|Published March 20, 1998
Tyko Austin Palo, 79, of Albany, Ohio, died Wednesday at O'Bleness
Hospital in Athens, Ohio
Born August 22, 1918 in Monessen, Pa., he was a former resident of
Aurora and Warren.
Mr. Palo worked as a supervisor for Kroger Bakery.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his sons, Karl H. of Albany, David W. of Marion and
Hannas T. (Darlene) Palomakkii of Akron; one stepgrandchild; and two sisters.
His wife, Sarah (King), died in 1973. A sister also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at McFarland &
Son Funeral Home, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, where services will be held
at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna,
Mary B. Daugherty, 79, of Ravenna, died Thursday at her home.
Born June 17, 1918 in Randolph County, W. Va., she was the daughter
of Emmanuele and Geneva (McCartney) Gimmel. She had been a Ravenna resident
for the past 45 years.
Mrs. Daugherty was a machine operator at Evenflo Corp. in Ravenna until
Survivors include her brothers, Arnold of Florida and Raymond of Byesville,
Ohio; and sister, Mae Vasco of Eastlake. Her husband, Carl; and sisters,
Katherine Harper and Eleanor Mueller, died previously.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced
at a later date by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
STREETSBORO _ Charles J. Fekete, 82, died Wednesday at Heather Knolls
Nursing Home in Tallmadge.
Born July 1, 1915 in Cleveland, he was the son of James and Barbara
(Repko) Fekete. Formerly of Maple Heights, he had lived in Streetsboro
for 20 years.
Mr. Fekete was a tool and die maker for the Ford Motor Co. in Walton
Hills until he retired in 1977.
He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Streetsboro and
the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his sons, Charles (Marie) of Munroe Falls and John
(Marcy) of University Heights; daughters, Susan Phelps of Streetsboro,
Mrs. Rich (Cheryl) Lorenz of Streetsboro, Rose of Minneapolis, Minn., and
Mrs. Dave (Mary) Pickett of Northfield Center; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
and brothers, John (Mary) of Lantana, Fla. and Steve (Ruth) of Novelty.
His wife, Helen, died in 1966. A daughter, Maryann; brothers, Frank Black
and Andrew Fekete; and sister, Elizabeth Pazitka, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Shorts
Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday
at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Streetsboro. Burial will be in Evergreen
Cemetery in Streetboro.
STREETSBORO _ Emma A. Manfrass, 103, died Wednesday at Maplewood Care
Center in Streetsboro.
Born April 4, 1894 in Cleveland, she had lived most of her life in
the Streetsboro and Shalersville area. She married her husband, Edward,
in 1914 and moved to Streetsboro. The couple lived on the family farm on
Page Road until he died in 1974.
Mrs. Manfrass was a homemaker.
She was a member of Streetsboro United Methodist Church. She was a
longtime member of the Grange.
Survivors include her son, Leonard of Streetsboro; five grandchildren;
12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister Minnie
Ensinger of Kent. Her husband, Edward; son, Clarence, grandson, Keith;
and brothers Otto, Carl and Herman Arnes, died previously.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro
Chapel, with the Rev. Daniel Griggs officiating. Private burial will be
in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Published March 21, 1998
Former Ravenna resident Barbara L. Polomsky, 49, of Memphis, Tenn.,
died of cancer Tuesday at her daughter's home in Pine Bluff, Ariz.
Mrs. Polomsky was a homemaker.
She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness-Berclair Congregation.
Survivors include her husband, Vincent of Memphis; sons, Aaron D. and
Joseph C., both of Memphis; daughters, Donna K. Chapman of Pine Bluff,
and Rebecca J., Karen E., and Sarah M., all of Memphis; father, Hugh Riley
of Eads, Tenn.; mother, Lillie Riley of Memphis, Tenn.; brother, Gerald
W. Riley of Memphis; and sisters, Shirley A. Vaughn and Laura J. Caradine,
both of Memphis, and Judy M. Bradford of Loalls, Miss.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Family Funeral Care, 4925
Summer Ave., Memphis,Tenn.
