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Ellet R. Mann
Ellet R. Mann, 72, passed away peacefully April 30, 1998, at his home.
Born Oct. 23, 1925, in Lodi, he worked on his grandfather's farm until 1944, when he joined the U. S. Marine Corps, from which he was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of corporal. From 1949 to 1961 he was a partner in the C. M. Carlton Steel Hauling Co. of Lafayette. He later owned and operated his own steel-hauling truck and trailer. For the remainder of his life he worked for several companies, specializing in excavating and development, including Medina Excavating and Alber Excavating companies. Always active in his community, he helped start the Lafayette Little League and helped to build the first baseball field, which is named in his honor. He served 10 years on the Lafayette Zoning Board and two terms on the Lafayette Township Board of Trustees. In 1959, he and his wife purchased his paternal family farm, which the family had occupied in 1837. In 1977, he and his sons completely rebuilt and restored the original family farmhouse where he and his wife continued to live. An avid historian, he had family treasures and keepsakes dating back to the 1800s. He was an active member of the Waltz United Methodist Church, Eagles for over 50 years, and Moose Lodge 647.
He is survived by his dear wife, Evelyn (nee Garrett); loving sons, Ray and Rex (Mary); loving daughter, LaRee Mann; sister, Vanda Baczuk; and grandchildren, Michelle and Jeffrey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ancel and Hazel Mann; brother, Dale; and sister, Janis Pritchard.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St., where the family will receive friends Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Waltz United Methodist Church, 7465 Egypt Rd., Medina; or Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina 44256.
(Waite & Son, 723-3229.)

Charles F. Linderman (Lindy)
Charles F. Linderman (Lindy), 70, passed away April 30, 1998. 
Mr. Linderman was born in Hudson on June 11, 1927. He was an automotive machinist for Standard Motor Parts, and a Navy veteran of World War II. He had been a member of the Akron Baptist Temple since 1950.
Preceded in death by his wife, Frances, he is survived by his son, Chuck (Janice) Linderman; daughter, Theresa (Dennis) Resh; sisters, Mary Lou Bennett and Helen Hahn; grandchildren, Tom and Heather Linderman, Micah and Nicole Posten, and Marissa Resh.
Services will be Monday, May 4, 1998, at 11 a.m., at the Akron Baptist Temple, Rev. Howard Powell officiating. Entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to service time. Memorials may be given to the Hospice Care Center or the American Cancer Society. (Bacher, 644-0024.)

Peter J. Laktasic III
Peter J. Laktasic III, 50, of Hudson, beloved son of Katherine and the late Peter Jr.; dearest friend of Mary King; and loving cousin of Ruth and Jack Foliano and family, and Marcy Dark, died Thursday.
He served in the U. S. Army during Vietnam.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 4, 1998, at JOHNSON-ROMITO, A GOLDEN RULE FUNERAL HOME, Route 82 one mile west of Route 8, Northfield Center, Ohio (1-330-468-1443), where friends will be received Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial at Markillie Cemetery.

Polly O. Horton
RITTMAN -- Polly O. Horton, 61, of Rittman died May 1, 1998.
Services Monday at 11 a.m. from the Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman where friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Rev.'s Steven D. Carter and John Castle will officiate. Interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
(Gillman, 925-2911.)

Marcelline ``Micky'' Mae Hodges
Marcelline ``Micky'' Mae Hodges (nee Emery) born October 20, 1918, departed this life on April 30, 1998. 
Preceded in death by parents, Twila and Joseph Emery and husband, Russell E. Hodges, she leaves to mourn her passing, son, Thomas (Donna) Hodges; daughter, Fanny ``Sandie'' Saxon; grandchildren, Kellie Anne Saxon, Kirk (Angie) Saxon, Jarrod (Skye) Saxon (expecting December 1998), Jason (Mary) Saxon (expecting August 1998), Kenneth Hodges and Katrinko Stevens; great-grandchildren, Chelsea Saxon, Lunden Jamison and David Cranston; brother, Joseph Emery; sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Whittaker, Mary Jo (Tom) Miller; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no calling hours. Condolences may be sent to 460 Fairview Ave., Barberton, Ohio 44203. A wake to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 9, 1998 at the Fairview Ave. address between the hours of 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

She walked as our angel on earth
With a heart filled with love beyond measure;
The hour and the day of her birth,
Gave the world a magnificent treasure.
Our loss, though grievous to endure,
Can be borne if we follow her lead.
Each tribulation, she taught, was adventure,
And to each new experience succeed.
Do not mourn to the hindrance of living,
Do not wallow in sadness and strife;
Instead glory in the splendor of giving;
And love passionately, as she taught us in life.
(CREMATION SOCIETY OF OHIO, 535-1012.)

