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Sept. 22, 1997

Doris J. Wymer
Doris J. Wymer, 73, of Ravenna died Sunday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna where she had been a patient for two days after a long illness.
Born Oct. 16, 1923 in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Cloyd and Amy Adella (Diezman). She was a life resident of Ravenna.
A retired teacher, she taught in Ravenna and Streetsboro school systems.
She was a member and former financial secretary of the First Congregational Church of Ravenna, Ravenna Garden Club, Business and Professional Women and the Fine Arts Club of Ravenna. She also was a member of the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and a charter member of Ohio Retired Teachers and Portage County Retired Teachers.
Survivors include her adopted son, David Wymer of Warren; two grandchildren; brothers, Roland "Bud" of Ravenna and Charles of Parma; and sisters, Mrs. William (Ellen) Tofant of Cleveland and Florida, Mrs. Raphael (Wilma) Hearrell of Ravenna and Mrs. Darrell (Mary) Dean of Freedom. A brother, Cloyd Reed, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jeff Frantz officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church of Ravenna, the American Heart Association or American Lung Association.

Joseph J. Holecko
Joseph J. Holecko, 76, of Lake Milton, died Sunday at home after a long illness.
Born Jan.12, 1921 in Youngstown, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Krotky) Holecko.
Mr. Holecko owned D&J Supermarket in Lake Milton for 20 years. He retired in 1965.
He was a member of St. Catherine Church in Lake Milton.
Survivors include his wife, Doris (Sickle); son, Joseph J. Jr. of North Jackson; daughters, Mrs. David (Nancy) Hahlen and Mrs. Darryl (Bonnie) Prusky, both of Lake Milton; eight grandchildren; brother, Stephen of Newton Falls; and sisters, Frances Hricko and Millie Gran, both of Youngstown. A brother, John, and sister, Mary Oras, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Lake Milton, with the Rev. David Merzweiler officiating. Burial will be in Palmyra Cemetery.

Sept. 23, 1997

Moynelle Harbaugh
Moynelle J. Harbaugh, 86, a former Streetsboro resident, died Monday at Pearl View Nursing Home in Brunswick after a long illness.
Born Aug. 22, 1911 in Scalp Level, Pa., she was was the daughter of Viola (Myers) and Purdy Van Westover. She had lived in Brunswick since 1978.
Mrs. Harbaugh had worked at Dorfman & Hoffman Garment Factory in Pennsylvania.
She was a member of the Church of God in Streetsboro.
Survivors include her sons, Leonard of Pleasant City, Ohio, Warren of Caldwell, Ohio, Kenneth of Seven Hills, Ohio, Leo George of Valley View, Ohio, John of Brunswick and Ernest of Medina; daughters, Viola Meck of Brunswick, Donna Faye Burke of Cape May, N.J., and Barbara Donley of Seven Hills; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers, Purdy and Bud Westover, both of Akron, and Ernest Westover of Pennsylvania; and sisters, Leona Belles of Pennsylvania and Lovey Thomas of Akron. Her husband, Clair, and daughter, Inez Jean Custer, 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 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of God in Streetsboro, with the Rev. J.W. Adkins officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.

Mark Richards
CHARLESTOWN - Mark David Richards, 41, of 7322 Newton Falls Road, died Friday at his home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Born March 12, 1956 in Warren, he was the son of John P. and Mary Lee (Gordon) Richards. A former Paris Township resident, he had lived in Charlestown for four years.
Mr. Richards was a truck driver.
He was a member of Wayland Community Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on vehicles.
Survivors include his daughters, Samantha of Paris Township, and April and Misty Billock, both of Lake Milton; one grandchild; mother, Mary Lee of Paris Township; brother, Alan J. of Long Beach, Calif.; and sisters, Mrs. Brian (Renee) Porter and Mrs. Bernard (Sherie) Huth, both of Paris Township. His father died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Paris Township.

Carl Gaves
PARIS - Carl Gaves, 83, died Saturday at his home of natural causes.
Born Oct. 24, 1913 in Cakovcch, Yugoslavia, he was the son of Gaspar and Katrina (Dolencic) Gaves. He had lived in Paris for 56 years.
Mr. Gaves had worked for National Can in Warren as a millwright for 15 years until he retired in 1976. He had also worked at the Ravenna Arsenal.
He was a member of the Ravenna Moose Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel A., whom he married July 26, 1941; son, Robert J. of Newton Falls; daughter, Carol Jean Gaves of Anaheim, Calif.; four grandchildren; one brother and one sister.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Paris.

