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Marlene Jones, 78, died Dec. 1. She was born Aug. 14, 1935 in Flint, Mich. and was a member of the Akron First Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Preceded in death by children, John and Judy. Survived by her husband of 50 years, James Jones; children, Faith, Jesse, and David; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Geraldine. Funeral service is Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m., at Akron First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 655 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron, with Pastor Jerry Chase officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Memorials may be made to the church.
Marcia D. Williams
Marcia D. Williams, 67, died Nov. 28. Survived by her husband of 35 years, Michael; sons, Ryan, Brandon and Blake (Christine) Williams; grandchildren, Tyler, Paige, Vera, Caleb and Ava Williams; along with many other family members and friends. Keeping with Marcia wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Lt. Col. Jack A. Simon
Lt. Col. Jack A. Simon, 83, died Nov. 26. Born Nov. 26, 1930 in Cleveland, he graduated The Ohio State University. He was the last paid bat boy for the Cleveland Indians in the 1950s. He served in the United States Air Force for 32 years (active duty and reserves), flying B-52 Bombers and various jets in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He later worked as VP for Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, Pa. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Theresa D. (Zielaskiewicz) Simon; infant daughter, Theresa; his parents, Thomas and Willa Simon; brother Thomas Simon and sister, Francis (Toots) Rysko. He is survived by son, John A. (Cheryl) Simon; daughter, Theresa M. (George T.) Blankenship; grandchildren, Jacquelyn R. (Nathan) Cole, Ian M. (Lauren) Simon, Theresa "Brooke" (Jason) Roberts, Thomas "Tyler" (Renee) Blankenship, Amber R. Blankenship, and Jessica Blankenship; great-grandchildren, Lucien, Adalyhn, Annelies, Eowyn, Emerson, Cosette Roberts, James T. Blankenship. Numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Funeral Service was Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 1376 High St, Wadsworth. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours 5-8 p.m., Dec. 3, at Cox Funeral Home.
J. B. Mullinax
J. B. Mullinax, 84, died Nov. 19, in Brownwood, Texas. He was born on June 27, 1929, in Cartecay, Ga., to Arvil and Lillie (Woody) Mullinax. On Nov. 27, 1953, he was united in marriage to Shirley Allen in Barberton. He retired from Rockwell International in Barberton after thirty years of service. In 1986 J.B. and Shirley moved to Comanche and J.B. worked as a bank janitor for 27 years. He also started a lawn care service, which he continued to operate until a short time ago. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, J.B. knew that he would rest in the grave until the resurrection after God has brought an end to this system of things as we know it, and restored the earth to Paradise conditions as he originally intend it to be. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mullinax of Comanche; son, Joe Mullinax of Gulfport, Miss.; daughters, Barbera Ashley and husband Joe of Bushnell, Florida and Carol Santana and husband Jerry of Ocala, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jason Mullinax of Gulfport, Miss. and Jennifer Laird and Husband Craig also of Gulfport; three great-grandchildren, Keegan Gordon and Onika and Madison Laird; two brothers, Clyde Mullinax of Ellijay, Ga. and James Mullinax of Ill.; and twin sisters, Christine Skello of Atlanta, Ga. and Pauline Mullinax of Ellijay, Ga. He was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Helen Louise Mullinax and Leanna Marie Mullinax; two sisters, Venta Lee Mulkey and Audrey Cantrell; and two brothers, Claude Mullinax and Jackie Mullinax. A memorial service is at 2 p.m., Nov. 30, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Carol Ann Marie Flowers
Carol Ann Marie Flowers died Nov. 19. Born Jan. 24, 1945, in Medina. She loved being outside, camping, gardening and her two grandsons whom she cherished. It is my final wish that you cherish these memories and keep them. And with every smile, I will again be with you. Don’t be sad. Be happy for me. God said, those that believe in him will be with him for eternity. And that’s where I hope to be. Preceded in death by her parents and siblings. Survived by her lovely daughter, Theresa (Jim) and grandsons, Ben and Nick. There will be no services.
Carol A. Fisher (nee Soltis)
Carol A. Fisher (nee Soltis), 70, died Nov. 22, at Magnolia Village in Wadsworth. Carol was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and retired from Relizon. She was a graduate of the Class of 1961 from Barberton High School. Carol also enjoyed antiquing. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Isabell Soltis; and her best friend, Carol Williams-Clark; Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Robert A.; daughters, Cindy Shirey, Joanne Garabito, Beth Fisher-Cominsky and Janet Fisher; grandchildren, Brent, Tasha, Jessica, Derick, Amanda, Dusty, Casey, Annie, John and Scott; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Deanne (Tom) Hutchinson and Beverly Fritz; and brother, John (Regina) Soltis. Funeral Service is 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1100 Wooster Road West, Barberton. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours were Tuesday, Nov. 26, 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Joseph Chik, 80, died Nov. 21, with his family by his side. He is survived by his children, Yvonne (Lonnie) Murdock, Joanne Chik, Marcia (Mike) Suliks, Chris (Gordon) Cole, Joseph (Heather) Chik; grandchildren, Michael and Brian Suliks, Jenny and Lonnie Murdock, Jack, Ellie and Katie Cole, Macey and Lilly Chik; sister, Mildred Walker; ex-wife, Marjorie Chik. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.
John T. Zimmer
John T. Zimmer, 83, died Nov. 22 at Pleasant View Health Care Center. John was born in Akron and was a life resident of the area where he retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after 40 plus years of service as an electrician. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Corsair Model Airplane Flying Group. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, skiing, bicycle riding and hiking. John was an accomplished artist and loved to travel. John also attended many classic car shows in the area. Preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Mary; and brother, Joseph; Survivors include his brother, Fred (Jeanne) of Barberton; sister, Joanne (Allan) Robinson of Wadsworth; sister-in-law, Barbara Zimmer of Barberton; and nephews, Mark (Liz) and Patrick Zimmer. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m., Nov. 25, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Prayers will be said at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, Nov. 25 at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.
Anna M “Nita” Brady
Anna M “Nita” Brady, 91, died Nov. 21. She was born Sept. 21, 1922 in Tachov, Czechoslovakia. Member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Survived by children, Ludmilla (Gert) Wievemann, Eugene, Delores “Chicky” Greenfield; grandchildren, Michael, Mike, Patrick and Christina; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity in her memory. Family will receive friends 1-2 p.m., Nov. 25, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Funeral is Nov. 25, 2 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home. Deacon Robert Adair officiating.
Vernon Lee McEndree
Vernon Lee McEndree, 74, of Corning, Iowa, passed away in Corning on Nov. 16. Per Vernon's wishes no services are planned. Ritchie Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Vernon. Vernon Lee McEndree was born July 9, 1939, in Barnsville, Ohio, the son of Cecil McEndree and Mary (Trott) McEndree. Vernon graduated from Chippewa high school in Doylestown, in 1958. He married the love of his life, Nellie Lowery on March 15, 1959. To this loving union one son, Daniel McEndree, was born. The family lived in Ohio until 1983. During this time Vernon worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) as a Stationary Engineer. It was a vocation he took very seriously. Vernon had to keep a close eye on boilers in the plant, continually checking and testing the pH of the water and keeping everything in order. In 1984, Vernon and Nellie moved to Nevada where Vernon took a job at the Nevada Test site (Area 51). Later Vernon also worked at Rocky Flats at Keiser Hill in Colorado before his retirement. He was proud of his work and had to earn the highest security clearance in able to work the Nevada test site and also at Rocky Flats. Through the years Vernon and Nellie enjoyed each others companionship and did everything together. They loved to go scuba-diving all across the United States. They also enjoyed fishing, hunting and archery together. Vernon and Nellie loved to spend time with their son as well. Vernon and Nellie also enjoyed traveling through the country in their RV. Whether they were visiting their son or just site seeing they enjoyed living each day together. Through the years an addition to the family in way of a cockatiel named Peek-a-boo was made. Peek-a-boo had free reign of the house and RV. He went everywhere with them and they enjoyed his "lively spirit!" Peek-a-boo loved to eat breakfast with Vernon and Nellie and if he was not getting his fair share, as he sat perched on Vernon's shoulder, Peek-a-boo would lovingly bite Vernon's ear, then quickly seek refuge on Nellie's shoulder! In later years, Vernon enjoyed spending time in his garage making wooden toys. Whether he was making toy tops, trucks, cars or rocking horses he enjoyed spending the time working to craft each item. Once the toys were made he would travel to craft fairs to sell the items. Vernon also enjoyed raising a garden each year. He loved to see high how he could grow each tomato plant. Preceding Vernon in death are his parents, Cecil and Mary McEndree. Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, uncle and friend are his wife of 54 years, Nellie McEndree of Corning, Iowa; son Daniel McEndree of Ruidoso, N.M.; brothers, Marvin McEndree and wife Barb, Melvin McEndree, Roger McEndree and wife Margie, Frank McEndree and wife Kathy, Brian McEndree, and Cecil McEndree and wife Marlene, all of Doylestown; brother-in-law, Daniel Lowery of Corning; sister-in-law Nancy Etheridge and husband Bill of Lenox, Iowa; nephews, John Etheridge and wife Heather, Michael Etheridge and wife Maggie and Randy Etheridge, all of Lenox; along with many other friends.
Yvonne Antonucci, 57, died Nov. 19, after her courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Bob; father, Marvin Ivie; step-mother, Pat Ivie; brothers, Marvin Ivie (Helen), Billy Martin, Frankie Tuten, Thomas Thorpe (Anita) and David Thorpe (Eve); sisters, Sheena Hart (Keith), Karren Umsted (Larry), Libby Starling (Greg), Alyson Phelan (Brian), Nancy Wilson (Andy); son, Stephen Grossenbaugh (Ellen); daughter, ReNae Deal (Paul); grandson, Carson and granddaughters, Nicolette and Sophie. Yvonne loved flowers and plants, both indoors and outdoors. She was a colorful person who loved decorating with color, such as her multi-color tubular wrapping paper art and bottle tree. Her love of sewing yielded many multi-color quilts. She enjoyed donating to many charities such as the American Cancer Society. Her main passion was cooking. She loved reading Recipe Books but preferred cooking without a recipe. She could make magic in a frying pan. The pain and suffering is over. Rest in peace in the comfort of the Lord. Calling hours are Nov. 23, 5 - 7 p.m., with a memorial service immediately following at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Western Reserve/Hospice of Medina County who made her last days most comfortable.
Reggie L. Blake
Reggie L. Blake, 57, died Nov. 16. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Norma Blake; Reggie is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sue; children, Jessica Blake, Zachary Blake and Jaimie Blake; grandchildren, Jordan and Marcus Blake; brothers, Paul Blake Jr. and Larry Blake; aunt, Irene Adams; along with many other family members and friends. Funeral service is Nov. 23, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Calling hours Nov. 22, 6 - 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.
Donald L. Frisby Sr.
Donald L. Frisby Sr., 90, died Nov. 18, with his family at his side. Born on May 1, 1923 in Carbondale, Ohio to Peter C. and Mattie (Pollack) Frisby, he was a resident of Doylestown since 1959. Don retired in 1981 from the PPG Co. in Barberton when he was 58. A veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy, Don was a life member of the Doylestown American Legion Post 407. Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ella Jane in 2006; brothers, Paul and Willard Frisby; beloved sister, Wilma Haas, he is survived by son, Donald L. Jr. (Kandis); daughter, Dixie L. (Roger) Davis, all of Doylestown; grandchildren, Shawn Davis, Jody (Lon) Smith, Brandi (Chris) Randles, Parris (Sherry) Frisby; great-grandchildren, Hanna, Emma, and Noah Smith, Zachary, and Ean Randles, Samantha, Sebastian and Alexander Frisby. Funeral service is Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m., at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, with Pastor Dale Warrick officiating. Burial will follow at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. Friends and family may call Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.
Sharon “Mongo” McCroskey
Sharon “Mongo” McCroskey, 65, died Nov. 19. She was born Oct. 15, 1948 in Barberton. She retired from Babcock and Wilcox. Survived by her son, Tony (Crystal); grandchildren, Ashley, Megan, Miranda; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Nathan, Kiley, DJ; brother, Stewart Schreckengost; and best friend, Mel. Calling hours are Nov. 23, 4-6 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. There will be no funeral service.
Rosemarie Poski, 77, died Nov. 14. She went home to be with the Lord. Rosemarie had a strong belief in God. You could not find a kinder, caring and gentle person. She had a life-long passion for drawing and the love of her daughter, horses and dogs. She and her husband raised and showed German Shepherds and Akitas for many years. Preceded in death by her husband, James A. Poski and brother, Heinz Gladigan; survived by her daughter, Noelle (Larry) Stimely of Danville, Calif.; niece, Elaine (Tom) Williams of Stow; nephew, Richard (Susan) Gladigan and their children, Heather, Wendy and Lisa, all of Columbus. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her family at Stow-Glen Retirement Village where Rosemarie spent the last three years for their care and support that she and her family received. Following her wishes cremation has taken place. There will be no services.
