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Kathryn B. Wise
WADSWORTH TWP. -- Kathryn B. Wise (nee Johnson), 48, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at her residence, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born in Akron, Mrs. Wise resided in Wadsworth Township 21 years, previously residing in Norton. A graduate of Norton High School and Kent State University, she was a member of Wadsworth First Christian Church, and was a Wadsworth Soccer Mom. She was devoted to her family and friends, and enjoyed gardening and crafts.
Mrs. Wise was the daughter of the late Andrew Johnson, and is survived by husband, John E.; son, John and daughter, Tami, both of the residence; mother, Ruby Johnson of Norton; sisters, Sandy (Mrs. Bill) Galbreath of Medina, Pat (Mrs. Jerry) Laughlin of Doylestown, Ann Johnson of Barberton; special friend, Georgia Boal; nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Hilliard Cox Mullaney Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Funeral services Friday, 1 p.m., at Wadsworth First Christian Church, Boyer at High streets, Rev. James L. Singleton officiating. Interment at Mt. Peace Cemetery in Akron. Contributions may be made to the National Breast Cancer Coalition, 1707 L St. N.W. Suite 1060, Washington, D.C. 20036.
(Hilliard Cox Mullaney, 334-1501.) 

Michael John Wentz
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Michael John Wentz, 45, of Rock Hill, passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at his home.
Born Aug. 2, 1953, in Barberton, Ohio, he was the son of Jennie Kukec Wentz and the late Victor Anthony Wentz. Mr. Wentz was employed at Bowater. He was a graduate of Ohio University and was well known for his humor and his true and lasting friendship. He will be missed by his family, friends, and loving neighbors.
Mr. Wentz is survived by his wife, Jeanne Marie Englehart Wentz; his children, Caitlin, Kyle, Leanne, and Devin; mother, Jennie Kukec Wentz of Barberton; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Teresa Wentz of Stow; also brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Anne Englehart, John and Martha Englehart, Steve and Juanita Englehart, Tom and Susan Englehart, Michael Englehart and Anita McHugh; 20 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Anthony Wentz; brother, Frederick Wentz; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Dorothy Englehart.
The family will receive friends Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel, 39 S. Miller Rd. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, 9:30 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 122 21st N.W., BARBERTON. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church Building Fund, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730; to Hospice Community Care, 325 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730; or to Melanoma Consortium Duke University Medical Center 3828, Durham, N.C. 27710. (Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr, Fairlawn Chapel, 867-7306.) 

Evelyn M. Walling
Evelyn M. Walling, 80, passed away Dec. 14, 1998, at Hospice Care Center.
She was born in Frostburg, Md., and had lived most of her life in the Akron area. Mrs. Walling retired in 1980 from Barberton Plastics.
Preceded in death by son, Charles Ivan McClellan, she is survived by husband, James F.; children, Ralph Earl McClellan, Barbara (David) Menhorn Sr., both of Akron, Patricia A. (Robert) Infante Sr. of Salesville, Ohio, Claude J. McClellan of Akron; 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services Thursday, 10 a.m., at Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Dr. Jack Dearth officiating. Burial at Hillside Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.
(Prentice, 753-7721.) 

Harry E. Pride
Harry E. Pride, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 12, 1998, after a long illness.
Born in Russellville, Ala., he had lived in this community for 50 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II, and was employed by General Tire for 25 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Arlington Church of God, and also a member of Ensley Rising Star 47 in Russellville, Ala.
He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Johnson of Akron; son, James E. Pride of Russellville, Ala.; brothers, Joe, Clyde (Leola) Pride, both of Cleveland, Rowland Eugene of Akron, and Robert G. Pride of Russellville, Ala.; sisters, Earline (Clarence) Lucas, Elizabeth Gholston, both of Russellville, Ala., Mary Wright of Kalamazoo, Mich., Lillie Mae Pride of Russellville, Ala., Vera Thompson, and Lila Faye Pride, both of North Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at Arlington Church of God, Rev. Dr. Diana Swoope officiating. Interment at Glendale Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 671 Columbus Ave. (Stewart & Calhoun, 535-1543.) 

