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Published October 15, 1997

Normae Jenior
RANDOLH _ Normae Jenior, 74, died Monday at Akron General Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Born Jan. 28, 1923, in Medina, she had been a Randolph resident for most of her life.
Mrs. Jenior was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Mogadore Ladies Golf Club and St. Joseph Church in Randolph.
Survivors include her husband, Lamar; sons, Doug (Patsy) of Suffield. Tom (Fab) and Lee (Bonnie), both of Rootstown, and Steve of Randolph; daughters, Mrs. William (Sandra) Huber of Paris and Mrs. Rick (Pam) Purses of Canton; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Mrs. Dale (Eileen) Neal of Silver Lake. Her grandson, Ed Huber, died Oct. 4.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church in Randolph, with the Rev. Ed Wieczorek officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Randolph.
Memorials may be made to Preserving Our Heritage Campaign at St. Joseph Church in Randolph.

Mary Jane Swerline
Mary Jane Swerline, 82, of Warren, died Tuesday at Community Skilled Nursing Home in Warren.
Born June 11, 1915 in Newton Falls, she was the daughter of Frank and Ida (Wallace) Stewart. She formerly lived in Champion and Newton Falls. 
Mrs. Swerline worked for Country Classics for 10 years as a retail clothing clerk until she retired in 1983. 
She was a member of the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Chapter No. 79 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her son, Lee of Newton Falls; daughters, Mrs. Frederic (Linda) Beagle and Mrs. Donald (Kay) Cole, both of Champion; five grandchildren; and sister, Eleanor Burr of Ann Arbor, Mich. Her husband, Albert C., whom she married Jan. 3, 1943, died Aug. 29, 1974. A sister, Elizabeth Seivert, and brother, Max Stewart, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where an Eastern Star service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Newton Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Newton Falls United Methodist Church.

Published October 17, 1997

Gail Pownall
STOW _ Gail W. Pownall, 93, died Oct. 11.
She was born in Beallsville and had lived in the Stow-Kent area since 1921.
Mrs. Pownall was a 75 year member of First Christian Church in Kent.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Her husband Otto and niece Joy Gidley Eden died previously.
Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church of Kent, 335 West Main Street, the Rev. Lauren O'Dell-Scott officiating. Burial has taken place at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Redmon Funeral Home in Stow.
Memorials my be made to the First Christian Church of Kent.

Louis Glod
Louis J. Glod, 76, of Tallmadge Avenue, Kent, died Thursday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born April 25, 1921 in Hazelton, Pa., he was the son of Frank and Julia Glod.
Mr. Glod worked for Ohio Edison Co. as a truck driver until he retired in 1987.
He was a member of St. Patrick Church.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Armenia N. (Montoni) of Kent; and sisters Ida Orlander, Mrs. Edward (Ann) Palatore and Mrs. Emro (Genevieve) Shivy, all of Hazelton, Pa. His brothers, Joseph, John, Stanley and Anthony and sister, Julia Madefeski, all died previously.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Church in Kent, the Rev. Joseph Ruggieri officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick School Endowment Fund.

Herbert Fleming
STREETSBORO _ Services will be held at 2 p.m. today for Herbert M. Fleming, 71, who died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a brief illness.
Services will be held at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel with Rev. Thomas McCarthy officiating.
Born April 9, 1926 in Cleveland, he was the son of Jessie and Mary (Haines) Fleming.
Mr. Fleming was a coremaker at A.C. Williams in Ravenna. 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the VFW in Streetsboro. He attended St. Joan of Arc Church of Streetsboro.
Survivors include sons, Martin (Barb) of Streetsboro, Jessie (Sandy) of Columbus, and James (Robin) of Ravenna; daughters, Patricia (Buddy) Hunt of Florida, Kathleen McCain of Ravenna, Beverly Klonaris and Joan Fleming, both of Streetsboro; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Fleming of Columbus. His wife, Marian E., and a brother, Paul, died previously.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Streetsboro.

Harold B. Mayhew
Former Ravenna resident Harold B. Mayhew, 80, of Bradenton, Fla., died Tuesday.
Born May 17, 1917 in Painesville, he was the son of Benjamin Franklin and Luella Mary (Sage) Mayhew. He had lived in Bradenton for the last 23 years.
He had worked from 1920 to 1957 at Mayhew Elevator Co., which his family owned and operated in Ravenna. He retired from Rockwell International after 15 years as a test technician.
Mr. Mayhew graduated from Ravenna High School and attended Kent State University for two years. He was a member of the Disciples of Christ Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie (Owen), whom he married May 16, 1943; son, John of Chino, Calif.; daughters, Mary Lou Johnson of Townsend, Tenn. and Sarah McDaniel of Brea, Calif.; brother, Ellis of Worthington, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His sister, Marion Kurz, died previously.
Calling hours will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday at the Shafer-Winans Funeral Home, Inc. in Cortland, Ohio until funeral services, which begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sager Memorial Cemetery in Bristolville.
Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.

