service will be held at 6:15 p.m. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church in Rootstown. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Randolph. 

Blanch Hollabaugh
ROOTSTOWN _ Blanch H. Hollabaugh, 90, died Monday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following a brief illness.
Born May 16, 1907 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Rudolph H. and Mary S. (Kuhn) Leimbrock. She had lived in the area for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Hollabaugh formerly attended the Edinburg United Church and formerly was involved with Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 1055.
Survivors include her sons, Howard "Bud" Sullivan of Chesterland and James Hollabaugh of Rootstown; daughter, Lois Veppert of Sunbury, Ohio; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Hilda Vance of Foley, Minn. Her husband, Clifford F., died in 1976.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Ruth Chartier officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department, 6727 Tallmadge Road.

Frank Hazel
SHALERSVILLE _ Frank J. Hazel, 76, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a period of failing health.
Born Dec. 4, 1921 in Cleveland, he was a Shalersville resident for 50 years.
Mr. Hazel was employed for several years as a mechanic at the Kent Shell Service Station.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his sisters, Florence Olen and Frances Corbucci, both of California; and three nephews. His wife, Pearl, died previously.
No calling hours will be held. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville with the Rev. James Lang officiating. Green's Funeral Home in Mantua is handling arrangements.

Vesta McElroy
Vesta J. McElroy, 76, of East Summit Street, Kent, died Wednesday at her home.
Born Nov. 13, 1921 in Kent, she was the daughter of Harry A. and Agnes (Drake) Favors. 
Mrs. McElroy retired from the Kent State University Bookstore, where she was a book buyer. 
She was a member of the Methodist Church of Avon,Ohio, and the Kent State University School 39'er Committee.
Survivors include her daughters, Michelle Carnahan of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Karla J. McElroy of San Francisco, and Paula (Stephen) Jonsson of Bradenton, Fla.; three grandchildren; and sisters, Vivian Favors Garl of Kent and Mary Sowinski of Port Charlotte, Fla. Her husband, Robert M., died in 1994. A sister, Charlotte "Louise" Darrah died in 1993.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Robert Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
Memorials may be made to Portage County Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice, 234 S. Water St., Kent.

Martha Teutsch
Martha J. "Marty" Teutsch, 73, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Newton Falls, died Sunday at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs.
Born Jan. 25, 1925 in Newton Falls, she was the daughter of James P. and Laurabelle (Mason) McCulloch. She had lived in Colorado since 1974.
Mrs. Teutsch retired as a bank teller for Union Savings and Trust in Colorado Springs. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.
Survivors include her son, William J., of Denver; daughter, Paula Jean Dana of Houston; two grandchildren; and sister, Frances Harper of Newton Falls. Her husband, William M., whom she married Nov. 15, 1941, died March 6, 1996.
There will be no local services. Arrangements were made by James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.

Charles Girdwood
MADISON _ Charles Girdwood, 48, died Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic after a long illness.
Born Nov. 16, 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of William and Mary (Rickenbach). Formerly from Burton, he had been a Madison resident for several years.
Mr. Girdwood was a maintenance and repair worker.
Survivors include his brother, William of Sylvania; and sisters, Pat Miller of Burton and June Irvin of Pennsylvania.
No services will be held. Cremation has taken place. Burial was in Brandon Cemetery, Cranberry, Pa. Green's Funeral Home in Mantua handled arrangements. 

Julianna Hlatky
CHARLESTOWN _ Julianna H. (Chizmar) Hlatky, 78, died Tuesday at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Jan. 10, 1920 in Ahmeek, Mich., she was the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Toth) Chizmar. She had lived in Cleveland prior to moving to Charlestown in 1977.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph R. of Charlestown; and brother, Albert Chizmar of Lakewood. Her sisters, Emma Barry, Betty Koteles and Mary Baksi, died previously.
There will be no services. Arrangements were made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.


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