Miscellaneous Wayne County, Ohio Obituaries - 1998

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Ralph Studer
ORRVILLE -- Ralph L. Studer, 79, 142 N. Linden Ave., died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at Akron General Medical Center, after a long illness. Services will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Orrville Church of Christ on North Elm Street in Orrville, with Pastor David Daum officiating. Burial will be at East Chippewa Church Cemetery near Smithville. Friends may call tonight (Monday) from 6-9 at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville, or one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne County Kidney Center, Wooster Community Hospital, 1761 Beall Ave., Wooster 44691. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Cindy Studer of Wadsworth, Terry and Penny Studer of Sterling, R. Edward and Janet Studer and Fred and Pam Studer, all of Orrville, Keith and Jane Studer of Creston and Tim and Lisa Studer of Hampton, Conn.; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A sister, Catherine Studer and two grandchildren died previously. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and was loved by all. 

Dena Yoder
MILLERSBURG -- Dena Yoder, 85, 7743 County Road 77, (near Mount Hope), died Saturday evening, Oct. 24, at her home after a long illness. Services will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the residence, with Bishop Levi Troyer officiating. Burial will be at Stutzman Cemetery, Salt Creek Township, Holmes County. Friends may call anytime at the home. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling arrangements. Surviving are children, Eli Yoder of Ashland, Albert Yoder of Apple Creek, Mrs. Mike (Edna) Miller of the home and Mrs. Andy (Mary) Yoder of Dalton; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren. 

Earl Miller
WOOSTER -- Earl W. Miller, 90, 631 Cobblestone Court, died Saturday, Oct. 24, at Wooster Community Hospital. Services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with Robert Hofstetter officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Surviving are his wife, Jean (Grunder) Johnson Miller, whom he married May 2, 1986. 

Ruth Cannon
WOOSTER -- Ruth V. Cannon, 72, formerly of Portage Road, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, at Wooster Community Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, 1 Perkins Square, Akron 44308. Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Richard E. and Maureen Cannon and Joseph A. and Amy Cannon Jr., all of Wooster and James R. and Judy Cannon of Mifflin; grandchildren, Kathleen, Kristina, Tim, Will, Shaun, Jessica, Diane, Jamie and John; and great-grandchildren, Emily, Kara and Chelsea. 

Russell Smith
KILLBUCK -- Russell L. "Skeeter" Smith, 46, of Killbuck, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at Joel Pomerene Memorial Hospital in Millersburg, after a short illness. Graveside services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Killbuck Cemetery, with the Rev. Joanna Lance officiating. There will be no calling hours. Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, is handling arrangements. Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Lee (Kellie) Hantzsche of Holmesville; granddaughters, Kayla and Kaitlynn; his mother of Millersburg; and sisters, Mrs. Lonnie (Cindy) Swartzentruber of Berlin and Mrs. Willie (Peggy) Miller of New Philadelphia. His father and a brother died previously. 

Ira Eppard
LOUDONVILLE -- Ira D. Eppard, 81, 443 N. Wood St., died Sunday evening, Oct. 25, at Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, after an extended illness. Services will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville, with Steve Cochran officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blind Veterans Association. Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Gary (Anna) Weimer of Lexington, Rosalie (Larry) Talbert of Camden, Mich., Barbara (William) Sack of Sebring, Fla., Carol and (Carroll) Barnes and Mary (Tom) Weirfield, both of Spartanburg, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and sisters, Lois Miley of Clearwater, Fla., and Margaret Edwards of Bowling Green. 

Ethel Brown
GLENMONT -- Ethel M. Walker Brown, 85, 12804 Township Road 21, formerly of Sebring, died Sunday, Oct. 25, at the home of her stepdaughter in Glenmont. Private services will be held. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park in Sebring. Arrangements are being handled by Johnston-Schlabach Funeral Home in Shreve. Surviving are her husband, Edmund R. Brown, whom she married Oct. 17, 1988; a stepdaughter, Patsy Walker of Glenmont and a son, Robert M. Walker of Loudonville; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Rhea Gerrard of Canfield and Ruth Hart of Florida. 

Gerald Smith
AKRON -- Gerald F. "Jerry" Smith, 62, 513 Ohio St., formerly of Rittman, died Monday, Oct. 26, at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron. Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman. Burial will be at Rittman Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Surviving are sons, Gerald (Cindi) Smith and Douglas (Patricia) Smith, both of Rittman; three grandchildren; a brother, William Smith of Spring Valley; and a sister, Mary McDiffitt of Cuyahoga Falls.

