Miscellaneous Stark County, Ohio Obituaries

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Obituaries -- April 19, 2001

Adrian L. Stinson
Adrian L. Stinson, age 28, of Massillon, OH, passed away Saturday evening, April 14, 2001 in Doctors Hospital. He
was born in Canton, OH, and resided in the Massillon area since that time. He was a former member of The True Church House of Prayer to All Nation, and a present membher of Agape Love Christian Center. He served in the United States Army for four years after being honorably discharged; he was employed at Americold Logistics. He is survived by his wife, Ashaki (McGhee) Stinson with whom he celebrated six years of marriage; three daughters, Aquyla, Ashrian, Adriann; one son, Adrian Stinson, II, all of Massillon, OH; parents, Arlene and Eddie Stinson of Massillon, OH; one brother, Andre Stinson of Massillon; two sisters, Arlissa Stinson of Massillon, and Whitney Thompson of Columbus, OH; in-laws parents, Betty and Jesse Robinson of Massillon, OH, Hugh and Patricia McGhee of Chicago, IL; two brothers-in-law, Jesse and Jacob Robinson both of Massillon; grandmothers, Ethel Lee Copeland and Mary L. Nash both of Massillon; biological father, Arthur Thompson; and grandfathers, Lacey Copeland and Harvey Thompson preceded him in death. Services will be held Saturday, April 21st, 2001 at Friendship Baptist Church, 920 3rd St.SE, Massillon, OH. Calling hours 10 a.m. Service 11 a.m. Apostle Troy Sowell officiating. Repast will be held in the church fellowship hall. Burial Oakwood Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to 38-16th St. SE, Massillon, OH 44646. Americol Logistics has set up a memorial fund at Massillon School Employees Credit Union. Services entrusted to Rhoden Memorial Funeral Home. 
(Rhoden, 330-455-7944)

Annabelle Zengler
Annabelle Joan Zengler, age 56 of North Canton, born November 28, 1944 in Waycross, GA, died April 18, 2001 at Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, after her long and courageous battle with cancer. She was a 1962 graduate of Hoover High School and was retired in 1998 after a 36 year career as a court recorder for several Stark Co. Courts and Federal Court System in Akron. Survived by her husband of 36 years, Gary; daughter, Kim of Canton; brother, Chip Yarger and wife, Sibbi of Woodland Park, CO; parents, Jack and Margaret Yarger, of Goodyear, AZ; mother-in-law, Adelaide Zengler; brother-in-law, Bruce Zengler; and sister-in-law, Holly Davis, all of North Canton; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Jacob Community Church of Cairo, 8169 Kent Ave NE with Rev. Robert Lair officiating. Interment will be in St. Jacob Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 6-8 p.m. at Karlo-Feucht Funeral Home, 5000 Everhard Rd. NW. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jacob Community Church, 8169 Kent Ave. NE, Hartville, OH 44632. 
(Karlo-Feucht, 330-494-9644)

Betty M. Colby
Betty M. Colby, age 78, of Canton, OH, passed away Tuesday afternoon in the Country Lawn Nursing Home following an extended illness. Born in Akron, OH, on May 29, 1922, she was the daughter of the late John and Lovina Bowermaster. She had lived most of her life in the Canton area and was a retired employee of General Electric Credit Co., retiring in 1983 after 20 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer Colby, who passed away Nov. 10, 1989 and also by a sister, Madeline Arnold. Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Jacobs of Canton and her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Estella Colby of Loveland, CO; her brother, Jim Bowermaster of Mt. Pleasant, SC; five grandchildren and their spouses, Patrick Jacobs and Stephanie, Shannon Jacobs-Lippert and Robert, Jennifer Calhoun, all of Canton, Sean Jacobs and Elizabeth Shimp of Massillon and William Colby and Kate of Loveland, CO; 11 great-grandchildren. There will be no services as her wishes were to be cremated. The Reed Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(Reed, 330-477-6721)

Ernest Andrews, Sr.
Ernest J. Andrews, Sr., age 90, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 16, 2001. Born Feb. 3, 1911, in Sandersville, GA. Retired employee of Wilcoff-Morris Steel in Canton and actively employed by Buckeye Security until his health failed. Preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Andrews; son, Raymond Andrews; brother, Leroy Andrews; sister-in-law, Mozell Andrews; parents, Ethel and Ivy Andrews; step-mother, Ella Andrews; stepson, Charles Robbins. Member of Greater Bethel Apostolic Church, serving on the Bus Ministry, active in Sunday School and the Brotherhood. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marion Andrews, to whom he was married 37 years; sons, Ernest (Lucinda) Andrews, Jr., Kenneth (Johnnie Mae) Andrews of Pittsburgh, PA; daughters, Donna (Douglas) Wells of Upper Marlboro, MD, Lynette Turner; brothers, Fred Andrews of Reynoldsburg, OH, Otis Andrews of Cleveland; aunts, Effie Anders, Cody Blackshear; stepchildren, Constance Alton, Stanley Robbins of Mansfield, OH; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; niece, Jeanette Andrews; a host of nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Services Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in Greater Bethel Apostolic Church, 2335 15th St. SW, Canton, OH 44706 with District Elder Ralph W. Byrd, Sr. officiating. Interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Calling hours Friday, April 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church. The Family will be in attendance at 12 Noon to receive friends. Brogdon Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
(Brogdon, 330-453-7627)