Former Mantua resident Gertrude L. Woodward, 87, of Grants Pass, Ore.,
died March 12 at Three Rivers Community Hospital & Health Care Center,
Washington Campus, in Grants Pass.
Born Dec. 6, 1910 in Cleveland, she had moved to Grants Pass from Mantua
Mrs. Woodward had worked in retail sales for Higbee Co. in Cleveland.
Survivors include her husband, Leighton, whom she married July 16,
1932; sons, Perry and Leighton, both of Grants Pass, and William of Mantua;
four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
No service is planned. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.
Arrangements were made by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives in Medford,
Minnie Balogh, 83, of North Benton, died Thursday at Horizon Meadows
Nursing Home in Alliance.
Born Dec. 14, 1914 in North Benton to Leverett and Mary (Sears) Gillett,
she was a lifelong resident of the area.
Mrs. Balogh was a graduate of Deerfield High School. She was a member
of the Deerfield Friends Church.
Survivors include her son, the Rev. Edward Balogh Jr.; daughter, Mrs.
David (Dianne) Allison; and four grandchildren. Her husband, Edward, whom
she married June 3, 1945, brother Howard, and sisters Jinnie Booth, Frances
Boyd and Dorothy Burcaw died previously.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the 1:30 p.m. service
Monday at Deerfield Friends Church. The Rev. Jody Hill will officiate.
Burial will be in Hartzell Cemetery in Deerfield.
Arrangements are being handled by The Arbaugh Pearce Greenison Funeral
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Deerfield Friends Church.
Published March 22, 1998
Matt F. Konopka
Matt F. Konopka, 77, of Valleyview Drive, Kent, died Saturday at Robinson
Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Sept. 11, 1920 in Cleveland, he was the son of Frank and Caroline
(Dzik) Konopka. He moved to Kent in 1958.
Mr. Konopka ran Bedford's of Kent, a toy and hobby store, which opened
in downtown Kent in 1959 and moved to the University Plaza, where it was
located until it closed in 1968. Following the closing of his store, he
worked part-time as a manufacturer's representative in the gift and home
decor market. He also worked part-time at the Kent State University Golf
Course last summer.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member
of the Kent Elks and the Ravenna Moose.
Active in the Democratic Party, he ran for Kent mayor and Portage County
Survivors include his wife, Valeria (Wilk), whom he married Sept. 4,
1947; daughters, Patricia of Rootstown, Christine Velasquez of North Glenn,
Colorado and Virginia of Stow; two grandchildren; brother, Leon of Parma;
and sister, Lottie Wygonik of Middleburg Heights. Two sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Bissler &
Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at
St. Peter of the Fields Church in Rootstown, with the Rev. Patrick Manning
officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter of the Fields Cemetery in Rootstown.
Larry A. Watson
Services for Larry A. Watson, 31, of Diamond, and his stepson, Gordon
Wayne Flynn, 14, who died as a result of a Thursday car accident in Palmyra,
will be held Tuesday at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home in Alliance.
Mr. Watson, who died Friday, was born July 6, 1966 in Cuyahoga Falls,
the son of Alvin M. and Glenna M. (Wimer) Watson. He was a 1986 graduate
of Atwater Christian School and attended Stark Technical College.
He was employed by Palumbo Inc. of Canfield. He attended First Baptist
Church in Atwater.
Survivors include his daughter, Jessica D., at home; parents, Alvin
and Glenna Watson of Damascus; brothers, James Bell of New Waterford, Ohio,
Stephen Bell of Niles, Donald Watson of Minerva, Darryl Watson of Los Angeles,
Calif., David Watson of Alliance, Keith Watson of Newton Falls and Robert
Watson of Cullman, Ala.; and sisters, Sharon Dorsey of Damascus, Zamie
Coldsnow of Beloit and Lora Watson of Warren. His sister, Linda Bell, died
Born Sept. 24, 1983 in Ravenna, Gordon was the son of Joseph A. Flynn
Sr. and Rebecca Ann (Hussey) Flynn Layne. He died Thursday at Robinson
Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Gordon was a student at Southeast Middle School. He attended Deerfield
United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his father, Joseph A. Flynn Sr. of South Carolina;
mother, Rebecca Layne of Diamond; brother, Joseph A. Flynn Jr. of Diamond;
sister, Sherri Ann Flynn of Diamond; grandparents Gordon and Carol (Graham)
Hussey of Deerfield andTherma DePew of Aurora; and step-grandfather, Richard
DePew of Aurora.
