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James E. Baughman

James E. Baughman, 69, passed away Feb. 4. Born in Barberton, he was a resident of Doylestown most of his life. Jim retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 31 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Irene and sister, Patricia Hicks; survived by wife of 45 years, Barbara; daughter, Cristy (Eric) Staller; son, James (Kathy) Baughman; grandchildren, Shelby Baughman, Morgan Staller, Taylor Baughman, Samantha Staller and Taryn Baughman. Jim’s family will receive friends Feb. 7, 3-6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Windsor House at Doylestown Health Care, 95 Black Drive, Doylestown, OH 44230.

Richard J. Somerick

Richard J. Somerick passed away Jan. 20, he was 80 years old. Born June 24, 1935 in Barberton and graduated class of ’53. He was an Air Force Vet. He worked at PPG in Barberton and the chemical plant in New Martinsville, West Virginia. He retired after 44 years. He was preceded in death by parents, Joseph A. and Mary Rose and son, John R. He was survived by wife, June and children, Kathy (Terry) Steinwand, Rick (Lisa) Somerick, Joe Somerick, Mary Frances (Larry) Trenta and Diane White; stepchildren, Dale (Debbie) Baldwin, Kenny Baldwin and Debbie Elavsky; sisters, Delores (Bill) Kenna, Pat (Ron) Gable; Daughter-in-law, Tammy Moss; beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be Saturday, Feb. 6, at Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home, 1224 S. Bridge Street, New Martinsville, West Virginia. Burial at a later date at Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman. 



Diana Catherine Koshland (Hollenbaugh)

October 22, 1949 – January 31, 2016

Formerly of Barberton. She leaves behind a loving husband, Bradford; daughters, Joni Larsen, Laura Decker (Shawn), Dale Howarth (David), Emily Balog (Matt) and stepdaughter, Johnna Petrutz (Matt); eight grandchildren and countless friends. Diana was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Barberton with her four siblings, John, Carol, Mark and Joel Hollenbaugh. She graduated from Saint Mary’s High School in Akron, where she was the school and church organist for many years. Upon graduation from high school, Diana attended Akron University and worked at the Akron Children’s Home at both Arlington and Sunshine Center where her beautiful personality touched many lives. She moved to New Jersey where she resumed her education at Rutgers’s University followed by Cooper Hospital School of Nursing. Diana’s nursing career was spent at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center. She was a loving, compassionate and dedicated Registered Nurse. Upon her retirement, she and her husband became snowbirds between their homes in Florida and Pennsylvania. Diana and Brad also enjoyed many adventures as they traveled the United States in their motor home, attending many RV rallies along the way. Memorial service will be held at Zale’s Funeral Home, 712 N. White Horse Pike, Stratford, New Jersey, Friday, Feb. 5, 6 - 8 p.m. Interment will be at Trinity Cemetery in Rising Sun, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, Diana had requested that donations be made "in memory of Diana Koshland" to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in support of The Cardiac Research Fund. Checks made out to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation may be mailed to P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352. Gifts may also be made online at www.giftofchildhood.org/donate.



James J. Prunty 

James. J. Prunty, 61, passed away Jan. 28. He was a life resident of Wadsworth. James was a member of Wadsworth Moose, American Legion, Wadsworth FOE and Wadsworth VFW. Preceded in death by his sister, Patty Flinn; survived by his children, Kenison and Savannah Prunty; parents, Okey and Frances Prunty; granddaughter, Kennadee Prunty and many friends. Following his request cremation will take place. There was a celebration of James’ life Jan. 30, at the Wadsworth American Legion, 129 Main Street, Wadsworth.



Harold “Bud” Horracks

Harold (Bud) Horracks, 76, passed away Jan. 28, with his family at his side. Bud was born in Barberton to Harold R. and Juanita “Edie” Horracks. He was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton and was a member of the holy hour program at St. Augustine in Barberton for over 20 years. Bud was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country for two years. He was employed by Norton City Schools for 28 years and retired as a maintenance supervisor in 2002. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and enjoyed gardening. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1617 and the Columbia Chemical Association. But more than anything he loved his family and his life. Bud was a strong talented man and was a role model for so many and his legacy will live on. Bud is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Nancy; mother, Juanita “Edie”; daughter, Vickie Harper of Dewitt, Virginia, daughter, Laura (Sean) Cramer of Barberton; daughter, Peggy (Scott) Campbell of Norton and son, Brian (Stephanie) of Barberton; brother, Tom (Kay) of Barberton; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by his father, Harold R and son, Harold “Buster” R. Mass of Christian burial will be Feb. 3, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Rev. James Maloney, celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Feb. 2, 4-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m., In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Lori (Susong) Jones

Lori (Susong) Jones, 55, passed away Jan. 29. Born in Wadsworth, Lori lived in Ohio most of her life. Lori was a generous person who enjoyed her cats, the ocean and games. Lori is survived by her parents, James and Sarah (Powell) Susong of Rittman; brother, James (Tracy) Susong II of Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Kimberly (Kevin) McHenry of Norton and Wendi (James) Danko, of Doylestown. Lori is also survived by two beautiful, kind, and successful daughters, Jennifer (Aaron) Stump of Smithville and Amanda (Carl) Kashnier of Barberton. She also leaves four grandchildren, Emma, Maddison, Christopher and Anna. Lori leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews and special friend, Greg Trenary.  A memorial service will be Feb. 1, 6 p.m., at Rittman Christian Church, Rittman, Pastor John Wittmann officiating. www.silva-hostetler.com



Louis “Louie” Kun

Louis “Louie” Kun, 89, passed away Jan. 30. He was a life resident of Barberton. Louie was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific. He was a member of the Barberton First United Presbyterian Church for many years. Louis retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company in May 1980, after 39 years of service as the assistant chief chemical engineer. Louis joined the Department of Defense during the Gulf War serving 10 years and retiring as a GS-11 from government service. As a professional photographer, he took numerous wedding photographs and many family portraits. Louis was preceded in death by his loving wife, Esther, of 67 years, and his infant daughter, Patricia Ann. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, James and Alex and sister, Irene Willener. Survived by his daughters, Becky (Gary) Voltz, Judith (Ricky) Edmondson and Tamara Chaboudy; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He also leaves a host of many relatives, neighbors and friends. Funeral service will be held Feb. 3, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, with military honors. Louie’s family will receive friends on Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m.



Vera A. Judge

Vera A. Judge, 98, passed away Jan. 30, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Vera was born in Akron and was a Barberton resident all her life, where she worked at WT Grants. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was active in the altar society. She was also a member of the Barberton and Norton Senior Centers. Preceded in death by her husband Thomas L; son, Thomas D.; and sisters, Helen Johnson and Velma Reich; Vera is survived by her daughter-in-law, Betty Judge of Canal Fulton; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Sylvia Smallwood. Mass of Christian burial will be Feb. 3, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW., Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Randall J. Pelfrey

Randall J. Pelfrey, 56, passed away Jan. 29. A life resident of Barberton. Randy retired from the City of Barberton and also was a Barberton Reserve Police Officer. Preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Wanda; sister, Linda and brothers, Gary and Richard; survived by son, Alan of Perry Township; sister, Barbara Workman; brothers, Ronald and Glenn (Marcia); several aunts, uncles; many cousins; nephews and nieces. Funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Randy’s family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5-9 p.m.



Doris Marie Koslosky

Doris Marie Koslosky, 76, entered the gates of Heaven, Jan. 25. She was born Feb. 25, 1939, in Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents, JD and Agnes Shadowens; sister, Shelby; brother, Bud and first husband Harry Iskow. Doris is survived by her husband of 29 years, Walter; sister, Kay and son, Jay Iskow; daughter, Jodi (Jerry) Lenox and son, Jerry (Helen) Iskow. Five grandchildren, Tracey, Lori, Jerry, Madison and Austin; seven great-grandchilden, Olivia, Lauren, Kennedy, Jerry, Carson, Emerson and Jaycie and one great-great-granddaughter, Harper. She also leaves behind her family and friends in Montana. Private service and burial were held at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Medina or the Alzheimer's Association.The family would like to thank the staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center for their care of Doris. Mom, you have left this earth but will always remain in our hearts. Private family committal will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Mr. Thomas Lee. Flippen Jr. 

On Jan. 23, another angel was ushered into the Kingdom. May 9, 1936, in Cambria, Virginia, another son was given to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Flippen Sr. He was to be named Thomas Lee Flippen, Jr. In life he became a hard worker. Kind, caring, giving, quiet, yet heard. Soft hands, warm heart. You loved him or you let him do it his way. In his life there were many challenges and changes. Beginning a family of his own in Virginia with his firstborn, a son, named Robert Wayne Flippen. Moving to Ohio he was blessed with a daughter, Argel Lee (Theodore) Mason and another son, Thomas Lee Flippen, Jr. Thomas’ last job was working at the Barberton Babcock & Wilcox as a crane operator. He retired in the year of 2006 after 35 years of service and I am sure he made a lot of friends. He became a member of the Boiler Maker Union 900. During his quest for life he joined the King Solomon Grand Lodge, the local branch Mount Herman Lodge 5, in Akron and became a 32 degree Mason in which he proudly served many positions, he loved his fellow brother and sister immensely. “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.’” Then he came to me; a loving, caring, forgiving and his stand down and patient became his wife, Cheryl (Cheatham)-Flippen (Nisey) and I loved him through and to the end. It was wonderful to know that I asked God to send me someone that I could help lead to the Kingdom, then came Tommy and that lead him to his greatest love of all, Christ Jesus. Baptized in the year 2011, by Pastor Kenneth Cheatham at the Community Holiness Church accepting and living the life of a God fearing man until the end. His last vocalized prayer was “God please heal me completely and he told him of the Love he had for him and that he completely trusted in him.” He praised him, while he could out loud.  Hallelujah! He loved the title Deacon Flippen at the Community Holiness Church, where he was a faithful member sitting still and learning before reacting. He took this new change in his life serious and began to share it with others and his new spiritual family that he loved like his own and he will surely be missed. Leaving behind to cherish his memories is his wife, Cheryl (Cheatham) Flippen. Sons, Robert Wayne, Houston, Texas, Thomas L., Flippen of Akron; daughter, Argel (Theodore) Mason of Columbus. Andrew (Bessie) Flippen, Natural Bridge, Virginia, DuVal P. Flippin of Akron, Spencer J. Flippen (Kennie) of Mijawa, Japan, Delma Wyatt (Greg Davis) of Akron, Doris Price of Columbus, Doretha (Ronald) Eaves of Blacksburg, Viginia; sister-in-laws, Camille Hooks (Anthony), Malachi (Godson), Anthony II, Jamilla, Tianna, Jo’von, Zahara, Zion who opened up their hearts and home to Uncle Tommy in his time of need, Ms. Cecilia Ann Cheatham, Pam and Anita Allen. Brother-in-laws, Charles, Jerome Love of Barberton, Joel Frank Love of Akron, Theodore Allen of Orrville. Brothers, Robert, Osborne, Wilford Flippen (deceased). Sisters, Brenda Powell and Joyce Humphries (deceased).  A host of grandchildren, one to be born, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, his church family that had a shared love, the Holy Spirit, friends, the Fuell family, the staff of Barberton Manor Care, Cox Funeral Home, co-workers, Lodge brothers and sisters whom he loved serving with. Remember this, when “Uncle Tommy gave his heart, he was committed to it.” On December 21, 2015, when you fell Buddy, I had to rise but only with the strength that is perfect and by now you already know. A celebration of life will take place along with the King Solomon Grand Lodge to salute a fellow brother at the Barberton Band Booster, 795 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, Saturday, Feb. 6.



Oval Steele

Oval Steele went home to be with the Lord Jan. 26. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Steele and her three siblings. She is survived by her son, Rich Steele; her daughter, Linda (Steve) Summerville; her grandchildren, Derek (Agusta) Summerville and Tara (Adam Kearns) Summerville; Corey (Lindsey) Steele, as well as her three great-grandchildren, Victoria, Evangeline and Max. She also leaves behind her dear sister-in-law, Evelyn Gilbert, as well as many nieces and nephews in Virginia that she loved dearly. She was born March 26, 1924 in Jane, Virginia and was raised in Haysi, Virginia. She moved to Akron in early March of 1946 with her husband to start their family together. She was a devout Christian who was very active in the church where she went on many overnight trips with her “the ladies.” She was always very active and ready to go on new adventures. She even continued to participate in the Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree in her 90s! She loved to crochet, quilt, read and spend warm afternoons on the back porch watching the hummers at the feeder and the big old robins splash out all the water in her bird bath. She loved her family with every ounce of her giant heart and they loved her just as much. She was ready for the good Lord to take her home and let her light shine in heaven…and cook heaven up a pot of her amazing chicken and dumplings! Private services have taken place. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Doris Marie Koslosky

Doris Marie Koslosky, 76, entered the gates of Heaven, Jan. 25. She was born Feb. 25, 1939 in Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents, JD and Agnes Shadowens; sister, Shelby; brother, Bud and first husband Harry Iskow. Doris is survived by her husband of 29 years, Walter; sister, Kay and son, Jay Iskow; daughter, Jodi (Jerry) Lenox and son, Jerry (Helen) Iskow. Five grandchildren, Tracey, Lori, Jerry, Madison and Austin; seven great-grandchilden, Olivia, Lauren, Kennedy, Jerry, Carson, Emerson and Jaycie and one great-great-granddaughter, Harper. She also leaves behind her family and friends in Montana. Private service and burial were held at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Medina or the Alzheimer's Association. The family would like to thank all the loving care provided by Pleasant View Nursing Home. Mom, you have left this earth but will always remain in our hearts.



Benny M. Riley 

Benny M. Riley, 76, passed away Jan. 21. A resident of Norton for 30 years, he was a U.S. Army veteran. Preceded in death by his son, Benny Riley Jr.; survived by his wife, Pauline; children, Kelly (Tom) Kennard and Tracy (Paul) Diefendorf; grandchildren, Lee (Ashley) Kennard, Brad (Yuan) Kennard, Tiffany Diefendorf and Paul Diefendorf Jr.; great-grandchildren, Clara and Allison Kennard; sister, Kachina Su Riley (Richard Morton); along with many other family members and friends. Benny was kind, loving, caring and “Grandpa” to many. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment with military honors will be Thursday, Jan. 28, 2:15 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Kenneth J. Sidwell

 Kenneth J. Sidwell, 72, passed away Jan. 20. Born in Barberton, June 22, 1943, he was a resident of Clinton for 38 years. Ken was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 33 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents, Arville and Jesse and brother, Ronald; survived by his wife of 49 years, Monica; son, Shane (Ricki) and daughter, Michelle; grandchildren, Rachel, Reese, Raylyn and Kenna; great-grandchildren, Greyson, Camron and Jayden; sisters, Susie, Delores, Marie, Rebecca and Earleen. Ken will be missed by everyone. At his request there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.



Elizabeth Jane Meeks (nee Dailey)

Elizabeth Jane Meeks (nee Dailey), 83, went home to be with her Lord, Jan. 23. She was born June 14, 1932, in Clinton, to Glenn and Kathryn Dailey. She was a member of Cornerstone Free Methodist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard N.; by a brother; and three sisters. She was a loving mom and grandma. Survived by sons; Randy L. (Glenda), Richard A., Daniel G.; grandchildren, Timothy, Shelley, Matthew, John, Sara, Linette and Brandan; three great-grandchildren; sister, Kathy Zagray; and extended family. Funeral service will be Jan. 27, 11 a.m., at Corner Stone Free Methodist Church, 578 Killian Road, Akron. One hour of calling will take place before the service. Pastor Brenda Young officiating. Calling hours will take place Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.



Joe Bueker

Joe Bueker, 92, passed away Jan. 3. He was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Akron. He attended East High School and graduated in 1942. Joe entered the Navy in 1943 and was a pharmacist’s mate second class. He was discharged in 1949. He married Olga in 1949 and they were married for 65 years. Joe worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 45 years. Joe loved his work and his company. After retirement he volunteered for Goodyear at Wingfoot Lake Park for many years. Olga and Joe enjoyed traveling and were avid Barberton Magics sports fans. Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Joe loved seeing his grandkids competing in volleyball, swimming and baseball. Preceded in death by his wife, Olga (2014) and his brother, Leroy. He is survived by sons, Dr. Mark (Carla) Bueker of North Carolina, Dennis (Diane) Bueker of Barberton; grandchildren, Lauren (Eddie) Romero, Michael, Devin; daughter-in-law, Diane Totaro-Bueker; and devoted neighbors and friends. The family would like to thank Barberton Home Helpers, especially Marie and Lee and Anna of Summa Hospice Care. The family received friends, Jan. 6, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Funeral service was Jan. 7, with visitation one hour prior at Cox Funeral Home. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, Northeast region, 6060 Rockside Woods, Blvd., Suite 315, Independence, OH 44131. “Make a child happy if only for a day.”



Hugh L. Gottwalt 

Hugh L. Gottwalt, 86, passed away Jan. 21.  A life resident of Barberton, he retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 43 years of service. Hugh was a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ, Barberton Moose Lodge 759, a 60-year member of Barberton Lodge 750 F&AM and Barberton Hungarian Club. Preceded in death by his first wife, Norma; survived by his wife, Janine; son, Terry; daughter, Connie Ladich; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. “Miss Me, But Let Me Go. When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me: miss me but let me go. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not for long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, miss me but let me go. For this is a journey that we all must take, and each must go alone, it’s all part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to friends we know, and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, miss me but let me go.” Funeral service is Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ, Doylestown, with Rev. Gaye Santoro officiating.  Burial at Emanuel United Church Cemetery. Visitation is Jan. 25, 5 -7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Masonic services conducted at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church.



Victor C. Thorn

Victor C. Thorn, 90, passed away Jan. 21. A life resident of the Barberton area. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served at the Battle of the Bulge and received a Bronze Star. Victor retired from Barberton City Schools as a teacher with 30 years of service. He was a member of Barberton First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, past president of Barberton Kiwanis Club, he served on the Board of Salvation Army and was an active bell ringer. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mabel and wife, Elsie; survived by his daughter, Kay Ellen (Thomas A.) Todhunter; son, Mark A. (Gail) Thorn; grandchildren, Amy S. (Eric) Kinser, Jennifer A. (Chad) Witkemper, Michael, Matthew (Karina) and Sarah Thorn; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Aidan Kinser, Nathan, Brody and Emmett Whitkemper, Delaney and Jackson Thorn; along with many friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 27, 10 a.m., at Barberton First Presbyterian Church, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Vic’s family will receive friends Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barberton Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 304, Barberton, OH 44203.



Ricardo “Rick” J. Malagamba

Ricardo “Rick” J. Malagamba, 58, passed away Jan. 19. He was born Nov. 25, 1957, in Cleveland. Ricardo loved his family very much. He attended classic car shows with great friends and was a collector of Zippo lighters. Preceded in death by daughter, Genny; brother-in-law, Bill Martin; and his Grandma Chica. Survived by his wife of 30 years, Janie; daughter, Christina; stepchildren, Heather (Jack), Jim (Tina), Kim (Dana) and Michael (Candace); grandchildren, Alexis, Adam, Dominic, Kaitlyn, Cameron and Alexandria; parents, Frank and Genevieve; sister, Sandra Martin; special aunt, Christine Martini; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Jan. 25, 4 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Jason Knight officiating. Family will receive friends Jan. 25, 1 p.m., until time of service.



Ray Merril Hunt

Ray Merril Hunt, 81, passed away Jan. 19. He was born Aug. 29, 1934 and was a U.S. Army veteran. Preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Joan; parents, Dewey and Malley; siblings, Dewey Jr., Justine, Paul, Madeline, Lowell, Glen and Susie; Ray is survived by wife, Margaret and her family; sons, Jeffrey (Vicki), Jonathan (Rose); daughters, Joy (Brian) Neal, Janet (Ken) Bowersox; grandchildren, James, Janel, Andrew, Amber, Arin, Amanda, Sarah, Tristan, Britani, Jessica, Drew, Gabe, Chelsea, Riley, Tiffany, Tyler and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Faith, Carter Matthew, Evelyn Joy, Gabriella Nichole, Max Lee, Mason Patrick, Mackenzie Ann, Douglas Dodge, Trip, Sterling Scarito, Olivia Rae, Jude, Jett and Fynn; sisters, Ruby Greig and Shelby Shrader; brother, Doug Hunt; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 25, 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 with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Ray’s family will receive friends Jan. 24, 6-8 pm.



Henry A. Durst

Henry A. Durst, 60, passed away Jan. 18. He was a life resident of Barberton and retired from Pepsi after 36 years of service. Preceded in death by his father, Robert Durst; sister, Katherine Harouff and granddaughter, Winter Shook; Henry is survived by his wife, Debbie; children, Robert, Lou Ann (Doug); Duane (Vicki) and Denny (Autumn); grandchildren, Tabitha Starling and Duane Shook Jr., along with seven other grandchildren; mother, Mary; sister, Marcia and brother, Kenny; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 23, 5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Bill Luzecky officiating. Henry’s family will receive friends from 3 p.m. till time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.


Robert R. "Bob" LeFever

Bob LeFever, 57, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 12. Preceded in death by his father, Paul D. LeFever, he is survived by his mother, Linda Treadway; sisters, Paula (Ed) McFarland, Rosemarie (Tom) Heath and Debbie McGill, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Calling hours will be Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.



Mildred E. Ferguson

Mildred E. Ferguson, 92, passed away Jan. 18. She was born June 29, 1923 in Akron, to the late Luther and Ruth Edwards.  Mildred was a resident of Barberton for 67 years and a member of Barberton First Church of Christ. She was proud of being a “ten gallon” blood donor.  Every summer Mildred worked at Round Lake Christian Camp, she enjoyed swimming at the Barberton Natatorium for many years with her friends, she was proud to work for the Giving Doll Charity, sewing dolls to brighten the faces of little ones, and she helped with pre-school at Barberton First Church of Christ, she took joy in helping others. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles and first grandson, Todd Supple; loved and will be greatly missed by her children, Charles (Maryann), Mary Jeanne Pamer, George, Margaret and Debra; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. A memorial service was Jan. 21, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Jeremy Klein and Russ Shreiner officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Barberton First Church of Christ, 552 Harvard Ave., Barberton, OH 44203 or The Giving Doll Shop, 229 College St., Wadsworth, OH 44281.



Thomas R. Gradijan

Thomas R. Gradijan, 73, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 19, at Akron City Hospital. Tom was born in Akron and had been a Barberton resident all his life, where he retired from National City Bank after 27 years of service. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he served as an usher and helped with the funeral luncheons. Tom was also a proud Army veteran during Vietnam where he served in the 18th Surgical Hospital “MA”, 1st Calvary Division, 2nd Infantry Div., and 42nd Civil Affair’s Company. Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Anna and brothers, John, Donald and Carl; He is survived by his brother, Stephen J. (Christine) and nephew, Francis (Jen). Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan. 26, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave. Norton. Rev. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Jan. 25, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



William Vernet Slaybaugh

William Vernet Slaybaugh, 67, of Medina Township, passed away Jan. 18, after a battle with ALS.  He was born Oct. 1, 1948 in Akron. A graduate of Barberton High School, Bill served in the Special Forces from 1968-1970. He was a former member of the Westfield Fire Dept. He worked for Novar Controls for much of his career as a software engineer. Bill enjoyed hiking with his wife, children and family dogs; listening to music, reading, bicycling, flying RC helicopters, tending his yard and working with his Novar friends, whom he loved as a second family. He also treasured time with close family friends. Most of all, he cherished just being with his family. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Shirley Beth Gawron; daughters, Kate Bai Xue Slaybaugh and Maxine Cai-Li Slaybaugh; granddaughter, Lina Jade Huang; sister-in-law, Lou Ann Marie Tankersley; in-laws, Zygmont Stanley Gawron and Genowefa Gawron; and Betty Slaybaugh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernet William Slaybaugh and Mary Mae Slaybaugh; brother, Richard James Slaybaugh and mother-in-law, Maxine Louise Gawron. The family would like to say a very special thank you to the staff of the Louis Stokes Veterans Hospital in Cleveland and Hospice of Medina County for the incredible care Bill and his wife received. Bill’s family will receive friends on Jan. 24, 1-3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers donations may be the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 26250 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44132.



Calvin H. Tritt
Calvin Harry Tritt, 87, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 19. He was born July 7, 1928, in Norton, to the late Harry and Ruth Tritt. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Calvin was a teacher and school administrator, having retired from a career with the Akron Public School System.  He was a member of the Norton Lions Club, the Barberton Masonic Lodge, the Norton Alumni Association, and the Doylestown Senior Citizens. Calvin was also a lifelong member of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Doylestown where he was an adult Sunday School teacher for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Kay in 2012. He is survived by his brother, Elden Tritt; son, Bill (Karen) Tritt; daughters, Bonnie (Brad) Kurtz and Helen Tritt; grandchildren, Rachael (Brad) Weigand, Kristin Tritt, Alicia (Patrick) Moore, Nathan Tritt and Kylie Tritt; great-grandchildren, Addelyn and Eilena. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Jan. 22, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  A celebration of life service will be Jan. 23, 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 16 Eastern Road, Doylestown. Pastor Gaye Santoro officiating. Inurnment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emanuel United Church of Christ, in memory of Calvin. Funeral home/church map, directions and the Tritt family condolence book may be found at the funeral home website.



Mary Halaby

June 3, 1928-Jan. 17, 2016

Mary Halaby left this world Sunday to be with her husband, Joseph, in heaven,Jan. 17. She was with family at her bedside while at National Church Residence on Bath Road where she was cared for during her advanced stages of alzheimer's and dementia. Mary lived in Norton over 40 years as a homemaker and was a resident of Cuyahoga Falls prior. She was also an active member of the First Christian Church in Barberton. She was born to Della and Seward Huffman in Flushing, Ohio. Mary loved to laugh, and entertain family and friends. Mary's smile and kind nature will be missed by all who she touched. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Joe; daughter-in-law, Susan (Greathouse); her sisters, Gladis Kohr and Betty Vona and son, Daniel Berdella. She is survived by her son, David and grandson, Benjamin of Akron; grandson Daniel (Jamie) and great-granddaughters, Riley and Jordan Berdella of Cortland, Ohio; granddaughter, Jennifer and great-granddaughter, Bridgette of Ravenna; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Ruth Huffman of Winchester and Joe's family in Lebanon. Family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 23, 1-3 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to The American Cancer Society, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Alzheimer's Association.



