Miscellaneous Summit County, Ohio Obituaries


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Franklin T. Stallard
Franklin T. Stallard, 65, has gone to his heavenly home with our Lord on Jan. 8, 1999.
He will so sadly be missed by all family, friends and co-workers. We will meet again.
Preceded in death by father, Thomas; mother, Anna Stallard; and sister, Phyliss. He leaves his beloved wife, Mary; his children, Michael (Franny) of Illinois, Jeffery (Tracy) of Ravenna, and Suzanne of Akron, Jack (Denise) of Akron, Tom (Tina) of Akron, Randolph (Sally) of Oregon, John (Sally) of Atlanta, Ga., Susan (David) of Akron, Rebecca (Howard) of Bay City, Mich.; sisters, Milly (Carl) Johnson of Richfield, Grace Kobolski of Cleveland; 24 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; special friends, William and Lynne Best, John and Shirley Holbrook, Suzanne DeBord, Robert and Dorothy Cundiff, Jim and Vickey Fairmonte and many, many friends.
Frank was a long distance truck driver for the last 25 years, and a member of Local 24, retiring in 1996; then was an instructor at Hamrick Truck Driving School in Medina, Ohio. Prior years he spent as a business man for Standard Oil Co. in Kent. Frank was the presiding president of The Wolf Ledge A.C. Akron, past president of Kent Eagles, a member of the Army & Navy Club, Coventry, Croation Club of Akron. Frank served in the U.S. Army during The Korean War, was last sent to West Point Military Academy to train cadets in munitions.
The family wants a special thanks to Dr. Joseph Koenig and Staff of Summit Oncology, Dr. Gary Lichten and Staff. They made Frank's steps lighter during his courageous battle with cancer.
Calling hours, Monday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dunn-Quigley Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 811 Grant St., Akron, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. (Dunn-Quigley Ciriello & Carr, Akron Grant St.,
Richard O. Smith
AKRON/WADSWORTH -- Richard O. Smith, 67, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 8, 1999 at St. Thomas Hospital.
Born in Wadsworth Ohio, Mr. Smith resided in Akron for 40 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and employed at Eastern Motor Cargo Carriers, retiring in 1989 with over 30 years of service.
Mr. Smith is survived by mother, Dorothy Jackson of Wadsworth; brother, Jack Smith of Houston; nieces, Jean Kulcsar, Mary Jane Samudio, Julie Campetelli. He was preceded in death by wife, Hildegard; and father, Richard Smith.
Services to be announced at a later date. (Hilliard-Cox-Mullaney,

Joseph Earl Skinner
BARBERTON -- Joseph Earl Skinner, 91, died Jan. 9, 1999.
A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he retired from B.F. Goodrich after 44 years of service, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Clinton Church of Christ.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Mable Jane.
Funeral services Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, David Dahlstein officiating. Burial Greenlawn Cemetery where military V.F.W. services will be held at the Chapel. Visitation Monday, 5 to 7 p.m. (Campfield-Hickman-Collier,

John W. Hostetler Sr.
AKRON -- John W. Hostetler Sr., 80, of Akron died suddenly Jan. 8, 1999.
A life resident of the area, he retired in 1980 from the United States Postal Service after 26 years of service. He was a member of High Street Christian Church, Co-Wed Class, The U.P.W.U., volunteered not only at the church, but also Bridge Park Nursing Home. John enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, model railroading and his garden.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia; sons, John (Naomi) Jr. of Akron, Michael (Linda) of Twinsburg; daughters, Jane of Akron, Carol (Robert) Glenn of Waco, Texas; and his grandchildren, Phillip, and Amanda Hostetler, Rachel Hostetler, Jennifer, Kenneth, and Sylvia Glenn.
Friends may call Monday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Schlup-Pucak Funeral Home, Kenmore Blvd. and 8th Street. For those that wish memorial contributions may be made to the church, 131 S. High St., Akron, Ohio 44307. (Schlup-Pucak, 745-3131.) 

