|Ada M. Rodgers
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Ada M. Rodgers, 83, died Dec. 31, 1998.
Rev. Larry Engle will conduct services Tuesday, 12 noon, at Graham
Road Baptist Church, 705 Graham Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, where friends
may call one hour prior to services. Burial at Northlawn Cemetery. Should
friends desire, memorials may be made to the Awana Club in care of the
(REDMON, STOW, 688-6631.)
Bessie M. Shirey
DOYLESTOWN -- Bessie M. Shirey, age 81, died January 9, 1999 at Altercare
She was a resident of Doylestown for 37 years. She attended Victory
Chapel and also the Akron Baptist Temple.
She was preceded in death by husband, Paul E. Shirey, Sr. in 1989 and
is survived by sons, Paul E. (Marie) Shirey of Wooster, Charles W. (Cheryl)
Shirey of Barberton, Ernest G. Shirey of Barberton, William H. (Phyllis)
Shirey of Barberton; daughter, Martha (Robert) Walker of Doylestown; 21
grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Durr of West Virginia.
Funeral service Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in
Doylestown with Rev. Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial
Park. Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Harold D. ``Red'' Pritchard
NORTON -- Harold D. ``Red'' Pritchard, 96, passed away Jan. 2, 1999.
Born Sept. 15, 1902, in Richie County, W. Va., he retired from Ohio
Brass with 43 years of service.
Preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Mae, he is survived by sons,
John E. (Joan) of Barberton, Lawrence D. (Ginnie) of Uniontown, Charles
E. (Cathy) of Plymouth, Ohio, George L. of Akron, James R. (Deborah) of
Dresden, Ohio; daughters, Helen M. (Frank) Remis of Miami, Okla., Patricia
L. (Fred) Jones of Tallmadge; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6 to 9 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222
Norton Ave., Barberton. Complete funeral arrangements will be in Tuesdays
(Cox, Barberton, 745-3311.)
Lola Edna Pickett
Lola Edna Pickett, of Silver Lake, and formerly of Kenmore, died at
Akron City Hospital on Jan. 3, 1999.
Lola was born in LaFollette, Tenn.
Preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in 1972, Lola is survived by
her daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Bill Myles, who lovingly cared
for her. Others who loved and were loved in return are her grandchildren
and spouses, Rebecca and Fred Amir of Cuyahoga Falls, Todd and Chris Myles
of Huron, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Miranda and Juliana Amir, and Dustin
and Eric Myles.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Billow FALLS Chapel,
23rd Street and Falls Avenue, with Rev. Paul Beal officiating. Friends
may call one hour before services. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
No flowers, please.
(Billow FALLS Chapel, 867-4141.)
Richard D. Nichols
Richard D. Nichols, 75, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord on
Jan. 1, 1999.
A life resident of the area, and a veteran of World War II and Korea,
he retired in 1986 from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. after 44 years as
a tire builder. He was a member of the 172nd D Engineer Combat Battalion
and 9th Ohio Independent Battery Civil War Re-Enactment.
Preceded in death by his wife, Pearl ``Jan,'' in 1993, he is survived
by stepdaughters, Sheila (David) Plaugher, Alicia (Herbert) Erickson, Deborah
Wilson, and Rebecca Brown; stepsons, Michael (Michelle) Moyers and Donald
Moyers Jr.; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, all of Akron;
sisters, Jean Peterson of Barberton and Adalee Nichols of Canyon City,
Colo.; special friend, Jean Brothers; many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Schlup-Pucak Funeral
Chapel, Kenmore Boulevard at Eighth Street, where funeral services will
be Wednesday, 10 a.m., with Rev. William D. Lee officiating. Interment
at Greenlawn Memorial Park, where V.F.W. Post 3383 will hold military services.
Helen M. Gmerek Nahorecki
Helen M. Gmerek Nahorecki, 87, of Akron, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999.
Mrs. Nahorecki was born in Poland on Dec. 8, 1911, and came to the
Akron area 75 years ago. She was a member of St. Hedwig's Catholic Church,
the A.P.A. Circle 3 and Group 148, the Polish-American Club Ladies' Auxiliary,
the P.L.A.V. Post 32 Ladies' Auxiliary, and the P.R.C.U.
She is survived by her children, Leonard (Patricia) Gmerek, Raymond
Gmerek, Phyllis Early, and Stanley (Maria) Gmerek; grandchildren, Lenny
(Amy) Gmerek, Kendra Gmerek, Robert (Tina) Gmerek, John Todd Gmerek, Lisa
and David Bittner, Steven C. (Lynn) Gmerek, Christina Gmerek, Kathaleen
(Rick) Hastings, Susan Gmerek, Joseph Z. Gmerek, Jacob Gmerek, Joshua Gmerek,
and Jason Gmerek; great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Andrea, Jon Michael, Lauren,
Lindsey, Melissa, Allison, Paige, Madelyn, Savanna, and Rachael; sister,
Stella Czarnecki; niece, Florence (Michael) Balca; grand-nieces, Krista
(John) MacLean and Jacquelyn Balca; great-grand-niece, Shayna.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., at St. Hedwig's
Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at
the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., Akron, Monday, 4 to
8 p.m. (Hennessy-Bagnoli, AKRON, 376-4251.)