Emil A. Blazich

Emil Andrew Blazich passed away Jan. 10.  He is survived by his son, André P. of Reston, Virginia; daughters, Brigid M. of Ashburn, Virginia and Anna Maria Dane (John) of Midlothian, Virginia; sister Frances B. Calahan of Warminister, Pennsylvania; grandson, Gavin Andrew Dane; nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He had been married to Marguerite Anne O’Neill. A special acknowledgement is made to Beverly Ann Krizay of Barberton for her unwavering love and companionship. Mr. Blazich served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, infantry. He then worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for 32 years, followed by employment in private industry. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Rev. Patrick H. O’Neill celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Prince of Peace Parish or any charity of choice in his memory. www.silva-hostetler.com.




Gerald Jay Mosley, Sr.

Jerry (Senior) Mosley left this world Jan. 11, with his love, Marilyn, at his side. When his heartbreaking battle with cancer came to an end he was 71 years young and he couldn't have had a doubt in his mind of the love his family had for him. He was shown exquisite amounts of love, support and comfort when he needed them most and all should know that Jerry was very moved by this. Thank you for giving him a heart so full of joy. Born July 5, 1944, in Akron, to the late Charles P. and Eloise (Brown) Mosley, he often joked of how the whole country celebrated his birth, only they always did it a day early for some reason! He will be missed by so many, including his loving partner, Marilyn Pyle; younger brother, Dean Mosley (Ginny); children, Lisa (Brooks) Burns (Dave), Michael Brooks, Lisa (Mosley) Brown, Jerry Mosley Jr. (Michelle), Brian Mosley (Jodi), Andrew Brooks (Angela), Edward Brooks (Kim) and Julie Mosley; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his close cousins, Sue Juliussen (Jose) and Jay Juliussen (Heather). He was preceded in death by his older brother, Charles Mosley II. Jerry’s lust for life and “let’s try it” attitude enabled him to live a very full and adventurous life, by design! From back packing through Europe several times to hitchhiking across the U.S., he explored anything that piqued his interest. He had many professional journeys along the way as

well. His adult life began with serving his country as a corpsman in the United States Navy at just 17 years old. Other professional endeavors include an executive recruiter, owner of Mosley Typewriter, a bounty hunter,

a taxi driver in New York City and a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas (which would become one of his favorite vacation spots). In his younger years, he was also a police officer, which started a 50 year friendship with his fellow police partner, Robert Cunningham. He had the gift of conversation and could make you feel at ease in an instant. Thus, he was forever a salesman, satellite dishes the size of a small car, boat docks, RV campers and water softeners to name a few. He eventually found common interest with his son, Jerry Jr. in the real estate business and together they started Mosley and Mosley Real Estate, Inc., which would later become Mosley Companies, Inc. He was proud of the company and of the fact that so many of his family was involved in its success. Jerry had an inextinguishable passion for teaching and his bountiful job history, as well as multiple degrees from the University of Akron, gave him the diverse knowledge he needed to share that passion with others and help them live their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. While teaching real estate at Stark State College and John Carroll University, he helped many realtors jump start their careers and really enjoyed watching them grow. With “Senior,” you knew you would always be offered a comfortable place to stay, stimulating conversation, friendship and boat rides! One of his favorite times to load up the pontoon boat every year was for a relaxing ride to watch the Fourth of July fireworks on Portage Lakes. Another thing he favored was naming his vehicles, such as Casper the white motor home, Red the corvette, Jesse the jet ski and Harvey the Harley. After an early morning 10 mile bicycle ride every day, he would find his peace with a steaming cup of coffee while reading a newspaper. One of the kids would typically get a call or a copy of the most interesting newspaper articles on Sundays. He would wind down every night in his laid back recliner, watching his favorite recorded shows. It was a ritual. It was Dad. He was an extremely fun, fierce and forthcoming man who really did love his family so very much. As Dad would say, “I'll talk at you later. Love you, see you, bye.” A memorial service will be Friday, Jan. 22, 4-6 p.m., at the

Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Please feel welcome to join his family in celebrating Jerry's life and sharing

your memories of him with us.



Mary Elizabeth Brothers

Mary Elizabeth Brothers, 91, born Feb. 4, 1924, received her wings Jan. 10. She is survived by son, Clayton Lautzenhiser Sr.; granddaughter, Frances Evans; grandsons, Clayton Lautzenhiser Jr. and Shawn Lautzenhiser and their spouses; great and great-great-grandchildren; and extended family members. She was loved and will be greatly missed. At her request there will be no services.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Mary’s honor.


Cathy M. Zook

Cathy M. Zook, 67, passed away Jan. 10. A resident of Barberton for most of her life, she retired from Tasty’s Restaurant. Preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Lucille Beitel; husband, Robert “Bob” Zook; six brothers and three sisters. Survived by her children, Donald L. (Rachel) Tuck Jr., Shannon (James) Stratos and Ronnie D. Tuck (Melissa Hughes); many grandchildren and sister, JoAnn Duncan. Funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Paul Beitel officiating. Burial at Lockwood Cemetery. Cathy’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s And Related Disease Disorders Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 70 West Streetsboro St., Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236.


Sadie Marie “Lady Love” “Granny” Brown (nee Wright)

Sadie Marie “Lady Love” “Granny” Brown (nee Wright), 87, passed away Jan. 6. She was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Kentucky and was a life resident of the Barberton area. Preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Pearl Wright; brother, Don Wright and granddaughter, Melissa Adams; Sadie is survived by her children, Jessie (Kenny), Donna (Bob) and Jimmy (Debbie); sister, Helen; brothers, Danny, Raymond, Hubert and Willis; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Sadie’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Deanna and Summa Hospice for their care that “Granny” received. Funeral service was Jan. 10,  at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Chuck Erbe officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family received friends on Jan. 9.



Kathryn “Kay” Hazard Ball (nee Gainer)

Kathryn “Kay” Hazard Ball (nee Gainer), 83, passed away Jan. 6. She was born Feb. 10, 1932, to the late Vernon and Betty (Miller) Gainer in Grantsville, West Virginia, she was one of five children. The family moved to Ohio in 1939. Kay carried a special place in her heart for the beautiful meadows and the rolling hills of West Virginia. She loved home making, cooking, baking and gardening. Her children were the joy of her life. She always made her home a happy place for family and friends. Her favorite pastime was reading biographies and bird watching. Kay worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Clifford Fox for 28 years, retiring in 1999. She was an active member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church for 55 years, past president of Jaycees Wives, charter member of Barberton City Club, PTA and Garden Club. Kay is preceded in death by her first husband of 44 years, Jim Hazard; her second husband of 15 years, Walter Ball; infant sister, Carol Jean and her precious son, Tom Hazard. She is survived by her daughter, Denise (Bruce) Johnson and their children, Ali Polk, John-Paul (Kris) Polk and Robert Johnson; son, Paul Hazard (Kathee) and his children, Katie and Nick Hazard; her deceased son, Tom’s children, Megan and Matthew Hazard; step-son, Raymond (Joyce) Ball and their children, Daniel and Joey Ball; step-daughter, Pauline (Sheldon) Roberts and their children, Hillary, Kyle and Trevor Roberts; great-grandchildren, Ava, Jack, Gunnar, Corinne, Joey and Danielle; brothers, Bob (Edna) Gainer and their children, Susan, Karen (deceased) and Bobby; Bill (Sharon, deceased) and their children, Jeff (deceased) and Mitch;  Jim (Janice) Gainer and their children, Michelle, Jon (deceased) and other relatives and friends. She will be remembered for her loving and caring nature and devotion to family. The family would like to thank the staff at the Inn at Coal Ridge, for the compassionate care Kay received. Kay’s funeral service will be Jan. 11, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Combs officiating. She will be buried next to her first husband, Jim Hazard at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Family will receive friends on Jan. 10, 5-8 p.m.



 Sue Hatfield

Our beloved mother, Sue Hatfield, has left this world, finally freed of illness and reunited with the love of her life, our Dad, Jack. Mom loved her family, who were the joy of her life, books, the mountains, country music and the Rolling Stones, the Pittsburgh Steelers, traveling with Dad and her brother and sister-in-law, singing with her sisters and dancing with her daughters and grandchildren. She was her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s biggest fan, attending any and all of their activities. Mom was independent, strong-willed, opinionated and protective of everyone she loved. She loved us all fiercely and we her. Mom was greeted upon death by a party of loved ones, including her parents, two sisters and two brothers and of course by Dad. They are as glad to see her again as we are sorry to see her go. Those left to remember her with love everyday include her daughters and sons-in-law, her brother and his wife, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other loved family members. There will be no public service, but donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Go rest high on that mountain, Mom, we love you.



Mary Lou Cirignano Jr.

Mary Lou Cirignano Jr., 54, passed away peacefully to join our Lord on New Years weekend, 2016. She will be sadly missed to all that knew her loving kindness. She leaves behind her mother, Mary Lou Cirignano Sr.; sisters, Cathy and Christina; brothers, Michael, Dan and Fred; along with other family members. May we all remember the joy she brought to this sometimes harsh world. Cremation has taken place. There has been a small memorial service for her immediate family. “Love and Blessings,” from Mary Lou.



Paula Marie (Gerbig) Goff

Paula Marie (Gerbig) Goff, 62, a resident of Lorain, passed away Dec. 27, at Select Specialty Hospital in Akron. Paula was born Jan. 24, 1953, in Akron, but grew up in Barberton, graduating from Barberton High School with a degree in cosmetology in 1971. She loved car races and crocheting. Paula was preceded in death by her father, George Gerbig and her brother, Mike Gerbig. She is survived by her husband, Paul David Goff, of Lorain; sister, Tammy (Jason) Glancy of Martinsburg; brothers, George (Deborah) Gerbig of Barberton and Steve (Carla) Gerbig of Barberton; mother, Alice Gerbig, of Barberton; and nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Word of Life Church, 3008 Grove Ave. (Rt. 57) in Lorain, Friday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.



Robert E Terrion

Robert E Terrion, 93, passed away Jan. 6. Born June 23, 1922, in Norton. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from BF Goodrich. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 568. Preceded in death by his wife, Lois and daughter, Constance. Survived by children Barbara (Steven) Bertschy, Cheryl (James) Sims; grandchildren Brianna (Chris) Chatterelli, Kyle (Jaclyn) Bertschy, Nikki Sims, Jesse Sims; great-grandchildren, Raymond, Beau, Alivia, Kyer and Jadalyn. A masonic service will be Jan. 9, 10 a.m. at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Family will receive friends from 9 a.m., until time of service. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Akron.



Lisa Arkett Carver

Lisa Arkett Carver, 62, passed away peacefully Dec. 30, at her home in Lima, after a long battle with multiple health issues. Lisa was born Dec. 20, 1953, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to loving parents Allen and Phyllis Arkett. Lisa graduated from Norton High School in 1972, then pursued a bachelor’s degree in art education at Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1976. She furthered her education by achieving her Master’s degree from Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, in 1997. She was a dedicated educator who taught not only art but also life lessons to many children in the Elida Local and Lima City School systems for 30 years, retiring from teaching in 2010. Lisa was a well-known, caring, teaching professional and the honored recipient of the Shirley Dailey Award for her volunteer service to others in the City of Lima. Lisa lived selflessly by donating countless hours of her time and artistic talents to many at her place of worship, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, and with the Allen County Girl Scouts at Camp Woodhaven in Lima.  She was passionately involved with Girl Scouting for over 35 years, serving as a troop leader, cookie chairperson, and a pottery teacher at the camp’s pottery studio. Lisa was an energetic, loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend who cared for others in extraordinary ways. Lisa is survived by her parents, Phyllis and Allen Arkett of Norton/Akron; her husband Jon, of Lima/Sandusky; her daughters, Erin (Andrew) of Bowling Green and Camille (Detron) and granddaughter, Ivy of Lima; her brother, Stuart (Marilyn) of Stratford, Ontario and nieces, Gabrielle and Claire; sisters, Jennifer (Lonnie) of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania; and Casley (Robert) Nagengast of Carver, Minnesota and nieces, Sara and Paula and nephew, Keaton. She was also survived by sister-in-laws, Patricia Callan (Bill), Jan Young (Louis), Molly Carver (Paul), and Kelly Boissoneault (Harry), all of Sandusky, as well as Meg Nester (Larry) of Toledo and one brother-in-law, Cam Carver (Carol) of Cincinnati. Lisa loved to travel, but her most favorite vacation spot was Edisto Island, South Carolina. She gathered her family together for many memorable times in the sun and sand for over 25 years. When not traveling, she was rarely idle and happily dedicated herself to her family and friends, visiting with neighbors, gardening, enjoying music, volunteering, lovingly watching her granddaughter and spending precious time with her cherished “Bridge Group” teacher girlfriends of nearly 40 years, who by the way, rarely played bridge, but immensely cared for and respected one another. Family and friends will gather for a memorial service to celebrate the life and legacy of Lisa, Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 209 West North Street, Lima. The visitation will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., with lunch afterward. In lieu of flowers and other remembrances, memorials may be made to the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio: Appleseed Ridge for use at the Camp Woodhaven Program Center on Robb Avenue in Lima.


Martha A. Mohler

Martha A. Mohler, 100, passed away Jan. 4. Born Sept. 14, 1915, in Chippewa Township, to the late William and Daisy (Hartel) Berger, she was a lifelong resident of the Doylestown area. Martha retired in 1977 from the Chippewa Local Schools and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending time in her garden working with her flowers and quilting. Preceded in death by her husband, Clifford in 1968; brothers, Wallace, Sam, Ward and Leroy Berger; sisters, Beulah Santmyer, Doris Tester, Marie Bauman; she is survived by her children, William Mohler of Barberton, Clifford  (Rose) of Lexington, Ohio, June (David) Royal of Lakeland, Florida; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff at Pleasant Pointe for their loving care of mom. A private inurnment will be held at Chestnut Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Martha’s honor may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 65 E. Clinton St., Doylestown, OH  44230. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



Dorothy M. Lyman
Dorothy M. Lyman, 93, passed away Dec. 31. She was born Jan. 1, 1922 in Akron, to the late Verda (Cooley) and Frederick Libby. Dorothy grew up in Akron and attended the University of Akron, where she was elected May Queen her freshman year. She married Almon D. Lyman and raised six children.  Dorothy out-lived three daughters, Janice Rowan, Merrianne Hernandez and Maureen Lyman and son, Dennis Lyman; she is survived by daughter, Judith Bachmann and son, David Lyman; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and three nieces. A memorial mass will be held for Dorothy Thursday, Jan. 7 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St., NW, Barberton.  Please, no flowers. An avid animal supporter, Dorothy would much rather have you donate to: One of a Kind Pet Rescue, 1929 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313; Paws and Prayers Rescue, 1407 Main St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221; or Pitties and Kitties Rescue, 3200 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44718.



Joan B. Cartmel

Joan Beatrice Cartmel, 83, died peacefully at home in San Diego, Dec. 24. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dale Burdette Cartmel, May 29, 2001. She was born Aug. 31, 1932 in Akron. She lived in Barberton 43 years, always calling it home. She left Barberton in 1975 to Columbia, South Carolina; then to Jacksonville, Florida in 1984; then to Seal Beach, California in 1996 and eventually to Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. She is survived by her five children, Michele and her husband, Mike Burns, of Barberton; Tim and his wife, Sandi Cartmel, of Goodyear, Arizona; om and his wife, Linda Cartmel of Ocala, Florida; Mike Cartmel of Columbia, South Carolina; Tammy Cartmel of San Diego; three grandchildren, Carrie Cartmel, Karli Heinmiller and Faith Cartmel; and six great-granddaughters. Joan will always be remembered in the hearts of her family as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and faithful friend to many, always willing to go the extra mile for those in need. She was a team captain at Seal Beach Retirement Community, checking on the well being of others. She prepared and delivered meals to her neighbors. Joan loved growing house plants and was an avid reader. Her amazing display of strength and stamina and will to survive during a difficult illness will long be remembered. Cremation has taken place and private services to be held for the immediate family.  



Darlene “Darla” Willey

Darlene “Darla” Willey, 68, left this world peacefully after a long courageous battle with cancer Jan. 3. A life resident of Barberton, Darlene retired from the Barberton City Schools and was a member of Barberton VFW 1066 Ladies Auxiliary. Darla was an extraordinary woman, who never met a stranger.  She loved spending time with her family and friends; taking trips to Amish Country, traveling and helping those in need. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard; brothers, Kenneth Morris and Larry Morris; sisters, Bonnie Saunders and Kim Cannon; survived by son, Richard Jr.; daughters, Paula Willey-Sebe (John) and Laura (John) Barrickman; grandchildren, Nikki, Eddie, LeAnne, Chelsie, Johnny, Brooke Tia and Lexi; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Dayton Morris (Ella); sister, Sherrie Johnson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mike and Georgia DeAngelis, Brian and Paula Willey, Brita Fox, Jack Saunders and Jim Cannon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; along with her loving companion, Bill Burnley. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Akron General and Barberton Hospice. Funeral service will be Jan. 6, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Emlous Lattea officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Darlene’s family will receive friends Jan. 5, 5-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service.



Anne I. King

Anne I. King, 102, passed away peacefully Dec. 30. Anne was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and retired from PPG in 1978. She was a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church and currently a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Anne was also a member of the Barberton Active Adult Center. Preceded in death by her brothers, Louis F. King and Stephen C. Sabo; and sister, Margaret Sabo; she is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Service was Jan. 2, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road, West, Barberton. Fr. David Majikas officiating. Private burial took take place on Monday at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund.

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Ronald E. Swiger

Ronald E. Swiger, 73, passed away Jan. 2. He was a resident of the Akron area and retired from General Tire. Ron is survived by his wife, Sandra; children, Sherry (Phil), Rhonda (Billy), Chris (Chuck), Debi (Pat), Doug (Karen), Rebecca (Tom), Roni (Dave), Lisa (Hollie) and Bob (Brook); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Jeffrey (Stephanie) and Lester; along with nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 6,  3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Ed Carter officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery.  Ron’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.


Billie Jay Andears (nee Harbaugh)

Jan. 2, 1942 – Dec. 31, 2015

Left this earth to live with the one true God, Jesus, Dec. 31. Billie was a lifelong resident of Barberton and was a faithful and beloved saint of the Apostolic Church of Barberton for over 40 years. Proceeded in death by husband, Danny; daughter, Billie; and grandson, Michael Andears. Brothers Wesley, David and Philip Harbaugh; sisters, Dixie Tallman, Winnie Unklesbay, Myrna Harold. Survived by son, Ron Leiby; daugthers, Loretta (Kevin) Read, Sherri (Chuck) Evans, Danna (Shawn) Kingan, Cathy, Vickie, Pam and Tina; her four beautiful stepdaughters. 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura, Sonja and Pamela. A host of nieces, nephews and many others who were her adopted family. Services will be January 4, 7 p.m., at Apostolic Church of Barberton, 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Barberton, Pastor Paul and Bishop Rod Pamer will be officiating. Friends may visit at the church from 5 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Apostolic Church.



Arthur Tillman Beckett, Jr. 

Arthur Tillman Beckett, Jr., 87, passed away Jan. 2. Born July 6, 1928, Arthur was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1946. He retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber and attended the Barberton First Church of Christ. Preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Inez Beckett. He is survived by his brother, James (Sharon) Beckett; nieces, Beth (Bill) Crow, Patty (Bryon) Miller; Nephew, James Beckett, Jr.; great-nephews, Nicholas Pamboukis, Arthur Pamboukis and their father, Agathonicos Pamboiukis. The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale Senior Living and Hospice for their loving care of Art. Funeral service will be Jan. 6, 1 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with calling hours from 11 a.m., until time of service. Pastor Jeremy Klein officiating. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Diane J. Craig

Diane J. Craig, 47, of Manchester Road in Akron, died Dec. 29, after a brief illness. She received care at Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Akron City Hospital. Her passion in life centered around several dogs and cats that she provided for as pets. She is survived by her parents, Reverend David Craig and Beverly Craig. She is also survived by two brothers, Brian Craig of Barberton and Stephen Craig of Uniontown. She also has a niece, Grace of Uniontown and three nephews; Robert and Brian Jr. of Barberton and Ethan of Uniontown. Also she is survived by a number of friends who shared her love for animals. Her parents express their profound appreciation for the medical staff at Summa Barberton and Summa Akron City Hospital for the care given to Diane. Funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 9, 4 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton, with Reverend Bruce Roth, a childhood friend, of Canton, officiating. Calling hours Saturday, 2-4 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery in Marshallville.



Colleen “Coke” M. Brumagin

Colleen “Coke” M. Brumagin, 77, passed away Dec. 22. On April 14, 1938, Coke was born in the home on the corner of Fifth St. NW and Creedmore Avenue, in Barberton. When as a child, her family moved to Woodsfield, she vowed someday to return and live in Barberton. As in God’s time, that vow became a reality. She returned to Barberton at 27, as the wife of David Brumagin who had accepted an English teaching position with the Barberton Public School District. Before moving back to Barberton, Coke had lived in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Sharpsville High School, she worked at the old Sharon A&P as a speedy cashier. Coke was very active in her church, enjoyed water skiing even though she technically could not swim and was the mistress of practical jokes, like the time she put the sweeper under the guest bed and plugged it in while the guest was fast asleep. She was an outstanding cook and a superior baker, whose recipes are often requested. Coke met her husband at a hospital while they were visiting a mutual friend. The next week, they had their first date. The following week she received a proposal and six months later they were married. Yes, that was 50 years ago. Coke’s keen insight, great wit, her perfect one-liners and enormous compassion will be painfully missed. Her ability to love without limits has been enjoyed by so many that creating any list would be impossible.  To all of the neighborhood kids she was “Granny” who would patiently listen to their chatter.  She would reward them with Twizzlers. At her church, Coke became known for her blue prayer stones. During military conflicts and later during other serious events, Coke would tell the recipient that finding that stone would remind them to pray. It was a very Harfeffect venture. Coke was a devoted Christian who worshipped her Savior with a remarkable voice.  She enjoyed singing with such greats as Mahalia Jackson, Elvis Presley, Stu Hamblem and Pat Boone, to name only a few. Her genre was Southern Gospel at its best. Coke had the privilege of working as an extra in “A Christmas Story.” She and Nikki can easily be seen in two of the most important scenes. Survived by her husband of 50 years, Dave; son, Martin (Sandra); daughter, Nikki (Scott) Brady; chosen daughter, Fawna (Max) Picklesimer (nee Rhoades); grandchildren, A.J., and Spencer Brumagin, Zane Brady and Faith Inman; special friend, Diane Wykoff; along with many many other friends and her bestest little buddies, Vinnie and Trixie. She was a great wife, mother, granny and a friend to everyone. As Coke would say, “she’s glad you got to meet her!” Coke’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice Care Center for all the loving care and support that she and her family received. Funeral service will be Dec. 28, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Jeremy Klein officiating.  Coke’s family received friends Dec. 27, 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barberton First Church of Christ, 554 Harvard Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203, in her memory.

     


Goldie E. Cecil (nee Mutz) 

Goldie E. Cecil (nee Mutz) passed away Dec. 24, at the age of 97. Her greatest love in life was for her family and God. She received the Holy Ghost at a young age and was faithful and actively involved in the church teaching Sunday School, music ministry and utilizing her many talents whenever they were needed. Goldie leaves behind to cherish precious memories her loving husband of 68 years, Lloyd; daughters, Claudia Craig and Judith (H. Robert) Miller; grandchildren, Lawrence (Julie) Craig, Laura (Matthew) Wieland, Sherrie (Evan) Letner, and Darin Miller; along with seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by parents, Matthew and Mary Mutz; one brother and five sisters. Service will be Dec. 28, 6 p.m., with calling hours preceding the service, beginning 4 p.m. at Calvary Apostolic Church,  2693 Nesbitt Ave. Akron, where Goldie was one of the founding members.  Pastor Nelson Carter officiating. Private graveside service at Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Calvary Apostolic Church.



Randall R. Coen

Randall R. Coen passed away at home, Dec. 25, the day after his 73rd birthday. He was born in Chloe, West Virginia, to the late Orpha Parsons Coen and Lovell Coen. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Anna Metheney. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ellen; cherished children, Stephen, Susan Coen Rowland (Danny) and Shawn; and precious grandchildren, Katie Rowland and Nathaniel Coen. Randall retired after 25 years service with Ford Motor Company in Brook Park. He loved hunting, reloading and the Cleveland Indians.  He was a member North Lawrence Fish and Game Club. Visitation is Dec. 28, 1-3 p.m., with Memorial Service with Pastor Ted Shuler immediately following at 3 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, Barberton. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Summa at Home Hospice and Calvary Chapel of Akron for their support in his final days.



William George

William George, 79, passed away Dec. 26. A resident of Norton for 41 years, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from a career in the Aluminum Industry and was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Barberton. Preceded in death by his son, William; Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen “Casey”; children, Shawn (Denise), Kathleen (Greg) Payne and Christopher (Kelly); grandchildren, Jacob, Joseph and James; brothers,  Moses (Jean) and Samuel (Ellen); along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Thursday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 267 Fifth St. NW, Barberton, with the Rev. Dr. Michael Petrochuk officiating.  Inurnment to follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, in Bill's memory. 



Eileen Mae Wahl

Eileen Mae Wahl, 81, of Norton, died Dec. 23. Eileen was born April 5, 1934, in Wadsworth, to Herman and Susie Just, who preceded her in death. She married George Wahl Sept. 11, 1954. Eileen and George raised their two children, Dave and Becki, in Norton. Eileen is survived by her husband, George; children, Dave (Rosanne) Wahl and Becki (Donovan) Kohler; brothers, Herman, Ronald and Edward Just; grandchildren, Jonathan Wahl, Malia (Chester) Young, Sarah Dorff, Donovan, Madison and Trenton Kohler; and great-grandchild, Makenna Young. Funeral service will be Dec. 29, 11 a.m., at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 West Market St., Akron, with Pastor James Gau officiating. Burial will be at Copley Cemetery. Family will receive friends Dec. 28, 7-9 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton and on Dec. 29, 10 a.m., until the service at the church.



