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Dennis Cowles

An extraordinary man, Dennis Cowles, 89, of Broadview Heights, died Oct. 17. The son of the late Wallace and Harriet Cowles, he was born Oct. 24, 1924, in Cleator Moor, Cumbria, England. Dennis is survived by his beloved daughter, Susan Mary and husband, Don Welch; grandson, Nathan and wife, Kelly Welch; sister, Margaret Simpson of Egremont, England, and his companion, Geraldine Kral. A graduate of the Workington Technical Institute, Dennis spent his career as a tool and die maker working for High Duty Alloys, Smith and Harris, and Joy Manufacturing. In his earlier years, he was a member of the Whitehaven Motor Club where he raced his motorcycles. He loved the adventure of travel, sailing, skiing, cycling and wood working. He was a member of the North Coast Woodturners. A celebration of his life will be Saturday, Nov. 1. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dennis’s name to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193. RIP.



Carol J. Brooks

Carol J. Brooks, 64,died Oct. 22. She was born March 21, 1950, in Zeniter, West Virginia. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas; sons, John (Denise) Brooks, Michael Brooks; several grandchildren; and sister, Shelby (Richard) Baum. Calling hours will be Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Martha J. Watkins (nee Greenlees)

Martha J. Watkins (nee Greenlees), 71, died Oct. 21. She was a member of the Johnson United Methodist Church and Norton Homemakers. Preceded in death by parents, Ray Greenlees and Alice Dirham; sisters, Lois Leibold and Alice Shears; daughter, Angel. Survived by loving husband of 52 years, Robert “Bob”; daughters, Laura (Stephan) Johns and Adora Stillings; grandchildren, Kyle Alexander, Matthew Alexander, Allyssa Johns, Mitchell Johns; brother, James (Daisy) Greenlees; sister, Ona Zamiska; many nieces and nephews and family and friends. Calling hours will be Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Funeral service will be Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m., at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton. Pastor Tal Lewis officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Donald Ray Hill

Donald Ray Hill, 77, of Barberton, died Oct. 20.  He is the son of the late Mont and Bessie Hill of Leon West Virginia; he is also preceded in death by six siblings. Survivors include his loving wife, Marilyn K Hill; children, Raquel Ann and Loyle Jr (Danny) Beaver of Buffalo West Virginia, Lynette (John) Glockner of Virginia, Evon Marie (Randy) Crawford, Wayne (Tam) Crawford; siblings, Mabel Otto, Guy (Wanda) Hill, Helen Stover, Charlotte Tobin, Roger (Fran) Hill, Ronald (Toby) Hill, Larry Scottie (Barbara) Hill; grandchildren, Brianna, Kaylynn and Austin Glockner and Hannah Golden. Donald is retired from BF Goodrich. After retirement, Donald loved photography and serving the Lord and his community by doing what he loved, cooking, for the homeless at the soup kitchen. Funeral will be Oct. 25, 10 a.m., at Crossroads Community Church, 700 Gates St, Doylestown. Pastor Jerry Butcher officiating. Calling hours will Oct. 24, 4-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.


Robert J. Luxeder

Robert J. Luxeder, 77, died Oct. 21, peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Akron and had been a Barberton resident most of his life. He retired from the City of Barberton Police Department after 28 years as a patrolman. He attended St. Mary’s School in Akron for 12 years. Bob was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he sang in the choir. He was a past president of the Fraternal Order of Police and a past Vice President of the Ohio Labor Council. He was also a past Grand Knight and District Deputy of the Knights of Columbus Council 1617. Bob also boasted to be the second best euchre player in Barberton (when asked who was the best, he said he hadn’t met them yet!) Preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Mary; and brother, Anthony; survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Jean; children, Martin (Cheryl), Cynthia (John) Cook, Margaret (Ben) Reihl, Robert (Kimberly) and Mary Elizabeth (Glenn) Beekman; 10 grandchildren; One great-grandchild; brothers, Richard (Barbara) and Thomas (Johnette); sisters, Joan (Bill) Hodson and Betty (John) Haugen; and sister-in-law, Alice (Jim) Robb. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Summa Hospice for their loving care, genuine concern and constant support during this difficult time. Mass of Christian burial is Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Oct. 24, 4-8 p.m., with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Oct. 25, 1 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund or Summa Hospice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Christine J. Zalar

Christine J. Zalar, 100, died Oct. 22. Christine was born in Barberton where she was a life resident. She retired from Louisiana Pacific Company and was a lifetime member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church (formerly Sacred Heart) where she was active in the choir and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Slovene Society KSKJ, the Slovene Pensioners and the Barberton Active Adult Center. Preceded in death by her husband, John; and siblings, Joseph Lukezic, Jennie Zupec, Molly Glynn, Millie Vidergar and Anthony Lukezic; and son-in-law, Carl Englert. Survivors include her daughters, Joanne (Anthony) Weigand, Carol Englert, Patty (Edward) Sowers and Joyce (Norman) Fashing; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Oct. 24, 4-7 p.m. at the church and  Oct. 25, one hour prior to the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace or the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Margaret M. Evans

Margaret M. Evans, 87, died Oct. 21, at the Doylestown Health Care Center. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marge was a life resident of Barberton. She was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton. Marge enjoyed golf, bowling, planting and taking care of her flower beds. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her brother, Frank Slimak; and sister, Justine Penalba; Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Eugene; son, Richard; daughter, Nancy (Marty) Arvay; grandchildren, Mike (Devon) Evans, Jeff (Holly) Evans, Alyssa (Kevin) Hedrick, Jackie (Drew) Koncz and Amanda (Rob) McKee; and great-grandchildren, Grace, Addison and Sophia Evans, Olivia and Lauren Evans, Isabelle and Corbin Hedrick, Andrew and Mason Koncz and Brody McKee. The family wishes to thank the staff at Doylestown Health Care Center and Hospice of Medina. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Thursday, Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m., from 6-8 P.M. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be Oct. 24, 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doylestown Health Care Center or Hospice of Medina. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Donna Jean Daiger (nee Carnell)

Donna Jean Daiger (nee Carnell), 79, died Oct. 18. She was born May 2, 1935, in Akron. Preceded in death by husband, Robert and son, Edward. Survived by children, John and Cheryl; granddaughter, Sheena; great-granddaughters, Shawna, Sharena, Mackenzie; brothers, Russell and Bob. Funeral service will take place Oct. 22, 7 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Don Bolich officiating. Calling hours will be from 6 p.m. until time of service.



Sylvester “Joe” Aman

Sylvester “Joe” Aman, 79, died Oct. 19, at Akron City Hospital. Born in Barberton, Joe was an area resident all his life. He retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 40 years of service. Currently a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Doylestown, Joe had been a member of SS. Cyril and Methodious Church, where he was an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society until its closing. Joe was a member of the wood-bee-woodcarvers. His hobbies were cutting and polishing stones and making them into rings, nature photography and wood carving. He also loved traveling, especially going on cruises with his wife. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Catherine and brother, James; Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Kathleen J.; sister, Katherine Klusty; brother-in-law, Robert (Patricia) Bell; sister-in-law, Suzanne (Leonard) Gucciardo; brother-in-law, Robert Nolte; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, October 24, 11 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 161 W. Clinton St., Doylestown. Fr. Robert Stein celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Thursday, Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund or the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Druzilla “Sue” Beers

Druzilla “Sue” Beers, 78,died Oct. 20. Sue was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, who brought joy to all that knew her. Preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Ronald S. Beers; survived by her children, Drudy (Randy) Abel, Daniel Beers, Pam Johnson and foster daughter, Maxine Neal; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, John (Connie) Hawthorn; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.  Burial at Zion Cemetery, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Calling hours Oct. 21, 4-8 p.m.



Albert Edward “Ed” Good, Jr.

Ed Good of Sharon Center, died Oct. 14, after a short illness, at 93. He was born Aug. 14, 1921, to the late Albert E. Sr. and Selina Huntsberry Good. He graduated from Barberton High School and Wittenberg College. In college, he met the love of his life, Maryhelen Buchman. He served as a US Navy officer in World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy. While Ed was on shore leave between the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, he and Maryhelen married in Canton, Sept. 23, 1944. Ed later said, “It was the smartest move of my life.” Ed owned and managed Liniform (formerly Barberton Laundry and Cleaning), a company started by his father and expanded the company throughout the years in products, services and territories. The employees were very important to him. He was active in the company until recently. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Maryhelen. He will be missed by his son, Ed; and three daughters, Carolyn, Jane, and Susan; three sons-in-law, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with one more on the way). He will also be missed by Bertha Jenkins and Patricia Shultz, president and vice president of Liniform, whom he mentored for many years. The family would like to express its gratitude to Jenny Bonarrigo, Ed’s health care service provider, for her years of dedicated, loyal and loving service to him during his later years. The family will receive friends Friday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn, for a celebration of Ed’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Barberton Area Community Ministries, 939 Norton Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203-8365 or the Audubon Society, www.akronaudubon.org. Please visit www.hummelcares.com to share memories or condolences.



Clair Leslie Over

Clair Leslie Over, 92, born to the late Leon Clair and Louise Over, died Oct. 8. A life-long resident of Barberton, he was a US Army veteran serving in World War II. Clair earned an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Tristate College in Indiana and retired from Babcock & Wilcox after 38 years of service. Dad had a beautiful tenor voice and enjoyed singing in the choir at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Barberton.  He was a long time member of National Lodge 568 F&AM, his hobbies were woodworking, gardening and making toys for his grandchildren and furniture for his children. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth; brother, Don and stepson, Jim Wiant; Clair is survived by his four children, David (Voncile), Dennis, Patricia and Kathryn Over; three step-children, Thomas (Ann) Wiant, David (Diane) Wiant and Barbara (Les) Galbreath; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. Our family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Doylestown Health Care Center for the care and love they showed our father in the last three years of his life. Funeral service will be Oct. 22, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Erik Swanson officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Barberton 249 Second Street, N.W., Barberton, OH 44203.



Franklin Ralph Kimbel

Franklin Ralph Kimbel, 63, died Oct. 18, entering into the joy of the Lord under the care of Hospice. At an early age, he was preceded in death by his father, Donald and recently his brother, James. Left to mourn are his mother, Ruth and sisters, Elizabeth and Eileen, along with family and friends. Frank graduated from Barberton in 1969 before serving in the US States Air Force with deployment in Guam. We wish to offer thanks to the personnel from several group homes, where he lived, for patience and care rendered. Words fail when expressing deep gratitude to all the staff at Scentic Pointe who lovingly showered him with TLC! Guardian, attorney and friend, Sarah Little was always a blessing in her role. Family and friends will gather Oct. 21, 4-9 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service at the same location, with Rev. Jacob Dodson from Wooster Mennonite Church, where Frank attended, will be Oct. 22 at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of the celebration of his life. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, please support your favorite missionary family.



Geraldine "Gerry" Lee Butcher

Our family's precious matriarch peacefully entered heaven on Friday evening, October 17, 2014. Geraldine "Gerry" Lee Butcher was born Nov. 23, 1927, in Clinton, to Kathryn and Glenn Daily. She spent a happy childhood in Kenmore surrounded by her dear parents and siblings. On Feb. 3, 1950, she married Fred Lee Butcher and they settled in Norton. Shortly after, they started Butcher & Son Demolition Company, pouring their strength, heart and muscle into making it successful. Gerry received immense joy in raising her five children, some of whom helped in the family business. Gerry enjoyed her hobbies including antique dolls, her flower garden, shopping with QVC/Home Shopping Club (from which she took much grief from her children), watching the Antique Roadshow, and hosting the family for Christmas at their farm in Doylestown, where they moved in 1974. Gerry fit comfortably into her role as grandma and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren,  whether she was cooking for them, watching their soccer games or simply enjoying them playing at the farm. Nothing was more important to her, though, than her faith in God. She could often be found at the dining room table with her Bible open, reading and praying. She was one of the first Sunday school teachers at Crossroads Community Church, where in 1997, she was a founding member. She was always so pleased to welcome the hundreds of children who came to the farm each year for VBS. She has been reunited in heaven with her best friend and husband of 57 years, Fred, and their two sons, Fred Jr. and Ken. Also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Glenn Daily; and her sisters, Hazel Zarich and Dorie Saintenoy.  She is survived by her son, Jerry (Melinda) Butcher; daughter and caregiver, Connie Jennings; son, Glenn (Linda) Butcher; sisters, Liz Meeks and Kathy Zagray; grandchildren, Fred III, Crystal (Mark) Kepler, Sonja, Cole (Lindsay), Cory, Chase Parker, Rebekah, Sarah (Edward) Largent, Hannah, Ryan, Kate (Matt) Eby, Maximus, Lyla; and many great-grandchildren, including her "buddies" Ayden, Braxton and Kinsley. Many nieces, nephews and special friends also survive. A celebration of life service will be Oct. 21,10 a.m., at Crossroads Community Church, 700 Gates Street, Doylestown. Pastor Jerry Butcher officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call Oct. 20, 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Crossroads Hospice Care or to Crossroads Community Church.



James S. “Stan” Chester
James S. “Stan” Chester, 70, died Oct. 15. Born Nov. 19, 1943, in Stony Point, North Carolina, to the late James O. and Arcola “Pat” (Fox) Chester, he was a life resident of the Barberton / Norton area. A veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Vietnam War, Jim retired from Westfield Insurance Co. after 31 years of service. He had previously worked for Yoder Brothers and was currently an employee at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home. A member of the Akron Baptist Temple, he served for over 40 years as a media technician for his church, working as a cameraman and graphics director. Jim loved sports at many levels. He coached boys little league baseball and youth football for many years and was a volunteer bowling instructor. He had bowled himself in several adult leagues and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Chester; father-in-law, Chalmer Ranker, he is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Donna J.; children, Kelly (Don) Thacker of Doylestown, Lori (Dan) Cuckler, Jim (Natalie) Chester, all of Barberton; grandchildren, Tyler and Olivia Thacker, Kevin Miller, Taylor Stinnett, Gabriel Cuckler, Alexis and Lukas Chester; mother-in-law, Lorena Ranker of Barberton; sisters-in-law, Linda (Terry) Johnson of Doylestown, Sylvia Heckert of Mogadore; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Sandra Hazra, her loving staff, and the nursing staff at Hospice of Visiting Nurse for their care and kind support for Jim. Funeral service will be Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m. at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, with Rev. Ernie Kempel, officiating. Burial with honors will take place at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends and family may call Oct. 19, from 4-7 p.m. Memorials in Jim’s honor may be made by giving blood or donating to Hospice of Visiting Nurse, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.  Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



John E. Carbaugh

John E. Carbaugh, 86, died Oct. 12. A resident of Akron most of his life, John was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired from PPG Industries, John was a scout master in Akron for 30 years and received the Silver Beaver Award. John truly enjoyed photography, gardening, camping and the outdoors. Preceded in death by his wife, Onnolee; twin sisters, Marilyn and Carolyn; survived by his children, Claudia, David (Barb) and Steven (Judith) Carbaugh; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; along with numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held Oct. 18, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.



Patricia (Barlow) Loehr

Patricia (Barlow) Loehr, 74, of Forward Township, formerly of Barberton, died Oct. 15, in Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. She was retired as a licensed practical nurse from Barberton Hospital and a visiting nurse in Akron. A member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth Township, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Patricia and her husband were members of the Happy-Go-Lucky Square Dancers in Dravosburg and both established the Mon Valley Cloggers. Born Sept. 2, 1940, in Barberton, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Alice Irene (Retner) Barlow. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Cliff Loehr; four children, Deborah (Donald Rudat) Morgan of Forward Township, Mark (Maureen) Loehr of Inman, South Carolina, Andrea (Jeff) Hudson of Akron and Lesa (William) DeMarrais of Forward Township; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Michael and brothers, Edgar and Charles Barlow. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 N. 2nd. Ave., Elizabeth, Pennsylvania 15037 (412-384-4344), Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Blessing in the funeral home, with Deacon John Ragan officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.



Evelyn Braman-Burroway

Evelyn Burroway, 86, died Oct. 14. Evelyn was born June 21, 1928, to Joseph and Elizabeth Eigenbrod in Akron. She was a member of Emanuel UCC in Doylestown, where she sang in the choir and participated in the quilting group. She was an RN and the Director of Nursing for the Barberton Health Department where she served the Barberton community with love and compassion for 25 years. Evelyn also enjoyed knitting and socializing with the Doylestown Senior Citizens and the Norton Grange for over 20 years. Evelyn was preceded in death by her first husband, Erwin; and her second husband Herald. Evelyn leaves behind her son, Tom (Debra) Braman; daughters, Carol (Tom) Blanar, Lisa (Jerry) Christian; grandchildren, Nichole (Elliot), Blair (Chris), Michelle, Danae, Natalie (Keith), Joshua (Carrie); eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; precious sister, Mary Jo Kun. Friends may call at Emanuel UCC in Doylestown, 16 Eastern Road, Doylestown, Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m. A funeral service will follow immediately at 4 p.m., with Rev. Gaye Santoro officiating. Burial will take place Oct. 20, noon, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emanuel UCC in Doylestown in memory of Evelyn. Funeral home map, directions and the Burroway Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website.



John Paul Richmond

John Paul Richmond, 77, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, lost his battle with cancer Aug. 17. He was born Feb.14, 1937, in Barberton to the late John M. and Virginia Richmond. John attended Norton Ohio Schools, enlisted in the Army and served in Korea. Mr. Richmond was a millwright by trade and worked at PPG in Barberton and BF Goodrich in Akron. He retired from General Tire, Charlotte, North Carolina. He had a deep interest in history and enjoyed gardening, fishing, and blue bird watching. He was a Roman Catholic by faith. In addition to his wife, Susan, John is survived by his son, John D. Richmond (Josie) of Wadsworth. Daughters, Jo Gay Huffstetler, (Tommy) of Clover, South Carolina, Jennifer Nagel (Jason) of Mooresville, North Carolina; Patricia (Richmond) Akom, mother of his children; grandson, John Carl and granddaughter Sarah; his brother, Carl Richmond (Eilene), of Cameron, West Virginia; two sisters, Christina Thorne of Lenoir, North Carolina and Regina Richmond of Cameron, West Virginia. A private memorial service will be held at The Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Cameron, at the convenience of the family.



Joy L. Hatfield (nee Golden)

Joy L. Hatfield, 53, of Barberton, died October 14, after a courageous two year battle with stomach cancer. She was born July 28, 1961 and resided in Barberton most of her life. She attended Barberton High School and was a member of Victory Chapel in Akron. Joy had a love for everything and everyone. She touched many lives and had a wonderful support system. She had a special love for kids, animals and the ocean. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Golden and brother, William Golden. She is survived by her husband, Lewis Hatfield; mother, Flora A. Johnson, stepfather, Ted Johnson; her three morning glories, Holli Golden, Breanne Sorrell, and Nicholas Golden; brother, Richard (Pam) Golden; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be Friday, Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m., at Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Dr., Akron. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com.


Richard H. Roop

Richard H. Roop, 88, died Oct. 14. He was born April 22, 1926, and was a lifetime resident of the Akron and Barberton area. Richard retired from Eaton Corp and American Hard Rubber.  His favorite activities were traveling and football. Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Florence Roop; wives, Marie and Violet; son, Timothy; brothers, Edward, Kenneth, Vernon and Glen; Richard is survived by his children, Beverly (Mel) Hostetler, Richard (Kathi) Roop; Debbie (Jeff) Cochran and Michael (Margie) Roop; grandchildren, Jennifer, Rebecca, Thomas, Lisa, Barbara, James, Andy, Sarah and Michael; 11 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Pleasant View, Hospice and his special friends for their loving care. The family will receive friends Oct. 17, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. A private committal service for the family will take place Oct. 18 at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Akron General Visiting Nurse Service, Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.



Harold “Bud” Rose

Harold “Bud” Rose, of Wadsworth, died Oct. 12. Harold was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon, of 45 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Dottie Warner-Rose; three sons, Tracy (Susan) Rose, Todd (Anne) Rose, and Barry (Amy) Rose; stepchildren, Rob Warner, Deanne Smith and Amy Akermann; and 12 grandchildren that he adored, Sarah, Tommy, Allayna, Megan, Mitchell, Aidan, Audrey, Aaron, Chris, Paul, Amanda and Tommy; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill (Fran) Rose, Joe (Sandy) Rose; sister, Kathy Hoy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bud had a passion for the golf course, bluegrass, southern Gospel music and loved the Lord. He was loved and admired by his family and friends for his wit, his singing, storytelling, humor and light-hearted outlook on life. Friends may call at the Bacher Funeral Home 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton,  Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m., where a Celebration of Life Service for Bud will be held immediately following the calling hours at 4 p.m., with Pastor Bob Combs officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Grace Church, Norton Campus in Bud’s memory. Funeral home, map, directions and the Rose Family condolence book can be found at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.



Eric James Jackson “OOP”
Eric James Jackson “OOP”, 30, died Oct. 6, peacefully in his sleep. Born and raised in Springfield Township. He had a great talent in basketball. Eric loved watching WWE Wrestling and had an enormous passion for the Cleveland Browns. Eric will be eternally missed by his mother, Cindy (Willy) Jenner; father, Brian Jackson; brother, Justin Jenner; sister, Stefanie Jenner; his beloved nieces, Nevaeh and Paisleigh; nephews, Trenten and Trevor; grandmothers, Geraldine Jenner and Margaret Jackson; uncle, Chis Jenner and many more uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m., at Lakeview Lighthouse Church, 1065 Kubler Trail, Akron, with Pastor Dwayne Ray officiating.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made at www.gofundme.com/fklf14; “Eric Jackson Funeral Fund”.


Krystal S. Brady

Krystal S. Brady, 31, died Oct. 11. Krystal was a life resident of the Barberton area. She was a lover of animals and supported “Wild 4 Ever”. Preceded in death by her father, Jack Brady; Krystal is survived by her mother, Lori Brady (Dave Miller); grandmother, Iris Bochard; sisters, Trisha, Amanda, Trudy and Tina; brother, David; special friend, Greg Pramuka; along with many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Todd McKinney officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.



Viola E. Hatala

Viola E. Hatala, 95, died Oct. 11 with her loving daughter, Joannie, at her side following a long illness. Per her wishes, no services will be held. Cremation has taken place.


Larry L. Loudermilk

Larry L. Loudermilk, 81, died Oct. 12. Beloved father of Yvonne Marie (John) Ritzel , Kathleen Ann (John ) Grotefend, Barbara Jo (Joe Thomas) Cromer, Steve William (Deanna) Loudermilk and Joann (Jeffery) Kolesar. Proud grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 12. Brother of Joy Patterson, Sandra Muckleroy and the late Charles Canter and Linda Ritz. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Esther Loudermilk. Visitation is Oct. 15, 5-8 p.m., with funeral services at 7 p.m., at the Northlake Funeral Home 140 E. North Avenue, Northlake, Illinois. There will be a private internment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Fisher House, Hines Veterans Hospital, 5000 S. 5 Ave., Hines, IL 60141. In memory of Larry Loudermilk. www.fisherhouse.org.



Jenelle L. Long

Jenelle L. Long, 31, died Oct. 8.  She was a life resident of Norton and a graduate of Norton High School. Jenelle enjoyed laughter, playing with her toys and being with her family. Preceded in death by her grandmother, Judith Kiss and aunt, Brenda Carr; Jenelle is survived by her parents, Larry and Rebecca Long; sisters, Donna (Steve) Forro and Lisa (Bob) Wolfe; nieces and nephews, Jacob, Logan, Sara and Katy; grandparents, Mike and Marjorie Gray; along with many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Oct. 14, 6 p.m., at Highpoint Christian Church, 2545 W. Comet Road, Clinton. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service.


Marian E. Chesmar

Marian E. Chesmar, 92, died Oct. 10. She was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania and moved to Barberton after marrying the love of her life Jan. 28, 1946. Marian and John were married for 57 years before his death in 2003. Marian was a devoted wife and mother who never worked outside the home. She was a typical 50s mom who doted on her children and was involved in the PTA and church activities. Family was the most important thing to her. Marian has lived at Liberty Residence II in Wadsworth for the past eight years. The family would like to thank them for the care she received.  She was a loyal lifelong member of Lakeview United Methodist Church. She is also a past member of the Norton-Barberton TOPS club and the Northwest Senior Center. Marian was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John; parents, Elizabeth and Arthur Corkran; her siblings, Arthur Corkran, William Corkran, Charles Corkran and Blanche Woolvin and her granddaughter, Cindy (Chesmar) Parker. She will be eternally missed by her children, John (Teresa) Chesmar, Larry (Linda) Chesmar and Carol (Wilbur) Frey. Marian was blessed with many grandchildren, listed order of their birth, Jennifer (Aaron), Barry (Pilar), Heather (Terry), Kory (David), Casey and Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Jessica (Michael), Estefania (Levi), Tommy, Hannah, Amanda, Connor, Nolan and Addie; great-great-grandchildren, Derek, Autumn and yet to be born twins. Marian leaves many friends, nieces and nephews. Her special niece, Janet Lumb and her family made trips twice yearly to visit with Marian and in her later years that was her vacation. Funeral service will be Oct. 14,  9:30 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Tina Nees officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Oct. 13, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 



Helen Soss

Helen Soss, 87, died Oct. 11, after a courageous battle with ALS. Mom never lost her faith as she bravely faced the challenges of her disease. Helen retired from Babcock and Wilcox and was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Survived by her daughters, Kimberly Jacobs-Soss and Deborah Graf; grandchildren, Ryan (Tracy) Jacobs, Kirk Jacobs, Jon Graf and Erin Graf; great-granddaughter, Emersyn Jacobs; brother, John Badida; sister, Marge Hetrick; numerous other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will Oct. 15, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, Fr. James Maloney, celebrant. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be said Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., with procession to church to follow.