Constance Elaine (Worth) Smoke
Constance Elaine (Worth) Smoke, 73, first child and daughter of Carol Vandersall Worth and Rev. E. Knight Worth, died Nov. 7. She was born a Sagittarius on Dec. 29, 1939, at the end of one of the worst years of the 20th Century, yet her arrival began a life of hope as her parents launched their family. Born in Three Rivers, Mich., she grew up in the various parishes her pastor father was assigned to, including in Cleveland, Jackson Township and Canton, where she graduated from McKinley High School. After meeting Raye Smoke at Akron Calvary United Methodist Church in the early 60s, they married and together bore two children, Barbara and Jennifer. They settled in Barberton, where Connie was an active member of the community for many decades. Connie’s love of life reflected itself in many directions. She was for several years a CB radio fanatic, handle “Tiger Lily”; an enthusiastic bowler, a huge fan of the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians and the Ohio State Buckeyes. She also avidly followed the Barberton High School Magics and said purple was her favorite color. She worked at the Salvation Army for many years and was a champion bell-ringer. But her favorite job, hands down, was being a crossing guard at Barberton’s Memorial Elementary School. She loved the children and the job, which she carried out with a strong sense of responsibility and devotion. There she met her wonderful “friendship brigade”, Becky Bauschlinger, Julie Bindreiter and Diane Culbertson. She also was lovingly embraced by neighbors, Bert McKinley, Sandy Proctor and by her special aide, Pam Phelps. She was preceded in death by her parents and ex-husband, Raye Smoke. In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her brother, Wesley (Gail) Worth of Oakland, Calif.; her sister, Janice (Ted) Worth-Nelson of Flint, Mich. and San Pedro, Calif.; beloved niece, Dr. Lauren (Sean) Worth- Gannon of San Diego, Calif.; and nephew, Michael Worth of San Jose, Calif. Her irrepressible gusto for life and her indomitable spirit will be missed in this world. Special thanks to the amazing, loving crew of Summa Hospice especially those in the Acute Palliative Care Unit at Summa Barberton Hospital where she spent significant, peacefully and pain-free final days. There will be a memorial service Saturday, Nov. 23, at the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., followed with a worship service at 11 a.m. Luncheon in the church hall will be served after the service.
Verne Lee Scott
Verne Lee Scott, 73, died Nov. 14, after a courageous13 month battle with mesothelioma. He was surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren at the time of his passing. Verne was born in Graysville, Ohio on May 9, 1940. He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Gladys Hupp Scott and his sisters, Shirley, Josephine and Geraldine. After graduation from Graysville High School, he and his wife, Helen, married and moved to Barberton. Later they moved to the Portage Lakes area where they have spent the last 16 years. Verne spent his earlier years working at PPG Industries and Goodyear, but later was a valuable support to Helen Scott Custom Builders, Inc. Verne possessed many qualities. He was a hard worker, faithful volunteer, good neighbor, great friend and most of all, a family man. One of his greatest attributes was his selflessness which anybody who was fortunate enough to know him could attest to. From supporting his wife in all of her endeavors, to his membership in the Magic City Kiwanis (he was the recipient of the Walter Zeller Award and Kiwanian of the Year). He also served as a charter member on the Barberton YMCA board. For those of us who knew Verne on a more personal level, we remember him for so much more. From his life-long love affair with food (his favorite restaurant was the Falcon), to sporting his signature look (a Tommy Bahama t-shirt and jeans). Speaking of sports, he was a local sports enthusiast from the Barberton Magics, to Ohio State and the Cleveland Indians - he loved them all. He also loved Thunderbirds. Then there were his words of wisdom, “If you want to get out of doing something, just pretend you don’t know how to do it.” He was an excellent bowler, enjoyed playing golf and sometimes even fishing (but only when Helen could talk him into it). He loved to travel, especially in the company of good friends and took many trips over the years. Even though he was quite fond of them he was often outnumbered by the women in his life, from his wife, to his daughters and granddaughters and even his cat, Sadie. So, it is no surprise how much he cherished his grandsons. His family was the most important thing to him. Verne is survived by his loving wife, Helen, of 54 years (even though her mom said it would never last); his devoted daughters, Patricia (husband, Brad) Rucker and Cindy (husband, Bruce) McMahon; his beloved grandchildren, Scott (wife, Kristin) Strayer, Ashley (Zach) Strayer, Kelsey Strayer, and Justin McMahon; his sister, Ima Jean, many nieces and nephews, and too many friends to list; all of whom he’s left footprints on their hearts and smiles on their faces. A funeral service is at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18, at Barberton First Church of Christ with an additional hour of calling hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Esther Ryan Shoe Fund at the Magic City Kiwanis or the Barberton First Church of Christ.
Diane (Flay) Lardas
Diane (Flay) Lardas, 75, died Nov. 11, surrounded by those she loved. She was a life-long resident of Barberton. A proud mother and generous grandmother, Diane graduated from Barberton High School and received her BA from Kent State University. First and foremost, Diane was an artist. She approached everything with verve and creativity. Diane’s first profession was teaching. She taught art at the high school level and was a beloved middle school teacher throughout the 1960s. Among other accomplishments, Diane’s middle school class was featured in Life Magazine for its innovative pedagogy and space-based curriculum. In the 1970s Diane turned to a career in nursing, earning her RN license and working at various local institutions including Barberton Citizen’s Hospital, Manor Care Nursing Home and St. Edwards Nursing Home. Diane was free spirit. Her charm and beautiful blue eyes will be missed. Diane is survived by her son, John Lardas Modern; her daughter-in-law, Libby Modern; two grandsons, Leo and Max; and her dog, Hudson O’Reilly. Funeral service is Monday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service.
Jack M. Gujin
Jack M. Gujin, 84, died Nov. 14, at Magnolia Village in Wadsworth. Jack was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and worked at Seiberling Tire and Rubber Co., the Barberton Recycling Center and Anderson Graphics. He attended the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barberton and was an avid golfer. Jack was also a proud Marine Corp Veteran serving during the Korean War. Survivors include his daughter, Shelly Ogilvie of Wisconsin; son, Mark of Kent; granddaughter, Samantha; sisters, Marie Van Schoten of Michigan and Annette Skello of Akron; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Monday, Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Velma Elizabeth Price
Velma Elizabeth Price, 90, of Frankfort, Ind., died Nov. 13. She was at her home, surrounded by her family. Born March 10, 1923 in Barberton, to the late Paul and Rose (Leidel) Pamer. She married Rev. Paul James Price in Barberton, on Oct. 7, 1946. Mrs. Price was a 1941 graduate of Kenmore High School. Following her marriage, she and her husband founded and pastored the Apostolic Faith Assembly Church in Barberton for 15 years. In 1964 they founded the Apostolic Bible Church, in Frankfort, Ind., which is now known as the Christian Life Church. Velma was very artistic and made beautiful hats and decoupage purses. Family includes her husband, Rev. Paul James Price of Frankfort; two daughters, Mrs. Cindy J. (Dan) Lytle and Mrs. Paula G. (Phil) Butler, both of Frankfort; son, Rev. Richard A. (Debbie) Price of Arkadelphia, Ark.; brother, Rev. Nelson Pamer of Barberton; sister, Mrs. Katherine Cecil of Barberton; sister-in-law, Charlotte Pamer of Barberton; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Pamer and sister, Viola Carter. Visitation is Nov. 18, 4-8 p.m. and Nov. 19, 5-7 p.m., at the Christian Life Church, 850 Delphi Ave., Frankfort. Services are Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at the church. Rev. Philip Jordan will officiate.
Burial is Nov. 20, 11 a.m., in Bunnell Cemetery. In honor of Velma, donations may be made to the Velma Price Memorial Fund c/o Christian Life Church. Goodwin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at goodwinfuneralhome.com.
Donald W. Leonard
Donald W. Leonard, 87, died Nov. 14. Don was born in Clearfield, Pa., to James Oliver and Fannie Elizabeth Leonard. The youngest of 14 children, he was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Barberton, where he served faithfully in various capacities for many years. Don proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Lexington, aka The Blue Ghost. He enjoyed collecting antique cars, flying single-engine planes and listening to big band music, particularly Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey. He worked for many years as a buyer for The Lawson Milk Company and in later years as a clerk with Acme and a driver for the Akron Automobile Auction. He loved everyone he met and genuinely demonstrated daily his belief that it is better to give than receive. Don was a member of National Lodge 568 F&AM; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron; Tadmor Temple and Yusf Kahn Grotto. Preceded in death by his wife, Mildred and 12 of his 13 siblings; Don is survived by his daughter, Donna (Scott) Murphy and son, Jim (Kim) Leonard, both of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Kellee Leonard, Benjamin Murphy, Noah Murphy, Jonah Murphy, Rachel Murphy and Rebekah Murphy; brother, William Blair Leonard of Virginia and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staffs at Summa Barberton Hospital 2 East, Palliative Care/Hospice and Pleasant View Health Care Center, with special thanks to his personal guardian angel at Pleasant View, Marcia, for their loving care of dad. Funeral service is Nov. 18, 10 a.m., at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Karen Heyburn officiating. Burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours Nov. 17, 2-6 p.m. with a Masonic service at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Irene E. Gratz (nee Zelei)
Irene E. Gratz, 93, died Nov. 11, at Heartland of Mentor. Irene was born in Barberton to Joseph and Terez Zelei and grew up in the Rockcut Road area. During World War II she was a Rosie the Riveter. She retired from Fluid Controls in Mentor after 20 years of service. Irene loved the outdoors, gardening, deer watching and was deeply devoted to her roman catholic faith. She was also a strong supporter of many Veterans organizations. Preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert K.; infant daughter, Linda; and eight brothers and sisters; she is survived by her loving son, Robert S. and his wife, Linda L. Hays. Mass of Christian burial is 1 p.m., Nov. 15, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the D.A.V. or Vietnam Veteran’s of America. www.silva-hostetler.com
Inez E. Heitic
Inez E. Heitic died Nov. 12. A life resident of Norton, she retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber. Inez was the organist and member of Sherman Church of Christ for many years. She was also a member of Twinbrook Garden Club, Barberton Women’s Club, AARP and Norton Seniors. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; parents, Olise and Sarah Hoise; two brothers and three sisters; survived by her good friend and caretaker, Kitty Gould. Funeral service will be Nov. 14, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Allen Jolly officiating. Burial at Clinton Cemetery. Visitation 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to Silvercreek Christian Church, 4041 Johnson Road, Norton, OH 44203.
Helen M. Klancar (nee Kozarevic)
Helen M. Klancar, 80, died Nov. 11, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Helen was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and retired from Rubbermaid Co. after 27 years of service. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Croatian Fraternal Union. Helen enjoyed listening to Croatian music and was very strong in her Catholic faith. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward; parents, Mike and Katherine; brothers, Joseph, Bart and George; and sister, Josephine Hanic; Survivors include her sons, John E. (Sheri) and Edward T.; daughters, Mollie A. (John) Billotti, Kathryn S. Price and Patricia D. Wood; grandchildren, Nicholas J. and Samantha L. Price, J.P and Nicholas M. Billotti, and Ellen M., Adam J. and Sadie R. Wood; great-granddaughter, Madelyn Price; brothers, Frank, Thomas (Jackie) and Edward Kozarevic; sisters, Dorothy Otto and Emma (Larry) Young; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial is at 10 a.m., Nov. 15, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Nov. 14, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton, where prayers will be said 9:30 A.M., Nov. 15.
Doris M. Mumaw
Doris M. Mumaw, 88, died Nov. 11. She went home to be with her parents, Floyd and Sadie (Sample) Mumaw; her brothers, Carl and Amos; and sister, Tillie. Doris worked for B.F. Goodrich/Michelin for over 30 years; serving as executive secretary to the president for B. F. Goodrich Tire Company for many of those years. She also was a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House for 12 years. She leaves behind her nieces, Catherine (Jim) Carpenter of Barberton, Diana (Jim) Greenawald of Saranac, Mich., Amy (Dean) Blair, Candy Finley and nephew, Dick (Linda) Mumaw, all of Ashland. She also leaves many great-nieces and nephews and their families. Her family would like to express many thanks and appreciation to Hospice of Ridgewood Road-Visiting Nurse Service. A special thanks to nurse, Becky; who has been so kind and so helpful. Also, many thanks to the staff at both Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living and Pleasant View Health Care Center for the kindness and wonderful care of Doris. Per her wishes, there are no calling hours. Her family will remember her at a private graveside service. Memorials may be made, if so desired, to Visiting Nurse Services-Hospice and Palliative Care, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333 or to Ronald McDonald House, 245 Locust Street, Akron, OH 44302.
Paul P. Bentley
Paul P. Bentley, 80, died Nov. 8. He lived in the Portage Lakes area and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Paul was a retired sheet metal worker for Sheet Metal Worker’s Local 33, he loved gardening and hanging out with his friends. He will be missed by all. Preceded in death by his mother, Lydia (stepfather, Dorsey) Carr; father, William Bentley; brother, Howard Branham; step-son, Stephen “Bo” Bentley and grandson, Timothy Ward; Paul is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Peggy Blancett, Suzanne Armsey and Wanda (Gary) Brandt; stepson, Samuel Bentley; grandchildren, Michael and Amanda Blancett, Johnny and Christopher (Molly) Long, Gary Jr. (Amanda) Brandt, Linda (James) Miller, Jessica (Kevin) Cassiday; stepchildren, Dean Bentley and Samantha and Zack; also 11 great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service is Nov. 14, 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. Calling hours were Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.