Sandra J. Watts (nee, Beitel)

Sandra J. Watts (nee, Beitel), 57, passed away Dec. 26. Sandy was born June 3, 1958, to Floyd I. and Clara J. (Ball) Beitel and was a life resident of Barberton. A 1976 graduate of Barberton High School, she worked for 33 years at Cardinal Berry Plastics. Sandy was very artistic and was a talented painter who loved to do crafts. She is preceded in death by her parents who passed away this year, Floyd in July and Clara Jean in March. She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Terry; sisters, Kim (Kevin) Hunsicker, Jerri Beitel; brother, Scott (Martha) Beitel, all of Barberton; nieces, Krystal (Travis) Reynolds, Kylene (Jeremy) Carpenter; Lori (Bill) Wills, Diana (Bryan) Schenkenberger, Kasey (Chris) Rings; great nieces and nephews, Dylan, Chloe, Tyler, Lily, Jack, Mika; special friend, Charryl (Ed) Beckman; all of Terry’s family in Tennessee. A celebration of Sandy’s life will be Dec. 30, 11 a.m. at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown.  Burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends and family may call Dec. 29, 5-8 p.m. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



Arthur Bishop Jr.

Arthur Bishop Jr., 93, passed away Dec. 20. He was born March 20, 1922 in Davy, West Virginia. He served in the 6th Marine Corp Division during World War II, receiving unit citation for the Battle for Okinawa. He moved to the Akron/Barberton area 1946. Arthur retired in 1980 from Seiberling Tire and Rubber, where he had been for 25 plus years. He loved to fly. He was a member of SkyPark Airport in Wadsworth in the 1970s-1980s and also a member of the International Aerobatics Club where he participated as a contestant and judge at meets. Arthur loved classic cars and was a member of the Barberton Classic Car Club. He took great pride in restoring and exhibiting his 1970 Chevy Truck. He loved NASCAR, fishing and was an active member at Lake Waldena during the winter months. He leaves to celebrate his life, son, William; daughter, Candace; grandsons, Nick, Alex, Christopher, Erik; and granddaughters, Julie and Jessie. The family wishes to thank all the staff of Barberton Hospital, Wadsworth Emergency Room, and Liberty Residence for their kindness and support. Family will receive friends Dec. 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Private burial at Greenlawn.




Sister Anne Mary, OSU (Helen Tholt)

Sister Anne Mary, OSU (Helen Tholt) born in Barberton, daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (nee Ondreyka) Tholt; sister of Vilma (Robert) Saxon and the following deceased, Mary Debevec, Walter Tholt, Joseph Tholt, Anna Tholt, Peter Tholt, Nicholas Tholt and Camilla Gnap; beloved aunt, teacher of many students, Cleveland Indians fan, wonderful polka dancer, friend to many and a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, with whom she shared 65 years of her life. She entered the order later in life as she was faithfully supporting her mother, brothers and sisters. That was part of her generosity and stubbornness. She lived 100 incredible years. She will be missed by many. Mass of Christian burial is Dec. 21, 7 p.m., at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, where friends may call 3-6:45 p.m. The wake will begin with a prayer service at 3 p.m. Burial from the Ursuline Motherhouse, 9:30 a.m., Dec. 22, followed by internment at All Souls Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, www.ursulinesisters.org. Arrangements by DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott. 



Martha M. Ray

Martha M. Ray, passed away Dec. 16. She was a life resident of Barberton and a member of Silver Creek Christian Church. Preceded in death by her daughter, Carmen; survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald; daughter, Jenny; son, Larry; sisters, Betty Davis and Ellen Hammond; brother, George Cox; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 21, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Alan Jolly officiating. Burial at Clinton Cemetery. Martha’s family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service.



Brian Lee Williams

Brian Lee Williams, 47, passed away Dec. 12. Brian was born Aug. 17, 1968 in Barberton. He had many hobbies including but not limited to; fishing, NASCAR, watching the Dallas cowboys and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Esther and Cecil Troutman; his paternal grandparents, Jennie and Lowman Williams and is survived by his mother, Bonnie (John) Thomas; his father, Chester Williams Sr; his children, Brian (Julie) Williams Jr, Joseph, Felicia, Travis, and Trevor Williams. His brothers, Chester (Donna) Williams Jr, Brandon (Tracy) Williams. Grandchildren, Ava and expecting Isaiah Williams and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m., at Grace Church at 3970 S. Cleveland Massillon Road Norton. A lunch will be held for family and friends at the church following the service.



John Daniel Maczko “Danny”

John Daniel Maczko, “Maz”, 64, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 18, at Akron City Hospital. Danny was born in Barberton and had been an area resident all his life where he graduated from Barberton High School in 1969. He worked at General Tire for 10 years and was currently the owner of Dan Maczko Roofing for the past 34 years. He was a member of Allenside Athletic Club, Barberton Civitan Club, Hungarian Club and Turkeyfoot Sportsman Club. Maz was an avid hunter and fisherman and coached little league in Barberton for many years. Danny also had a love and passion for sports. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Magdelene; Maz is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Diane E.; sons, Gregory (Dawna) and Christopher; grandchildren, Steven, Jacob, Averie and Hunter; sister, Laura Maczko; brothers, Carl (Stacy) and Bruce; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family wishes to thank the cardiologists and nurses at Akron City Hospital and the Barberton Paramedics. Funeral service will be Dec. 23, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Calling hours Dec. 22, 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the American Heart Assocation. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Kenneth A. Treadway
Kenneth A. Treadway, 72, passed away Dec. 16. A resident of the Akron area for 50 years, Ken was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam Era. He retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 42 years of service and was a member and Past Master of National Lodge 568 F&AM. Preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Jr.; Ken is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty; daughter, Theresa (Doug) Pulvermacher; son, Tim (Randa); grandchildren, Haley, Jacob, Justin, Katelin and Tiffany; other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 19, 3 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Ed Carter officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Ken’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.  Masonic services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m.



John Robert Van Hyning

John Robert Van Hyning, 82, passed away Dec. 16, leaving behind all earthly possessions to inherit an eternal heavenly life with Jesus. Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." A man of many interests, he was involved in law enforcement for 60 years in Norton and Rittman, recently attaining honorary status as Captain of the Norton Police Department. A 1951 graduate of Norton High School, he was also a clergy, Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Deacon Board, pilot, fireman, farmer, former member of Norton School Board, transported many children to school as a school bus driver and presently chairman of the Norton Alumni Scholarship Foundation. He leaves behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Marjean (Tilson); daughter, Cindy (Ken) Lemmeyer; son, John E. (Michelle) and five grandchildren, Beth (Denny) Metheney, Emmy (Larry) Cancel, E.J., Lainey and Brayden. Nine great-grandchildren, Elissa, Ean, Ethan, Madison, Micah, Mason, Matthew, Morgan and Max. Also two sisters, Sara Weaver (Bob) and Martha Payne (John) and foster daughter, Junnett Venus (Gary). Another sister, Ruth, deceased (Dick). Calling hours at Reimer Road Baptist Church, 1055 Reimer Road, Wadsworth, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with service at 1. Interment following service at Greenlawn Cemetery. In memory of John and in lieu of flowers, show Christian kindness to someone during this Christmas season.



Louise E. Pasternak (nee Klein)

Louise E. Pasternak (nee Klein), 83, passed away Dec. 16, after a short illness. Louise was born in Randolph and had been a Barberton resident most of her life where she worked for the Barberton City Schools in the cafeteria. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where she was active in St. Anne’s Society. Louise was a volunteer for many years for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile, helped with the Barberton Band Boosters and was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol Wreath 103. Preceded in death by her parents Robert and Agnes Klein; brother, Gene; and sister, Ruth Woolf ; She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Joseph V.; children, Michael J. (Julie) of Akron, Janice A. (Joe) Karaffa of Wadsworth, Joseph A. (Victoria) of Wadsworth; Carol L. (Bob) Macko of Barberton and Thomas R. (girlfriend, Shannon Leslie) of Barberton; 14 grandchildren; sisters Rose (Dave) Horning of Brimfield and Edith Lowden of Suffield; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be Dec. 19, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Dec. 18, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Louise’s name to the Charity of One’s Choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Carl Wright Jr (Cubby)

Carl Wright Jr (Cubby) was welcomed into the arms of his savior Dec. 14. Loving husband, father, son, brother, pastor and friend, to know Him was to love him. He was the proprietor of A Manicured Lawn LLC, founding pastor of Apostolic Church of Akron, a generous giver and an enthusiastic fisherman and hunter. He touched the lives of all whose paths he crossed. He is survived by Victoria, his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 28 years; sons, CJ and Brandon; parents, Carl and Becky, all of Akron; brother, Rick (Maryann) Wright of Moundsville, West Virginia; sister, Teresa (Jim) Horvath of Barberton; nephews, nieces and an extended family, church family and friends that will miss him terribly. Funeral service will be Dec.17, 6 p.m, at Apostolic Church, 1717 Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Barberton. Family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Bishop Rodney Pamer officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery.



David A. Shaffer Sr.

David A. Shaffer Sr., 58, passed away Dec. 15. He was a life resident of Barberton. Dave was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1975 and retired from the city of Barberton with 20 years of service. He was a member of Barberton Moose 759, Barberton Liedertafel and the Hunky Club. Dave was a husband, father, brother, grandfather to be and a friend to many that will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Monica; survived by his son, David Shaffer Jr (Andrea); wife, Debra; brother, Kevin (Kathy) Shaffer; sister, Debbie Bertolino; his first grandchild, Blake, which is due to arrive in February; dear friend, Tina Perry; along with other relatives and friends. Dave’s family will receive friends Dec. 18, 7-9 p.m. and also Dec. 19, 10-11 a.m., at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with a graveside service to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. There will be a Moose service Dec. 18, 8:30 p.m. A celebration of David’s life and luncheon will be held at the Barberton Moose, 250 31 St., NW, Barberton, after the graveside service on Saturday.    



William “Dave” Ennemoser

William “Dave” Ennemoser moved forward Dec. 14, at the age of 66. He graduated from Tallmadge High School, lived in Barberton for many years and was a devoted husband to Mary, who preceded him to heaven in 2010. Dave retired as Manager of Norton Self Storage and was a member of the Spiritual Temple of Praise (STOP) in Barberton. Dave was a devoted stepfather to six children, Jerry (Beth), Todd (Alison), Eric Baughman, Michele (Joe) Patterson, Dawn (Matt) Corsaro and Kris (Dean) Beddow. In addition, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Chris) Hibbitt; stepfather, Franklin Leach; brother, Robert (Belinda) Ennemoser; sister, Debbie (Gary) Wears; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. The family wishes to thank the staff at ManorCare Barberton for their devoted care over the past year. Dave’s family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m., at STOP, 369 Seventh Street, Barberton. Services will follow at 12:30 p.m., with Pastor Ron Chaffman Jr. officiating. Condolences and special memories may be shared online at www.heritagecremation.com.


James F. Hegarty

James F. Hegarty, 78, passed away, Dec. 14, following a long illness. He was born in Barberton, July 7, 1937. Jim was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1955 and the University of Akron. Jim had a long and successful career with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.  During his time with the company he held various financial and management positions that took him around the world, which included long term family postings in Liberia, the Philippines, Singapore and Italy. In 1994, he left Firestone to lead the International Natural Rubber Association based in Malaysia from which he retired in 1998. Jim was an avid golfer, a dedicated sports fan, an adventurous eater and a good father. He will be missed by many. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank J. and Agnes McNamara Hegarty and wife, Winifred Hellinger Hegarty.  Survivors include his sons, Delmer L. (Monica) of South Burlington, Vermont and James M. of Wooster; grandchildren, Ian, Andy, Alec, Sarah and Victoria; daughter-in-law, Catherine Dluzyn-Hegarty; brothers, John (Linda) of Atlanta, Frank (Helen) of Seville and Thomas (Linda) of Wadsworth; sisters, Veronica and Eileen Hegarty of Barberton and Margaret Whapham of Hudson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jim’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Pleasant View Health Care for the care and support both he and they received. His family will receive friends Dec. 18, 3:30-6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Prayer service will be at 3:30 p.m., with Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Jim’s resting place will be with his wife, Winifred at Sunset Hills Burial Park and Memory Gardens. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Akron Children’s Hospital, https://www.akronchildrens.org and Autism Speaks, https://www.autismspeaks.org.



Robert Gibson

Robert Gibson, 73, passed away Dec. 12. Bob was born Nov. 9, 1942, to the late Harold and Henrietta Gibson in Barberton. He grew up in Norton and then proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Bob retired from Babcock and Wilcox. He enjoyed working with the Barberton Band Boosters and spending time by the campfire. He was a member of Grace Church in Norton with his wife Leah. Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Bill; and sister, Rita Johnson. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Leah; sons, Robert (Bridget) Gibson, Joseph Gibson, Bradley (Tara) Gibson; daughters, Tina (Frank) Miller, Elizabeth Gibson (Jesse Greathouse); 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Patricia (Henry) Landmann. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., with funeral services beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Bob Combs officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E Market St, Akron, OH 44308 in memory of Bob. Funeral Home map, directions and the Gibson Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website.



Joann Sommers

Joann Sommers, 81, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 9.  Joann was born in Barberton on July 1, 1934, to the late Beryl and Virginia (Ruckman) Hughes. A resident of Doylestown for many years, she was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a postal carrier at the Doylestown Post Office. Joann was a member of the Doylestown Senior Citizens and enjoyed racing, bowling and playing euchre with family and friends. She will sadly be missed by her countless friends and racing families from many different area tracks. Preceded in death by her husband, Raymond H. in 2011; she is survived by her son, Doug Sommers; daughter, Pam Sommers; grandchildren, Beth (Gabe) Sahadi, Michael and Sheldon Sommers; great-grandchild, Isabella Sahadi; brother, Edward “Sonny” (Ruth) Hughes; many nieces, nephews, other family and dear friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 14, 11 a.m., at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St, Doylestown, with Pastor Rod Pamer officiating. Burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends and family called Dec. 13. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.




Norma J. Sukie (nee Richards)

Norma June Sukie, 83, passed away unexpectedly after surgery, Dec. 9. Norma was born in Barberton to the late Orrin and Marie Richards. She was a graduate of Barberton High School Class of 1950 and the City Hospital of Akron School of Nursing. She retired in 1994 as an RN from Akron City Hospital. Norma was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She enjoyed life in general, music, poetry, vacations at the beach and her trips to the casino. There was nothing more precious though to her than being a wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Regina Marie; brothers, William, Orrin and Norman; and sister, Elaine Richards. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Joseph C.; daughters, Rebecca Sukie, Linda Sukie, Sandra (Ernest) Povirk, Theresa (Daniel) Askew and Victoria (Joe) Pasternak; Her legacy of love will also continue through her 12 grandchildren. Norma also leaves her brother, Donald (Dolores) Richards; brother-in-law, Louis (Donna) Sukie; sister-in-law Violet Sukie; and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed greatly by all. Mass of Christian burial was Dec. 14, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Rev. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours were Dec. 13, at the at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers were said Dec. 14. Memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Betty Ellebruch

Betty Ellebruch, 82, passed away Dec. 10, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Betty was born April 12, 1933, in Barberton. Preceded in death by her parents, Steve “Tuh-Tuh” and Vera Angeloff; sisters, Mary Pennington and Imogene Horvath; brother, George Angeloff and her twin brother, “Jimmy” Angeloff. Betty is survived by her husband, Adam, whom she visited faithfully every two weeks for almost six years at the Veterans Home in Sandusky; her two children, Roger Ellebruch (Pam Mollric) of Barberton and Linda (Larry Hutchison) Ellebruch of Oregon; along with many other relatives and friends. Over the years, Betty was blessed to have special people in her life. Marge Angeloff, her sister-law, who was more like a sister and went grocery shopping and out to eat with Betty every Saturday. Her neighbor, Pam Brian, who was a “God send” to mom and our family; Bobbie Coleman and his mom, June who came with the neighborhood. Bobbie rode his bike up and down the street that Betty lived on, he was a daily fixture at mom’s house for coffee for many years. The Hose Family of Norton, who Betty baby sat their granddaughter, Allison for six years.  They loved her as much as we did. A special thank-you to all of mom’s doctors and their staff. Barberton Citizens Hospital, Pleasant View Health Care and Akron General Hospice on Ridgewood Road, who took care of Betty. We are eternally grateful to all those who visited and support her, mom was blessed. “We walk around and do not know who the angels are.” Following Betty’s wishes, there will be no services.



Victoria A. Lipovsky (nee Labak)

Victoria A. Lipovsky (nee Labak), 67, passed away Dec. 12, after a short illness. Vicki was born in Cambridge and lived in Barberton most of her life, where she graduated from Barberton High School in 1966. She was a loving wife and devoted mother. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph L. Sr. and Mary T. (Hlas); she is survived by her husband, August J. (Gus); children, Scott T. of Margate, Florida, Kathleen T. of Akron, Samantha J. (Eric) Croft, Andrew J. and Angela V., all of Barberton; grandchildren, McKayla Lipovsky, Johnny Devenport, Faith Adkins, Colby Lipovsky and Kaiden Croft; brothers, Michael (Laura) Labak of South Carolina, Rev. Fr. Joseph L. Labak Jr. of Wadsworth and Patrick (Laura) Labak of Medina; sister, Helen (Martin) Zemanek of Lorain; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at Summa Barberton Hospital CCU for their loving and tender care of Vicki. Mass of Christian burial will be. Dec. 15, 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 260 Broad St., Wadsworth. Rev. Joseph L. Labak Jr. celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours, Dec. 13, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Earl M. Carpenter 

Earl M. Carpenter, 87, of Wooster died Dec. 5, at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1928, in Akron to Cecil and Gertrude Williams Carpenter. On July 23, 1960, he married Margaret J. Mackey. She preceded him in death, May 17, 2007. Earl was a truck driver and a member of the Living Water Fellowship. Earl served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a member of Ebenezer Lodge 33 F & AM and American Legion Post 68.  He enjoyed camping and the outdoors. He is survived by his stepchildren, Ronald (Lavaun) Mackey of Minot, North Dakota and David (Karen) Gray of Wooster; children, Andrew, Donald, Wilma, Harold and James Carpenter; stepgrandchildren, Rhonda and Paula Mackey, Lisa Church and Jason Gray and a step-great-grandson, Christopher Mackey. Along with his wife, Earl was preceded in death by his parents and a stepdaughter, Sandra Church. Inurnment of his cremains will be Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, 2 p.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road, Seville. Friends will be received Wednesday Jan. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. Contributions may be directed to American Heart Association, 3505 Embassy Parkway, Suite 100, Akron, OH 44333 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 202, Independence, OH 44131. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.



Gary Hurst Matney

Gary Matney, 81, died Dec. 7. He was born in Pike County, Kentucky, Aug. 21, 1934. Gary lived in Barberton for most of his life and was a graduate of Barberton High School, Class of 1952.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. Gary retired from BF Goodrich Corporate Headquarters in 2003 with 34 years of service. He was active in the community serving on both the Barberton and Summit County Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committees, Mum Fest Committee, Barberton High School Alumni Association, Magic City Kiwanis, Summa Barberton Hospital volunteer and was a Magics sports fan for more than 50 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Dewey B. Matney and Fannie E. (Flanary) Matney; sister, Phyllis Matheny and brothers, Alton M. Matney and Sherwin R. Matney; Gary is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 57 years, Lois (Rouch) Matney; son, Randal G. Matney; daughter, Gail B. (Timothy) Phillips, all of Barberton. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Dugan of Millersburg; brother, Harold Matney of Medina; five nieces, nine nephews, sister-in-law, Donna (Lee) Alkire of Barberton; brother-in-law, Norman (Toni) Rouch of Long Beach, California and many friends. and many friends. Gary’s family received friends Dec. 11, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service was Dec. 14, at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Lois & Gary Matney Scholarship Fund at the Barberton Community Foundation, 460 W. Paige Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. This fund is for Barberton High School graduates who wish to pursue a career in nursing.




James Dean “Rudy” Rudibaugh

James Dean “Rudy” Rudibaugh, 72, passed away Dec. 6. Born on Oct. 12, 1943 in Lisbon, to the late Walter D. and Evelyn M. (Klein) Rudibaugh, he was a resident of Doylestown for the past 41 years. James was employed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol with 16 years of service, and was previously with Babcock and Wilcox for 25 years. He was owner and Grand Master, Ninth Dan Black Belt of The Art of Karate in Barberton, which he and his wife Becky established in 1976.  A veteran of the US Army serving during the Vietnam Era, he was a member of the Doylestown American Legion Post 407 and Sons of the American Revolution. James was avid motorcycle rider, probably best known in the community for the many customs that he built by hand and loved to ride and show at different events. Preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Schaffer; he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rebecca R. (nee Freeman); daughters, Brenda L. (Chris) Rader of Dallas, Georgia, Heidi L. Rudibaugh of Barberton; grandchildren, Karlea R. Rollins, Kaylea R. Rollins, Kenneth J. Rudibaugh; brothers, Gary L. of Charleston, Illinois, Kenneth D. (Paula) of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, Jack (Sherry) of Evansville, Indiana; many nieces, nephews, friends and students whom he had mentored through the years. Funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m., at the Crossroads Assembly of God, 10220 Wooster Pike, Creston, with Pastor Garry Menke, officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends and family may call Dec. 9, 4-8 p.m., at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown and one hour prior to service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307.  Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



Kenneth E. Sakich Sr. “Sooch”

Kenneth E. Sakich Jr., “Sooch”, 74, passed away peacefully at his residence, Dec. 6. Kenny was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired from the Barberton Police Department after 25 years as a police officer. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Barberton and the FOP 13. Preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Mary; father and mother-in-law, John and Helen Anushock; sisters, Dorothy Allen and Marie Campbell; daughter-in-law, April Sakich; grandson, Joshua Boyes; and brothers-in-law, Fred Brown, Dennis DeWitt and Ronald Large; He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda A.; sons, Kenneth Jr. of Doylestown and Christopher of Wadsworth; daughter, Lisa (Gary) Boyes of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Clay and Peyton Sakich and Molly and Garrett Boyes; sisters-in-law Janet DeWitt, Diane Lynn and Helen Large; brothers-in-law Garry Campbell and John (Debbie) Anushock; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, December 10, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Memorial Service to follow at 5 p.m., with Don Bolich officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family c/o the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Jamie D. Killian

Jamie D. Killian, 46, passed away Nov. 22. He previously worked numerous jobs in the construction and electrical fields. He now joins his grandparents, Steve and Margaret Persinskie and uncle, Steve Elliott. He is survived by his mother, Barbara A. Killian; his best buddies, Bear and Cleo; several cousins and a host of friends. God rest, Jamie. Your struggles are over. Go in peace. Funeral service was Nov. 25, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Bishop Rodney Pamer officiating. Family also received friends Nov. 25 at Cox Funeral Home.  



Alma Zimmerman

Alma Zimmerman, 87, passed away Dec. 6. She was born Dec. 30, 1927, in New Enterprise, Pennsylvania to Merle and Electa Eshelman. She retired from Acme Fresh Market after 33 years of service.  Alma was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Elvin “Bud” Zimmerman; three brothers and four sisters. She is survived by daughter, Joyce (Richard) Doney; son, Ryan (Susan) Zimmerman; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Doney, Bradley Zimmerman and Mitchell Zimmerman. Also surviving are Alma’s close friends, Dolly Bilinovich, Joan Sams and many other close friends. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. Interment at Bedford County Memorial Park in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Funeral home map, directions and the Zimmerman Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website.


Patricia A. Thein

Patricia A. Thein, 69, passed away Dec. 1. She is survived by children, Jerry, Michael (Aimee), Wendy (James) Talbot and Charles (Bobbi Jo); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Browne; sisters, Beverly (Jim) Nicholson and Rosemary (Russ) Neal. Patricia’s family will received friends Dec. 5, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.



Genevia A. “Jean” “Annie” Keller 

Genevia A. “Jean” “Annie” Keller, 89, passed away Dec. 4. Jean retired from Sears after many years of service and enjoyed traveling the world. “If Mr. Clean had a wife, she’d be it!” Preceded in death by her parents, Brady and Kate Tucker; husband, James and daughter, Rebecca Muffet; survived by her favorite and worst son-in-law, Joe (Shirley) Muffet; grandchildren, Kristen Schweier and Stacy (Matt) Willett; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Katie, Nathan and Julia; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 9, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Mike Petrochuk officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Annie’s family will receive friends Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to BACM, 939 Norton Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203.



Charlotte Ann (Annie) Hiem Roman 

Charlotte Ann was brought into this world May 6, 1943, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and departed peacefully early Sunday morning, Nov. 29, in the presence of her loving family. Charlotte Ann was known for her warmth and generosity. Being a breast cancer survivor, she shared her strength and compassion with the community as a volunteer at the Parkview West Breast Imaging Center at Summa Barberton Citizen's Hospital and had recently been recognized for her 3,000 hours of service. Charlotte Ann enjoyed and cherished her bonded friendships from her weekly card games at the Barberton and Springfield Senior Centers. Charlotte Ann is survived by her children, Daniel Roman and Lauren Haas (spouse), Denise Roman and Dawn Roman and Emerson Lynn (spouse); grandchildren, Maya Haas and Simon Roman. Services will be held Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., at Adams Funeral Home, 791 E. Market Street, Akron. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Labre Indian School (www.stlabre.org). This charity was very dear to Charlotte Ann's heart.