Lila P. German
Lila P. German, 91, a resident of Cuyahoga Falls Country Place since June 1995, died there on Friday Jan. 8, 1999.
Many members of Lila's family were officers in the U.S. Coast Guard.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adm. and Mrs. C. G. Porcher; husband, Capt. John P. German; brother-in-law, Capt. Gordon P. McGowan; and son-in-law, Capt. J. Curtis Ikens. She is survived by her sister, Margaret (Peggy) McGowan of Cuyahoga Falls; daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Hicks and her husband, Cdr. (Ret.) William G. Hicks of Tallmadge; daughter, Connie Ikens of Waterford, Conn.; five grandchildren, Bob Hicks (Lisa), David Hicks, Lila Hicks (Todd) Lynch, Greg Ikens, and Vicki Ikens (Mark) Waterman; great-granddaughter, Audrey Lynn Waterman; three sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law by marriage; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. at a time convenient for her family. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity, church or organization of your choice. (Hennessy-Bagnoli, AKRON, 376-4251.) 

Mary Ann Fontanarosa
Mary Ann Fontanarosa, 80 of 168 Hollywood Ave., Boardman, Ohio died early Saturday morning Jan. 9, 1999 at St. Elizabeth Health Center, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Fontanarosa was born April 3, 1918 in Bessemer, Pa., daughter of Frank and Mary Zabukovec Tasota she came to this area in 1950. She was a homemaker and a member of the church. She was also a member of the Youngstown Christian Women's Association, the Corydon-Palmer Dental Society Auxiliary, and enjoyed gardening and travel.
She is preceded in death by husband, Dr. Palmer J. Fontanarosa, who died Jan. 15, 1993, whom she married July 17, 1943. Survivors includes one son, Palmer J. Fontanarosa Jr. of Canton; daughter, Dr. Mary Ann Fontanarosa of Warren, Ohio; two brothers, Fred and Paul Tasota, both of Bessemer; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Gerkin of Lakewood, Calif.; and Mrs. Ruth Juergens of Hartford, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at Kinnick Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church, both in Youngstown for Mrs. Mary Ann Fontanarosa. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Dominic Church, in care of the family. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown. (Kinnick Funeral Home, 330-793-4675.) 

William E. Fongheiser
William E. Fongheiser, age 60, passed away Jan. 9, 1999.
Mr. Fongheiser was born July 26, 1938 in Akron, Ohio.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 yrs., Florence; sons, Carl Fongheiser, and David (Terry) Fongheiser; daughters, Laura (Larry) Vincent, Karen (William) Price, Marilyn (Charles) Catanese, and Susan Fongheiser; three grandchildren; parents, John and Rita Fongheiser.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wadsworth. Father James Conry celebrant. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cox Funeral Home, 7984 Ridge Rd. (S.R. 94) Wadsworth. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. (Cox Funeral Home, WADSWORTH, 335-3311.) 

Lucille Kirk Fisher
Lucille Kirk Fisher, 89, of Canton, passed away Friday evening in Aultman Hospital after a sudden illness.
Born in Akron, she had resided here since 1976. Mrs. Fisher retired from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. afer 22 years of service. A member of Simpson United United Methodist Church, Quilters Group of Firestone Park United Methodist Church, Portage Lakes O.E.S. 567 and the Akron AARP.
Preceded in death by her first husband, James I. Kirk, her second husband, Leonard B. Fisher and a daughter, Peggy A. Johnston. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Donna Kirk of Akron; son-in-law, James A. Johnston, also of Akron; grandchildren, Karen and Mark Gavriloff, Connie Leyh, James and Jodi Johnston, Debbie and Brian Hardesty and Mark and Sandy Kirk; ten great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, 10:30 a.m.. in the Spiker-Foster-SHRIVER Funeral Home, 4817 CLEVELAND AVE., N.W., with Rev. Barbara Ross officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron, Ohio. Friends may call on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to the Simpson United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 4900 Middlebranch N.E., Canton, Ohio 44705.
(Shriver, 455-0349.) 

Jean Farkas
Jean Farkas, 76, died January 7, 1999.
Born in Cleveland, she had been a resident of Streetsboro for over 20 years.
Preceded in death by her husband, Bill in 1976; she is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Linn and Dewey Ingram of Fairlawn; daughter, Shelley Farkas and Bill Hissam of Stow; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and John Messer of Twinsburg; and niece, Roxanne Carlin of Dayton.
There are no services or calling hours. (Billow, FAIRLAWN Chapel, 867-4141.) 