Georgene F. Burkett

Georgene F. Burkett, 96, died Oct. 8. Born in Barberton, she was a resident of Wadsworth for 40 years and a member of Wadsworth Nazarene Church. Preceded in death by her son, Jerry Thomas Smith; survived by her husband of 38 years, John; son, Lynn (Pam) Smith; stepchildren, Jerry (Esther) Burkett, James Burkett, Tom (Peg) Burkett, Bonnie Baker (Dave Brown) and Kathy Doherty; six grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Oct. 15, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Raynard Martin officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.



Tamara Lynn “Tami” Smith

Tamara Lynn “Tami” Smith, 46, died Oct. 5, surrounded by her family. Tami was born April 30, 1968, to Barbara (nee Allen) and David Smith. Tami was a homemaker and a “mom” to many kids.  She was active in many political campaigns and was a great cook, famous for her banana pie and special deviled eggs, along with her fantastic ice tea. Tami loved “69” Camaros and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Justin Timberlake and her beloved dog, Sweetie. Preceded in death by her father, David Smith; grandparents, Harold and Mabel Allen and grandfather, Robert Smith; Tami is survived by her daughters, Heather Rennie (Albert Brasiel); Summer Smith, Jamie Francis, and Jadelynn Francis; stepson, Dallas Francis; grandchildren, Tyler and Destiney Rennie all of Barberton; mother, Barbara Smith of Barberton; grandmother, Agnes Smith of Akron; brother, Brian (Diane) Smith of Doylestown; niece, Kayleigh Smith of Doylestown; aunts, Rhonda and Amy Smith, Brenda (Gary) Hurley; uncle, Kenny (Janet) Smith, all of Akron; along with other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses that cared for Tami at Summa Barberton Hospital and Regency Hospital. The family requests that you wear your Steelers gear or play a Justin Timberlake song in Tami’s memory. Funeral service will be Oct. 14, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home. 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Keith Welch officiating. The family will receive friends Oct. 13, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.



Andrew C. Gombaski Sr.

Andrew C. Gombaski Sr., 85, died Oct. 10, at his residence. Andrew was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 43 years as a nuclear welder. He was a member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church until its closing and currently a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was strong in his catholic faith. He loved hunting and fishing and was a proud army veteran. Andrew also loved his trips to Amish country with his brother, George and granddaughter, Katie. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Martha E.; children, Andrew Jr. “Cookie“ (Rhonda) of St. Mary’s, Georgia; Michael “Corky”, William (Barb), Jenny (Michael) Barclay and Steven (Jeannie), all of Barberton; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and former daughter-in-law and close friend, Jill. The family would like to thank Dr. David Stokes, Akron City Hospital, Hospice of Summa and the VA Medical Facility. Per his wishes cremation will take place with a private burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Willard “Bill” M. Frase

Willard “Bill” M. Frase, 87, died Oct. 11, at Bath Manor. Bill was born in Marshallville and had been an area resident most of his life. He lived in Florida for 23 years after his retirement, then moved back Akron in 2001. He retired in 1978 from the Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 32 years of service. Bill was also a proud veteran of the Coast Guard having served during World War II. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Minnie; son, Kenneth; grandson, Micah Frase; great-grandson, Carter Foster; brothers, Wilbur, Leonard, Boyd and Alton; and sister, Iva Frase; Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Stella H.; son, Gary (Susan) Frase; daughter, Kimberly (David) Dees; daughter-in-law, Ruth Ann Frase; stepsons, Michael (Janice) Vujas and Joseph (Kimberly) Vujas; stepdaughter, Angela (Howard) Tuck; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren, 18 step-great-grandchildren; and brother, Lester (Grace) Christy. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Funeral Service to follow at 1 p.m., Rev. Aleksa Pavichevich officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Summa or the your favorite charity. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Dorothy Zema Greer
Dorothy Zema Greer, 91, died Aug. 20. She passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Carson, California. Born in Barberton, Nov. 22, 1922, she grew up there with her two brothers, five sisters and numerous extended family members, many of whom still reside in Barberton. As part of the large Slovak community, most of the family attended St. Nicholas Church and some attended St. Anthony’s. Dorothy joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and served at Camp Pendleton in California. She worked at Bell Telephone in Akron and later at Yoder Brothers in Barberton before returning to California permanently in 1960 where, as a single mother, she raised her two children. She retired from the Montebello Unified School District offices after more than 20 years. She loved bowling, her children and grandchildren and the Lord. She was also a faithful member and part of the Christian Service organization at St. Anthony’s Church in San Gabriel, California. Her funeral services were Aug. 30, at St. Anthony’s and she was interred at Resurrection Cemetery with a Marine Corps escort and flag folding. She is survived by her daughter, Myra Greer Albao; her son, Mark Greer; her son-in-law, Edward ‘Pudge’ Albao; grandchildren, Joshua and Sarah Albao and many loving extended family members. Her last thoughts were “What does Jesus want me to do?”



Michelle J. (Salisbury) Harrison

Michelle J. (Salisbury) Harrison, 57, died Oct. 6. She was a resident of Barberton most of her life. Preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis J. Smith; Michelle is survived by her son, Jason (Denise) Salisbury; grandchildren, Makenzie and Miya Salisbury; father and step-mother, Joseph and Rose McQuaide; brother, Jeff McQuaide; companion of many years, Richard Harrison; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Oct. 10, 6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Pastor Michael Prebynski officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service.



Mary “Jo” Lawson

Mary “Jo” Lawson, 85, died Oct. 7. Born July 31, 1929, in Weston, West Virginia. She worked at A&P Grocery Store for 18.5 years, Darrow foods for 12 years, and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2901 Ladies Auxiliary Cambridge, Ohio. Preceded in death by husbands, Earl “Dick” Stout and Willis E. Lawson; daughter-in-law, Lucy Stout; sister, Lillie Jane Bleigh. Survived by sons, John Earl Stout and Steven E. Lawson; daughters, Louise (Terry) Regenos, Jackie (Denny) A. Spindler; five grandchildren, three great-granddaughters; sisters, Dottie (John) Overton, Reista Flaherty and Thelma Fahrenback. Funeral will be Oct. 11, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor David Robertson officiating. Burial at Greenlawn. Calling hours will be Oct. 10, 5-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home.



Helen Marie Newman (nee Augustynovich)

Helen Marie Newman (nee Augustynovich), 93, died Oct. 6, at Salem Community Hospital, with her family by her side. Born July 21, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Victoria Augustynovich.  Helen was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1939 and Barberton School of Commerce. She was a secretary at the former Sun Rubber Company in Barberton and also Hazel Harvey Elementary School in Doylestown. Helen was a long-time volunteer of the Heritage Valley Beaver Auxiliary in Beaver, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by her husband, Carl and sister, Virginia Kendel; survived by her sons, Alan (Terrie) of Hot Springs, Arkansas and James (Ruth) of Salem, Ohio; daughter, Susan (Richard) Frommell of Portage, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Maynor of Wadsworth, Ohio; along with nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Oct. 12, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a favorite charity or Alzheimer’s research.


John W. Sharp

John W. Sharp, 84, died Oct. 4. He was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Massillon. John was a U.S. Army veteran. He was also a member of the Barberton Church of Christ and was licensed to be a minister in the state of Ohio. Retired from LTD Steele after many years of service. Survived by wife, Janice; and extended family. Private service will take place at a later date.



Dolores J. Bowers

Dolores J. Bowers, 86, died Oct. 6. She was born July 1, 1928, in Barberton. Preceded in death by husband, Richard; sister, Joann Frey; and brother, Don Richardson. Survived by son, Richard (Pat) Bowers; daughters, Connie Bowers and Arlene (Ken) Buie; grandchildren, Jennifer (Richard) Gould, Jeffery Bowers, Eric (Jill) Buie, and Lisa Buie; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Bryson Gould; sister, Corrine (Bob) Frey; brother, Gerald (Jeanne) Richardson; brother-in-law, Dick Frey; and sister-in-law, Barb Richardson. Memorial service will be Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 1376 High St., Wadsworth (1 mile north of I-76 on Rt. 94).  Family will receive friends from 3 p.m., until time of service.  Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.



Jean Nott

Jean Nott, 82, died Oct. 3. She was born April 21, 1932, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jean was a member of the Barberton First Church of Christ. Preceded in death by brothers, Glenn and Ken Summers. She is survived by husband of 63 years, George A Nott; son, Daniel (Brenda) Nott; daughters, Lynn (Gil) Everson, Lorraine (Randy) Burlin, Rebecca (John) Byers, Marilyn (Joe) Hurst; numerous grand and great-grandchildren; brother, Doug Summers; sister, Carol Baird and aunt, Wilma Bartholomew. Memorial service will be Oct. 7, 2 p.m., at the Barberton First Church of Christ, 552 Harvard Ave., Barberton. Tracy Marsh officiating. Memorials may be made to the church in her memory. Burial will take place at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.



Paul V. Riddle

Paul V. Riddle, 90, died Sept. 30. Born in Stumptown, West Virginia, Feb. 27, 1924, he was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, class of 1942. He served his country during World War II aboard the USS Tennessee BB 43 in the United States Navy. Paul retired from M. O’Neil Company upholstery department in 1986 with 38 years of service.  He was a past member of Barberton First Church of Christ and was a member of Kenmore Church of Christ. Paul was dedicated to his Lord, his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his many friends. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. Preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Pauline Riddle; brothers, Alpha and Arden; sisters, Genevieve Conrad, Stella Reed and Augusta Riddle; daughter-in-law, Nancy Riddle; Paul is survived by his daughter, Elaine Fischer of Florida; son, Elwin Paul (Cindy) Riddle of Akron; grandchildren, Kyle (Jamie) Griffin of Florida, Matthew (Pam) Griffin of Washington, Dan (Amy) Riddle and Kathleen “Katie” (Jesse) Wolfe, all of Barberton; great-grandchildren, Karina, Kelsey, Nathan, Jacob, Emily, Kylie, Kaylie and Kennedy; twin sister, Pauline Gainer of Parkersburg, West Virginia; along with other relatives and friends. Paul and Pauline traveled to Bible Land with church friends, 1984.  Life’s greatest experience walking where Jesus lived and walking in the Garden of Gethsemene, seeing the Sea of Galilee and Mount of Olives. The family would like to thank the staff of Canton Christian Home and Dr. Sean Cannone for all the care and support that Paul received. Following Paul’s request, burial has taken place at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Military Honors by Firestone VFW 3383. A memorial service will be Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Paul Klein and Jeremy Klein officiating, family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kenmore Church of Christ, 1900 East Ave., Akron, OH 44314 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 1815 W. Market Street, Suite 301, Akron, OH 44313.



Ronald J. “Old Boy” Ehser

Ronald J. “Old Boy” Ehser, 81, died Oct. 4. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Ron was a member of Barberton VFW 1066, Barberton Civitan Club and the Barberton Senior Center. Preceded in death by his mother, Marie Shanaberger and uncle, Clarance Ehser; survived by his first wife, Rosemarie Glaser; children, Regina (Carl) Sharpe, Jacqueline (Brian) Elliott, James Ehser, Tracy (Tim) Mattingly and Rosalyn (Robert) Carder; stepdaughter, Ulrike Bissey; grandchildren, Zoe, Joey, Tiffany, Julia, Justina, Brittany, Jake, C.J., Gracilyn, Austin and Cody; great-grandchildren, Miriah, Marshal, Madelyn and Rory and the love of his life, Linda Meadows. Funeral service will be Oct. 8, 9 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. The family will receive friends Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.



Todd Eric Meade

Todd Eric Meade 41, died Oct. 2. Born March 16, 1973, in Wadsworth. He is preceded in death by his father, Hallard Meade. Surviving is his son, Devin Meade; mother, Barbara Meade; sister, Melissa McFadden; and niece, Krystle Mcfadden. Memorial service will be Oct. 11, 5 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home; 222 Norton Ave; Barberton. Don Bolich officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Barbara Meade in his memory.



Vernon Holland

Vernon Holland, 87, died Sept. 29, at his home surrounded by his family. Retired from Goodyear-Aerospace after 41 years of service. He was the beloved husband of Virginia Holland as a loving father, he is survived by sons, David and Michael (Diane); daughter, Karen (Tim) Egert, Patty (Jim) Perritt, Cindy (Roger) Mitchell, and Michelle Notardonato; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Committal service is Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, Seville. 



George D. Petrekovich

George D. Petrekovich, 77, died Sept. 28. George was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. Preceded in death by wife, Norma Jean; George is survived by his daughter, Audrey (Rancy) Wharton and son, George (Patty) Petrekovich; grandson, Josh (Megan) Wharton; granddaughter, Stephanie (Mike) Sebe; great-grandchildren, Payton, Addyson, Carter and Avery; brother-in-law, Harvey (Sylvia) Schoonover; sister-in-law, Diane Toomey; along with other relatives and friends. George’s family would like to thank the staffs at Summa Barberton Hospital and Altercare of Wadsworth for all the care and support that he and they received. A memorial service will be Oct. 5, 5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service.



Thomas Edison Lanning

Thomas Edison Lanning was born May 7, 1926 and died Sept. 29, surrounded by love. He graduated from Mentor high School where he lettered in four sports and received the Most Versatile Athlete Award. After graduation, he served in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon his return, he played in the St. Louis Cardinal's farm system. He is an alumni of Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in elementary education administration. He had an outstanding 35 year career as a teacher, coach and principal with the Barberton City Schools where he received many awards including the Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year. He lived by his motto of "The Children Always Come First". He served his community in many capacities including the Red Cross, Punt, Pass and Kick competition, YMCA Camp, Barberton Public Library and the Barberton Jaycees where he received the Distinguished Service Award and the Man of the Year Award. In 2006, he was inducted into the Mentor Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Wadsworth United Methodist Church for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Helen, with whom he celebrated almost 68 years of marriage; children, Kristen (Larry) Ledman, Keri (Elio-deceased) DiMichele and Nina Lanning; grandchildren, Kara, Amanda (Russell), Abigail, Gabriella and Brooklynn; great-grandsons, Russell David and William Edison; brother, Charles (Susan) and sister, Bonnie, along with many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Oct. 2, 2014 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at the Wadsworth United Methodist Church 195 Broad Street, Wadsworth, where the funeral service will be conducted Oct. 3, 2 p.m. Interment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The family would like to thank Hospice of Medina county and the wonderful staff at Altercare of Wadsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wadsworth United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Medina County.


Bert A. Smith Jr.

Bert A. Smith Jr., 68, died Sept. 27. Born in Barberton Feb. 2, 1946, he was a resident of Wadsworth for 36 years. Bert was a graduate of Hoban High School and Kent State University. He served in the U.S. National Guard and retired as owner of B.A. Smith Construction. Bert enjoyed boating and fishing on Lake Erie and spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. Preceded in death by his parent, Bert A. Smith Sr. and Helen Emma (Schmitt) Smith; Bert is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth “Sharon”; children, Bert A. (Michelle) Smith III, Lisa R. (Matt) Muncrief and Sara E. (Bill) Judge; great-grandchildren, Jack and Maggie Smith, Maverick and Mason Muncrief and Emma Judge; sisters and brother, Mary Anne (Robert) Keller, Rod (Mary) Smith and Susanne (John) Callahan; along with many other family members and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be Oct. 3, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, N.W., Barberton.  Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Randolph. Calling hours Oct. 2, 4-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be said Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. with procession to the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus School, 110 Humbolt Avenue, Wadsworth, OH 44281.


Carl L. Boon

Carl L. Boon, 66, died Sept. 28. Born in Bakersfield, California, Carl had been an area resident most of his life where he received his Masters Degree in Journalism from Ohio University. He worked at Barberton Hospital as the director of public relations, Chase Bank as a bank manager and currently worked as a writer for the Barberton Herald. Carl loved fishing and was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Pamela M.; son, Carl Jeffery (Ebru) of Istanbul, Turkey; daughter, Christine (Christopher) Cusimano of Fairlawn; grandchildren, Salvatore Cusimano, Clara Boon and Trilby Cusimano; sister, Carla (Phil) Unkefer; and brother, Mahlon (Cindy) Nowland. Calling hours will be Thursday, Oct. 2, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Per his wishes there will be no funeral service. Memorials may be made to the Barberton Public Library. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Richard D. Lowry

Richard D. Lowry, 91, died Sept. 25. He was born April 14, 1923, in Carbondale, Ohio. Richard served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Retired from PPG with 42 years of service. Preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn and second wife, Marvel; son, Richard D. Lowry Jr., and step-daughter, Cynthia Flesher. Survived by children, Carolyn (Ray) Vierheller, Jim (Cindy) Lowry, Connie Whitmer (Alex); grandchildren, Tracy Petitt, Ray Vierheller III, Heather Rhoades, Zack Lowry, Chad (Teresa) Whitmer, Lindsey (Dennis) Shin; five great grandchildren; brother, James A. (Marion) Lowry; and sister, Kathleen Lowry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hearts and Paws Rescue, PO Box 313, Canal Fulton, OH 44614. Calling hours will be Thursday, Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Funeral service will be Friday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Greenlawn.


Anna Belle Harstine

Anna Belle Harstine, 63, of Fresno, died Sept. 27, at Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia. She was born March 14, 1951, in Barberton to the late Clyde and Lorraine (James) Laudermilk. She was a certified RN at Union Hospital in Dover for 20 years before her illness forced her retirement. Anna loved to cook large delicious meals for family and friends. Her favorite meals were when the table was spread with everything grown on their farm. She is survived by her husband, Ben Harstine; daughter, Helen Newbury; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Darla Crater. Services will be Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 a.m., at the Fresno United Methodist Church with Pastor Kathy Powers officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Fresno. Friends may call Friday, Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m., at the Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County 716 Commercial Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or Fresno United Methodist Church PO Box 85 Fresno, OH 43824.



Charles E."Eddie" Lowery Sr.

Charles E."Eddie" Lowery Sr., 73, died Sept. 25, peacefully surrounded by his wife, Beverly Ruth Lowery and his children, Beverly, Timothy, Melodie, Sheryl, Tammy, Charles Jr, Kevin and Eddie; his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his surviving sister, Rachel Brooks. We will all miss him and love him very much. Funeral service will be Friday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at the Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until time of service. Donations, if desired, may be made to Prentice Funeral Home. Rest in peace, Dad. You are now with God. Sept. 20, 1941- Sept. 25, 2014. 



Clayton Hartley

Clayton Hartley, 97, a Barberton resident for most of his life, died Sept. 24, of natural causes. He was a self-employed masonry contractor during his working years and was active in political organizations, writing many “Letters to the Editor.” He enjoyed woodworking, science, inventing, and many other creative endeavors. Preceded in death by his wife of 60-plus years, Hilda Ilene; Clayton leaves behind five children, 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren, with another due in December. Funeral service will be Oct. 2, 1 p.m., at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave. Barberton. The family will receive friends Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service, Oct. 2. Donations made be made to Technocracy Inc. 2475 Harksell Rd. Ferndale, WA. 98249-9764.


Larry Robert Wilfong

Larry Robert Wilfong died Sept. 24, at home surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born May 20, 1947, in Akron. He graduated from Barberton High School Class of ’65.Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. On March 17, 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Sue (Rumble) and Jan. 20, 1971, they welcomed their only daughter, Tina. Larry was a tool and dye maker and retired from Akron Porcelain and Plastics. Larry was a devoted family man up until the moment he was taken from us. He was a member of the fraternal order of the Moose, Lodge 759, Barberton. He enjoyed playing poker with all of his friends, fishing, boating, but by far his greatest past time was never missing a school function or sporting event for his “two boys”, Austin and Brennan, by far the greatest things in his life. He was their biggest fan! He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy Wilfong and mother-in-law, Jeanne Rumble. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sue, of 47 years; his loving daughter Tina Keith and son-in-law, Joseph Keith. Most special grandsons and caretakers until his last breath, Austin and Brennan Keith. His brother, Bill (Barb) Wilfong; sister, Gerry Baker; his best buddy and father-in-law, Paul Rumble; and most loving sister-in-law, Paula(Byrle) Kuhl; brother-in-laws, Donald (Lori) Rumble and Dennis (Becca) Rumble; special niece, Laurie Pierrot and her husband, John; and numerous nieces and nephews and all his friends he met along the way, which are just too many to mention. The family would like to thank everyone who stopped by to see dad in his final days. You don’t know how much it meant to him. In lieu of flowers, Donations to The Hemophilia Foundation, 5000 Rockside Road Set 230, Independence, OH 44131;  JRA foundation of Northern Ohio, 3740 Ridge Mill Drive, Hillard, OH 43026; Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Set 304 Chicago, OH 60611-3201; or Barberton Moose Lodge #759, 250 31st Street NW, Barberton, OH 44203. “God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered come to me. With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly we knew you could not stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.” Until we meet again your forever loving family Sue, Tina, Joe, Austin and Brennan. Calling hours will be 1-4 p.m., Sept. 28, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Moose services at 3:45 p.m. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.



Josephine E. “Jo” Buck (nee Fabrizio) 

Josephine E. “Jo” Buck (nee Fabrizio), 93, died Sept. 25. A resident of Barberton for 68 years, she was employed with Industrial Paint and Glass and West End Hardware as a bookkeeper, retiring in 2009 at the age of 88. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Buck; daughter, Susan J. Carr and son-in-law, Vaughan Moore; Jo is survived by her daughters, Cheryl J. Moore and Sandra K. Collier; grandchildren, Jeffrey Magno, Nicholas (Sarah) Grinder, Randie Jo Grinder, Phillip (Stephanie) Collier, Alexander N. Collier, Nicole (Jeremy) Bailey and James J. Carr; great-grandchildren, Logan B. and Raygan Jo Carr, Ellie and Reed Grinder and Oliver Collier; sister, Carmen Alexander; sister-in-law, Elvia Fabrizio; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A celebration of Jo’s life will be Sept. 30, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Jeremy Klein officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends on Sept. 29, 5-8 p.m.



Donald E. Diefendorff Sr.

Donald E. Diefendorff Sr., 83, died Sept. 25. Donald was born in Norton and was an area resident all his life where he retired from Com Doc after 37 years of service. He was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church where he was active in the Holy Name Society. He was a past president for the Norton Lions Club and the Norton Band Boosters. He was also a proud U.S. Navy Veteran. Donald lived and loved his faith. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Edna; brothers, Russell, Everett and Howard “Red”; sisters Wilma and Edna; first wife Dorothy Lees; and great-granddaughter Olivia; Survivors include his “love” of 32 years Katharina “Katie”; children Diane (Daniel) Simko, Darlene (Tom) Warsinskey, Donald Jr. (Beth), Debra (Tom) Towner and Mike (Tonya) Ripplinger; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Paul (Mary) Hehn; and many great friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be Sept. 29,10 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant and Fr. David Misbrenner con-celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours Sept. 28, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton, where prayers will be said Sept. 29, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Food for the Poor or Akron Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Dept. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Bruce Wayne Priebe, “Batman”

Bruce Wayne Priebe, “Batman”, 60, died Sept. 24. He was born in Cleveland and was a resident of the Akron and Cleveland areas for most of his life. Bruce was a dedicated father who worked as a machine tool salesman. Bruce was perpetually curious; he was a scholar of life, who enjoyed reading, hiking, bicycling, building computers and cooking for his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, who also called him “Papa.” Preceded in death by his father, George Priebe, he is survived by his mother, Nancy; children, Joshua (Michelle), Kerry (Christian) Baer and Jonathan (Kattie); 11 grandchildren; brother, Alan (Elizabeth); step-sister, Paula Knarr. Memorial calling will be held two hours prior to a 4 p.m. memorial service, Sept. 28, in the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of other remembrances, memorials may be made to Portage Path Behavioral Health, 340 S. Broadway St., Akron, OH, 44308. To view his tribute video, send condolences or sign the guest book visit www.cliffordshoemaker.com.



Cloyd Conrad

What Earth has lost, Heaven has gained, when our Lord called our dear husband, father, and grandfather home, after a long illness. Cloyd was born and raised in Monterville, West Virginia and moved to Barberton, at 19, where he has lived ever since. He worked at PPG Industries from 1953-1994. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved old time bluegrass music and taking yearly trips to Virginia with his wife to see the Carter Family perform. He spent his retirement years enjoying his family. His goal was to be a part of each member’s life as much as possible. He loved sharing his life’s experiences and lessons with whoever he could, especially the grandchildren. Cloyd is preceded in death by his parents, Lester Conrad and Helen Salisbury Conrad; his brothers, Ralph Conrad Sr. and Lloyd Conrad. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janette (Kisner); three children, Cloyd Jr. (Nam), Sherri Dujanvoci (George) and Michelle Pederzolli (Jeff); and seven grandchildren, Samuel, Jacob, Dan, Katy, Ben, Matthew and Melanie; along with many other family members and friends that were dear to him. Funeral service will be Sept. 27, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Bob Moses officiating. Calling hours will take place 6-8 p.m., Sept. 26, at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Woods Cemetery.