Mrs. Elnore Anna Wyatt Gore

Mrs. Elnore Anna Wyatt Gore, 94 of Franklin, Georgia, passed away at her home, Nov. 15. Mrs. Gore was born in Spencer, West Virginia, Feb. 26, 1921, the daughter of the late Arville Wilson Wyatt and J Elijah Wyatt. After graduating from high school, young Elnore attended business school and learned all the things she needed to assist in running a business. Desiring to assist in the war effort during World War II, she used her skills at the Goodyear Aircraft Base where they built the Chance Vought F 4 U Corsair Plane. Many years later she met and married the love of her life, Ralph Gore and became a second mother to his children. For over 20 years, she assisted her beloved husband as bookkeeper of his business, Barberton TV and Appliance Center. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed preparing special meals for all to enjoy. During the summer months she worked diligently to can all of the luscious vegetables from their garden. She was a very gifted seamstress who was sought out far and near for her talents with a needle. Attending church was very important to her and she did so until her health would no longer permit it. Mrs. Elnore was known for her very giving heart, and she never tired of helping all those she knew and loved. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband Ralph Gore of Franklin, Georgia. Preceded in death by stepchildren, Herbert R.Gore II and Denise Cooper. Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Zabitski (John) of Barberton; two sons, Joseph Gore (Helen) of Barberton, James Gore (Debbie Hood) of Akron and son-in-law, Mike Cooper of Canton; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.



Phyllis (Hoppe) Riffle

Phyllis (Hoppe) Riffle, 86, passed peacefully into heaven Nov. 30, joining loved ones who have gone before. Born in Minnesota, she graduated from Coventry High School and lived most of her life in Barberton. She belonged to the Barberton Women of the Moose Chapter 61 where she was a member of the College of Regents. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert L. Riffle; son, Gary Riffle; parents, Herman and Flora Hoppe; brother, Warner; sisters, Maxine and Janice. She is survived by daughters Pamela Riffle, Libby (James) Brentlinger, and Nancy (Terry) Stoll; daughter-in-law, Kara (Ed) Kovac; brother, Glenn Hoppe; sisters-in-law, Mary Cheslock and Hazel Wilson; brother-in-law, Charles (Dot) Riffle; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by best friends Betty Bechter and Pat Osborne along with a large extended “family” that called her “mom” and “grandma”. Funeral service will be Dec. 4, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Randy Vandemark officiating. Burial at Greenlawn. Calling hours will be Dec. 3, 5-7:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home. Women of the Moose service to follow at 7:30 p.m.



Richard Bernard Ross

Richard Bernard Ross, 89, died Nov. 28, surrounded by his family. He was born July 2, 1926 in York, Pennsylvania to the late Margie Livingston and C. Harry Ross. He served his country in World War II, earning a Bronze Star Medal and served as a Second Lieutenant in the Korean War. He graduated from Houghton College and Dallas Theological Seminary.  He went on to serve the Lord and touch many lives through his ministry in the Presbyterian Church. He retired from First Presbyterian Church of Barberton with over 25 years, he then continued as interim pastor for several Presbyterian and UCC congregations including Greystone Pres (Indiana, Pennsylvania), Lancaster, New York , concluding his ministry in Apple Creek UCC. Richard is survived by his wife, Carolyn Briese; daughters, Elizabeth Ross (Rand Kollman) and Kathryn Ross (Todd Landrey); grandson, Alexander Landrey; stepchildren, Valerie Briese, Melissa Briese and Tony Briese. He is also survived by siblings, Janet Smith (Joseph), Jean Neuman (Edward), William Ross (Robin Drawbaugh), Julia Strope, Jane Downton (Hedley); along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by brother, Robert Ross and his wife of 52 years, Jean Tutton Ross. Richard will be lovingly remembered for his ministry of compassion, love of all animals and nature, his German Shorthaired Pointers and woodworking artistry. A memorial service is planned for Dec. 4, 2 p.m., at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Houghton College, Office of Advancement, One Williard Ave., P.O. Box 128, Houghton, NY 14744,  advancement@houghton.edu;  Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AK 72202,  info@heifer.org;  or National Audubon Society, audubon@emailcustomerservice.com. 


     

Elaine M. Craft (nee Schellenberger) 

Elaine M. Craft, 59, passed away Nov. 26, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Elaine was born in Akron and was a life resident of Barberton. She worked at National Computer and also at O’Neils. Her spirit and personality put a smile on everyone’s face. Preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Thelma Schellenberger; and sister, Gloria Antal; She is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Michael T.; daughter Katelyn Jane; sisters Carol (Brian) Canale and Barbara Chapman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Dec. 2, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to help the family at www.gofundme.com/cuc645d8


Eugene F. Van Oss 

Eugene F. Van Oss, 84, passed away Nov. 27. A resident of Barberton since 1992, he retired from Chrysler in 1988. Eugene was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Preceded in death by his parents, H.R. and Cecilia Van Oss; he is survived by his wife, Helene; daughter, Debbie; along with five other children; six grandchildren and five brothers. Funeral service will be Dec. 1, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. David Majikas officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Eugene’s family will be receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Augustine Endowment Fund, 204 Sixth St., NW, Barberton, OH 44203.



Judith “Judy” Lynn Jones

Judith “Judy” Lynn Jones, 67, passed away Nov. 29. Judy was born in Barberton, Sept. 21, 1948, she was a life resident of Barberton and was a graduate of Barberton High School.  She worked at Ohio Brass and retired from Akron General Medical Center in April 2015 with 28 years of service. Judy enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a Cleveland Browns fan and enjoyed watching the reality television series, “Survivor.” Judy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago.  She had been courageously battling this disease since that time. She is the epitome of the motto, “small but mighty.” Although she was never large in stature, her will to beat her disease was larger than life. She was one of the strongest women we have known. When faced with tough decisions, Judy always chose to fight. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Juanita Jones. She is survived by her cousins and caretakers, Bill and Becky Jerome and their extended families from Norton, along with a host of other cousins. Her family wishes to express their gratitude to Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Center of Ridgewood Road, Copley, for their excellent care that Judy received. Funeral service will be Dec. 2,  2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Judy’s family will receive friends from noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, C/O Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307-2463.



Richard D. Creighton

Richard D. Creighton, 94, of Yuma, Arizona, died at home Veterans Day, Nov. 11. He was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Marietta and raised in the Marietta and Parkersburg, West Virginia area. In 1942 he married Irene Crispin and two months later enlisted in the Army Air Corp having served in Africa, Italy, France and Germany during World War II. After his service, he and Irene moved to Barberton. In 1950, he joined the Barberton Fire Department having been appointed captain in 1962. He retired after 26 years of service to care for Irene who had developed multiple sclerosis. Together they travelled and enjoyed life to the fullest while making their home in Yuma, Arizona in 1983. Irene passed in 1995 but Richard continued to travel, visit family and was active until the time of his death. He is survived by sons, Ronald Creighton of Henderson, Nevada and Richard A. (Jackie) Creighton of Ramona, California; six grandchildren; great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Norma Riley of Phoenix, Arizona and Madeline Thomas of Parkersburg; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and both he and Irene will be interred at the National Cemetery in San Diego, California at a later date.



Vicki Lee Nelson

Vicki Lee Nelson, 61 of Barberton, passed away unexpectedly at her residence Nov. 22. She was born in Barberton, Sept. 26, 1954. The daughter of Kenneth Nelson Sr. and Princetta Barthalow. She is survived by her sons, Brian Barthalow of Toledo, Jesse (Jennifer) Collmar of Akron and Clinton (Jodi) Burbridge of Mount Vernon. A brother, Kenneth “Burr” (Jackie) Nelson of Akron; sisters, Laura McKee and Julie Summerville of Norton; two nephews, John and Dylan McKee; and one very special grandson, Leeland Collmar. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Barb Wakefield and brother, Robert Nelson. “Grammy” enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her grandson and was very proud of her sons, no matter what. Her love for them was unequaled. She was always there to listen to your problems and would give you her undivided support without passing judgment. She also shared a very close bond with her siblings and they were always there to lend each other a helping hand, regardless of the situation. She shared love with everyone she knew and she was truly a kind spirit. Some of her favorite things were her many times on the beaches of Florida, spending time wither her loved ones, riding Harleys and the love of her feline companions. Vicki Lee will be missed greatly and her memory will be cherished by many. “As the sun shines down on a snow free winter day. We will remember Vicki (gypsy) Lee as the free spirit she was! We will see Vicki at the sunset in the ripples of the Florida sun. Then the full moon comes out to shine for us to say goodnight! We love you!” The family will observe a private memorial at a later date.



Frankie Pierce

Frankie Pierce, 33, passed away Nov. 21. Preceded in death by his father, Frankie W.; survived by his wife, Wendi; daughter, Autumn; son, Frankie; mother, Helen Pierce; sisters, Melissa (Brandon) Gwinn, Tanya (Travis) Gwinn; brother, Isaac Pierce; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dale and Barb Dorsey Sr.; mother-in-law, Suzanne Meffert; brothers-in-law, Devin and Dale Dorsey Jr.; sister-in-law, Holley Wickwire; along with many other relatives and friends.  Frankie was a wonderful husband, a great father and a friend to all. Funeral service was Nov. 28,  at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating.  Frankie’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to http://www.PayPal.Me\FrankPierceJrMemory



Terry L. Pletcher

Terry L. Pletcher, 65, passed away Nov. 27. She was a resident of Barberton for 45 years. Terry was a dedicated volunteer at the Seventh-Day Adventist Community Services Center in Barberton and a member of Barberton Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where she served as assistant treasurer. Terry is survived by her husband of 45 years, Richard; daughter, Angela (Rusty) Shobe; son, Eric Pletcher; grandchildren, Brittany, Krystal, Jonathon, Corey, Tashalin, Colin and Abigail; great-grandchildren, David, Vivienne, Jaden, Aubrey, Alexander and Ethan; brother, David Parks; along with other family members and friends. Following Terry’s wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. at Barberton Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 471 Jefferson Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Chester Hitchcock officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Barberton Seventh-Day Adventist Church memorial fund. 



Lee Roy Horton

Lee Roy Horton, 91, passed away Nov. 27. A resident of Barberton/Doylestown most of his life, he retired from Babcock and Wilcox with over 30 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Opal. Funeral service will be Dec. 1, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Moses officiating.  Lee Roy’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of his service.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, C/O Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307-2463.


Mark A. Mitchell 

Mark A. Mitchell, 54, passed away Nov. 15. Mark was born in Barberton where he was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1979. He was also a graduate of the Akron School of Practical Nursing and the Aultman School of Nursing. Mark loved his dogs and cats and growing flowers was a passion of his. Preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Sue Mitchell; He is survived by his son, Derek I. of Akron; parents, Eugene "Dutch" and Sandy of Barberton; brothers, Eugene T. of Barberton, Richard J. of Chicago and Christopher S. (Lisa) of Barberton; nephew, Brevan; niece, Madison; and friend, Darrell Gates. Memorial Services will be Dec. 1, 11 a.m., at the Southwest Church of Christ, 516 33rd St. SW, Barberton. Pastor Nathan Robinson officiating. http://www.silva-hostetler.com.



Kenton C. Hart
Kenton C. Hart, 70, passed away Nov. 28. He was born June 17, 1945 in Clay County, West Virginia, living most of his life in Barberton. Kenton was a Vietnam veteran, spending a year in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne. He was employed by the RC/7-UP Company for 34 years. In his younger years, Kenny enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball, unfortunately men’s fast-pitch died well before he did. He also kept track of Barberton High School sports teams, always complaining when the box scores didn’t get put in the newspaper. But most of all, Kenny loved his family. A beautiful wife of 48 years, Irene; two hard working boys and their wives, Brian (Laura) and Mike (Chyenne); five grandchildren, with all the potential in the world, Alex, Trevor, Sydney, Josh and Zander. An amazing older sister, named Drema. He also was so thankful for his lifelong friends, Bob and Charlene Wolfe. Kenny never liked to bother people, with that in mind there will be no calling hours. Funeral service will be Dec. 1, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Paul Howe officiating.  Burial to follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.



Jonathan A. Jones

Jonathan A. Jones, 30, went to be with his Lord and Savior Nov. 20. Jonathan was an amazing artist.  He loved all Cleveland sports, especially baseball which carried over to his nephew, Austin. His charisma carried into his work enabling him to be the top salesman.  Because of his strong work ethic he became very close friends with his employer, Brandon Guthrie. The compassion he had for animals was truly amazing. He was always helping someone because of his huge heart. He was full of life and even in his death he was able to give the gift of life. Jonathan has joined many family members in heaven. He is survived by his father, William; mother, Bonnie (nee Johnson) (Kenny) Keefer; sister, Roxanne (John) Stender; nephew, Austin Jones; nieces, Emerald and Alixandria Stender; girlfriend, Sara Lamm; along with many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Saturday Nov. 28, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Jonathan’s family will receive friends Friday Nov. 27, 6-8 p.m. Donations may be made to the family.



Mescal Lurea Grimm Smith

Our dear beloved mother and grandmother (Mommom), Mescal Lurea Grimm Smith, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Nov. 20. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Opal (Putnam) Grimm, and her husband, Andrew “Jim” Smith. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughters, Sandra (Marty) Brumagin and Andrea (Jesse) Lamb; son, Andrew J. Smith II of Barberton; grandchildren, A.J. and Spencer Brumagin, Christina, Ashley and Jesse Lamb, Clarissa, Andrew J. Smith III and Olivia Smith; sister, Sandra (Ray) Harper of West Virginia; and brother, H.R. (Debie) Grimm of Texas. Mescal was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was also known as Queen Lady Diva among her Red Hats group, Sassy Sisters. Also volunteered at the VA Clinic in Akron. Cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of life service at Calvary Wesleyan, 139 31st St. SW (Cleveland-Massillon Road), Barberton, Saturday, Dec. 5, noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help with expenses to Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



Phyllis A. Kjell

Phyllis A. Kjell, 86, passed away Nov. 21. A resident of Barberton for most of her life. Phyllis was a member of Crescent Club and was an avid golfer and bridge player. Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth and son, Jon; survived by her daughters, Susan (Jerry) Uhryk and Julie (Earl) Shields; daughter-in-law, Michelle Kjell; granddaughters, Meredith (Steve) Allo and Sarah (Jim) Stadler; great-granddaughters, Emma and Olivia Gaines and Emilia Allo; brothers, Bobby (Sharon) Roulette and Mike (Sue) Roulette; along with other family members and friends. Following Phyllis’ wishes, there will be no services. Cremation will take place. Inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park at a later date.



Delores “Chicky” Greenfield

Delores “Chicky” Greenfield, 61, passed away Nov. 15. Preceded in death by her husband, Heywood N. Greenfield, PhD. and mother, Anna Marie “Nita” Brady; survived by her brother, Eugene Brady; sister, Ludmilla Gerd Wiedemann; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Chicky loved nature, animals and spending time with her family and friends. Following her wishes, there will be no services.  Donations may be made to One of a Kind Pet Rescue, 1929 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313 in Chicky’s honor.

    


Shirley Netting Stewart

Shirley Netting Stewart, 80, passed away Nov. 19. She was born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania and resided in the Akron/Kenmore area for more than 50 years. Shirley was a homemaker and enjoyed summers at the family cottage in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by husband of 60 years, William A. “Bill” Stewart; parents, Henry and Betty Netting; she is survived by her children, Jeffery (Diane) Stewart, Terry (Ricky) Ghaster, Wendy (Rich) Blasick; grandchildren, Angela (Alex) Cortes, Christopher (Michelle) Ghaster, Paul (Valerie) Stewart, Robin Stewart and Daniel Stewart; great-grandchildren, Ane Marie, Rayghen, Joseph, Aiden, Gabryel, Ariana, Kennedy and Desmond; brother, David (Sandy) Netting; and many nieces and nephews. And her beloved cocker spaniel, Bandit. Funeral service will be Nov. 24, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, Pastor Dave McGrath officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling hours will be Nov. 23, 7 - 9 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Akron.



Michael W. Mort

Michael W. Mort, 63, passed away Nov. 12. Preceded in death by his father, William F. Mort and step-father, Joseph E. “Larry” Hauser Jr.; Mike is survived by his wife, Mary (nee McDevitt); mother, Joan Mort-Hauser; daughter, Erin Mort; one grandson; grandmother, Louisa Huddleston; sister, Charlene; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Michael’s family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to his brother-in-law, Peter Dodge and his family for all the care and support that he received. Following Mike’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private service was held for his family with Fr. Thomas McCann officiating.  Inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.



Patricia M. Fortner

Patricia M. Fortner, 66, passed away Nov. 15. A life resident of Barberton, she retired from Wright Tool. Preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Kathryn Fern; brother, Dale Fern and sister, Leona Shaffer; Pat is survived by her children, Kimyata Fortner (Jeff Holt), Kenneth Edward Fortner and Tanya K. (Bob) Cathey; grandchildren, Matthew Fortner, Marty Norman Jr., Brittney K. Blevins, Piper Madison Fortner, Lindsay (Brady) Sickles, Brittany Nicole Cathey; great-grandchildren, Amiiah Nicole Sickles and Robert Thomas Sickles; brothers and sisters, Robert (Joey) Fern, Imagene Gregory, Phyllis (Bill Shirey, Gerald (Debra) Fern and Larry (Kim) Fern; life-long friend, Vicki Miller and many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Calling hours will be Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, followed by her funeral service at 4 p.m., with Pastor Robert Webb officiating.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Akron, OH 44319 in Pat’s name.



W. John Shimp

A gentle soul joined God and the angels, Nov. 14. W. John Shimp passed away at the age of 70. He was an artist who loved both nature and technology and also really loved cats. He earned a BFA in photography from the University of Akron. He worked many years as a Media Technician at Bedford High School and Stark State College. He studied martial arts and meditation for over 50 years, teaching Tai Chi and natural spiritual healing for more than 20 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Nancy; survivors include his daughter, Kathy Shimp; ex-wife and friend, Jean Shimp; brother, Bob; many nieces, nephews, friends and students. Funeral service will be Nov. 20, 6 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Rev. Robert Jackson officiating. Calling hours one hour to the service. Private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Lynette M. Porter

Lynette M. (Machnauer) Porter, 66, of Barberton, went to be with her Lord and Savior Nov. 18. She was born Aug. 12, 1949, in Lorain. She was a longstanding member of Norton Community Church of the Nazarene, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She retired from Coventry Local Schools in 2011, where she worked as a substitute teacher, a librarian, a Title 1 reading tutor and a math intervention specialist over 14 years. Prior to employment at Coventry, she taught third grade in Elyria, Ohio for nine years. She took great joy in sharing her love of books and reading with anyone, especially her grandson. She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard. Surviving are her mother, Georgeanna (Jean) Machnauer; husband of 44 years, Marvin; daughter, Megan (Mark) Denny; sister, Dorothea (Glenn) Forrester; and her pride and joy, grandson Nicholas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Norton Community Church of the Nazarene. A memorial service will be held at the church, 1177 Norton Avenue, with Rev. Joseph Frank officiating, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. 



Pauline B. Emminger

Pauline Bernice Emminger, 83, passed away Nov. 16. She was born Nov. 4, 1932 in Akron to Matthew and Meda Jones. She retired as a medical secretary having worked for Dr. Y.T. Wu. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Joseph; sister, Alice Collier; brothers, Matthew and Harry; and daughter-in-law, Paula A. Emminger. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Dale) Genet; son, Joseph Emminger; sisters, Katherine Mitchell, and Eulalie Jones; grandchildren, David (Nicole) Genet, and Randy (Melissa) Genet; and great-grandchildren, Cameron, Carter, Julia, Miley, Morgan, Madison and Marcus. The family will greet friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Nov. 17, 4-8 p.m., where services will be Nov. 18, 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Bob Combs officiating. Interment will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Altercare of Wadsworth, 147 Garfield St., Wadsworth, OH  44281 in memory of Pauline. Funeral home map, directions, and the Emminger Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website.



Rita A. (Kepler) Young

Rita A. (Kepler) Young, 85, passed away Nov. 16. She was born in Crooksville, Ohio and had been a Barberton resident most of her life where she was a life member of VFW 1066 Ladies Auxiliary. Rita enjoyed spending her winters in Florida where she had many friends. She was also very fond of her trip to Hawaii on her 80th birthday. Preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lorena; first husband, William B. Kepler; daughter, Debra (Kepler) Schultz; son, William Kepler; grandson, Beau Kepler; and stepdaughter, Laurie (Young) Trusky. She will be missed by her loving husband, Jerry W.; sons, John(Irene) Kepler and Rick (Ellen) Kepler; daughter, Karen (John) Biagetti; stepson, Gerald (Susan) Young; stepdaughters, Linda (Gary) Kellar and Julie (Terry) Kuhn; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Spence; sisters, Jean (Spence) Ali and Peg Spence; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Ewald. Funeral Service will be Friday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Rev. John Henniger officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Thursday, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com. 



Edna G. Leidel

Edna G. Leidel, 80, went home to be with the Lord, Nov. 15. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia to Kenny and Georgia Butcher. Edna retired from Krispy Kreme after 25 years of service and was a member of Crossroads Community Church. She was a loving wife of 61 years and dedicated mother of four. The light of her life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She adored spending time with her entire family and each one of them endlessly and unconditionally. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenny and Georgia Butcher; brothers, Carl, Fred, Paul and Billy; sisters, Gale Croft and Beulah Minninger. She is survived by her husband, James; son, Jimmy; daughters, Debi, Vicki (Doug) Kovatch and Bobbi (John) Canterbury; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ann Butcher; and nieces, nephews and friends. Celebration of life will be Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church, 700 Gates St., Doylestown, with Pastor Jerry Butcher officiating. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossroads Community Church.



Jackie Alexander Lautar

Jackie Alexander Lautar, passed away Nov. 13. Jackie was born Aug. 19, 1958, in Memphis, Tennessee to parents Jack and Jean Alexander. She lived in the Memphis area and most recently resided in Germantown. She graduated from Elliston Baptist Academy and Memphis State University with a degree in accounting with summa cum laude honors. She worked her way through school at the family business, Alexander Auto Parts. She also worked at The Q Sports Club before beginning a rewarding career in Real Estate with Crye-Leike. She was a broker with ABR, CRS, and GRI designations. Jackie was past President of Memphis Realty Group and Life Member of the Memphis Area Association Multi-Million Dollar Club. She married her husband Stan Oct. 1999 and worked in their business Omni Bag, Inc. She is a Communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Jackie greatly enjoyed running, physical fitness, going to their cabin at Bear Creek, Alabama and spending time with family and friends. Jackie and Stan loved to travel the world with the business taking them to Argentina, Brazil and Canada. Jackie absolutely loved spending time with all her grandchildren and nephews.  She touched the lives of many and will greatly be missed by all. Jackie is survived by husband, Stan; stepdaughters, Jenna Lautar Jacques (Collierville) and Amy Lautar Smith (Windsor, California); grandchildren: Andrew Rivis, Ben Smith, Ethan Smith, Davis Jacques and William Jacques; father, Jack Alexander (Sherry),(Collierville, Tennessee):  brother, J. Alexander (Cindi), nephews Cade and Jack Alexander (Gainesville, Georgia); brother, Jerry W. Alexander (Memphis) and many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. A funeral mass will follow visitation at 11 a.m. After funeral mass, family and friends may proceed to Memorial Park Cemetery for interment at the Columbarium. Jackie was very grateful for all the blessings in her life and possessed a very giving nature. In keeping with her generous spirit, the family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to DEBRA, Inc. (www.debra.org) or to a charity close to your heart. 


Joanne Bricker (Gerstenslager)

Joanne Bricker (Gerstenslager), 73, passed away Nov. 9. She devoted her life to being a homemaker, unconditionally loving and taking care of her family. Joanne also enjoyed working with “Friends of Pets” and rescuing stray or abused animals. There wasn’t a stray that she could turn away. She and her husband, Wayne, also enjoyed the time that they owned and operated Wayne’s Third Base Tavern in the 1980s. Preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Audrey Gerstenslager; loving husband, of 41 years, Wayne and her beloved son, Craig; Joanne is survived by her cherished children, Dwayne (Bonnie) and Tamara (John) Wells; grandchildren, Rhiannon Rae, Kyle Allen, Kelsey Ann, Kaitlyn Abbey, Chloe Anne and Bailey Rae; great-grandchildren, Isabella Rose and Jackson Edward Thomas and dear friends, Chuck and Bob. While we truly appreciate the thoughts and prayers of our friends, a private service will be held for the family. Condolences may be sent to the Bricker Family in care of the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



Lonnie J Mullens

Lonnie J Mullens, 88, went home to be with the Lord Nov. 14. He was born in Dorfee, West Virginia, Aug. 1, 1927. He lived most of his life in Barberton, moved to Florida in 1989 and returned to Ohio in 2015. Lonnie retired from Rockwell International with 30 years service. He loved his sports, especially his bowling and horseshoes. He was preceded in death by his brothers; Woodrow Norman, Private James L Mullens (KIA), Tom Mullens and Herb Mullens; his sister, Emily McDonald; and his son, John Summerfield. He is survived by his wife, Honey Boo Boo, Thelma, of 60 years. Daughters, Patricia Boden (Roger); Sherry Hitchcock (Lewis) and Linda Grover (Ernie); sons, Ken Madden and Ray Bartschy; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Funeral service will be Nov. 18, 11 a.m., with family receiving friends one hour prior at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Annette Tuck officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Evelyn L. Nero

Evelyn Lorraine Nero, 93, passed away Nov. 10. She was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Clarksburg, West Virginia to William T. and Susan (Hattie) Watkins. She was raised in Bridgeport, West Virginia and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1940. Evelyn went on to graduate from White Cross Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus in 1943 and then joined the Army Nursing Corps in 1944. Being a West Virginia girl, Evelyn loved the outdoors; everything from hiking and walking to spending time in her flower garden. Additionally, Evelyn was interested in local history and her family genealogy. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband of 56 years, John; sister, Mary Reedy; brother, Archie Watkins; and grandson, Aaron Nero. She is survived by sons, J. David (Jennie) and Gary (Laurel Foot); sisters, Martha Harmond, Mildred Cox, and Agnes Bokey; grandchildren, Steven (Katie), Paul (Kim), Jonathan (Heidi) and Sarah Buch; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Andrew, Jeffrey, Stephen, Owen, Wyatt and Ellie; former daughter-in-law, Rebecca Nassar; brother-in-law Robert (Vivian) Negrue; and many nephews and nieces. Graveside services will be held at Lockwood Cemetery. The Nero Family condolence book is available at the funeral home website.