Robert E. Fahey
Robert E. Fahey, 67, formerly of Akron, died suddenly Jan. 7, 1999, in Naples, Fla.
He was the loving father of Robert (Celeste), Patricia (Mark), Edward, Mary (David), James (Lori), and the late Beth; dear brother of James, Coletta, Donald, William, and Elizabeth; and grandfather of six.
Visitation at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Hodges Funeral Home, 3520 Tamiami Trail N. (941-261-1237). A private interment ceremony will take place Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999. 

James R. Durkin
WADSWORTH -- James R. Durkin, 81, died Friday January 8, 1999 at Sterling Oaks after a lengthy illness.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisc. Mr. Durkin resided in Wadsworth 42 years, previously residing in Akron.
He was a member of the Merchant Marines during World War II and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was an engineer at B.F. Goodrich, retiring in 1983 with 30 years of service.
Mr. Durkin is survived by wife, Dorothy; son, James R. Jr. of Newark, N.J.; daughters, Mary Ellen Critchlow, and Jeanne (Mrs. James) Ecki, both of Cincinnati, Anne (Mrs. David) Maxon of Wadsworth, Kathleen (Mrs. Clay) Mahaffey of Connecticut; grandchildren, Kimberly (Mrs. Peter) Eros, Jenninfer and Andrew Durkin, Stephanie, David and Sarah Maxon, and Garrett Eckl; brother, Dr. Robert Durkin of California; and sister, Mary Schultz of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by brother, John.
The family will receive friends Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman Street, Wadsworth, where funeral service will be held 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Assoc. or Sterling Oaks Day Room Fund. (Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 334-1501.) 

Merryl Gutowski
Merryl Gutowski, 70, of Twinsburg, was the beloved husband of Marie A. (nee Scimone); loving father of Merryl (Donna), Myron (Kathleen), Michael (Mary), Matthew (Debi), Marlene Roschel (Cliff), Maureen, Mark (Paula), Mitchell (Michele), and Marilyn Smith (Alvin); dear grandfather of 15, brother of four.
FRIENDS MAY CALL AT THE FERFOLIA FUNERAL HOME, 356 W. AURORA RD. (Route 82), SAGAMORE, HILLS FOR VISITATION FRIDAY, 6 TO 8 p.m., AND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 2 TO 4 AND 7 TO 9 p.m. Funeral Monday, 9:15 a.m., at the funeral home. Services at SS. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment at All Saints Cemetery.
(Ferfolia, 1-330-467-4500.) 

Eileen Johnson
WADSWORTH/FLORIDA -- Eileen Johnson, 79, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in St. Cloud, Fla.
She is survived by her sister, Doris Phillips of Wadsworth; special friend, Nurse Ruth Morgan of St. Cloud.
Services for the family will be held at their convenience.
(Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 334-1501.) 

Jeremy S. Davis
WADSWORTH -- Jeremy S. Davis, 26, of Holly Ridge, N.C., died Jan. 6, 1999, in Greenville, N.C., from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.
Services Monday at 11 a.m. at the Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Dr., Rittman, where friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. TODAY. Rev. Donald Ressecker will officiate, with burial at Rittman Cemetery. (Gillman, 925-2911.) 

Flora E. Cossin
Flora E. Cossin, 88, died Jan. 7, 1999.
Mrs. Cossin was a homemaker but, prior to that, worked at Ohio Edison, Fairlawn Flooring & Tile Co., and Executon, Inc., as a bookkeeper. She was born in Irvona, Pa., and lived most of her life in the Akron area. She was a member of the North Hill United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and the Little Gardens Club.
She is survived by her husband, Roy J.; daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Tony Sabino of Cuyahoga Falls, Marjorie Cossin of Akron; family friend, Ron Taplin; grandchildren, Miller (Robert), Bill, Amy and Charles, Jim and Sharon; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Andrew.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., with Rev. Gary Ihasz and Rev. Linda Kay Hall officiating. Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of other remembrances, donations may be given to the North Hill United Methodist Church. (Hennessy-Bagnoli, AKRON, 376-4251.) 