Andrew Pleskach
Andrew Pleskach, 85, of Akron, died Dec. 14, 1998.
A life resident of the area, and an Army veteran of World War II, he retired from the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1978 after 32 years service. Andy was a member of the Portage, Summit, Pleasant Valley, Mahoning and Trumbell Beagle clubs. He played football on the original Red Peppers and later coached for Bantam Football.
Preceded in death by his parents, John and Pauline; brothers, Frank and Michael; and sister, Mary Dietz, he is survived by his wife of 48 years, Leona; daughters, Geraldine Horner of Salisbury, Md., and Georgia Christine Wilborn of Akron; five grandchildren, one great-grandson; brothers, John of Akron and Nick of Phoenix, Ariz.
Friends may call Thursday 6 to 8 p.m., at the Schlup-Pucak Funeral Chapel, Kenmore Boulevard at Eighth Street, where funeral services will be Friday, 11 a.m., with Fr. Michael B. Smith officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. (Schlup-Pucak, 745-3131.) 

Clair M. (Chechak) Palmer
Clair M. (Chechak) Palmer, 80, of Ravenna, died Monday after a sudden illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arthur and Frederic; and sisters, Katherine (Joseph) Hresko and Bernice Ensinger. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Kenneth; son, Terry (Barbara) Palmer of Ravenna; grandson, Brian (Theresa) of Ravenna; brothers, Tom (Dolores) Chechak of Brady Lake, Carl (Dolores) Chechak of Ravenna; sisters, Helen (George) Karaffa, Patricia (Richard) Taylor, Marian Horner; and brother-in-law, Jack Ensinger, all of Ravenna.
Friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. TODAY at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church of Ravenna, with Rev. David Misbrenar. (Wood-Kortright, Ravenna,
296-6436.) 

Rush L. McCracken Jr.
BARBERTON -- Rush L. McCracken Jr., 79, passed away Dec. 14, 1998.
Born April 25, 1919, in Shadyside, Ohio, he was a member for over 50 years at the First Baptist Church, served wih the U.S. Navy during World War II, and retired from Reiter Dairy with 20 years of service. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norma J. McCracken; son, Thomas L. (Sandra) McCracken of Wadsworth; granddaughter, Cheryl L. Vespoint; grandson, Timothy L. (Brook) McCracken; great-grandson and best friend, Jimmy Vespoint Jr., all of Barberton; stepgrandchildren, Christopher Jesperson of Oklahoma and Mark McDowell of Barberton; sisters, Evalee Gould of Portage Lakes, Edith (Dick) Shoff of Barberton; sister-in-law, Clarene Obney of Norton; special close friend, Robby McCaughey of Barberton; numerous nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends and family.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at the First Baptist Church, 254 Sixth St. N.W., Barberton, Pastor E. Murray McMillan officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. TODAY at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton; and one hour prior to services at the church Thursday.
(Cox, BARBERTON, 745-3311.) 

Ruth Z. McCord
Ruth Z. McCord died Dec. 15, 1998, at Rockynol Retirement Community.
Although born in Buckhannon, W. Va., on June 5, 1906, she lived most of her life in Akron. Graduating from Central High School, she attended Ohio State University in Columbus, where she was affiliated with Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. During summers she was associated with the McLean Players, a professional theatrical group. Married to the late George E. McCord Jr. -- son of a former superintendent of Akron Public Schools -- she was active in many local affairs. She was president of Ohio State Alumni, president of the Children's Home Auxiliary Board for two years, a member of the Kate Waller Barrett board, a member of the Stan Hywet Women's Auxiliary Board, and a member of the Akron Symphony Women's Guild. She was also a longtime member of the Akron's Woman's City Club, where she headed many committees, and of Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, where she was twice president of the Altar Guild and for many years sang in Trinity's Cathedral Choir. For more than 50 years, she was a member of Turkeyfoot Island Club and Portage Lakes Yacht Club. With her late husband, she sailed the Portage Lakes, Lake Erie and the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and the Caribbean until she was over 80 years old.
She is survived by her son, George E. McCord III; daughter-in-law, Pierrette of Westport, Conn.; grandchildren, Valerie McCord-Baldwin of Worthington, Ohio, Geoffrey McCord of Hagerstown, Md.; and an older sister, Dana Warden of Houston, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, 1 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Byron Arledge, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, and the Rev. David L. Scharf officiating. Entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call at Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 N. Prospect St., Akron 44304; or their favorite charity. (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 867-4141.) 