Bernadette “Bernie” Zimmerman O’Neal

Mrs. Bernadette “Bernie” Zimmerman O’Neal, 69 of Chatsworth, Georgia, died Oct. 12, in Calhoun. She was born in Akron, Oct. 17, 1945, daughter of the late Victor and Mary Turanchik Zimmerman. She graduated from Kenmore High School in 1965. Mrs. O’Neal had formerly been employed with Fafnir. She attended Barrett Road Church of God. Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, John and Gina O’Neal and Duck O’Neal, all of Calhoun, Georgia; her daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and David Bradley, Sherri and Dale Peardon, and Andrea and Danny Hicks, all of Calhoun; a sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Lee Street of Akron; grandchildren, Jon Jon, Summer, Dustin, Zach, Valerie, Stephanie, Jennifer, Toni, Destiny, Davin, Tanner, Kinley, Natashia and Antoni; 15 great-grandchildren; her loving companion, Greg Filyaw; and several nieces and nephews. 



Jack M. Jacobs, Sr.

Jack M. Jacobs, Sr., born in Akron July 9, 1932, passed away Nov. 4. Jack was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Mavis Jacobs and brothers, David and Joseph; daughter-in-law, Karen Jacobs; son-in-law, Mark Davis. Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn (nee Baranchik); son, Jack Jr. of Green; daughters, Michelle Davis of Barberton and Suzanne Jacobs of Barberton; grandchildren, Jeremy (Natalie) of Evans, Georgia, Jill (Sam) Henderson of Mars, Pennsylvania, Carly Davis (Mike Spellman) of Barberton and six great-grandchildren, Jonah, Vivian, Whitney, Geneva, Everly and Eila. Also surviving are brothers, Ralph Jacobs of North Ridgeville and Gerald Jacobs of Uniontown. Jack was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after having served proudly during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Lowe. He was a member of the 1947 Barberton High School state championship football team. In 1994, he retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 30 years as a race car tire builder. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling and walking at Lake Anna. Jack was a member of Firestone VFW Post 3383, a life member of the National Rifle Association, Barberton High School Alumni Association, and a life member of Wadsworth Hunt Club,  and AARP 1104, Barberton Chapter. Friends called at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors by Firestone Post 3383. Funeral home map, directions, and the Jacobs Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website.



Sarah E. Kumse

Sarah E. Kumse, 95, passed away Nov. 8. Sarah was born in Akron and was a Barberton resident most of her life where she retired from Wallace Lincoln Mercury after 20 years of service in the finance department. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Slovene Pensioners Club and Domovina Lodge. Preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and sons, Frank Jr. and Gerald; Survivors include her sons, Jim and Jeff (Sheila); seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Calling hours will be Nov. 11, 9 - 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton, followed by mass of Christian burial at 10. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home



Diana Shultz

Diana Shultz, 65, born Sept. 21, 1950, died Nov. 6, after a brief fight with cancer. She is preceded in death by father, Orlan William Petty and survived by her mother, Betty; sisters, Vicki (Art) and Bonnie and brother, Dennis (Vicki); daughter, Jamie Train of Derby, Kansas; sons, Jason (Sara) Shultz of Boise, Idaho and James (Christopher) Shultz of Akron; one granddaughter, Kylie and two grandsons, Alex and James and loving life partner Melvin Ratcliff. Services will be Nov. 9, at Calvary Apostolic Church, 2693 Nesbitt Ave. Akron, with a memorial service to celebrate the life of Diana Shultz with visitation from 6-7 p.m., with service at 7. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to One of a Kind Pets in her honor.  



Bryant Lee Thompson Sr.

Bryant Lee Thompson Sr., 57, passed away without warning Nov. 4. Bryant was born Nov. 21, 1957, to Oscar Lee Thompson and Grace Lee O’Bryant who were united in marriage. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, ranking as LCPL. Upon return from the military he worked for the navy finance center and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 40 years of service.  As a young man, Bryant accepted Christ at St. Phillips Lutheran Church where he was a member. Also following his return to the States, Bryant was married to Del P. Smith, having four children in that unity. In August of 2003 Bryant re-married and spent the remainder of his years with Cindy Thompson. Bryant was always hard working and believed that his children were capable of being and doing anything they wanted in life. He always had a smile on this face and shared a great sense of humor. He loved sports and was a natural athlete. He was very proud of all of his accomplishments and with good cause. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Cindy Thompson; children, Valencia Thompson (Michael), Bryant Lee (Kristy) Thompson Jr., Conan (Heather) Thompson, Jeremy (Jessica) Thompson; stepchildren, Todd (Ashley) Hone, Matt Hone and Lindsay Hone; brother, Samuel (Yvonne) Smith; 18 grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews; other family members and friends.  In death, he will be joining his parents, Oscar and Grace Thompson; brothers, David and Michael Smith. Bryant’s family will receive friends Nov. 11 5-6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, followed by his funeral service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial will be Thursday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Charity Missionary Baptist Church, 1579 Jacoby Road, Copley, OH 44321.


John H. Cox “The One Arm Bandit”

John H. Cox “The One Arm Bandit”, 87, passed away Nov. 5. Born Sept. 25, 1928, in Windom, West Virginia, he was a resident of Barberton for 65 years. John retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital after 35 years of service. He was a member of Lakeview Christian Church and Magic Cruisers Car Club. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn; son, James (Debbie); daughter, Nancy (Chuck) Young; grandchildren, Nicholas, Caroline, Josh and Jeremiah; brother, Raymond and many friends. Funeral service will be Nov. 9, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Darryl Moulder officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  John’s family will receive friends Nov. 8, 2-5 p.m.



Roberta Roush

Roberta Roush went to be with her husband Nov. 3. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a member of many local clubs. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Roush and son, Kenny. She is survived by twin sister, Rebecca Riffle; brother, Delbert(Judy) Hagtery; sons, Jimmy (Theresa), Jacob (April) and Jason (Heather); grandchildren, Michael, Joshua, Aaron, Gabrielle, Michael, Brookelynn, Aidan, Nicholas, Benjamin and Preston. Cremation has taken place.



Sandra (Sandy) Lynn Sturm

March 16, 1954 - Nov. 4, 2015

Survived in life by husband of 42 years, Frank D. Sturm; Frankie D. Sturm (son); Richard L. Frazier (son); loving dog, Peewee (the killer) Sturm; Bugsy the puppy; Beverly and Bob Sprague (mom and dad); Susie and Glenn Delong (sister and brother-in-law); Vonnie and John Green (sister); Gene Sprague, RIP (brother); and J.R. Sprague (brother). She is survived by a lot of friends, those who knew her always had a good time, loved to laugh, help and enjoy life to the fullest. She was caring, loving, happy and always generous. Any and all who knew her, there is going to be a service (to be announced). We will let you know when and where it will be. May God bless her and rest in peace. She’s on her way to Heaven to be with friends and family who have passed on. She passed suddenly from a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. 



Joanne (Torroni) Flickinger

Joanne (Torroni) Flickinger went peacefully to be with the Lord Nov. 2. Loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, she loved all and was loved by all. “You are my sunshine! My only sunshine! You make me happy, when skies are gray. You’ll never know dear how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away!” Joanne sang that to all of her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and any baby she came upon. Born May 19, 1949, Joanne graduated from Barberton High School. She lived a beautiful and loving life putting all others before herself. From painting an Alice in Wonderland mural in the library of Santrock Elementary in Barberton, sewing homemade Halloween costumes for her children, volunteering for band trips, to volunteering at schools and churches. She worked for Barberton School District for many years as a teacher’s aide and as a librarian. She touched so many lives with her loving smile and caring heart. Her family always came first. Joanne had a way of making you feel like you were the most special person on Earth to her and she meant it. She loved to garden, paint, craft, cook and bake. She enjoyed nature, and most of all her family and friends. She has an unwavering Faith in God. She was a parishioner at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church and at St. Augustine Catholic Church later in life. Joanne touched so many. She was an angel here on Earth. It is only fitting that she take wing and fly to be with God. She is preceded in death by her parents, Peter Torroni and Julia (Kerechanin) Torroni and parents-in-law, Regis Flickinger, and Velma Flickinger. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 47-plus years, Mike Flickinger; her daughter, Tracy (Ron) Flickinger-Vargo; her son, Mick (Meg) Flickinger; her four beautiful grandchildren, Brenna, Marinah, Regis Vargo and Katie Flickinger; her sisters, Rosemarie (Roger) Castanien, Marcine (Gerald) Neal; brother/sister-in-law, Patrick (Anne) Flickinger; sister-in-law, Dana Rachten; brother-in-law, Thomas Flickinger; her Godmother, Mary Palija; many loving nieces and nephews; and several loving and special cousins and countless treasured family and friends. Funeral service will be Nov. 7, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Funeral procession will form at the church. Calling hours will take place 6-8 p.m., Nov. 6, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Burial at St. Nicholas Cemetery.



Robert R. Weinsheimer

Robert R. Weinsheimer, 70, passed away Nov. 2, at Copley Health Center. Bob was born in Akron and had been an area resident all his life where he retired as a cement mason from Local 109. Survivors include his son Ted (Lisa) and grandchildren, Tyler and Kendall. Per his wishes, Cremation has taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Gail Ann Hastler

Gail Ann Hastler, 58, left this world surrounded by her loved ones, husbands, Erick Hastler; children Damien (Karen Lloyd), Loren Hastler; her precious granddaughter of two months, Kayly Anne Hastler; mother, Shirley and sister, Elaine. Gail is preceeded in death by father, William Oliver Swafford and brothers, Richard and Charles. Gail was a former owner of Coffee a la Carte, Punta Gorda, Florida, at Fisherman’s Village Resort. For over 10 years, she attended Edison State College in Punta Gorda. She was an avid beach-goer and shell collector. “If there ever comes a day we can not be together, keep me in your head and I will stay there forever.”- Winnie the Pooh. At Gail’s request, no services will be held. 



Duane C. Carder

Duane C. Carder passed away Nov. 1, at Hospice Care after a four year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born June 20, 1936 in Hurst, West Virgina to Guy and Lettie (Davis) Carder. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Dareld and Wilma Carder; brother, Drexel Carder; sister and brother-in-law, Zelma and Robert Sprouse; and sister-in-law, Helen Carder. Survived by wife, Bonnie Carder; son, Michael (Sheila) Carder; daughter, Rebecca (Charles) Underwood; stepsons, Jim (Alice) Brown, Donald (Vicki) Brown; stepdaughter, Cathy (Dennis) Kelly; grandsons Jason, Chuckie, Nick, Greg, and Mikey; stepgrandchildren, Matt, Alex, Christen, Nathan, Joshua; great-grandson, Jason, to be born in December; brother, Denver Carder of Sandy, Utah; sister-in-law, Jean Carder of Alum Bridge, West Virginia; three nephews and three nieces. Duane was a member of the Akron First Church of Brethren Firestone Park. He enjoyed going to church and participating in church activities. He retired from PCA Rittman after 45 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, helping Bonnie with upholstery projects and helping anyone he could. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kromalic, Dr. Friedman and Dr. Calvin from Akron VA for all their care and concern for Duane. Also, Akron General Hospital, Interim Health Care, Orchards of Ridgewood, and Louis Stokes VA Center. In memory of Duane, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or Akron First Church of Brethren, 1812 Marigold, Akron, OH 44301. Funeral service will be Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Tobin Crenshaw and Pastor Joe Routh officiating. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Nov. 4, at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

(Cox, 330-745-3311)



Michael Kozak

Michael Kozak, 92, passed away peacefully Nov. 1, at Sunrise Senior Living in Cuyahoga Falls. Michael was born in Renfrew, Pennsylvania and had been an area resident all his life where he retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 40 years. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and a former member of VFW 1066. Michael was also an avid golfer and bowler. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was a Purple Heart recipient. Preceded in death by his wife, Rosanne; son, David; and two brothers and five sisters; survivors include his daughters, Karen (Bob) Savage, Diane Kozak, Barbara Johnson; sons, Rev. Fr. Timothy Kozak and Michael (Mary) Kozak; seven grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Fenwick. Private family burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.



John E. Taucher

John E. Taucher, 85, of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away Oct. 29. John was born on April 30, 1930, in Akron, to John and Edith Taucher. John was a member of the Barberton Band Booster and a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Ohio. He retired from the city of Barberton, before moving to Roswell. John is preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Taucher; son, Michael Whitlow; brother, Dave Taucher, and sister-in-law, Jackie Taucher. John is survived by his wife, Bobbie Taucher of the home; his daughter, Sandra Whitlow of Roswell; grandson, Jake Anthony Whitlow Urias; his brother, Bill Taucher and sister-in-law, Katherine Taucher of Akron; beloved friend/daughter, Kim Jones; his loyal companion, PIA Taucher; a son, a granddaughter and two great-grandsons, Nathan and Riley Elder. No services will be held, memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Gentiva Hospice located at VistaCare Hospice, 400 North Pennslvania Ave, Roswell, NM, 88201. Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.



Louise Mae Worsencroft

Louise Mae Worsencroft, 99, passed away Oct. 26. Louise was born to Lillie and Arthur Arndt in Exeland, Wisconsin, in 1916. After graduation she started teaching in a one room schoolhouse in rural Wisconsin. In 1945, she married Philip Worsencroft and enjoyed 61 years together. They moved to Barberton in the early 50s; she graduated from Akron University and began teaching elementary education in the Norton City School system, then retired after 35 years. They moved to Wadsworth in 2000. Louise was a very dedicated servant of Christ in her church life at Barberton First Lutheran Church serving as Sunday School teacher, superintendent, Altar Guild, officer of Lutheran Church Women, quilter and librarian. She was past president of 60 Plussers, member of Rubber Capital Jim Beam Bottle Collection Club and 64 year member of Jeannette/Anna Dean Chapter 595 OES. She loved traveling, visiting her sister, learning, reading, teaching, sewing, quilting, gardening, birdwatching and being with family. Her quiet, kind, loving, unselfish and giving nature touched all who knew her. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Lillie and Arthur Arndt; husband, Philip T. Worsencroft; and sisters, Ruth Slomanski and Helen Tuell. She is survived by son, David (JoAnn) Worsencroft of Parma Heights; daughter, Nancy (Walter) Jenkins of Wadsworth; sister, Olive Hendricks of Bruce, Wisconsin; grandsons, TJ (Susan) Worsencroft, Paul (Kelly) Worsencroft, Mark Worsencroft, John (Daisy) Worsencroft; grandchildren, Isaac, Xavier, Julia, Ty and Breigh Ann Worsencroft; many nieces and nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m., beginning with an Eastern Star Service, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Barberton (249 Second St. NW, Barberton, 330-753-6323). Interment to be at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christian Education Department of First Lutheran Church of Barberton. 



Anna Artrip

Anna Artrip, 92, passed away Oct. 27, at Bath Manor. Anna was born in Barberton and had been an area resident all her life. She worked at Paula Ann’s Beauty Shop for over 30 years. She was also a proud Coast Guard Veteran having served during World War II. Survivors include her son, Terry; one granddaughter; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Dayton and Pauline Blair; one niece and two nephews. Graveside services with military honors will be Nov. 4, 10 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd., Rittman. Please, everyone meet at the cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com



Joye E. Tucker

Joye E. Tucker, 97, went home to be with the Lord Oct. 28. She was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Spencer, West Virginia, to Willie and Elizabeth Walker. Joye attended Liberty Freewill Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Kermit; sisters, Ruby Lowther and Ollie Wells and sister-in-law, Juanita Moody; Joye is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Nov. 2, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Cecil Farmer officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Joye’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.



Peter J. Krstic

Peter J. Krstic, 60, passed away Oct. 28. There will be no services.  Cremation has taken place.


Roger Booher

Roger Booher, 45, formerly of Barberton, passed away Oct. 19. Roger was a graduate of Barberton High School and Black Hills State University. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force having served in support Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Phyllis; Roger is survived by his children, Alexa (Jonathan), Drakken and Kylie; sister, Tammy (Jerry) Pol and their children, Jared (Tanya), Jason and Jessica; brother, Steve (Pam) and their son, Todd; mother of his children, Amy; along with other family members and friends. Cremation has taken place. Private services will be held for Roger’s family on Oct. 30. 



Dolores J. Miskie

Dolores J. Miskie, 84, passed away Oct. 28, at Manor Care of Barberton. Dee was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and was a graduate of Barberton High School Class of 1949. Dee retired after 39 years from the Woolworth Co. She was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She was also a member of Slovak Catholic Sokol Wreath 103, where she held the job of treasurer for 20 years. She loved traveling and did many day trips for many years for C&M. Dee was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Mary Miskie; Survivors include her sister, Rose (Dan) Kondik of Barberton; and numerous other relatives and cousins. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice and the staff of Manor Care of Barberton for their care of Dee. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours one hour prior to the mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



George E. Habig

George E. Habig, 86, passed away Oct. 27. George worked for Goodyear for 37 years as a lab technician and served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army 25th Division, 90th Field Battalion. He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria; and daughter Georgette; Survivors include his daughter, Shellee (Paul); son. Christopher (Laurie); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Per his wishes. cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be Thursday, Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Procession to form at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton at 12:45 p.m. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Makiya Faith Christie

On Oct. 22, at 5:35 p.m., Makiya Faith Christie was born into the gates of Heaven to join her brother, Gabriel and many loved ones. She will be missed by her parents, Tiffany and Tony Christie and her siblings, Isacc, Modesty, Lohanna and Gavin; and grandparents, Charlene and Kenton Jett. The service for her will be Monday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. 



Margaret R. Miller

Margaret R. Miller, 94, passed away peacefully Oct. 19, at Barberton Summa Hospital. She was a member of Barberton First Presbyterian Church. Preceded in death by her loving husband, George A. Miller Jr. and daughter, Leslie Ann Miller; Margaret is survived by her son, Wilson Miller and his wife, Sally and daughter, Jackie Morris and her husband, Roger Sanzo. In following Margaret’s wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place and she’ll be laid to rest by her husband and daughter at Greenlawn Union Cemetery in Perrysville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Barberton First Presbyterian Church, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton, in her memory.



Catherine Marie Ligas (nee Ostovich)

Catherine “Kate” Ligas, 98, joined her husband of 73 years, Andy, Oct. 24. He preceded her in death in 2013. Kate was born Jan. 23, 1917, in Granite City, Illinois, but lived most of her life in Barberton. She attended SS. Cyril and Methodius Church and currently was a parishioner at St. Augustine Church. Kate worked at Yoder Brothers Greenhouse, Hopocan Gardens and managed the German Brethren Union in Barberton. She and Andy performed with the Singing Strings Tamburitzan group for many years touring in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nashville, Washington, DC and Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Daniel Ostovich; brother, John (Sue) Ostovich; nephew, John Ostovich; uncle and aunt, Matthew and Julia Ostovich. She is survived by her children, Mary (John) Ferraro, Teena, Andy (Sue), Larry, Rick (Laura), Teresa (Wesley) Burnett and Mark (Cynthia); grandchildren, Rita Ferraro, Dr. Andrea Ferraro, Dr. Martina Ferraro, Daniel Ligas and Anna Ligas; cousin, Mary Shepherd; sisters-in-law, Norma Ligas, Margaret Genet and Patty Ligas; brother-in-law, Peter Ligas and many beloved nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank VNS Hospice of Akron General and nurses Karen, Denise, Sue and Patty; caregivers, Bethany, Jen, Kate and her niece Deann Adams for the loving care that they provided to our mother making it possible for we her family to grant her wish to care for her at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours Oct. 28,4-8 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. 29, 9:30 a.m. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Shirley Hope Kun

Shirley Hope Kun, 93, passed away Oct. 21, at Barberton Manor Care Nursing Home. She was born in Kenmore, April 1, 1922, the daughter of Nick and Esther Krendich. Shirley married the “love of her life”, James Kun, Nov. 18, 1940. She worked at Laughlin’s Book Store for 50 years and was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. For many years she regularly attended the morning water aerobics class at the Barberton Natatorium and later at the Barberton YMCA. Shirley treasured the many friends she had there. Special girlfriends included Betty Wallace (deceased) and Ruth Waite. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jim and granddaughter, Jessica Kun Rowe; survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Don) Worley; son, Jim Kun; granddaughters, Elizabeth (Joe) Fetters and Mary Worley; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Dakota, Jodi and Patience; goddaughter, Beverly (Ken) Babcock, along with several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Following Shirley’s wishes, no calling hours will be observed. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Shirley will be laid to rest beside her husband, Jim at Greenlawn Memorial Park.



William A. Houk

William A. Houk, 56, died Oct. 21, at home. Member of 4S Club,  Longtime employee with Key Blueprints. Preceded in death by father, William Edward.  Survived by son, William (Megan) Houk; mother, Donna Jean Houk; girlfriend, Cindy Ratcliff and her daughters, Samantha and Natilya; brother, Edward J. (Christine); sisters, Rhonda (Don) Wood, Anne (Mark) Hanna; best friends, Mark “Mac” McElwin, David Collison, and Pete Argyriou; nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m., at the Maeder-Quint-Tiberi Funeral Home, 1068 S. High St., Columbus, where services will be held Oct. 24, 11 a.m. To view and sign the on-line register, visit

www.MaederQuintTiberi.com.



Roberta J. Ross (nee Jackson)

Roberta J. Ross (nee Jackson), 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Oct. 20. Roberta was born in Rossiter, Pennsylvania and had been an area resident all her life where she was an active member of Columbia United Church of Christ in Barberton. She was also active in the PTA at Colonial School and a member of the Barberton Hospital Volunteer Singers. Roberta loved playing all types of games especially euchre. She also loved dancing, singing and storytelling. Preceded in death by her husband, Lester; parents, Robert and Pearl; grandson, Michael; and nine siblings; She is survived by her children, Pam (Lou) Foster, David (Kimberly), Robert (Maria), Leslie (Jay) Christy and Michael (Laura); 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Mae Jackson. Funeral Service will be Oct. 22, 6 p.m., at Columbia United Church of Christ, 978 Wooster Road W., Barberton.  Rev. John Henniger officiating. Private burial on Friday at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling Hours Oct. 22, 5 p.m. until the service time. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made Columbia Church of Christ. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Myron I. Perry

Myron I. Perry, 82, passed away Oct. 19. A life resident of Copley area, he retired from Pennsylvania Crusher. Myron enjoyed fishing, hunting and doing his own taxidermist work. Preceded in death by his wives, Grace L. Perry and Dorothy J. Perry; Myron is survived by his children, Cathy (Kelvin) Wagner, Myron Jr. (Vicki) Perry and Connie (Bob) Boals; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Isabel (Henry) Dennis; numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be Oct. 24, 10 a.m., at Copley United Methodist Church, 1518 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Akron, with Rev. Erik Marshall officiating. Myron’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Justin Rogers Hospice Care Center for the care and support both he and his family receive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203 to help with expenses.



Ronnie W. Smith

Ronnie W. Smith, 63, passed away Oct. 8, with family by his side. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dorean and Hobe Smith; sister, Pam Schultz; and dearest friend, John Bertram. He is survived by brothers, Rodney “Buster” and Terry Smith and many nieces, nephews and friends.Ronnie was a member of many social clubs in Barberton and also a member of the Teamsters Union. After many conversations with Ronnie he would like to thank Mark Magno, Othel “O” Bennet, Bob Kershaw, and Danny Locke for all their help over the years, especially the last few months. No services will be held per his wishes. He will be cremated and his ashes will be spread at the family farm.



Raley Lee Westfall

Raley Lee Westfall, 61, passed away Oct. 18, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. Raley was born in Barberton and was a resident of the Barberton and West Virginia areas. Preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Frances; He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Westfall (Glenn Lyon); grandchildren, Kyle Lyon and Matthew Jewett; brothers, Mike and Floyd Westfall; and friends, Roger (Margaret) Talbert and their daughter, Katelyn Talbert. Funeral Services will be Oct. 23, noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Rev. Billy Dawson and Rev. Ronnie Dawson officiating. Calling hours one hour prior to the service. www.silva-hostetler.com.



William Michael Banks

William Michael Banks, 59, died unexpectedly Oct. 11. Born in Barberton, July 5, 1956, he lived there for almost all of his life. He was a 1975 graduate of Barberton High School, where he enjoyed playing the trombone in the marching band. Later, he worked as a security guard as well as in the fast food industry. He had an inquisitive mind and loved reading, particularly books of science fiction and fantasy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nancy Jane (Parker) Banks (1923-1977) and William R. Banks (1926-1981) and by his maternal grandparents Roy Barkey Parker (1895-1970) and Mary Cecilia (Brown) Parker (1897-1980). Burial will take place at the Apple Creek cemetery.



Shirley Ann Pitz  (Board)

Shirley Ann Pitz  (Board) passed away Oct. 17, surrounded by her loving son, daughters and daughter-in-law. She is survived by her loving children, Matt (Tammi), Amy and Mary Beth (Justin). Her grandchildren, the love of her life, Jacob (Carrie), Ryan and Caileigh. She loved her pets, family and camping at the beach. She has many friends in Ohio she spoke of often. Also, many friends from Thunderbird Hospital where she worked for over 30 years. In lieu of flowers, please give in her name to your nearest no kill animal shelter.


Thomas B. Jones

Thomas B. Jones, 74, passed away Oct. 19. He was born in Barbour County, West Virginia. Tom was a resident of the Akron area most of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving two terms. Tom retired from Lockheed Martin with 24 years of service. He was an avid gardener, wood worker and enjoyed cooking and being a fan of all Cleveland sports. Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Elizabeth and sister, Teena Ballard; Tom is survived by his wife of 33 years, Tina; children, Michael, Thomas, Jeff, David, Chris, Lisa and Corey; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Steve; many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman –Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial to follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. Tom’s family will receive friends Oct. 22, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina, OH 44256.