Susanne D. Helms (nee Doepke)
Susanne D. Helms (nee Doepke) was the beloved wife of Wade Farley Helms of Hudson; dear mother of William C. Helms of Alturas, Calif., Christian F. Helms of Bellevue, Wash., and David B. Helms of Chicago, Ill.; grandmother of one; daughter of Edith Doepke of Winnetka, Ill., and the late Charles F. Doepke; sister of William Doepke, Carolyn Bennett, and Barbara Cochran.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Hudson, 47 Aurora St., Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in her name to First Church of Christ, Scientist, Hudson, 7200 Valley View Rd., Hudson 44236; or Camps Leelanau/Kohahna Foundation, 1653 Port Oneida Rd., Maple City, Mich. 49664. (BROWN-FORWARD SERVICE, Shaker Heights, 1-216-752-1200.) 

Konrad Heidt
FLORIDA -- Konrad Heidt, 82, passed away at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., on April 29, 1998.
An Akron resident and business owner until 1987, he operated A-1 Air Conditioning Co., and was a member of Local 219 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union. Mr. Heidt was a member of First Grace United Church of Christ. He was a past president of the Akron Cahpter of Refrigeration Service Engineers Society.
Konrad is survived by his beloved wife, Nettie; sons, Conrad (Nancy) of Taylor, Mich., Robert (Sharon) of Boynton Beach, Fla., David (Pat) of Ft. Marion, Pa.; daughter, Annette (Neil) Rogers of Scotts Valley, Calif.; sister, Elizabeth Neidert of Hilliard, Ohio; 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to West Boca Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 22500 Hammock St., Boca Raton, Fla. 33428, where he was a member. Inurnment at Mt. Peace Cemetery at a later date. Kraeer Funeral Home in Boca Raton, Fla., handling arrangements.

Margaret F. Hay
Margaret F. Hay, 76, went home to be with the Lord April 30, 1998, at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was born March 5, 1922, the daughter of George and Faith Mast. Margaret was employed by Sears and Woolworth. She loved playing the piano and was a pianist for the Victory Baptist Temple in Brimfield for a number of years.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Barbara Hay, Jr., John and Pam Hay, and Dave and Terri Hay; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hay in 1985.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at FARLEY FUNERAL HOME, 131 N. Canton Rd. (at Gilchrist Rd.), with Pastor David Lanum officiating. If desired, contributions may be directed to the family in care of Dave Hay, P.O. Box 285, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278-0285. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. (Farley, 784-3334.) 

Martha Jane Griffiths (nee Holm)
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Martha Jane Griffiths (nee Holm), 78, passed away April 30, 1998.
Mrs. Griffiths was born in Akron and had resided in Cuyahoga Falls most of her life. She had been a school teacher for the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education, retiring in 1990, spending most of her career teaching at Lincoln Elementary. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls, its Wesley Sunday School Class, and the Wesleyan Circle. She was a January 1938 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School, a graduate of Kent State University, and a member of Kappa Kappa Iota Professional Teachers Sorority.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack F. and sister, Julia Lowe, and is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Gretchen of Wooster, John and Margaret of Rochester, N.Y., Charles and Diane of Cuyahoga Falls; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Wayne Schuman of Forest City, Ark.; grandchildren, Edward (Lisa), Jeffrey (Taema), Julia, Tracy and Matthew; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Doran Hammack of Cuyahoga Falls; sister, Miriam Smetts of Stow; and brother-in-law, Eugene Lowe of Jefferson, Ohio.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Dr. Forrest J. Waller officiating. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of other remembrances, memorials may be made to the Hospce Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, Ohio 44333, or her church Gifts & Memorials Fund, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221.
(Cifford-Shoemaker, 928-2147.) A Golden Rule Funeral Home 