Karol Jean Cole
TALLMADGE -- Karol Jean Cole, 55, passed away Jan. 7, 1999.
Born in Barberton, she was a local resident all her life, had attended Springfield Assembly of God Church, and was an avid bowler.
Preceded in death by her husband, Robert, Karol is survived by her son, William (Toni) of Tallmadge; grandchildren, Molly (Rick) Knight, Scott Cole, Jean Cole; great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Jessica Knight; sisters, Patricia King, Cheryl Hammelman; brothers, Raymond, Ritchie, and Robert Durant; and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends TODAY, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hecker Funeral Home in Uniontown, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m., Pastor Joseph B. Serbin officiating. Interment at Hillside Memorial Park. (Hecker, 699-2600.) 

Annie Halsell
``Ms. Monk''
Annie Halsell, 86, passed away Jan. 21, 1999, at Akron City Hospital, after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. WEDNESDAY at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Darrell Isaiah officiating. Interment at Mount Peace Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Procession will form at 268 Eastland Ave. and condolences may be sent to 268 Eastland and 849 Danmead.
(Stewart & Calhoun, 535-1543.) 

Michael Asente
Michael Asente, born July 29, 1925 in Akron, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 1999 after a long illness.
Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Angeline Assenti, brothers, Angelo and James Asente, and grandson, Steven Bowersox; he is survived by loving and beloved wife of over 50 years, Mary; sons, Charles (Lynn), John (Marsha); daughters, Angela (Jeff) Bertka and Tina Bowersox; grandchildren, Chrystan and Michael Asente, Matthew and Amanda Asente, Justin and Sarah Bowersox, Nicholas and Christopher Bertka; also survived by stepmother, Charlene Assenti; brother, Paul Asente; sisters, Caroline Taormina, Angeline Sansonetti, and Ann (Frank) Dujanovic, Francey Assenti; stepbrothers, Michael (Rosemary) Castelli; stepsister, Lila Wheeler; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Okinawa with the Army Corps of Engineers. He retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1989, after 44 years of service, and was also employed at Ascot Northfield Race Track.
Calling hours will be Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn-Quigley Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel, 39 S. Miller Rd. Funeral Mass will be at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Moser Ave. in Akron, at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery. (Dunn-Quigley Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel,

Wtadystaw (Walter) Banit
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Wtadystaw (Walter) Banit, 69, passed away Jan. 8, 1999.
Mr. Banit was born in Tyrawa Solna, Poland, and has resided in Cuyahoga Falls for over 25 years, where he worked as a benchman for Reuther Mold and Manufacturing Company, retiring with 27 years service. He was a member of St. Joseph Church of Cuyahoga Falls.
He is survived by his wife, Krystyna; son, Darin; and sister-in-law, Jeanie Banit; and many friends from Reuther Mold.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clifford Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, where a funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. Deacon Robert Kochanski officiating. Interment Northlawn Memorial Gardens.
(Clifford Shoemaker, 928-2147.)
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Walter J. ``Joe'' Beach
Walter J. ``Joe'' Beach, 76, passed away Jan. 7, 1999, at Akron City Hospital.
He was born in State College, Pa., and had lived most of his life in the Akron area. Mr. Beach retired after 25 years service from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and had been a member of the Northminster Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., of Cuyahoga Falls.
He is survived by children, Kenneth of Bath, Carol Peterson of Pittsburgh, Curtis and Craig, both of Akron; and six grandchildren.
At Mr. Beach's request, there will be no calling hours or service.
(Prentice, 753-7721.) 

Randy Silver
Randy Silver, 55, passed away Jan. 16, 1999, at Barberton Citizens Hospital.
He was born in Akron and was a life resident of the area. Randy was self-employed with the family business, Al Silver Tire, for many years, and was a former Reserve Akron Police officer. 
He is survived by Carla Conley and family; his children, Troy of Akron, Kerry (Bill) Mitchell of Franklin Township, Keith, and Jory, both of Akron; four grandchildren; father, Al (Angie) Silver of Akron; and sister, Judy (Dan) Makar of Tallmadge.
Graveside service and burial Monday, 11 a.m., at Rose Hill Burial Park, Rabbi David Horowitz officiating. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Temple Israel, 133 Merriman Rd., Akron 44303. (Prentice, 753-7721.)

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