Timothy L. Reel 

Timothy L. Reel, 62, died unexpectedly Oct. 17. Per his request, no services will be held and his ashes will be taken to West Virginia. He will be sadly missed by many loved ones and friends.


Don A. Berlin

Don Berlin passed away Oct. 17, he was 84 and a life resident of the local area. He supported the FOPA Lodge 18 for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge 759 and a proud Navy Veteran. Don was a man of many talents. He was a master carpenter and builder, there wasn’t a job he wouldn’t tackle. His work remains in many homes in the Barberton area. The Berlin Motel was one of his greatest accomplishments; He owned and operated the business for 22 plus years along with his wife Naomi Jean. They worked side by side creating a legacy until they retired in 1988. Don loved to hunt, he and his sons, grandsons and brothers went on many outings together. Fishing was also a love of his. The walleye tournaments were a summer passion. He took great pride in getting the biggest catch and the bragging rights that came along with it. Don loved life, he loved people and was a friend to everyone. This was a result, I’m sure of having 12 brothers and sisters. Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife Naomi Jean, together they had five children. He is survived by Bruce (Karla), Keith (Marcia), Regina (Scott) Brown, Bryan (Robbin) and Kenneth (Barbara); wife, Nancy; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed. Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Oct. 21, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Barberton FOPA 18, 5754 Cleveland Massillon Road, Clinton, OH 44216. www.silva-hostetler.com.



James E. Taylor

James E. Taylor, 90, passed away Oct. 13. He was a life resident of the Akron area and a retired truck driver. Survived by his wife, Stella; children, Phyllis Ledford, Wynona Ellis, Loretta Roberson, James Taylor Jr., Loleta Britton, Beverly Taylor and Sheila Leonard; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Cutlip and Wanda Hauss and very special friend, Robert Gunnoe. A graveside service will be Oct. 21, 1 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, 585 Elmwood Ave., Doylestown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Campfield-Hickman-Collier, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203.



Deborah Ann Cinalt (nee Dent)

Deborah Ann Cinalt (nee Dent), 54, became an angel and her granddaughter’s Twinkle star Oct. 18. Debbie had the capacity to love beyond limits and make you feel like the most special soul on the planet. If you are reading this, you’re probably one of those souls. Debbie is survived by the love of her life, since childhood and husband, Doug Cinalt; her children, Jamie “Weed Lady”, Jimmy “Sunshine”, Dougie, Ricky and Jeff; grandchildren, Natalie, David, Dana, Nathan, Little Ricky and Erick; siblings, Diane (Van), Phil (Chris) and Dawn (Lanny); along with many other relatives and friends. Debbie has reunited in Heaven with many friends and family of which she will be so happy to see her mother, Donna Mae; brother, Billy and best friend/sister, Bobbi. Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 22, 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.  Debbie’s family will receive friends Oct. 21, 5-8 p.m. 



Wallace “Ray” Bailey

Ray Bailey, 83, went home to be with the Lord, Oct. 16. Ray was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Milo, West Virginia to Holly and Mabyn Bailey. Ray honorably served in the United States Army and had worked as foreman for Parker Hannifin until his retirement in 1998. Ray and his wife, Sandra, were members of Johnson Road United Methodist Church where they helped with the church fish fries and Ray served as a grounds keeper. They were also part of the Open Road Camp Club and enjoyed being with friends at the Norton Pub. His favorite past times were gardening, canning and spending time with his collie dogs. Ray was hard working in all he did and enjoyed giving and caring for others. Ray was preceded in death by his sister, Lou (Kenna) Boggs. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sandra; sons, Darryl (Margaret), Gary (Kim); daughter, Cheryl (Tim) Mitchell; sister, Norma (Harold) Cline; brother, Ronald (Karen) Bailey; grandchildren, Sarah, Meridith, Emily and Benjamin. Special thanks to the staff at Autumnwood for their love and support of Ray. The family will greet friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m., where services will be Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Tal Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors by Firestone Post 3383. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church in memory of Ray. The funeral home map, directions, and the Bailey Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website.


Colette Mary Herold (nee Stribbling)

Devoted wife and loving mother, Colette M. Herold, 84, passed away Oct. 16.  She was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Leicester, England to John and Mary Stribbling. She was an award winning swimmer and accomplished seamstress. Colette boarded the Queen Mary in 1954 to visit her sisters Maureen and Philomena (Ann) in the Akron area. It was during this visit that she met the love of her life, Bobby Herold. They married Aug. 6, 1955, settled in Barberton and had seven children. Colette spent several years working at Cleveland Fabrics /JoAnn Fabrics in the Magic City shopping center and at The Bridal Boutique in downtown Barberton. She was a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church and currently a member of Prince of Peace in Norton. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bobby; brothers Leo and Bill and sisters, Maureen and Mary. She is survived by brothers, Peter and Tony; sister, Anne; daughters, Bobi, Tricia (Christopher), Colette and Leslie; and sons, Vincent (Lisa), George and Jim (Julie); 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Altercare Wadsworth and Absolute Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will Oct. 21, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Interment at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., followed by calling hours from 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. or Altercare of Wadsworth. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Joanne Marie Beitel

Joanne Marie Beitel, 82, passed away Oct. 15. She was born July 21, 1933, in Barberton. She was a member of Saint Augustine Church where she sang in the choir. Preceded in death by husband, Dick Beitel and daughter-in-law, Barb. Survived by son, Rick; daughter, Terrie; grandchildren, Michelle (Matt) Wood, Amy (Jesse Hanson) Beitel; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Cassidy Wood; brothers, Ray Holderbaum, Dick Holderbaum, Tom Holderbaum, Leroy Holderbaum, Larry Holderbaum, Brent Holderbaum; sisters, Patricia Studenic, Carol Meredith, Eileen Holderbaum; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Oct. 20, noon, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Fr. David Majikas officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours will be Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, at Cox Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St NW, Barberton, OH 44203.



Pauline Blackert (nee Rairick)

Pauline Blackert (Rairick), 94, passed away Oct. 8, in North Carolina, with loved ones by her side. She was a resident of Barberton for many years, Pauline also lived in Florida and most recently in North Carolina. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward; son, Edward “Slug”; along with several of her siblings; Pauline is survived by her daughter-in-law, Ann; sons and daughters, Joe (Paula) Blackert, John (Cathy) Blackert; Judy (Pete) Ellers, Dan Blackert; Susan (Dan) Wargo and Ray (Denise) Blackert; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna Smith and Patty (Tom) Oser; along with many many other loved relatives and her bestest little buddy, Nellie. Following Pauline’s wishes, cremation has taken place in North Carolina and she will be laid to rest with her husband, Ed, in Florida.



Dianne T. Justice (nee Kozlowski)

Dianne T. Justice (nee Kozlowski), 64, passed away Oct. 15, at her residence. Dianne was born in Barberton and was an area resident all her life. She retired from Green Local Schools after 35 years of teaching. She was a member of the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norton and currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Dianne was also a member of the Twinbrooks Garden Club, Summit County 4-H Saddle Horse Assoc., a 4-H advisor for B-C Wranglers/Horse Sense, K of C Ladies Auxiliary and taught PSR for 10 years. Dianne loved her animals and her gardens. Preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Trudy; She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, William; daughter, Sara; and sister, Francene (Ralph) Conrad. Mass of Christian Burial will Oct. 20, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Calling hours Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Horse Sense 4-H Club. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Robert “Bob” Dale Yoder

Robert “Bob” Dale Yoder, our dearly loved father, fought gallantly to the end and but died peacefully with his family at his side Oct. 11, at the age of 89. He was born on Feb.  26, 1926 in Wadsworth, Ohio to the late Raymond A. and Hazel (Mong) Yoder and resided in Barberton for the past 25 years. Bob retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of service in which he served during World War II and the Vietnam War. He and his late wife, Eleanor were active in the VFW, American Foreign Legion and the Hungarian Club. Preceded in death his brother, Donald A. Yoder of Wadsworth; wife of 56 years, Eleanor (Elliott) Yoder and son, Robert A. Yoder; Bob is survived by his son, William A. (Faye Storey) Yoder of Columbus; daughters, Randie L. Yoder (Jim) Sturtevant of San Diego, California and Robin A. Yoder Pini of Wichita, Kansas; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Upon following Bob’s request, there will be no funeral services. He is being laid to rest next to his wife, Eleanor, at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. Please no flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or Wounded Warriors Foundation in Bob’s memory. 



Thomas D. Morgan

Thomas D. Morgan, 80, went home to be with the Lord Oct. 13. Born in Barberton, he was a resident of Clinton for 43 years. Tom was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and retired from B&C Industries. Preceded in death by his first wife, Carole B.; Tom is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pam; son, Arthur D. (Thomas Bell) Morgan; daughter, Lora (Rodney) Ellyson; granddaughter, Kristy (Eric) Rector and great-granddaughter, Madison Rector. Tom’s family received friends Oct. 15, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service will be Oct. 16,  3 p.m., with Pastor Robert Combs officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. 



Dallas Arny

Dallas Arny has taken his many talents to Heaven. Graduated from the child city of Mooseheart, he was given all the skills necessary to maintain a home, repair a car, fish, hunt and be an amazing father to Lee (Kim), Tim (Terry), Jeff (Kimmie) and Gregg (Pat). Prededed in death by father, Harry and mother, Grace; sisters, Barbara, Marsha, Eileen and Janet; brothers, Tom, Harry, infant son Mark; and beloved wife, Elizabeth (Betty Jo). Survived by his sons (and daughters by marriage); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Charles. Dad was ornery, loved poker, flirting with women and working with wood. We've missed those traits, and him for a few years. Our faith has him at peace, and mentally restored from the Alzheimer's that had stolen him from us. Family will receive friends Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.



William Ducar

William Ducar, 87, passed away Oct. 12, at The Orchards of Ridgewood after a long period of declining health. Bill was born in Akron, Dec. 26, 1927, one of 14 children and the son of the late Mary and Nicholas Ducar. He attended Wadsworth High School and went on to work on the Great Lakes as a merchant marine aboard the ore carrier Leon Fraser.  Later, after serving in the U.S. Army, he was employed at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, retiring with 35 years of service. Bill was a member of the Barberton Moose, Knights of Columbus, PLAV and the PNA. In his free time, he enjoyed bowling, walking, working crossword puzzles and spending time with family. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters. Survived by Lorraine, his loving wife of 62 years, he also leaves behind daughter, Paula (Steve) Cole of Indianapolis, Indiana; son, William Ducar Jr. of Barberton; brother, Michael Ducar of Black Mountain, North Carolina and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Mark Pluskota, along with the staff at Summa Barberton Hospital and The Orchards of Ridgewood. Mass of the Christian burial will be Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton with Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Steve Zvansky IIl

Steve Zvansky III, 50, passed away Sept. 30. He was born July 27, 1965, in Barberton. He was an outdoorsmen, hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed gardening, towpath bicycling, working on cars and was an Alan Jackson fan. He won trophies for drag racing his El Camino at Dragway 42. He worked for EL Stone for many years. Preceded in death by grandfather, Steve Zvansky Sr; father, Steve Zvansky Jr; and son, Joshua Zvansky. Survived by mother, Sandra; sister, Sherry; son, Jeremiah Zvansky; nephew, Richard; niece, Shanna and ex-wife, Cynthia. Per his wishes cremation has taken place.



Harold “Joe” Henke Jr.

Harold “Joe” Henke Jr., 65, passed away Oct. 12, after a hard fought battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Leukemia. Joe was born in Barberton and had been a Barberton/Wadsworth resident all his life. He was a graduate of Barberton High School Class of 1969. Joe retired from Metro Regional Transit as a bus driver and more recently from the Wal-Mart in Wadsworth. He was a member of Akron Baptist Temple and a past president of the Columbia Chemical Credit Union. Joe also traveled around the country exhibiting his dogs. He was a storyteller, practical joker and was loved by everyone. Preceded in death by his parents, Harold Sr. and Rosa and sister, Linda. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Marie; brother, Gene (Cheryl) Sherrill; sister, Carolyn Woodward; niece, Jennifer Jacoby; nephew, Tim Sherrill; mother-in-law, Joyce Kowaleski; and brothers-in-law, Mike, Stan and Tony. Calling Hours will be Thursday, Oct. 15, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home,1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste 310, White Plains, NY 10605. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Tony Nuss

Tony Nuss, 93, passed away Oct. 11. He was born in Croatia, Oct. 5, 1922 and emmigrated to America in 1956.  Tony was proud of both his German heritage and also becoming an American citizen.  He was a resident of Barberton for 53 years, Tony was employed by Mechanical Mold and Machine for many years and retired from Delco. Tony was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, where he was active as a server and the Holy Hour Program. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1617 and a charter member of the German Family Society in Brimfield. Tony was an avid bowler and golfer and enjoyed playing euchre and listening to polka music. Survived by his wife of 68 years, Anna; daughter, Mary (Rod) Smith; son, Branko Nuss; grandchildren, Branko J. (Holly) Nuss, Erika (Robert) Pursley, Michelle (Josh) Cosner, David (Betsy) Smith and Kristina (Shaun) Hinssen; great-grandchildren, Isabella Cosner, Samantha and Alexander Hinssen and Madeline Smith. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Summa Barberton Hospital ER and 1-East for all their care and support Tony and his family received. Mass of Christian burial will be Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St., NW, Barberton. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Tony’s family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church or the Knights of Columbus, 70 N. Van Buren Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



James R. Matty Sr.

Jim Matty, adventurer, traveler, teacher, linguist, merchant, athlete, cook, farmer, amateur botanist, historian, geologist and- most especially- husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully in his home on the evening of Oct. 9, surrounded by members of his family. Jim was born May 8, 1942, in Canton, to Robert and Lila E. (Grable) Matty. He grew up in Alliance, where he took great pride in playing on the Alliance High School football team. He attended Heidelberg College, where he studied economics. He married the love of his life, Teresa, July 13, 1967, in Kamienica, Poland. Throughout his life, Jim traveled extensively, visiting or living in 49 of the 50 states, along with numerous countries across four continents. He spoke several languages and one of his favorite cities was Barcelona, Spain. He taught middle school in Northeast Ohio for more than 40 years, caring for and positively influencing hundreds of students throughout his career.  He felt particularly called to teach and guide disadvantaged students and students from broken homes. His appetite for life was voracious and his capacity to live and love grew when he converted to Catholicism. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dr. Teresa; his children and their spouses, Ani and John Nichol, James and Lauren Matty and Jamie and Mike Smith; his three grandsons, Jacob, Matthew and Zachary Nichol. In lieu of flowers, please offer a mass for Jim’s soul, the souls of those who have no one to pray for them, or for peace on Earth. There will be no calling hours. Mass of Christian burial will be Oct. 14, 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 161 W. Clinton St., Doylestown, with Fr. Robert Stein, Celebrant. Burial to take place at the church cemetery. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.




Vera M. Drab (nee Triplett)

Vera M. Drab, (nee Triplett), 98, passed away Oct. 9, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Vera was born in Elkins, West Virginia to the late Artie and Ivy Triplett. She was Barberton resident most of her life where she retired from the Barberton City Schools. She was currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and a former member of SS. Cyril and Methodius until its closing. She was also a member of St. Anne’s Society, the Slovak Chorus and the Barberton Senior Center. Preceded in death by her husband David; and sisters Mary Fanti, Elma Burkey, Lucille Benner and Jacqueline Bradshaw; She is survived by her son, Michael G.; granddaughters, Charina and Christina; several great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Yochheim; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be Oct. 14, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours will be Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, where prayers will be said Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Estrue "Boots" Pryor

Estrue "Boots" Pryor, 84, of Barberton, passed away Sept. 28. She was a past member of the VFW Post 3532 Ladies Auxiliary and attended Barberton Community of Christ Church. She is preceded by her husband, Mike Pryor; son, Herbert Gore Jr. and daughter, Denise Cooper. She is survived by sons, James Gore (Debbi Hood), Joe (Helen) Gore; daughter, Deborah (John) Zabitski; son-in-law, Mike Cooper; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, R. D. Sutphin; several nieces, nephews and best friend, Marge Rossiter. The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Pleasant View for the wonderful care she received. Funeral service was Oct. 5, at the Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., with Hospice Chaplain Ruthellen Moore officiating. Burial was at Hillside Memorial Park. Donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation.



Earlene Shue

Earlene Shue, 94, passed away Oct. 3. A resident of Barberton for most of her life, she retired from Acme after many years of service. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Shue Sr. and sister, Kathryn Mosley; Earlene is survived by her son, Richard Jr. (Diane); grandchildren, Kathleen and Michael; sister, Merry Underwood; brothers, Lawrence E. Worley Jr. and Roy F. Worley; many loving nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. A private graveside service will take place for her immediate family at Greenlawn Memorial Park.



Janet Louise Daily (nee Keeling)

Janet Louise Daily (nee Keeling), 81, of Doylestown, went to Jesus, Sept. 24, from cancer. She was born April 27, 1934. A graduate of Norton High School, class of 1952, she was married May 25, 1957 and divorced in 1974. Janet never remarried, but went on to graduate from Kent State University in 1977 having a professional career as a legal secretary working in Akron, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She was active in the Wayne County Democratic Party and in 2012 Janet received the Old Hickory Award. She loved her family and cherished all her many friends. Janet was proud of being a member of her church and the Peace Group. Preceded in death by her parents, Warner E. Keeling and Margaret L. Keeling (Sargent); sister-in-law, Judy Keeling; dearest friends, Gala Medley and Dorothy Malion. Janet is survived by her brother, Warner Keeling, “best brother ever”; daughter, Leslie Mitchell; estranged son, John W. Daily; grandchildren, James (Tarin) and Joseph (Danyell) Mitchell, John M. (Allison), Annie and Rachel Daily; six great-grandchildren; her beloved dog, Chloe; along with other relatives and friends. Following Janet’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 10 at Grace United Church of Christ at Loyal Oak, 3285 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton, with Rev. Kurt Weiser officiating. Her family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Following Janet's wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church, Grace United Church of Christ at Loyal Oak, 3285 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton, OH 44203 or Akron General Hospice, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307 in Janet's name.



Roberta D. “Bobbi” Stansky

Bobbi Stansky, 57, left the world peacefully Oct. 3, surrounded by many family and friends. She was born in Akron, Sept. 25, 1958. Bobbi was a Eucharistic Minister at Prince of Peace church and involved in the choir. She was a loving person for whom everyone was a friend and every friend was family. She is survived by her devoted husband of 40 years, Mark; her children, Carie (spouse Chuck) Stansky-Hunter, Michelle, Michael (Amy) and Matthew; her parents, Marge and Jerry Hazel; her sisters, Vicki (Joe) Beard, Renee (Jim) Sheets, Geri (Danny) Ball, Martha (John) Cowan and her brother, Bill (Karla) Hazel; her grandchildren, Chase, Luke, Sarah-Lyn, Aiden, Sophia and Clayton; her many nieces and nephews, along with the many friends God graced her with; she was also "Mom" and Aunt Berta to many “adopted” children. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton, with Father Robert Jackson celebrant. Calling hours will be Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.



Katheryn M. Sasz

Katheryn M. Sasz, 103, passed away Sept. 18, in Barberton. She was born Aug. 6, 1912, to the Late Matthew and Mary Mutz, who immigrated from Austere, Hungary. She went to the Garfield High School and was a long member of the Apostolic Church of Barberton. Katheryn was preceded in death by husband, Frank Sasz and infant son, James; brother, Frank Mutz, and sisters, Irene, Elsie, Clara and Esther. Survived by son, Frank (Dotty) Sasz; daughters, Delores Cypher, Barbara Finegan, Marlyn (John) Bressler, Kathy (Greg) Underwood; sister, Goldie (Bud) Cecil; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and church friends. Services have taken place. She was laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery. 



Rosalie Nelson

Rosalie Nelson, 72, passed away Sept. 30. She was born Dec. 11, 1943. She joins her husband, Kenneth; daughter, Barbara Wakefield; and son, Robert Nelson. Survived by daughter, Julie Summerville; grandchildren, Amanda and Christian Summerville, Amber and Shane Wakefield; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Bristol Wakefield. Private services have taken place. 



Marilyn S. Mattes (nee Smith)

Marilyn S. Mattes (nee Smith), 59, passed away Oct. 2, at the Hospice Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Marilyn was born in Barberton where she has been an area resident all her life. She worked at Primo’s Deli for over 20 years as a server and was a member of Barberton Church of God. Marilyn loved her music and her family. Preceded in death by her father, Richard; sister, Nancy Parker; and brother, Bobby Smith; Survivors include her husband, Frank J. IV; son, Jesse of Barberton; sister, Linda Morris; brothers, Jeff (Gay) Smith, Donald (Missy) Smith and William Smith. She also leaves her Primo’s family and a host of other loving family and friends. 

Calling hours will be Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m., Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Funeral Service will be Oct. 6, 11 a.m., at the Barberton Church of God, 885 N. Summit St., Barberton. Pastor Chuck Erbe officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help defray costs. www.silva-hostetler.com



Mary Burk Greynolds

Mary Burk Greynolds, died Sept. 29. She was born in Gilmer County, West Virginia to Rolla and Pauline Burk. Mary graduated from Glenville State College, Glenville, West Virginia, with a degree in education. She taught at Nordonia High School and Chamberlain High School in Twinsburg. Mary passionately supported her husband, Jack and son, Jack Jr. in their coaching careers. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was a member of The Chapel in Akron. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack Greynolds; father, Rolla R. Burk; mother, Pauline M. Burk and brothers, Dr. Rolla R. Burk Jr. and Harold M. Burk. Mary is survived by her son, Jack Greynolds Jr.; daughter-in-law, Julie; grandson, Jordan; granddaughter, Elise; sister, Doris B. Maxwell; brother-in-law, William Maxwell; eight nieces and nephews. Niece, MaryAnn, was like a daughter to her. The family has appreciated the support of cousin, Sonny Hinkle and his wife, Charlene. Calling hours will be  Oct. 4, 2-4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. A private graveside service will be at Copley Cemetery Oct. 5, with Pastor Dale Saylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barberton Community Foundation.  Memo line, “Greynolds Classic”, 460 W. Paige Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.


Gary S. Hayes

Gary S. Hayes, 57, passed away Sept. 27. A life resident of Barberton, he was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1976. Gary was employed by Acme Fresh Market for 15 years and retired from the Summit County Sherriff’s Department in 2007 after 13 years of service. He was of member of FOP 139. Preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Reid; Gary is survived by daughter, Stephanie Dillon; grandchildren, Austin and Alyssa Dillon; father, Kenneth Hayes; brothers, Art (Nancy) Hayes and Tom (Sherri) Hayes; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Oct. 6, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Chaplain Jim Allshouse officiating.  Inurnment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. 



James “Jimmy” McNeal

James “Jimmy” McNeal, 26, passed away Sept. 24. He was born July 31,1989, in Barberton, where he was a lifelong resident. He loved his family and friends, stereos, go-karts, being outside and his dog, Roxy. Preceded in death by his father, Tony and grandmother, Vada. Survived by his mother, Sherri McNeal; sister, Jessica (Steve) Huntsman; daughter, Jocelyn Johnson; nephew, Perrin Huntsman; and many close family and friends. There will be a time of prayer Oct. 3, 3 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Family will receive friends following the service until 6 p.m. Memorials can be made in his name at First Merit Bank.



Janette H. Botos (Basinias)

After 95 years, Janette accepted the Lord’s invitation. She took His hand to be with Him in the place He has prepared for us. She was a loving and caring wife and mother. She was dearly loved and is missed by many. She lived the last 10 years at St. Luke Lutheran, where the staff took excellent care of her. Janette will join her husband, Jim and mother and father. She leaves her two sons, Fred (Karen) Botos and Thomas Botos. Sister, Marilyn (Paul) Chuha. Four grandchildren, Tim (Julie) Botos, Ted Botos, Kris (Doug) Lamberg, Connie (Dave) Urbano. Eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; three nieces, Sue, Diane, Karin and two great-nieces, Lauren and Erin; three great-nephews, Kevin, Brian and Jake. Mom, you had wit, along with stubbornness. You had a pessimistic sense of humor. You had many loving ways. All made you a unique and special lady. You will never be forgotten by anyone who knew you. All our love forever, your family and friends.



Dennis A. Knierien “Alaska”

Dennis A. Knierien “Alaska”, 53, of Barberton, took an early unscheduled flight Sept. 27, after courageous battle against cancer. Born Sept. 15, 1962, in Painseville, to the late Dale A. Knierien and Judith (nee Hartley). He is preceded in crossing through the veil by his grandparents, James and Lillian (Baker) Knierien, Clayton and Ilene (Smith) Hartley and stepfather, Howard O. Allen. Dennis’ many interests and vocations included pilot and flight instructor, animal husbandry, off-shore diesel and auto mechanics, construction trades, organic gardening, computer technology, photography, patriotic and political independent and champion of truth. He served as Ohio Representative for We the People, promoting tax reform; worked as an Amway Distributor and recently at the CEO level for Youngevity/90 for Life Health products. He was active in Barberton Band Boosters and served often as a bingo caller. He will be deeply missed by his mother, Judith (Hartley) Porter; three beautiful daughters, Tiffany Ann, Sara Elizabeth and Ashely Nicole and their mother, Melanie (Koch) Kulich; brother, Dale P. Knierien (Christine); sister, Lynn Wenger (James); uncle, James A. Knierien; special companion, Brenda (Matheny) Laughman; and extended loved ones and friends. A special thank you to the many who cared for him medically. A memorial service will be Friday, Oct. 2 , 7 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 735 N. Revere Road, (north of Smith Road in Akron [Fairlawn]).  Inurnment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Memorial Fund for Dennis Knierien in care of: Judith K. Porter at any FirstMerit Bank, to assist in expenses and support of his beloved daughters.



