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John L. Karasek
John L. Karasek, 81, died May 8, 1998.
Born in Cleveland, he had been a resident of Hinckley for most of his life, where he was a farmer. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.
Preceded in death by brother, James Karasek; and sister, Rose Karasek, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Katherine; sister, Emily Schanz of Florida; brother, Joseph Karasek of Parma Heights; sister-in-law, Eva Guerra of Copley Township; five nieces, and five nephews.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. SUNDAY at the Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., with Rev. Richard R. Gordon officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home SUNDAY, 5 p.m. until service time. Interment at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Copley Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 3852 Everett Rd., Akron 44333. (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 867-4141.) 

Rose Hengstenberger
Rose Hengstenberger, 78, died Friday, May 8, 1998.
She was born in Akron and was a sales associate for Bon-Ton Fashions. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and an active member of the K of C Wives' Club, Council 3410.
Preceded in death by husband, Joseph, she is survived by sons, Gary (Carroll) of Uniontown and Eric (Theresa) of Copley; daughter, JoEllen Hengstenberger of Akron; sisters, Helen Bailey of Akron and Mary (John) Luber of Strongsville; grandchildren, Scott, Kelly, and Erica.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Rd.; and at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
(Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz, 724-1281.)

A. David Groves
A. David Groves, 58, formerly of Tallmadge, passed away May 6, 1998, after a long illness.
He is survived by daughters, Gina Miller and Lisa Yauchzee; four grandchildren of Los Angeles; mother, Ardis Groves of Cuyahoga Falls; brothers, Richard Groves of Tallmadge, William Groves of Canton; sisters, Barbara Harkless of Akron, Betty Jean Williams of Ada, Mich., Alice Fay Michener of Reno, Nev., and Linda Kay Dannenbring of Tallmadge.
Memorial services for the family will be held in Los Angeles and Akron. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rose Nursing Home, 3541 Puente Ave., Baldwin Park, Calif. 91706. 

Leo H. Conroy
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Leo H. Conroy, 79, died May 7, 1998.
Mr. Conroy was born in Akron and had resided in Cuyahoga Falls the past 23 years, moving there from Akron. He retired in 1981 as a machinist for the Mechanical Mold & Machine Co., was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U. S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Robert Rottler of Southington, Conn.; son, Thomas E. of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Eileen Conroy and her husband, Michael McHugh, of Arvada, Colo.; son, Paul of Cuyahoga Falls; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kevin, and Laura Rottler, and John, Caitlin, and Anna McHugh.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Friends may call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Hospice Program, 1200 McArthur Dr., Akron 44320, in his memory.
(Clifford-Shoemaker, 928-2147.)
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Robert P. Batton
STOW -- Robert P. Batton, 54, died May 8, 1998.
A lifelong area resident, he is survived by daughter, Laura Ann of Wilmington, N. C.; sons, Scott of Ellet and Thomas of Rootstown; sister, Florene of Cuyahoga Falls; brothers, Calvert of Naples, Fla., Donald of Worthington, Michael of Bath, and William of Cuyahoga Falls.
Calling hours Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m., at the McGowan-Reid & Santos Funeral Home, on Third Street, one block north of Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m., Rev. Larry D. Engle officiating. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery. (McGowan-Reid & Santos, 928-1313.) 

Emma Matilda (Powell) Kohlhepp
Emma Matilda (Powell) Kohlhepp, 83, passed away May 16, 1998.
Emma was born in Adrian, Pa. on May 31, 1914. She was a member of the Cottage Grove E.C. Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John and brother, William Powell, and is survived by her daughters, Patricia Hill (William Allen) and Virginia ``Peachy'' (Peter) Cernava; foster-daughter, Hazel Hess; sisters, Dorothy Fike, Peg Archibald, and Nancy Pinchot; grandchildren, James Hill, Stephen, Michael, and Belinda Cernava; great-grandchildren, Andy Cernava and Paige Hill.
Friends may call at the Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd., Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Graveside services wil be held at Morning Side Cemetery in DuBois, Pa., Wednesday at 1 p.m. If desired, donations may be given to the Cottage Grove E.C. Church. (Bacher, 644-0024.)