Jacqueline "Jackie" Marie Ritzman

Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Ritzman, 39, died Sept. 23. Jackie  was born in Barberton, July 25, 1975, graduated from Norton High School and attended the University of Toledo where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in International Business. Jackie leaves behind two children, Armando and Mariana; her father, Paul Ritzman; mother, Pam Lenahan; siblings, Rene (Dan) Ruth and Mike (Lisa) Ritzman; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be Sept. 26, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Mark Ritzman officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SEEDnet 1015 Country Club Lane, Ashland, OH 44805.

James E. Leach

James E. Leach died Sept. 23. He went home to his Lord and Savior and to be reunited with his parents and children. Born Feb. 15, 1933, he was a long time resident of Springfield Township. James was a Korean War Veteran and served from 1951-1953 in the 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Regiment, 1st Battalion Company. He was awarded a silverstar, a Korean service medal with five bronze stars, and two purple hearts in 1988. He was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Hearts since 1998, a member of DAV since 1985, where he served as commander for five years. James was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He loved to camp, fish and take long, one day road trips. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Clifford Leach; son, James; step-daughter, Elloise. He is survived by his wife, Betty; brother, Andy (Sandy); children, Jeanette (Dennis) Weaver, Jean (Ray) Blake, Robin Webb, Pamela (Darrell) Green, Joshua (Jessica) Leach; step-children that were the “children of his heart”, Lawrence Burge, James Burge, Karen (Gerald) Davies, Brenda (Frank) Graham; 31 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. The family wishes to thank Summa Hospice for their love and compassionate care. Funeral service will be Sept. 27, 6 p.m., with visitation from 4-6 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Ray Hylton officiating.



Irene J. (Francisco) Barnhouse (nee Parker)

Irene J. (Francisco) Barnhouse (nee Parker), 86, died  Sept. 16, after a long illness. She was born May 29, 1928, in Canton. Irene leaves behind her children, Lee, George (Mary), David (Pat) and her caregivers, Charlie (Dawn) Francisco; four grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 27, 3-5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.



Frances M. Ragans

Frances M. Ragans 72, died Sept. 19. A resident of Akron. She is survived by husband Raymond, five children, 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday September 24, 11 a.m., at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home 566 W. Park Ave. Barberton. Burial at Grill Cemetery. Calling hours Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m.



James Warren Stewart

James Warren Stewart, 93, died Sept. 20, at Altercare of Wadsworth. A longtime Barberton resident, he was born July 22, 1921 in Brazil, Indiana and was a member of the Barberton First Church of Christ. James worked for Ohio Bell in Akron retiring in 1982 with 35 years of service.He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II in Italy, France and Germany. He enjoyed woodworking, leather crafting and drawing in his retirement years. James was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Martha (nee Griffith); infant son, Richard; his parents, Russell and Florence; his brother, Paul; and sisters, LaVerne and Kathryn. He is survived by his sons, David W. (Dee) and Donald J. (Barbara), both of Wadsworth and Dennis C. of North Carolina; five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters. Visitation will be Sept. 24, 4-6 p.m., and Sept. 25, 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service Sept. 25, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, Rev. Dale Turner officiating. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron. Memorials may be made to Altercare of Wadsworth or Hospice of Medina County.



Janet P. Zentiska

Janet P. Zentiska, 91, died Aug. 31, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was a former resident of Barberton, where for 22 years she was a daycare provider for many children. She has lived in Richmond Hill since 1996 and was a homemaker. Janet was a member of Daniel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, John J. Zentiska; a son, John Zentiska, a granddaughter, Kimberly Puett; and a grandson, Dustin Puett. She is survived by her children, Helen Mills of Richmond Hill, Rebecca Zentiska of Midway, Stephen Zentiska (Connie) of Richmond Hill, David Zentiska (Jamie) of Akron, Paul Zentiska of Akron and Timothy Zentiska of Richmond Hill; 37 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Services were Sept. 5, at Daniel Baptist Church with Pastor Alfred Banks officiating. Burial followed in Daniel Baptist Cemetery. www.coxrichmondhillfh.com.



Jackie S. Cline

Jackie S. Cline, 63, died Sept. 18. A resident of Doylestown for 26 years, Jackie had been employed as the devoted manager of Norton Pub for 17 years where she had made many good friends. Preceded by her parents, David and Ines Richards; brother, Alan Richards and brother-in-law, Don Wood; Jackie is survived by her son, Jerry (Kellie) Cline; granddaughter, Sheena Ball; great-granddaughter, Aleena Rose;  brothers, Jim (Kathy) Richards, Phil (Sue) Richards; sisters, Linda (Sonny) Weisen and Nancy (Tim) Lenihan; devoted and loving boyfriend, Jim Kun; along with other relatives; many friends and her beloved cat, “Tassy”. Funeral service will be Sept. 22, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Fleary Spurlock officiating.  Burial at Copley Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m. 


Raymond E. Pelton

Raymond Edward Pelton aka “Popsie,” 80, died Sept. 18, after a short battle with cancer. What a battle it was! Ray was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, retired from Borden’s Dairy, and was currently working at the Slovene Center in Barberton, serving drinks and telling jokes to the masses. He was a kind soul, loved to laugh and had a special gift for making others laugh with him. Ray enjoyed gardening, bird watching, trips to the casino and making homemade noodles and soup. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 55 years, Fran Pelton; daughters, Janet (Rick) Jacobs, Lisa Pelton; grandchildren, Ray (Mia) Lowry, Meredith Lowry, Diana (Adam) Cogar, James Helmick, Chris, Andrew, Ryan and Elizabeth Jacobs; brother, Bob Pelton; sister-in-law, Jo Pyle; nieces, nephews and too many friends to count. A special thanks to Akron General, Dr. Tobias, Dr. Owusu, and Ridgewood Road Hospice for the tender, loving care provided to our precious Popsie. His last message was “Thanks to All, I’ve enjoyed the show.” Mass of Christian Burial will be Sept. 22, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling Hours Sept. 21, 4-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Linda F.  Rowh

Linda F.  Rowh, 61, died September 14. A resident of Barberton, she was employed by Chet O’Kelly’s and Akron General Medical Center. Survived by her husband, Bill; daughter, Sherri Riffle; sons, Michael Brienzo and Matthew Brienzo; step-daughters, Linda, Jackie and Debbie; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Brienzo, Jacob Riffle, Colton and Chase Brienzo; brothers, Ron (Connie) Choate, David Choate; sister, Jennifer Sue Worlow (Larry); along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Sept. 18, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Dan Gregory officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.



Howard R. Florence

Howard R. Florence, 87, died September 16. A resident of Norton, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.  Howard retired from PPG Industries with 19 years of service and also from Barberton Citizens Hospital with 19 years of service and was a member of the American Legion. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Gena; daughters, Betty (Chuck) Bechter, Paula (David) Chase and Debbie (John) Groves; grandchildren, Burt Gregory, Gary Gregory, Leanna Bechter, Matt Bechter, Brad Chase and Mike Chase; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers, Calvin and Jack Florence and sister, Patsy Williamson. Funeral service will be Sept. 18, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Dwight Strickland officiating.  Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors.  Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service, Sept. 18.



Darell Allen Easterling

Darell Allen Easterling, 59, died Sept. 11. Darell is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Norma Easterling. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Katiemarie Ann (Pooter) and Sandra Jean (Pokey); his brothers and sister, Ronnie (Cel), Denny (Becky) and Sharon (Dan) Cochran; as well as nieces and nephews Jeff, Shelli (Jon) Cowan, Chad (Jennifer), Clint (Kate) Cochran, Brittany Cochran (Shane Vallen), Brenton Cochran; along with many great nieces and nephews, cousins and close personal friends. He grew up in Wadsworth, attended Kent State University and settled down in Akron. We will always remember the loving father, gentle heart and his warm hugs. His smile could light up a room. He has brought so much love and joy to all who knew him and all he met. This artist was not only creative with his hands but with his heart as well. He will always be loved and greatly missed. "Remains of memories unto our hearts for our lives touched, he was, is, always will be a part”- Katiemarie. Funeral service is Sept. 17, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home 1376 High St; Wadsworth. (1 mile north of I-76 on St Rt 94). Don Bolich officiating. Family will receive friends Sept. 16, from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home.



Evelyn Louise Adams

Evelyn Louise Adams, 92, a resident of Westminster Woods, Presbyterian Homes, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, died Sept. 11. She previously resided in Norton. She was born Feb. 20, 1922, in Middle Island, West Virginia. She was united in marriage to Voyne Carson Adams for 67 years. Mrs. Adams was the eldest of 11 children.  She is survived by a son, Bobby Adams and wife, Marilyn and a daughter, Loretta Smith, who preceded her in death. She is survived by the following sisters and brother, Oweda Lewark, Lucille Wimer, Jean Lowther, Shirley Kern and James Lawson. Also surviving are grandchildren, Sharon Sawyer, Gidget Smith; great-grandchildren, Mathew, Amy, Jason, Kandy and Cortney; and great-great-grandsons, Dominic, Logan and Luke. Mrs. Adams was a homemaker. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening and quilting. She was a member of the Norton Garden Club, Norton Senior Center, and Reimer Road Baptist Church. She attended the 15th Street Methodist Church, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. and was a resident of the Westminster Woods, Presbyterian Homes, for nine years. Funeral service will be Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jim Newton officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9 a.m., until time of service.



Betty E. Hamilton

Betty E. Hamilton, 93, died Sept. 9. A resident of Norton for 69 years, she was a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II. Betty was the caregiver to her son Steven, a quadriplegic for 11 years and a foster mother to over 130 children during a 25-year span. She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Hamilton and grandson, Frankie Smith. Betty is survived by her daughters, Bonnie (Frank) Smith and Susie (Duane) Long; son, Dennis (Mary Jo) Hamilton; three step-children; 10 grandchildren, along with other family members and many friends. Following Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  To celebrate her life, the family will receive friends Sept. 16, 6-8 p.m. at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home 566 W. Park Ave. Barberton. The family requests no flowers, please.  Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association in Betty’s memory.



William E. Schick

William E. Schick, 68, died Sept. 6. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, and was very much loved by all and will be deeply missed. Bill was born in Barberton, attended the University of Akron, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He lived in Tallmadge for many years where he met his wonderful wife, Victoria. He left Ohio and lived and worked in New Orleans for 10 years, before settling in South Carolina, where he was an IT consultant working as the senior project leader at Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Bill was extremely generous, kind and thoughtful. His gifts were always fun to receive, and they usually needed batteries or plugs. Bill was working with computers before most people even knew they existed. His knowledge of electronics and computers was astounding and he was always eager to share this with others. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Schick; his precious daughter, Erin Schick; and brother, John Schick. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Victoria; his daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Sandor Jakab, and their children, Ava, Sandor, Elise, Olivia, Vsofia, and Krisztian. Also survived by siblings, Pamela (Bruce) Reynolds, Kathleen (Reginald) Owens, Thomas (Eva) Schick, Patricia Black, Karen (Fitz) James and many extended family members and friends. The family received friends Sept. 14, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Memorial Service was also Sept. 14. Burial is Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Joe B. Russell

Joe B. Russell, 82, of Barberton, died Sept. 8, at home, surrounded by his beloved family.  Joe was born Sept. 24, 1931, in Jackson County, Tennessee, to the late Clelan and Jessie Russell. He graduated from Jackson County High School and took great pride in serving his country in the Korean War as a member of the Military Police Corps of the United States Army. After migrating to the Akron area, Joe was employed 38 years with B.F. Goodrich, retiring as the general manager of its Barberton store. More than providing tires, he devoted his career to keeping his fellow citizens on the move to wherever they needed to be, often turning his customers into friends. Joe was first and foremost a family man who enriched his family with a life of love and comfort. A member of Barberton Church of Christ and National Lodge 568 F&AM, he was loyal and hardworking, generous and humble, and a compassionate friend to all he met. He was a true Southern gentleman, one who will be deeply missed and proudly remembered. In passing, Joe joins his parents; brothers, Glenn, Kenneth, Ben, and Johnny; and brother-in-law, Dallas Craighead. He is survived by his loving wife and companion of 58 years, Pauline (Sisco); son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Regina of Canal Fulton; daughter, Vicki Russell Cordas of Norton; grandchildren, Renee Tholt Abramovich, Derek Tholt (Tristan Seiler), Emily Russell, and Anderson Russell; brothers, A. Wade of Barberton and Shirley (Myrna) of Tennessee; sister, Lane Spivey of Tennessee.; brother-in-law, Hugh Sisco of Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Peggy Russell of Norton, and Geraldine Craighead, Shirley Mitchell, and Jean Russell, of Tennessee; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. The family would like to note a special thank you to the staff of Summa Hospice for their care and support. Friends are invited for visitation Sept. 14,  2-5 p.m.,  at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral services will be Sept. 15, 1 p.m. with Keith Welch officiating. Interment will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, with military honors, 10175 Rawiga Road, Seville. Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or Summa Hospice and Palliative Care Services.



Gilbert Earl McGlothlin, Sr “Earl”

Earl was born Nov. 6, 1941, in West Virginia. He died Sept. 10, entering the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ from home. He is preceded in death by mother, Naomi; son, Gilbert “Jay” McGlothlin Jr; and his first wife, Kitty McGlothlin. Survived by wife, Nancy, children; Vanessa (George) Oberlin of Barberton, Joe Keifer of Akron, Brenda McGlothlin of Akron, and Deanna (Steven) Ingram of Barberton; also many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He retired in 2012 from Rondy in Barberton, where he worked for 48 years. Funeral will take place Sept. 13, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery in Akron. Calling hours will be Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m.  



Lester Steveson Russell

Lester S. Russell, 91, died Sept. 9. Born August 13, 1923, in Nicholas County, West Virginia, to Ira and Mary Russell. Lester retired in 1984 from PPG Industries after 33 years at Limestone Mine and Plant. He was a longtime member of Barberton First Baptist Church where he served as deacon and usher. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen; son, Kenneth; daughter, Nancy (Bob) Zdzinicki and granddaughter, Jessica; nieces, nephews; sister-in-law, Vickie Russell; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Daisy and Sam Neil and friends. Funeral service Sept. 13, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Barberton First Baptist Church, 254 Sixth St. N.W. Barberton, Ohio 44203.



Blair Bryan Hardman

Blair Bryan Hardman, 84, died Sept. 9. He was born May 15, 1930, in Gilmer County, West Virginia.  He served with the U.S. Army as a paratrooper, loved Bluegrass Music, and retired from Ohio Brass with 29 years of service. Survived by his wife of 64 years, Janice Hardman; children, John (Sandy)Hardman, Lorrie (Roger) Graham, and Jeanette (Rick) Hall; grandchildren, Christian (Sandra) Hardman, Andy (Heather) Hardman, Brian (Rainy) Graham, Tracy (Jon) Billet, Michael (Jill) Hall, and Stephanie (Dan) Dubois; five great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; sister, Bernice Wolf; sister-in-law, Sandra Rollyson; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends; and best buddy, Okey Keefer. Funeral service will be Sept. 12, 2 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Keith Welch officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.



Kenneth M. Jodon

 Kenneth M. Jodon died Sept. 8, in his home in North Canton, Ken was born in Akron, July 16, 1955, to parents Robert Patterson and Shirley Townsend. Ken was known for his adventurous spirit, dedication to his work and his tremendous love for his family. From an early age, he worked hard to provide for his family. He graduated from Garfield High School in Akron and enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completion of active duty he returned from Hawaii to Ohio. He was a skilled mason and welder and an engineer without the formal degree. His specialized masonry skills afforded him the opportunity to travel the world where he completed specialized chemical construction projects. During his free time he loved to ride his Harleys, garden and spend time with his family. He had a profound appreciation for nature. He was the beloved husband of Cristine Trindade of Barão de Cocais, Brazil and cherished father of Elizabeth Jodon-Jacewicz (Jony Jacewicz) of Barberton; Teresa Jodon-Manns (Justin Manns) of Santa Rosa, California; Susan Jodon of San Francisco, California; Michael Jodon of Columbus; Joseph Jodon of Barberton; and Julia Jodon of North Canton. He loved being a grandfather to his four grandchildren, Karmen Jacewicz, Amani Jacewicz, Zendra Jacewicz and Jackson Manns. Ken was a great friend, uncle, cousin and nephew to many. He is remembered with great love by his first wife Karen Jodon of Barberton; brother-in-law, Rogerio Trindade of Barão de Cocais; and aunt, Betty Matthews of Akron. He was preceded in death by his parents Shirley Townsend and Robert Patterson; uncle, Dave Matthews; and sister, Robin Wright. In addition he leaves sisters, Irene Massaro, Alice Hoover and Tammy Smith all of Ohio. Friends and family may honor the life of Ken Sept. 13, at Campfield Hickman Collier Funeral Home, Inc., 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton. Calling hours are Sept. 13, 2-4 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 4 p.m. 



Hilda Lee Taylor

Hilda Lee Taylor, 78, died Sept. 10, at Pleasant View Health Center. Hilda was born in Swain County, North Carolina and had been a Barberton resident most of her life where she retired from American Weather Seal. Preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, Larry, Roy, and Alvin; and sister, Kay; Survivors include her brother, Burnice (Dee) Raper of Evansville, Indianna; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be Sept. 15, noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Rev. Fleary Spurlock officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com


Michael L. Huffman

Michael L. Huffman, 46, died Sept. 2. He was a life resident of Clinton. Survived by his mother, Bonnie Huffman; brother, Ken Huffman; sister, Cheryl Huffman; son, Michael Huffman; daughter, Cassidy Barkhurst; other family members and friends.  A private memorial service will take place at a later date.



Leona M. First

Leona M. First, 87, died Sept. 4. Born April 11, 1927. She lived in Barberton most of her life. She is preceded in death by husband of over 60 years, Eugene First; parents, Clyde and Wilma Croft; brothers, John Croft, Robert Croft; sister, Clarabell Soles. Leona is survived by children, Sheila McGlynn and Dale First (Debbie); grandchildren, Tonya Howley (Michael), Jason First (Angie); great grandchildren; Ashlie Howley, Dalton First, Hunter First; sisters, Mary McKown, and Mae Parker. The family request there be no flowers, rather donations may be made in Leona’s memory to The Human Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087. Memorial service Thursday, Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Bernice (Momchilov) Wowra

Bernice (Momchilov) Wowra, 91, child of God, died Aug. 27. She is survived by daughter, Cindy Momchilov; granddaughter, Lauren Carrigan; son-in-law, Wayne Waggoner; and cherished friend, Raymond Fish. Bernice was predeceased by husbands, Perry Momchilov and Arthur Wowra. Following cremation she will be interred at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron. Memorial service will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, Little Rock, 11 a.m., on Sept. 15. Full obituary at www.smithfamilycares.com



Edwin W. Secrest

Edwin W. Secrest, 82, died Sept. 7. He was born Jan. 25, 1932, in Kenmore. Edwin was a truck driver for Eastern Express. Preceded in death by wife, Joann; brother, Donald R. Secrest; parents, Harry and Freda (Danford) Secrest. Survived by children, Alan (Renee) of Illinois, Bill (Billie) of Illinois, Debra Alice Otto of Ohio; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one on the way, and one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Larry J. (Bonnie) Secrest of South Carolina, Thomas W. (Terry) Secrest of Akron; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Calling hours will be Thursday, at 9:30 a.m., until time of service. Burial at Greenlawn.



S. Dean Cuppett

S. Dean Cuppett, 84, of The Villages, Florida, since 2003, died Aug. 31. He was born in Greensburg Pennsylvania and moved to Barberton, where he was active with the sports boosters and enjoyed going to high school basketball and football games. From there he moved to New Philadelphia, where he was an active member of the Elks, Moose, Lions and American Legion. He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict on a Destroyer Escort and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He enjoyed sports and playing board and card games with friends and family. Dean and Gerry also enjoyed dancing to the music at the square in The Villages. Dean is survived by his wife, Gerry of 62 years, and his five children, David and Peggy Cuppett of Tampa, Dina and Robert Ross of Amelia Island, Sharon Cuppett of Atlanta, Mary and John Stromme of Norman, Oklahoma and John and Mary Cuppett of Medina; and 12 grandchildren. A prayer service will be Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m., at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162.



Guy Phillips Sr

Guy Phillips Sr, 88, died Sept. 1. He was born May 14, 1926, in Morgantown, West Virginia.  At 2, Guy moved to Akron. He attended Glover Elementary and Garfield High, where he was on the All City Football Team in 1942 and 1943, graduating in 1944. He spent two years in the Navy, then returned to earn both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Education. He was a proud starter for the Akron Zips Football Team. In 1948 he married the love of his Life, Rhoda Richardson, and had 59 great years until her death in 2007. Guy was an educator for 31 years in Barberton Schools. He was a coach, teacher, principal at five different schools. Seeing his former students was greatly enjoyed. Always firm, but fair, he was greatly loved by his students. Moving to Barberton in 1968, he became active in the community. He was a member of the Barberton PTA Council, and honored in 1974 as “educator of the year” by the Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers. He served as director of The Summit Federal Credit Union for many years, was proud to have donated over five gallons of blood to the Red Cross and on becoming a 32nd Degree Mason, was very active in the Barberton Kiwanis Club, YMCA and Barberton Planning Commission. Photography was his hobby and he would fix anything for anybody, always offering a helping hand. He became a proud member of Columbia UCC in 1972. In retirement, Guy and Rhoda spent their time traveling, doing genealogy and taking trips to Florida. They had some special friends Tom and Nina Liddle, Fred and Lois Cardinal, Don and Pat Mitchell, Tom and Marce Ryan, just to name a few. Preceded in death by wife, Rhoda Phillips; parents Hercel and Bessie Phillips; brother, Olan (Mae) Phillps. He  is survived by his son, Guy Phillips Jr., sisters-in-law, Idie (Phil) Schmuck, Marth Tate; cousins, Vic Jacquet and family, the Layman Family, special niece, Pat Etheridge and family, also survived by many nieces and nephews from the Gray, Schmuck, Styles, Tate, Taylor and Williams families. Services are Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.,  at Columbia UCC, 978 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Calling hours will be Saturday, 10-11 a.m., at the church. Lunch to follow the service. Any donations please make to Columbia UCC. Special thanks to Tammy Kidd, Vicki Cain, Manor Care, and Heartland Hospice for the care of my dad. “Dad, you’ll be greatly missed by all.”



Hazel McIntyre (Baker)

Hazel McIntyre (Baker), 90, of Barberton, died Sept. 3, at her residence. Hazel was born May 2, 1924, in Ashley, West Virginia, to Jim and Lanie (Phillips) Baker. She married Argil McIntyre on May 28, 1945. She enjoyed doing puzzles and playing Yahtzee. She loved socializing and spending time with her friends and family. Hazel will be deeply missed by her children, Elaine Atkinson of Barberton, Betty McIntyre of Barberton, Pearl (Alan) Golden of Salem, West Virginia; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert and James Baker. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Argil, of 49 years and her sister, Grace Harless. Funeral services will be Sept. 7, 11 a.m., at Roberts Funeral Home-Hillcrest Chapel in Seville. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Online tributes may be made at www.RobertsFuneralHome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad St. Canfield, OH 44406.



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Amanda K. Russell, 40, died Aug. 28. Survived by daughter, Nicole; parents, Debbie and Belford Bowman; and Aunt Carol (Joe) Francis. Funeral service is Sept. 6, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222  Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Fred Webb officiating. Calling hours are 9-10 a.m., Sept. 6, at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Lockwood Cemetery.



Robert “Bud” Neely Jr

Robert “Bud” Neely Jr, 51, died Aug. 31. He worked at the MDF Tool Corporation, starting in 1991. He was a member of the Northside Christian Church. Preceded in death by mother, Mary Jo. Survived by wife of 21 years, Cari; children, Cassandra, Holly, Macy; father, Mac; sisters, Debbie Jo Auble, Denise (Brian) Osburn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steve and Cheryl Kovein, brother and sister-in-law, Bubba (Kelly) Kovein, and numerous extended family and friends. Funeral will Sept. 6, 11 a.m., at Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Family will receive friends 9-11 a.m., prior to the service at the church. Private burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his memory to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Northern Ohio Chapter, 14350 Mundy Dr, Suite 800, #199, Noblesville, IN 46060. "He will forever be in our hearts, and will never be forgotten." 