Cleora Hamilton
MEDINA -- Cleora M. Hamilton, 78, died Friday, Oct. 23, at Samaritan Care Center in Medina, after a long illness. She was formerly of West Salem. Memorial services will be Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at West Salem United Methodist Church, with a fellowship supper to follow. Burial will be at Wayside United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wayside, N.J. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Cleora Hamilton Activity Fund, Samaritan Care Center, 806 E. Washington St., Medina 44256. Surviving are stepchildren, Donald Warner of Nova and Martha Hamilton of White Plains, N.Y.; seven stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; brothers, Frederick, Charles, Meredith, John, Delbert and William Mann, and sisters, Vera McClelland and Verna Jones, all of Kokomo, Ind. 

Donn Frambes
KIMBOLTON -- Donn Stark Frambes, 47, of Kimbolton, died Monday, Oct. 26, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Cambridge. Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster, with the Rev. John Mueller officiating. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville. There will be no calling hours. Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville is handling arrangements. Surviving in addition to his wife, are his mother and stepfather, Rosemary and John Buchwalter of Apple Creek; a brother, David (Sherry) Frambes of Wooster; sisters, Melanie Howard and Laurel (Larry) Strasbaugh, both of Dalton, Rita Skelly and Molly (Jim) Clark, both of Wooster and Marylisa (Terry) Eubanks of Apple Creek; his grandmother, Harriet Freeman of Wooster; stepgrandfather, Carl Buchwalter of Dalton; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

Mildred Knee
CRESTON -- Mildred Franks Knee, 92, of Canaan Center Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Wooster Community Hospital, after a brief illness. Services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston, with the Rev. Donald Kuntz officiating. Burial will be at Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call tonight (Wednesday) from 7-9 at the funeral home, or one hour prior to the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Canaan United Methodist Church, in care of Goldie Stoll, 12141 Canaan Center Road, Creston 44217. Surviving are children, Jennie Belle (Robert) Clevidence of Loudonville, Robert (Anna) Franks of Creston, Mildred Louise (Myron) Simons of Painesville and Bonnie (John) Thompson of Orrville; 11 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Edna Johnson of Ashtabula, Treva Pinnicks and Nellie Stuller, both of Wooster. 

Maxine McQuate
WOOSTER -- Mildred Franks Knee, 92, of Canaan Center Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Wooster Community Hospital, after a brief illness. Services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston, with the Rev. Donald Kuntz officiating. Burial will be at Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call tonight (Wednesday) from 7-9 at the funeral home, or one hour prior to the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Canaan United Methodist Church, in care of Goldie Stoll, 12141 Canaan Center Road, Creston 44217. Surviving are children, Jennie Belle (Robert) Clevidence of Loudonville, Robert (Anna) Franks of Creston, Mildred Louise (Myron) Simons of Painesville and Bonnie (John) Thompson of Orrville; 11 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Edna Johnson of Ashtabula, Treva Pinnicks and Nellie Stuller, both of Wooster. 

Loretta Hendershot
WOOSTER -- Loretta Hendershot, 73, 212 Massaro Ave., died Monday, Oct. 26, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y. Services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Revs. Don Loving and Charles Abney officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Surviving are children, Jerry Moore of Dalton, Glen Moore of Marshallville and Lynn Schonauer of Wooster; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her mother of Wooster; a brother, Audley White of Wooster; and a sister, Wilma Howell of Millersburg. 

Zola Keister Sr.
WEST LEBANON -- Zola O. Keister Sr., 80, of West Lebanon, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Doctors Hospital in Massillon, following an extended illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church in Brewster with the Rev. Robert Kaylor officiating. Burial will be in Fredericksburg East Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paint Township Fire & Rescue Association, P.O. Box 176, Mount Eaton 44659. He married Martha A. Oravetz on March 11, 1943. She died Oct. 17, 1998. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Carole) Stewart of Chandler, Ariz., Mrs. Wallace (Dorothy) Dravenstott of Tucson, Ariz. and Mrs. Edgar (Suzi) Anna of Chandler, Ariz.; two sons, Zola (Bud) Keister Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and Bill Keister of West Lebanon; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

William Davis Jr.
WOOSTER -- William Davis Jr., 72, 2306 Grandview Ave., died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at Wooster Community Hospital. Services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home with Father John Mueller officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 1740 Cleveland Road, Wooster 44691 in his memory. Surviving are his wife Eileen Wyss Davis, whom he married April 18, 1953; two children, Jennifer Zoldak of Wooster and James W. Davis of Shreve; three grandchildren, Brianna Zoldak, Emily Zoldak and Heather Davis; two step-grandchildren, Holly and Charlie Davis and a nephew, Daniel Rogers of Wooster. 