Sept. 24, 1997

Vera McNeil
Vera A. McNeil, 85, of Mansfield, the sister of Helen Greene of Garrettsville, died Tuesday at Winchester Terrace Nursing Home in Mansfield following a long illness.
In addition to Mrs. Greene, survivors include her son, Paul Jr. (Rebecca) of Florida; daughters, Mrs. Frank (Norna) Grillo of Mansfield and Mrs. Larry (Vera) Heller of Ontario, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sister, Midred Wolfe of Ashland. Her husband Paul L., sister Mary Sprague, two brothers and twin sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, Mansfield. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Diamond Hill Cathedral in Mansfield. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Diamond Hill Cathedral.

Mary Harlow
Mary E. (Spencer) Harlow, 71, a former Garrettsville resident, died Sunday at her home in El Paso, Texas.
Born May 9, 1926 in Hiram, she was a 1944 graduate of Garrettsville High School.
Survivors include her husband, John Kenneth, whom she married 51 years ago; son, Timothy of Utah; one grandchild; and sister, Betty Baer. Her brother, Francis Spencer, and sister, Jeanette Breitenbach, died previously.
Services will be held Thursday at Sunset Funeral Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

Sept. 25, 1997

Frank Mounts
Frank Mounts, 79, of Ravenna, died Wednesday at his home following a long illness.
Born Feb. 14, 1918 in Wareagle, W.Va., he was the son of A.C. and Sarah (Matney) Mounts. He had lived in Ohio for more than 30 years.
Mr. Mounts was a coal miner.
He attended God's Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife, Worthy (Blankenship), to whom he had been married for 53 years; sons, James of Vasant, Va., Jason, Rev. Ernest and Danny, all of Ravenna, and Richard of Atwater; daughters, Rev. Vicie Taylor and Janice Brown, both of Ravenna; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers; and one sister. His daughters, Sarah, Linda Faye and Mary Kay, died previously.
Calling hours will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the City of Refuge, Church of God in Ravenna where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Joe Deary officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. Arrangements were handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. 

Alex Orban
Alex G. Orban, 83, died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Oct. 20, 1913 in Wheeling, W.Va., he was the son of John and Rose (Caspert) Orban.
Mr. Orban was a cabinet maker and had formerly worked for Johnson Rubber in Middlefield. He also owned the Village Tavern in Lake Milton.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Pinter); sons, Alex J. of Ravenna, James "Huey" of Garrettsville and John A. of Windham; and one grandchild. 
There will be no calling hours. Private services will be held for the family. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hiram. Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Phyllis G. Long
STREETSBORO - Phyllis G. Long died Tuesday at her home.
Survivors include her husband, Adelbert; son, Andrew Kozar; stepson, Trent Long; stepdaughter, Tera Long; seven grandchildren and mother Helen Gonder of Coshocton.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Tabone Funeral Home, 33650 Solon Road in Solon, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.

Sept. 26, 1997

Luther Millsaps Sr.
Former Streetsboro resident Luther Ray Millsaps Sr., 66, of Madisonville, Tenn., died Thursday at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
He was the son of Ervin and Della Millsaps and had previously lived in Hudson.
Mr. Millsaps was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. 
Survivors include his sons, Owen, Joel, Michael and Luther Jr.; daughter, Rebecca Lebron; four grandchildren; and sister Novella Pruitt. His brothers, Leonard and Jerry, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville, Tenn. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Springs Baptist Church in Madisonville, Tenn. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

William Woodward
Former Ravenna resident William "Woody" Woodward, 40, of Ocala, Fla. died Wednesday following an automobile accident in Florida.
Born May 26, 1957, he was the son of Jack Woodward and Jo Ann (Pittman) Cunningham. 
Survivors include his mother, Jo Ann Cunningham of Ocala, Fla; grandmother, Dorothy Pittman of Ravenna; uncle, John C. Pittman of Ravenna; and aunt, Sally Keattes of Tallmadge. His father Jack died previously.
Services will be announced.

