Miscellaneous Wayne County, Ohio Obituaries - 1998

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Elaine Geiser - 1998
NEW STANTON, Pa. -- Elaine J. Geiser, 71, of New Stanton, Pa., formerly of the Kidron area, died Thursday, Dec. 10, in New Stanton, after an extended illness. Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church near Kidron, with the Rev. Dennis R. Kuhns officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call two hours prior to the services at the church. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling arrangements. Surviving are children, Lloyd D. Geiser Jr. and Debra B. Geiser, both of New Stanton; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; brothers, Warren and James Purdy, both of Florida, Daniel Purdy of West Salem and David Purdy of Lebanon. 

Ellis Edwards - 1998
PALATKA, Fla. -- Ellis D. "Red" Edwards, 72, of Palatka, Fla., formerly of West Salem, died Thursday, Dec. 10, at St. Augustine Health & Rehabilitation Center in Florida. Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Matteson Funeral Home in West Salem, where military services will be held. Burial will be at West Salem Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Shelley Scott of Lodi, Cindy (George) Booth of Burbank, Robin (Thomas) Howell of Mansfield, Bonnie (Frank) Grossman of Orrville and Tracy (Chris) Edwards of Lafayette; 13 grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Meluch of Ashland. 

Denver Wyatt - 1998
MILLERSBURG -- Denver M. Wyatt, 86, of Millersburg, died Thursday morning, Dec. 10, at his home after an extended illness. Services will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, 95 S. Kanawha St., Buckhannon, W.Va., where friends may call Saturday from 7-8 p.m. The Rev. S.E. Lewis will officiate. Burial will be at Indian Camp Cemetery, Upshur County, W.Va. Local calling hours will be tonight (Friday) from 6-8 at Alexander Funeral Home in Millersburg. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Holmes County, Holmes County Health Department, 931 Wooster Road, Millersburg 44654. Surviving are his wife, Oliva Ann Wyatt; sisters, Delcie Bosley of Buckhannon, W.Va., Donis Snyder of Dayton and Dana Pringle of Kingwood, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Marjorie Graven. 

Bernard Patterson - 1998
MILLERSBURG -- Bernard E. Patterson, 75, 1088 Wooster Road, died Thursday morning, Dec. 10, 1998, at Joel Pomerene Memorial Hospital in Millersburg. Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, with the Rev. David Carrick officiating. Burial will be at Killbuck Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Millersburg Christian Church, 125 N. Clay St., Millersburg 44654; or to a charity of the donor's choice. Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Dan Muse of Millersburg; a grandson, Kyle Patterson of Millersburg; sisters, Mildred (Harold) Casey of Massillon and Juanita (Dexter) Bucklew of Clark; and brothers, Bill (Carol) Patterson of Sterling, Pete (Maxine) Patterson of Delaware, Calvin (Bert) Patterson of Gulf Shores, Ala., John (Darlene) Patterson and Sam (Karen) Patterson, both of Coshocton, Gail (Faye) Patterson of Killbuck and Jerry (Karen) Patterson of Millersburg. 

Lois Clyne - 1998
WADSWORTH -- Lois M. (McMillen) Clyne, 72, of Wadsworth, formerly of Rittman, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Hospice Care Center, after a brief illness. Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Hilliard-Cox-Mullaney Funeral Home in Wadsworth, with the Rev. Stanley A. Ward officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army; or Wadsworth Church of the Nazarene. Surviving are her husband, Lloyd Clyne; a daughter, Leticia Clyne of Glen Mills, Pa.; a sister, Mary Catherine Hausch of Akron; and a brother, Samuel McMillen of Wadsworth. 