Arthur Mason Eye, Jr. (Junior)
Arthur Mason Eye, Jr. died Nov. 4. He was suddenly taken by the Lord. He was born Aug. 24, 1943 and was 70 years young at the time of his passing. He grew up in Belington, W.Va., and Barberton and served in the US Marine Corps. He moved south in 1970 and settled in the Greenville, S.C. area where he worked at GE for many years. He was preceded in death by parents, Arthur Sr. and Rosa Lee Eye; wife, Winda (Varner) Eye. He is survived by daughter, Anna Rosa Lee Eye Ross; grandchildren, Damien (Beth) Ross, DeeAnna Ross, Cheyenne Eye and Serenity Simmons. His wonderful friend in China, Angela; Sisters, Cookie McGirr, Katrinka Dean and Sandra Eye (Pete) Venturini. Nieces and nephews, Tami McGirr, Ronald (Keren) McGirr, Norman McGirr Jr., Kelley, Kassandra, Daniel and Regina Dean, Brandi Rosa Lee Woodring and Mandi Luv (Darrell) Foster. Great-nieces and nephews, Megan Hudak, Marisa McGirr, Jamie and John Barnett Jr., Kady (Chris) Yoder, Karie Yauger and Davis Mason Woodring. Arthur was well respected and known as Grandfather (Ye Ye) in the local Greenville area Chinese community. He adopted the Community Holiness Church as his church family when he visited Barberton. He was a true man of God and had great respect for Pastor Cheatham. Arthur's last words were to ask a co-worker to pray with him. He is truly in God's hands now. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was in South Carolina on Nov. 7.
Gary L. Stillings
Gary L. Stillings, 61, died Nov. 6. He is preceded in death by brothers, James and Gillie. Survived by daughters, Jessica and Angela Stillings; grandchildren he loved very much; sisters, Paula (Bill) Shreves, Pam (Jerry) Kelley and Jennifer Barr; many other relatives and friends. Services and funeral will be at Case Western Reserve of Rittman with military rites, Monday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. Family would also like to thank the staff of Hospice Care Center of Copley.
James “Tom” Stobaugh
James “Tom” Stobaugh died Nov. 11. He was born July 31, 1923 in Ky. and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Tom worked at Seiberling Tire until it closed in 1980 and was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple since 1947. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Karol; daughters, Carol (Marshall) LaBar, Margaret (Dom) Coppa; grandsons, Richard and Tim Yeager, Matt (Kelly) Watkins; and great-granddaughter, Paige. Funeral Service was Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. Rev. Ernie Kemppel officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Nellie Murrial "Murl" Schwarm
On Nov. 10, Nellie Murrial "Murl" Schwarm died. She took her last breath on Earth and her first breath in Heaven. There she was welcomed by her loving husband, LeRoy, her Heavenly Father, and many friends and family members. Murl was born on July 20, 1921, in Tuscumbia, Ala., and resided in Barberton since 1945. She was a longtime member of Faith Baptist Church and was proud of her employment as a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II. Murl also was a faithful volunteer at Barberton Summa Hospital where she was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2006. Survivors include her daughters, Sharon (Ken) Fogle, Norma (Tom) Strong and Karen Schwarm. She is also survived by grandchildren, Lynette (Ron) Hulet, Randall (Mindi) Strong, Brian (Codi) Strong, Sarah (Mike) Gore, Brett (Susan) Fogle; and 13 great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include her sister, Christine Williams; sisters-in-law Jewel Coburn, Irene Rose, Nancy Schwarm, Betty Wright; and several nieces and nephews. She also will be missed by several longtime friends. Funeral services were conducted by her son-in-law, Rev. Tom Strong, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, Barberton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Richard William Gilbert
Richard William Gilbert (affectionately known as Spanky) of Manchester, died. He fought a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He was the first born to Ted and Bernie Gilbert who are waiting in Heaven for him. Unconditional loving brother to Kay. Richard was born June 27, 1943 in Akron. Graduated from Kenmore High Class of 1961. He served as an Akron Policeman for 27 years. Rich was ornery, had a special wit and incredible smile that will not be forgotten by those who knew and loved him. He leaves behind his devoted and loving family; children, Tracy Madajewski (Bud DeWitt), Karla “Joey” (Tom) Wright; beloved Grampy to Spencer, Allie, Mary, Joseph, Teresa, Michael, Rosemary and Thomas; son-in-law, Jim Madajewski; loving sister, Kay (Kenny) Murphy; many cousins; he was genuine friend to boyhood buddies, Jack Carillon, and Jim Gleason; faithful friends, John and Regina Lindeman; special neighbors on Deborah Drive; and his four legged companion, Nessie. Special thanks to Doctor Michael Wells and Doctor Robert Hines, his special nurses at the wound clinic at Barberton Hospital, all the nurses aides at Pleasant View Nursing Home, EMS of New Franklin and to Spanky’s many friends for their kind support and prayers through a very difficult time. Pastor Steve for his visits and prayers and also Pastor Linda. May you now rest in peace to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. Calling hours are 3-5 p.m., Nov. 10, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Funeral Service will be 1:30 p.m., Nov. 11, at Cox Funeral Home. Rev. Bob Denton officiating. Memorials to Spanky may be made to Safety Forces Chaplaincy Central, 150 Furnace St, Akron, OH 44304, attn Rev. Bob Denton.
Patricia A. Good (nee Lauter)
Patricia A. Good, 82, died Nov. 7, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Patricia was born in Akron and was a life resident of the area. She retired from the Summit County Unemployment Office and also worked at Babcock and Wilcox Co. Patricia was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Eli; and parents, Vince and Mary Lauter; Survivors include her children, Stephanie Stump of Barberton, Jo Ann (Randy) King of Florida, Gary Good of Massachusetts, Chrysan (Jim) Bournelis of Pennsylvania and Kathleen Good of Florida; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers Larry, Vince, George and Mike Lauter. Calling hours are 10 -11 a.m., Nov. 11, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Clinton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church.
Lysa A. Gearhart
Lysa A. Gearhart, 49, died Nov. 1. She was a resident of Barberton for most of her life. Preceded in death by her mother, Alice C. Misich; Lysa is survived by her son, James (Elaine) Gearhart; daughter, Ashley N. Jones; grandsons, James Michael Gearhart Jr. and Bryce August Jones; father, Fred Misich; brothers, Tim August and Shane August; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service is Nov. 9, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Rittman
Roberta P. Lieberth
Roberta P. Lieberth, 84, died Nov. 6. She was born July 28, 1929 in Akron. Preceded in death by husband, George and son, Terry. Survived by sons, Jeffrey (Phyllis), Brian (Tiffany); 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Calling hours are 4-6 p.m., Nov. 9, at Eastern Road Church of God, 2600 Eastern Road, Rittman. Funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Burial was Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1:45 p.m, at Ohio Western National Reserve Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman.
Kelly Turner (nee Sullivan)
Our beloved Kelly died after a long illness, she has gone home to the Lord. Her strength and sense of humor is deeply missed by her husband, Todd and the rest of her loving family. A private family celebration of her life is planned.
Timothy E. Miller
Timothy E. Miller, 35, died Nov. 2. He was born July 19, 1978 and was a life resident of Barberton. Survived by his parents, Larry and Debby Miller; sisters, Beth (Matt) Hoyt and Amy (Andy) Logsdon; nieces, Tabitha and Megan Hoyt and Audrey Logsdon, with numerous family members and friends. Funeral service is Thursday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Pete Macaulay officiating. Internment at Clinton Cemetery. Calling hours were Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1690 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.
Raymond Richards, 62, died Nov. 2. He was born May 12, 1951 in Barberton. Services have taken place. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Helen Margaret Prillaman (Warner)
Helen Margaret Prillaman (Warner) died Nov. 2. She went to be with the Lord and her husband of 55 years, Robert. She was born in Akron, and lived in the area most of her life. She worked at Wallace Lincoln-Mercury and Wade Ford for 30 years, retiring in 1986 as an office manager. She was an active member of Barberton Church of God for over 50 years. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert E., her parents, Adren and Helen Warner; brother, John; and sister, Dorothy. She is survived by a son, Robert (Vickie) Prillaman of Cozad, Neb.; a daughter, Barbara (David) Frank of Lawrence Township,; grandchildren, Michael (Tara) Reiter; Stephanie (Rich) Frase, Joel Prillaman, Aaron Prillaman and Sarah (Corey) Curran; and five great-grandchildren that were the joy of her life, Logan, Brandon, Garrett, Stella and Jameson. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 5, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Chuck Erbe officiating. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Peter P. Dutka Sr.
Peter P. Dutka Sr., 90, died Oct. 31, at his residence. He was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired from Mid-American Security. Pete was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, SNPJ 626 and American Legion Post 449. He was a proud Army Veteran having served during World War II. Preceded in death by his wife Velma Rose; two brothers and three sisters; Survivors include his son, Peter P. Jr. of Barberton; daughters, Patricia Hedgecorth of Missouri, Sandra Dutka, Linda Strickland both of Barberton and Joanna Reisner of California; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff at Manor Care of Barberton and Dr. Joseph Finocchio and his staff. Funeral Services will be Nov. 5, 11 a.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Ruth Pauline Stahl (Shreiner)
Ruth Pauline Stahl (Shreiner), 85, died Oct. 31, in Surprise, Ariz. She was born in Doylestown, and lived most of her life as a resident of Barberton. She moved to Surprise, Ariz. two years ago with her husband. She was preceded in death by her son, Gregory A. Stahl; and is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Richard L. Stahl; and children David R. (Shirley) Stahl, Holli D. (Gary) Brown and Christina R. Speegle; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A private service will be held by the family. Donations may be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Barberton, or the American Heart Association.
Robin Gay Kramer
Robin Gay Kramer, 58, died Nov. 1. Born in Barberton, she was a resident of Cleveland Heights. Robin was employed by Case Western Reserve University for over 20 years, currently as an Effort Reporting Specialist. Preceded in death by her son, Christopher; survived by her husband, Richard; daughter, Denise (Jeff) Masters; son, R. Todd Kramer; three sisters; several grandchildren; nieces; nephews and other family members and friends. The family will receive friends on Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. A private service will take place for the family. Inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Case Western Reserve in Robin’s name; Office of Advancement Services, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7035 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeanette G. Maag
Jeanette G. Maag, 84, died Oct. 30. A resident of Canal Fulton for 20 years, she enjoyed embroidering, quilting and especially loved spending time with her family and was the best at giving, “Grandma Hugs.” Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; parents, Fountain and Zelpha; brothers, Donald and Joseph Skiles and sister, Arlene Harris; Jeanette is survived by sons, Doug (Sharon) and Jeff (Sandra); grandchildren, Heather, (Tim), Jeffery (Crystal), Nicole (Rich) and Megan; great-grandchildren, Shelby, Stacie, Connor, Evelyn, Lauren, Stuart, Kaylee, Jaylee, Logan, Conner, Kenley, Jack and Reece; sisters, Alpha Norene Wehling, Juanita (Lloyd) Belcher, Geraldine (Dallas) Spradling; brothers, Lloyd Skiles and Frank (Sue) Skiles; along with numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service is Nov. 4, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m.
Vera M. Hanifan (nee Cutright)
Vera M Hanifan (nee Cutright), 86, died Oct. 29. She was born in Randolph County, W.Va., to the late Harmon and Ruth (Snyder) Cutright. Vera lived most of her life in Barberton after marrying her late husband Stafford M. Hanifan. During the war she worked in the shipyard in Baltimore and carried that knowledge with her throughout her life being a “fix it” person in her home. She was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed working outside with her flowers and bowling with her friends until she was in her 80s. Vera was a longtime member of Norton Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Dot Thomason, Rose Fox, Gladys Elmore and Florence Pingley; and brothers, LB “Bunk”, Ernest, Stanley “Dick” and Basil Cutright. Survivors include her brother, Ed (Virginia) Cutright; sister, Barbara (Herald) Tawney; many nieces, nephews and extended family; and her beloved dog, Benji. Funeral Service is 2 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W. Pastor Dwight Strickland officiating. Calling hours one hour prior to the service, Nov. 2. Cremation to follow with burial at the Hanifan Family Cemetery in Queens, W.Va. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Norton Baptist Church or a charity of one’s choice.
Kenneth E. Antonson
Kenneth E. Antonson, 87, of Port Orange, Fla., died Oct. 29. He was born in Windom, Minn. to the late Gustav S. and Hulda A. Antonson. He was a US.. Navy veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War. Kenneth graduated from the University of Minnesota and began his career with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company where he met and married his late wife, Mildred. He spent 34 years with Firestone working in Ohio, Indiana, Portugal, Sweden and Liberia. He retired in 1987 and spent 26 years in Port Orange pursuing his love of gardening, poker and crosswords. Kenneth was a member of various civic organizations such as the Elks, American Red Cross and the Noblesville Masonic Lodge 57 where he was a 32nd Degree Mason. Surviving are his son, Daniel (Terri) Antonson; daughter, Darleen (Louis) Weinsheimer; grandson, Michael (Suzanne) Weinsheimer; granddaughter, Amy Weinsheimer; and sister, Louise Hecker. Funeral Service is 4 p.m., Nov. 3, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Private interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park on Monday. Calling Hours Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 3:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials my be made to the American Red Cross.