Bernard Freno

Bernard Freno, 81, died Aug. 31, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Aug. 2, 1933, in Norton, to the late John and Margaret Freno. Bernard worked for Babcock & Wilcox for 38 years and served his country in the U.S. Army. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Carole; daughter, Luanne; sister, Agnes; brother, John; son-in-law, Joey Jerin. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Jerin, Lori Freno (Jamie) Engman, Lynette (Rob) Meisch; grandchildren, Stephanie and Mike Jerin and Ricky and Russ Smith; son-in-law, Richard Smith; sisters, Dr. Janet Freno, Frances Freno, and Meg (Rod) Keehn. We would like to thank all of the family and friends who offered their continuous love and support to dad even in his final years, especially his good friends Stacie Wise, Laura Kraus, and our wonderful visiting angel, Julie Freeman. We can’t even begin to thank every single person at Doylestown Healthcare Center enough for the outstanding love, kindness and care they gave to dad and also to us, as well as Crossroads Hospice for their care in his final hours. The family will greet friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd., Norton, Sept. 5, 3-6 p.m. Funeral home map, directions and the Freno Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website, BacherFuneralHome.com

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Bernard E. Gerbec Sr.

ernard Eugene Gerbec Sr., 82, died Aug. 31. Bernie was born in Barberton and lived there all his life. He retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 30 years of service. He attended Barberton and Norton Schools and school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, while his dad was in the Army. Bernie was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church, now Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He was also a member of the former Holy Name Society at Sacred Heart and the KSKJ Lodge. He was also an active member of the Barberton Band Boosters for many years. Bernie was a proud Army Veteran during the Korean War, serving in Alaska for two years. Preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Antoinette; Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Ann (Polacek); sons, Bernie (Sandra) of Greer, South Carolina, Tom (Debbie) of Manchester and John (Susan) of Mogadore; daughters, Barbara (Jim) Kulton of Cuyahoga Falls, Betty England of Austin, Texas, Cathy (Mike) Baughman of Rapid City, South Dakota and Margie (Dale) Ezzell of Summerville, South Carolina; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rita Polacek; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Rev. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Sept. 2, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Prince of Peace. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Staley D. “John” Wilmoth

Staley D. “John” Wilmoth, 87, a resident of Barberton, died Aug. 27, unexpectedly from injuries sustained in a farm tractor accident at his family farm in Union Community Philippi. He was born April 26, 1927, in Barbour Co., a son of the late Wayne D. and Von (Parks) Wilmoth. He was united in marriage Sept. 27, 1948, to Betty L. (Burner) Wilmoth who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Steven L. Wilmoth and Cecil L. Wilmoth, both of Barberton; one grandchild, Steven L.D. Wilmoth of Barberton; and one great-grandchild, Anakin L.D. Wilmoth. Mr. Wilmoth retired as a mechanic for Babcock & Wilcox Company. He loved doing mechanic work. Friends were received at the Wright Funeral Home 216 N. Walnut St. Philippi, West Virginia, on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31. Pastor Bryan Headley officiated. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery with military honors being accorded. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.



Kevin F. Bachmann

Kevin F. Bachmann, 66, died Aug. 28.Born in Barberton, he was a resident of Coventry since 1975.  A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era, he retired from Giant Eagle. Kevin was a member of St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church and Allenside Athletic Club. Preceded in death by his parents, Carl and May Bachmann and brothers, Larry and Bill Bachmann; Kevin is survived by his wife of 40 years, Greta; brothers and sisters, Carl (Josephine) Bachmann, Kathy Gibbs, Mary Ann Matheis, Richard (Janis) Bachmann and Jean Bachmann; mother-in-law, Maria Snyder; brother-in-law, George (Sue) Obrad; sister-in-law, Rosa Huth (Tom Doty); along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Sept 3, 10 a.m., at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, 4019 Manchester Road, Akron. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends Sept. 2, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church.


Irene M. Shugar

Irene M. Shugar, 95, died Aug. 27. Irene was a devout Catholic for all her adult life and she truly lived her Faith. She was the beloved wife of William for over 56 years, and cherished mother to Annette (W. Curtis) Severance; grandmother to David (Stephanie); and great-grandmother to Addy. Irene was an avid gardener and she shared her bounty with friends and neighbors for many years. In her later years, she made baby clothes for children in orphanages in countries desperate for such needed items. She was the kindest most generous person anyone could ever know. She will be terribly missed by all who loved her. Rest in God's Peace, sweet Mother. Calling hours will be Aug. 30, 9-9:45 a.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Mildred M. Stewart

Mildred M. Stewart, lifetime resident of Barberton, died Aug. 25, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Community where she had lived for two years. She is predeceased by Paul Stewart, her husband of over 60 years. Also predeceasing her are daughter and son-in-law, Myrna and Don Shreve; granddaughter, Leslyn Egan; and great-granddaughter, Anna Marie Nelson. Surviving are daughters, Janet Stewart and Shirlee Musick (Frank); sister, Arvella Cameron; brother-in-law, J. Warren Stewart; grandchildren, Kelly Nelson, Loree Karagiorgas, Kerri Riddle, Philip Musick and Doug Musick; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Aug. 29, at Cox Funeral Home, 11:30 a.m., with the Reverend Dr. Linda Somerville officiating. Visitation with the family will be at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those so inclined may make donations to St.Luke’s Lutheran Community at Portage Lakes or the Humane Society of Greater Akron. The family thanks  the caring staff at St. Luke’s for the loving care she received. 



Jean A. Collins

Jean A. Collins, 90, died August 25. Born in Frostburg, Maryland, July 27, 1924, she was a resident of Norton most of her life, moving to Wadsworth 10 years ago. Preceded in death by her son, Freddie R. Collins; Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years, Fred H. Collins; daughters, Cindy Lee (Albert) Schmitt and Holly A. Cochran; grandchildren, Leanne J. Clark-Shirley (Andy), John (Danni) Schmitt and Matthew Schmitt.  Funeral service will be Aug. 29, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jean’s memory to Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation at sjogrens.org.



Sarah Greathouse (nee Saffles)

Sarah Greathouse (nee Saffles), 45, died August 22. A resident of Coventry most of her life, Sarah and her husband were active with the Coventry Youth Football Program. Preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Edith Saffles; survived by her husband, James Robert Greathouse; children, Auggie, Brandi and Charles Greathouse; brothers, Brian Saffles, Tommy Saffles and Gary Saffles; sisters, Sandy Csonka, Vicky Murrow, Ginger Bibb and Judy Burnbuck; along with other relatives and many friends. Funeral service will be Aug. 29, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert L. Webb officiating.  Burial at Northlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m.



Christine Ann Royston

Christine Ann Royston, 68, of Winter Park, Florida and formerly of Barberton, died Aug. 19. She is survived by her husband, Robert William; daughter, Vicky Burns; son, Joe Royston; five grandchildren:  Guy and John Burns, Emily, Kate, and Natalie Royston; former husband, John Royston; sister, Jeanie Menke; and brothers John Milan and David Hranilovich. There was a service at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida.



Charles “Chuck” K. Fazenbaker

Charles “Chuck” K. Fazenbaker, 81, died Aug. 22. He was born in Gleason, West Virginia, Dec. 5, 1932, to the late Jenny (nee Kerns) and Paul Fazenbaker. Charles moved to Ohio in 1951 to begin a 38 year career with PPG Chemicals, including union president. He had varying achievements as the lead, founding member of the musical group, “Country Magic Band” (10 years); as the commander of the local Civil Air Patrol (8 years); as a life member of the NRA; and as Aux County Sheriff Deputy (5 years).  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, science, aviation and photography. Most of his achievements were self-taught. Charles was preceded by wives; Vonda “Bunny” Phillips of 40 years and Betty Marciniak of 21 years; and children, Brenda, Deborah and Darrell. Charles is survived by dear friend, Beverly Christman; son-in-law, Keith (Beth) Snider; step-son, Lynn (Kathy) Johnson; grandchildren, Troy (Daphne) Snider, Brian (Veronica) Snider, Laurin (Marc) Custis, Brent (Cathy) Johnson; sister-in-law, Betty Fazenbaker; six great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Charles resided at Stow Glen Retirement Village where he was the resident photographer, making many friends over his five year stay. The family wishes to thank them for their kindness and acceptance. Funeral service will be August 26, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Kim (Webb) Barnett officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service.



Dennis E. Hankison

Dennis E. Hankison, 63, died Aug. 19. Survived by his wife, Judy; son, Denny (Amy); daughter, Angel Shamblin; grandchildren, Jacob and Allie; son, Derek (ViMarie) Bryant; grandchildren Derek and Bailee; brother, Larry Hankison; three other grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Aug. 23, 2-4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.



Todd “Toby” B. Hone

Todd “Toby” B. Hone, 51, died Aug. 20. He was a life resident of Barberton. Survived by his sons, Todd (Ashley) and Matthew (fiancée, Ellen Wood); daughter, Lindsay; parents, Bernie “BB” and Elaine Hone; siblings, Brad, Kim (Bob) Kozer and Neil; along with many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Aug. 24, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.


Helen Struharik 

Helen Struharik, 97, died Aug. 16, at the Lantern of Madison in Madison, Ohio. A first generation American of Hungarian descent, she was born Aug. 4, 1917, on 19th Street in Barberton, to Steve and Mary Gaspar. She attended Barberton High School, graduating in 1935 as salutatorian of her class, and later graduated from Actual Business College. A Norton-Barberton area resident for most of her life, Helen lived on Easton Road in Norton for 66 years, where she and her husband of 59 years, Paul, raised their family. They married on Christmas Eve, 1938, and Helen was a homemaker for most of her life, but she still found time for hobbies and community service. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Norton, she taught the kindergarten Sunday School class for 23 years. She was also a member of the Norton Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary, the Akron Croatian Club, and the Akron/Barberton International Folk Dance Club. Helen was an excellent cook and baker. Her meals, cookies and baked goods were a special treat for family and friends. She also found great enjoyment in tending her flower garden and landscaping her home. But her greatest legacy was the loving home she provided for her family and her kindness to others. The family wishes to thank the neighbors and friends in the Norton-Barberton area who were so good to our Mom over the years. Their support enabled her to stay in the home she loved for as long as was possible. Helen then moved to the Lantern of Madison in 2007, where she could be close to her son, Paul and granddaughter, Maryfrance and her family. We also thank the staffs of the Lantern of Madison and the Hospice of the Western Reserve for the excellent and compassionate care Mom received. Preceded in death by her husband, Paul and sister, Mary (Mark) Dokich; Helen is survived by her sons, Paul (H’Lum) of Salt Springs, Florida and Steve (Jean) of Myersville, Maryland; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Aug. 27, 3:30 p.m. at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, Rev. Barbara Holzhauser officiating. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling hours August 26, 5-8 p.m., and Aug. 27, one hour before the service.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church of Norton, 3281 S. Cleveland-Massilon Road., Norton, OH 44203, or to the charity of one's choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Teresa K. Testa

Teresa K. Testa, 95, of North Hill, died Aug. 20, at her home. Teresa worked in the St. Martha’s cafeteria for over 35 years treating the school children to her delicious homemade pizza and meatballs. After serving as a foster grandparent through the YMCA, she retired in 2010. Family was of utmost importance to her. She enjoyed celebrating birthdays and planning family gatherings, which always included her homemade spaghetti, sauce and pepperoni bread. She started baking in early December every year to get her nearly two dozen different kinds of cookies done in time for Christmas. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Pat” Testa; son, Thomas Testa; and four brothers and one sister; Teresa is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Ron Zaucha of Tallmadge; son and daughter-in-law, John and Gail Testa, of Rootstown; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Jim Prinzo, of Barberton; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Katherine Limosana and Mary Ann Monk; sister-in-law, Marion Testa and numerous nieces and nephews. Calling hours August, 22, 9-10 a.m., at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (formerly St. Martha’s), 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron with Mass of Christian burial immediately following. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in her name to the charity of your choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Fern Jurich

Fern Jurich, 79, died Aug. 16, after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Kentucky. In 1961, she married William S. Jurich, who died in 2008 after 47 years of marriage. She lived most of her life in the Barberton area where she and her husband were self-employed making and selling wood products. Fern enjoyed gardening, flowers and time spent with her beloved family and friends. She enriched the lives of those she touched and cared for. Fern is survived by her daughter, Wanda Webb; grandchildren, Tim Webb (Terri) and Angela Lambes; great-grandchildren, Eionna, Victoria and Lani, who were all the light of her life. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations may be made to Akron General VNS Hospice Care, c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307-2463.



Betty J. Deal

Betty J. Deal, 88, died Aug. 14. Born in Wadsworth, she was a resident of Barberton for most of her life and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton. Preceded in death by her husband of 58 1/2 years, Walter; Betty is survived by her sons, Roger (Elizabeth) and Wayne; grandchildren, Kelli, Kristen, Shayne, Taylor and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Megan, Averi, Conner, Mason, Breauna and Evie; sisters, Marge Brooks and Lois Shaffer; brother, Millard Means; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will Aug. 20, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m. 



Kathryn M. Mizin

Kathryn M. Mizin, 79, died Aug. 14. Kathryn was born in Barberton where she was a life resident.  She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and was active in the Holy Hour Program and Women of Faith. Preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Murphy; second husband, Thomas C. Mizin; and parents, Raymond and Ruth McKnight; survivors include her daughters, Sr. Constance Murphy, SSJ (Sisters of St. Joseph) of Philadelphia, Mary A. (John) Paugh of Barberton and Kathryn R. (Richard) Kanis of Akron; grandchildren,Tiffany Evans (Chuck), Kelli Paugh (Ian) and Brooks Kanis (Courtnae); great-grandchildren, Xavier Kanis and Hunter and Nina Evans; and niece, Robyn Williams. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Thursday morning, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia, Mount St. Joseph Covent, 9701 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118-2694.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Barbara J. Herbert (nee Zenner)

Barbara J. Herbert (nee Zenner), 77, died Aug. 14. She was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Akron. She attended the Baptist Church. Barbara is preceded in death by husband, Robert; siblings, Evelyn Gooding, Lottie Mugrage, Warren Zenner, Robert Zenner and Elizabeth Wright Port. Survived by sisters, Shirley Betz, Delores Estes, Mary Derkum; brother, Howard Zenner; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Aug. 18, 1:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Calling hour one hour prior. Tim Mishler officiating. Burial at Chestnut Hill.



Ernest F. Wathey

Ernie “The E” Wathey, 77, died Aug. 11, at his home. He was a life resident of the Akron area and retired from Western and Southern Life Insurance with 35 years of service. Ernie was a member of Akron Lodge 83 F&AM and served on the Board at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preceded in death by his wife, Janet; Ernie is survived by his daughter, Vicki (Joe) McVey; stepdaughter, Connie Truax; grandchildren, Payton and Connor; sister, Betty Rader; brother, Ben (Delores) Wathey; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Aug. 16, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton, with Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. till time of service.



Garland H. Henretty

“Uncle Gary”

Garland H. Henretty, “Uncle Gary,”died Aug. 9. He was born and lived in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania until a job transfer took him to Ohio in 1966 and retirement called him to Catawba Island in 2000. His example of hard work and fun spirit will be missed by all. Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Elsie J. Henretty; Gary is survived by his son, Garland “Jamie” (Carrie) Henretty; daughter, Shellie (Dan) Knighton; grandchildren, Daniel and Halie Knighton, Garland and Kaylynn Henretty; along with two brothers, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Aug.16, 11 a.m., at Columbia United Church of Christ, 978 Wooster Road, W., Barberton, with Rev. John Henniger officiating.There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service.



Donald W. Herwick

Donald W. Herwick, 90, beloved brother of Evelyn Howe and Gene (Barbara) Herwick, died July 26. Born in Barberton, where he lived his entire life, he is preceded in death by parents, Robert and Evelyn (Holt) Herwick and brothers, Robert Jr. (Helen) and Benjamin (Maria) Herwick. In passing, he leaves numerous nephews and nieces and special family friend, Tim Colgate. Don was well known in the Barberton/Akron area where he bowled and golfed on numerous leagues. He bowled three 300 games and had three holes-in-one. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Enterprise where he lost many of his friends in battle and received a Meritorious Commendation for outstanding performance of duty in battle from his commanding officer. Don retired from Akron General Medical Center. A committal service will be Friday, August 15, 11 a.m., at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.



George J. Ligas Sr.

George was born Sept. 13, 1926. He was lovingly received into the arms of Jesus Aug. 8. He went peacefully with his family at his side with prayers and polka music. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary Ligas and siblings, Mary, Andy, Frank, Annie, Josie, Sue, Liz, Joe, Margie and granddaughter, Kelly Ann. He is survived by his loving, caring wife of 66 years, Norma (Genet) Ligas; brother, Pete; and children: Linda (Chuck) Rammel, Geralyn (Ron) Frascone, George (Ron Waldron), John (Debbie), Vince (Kim), Rob (Wendy), Marty (Wendy), as well as 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was a lifelong Barberton resident and parishioner at both SS. Cyril and Methodius and Prince of Peace Catholic Churches. He was an altar server for over 70 years and a member of the Knights of Columbus 1617. George shared his love of nature with his family and enjoyed polka music, bowling and cheering on his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. George proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked at PPG for seven years and retired from Goodyear with 37 years of service as a pipefitter/plumber. We wish to sincerely thank George’s tender caregivers, Yvonne, Annie, Kevin, Jim, Sarah and all others from the Hospice of Summa for their care and support. A celebration of his life will be Friday, Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, with rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prince of Peace Church or Hospice of Summa. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Beverly Jean (Atkins) Etter

Beverly Jean (Atkins) Etter, 87, died Aug. 8, at Emeritus Palm Court in Hilton Head, South Carolina. She was born March 10, 1927, in Youngstown, to the late Estie H. Atkins. Jean was raised in Akron and attended Fraunfelter Grade School and graduated from Central High School in 1945. She met Joe Etter while he was working in Akron.They later married and moved to Marietta and raised their family of four. They were married for 60 years. Later in life they moved to Barberton to be closer to their daughter, Jane. A few years after her husband's death, she moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina. While in school, she took dance lessons and performed on the Palace Stage in Downtown Akron. If you knew her, you knew that! She could tap dance and do the high leg kicks like the Rockettes. She loved gardening and could make anything grow. She always had something in bloom early spring into fall. Raising her children was her top priority. She was truly a selfless mother and we always knew she loved us. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a great blessing and joy to her. She is survived by her three children, Carol Jean Etter of Barberton, Joseph Etter (Mary Jo) of Hilton Head, South Carolina, James Atkins Etter of Flower Mound, Texas; five grandchildren, Clarin Amanda Hill (John), Marisa Leigh Etter, Caroline Elizabeth O'Donnell (Mike), Caitlyn Elizabeth Etter, Jason Atkins Etter; two great-grandchildren, Alex Hill and Kate Hill. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Joseph Etter and a daughter, Beverly Jane Etter. Funeral services will be Aug. 13, 11 a.m., at Hadley Funeral Home Marietta Chapel, 500 Fifth St., with Reverend David R. Smith officiating. Visitation will be Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com



Margaret A. Longfellow

Margaret A. Longfellow, 90, died Aug. 6. She was born Aug. 6, 1924, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She lived most of her life in Barberton. Preceded in death by husband, Forest. Survived by daughter, Bonnie Page; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Entombment Aug. 13, 2 p.m., at Greenlawn Cemetery, 2569 Romig Road, Akron. Don Bolich officiating.



Reverend Robert L. Maynard

Reverend Robert L. Maynard, 64, died Aug. 7. Preceded in death by parents, G. Henry and Dessa Maynard. Survived by wife, Diane (nee Zickefoose) Maynard; daughter, Teresa (Van) Kitchen; granddaughter, Sarah; brothers, Ronnie (Diane), Arlis (Roberta), Mike; brother-in-laws Dale, Dane (Julie) Zickefoose; father and mother-in-law, Earl and Leona Zickefoose. Calling hours will be Aug. 11, 6-8- p.m., at Home Missionary Baptist Church, 1922 Oakes Dr., Akron. Service is Aug. 12, 11 a.m.. at Home Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Keith Emhoff and Reverend Richard Rogers officiating.



Patricia F. Ayers (nee Evans)

Patricia F. Ayers (nee Evans), 70, died peacefully at her home Aug. 3. Born in Akron, to the late Benjamin and Beatrice (Frasure) Evans. Pat was a member of Akron East High School’s Class of 1961 and attended the University of Akron. She and her husband raised their family in Munroe Falls and Bay Village, moving to Virginia Beach (Sandbridge), Virginia in 1986. She and her family were members of Nimmo United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach. Known for her kind heart and engaging personality, Pat was quick to come to the aid of any animal or person in need of food, comfort or friendship. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Bruce Ayers; sons, Reid (wife, Lisa) of Canton and Scott (wife, Jessamyn and sons, Ben and Wilson) of Ashburn, Virginia; sister-in-law, Charlene Freppel (husband, Fred and son, Jake) of Napoleon, Ohio; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. A graveside service will be Aug. 11, 11 a.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Dr. Douglas Holben officiating. In lieu of flowers, do an act of kindness for some needy animal or person in her memory.  



David L. Headley

David L. Headley, 87, died Aug. 6, after a long illness. David was born in Akron, Jan. 14, 1927. He graduated from Kenmore High School and served in the U.S. Army as a MP in Italy. Upon returning to the States, he reconnected his friendship with Lena Moodispaugh, who became the love of his life. They married in 1948 and were blissfully married 63 years until her death in 2012. David had big dreams from a young age and was successful at making his dreams come true. He was hard working and determined. He did not believe the word “can’t” belonged in the human vocabulary and insisted that his children did not use the word in their vernacular. David worked his way through college through various jobs, along with Lena’s help working at Diamond Match. Upon graduating from the University of Akron, he entered law school and he took a job as a Barberton policeman. This was a job he enjoyed and which he served proudly. Upon competing law school at U of A, David worked in the prosecutor’s office, then opened his own practice. Before long he began his foray in politics, running successfully for city councilman. During his career in politics, which he loved, Dave served as state representative and state senator.  He eventually left politics to spend more time with his family due to Lena’s poor health. David also served on the University of Akron Board of Trustees, twice serving as their Board Chairman. Despite all that he did in his life, his wife and family were the most important things in this life. His wife was his treasure and he loved and cared for her deeply. He was a wonderful father and friend. He was avid reader who kept himself in excellent physical condition, playing ping pong with his family, jogging in his 70s and hiking the Appalachian Trail with his son and grandson-in-law. David is preceded in death by his wife, Lena and his parents, Frances Dale and Anthony Jack Headley. He is survived by his sons, David and Mark; daughters, Robin Morgan, Sally Weizer (Randy) and Jennie Headley Weakland (John); granddaughter whom he raised, Brenda Davidson (John); grandchildren, Jessica Weizer, Shane Morgan, Katie Weizer and Jett David Weakland; three great-grandchildren; sister, Ada June Witchey; many special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Unit at Summa Barberton Hospital for their kindness and their wonderful care of David. Funeral service will be Aug. 11, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton, with Pastor John VanHyning officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours were Aug. 10. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 70 W. Streetsboro Street, Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236. 



Jack R. Gardner

Jack R. Gardner, 95, died Aug. 6, at his residence. Jack was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Company. He was also a proud Navy Veteran having served during World War II. Survivors include his nephews and nieces, Tom and Mary Jane Gardner of Barberton and James and Sally Gardner of Texas; and many great-nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be Aug. 9, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Augustine Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



James C. Cowan

James Clair Cowan, born Jan. 14, 1919, in Sterling, Colorado, the only child of Clarence “Pete” Cowan and Edith (nee Smith) Cowan, died Aug. 6. His first years were spent on a homestead ranch near Douglas, Wyoming. After a series of moves following Pete’s railroad jobs, the family bought a dairy farm outside of Brookfield, Missouri and settled there while “Clair” finished his public school education. He enrolled at the University of Missouri in chemical engineering and graduated in 1941. Known as “Jim” by then, he married his high school classmate Mary June Western June 8, 1941. He was trained as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, but never saw combat service. After the war, they moved to Barberton, where he worked for PPG as a chemical engineer and cost engineer until 1981. Jim was active in the community, including JayCees, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, church leadership, and school activities.  He and June enjoyed traveling and flying their 21 Lima Cessna all over the country for many years. Together they started a local chapter for the study and support of research for Parkinson’s Syndrome. Jim was treasured by his family as a loving husband and father without equal. He was generous, patient, kind and hard-working. Jim’s final years have been spent in Canton with his youngest daughter, Beth, who took care of him with the aid of several helpers. We would like to thank all of them and the staffs of Windsor Medical Center and Harbor Light Hospice. He leaves his children Terry Ann Glaser (Charles) of Findlay; Connie Jo Downen (Robert) of St. George, Utah; Robert David Cowan (Denise) of Phoenix, Arizona; and Mary Beth Wolsey (Michael) of Canton. His wife, June, whom he cared for during her battle with Parkinson’s, passed away in 2001. Jim will also be missed by his seven grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be Aug. 10, at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 Third St. NW, Barberton, at 1 p.m., preceded by a light lunch at noon. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494 or to Lakeview United Methodist Church. http://www.silva-hostetler.com/ .



Linda J. Price

Linda J. Price, 67, died July 31, at Summa Barberton Hospital after a short illness. Linda was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. She was a graduate of Barberton High School and had been employed by Summa Care. She is survived by two sisters and many nieces and nephews. Linda enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, her neighbors and mostly her faithful dog, Jesse. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to your favorite animal shelter. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Emma J. Brady

Emma J. Brady, 80, died Aug. 1. She was a life resident of Akron and was employed with Babcock & Wilcox with over 30 years of service. Preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; brother, Paul Kiger and sister, Dorothy Mullen; Emma is survived by her daughter, Rose (William) Smith; son, Tony (Belinda) Brady; grandchildren, Jacquelin Ann (Michael) Dobbins, Shawn Thomas Smith, Kimberly Brady, Brittany Brady and Erica; sister-in-law, Helen Kiger; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Aug. 5, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours Aug. 4, 6-8 p.m.