Vito R. Travaglianti
Vito R. Travaglianti, 75, was the beloved husband of Lucy (nee Marrelli) (deceased); loving father of Victoria (deceased), Alan (Joan), Gail (Randy), Diane (Bob), Karen (Ken), Paul (Jeannie), Tom (Sue), Gary, and Mark (Shelly); dearest grandfather of 10; dear brother of Sam (deceased) (Stella), Nancy Mandanici (Ben, deceased), and Joe (Frances); dear uncle and great-uncle; and dear friend of Augustina Mallos.
A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Italian Sons & Daughters (Lodge 117), Societa Liberta Progresso, and V.F.W. Post 7747.
Prayer service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at the Mallchok Funeral Home, 5660 Ridge Rd., Parma. Funeral Mass at St. Basil Catholic Church, 8700 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville, at 11 a.m. Interment at All Saints Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Cletus H. Swords
KENMORE -- Cletus H. Swords 72, of Akron, passed away May 7, 1998.
Mr. Swords was born in Kenmore and lived in the area all of his life. He was retired from the Falls Sheet Metal Works. He was a life member of Park United Methodist Church, had been a Boy Scout and Scout leader for more than 60 years, was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was past president of the Kenmore Chapter AARP 3592, was a member Sheet Metal Union Local 33, the Kenmore Community Council, and was responsible for the building of the Kenmore Gazebo. He had been a coach, and coached the championship girls baseball team for Park United Methodist Church.
He is survived by wife, Violet; daughters, Christine (Frank) Buza of Akron, Catherine (Kenneth) Shillingburg of Akron, Phyllis (Randy) Swords Nicholson of Akron; son, Carl (Christy) of Green; sister, Lois (Dave) Baer of Green; brother, Gerald (Arlene) of Akron; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be at the Park United Methodist Church Tuesday at 11 a.m., with Dr. Jack Dearth officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to service at the church. The family requests donations, if desired, to the Park United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. (Prentice, 753-7721.)

Candace Sue Smith
Candace Sue Smith went home to be with the Lord after a sudden death.
She was born in Akron and lived here all her life. Those who knew her knew what a beautiful person she was.
She was preceded in death by her mother, JoAnn Smith ``98''; father, James L. Smith ``86''; and sister, Helen. She is survived by her children, Barry Arp and Anthony ``Tony'' W. Arp, Jeff L. Brown, and Leanne D. Arp; brothers, Jamie (Edie) and Motor; sisters, Nancy and JoDee. She had 10 beautiful grandchildren, including special grandson, Stephen.
Our mother will be sadly missed. Cremation has taken place. (CREMATION SOCIETY OF OHIO, 535-1012.) 

Wyatt H. Shy
Wyatt H. Shy, 55, passed away May 4, 1998, at Akron City Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at 10:30 a.m., at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home Chapel, with Elder Richard Bradford officiating. Interment at Mount Peace Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. (Stewart & Calhoun, 535-1543.) 

Jane M. Green
Jane M. Green, 81 years, of Akron, died May 17, 1998 at her residence after a short illness.
Born in Akron, she was an area resident most of her life. Jane was a graduate of St. Vincent High School, a former member of St. Vincent Church and presently a member of St. Matthews Church. She and her late husband, F. G. (Joe) Green were former owners of Maca Swim Park in Tallmadge.
Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Lynne and John Loewing of Shakopee, Minn., Nancy Hiner of Portage Lakes, Valerie Taylor of Greenville, S.C., and Mary Ellen and Tim Neitz of Cuyahoga Falls; sister, Mary Murty of Akron; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday in St. Vincent Church at a time to announced. Interment in Stow Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hummel Funeral Home, 500 East Exchange St., on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service. (Hummel, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 253-6126.)