Ruth H. Laurie

Ruth H. Laurie passed away, peacefully surrounded by her family, Sept. 20. Ruth was born Dec. 22,1940, in Hackensack, New Jersey to Ray and Ruth Lawrence. She grew up in Lodi, New Jersey and Windham New York. From a early age, she was an advocate for the military by being a member of the Daughters of the Spanish American War. After graduation she enlisted in the U.S. Navy where she spent two years on active duty receiving an honorable discharge and 10 years as a Navy wife traveling the world from Oslo, Norway to Long Beach, California to Rota, Spain. After settling back home in Lodi, she was a member of the Jersey Colonial Waves Unit 59. She was also known as "Dancer" to her clown troupe. She came to Barberton just four short years ago to be with her sons. She made many friends at Lakeview Methodist church, Heritage Place Apartments and the Barberton Public Library. She is survived by her sons, Roger J. Hoefler Jr. (Gene), Ray L. Hoefler (Norma), Jason E. Hoefler (Dawn). Her sister, Grace Johanessen. Grandchildren, Stacy, Sheila, Justin, Jen, Keith, Tyler, Caitlyn, Jason and Andrew. Great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Haley, Jordan, Bailee, Klhoee, Kaniyah, Kosi and great-great-grandchild, Harlow. Nieces, Meagan, Tara and nephew, Harold. Cremation and memorial have already taken place.



Jean E. Scott

Jean E. Scott, 91, passed away Sept. 27. A resident of Barberton for 68 years, she was a previous member of Barberton Elks Emblem Club and attended Norton Community Church of the Nazarene. Preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Howe (1973) and second husband, Floyd “Tim” Scott (1997); sons, Glenn Howe, James Howe and Alan Scott; daughter, Evelyn Milhoan (Mark Milhoan-living); granddaughters, Sarah McCartney and Annie McCartney; mother and father, Glenn and Nellie Smith; sister, Kathleen Dye and brothers, William Smith and Richard Smith. Jean is survived by daughters, Trudy (Bob) Laslo, Patricia (Raleigh) Gosser, Candace (Phil) Lee; daughters-in-law, Vicki Howe and Barb Howe; sons, Vernon (Maureen) Howe, Tom (Patty) Scott; sisters, Loretta (Vic) Bibby and Faye Richards; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Joe Frank officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Jean’s family will receive friends on Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m.



Seth B. Hanks

Seth B. Hanks, 35, passed away Sept. 23, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Seth was born in Barberton, where he was a life resident and graduate of Barberton High School. Preceded in death by his mother, Judy; grandparents, Burnice and Kathy Hanks and Ned and Marge Carlisle; He is survived by his daughter, McKenzie; father, Ron; and sister, Tamara (Corey) Frye. There will be no services. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Alice Marie (DeVane) Hughes-Gabriel

Alice Marie (DeVane) Hughes-Gabriel went home to be with her Lord Sept. 22. Alice was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend to many.  Alice loved life to the fullest many of her 87 years. Most of all she enjoyed entertaining and spending time with her friends and family. Alice was an avid shopper, euchre player and enjoyed much time socializing with her friends. Alice worked at First National/ First Merit Bank in Barberton starting at the age of 16 up until the time of her retirement. She was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church of Barberton where she was an active member for many years. Upon retirement, Alice enjoyed volunteering at the church and at Pleasant View Health Care Center in the gift shop. Alice was preceded in death by her first husband, David Reese Hughes, her second husband, William Gabriel, her sister, Estelle Daiger, her brother, Robert DeVane and her parents, Robert and Esther DeVane. Alice is survived by her dear brother, Edward DeVane; daughters, Linda Hughes and Sandy Schneider; grandchildren, Elissa Schneider, Jaci (Matt) Tiell and Zach (April) Schneider and three great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.  Calling hours will be Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at First Presbyterian Church of Barberton, 636 W. Park Ave. Funeral Service immediately following. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Sharon L. Dungan

Sharon L. Dungan went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sept. 22, after a short battle with cancer. She devoted her life to serving her Lord Jesus Christ as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and someone who loved children. Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Phillips. She is survived by her husband, Garrett Jr.; son, Garrett III; granddaughter, Gracie; mother, Louise Phillips; brother, Joseph (Brenda) Phillips; sisters, Carolyn (Tim) Vargo, Michele (Steve) Lichtenstiger, and Charlene (Chris) Miller; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Laughlin and Barb Dungan; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral service will be Sept. 25, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with long-time friend, Pastor Roger McCauley, officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Family will receive friends Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m.



Shawn D. Brannon

Shawn D. Brannon, 60, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 21. He was a life resident of Barberton/Clinton and a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1974. Shawn enjoyed farming and raising chickens. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Glenna Brannon; survived by his wife, Helen Jean; daughter, Erin; son, Daniel (Becky); grandsons, Thomas, Aiden and Kelton; brother, Craig (Cathy); other family members and friends and his special puppy, Zoey. Funeral service will be Sept. 25, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jim Roma officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. Shawn’s family will receive friends Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Pawsibilites, Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087 or the American Heart Association, 3505 Embassy Parkway 100, Akron, OH 44333.



Arthur E. Singleton

Arthur E. Singleton, 92, passed away Sept. 19. Arthur was born in Heaters, West Virginia, to Martin and Ruth Singleton. He retired from PPG after 31 years of service. Preceded in death by parents and brother, Vernon; he is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Wanda; daughter, Beverly (Dan) York of Florida; Connie (John) Domonkas of Clinton; grandchildren, Pam Koudelka, Bill Boles, Jason Domonkas and Jessie Koudelka; great-grandchildren, Alexis Kilgore and Noah Domonkas; sister-in-law, Betty Sue Singleton of Heater, West Virginia; brother, Mack  (Margie) of Napier, West Virginia; nephew, Ben (Debbie) Singleton of Ravenna; and niece, Linda James of Flatwoods, West Virginia. At his request, there will be no services and cremation has taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Glen E. Krunich 

Glen E. Krunich, 83, born into this world, Jan. 21, 1932, was promoted to paradise Sept. 19. Glen was born to Pete and Sarah Krunich, the third of four children. Upon reaching draft age, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served honorably in military combat during the Korean War. Glen was a good hard working man who spent the last 7.5 years as a patient at Magnolia Nursing Home, a good patient who rarely complained.  Prior to that, he willingly shared what he had with others, both his time and treasure. If you had a problem, just call Glen and he would respond whether one needed a basket of groceries or a new water heater. Glen was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ, where he faithfully served our Lord for many years. Glen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda; son, Terry; brothers, Chet and Bob and sister, Donna Weinsheimer; survived by sister-in-law, Betty Krunich; brother-in-law; Chuck Weinsheimer; nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Sept. 23, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with his nephew, Jeff Weinsheimer officiating.  Glen’s family will receive friends from noon until time of service. Burial will be Friday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Southwest Church of Christ, benevolent fund, 516 33rd St., SW, Barberton, OH 44203.


Martin J. Savula

Martin J. Savula, 83, passed away Sept. 16, at Akron City Hospital. Martin was born Nov. 11, 1931 to the late John and Mary Savula and was a lifelong area resident. He set numerous records in track and field during his time at East High School. He was a Navy veteran, serving four years during the Korean Conflict on the USS Nereus. Martin worked in the Blacksmith Shop at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 27 years. He was a member of The Chapel on Fir Hill and was also a member of the Masons. Martin is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann (Koval); children, Marta Savula, Michael (Debbie) Savula, Marie (Tim) Smith and Matthew (Kim) Savula; grandchildren, Stephanie, Michael and Maximilian Savula; sister, Betty (Virgil) Tarlton; and niece, Dianne Paton. The family is grateful to the doctors and staff at Akron City/Summa Hospital and the Palliative care unit for their compassionate care of Martin in his final days. The family received friends and relatives Sept. 18 at the Anthony Funeral Homes, Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St., in Akron. The funeral service was Sept. 19, at the funeral home. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ohio/obituary.aspx?n=martin-j savula&pid=175865350&fhid=22410#sthash.q1ZoKl1u.dpuf



Carolyn J. Husk

Carolyn J. Husk, 60, passed away after a hard fought battle with glioblastoma. Carolyn was born in Grantsville, West Virginia and had been a Barberton resident all her life. She was a member of the Victory Chapel. Preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Olive Husk; brothers, Orval and Joe; and sisters, Ruby and Elma; She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Josh) DeAngelis; Brandi (Chaney (Tommy); David Thomas (Nika) and Adam Thomas; grandchildren, Cierra, Dakota, Zavier, Cameron, Joshua, Gemma, Katelin, A.J., Gabriel, Christian and Catherine; great-grandson, Cole; brothers, Melvin (Char) Husk and Marvin (Becky) Husk; sisters, Sylvia West and Charlene (Kenton) Jett; close family member, Mary Vaughn Thomas; Special thanks to Mary Vaugh Thomas, Sylvia and Charlene, Crossroads Hospice and Home Helpers for their help and support. Calling Hours will be Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Funeral service to follow at 7. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cheryl. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Richard J. Vidergar Sr.

Richard J. Vidergar Sr., 68, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sept. 16, after a hard fought battle with leukemia. Rich was born in Barberton, where he was a life resident and worked at the Akron Beacon Journal and Yoder Brothers. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. Rich was also a proud Navy veteran having served during Vietnam. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mildred and father and mother-in-law, Fred and Kathryn Watts; he is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Beverly K.; son, Richard J. Jr.; daughter, Jennifer Dennison (Shawn Roy); grandchildren, Brooklyn Ferrell; Courtney (Ryan) Hine and Charley Dennison; and great-grandchildren, Haele and Abbie Stover and Carter Hine. Memorial mass will be 11 a.m., Sept. 21, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant.  Calling hours Sept. 20, 2-4 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home,1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the James Cancer Research Hospital, 460 West 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Joanne J. Harm

Joanne J. Harm, 78, passed away Sept. 12. Born April 4, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was a resident of the Barberton area most of her life. Joanne retired from Wright Tool and Forge after many years of service, she was a member of St. Hilary Catholic Church and CPS (Certified Professional Secretaries). Preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Mary Harm and brothers, Harry and Edward Harm; Joanne is survived by her brother, Eugene (Doris) Harm of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Carol Harm of Barberton; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m., at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 2750 W. Market St., Akron, Fr. Steve Breck, celebrant. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sept. 16, 5-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joanne’s name to your local Humane Society.



Patricia A. Flinn

Patricia A. Flinn, 59, passed away Sept. 9. She was born Sept. 9, 1956, in Wadsworth, where she remained a life resident. She was a collector of many things and was a member of Wadsworth Grandmothers Club. Patty dearly loved her family. Preceded in death by her grandmother, Sadie Pridemore and son, Avery Flinn; Patty is survived by her children, Zachary (Jessica) Flinn and Miranda Flinn; brother, James Prunty; parents, Okey and Frances Prunty; husband, Larry Flinn; sister, Val Nixon; five grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Sept. 11, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Don Bolich officiating. Patty’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.



Barbara L. Smith

Barbara L. Smith, 66, passed away Sept. 9. A resident of Barberton for 30 years, she retired from SGS Tool in Cuyahoga Falls. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents, Hubert and Leona Blake; brothers, Harold and Danny Blake; Barbara is survived by her son, David L. Smith; daughters, Windi Nemeth (Bob Lilly) and Melani (Donald) Mottice; grandchildren, Christian Smith, Julia, Lauren and Andrea Nemeth; Jackson Lilly, Jordyn and Quinten Mottice; great-grandchildren, Domanic, Halie and Patrick; brothers and sisters, Dale Blake, Bertha Crosier, Donna Widder and Charlotte LaBelle; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Sept. 14, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Barbara’s family will receive friends Sept. 13, 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to www.gofundme.com/barblsmith



Dorothy Mae Nettle

Dorothy Mae Nettle, 90, went home to be with the Lord Sept. 8. Dorothy was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Canal Fulton, to Chester and Sarah Hansel. Dorothy married her childhood sweetheart, Bob, in 1944 and started on Kendall Road in Copley raising pickles and pigs. They moved to Barberton where they lived for 40 years. She was owner of D. Nettle Co-op Tax Service in Barberton from 1967-1995, working alongside Dad in his insurance business and supporting him in the legislature. She and Bob were active members of Johnson United Methodist Church where he continues to serve. Dorothy was active with the church’s Ruth Circle, Seniors Group and the Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen where she represented her church. Her past activities were with the AARP of Portage Lakes, South Summit Dems, Eastern Star, the Saturday night euchre club. Dorothy was a beautiful woman who gave her life to others. She was devoted to her five daughters and husband whom she cherished. She was dignified and gracious to everyone she met. She was an excellent baker (great pumpkin rolls) and cook, always preparing beautiful meals for her family and friends. Family camping trips and years of traveling with Bob across five continents leave cherished memories. She was a very strong woman raising her five daughters with only one bathroom and Bob praying that he would be able to use it before leaving for work. She surely has a gold star in her crown for all she did for us. Her life with Bob was an adventure, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary by going parasailing together. They renewed their wedding vows just last year. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 71 years, Bob; daughters, Karen (Tom) Butler, Debbie (Tim) Crawford, Renee (Joe) Ramunni, Claudia (Jim) Ward, Jennifer Isom; brother, Don (Barbara) Hansel; sisters, Virginia (Merle) Miller, Peg Beckett, Cathy (Paul) Bryant, Beth (Jim) McConaghy; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters-in-law; Shirley Hansel, Ann Hansel, Gladys Bell; special niece, Carla Jo Beckett; international daughter, Ria (Klaus) Kwakenbos; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Pastors Tim and Tal for their love and support of our family, the Johnson United Methodist Church family for their support and Crossroads Hospice for all their care. Thank you Wadsworth Pointe staff and residents for taking us in as family. Friends may call at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, Sept. 11, 4-7 p.m., where services will be Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m., with Pastors Tal Lewis and Tim Monteith officiating. At Dorothy’s request, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church, Salvation Army of Barberton or Haven of Rest Ministries of Akron in memory of Dorothy. Church map, directions and the Nettle Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website.



Nancy “Janie” Sell

Nancy “Janie” Sell, 57, was born June 19, 1958. She joined her mother, Frances Ragans and granddaughter, Samantha, in Heaven, Sept. 3. Janie is survived by her husband of 39 years, Gregory J. “Kid” Sell; dad, Raymond Ragans; son, Greg-o; daughter, Jeana; grandchildren, Kirsten, Katelyn, Cody and Drake; three sisters; one brother; many nieces, nephews; other family and many friends. Funeral service will be Sept. 12 , 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Janie’s family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. Following her service, family and friends are welcome to join us for Janie’s celebration of life at Corky’s Thomastown Cafe on S. Arlington St., Akron. 



Helen C. Koteles

Helen C Koteles (nee Tkacik), 91, passed away Sept. 9, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Helen was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Co. She was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and presently attended St. Augustine. Preceded in death by her husband, Albert; son, Russell; brother, John Tkacik; and sister, Sophie Kinsala; Survivors include her sons, Randy (Rebecca) of Atlanta, Georgia and Richard (Nina) of New Franklin; grandchildren, Kevin (Jen) Koteles, Kelly (Colby) Perry, Kristopher Koteles, Kristen (Jonathon) Moore and Katie Koteles; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be Sept. 11, noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home,  1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Haven of Rest, PO Box 547, Akron, OH 44309-0547. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Dorma Cooper

Dorma Cooper, 84, passed away Sept. 5, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Mud Fork, West Virginia, Feb. 3, 1931, to the late Arthur and Flona (Sears) Murphy. Dorma was a long time resident of the Barberton and Norton area. She was a member of Home Missionary Baptist Church in Akron and worked many years for Yoder Brothers before retiring from Akron Mills. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry and brothers, Garisson and Jack Murphy; Dorma leaves behind her son, Jerry (Lori) Cooper; grandson, Jeremy (Ashley) Cooper; great-grandson, Parker Benton; great-granddaughters, Sutton Fay and Sawyer Kai Cooper; brother, Ralph Murphy (Shirley); many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the Arbors of Fairlawn for the kindness and care they gave while Dorma was there.bFuneral service will be Sept. 9, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dorma’s family will receive friends Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made to the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service.



Janice C. Stamey

Janice C. Stamey, 77, passed away Sept. 1. She was born March 25, 1938, in Akron. Preceded in death by husband, Verne Stamey; parents, Charles and Mary Shaffer; daughter, Sherri Stamey. Survived by sons, Charles (Cathy) Shaffer, Robert Shaffer, Philip (Grace) Shaffer; daughter, Kimmy Stamey; grandchildren, Sherri Kennedy, Douglas Shaffer, Jessica Cunningham, Raymond Holley; great-grandson, “my little boy,” Sebastian Kennedy. Cremation has taken place. She will be entombed at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Annette E. Jessel

Annette E. Jessel, 89, passed away Sept. 1. She was a life resident of Barberton. Preceded in death by her parents, George and Blanche Leib; husband, Dale A. Jessel; sister, Jean Maurer and brother, Richard Leib; Annette is survived by her children, David (Sheryl) Jessel, Claudia (Mark) Hawley, Thomas (Jackie) Jessel and Paul (Patti) Jessel; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; niece, Georgia Ann (Anthony) Kaluza; along with other family members and friends. Following Annette’s wishes, there will be no services.  Cremation has taken place. 



Marie I. Farrell (nee Badunas)

Marie I. (Tootie) Farrell, a dearly loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother, passed away shortly after midnight Sept. 1, surrounded by her family. She was 92-years-old and was in rapidly declining health. She rested and died peacefully in her sleep, never having to suffer another day. Though we mourn her loss, we find peace and joy in knowing the Lord has called her home. She was born to John and Emma Badunas and called Barberton her home from that day to this. Although she never went to college, she had a PhD in common sense. By no means did she have an easy life, but she never backed down from a challenge and always kept her family first. She was always generous with her time and always loved unconditionally. Her devotion to her family, and the encouragement and hope she always supplied, will be deeply missed. She never missed a moment to tell her family how much she loved them, how proud she was of them, and how grateful she was to have them in her life. Mom was the glue that held the family together and the solid rock that never wavered. She always enjoyed having people stop by her home to visit. You never left her home hungry, and she believed food was all about love, family and comfort. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Farrell; brother,  Andrew (John) Badunas; sisters, Delores Andrus and Cleo Anders and stepchildren, Thomas Farrell, Wanda Duckworth and Jean Ginise. She will be greatly missed by her children, Cathleen (Richard) Hansen, John (Cheryl) Farrell, Andrea Farrell (Bill Conte), all of Barberton. In addition, she leaves her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren to cherish her memories and who will deeply miss their devoted Yia-Yia. Mom, your passing has left a hole in our lives that will never be filled by anyone or anything. The love, support, faith and guidance that you showered upon us during your life will be passed on to future generations. Heaven has gained an angel who is now resting peacefully. We are so proud to have had such a wonderful mother and we so love you more! It’s okay to feel the pain when someone passes away. You can’t have an up without a down, a right without a left, a back without a front, or a happy without a sad. This is the price you pay for having a great mother. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments and you get the tears at the end, too. Life goes by fast, don’t waste a moment, tell the ones you love how you feel, show affection every chance you get, because you will give anything to kiss that person’s cheek one more time. Calling hours will be Sept. 1, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Mass of the Christian burial will take place Thursday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Avenue, Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Though mom thoroughly enjoyed flowers, she would prefer memorials in her name to Prince of Peace Catholic Church. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center who treated mom with such great care and compassion. It was appreciated more than you know. In addition, a special thank you to family friend, Pam Bruno, for her love and family support. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Andrew A. Lilly

Our beloved son passed away unexpectedly, Aug. 28. He was born Dec. 10, 1982, in Barberton, to Donna and Gregory Robinson. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Rufus and Ruby Lilly, James and Blanche Robinson. He is survived by daughter, Amya M. Lilly “his princess” and her mother, Sarah Logue. Sister, Heather (Donald) Dijak. His nephews, Chaz, Cameron, Magnum, Donald Jr. and girlfriend, Kendra Milliken. Andy had a smile that would light up a room, a big heart and cared about everyone. He loved coaching his daughter’s softball team. Andrew had a passion for music. He worked at BSI, where he loved his job and coworkers. He enjoyed going with his daughter, taking their dog, Bruiser, for walks. He had many close childhood friends, Brian Delauder, Brandon Cline, Richard Dunn and Jeremy Whitton. He left may memories and a big impact on many lives. His family was important to him, no matter what he was going through, he was always there for others. He will be missed by his favorite aunts, Diana Papp and Darla Smith; uncle, James Lilly; and special cousins, Rhonda Papp-Milhoan, Josh DeAngelis and Josh Robinson, as well as other family and friends. Donations may be made to Cox Funeral Home or online at GoFundMe,

http://www.gofundme.com/732yj4h8.



Ronald L. McQuaide

Ronald L. McQuaide, 54, went to be with the Lord, Aug. 30, after a courageous battle against leukemia. He was born May 31, 1961 and was a class of ’79 graduate of Coventry High School. Ronald attended the Community Church of Portage Lakes and was an avid Cleveland sports fan. He will be missed by his best friend, Smokey the cat. Preceded in death by his father, Jim McQuaide and stepfather, Steve Nemeth. He is survived by mother, Lois Nemeth; brothers, Douglas and Tom (Gail); sister, Karla (Paul); nephews, Kyle, Korey, Cole and numerous extended family members. Special thanks to the healthcare providers that cared for Ronald. Memorial service will be Sept. 2, 11 a.m., at Community Church of Portage Lakes, 3260 Cormany Road, Akron. Pastor Gary Meeks officiating. Friends will be received from 10:30 - 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. John 3:16.



Theresa A. Lovas

Theresa A. Lovas went to be with the Lord, Aug. 29. She was born April 24, 1917, in Endicott, New York. Theresa graduated from Suffield High School where she was a proud member of the girls basketball team. She was employed at Akron City Hospital before her marriage to Frank Lovas. They were married for 63 years before he passed away in 2002.  She and Frank were parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church until its closing and then became members of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Barberton. Theresa enjoyed embroidering, gardening, watching Jeopardy, playing cards, vacations in Florida, polka music, watching wholesome movies, walking, feeding the ducks and especially visits with her family. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Apolen (Maron) White; brothers, John (Mary Lou) White, William (Helen) White, Dr. Emil White and her stepgranddaughter, Betty Ann Ashcraft; Theresa is survived by her daughter, Judith (Dr. Ronald) Olson of New Mexico; sons, Dennis (Joyce) of Canal Fulton, Robert (Rebecca, dec) of Barberton and Larry (Donna) of Barberton. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Erik Olson and Karl Olson of Michigan, Phil (Corinne) Lovas of Arizona, Greg Lovas of Canal Fulton, Christine Lovas of Barberton, Matthew Lovas of South Lebanon and Anne (Attila) Vamos of N. Carolina. Her great-grandchildren, who will miss her stories of growing up on the family farm in Suffield, include Samuel, Nathaniel and Brooke Lovas of Arizona, Evan Lease and Juliana Lovas of Barberton, Ruby and Scarlet Lovas of South Lebanon and Mary, Emma, Vivian and Clare Vamos of N. Carolina. Theresa is also survived by her sisters, Else (Dr. Stan, dec) Stitt of California and Mary (Leslie, dec) Sunday of Suffield, along with many nieces and nephews from the White and Lovas families. The family would like to extend special thanks to Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, The Inn at Coal Ridge Assisted Living and Summa Barberton Palliative Care for all their care and support of Mom and Grandma these past eight years. Mass of Christian burial is Friday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St., NW, Barberton. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron. Theresa’s family will receive friends Thursday,  Sept. 3,  4-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be said  Friday, 9:30 a.m., with procession to the church. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church. 



Daniel Edward Hoffman

Daniel Edward Hoffman, 63, passed away Aug. 23. Dan was a life resident of Barberton and a U.S. Army veteran serving during Vietnam, serving in the First Calvary Division. He loved fishing, gambling, bingo and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Jean (Ellis) Hoffman; Dan is survived by daughter, Michelle Hoffman; son, Michael (Osivis) Hoffman and Mauricio Alvanez, who Dan considered a son; grandson, Andrew Hoffman; granddaughters, Makaylia McTighe, Olivia Hoffman, Morgan Hoffman, Madison Hoffman and Evelyn Fernandez; sisters, Roxanne (Lorin) Grewell, Laura (Geza Berczy) Hoffman and Verna Wooddell; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Sept. 2, 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 with military honors.  Dan’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.



Milana Plucinski

Milana Plucinski, 65, passed away Aug. 26. She was born Oct.12, 1949, to the late Willis and Elizabeth Myatovich in Barberton. Milana will always be remembered for her sense of humor, her enjoyment of the beach and for her great love of her twin grandchildren. Milana was preceded in death by her brothers, Mike, Pat and Jim Myatovich. She leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, Don; daughters, Joanna (Jacques) Blondeau and Valerie Plucinski; son, Anthony (Lorie) Plucinski; grandchildren, Maxwell and Olivia Blondeau; sister, Carla Myatovich; her constant companion, Charlie; and many other loving family members and friends. The Plucinski family would like to express special thanks to the staff at Hospice of VNS for the special care shown to Milana. The family greeted friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m. Funeral Home map, directions and the Plucinski Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website. www.bacherfuneralhome.com



Verna Jean Stump

Verna Jean Stump, 77, passed peacefully surrounded by her children and beloved grandchildren, Aug. 22. Preceded in death by parents, Everett and Roxie Mulinex; brothers, Delbert Mulinex and Bernard Mulinex. Survived by children, Rhonda Stump, Roxanne (Mark) Thornton; grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter and Garnet Thornton; brother, Ronald (Pat) Mulinex; sister, Delores Davis, Ruth (Larry) Yglesias; numerous nieces and nephews. 



Mary E. Seal

Mary E. Seal, 88, went home to be with the Lord, Aug. 20. Per Mary's wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place with burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Alice Kissner

Alice Kissner, 72, passed away Aug. 22. She was born May 14, 1943, in Barberton. Preceded in death by husband, Butch Long; and daughter, Dannine Osborne. Survived by son, Dewayne; grandchildren, Dustin Long , Dana Long, Brittney Osborne, Ben Osborne; brothers David Kovack, Eddie Kovack; extended family and friends. Funeral service will take place Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends 5 p.m., until time of service.