Harold “Dwayne” Villers

Harold “Dwayne” Villers, 75, of Barberton, died Aug. 1, at his home. He was born in Annamoriah, West Virginia, Feb. 13, 1939. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a charter member of the 11th Air Assault. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Barberton Masonic Lodge 750. Dwayne worked at PPG and Massy Ferguson before starting his own company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Mildred Villers. He is survived by his wife, Helen (McGrady), whom he married Sept. 19, 1964; sons, Richard (Danelle) Villers, Daniel (Crystal) Villers; daughters, Monica (Chad) Cunningham and Veronica (Tim) Swinehart; grandchildren, Joshua, Caitlin, Morgan, Noah, Wesley, and Corbin. Siblings, Jack (Rose) Villers, Virgil (Judy) Villers, Carol (Tony) Vargo, Jerry (Shelley) Villers. Dwayne enjoyed working in his garage on the dozens of projects he had going on at any given time. Described as a “Mechanical Genius,” he could fix anything. He loved to read westerns and watching the History and Military Channels. He loved to tell stories about his life’s adventures and would tell them to anyone who would listen. But most of all, he loved to brag about his six “grandbabies”. Services will be Thursday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Calling hours are Aug. 6, 5 -8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home. Masonic services 7:30 p.m. Reverend Jonathan Villers officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Jacquelyn J. Devcic (nee Schaefer)

Jacquelyn J. Devcic, 83,died July 30, at the Doylestown Health Care Center while receiving last rites. Jacquelyn was born in Akron and was a life resident of the area and retired from First National Bank after 36 years of service. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Barberton Moose Lodge 759, Ladies Auxiliary of Elks, Hungarian Club, Altar Society and the Legion of Mary. Jacquelyn loved her morning prayers, Belgrade Gardens Chicken and rooting for the Cleveland Browns. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; sister, Jeannette Perry; and parents, Art and Helen Schaefer; Survivors include her brothers, Judson (Barbara) and Jerold (Esther) Schaefer; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends, Mary and Joan. Special thanks to the entire staff at Doylestown Health Care Center and the parish community of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be Aug. 4, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Aug. 3, 1-3 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Rosary service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Cecil Sindledecker

Cecil Sindledecker, 67, died Jan. 29. He was born May 23, 1947, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Survived by brother, Gary (Georgie) Caplinger; extended family and friends. There will be no services.



Opal Stutler

Long-time Norton resident, Opal Stutler, 89, died July 28 at Ridgewood Road  Hospice Center. Born in Clarksburg West Virginia, her early life was spent singing country and gospel music. In the 1940s, Opal was a regular radio personality, on air in both Cape Girardeau Missouri and WPAR in Parkersburg West Virginia. She loved church and the Lord Jesus, attending services at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church in Norton. A travel buff, Opal camped across America, from the east coast to Oregon. Friends will miss her fried fish and biscuits. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Ralph H. Stutler, mother Alice Park, her father Wm. Henry Park and sister, Edith Stutler, her partner during their On Air Radio days. Keeping vigil during her passing were nephew, ordained minister, Dennis Stutler and wife Susan; Rev. William D, Stutler and wife, Linda; her son, Rev. Kevin (Coach) Stutler and her daughter-in-law, Cindy Lou. She leaves behind many family members and friends. Viewing hours will be Aug. 1, 4-6 p.m., with the funeral at 6 p.m., at Liberty FWB Church, 3819 Johnson Road, Norton, with Pastor Cecil Farmer presiding. Graveside service to take place at Cooper Cemetery, Annamoriah, West Virginia, Aug. 2, 3 p.m. The family would like to thank the VNS staff and VNS hospice.



Beatrice E. Foster 

Beatrice E. Foster, 93, died July 27. She was a resident of Barberton/Akron since 1953. Preceded in death by her husband, Homer; Beatrice is survived by her children, Carol (Roger) Keller, Bob (Donna) Foster, Linda (Allen) Kim, Tom Foster, Barbara (Cliff) Dunnell, Kenneth Foster, Martha DeVault (John) and Roger Foster; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with many other family members and friends. Beatrice’s family would like to thank Debra, Judy and Mike from Hospice for all their care and support that mom and they received. Funeral service will be Aug. 1, 1:30 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Chaplain Mike Shaub officiating. Burial at Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. 



Janis R. Data

Janis R. Data, 78, of Norton, died July 28. A life resident of Norton/Barberton area, she was a 1953 graduate of Barberton High School and retired as Bank Manager of FirstMerit (formerly Peoples Federal.) Jan was very active with the Barberton High School Alumni activities and with the Barberton Neighborhood Development Services. Preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ester Cooksey; sisters, Carla Mondillo and Carolyn Allman and her companion of 35 years, Pete Vidican; survived by her children, Debbie (Mark) Damon, Denise (Tim) Clinton and Jeffrey (Gail) Data; grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, Dana, Rachel, ToJo, Luke, Matthew, Megan, Dominic and Sonny; great-grandchildren, Cerys and Alexandra; brother, Alan (Rosemarie) Cooksey; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Janis will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 1,  10:30 am., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Tina Nees officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Thursday, July 31, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame.



Betty L. Kollar 

Betty L. Kollar, 79, of Barberton, died July 25. She retired as a hostess at Anthe’s Restaurant, Manchester Road with many years of service. Survived by her husband, John Kollar; sons, Guy (Pam) Leeson and Daryle Leeson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald “Buzz” (Mary Ellen, “Mickey”) Riffle; two nieces; along with other relatives and friends. Thanks to all of the nurses and staff at Wadsworth Pointe for the help and support both Betty and her family received. Funeral service will be July 29, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours July 28, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.



Jacqueline “Jackie” Aulenbach

Jackie died July 20, at the age of 81, after a bout with cancer. She was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania and met her husband, Bill in the seventh grade. They were married Dec. 25, 1954. She is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Steve (Carolyn) and Mike (Tammy); granddaughter, Elizabeth; sister, Joan (Charles) Stichter; along with other relatives and friends. A private ceremony will be held by the family. Since Bill is a veteran, Jackie will be interred at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, along with her husband at the time of his passing.



Beatrice L. Goodwin

Beatrice L. Goodwin, 88, died July 19. She was a “Rosey the Riveter” during World War II and retired from the U.S. Post Office. Preceded in death by her husband, John; grandson, Bill and brother, Bob Phillips; Beatrice is survived by her daughters, Lora Goodwin and Becky Rose; son, John (Nancy) Goodwin; grandchildren, Melaine Rose, John (Maggie) Rose, Kathryn (Ben) Bishop, Eartha Goodwin, Ethan Goodwin, Sarah Goodwin, Andrew Goodwin and Uri Garcia; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brother, Charles (JoLynn) Phillips; along with other family members and friends. A private service will take place at the convenience of the family.



Robert Arl Herman

Robert Arl Herman, 90, of Wooster, died July 26, surrounded by family and loved ones at West View Healthy Living in Wooster, following a brief illness. He was born Aug. 27, 1923 at Hermanville near Creston to the late Arl and Hazel (Fike) Herman and married Maxine L. Finley on June 28, 1947. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2005. Robert retired in 2005 after many years from Barberton-Summit Taxi Co. and had previously farmed. He had made his home in Canaan Township all his life and was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge. He was an avid fisherman, loved coin and stamp collecting and enjoyed mowing and doing yard work. Surviving are his two daughters, Linda (Michael) Howell of Wooster and Anna Marie (Vaden) Yoder of Apple Creek and his three grandchildren who enjoyed spending time with, Robert Howell, Aaron Howell and Haley June Yoder.

Services will be July 29, 4 p.m., at Murray Funeral Home in Creston where friends may call from 2 p.m. until time of services. A private burial services will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com.



Melvie J. Davisson

Melvie J. Davisson, 86, died July 28. Born in Millstone, West Virginia to the late Burton and Myrtle Leach. She was a long-time resident of Copley and Barberton. Most recently residing at Jackson Ridge in Canal Fulton. Melvie was a life member of Victory Chapel in Akron. Preceded in death by her husband, Gareld F. Davisson and brother, Denzel Leach; Melvie leaves her loving son, Dane (Patricia) Davisson. She also leaves one granddaughter, Stacy and three great-grandchildren, Brenden, Samantha and Cooper. The family would like to thank the staff at Jackson Ridge for their kind and loving care. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 31, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Lung Association.



Bernice S. Patterson

Bernice S. Patterson, 87, of Ashland, died July 5, at Hospice House of North Central Ohio in Ashland. During her illness, she was surrounded by the love of her family and friends. She was born April 28, 1927, in Barberton, the daughter of James and Jennie (nee Nagle) Powell. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ashland. Bernice enjoyed helping others, was an avid reader and an amazing homemaker, well known for her delicious pies. Bernice married Bill Patterson, her beloved husband, Dec. 8, 1946. He preceded her in death May 9, 2012. She is survived by two daughters, Pam (Mark) Pape, of Ashland and Sue (Jack) Coffman, of Castalia; her two sons, Bill (Pat) Patterson of Ashland and Jeff (Nancy) Patterson of Lakewood; her grandchildren, Jon Serpa, Nick (Nicole) Serpa, Caroline Pape, Todd (Jacquie) Patterson, Libby (Toby Zollinger) Patterson, Chad Seeholzer, Tracy (Chris) Shilliday, Tally (Ben) Swinehart, Tieraney (Kirk) Hiner, Dave (Sarah) Coffman, Tim (Jenny) Coffman and Scott (Lisa) Coffman; 14 great-grandchildren, with another one in December; her sister, Kate (Harold) Walsh; and brothers-in-law, Dick Patterson, Gil Patterson and Carl Minear. In addition to her parents and her husband, Bernice was preceded in death by three siblings and many dear friends. Visitation was July 14, at Heyl Funeral Home, 227 Broad St., Ashland, with a graveside service officiated by Pastor Michael Namy at Ashland Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be given to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, OH 44805. The family would like to give a special thank you to all her caregivers during her illness. "Let the Father hold you, the Good Shepherd comfort you, the Holy Spirit bring you peace." A register book will be provided for family and friends to express condolences at www.heylfuneralhome.com.



Jerry Lee Sams

Jerry Lee Sams, 59, died July 22. He was born April 23, 1955, in Barberton. He was a licensed union electrician all his life. He owned his own machine shop for the last 10 years. He was an avid Harley rider ever since he first got his driver’s license. Preceded in death by his mother, Hallie and father, Elmer. Survived by his loving wife, Charlene; sons, Jacob (Lavinia), John (Laura); grandchildren, Brayden, Enzo, Zinanida; brothers, Johnny (Dot), Larry (Joan); sisters, Connie (Greg) Crosby, Shirley; stepdaughter, Danielle LeBlanc; in-laws, Yvonne (Dean) Minard, Jack (Jo Ann) Stewart, Dorene (Kevin) Dyer, Jackie (Bruce) Van Derslice; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his companion, “Tank.” Cremation has taken place. Inurnment Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. No memorial services as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Summa Hospice of Barberton Hospital. Prayers are requested for our family.



Frank A. Sigmond 

Frank A. Sigmond, of Marshallville, died July 20. Born in Barberton, he was the son of Frank and Helen Sigmond, who, along with brother-in-law Jack Galvin, preceded him in death. Frank graduated from Barberton High School, later retiring from Best Mold and Manufacturing. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Frank is survived by his wife, Sherry; children, Brian (Cheryl) Sigmond and Stefanie (Rick) Horner; grandchildren, Leah, Blake and Julia; great-grandchild, Elizabeth Jane; sisters, Mary Galvin, and Elizabeth (Robert) Todd; as well as nieces and nephew, Lysa, Amy, Colleen, Melanie, Rachel and Michael; and mother-in-law, Gladys Hahn. Frank's wish was to have no calling hours. Cremation has taken place. A private memorial gathering will be at a later date. 



Joanne M. King (nee Hadinger/Ramsey)

Joanne M. King (nee Hadinger/Ramsey), 76, of Clinton, died July 22, at Summa Barberton Hospital, surrounded by family. Joanne was born July 3, 1938, in Alliance to Paul and Marie Hadinger. She was proceeded in death by parents; siblings, Ron and Denny Hadinger; grandson, Micah Ramsey. Surviving is husband, Ron King, whom she married Nov. 29, 1992; children, Clark (Dani)Ramsey, Paula (Matt) Snyder, Kenneth (Menda) Ramsey, and Lori Labbe.   Joanne's surviving siblings are Larry (Ele) Hadinger, Eddie (Sylvia) Hadinger and Evelyn Oblisk. Joanne's step children are Effie, Vickie and Dee Jay King. There are eight grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Andrews and brother-in-law, Travis McGeorge also survive. Joanne leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Joanne was a 1956 graduate from Atwater High School. Joanne was employed by Watkins Products for many years. She was past president of Parents without Partners, Pioneer Girl Troop leader, and BCH volunteer. Joanne enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was an avid reader and bird watcher.  She loved to bake dozens of Christmas cookies for gift giving. Her trips to West Virginia were full of fun and adventure. Joanne was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., July 24, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Funeral service will be 8 p.m., July 24, at Cox Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Virginia.



Helen Louise Gilman

Helen Louise Gilman, 86, died July 19. Born Jan. 3, 1928, in Akron. Lived in Norton for 45 years and worked at Lakewood Cemetery for 12 years. Preceded by husband. Rodney Gilman. Survived by sons, Daniel (Cheryl) Gilman of Barberton, Brian (Anita) Gilman of Barberton; and daughters, Beth (Stephen) Duthie of Shelby, North Carolina and Martha Gilman of Gastonia, North Carolina; and nine grandchildren. Graveside service will be Thursday, July 24, 1 p.m., at Lakewood Cemetery, 1080 West Waterloo Rd, Akron. 



Jeanne M. DeVane

Jeanne M. DeVane (nee, Trescilla), 78, died July 20. Born on Aug. 30, 1935, in Cleveland to the late John and Sophie M. (Tarnovsky) Trescilla, she was a resident of Barberton. Jeanne retired as an RN having worked at Childrens Hospitals in Akron and Columbus, several physician practices, and Planned Parenthood. She was an active member of Crescent Club, the Barberton Christian Church and later, of Firestone Park Christian Church. A Victorian tour guide at the Hower House for over 25 years, she was an avid collector of antiques and Americana. She loved to explore the history of Barberton. Jeanne is survived by her husband of 56 years, Edward; daughter, Sharon (Steve) Knode of Sao Paulo, Brazil; son, Mark DeVane of Canal Fulton; grandchildren, Eliza and Adam Knode; sister in-law, Alice Gabriel of Barberton; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 24, 11:30 a.m. at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, with Pastor Rich Ferris officiating. Burial to take place at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends and family may call July 23, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse, c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307-2463 or Firestone Park Christian Church, 40 E. Wilbeth Rd., Akron, OH 44301. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



Robert J. Robinson “Robby”

Robert J. Robinson, ‘Robby”, 78, died July 15. Robby was born in Akron and was a graduate of the class of 1954 from Kenmore High School. He retired from Akron Tool and Die after 56 years of service. He was a member of Barberton Moose Lodge 759, inducted into the Summit County Softball HOF in 1993 and also was a commissioner on the board for the Softball Hall of Fame. In 2013 he received the Joe Miktarian Service Award. Robby was a devoted father and grandfather and loved watching his sons and grandchildren play sports. He was also a dedicated employee, never missing a day of work. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Agnes and sister, Roberta Vough; Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Marlene M. (Hrubovcak); sons, Robert J. (Chris) of Clinton, Scott A. (Carrie) of Green, Neil E. of Akron and Rick T. (Jennifer) of Memphis; grandchildren, Nicole, Brooke, Robby, Avery, Nicholas, Nathan, Nolan, Noah, Owen and Andrew; brother, David W. (Norma) of Akron; and other relatives and friends. Funeral service is July 23, 1 p.m., at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours July 22, 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Herman R. Dunwald Sr. 

Herman R. Dunwald Sr., 88, died July 17, at his home, surrounded by his family. A resident of Barberton for 66 years, he was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II. He retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 40 years of service. Herman was an active member of Moore Memorial St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, a member and past exulted ruler of BPOE 982 of Barberton, Barberton Moose 759 and VFW Post 1066. He was known as the “Ketchup Man” at Decker Head Start and was an avid fisherman. Preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Erna; daughter, Erma Jean Darnell; sister, Arlunda and brother, Edward; Herman is survived by his children, Mary (Rick) Faulmann of Colorado, Herman Ray Jr. (Denise) of Toledo, Linda (Crispin) Smith of Green, Karen (Peter) Roman of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, Doug (Barb) of Barberton Daphne (Paul) Coleman of North Carolina, Dana Marsh (Paul) of Barberton; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service was July 20, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Michael Petrochuk officiating. Inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1690 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313 or the American Heart Association, 3500 Embassy Parkway, Suite 100, Akron, OH 44333.



Keith A. Gwyn Sr.

Keith A. Gwyn Sr., 71, died July 18. A life resident of Barberton, he retired from Lockheed Martin, formerly Goodyear Aerospace, after 34 years of service. Keith received four degrees from the University of Akron and was a substitute teacher for the Barberton City Schools after retiring. He was a member of Joppa Lodge 666 F&AM, 32 Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron and Tadmor Temple. Keith was very active with the Barberton Area Jaycees and also the Indian Guides.  He loved traveling and was a Civil War fanatic and an avid coin collector. Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Alda Gwyn and brother, Bruce Gwyn; survived by his wife of 34 years, Maureen; children, Tammy (Dan) Starling, Robyn (Dan) Crawley, Keith A. Gwyn Jr., Molly (Chad) Bommer, Kent Gwyn, Megan Gwyn (Josh Wharton) and Tech Sgt. Danny (April) Gwyn; grandchildren, Nicole, Kayla, Lea, Kenny, Maura and Bannon Gwyn, Ashton and Bennett Crawley; Harrison, Ada, Riley and Oliver Bommer and Payton Wharton; sister, Joan Currington; brother, Ralph Gwyn; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Bobby Sturm for all of his care and support. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 24, 5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. till time of service.



Margaret K. Angst (nee Horvath)

Margaret Angst, 86, died July 15, at the Akron General Hospice Care Center. Margaret was born on Feb. 13, 1928, in Barberton, where she was a life-long resident. She was co-owner of Kamenar Mink Farm and was employed at Marshall’s Department store for many years. She was also a past manager of the First Hungarian Benefit Society. Margaret spent her retirement wintering in Florida and loved spending time with her grandchildren on the beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also enjoyed vacationing in Arizona to visit family. She looked forward to playing bingo and taking senior bus trips with her friend, Bonnie Krska. She loved her children, laughing with her sisters and gatherings with her grand and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husbands, William Angst, Steve Kurko, and Louis Kamenar; son, Robert Kamenar; parents, John and Elizabeth Horvath; sisters, Elizabeth Despoth, Anne Momchilov, and Mary Bilinovich; and brothers, Andrew and John Horvath. She leaves behind her sons, James (Linda) Kamenar, of Barberton and John (Luanne) Kamenar, of Brunswick; daughters, Nancy Lynne and Linda (Ronald) Schueler, of Arizona; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Louis Horvath, of South Carolina. Mass of Christian Burial is July 22, 9:30 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 161 W. Clinton St., Doylestown, Fr. Robert Stein, celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours July 21, 5-8 p.m.,at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Memorials may be made to the Barberton Beautification Fund, c/o BCF, 460 W. Paige St., Barberton, OH 44203 or the St. Vincent DePaul Society at SS. Peter and Paul Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Elouise L. Harris (nee Neal)

Elouise L. Harris, 87, died July 17, at Magnolia Village in Wadsworth. She was born in Barberton where she was an area resident all her life and retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 35 years as a payroll supervisor. Elouise was also a member of the Eastern Star. Preceded in death by her husband, Elvin Jr.; parents, Ernest and Alberta Neal and brothers, Ron and Lawrence Neal; Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sue Harris of Norton; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Harris and Darlene Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Magnolia Village for their care of Elouise. Funeral service will be July 22, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours July 21, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Lili Ann Valovcik

Lili Ann Valovcik, 85, died July 18, at the Hospice Care Center. Lili was born in Russia and was a Barberton resident all her life where she retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital Dietary Department. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, KSKJ 111 and Domovina Lodge. She also loved listening to the Saturday morning polkas and her books on tape from the Norton Library. Preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; parents, Leon and Anna Makarenko; and sister, Alexandria; Survivors include her children, Frank (Colleen) Spetich of Barberton, Judy (Patrick) Pramik of Barberton, Michael (Debra) Spetich of Canton; stepson, James (Judy) Valovcik of Stow; stepdaughter, Catherine Valovcik of Barberton; six grandchildren; her loving great-grandchildren; and sister, Violet Reynolds of Hoover, Alabama. A special thank you to Ridgewood Hospice for loving mom through her journey. Mom was able to enjoy life everyday with the loving care from Barb and Sue. Mass of Christian burial is July 21, 1:30 p.m., at Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at St. Nicholas Cemetery. Calling Hours will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., July 21, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home,1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, with prayers to follow at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VNS Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Barbara Ellen Sweazy (nee Carnes)

Barbara Ellen Sweazy (nee Carnes), 60, died July 14. She departed from this earthly life after a courageous two year battle with ovarian cancer. Her illness wore down her body, but never her spirit. Barb was born in Barberton on Aug. 21, 1953, to Pauline and Frank Carnes. Barb spent most of her life in Barberton, but enjoyed spending winters in Mesa, Arizona. She enjoyed traveling, playing bingo, cooking and spending time with her friends and family. Barb was also an avid member of several local clubs and was a 1971 graduate of Barberton High School. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her sister Janis Millican and life partner of 30 years, James Little Sr. She is survived by her brother, James Klimp and her sister, Fran Dooley. She will be sadly missed by all who love her, including her niece, Paula Zamary; great-nieces, Marissa and Kylie Zamary; nephews, Justin Klimp and Nicholas, Daniel and Brandon Millican. The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to all who helped care for Barb, including Summa Hospice, the Infusion Center at Barberton Hospital and special friends Marge, Bonnie and Sue. Funeral services have already taken place with burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to FORCE (www.FacingOurRisk.org). The mission of this nonprofit organization is to educate and support families and individuals who have been impacted by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.



Agnes A. Billi

Agnes A. Billi, 86, died July 12. Agnes was a life resident of Barberton where she graduated from Barberton High School in 1945. She retired after 43 years from Goodyear Chemical Division and also worked at Marshall’s and PPG. She was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where she attended grade school and was a past secretary for St. Anne’s Society. She was currently a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Agnes was also a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed sewing, crafts, traveling and was an avid reader. Survivors include her niece, Suzanne (Wayne) Holliday of Powell, Ohio and great-nephews, Greg and Jeff Holliday. Loving and kind in all her ways, upright and just to the end of her days; sincere and true, in her heart and mind, beautiful memories, she left behind. Per her wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private family burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Small Paws Rescue Inc., 3316 S. 72nd W. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74107. www.silva-hostetler.com.




Edna M. “Elaine” “Grandma” Slota (nee Weese)

Edna M. “Elaine” “Grandma” Slota (nee Weese), 84, died July 11. Born in Covington, Virginia, June 10, 1930. Owned and operated WhiteFront Cafe, aka Grandma’s Place, for over 54 years. Lifetime member of VFW in Copley. Preceded in death by husband, John; daughter, Linda Wagner; sister, Millie. Survived by her loving family; Bonnie Foster, David Velka, Sandra Davisson, grandchildren; Elaine, Bob, David, Kevin, Libby, Laura, John, numerous great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial Mass will be July 16, 10 a.m., at St. Francis de  Sales, 4019 Manchester Road, Akron.



Harold F. Grinder 

Harold F. Grinder, 86, died July 11. A life resident of Barberton, he was a U.S. Navy veteran. Harold retired from Mohawk Rubber with 28 years of service and attended Cornerstone Family Worship Center. Preceded in death by his wife, Frances; sons, James and Mickey; survived by sons, Eugene (Sue), Edward (Clara), Ron (Deb) and Tim (Linda); numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Myrtle Peterson and Betty Jane Warren; along with numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 17, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Panich officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours July 16, 6-8 p.m.



Beverly B. Rymer

Beverly B. Rymer, 77, died July 13. She was born Feb. 8, 1937, in Logan, West Virginia. Preceded in death by son, Jeffery D. and grandson, David J. Survived by husband of 57 years, David; daughters, Robin Wall and Nancy (Bernie) Jenkins; son, Jerry (Tammy) Britton; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Johnny (Carol) Britton; sister, Ruth Ann (Robert) Rejkowski; and many extended family. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 17, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton with Pastor Bobby Webb officiating.  Burial at East Liberty Cemetery.  Family will receive friends July 16, 6-8 p.m..



Eleanor L. Moore

Eleanor L. Moore, 86, died July 10, after a six year battle with Myelodysplasia (MDS) at City Hospital, Akron. She was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Jan. 18, 1928. She attended Columbus School for the Deaf at the age of 11. Graduating at 18, she then attended two years Business College. She then worked at Yoder Brothers for 22 years. She was a Barberton resident for 66 years. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Virginia and Donald Morrison; her brother, Norvel (Buddy) Morrison; sisters, Dorothy Beatty and Norma(Boo) Puett; sons, Charles and Donald Moore; granddaughter, Christiana Moore; grandson, James Allen Moore; and son-in-law, Harold Augustynovich. Eleanor is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Charles J. Moore; daughters, Brenda Metz, Marjorie Lindemann and Janis Augustynovich; their spouses, Roger Metz and Leslie Emery; grandchildren, Roger Metz, Mark Metz, Ellen Lucca, Michael Metz, Crista Augustynovich, Theresa Salzillo and Kristain Lindemann; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She lived a full life. Although Eleanor lost her hearing at nine, she enjoyed playing guitar and harmonica. She loved to dance and sing. She was an avid bingo player. She had many friends through the years and was loved by all. 