Geneivra Gurr - 1998
WOOSTER -- Geneivra M. Gurr, 91, formerly of Thorne Avenue, Wooster, died Thursday evening, Dec. 10, at Kendall Nursing Home in Oberlin. Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Rev. Francis W. Browne officiating. Burial will be in Brookside, Ind. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Those who wish may make contributions to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 621 College Ave., Wooster 44691. Surviving are children, George Philip (Edna) Gurr of Broken Arrow, Okla., Dr. Henry S. (Suzanne) Gurr of Aiken, S.C., and Elisabeth Jane Meyer of Amherst; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Mayme Hooser
RITTMAN -- Mayme L. Hooser, 89, of 1463 Eastern Road, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at her home. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman with the Dr. J. A. Burton officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Seville. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, 516 W. Sunset Dr., Rittman 44270. Surviving are a daughter, Sadetta H. Caplinger of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Wilma Hooser of Rittman; grandchildren, John and Jim Caplinger, Sandra Eanes, Gerald, Jeff, and Teresa Hooser; three great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Wellman of Creston; sisters, Inez Webb of Creston, Lydia Clauss of Los Angles, Calif., and Addie Burnette of Barberton. 

Faye Plumber
WORTHINGTON -- Faye (Radford) Plummer, 91, formerly of Worthington, died Friday, Dec. 11 at the Gardens of Whetstone. She was the mother of John Plummer of Wooster. There will be no services Arrangements are being handled by the Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 540 S. Front St., Columbus 43215 or Hospice at Riverside and Grant, 3595 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43214. Surviving in addition to her son is her husband of 60 years, A.B. "Baz" Plummer. 

Letha Finley
WOOSTER -- Letha I. Finley, 87, formerly of College Hills, Wooster, died Friday, Dec. 11, at Wayne County Care Center. Graveside services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Apple Creek Cemetery with the Rev. George Peters officiating. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home in Wooster. Surviving are a son, Lester Finley of Wooster; grandchildren, Sandy (Ron) Pearce, Kay (Tim) Ott, and Dean Finley, all of Apple Creek and Bill Phillips of Wooster; four great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. 

Helen Anderson
MOHICANVILLE -- Helen M. Anderson, 93, formerly of the Mohicanville area, died Friday, Dec. 11, at the Order of Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon. Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Mohicanville Community Church with the Rev. Ken Archer officiating. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville. There will be an Eastern Star service at 8:30 p.m. Surviving are daughters, June Boley and Ada Henry, both of Ashland, and Joan McIntire of Smithville, and sons, John L. Anderson of Delaware, Kenneth M. Anderson of Mohicanville, Darwin K. Anderson of New London, and Stanley K. Anderson of Ashland; 21 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. 

Leah McNutt
WOOSTER -- Leah Jane McNutt, 93, formerly of Bloomington Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 11, at Doylestown Health Care Center, following a period of declining health. Memorial Services will be Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at McGaw Chapel at the College of Wooster with the Rev. Carroll Meyer officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Doylestown Health Care Center Activity Department, 95 Black Drive, Doylestown 44230. Arrangements are being handled by Murray Funeral Home in Creston. She married Wilfrid Daniel McNutt on June 15, 1931. He died Feb. 20, 1986. Surviving are children, Don and Betty McNutt of Doylestown, Thomas and Peggy McNutt of Orlando, Fla., and Sarah and Harry Kinter of Caterbury, N.H.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Eunice Kastner of Chatham, Mass. 

Palmer Zook
SUGARCREEK -- Palmer Zook, 95, formerly of Cherry Ridge Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at Walnut Hills Retirement Center in Walnut Creek. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church with the Rev. Ross Miller officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the church and Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Butler-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek. He married Dona Fern Hershberger on June 18, 1927. She died Jan. 28, 1989. Surviving are a son, Lowell Zook of Massillon and a daughter, Dorcas Miller of Berlin; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Gene Sklorman
WOOSTER -- Gene Sklorman, 90, of 1715 Harold Ave., died Saturday evening Dec. 12 at his home. Funeral arrangements are being handled by McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster.

Alice Shane
CRESTON -- Alice M. Shane, 94, formerly of Eby Road, Creston, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at Rittman Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman, with the Revs. Robert Moeller and Robert Cover officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster. Friends may call tonight (Monday) from 6-9 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Brethren Church, 14960 Seville Road, Sterling 44276. Surviving are children, Charles (Kathleen) Shane of Sterling, Harvey (Carol) Shane, Laura (Nester) Young and Kay Osborn, all of Creston, Dean (Janet) Shane of Seville, Lois (Hugo) Gingrich of Orrville and Dee (Paul) Gingrich of Smithville; 26 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. 