Noble Rex McClure
Noble Rex McClure, 84, passed away Dec. 15, 1998, at Sumner on Merriman. Mr. McClure was born in Macon County, Tenn., on June 22, 1914. He retired from the Babcock & Wilcox Co. after 32 years service. Preceded in death by his daughters, Johnie and Patsy, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sally; children, Robert (Ruth) McClure of Clinton, J. C. McClure of Cheyenne, Wyo., Margaret (Evan) Reed of Fairlawn, Jack (Linda) McClure of Akron, Judy (Dan) McPeak of Springfield, Becky Welsh of Stow, James Daniel (Marie) McClure of Akron, and Norma (Gary) Ketterman of Ellet; 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; good friends, Wilburn and Bessie Massey.

The fields are quiet today, a lone plow stands
in silhouette against a golden sunset,
For my hands knew work.
And my children shall gather together
with their children's children,
for my heart knew love.
My mother's voice has called
for me to come home,
It's suppertime, and circle shall be unbroken,
for my heart knew God.

Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd., where services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Dale Rulon officiating. Interment at Hillside Memorial Park. (Bacher, 644-0024.) 

Datha Mangrum
Datha Mangrum, 91, died Dec. 15, 1998, at her residence.
Born in Kentucky, she was an area resident most of her life, and worked for many years with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. She was a member of the Firestone Park Baptist Church.
Datha is survived by her son, Darrel of Rootstown; brother, Loman Wray of Coventry Township; sister, Treva Mendelson of Akron; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be Friday, 2 p.m., at the Schermesser Funeral Home, 1446 S. Main St., Pastor John Matako officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Friday from noon to 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Firestone Park Baptist Church. (Schermesser, Akron Chapel, 724-9351.)

Katherine L. Lenz
Katherine L. Lenz, 95, passed away Dec. 14, 1998 in Akron.
She was born July 16, 1903, in Huntsville, Ala. She retired from Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1965 with 36 years service. She was a member of Calvary Church of the Deaf.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, in 1961. She leaves beloved niece, Jane Hendry of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and nephews, Richard Ferris and Paul Ferris.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at the Adams Mason Memorial Chapel (791 E. Market St.), where friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Rev. John Sederwall will conduct services. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Church of the Deaf (745 Upson St., Akron 44305). (ADAMS MASON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 535-9186.) 

Helen T. Infinger
Helen T. Infinger (Perry), 81, of Fort Myers, Fla., died Dec. 3, 1998.
She was born and lived in Akron until moving to Fort Myers in 1964, and was with the Senior Friendship Center--Congregate Meals Section.
Survivors include her husband, Mark H. Infinger of Fort Myers; sister, Theresa Stratos; granddaughter, Constance Truax of Akron; nieces, Barbara Hakim and Kitty Hakim of Akron; and other nieces and nephews.
Services have taken place. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of one's choice. 

Ruth E. Hart
Ruth E. Hart, 83, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, after a short illness.
She was born in Akron. Ruth was a member of the South Akron Church of Christ, a member and past president of the Firestone Park Primetimers, a member of Springfield Senior Center, and loved to play bridge with her bridge club.
Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by husband, Alfred, in September. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Rebecca of Akron; daughter and son-in-law, Lorene and Ronald Butcher of Akron; brother, Lawrence Walters of Decatur, Ala.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Rd., Pastor Charles Hahlen officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends TODAY, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.   (Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz, 724-1281.) 