Kenneth Robert Potts
Kenneth Robert Potts, 62, died Oct. 29. Survived by his wife, Ondra “Debby” Potts; parents, Bob and Lois Potts; sisters, Connie Morgan and Betsy (Dennis) Conley; his dear companion, “Samantha”; along with other family members and friends.
Following Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at a later date.
Ryan Curtis Boatright
Ryan Curtis Boatright, 26, died Oct. 28. Born in Barberton, he attended Springfield High School and loved his new Dodge pickup truck. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Howard D. Boatright; Ryan is survived by his parents, Howard C. Boatright and Nancy (Mike) Swan; sisters, Monica (Antonio) Ramos and Jessica Swan; brother, Matthew Swan; grandparents, Marjorie E. Boatright, Don and Wanita Mollohan and Selva Payne; numerous other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave. A private graveside service will take place on Saturday at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Russell P. “Paul” Reynolds
Russell P. “Paul” Reynolds, 65, died Oct. 28. He was born Oct. 13, 1948, in Clay County, W.Va. Paul was a steeplejack by trade for many years. He loved to fish on the river, camping and most of all, spending time with his grandkids. He was preceded in death by his father, Alva; mother, Avie; brother, Roger; son, Buddy and grandson, Jason; survived by his wife of 28 years, Kim; mother-in-law, Marilyn MacLean; children, Sam Swesey, Jessie Reynolds, Shannon (Jon) Meier, Rusty Reynolds, Gene (Kris) Brady, Paula Elkins and Tammy; grandchildren , Jaiden (grandpa’s fishin’ buddy), Addie (Paw-Paw’s princess), Karter (Chubs), Kenzie (Miss Attitude), Mercedes (the perfect storm), Tanya, Brandon, John, Neiko, Madilyn and Evan; brother, Chris Reynolds of Florida; sister-in-law, Tracie Wyatt (Marc); many close family and friends. Funeral service is Nov. 1, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Doylestown. Calling hours Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.
Lila J. White-Stuper
Lila J. White-Stuper, 92, died Oct. 24. Preceded in death by her son, Allen White; survived by her daughter, Karann White and son, Harold White. Following Lila’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the funeral home in her honor.
Margaret J. Chadbourne
Margaret J. Chadbourne, 81, died Oct. 25. Margaret was born in Barberton where she was a life resident of the Barberton and Kenmore areas. She worked at Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. and retired from Speigel Catalogue Shopping Center. Margaret was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her husband, James T. and son, Mark; Survivors include her sons, John and Christopher ; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brother, George (Susan) Koval; and sisters, Joanne Snyder and Mary Jane (Charles) Wise. Funeral Service is Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1051 E. Robinson Ave., Fr. Miron Kerul-Kmec officiating. Internment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W. Parastas service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.
Donna M. Hauenstein
Donna M. Hauenstein, 76, died Oct. 26, at Magnolia Care Center in Wadsworth. Born in Caldwell, Ohio, Donna lived 20 years in New Philadelphia and had been a Barberton resident since 1962. She was a member of Columbia United Church of Christ. Preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; Survivors include her daughter, Barbara (Doug) Arter; sons, William, Edward (Kathleen) and Carl (Sylvia); and grandchildren, Brendan, Nicholas, Owen, Alec and Tisha. Funeral Service is 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Rev. John Henninger officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling Hours Oct. 29, 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Medina County or Columbia U.C.C.
Danny M. Beach
Danny M. Beach, 59, died Oct. 23. A resident of the Barberton area, he was a member of the Barberton Moose 759, attended St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church of Norton and was active with the National Day of Prayer for many years. “The gardener on Earth, he planted seeds in the soil as well as in people.” Danny was an avid traveler, he loved adventure. Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Margaret Beach; brother, Alexander Beach; father-in-law, Robert E. Lawrence Sr.; brothers-in-law, Robert E. Lawrence Jr. and Roy (Kenny) Cottrell; Danny is survived by his loving wife, Margaret “Peggy” Lawrence-Fatica-Beach; son, Michael S. Beach; stepsons, Jack (Kelly) Cooper, Thomas C. Fatica (Lisa Brown); stepdaughter, Lauren S. Fatica; sisters, Bonnie Beach-Cottrell and Maggie (Jimmy) Gibbs; mother-in-law, Margaret L. Lawrence; sisters-in-law, Roberta (George) Lamont, Sharon Lawrence and Linda Beach; brother-in-law, David (Irene) Lawrence; nieces and nephews, David (Natalie Villers) Beach, Timothy (Jessica) Gibbs, Kattie (Mark) Brown, Noah, Holly, Moriah and Sarah Beach; along with many other nieces, nephews, friends and prayer warriors. Funeral service is Oct. 26, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.
Ruby Jean Parham
Ruby Jean Parham, 87, died October 23. She was born April 26, 1926. She attended the Kenmore Nazarene Church, where she was a very faithful member.
Survived by sister, Mary Ruth Richey; niece, Patti (Kermit) Smith; and cousin, Jack (Jill) Hazen. Memorials may be made to Kenmore Nazarene Church, 2025 12th St SW, Akron, OH 44314. Funeral service is 5 p.m., Oct. 26, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Reverend E. Gerald Gray officiating. Calling hours one hour prior. Burial to take place at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Samuel John Reynolds
Samuel John Reynolds died Saturday, Oct. 19. He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Nov. 16, 1924, to Samuel Marcus and Katheryn Reynolds. His family moved to Barberton where he was raised and graduated from Barberton High School in 1943. He was a World War II veteran, spending 2 1/2 years in the South Pacific with the US Navy. Sam retired from the East Ohio Gas Company after 41 years of service. He was a lifelong member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary and Maude; and brother, Walter. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Irene; sons, Samuel J. (Cyndi) of Clinton, John of Barberton, Jim (Sherrill) of Morro Bay, Calif. and daughter, Barbara (Jeff Finley) of Doylestown; grandchildren Samuel J. (Lovelle) of Chicago, James (Jenna) of Chicago, Sara Finley of Cleveland, Jessica Finley of Doylestown, and step-granddaughter Elizabeth (John Cameron) of Newcomerstown. A memorial mass is 10 a.m., Oct. 24, at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Fund.
Deanna Marie (nee Ward) Wilson
Deanna Marie (nee Ward) Wilson, 39, died Oct. 20. She was born July 24, 1974 in Barberton. She was an avid couponer, loved her cat Leo, overly generous to her family, kind hearted, and loved kids. Preceded in death by Glenn and Naomi Ward. Survived by siblings, Glenn Ward Jr., Vicki (Daniel) Norman, Cynthia (Paul) Carlisle, Kerry (Angela) Ward, Jennifer (Bernie) Allen, Kelly Ward, Shannon Ward; special friend, Danny; and extended family. Funeral is 2 p.m., Oct. 26, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Viewing will take place one hour prior. Fred Webb officiating.
Maxine L. McCulty
Maxine L. McCulty, 88, died Oc. 21. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Louis A. Despot “Luke”
Louis A. Despot, “Luke”, 84, died Oct. 19, with his daughters by his side. Luke was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired as a Lieutenant from the Barberton Fire Department after 25 years of service. Luke also served in the National Guard. Preceded in death by his son, Brian; parents, Stephen and Kathryn; one brother and two sisters; Survivors include the mother of his children, Barbara Brown; son, John (Mary) Potter; daughters, Stephanie (Kevin) Despot-Cook and Lisa Despot; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; cousin, Carl Plehn; best friends, Tom Brankel and Mike Antoniotti; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center and Gentiva Hospice Services. Also a special thanks to caregiver, Tricia. The family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, with a last alarm service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barberton Public Library or the Barberton Beautification Fund.
Deanna Jean Gombaski
Deanna Jean Gombaski, 75, died Oct. 11. She was born Jan. 13, 1938 in Owosso, Mich. Survived by children, Debbie, Leonard P. Jr, and Lisa; grandchildren, Ronnie and Marisa. Memorial service 7 p.m., Oct. 22, at Barberton Church of God, 885 Summit St. N., Barberton. Pastor Chuck Erbe officiating.
Geraldine “Jerry” Sarah Hachtel (nee Kennell)
Geraldine “Jerry” Sarah Hachtel (nee Kennell), 87, died Oct. 19. She was preceded in death by parents, Harry and Roberta Kennell; twin sister, Jackie Hummel; and daughter Beth Kopchak. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Floyd Hachtel; daughter, Mishael Reese (Mitch); granddaughter, Emily Reese; sister Olive “June” Johnson; brothers, Harry “Bud” Kennell (Shirley), William “Bill” Kennell; nieces and nephews and their families; and many long-time friends. Jerry lived a life dedicated to serving her God, Jehovah from the time of her baptism on April 15, 1940 right up until her death. She spent many hours telling others about her hope of the blessings God’s Kingdom will bring to this earth, including a resurrection of those sleeping in death. Memorial Service is Saturday, Oct. 26, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 5838 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Clinton, 2 p.m. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service.
Linda J. Trusky
Linda J. Trusky, 60, died Oct. 18. A life resident of the Akron area, she was employed by Wyant Woods Care Center as a LPN for many years. Preceded in death by her parents, Mervin L and Pearl Stratton and sister, Anne Grant; survived by her significant other, Daniel Esakov “Serb”; children, Keith (Ashley) Trusky, Kim (Jake) Nestor and Kevin M. (Danielle) Trusky; grandchildren, Krissy, Caitlyn, Anna, Matthew, Allison and Mara; brother, Marty (Teresa) Stratton; sisters, Carol (Richard) Hershberger and Jean (Roger) Hite; along with her many friends at Pegasus Lounge and her loving companion, Maggie. Funeral service is Thursday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203 with Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m.
Linda “Sue” Anderson (nee Starling)
Linda “Sue” Anderson (nee Starling), 66, died Oct.18. She was a life resident of the Barberton area. Sue is survived by her sons, David (Nicole) and Bradley (Annette); eight grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; along with other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Oct. 21, 5 -7 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with a wake service to follow at the Barberton Civitan Club. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1690 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.
Ida Christine (Neal) Ries
Ida Christine (Neal) Ries, 98, died Oct. 9. Born to the late Ray and Della Neal on the first day of spring, March 20, 1915, she was their only child and the “apple of their eyes.” Preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ivan Ries; she leaves to celebrate her life her children, Sandy Ries, who lovingly cared for her in her final years, Jan (Patty) Ries, Sherri (Ray) Archer; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and a host of other special family and friends. A petite woman with a huge zest for life, Ida had a twinkle in her eye and a wit that couldn’t be matched. She loved to sing, dance and listen to Ivan’s band on Saturday nights. She loved beach and loved to swim. Through the years she spent lots of time at the family cottage in Portage Lakes and relocated to Pompano Beach, Fla. with Ivan after retiring from Barefoot Sole Company. She was very generous and a prolific shopper and her family has years of wonderful Christmas memories to prove it. No one could keep up with her in a mall, even in the high heels she wore every day. She was a wonderful baker, her pecan and coconut cream pies were known to instigate squabbles at family gatherings when someone went after the last piece. To go with those tasty desserts, she also made a mean cup o’joe, “Egads, that’s good coffee, Ida,” Ivan always used to say. Ida had a soft spot in her heart for our four-legged friends, she always had pets and took in every stray that ever came her way. She loved adventure and traveled all over the United States, Europe, Asia and took several cruises throughout her years. In her mid-60s, Ida even survived a head-on collision with a drunk driver and celebrated her luck by buying herself a red corvette! She lived a full, rich and blessed life. But most importantly Ida was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by those she leaves behind to cherish her memory. Her family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Grace Hospice and Manor Care for all their help, compassion and care in Ida’s final months. Cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of Ida’s life Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 2- 3:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at that time. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made in Ida’s memory to Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087 or online at http://www.summithumane.org/Memorials_and_Honorariums/.
Marguerite A. Gabel (nee) Montcalmo
Marguerite A. Gabel (nee) Montcalmo, born May 6, 1935 in Wilmington, Del., died Oct. 18, in Barberton. Marguerite was married to the love of her life, Clarence J Gabel SR, for 55 years. Marguerite retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital and Visiting Nurse Services. Marguerite loved gardening, knitting and family. She will be sadly missed by her children, Clarence Gabel Jr. of Barberton, Mark (Georgene) Gabel of Barberton, Joseph Gabel of Massillon and Angelina (Timothy) Samples of Clinton. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Sarah, Amy (Michael), Michael (Melinda), Jennifer (Paul), Mark (Stephanie), Joseph, Nicholas, Vanessa (Bryce), Timothy (Molly), Nathan, Ben (Nicole), Gerald (Claire), Kathleen (Christian), Christopher (Alicia), Melissa (Timothy), Joshua (Kylee), Daniel and Haley; and numerous great grandchildren. She is survived by her brother, Anthony Montcalmo (Bonnie) of Baltimore Md.; a sister, Angeline Ceresini (Phillip) of Wilmington, Del.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence J. Gabel Sr.; her parents, Joseph and Mary Montcalmo; sister, Lucy Tambourelli; and son Christopher Gabel Sr. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron. A special thanks to the staff at Manor Care, Barberton that over the years became her extended family. They spoiled her as much as she did them. Also, a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, (Ann), who has been there for her and her family throughout the years, and has always been a comfort and blessing.