Pauline M. Moore
CHARLESTOWN - Pauline M. Moore, 76, died Aug. 15 at Barberton Citizen's Hospital after a seven-week illness.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Charlestown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Norma Bates and the Rev. Clyde Taylor officiating.
Green's Funeral Home in Mantua is handling the arrangements.

Myrtle L. Hunt
DEERFIELD - Myrtle L. Hunt, 93, died Wednesday.
Born Sept. 15, 1904 in Fenwick, W. Va., she was the daughter of Henry and Maude Holcomb.
Mrs. Hunt was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting.
Survivors include her sons, Harold S. of Sandusky, Delford W. (Nancy) of Deerfield, Edward E. (Janet) of Parkersburg, W. Va., and Jerold (Joyce) of North Benton; daughters, Maycil E. Wilson of Atwater and Mrs. Dana (Helen) Ramsey of Dille, W. Va.; 19 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; 39 great-great-grandchildren; 21 great-great- great-grandchildren; and sister Virginia P. Hamrick of South Albans, W. Va. Her husband, Earl, and daughter, Hazel, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held in West Virginia with the Rev. Cecil Butcher officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Widen, W. Va.

Sept. 28, 1997

Shirley (Stephans) Schenk
Shirley Louise (Stephans) Schenk, 67, of Bath, died Friday.
She was born April 17, 1930 in Akron. 
Mrs. Schenk served as assistant to the treasurer of the Revere schools district for 22 years before retiring in 1994.
She was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship at Ghent Christian Church in Bath, Bath Delta Garden Club and PEO Chapter DG in Kent. 
Survivors include her husband, William A. of Bath; sons, William D. (Linda) of Lebanon, Tenn., Brett Walter of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Blake James of Bath; daughter, Mrs. John (Katrina Grace) McLaughlin of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren; brothers, William W.T. (Eva) Stephans of Kirkland and James Stephans of Indianapolis, Ind.; and sister, Mrs. Ronald (Virginia) Sommers of Kent.
Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Billows Funeral Home, Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Road. 
Memorials may be made to the Ghent Christian Church Building Fund, 4200 Granger Road, Akron, 44333. 

Sept. 29, 1997

Robert W. Lawver
Robert W. Lawver, 69, died Sunday at Hospice Care Center in Fairlawn. 
He was a lifetime resident of the Ellet, Mogadore and Uniontown areas and moved to Portage Lakes in 1996. 
Mr. Lawver began his career in funeral service when he was employed as a teenager by the Hopkins Funeral Home in Akron. He had served in the profession with his wife, Dorla (Dodie) Hopkins since their marriage in 1949.
He was was an officer and an active member of the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church for 56 years. He was a member of the Mogadore and Uniontown Lions Clubs, Summit County, the State of Ohio and National Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Embalmers Association.
He was a graduate of Ellet High School, attended Kent State University and graduated from Cleveland College of Mortuary Science.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons, Mark (Deborah) of Montrose, Ted (Mickey) of Portage Lakes and Dane; daughter, Coral (Rick) Bowers of Mogadore; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, James (Connie) of Las Vegas, Nev.; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Delbert and Phyllis Smith of Uniontown. 
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Hopkins LawverFuneral Home, 547 Canton Road in Akron, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastors David Frees and Cathleen Bunting officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park in Akron.
Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

Margaret L. (Peggy) Templeton
Margaret L. (Peggy) Templeton, 82, of South Canal Street, Newton Falls, died Saturday at Quality Care Nursing Home in Cortland.
Born Sept. 28, 1914 in Echo, Pa., she was the daughter of Earl and Minnie (Forster) Cogley.
Mrs. Templeton was the operator and owner of Peggy's Beauty Salon in Newton Falls.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Newton Falls, Blue Star Mothers, and American Legion Post No. 234 in Newton Falls.
Survivors include her brothers, Laird Cogley of Windham and Gene Cogley of Echo, Pa.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, William A., whom she married Feb. 18, 1933, died June 8, 1996. A son, Norman Darl, died April 23, 1997. Her brothers, Tallmadge and Bearl Dean, both died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Newton Falls or American Legion Post No. 234 in Newton Falls.