Edna P. Grist
Edna P. Grist, 79, of Akron, died Dec. 14, 1998.
Miss Grist was born in Akron, and was a lifelong area resident who had a distinguished career in the nursing profession, beginning when she was 18 years old at the old People's Hospital, and retiring as Professor of Nursing at Akron University.
Preceded in death by her father, George, and mother, Ethel, she leaves her brother, George M. Grist Jr. of Akron; nieces, Sharon Ann Wright of Stafford, Va., Bonnie Neely of Barberton; also great-nieces and -nephews.
Calling hours 7 to 9 p.m. TODAY at the Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel, 39 S. Miller Rd., where Rev. Howard D. Powell will conduct services at 1 p.m. Thursday. Entombment at Northlawn Mausoleum. (Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr,
Fairlawn Chapel, 867-7306.)

Patricia Francuski
Patricia Francuski, 49, formerly of Akron, died Dec. 13, 1998, in Kingman, Ariz., after a long illness.
She was born in Akron and had lived in Arizona for the past 10 years. She was a graduate of South High School, had attended Kent State University and was a retail sales manager, working at various department stores over the years.
She is survived by brothers, Michael Francuski of North Canton and George Francuski of Tucson, Ariz.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (Route 619), with Rev. Bill Lee officiating. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday. Interment will be at Mt. Peace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation or Kidney Foundation of Summit County. (Schermesser, City of Green Chapel, 330-724-9351.) 

John M. Duffy
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- John M. Duffy, 57, passed away Dec. 14, 1998.
A lifetime resident of the area, John was a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and a friend of Dr. Bob and Bill.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Shannon (Kay) Duffy and Gary Miller, both of Cuyahoga Falls; and sister, Darlene Duffy of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations, in his memory, may be made to the Salvation Army, 190 S. Maple St., Akron 44303. (Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr, Falls Chapel, 929-3866.) 

O. D. Dodd
WADSWORTH -- O. D. Dodd, 92, passed away Dec. 14, 1998.
Mr. Dodd was born in Walton, W. Va., and retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1964 as a foreman in the processing division.
Preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Dodd, he is survived by his daughters, Mrs. William (Bobbie) Oliver of Wadsworth, Doris Jean Errington of Lakemore; brothers, Paul Dodd and Basil Dodd, both of Elkview, W. Va.; sister, Thelma Hively of Daytona, Fla; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at the Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd., Norton, with Rev. Timothy Steiner officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours will be TODAY from 4 to 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. (Bacher, 825-3633.) 

Kathryn ``Mamo'' Dawson
Kathryn ``Mamo'' Dawson, 82, of Akron, died Dec. 15, 1998.
A native of Freedom, Pa., and an area resident over 65 years, she was a homemaker. Kathryn befriended many of the SCAT bus drivers, making them cookies and treats.
Preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, in 1969, she is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Nancy Dawson of Akron; daughter, Gloria Ball of Mogadore; grandchildren, Michael Ball, Mark (Angela) Dawson, Matthew Dawson, and Rachel (Tony) Pizzino; great-grandchildren, Nikki and Dawson Pizzino.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Schlup-Pucak Funeral Chapel, Kenmore Boulevard at Eighth Street, where friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service, Rev. David Hohlbaugh officiating. Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park. For those who wish, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
(Schlup-Pucak, 745-3131.) 

Mildred L. Yarosius
Mildred L. Yarosius, 75, passed away Dec. 15, 1998, at Barberton Manor Care.
She was born in Burnsville, W. Va., and had lived in the Akron area most of her life.
Preceded in death by siblings, Marie, Alva, Arthur, Cecil, and Hazel, she is survived by husband, Stephen; children, Dean, Doug, Steve, Kevin, Stephanie, Tinia; 20 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brother, John S.; and sisters, Bonnie, Ruby, Ocie, and Frances.
Funeral services Friday, 12:30 p.m., at the Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to service time Friday. (Prentice, 753-7721.) 

Daniel A. Wiesemann
Daniel A. Wiesemann, 73, passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 1998.
A retired Lakewood fireman, he was the beloved husband of Janice; loving father of Kurt Wiesemann, Gretchen, Liese, and the late Eric Wiesemann; loving stepfather of Darlene, Pat, and Dale; loving grandfather of 10, great-grandfather of one; dear son of Emilia (nee Dittrich) and the late Alfred Wiesemann; dear brother of Elizabeth Coudriet.
Memorials services to be held at Busch-Burmeister Family Chapel, 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon, Ohio, TODAY at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to MetroHealth Medical Center, Comprehensive Burn Center, 2500 MetroHealth Dr., Cleveland 44109-1998. (Busch-Burmeister Funeral Home,
1-440-933-3202.) 