James Russell "Shorty" Messner
James Russell "Shorty" Messner, Sr., 80 of Canal Fulton, died Oct. 18. He was born on May 2, 1933 in Barberton to the late James Leonard and Helen (Heller) Messner and had been a life resident of the Barberton area. He retired from Babcock & Wilcox Co. after 42 years of service and enjoyed spending time at the two log cabins he built in Guernsey County. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Janice E. Messner (2005); sisters, Mary, Dorothy and Evelyn and brothers, Bill and Joe. He is survived by his children, James Messner, Jr., Teresa (Gus) Guspodin, Becky Messner and Cheryl Clark; four grandchildren, Robert, Christopher, Joshua and Timothy and one great granddaughter, Jenna; two sisters, Jan and Shirley; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Service is Oct. 21, 6 p.m. at the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home, 624 E. Cherry St. (Rt. 93, Canal Fulton) with Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Oct. 21, 4 - 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Summa.
Paul B. Goehler
Paul B. Goehler, 81, died Oct. 17. Born in Springfield Township, Feb. 18, 1932 to Mearle E. and Vada (nee Keck) Goehler; Paul was a graduate of Norton High School, he retired from the US Air Force, where he served during the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Era and last with the 410th Military Police Squadron, where he was assigned as NCOIC Weapon System Security. Paul retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Company after 19 1/2 years of service, he was employed at Sea World of Ohio, Stambaugh’s Hardware, Ace Hardware and Walgreens. He was a member of Mogadore Moose and enjoyed listening to blue grass music and spending time with family; his children, grandchildren; great-grandson and walking the dog, Cody. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dale; Paul is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia (nee Mason); sons, Tom (Karen), Daniel (Dee Dee) and John Goehler; grandchildren, Corly (Lia), Kane (Brittany), Logan, Brittany, Jessica, Stephanie, Nick and Alex; great-grandson, Sullivan; brothers, Melvin, Carl and Richard; sister, Janice (John) Gross; nieces; nephews; relatives and friends. Funeral service is Oct. 21, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Kim Lawrence officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends Oct. 20, 1-4 p.m. and also 1 hour prior to the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Great East Ohio Area Chapter, 70 West Streetsboro Street, Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236.
Michael E. Clegg
Michael E. Clegg, 71, died Oct. 16. Born in Canton, he was an area resident all his life where he retired from Rubber City Steel and also worked at numerous other places. He was a proud Army Veteran and was like a father to numerous people. Preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Agnes; wife, Catherine L.; sons, Robby L. and Michael E. II; granddaughter, Christina Coon; two brothers, and three sisters. Survivors include his daughters, Tammie (Bill) Young, Cheryl (Glenn) Flight, Vonda Kay (Butch) Clegg, Melissa Clegg (Ron); “adopted daughter”, Christina A. Speck (E); daughter-in-law, Becky Ninni; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob Clegg (Willie), William (Joy) Clegg and Jim Collmar “Curly”; “loving companion”, “Tata”; and a host of other relatives. Funeral Services are at noon, Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. until the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the funeral home.
Charlene (Reese) Gardner
Charlene (Reese) Gardner, 71, died Oct. 8. She was born in Akron on Sept. 9, 1942 to Francis and Myrtle (Harpley) Reese. A graduate of Kenmore High School and a long time resident of Barberton; she love spending time at Lake Anna Park enjoying the flowers, birds and everything nature has to offer. Charlene was a member of St. Augustine Church and worked previously at Akron General Hospital as a nurse's aide. Charlene was preceded in death by her father, Francis I. Reese; and is survived by her children, Josie Gardner (Jason Dowdy) and Thomas Gardener; grandchildren, Andrew and Anthony; mother, Myrtle Reese; nine brothers and sisters, Pat, Donna, Chuck, Dave, Tom, John, Terry and Tim; good friends, Peggy and Cecile Vannoy; and much loved kitty, Fina. A memorial mass is at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. Friends and family are welcome.
Elyhue “Eli” E Duff
Elyhue “Eli” E. Duff, 77, died Oct. 14. A resident of the Akron area for 40 years, he was an avid golfer. Eli is survived by his wife of 36 years, Bernice; children, Ann (Jim) Miller, Teresa (Richard) Yates, Diana (David) Gregg, Dawn Ackerman and Kevin Duff; stepchildren, Kim Mollohan and Chuck (Gail) Watkins; 15 grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral service is Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Hillside Memorial Park. Calling hours Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Helen Bertsch Mott
Helen Bertsch Mott died at the home of her daughter, Barbara Maple Oct. 8. She was 97 years old. During her last days she was under Hospice care and was surrounded by her loved ones. She died peacefully and without pain. A Barberton native, Helen graduated from Barberton High School and earned a BA degree from Akron University. She taught English and Latin at Highland Junior High in Barberton. Her husband, Captain Robert H. Bertsch was killed Feb. 1945, during World War II, leaving her a widow with an 18-month-old daughter. After her husband’s death, she and Barbara lived with Helen’s loving parents, Grace and Cassius Sisler. Helen also ensured that Barbara would grow up to know and love her dad’s parents Grace and Xavier Bertsch and all of their family. Helen went on to pursue a 30 year career as a librarian at the Barberton Public Library. She was Children’s Librarian for 20 years, and in 1967 became Director of the Library overseeing 10 years of growth and expansion. She retired in 1976 to marry a life long friend Robert A. Mott, Director of Athletics at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Helen moved to California where she began a new life and love. They were blessed with 14 years together and it was among the happiest times of her life. Helen was an extraordinary person who touched everyone she met. She was totally unselfish, loving and kind. That love was returned to her throughout her long life. She leaves her only daughter Barbara, her beloved son-in-law, William (Tom) Maple; their children, Cecilia and her husband, Dwane Decker and Bridget and her partner Evan Rodriguez. She is survived by her brother, Cass Sisler of Marion, her sister Mary Weigand of Barberton, and her sister-in-law Ruth Fogarty of Stuart, Fla. She was also close to all her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her younger brother, Bobbie. Helen inherited a wonderful family when she married Robert Mott. This includes his son, Hank Mott and wife, Margaret and their six children and six grandchildren; and his daughter, Kaye Brann, her husband, Rick and their son and two grandchildren. Helen moved from California to Red Hook, NY in 2009 to live with her daughter. The family would particularly like to thank those who played a special role in making her last years healthy and full of fun. A funeral mass is scheduled at St. Sylvia’s Catholic Church in Tivoli, NY, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11am. Helen’s last wishes were to be buried with her first husband, Robert Bertsch in Arlington National Cemetery. The family will take her there in a private ceremony. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.Burnett-White.com.
Darlene L. Hobbs (nee Brennan)
Darlene L. Hobbs (nee Brennan), 67, died Oct. 14. A resident of Norton for 32 years, she was a graduate of Buchtel High School, class of 1964. Darlene retired from AMHA and was a member of Victory Chapel. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Evelyn Brennan; Darlene is survived by her husband of 39 years, Richard; daughter, Tracy (Greg) Glueck; son, Scott (Kimmie) Hobbs; grandchildren, Sean, Chloe, Lexia and Greyson; brothers-in-law, Glenn Hobbs of Tennessee, Gary (Sherry) Geiger of Naples, Fla. and Buddy Booth (Vickie) of Barberton; sister-in-law, Theresa (Chuck) Gallo of Akron; along with numerous other relatives and her campfire friends. The family will receive friends Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service will be Oct. 18, 11 a.m. at Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Akron, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Talsha Rae Miracle
Talsha Rae Miracle, 25, died Oct. 6. She is survived by her sons, Patrick Drumm Jr, Sonny Dye; daughters, Nevaeh Drumm, Destiny Dye; mother, Edwina Miracle; sister, Shyanne Miracle; and father of her children, Patrick Drumm. Calling hours are 4 -6 p.m., Oct. 12, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.
Andrew Paul Ligas
Andy Ligas, 98 years and eight months, died Oct. 8. He was born in Barberton on Jan. 15, 1915. He was a lifetime resident of Barberton and a member (94 years) of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church and a longtime member of its Holy Name Society until the church closed. He currently was a member of St. Augustine parish. Andy was a stationary engineer in the power department at PPG for 47 years. After his retirement he and his wife performed with the Singing Strings tamburitzan group for many years touring in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and Canada. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary (Cervan) Ligas; siblings Mary (Richard) Kenna, Susan, Elizabeth, Frank, Ann (Louis) Shipka, Josephine (Steve) Machek, Joseph (Vivian) Ligas and brother-in-law, Richard Seifert. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Catherine; children, Mary (John) Ferraro, Teena, Andy (Sue), Larry, Richard (Laura), Teresa (Wes) Burnett and Mark (Cynthia); grandchildren, Rita, Andrea and Dr. Martina Ferraro, Daniel and Anna Ligas; siblings, George Ligas, Peter Ligas, and Margaret Seifert; and many nieces and nephews. We wish to sincerely thank the Morris family, the care givers and staff of Pleasant Pointe and Pleasant View, Dr. Paul Coleman and staff, Dr. James Brown and Caryl. Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m., Oct., 14, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Oct. 13, from 2-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, where prayers will be said Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.
Theresa A. Lorenz Hall
Theresa A. Lorenz Hall, 57, died Oct. 9. She was born Dec. 23, 1955 in Akron to Frank and Sarah Lorenz. Theresa loved her children, family and dogs. She enjoyed gardening and canning. Theresa was preceded in death by her father, Frank Lorenz and sister, Sherry Lorenz. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, James; daughters, Chrystal (Edward) Knight and Tammy Lorenz; step-daughters, Michelle (Jeff) D’Antonio, Rebecca (Rich) Bennett, Jennifer (Pat) Brisbine, and Tricia Hall; mother, Sarah Matheny; brother, Frank (Cindy) Lorenz; sisters, Rose, Sarah Jean, and Judy Lorenz; aunt, Beverly (John) Wolfe; and 10 grandchildren. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Road, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.- noon, with service beginning at noon. Interment at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, in memory of Theresa. Funeral home map, directions, and the Hall Family condolence book are available at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
David “Dave” L. Jennings
David “Dave” L. Jennings, 76, died Oct. 8. He retired from the Barberton Post Office with over 30 years of service. “My husband, my lover, my friend." He will be greatly missed by his wife of 31 years, Millie; children, Tammy (Brad) Henry, David (Sherry) Jennings, Brian (Doreena) Jennings, Frank (Karen) Jennings, Angela (Ben) Myers, William (Kali) Medina, Emily Medina; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters; along with other family and friends. The family will like to extend a special thanks to Ralph Gerraghty, David’s mother-in-law, Emma Santiago and Crossroads Hospice for all the care and support they gave to David and Millie. Funeral service is Oct. 12, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Chaplain Bill Eshelman officiating. The family will receive friends Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m.
Ruby Annette Ash (nee Neff)
Ruby Annette Ash, 56, died Oct. 6. Annette was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and member of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church where she was president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Preceded in death by her father, Louis Neff; Survivors include her loving husband, Robert W.; mother, Ruby Neff of Barberton; and brother, James (Carol) Neff of Florida. Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct.10, noon, at the Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, 3819 Johnson Road, Norton. Pastor Cecil Farmer officiating. Calling Hours were Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5-8 p.m. and also Oct. 10, one hour prior to the service, all at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Summa or the Palliative Care Unit at Akron City Hospital.
Dennis “Denny” W. Miller
Dennis “Denny” W. Miller, 52, died Oct. 6. He was employed by Alcoa (B&C Research) for 34 years. Preceded in death by his father, Dennis; brothers, Douglas and Danny; maternal grandparents, Don and Dottie Brannon and paternal grandparents, Clay and Geneva Miller. Dennis is survived by his mother, Retta Miller; sisters, Rita Miller, E.J. Clark; daughters, Jill, Patti and Jenni Miller; girlfriend of 17 years, Alayna Fisher; several nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. The family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service is Friday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. at John Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, W. Va., where family will receive friends 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial at Laurel Point Cemetery.
Catherine A. Dantz (Evans)
Catherine died Sept. 30, after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Phyllis and James Evans, formerly of Norton. She leaves behind husband, Tim; daughter, Rachel; sons, Shane and Joshua; grandsons, Bentley and Gavyn; stepson, Timothy II, all of Barberton. She also leaves behind brother, Jim (Barb) Evans of Mentor.
Barbara V. Darnell
Barbara VanVolkenburgh Darnell, died Sept. 30. She was born June 8, 1921 in Zeeland, Mich. to James VanVolkenburgh and Ethel Tompsett VanVolkenburgh. Barbara graduated from Zeeland High School and then attended Michigan State University and Hope College, Holland, Mich. She graduated from Hope College in 1943. Barbara when on to teach English, in Traverse City, Lansing, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind. And Mt. Prospect, Ill. She retired from teaching in 1958 while in Mt. Prospect, Ill. Later she was a Welcome Wagon hostess in Norton. She moved to Lawrence, Kan. in April 1984 and became an active member in West Side Presbyterian Church helping with many church activities including a server at LINK. She moved to Akron in May 2005 to a retirement village. Barbara is survived by her husband, Forrest Darnell, (whom she married July 28, 1951); they have two sons, James of Doylestown and Douglas of Chandler, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. At Barbara’s request cremation has taken place. Inurnment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Thelma J. Griffith
Thelma J. Griffith, 88, died Oct. 4. She was born June 30, 1925 in East Liverpool, Ohio and was a long-time resident of the Akron area. Preceded in death by husband, Roy N. Eagle; husband, James A. Griffith; son, Carl David Eagle; grandson, Tommy Wright; brother, Charles Parson; and sister, Patricia McCracken.
