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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 church.
(REDMON, STOW, 688-6631.) 

Bessie M. Shirey
DOYLESTOWN -- Bessie M. Shirey, age 81, died January 9, 1999 at Altercare of Wadsworth.
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.
(Zak-Monbarren, 658-2211.)

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 paper.
(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. (Schlup-Pucak, 745-3131.) 

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 meet again.
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.) 

Mae Goelz
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 Friday.
At the request of the family, all services were private. Johnson-Romito, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, in Twinsburg, Ohio, in charge of arrangements. (1-330-425-2244.) 

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 Group.
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. 31, 1998.
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.)


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