Dale A. Van Curen
Dale A. Van Curen, 64, of Akron, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Barberton Citizens Hospital. 
Born in Uniontown (Belmont County), Ohio, he was an area resident for 22 years, was employed by Orrville Products, and served in the U.S. Army.
Preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Gertrude Van Curen; and brother, Richard Van Curen, he is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Parker) Van Curen; mother-in-law, Ethie Parker of Akron; sister, Reva Turley of Flushing, Ohio; brother, Alan Van Curen of Cadiz, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services Saturday, 2 p.m., at Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home in Canal Fulton, where friends may call one hour prior to time of service, Rev. Howard Powell officiating. Burial is at Pleasant View Cemetery in North Lawrence. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
(Swigart-Easterling, 854-2356.)

Violet O. Thomas
Violet O. Thomas, 85, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge, Fla. 
Mrs. Thomas was born in Paducah, Ky. She moved to Brevard County, Fla., in 1970 from Cuyahoga Falls. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include daughters, Joan L. Dragonette of Deland, Fla., and Jean M. Moore of Tallmadge; son, Charles R. Thomas Jr. of Upland, Calif.; daughters, Janet E. Thomas of Hiram, and Nancy R. Jamir of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Iona Schonover of Akron; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Wylie-Baxley Merritt Island Funeral Home. (1-407-636-2441.) 

Clora E. (Dettra) Thomas
Clora E. (Dettra) Thomas, 92, passed away Dec. 15, 1998, at the Rittman Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born in Franklin Township, and had lived all of her life in the Akron area. Mrs. Thomas had retired from the Akron General Medical Center School of Nursing.
Preced in death by husband, Jesse; son, Donald; and daughter, Betty, she is survived by son, Kenneth of Alabama; daughter, Lucy Lego of Wadsworth; son-in-law, Larry Rhodes of Doylestown; daughter-in-law, Sylvia Thomas of Doylestown; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Grace Doney of Akron.
Funeral services Friday, 2:30 p.m., at the Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Pastor Dewight Strickland officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. TODAY. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society. (Prentice, 753-7721.) 

Inez R. Robertson
Inez R. Robertson, of Newcomerstown, formerly of Akron, died Tuesday at Riverside Manor Nursing Home in Newcomerstown.
Inez was born in Akron on Nov. 11, 1923, a daughter of the late Chester A. and Mildred I. Newberry Bittecuffer. Also deceased are daughter, Linda Lu Michel; and grandsons, Anthony G. Michel and Glenn Tanner, all of Akron.
She is survived by husband, Aubrey D. Robertson of Newcomerstown; son, James E. Michel of Akron; daughters, Lois J. (Mrs. Robert) Snyder of Winter Springs, Fla., Sharon I. (Mrs. Robert) Bailes of Akron, and Judith A. Frahn of Cambridge; two stepdaughters; brother, Chester A. Bittecuffer Jr. of Diamond, Ohio; sisters, Mae E. Bucher, June E. (Mrs. Richard) Roe, and Edra M. (Mrs. Gaylord) Dye, all of Newcomerstown; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
No visiting hours will be observed. Graveside services and burial will be Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m., at West Lawn Cemetery in Newcomerstown. The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown is handling all arrangements. (Ourant Funeral Home,
1-740-498-6422.) 

Shawn P. McTighe
Shawn P. McTighe, 35, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Dec. 16, 1998, after a long illness.
Shawn was born in Akron, and had lived in Cuyahoga Falls. He was formerly employed at Guy's Bodyshop as a repairman.
His survivors include parents, Patrick and Charlotte of Cuyahoga Falls; sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Rob Hughes; brother, David, all of Cuyahoga Falls; brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Tracy of Oakwood Village, Ohio; nephews, Kyle, Justin, and Brian; niece, Jessie; girlfriend, Sandy Vincent of Cuyahoga Falls.
There will be no calling hours. Private services at the convenience of the family. Memorials should be made to the Hospice Care Center.  (Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr, Falls Chapel, 253-8121.) 

