|Obituaries -- April 13, 2001
Alvina C. Thomas
Alvina C. Thomas, age 54, went home to be with the Lord on Monday April
9, 2001. She was born on May 27, 1946 in Baltimore, MD. She was employed
at the city of Akron/Water Department for 10 years and a former employee
of Diebold's for 22 years. Alvina is preceded in death by her sister, Regina
Potter; father, Alvin Gadsden. She was a lifetime resident of Canton. She
was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, serving as past President of the
usher board, President and Instructor of the I.C.U.A. She was a graduate
of McKinley High School. Left to cherish her precious memories, son, Nakia
A. Thomas of New Haven, CT; daughter, Altovise Thomas of New Haven, CT;
mother, Lelia Gadsden of Canton; sisters, Sheryl Ravenell of New Haven,
CT., Benita Gadsden of Akron, OH; granddaughter, Kiara Thomas of New Haven,
CT; and a host of aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews' other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are 12 Noon Saturday April 14, 2001 at Brogdon Son Funeral
Home, 1617 3rd St NE. Canton, OH 44704 with Rev. Richard L. Jordan officiating.
Interment will be in Northlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be 11-12 Noon
Saturday April 14, 2001 at the funeral home. Arrangements are being handled
by The Brogdon Son Funeral Home.
(Brogdon Son, 330-453-7627)
Anna (Ferris) Dennis
Anna (Ferris) Dennis, age 84, formerly of Minerva, died Thursday morning
in the Sunnyslope Nursing Home in Bowerston following a long illness. She
was born August 20, 1916, in Neffs, OH., to Joseph and Josephine (Hoffman)
Kotera. She was a housewife and former employee of Thermo Devices in Minerva.
She is a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minerva. She is survived
by her husband, Harold Dennis who she married March 8, 1974; a son, Kenneth
J. Ferris Jr. of Jonesboro, GA; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Lowell (Karen) Markins
of Canton; a stepson, John Dennis of Minerva; a sister, Pauline Grimes
of Minerva; four grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her first husband,
Kenneth Ferris who died March 22, 1966; three sisters and a brother, Bessie
Vejvoda, Marie Ewers, Mildred Barrick, Edward Kotera. Funeral services
will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva
with Rev. Joseph Ertl officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Tuesday one hour prior to services at the funeral
David J. Cundiff
David Jerome Cundiff, age 77, departed this life on April 11, 2001.
Born to the late James R. and Emma F. Cundiff on July 7, 1923, in Yorkville,
OH. He served in the United States Army in World War II. He traveled the
States after being discharged from the Army. He was preceded in death by
17 other sisters and brothers. He leaves to mourn his death four sisters,
Norma J. Weatherspoon, Constance B. Talley, Shirley A. Cundiff all of Canton,
Gloria J. Hardy of Alliance; and three brothers, Thomas D. Cundiff, George
Cundiff and William R. Cundiff all of Canton; a host of nieces and nephews;
and his companion, Linda Blake of Carrollton, OH. Crematory Service by
Adam and Mason.
Donna J. Nixdorf
Donna J. Nixdorf. Funeral services Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Welch-Sekeres-Lewis
Funeral Home. Calling hours Saturday one hour prior to services at the
funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Lung Assoc.
Dorothy Hedin, age 80, of Seabrook of Hilton Head died Monday at the
Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics. She was born on September 24, 1920
in Mineral City, OH., and is the daughter of the late Lawrence and Anna
Reidl McClelland. She moved to Hilton Head Island in 1998 from Canton,
OH. She was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church of Canton. She
is survived by her husband Richard A. Hedin; a son and daughter-in-law,
Scott A. and Janis A.R. Hedin of Hilton Head Island; a daughter and son-in-law,
Anita L. and Carleton Palmer of Norcross, GA; and three grandchildren,
Jesse Palmer, Anna Palmer and Matthew Palmer. She was preceded in death
by a brother, Robert McClelland in 1971. A memorial service will be held
at 11 a.m. Friday at The Seabrook of Hilton Head with Rev. William Rumsey
officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association,
12 Windy Cove Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. The Island Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.
(The Island Funeral Home, 843-681-4400)
Dylan Anthony Suggs
Dylan Anthony Suggs, 3 days old, went Home to be with the Lord on Monday,
April 9, 2001. Dylan was born on April 7, 2001 in Canton, OH. He is preceded
in death by his great-grandmother, Celletta Suggs; great-great-grandparents,
Cola and Daisy Taylor, Christian and Vivian Fontes. Although with us only
a short time, Dylan was our angel. Dylan leaves to cherish his precious
memories, mother, Tawana N. Suggs; grandmother, Deborah Milini; grandfather,
Willie E. Suggs, Jr.; great-grandparents, Adelino (Mary) Fontes, Willie
E. Suggs, Sr.; brother, Carlin C.L. Suggs; uncles, Leroy (Shayla) Jeter,
Maurice Suggs; aunt, Trina Suggs; special aunt, Candice Fontes; special
cousin, Tamira Suggs; and a host of cousins and relatives. Graveside services
will be Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 12 Noon at Forest Hill Cemetery with
Rev. George Dunwoody officiating.