Marion Stutzman
MILLERSBURG -- Marion D. Stutzman, 87, 419 Wise St., died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, 1998, at his residence after an extended illness. Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Martin's Creek Mennonite Church, with the Rev. Carl Wiebe officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg. Family suggests contributions be made to Martin's Creek Mennonite Church Building Fund, 6111 County Road 203, Millersburg 44654. Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Arlene (Leonard) Hart of Dundee, Karen (Larry) Lamp and Marjory (Ken) Gerber, both of Millersburg; grandchildren, David Hart, Julie Ruth, Lisa and John Lamp, Teresa, Craig and Jayne Gerber; stepgrandchildren, Cindy Kirkpatrick, Danny and Fred Schmidt; seven step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Henry D., Roman D., Andrew D., John D. and Paul D. Stutzman, all of Millersburg and David D. Stutzman of Sugarcreek; and a sister, Anna (Raymond) Swartzentruber of Millersburg. 

Beulah Pratt
CLINTON -- Beulah M. Pratt, 75, of Clinton, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at Rose Lane Health Center, Jackson Township. She was the mother of Lorena (Virgil) Huffman of Creston. Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home in Canal Fulton, with the Rev. Dee Paul officiating. Burial will be at Clinton Cemetery. Friends may call tonight (Monday) from 6-8 at the funeral home. Surviving in addition to her daughter are two other children, Allan (Betty) Pratt of Canton and Phyllis Kay (Charles) Hughes of Akron; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Sylvia Rambacher of Akron. 

Dorothy Ladrach
STONECREEK -- Dorothy Ladrach, 78, 11263 Deibel Road, SW, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., after a brief illness. She was the mother of Robert (Linda) Ladrach of Sugarcreek. Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Fiat, with the Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will be at Fiat Church Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sugarcreek. Surviving in addition to her son are two other sons, James Ladrach and John (Debbie) Ladrach, both of Ruskin, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Gary Lewis
LODI -- Gary Dean Lewis, 56, of Lodi, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at his residence. Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Parker & Son Funeral Home in Lodi, with the Rev. Gerald Reed officiating. Burial will be at Burbank Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Surviving are daughters, Margaret (Keith) Batting of Jackson, Ga., and Brenda Lewis of West Salem; three grandchildren; his mother and stepfather, Margaret and Charles Wessolek of Homerville; sisters, Nancy (Richard) Spree of Lexington, Connie Russell of Wooster, Carol Daugherty of Lodi and Rebecca (Ron) Daugherty of Wooster; and brothers, Raymond Lewis of Dayton and Roger Lewis of Rittman. 

Barbara Dean
ORRVILLE -- Barbara J. Dean, 65, 3783 Forrer Road, died Sunday, Dec. 13, at Aultman Hospital in Canton, after a long illness. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville, with the Rev. Bernard Lawson officiating. Friends may call Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville. Surviving are children, William Dean and Dolores Dean, both of Orrville, Roger (Betty) Dean of Canton, Tom Dean of Columbus, Rita Hughes of Rockville, Md., Anna Marie Dean of Bucyrus, Barbara Ann (Tom) Hayes of Alliance and Gloria Newman of Akron; six grandchildren; brothers, William (Mary) McDougal of Thousand Oaks, Calif., James McDougal of Sacramento, Calif., and Raymond (Debra) McDougal of Mansfield. 

Dorothy Uhler
ASHLAND -- Dorothy M. Uhler, 96, formerly of Ohio Street, Ashland, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at Brethren Care Nursing Home, after a long illness. Services will be Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Heyl Funeral Home in Ashland, with chaplain Kenneth Lindecamp officiating. Burial will be at Red Haw Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. Family suggests contributions be made to Brethren Care Nursing Home. Surviving are children, Kenneth E. (Pamela) Uhler and Gloria (Dan) Coss, both of Ashland; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Leta McMillan
RITTMAN -- Leta E. McMillan, 85, 12286 Shondel Road, Rittman, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at Akron General Medical Center. Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston, with the Rev. Stanley Ward officiating. Burial will be at Creston Maple Mound Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Surviving are children, Gloria (Bernard) Norton and Leslie (Bonita) McMillan, both of Creston, Dennis McMillan (Donna Recebeur) of Wooster and Bryan McMillan of Rittman; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Gene Sklorman
WOOSTER -- Max Gene Sklorman, 90, 1715 Harold Ave., died Saturday evening, Dec. 12, at his home. Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with Rabbi Kevin Hale officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. The family requests donations be made to Boys Village, P.O. Box 518, Smithville 44677; Wayne County Committee for Crippled Children and Adults, in care of James Swinehart, P.O. Box 406, Wooster; or Knesseth Israel Temple, 1670 Cleveland Road, Wooster 44691. Surviving is a daughter, Sheryl Sklorman of Tampa, Fla. 