Dempsey V. Golden, Sr.
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Dempsey V. Golden, Sr., 71, died May 1, 1998.
Mr. Golden was born in Buckhannon, W. Va., and resided in Cuyahoga Falls since 1943, moving there from W. Virginia. He had worked as a tool and die maker for Colonial Machine and Hunt Machine Co., and was a vetearn of World War II serving with the U.s. Navy.
He is survived by several children, grandchildren and siblings; his loving companion of 25 years, Ruth Russell and special niece, Gloria Harr.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls, where a funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Rev. Keith Kelly officiating. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1300 Christmas Seal Dr. N.W., Canton, Ohio 44709, in his memory.
(Clifford-Shoemaker, 928-2147.)  A Golden Rule Funeral Home

John J. Gasbarro
John J. Gasbarro, 77, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away suddenly Thursday, April 30, 1998.
Mr. Gasbarro was born in Akron on June 20, 1920. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army Air Corps. His memberships included the Castel DiSangro Society, Paradise Club, Senior All-star Travel, and numerous bowling leagues in the past. He retired in 1981 from Goodyear Aerospace Corp. in the maintenance department, after 30 years. John was such a thoughtful and caring person to his family and the many, many friendships he made through the years. He was a buddy to all who knew him. John will be dearly missed by all his family and friends, and many will remember him as ``Johnny Cakes.'' John's biggest enjoyment in life was being involved in sports, particularly baseball, and especially bowling. He was an avid and high-game bowler, even on the day he became ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Antonietta; brother, Louie; brother-in-law, Frank Antonino; and niece, Mary Leonard. He is survived by his sisters, Delia Antonino of Akron, Lucy (Steve) Flasco of Akron, Mary (Phil) Campanale of Brimfield, Gloria (Richard) Leonard of Akron; sister-in-law, Alice Gasbarro of Hudson; brother, Alfred Jr. (Dorothy) Gasbarro of Cuyahoga Falls; also many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday, May 4, 1998, at 9:30 a.m., at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., Akron. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. Special thanks to Akron General M.I.C.U. and the LifeBanc of Cleveland for their special care of John and compassion to his family. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Building Fund. (Hennessy-Bagnoli, AKRON, 376-4251.)

Viola J. Price
Viola J. Price, 77, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998.
Mrs. Price was born in Akron and was a homemaker. She was a volunteer for the American Heart Association, and was an avid gardener and card player.
Preceded in death by her daughter, Carol L., Mrs. Price is survived by her husband, Leonard; sons, Wayne and Keith, both of Akron, and Brian of Harwich Port, Mass.; sister, Jean Theiss of Akron; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends TODAY from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the CIRIELLO FUNERAL HOME--ROSE HILL CHAPEL, 3653 W. Market St., where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
(CIRIELLO FUNERAL HOME--ROSE HILL CHAPEL, 666-3089.) 

Monie Dodd (Jarvis)
Monie Dodd (Jarvis), 80 years, passed away April 30, 1998.
Born in Shock, W. Va., she resided in the Akron area for 56 years. Mrs. Dodd retired from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., was a member of the LaFems and the 40&8.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Shirley R. Dodd; son, Gerald D. Jarvis; daughters, F. Carole Jarvis, C. Katherine Perry, and Sharon A. Foster; stepson, Donald (Hella) Dodd; grandchildren, Kym Jarvis, Kelli (Frank) Hilton, Gerald G. (Tammy) Jarvis, David (Kristine) Witner, Donald Witner, Elizabeth (Todd) Quarfot, Kyle (Michelle) Witner, Wesley J. D. Perry, Gary E. Foster, and Phyllis Foster-Davis; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Maxine (J. W.) Burch, Madeline (Forest) Minney.
Funeral service Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the Eckard-Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel, 760 E. Market St., Rev. J. W. Burch officiating. Interment at Hillside Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Fairlawn 44333. (Eckard-Baldwin Funeral Home & Chapel, 535-7141.) 