Edna J. Williamson
Edna J. Williamson. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at
10 a.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Minister, Manley Pierce officiating.
Burial will be in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. Calling hours at the funeral
home Friday (tonight) 5-7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the First
Christian Church of Canton.
Frank W. Grosschmidt, age 79, of Canton passed away Wednesday afternoon,
April 11, 2001, in Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness. He retired
from the U.S. Postal Service after more than 30 years of service in the
Canton area. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was
a church usher, a member of the National Assoc. of Letter Carriers, Lake
P'Na Sportsman's Club, the Disabled American Veterans and AARP. He was
an avid fisherman and served his country in the U.S. Navy during World
War II. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine, in 1996; brothers,
Edward and Joe Grosschmidt; sisters, Emma Kelp and Lena Brendel. He is
survived by his wife, Mary A. Grosschmidt, with whom he would have celebrated
54 years of marriage this November; a daughter, Ann (Ron) Lisk of Canton;
sons, Frank M. of Canton, Michael and Ginny of East Sparta, Andrew and
Debra, James, Mark and Tanya, all of Canton; sisters, Mary Schockling of
Louisville, Wilma Baus of North Canton and Veronica Delaripa of California;
ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will
be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with Msgr. Frank A. Carfagna
as celebrant and Fr. Tim Huffman as concelebrant. Burial will follow in
Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday 4-7 p.m. in the Don Williams
Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American
(Don Williams, 330-455-0387)
Harry A. Hetrick
Harry A. Hetrick, age 95 of Canton, died Thursday afternoon at the
Pines Nursing Home. He was born in Reedsville, PA, and had lived in Canton
since 1953. He was retired from Shearer Market and was a member Epworth
United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by his wife, Ruth July 6, 1986;
a son, Orris Hetrick; and four sisters. Survived by daughter-in-law, Donna
Hetrick; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Graveside services
will be conducted on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Church Hill Cemetery in Reedsville,
PA. Friends may call Friday (today) 6-8 p.m. in the Kreighbaum-Sanders
Funeral Home on S. Cleveland Ave.
Ivan Snyder, age 90 of North Port, FL, formerly of Canton, passed away
Monday afternoon in his residence. He was born in Wilmot, OH, a son of
the late Jacob and Caroline Gardner Snyder, resided in North Port 26 years,
previously residing in Canton 38 years. Mr. Snyder retired in 1976 from
U.S. Steel, after over 30 years service, where he was a machinist. He and
his late wife owned Madeline's Beauty Shop in Canton for 30 years. He had
attended Trinity United Methodist Church in North Port. He had been a member
of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Steel Credit Union. Preceded in death
by his wife of 57 years, Mildred Snyder, on April 19, 1994, a daughter,
Dawn Marie Snyder, sister, Gladys Crabtree, and a brother, Paul Snyder.
Survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie Snyder of Los Angeles,
CA and Leila and Richard Mercorelli of Bolivar; one son and daughter-in-law,
Jacob and Ruthie Snyder of Vermillion, OH; four grandchildren, Jakob Snyder
and his wife, Kathie of Lorain, OH, Louis Mercorelli of Sydney, Australia,
Gina Mercorelli of Pittsburgh, PA and Jodi Carohl of Lorain, OH; four great-grandchildren;
one sister, Mrs. Norman (Dorothy) Albright of New Concord, OH; one brother
and sister-in-law, Lester and Margaret Snyder of Walnut Creek, OH; and
a brother-in-law, Ira Crabtree of Medina, OH. Services will be conducted
Monday at 12 Noon in the Formet-Clevenger Gordon Funeral Home with Rev.
Douglas Winner officiating. Interment in Greenlawn Cemetery in Wilmot,
OH. Friends may call Monday 10 a.m.-12 Noon.
(Formet-Clevenger Gordon, 330-456-4766)
Jack W. Leggett
Jack W. Leggett. Friends, family and colleagues are invited to attend
the graveside service Saturday 1 p.m. in North Lawn Cemetery, 4927 Cleveland
Ave. N.W., Canton, OH., with Rev. Glenn Royer officiating. The Reed Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jan Byk. Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Earl B. Jack
Funeral Home. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 7-9 p.m.
(Earl B. Jack, 330-452-1702)
Jennifer Jo Himes
Jennifer Jo Himes. She was a Girl Scout with Great Trail Girl Scout
Council #480 for 10 years. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday
11 a.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Newcomer officiating.