Mary Ellen McFadden
Mary Ellen McFadden, a child of God, passed away Jan. 2, 1999, after
a courageous 19-year struggle with breast cancer. She was a survivor and
also a hero to the many who knew her. She lived her life before and after
cancer for the benefit of her family, friends, and community.
Born Mary Ellen Butin on Sept. 4, 1932, in Akron, she, with her family,
left shortly after for Boulder City, Nev., where her father, Carl Butin,
served as one of the engineers who helped build Boulder Dam. Carl, her
mother, Bessie, and Mary Ellen returned to Ohio, where Mary Ellen attended
school in Wadsworth. Another family work assignment took her to California,
where she attended Alameda High School for her first year of high school.
Returning to Ohio, she completed high school in Maple Heights. She
subsequently attended Kent State University, majoring in commercial art.
She affiliated with Chi Omega Sorority and while there she met her husband,
Gerald. Mary Ellen and Gerald were married in November 1954. Akron once
again became her home. She loved Akron and she set about to make a contribution.
She served as president of Witan, was a founder of the Chi Omega chapter
at the University of Akron, and served as president of the alumni chapter
and president of the housing corporation. Mary Ellen was active with the
Akron Symphony orchestra, on whose board of trustees she served for many
years, including terms as board secretary. She also was interested in the
Akron Civic Theatre, where in the early years she served on the theatre's
executive committee and served as president of the Woman's Board. Mary
Ellen was an active member of the Woman's Board of Akron City Hospital.
She enjoyed her work in the gift shop and at the rummage sale. She served
the board as secretary and as chair of the Art Committee. A number of the
paintings in the corridors and rooms of the hospital were selected and
placed there by Mary Ellen and her committee. She was further involved
in that she cut the mats for many of the paintings chosen. She also found
time over the years to serve Hale Farm and Homestead, the Jaycee Wives,
the United Way, the board of the American Golf Classic, and was a member
of Fairlawn Country Club. Most important to her was her God and her Church.
For 36 years she was active at Christ United Methodist Church in Akron
and most recently had been a member of Bath United Church of Christ. She
enjoyed and was grateful for the fellowship of both churches, and more
recently thankful for the love displayed by the members and clergy at Bath
Church. She believed in and loved Jesus the Christ and is with Him now.
Mary Ellen was a painter; watercolors were her specialty. She was a photographer,
and enjoyed tennis, golf, and cross-country skiing. She loved animals,
and her miniature Schnauzer, Max, will miss her deeply.
Her professional life was spent first as a licensed insurance agent
and then as a Realtor, most recently with Realty One. She was most grateful
for the support of her colleagues and the interest and concern displayed
by them. Mary Ellen often expressed her appreciation for the love and concern
displayed by the medical professionals who cared for her over the years.
There were special thoughts for Dr. Ralph Trochelman and his staff, and
for Dr. Marvin Sakol and Dr. Robert Ferris. She was grateful also to the
personnel of the Oncology Floor at City Hospital and for the people of
the Visiting Nurse Service and the people at the V.N.S. Hospice.
There it is, the story of one individual who tried to make a difference.
She loved her God, her family, and her community, and tried to always demonstrate
that love. Her husband, Gerald, will carry the essence of her spirit with
him always. The memory of her strength will be his strength until they
Services will be held at 5:30 p.m. TUESDAY at Bath United Church of
Christ, with Rev. Greg Turner and Rev. Mark Frey officiating. The service
will be followed by a reception and a light meal. Friends may call at the
church from 4 p.m. until service time. Committal services will take place
at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum Chapel. Memorials,
in lieu of flowers, may be made to charities of choice; however, some suggestions
would be Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 Bath Rd., Akron 44333; Witan;
the Akron City Hospital Woman's Board; the Akron Symphony Orchestra; or
the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron 44333.
(Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 867-4141.)
Max N. Johnson
Max N. Johnson, 81, passed away Jan. 8, 1999, at Manor Care in Barberton.
Max worked at Consolidated Freightways for over 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul. He is survived by his
wife of 47 years, Carol; daughters, Diane Johnson (Fred Garron) and Sandy
(Joe) Graham, both of Florida, Renay (Larry) Kapusinski of Copley; grandchildren,
Nick and Carli Kapusinski, also of Copley; brothers, Carl and Bill Johnson;
and sister, Vivian Spencer.