Mary Dwyer
ORRVILLE -- Mary Catherine Dwyer, 79, 1490 Willard Drive, died Sunday evening, Dec. 13, 1998, at Aultman Hospital in Canton, after a two week illness. Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Christ United Church of Christ on North Main Street in Orrville, with the Rev. Randy Gehres officiating. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville. Friends may call today (Tuesday) from 1-3 and 7-9 at Christ United Church of Christ. Arrangements are being handled by Auble Funeral Home in Orrville. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 301 N. Main St., Orrville 44667. Surviving in addition to her husband are sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Maureen Dwyer of Medina and Terry and Annette Dwyer of Orrville and a daughter and son-in-law, Maryjo and Patrick Landers of Stow; grandchildren, Anne Marie Everett, Kelly Kathleen Dwyer, Catlin Mary Dwyer, Sara Elizabeth Dwyer, Nickolas Andrew Dwyer, Erin Francis Landers and Emilee Kathleen Landers; a great grandson, Cody Anthony Everett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Jean Ott of Jeromesville and Delbert and Libby Ott of Marshallville; sisters and a brother-in-law, Violet Zeigler of Marshallville, Maxine Pressler and Pauline and Clark Bricker, all of Massillon; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Gertrud Bogut
WOOSTER -- Gertrud Bogut, our much loved wife, mother (mutti), grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 14, with her family by her side at her home after a brief illness. Memorial services will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, with the Rev. George Michel officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691. Arrangements are being handled by Roberts Funeral Home, Wooster. Surviving are her husband of 30 years, Josip; daughters, Sieglinde Whitmer and Mrs. Robert (Renate) Huffman, all of Wooster; grandchildren, Detlef Albiez, Mrs. Jim (Susan) Albiez-Green, Gertrud Clark and Jeremy Huffman; and four great-grandchildren. 

Rebecca Jordan
WOOSTER -- Rebecca Jordan, 92, 234 N. Grant St., died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, at West View Manor Nursing Home. There will be no services. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Custer Funeral Home, Wooster. Surviving are a niece, Eula M. (William) Stinson of Wooster; and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. 

Mary Ann Sutterlin
LOUDONVILLE -- Mary Ann Sutterlin, 68, 2452 State Route 60, died Sunday, Dec. 13, at Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, after a one-month illness. Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville, with the Rev. Lor Breyley officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Perrysville. Friends may call today (Tuesday) from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Loudonville Fire Department Emergency Medical Service Inc., 200 N. Market St., Loudonville 44842; or to Perrysville-Green Fire Department, 162 W. Second St., Perrysville 44864. Surviving are sons, William R. (Darlene) Sutterlin of Perrysville and Walter (Gretchen) Sutterlin of Gahanna; four grandchildren; and brothers, Donald Kiner of Perrysville and Otis Kiner of Mansfield. 

Laura Hochstetler
WEST SALEM -- Laura I. Hochstetler, 91, of West View Manor, formerly of West Salem, died Sunday Dec. 13, at Wooster Community Hospital. Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mohican Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Paul Bartholomew officiating. Burial will be at Eight Square Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Surviving are children, Lois (Thurman) Clark and Roy (Kathy) Hochstetler, both of West Salem, Wilma (Kenneth) Welch of Bakersville, N.C., Marilyn Cox of Shiloh and Carl (Louise) Hochstetler of Wooster; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Gloria Marks
ORMA -- Gloria M. Marks, 59, of Orma, Calhoun County, died Saturday, Dec. 12, at Roane General Hospital in Spencer, after a brief illness. Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, with the Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial will be at Elmira Baptist Church Cemetery in Elmira, W.Va. Friends may call tonight (Tuesday) from 6-8 at the funeral home. Surviving in addition to her husband are children, Roger E. Hoovler of Orrville; stepchildren, Becky Chaney of Apple Creek, Jeffrey and Jason Marks, both of Shreve and Erick Marks of Wooster; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Hoovler of Erie, Pa.; and brothers, Charles Hoovler of Franklin, Pa., and Henry Hoovler of Arkansas. 