William Fortman
NORTHFIELD CENTER -- William G. Fortman, 63, of Northfield Center, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Akron City Hospital. He was the brother of Doris Sheipline of Wooster. Services will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Ferfolia Funeral Home in Sagamore Hills and Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Northfield Center at 10 a.m. Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery in Northfield Center. Friends may call Friday from 2-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Surviving in addition to his sister are his wife, Jeanette (Pothast) Fortman; children, Cynthia A. (Dominic Jr.) Alosi of Scottsdale, Ariz., William A. (Tracy) Fortman of Springfield, Va.; Gregory J. (Joanne) Fortman Sr. of Cuyahoga Falls, Dean A. Fortman of Northfield Center and Jill N. of Chicago Ill.; seven grandchildren and three brothers, Richard of Minster, Lawrence of Florida and Robert of Texas. 

Fred Swinehart
WOOSTER -- Fred E. Swinehart, 86, 1080-19 Country Club Drive, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Westview Manor Nursing Home. A memorial service will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ with the Rev. Dr. James Christensen and the Revs. Dariel Kaiser and Glenn Royer officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 150 E. North St., Wooster 44691. Surviving are his wife, Myrna Grady Norton, whom he married June 2, 1991; stepchildren, Ann Norton Swinehart of Apple Creek and A. James Norton of Wooster; eight stepgrandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Scott Swinehart of Tiffin and nieces and nephews. 

Loretta Hendershot
WOOSTER -- Loretta Hendershot, 73, 212 Massaro Ave., died Monday, Oct. 26, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y. Services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Revs. Don Loving and Charles Abney officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Friends may call (tonight) Thursday from 7-9 at the funeral home. She was born July 18, 1925 in Flint Springs, Ky., to Henry and Cynthia (Butler) White and was married to William R. Hendershot for 28 years. He died Aug. 9, 1998. Surviving are children, Jerry Moore of Dalton, Glen Moore of Marshallville and Lynn Schonauer of Wooster; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her mother, Cynthia White Boulton of Wooster; a brother, Audley White of Wooster; and a sister, Wilma Howell of Millersburg. 

Paul Plank
LOUDONVILLE -- Paul C. Plank, 74, 437 East Main St., died Tuesday evening, Oct. 27 at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital, after an extended illness. Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville with the Rev. Randy Weaver officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Perrysville. Friends may call tonight (Thursday) from 7-9 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Lakeville 44638. Surviving are his wife, Lydia (Gillis) Plank, whom he married April 30, 1977; daughter and son-in-law, Jo Marie and Brian Topolski of Burlington, Conn.; four step-daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Jim Robbins and Peggy Ann and Bill Albert, all of Mount Vernon, Mona and Dewayne Roberts of Mansfield and Brenda and David Vitale of Kent; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a brother, Kenneth Plank of Big Prairie. 

Martha Sprouse
MARSHALLVILLE -- Martha A. Sprouse, 59, 12467 Pleasant Home Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at her home, after a long illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Orrville with the Rev. Paul Wysocki officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Marshallville. Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville. Surviving are two sons, Robert (Rassy) Sprouse of Greencove Springs, Fla. and John (Brenda) Sprouse Jr. of Marshallville; two daughters, Lauren (Mark) Schoonover and Karen (Steve) Fern, both of Marshallville; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Mary Alice Botwinis of Barberton and three brothers, Victor Starinki of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., William Starinki Jr. and Jerry Starinki, both of Akron. 

Evelyn Sands
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Evelyn Sands, 91, of Arcadia, Calif. died Monday, Oct. 19, at her home. Surviving are nieces and nephews. 

Harold Everhart
TUSCARAWAS -- Harold F. Everhart, 89, of Tuscarawas, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Country Club Retirement Center in Dover. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Butler-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek with the Rev. Fred Grosse officiating. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. He married Mary Steely on Oct. 12, 1940. She survives. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Alan (Linda) Everhart of New Philadelphia; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter and a sister, Ruth Levengood of Sugarcreek.