Burial will be in Sunset Burial Park. Calling hors at the funeral home
Friday 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the
Mary L. Robinson
Mary L. Robinson, age 96, of Summerfield, FL, a former resident of
Canton, OH, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Speciality Care of
Lady Lake, FL. Mary was a 68 year resident of Canton, OH until 1998. She
was born Sept. 4, 1904, in Stratton, OH (formerly Ekeyville, OH), the daughter
of John W. and Emma Dunlap Ekey. She was preceded in death by her husband
of 44 years, Marshall F. Robinson in 1974. She was also preceded in death
by a brother, Wilbur Ekey and a sister, Esther Macmillan. Mary was a dedicated
school teacher. She taught in Empire, OH, for two years and then at Canton's
Martin and Allen grade schools for 27 years. She actively pursued a life
long interest in genealogy as a member of the Jefferson County Historical
Society. In 1976 she wrote The Village of Stratton story and co-wrote the
History of Hollow Rock Camp Meeting. Mary was a member of the Empire United
Methodist Church, Empire, OH. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law,
Marshall J. and Phyllis Robinson of Summerfield, FL; two grandsons, Mark
S. Robinson of Canton and Brian K. Robinson of Palatine, IL; four step-grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren. Visitation hours
will be 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2001, at Clarke Funeral Home,
302 Main St., Toronto, OH. 740-537-1234 or 800-588-1446. A Funeral service
will be held at 12 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Sam Troyer
officiating. Burial will be at the Sugar Grove Cemetery near Empire, OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Empire
United Methodist Church, St. Rt. 7, Empire, OH 43926.
Richard D. Gruber
Richard D. Gruber, age 68, of Canton, passed away April 11, 2001 after
a brief illness. Born Jan 21, 1932 he retired from Diebold. Preceded in
death by his mother, Grace (Nist) Gruber; father, Charles Richard Gruber;
sister, Mildred (Steele -Gruber) Koons. Survived by niece, Gail L. (Koons)
Dailey. A Memorial Service will be held May 5, 2001 at 3.00 p.m. in Martin
Luther Lutheran Chur-ch. The family suggests memorial contributions be
made to Martin Luther Lutheran Chur-ch, 701 Walnut Avenue N.E., Canton,
Ruby P. Kamp
Ruby P. Kamp, age 95 of the Canton Christian Home, formerly of North
Canton passed away Tuesday April 11, 2001 at the Christian home. She was
born in Spencerville, OH on Oct. 1, 1905 to the late Michael and Lilly
B. (Loughridge) Shaffer. She was a former employee of the Hoover Co. and
North Canton Public Schools as a cafeteria manager. Survived by her sons
and daughters-in-law, Ned Kamp of Shelby, OH., Nile and Darlene Kamp of
Woodsfield, OH., Phil and Libby Kamp of New Holland, PA; 11 grandchildren;
nine great grandchildren; sister, Bernice Sloan of Apache Junction, AZ;
and brother, William Herbert Shaffer of Mogadore. Preceded in death by
her husband, Carl; son, David; grandson, Daniel; sisters, Ruth Shaffer
and Mamie Whitlow; and brothers, Lawrence, Berlin and Harold Shaffer. Funeral
services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Canton Christian Home with
Chaplin Ron Iwanusa officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call at the home one hour before the services. In lieu of flowers
memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Christian Home 2550 Cleveland
Ave NW, Canton, OH 44709.
(Karlo Sons, 330-499-6207)
Russell B. Frank
Russell B. Frank, age 72, of Jackson Township, died Tuesday in the
home after a courageous three year battle with cancer. His parents were
the late Leo and Edna Boron Frank. He lived his entire life on the farm
which had previously been owned and farmed by his father and grandfather.
Farming was his passion, having been in the Dairy Business in his younger
years, and more recently had a beef and grain operation. He was also employed
for 19 years at the Kent State University Stark Branch, retiring in 1986
as Building and Grounds Superintendent. He was a loving husband, father,
and grandfather, with a gentle spirit and a true love of God and his Catholic
Faith. Russell and his wife enjoyed 25 years of Western Square Dancing
in the area. He was a charter member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Survived by his wife of 47 years, Eugenia (Genie) Gill Frank; two daughters
and sons-in-law, Barbara and Les Moor, and Melissa and Bradley Metzger,
all of Jackson Township; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Judith
Frank of Dalton, OH; six grandchildren, Jonathan and Heather Moore, Jordan
and Megan Metzger and Brian and Sarah Frank; a sister, Catherine Werner
of Jackson Township; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Wilma
Frank of Jackson Township, Leo and Wilma Frank and Donald and Elizabeth
Frank all of Lawrence Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday
at 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church with Fr. Leo Wehrlin as celebrant.
Entombment will be in the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call
Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the Lamiell Funeral Home and Monday from 10-11
a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Franciscan
Sisters, T.O.R., PO Box 1042, Steubenville, OH. 43952 or to Mercy Hospice.
Sarah Magdalene King Wentz
Sarah Magdalene King Wentz. A private interment will be in Sunset Hills
Burial Park. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of
the church following the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions may be made to the Chancel Choir Fund of Christ Presbyterian
Church, 530 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, OH 44702.
Vera J. Buzzo
Vera J. Buzzo. Services Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Lamiell Funeral
Home. Friends may call Friday (tonight) 6-8 p.m.