Gesumina Gambone
Sister. Gesumina Gambone, H.M., formerly Sister Consuela, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at Villa Maria Community Center. A member of St. Anthony Parish, Canton, OH, she joined the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in 1939. Her active ministry of 51 years was spent in education and community service in the Cleveland, Youngstown and Pittsburgh Dioceses, including St. Paul in Canton, St. Joseph in Massillon and St. Paul in Salem. Survived by the Sister of the Humility of Mary Concregation; brothers, Dominic and Anthony Gambone of Canton. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Raffaela (Giallanella) Gambone. Calling hours Friday 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. with wake services at 7:15 p.m. Calling hours Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 3 p.m. in Villa Maria Chapel. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Sister of the Humility of Mary, Villa Maria, PA 16155.
(McVean-Hughes, 330-744-5019)

Harold B. Festerly
Harold B. Festerly. Requiem High Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Calling hours with Rosary at 8p.m. at the Karlo Sons Funeral Home Friday evening 6-9p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 2935 Chenoweth Rd., Akron, OH 44312.
(Karlo Sons, 330-499-6207)

James H. Moran
James H. Moran. Services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in the Formet-Clevenger and Gordon Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday (tonight) 7-9 p.m. and Friday 1-2 p.m.
(Formet-Clevenger Gordon, 330-456-4766)

James W. Lousoff
James W. Lousoff. Services Friday at 11 a.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia. Friends may call Thursday (tonight) 6-8 p.m.
(Finefrock-Gordon, 330-866-9425)

John H. Geers
John H. Geers. Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home on South Cleveland Ave., Canton. Burial in Baxters Ridge Cemetery in Carroll County. Friends may call Thursday (tonight) 6-9 p.m. 
(Kreighbaum-Sanders, 330-484-2525)

Josephine A. DiCola
Josephine A. (Vitale) DiCola, age 87, of North Canton, died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2001 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a life resident of Canton and a former employee of Rice Dry Cleaners. Josephine was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St. John's Guild. She lived her life unselfishly and was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Victor, on January 13, 2001; her parents, Leone and Francesca (Pidala) Vitale; five sisters, Rose Vitale, Vicki Hildebrandt, Jennie Norcia, Mary Marsh and Frances Barbera; two brothers, Joe and Leo Vitale; and great-grandson, John James Kulwicki. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Frances DiCola, Lee and Dorothy DiCola, and Victor and Cecelia DiCola, all of North Canton; two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia DiCola of North Canton and Maryanne and Skip Shaw of Hartville; 14 grandchildren, Laura, Dave, Rick, Michelle, Cherie, Ellen, James, Victor, Marcy, Chris, Michael, David, Tony and Nicholas; and 17 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Victoria, Anna, Castanza Christopher, Francesca, Clayton, Marie, Abby, James, Daniel, Ellie, Benjamin, Carmella, Abby Jo, Holly and Olivia. She is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Cleo Vitale and Tony and Jeannette Vitale; one sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Sam Purses; one sister-in-law, Dolores Vitale; and two brothers-in-law, Joe Norcia and Jim Marsh all of Canton; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Fr. James Kolp as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m. in the Wackerly Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Aultman Hospice in Josephine's Memory, 4510 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718. 
(Wackerly, 330-455-5235)

Larry P. Caley
Larry P. Caley, age 68, of Canton, passed away Tuesday afternoon after an extended illness. A life resident of Canton, he was a graduate of Canton Timken High School and an Army veteran. He was a former owner and operator of the Hob Nob Bar in Canton. Larry was an outstanding area athlete who was inducted into the Greater Canton Fast-Pitch Softball and Fumbleball Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Nusta Caley; brothers, Chuck, Sam, Mike, Azore, Gene Caley; sisters, Julia Forehope and Catherine Caley. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Sheila Caley of Canton; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Patricia Caley of North Canton, Stephen Caley of Columbus, Ronald and Susan Caley of Canton; grandchildren, Nicholas, Lindsey, Alexandra and Erica Caley, Ashley and Michael Caley; brother, Ronald Caley; sisters and brother-in-law, Sally Bianchi, Catherine Coke and Joe DeLio, Romaine Gehring, all of Canton; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Jimmy White. Friends may call Thursday (tonight) 6-9 p.m. in the Rossi Funeral Home, with Trisagion services to be held at 8 p.m. and one hour before services on Friday from 12-1 p.m. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Very Rev. Fr. Theodore E. Ziton officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
(Rossi, 330-492-5830)