Raymond Alexoff

Raymond Alexoff, 86, died July 6. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Survived by his wife, Nancy Carolyn Alexoff; daughter, Lisa Acree (Ed Walters); son, Rick (Carrie) Acree; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, John Alexoff; brother-in-law, Charles Ray (Robin) Sisson; nine nephews; one niece; along with other family members and friends. The family will receive friends July 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., followed by burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.



Wade B. Varney 

Wade B. Varney, 90, a life-time resident of Barberton, died July 9, at home. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the Fifth Division. Wade retired from PPG Industries with 37 years of service. A life-time member of Barberton VFW 1066, Wade enjoyed many years of traveling, golf, fishing, dancing and woodworking. His love of life and constant sense of humor made him a joy to be with and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Wade was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Faye; parents, Theodore and Margaret and brother, Harvey; he is survived by daughter, Barbara Aikens; sons, Kevin (Denise) Varney, Kristopher (Suzette) Varney and Theodore Varney; grandchildren, Angela “Blue” Aikens and Cameron Varney; special friend, Donna Bell; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be July 16, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383.  Calling hours July 15, 6-8 p.m.




Mary E. Sell

Mary E. Sell, 86, died July 10. A life resident of Barberton, Mary retired from Akron Clinic and Barberton Citizens Hospital.  She was a former member of the Barberton Church of the Nazarene. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, Lester and Opal Woodburn and sister, Norma Louise Woodburn; Mary is survived by her daughters, Kimberly (Paul) Vaughn and Janice (John) Kahl; grandchildren, Matthew (Andrea), Thomas (Chandra), Kristen and Brandon; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Stephanie; special companion, Duane Miller; along with other family members and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and doctors at the Hospice Care Center on Ridgewood Road for all the care and support that Mary and her family received. Funeral service is July 14, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor A. Michael Brown officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling hours were July 13. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley, OH 44321.



John S. Johnson

John S. Johnson, 73  of Barberton, died July 8, following a long illness. John is survived by his wife, Hazel, of 53 years; sons, John (Theodora), Robert, Gary (Kelly), David (Sherrie); daughter, Laura (Bernard); sister, Betty Miljak, and grandchildren, Michael, Stephen, Kyle, Bobby, Brennen, Cortney, Billy (Jeannine), Rachel, Danny, Benny, Ronnie, Scottie, Eli, and Jordan; great-grandchildren, Breydan, Andrew, Haley, and Chloe; and special friend Larry Smith “Frog.” John was preceded in death by his parents, Agnar and Elizabeth and special friend, John Mahan. Although John is gone from us now, our comfort will continue to grow from our faith in God and the love and support friends and family have given us. Our memories of John and his wonderful sense of humor will never be forgotten. Love all whom you hold dear, precious is the time you share. Do not wait for tomorrow, for tomorrow may not be. Please continue to keep us and John in your thoughts and prayers. Services have taken place.



Albert C. Roth

Albert C. Roth, born July 15, 1934, in Barberton, died July 7,  at Pleasant View Health Care Center in Barberton. Al graduated from Barberton High School and attended John Carroll University. He was a sales representative for Amway products and would be seen frequently walking with his briefcase throughout town. He had a special fondness for the Coffee Pot, where the staff took special care of him. Al was a quiet man of many talents and was active in many organizations both within his parish of St. Augustine and civic as well. He was an usher at St. Augustine Church, made regular Holy Hours, was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and Knights of Columbus Council 1617. He was an avid supporter of the Cleveland Indians and the Barberton High School football and basketball teams. He loved many types of music and rarely missed the Friday afternoon polka bands at the Slovene Center. Al regularly attended the Tuesday Noon Kiwanis meeting and played an active role in that organization for many years. Al was always ready for a family gathering and there were many. Al is preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Margaret, brothers James and Joseph Jr., sisters, Margaret Reiheld, Sister Mary Conrad, OP, and Lucina. He is survived by sister-in-law, Peggy Roth, special caregiver, nephew and wife, John and Barbara Roth of Barberton; many other nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Family would like to extend a special appreciation to the staff of Pleasant View and Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, as well as Hospice of Medina for all of their care. There will be no calling hours. Mass of Christian burial will be July 14, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sxith St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. No flowers please, memorials may be made to Barberton Noon Kiwanis, P.O Box 304, Barberton, OH 44203. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Eileen L. Williams

Eileen L. Williams, 90, died July 5. A resident of the Akron area since 1955, she was a member of Reimer Road Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher for 25 years. Preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Berton and sister, Norma Donaldson; Eileen is survived by daughter, Dawn Mellor; son, Jeff (Debbie); grandchildren, Robert (Jessica), Christopher (Melissa) and Emily Williams; Autumn, Alecia, Nathan and Benjamin Mellor; great-granddaughters, Evelyn Grace, Vivian Elizabeth; along with other relatives and friends. "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-3. Funeral service will be July 11, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor John Van Hyning officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours July 10, 6-9 p.m.


Phyllis Ann Hemphill

Phyllis A. Hemphill, 82, died July 8, at the Akron General Medical Center. Born in Lafayette Township she had been a Copley area resident all of her life where she graduated from Copley High School in 1949. Phyllis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Norton where she was very active and was a long time Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed baking cookies and spending time with her family, especially taking care of her daughter. Preceded in death by her parents, Eldo Sr. and Alma Shank; brother, Eldo Shank Jr; sisters, Lucille Shank, Janet Riddle and Ruth Dentler; Survivors include her loving husband of 63 years, Richard; son, Charles (Sharon); daughter, Karen Hemphill; grandchildren, Gregory (Nicole) Hemphill, Matthew Hemphill and Teresa (Ryan) Russ; great-grandchildren, Madyson, Brayden, Isabelle and Joshua; brother, William Shank; sister, Jean Funk and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be July 12, 11 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Norton, 3281 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton, Pastor Ernest Hoffman officiating. Burial in the Church Cemetery. Calling hours July 11, 6-8 p.m., at the church. Memorials are requested to Trinity Lutheran Church of Norton. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Dorothy May Jones

Dorothy May Jones, 97, formerly of Grove City, Pennsylvania, died July 6, after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving children. She was born in Enterprise, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1917, the youngest of eight children of Teresa Anna Marie Miller & Joseph Moran Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ronald; brothers, William, Robert, James, Paul, George, Gordon; sister, Isabelle; and daughter, Eileen. Surviving family include son, Ronald Jones (Linda) and daughter, Rebecca Pecko (Jerome); grandchildren, Elisa McDonald, Jennifer Jones, David Jones; and great grandchildren, Brooklyn Schreckengost, William Jones, and Alexa Jones. One of Dorothy’s jobs after graduating from Grove City High School was baking pies at the Penn Grove Hotel; a skill she learned from her mother and passed on to her daughter. She married Ron in 1941 and they raised three children. When the children were older, she entered the nursing profession, and served as a nurse’s aide at Grove City’s Oak Hill Hospital. When her husband was transferred to Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Dorothy earned additional certification and served as an Intensive Care Unit Technician at Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon. She retired to care for her husband, Ronald, and they returned to Grove City, Pennsylvania. Dorothy was very active in her church, Grace United Methodist, in many capacities. She taught Sunday School in the junior department for over 25 years and was a member of the X-L Sunday School class for over 50 years. Music was a very important part of Dorothy’s life, she sang in the choir and often joined her daughter, Eileen to sing duets at her church. Dorothy was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Grove City Women’s Club, Friendly Homemakers, AARP, and enjoyed playing the "tin candy box drum" in the area’s very popular Kitchen Band. She was known for her extensive manger scene display at Christmastime. In 2008, Dorothy moved from Grove City to Barberton, to be closer to family where she enjoyed traveling and participating in activities as her health allowed. The family will receive friends July 10, 5-8 p.m., at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Grove City. Funeral services will be July 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Grace United Methodist Church of Grove City. Donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church of Grove City.



Dorothy Eleanor Lamp

Dorothy E. (Howard) Lamp, 84, a homemaker, died July 8, at Altercare of Wadsworth, after a period of failing health. She was born March 19, 1930. She was the wife of the late Simmie Lamp Jr. Born in Portland, Maine, Mrs. Lamp was raised in Stoughton, Massachusetts, before moving to Barberton. Dorothy was great at baking and often brought cookies and homemade candy to the Barberton Police and Fire Departments in honor of their dedication and sacrifices. She was a published poet and wrote many poems about Barberton. Dorothy was the daughter of the late Hugh and Hazel Howard. She is survived by her siblings; Leslie (Joe) Howard and wife, Mary, of South Easton, Massachusetts; Robert (Bill) Howard of Canton, Massachusetts; Barbara Landolfi of Middlboro, Massachusetts; Eileen Landolfi and husband, Fred of Raynham, Massachusetts; Millie Gareri and husband, Tony of Stoughton, Massachusetts; Trudy Millman and husband, Ron of Carver, Massachusetts. Sister of the late Paul Howard and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Altercare of Wadsworth, 147 Garfield St, Wadsworth, OH, 44281 or Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Rd, Medina, OH 44256. Funeral Service will be July 10, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Calling hours one hour prior to service. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.



William O. “Bing” Watson

William O. “Bing” Watson, 82, died July 5, at his residence. Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Bing had been an area resident all his life where he retired from Bender-Loudin Motor Freight after 30 years of service. He was also a proud Army veteran having served during the Korean War. Survivors include his loving wife of married 58 years, Shirley A.; sons, Jeffrey and James; grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, James and Jillian; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Gavin and Will; and sisters, Janet Augustus and Jane Bibbee. Calling hours will be Thursday, July 10, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Per his wishes, cremation will take place. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Cassandra Lee Smith

Cassandra Lee Smith, 25, died July 4. Born July 8, 1988, in Barberton, she was a Walsh College graduate, very active with the Coventry Alumni. She was a cheerleader, and avid volleyball and softball player. Proceeded in death by great-grandmother, Lucile Schaile; grandparents Robert and Kathleen “Grammie” Pounds and Esther “Mimi” Smith. Survived by the love of her life, son, Giovanni Lee; parents Greg and Gale Smith; sister, Jessica (soon to be brother-in-law, Matt Hunter) Smith; nephew Isaac Lee Hunter “Aunt Boom”; grandfather Henry (Sally) Smith; Aunt Val Antoniotti; uncles, Andy (Dane), Denny (Lori), Bryan (Tammy) Pounds; Henry, Jeff Smith. Cousins, “Thee” Katie (Tommy) Papp, Calvin Antoniotti, Ryan, Henry (Toni), Jacob, Aaron, Luke, Zak, Eli, Samantha Smith; Angie, Tony, Brandy, Shain, Eric Pounds. Father of her son, Mario Micale and numerous extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any First Merit Bank Cassandra Smith Memorial Fund. Funeral service will be July 9, 2 p.m., at the Cornerstone Church, 578 Killian Rd. Akron, Pastor Brenda Young officiating. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m., until the time of service at 2 p.m., July 9. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery.



Charlotte E. Briggs

Charlotte E. Briggs, 87, a born again Christian, died July 4, at Hospice of Medina County. She was born in Urbana, Illinois, and resided for the last 68 years in Barberton. She worked with Mobile Meals for 14 years. She was a member of Barberton Evangelical Friends Church. Preceded in death by husband, Marland “Bill” who passed away on Feb. 25, 2013 and sister, Mary Slusher. Survived by son , Michael (Cindy) of Marion Center, Pennsylvania; daughters, Frances (George) Mikan of Barberton, Noralyn Hughes of Akron, Patsy Chema of Crestline, Ohio; grandchildren, Linda Briggs (William Jarvis), David (Stacey) Briggs, Jonathan Mikan (Brenda Elze), Joseph (Amy) Mikan, Joshua Mikan, Christy (Stephen) Whaley, Jennifer Chema and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be Saturday, July 12, 2 p.m., at Barberton Evangelical Friends Church, 272 E. Robinson Ave., Barberton. Pastor Tom Showalter officiating. There will be no calling hours. Private inurnment at OWRNC. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Missions Fund at Barberton Evangelical Friends Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Michael C. Andrews

Michael C. Andrews, 32, died July 3. A life resident of the Akron area, he was a U.S. Navy veteran. Michael enjoyed movies and acting in plays in Canton. He loved the outdoors and playing basketball. Mike loved his family, especially his brothers. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Andrews; survived by his parents, Mary and Brett Harvey; brothers, Zach and Nick Harvey; grandmother, Rose Andrews; along with many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held July 9, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203.  Burial at Clinton Cemetery.  Calling hours July 8, 6-8 p.m.



Patricia “Pat” A. Barnes

Patricia “Pat” A. Barnes, 79, died July 3. A life resident of Barberton/Norton, Pat retired from Buehler’s with 21 years of service. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Barberton. Survived by her husband of 57 years, George; son, Scott J. (Diane) Barnes; daughter, Shelly (Mike) Leach; grandchildren, Michael (Taryn) Leach, Ryan (Tiffany) Leach and Alivia Barnes; great-granddaughter, Abigail; sister, Wilma (Verne) Forst; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be July 8, 10 a.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Barberton, 249 Second St. NW, Barberton, with Rev. Erik Swanson officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours July 7, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church.



Donald L. Smith

Donald L. Smith, 82, died July 3. A resident of Barberton for 50 years, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Don was owner/operator of Don’s Sohio from 1961-1992. Preceded in death by his parents, August and Laurena Smith and brother, Sam Smith; Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn; sons, Don (Nancy) Smith and Dave (Lisa) Smith; grandchildren, Ryan, Kelly, Amber, Deanna, Colt, Morgan and Kassie; along with other relatives and friends. At Don’s request, cremation has taken place, there will be no services.




Henry R. “Ray” Pinnick

Henry R. “Ray” Pinnick, 90, our beloved Daddy and Papa, died June 30. Henry was born May 7, 1924, to Bertha and Harry Pinnick in Murray City, Ohio, but has lived in the Norton-Barberton area for most of his life. He was a 65-year member of Local 219 and served in the Navy during World War II. His greatest love and joy was his family. Henry was preceded in death by his mother and father; the love of his life, Mary Ruth (Coon); sister, Grace Willener and brother, Chuck. Left to mourn his loss and celebrate his memory are his daughters, Diana (Tom) Staten and Janice (Tim) Back; grandchildren, Rae Ann, Rob, Amy, Craig Allen, Brandy and Cheresa and their families; his brother, Ed (Linda) Pinnick and sister-in-law, Sandy Pinnick. He also leaves several great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express special thanks to so many loving friends and loved ones who have supported us during this time. Special thanks to his special cousin, Helena Wortham and her family, Pleasant View Skilled Nursing for their loving care and Hospice of VNS. Daddy, we miss you terribly, but we will see you again. Funeral service will be July 7, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Gary Meeks officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.

     


Mary S. Maybin

Mary S. Maybin, 92, died July 3. Born in Waverly, Tennessee on Sept. 10, 1921, she was a resident of Barberton since 1955. Mary was a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II.  She retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital as an Assistant Director of Nursing with 37 years of service. Mary was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Barberton, past board member of the American Cancer Society, Summit County Charter, she served on the Barberton Citizens Hospital Auxiliary Board, where she was active with the Cotillion for many years. Mary was also a member of Ohio Nurses Association, Barberton City Club and the 555th Triple Nickel where she was known as “Captain Mary” and was a charter member of the Women  in Military Service Memorial, Washington, D.C. Preceded in death by John Maybin and brother, Joseph Thompson; Mary is survived by son, Thomas (Kathy) Maybin; daughter, Margaret Sue Maybin; granddaughters Kristen (Brett) Little and Nicole (Andrew) French; great-granddaughters, Kate, Ellie and Anna Little and Mabel French; brothers, Ira Foy (Evelyn) Thompson, Roy Thompson; sister, Margaret Nell (Francis) Santee; other relatives and many friends. Funeral service will be July 7, 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Barberton, 250 Sixth St. N. W., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial Hillside Memorial Park with military honors conducted by 555th Triple Nickel.  Calling hours were July 6, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, and also July 7, at noon, to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church or the Parkview Center, Summa Barberton Hospital, 155 Fifth St. NE, Barberton. 



Loretta Eleanor Lent (Nee) Zverloff

Loretta Eleanor Lent (Nee) Zverloff, 82, died June 30. Devoted wife of Jack E. Lent since 1950, one of her fondest memories was of being newly married and living in San Diego with her loving husband, then a U.S. Naval Serviceman, while she worked as a Bell Telephone operator responsible for ship to shore calls. She went on to work and retire from AT&T. Loretta also passionately supported Jack and the Navy through her presidency at the VFW Women's Auxiliary. She loved telling stories from her past and often spoke of her high school days at St. Mary's. She also enjoyed ice skating, playing board games and taking road trips with Jack, and was a talented artist who had a knack for crafts. Loretta was a sweet, funny and loving woman who will be dearly missed by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and siblings, Victor, John, and Mary. She is survived by her sister, Katie Prodon; children, Victoria Oliver (Joseph), Rebecca Zickefoose (Keith), Carrie Schneider (Willie) and Jack Lent II (Michelle); grandchildren, Richard, Daniel, Rachel, Bill, Tyler, Tony and Gabbi; and three great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial will be July 7, 10:30 a.m., at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 2750 W. Market St, Fairlawn, where funeral procession will form. Calling hours were July 6, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Cindy D. Kreuscher

Medina – Cindy D. Kreuscher, 60, died June 30. A resident of Medina for over 30 years, she was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Era. Cindy enjoyed volunteering her time for various causes, cross stitching and spending time with her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her mother, Louise; Cindy is survived by her sons, James (Beth) and Justin (Dawn); three grandchildren; father, A.M. Hodnett; brothers, George and Steve Hodnett; sister, Sharon Thompson; along with other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on July 5, 2-4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.



Helen S. Herold (nee Myers)

Helen S. Herold, 87, died July 1, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Helen was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she participated in the Holy Hour Program. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy Myers; and sisters, Rita Smeltz and Dorothy Gissinger. Survivors include her loving husband of 61 years, Joseph J.; children, Kathy (John) Patton of Doylestown, Joseph Jr. (Kathleen) of Hawkins, Texas, Peggy Herold of Barberton, Patrick (Joellen) of Savannah, Georgia and William of Barberton; grandchildren, Michelle (Andrew) Dodson, Steven (Denise) Patton, Melissa (Matt) Chase, Amanda (Matt) Wood and Matthew Herold; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, William (Eleanor) and Robert (Marlene). Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m., July 7,  at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Rev. David McCarthy celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours July 6, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said July 7, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stewart’s Caring Place, 2955 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333. www.silva-hostetler.com.



A. Richard “Dick” Brindley

A. Richard “Dick” Brindley, 90, died June 25. He was born Dec. 5, 1923 in the old Barberton Hospital on Wooster Road and was raised on the East Side. Dick was a graduate of Barberton High School, Class of 1941. He began his college career at The Ohio State University and finished it at The University of Akron where he was a charter organizer of the TKE chapter. This is where he met his wife, June. His education was interrupted by World War II, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He proudly served in the 97th Trident Infantry Division in both the European and Pacific Theatres. Dick served the Barberton School System from 1950 to 1982 as a teacher, guidance counselor and assistant superintendent of personnel and special/federal programs. He was a long-time member of Barberton First Presbyterian Church and also a member of the Rotary Club of Barberton beginning in the mid-60s. He was deeply committed to the betterment of Barberton and served his community and city in many capacities. Richard was an avid gardener who enjoyed sharing his delicious produce with family, friends and neighbors. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mae Brindley and sister, Elizabeth Louise; survived by his wife of 64 years, June; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and John Brown; daughter, Kimberly; cousin Bob Critchfield; along with many dear friends. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center for their wonderful care and support that Richard and his family received. Following his wishes there will be no calling hours. A private service will be held for the family. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. 



Paul L. Parker

Paul L. Parker, 66, died Thursday, June 26. Born Sept. 7, 1947, he was a graduate of Barberton High School, Class of 1966. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era and was employed by Extruded Silicone Products for many years. Paul was a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, he enjoyed building and flying radio controlled model airplanes. Paul was a kind and gentle man, he enjoyed people; often recalling details of their birthdates. Once he was told of it, he would never forget it. Preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Edris Parker; survived by his siblings, Sandra (Tom) Lee, John M. Parker, Carol Parker-Park (Jack Park) and Mary Ellen Parker; special great-nephew, Jonathon Parker; along with other nieces and nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; aunts, uncles, cousins; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be July 2, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Jeremy Klein officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours July 1, 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Greater Cleveland Fisher House, Disabled American Veterans Department of Ohio, 35 East Chestnut Street, P.O. Box 15099, Columbus, OH 43215-0099.



Thomas L. Byrd

Thomas L. Byrd, 68, died June 23. A life resident of Barberton, he retired from Ohio Brass and West Akron Security. Tom was a member of Barberton Seventh Day Adventist Church and Run for the Cure Foundation. Preceded in death by parents, Howard and Genevieve (Hanlon) Byrd and wife, Ruby M. Byrd; Tom is survived by sons, Thomas E. Byrd and James M. Byrd; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy Byrd; sisters, Kathryn Mock and Janice Ries; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be July 1, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jerry Chase officiating. Calling hours June 30, 5-7 p.m. In lieu donations may be made to the Cause for the Cure, 5005 – LBJ Freeway. Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.



Warren Earl Weuthrick

Warren Earl Weuthrick, 77,died June 27, at his residence. He was born Nov. 13, 1936 in Wooster. Preceded in death by wife, Ruthie Mae and daughter, Loraine Pratt; son, Robert Metz and sister, Viola Cramer. Survived by daughter, Tisha Harris, Okey (Mary) Metz, Elliot (Charalet) Metz, and Reva (Frank) Pannetta; numerous grand, great, grandchildren; sisters, Victoria Allbright, and June Fitch. Funeral service will be July 2, 11 a.m., at Trinity Church of God, 1752 Williams St  Cuyahoga Falls, with Pastor Fred Webb officiating. Family will receive friends July 1, 5-7 p.m., at Trinity Church of God. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery.



Wanda H. Easthom

Wanda H. Easthom, 97, died June 24, with family by her side. She joins her beloved husband, William and sons, Cliff and Jeff, whom she missed so dearly. Surviving are her daughters, Pam (Jerry) Leksan and Kim (Dave) Ross; daughters-in-law, Becky and Brenda Easthom; grandchildren, Derek and Tyler Easthom, Jill (Tim) Hoffman, Tiffany (Jeff) Ross-Neumann and Tara Ross; five great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Wanda was born in Barberton to Clifford and Faye Nanna and lived most of her life in the area. She worked at Kroger and Marshall’s Department Store in Barberton before marrying and raising her family in Norton, participating in many school and scouting activities with her children. She was an avid bowler for over 20 years and enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband and family. The family wishes to thank the staff at Doylestown Healthcare Center and Crossroads Hospice for their gentle and loving care of Wanda. Funeral Service will be June 30, 5:30 p.m., at Columbia United Church of Christ, 978 Wooster Rd. West, Barberton. Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours one hour prior to the service. If desired, memorials may be made to Columbia United Church of Christ, Crossroads Hospice or Doylestown Health Care Center Activities Dept. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Alice K. Whittemore

Alice K. Whittemore, 69, died June 25. A life resident of Barberton, she retired from Barberton City Schools and was a life-time member of Barberton First Church of Christ. Alice enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren; her puzzle books; she was a Magics basketball season ticket holder and was an avid Indians fan. Preceded in death by her husband, Sid; survived by her daughters, Donna LaBant (Steve Major) and Debby (Chuck) Metzgar; grandchildren, Michael Hall, Nicholas and Taylor Williams; companion, Vic Wright; brothers, Bill and Bob Martin; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be June 28, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Jeremy Klein officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling June 26, 6-8 p.m. and also 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to help with the costs.



Robert Nott

Robert Nott, of Barberton, died June 23, at the age of 93. He was born in Glouster, Ohio on May 23, 1921. After serving with the U.S. Third Army in Europe, he returned to Barberton where he worked as a foreman at B&W for 43 years. He will be missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Wanda and his son, Robert the 2nd, an architect in New Jersey. He is survived by sister-in-law, Jenny, sisters, Norma and Barbara, brothers, George, Donald, Ronald and many nieces and nephews. Funeral will be 10 a.m., June 28, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Reverend Michael Mancari officiating. Calling hours will be 5- 8 p.m., June 27, at Cox Funeral Home. Military service will be June 30, 2:30 p.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, Seville.