Dorothy P. ``Dutch'' Rudolph
AKRON/WADSWORTH -- Dorothy P. ``Dutch'' Rudolph, 71, died Monday, May 4, 1998, at the Hospice Care Center.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Miss Rudolph resided in Wadsworth 15 years, previously residing in Akron. She was an elementary teacher at St. Sebastian Parochial School in Akron for 15 years, retiring in 1983.
Miss Rudolph is survived by brother and sister-in-law, John and Dorothy Rudolph of Wadsworth; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents, Simon and Juliet Rudolph; sisters, Miriam McGregor, Juliet O'Neil and Katherine Cook; and niece, Colleen Cook.
Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 272 Broad St., Wadsworth, In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron 44333; or Sacred Heart Church Building Fund, 260 Broad St., Wadsworth 44281. (Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 334-1501.) 

Carrie Mitchell
Carrie Mitchell, 90, went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 1998, at Akron General Center, after a brief illness. 
Born in Birmingham, Ala., she had lived in this community since 1922. She had been employed at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., retiring in 1971. She was a member of Arlington Church of God, sang in the choir, and a member of Joy Park Seniors.
She is survived by devoted daughter, Valeria (Adolph) Robinson; brothers, Jasper and Rufus Mitchell, all of Akron; 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at Arlington Church of God, with Rev. Dr. Ronald Fowler officiating. Interment at Mount Peace Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1256 Romayne Dr.
(Stewart & Calhoun, 535-1543.) 

Janice R. McClure
Janice R. McClure, 60, died May 9, 1998.
Born in Akron, she had lived for most of her life in the Akron area; the last 20 years in Green. She loved antiques and formerly operated an antique shop in North Canton. She enjoyed reading and loved her dogs.
Preceded in death by her parents, William and Queena McKissick; and sister, Judy Leary, she is survived by her daughter, Shelly McClure of Green; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale and Olive McKissick of Uniontown, and Richard and Shirley McKissick of Queen Creek, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Frank Leary of Clinton; nieces, Traci Leary of Clinton, Susan McKissick and Barbara McCarthy, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; grand-nephew, Derek McCarthy of Phoenix; and many dear friends.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. TUESDAY at the Billow LAKES Chapel, 472 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (Route 619), with Rev. William D. Lee officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home TUESDAY from 11 a.m. until service time. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 225 W. Exchange St., Akron 44302.
(Billow LAKES Chapel, 867-4141.) 

Darles B. Kreakie (Sarge)
Darles B. Kreakie (Sarge), 69, died May 8, 1998, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Kreakie served with the U. S. Marine Corps for over 22 years, and was a member of Ralph Huff Post 1062 and Eagles 1027.
Surviving are his wife, Peggy; daughter, Darla Hoebeke of Anaheim, Calif.; sister, Wilda Volchko of Brunswick; and brother, Terry of Kent.
There will be no calling hours or services; memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. (McGowan-Reid & Santos, 928-1313.)

Romaine W. Hutchings
Romaine W. Hutchings, 80, died May 8, 1998.
He was a lifetime resident of Akron. Mr. Hutchings was retired from the U. S. Postal Service with 23 years of service, and was a member of the Loyalty Masonic Lodge 645, F&AM. He was a U. S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Airborne 509 Paratroopers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances L., and is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Lynn of Akron; daughter and son-in-law, Janis Dee and Jeremy Beale of Chester Springs, Pa.; grandsons, Christopher and Kyle Hutchings; mother, Gayle Hutchings of Akron.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., with Pastor Charles D. Lentner officiating. Interment at Rose Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 867-4141.) 

Chester ``Chet'' F. Eshbaugh
Chester ``Chet'' F. Eshbaugh, 75, passed away May 8, 1998, at the Arbors of Fairlawn.
He worked for Goodyear Aerospace and Loral for 34 years. He served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Washington. He loved to walk.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lula Eshbaugh; previous wife, Pauline; brother, William Eshbaugh; and sister, Marita Wood. He is survived by his wife, Helen Burley Eshbaugh; stepson and guardian, Don Johns; stepdaughter, Donna Best, all of Cuyahoga Falls; and stepdaughter, Vivian Kraus of Mogadore.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, 1998, at the ADAMS MASON MEMORIAL CHAPEL (791 E. Market St.), where friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment at Hillside Memorial Park. (ADAMS MASON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 535-9186.) 