Survived by daughter, Rebecca Wright; grandsons, David and Jeremy Wright; great-granddaughters, Emily and Meagan Wright; sister, Barbara (John) Aheart; brother, Robert (Lanata) Parson; and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Oc. 8, 5-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.
Margaret J. Phares
Margaret Jean Phares, 86, died Oct. 4, at Altercare of Alliance. Margaret was born in Steubenville, graduated from Marlboro High School in 1945 and attended McKinley Business School in Canton. She was a member of the Barberton Church of Christ and Summit County ARC. Preceded in death by her husband, Clyde; and sons, Robert and Gregory; she is survived by her cousins, Beverly (Mike) Knife of Alliance, Russell (Margie) Slasor of Weirton, W.Va. and “like a daughter” friend Shirley Kovack of Beaver, Pa. Friends may call Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Per her wishes there will be no funeral service.
Stanley J. Meyers
Stanley J. Meyers, 95, died Oct. 5. Stan was a World War II Veteran, having served in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and South Pacific theatres with the US Navy. After the war he returned to Babcock and Wilcox and worked as a machinist for most of his 46 years with the company. Preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; he is survived by his daughter, Joanne; and sons, Frank and Jerry. The family would like to thank the NEOCS doctors and nurses and staff at Summa Barberton Hospital and the Palliative Care nurses who eased his passing. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m., Oct. 8, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made Prince of Peace parish or the charity of your choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Patricia L. Brescilli (nee Niehaus)
Patricia L. Brescilli, 55, died Oct. 3, 2013 at Summa Barberton Hospital. Pat was born in Rittman and had been a Barberton resident most of her life where she worked at Rainbow Inks for the last 28 years. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and was active as a Eucharistic Minister an PSR Teacher. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas R. ; and father, Don R.; Survivors include her brother Tom, (Karol) Niehaus; sisters, Karen (Terry) Newbauer and Deb (Dave) Young; father and mother-in-law, Al and Marge Brescilli; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m., Oct. 7, 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. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Augustine Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Ramona M. Swan
Ramona M. Swan, 89, died Oct. 3. She was born Aug. 21, 1924 in Hiawatha, W.Va. to the late Thurman and Mary Bailey. She worked for Coventry Schools and was a member of Community Church of Portage Lakes. Ramona was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ruben Swan. She is survived by her daughter, Jenny (Bill) Kinsey (nee Virginia Gibson) of Marietta, Ga.; son, Rick (Kathie) Swan of Green; grandchildren, Bob (Jessica) Kinsey, Ted (Linda) Kinsey, and Tricia (Bruce) Shartzer (nee Kinsey), all of Acworth, Ga., and Heather (Jason) Hart of Green; great-grandchildren, Nicole, Drew, Neena, and Drake Kinsey of Acworth, Ga., Gavyn Hart of Green, and Derek (Crystal) McClelland of Canton, Ga.; great-great-grandchildren, Grayson and Landon McClelland of Canton, Ga.; sisters, Mary Helen (Jerry) Kelly and Norma Wyatt, both of Bluefield, W.Va., and Jane (Gene) Richert of Lady Lake, Fla.; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Ival) Wilson; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Road Oct.6, 2-5 p.m., where a celebration of life service will be Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m., Bill Kinsey officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Funeral home map, directions, and the Swan Family condolence book are available at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
Dennis Huth, born June 9, 1952, died Sept. 22, after a long courageous fight surrounded by family and friends. Dennis was one of 10 children born in Barberton to Helen and Russell Huth. He was a loyal and loving husband to wife, Nancy and devoted father to children, Brittany, Greg and Nick. He was admired for his strength, courage and positive outlook on life and had great sense of humor that kept all, including himself, in high spirits. He especially enjoyed umpiring and coaching for various organizations in the Hollister, Calif. community. Dennis was a mentor and role model who instilled his hardworking values by setting a good example to those around him and will be missed by all those lives he touched. May he live on in the hearts of those who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to a college fund for his children. Condolences may be sent to 2401 Fairhaven Ct., Hollister, CA 95023.
Raymond G. Gradisher
Raymond G. Gradisher, 82, surrounded by his family, died Oct. 1. Ray was born in Wadsworth and was a Barberton resident all his life where he retired as a Master Bricklayer. He was a member of the Bricklayers Union, was an avid reader, loved golfing and the Cleveland Indians and Browns. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; and son, Timothy; Survivors include his children, Rebecca Spegal of Florida, Richard of Barberton, Raymond (Nonie) of Nevada, Suzanne Gradisher of Barberton, Connie (Tracey) McAndrew of Michigan and Christine (Carlos) Mejia of Barberton; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers Tony, Thom (Pam) and Bill (Ellen); and sisters, Martha (Jon) Krance and Natalie Genet. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m., Oct. 4, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Rev. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling Hours will be Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton.
Richard S. Poppenhouse
Richard S. Poppenhouse, 90, died Oct. 1. Mr. Poppenhouse was born in Akron, graduated from Central High School and served in the US Navy as a pilot during World War II. He is the former owner of Davis Printing Company in Barberton where he served as President of the Barberton Kiwanis and the Salvation Army Board. He was a member of the Printing Craftsman Club. Preceded in death by his daughter, Linda; brother, Robert; and sister, Winifred McKinley; he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Millie; children, Rick (Pat), Patty (Jack) Muehlheim, Tom (Sharon), Kathy (Jeff) Conrad, Sarah and Larry (Kim); grandchildren, Alice (Will), Kristen, Laura (Zac), Karen, Elizabeth, Adam, Tommy, Kathleen (David), Samantha and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Rylee and Kaylie and many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Oct.4, at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls where a funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Oct. 5, Fr. Leo Wehrlin officiating. Internment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Linda Poppenhouse Scholarship Fund, c/o The University of Akron, Department of Development, Akron, OH 44325-2603 or Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Uniontown, OH 44685. His video tribute will be viewable at cliffordshoemaker.com.
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Patricia "Pat" A. (Tompkins) de La Grange, 67, died Sept. 27. Pat was born in Medina, the oldest daughter of Charles E. Tompkins and Mary Ruth (Frost) Tompkins. Patricia was a distinguished member of the Women of the Moose Barberton Chapter 61. She was a member since 1981 serving in many roles, including past Senior Regent, received her Academy of Friendship, and College of Regents. Patricia also served on various committees throughout her time with Chapter 61. Patricia worked in many occupations throughout her life including a keypunch operator for Myers Tire Supply and Secretary for Magical Theatre Company. Patricia is preceded in death by her father, Charles E. Tompkins; mother, Mary Ruth Tompkins; and brother, James Tompkins. Patricia is survived by her husband of 43 years, Colin de La Grange of Barberton; sons, Andy (Christine) de La Grange, Greg de La Grange; sister, Toni (Sam) Gorfido, Aunt Marge (Ronnie) Morse; grandchildren, Daniel Beck, Courtney (Tyler) Adams, Emalle de La Grange, Sarah de La Grange; and great-granddaughter, Sophia Adams. A celeration of her life will be at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, Saturday, Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m. To share in memory make donations to Women of the Moose Chapter 61, Barberton, Ohio.
Mabel V. Pullin
Mabel V. Pullin, 95, of Normal, Ill. died Sept. 29, 1:45 a.m., at McLean County Nursing Home. Her memorial service is Saturday, Oct. 5, 11:00am, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, Ill. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the North Fork Cemetery, Decatur, Ill. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home in Decatur is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Sweet Home Ministries or a charity of the donor's choice. Mabel was born Oct. 15, 1917 in Minersville, Ohio to William and Mary Jones. She married Thomas M. Pullin on April 27, 1946 in Barberton. Thomas died in 2002. Survivors include one son, William (Ellen) Pullin, Evanston, Ill.; three daughters, Mary Ann Pullin, Normal, Ill., Kathryn Gillespie, Bloomington, Ill., and Janet (Mark) Aberle, Fairbury, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Lee Pullin, Matt Gillespie, Nathan (Amy Thrasher) Gillespie, Matt Pullin, Rachel (Josh) Goeden, Ben (Laura) Aberle, and Tim (Stephanie) Aberle; and one brother, Robert Jones of Lakeside. Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, and her son Michael. Mabel was a retired bookkeeper. She was an active church member, dedicated volunteer, avid quilter, and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Condolences may be left to the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
Jerry L. Lyons
Jerry L. Lyons, 64, died Sept. 27. He fought a long and courageous battle with his health issues. Jerry has gone home to be with his deceased son, Jimmy. He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah; sons, Jerry (Sarah), Troy (Rebecca) and Shane (Lisa); grandchildren, Arianna, Ryker, Wyatt, Chase, Joshua, Troy Jr., Ashley and Jacob; great-granddaughter, Skylar; along with other family and many friends. The family will receive friends Oct. 1, 5-9 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service is Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Griffith officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
Marguerite Dujanovic (Holben)
Marguerite Dujanovic (Holben), 70, born on May 20, 1943 died Sept. 26, at Summa Palliative Care. She was preceded in death by parents, George and Mary Dujanovic; sisters, Elizabeth, Diane Marie, and Bernadette. She grew up in Barberton, and graduated from Divine Redeemer Academy in Elizabeth, Pa., went to St. John’s College in Cleveland and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. After her marriage to Ronald Holben, a US army veteran, they were blessed with a son Michael, who at the age of 12 lost his dad, who was 35 years of age. Marguerite’s love for children radiated in her teaching of upper grade students in Pennsylvania and Ohio schools. She was active as a full time teacher, assistant principal, Eucharistic minister and planned many student liturgies. She is sadly missed by all. Marguerite is survived by her brothers, George (Barbara), Francis (Ann); sister, Sister Mary Ann, a Sister of Divine Redeemer in Elizabeth, Pa., many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, dear friend Regina and her dog, Gidget. There should be a special thanks to the Palliative Care unit at Summa, especially to all the wonderful, compassionate nurses and doctors. A graveside service is Oct. 1, 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, 100 E. Waterloo Road Akron, officiated by Father Robert Jackson of Price of Peace Catholic Church.
Jacob Nicholas Armbruster Jr.
Jacob Nicholas Armbruster Jr. was born Sept. 4, 1925 to Jacob and Anna Armbruster. He died Sept. 26. He was a World War II navy veteran, then worked at Window Conditioning Co., and later as a carpenter for Ohio Brass, where he retired. He was an avid golfer, poker player, bingo fanatic and Casino lover. He also enjoyed watching the Indians, and being with family and friends. Jacob leaves behind Sue, wife of 51 years; son, Michael (Connie); step-son, David Joe (Sarah) Seidwitz; numerous grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, nephews and many friends. Special thanks to Ellen Russell (niece), Barberton Hospital, Parkview Cancer Center, and Summa Hospice for their loving and caring hearts through his long battle. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either Leukemia Society, 5700 Brecksville Road 3rd Floor Independence, OH 44131; Parkview Cancer Center, 155 5th St NE Barberton, OH 44203; or Summa Foundation for Hospice, Attn: Foundation Office, PO Box 2090, Akron, OH 44398. Calling hours are 3-5 p.m., Sept 28, Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton 44203.
Frederick E. Shannon
Frederick E. Shannon, 86, died Sept. 24 at Summa Barberton Hospital. Fred was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired from Munroe Contracting. He was a member of Laborers Local 894 and Coventry/Akron Masonic Lodge 83. Fred was also a proud Marine Corp Veteran having served during World War II. Preceded in death by wife, Janet C.; parents, Dean and Hazel; brothers, Dean Jr. and Paul; sisters, Eilean “Peg” and Hazel “Tootie”; and special friend, Betty Newberry; Survivors include his daughters, Patricia McConnell of Doylestown, Janice (Steve) Stanisa of Chesterland, Gail (Steve) Norfolk of North Canton, Maureen Shannon of Barberton and Kelly (Mike) Kovalchin of Akron; grandchildren, Michael, Shane, Jennifer, Casey, Corey, Matthew, Patrick, Nicole, Rachael, Brandon, Maria, Sarah and Rebecca; and great-grandson, Peyton. Funeral services are Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Rev. Fleary Spurlock officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Sept. 29, 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Akron Blind Center, 325 East Market St., Akron, OH 44304.
William C. “Bill” Patterson
William C. “Bill” Patterson, 62, died September 22. He battled with many health issues and now is at peace. During his final days he was surrounded by many loved ones. He was born October 20, 1950 in Wayne County, the son of Forrest and Mary and lived there most of his life. Bill was a proud military veteran. He served his country, dedicating over 20 years to the Army National Guard, also served his country in the Gulf War. At the time of retirement he was Sergeant First Class. Bill became focused on a lifelong hobby of woodworking. He participated in a variety of craft shows with his wife, Karen. He was very talented and creative. He was a quite man who lived a simple life. His life was full of love and laughs. He will be greatly missed by many. Surviving family members are his wife, Karen Patterson; mother, Mary Petersheim; children, William (Tiki) Patterson Jr., Brandon (Felicia) Patterson, Angela Patterson, Madison Patterson; sisters, Lynn (Lanny) Chico, Nancy Patterson, Lori (Jeff) Gonser, Shelly (Steve) Welsh; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; uncles, aunts, several nieces and nephews; three step-children, Vincent, Chandra and Amanda and their children. A commital service will be Oct. 1, 2:30 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with Ernie Graff officiating, along with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care, Hospice Unit at Summa Barberton Hospital, 155 Fifth St. NE, Barberton, OH 44203.