Louis A. Dirker, Esq.
Louis A. Dirker, Esq., 72, of Tallmadge, passed away at his home Friday, May 1, 1998.
Born in Akron, he was a lifetime area resident. Louis was a practicing attorney for 36 years, retiring in 1996. He attended Kent State University and graduated from the Akron School of Law in 1960. He served in the U. S. Army Airborne during World War II. Louis was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Tallmadge, Post 19 of the American Legion, and the American Bar Association.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Elinor; children and spouses, Louis and Miriam Dirker, and Christine and Terry McHugh, both of Cuyahoga Falls, Gregory and Kim Dirker of Eagle, Colorado, and Mary Van Almen of Tallmadge; and 12 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. John Hengle officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hummel Funeral Home, 500 E. Exchange St., Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service. (Hummel, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 253-6126.) 

Kathryn M. ``Kay'' Craig
Kathryn M. ``Kay'' Craig, 94, passed away April 30, 1998.
Born in Osceola Mills, Pa., she resided in Akron most of her life, moving to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1971 after retiring, and returning to Akron in 1987. Mrs. Craig was employed as a nurse with the Akron Health Department, and attended St. Matthews, St. Vincent, and St. Hilary Catholic churches.
Preceded in death by husbands, Jerry Polm and William Craig; brothers, Raymond, Joseph, and Vincent; and parents, Frank and Jessie Scovern; she is survived by relatives and close friends who loved her, Gladys Scovern, Raymond and Linda Scovern, James and Jill Scovern, Mary and Tom McLaughlin, Barbara and John Jacobson, Patsy Templeton, Betty Ann Miller, Sue and Tom Thomas, and Elsie Mendez.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2603 Benton St., Akron. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Rd. (Route 91), Akron, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. (Hopkins Lawver, Akron, 733-6271.)

Evelyn Alvina Baer
Evelyn Alvina Baer, 83, died May 1, 1998.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Mitsuko Baer; daughter, Karen Ruckel; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and John Pozna, all of Medina; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Wilt of Cuyahoga Falls; and sister-in-law, Jean Lachman of Suffield Twp.
Service will be held 11 A.M. MONDAY at the Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum Chapel, with Chaplain Bonnie McCulley officiating. There are no calling hours. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Granger Rescue Squad, Attn. Chief John Hadam, 3691 Granger Rd., Medina, 44256, or to the Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court Rd., Medina, 44256. (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 867-4141.)

Bill Wack
Bill Wack, 71, passed away April 17, 1998, in Nova Scotia, Canada, after a long cancer illness.
He had graduated from St. Vincent High School in 1944. Bill was a philosopher and ``left his footprints in the sands of time,'' as was written in his senior yearbook in 1944.
Preceded in death by Louise, his wife of 30 years; his parents, Carl and Laura; brothers, Carl and Jim; and sister, Miriam, he is survived by his children, Licia, Janet, and Bill; four grandchildren, all of Canada; brothers, Jack, Dick, and David, all of Maryland; and sisters, Mary K. Teague of Texas, Sister Eleanor Wack, OP, a Dominican Sister of Akron, Ann Roche of Florida, Carol Bailey of Maryland, and Gretchen Griffin of South Carolina.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family, c/o Licia Wack, Box 306, Aylesford, Nova Scotia, NS BOP-1 CO, Canada.

Alice A. Stull
Alice A. Stull, 75, of Hartville, died Saturday morning, May 2, 1998, in Aultman Hospital.
Born January 27, 1923 in Magnolia to the late Dr. John J. and Sarah Eva (Rinehart) VanVoorhis, Alice was a graduate of Magnolia High School and the Canton Beauty School. She had retired from the K-Mart Store in North Canton. She was also a member of the Hartville United Church of Christ and the Lake Senior Center.
Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stull, in 1978, and by a son, Robert Eugene Stull, she is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melody and Rick Allman of North Canton, and Robin and John Spuhler of Uniontown; two sisters, Evelyn Crowe of Eastlake, Ohio, and Lucile Hickman of Bolivar; two brothers, John J. VanVoorhis of Dayton and Glenn VanVoorhis of Massillon; four grandchildren, Beckie, Chris and Mandy Allman and Emily Spuhler; and a great-granddaughter, Alexis.
Services will be held Tuesday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the Arnold Funeral Home in Hartville, with Rev. Stuart King officiating. Interment at Mount Peace Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
(Arnold, Hartville, 877-9364.)