Calling hours for Mr. Watson and Gordon will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.
Monday at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home in Alliance, where services
will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Ken Clark and Rev. Mae
C. Morrow officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park.
Memorials for Mr. Watson may be made to the Jessica D. Watson Trust,
c/o United National Bank, 2 W. State St.t, Alliance 44601.
Memorials for Gordon may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation.
Eddie L. "Pops" Holloway, 73, of Ravenna, died Wednesday at Robinson
Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 17, 1925 in Knoxville, Tenn., he was the son of Pearl Hinkle.
He was a lifetime resident of Ravenna.
Mr. Holloway was a machinist for Terex Corp. in Hudson until he retired.
He was a member of the Ravenna's Men's Civic Club and was a counselor
at the Brecksville Veterans Administration Hospital. He was a founding
member of the McElrath Improvement Corporation.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Survivors include his sons, Harry Dukes of Kent and Larry Lusane of
Ravenna; daughter, Edna (Candy) Lusane of Ravenna; seven grandchildren;
and his 40-year companion, Ethel Dukes of Ravenna. His brothers, Walter
and James, and sisters, Grace Moore and Mary Holloway, died previously.
Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Monday at
New Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ravenna. The Rev. B.J. Grant will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
John F. Skelly, 51, of 7th Street, Cuyahoga Falls, died Friday at Akron
General Medical Center.
Born Nov. 27, 1946 in Ravenna, he was the son of Samuel A. and Mary
Ellen (Corley) Skelly.
Mr. Skelly was a registered nurse at Fallsview Psychiatric Hospital
for 30 years.
Survivors include his brothers, David of Washington D.C. and Baltimore,
Md. and James of Kensington; and sisters, Elizabeth of Kensington and Marilyn
(Dan) Schetz of Cuyahoga Falls.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Standing Rock
Cemetery in Kent. The family will receive visitors from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday at 2635 7th Street, Cuyahoga Falls. Bissler & Sons Funeral
Home in Kent is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Portage County Animal Protective League,
P.O. Box 927, Ravenna 44266.
Vinnie L. Locke, 61, of Ravenna, died unexpectedly Thursday at her
Born in Verbena, Ala., she had lived in Ravenna for 40 years.
Mrs. Locke was a cook at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna for
18 years until she retired in 1992.
She was a member of New Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ravenna, where
she was choir director and president of church catering.
Survivors include her sons, William T. (Lisa) Jr. of Akron and James
of Ravenna; daughter, Lenabeth of Akron; six grandchildren; mother, Elizabeth
Stephens of Montgomery, Ala; brothers, Alvin, Joe, Clarence, Sammie Lee
and Cranston Stephens, all of Alabama; sister, Shirley Jean Hall of Alabama;
and cousins, Fred Cooper Jr., Terry Cooper and John Mims.
Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Tuesday
at New Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ravenna, with the Rev. B.J. Grant
officiating. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 8701/2
Cleveland Road, Apt. A, Ravenna. Stewart-Calhoun Funeral Home in Ravenna
is handling arrangements.
RANDOLPH _ Annabelle Knapp died Saturday at home.
Arrangements will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna
Louis P. D'Amico, 82, of Warren, died Friday at Laurie-Ann Nursing
Home in Newton Falls.
Born March 23, 1915 in Warren, he was the son of Peter and Maria (Cetrone)
Mr. D'Amico was a painter for the Lordstown Depot.
Survivors include his wife, Francis (Cherry), whom he married June
26, 1944; sons, Louis of Newton Falls and Joseph of Kent; daughter, Mary
Novak of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother,
James of Naples, Fla.; and sisters, Grace Lepper of Braceville, Irene Dix
of Champion, and Ann Dawson and Elizabeth Butch, both of Warren. His brothers,
John, Thomas, Anthony, and Michael, and sisters, Angie Thomas and Elsie
Masatis, died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Private graveside services will be
held at noon Monday at Newton Falls Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled
by Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Memorials may be made to the Senior Citizens Van of Newton Falls.