Memorial service will be held Monday, 7 p.m., at the Hummel Funeral
Home West, 3475 Copley Rd. The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. until
the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's
Association or the Copley Fire and Rescue Squad. (Hummel-West, Copley-Fairlawn,
a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 666-1138.)
STOW -- Mae Goelz (nee Suchan), 90, beloved wife of the late Stanley
Novak; loving mother of Betty J. Kollin and Florence M. Yanito; dear grandmother
of seven, great-grandmother of eight, great-great-grandmother of two, died
At the request of the family, all services were private. Johnson-Romito,
a Golden Rule Funeral Home, in Twinsburg, Ohio, in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Ann (Timmerman) Flath
DALTON -- Barbara Ann (Timmerman) Flath, 72, died Jan. 1, 1999, at
Aultman Hospital, following a long-term illness.
She graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton in 1944, and graduated
from Wittenburg University in 1948, where she was a member of Chi Omega
Sorority. She married Don E. Flath of Massillon on July 17, 1948; he preceded
her in death in 1984. She actively participated in her husband's law practice,
which was started in Dalton in 1958. She was an active member of Holy Trinity
Lutheran Church in Massillon, where she was active in Lutheran Women and
Church Council. She was also a member of Wayne County Republican Women's
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by parents, Richard
and Marie Timmerman. She is survived by children, Richard Flath of Massillon,
Ian Flath of Sacramento, Calif., and Penni (Flath) Gottfried of Dalton;
grandchildren, Katherine, Allison, and Kory Flath, all of North Canton,
and Jessica Kaser of Dalton and Canal Fulton; brother, Rev. John L. Timmerman
of Coral Springs, Fla. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and
the lives she touched.
Memorial services will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday
at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Paul Myers officiating. Burial will be at Dalton Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral
Home in Dalton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dalton Volunteer
Fire Department or the American Heart and Lung Association; to Holy Trinity
Lutheran Church; or to Wittenburg University. (Zak-Monbarren, Dalton, 828-2536.)
Mrs. Eula D. Davis
Mrs. Eula D. Davis, age 90, died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Legends
Care Center in Massillon after a lengthy illness where she was a resident.
Mrs. Davis was born in Spencer, W. Va. and had lived in the Massillon
area for the last 10 years and had previously lived in the Akron area for
20 years previous to that, and also resided in the Seminole, Fla. area.
She was employed by the former Toy Box store in Fairlawn for 10 years as
it's manager. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elizabeth West; husband,
Charles (Delbert) Davis in 1981; and one son, Paul Davis. Eula is survived
by four daughters, Mrs. Phil (Eleanor) Lucco in Cuyahoga Falls, Mrs. Richard
(Dorothy) Brown in Michigan, Mrs. Paul (Marlene) Solas in Seminole, Fla.,
and Mrs. Douglas (Denise) Gunnerson of Massillon; also 14 grandchildren;
and 19 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at Heitger Funeral Service Jackson Chapel, 5850
Wales Rd., NW, Massillon, Ohio on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999 at 4 p.m. with
Pastor Dr. David Downs and Rev. Russell Long officiating. Interment will
be made in Serenity Gardens in Seminola, Fla. Visitation one hour before
services at the funeral home on Tuesday. Memorial contributions can be
made to Legends Care Center ``Resident Council Fund'', 2311 Nave St. SE,
Massillon, Ohio 44646. (Heitger Funeral, 330-830-0148.)
Laura Jane Cable
Laura Jane Cable, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec.
Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Cable; parents,
Frank Ferris Sr. and Cora Ferris (Miller); and brother, Frank Ferris Jr.
She is survived by daughter, Christine, and husband, James Stotler,
and their children, Richard and daughter, Laura Rose, Jeanette, Christopher,
and Gregory; her son, Richard, and wife, Billie Kay Cable, and their children,
Tracey (Jody) Lakins and daughter, Madison, Leona Cable, Jacki (Joe) Hancock
and son, Joey; brothers-in-law, Rudolph Cable and family, and Clarence
(Dorothy) Cable; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae (John) Satina and family, Martha
Coy, Mary Ferris and family; cousin, Claranella Senefeld and family of
Brookville, Ind.; and lifelong friend, Betty Scalia.
The family wishes to thank the kind and compassionate caregivers of
Hospice, V.N.S., and Valley View Nursing Home.
A memorial service will be Wednesday, 12 noon, at the Hopkins Lawver
Funeral Home, 547 Canton Rd. (Route 91), Akron, with Rev. Mr. James Stot-ler
officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service
time Wednesday. Cremation has taken place.
(Hopkins Lawver, Akron, 733-6271.)