Helen Sekerak (nee Sokolosky)

Helen Sekerak, 94, died June 23, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Born in Homer City, Pennsylvania, Helen was an area resident all her life. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church where she was active in the Rosary Society. She was a spunky hunky and a hard working woman who cleaned her own spouting and mowed her own lawn until she was 89 and drove her car 'till the end. She could always come back with a smart remark and had a wonderful loving heart. Preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; parents, Ignac and Mary; brothers John, Andrew and Steven Zamesko and Victor, Michael and Joseph Sokolosky; and sisters, Anna Zema and Pauline Sokolosky. She is survived by her daughter, Judith (Woody) Alberts; son, James; granddaughter, Julie (Orlando) Corona; great-grandchildren, Christian and Armani; sister-in-law, Sally Rajniak; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; special cousin, Marie Tutoki; and special neighbor, Kathy Huth. Burial Service will be 10 a.m., June 28, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1051 E. Robinson Ave., Barberton. Rev. Fr. Miron Kerel-Kmec officiating. Interment at St. Nicholas Cemetery. Calling hours June 27, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Parastas Service at 7:15 p.m. Helen’s body will also lie in state June 28, one hour prior to the service at the church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Anna Storad

Anna Storad, 100, died June 22. A resident of Barberton since 1931, she retired from Rockwell International in 1977 with 35 years of service. Anna was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Preceded in death by parents, Leopold and Barbara Weiman; husband, Joseph; brothers, George, Steven and Tony Weiman and daughter-in-law, Carol Storad; Anna is survived by her sons, Conrad (Mary Ann) and Anthony Sr.; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and one due in October; along with other family members and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, June 26, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, NW, Barberton. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours June 25, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203, where prayers will be said June 26, 9:30 a.m., followed by procession to the church.



Ramona F. Lengyel

Ramona F. Lengyel, 81, died June 20. Ramona was born on March 26, 1933 in Montcoal, West Virginia, and was a resident of Barberton for over 60 years. Mom was a very generous, caring and giving lady, who loved spending numerous hours in the kitchen cooking and baking; no one ever left her home hungry. She will be missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Verlie (nee Scarbro) White; brothers, Edward, Bill, Gordon and Jimmy White; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Paul and Isabella; along with the love of her life, her husband of 60 years, John Lengyel; survived by children, Michael (Pat), Allen (Rita), Pam (Kirk) Schueneman, Tom (Kathy), Patty (Dave) Schoeck and Todd (Karen); grandchildren, Mary Kate, Michael, Marta, Adam, Jessica, Kim, Scott, Sarah, Jodie, Kelly, Kyle, Jimmy, Becky, Kristy, David, Megan and Mandi; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Kelly, Abigail, Kimmy, Valerie, Allison, Gavin, Lilly, Caleb, Luke, Jack and Jailynn; brothers, Harry and Harold White; along with other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the staffs at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, Pleasant View Nursing Home and Vitas Hospice for all the compassionate care, love, and support that Ramona and her family received. Funeral service will be June 25, 10 a.m., at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours June 24, 5-8 p.m.



Merle “Pete” Miller Jr.

Merle “Pete” Miller Jr., 91, of Akron, died June 18, at his home. He was born in Wadsworth, to the late Merle and Hazel (nee Andrews) Miller. Pete retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 30 years of service. He enjoyed shopping, playing bingo, was an avid reader and loved all the family dogs. He especially loved reading his Bible. He was a blessing to many lives and he will be sadly missed. Preceded in death by his brother, Perry Miller; best friend/"brother", Ralph Johnson and dear friend, Shirley Ule; survived by sister, Bonnie Smith and many nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom he loved dearly; he is also survived best friend/"daughter", whom he lived with for over 35 years, Noreen Johnson and all of her family which was Pete’s second family. Funeral service will be June 21, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Summa, 444 N. Main Street, Akron, OH 44310.



Richard “Rick” P. Zoker

Richard “Rick” P. Zoker, 55, died June 15, at his home in Doylestown, due to natural causes. Raised in Barberton, Rick was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1978. Residing in Doylestown for the past 21 years. Rick enjoyed running his own business, Turf So Green, Inc. of 30 years. He had many long time clients of which many became his close friends. An avid animal lover, it was not uncommon to see Rick in his truck with his loyal dog companion, Gracie, riding shot-gun. His sense of humor, generosity to strangers and friends, and love of his family will never be forgotten and always appreciated. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Clelia Zoker; brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Barb Zoker and niece, Kristen Weiss; Rick is survived by his daughters, Brooke Zoker; step-daughter, Erica Sapp; grandchildren, Regan, Kaylynn and Jaron; Sarah Zoker (wife, from 1991-2009); sister, Paula Weiss; nieces, Jennifer and Janelle Zoker, Kellie Weiss; nephew, Jeremy Weiss; along with other relatives and friends. A time of gathering will be June 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 5:30 p.m., at the the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to any FirstMerit Bank on behalf of the family towards the services and Brooke Zoker’s college trust fund. 



Robert Michael Kerr

Don’t cry because he is gone, smile because he was here. Born on Sept. 8, 1945, Mike was finally defeated by metastatic melanoma on June 17, after four years of valiantly trying to fight this disease. He leaves behind his wife of 37 years Carolyn, four children, seven grandchildren, and sister, Diane, as well as three faithful companions, Scout, Sadie and Pepper. He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jeff; and best friend, Grand Champion Shiloh Shepherd, Storm. Mike was a licensed surveyor/civil engineer, owner and president of Data Management Systems, personnel manager, dog trainer and breeder. He was accomplished at handball, racquetball, running, swimming and diving. He left this world a better place and will be missed by those who knew him best; his wife Carolyn, Shani, Shannon, Rachel, Joe and Jake. Cremation and private celebration of life will be held with immediate family only. 



Charles R. Copen

Charles R. Copen, 83, died June 14. He was born June 18, 1930, to the late William and Dorothy Copen. He retired from Consolidated Freightways in 1996 after 35 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, June Copen; brother, Tommy and sisters, Ruth and Opal; he leaves behind daughters, Shirley Kelley, Debbie Marich, Bonnie (Ken) Busson; son, Chuck Copen; brother, Bill Copen; sister, Flora Ann Johnson; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 19, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Tim Ruch officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends June 18, 4-8 p.m. Donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201.



Elizabeth “Betty” Jevec

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Jevec, 91, died June 15. Born Jan. 11, 1923, to the late Louis and Agnes Arko in Barberton. Betty lived in Barberton most of her life, then moved to Doylestown. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph; sisters, Agnes Groom, Jennie Dutka and three infant children. She is survived by son, John (Cookie) Jevec, of Hartville; sisters, Frances Trenta, Brother Louis Arko; grandchildren, Kelly (Barry) Carlson; Tracy (Brian) Finnefrock, Joseph Jevec, Julia Jevec, and three great-grandsons as well as many nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by good friends, Janet and Jerry Baughman. Special thanks to the caregivers at Shepherd’s Gate and Altman Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will be June 18, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton, Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family June 17, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, where prayers will be said June 18, 9:30 a.m. 



Lois E. Cardinal (nee Roenbaugh)

Lois E. Cardinal (nee Roenbaugh), 88, died June 12, after a brief illness. Born in Uhrichsville, on Oct. 30, 1925, to the late Edwin and Mae Davis Roenbaugh, she was a graduate of Brewster High School, Class of 1943. Lois and her late husband, Frederick Cardinal were married Aug. 28, 1928. She was employed by various companies as a secretary. Lois was a member of Barberton First Church of Christ, Barberton Emblem Club 419, Ladies Auxiliary VFW 1066 and the Red Hat Ladies Society. Lois was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend who loved family birthdays, her flower gardens, feeding birds and squirrels and various crafts. She was known for sending cards to everyone for any occasion; Lois always had a smile on her face, she made people laugh, very patriotic and a huge Barberton Magics fan. Preceded in death by her husband of 55 1/2 years, Frederick “Coach Fred”; son-in-law, James “Jim” Blake; survived by daughter, Diana Blake of Barberton; sons, Fred A. (Suzanne) Cardinal of Barberton and Daniel Cardinal of Akron; grandchildren, Christine Blake, Michael (Ashley) Blake, Richard (Mindy) Cardinal, Tony (Amanda) Cardinal and James Cardinal; great-grandchildren, Kashia Blake and Jossilyn Blake; twins, Jalen and Xavier Watkins and Victor Cardinal; great-great-grandchildren, Ka’Mira, Kinnley, Kaelan, Camdyn and Brock; sister, Frances Reidy of Navarre; numerous nieces and nephews;  great-nieces and nephews; great-great-nieces and nephews; many dear cousins, other relatives; special friends, Michele Burns, Nancy Runda and Dorothy George and many friends. Funeral service will be June 16, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Tracy Marsh officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours were June 15, 5-8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barberton First Church of Christ, 554 Harvard Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



Harold Andrew Augustynovich

Harold Andrew Augustynovich, 66, of Barberton, died April 14. He was born at The Citizens Hospital Company in Barberton, Nov. 12, 1947. Augie, as he liked to be called, grew up in Barberton where he attended St. Augustine’s Middle School and then graduated from Barberton High School. He spent four years proudly defending his country in the fields of Vietnam. He was a regular at the VFW, military base museums and golf courses. He worked over 30 years in some capacity in the City of Barberton. Augie’s greatest leisure pleasure was found at any of the local golf courses rain, snow or shine. He also had wonderful memories of being a part of the Barberton High School football team. Augie was best known for his amazingly generous heart. The greatest joy of his life was his family. He was loved by anyone that met him and showed abundant kindness to everyone he knew. Augie was a mentor and father figure to the many boys and girls that had come into his life. He embraced each one as his own children and was very proud of all of them. Augie married his first love and soul mate, Janis Arlene Augustynovich. They spent 46 wonderful loving years together. They were always inseparable and could be found in the kitchen dancing while making dinner. Augie and Janis would also hold steadfast to their nightly tradition of holding each other’s hands as they fell asleep. He was preceded in death by his father, John Augustynovich; his mother Norma Augustynovich, and his younger brother, Donald Augustynovich. He also lost his brothers-in-law, Chuck and Donald Moore and his niece, Christiana Alexis Moore. Harold is survived by his beloved wife, Janis and his daughter, Crista Augustynovich; brothers, David and Robert Augustynovich; sister, Carol Dietrich; his father and mother-in-law, Charles and Eleanor Moore; sisters-in-law, Brenda Metz, Marjorie Lindemann, Leslie Emery, Mary Augustynovich and Mary Lou Augustynovich; brother-in-law, Roger Metz; nieces, Ellen Marie Lucca and Theresa Salzillo; nephews, Roger, Mark and Michael Metz, Kristain Lindemann and Andrew Augustynovich; he also leaves behind many great nieces and nephews. Graveside service will take place Monday, June 23, 2 p.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, Seville.



Daniel P. Borotkanics

Daniel P. Borotkanics, 85, died June 9. Dan was born in Barberton and graduated from Clinton High School in 1948. He retired in 1991 from Manchester School District after 20 years of service. Dan was a lifetime member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church and was a U.S. Army Corporal and a veteran of the Korean War. He was also an avid gardener. Preceded in death by parents; his first wife, Elizabeth; and his 10 siblings; He is survived by his wife, Doris A.; sons, Daniel (Kathie); Paul (Lisa) and David; daughters, Cathy (Paul) Spidell and Susan (Scott) Rennick; stepdaughters, Cathy (Steve) Howe, Vicky Olis, Becky Jereb, Cindy (Jim) Richmond and Roberta Jereb.; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; and 17 step-great-grandchildren. Burial Service will be June 12, 10 a.m., at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1051 E. Robinson Ave., Barberton, where the body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Fr. Miron Kerel-Kmec officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Parastas Service will be held June 11, 6 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Church. www.silva-hostetler.com



Marilyn June Wheeler

Marilyn June Wheeler, 80, of Barberton, died June 9. She was born June 27, 1933, in Cleveland, to the late Joseph and Florence Kellmer. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George. She leaves behind her children, Karen (Robert), Susan (Richard), Lois (Stephen), and Lisa (Richard). Marilyn had four grandchildren, Jodi, Craig (Ariel), Abigail and Hannah; in addition to two great-grandsons, Jackson and Dean. Marilyn was an avid gardener and enjoyed crocheting and knitting, along with keeping her mind active by solving puzzle books. She was a member of Johnson United Methodist Church. She enjoyed life and her greatest pleasure was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Services will be held at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton. Visitation will be June 14, 10 a.m., with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m.



Richard “Dick” W. Morse

Richard “Dick” W. Morse, died April 22. A Barberton resident all his life, he graduated from BHS in 1960. He worked at Acme and had interests in drawing, reading, building model planes, his fabulous train set and sports. He will be primarily remembered for his devotion to his mother, Pauline, and being her caretaker. They are together again in death as in life, as they should be. Preceded in death by Pauline. He is survived by cousins, Phyllis Taylor, Vicki Yanders and Jim Stewart; and girlfriend, Cherie McCune.



Jerold Paul Macko

Jerold P. “Jerry” Macko, 67, died June 5. Jerry was born in Barberton and graduated from Barberton High School and the University of Akron. He worked at PPG, General Tire, Goodyear and most recently was employed by Chislers Monuments. He was also retired from the U.S. Army National Guard and was a part time fire EMT and police officer in New Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Susan. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Cathy (nee Brncik); brothers, James T. and John (Karen); brother-in-law, Richard (Christine) Brncik; and two nieces and nephews. Calling hours are June 9, 5-8 p.m, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, and June 10, 10 a.m., until the service time at the church. Funeral service will be June 10, 11 a.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5451 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Pastor John D. Mashek officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Brandi L. Lilly

Our beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Brandi L. McAnalley-Lilly lost her battle to a long illness on June 3, just four days shy of her 39th birthday. She will be remembered as a talented, generous and loving young woman who never understood just how wonderful she really was. She was the strongest, yet weakest person I ever knew. To mourn her passing, she leaves behind her two beloved sons, James M. Lilly III and Joshua B. Lilly. She also leaves her grandson, James M. Lilly IV. How her beautiful blue eyes sparkled when she talked about those boys! She is also survived by her parents, Edward and Michele Bailey and her seven siblings, Shawna (Paul) Hopkins, Sabrina (James) Hart, Anjila McAnalley, Kimberely Bailey, Stephanie (Jon) Clark, Edward (Marcie) Bailey Jr. and Michaela Bailey (Jesse); 14 nieces and nephews; three great nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. To honor her memory, please just squeeze your loved ones a little tighter and let them know you love them every chance you get. You never know when it will be the last time. A small private service will be held at a later date. Her nephew Nathan Sieker will officiate. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Carson Clark

Carson Clark, 82, died June 5. Carson was born Nov. 21, 1931, in Hampton, Tennessee and retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 41 years of service as a welder. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Cleveland Indians and was a member of NRA. Preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Ada Clark; his wife of 42 years, Reta Clark; brother, Dale Clark and grandson, W. Jason Turner; Carson is survived by daughters, Brenda (Byron) Blankenship of Barberton, Connie (Ronald) Scott of Norton; son, Tim Clark of Tennessee; grandchildren, Krista (Louis) Ule of Norton, Ashley Scott of Norton, Matthew Turner of Barberton, Alyssa Rose Petting of Ohio; Allison Hollowell of Indiana and Kaitlin Blankenship of Warren; great-grandsons, Colton, Hunter and Brody; sisters, Eula (Joe) Casey and Dolores Sneed all of Tennessee; numerous nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral service was June 9, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Diane Richmond officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. 



Olga M. Usnik

Olga M. Usnik, 86, of Fairlawn, died June 1. Olga was born in Middletown, Ohio, on Jan. 9, 1928. She graduated from Barberton High School in June, 1946. She was employed by the Barberton school system as a secretary and later worked at Ritzman's Pharmacy and the Kopper Popper. Olga was a member of the former Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church and was currently a member of Guardian Angels Church in Copley as well as the Ladies Sokol Wreath 103. Olga loved to cook and bake. Her pastries and buckeyes were legendary. She enjoyed gardening, doing puzzles and cared for the many rabbits who found a home in her yard. Preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Mary Gugleta and husband of 55 years, Joseph; Olga is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jolene and Bill Roth of Fairlawn; sister, Helen McDermott of Wichita, Kansas; brother, Stephen Gugleta of Wichita, Kansas; sister-in-law, Jane Skraba of Tavares, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews and grandpets, Savannah, Frisco and Pepper. Cremation has taken place. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, June 12, 11 a.m., at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1676 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, with Rev. Fr.  James F. Kramer officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Donations in Olga's name may be made to Guardian Angels Catholic Church. To share a memory, send a condolence, light a candle or send flowers, visit the Tribute Wall at www.billowfuneralhomes.com.



Richard Lee “Rick” Rist

Richard Lee “Rick” Rist, 62, died June 4, after a long illness. Rick was born in Barberton, on Sept. 5, 1951, to Robert L. and Patricia A. Rist. Rick attended St. Augustine elementary in Barberton and graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School in 1969. Rick was an excellent baseball player throughout his youth and played for the Akron Zips in College. Rick graduated from The University of Akron with a B.S. in industrial management and business management. Rick had a hard working mentality, which was instilled in him from an early age when he worked for his Uncle Dick. Over the years he worked at PIE, Great Lakes Canning, Terminal Warehouse and Ace Hardware. Rick also enjoyed boating, quail hunting and fishing in Canada with relatives. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Patricia and stepmother, Emma Rist. He is survived by his wife, Perry Terilla; son, Robert Rist; stepson, John (Christine) Terilla; stepdaughter, Gina (Jeff) Stankard; brother, Jeff (Connie) Rist; sister, Judy (Gary) Brown; their families and grandchildren, Shea, Jack, Noemi and Max.The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to his lifelong friends, Steve Becay and Tony Holiday. Visitation will be June 6, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Funeral service June 7, 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to VNS Hospice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Joseph J. “Cookie Man” Meadway

Joseph J. “Cookie Man” Meadway, 53, died May 22. Born Oct. 9, 1960, in Ashtabula. Raised in Canton, resided in Barberton. He was a golf caddie for many years and was also an employee for Hiss Bakery. Survived by daughter, Kaitlyn; grandson, Braydon; girlfriend, Pam; sister, Robin; brother, Robert; feline best buddies, Junior, Harley and Slim Sadie. 


Thelma Loretta Molnar

Thelma Loretta Molnar, 92, died June 2, with an unrelenting faith in God and the love of her family. Thelma was quick to win people over with her quick wit and generosity. Her fearless and spirited approach to life was contagious, instilling us all with a sense 

of adventure and spontaneity. She created a home that became a refuge for family, friends and even strangers. All were welcome and greeted with warm cinnamon rolls, a good laugh and a faithful word. Born Oct. 28, 1921, in Salem, West Virginia, to Bessie Thompson Hurst, she was a resident of Barberton for more than 72 years. A mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Thelma was an active volunteer and faithful member of Southwest Church of Christ. Waiting in line to embrace her is her husband of 52 years, Steve A. Molnar; youngest daughter, Annette M. Foster (Molnar); mother; three sisters, Bettie, Martha May and Juanita; and three brothers, Harvey (Bud), Donald and Earnest (Ernie).  She is survived by her sister, Helen Alloway of Akron; her sons, Ronald Molnar of Punta Gorda, Florida, Robert Molnar of Indianapolis, Indiana, Terry (Becky) Molnar of Norton; daughter, Pamela (Karl) Webb of Doylestown; son-in-law, Dale Foster of Doylestown. She leaves a legacy for many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Paul and Garland Carr and other members of Southwest Church of Christ for their devoted friendship, as well as her friends and caregivers at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Funeral service will be June 6, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Nathan Robinson officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on June 5, 5-7 p.m., and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southwest Church of Christ, 516 33rd Street S.W., Barberton, OH 44203.



Debra Kay Wall Hawley

Debra Kay Wall Hawley, 60, died May 27. She went home to be with the Lord. She resided in Barberton at the time of her passing. Debra is survived by her husband, Michael B. Hawley; sons, Heath and Erick Eaton, Roger Martin; grandchildren, Kalee, Kyland, Camie, Bleu. Also many other friends and family. Cremation has taken place, memorial services will be announced later. "You can only have one mother. Patient, kind and true; no other friend in all the world, will be the same to you. When other friends forsake you, to mother you will return, for all her loving kindness, she asks nothing in return. As we look upon her picture, sweet memories we recall; of a face so full of sunshine and a smile for one and all. Sweet Jesus, take this message to our dear mother up above, tell her how we miss her and give her all our love." 



Sue Ann Arvay

Sue Ann Arvay, 76, died June 1, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Sue was born in Akron and was a life resident of the area. She was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and cake decorating. Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Edward J. Sr.; son, Edward J. Jr. (Christina) of Euclid; daughter, Kathleen Arvay of Norton; sister, Kathleen (Stephen) Taylor; brothers, John, Vincent (Marlene) and Michael (Mitzi) Kernan; sister-in-law, Dolores (Benjamin) Wathey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial is Thursday, June 5, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours June 4, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton, where prayers will be said June 5, 9:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Eric V. Silket

Eric V. Silket, 65, died May 30. He was born Nov. 25, 1948, in Barberton. Eric graduated from Barberton High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 33 years of service and was a member of the Church of Christ in Norton. He loved the Erie Railroad, automobiles and Marilyn Monroe. Preceded in death by parents, Cleo and Virgil; sisters, Patricia Carl and Judith Basnett. Survived by sister, Christina Dearth; brother, Samuel Silket; nine nieces and nephews; and long-time friend, Gill Rowe. Funeral service will be June 2, 10:30 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Evangelist Dave Scarpino officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of service.



Alberta Ann Undercoffer 

Alberta Ann Undercoffer, 82, died May 31, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, she had been a Barberton resident most of her life. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Barberton Active Adult Center. Alberta was an avid bingo player and loved to travel. Preceded in death by her husband, Calvin; and sisters, Nellie Tucker-Alekna and Alice Betz; Survivors include her children, Calvin (Katrina), Colleen (John) Fowler, Gary (Laura), Mark (Tonya), Dennis, Sandy (Bob) Boehme, Michael (Sherrie) and Cherie Fraze; 23 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brothers, David and Robert (Shane) Sestokas. Mass of Christian burial will be June 4, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Private interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours June 3, 5-9 p.m., at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said June 4, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summa Hospital Foundation, Barberton Hospice, 155 Fifth St. NE, Barberton, OH, 44203, Attn: Mary Jo Huckabone. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Nona Elice Latham

Nona E. Latham, 95, died May 30, at Summa Akron City Hospital. Born in Barberton to the late William and Margaret (Beam) Latham, she had been a Barberton resident all of her life. Nona was a member of the Johnson United Methodist Church all her life where she taught church school classes of all ages, worked with the young people's group for many years, served as church school secretary and was chairman of the Administrative Board for many years. She was a lay delegate to the Ohio East Conference for four years and served on many committees including finance, pastor relations, building and others. She belonged to the Johnson United Women’s group and served as president for numerous years. Nona received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Akron. She taught in the elementary schools of Barberton for 30 years where she was very active in the Barberton Teacher’s Association, having served a term as president and was a member of the Grievance Committee. After retirement from the Barberton Schools, she was committed to doing volunteer work. She served on the Barberton Citizens Salvation Army Board for 25 years, delivered mobile meals for to shut-ins for 16 years, belonged to the Barberton Welfare Committee and BACM for many years. Preceded in death by her parents; sister, Alice Scott; brothers, William and Robert (Juanita) Latham; Nona is survived by her sister, Margaret Vasiloff and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Funeral services will be June 2, 11 a.m., at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, Rev. Ken Gifford officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours 10 a.m., until the time of service at the church. www.silva-hostetler.com



Lucille C. Van Horn 

Lucille C. Van Horn, 91, died May 28. A life resident of the Akron area, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Barberton Senior Center. Preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Van Horn and daughter, Roxanne Reinhart;  Lucy is survived by her daughters, Linda (Anthony) Durnye, Donna McBride and Cheryl (Jeff) Herchenroeder; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Marguerite Johanyak and Pauline Stoll; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be June 2, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Michael B. Smith officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service. 



Milena E. Conrad (nee Suboticki)

Milena E. Conrad (nee Suboticki), 93, died May 28. She was born November 16, 1920. A life resident of Barberton, she worked for Yoder Brothers and for Dr. Moldavsky and was a member of the Barberton Senior Center. Milena was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Feb. 21, 2002); parents, Mary and Joe Suboticki; sisters, Fannie Morgan, Martha Argabright and Nada Bowles; brothers, Alexander, Milton and Mike Suboticki; Milena is survived by son, Milton (Rose) Conrad and daughter, Donna (Ron) Fern; grandchildren, Jessica (Matt) Farrell, Ryan Conrad, Chris (Julie) Fern and Danelle (Dan) Winkler; great-grandchildren, Megan Fern and Anderson Farrell; sister, Julia Nemione; along with many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be May 31, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours 10 a.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.



Richard Lee “Smitty” Smith

Richard Lee “Smitty” Smith, 79, died May 27, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Doylestown on July 31, 1934, he was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Goldsmith & Eggleton Inc. Smitty was a long-time member of the Akro Club, supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Cancer Society. Preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Nellie Smith; siblings, Kathleen Dye and William Smith and daughter, Jean Streharsky; survived by his sisters, Faye Richards, Jean Scott and Loretta (Victor) Bibby; loving companion, Linda DeSantis; son, Steve (Kathy) Smith; grandchildren, Susan Streharsky, Michelle (Raymond) Hill, Jennifer (Andrik) Cardenas, Brian (Karen) Smith, Daniel (Amanda) Smith, Matthew Smith; seven great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be May 31, 2 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Calling hours 5-7 p.m.  Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of his favorite charities, the American Cancer Society or the multiple Sclerosis Society.