MANTUA TOWNSHIP _ Florinne F. Moon, 88, died Thursday at Robinson Memorial
Hospital in Ravenna following a period of failing health.
Born March 28, 1909 in Gaithersburg, Md., she was the daughter of McKendree
R. and Edna F. (Garrett) Fulks. Formerly of Spring Arbor, Mich., where
she lived from 1950 until 1997, she had lived in Mantua for six months.
Mrs. Moon was a teacher in the Northwest School District in Jackson,
Mich., until she retired in 1974.
She was a member of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church and the Michigan
Education Association. She enjoyed traveling in the United States, Europe
Survivors include her sons, Henry W. (Joanne) of Sanford, Mich. and
Edward G. (Janet) of Mantua; daughter, Janet (Stanley) Garn of North Potomac,
Md.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, McKendree G. Fulks
of Gaithersburg, Md.; and sister, Frances F. Rogers of Charlottesville,
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Tuesday
at The Rockville Free Methodist Church in Rockville, Md. Burial will be
in Gaithersburg, Md. Arrangements are being handled by Green's Funeral
Home in Mantua.
Eugene Mazur, 71, of 313 Oak Knoll, Newton Falls, died Friday at St.
Joseph Eastland Hospital in Warren.
Born Sept. 15, 1926 in Tresckow, Pa., he was the son of Victor and
Pearl Mazur. He had lived in Newton Falls since 1947.
Mr. Mazur worked on the nickel line at Rockwell International in Newton
Falls for 29 years, until he retired in 1976. He was also a custodian for
several years at St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and gardening and was a member
of the Beaver Valley Yacht Club.
Survivors include his sons, Robert E. of Champion and Karl J. of Newton
Falls; daughter, Michele M. of Champion; four grandchildren; and brother,
Mauro of Tresckow, Pa. His wife, Marie E. (Krohn), whom he married July
12, 1946, died Feb. 25, 1993.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at James Funeral
Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial
will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Roberta L. (Payne) Cenney, 78, died Wednesday at Kent Quality Care
Born Jan. 14, 1919, she was a life resident of the Cuyahoga Falls area.
Mrs. Cenney worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in the payroll
department, retiring in 1976 after 25 years. She was a member of the Goodyear
Blue and Gold and 25-Year Club.
Survivors include her cousins, Vera Hopkins and Frances Dawson.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Tuesday
at Billows Funeral Home, Cuyahoga Falls Chapel, 1907 23rd Street. The Rev.
Dick Morris will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Service, 234 Water St.,
Kent, or the American Cancer Society, 3250 W. Market Street, Akron 44333.
Linda C. Oblak, 55, of Ravenna, died Friday at Robinson Memorial Hospital
Born Oct. 31, 1942 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Anthony and
Felicia (Thomaselli) Minadeo. She lived in Kent from1988 until moving to
Ravenna in 1993.
Mrs. Oblak was a dietary assistant at Maplewood Care Center in Streetsboro.
She attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kent.
Survivors include her sister, Marie Ansley of Streetsboro. Her son,
Frank, and daughter, April, died in 1982. Her sister, Angela Greer, died
There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held at 2
p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. Timothy
Kenney officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville.
Published March 23, 1998
Judge George Martin
The flag in front of the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna was lowered
to half-staff this morning to mark the passing of long-time Judge George
Martin, who died this morning at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Judge Martin served Portage County on the municipal and common pleas
benches and as prosecutor. He was 72.
He retired from the common pleas bench in December 1996 where he had
served since 1978. He also previously served on the municipal court bench
for three years, succeeding then Municipal Court Judge Joseph Kainrad who
was elected to the common pleas bench.
The two judges served for 18 years together in common pleas court.
"Judge Martin was a very hard worker, and we got along very well,"
Judge Kainrad said. "We shared cases and never had any real problems. He
was easy to work with. As a matter of fact, the last year it was a real
struggle for him to finish his term, and he did it. He never asked anyone
to lighten his load."