Robert K. McGarvey Sr.
Robert K. McGarvey, 69, of Hudson, beloved husband of Theresa (nee Almasi); dear father of Terrence (Becki), Renee, Robert Jr. (Karen), and Kevin (Michele); loving grandfather of Eric, Thomas, Matthew, Alex, Lauren, and Kaitlyn; dear son of the late Warren and Rose (nee Novak) McGarvey; brother of the late Donald McGarvey, died Wednesday.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 340 N. Main St., Hudson. Friends will be received Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Johnson-Romito, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 19 E. Main St., Hudson, Ohio. (Johnson-Romito, 330-650-4181

Vivian B. (Hillyer) Martz
Vivian B. (Hillyer) Martz, of Stow, formerly of Atwater, died Tuesday at Akron City Hospital, following a short illness.
She was born Nov. 24, 1904, the daughter of Fred and Cora (Craft) Brashears, in Evansville, Ind. Mrs. Martz had worked as a postal clerk and with her husband at Hillyer's Market in Atwater. She was a member of Atwater United Methodist Church and attended First Christian Church in Stow. She was also a member of the Pythian Sisters, Order of Eastern Star Palmy Chapter, where she served as past Worthy Matron, Stow Sunshiners Club, and A.A.R.P.
Survivors include daughter, Mrs. Arvile (Sandra) Conley of Stow; 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands, Earl Hillyer and John A. Martz; son, Orville Hillyer; and daughter, Jackie Loudin.
Friends will be received Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home (Ravenna Chapel), and from 12 until the 1 p.m. service Saturday, where Pastor Al Boehlke will officiate. Burial will take place at Atwater Cemetery. (Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, 296-6436.)

Apolinar ``Joe'' Lopez
Apolinar ``Joe'' Lopez, 72, passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 1998.
He was born July 23, 1926, in Sweetwater, Texas, the son of Rojendo and Maria (Marujo) Lopez.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vada Lopez. He is survived by children, Rosalinda Lopez of Thomasville, N.C., Alberto (Connie) Lopez of Akron; stepchildren, Sandy Huddleston of Clayton, Calif., Cindy Kreitzburg of Mogadore, Terry Kreitzburg and Billy Kreitzburg, both of Akron; grandchildren, Jeramy, Kyle, Vanessa, and Alicia Lopez, and many other grandchildren.
Funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday at ADAMS-MASON MEMORIAL CHAPEL (791 E. Market St.), where friends may call one hour prior to services. Rev. Kenneth Baldwin will be officiating the service. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.
(ADAMS-MASON, 535-9186.)

Rebecca Kring (Gruic)
Rebecca Kring (Gruic), 49, of Chicopee, Mass., passed away Dec. 12, 1998.
She was born in Akron.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Gertrude Gruic. Survivors include her sons, Rich and fiancee, Nicki, and Larry; father, George; sister, Debbie; brothers, Greg and Mark (Cherylyn); nieces and nephews; and special friend, Laura Edgell.
A Mass in her memory will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on 16th Street in Kenmore on Friday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. 

Delina Jane Hess
Delina Jane Hess, 94, passed away Dec. 15, 1998.
Mrs. Hess was a homemaker all of her adult life, and was a member of the Grass Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church. She devoted most of her life to caring for others.
She was preceded in death by husband, Homer Hess; daughters, Wilma, Marie, and Ilene; parents, Homer and Susan Hickman. Her survivors include son, Charles Hess of California; daughter, DeLinda Hess-Sump of Nevada; 10 grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren, and friends.
Family graveside services will be held Friday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m., at the Rough and Ready District Cemetery in Rough and Ready, Calif. (Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City, Calif., 1-530-265-2429.) 