Glenn Carlson
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday for Glenn A. Carlson, formerly of Streetsboro, who died Sept. 17 in Mullins, S.C.
The service will be held at the Knollwood Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 1678 SOM Center Road, Mayfield.
Born June 8, 1931 in Rocky River, he was the son of Glenn and Herthel Carlson. mother survives)
Mr. Carlson was a retired maintenance mechanic, and a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include sons, James (Cindy) of Streetsboro, Edward (Debbi) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Eric (Ginger) of Alamagordo, N. Mex.; and daughter Rosemarie (Zachary) Zlocki of Streetsboro; eight grandchildren; mother, Herthel Carlson of Willoughby; brother Bud (Margery) Carlson of Lake Forest, Calif.; sisters, LaVerne Calhoon of Eastlake, and Anita (Ron) McNamara of Ashtabula.

Hermit Lancaster
SUFFIELD _ Hermit "Lank" Lancaster, 75, died Wednesday.
Born in Spencer, W.Va., he lived in Suffield most of his life.
He retired from General Tire and Rubber, where he had worked for 42 years.
He was a member of the Hartville Church of God. 
Survivors include his wife, Hazel (Cruise), to whom he had been married 45 years; sons, Gary (Julie) and James (Mary Lou Jarrell), both of Suffield; daughters, Clair (Dennis) Hanni of Hartville and Becky (Carl) Wright of Akron; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Mogadore, 34 S. Cleveland Ave., where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Mike Hone officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
Memorials can be made to Hospice Visiting Nurse Service, 1200 McArthur Drive, Akron, 44320.

Published October 19, 1997

Myron "Mike" Wirick
STOW _ Myron E. "Mike" Wirick, 75, a Kent State University professor emeritus of special education, died Monday in Cuyahoga Falls.
Born March 6, 1922 in North Baltimore, he was the son of Ira and Mary (McCory) Wirick.
Mr. Wirick graduated from Wittenburg University in 1944, where he was a member of Kappa Phi Kappa Fraternity. He did his post graduate work at Columbia University.
He then was a principal at Ottawa Hills High School before becoming a supervisor of teachers in the Cleveland area.
He taught language arts to gifted children and was a member of the Ohio Council International Reading Association.
In 1960, he became professor of special education at KSU, retiring in 1977. Upon his retirement, he became a consultant for Zaner Bloser, a handwriting specialist, and for Newsweek.
Survivors include nieces, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Crow of Wapakoneta, and Joanna Wirick of Toledo; and nephews, Ferd (Connie) Fisher of Atlanta, Ga., and George A. Peronis of Stow.
A memorial mass was celebrated at St. Bernard Catholic Tuesday, with the Rev. Paul Schindler officiating. The Dunn-Quigley-Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home in Stow was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 44 University Ave., Akron 44308. 

Clarence Powers
Clarence M. Powers, 74, of Ravenna, died Saturday at the Longmeadow Care Center of Ravenna.
Born May 9, 1923 in Kentucky, he was the son of Duncan and Della (Vanover) Powers. He lived in Palm Bay, Fla. before moving to Ravenna two years ago.
Mr. Powers was a paratrooper with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a machinist for a rubber factory in Youngstown.
Survivors include daughter, Susan of Youngstown; brother, Allen of Tiffin; and sisters, Okla V. Bishop of Ravenna and Emma E. Ferrell of Akron. His wife, Lorene, died in 1995.
There will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements have been made by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home in Ravenna.

Published October 20, 1997

Janet R. Borak
STREETSBORO _ Janet R. Borak, 57, died Sunday at her home after a short illness.
Born July 25, 1940 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Zastro) Cygan. Formerly of Chicago and Florida, she had lived in Streetsboro forfour years.
Mrs. Borak was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Jim, to whom she was married for 39 years; son, James of Chicago; daughters, Cheri of Streetsboro and Janet Schimmelpfennig of Sanford, Fla.; six grandchildren; brothers, Walter Jr. and Kenneth, and sister, Carol Kearney, all of Chicago. 
There will be no calling hours. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Chicago. Burial will be in Bethania Cemetery in Chicago, Ill. Arrangements were made by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland.