William “Mack” Hylton

William “Mack” Hylton, 95, passed away Aug. 22, in Huntersville, North Carolina at the Levine-Dickson Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 23, 1920, to the late Patton Cleveland and Laura (Jewell) Hylton in Tazewell County, Virginia and was a graduate of Honaker High School, class of 1939. After graduation, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. in October 1940 and was discharged in 1942. In September 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II and was discharged in November of 1945, with the rank of Sergeant.  On October 17, 1944, William married Letty Mae Johnson, who preceded him in death July 2, 2008, after 64 years of marriage. After the war “Mack” worked in the coal mines in Virginia and then moved to Washington Court House, Ohio and worked as a farmer on a turkey farm.  They then moved to Barberton, where he was employed by B&W for 33 years. He loved spending time with and taking his grandchildren fishing and camping. After they got older, he enjoyed watching them in their various activities.  When he moved to Charlotte, North Caroina, he attended many soccer matches watching his great-grandchildren. William was a Life Time Master Mason of the Sandy Valley Masonic Lodge 17 AF&AM in Grundy, Virginia and Honorary Member National Lodge 568 F&AM in Barberton, he was also a member of Barberton VFW 1066 and the United Fellowship Club in Barberton. Preceded in death by brothers, Harold, Chester, John and Roby Hylton; sisters, Juanita Hylton, Lucy Farmer, Pauline Stewart and Janie Sisk.  Mack is survived by his children, Gary “Pat” (Linda) Hylton of Charlotte, Ann (Richard) Reighard of Altavista, Virginia and Mary (Edward) Soltis of Norton; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Charley (Edith) Hylton, Blane (Mary) Hylton, Rondeau (Mary Lee) Hylton and Jim (Kathy) Hylron; sisters, Faye Abernathy, Peggy Dixon and Cleo (Ted) Moreland; sisters-in-law, Nellie Breeding and Vonna Johnson; special friends, Vicki Lonteen, Nick Foster and Frank Honaker; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 27, 2 p.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. His family will receive friends from noon until time of service. Masonic service will be at 1:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, N.C. 28078 in “Mack’s” memory.



Katherine D. Meier (Zbory)

Katherine Dipple Meier (Zbory), 95, passed away Aug. 23, at Summa Barberton Hospital. She was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Akron. Katherine was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Zbory and second husband, Henry Meier; son, Joey Zbory; brothers, Henry and Martin Dipple; and nephew, Phil Dipple.  She is survived by son, Ronald (Joanne) Zbory; sister-in-law, Clydie Dipple; and many family and friends. Graveside services will be Aug. 26,1 p.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Jim Baston officiating. There will be no calling hours. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Franklin E. “Doc” Havis

Franklin E. “Doc” Havis, 94, passed away peacefully in his sleep Aug. 20. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, “Doc” was a chiropractic physician in Barberton since 1982, retiring in 2000. Survived by his companion, Maxine Havis; son, William of North Royalton; daughters, Mary of Colorado and Lois of Canton and will be dearly missed by his many friends at McDonald’s, where “Doc” loved to take requests to play one of their favorite songs on his harmonica. Following his wishes, there will be no services, cremation has taken place.



Janet L. (nee Holcomb) Bochard

Janet L. (nee Holcomb) Bochard, 56, passed away Aug. 22. She was a resident of the Barberton/Akron area and was a graduate of Central Hower, class of 1977. Janet retired from Heather Knoll as an LPN, she enjoyed the beach and camping with her family. Preceded in death by her parents, Bartley and Helen (Grissett) Holcomb and husband, Robert E. Bochard; Janet is survived by her daughters, Jessica (Kyle) DeRemer and Rachel Bochard (Ray Ettayem); son, Kody; like a daughter, Mistina Romeyn; granddaughter, Ava; stepgrandson, Riley DeRemer; brother, John (Nancy) Holcomb; special sisters, Linda Hull, Lisa Haggard and Pam Davis; along with many other family members and friends, and her special granddog, Lola. Funeral service will be Aug. 26, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Janet’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the funeral home. 



Jeanne L. Ross

Jeanne L. Ross, 68, passed at her home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a life resident of the Akron area, Jeanne was employed by Norton Performance Plastics for many years and retired from Diebold. Preceded in death by her husband, James “Tex” Ross; parents, Theodore and Charlotte Winkleman and brother, Thomas Winkleman; Jeanne is survived by her daughters, Amy Kisio and Beth (Denny) Gray; son, Todd (Alexandria) Schray; grandchildren, Kate, Will, Lexxie, Andrew, Michael and Lydia. A memorial service will be Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rob Kasler officiating. Jeanne’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.



William Marshall Cate

William Marshall Cate, 84, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Aug. 10. William was born Sept. 18, 1930, to Claude and Rosa Cate in Akron, but he always had a deep love for his Tennessee roots. William worked for the Lawson Milk Company and retired from the Schwebel’s Bakery in 1988. He had lived in Norton for 55 years. He loved traveling and had explored all 50 states. William enjoyed studying American history and specifically Ohio history. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. William was an active member of the Akron Baptist Temple and enjoyed the camaraderie of their Golden Agers group. William was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice May Cate; daughter, Deborah Paugh; son, Gary Cate; brother, James; and sister, Pauline. William leaves behind son, USAF Colonel (Retired), Gregory (Ellen) Cate; grandchildren, Melissa (Duane) Milford, Donnealle Cate, Charise Cate; great- grandchildren, Alexis, Mercedes, Mikayla, Zoie, MacKenzie, Jaydn; sister-in-law, Helen Brown, and many other family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ohio History Connection, attn.: Institutional Advancement, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH, 43211.



Rosario “Sara” Maniaci Sandors

Rosario “Sara” Maniaci Sandors, 87, passed away July 17. Mrs. Sandors was born April 29, 1928, the youngest daughter of Rosario and Angela Maniaci, and raised in Akron, with her brother, Nunzio A. Maniaci and sister, Rosina Maniaci Poldruhi. Mrs. Sandors married George Sandors on Oct. 20, 1951 and later settled in Fountain Valley where they raised their two sons. She took great pride in her family and passed on heartfelt lessons to all she loved. Mrs. Sandors is survived by her two sons, Russell Stephen Sandors (spouse, Linda), Stephen George Sandors (spouse, Karen); six grandchildren, Crystal Ann Sexton (spouse, Michael), Russell Peter Sandors, Brandon Sandors, Amber Sandors, Vanessa Ann Schulz (spouse, John Earle), Heather Lynn Elkin (spouse, Matthew); two great-grandchildren, Sienna Finley Elkin and Ryder Penn Elkin; six nieces and nephews, Stephen Farkas (spouse, Mary), Pamela LeBlond, Peter Poldruhi (spouse, Donna), Danny Maniaci (spouse, Angela), Mary Papp (spouse, Frank), Marcy Stevens (spouse, Nicholas); and many wonderful great nieces and nephews. Per her request, Mrs. Sandors’ ashes will be scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a favorite charity.



Charlotte I. Lucas

Charlotte I. Lucas, 80, passed away Aug. 15. A resident of Norton/Barberton since 1973, she was a member of the Barberton Moose 759 and Barberton VFW Post 1066. Charlotte was a beautiful lady, who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Leo F. Lucas; survived by daughters, Donna M. (Fred) Goodwill and Patricia G. Ellet; son, John Phillip Lloyd; daughters, Phyllis Daphne (Armando) Quintana and Charlotte R. Stump; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Grace Wisenburg; brother, LaVone Eady; sister, Hilda Faye Christmas. Following Charlotte’s wishes there will be no services, cremation has taken place.  Inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.



Brian Douglas Calvert

Brian Douglas Calvert, 25, passed away Aug. 12. He was born April 7, 1990, in Akron. Preceded in death by great-grandparents, Glen and Pauline Hise; grandparents, William and Mary Ann Calvert. Survived by parents, Laura Calvert, Doug (Kathy) Calvert; brother, Dustin; sisters, Katie and Rachel; daughter, Kelsey; grandparents, Dan and Barbara Woodford; and extended family and friends. Funeral service was Aug. 15 at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave. Burial at Lakewood.



Fred M. Curran

Fred M. Curran reached his journey’s end in the evening of July 24 at home surrounded by his loving family.  Born Dec. 4 1936, in Columbus, to Bert and Helen Curran, Fred graduated from Worthington High with the class of 1955 and attended The Ohio State University. His 28 year career with IBM began in Columbus and soon took him to Evansville, Indiana, as office products administration manager. He and his team were recognized for bringing the office from 165 in the nation to second within two years. In 1977, while doing an audit of the Akron IBM office, he met his forever love and best friend, Victoria Williams, requested a transfer and began their 37 year journey together later that year. Both sharing a love of travel, it was a journey that included numerous trips to Europe. Always a bit adventurous and fearless, he preferred driving the Alps and the autobahn himself, never tours. Sept. 11, 2001 was the last planned trip to the Bavarian region that left them stranded in Toronto. They still returned to other favorite Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands and began exploring our own beautiful country.  (And yes, he knew it was illegal to feed buffalo from his car in Yellowstone!)  Retiring from IBM at 51 allowed more time for travel, visiting the kids as they moved from state to state and being a groundskeeper at their home in Doylestown. As a father, he shared the love of the outdoors with his four children. Having gone annually since the age of three to Ontario, he continued the tradition of yearly family vacations on Manitoulin Island, Ontario for another 60 years. They were all taught to fish, but to the end, his catch was always bigger! Fred was a 13 year cancer survivor who fought each new occurrence and was only slowed by renal failure in 2013. The Wadsworth Dialysis Center became an extended family during the two-and-a-half years of dialysis treatments there. He liked to tell the fun, caring staff that they made the ordeal “almost” enjoyable. Dr. Freeland Oliverio and his medical team gave Fred excellent care the last few years, and Clear Path Hospice provided Fred and the family comfort, compassion and support.  His Circle Drive neighbors are friends who are cherished for all they have done for Fred and Vicki over the years. Fred was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Arthur Williams; and beloved grandson, Dalton J. Curran.  He is survived by his devoted wife, Vicki; children, Bret (Claudia) Curran, Debbie (Brett) Lynch, Brian (Kathy) Curran, and Brad (Anna) Curran.  Also mourning his loss are his precious mother-in-law, Dora Williams; and favorite brother/sister-in-laws, Darrel and Patricia Williams; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were July 28, at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton. Pastor Michael Prillaman of Country Chapel officiated. If desired, donations in memory of Fred may be made to Neuro-Oncology Research and Support Fund 311812, The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221. God’s grace and the prayers of many brought Fred to the end of his journey, a place far more beautiful awaits him. As he would often tell his children, “Go, knowing we love you.” The Curran Family condolence book is available at the funeral home’s website, www.BacherFuneralHome.com.



Marion L. Stephens

In memory of Marion L. Stephens. Born Nov. 27, 1930, passed Aug 8. His family, wife, Ellen Stephens; two brothers, Tex Stephens and Paul Stephens; children, Ron Stephens, Linda Housinger, Mike Stephens, Nick Housinger, Pam Brown, Tammy Jackson, Ralph Harshbarger, Jimmy Harshbarger, Terry Chance, Jeff Jackson, Cinnamon Harshbarger, Stacy Harshbarger; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial was Aug. 13 at Eastern Road Church of God, 2600 Eastern Road, Rittman. Pastor Cole officiating. Instead of flowers, please send donations to Pastor Cole, memo Marion Stephens, 2600 Eastern Road, Rittman, OH 44270.


Betty Wisdom

The children of Northeast Ohio lost one of their greatest advocates, teachers, mentors and inspirational examples when Betty Wisdom passed away Aug. 12. She was born June 24, 1928 and was preceded in death by her mother and father, C.C. Gaw and Pearl Gaw; husband, Bill Wisdom; grandson, Stephen Wisdom; one sister, Sara Lynn; five brothers, J.C. Gaw, Jack Gaw, Lloyd Gaw, Charles Gaw, Bill Gaw and two stillborn siblings. She is survived by her son, David Wisdom and his wife, Sandy; granddaughter, Debbie McCauley and her husband, Jamie; two great-grandsons, Dominic McCauley and Jackson McCauley and one great-granddaughter, Autumn Wallerstein; as well as a number of nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. Betty taught school (first grade) for 30 years. Upon retiring, she operated a pre-school, See, Hear, Say and Do Pre-School Academy, for 10 years. All this time, she also simultaneously taught music, piano, singing, acting, drama and Sunday School. She did all this (when her husband was still alive) while being the secretary to her husband, who was a world renowned biblical prophetical scholar and presenter, as well as a teacher of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. Well before the age of computers and word processors, Betty personally typed and kept records of all the notes, sermons and presentations for her husband as he taught, presented and preached. Together, they traveled nationally and internationally and while her husband would present biblical prophecy before substantial crowds, she also would present her unique ideas on teaching and motivating children to large groups of teachers, educators and parents. After her husband passed away, unknown to anyone (even her family) Betty got a job in a nursing home working the midnight-to-morning-shift to make enough money to be able to continue all of her efforts without having to ask her students or their parents for more money. To Betty, her efforts were her ministry. It was important to her that she not make a personal financial profit. However, bills still needed to get paid. Many students who were not able to pay did not get charged. She made sure that those who did pay always got more than the value of their payment in various ways. She taught before the age of political correctness. She brought God into her classroom, her pre-school and her private and group lessons. This was well known, appreciated, respected, universally accepted and from her, expected and desired. Requests from parents to have Betty as a teacher for their children or to enroll in her pre-school were often made several years in advance. Betty would often walk a child home after a tough day to find that there was a real problem in the home that could range from disfunction, abuse, alcohol, or drugs to any one of a number of other possibilities. That then became her personal mission to deal with and overcome. And, in most cases, due to her all-in drive, determination and refusal to accept anything other than total victory for the child’s benefit, she was usually successful. Many times over the years she was able to identify life-saving and/or life-changing issues and help them get resolved. Every year, she would receive dozens and dozens of letters, phone calls and personal visits from past students thanking her for her past efforts and/or bringing her up to date as to their current status, as well as seeking her counsel on life issues such as further education options or opportunities, career guidance, marital advice or raising children. Her door was always open to any child or parent to help with any issue. The scope of her personal commitment and involvement to do whatever was necessary and appropriate to resolve an outstanding issue was total and unwavering. Ultimately, her goal was to not only to identify and solve any outstanding problem and instill and inspire confidence and a positive self image to the child, along with a foundational knowledge as to how and why the child could have that confidence and positive self image, but, primarily, to involve God as the anchor and foundation of the child and family’s life and perspective and then to educate and inspire them to be all that they could be, both short term and long term, both for life on earth and life throughout eternity. For this, she lived her life. To Betty, it was never about her. She declined to accept credit or recognition for her efforts and she did not accept accolades for her results. Instead, she constantly continued forward, focused and unbowed, on her many missions, while she gave all the credit and glory to God, who now, with majestic finality, will proclaim and reward “a job well done.” Private services will be held for the family by close family friend Don Saus, who was also her nursing home minister as well as a highly esteemed student of her deceased husband. Anyone who wants to do something in memory of Betty is requested to make yourself available to a child with a problem and then help that child resolve that problem both short term and long term by doing whatever is necessary and appropriate, if possible instilling and inspiring confidence and a positive self image in that child, while involving God as the anchor and foundation of that child and family’s life.


Russell Metz

Russell Metz passed Aug. 10. Born Aug. 22, 1922, in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Preceded in death by parents, William and Losie (Cottrell) Metz; brother, Bert Metz; sisters, Opal Bartley and Thelma Yarger. Survived by wife of 68 years, Becky; sons, Jim (Sue), Jack (Rochelle); daughter, Sandy (Dan) Wowra; sisters, Etta (Junior) Collins, Elva Jane Filkins; five grandchildren, Missy, Nikki, Kristi, Shelly, Danny; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Dad’s name lives on with five family members having Russell as their first or middle name. Dad enlisted in the Army before World War II started and was discharged in September 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Settled in Akron after the war, where he met and married mom. He learned welding under the GI Bill and used this trade as a welder and fitter for 30 years at Babcock and Wilcox Co. in Barberton. Dad was always there to help over the years, whether it was practicing or coaching little league or repairing or building around the house, it seemed he could fix anything with almost nothing to work with. Dad was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and teaching others these skills. Special thanks to the staff at Doylestown Health Care and the staff at Barberton Hospital CCU and the Palliative Care Unit. Funeral service will be Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. An hour of calling prior from 9 a.m., until time of service. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Aug. 17, at Cox Funeral Home.



Clara Elva Powell (nee McClain)

Clara Elva Powell (nee McClain), 91, went home to Jesus after several weeks of illness Aug. 10. Clara was born Sept. 7, 1923, in West Union, West Virginia and accepted Christ at the age of 14 and was baptized. She loved the Lord and singing hymns. Clara was a resident of the Akron area for 72 years. In 1959, Clara became an Avon Representative. She excelled in the sale of beauty products for over 55 years. She felt privileged to know many families and to see their families grow up. She always wanted to write a book about her experiences as an Avon Lady. Clara was active in the Widows and Widowers Group, Golden Agers and Heritage Choir at The Chapel in Akron and was previously a member of the choir at Crusade Baptist Church.  Clara was proud that at the age of 54 she earned her GED and went on to study Real Estate at the University of Akron. Preceded in death by her parents, John Alexander McClain and Faye McClain (nee Rogers); husband, Clurel Powell; son, Dennis G. Powell; sister, Maxine Thompson; brother-in-law, Walter Thompson; two nephews, Ronald and Gerald Thompson; stepdaughters, Marcelene Nicholson and Lorene Sesco; stepsons, Alvin and Howard Powell; half sister, Hattie Crislip; sister-in-law, Mary Mae Henry; brothers-in-law, Arel, Stase, Leonard and Dellos Powell; Clara is survived by son, Robert Lee (Janet Gail) Powell; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Powell; stepson, Sherman (Doris) Powell; stepdaughter, Irene Ford; she was very close to her nieces and nephews, Alma Nichols, Jennings, Jimmy, David, Charolotte and John; she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the Powell reunions. Clara was a wonderful woman and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank close friends and neighbors, Copley Medical Group, Summa Akron City Hospital, Portage Behavioral Health and Bath Creek Estates for all their care and support at this difficult time. “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25. Funeral service will be Aug. 14, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Copley Cemetery. Clara’s family will receive friends Aug. 13, 5-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to her service. Donations may be made to Reading is Fundamental at The Chapel University Park, 135 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44304.

     


William “Loyd” Kincaid

William “Loyd” Kincaid, 81, passed away Aug. 10. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. He was a lifelong member of The Chapel. He loved all flea markets, family, and friends. Retired from AC and Y Railroad. Survived by wife of 48 years, Mary Lou; children, Debbie (Mike) Hartline, Doug (Laura) Kincaid, Jeff Kincaid; six grandchildren; sisters, Jean Harris, Genny Kincaid, Corena Alcorn; and extended family. Funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Calling hours Thursday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Frederick M. Gerbeck

Frederick M. Gerbeck, 69, passed away Aug. 9. Fred was born in Barberton where he was a life resident. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Jennie; and sister, Angela. Per his wishes, a private burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Charles “Pete” Williams

Pete Williams, 91, formerly of Barberton, died Aug. 5, following a short illness at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett, Tennessee. He was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Barberton, to the late Charles Sr. and Minnie (Boettin) Williams and lived the first 59 years of his life in Barberton. He was preceded in death by brothers Kenneth and Richard. Pete graduated from Barberton High School in the class of 1942, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company with 40 years service. He was a 32nd degree mason of the Barberton Masonic Lodge 750. Surviving is his loving wife of 69 years, Doris (Harlow) Williams of Bartlett, Tennessee; daughter, Susan (Gary) Johanyak of Bartlettl two grandchildren, Amy McDonald of Bartlett and Lori (Joe) Morris of Memphis; and great-grandson, Luke McDonald. Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. For online registry, obituary, condolences, please visit www.MemorialParkOnline.com.



James C Clark Sr. (J Bird)

James C Clark Sr. (J Bird), 73, passed away Aug. 6, at Barberton Hospital. James was born Aug. 29, 1941, in Louisville, Kentucky. James was a member of the American Legion in Ohio. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in November of 1966 with the rank of E5. He worked for Herman Machine in Tallmadge. James loved cars, motorcycles and drag racing. 

James was preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Flora Clark. He was a loving father to son, James (Erin); daughter, Brandi; son, Jeff. He leaves brothers, Roylee (Linda) and Dale (Marilou). Grandchildren, Alexandria, Colin, James, Kathleen, Samantha and JJ. Calling hours will be  Aug. 10, 5-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Funeral services will be Aug. 11, 8 a.m., whereafter we will travel to Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman for the burial.



Stephen E. Utz

Stephen E. Utz, 89, passed away surrounded by his family, Aug. 7. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and retired from Seiberling/Bridgestone Tire and Rubber. Survived by his wife of 68 years, Arlene; daughters, Dora Livesay and Patricia (Jerry) Briggs; grandchildren, Kimberly Skeen, Gary Livesay, Zachariah Briggs and Matthew Briggs; great-granddaughter, Sarah Skeen; brother, Tom (Debbie) Stewart; several nieces and nephews; very special family friends, Karen and Bob Roberts. Funeral service will be Aug. 11, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with his nephew, Scott Stewart, officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Steve’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307-2463.



Shane “Shaney” Joshua Harris

Shane “Shaney” Joshua Harris passed away, leaving our hearts broken, Aug. 3. Born May 19, 1992, in Barberton. Survived by mother, Shelly Hartley; sister, Chelsea Delery (Harris); brothers, Travis and Tyler Davis, Joseph and Jordan Raker; grandmothers, Patricia “Mamaw” Willimack, Nancy Harris; aunts, Kristie Willimack, Christine Edwards, Jacque Franks, Taylor Willimack, Kim Jetter, Kolleen Harris; uncle, Jimmy and “Mimi” Francis; (his second parents) Amy and Jason Brandt; numerous loving cousins and his buddy, Hunter the Beagle. Preceded in death by brother, Joshua Michael; father, Kenneth Joseph II; grandfather, Kenneth Joseph I; grandfather, Joseph Francis; aunt, Kathy Harris; uncle, Joey Francis; and beloved niece, Addison Renee. Shane will be remembered for his love of music, family and friends; his kind and loving heart, huge laughter and amazing wit. The warm and gentle hugs that he gave so freely will be surely missed. He called many friends “family” and that’s just what they were. Our big teddy bear gone too soon Family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 15, 4-6 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. A time of sharing will be afterwards, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Sokol Club, 888 W Hopocan Ave, Barberton, where side dishes are welcome. Donations may be made to the family.


Lyle E. Hackathorn

Lyle E. Hackathorn, 77, went home to be with the Lord, Aug. 6. He was a life resident of Akron. Preceded in death by his parents, Job and Myrtle and brother, Clem; Lyle is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Norma; sister, Mary Garrison; along with other family members. Funeral service will be Aug. 10, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Lyle’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.



Eugene L. Rowland

Eugene L. Rowland, 81, passed away Aug. 5. He was born in Murphy, North Carolina, Aug. 28, 1933. Gene was a resident of Barberton for 64 years and a United States Army veteran of the Korean War.  He was employed by PPG Industries for 15 years and retired from Carpenter’s Union 639. Gene was an active member of Barberton FOPA 18, FOPA 1, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the NRA. His number one hobby was watching his grandchildren play softball. He also enjoyed outlaw turkey shoots throughout the Midwest and the South, deer hunting, turkey hunting, walleye fishing on Lake Erie and just being outdoors. Preceded in death by his son, Jimmie Eugene Rowland and sister, Frankie Mae Ball; Gene is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pauline; son, Charles (Tracy); grandchildren, Michael, Kevin, Kaylie and Carly; sisters, Birdie Hensley and Lorene Rowland; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Aug. 10, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Keith Welch officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Gene’s family will receive friends Aug. 9, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1690 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.



Jeane A. Malson

Jeane A. Malson, 90, passed away Aug. 5. A life resident of Barberton, she was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1942 and Westminster College, class of 1946. Jeane retired from PPG Industries with 39 years of service and was a member of Columbia United Church of Christ. She was a volunteer at Barberton Citizens Hospital and the Barberton Library. Jeane was a member of the Barberton Moose Lodge 759. She enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, traveling and both teaching and playing golf. Jeane loved all dogs, but her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, James and Nettie Ringer; survived by her son, James William Malson; grandson, Daniel; granddaughter, Lauren; and many friends. A memorial service will be Aug. 8, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Jeane’s family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Inurnment will take place at Lakewood Cemetery.



Annette Dorothy Kozer (nee Pero)

Annette Dorothy Kozer (nee Pero), 80, of Barberton, went home with God, Aug. 4. She was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Manhattan, New York. Annette moved to Barberton as a younger teenager, she attended St. Augustine School and was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1953. Annette was a pure and sincere person.  People like her will never be forgotten. She leaves her husband of 58 years of marriage, Louis; daughters, Christine Gritzan and Anastasia Kozer; son, Robert (Kim) Kozer; granddaughters, Aubrey and Ashley; along with other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Aug. 8, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, NW, Barberton. Annette’s final resting place will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market Street, Akron, OH 44305.


Wilbur J. Brown 

Wilbur J. Brown, 83, passed away Aug. 1, at home with his devoted wife by his side. He was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. Wilbur was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Malco and Rockwell International. Wilbur enjoyed spending time with his family, long drives with his “Babe,” bird watching, fishing, hunting and writing special poems for family members birthdays or special occasions. Preceded in death by his parents and son, Randy; Wilbur is survived by his loving and caring wife of 62 years, Glenda; sons, Mike (Kelly) and Terry (Connie); grandchildren, Michael (Shannon), Nicole and Ashley (Kevin); eight great-grandchildren; brother, Fred (Ann); sister, Helen (Web); along with other family members and friends. “Friends, neighbors and loved ones. We dream about tomorrow, reminisce of yester year. We think of all the good times and friends we hold so dear. We share our precious moments, hold on as well we should. Enjoy our times together, as really good friends would. Hold on to fleeting seconds, we have so few to spare. Spend them all quite wisely and show someone you care.” Written by Wilbur Brown. The family would like to thank the helpful and caring staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center and Crossroad Hospice. Funeral service will be Aug. 5, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Joyce Williams officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Wilbur’s family will receive friends from noon till time of service.

 
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