Terrence “Terry" Lee Kapish

Terry Kapish, 57, died May 24, after his peaceful passing at Barberton Citizens Hospital. Terry will be deeply missed by his faithful wife of 28 years, Gay Lynn (nee Flesher) Kapish; son, Andrew Kapish; mother, Carol Kapish; father, Gene Kapish and his longterm girlfriend, Dottie Martin; sister, Dale and her husband, George Phillips;  brother, Ronald “Bart” Kapish and his wife, Noelia; his niece, his nephews and a host of friends. Terry was born on Sept. 23, 1956, to Carol and Gene Kapish. He graduated Barberton High School and soon after attended Miami University of Ohio. He was a valued employee of Preferred Compounding Corp. for 35 years and a faithful member of Ernest Angley’s Grace Cathedral since 1983. Terry was patient. He was kind and humble and selfless. Terry was the kind of man you wanted on your team. He was level headed, optimistic and mindful of others regardless of the circumstance. Terry truly was the personification of love. He was effortlessly funny and always the gentleman. Terry was handsome and strong and a world-class father. He loved his wife with his whole being and he was proud of the man he raised his son to be. No matter how busy, Terry always made time for his exercises, for his family and for his God. He loved riding his bike, spoiling his devoted dog, Jackson, and reigning over the family grill. The 3 Stooges fan club has lost a life-long member and The “Fighting Irish” are missing a Saturday afternoon devote. Terry was, and will forever be, revered by his peers and cherished by his family. Our neighborhood is missing his voice and his smile. There’s an empty space at home, at church and at work that can never be filled. He led a life that impacted all who came in contact with him. And despite how much we need him and miss him, we can’t help but rejoice in his new and perfect life. Earth’s loss was truly Heaven’s gain and we know with unshakable faith that his destination was glory. Thank you to all who shared their love and prayers. We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff of the Barberton Citizens Hospital CCU and Cath Lab, Your kindness is unmatched. We couldn’t have asked for better care. The family wishes to extend an invitation for all family and friends to attend calling hours May 28,  2–4 p.m. and 7–9 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home 222 Norton Ave. Barberton, followed by a celebration of his inspiring life at 11:00a.m., Thursday, May 29, at Grace Cathedral, Akron (Springfield Twp.) 1055 Canton Rd. Akron. Please join us as we bid our final farewell to this amazing and humble human being. We’ll see you soon dad. We love you so much.



Roger Lee Akers

Roger Lee Akers, 65, of Orrville, died May 24. He was born in Jonben, West Virginia, on August 15, 1948, to Randolph and Edna (Hodge) Akers. He was preceded in death by brothers, David and Daniel. He is survived by sister, Judy (and Leonard) Wolfe of Cincinnati; sisters-in-law, Brenda VonKaenel of Dover and Kay Twigg of Uniontown. He was a Vietnam Veteran (Army) and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. Funeral Service is May 28, 9:30 a.m., at the Barberton Bible Holiness Church, 375 37th St. SW, Barberton, with Pastor Jeral Davis officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Family will receive friends May 27, 7-9 p.m. at the church.



James F. Fehr

James F. Fehr, 96, died May 26. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters. Jim retired as a Federal Employee. He was an active member of Barberton First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and an elder. Preceded in death by his wife, Alice Rose (Titley) Fehr and sister, Gladys McCall; Jim is survived by his sons, James Michael (Kathy) and Jeffery Franklin (Johnnie); grandchildren, Christopher (Krista) Fehr, MaryAlice (Ivan) Miller, KimberlyAnne (John) Knott, Lindsey (Dylan) Bird and Melissa (Kody) Amick; great-grandchildren, Joseph, Samuel, Cora and Rose Fehr, Jenna Miller and Carter Bird; very special friend, Dorothy Morter; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be May 28, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honor by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Barberton, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton. 



Velda M. Kelley

Velda M. Kelley, 90, born July 15, 1923, lifelong Barberton resident, died May 21, at the VNS Hospice after a brief illness.   Velda loved her family, home and city, as well as her friends from bingo and the morning coffee crew. She worked in the Barberton School system beginning in 1960, finishing her career in 1987 as a graphic arts instructor after attending Kent State. She was very proud of the Blooming Magnolia planted in her honor at Barberton High School, by the class of 1987. Velda joins her husband, Gerald A. Kelley Sr.; stillborn daughter; granddaughter, Jennipher Brown and brothers, Allan and Richard Gilkey in the afterlife. She is survived by her loving family; sons, Gerald (Pam), Merle, Jeffery and Rodney (Karin) Kelley; grandchildren, Troy (Paula) Kelley, Matt (Amy) Kelley, Pete (Laura) Kelley, Kristopher Kelley, Josh (Casey) Kelley, Jesse (Monica) Kelley, Ben (Nicole) Carnifax and Katie Kelley; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Virgil (Joanie) Gilkey; along with other family members and friends. She will be missed by all of us. Funeral service will be held May 24, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Eileen Woyen officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours May 23, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Avenue, Akron, OH 44307-2463.



David A. Richardson

David A. Richardson, 72, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Canton, died May 17, at his summer home in Tippecanoe, Ohio.  He was born in Canton, a son of the late Joe A. Richardson I and Helen (Randal) Richardson Clymer; spent the past 20 years in Florida and returning to this area in the summer. David was a 1959 graduate of McKinley High School and also a graduate of The Ohio State University. He was the retired Publisher of the Barberton Herald Newspaper.  David was a member of the El Jobean Yacht Club in Florida. Preceded in death by his wife, Cathy Robertson. Survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joe A. and Carol Richardson II, of Harrison, Ohio and Joshua Richardson, of Dayton, Ohio; two stepchildren, Cheryl Vespoint and Timothy McCracken, both of Barberton; three grandchildren, Abigail and Isabelle Richardson, and Jimmy Vespoint. There will be no calling hours or services locally. At a later date David’s family will have a private time of remembrance in Florida. The Formet-Clevenger and Gordon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.gordonfuneralhomes.com



Elma Blair

Elma Blair, 85, died May 16. A resident of Barberton for 60 years, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Barberton. Preceded in death by her husband, Dormell; Elma is survived by her sons, Dean (Kathy) of Union, Ohio; David (D.J.) of Akron; grandchildren, Kyle, Todd, Heather and Brandon; several great-grandchildren; other family members and friends. Funeral service will be May 20, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours at noon until time of service.



Douglas E. Brown

Douglas E. Brown, 87, died May 17. He was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Akron, to Archie and Mildred Brown. Dad spent his youth on Swan Island, Michigan, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping with his brothers. He was a proud Veteran who served in the Navy and the 11th Airborne Division during World War II. Dad was proud of his brothers sacrifice for their country. His brother Richard was killed in action on Iwo Jima in March of 1945 and David was killed in action on Okinawa in April 1945. After the war, dad met the love of his life, Jane Hupp, and together they raised four daughters. Dad loved his little girls. He was an entrepreneur who owned the Whitelaw, Oxford and Colonial Restaurants in Downtown Akron. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob, David and Richard; and sisters, Betty and Katherine; He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jane; brother, Don (Carol); daughters, Jill (Pat) Bussey, Karen (Ed) Crabtree, Jeannie Merold and Debbie (Frank) Buzaki; grandsons, Eric, Douglas and Mike Crabtree, Steve Merold and Franklin Buzaki; granddaughters, Stephanie and Mariah Merold; great-grandchildren, Landon Crabtree, and Reagan and Jacinda Buzaki. Per his wishes cremation will take place with a private family burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Millbrook Rd., Wilton, NH, 03086. www.silva-hostetler.com



Eugene Edward Bush, "Eddie" 

Eugene Edward Bush, "Eddie" , died May 17. Eddie was born on Oct. 24, 1967,  to Frances Futo Bush and the late Edward A. Bush, "Big Ed." Eddie was preceded in death by father, Edward A. Bush; grandparents, Eugene and Florence Santa. Eddie is survived by his mother Frances; son, Matthew Bush; daughter, Emily Bush; brother, Bob Tanski; sister, Shellie Tanski; close friends Bert, John and Julie; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Calling hours are May 21, 4-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. There will be no funeral service. Cremation to follow.



Geraldine M. Cromley (nee Jursik)

Geraldine M. Cromley, 70, died May 14, at her residence. Geri was born in Barberton and was an area resident all her life where she retired from Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 16 years. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Geri loved gardening and traveling but most of all loved her grandchildren and spending time with them. Preceded in death by her parents, Luke and Angie Jursik; Survivors include her loving husband of 33 years, Gary (Don); sons, Brett (Jenifer) Beddow, Timothy (Jackie) Beddow and Terry (Pam) Beddow; stepdaughter, Tonya (Ed) Dodson; stepson, Scott Cromley; six grandchildren; sisters, Carolyn (Edward) Sivy and Jane (Len) Harrison; sister-in-law, Joan (Martin) Zadai; and brother-in-law, Wesley (Marylee) Cromley. Mass of Christian Burial was May 17, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Leslie H. Gaugler

Leslie H. Gaugler, 81, died Thursday, May 15. He will be missed by his wife, Pauline; sister, Eileen; children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At his request cremation has taken place. A private service will be held at a later date.


 

Helen L. Wilson (nee Stump)

Helen Lou Wilson, (nee Stump), 74, died May 16, at the Hospice Care Center. Helen was born in Stumptown, West Virginia to the late Zella Stump. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert D.; son, Stanley; and brother, Mitchel Stump; Survivors include her sons, Kenneth and Kevin; daughters, Christena Levers and Lisa Mathes; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and sister, Karen Boothe. “God saw that you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around you and whispered, 'Come home with me.' With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away; although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, A determined spirit was at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.” Funeral Service will be May 20, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Rev. Denny Stutler officiating. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling hours will be May 19, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VNS Hospice Care Center. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Keith A. Larsen Sr. 

Keith A. Larsen, 86, died May 8, in Boynton Beach, Florida. Keith was born in Barberton and retired as a Captain and Fire Marshall from the City of Barberton Fire Department after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and a proud Army/Air Corp Veteran having served during World War II as a member of the crew of the B-29 Squadron. Preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Florence M.; Survivors include his daughter, Charlene (Mario Boivin) of Boynton Beach, Florida; son, Keith A. Jr. of Barberton; and grandson, Kaden Larsen. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, May 15, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours May 13, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Eileen E. Anderson

Eileen Elizabeth Anderson, 91, died May 10 at the Hospice of Medina. She will be missed by her son, David and daughter-in-law, Gladys; by her granddaughter, Meghanne MacDonnell and her husband, Tim; and grandson, Josh and his wife, Renee; by her great-grandchildren that she loved so much, Leia, Joshua II, Brock, Lincoln and Jacob; by her cousins, nieces, and nephews; by her many friends both near and far; and, lastly, by her church family and church that she loved so much.  

Also, the family wishes to express our gratitude to the doctors, nurses and aides at Barberton Hospital, Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, Magnolia Health Care Center and Hospice of Medina County that labored so hard to help her during her difficult times. Of course, all of us that knew Eileen are deeply saddened with her passing, but, as a family we would rather focus on and celebrate her 91 years of living. She was one classy Christian lady that made sunbeams a little brighter and the stars twinkle even more. As long as we keep her in our thoughts and hearts, she will always be with us. Calling hours for Eileen will be from Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. There will be additional calling hours Friday, May 16, 9-10 a.m., at the Columbia United Church of Christ in Barberton, followed by a funeral service at 10. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Columbia United Church of Christ Floral Fund. http://www.silva-hostetler.com/



William J. Angst

William J. Angst, 91, died May 12, at The Village at St. Edward. Bill was born in Barberton where he lived most of his life and retired from PPG Industries after 37 years of service. He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Barberton Moose Lodge 759 and Hungarian Club. He was also a life member of VFW Post 1066 and American Legion Post 407. Bill was a proud Army Veteran having served during World War II and flew on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in May of 2009. Preceded in death by his brother, Elton; sister, Mary Nice; and stepson, Robert Kamenar; Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Margaret K.; stepsons, James (Linda) Kamenar of Barberton and John (Luanne) Kamenar of Brunswick; stepdaughters, Nancy Lynne and Linda (Ronald) Schueler all of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and cousin, Larry Angst. The family wishes to thank the staff at The Village at St. Edward, nurses aide Nicole Wilson-Dumas and the aides from Hospice. Calling hours will be May 15, 11 a.m.-noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at 12:30 p.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. www.silva-hostetler.com.


James “Jim” C. Samples Jr. 

James “Jim” C. Samples Jr., 69, died May 11, after a long courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Jim was a resident of the Barberton area for 50 years and retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 30 years of service. He was a member of National Lodge 568 F&AM, past worthy Patron of Anna Dean Chapter 595 and a member of Barberton Moose 759. Preceded in death by his wife, Sheryl ; brother, Herbert Cleveland Samples and granddaughter, Leigha Ashlee Tucker; Jim was a devoted and loving father to daughter, Tina (Neil) Vick; son, James “Jim” C. (Lin) Samples III; stepson, Robert (Kristine) Lassiter; grandchildren, Paige (Zach)  Fortney, Miranda Samples, Robert Lassiter Jr. and Clark Lassiter; great-grandchildren, Emma and Zach Jr.; sisters, Linda Morris and Diana Channell; several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Some of his happiest moments were when he was spending time with his family and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 15, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton,  with Pastor Matthew Lowe officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours May 14, 4-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service. Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. followed by an Eastern Star service.



Betty M. Colegrove

Betty M. Colegrove, 89, of Barberton, died May 11. A native of Somerset, Pennsylvania, Betty worked for Merryweather Foam Latex. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening and crafts. Preceded in death by her parents, George and Alma (Blanche) Hamilton; beloved husband, Harold and daughter, Barbara Pecimon; she is survived by her son, Ken(Diana) Colegrove; grandchildren, Lisa(Michael) Pace and Matt (Beth) Colegrove; great-grandchildren, Maria, Maddie, Peyton and Seth. Per Betty's request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.The Schlup Pucak Funeral Home is honored to serve the Colegrove family, private messages and memories of Betty can be shared at schluppucakfh.com.



Ann Shine

Ann Shine, 94, died May 8. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph. Survivors include her son, Frank (Vicki) and daughter, Joann (Bob) Tanko; and three grandchildren. Calling hours will be May 13, 10-11 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m., all at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722. www.silva-hostetler.com



Betty Starkey

Betty Starkey, 97, died May 8, at ManorCare in Barberton. She resides now with the Lord, joining her parents and seven siblings. She has been reunited with her husband of 53 years, Henry Starkey, and their grandchildren, Bonnie Patterson, Scott Patterson, Pam Patterson Clement and Cindy Hickman Margazano. Mourning her loss are children, Kathryn (Dale) Patterson of Barberton, Sandra (Jim) Hickman of Lady Lake, Florida, Gerald Starkey of New Franklin, and Deborah (James Gore) Hood of Coventry. Betty was loved beyond measure by her nine surviving grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren. Betty’s work life included employment at the Sun Rubber Company as well as food service at Babcock & Wilcox, and at Goodyear Tire & Rubber. She was always ready to race off to pick up auto parts when husband Henry co-owned Starkey’s Super Service. Mom was selfless in every aspect of her life. Her children cherish memories of her involvement with BHS marching band and track events, the Soap Box Derby and Brownie and Girl Scout troops. She cheerfully stepped forward to assist at St. Paul’s UMC, the church she attended nearly all her life. She could be found at every election for many years, working the voting booth. Active in AARP Chapter 1104, Mom also enjoyed serving others at the Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian Church. A lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 449, for years Mom proudly held the flag at Greenlawn Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day tribute to our veterans. It is difficult to list all of the activities to which she donated her time because she never boasted of her good deeds. She quietly and with a willing heart did whatever she could to make someone’s day a bit brighter. She found time to enjoy hiking the Summit Metro Parks, and was proud of her hiking stick covered with metal shields representing each year of completion of the Fall Hiking Spree. From her, her children learned to lose themselves in a good book, enjoy a great movie and play a decent game of euchre. Per Mom’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service, with High Priests Don and Ruthellen Moore officiating, will honor her life, and will be May 14, 4 p.m., at Community of Christ Church, 265 W Summit St., Barberton. Friends may pay their respects to Betty’s family one hour prior to the service. If Mom ever gave you a smile and a hug, offered you a ride to church or to the doctor, sent you a plate of cookies, watched your kids for you, brought you a bouquet of lilacs or just sat with you to share friendship and a cup of coffee, please think of her today. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis TN 38101-9929 or visit stjude.org. The family wishes to thank Tim McNulty at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, for his invaluable assistance at this difficult time. “…..but when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."



Nellie E. Wemmer

Nellie E. Wemmer, 101, died May 8. She was born in Jacksonville. Nellie and her late husband, Harley J. Wemmer resided in Detroit, Michigan, until retirement in 1960, moving back to Glouster. Nellie resided then in the Barberton/Wadsworth area since 1999. Also preceded in death by her sister, Julia Santoe and sister-in-law, Pauline G. Wemmer (April 29, 2014); Nellie is survived by her great-nephew and caregiver, George Wemmer; along with other loving family members and friends. A graveside service will be May 12, 3 p.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Bob Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.



Evelyn R. Janchar

Evelyn R. Janchar, 95, died May 3, at the Nursing Home of the Apostolic Christian Village in Rittman. Born in Cleveland on June 19, 1918, Evelyn graduated from Notre Dame Academy on Ansel Road in 1937 and St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1941. She was employed as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. She studied two years of Russian from 1946 to 1948 at Fort Riley, Kansas. She completed one year of graduate studies at the University of Akron. She had been a member of the Third Order of St. Francis since 1969.  Parish memberships included St. Augustine in Barberton, where Evelyn participated in the Holy Hour Program, and Ss. Peter and Paul in Doylestown. Her life revolved around her husband, Leonard and their six children. Evelyn was always there to help and go wherever and whenever needed. She was an avid tennis player, bridge player, reader and prayer person. She lived her life as a woman devoted to her family. Evelyn was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Leonard, and her parents, Rose and Frank Skoda. To cherish her memory, she is survived by her children, Dr. Leonard (Dorothy) Janchar of Marion, Linda Sinar of Stow, Dolora Vargo of Wadsworth, Vicki (Jim) Jakovec of Beaverton, Oregon, Larry (Jeanne) Janchar of Marshallville and Mary Jo Janchar of Ashland; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff of Arden Courts of Bath and Rittman Apostolic Home for their care of Evelyn. A mass of Christian Burial will be May 9,11:30 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1610 W. Clinton Rd., Doylestown, with Fr. Michael Ausperk, celebrant. Burial to take place in the church cemetery. Friends and family may call at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to Life Care Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



Peter R. Rosio

Peter R. Rosio, 89, died May 6. Born in Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, he had been a Barberton resident most of his life where he retired from Goodyear Aerospace after 37 years of service. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he was active in the Holy Hour program. Pete enjoyed golfing and gardening and was a past president of the Barberton Gardening Club. He was also a proud Navy Veteran having served during World War II. Preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; and grandson, Reuben Ellin; Survivors include his children, John (Brenda) Beitenman, Leslie (Rob Ellin) Rosio and Curt (Roberta) Rosio; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sister, Katie Sycalik. Funeral Service will be May 10, 9:30 a.m, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home , 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours  May 9, 4-7 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Charles “Charlie” Zamiska

Charlie Zamiska, 88, died May 6, at Manor Care of Barberton. Born in Ellsworth, Pennsylvania, Dad came to Barberton at 17 and began a career as a pipe fitter at PPG Industries. Following a four year service to our country with the U.S. Navy, he returned to Barberton. As a member of the “Greatest Generation,” he remained with PPG for an unprecedented 42 years of service without missing a single day of work. Preceded in death by his wif, Doris; daughter, Paula; son, David; and grandsons, Joshua Weigand and Patrick Kilroy. He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Weigand and Christine (Mike) Kilroy; sons, Joseph (Laura) and Chuck (Emily); nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. The family wishes to thank Manor Care of Barberton for taking such good care of our father. Graveside services will be May 12, 9:30 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Alice J. Loutsenhizer

Alice J. Loutsenhizer, 84, died May 4. She worked as a Barberton school teacher for 39 years. Preceded by husband, George Loutsenhizer. Private graveside service has taken place at Greenlawn.



Clarence William "Bill" Collmar

Clarence William "Bill" Collmar, 67, died May 4. He went home to be with his Lord in the company of his loving family. Bill was a lifetime resident of Barberton, retiring after 32 years of loyal service from Reiter Dairy. Bill enjoyed many things in life, including attending races at Barberton Speedway, fishing, working on cars, hunting with his dogs, watching NASCAR, pranking people and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah J. Papp; his father, Howard L. Collmar; and his sister-in-law, Alma M. Collmar. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Karla M. Collmar; his brother, Howard J. Collmar; his three children, Paula M. (Collmar) Hauck, William D. Collmar and Lynn A. Collmar-King; his seven grandchildren, Samantha Mullens, William D. Collmar II, Joshua Collmar, David Hauck, Whitney Jeffery, Sarah L. Streller and Sierra L. Streller, both of whom he helped raise; as well as sons-in-law, John King and Tim Hauck; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Groff; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. There will be no funeral service or showing. There will be a wake to celebrate Bill's life Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m., at the Barberton Band Booster Hall, 795 W. Hopocan Avenue, Barberton. All friends and family are welcome. 



Ellen J. Tucker

Ellen J. Tucker, 90, died May 3. Ellen was born in Barberton to Rodney and Jennie Copen. Preceded in death by her husband, Clyde F.; son, Thomas Flickinger; her parents and brothers, Edgar and John; She is survived by her children, Marie (Tim) Peterman, Bonnie Jenks, Marilyn Crenshaw, Jane (Keith) Lohr, Donna Sczepaniak and Jennie (Steve) Sossum; daughter-in-law, Jamie Flickinger; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and good friends. Per her wishes, private funeral services will take place with burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Floyd “Bill” Brown

Floyd “Bill” Brown, 77, died May 2. He was born May 28, 1936, in Barberton. Bill served with the U.S. Army and retired from Reiter Dairy with over 20 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn M. and son, Christopher. Survived by sons, Timothy (Stacy), David (Lucille), and Douglas; daughter, Linda Sue (Bob) Bachman; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be Wednesday, May 7, 1 p.m., at Greenlawn Cemetery, 2580 Romig Road, Akron.



Cecil K. Hendershot

Cecil K. Hendershot, 79, died May 3, at his home surrounded by his family. A resident of Green for 27 years, he retired from Local Union 219 Plumbers and Pipefitters after 50 years of service. Cecil was a member of North Lawrence Hunting and Fishing Club, NRA and enjoyed playing in numerous golf leagues. Preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Carol; survived by his loving partner, Charlotte Musser; daughter, Cindy (Wilbur) Hartong; son, Curtis (Norma) Hendershot and Christopher Hendershot (Jennifer Prentice); grandchildren, Joshua (Jessica) Hartong, Matthew Hartong, Jeremy (Angela) Hendershot, Jacob Hendershot, Alexia Hendershot; great-grandchildren, Carter Hartong, Avyah Hendershot and Amelya Hendershot; brother, Charles (Lori) Hendershot; sisters, Ruby (Wendall) Hill and Virginia (Kenny) Ray; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be May 7, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Shannon Blower officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours May 6, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Summa Hospice at Akron City Hospital, 525 E. Market Street, Akron, OH 44304.


Lawrence E. "Larry" Askew

Lawrence E. "Larry" Askew, 51, of Strasburg, Ohio, died May 2, at Aultman Hospital in Canton. He was born January 11, 1963, in Santa Clara, California, son of the late Eugene Herschel and Joan Daily Askew. He was a 1981 graduate of Central Hower High School in Akron, and he was a United States Army veteran, having served his country for three years. He was a graduate of the Akron Police Academy, where he was OPTA certified, and he completed his training at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office. He was retired from the Lorain Correctional Institution, where he was employed as a corrections officer and a transportation officer. He was formerly employed by Brinks Inc. in Massillon, and he was currently employed by OSS Securities at the GE plant in New Philadelphia. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Barberton, and he was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Coventry Lodge 83, Akron, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He was an avid hunter, he enjoyed fishing, cooking and barbequing, riding four wheelers, watching movies and traveling. He also loved kids and he loved his family, especially his children. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Jennifer D. Hickman; and one brother-in-law, Joe Smith. Surviving are his wife, Lori A. Stack Askew, whom he married Jan. 31, 2005; three children, Zachary Lawrence Askew, who is serving with the U.S. Army in North Carolina, Emily Ann Askew of Barberton, and Jacob Edward Askew, serving with the U.S. Army in Missouri; two stepdaughters, Amanda N. (Danny) Spencer of Caldwell and Brooke Hickman (Devin Perry) of Massillon; one grandson, Liam S. Spencer; two sisters-in-law, Louise Smith and Lisa (Danny) Leasure, both of Caldwell; and his mother and father-in-law, Marilyn and Dave Carsey of Caldwell. Friends may call May 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will follow visitation at 1 p.m., with Pastor Aaron Bounds officiating. A military graveside service will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Caldwell conducted by the Noble County Veteran Services Organizations. An online guestbook may be signed at www.mcvay-perkins.com.

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