Glen L. Adams
Glen L. Adams, 73, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long illness.
Born April 11, 1924, in Richland Township, Pa., he was the son of Herbert and Blanch (McCall) Adams. Formerly of Mantua, he had lived in Ravenna for 15 years.
Mr. Adams worked as a custodian for Omega Co. in Ravenna.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 
Survivors include his stepdaughters, Angie Wright and Debbie Crookham, both of Freedom Township; four grandchildren; brothers, Robert of Baltimore, Md. and Arnold of Hayward, Calif; and sisters, Rose Smeltz of Pleasantville, Pa., Hazel Fink of Mantua and Helen Kurka of Dorset, Ohio. His wife, Thelma, died in 1989.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 11 am. Tuesday at Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna, with the Rev. Roger Mize officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Greater Portage Area VNA and Hospice.

Published October 21, 1997

Lulee Ferguson 
Lulee Ferguson, 73, of Ravenna, died Monday at her home.
Born Oct. 13, 1924 in Mud Camp, Ky., she was the daughter of Levi and Lula Huff. She had resided in Ravenna since 1942.
Mrs. Ferguson had worked at the Cleveland Worsted Mills in Ravenna and the medical division of the Oak Rubber Co. in Ravenna.
Survivors include her husband, William E., to whom she had been married for 57 years; sister, Maxie Kilgore of Indiana; nephew, Michael Balazs of Garrettsville; and nieces, Mrs. Robert (Janice) Balazs and Mrs. Stephen (Diane) Colecchi, both of Ravenna. Five brothers 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 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Carl Holm will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Walter Nething
Walter F. Nething, 88, of Ravenna, died Saturday at Metro General Health Center in Cleveland from complications following an automobile accident at Peck Road and S.R. 303 on Saturday.
Born Nov. 9, 1908 in Bellaire, Ohio, he was the son of William and Sarah Nething. He had lived in the Charlestown and Ravenna area since 1922.
Mr. Nething was retired from Taylor-Winfield in Warren, where he had been employed as a machine operator. He also had been a rural route carrier for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
He was a member of the First Church of God of Ravenna.
He enjoyed bowling and gardening. 
Survivors include his wife, Edna Marie (Dennis); sons, Dwight of Ravenna; Larry (Debbie) of Ravenna; and Gary (Krisann) of Texas; sister, Lulu Reber of Ravenna; and five grandchildren. His brothers, George, Frederick, Clarence, Jacob and Oscar, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Church of God in Ravenna, with the Rev. Carl Holm officiating.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of God of Ravenna.

Walter Murton
Walter Henry Murton, 66, of Newbury, Ohio died Monday.
Arrangements will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Mildred Casto
Mildred Irene Casto, 84, died Sunday at her winter home in North Fort Myers, Fla.
A life resident of Portage County, she was the daughter of William and Tracy Hansen. She graduated in 1931 from Ravenna Township High School, where she excelled in basketball and swimming.
Mrs. Casto was a member of Ravenna Moose Lodge No. 1234 and was elected in 1987 to the College of Regents of the Moose Club. She enjoyed fishing and followed the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians with great enthusiasm.
Survivors include her husband, Ernest (Pete); sons, Larry (Mary) Harper of Streetsboro, Gary (Linda) Huber of Ravenna and William (Sandra) Huber of Paris Township; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Casto of Ravenna; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Irene Parolini of Dover, Ohio. Her brothers, Herbert and Emmitt Hansen,sister, Ella Pissocra and grandson, Ed Huber, died previously.
Cremation has taken place in North Fort Myers, Fla. A memorial service will be held in Ravenna will be announced at a later date. Local arrangements were made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Published October 23, 1997

Ray Sunderland
Ray Louis Sunderland, 86, of Warren, died Monday in Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born April 4, 1911, in Franklin County, Tenn., he was the son of Richard and Goldie Sunderland. He lived most of his life in Ashtabula and northern Trumbull counties. He moved to Warren in November 1992 from South Carolina, where he had lived for 26 years.
Mr. Sunderland was a steelworker for Republic Steel. He was a member of Old Erie Masonic Lodge No. 3 in Warren and a life member of Hampton Masonic Lodge No. 204 in Florence, S.C. He also was a member of Shrine, Grotto, Order of Eastern Star and Knights Templar.
Survivors include his sons, Jerome of Burghill, Ronald of Andover and Darrell of Newton Falls; daughters, Mrs. Sam (Madeline) Griffith of Southington and Raye Sunderland of New Castle, Pa.; 14 grandchildren, including Timothy Sunderland of Ravenna; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. His wife, Louise J. (Smith), and a son, Everett, died previously.
Visitation will be held at noon Friday at McFarland Funeral Home, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, where services will follow at 1 p.m.Old Erie Lodge will hold Masonic services at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Kinsman Cemetery. 