Ralph F. Crown
Ralph F. Crown, 89, passed away May 8, 1998, at Akron General Medical Center.
Retired from B. F. Goodrich, Mr. Crown had lived in Florida for 26 years before returning to Wadsworth in 1996. He was an active member of the Lockwood United Methodist Church. A member of the Portage Lakes Lodge 752, he was a 32nd Degree Mason with a 50-year membership in the Scottish Rite.
Preceded in death by his brother, Victor Crown; grandson, Teddy Crown; and sister-in-law, Katherine (Gron) Crown, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ethel (Gron) Crown; son, Clifford H. (Sandra) Crown; granddaughter, Tamara, all of Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Jane Gron of Fairlawn, Helen (Donald) Cox of Sharon Center, Jean (Edward) Watring of Florida, Marjorie Crown of Wadsworth; brother-in-law, Clifford Jack (Shirley) Gron of Tallmadge; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Calling hours will be Monday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel (39 S. Miller Rd.), where Rev. Richard Duane Smith will officiate at services at 2 p.m. Private interment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service.
(Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr, Fairlawn, 867-7306.)

John ``Pudge'' Cirullo
TALLMADGE -- John ``Pudge'' Cirullo, 79, passed away May 8, 1998, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Clarksburg, W. Va., he lived in the Tallmadge area for the past 40 years. Mr. Cirullo served in the 504th Airborne Division of the U. S. Army during World War II, and was a member of Iron Worker's Local 17 for 50 years.
Preceded in death by his grandson, John III; and infant great-granddaughter, Kirsten Senn, he is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Emma of Tallmadge, George and Gloria of Hartville; daughter and son-in-law, Leona and Robert Senn of Tallmadge; grandchildren, Lisa (Michael) Schweyer, Tina (Bob) Underwood, Kerry Cirullo and fiance, Keith Sutherland, Tony (Beverly) Archer, Robert Eric (Kari) Senn, and Michael, Kyle, and Meaghan Cirullo; great-grandchildren, Britney, Lauren, Danielle, Robbie, John, Ryan, and Patrick; brothers, Bernard and Joseph Cirullo; and sisters, Antoinette Bisset, Mary Jermont, Catherine Armenti, and Marjorie Louk.
Funeral services will be Monday, 1 p.m., at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Rd. (Route 91), Akron, with Father John Hengle officiating. Burial at Hillside Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to Hospice Visiting Nurse Service, 1200 McArthur Dr., Akron 44320.
(Hopkins Lawver, Akron, 733-6271.)

Leda P. Birow
WADSWORTH -- Leda P. Birow, 83, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at Altercare of Wadsworth, after a six-month illness.
Mrs. Birow was born in Wadsworth, where she resided 15 years, previously residing in Copley and Akron. She was an assistant at Akron Veterinary for four years, and previously employed at the Ohio Match Co. She and her husband raised and bred Airedales, and were 50-year members of the Rubber City Kennel Club. She also enjoyed reading.
Mrs. Birow is survived by husband, Steve; brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Joy Presznick of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Gloria E. Birow of Los Angeles; nephew, and great-nieces and -nephew. She was preceded in death by brother, Joe.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, where services will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m., Mr. Reinhardt Webel officiating. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Regional Office, 4767 Higbee Ave. N.W., Canton 44718.
(Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 334-1501.) 

Ollie Mae Baity
Ollie Mae Baity, 72, passed away May 5, 1998.
Born in Snow Lake, Ark., she had lived in this community six years. She was formerly of California, where she had been employed as a lab technician. She was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Calif.
She is survived by daughter-in law, Ivy Baity; grandsons, Lemorris Baity and Elbert Suttles, all of Akron; 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 11, 1998, at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. John Stafford officiating. Interment at Glendale Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel Monday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1089 Hardesty Blvd. (Stewart & Calhoun, 535-1543.)


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