Sept. 30, 1997

Phyllis D. Zumkehr
Phyllis D. Zumkehr, 58, of Lake Roger Drive, Sugar Bush Knolls, died Monday at her home after a long battle with breast cancer.
Born May 2, 1939 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Philip and Eleanor (Kanear) Donley. She had lived in Sugar Bush Knolls for 33 years.
Mrs. Zumkehr graduated from Shaker Heights High School and Ohio University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in economics. While attending college, she met and married Charles B. Zumkehr Jan. 30, 1960.
She was a homemaker, devoted mother, gardener and volunteer.
She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Kent, Elm Garden Club and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She was a precinct worker at the Sugar Bush Knolls village elections for 20 years.
She was a former Christ Episcopal Church Altar Guild member, past board member of the United Way of Portage County, and active in Girl Scouts.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her son, Chad P. of Cleveland; daughter, Mrs. Kevin (Jennifer) McCarthy of Westlake; one grandchild; and brothers, Terrance (Shirley) of Hudson and Denis (Marian) of Lantana, Fla.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Robert Brooks officiating. Private burial will be in Markillie Cemetery in Hudson.
Memorials may be made to Ireland Cancer Center, in care of University Hospitals of Cleveland, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106-5055. 

Florence M. "Millie" (Snively) (Yeend) Hetterich
Florence M. "Millie" (Snively) (Yeend) Hetterich, 86, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Friday.
Born March 6, 1911 in Hamilton, Ohio, she was married for many years to her first husband, John "Jack" Yeend of Ravenna. Following her husband's death, she married her high school sweetheart, Bob Hetterich. 
Mrs. Hetterich was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After college, she moved to Palm Beach with her first husband, where they operated Yacht Management Service.
Survivors include sons, John and Phil; daughters, Ann and Carol; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her husbands died previously.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla.All County Mortuary in Lake Worth, Fla. is handling arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to the Hacienda Girls Ranch, Box 361097, 326 Croton Road, Melbourne, Fla. 32936-1097.

M. Georgiann Moodie
Services have been held in Phoenix, Ariz., for former Kent resident M. Georgiann Moodie, 70, of Phoenix, who died Sept. 14.
Born in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Stanley and Victoria Pilasky. She lived in Kent until her marriage. She and her husband, Robert, lived in various locations before settling in Phoenix.
She had been a member of St. Patrick Church, attended St. Patrick School and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent in 1945. She attended Kent State University.
Mrs. Moodie was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Robert E.; son, the Rev. Michael Moodie of San Francisco; daughters, Kathryn Shafer of Colorado Springs, Colo, Beth Parrott of Woodland Park, Colo. and Barbara of San Francisco; four grandchildren; brother, Roy Pilasky of Ohio; and sister Patricia Lollini of Ohio. Her brother, Ralph, died previously.
Services were held in Phoenix, with her son, the Rev. Michael Moodie, officiating. Arrangements were made by the Chapel of the Chimes in Glendale, Ariz.
Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, Ariz., 85002.

Carrie M. White
Carrie M. White, 86, died Sunday at Hospice Care Center in Fairlawn.
Born in Coleman, Ala., she had lived in the Akron and Ravenna areas for 64 years.
Mrs. White worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron during World War II. She later owned an operated a grocery business with her husband Bruce for 21 years and had worked with her son, Jim at White's Fish Farm in Mogadore for 20 years.
She was an avid bingo player and a Cleveland Indians fan.
Survivors include her son, Jim (Nancy) of Mogadore; daughters, Mrs. Bob (Ann) Kruger of Ft. Worth, Texas and Marlene Dobosh of Paris; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Mogadore, where services will be held at 11 a.m.Thursday, with the Rev. David Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Palmyra Cemetery.

John J. Smolak
John J. Smolak, 77, of 2918 S.R. 5, Leavittsburg, died Sunday at his daughter's residence in Hiram.
Born Feb. 21, 1920 in Rankin, Pa., he was the son of John and Mary Elizabeth (Hrabovsky) Smolak.
Mr. Smolak was a millwright for the Ohio Carpenters Union No. 171.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton Falls. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his son, John III, of Charleston, W.Va.; daughter, Deborah Imars of Hiram; and three grandchildren. His wife, 
Martha C. (Polosky), died July 6, 1997. His brothers, Michael and Steve, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


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