Raymond Mason
WOOSTER -- Raymond A. Mason, 70, 239 Branstetter St., died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Doctors Hospital in Massillon. Services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron, with the Rev. Dennis R. Kuhns officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Friday from 5-9 p.m. at the church, or one hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are being handled by McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, 14367 Hackett Rd., P.O. Box 226, Kidron 44636. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Brasos L. (DeAnn) Mason of Kidron; a grandson, Spencer R. Mason of Kidron; brothers, John and Daryle Mason, both of Ashland; and sisters, Mrs. Cloyd (Carolyn) McDonald Shilling and Mrs. Mike (Betty) Owsley, both of Ashland and Mrs. Mike (Mae) Piper of Waterford, Mich. 

Joanne Saal
BURBANK -- Joanne Ellen Saal, 26, 12769 Friendsville Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, from injuries sustained in a one-car accident Monday. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston, with the Rev. Bud Olszewski officiating. Burial will be at Creston Maple Mound Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joanne Saal Memorial Fund, in care of Stebbins National Bank, P.O. Box 1113, Creston 44217. Surviving are a daughter, Emily Ann Vance of the home; her parents of Burbank; a brother, Kenneth Saal of Burbank; a sister, Kathlene (Richard) Frase of Wooster; her grandmother, Edith Saal of Rittman; and three nephews. 

Dale Van Curen
AKRON -- Dale A. Van Curen, 64, of Akron, formerly of the Riceland area, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Barberton Citizen's Hospital. Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home in Canal Fulton, with the Rev. Howard Powell officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, North Lawrence. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society; or to a charity of the donor's choice. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy (Parker) Van Curen; a sister, Reva Turley of Flushing; a brother, Alan Van Curen of Cadiz; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Clifford Whapham
WOOSTER -- Clifford E. "Cliff" Whapham, 73, formerly of 314 S. Bever St., died Wednesday morning, Dec. 16, 1998, at Akron City Hospital, after a long illness. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Wayne County Care Center, Wooster, with the Revs. Rufus Thompson and Claude L. McComas officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 68 of Wooster. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the Chapel. Custer Funeral Home, Wooster, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Wayne County, 5318 Tannerville Road, Orrville 44667. Surviving are daughters, Carol E. Whapham-Swope of Wooster, Kelli A. Whapham of Clearwater, Fla., and Deborah L. Bolitho of Islamorada, Fla.; grandchildren, Colby, Cyle, Stasia and Christopher; and many nieces and nephews. 

Dorothy McMillan
ORRVILLE -- Dorothy Helen (Adams) McMillan, 88, of OrrVilla Retirement Center in Orrville, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998. Burial will be Saturday at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Friends may call today (Friday) from 2-4 and 7-9 at Laughlin Funeral Home, 222 Washington Road, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa. Surviving are a son, Hugh T. (Martha L.) McMillan of Marshallville; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Lisa and Robin; and great-grandchildren, Lily, Sarah and Elianna. 

Dorothy Horst
ORRVILLE -- Dorothy L. Horst, 87, 425 Orrville Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital in Orrville. Memorial services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Smithville, with the Rev. Ted Rust officiating. Burial will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Massillon. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 292 E. Main St., Smithville 44677. Surviving are children, Robert (Elaine) Horst of Akron and Elizabeth Horst of Coshocton; grandchildren, Stacy Hedrick and Brian Horst; stepgrandchildren, Rennie and Eric Kimball; a sister, Else Brunker of Sarasota, Fla.; and a brother, Elmer Geib of Canton. 

Asa "Baz' Plummer
WORTHINGTON -- Asa Bazel "Baz" Plummer, 93, formerly of Worthington, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Burn Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati 45229-3095. Arrangements are being handled by Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society in Columbus. Surviving are a son, John Plummer of 2280 Friar Tuck Circle, Wooster; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Marilyn Grabo of Pendleton, Ind. 