James “Jim” Dawson
James “Jim” Dawson, born Sept. 13, 1932, died Sept. 23. He may have left peacefully, but he lived his life large and loud. Jim loved his family; husband to Barbara for 59 years; proud father of Dane, Teresa, Bernice and Toni; Jim had 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. There was always a cookie or donuts waiting for them. He had three favorite sons-in-law, Ron, Dick and David; they were his friends and buddies. Jim loved his dog, Max, who left him too soon. He was the official pet-setter of the family and was glad to do it. Jim traveled the world while serving in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and also as a field engineer for Venetta Inc. Jim will be happy to join his mother, Iva; his brother, William and his mother-in-law, Eva who left him behind years ago. Jim will be sadly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m.
John Ernest Zumbrunnen
John Ernest Zumbrunnen, 86, died Sept. 24. Born Aug. 16, 1927 to Jacob and Mary Zumbrunnen; John attended first grade at Maple Ridge School in Smith Township, then five years in a 1-Room Amish schoolhouse and completed grades seventh through 10th at Berlin School. At the age of 49, he “aced” the state GED test. An American patriot, he was proud of his service in the US Navy during World War II. He was employed for 38 1/2 years as a Teamster; retiring from Allstate Freight/Pacific Intermountain Express. John was a 60-year member of Sebring Masonic Lodge 626 F&AM, 32nd Degree Valley of Akron and Tadmor Temple. He was also a member of the VFW 1099, American Legion 255, Amvets 176, Teamsters Retirees Club of Akron and NRA; and was very proud of attending the Final Honor Flight for World War II Veterans out of the Akron Canton Airport. John was a member of the Country Chapel for 10 years. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Norman; John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Barbara; daughter, Joni of Chicago; son, Jon (Maria) of Medina; daughter, Jan (Craig) Stadler of Evergreen, Colo.; his bonus children from his second marriage, Christine (Pete) Conley of Fredericktown, Richard (Betty) Holshue of Bath, Denise (Jim) Williams of Norton and Kim (Tom) Upp of Clinton; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, AnnaMae Weaver of Alliance; sister-in-law, Betty Zumbrunnen of Louisville; along with other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service is Sept. 27, 11 a.m., with Pastor Mike Prillaman officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Country Chapel, 14390 S. Hametown Road, Doylestown, OH 44230.
Doris E. Folden
Doris E. Folden, 89, formally of Barberton, died Sept. 4 in Tucson, Ariz. She was preceded in death by husband, Wiliam (Bill) Folden; parents, Carl and Grenvor Peterson; sisters, Lillian Ferrell, Alice Chaney, Marion Lowery; and great-grandchild, Austin Folden. She is survived by daughter, Judy Sams of Arizona; son, Larry (Aline) Folden; brothers, Harry, Jerry, Larry Peterson; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and no services to be held, per her request. Internment at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Lawrence “Larry” Carpenter
Lawrence “Larry” Carpenter, 81, died Sept. 21. He was a lifetime member of Barberton Moose, member of VFW Post 1066, and served with the US Army. He retired from Babcock & Wilcox after 42 years of service. Preceded in death by wife, Betty L. Carpenter. Survived by children, James (Debra), David (Jackie), Ron (Valerie), Terry, Tina (Rick) Hooker; and numerous of grand and great-grandchildren. Funeral was 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor David Hale officiating. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m., Sept. 24, at Cox Funeral Home.
James Frank Terry Jr.
James Frank Terry Jr. died Sept. 21. Born Nov. 13, 1928, he was a loyal son and a pesky loving brother to sisters. He met the absolute love of his life and together he became the father of sons. His wit, his grin and his wise words will be missed by many, especially his wife of 63 years, Georgia; his son, Jon and his daughter-in-law, Pattie; his grands, Jason (Mikell), Christopher (Angela) and Sommer, and his greats; Destiny, Saylor, Mia, Cogan and Meredith. He is preceded in death by his sons, Keith and Kevin and his sisters, Jean and Jackie. Funeral service is Sept. 24, 6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Colllier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service.
Mary Anna Lou Yeager
In Loving Memory of Mary Anna Lou Yeager, 75, born June 15, 1938, she died after a long illness, Sept. 20. Preceded in death by her daughter, Shelia M. Allman and great-granddaughter, Zoey B. Allman. She leaves behind her husband, Andrew J. Yeager Jr.; son, Dale L. Starcher; daughters, Debra A. Allman and Mary C. Yeager; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; step-children, Kelli Ann Yeager, Andrew Yeager, J. Yeager and Andrea N. Yeager; sister-in-law, Irene R. Rodgers, along with other family members and friends. At the requests of Mary’s, cremation has taken place. A private service will take place at a later date.
Martha I. Pokopac
Martha I. Pokopac, 91, died Sept. 20. Born in Cleveland, she was a Barberton resident most of her life and was a member of Price of Peace Catholic Church. Martha was also a proud Navy Veteran having served during World War II. Preceded in death by her husband, John; son, Michael; and brothers, Robert and Clayton Sendelbach; Survivors include her daughter, Cathy Pokopac of Barberton; son, Eugene (Connie) of Georgia; granddaughter, Michelle Pokopac of Georgia; brother Jim (Ruth) Sendelbach; and caregivers Ashley and Lisa, who have helped take care of Martha over the past two years. Cathy couldn’t have done it without them. Mass of Christian burial is Thursday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours were Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Thursday morning, 9:30 a.m.
Russell K. Stetler
Russell K. Stetler, 91, died Sept. 18. A resident of Barberton for 40 years, he was a US Army veteran of World War II and retired from Nationwide Insurance; Rus was a member of Firestone Park Presbyterian Church, Akron Lodge 83, F&AM, Yusef Khan Grotto and Firestone VFW 3383. Preceded in death by his son, Randall Stetler; grandson, Christopher Gagnon and wife, Harriet (whom passed away Sept. 16); Russ is survived by his daughter, Kimily (Gilles) Gagnon of New Orleans, La.; sons, Clifford Stetler of Mogodore, and Daniel (Debbie) Stetler of Burlington, Iowa; stepsons, Robert (Pamela) Graham of Pensacola, Fla., Roger (Lorrie) Graham of Lewisburg, Pa., Ronald Graham of Akron and Roy (Monica) Graham of Copley,; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia (James) Stewart of Akron; along with other relatives and friends. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Harriet F. Stetler
Harriet F. Stetler, 85, died Sept. 16. She was a resident of Barberton for 65 years and retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital with over 30 years of service. Preceded in death by her sisters, Joy (Don) Coon and Billie (Rusty)Thorp; stepson, Randall Stetler and is joined in death by her husband, Russell K. Stetler (whom passed away on Sept. 18); Harriet is survived by her sons, Robert (Pamela) Graham of Pensacola, Fla., Roger (Lorrie) Graham of Lewisburg, Pa., Ronald Graham of Akron, and Roy (Monica) Graham of Copley; step-daughter, Kimily (Gilles) Gagnon of New Orleans, La.; step-sons, Clifford Stetler of Mogodore and Daniel (Debbie) Stetler of Burlington, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Bev) Hanks of Scotsbluff, Neb.; sister, Barbara (Jerry) Burleigh of Gordon, Neb.; along with other relatives and friends. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harriet's memory to the Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.
Robert Leonard Miller
Robert Leonard Miller died Aug. 22. Interment service private. Memorial gathering will be at Barberton Brookside Country Club, Sunday, Sept. 29, Noon-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Theta Tau Foundation, Robert L. Miller Scholarship Fund.
Nancy Ann Neitz (nee Adamich)
Nancy A. Neitz, 70, died Sept. 19, at her residence after a long battle with cancer. Nancy was born in Barberton and was a 1961 graduate of Norton High School. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she helped with the funeral luncheons for many years and also the Halloween and New Years Eve dances for over 19 years. Nancy volunteered at the Akron Blind Center and Barberton Hospital and was involved with the prayer shawl ministries at Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Catholic Church. She was also a member of Threadbenders in Uniontown. Preceded in death by her brother, John Adamich; Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Elmer H.; sons, Robert (Brenda) of Charlottesville, Va. and Thomas (Celia) of Monroe, La.; grandchildren Joshua, Jeffrey and Carly Neitz; and sister, Sally (Timothy) Houck of Fairlawn. Memorial Mass is Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Summa, 444 N. Main St., Akron, OH 44310.
Margaret J. Savage (nee Ulichney)
Margaret J. Savage, 88, died Sept. 17, peacefully surrounded by her family at Summa Barberton Hospital. Marge was born in Murray City, Ohio and was a Barberton resident most of her life where she was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was a child care provider for many children over the years. Marge was very proud of the fact that she was able to be a part of and help raise her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Clair W. Jr.; infant son, Tommy; son, Charles; and two brothers and four sisters; Survivors include her sons, Bob (Candy) of Barberton and Bill (Christine) of Canal Fulton; grandchildren, Janice (Travis) Jennings, Ben Savage, Rob (Amanda) Savage, Nick (Jennifer) Savage, Karen (Joel) Echelberger, Amanda Savage (fiancee Tommy Withem), Julie Savage, Laura Rucker and Andrew Savage; great-grandchildren, Travis II, Elise and Mikaila Jennings, Oscar and Lillian Rucker, Mallory and Max Echelberger, Tommy Whithem and Jack Savage; and brother, James (Dorothy) Ulichney of Wadsworth; brother-in-law, Kenneth Savage; and former daughter-in-law, Beverly Savage. Mass of Christian burial is 10:45 a.m., Sept. 23, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW., Barberton. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Sept. 22, 3-7 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said 10:15 a.m., Sept. 23. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Mark E. Goble
Mark E. Goble, 49, died Sept. 16. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jennie; son, Mark Jr., daughter, Katie and grandson Landen; mother, Carolyn; brothers, Tim (Trisha), Chris (Tammie), Mike, Tony (Shelly); in-laws Jack and Rose Thompson. Services will be held in Charleston, W. Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. A benefit is being held in his honor 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Jednota Club, 887 W Tuscarawas Ave, Barberton.
Jennie Pavlich, 97, died Sept. 14. She was a long time member of St. Francis de Sales Church and currently attended Prince of Peace. God, family, gardening and cooking were important parts of Jennie's life. She along with her late husband, Pete, devoted their love and time to their apple orchard which had a following of loyal customers. As a lifetime resident of Barberton, she worked at Sun Rubber Co. and volunteered at Good Neighbors (Green). They wintered in Florida, where they were members and volunteers at St. Ann's Church. She was a resident at Rockynol. Jennie was preceded in death by her son, James "Jim". Jennie was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, who will be missed deeply by her son, Ronald (Jackie); daughters, Joanne (Gerald) Mullett, Mary Ann (John) August, Theresa (David) Wilson, and Catherine (Chris) Kerechanin; many precious grandchildren; sister-in-law, Irene (Joe) Blike; and nephew, Richard (Anita) Ondreyka along with numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial mass is Sept. 17, 11 a.m., at Prince of Peace Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton, with Fr. Robert Jackson as celebrant. Memorials can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, OH 44333.
Stanley Fish, 80, died Sept. 11. Stanley was born in Canton, in 1933 and moved to this area in 1956. He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He met the love of his life and bride of 57 years, Janice, in Portland, Ore. while stationed there. He began working for the Crawford Letter and Printing Company as a stock boy in 1956, retiring as its president in 1997. Shortly thereafter the Crawford Company was acquired by Davis Printing of Barberton. He cherished the relationships he created with his clients, namely B.F. Goodrich, Eddie Elias Enterprises and the PBA, Modern Tire Dealers, the U of A, WHLO, and Rubber and Plastics News. A graduate of Kent State University, Stanley served in various leadership roles over the years in the Lions Club, Printing House Craftsmen, and the West Akron Baseball League. An avid fan of all sports, he regrettably departs this earth without experiencing a Browns Super Bowl. He enjoyed antiquing and the many friends he met in the antique world. He was the chief campaign advisor to The Re-elect Judge Fish campaign, enjoying asking all people he met if they lived in the Barberton Municipal Court jurisdiction. But, above all else, he enjoyed spending all the time he could get with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Rose, and his sisters, Cora and Shirley. He is survived by his beloved wife, Janice; twin brother, Larry; sons, Judge David and Brian; grandchildren, Jacob, Hannah, Emma, Isaac, and Sophia. There was a military burial at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
Joshua Eugene Nitz, born July 11 1980, died Sept. 12, after a series of life's struggles and personal battles. Josh had a unique and inherent spark.He carried himself with enviable confidence and zeal. He radiated warmth and energy, and was, quite simply, a great deal of fun to be around. He treated people like they were important. Those who came in contact with Josh couldn’t help but notice his generosity, and willingness to give of himself and his possessions for anyone who might be in need. He cared for others genuinely in a way that didn’t seek recognition or attention.His sacrificial spirit was best demonstrated during his time serving our country. After graduating from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, he went on to serve as a Sergeant First Class in the US Army. Josh was deployed to Kosovo and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Josh was a decorated veteran who served his country with tremendous courage. He embodied heroism and possessed the spirit of a warrior and sought a life of adventure. With the loss of Josh Nitz will come hearts that feel broken and rooms that feel empty without him. He is loved and grieved deeply. He is survived by his grandparents, Gene and Carol Nitz, and Millard and Wanda Piatt; his mother, Lynn Piatt-Nitz; his father, Mark (and Cindy Nitz); siblings, Matt and Sarah Fleshman, Caleb and Hannah Nitz, Zac and Alyssa Nitz; his fiancee, Shannon Orr Bradley; two nephews, Tru and Henry Fleshman; aunt and uncle, Mike and Amber Johnson; cousins, Justin and Daniel Johnson, Jordan Ekert, and Michellene Piatt. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, http://www.wondedwarriorproject.org.