George E. Stacy
George E. Stacy, 70, of Akron, passed away Thursday morning, April 30, 1998.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, 1:30 p.m., at the Reed Funeral Home, with Rev. Raymond L. Tucker officiating. Burial will be at North Lawn Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home one hour prior to services, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Hospice, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron 44333.
(Reed, 477-6721.) 

Ruth Louella Schmidt
Ruth Louella Schmidt, 91, a resident of Brewster Park Nursing Home, died Friday in the home after a period of declining health.
She was born in Stark County, Ohio, the daughter of the late William H. and Mellie M. Seibert Ax. A homemaker, she was a life resident of the area, and a member of Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church in North Lawrence.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred A. Schmidt, on Nov. 17, 1991; she is survived by one son, Rev. Fred A. Schmidt, Jr., of Tallmadge, Ohio; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held in Chapel of the Cross, United Methodist Church, North Lawrence, on Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Douglas Meek officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Union Cemetery, Strasburg, Ohio. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lantzer Funeral Home, Beach City, Ohio, and one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be made to Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church, 14411 Orville St., North Lawrence, Ohio 44666.
(Lantzer, (330)756-2121.) 

Anthony Mathew Pepe
Anthony Mathew Pepe, 8, of Reynoldsburg, died Friday, May 1, 1998, at Childrens Hospital.
He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Parish School of Religion, Kids-N-Kamp, and honored patient of the Leukemia Society and Team in Training.
He is survived by his parents, Mathew and Michele Pepe of Reynoldsburg; brother, C. J. Pepe; maternal grandparents, Donald and Barbara MacDonald of Doylestown, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Mathew and Glenda Pepe of East Liverpool, Ohio; great-grandmother, Lucille MacDonald of Medina, Ohio; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends, ``Anthony's Army''.
Family will receive friends Sunday 2 to 5 p.m., and Monday 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Schoedinger East Chapel, 5360 East Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio, where funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, with the Fr. Daniel Ochs officiating. Those who wish may contribute to the Kids-N-Kamp in Anthony's memory. 

Gertrude M. Osborne
WADSWORTH -- Gertrude M. Osborne, 93, passed away April 30, 1998, at Altercare of Wadsworth.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Linda Welday, and is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kathleen Welday; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held 8 p.m. Monday, May 4 at the Cox Funeral Home (7984 Ridge Rd.), Pastor Larrison officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. (Cox Funeral Home, Wadsworth, 335-3311.) 

Forest Bruce Metz
Forest Bruce Metz, 73, passed away May 2, 1998.
Bruce was born at Nicut, Calhoun County, W. Va. He retired from Firestone. He served in the U. S. Army in World War II, and was a member of V.F.W. Post 3532.
Preceded in death by parents, Martin and Maude (Boone) Metz; brothers, Thurl and Clell; and sister, Anna Longfellow; survivors include daughters, Wanda Bush of Glenville, W. Va., Diane Stopher, Debbie Cook (with whom he resided), Denise (Ed) Heppe, Denine Metz, and Dawn Marks; son, Steve Metz, all of Akron; sisters, Emma Siers, Gertie Perkins, Inez Carr, Pauline Frarr, Irene Wayne; brothers, Junior and Frank Metz, all of West Virginia; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements being handled by Stump's Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, W. Va., (304) 354-6104. At Dad's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert C. Merrill
STOW -- Robert C. Merrill, 87, passed away April 27, 1998.
He attended Missouri University at Columbia and The Rolla School of Mines, and was employed most of his life as an engineer. Mr. Merrill was the TNT expert employed in the construction of Mt. Rushmore; following this, he was employed at the Ravenna Arsenol for many years, and then Bridgestone-Firestone. In later life, he also worked as a real estate broker.
Preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth H. Merrill, and brother, L. Todd Merrill, he is survived by sister-in-law, Dorothy Merrill of Quitman, Texas, and niece, Mary George of El Paso, Texas.
There will be no calling hours or services. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 157 W. Cedar St., Akron, Ohio 44307.
(Dunn-Quigley-Ciriello & Carr, Falls Chapel, 929-3866.) 