Lula B. Sokol
Lula B. Sokol, age 70, died April 16, 2001. Mrs. Sokol was born in Cuyahoga Falls and was a longtime resident of the area. Preceded in death by husband, Edwin C. She is survived by daughters, Marie (Terry) Jamison of Hartville, Carol Via of Tampa, FL, and Janet Sokol of North Canton; son, Edwin C. Sokol (Beverly) of Akron; grandchildren, Ryan, Brent, Wendy, Colyn, Steven, Tonya, David, and Crystal, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services 1 p.m. Friday at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 339 Southwest Ave., Tallmadge, with Rev. David Zachrich officiating. Interment at Hillside Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. 
(Hennessy-Bagnolia, TALLMADGE, 330-376-4251)

Reba M. Thomas
Reba M. Thomas, age 80, of Canton, passed away Wednesday morning, April 18, 2001 in Aultman Hospital following a illness. Born July 2, 1920, in Cambridge, OH, she lived the greater portion of her life in the Canton area. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Fay (LaFallette) Dragosin; two daughters, Judy Fay Thomas in 1941 and Becky Thomas Slutz; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Jo Slutz in 1970; and her husband, Ruben C. Thomas, April 28, 1985; and two brothers, Paul and William Dragosin. She was a member of Canton Baptist Temple and the MADD Organization. Survivors include four sisters and one brother-in-law, Lucille Ramsey of New Philadelphia, OH, Norma and Tom Hill of Navarre, OH, Mary Lam of Lore City, OH, Sarah Hanes of Cambridge, OH; her brother, Charles Dragosin of Lore City, OH; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Dr. Harold Henniger officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Calling hours at the funeral home Friday 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Becky Thomas Slutz Scholarship Fund at Malone College. 
(Reed, 330-477-6721)

Roberta A. Haas
Roberta A. Haas. Funeral ser-vices will be conducted Thursday (TODAY) at 1 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. There will be no calling hours.
(Reed, 330-477-6721)

Sandra A. Rich
Sandra A. (Mest) Rich, age 62, of Manchester died Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at Akron City Hospital. Sandra was born in Akron, had been a life resident of the area and was a former secretary at Jackson Christian Church and the Manchester Church of Christ. Preceded in death by her son, Kenneth B. Rich, Jr.; parents, Franklin and Martha (Dent) Mest; brothers, Franklin Mest and Lanny Mest. Survived by husband of 43 years, Kenneth B. Rich, Sr.; son, Timothy A. Rich of Manchester; brother, David Dent of Akron. Graveside services Friday 1 p.m. at the Manchester Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 6-8 p.m. at the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home (Rt. 93, Canal Fulton).
(Swigart-Easterling, 330-854-2356)

Sophie J. Pasko
Sophie J. (Sokolousky) Pasko, age 73, went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 16, 2001, in Akron. She was born in Canton and resided in Northampton, Pinellas Park, FL, and her last residence of Firestone Park. She was a member of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodiality. Sophie assisted her husband, Mike, in their business, the Pasko Piano and Organ Co. for more than 35 years. Sophie enjoyed her family, music and friends. Mrs. Pasko was preceded in death by husband, Mike; sisters, Ann Bernard and Stella Dasco. She is survived by sons, Michael (Deidre), Steve (Jonna), all of Akron; daughters, Rosann Pasko of Westlake, Mary Ann (Bruce) Delagrange of Green; brother, John Sokol of Florida; sister, Mary Russell of Carrollton; granddaughter, Angela Pasko; great-granddaughter, Alexandra Pasko. Sophie will be remembered as very loving, caring and friendly. She always had a smile to share. Funeral services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Rd., Akron and 10 a.m. at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday (today) 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home where a Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Assoc., 1815 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313.
(Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz, 330-724-1281)

Tim D. Welch
Tim D. Welch, age 46, of Malvern died Sunday afternoon as the result of an auto accident. Tim was born on April 2, 1955 in Canton. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, a 1973 graduate of Lincoln High School and was employed by the City of Canton. Preceded in death by one brother, William E. (Eddie) Welch Jr; and his grandparents, Frank and Anna Bonevich, Robert and Margaret Welch. He was the beloved husband, of Jayne (Trascik) Welch of the home; and the loving father of Dustin David and Timothy William Welch of North Canton. He is also survived by his loving parents, William E. Sr. and Nila Welch of Canton; one brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Tina Welch of Waynesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Chris and Steve Harrison of Canton; two nephews, Douglas Welch and Nick Harrison; two nieces, Emily Harrison and Elyse Welch; and his golden retriever, Brittney. Private services will be held for the family. 
(Reed, 330-477-6721)