Elmer E. Hanna
Elmer E. Hanna, 92, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998.
Mr. Hanna was born in Akron, graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in electrical engineering in 1925 and, prior to his retirement in 1971, was employed as an electrical engineer by Imperial Electric with 43 years of service. He attended St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, and was a member of various engineering associations.
Mr. Hanna is survived by beloved wife, Ruth; devoted children, Barbara (John) Gotch of Greenwich, Conn., Raymond (Sondra) Hanna of Calhoun, Ga., David Hanna of Syracuse, N.Y., Samantha (Damon) Canfield of Columbus. ``Giddo'' is also survived by his loving five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the CIRIELLO FUNERAL HOME--ROSE HILL CHAPEL, 3653 W. Market St., where funeral services will be held Saturday, 10 a.m., Rev. Fr. Louis Mahshie officiating. Entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park. For those who wish, donations may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 3204 Ridgewood Rd., Akron 44333.  (CIRIELLO FUNERAL HOME--ROSE HILL CHAPEL, 666-3089.) 

Lori L. Dombrady (nee Franz)
Lori L. Dombrady (nee Franz), 37, passed away Dec. 16, 1998.
Recently moved to Copley, she was formerly of Parma, Ohio.
Survivors include husband, John S. She was the mother of Jonathon, Jeremy, Justin, and Jessica; daughter of Carl Franz and the late Ruth Franz; and is also survived by sister, Carla Gerbig; brothers, Jeff and Gary Franz.
Funeral services at Schuster-Straker-O'Connor Funeral Home, 5904 Ridge Rd., Parma, on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Calling hours Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dombrady Children's Fund, Fifth Third Bank, 5839 Ridge Rd., Parma 44129. (Schuster-Straker-O'Connor Funeral Home, 1-440-885-4800.) 

Rosaira DiDomenico
Rosaira DiDomenico, 92, of Stow, formerly of Akron, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998.
Mrs. DiDomenico was born in Carovilli, Italy, on July 1, 1906.
She was preceded in death by husband, Cosmo; and daughter, Viola. She is survived by daughter, Evelyn Carano of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Judy DiDomenico of Tallmadge; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at St. Martha's Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hennessey-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 339 Southwest Ave., Tallmadge, Saturday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Hennessey-Bagnoli, TALLMADGE, 376-4251.)

Gerald E. Stephan
Gerald E. Stephan, 71 of Canal Fulton died Thursday, December 17, at Massillon Community Hospital.
Born in Barberton, he was a life resident of Canal Fulton, had retired from M.C.A. Sign Co. and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He was a member of SS Philip & James Catholic Church, Canal Fulton where he was an usher for 40 years, was a member of VFW 9795, Canal Fulton, served with the Canal Fulton Volunteer Fire Department for ten years and sponsored four children through the Christian Children's Fund.
Preceded in death by parents, Robert J. and Geraldine Stephan; he is survived by sister, Nancy Stangelo, Massillon; brothers, Robert Stephan, Canal Fulton, Donald Stephan, Massillon, Richard Stephan, Nashville, Tenn.; numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of the Christian Burial Saturday 10 a.m. at SS Philip & James Catholic Church with Fr. John Lody officiating. Burial Union Cemetery, Canal Fulton. Friends may call at the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home, FRIDAY 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Canal Fulton Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad. (Swigart-Easterling, 854-2356.) 

Carl M. Ryan
TALLMADGE -- Carl M. Ryan, 81, passed away Dec. 16, 1998, after a short illness.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Hopkins Lawver MOGADORE Funeral Home, 34 S. Cleveland Ave. (Route 532), with Rev. Bob Fleming officiating. Burial with military rites at Hillside Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. TODAY. (Hopkins Lawver, Mogadore, 733-6271.)

Harry T. Roach
Harry T. Roach, 91, passed away Dec. 17, 1998.
Born Feb. 16, 1907, in Monroe County, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Nettie Roach; brothers, Julian, Finnley, and Talbort; wife, Evora; and daughter, Barbara Hostettler. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Paul E. and Betty J. Roach of Doylestown, Larry and Linda Roach of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughter, Corinne Westover of LaVerne, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Roach lived in the Akron area for 35 years, moving to Doylestown in 1995. He was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple, Civil Air Patrol during World War II, and retired from the Royal Crown Bottling Co.
Funeral service will be Monday, 11 a.m. at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., with Rev. Donald Roach officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. (Hennessy-Bagnoli, AKRON, 376-4251.)


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