Phillip Shaw
MANTUA _ Phillip H. Shaw, 52, died Tuesday at Meridia Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights of heart problems.
Born Sept. 3, 1945 in Bedford, he was the son of Ralph W. and Dorothy (Norman) Shaw.
Mr. Shaw was general foreman at Asplundh Tree Preservation in Strongsville, where he worked for 11 years.
He also served in the U.S. Army stateside.
Survivors include his wife, Linda (Collins), whom he married Oct. 1, 1965; son, Robert (Sharon) of Burton; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. The Rev. Norm Smith will officiate.

Mary Robbins
Services will be held Friday for Mary Robbins, 65, of Ravenna, who died Sunday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following a long illness.
Born April 6, 1932 in Nankipooh, Ga., she was the daughter of Otis and Mahaley (Culpepper) Mullins. She had lived in Ravenna for more than 40 years.
Mrs. Robbins was self-employed as a home care giver.
She was a member of New Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ravenna, where she was president of the church choir and president of the usher board. She also was a member of the Silver Leaf Club in Ravenna and the McElrath Improvement Committee. 
Survivors include her stepsons, Freddie Monson of Arizona, Dennis Monson of Ravenna and Michael Monson of Michigan; stepdaughters, Olivia Taylor and Marilyn Nash, both of Illinois, and Sandra Davis of Akron; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and sisters, Catherine Hurst of Ravenna and Mattie Randle of Columbus, Ga.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until services at noon Friday at New Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ravenna. The Rev. B.J. Grant will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna. Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Published October 24, 1997

Donna Jean Powell
WINDHAM _ Donna Jean Powell, 63, of Windham, died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 18, 1934, in Warren, she was the daughter of Carl Z. and Mary A. (Smith) Powell. She was a Windham resident for 48 years.
She had worked for the Community Action Council and the Salvation Army, both in Windham.
Survivors include sons, Sheldon Lloyd of Garrettsville and Leslie and Alvin Lloyd, both of Columbus; daughter, Mary Vaughn of Windham, with whom Donna had made her home; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl of Florida, Frederick of Warren and Arthur Lee of Windham; sisters, Edna Hoehn of Streetsboro and Vivian Quiggle of Windham; and step-brother, Roy of Warren. Her parents amd brothers, Robert and James, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where funeral services will be held at 9 p.m. with the Rev. William Werden officiating. Cremation will take place.
Memorials may be made to the Donna Jean Powell Fund at Huntington Bank.

Dorothy Maple
Dorothy Ann Maple, 65, of Ravenna died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following a brief illness.
Born Feb. 8, 1932 in Alliance, she was the daughter of the Basil and Helen (Walters) Patterson.
A Ravenna resident since 1962, she had moved to the area from Alliance. Mrs. Maple was a homemaker, a caregiver, a member of the Ravenna Eagles Auxiliary and a former member of the Ravenna VFW Auxiliary No. 1055.
Survivors include sons John Calderone of Akron, and James Maple of Beloit; daughter Christine Escola of Ravenna; one grandchild; brothers, Paul Patterson of Alliance and Jerry Patterson of California; and a sister, Marian of Las Vegas.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Alliance City Cemetery, with Rev. Carl Holm officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

David Hostetler
Funeral services were held Wednesday in Coshocton for former Ravenna businessman David Hostetler, who died Saturday at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. He was 72. 
Born May 27, 1925, in Garrett, Pa., he was the son of Hiram H. and Mary Ann (Gardner) Hostetler.
Mr. Hostetler was a supervisor in shipping and receiving and quality control for A.C. Williams Co. in Ravenna for 17 years. He was also a security guard for Checkpoint Security at the Genie Plant in Baltic until his retirement in July. 
He served in the United States Army as a technician 5th grade with the Headquarters Battery 136th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion during World War II. He served overseas with duty in the Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe, where he was awarded the EAME Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Carole (Whited), whom he married Jan. 12, 1974; sons, Judge David L. (Linda) of Coshocton and John Mark (Mary) of West Lafayette; daughters, Allinda of Cincinnati and Terri (Gary) Bradford of Newcomerstown; seven grandchildren; brothers, LeRoy (Pete) (Pauline), James (Jim) (Betty), both of Ravenna and George of West Warwick, R.I.; and sisters, Mary Alice (Robert) Miller, of Garrett, Pa., Jane Ansell of Rockwood, Pa. and Pansy Bubner (Steve) of Boswell, Pa. His brothers, Frank A. (Bud), Charles R., Eugene and William R.; and sisters, Myrtle Whorrell, Gertrude and Evelyn died previously.


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