Declining health required Martin to use an oxygen inhaler. During his
final years as a judge, Martin used a small, motorized cart to get around
Shortly before his retirement, Martin told the Record-Courier he felt
fortunate to be elected to serve the county so many times and was honored
to be a judge.
"You get spoiled being a judge when you walk in a room and everybody
stands up, and everybody is paying you the utmost respect," he said in
a December 1996 interview. "You've got to remember it's the robe, not the
Raised during the depression, the Ravenna native graduated from Ravenna
High School in 1944 and served in the European Theater of World War II
from 1944 until 1946. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Kent State
University with the help of the GI Bill of Rights and later put himself
through law school at Akron University, earning his degree in 1955.
Judge Martin worked as an assistant prosecutor and was appointed to
the prosecutor's seat when then Prosecutor Bob Cook was elected to Congress.
He served two terms as prosecutor.
He worked as a practicing attorney with the Martin, Panatzer and Meal
law office and served as the Kent assistant law director during 1970. He
also served as co-chairman of Ravenna's commission to redraft its charter
Judge Martin was 48 years old when he was appointed to his first seat
on the bench.
He earned the nickname "Landslide Martin" in 1978 when he beat out
incumbent Judge J. Philip Jones for a seat on the common pleas bench by
a 44-vote margin.
"He had a good record and a good reputation," Judge Kainrad said. "He
was a good, hard worker. Our careers kind of coincided all the way up.
He was defeated once for prosecutor and then he became a domestic referee
and then ultimately a municipal court judge and a common pleas judge."
Judge Martin and his wife, Eleanor, had four daughters, Ann Martin
Smith, Jane Martin Schaefer, Cheryl King and Susan Walters of Youngstown.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.
Arrangements will be announced by the Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna
William G. "Jerry" Davis, 84, of Bonita Springs, Fla., died March 6.
Born Oct. 7, 1913 in Trumbull County, he was the son of Harry and Ruby
(Kelly) Davis. He was formerly of the Portage County area.
Mr. Davis had worked at the Ravenna Arsenal and was a volunteer firefighter
for Paris Township.
Survivors include his sons, Robert (Mary Jane) of Atwater and Donald
(Kay) of Edinburg; daughters, Nancy Aebi of Alliance and Judy Carlile of
Lexington Township; two stepdaughters; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;
one great-great-grandchild; and Bernadette Munroe of Bonita Springs. His
wife, Virginia, on, Gerald, and two brothers died previously.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wood-Kortright
Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Lattimer officiating.
Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.
BRIMFIELD _ Robert Ellis White Sr., 72, died at his home Saturday.
Born March 15, 1926 in Lewis County, W.Va., he was the son of the late
Ora Ellis and Maude (Sallaz) White.
Mr. White retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron,
where he was a credit representative for 29 years, and from the Field school
district where he was a bus driver for six years.
He was a 1947 graduate of Weston (W.Va.) High School, and attended
Hammel Business College in Akron. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean
War. He also was a member of the First Freedom Baptist Church of Brimfield,
where he was an elder emeritus.
Among his many hobbies was woodworking. Many of his designs won awards
at the Portage County Randolph Fair.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Norma Jean (Ross); sons, Robert
Jr. (Erika) of California, Richard R. (Judy) of Ravenna and Ronald W. of
Mogadore; daughter, René Dawn (Charles III) Chlysta; five grandchildren;
a brother, Richard A. White of Cincinnati; and a sister, Ruth E. (Walter)
Ellyson of Fairmont, W.Va. A sister, Rebecca Minard, and an infant brother,
Stanley White, died previously.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at
the First Freedom Baptist Church of Brimfield. Memorial services will follow
in the church at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Dan Alexoff and Rev. Michael Freeman
Mr. White requested his remains be donated to the Cleveland Clinic
Foundation for research. Arrangements are being handled by the Wood-Kortright
Memorials may be made to the First Freedom Baptist Church, 2171 Tallmadge
Road, Kent, 44240.
AURORA _ Anna Parobek, 83, died Saturday at St. Luke's Medical Center
in Solon following a period of failing health.
Born Nov. 28, 1914 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of George and
Anna (Baran) Stoffa.