Robert E. Hackenberg
BARBERTON -- Robert E. Hackenberg, 80, passed away at his residence May 7, 1998.
He was born in Barberton, where he was a life resident. Robert was employed by the City of Barberton, retiring 19 years ago. He was a member of Columbia United Church of Christ and also the Barberton Masonic Lodge 750 F&AM and Genet Chapter of O.E.S. 212. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army. 
He is survived by wife, Mildred; sons, Leroy of Barberton, Robert E. of Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter, Patricia (Eugene) Dyrdek of Dayton; grandchildren, Kimberly, Kelly, Denise, and Rob; great-grandchildren, Sean and Cole; sister, Betty Wood of Barberton.
Funeral services will be Monday, 1 p.m., at Columbia United Church of Christ (978 Wooster Rd. W.), Pastor David C. Craig officiating. Interment Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours will be Saturday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home and also one hour prior to service Monday. Masonic services Saturday at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.
(Hahn, Barberton, 825-2467.)

Irene Mae Bird Grindle
SHARON TWP. -- Irene Mae Bird Grindle, born June 4, 1916, died May 1, 1998, of cancer, at Copley Health Center, after a two-month illness.
Mrs. Grindle graduated from Sharon School and the University of Akron in education. She taught school at Isham in Wadsworth, Highland in Sharon, and later at Sherman School District in Norton before retiring. She was an active member of Fairlawn Lutheran Women's Guild, Braille Work Center no. 191, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, and Tuesday Bible Class.
Mrs. Grindle was preceded in death by parents, Edward and Hazel Nimon Bird; husband, Albert; and grandson, James Albert Hazen. She is survived by daughters, Faye (Mrs. Dale) Curtis, Betty (Mrs. Norman) Hazen; son, John, all of Sharon Twp.; grandchildren, Dale and Cathy Curtis and family of Abilene, Kan., Lora and Brian Kluk and family, Gary Curtis, Jason and Justin Hazen, Albert, Jaimie, and Annie Grindle, all of Sharon Twp.; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Morrison of Guilford Twp., Wanda Sanders, Cecil Wolf, Evelyn Homoni, Esta Shultzman; and brother, Edward Bird, Jr., all of Wadsworth.
Funeral service Monday at 1 p.m. at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn, Rev. Charles D. Lentner officiating. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park, Tuesday at 9 a.m. The family will receive friends TODAY 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, and two hours prior to service at the church. Contributions may be made to Fairlawn Lutheran Church or Sharon Fire Department.
(Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 334-1501.) 

Irvin H. ``Duke'' Elmore
ELLET-- Irvin H. ``Duke'' Elmore, 89, passed away May 1, 1998.
Born in Gastonia, N.C., he was a life resident of the Akron area. Mr. Elmore retired in 1971 after 39 years of service with Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Goodyear Aerospace. A member of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, Adoniram Lodge 517 F&AM, and Yusef Khan Grotto, he was a loving father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed.
Preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, in 1997, he is survived by son, Gary (Karen) Elmore of Glendale, Ariz.; daughter, Linda (Leland) Magnuson of Uniontown; grandchildren, Lora Magnuson and husband, Bill Miller of Atlanta, Ga., Eric Magnuson of Uniontown, Brian and Kelly Elmore, both of Glendale, Ariz.; brother, Cecil Elmore of Maryland; and sisters, Mildred Elmore and Myrtle Campbell, both of North Carolina, and Geneva Thorton of Maryland.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, 2406 Ardwell Ave., Akron, with Pastors David Frees and Cathleen Bunting officiating. Burial at Hillside Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Rd. (Route 91), Akron, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, where an Elders service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Memorials maybe made to Oak Hill Presbyterian Church.
(Hopkins Lawver, Akron, 733-6271.)


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