Franklin Eugene Treadway
Franklin Eugene Treadway, 78, died Sept. 12, going to the glory land of Heaven to be with his Lord. A life resident of Barberton/Norton area, he retired from PPG Industries with 35 years of service and was a US Army veteran. Frank was a member of National Lodge 568 F&AM, Kenmore American Legion and attended Norton Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Nettie May; four sisters and two brothers. He was the beloved husband of Linda; loving father of Beth (Mike) Ondo, David Treadway, Paula (Ed) McFarland, Bobby LeFever and Debbie McGill; grandfather of Tracie (Alex) Gibson, Anthony (Katie) Ondo, Nathan Shreve, Michelle (John) Kurtz, Angie (Jeremey) Wilt and Michelle Treadway; amazing great-grandfather, “Papa”, to Austin, Chase, Matthew, Emily, Megan, Olivia and Kaylie; brother to Joyce (Bob), Sue (William), Charles (Ruby), Judy (David) and Howard and survived by other relatives and friends. Funeral service is Sept. 16, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.
Samuel J Thomas
Samuel J Thomas, 76, of Canal Fulton, died Sept. 11 after a brief illness. He was born in Akron on Sept. 10, 1937 to Mary and Chris Thomas. He graduated from Garfield High School and served in the US Army National Guard before starting a career at Krogers as a head grocery clerk, later joining the US post office. Sammy blessed all he met with his gentle kindness, infectious laugh and generosity. Sam loved to go golfing or eat breakfast with his friends. Saturday night bingo at St. Phillips and James was a favorite and he rarely missed a session. Sam loved to play cards and was a fierce and tenacious competitor. He enjoyed his retirement from the US post office in Norton in 2002. Survived by wife Donna, who was the love of his life; son, Donald (LuAnn); brother, George (Jane); grandchildren, Charles (Fran), Michelle (Tom) Congrove, Megan, Molly; and great-grandson Michael Thomas. Services and military honors will be conducted in the Office Chapel, 11 a.m., Sept. 16, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2580 Romig Road, Akron. Reverend Father Vladimir Bakurdzhiev officiating. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Main Office, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215 in his memory.
Kenny Stevens, 47, died Sept. 10. He was born September 24,1965 in Tulsa, Okla.
He was an employee of Summit County. Kenny loved spending time with his wife and family. He also enjoyed fishing with his granddaughters and most recently with his friend, Ben. Survived by his wife, Vicki; daughter, Vanessa; step-daughter, Meggan (Robert) Marenco; granddaughters, Scarlet and Sailor; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmie Wilburn, John Flint, Judi (Gene) Cole; nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Funeral is Sept.15, 2 p.m., at Victory Chapel Church, 32 W Bellisle Dr, Akron. Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity in Kenny’s memory.
Jeffrey S. Boies
Jeffrey S. Boies, 41, died Sept. 7. A life resident of the Akron area, he was a US Navy veteran, an avid bowler and loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. Preceded in death by his parents; Jeff is survived by his wife, Emily; daughter, Natalea; special furry friend, Madison; best friends, Travis Garidel, Ryan and Michelle Queer and Diana and Ralph Laney; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Candie and Chris Standaloft; several cousins; along with other relatives and friends. Memorial service is Aug. 14, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Ernie Jones officiating. Military honors by Firestone VFW 3383. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paws and Prayers Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 2864, Akron, OH 44309.
Guilford E. Pennington
Guilford E. Pennington, 85, died Sept. 9. He was born March 24, 1928 in Commodore, Pa. For many years he was a salesman for Lucky Shoes in
Fairlawn. Preceded in death by parents; Kenneth Rexford and Ruth Olive Pennington. Survived by wife, Patricia Pennington (Crawford); sons, Gary (Jackie)
Pennington, Rex (Rhonda) Pennington, Michael (Beth) Pennington; daughters,
Cheryl Working, Cathi (Butch) Johnson, Susan (Steve) Patuc; 15 grandchildren,
several great-grandchildren, and sisters, Dovie (Richard) Carr, Yvonne Jarvis,
Kay (Ed) Key. Funeral is Sept. 13, at 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home,
222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Calling hours are two hours prior, 9-11 a.m. Pastor Ladona Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Dry People’s Club, 172 Brittain Rd, Akron, OH 44305.
Frances E. Smith
Frances E. Smith, 86, died Sept. 10. Frances was born in Clarksburg, Harrison County, W.Va., in 1926 and later moved to Churchville in Lewis County with her family. She attended Weston High School. In her youth, Frances was actively involved in the Churchville Methodist Church where she sang in a quartet. Music was a big part of Frances' life; she enjoyed gospel music and was a life-long Elvis Presley fan. In March 1944, Frances married her high school sweetheart Donald E. (Bud) Smith, with whom she raised five sons. Frances held various occupations throughout her life. She was employed by Yoder Brothers, Seiberling Tire and Rubber, and Barberton Citizens’ Hospital (Summa Health Systems), from where she retired. She enjoyed many household activities such as quilting and canning, but mainly being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker. Frances enjoyed preparing meals for large family gatherings, which happened frequently with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The activities of swimming, horse shoes, volleyball, and wiffle ball were special times for Frances, who will also be remembered as an outstanding cook. She had a green thumb and enjoyed growing things both indoors and out. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Smith; her mother, Lexie Raybuck McCluster (nee Riffle); her father, Shirley E. Raybuck; brothers, Harold and Edward Raybuck; brothers, William and James McCluster, and sister, Eileen McCluster. She is survived by her sister, Maxine Winans, and sons, Larry and Kathy Smith of Massillon; Gary and Jan Smith of Richland, Mich.; Steve and Kathy Smith of Canal Fulton; Chris and Val Smith of Galena; and Tim and Vicki Smith of New Franklin. She has 11 grandchildren, six of whom are married, Stephanie Keenan and her husband Chris, Staci Barrus and her husband Randy, Jennifer Harmens and her husband Todd, Jason Smith and his wife Shannon, Jeff Smith and his wife Julie, Lesley Seymour and her husband Jim. Other grandchildren are Adam, Kyla, Allison, Aaron and Megan Smith. Great-grandchildren include Kaitlyn, Emily and Maxwell Keenan; Austin, Carter, Blake, Mason, and Sophie Barrus; Anna and Maggie Harmens; Ella, Lilah, and Weston Smith; Madison and Colin Smith; and Olivia Seymour. A gravesite service is at Snyder Cemetery in Churchville, W. Va., 1 p.m., Sept. 14. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 1530 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.
William J. Lanning
William J. Lanning, 85, died Sept. 2. There will be a private service Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.
Kathleen E. Sherwood
Kathleen E. Sherwood, 63, died Sept. 5. Kathleen was born in Akron on Feb. 8, 1950. She grew up in Copley and was a graduate of Copley High School, class of 1968. She worked at former Olson Electronics and retired from Summit County Children’s Services were she had many friends. Preceded in death by her father, Lynn P. Sherwood and nephews, Jimmy and Mike Sherwood; Kathleen left behind to morn her, mother, Evelyn (Kahn) Sherwood; daughter, Cierra Shanks (Doug); grandson, Adrian; brothers, John (Kathy), Jim (Charlotte), Richard (Joyce) and Ed; sister, Edith Kerr (Terry); nieces, nephews; long time friend, Sandy Strabley. She will be greatly missed by her family that loved her dearly. A special thank to her caring physician, J. Burick, M.D. In following Kathleen’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.
Judith A. Dempsey
Judith A. Dempsey, 72, died Sept. 3, at the Hospice of Medina County Care Center. Born in Maryland, she had been a Barberton and Wadsworth resident all her life. She was a graduate of Barberton High School and was the operator of Osage Park Campground for many years. Judith loved spending time with her grandkids. Preceded in death by her father, Clarence Cox, and brother, Donovan Cox; Survivors include her loving husband of almost 30 years, Jerry; daughter, Melissa Lance (fiancee, John Csaszar) of Wadsworth; son, John Vargo of Carrollton; step-daughter, Brenda (Steve) Huff of Cleveland; mother, Juanita Cox; grandson, Riley Lance; and granddaughter Samantha Csaszar. Calling hours are 6-8 p.m., Sept. 7, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home. Per her wishes, cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina, OH 44256.
Betty Evelyn Harsh (née Ridder)
Betty Evelyn Harsh (née Ridder) 87, of Cuyahoga Falls/Green, died Sept. 3, with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin. She is lovingly remembered by her sister, Helen Bray (Darl); daughters, Sandy Vielhaber (Tom) and Karen; sons, Kevin (Shelia) and Brian (Lawrence). She was blessed with six grandchildren, Joshua (Kristin), Andrew, Cassandra (Rob), Karyn (Daniel), Patrick and Ryan; and great-grandchildren, Carlee, Tristan, Zachary, Caleb and Isabella. Betty, a true artist, flower lover, baker, and mentor to many, was born in Oakland, Md. but has lived in the Akron area most of her life. Betty was a member of New Life Fellowship, 18046 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, where there will be a memorial service Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. The family will receive friends Sept. 6, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton, 6-9 p.m. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service Justin T. Rogers Care Center.
James Andrew Murray
James Andrew Murray, 54, died Sept. 2. He was born Feb. 3, 1959 in Norton, Va. He attended the Trinity Church of God. Preceded in death by father, Roscoe; mother, Elizabeth Ellen Sexton; brother, Ralph D; baby sister, LaTrisha; and grandmother, Blanche Swiger. Survived by wife of 23 years, Terri L Murray; son, Tyler; siblings, Eugene, Peggy, Becky, Doris and Rosemary. Funeral service is 11 a.m., Sept. 7, at Trinity Church of God, 1752 Williams St., Cuyahoga Falls. Pastor Fred Webb officiating. Internment at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling hours are 7-9 p.m., Sept. 6, at the church.
Sarah A. Tonya
Sarah A. Tonya died Sept. 3, at age 86. She was a life long resident of Barberton, She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was defined by her Catholic faith and attended mass daily. She made many, many holy hours in her lifetime at St. Augustine Church. She loved spending time in her flower garden, family gatherings, cooking and painting her favorite animal or scenery. She will be greatly missed. Sarah is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Tonya; son, Frank Tonya; brother, Arthur Bechter; and sisters, Ruth Bechter, Agnes Yura and Theresa Stitz; She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Bev) and Jerry (Terri); daughters, Maria Niglio, Sally Lippert, Clara (Larry) Lesniak, Theresa Hess, Annette (Joe) Mira and Frances (Conrad) Weigand; 23 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center for their care and support. Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m., Sept. 7, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund or St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Augustine.
Margaret J. Deemer
Margaret J. Deemer, 90, died Aug. 30, at Green Meadows Nursing Home. Born June 27, 1923 in Cambria County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George and Helen Wargo. Margaret was the last surviving member of the large Marafka/Wargo family. Margaret lived in Iselin, Pa. for 32 years before relocating to Barberton, where she continued being a loving wife, mother, homemaker and pre-school aid. Her inner strength and never ending love were her most valuable assets, putting everyone’s feeling and needs before her own. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and dancing. She was a member of St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Barberton. In addition to her parents and 14 brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her son, James (Jimmy) Deemer, who passed away in 1974. Margaret is survived by her daughters, Val (Ken) Dills of Massillon, Cheryl L. (Tom) Plake of Akron, and son, David M. (Debbie) Deemer of Columbiana; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Visitation took place Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Curran Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 701 Salt St., Saltsburg, Pa. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 4, 1 p.m., at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, Saltsburg, with Father Salvatore Lamendola as celebrant. Interment in Iselin Union Cemetery. To celebrate Margaret’s deep love of children, family ask that donations be made in her honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Gene P. Williams
Gene P. Williams, 82, died Aug. 30. A resident of Norton for over 50 years, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Gene retired from both the Ohio Brass with 30 years and from Executive Properties. Preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Madge Williams; brothers, Gerald and Robert Williams and sister, Virginia Baters; Gene is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma; daughters, Ruth (Bill) Massey and Kathy (Pete) Lloyd; son, Paul (Beth) Williams; grandchildren, Terry (Becky) Robert, Kelly (Bill) Shaffer, Mike Massey, Josh (Jessica) Lloyd, Molly Williams, Jack Williams; great-grandchildren, Kelsey (Jesse) McKinney, Jesse Shaffer, Macie Robert and future great-granddaughter, Allison Lloyd; great-great-grandson, Emmett McKinney; sisters, Betty (Bob) Wilson and Rita (Don) Conkey; brother, Claude Williams Jr. and Jim (Emma) Williams; along with other family members and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to a great neighbor and friend, Tammy Stranger for all her care and support. Funeral service was Sept. 4, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Homer Watson officiating. Internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours Sept. 3, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.