Mrs. Parobek was a resident of Aurora for the past five years. She
formerly lived in Brecksville for 20 years. She and her husband started
the Parobek Funeral Home on West 14th Street in Cleveland in 1933 and eventually
moved the funeral business and operated it in Parma for many years. The
business is maintained today by her daughter, Carol Krumins.
Mrs. Parobek was a former member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in
Cleveland, and was most recently a member of His Ministry in Aurora.
Survivors include a son, Donald of Aurora; daughters, Carol Ann Krumins
of Aurora and Mrs. Gregg (Loraine Ann) Tupa of Mantua; three grandchildren;
a sister, Helen Preston of Ravenna.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at His Ministry,
3051 S.R. 82, Aurora where services will be held at 7:30 p.m. with the
Rev. Florence Udell officiating. Graveside service will be held at 12:30
p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Cemetery, S.R. 303 in Hinckley.
Green's Funeral Home in Mantua handled the arrangements.
Chester Franks, Sr.
Chester Grant Franks, Sr., 75, of Alliance, died Friday at the Alliance
Born Oct. 21, 1922, in Akron, he was the son of William Walter and
Zola (Busby) Franks. He had lived in Atwater and Ravenna before moving
to Alliance 20 years ago.
Mr. Franks was a meat cutter for more than 40 years until his retirement
and had worked at many area stores, including Co-Op, Kroger and Acme.
Survivors include sons, William, Robert, Walter and Chester, Jr., all
of Alliance; daughters, Mrs. Ruth Anne Blake of Atwater, Mrs. Barbara Marzec
of Independence and Mrs. Sarah Biedenbach of Alliance; 10 grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; brothers, Ralph of Atwater, Donald of Randolph
and Paul of Marlboro; and a sister, Opal Ruth Border of Alliance. His parents
died previously, as did a brother, Charles, and a sister, Thelma Cramer.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at
7:30 p.m. today at the Alliance Baptist Temple with the Rev. Randall Payne
officiating. Burial will be in the Atwater Cemetery. Arrangements are being
handled by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel.
DIAMOND _ Charles L. Steele, 61, of Diamond, died Saturday at home.
Born May 28, 1936 in Akron, he was the son of Raymond H. and Anna (Mesko)
Steele. He had lived in Diamond most of his life.
In 1954, at the age of 18, Mr. Steele joined the Palmyra Volunteer
Fire Department. He was the fire inspector for Palmyra and president of
the Portage County Firefighters Association. As a fire instructor, he had
trained local firefighters and enjoyed teaching fire prevention to children.
He also had served as a Palmyra trustee. He retired from the pipeline division
of Quaker State after serving 27 years.
He had attended the Leavittsburg Church of God.
Aside from his mother, survivors include his wife, Carolyn S. (Sickle),
to whom he had been married 42 years; sons, Randall W. and Russell D.,
both of Diamond; four grandchildren; brother, Pete of Edinburg; sister,
Patsy Fox of Randolph; and cousin, Mary King of Atwater. His father died
previously, as did a grandson.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the
Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Funeral services will be held
at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Leavittsburg Church of God with Rev. Thomas
Gillum officiating. Following the services, a funeral procession will arrive
at the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department and continue on to the West Cemetery
Memorials can be made to the Burn Unit of the Akron Children's Hospital.
RANDOLPH _ Annabelle Knapp, 70, of Randolph, died Saturday.
Born in Atwater, she was the daughter of Michael and Charlotte Knapp.
She was a longtime Randolph resident.
Survivors include her husband, Paul; sons, Ron, Marty, Bobby and Douglas;
daughters, Shirley, Brenda and Annie; 12 grandchildren; and brothers-in-law
and sisters-in-law. Her son, Billy, died previously, as did her parents
and a brother, Paul.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Wood-Kortright
Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Randolph with the Rev. Edward
Wieczorek officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery of Randolph.
Memorials can be made to the Randolph Rescue Squad.
Matt F. Konopka
Matt F. Konopka, 77, of Valleyview Drive, Kent, who died Saturday at
Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, worked since 1968 as a manufacturer's
representative in the gift and home decor market. He also worked part time
at the Kent State University Golf Course last summer. The information was
incorrectly reported in his obituary Sunday.