Clara Hardman
DALTON -- Clara Audrey (Adkins) Coburn Hardman, 59, 372 High St., went to be with the Lord at Aultman Hospital, Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, after an extended illness. Services will be Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Hardman Chapel Church in Smithville, W.Va., where friends may call Monday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Rev. David S. Adkins will officiate. Burial will be at Hardman Chapel Church Cemetery. Local calling hours will be Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, from noon-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wayne County Branch, in care of Wooster Clinic, 1740 Cleveland Road, Wooster 44691. Surviving are her husband, Edward C. Hardman of Dalton; children, John E. Coburn Jr. and Susan (Gary) Myers, both of Killbuck, Sarah (George) Hunt of Wooster, Penny (Don) Rule of Moreland, Gloria (Tom) Deusenberry of Orrville, Ellen (John) Lyons of Statesville, N.C., and Elisabeth (Philip) Poling of East Canton; 17 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Gloria Ann Baisden of Coshocton; and brothers, Cebert (Joyce) Adkins of Huntington, W.Va., Edward (Lucy) Adkins of Chillicothe, Clarence Adkins of Highland Park, Mich., David (Isabelle) Adkins of Killbuck and Cletis (O'Dessa) Adkins of Wooster. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, friends and co-workers. She was previously married to John E. Coburn Sr. of Wooster, who also survives. 

Susan Warnes
SALEM, S.C. -- Susan Keller Warnes, 62, wife of Gordon C. Warnes, 6 Harbour View Drive, Salem, S.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, S.C. She was formerly of Wayne County. Memorial services will be Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Walhalla Presbyterian Church in South Carolina. Davenport Funeral Home in Walhalla, S.C., is handling arrangements. Local memorial services will be announced at a later date in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a local American Cancer Society, or to Hospice. Surviving in addition to her husband, are daughters, Ellen Warnes Winkler of Wooster and Julia Warnes Slutz of Covington, Ga.; grandchildren, Jaime Lynne Winkler and Bryan William Winkler, both of Wooster; and sisters, Patricia Martin of Rocky River, Mary Fitzgibbons of Sarasota, Fla., and Jane Houston of Mount Lebanon, Pa. 

Emma Kienzle
MASSILLON -- Emma Jane Kienzle, 78, of Massillon, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 28, at her residence after a long illness. She was the mother and mother-in-law of Roger and Carol Kienzle Jr. of Wooster. Services were held today, Oct. 30, at 1 at Paquelet Funeral Home in Massillon. The Rev. Thomas Cebula officiated. Burial was at Brookfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Mercy Medical Center Hospice, 1445 Harrison Ave., NW, Suite 201, Canton 44705. Surviving in addition to her son, daughter-in-law and husband are a daughter, Joanne Maupin of Massillon; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Baker of Brewster. 

Noah Anderson
NAPPANEE, Ind. -- Noah Anderson, 79, of Nappanee, Ind., died Thursday, Oct. 29. Services and burial will be held in Nappanee, Ind. Surviving in addition to his wife are 10 children; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Eli Anderson of Holmesville; and sisters, Mrs. William C. (Anna) Yoder of Holmesville and Mrs David (Millie) Hostetler of Kokomo, Ind. 

Lawrence Blosser
RITTMAN -- Lawrence Blosser, 88, formerly of Rittman, died Friday, Oct. 30, at the Smithville-Western Care Center. Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman with Tom Benter officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Seville. Friends may call from 12:30-2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. He was born on Feb. 16, 1910 in Roane County, W.Va. to David and Eva (Schoolcraft) Blosser, and lived most of his life in the Rittman area. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Farley) Blosser of Little Hocking; daughters, Pauline (Leslie) Gaugler of Akron, and Suddie (Russell) Lengacher of Wooster; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Willis Gerber
DALTON -- Willis L. Gerber, 88, of Dalton, died Friday morning, Oct. 30, at the Lincoln Manor in Orrville, where he had resided since April 1997. Services will be Monday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Kidron Mennonite Church with the Rev. Herman Myers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton, or one hour before services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidron Mennonite Church, P. O. Box 232, Kidron 44636. He was born Feb. 3, 1910 on the home farm east of Kidron to the late Jacob M. and Lina (Sommer) Gerber, and was baptized April 15, 1927. On Sept. 13, 1931, he married Selma I. Sommer, who survives. Also surviving are three sons and a daughter, Harold (Margaret) Gerber, Don (Pam) Gerber, and Joanne Gerber, all of Dalton and Dr. Robert (Julia) Gerber of Sugarcreek; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

John Taggert
WOOSTER -- John Gailey Taggert, 84, formerly of DeWitte St., died Thursday, Oct. 29, at Westview Manor Nursing Home. Memorial service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Wooster Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Petterson officiating. Arrangements are being handled by McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster. He was born June 3, 1914 to Harry and Helen (McCance) Taggert.


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