Victoria I. Morton
Victoria I. (Munford) Morton, age 45, went home to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday morning, April 15, 2001, at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill, PA, following an extended illness. Victoria was born in Canton, OH, on June 26, 1955; one of twelve children born to parents Daniel and Bertha (Stover) Munford. She attended Canton City Schools and graduated from Timken Senior High School in 1973. She earned her Associate Degree at Akron University and, later, attended the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ, where she was working toward her Bachelor's Degree. She was employed by ATT for 27 years. Retiring from there, she took a supervisor position at Agear Technologies (formerly Lucent Technologies) in Trexelertown, PA. Victoria was married to Lloyd Morton on May 25, 1974, in Canton, OH. To this marriage was born two daughters. She and her husband were the co-founders of House of Praise Ministries in Bethlehem, PA, where she served faithfully until ill health prevented her participation. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Albert and Inez Stover and her paternal grandparents, Dan and Anniebelle Munford. She leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband, Lloyd Morton and daughters, LaQuantis and LaKisha Morton of Nazareth, PA; her parents, Daniel and Bertha Munford of Canton; eight sisters, Vontella Herndon, Annie (Jeff) Phillips, Carolyn Munford, Susan (Mark) Amison and Ingram Munford, all of Canton, and Margaret (Jesse) Anthony of Denver, CO, Bertha Munford of Easton, PA and Cenell (Randy) Clark of Alliance, OH; three brothers, John (Candace) Rhodes of Anchorage, AK, Daniel (Andrea) Munford of Cleveland, OH and Chester (Lori) Munford of Canton; a host of other relatives and many, many friends. Services will be held at Pentecostal Temple C.O.G.I.C., Canton, on Saturday, April 21, 2001, with calling hours 10-11 a.m. and funeral at 11 a.m. Elder Allie Walker will do the Eulogy. Interment in Northlawn Cemetery, Canton, OH.
(Jones, 330-452-8282, 800-705-3908)

Vincent Bentivegna
Vincent (Barr) Bentivegna, age 86, passed away Tuesday evening at Altercare of Canton after a lengthy illness. He was born in St. Louis, MO and had been a resident of the Canton area for the past 84 years. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, a member of the Canton Ex-Newsboys, AARP and Amvets. He was a retired owner and operator of Barr Roofing Siding Co. Survived by his wife, Virginia (Litun) Bentivegna, with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage on Dec. 17, 2000, he will be very sadly missed by his beloved wife; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Rita Bentivegna of Canton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Robert Kuebel of Navarre, Marlene and Merle Mago of Massillon; one brother, Phillip Barr of Canton; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann and two sons, Joseph and Timothy Bentivegna; his parents, Guiseppe and Mary Bentivegna; three sisters and brother-in-law, Ann Cristofano, Rose Marie Casali and husband, Carl and Ida Premier; two brothers, Joseph and Victor Barr; a great-grandson, Jason Welch. Mass of Christian Burial will be sung Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Joan of Arc Church with Rev. Fr. Joseph Ruggieri as celebrant. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Rossi Funeral Home Friday 5-8 p.m.
(Rossi, 330-492-5830)

Walter J. Byers
Walter J. Byers. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Karlo Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Hank Roso officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday (tonight) 
6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
(Karlo Sons, 330-499-6207)

William E. Meredith
William E. Meredith. Services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Presbyterian Church. Friends may call Friday 6-8 p.m. at the Formet-Clevenger Gordon Funeral Home and Saturday 10-11 a.m. at the church. 
(Formet-Clevenger Gordon, 330-456-4766)

Zania S. Terse
Zania S. Terse, age 57, of Canton, passed away suddenly early Monday morning. A life resident of Canton, Zania was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister who spent her life giving to others. We were so blessed that she touched so many people's lives with her love and kindness. Zania will be missed more than words can ever express. She was a 1961 graduate of Central Catholic High School and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Zania was retired from Charter One Bank. Preceded in death by her father, Nicholas J. Terse. She is survived by her mother, Nore Terse of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Lenore and Robert Jones of Massillon; sons and daughters-in-law, Nick and Terri Slovick of Canton, Frank and Julie Slovick of Greentown; grandchildren, Kristy, Brandon, Anthony Jones, Nicolena Slovick, Christopher and Justin, Brittany, and Tyler Slovick; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rae and Mike Pariano, Teresa and Sam Notturno all of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Lou and Diane Terse of North Canton; aunts, Mary Franyish and Adeline Mazzarella both of Canton. Friends may call on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. in the ROSSI FUNERAL HOME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be sung on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Tom Bishop as celebrant. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Zania's name can be made to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around her and whispered Come with me. With tear-filled eyes, we watched her suffer and fade away, although we loved her deeply, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove that He only takes the best. 
(ROSSI, 330-492-5830)

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