Paul Smucker
ORRVILLE -- Paul H. Smucker, of Orrville died Thursday, Dec. 17, at his home, after a short illness. He was born on April 21, 1917 in Orrville to Willard and Letha (Highnam) Smucker. He was the grandson of Jerome M. Smucker, the founder of The J. M. Smucker Company. Under Paul Smucker's leadership, The J. M. Smucker Company grew from a small, regional jam and jelly manufacturer to a company of international scope. Today, it is the nation's preeminent producer of branded preserves, jams, jellies, and other fruit spread products, health and natural foods, beverages, ice cream toppings, and natural peanut butter. Mr. Smucker is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Lorraine Smith, by his daughter, Susan Smucker Wagstaff and son-in-law, Reid Wagstaff of Carmel, Calif., his son, Tim and daughter-in-law, Jennifer of Orrville, Ohio, and his son Richard and daughter-in-law, Emily of Medina, Ohio. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and his sister, Marcella Smucker Clark of Scottsdale, Arizona. The arrangements for Mr. Smucker are being handled by Auble Funeral Home of Orrville. No funeral service is planned and the family has requested that no flowers be sent. Memorial contributions may be sent either to the Paul H. Smucker Scholarship Fund at Wayne College of The University of Akron, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667 or to the First Church of Christ Scientist, 1736 Cleveland Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691. A memorial service for Mr. Smucker will be held at Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, at 11 a.m. on January 9, 1999. 

Betty Gerhart
ORRVILLE -- Betty J. Gerhart, 66, of 425 OrrVilla Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital in Orrville. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville with the Rev. Randy Gehres officiating. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville. Friends may call Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home, where a VFW Auxiliary service will be held at 8:45 p.m. Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert "Bob" and Kerry Weeman, Bruce and Rhonda Weeman, and Brian and Mary Weeman, all of Orrville, and Bradley and Shelly Weeman of Dalton, two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Rolland Romanchik, and Beverly and Chris Merkle, all of Orrville; a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Sue and Don North of Orrville; twenty two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Kenneth Lorentz of Wadsworth and Richard Lorentz of Barberton. 

Herman Hileman
POLK -- Herman H. Hileman, 80, of 1290 County Road 251, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at his residence. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville with the Rev. David Carter officiating. Burial will be at Red Haw Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home . Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Haw United Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to his wife, are children, Betty Thomas, Norman (Ann) Hileman and Harold (Tammy) Hileman, all of Polk; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Arilla Jones
WOOSTER -- Arilla (Miller) Jones, 84, of 311 E. South St., Apt. 104, died Friday, Dec. 18, at Wooster Community Hospital. Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home with the Rev. William Valentine officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Surviving in addition to her husband are children, Bonnie Sours of Jeromesville; Lena Dillinger of Tacoma, Wash.; Geneva Ward of Fort Gay, W.Va.; Norma Schoolcraft, Donna Mears, Charles, Albert Lee, and Grover Miller, all of Wooster; stepchildren, Delores Shapiro of Marietta, Calif., Raymond Jones of Wooster, Randy, Dennis, Donna and Debbie Jones, all of Millersburg; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy Morris of Wooster and Evelyn Taylor of Polk. 

James Meier
APPLE CREEK -- James D. Meier, 66, of 260 Villard St., died Friday, Dec. 18, at Akron City Hospital. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home. Burial will be at Apple Creek Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Wayne County Kidney Assn., 5318 Tannerville Road, Orrville 44667 or to the Apple Creek Fire Dept., P.O. Box 238, Apple Creek 44606. 

Sara Wolbaugh
WOOSTER -- Sara J. Wolbaugh, 74, formerly of 225 Winkler Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at Wooster Community Hospital emergency room, following a short illness. Services will be Sunday at 4 p.m. at Parkview Church of Christ in Wooster with the Revs. Rex Dye and Gary Pettyjohn officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery. Friends may call two hours prior to the services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Grundy Mountain Mission Childrens Home, Grundy, Va. Arrangements are being handled by Custer Funeral Home, Wooster. Surviving are a sister, Esther J. Wolbaugh of Wooster. 


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