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Ernest L. Carr

Ernest L. Carr, 71, passed away March 3, at Summa Barberton Hospital.  Born in Gassaway, West Virginia, he had been a Barberton resident most of his life where he retired from the Summit County Engineers Office after 33 years of service.  Preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Freda; sister, Nellie Jarvis; and brother, Roy; Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Joyce M. (nee Byrd); son, Mark (Ashleigh) of Canal Fulton; granddaughter, Audrey; and his dogs, Roscoe and Duke. Funeral service will be March 6, 1 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton.  Interment at Lakewood Cemetery.  Calling Hours March 5, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summa Hospice of Barberton, 155-Fifth St. N.E., Barberton,  OH 44203.   




Christopher Jarvis

Christopher Jarvis, 27, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 28. A life resident of Barberton/Norton area. Christopher loved fishing with his grandpa. Preceded in death by his great-grandparents, John (Violet) McDonald; Chris is survived by his mother, Ann Davis; father, Gary Starcher; siblings, Makaylyne Starcher, Kylee Starcher, Chelsea Williams and Careena Starcher; grandparents, Bobby and Roxie Revlett; along with numerous other family members and friends. The family will receive friends March 7, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.



Thomas M. Pallija

Thomas M. Pallija, 74, passed away March 2, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Tom was born in Barberton where he was a life resident. He was a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church and currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. His hobbies included breeding tropical fish, listening to music, playing the guitar and a love of classic cars. Tom was an Army veteran having served during Vietnam. Preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Ann; grandparents, Joseph and Mary Gyuris and Anton and Katherine Pallija; survivors include his sister, Nancy Pallija of Barberton; nieces, Jennifer Green and Teresa Kail; great-nephew, Nick Schaefer (Robyn Harvey); great-niece, Tessa Kail; great-great-nephew, Layne Schaefer; and friend and VA nurse, Teresa Ferrise. Calling hours will be Friday, March 6, 10 a.m.-noon, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton.  Mass of Christian burial to follow at noon. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery where Military Honors will be provided by Wadsworth VFW Post 1089 and American Legion Post 170.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.  www.silva-hostetler.com.


Richard L. Stahl 

Richard L. Stahl, 88, passed away Feb. 27, in Surprise, Arizona, where he resided with his family for the past three years. He was born and lived most of his life in Barberton. He had an active and sharp mind and enjoyed staying busy and being with his family. Richard set an example for us all as he was a World War II Veteran, 32nd Degree Master Mason, 34 year Goodyear employee, Red Cross volunteer and respected community and church member. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Barberton Magics and the Ohio State Buckeyes, fishing in Wisconsin and Canada and golfing with friends. Richard was preceded in death and now joins in heaven both his loving wife, Ruth Stahl and son, Gregory Stahl. He is survived by all of us who miss him deeply but draw strength from his memory: his children, David R. (Shirley), Holli D. (Gary) Brown and Christina R. Speegle; as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A private service will be held by the family. Donations may be sent to First Baptist Church of Barberton.



Mary “Mae” Ratosky

Mary “Mae” Ratosky, 92, passed away peacefully March 1, at Summa Barberton Hospital.  Mary was born in Wilmore, Pennsylvania and had been a Barberton resident all her life where she was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Mike; daughter, Helen Macko; and four brothers and two sisters; Survivors include her daughters, Anna (Richard) Killoran of Barberton and Betty (Thomas) Jerimiah of North Royalton; grandchildren, Carleen (Mike) Keese, Janet Rowland, Michael (Nadine) Mahoney, Lisa (Jeff) Weinsheimer, Kim Macko and Kelly (Clay) McCormack; 13 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Irene Szala. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 5, 10 a.m., at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1051 E. Robinson Ave., Barberton, where the body will lie in state one hour prior. Rev. Fr. Miron Kerul-Kmec officiating. Interment at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Clinton. Calling hours March 4, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, with Parastas service at 7 p.m.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Roswitha “Katie” Harris-Benewiat 

Roswitha “Katie” Harris-Benewiat, 68, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 26. A resident of Norton for 25 years, she retired from Ritzman’s Pharmacy after 16 years of service.  Roswitha was a member of Polish Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed dancing, cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Katharina and Herbert Schmidtchen; Katie is survived by her husband, Tom; daughters, Christine (Blair) Collins and Susan (Dean) Sauerwine; grandchildren, Katharina and Gavin Collins, Dean and Benjamin Sauerwine; brother, Dieter and family in Germany. A memorial service will be March 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.



Dennis “Denny” Ray Saunders

Dennis “Denny” Ray Saunders, 61, of Baytown, Texas, passed away Feb. 20, in Baytown. Born Aug. 4, 1953, in Akron, to James L. Saunders and Helen L. Keener Saunders, Denny was a 1971 graduate of Norton High School and attended Kent State University. He lived in the Akron area for many years before moving to Texas in 1997. Denny had a quick wit, great sense of humor, a vast knowledge of trivia and a love of music and sports. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include daughter, Sarah Ellen Stanley (fiancee, John Garcia) of Houston, Texas; sister, Sheila Hedrick (husband Bruce) of Tyler, Texas; brother, Dr. Michael Saunders of Baytown and one nephew, Andrew Hedrick (fiancee, Lisa Nicholas) of Bloomington, Illinois. Cremation will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.




Emil A. Mihal

Emil A. Mihal, 85, passed away Feb. 24. He was a life resident of the Barberton area and was a U.S. Army and U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.  Emil retired from the Atlantic Foundry after 35 years of service and was a member of Firestone VFW 3383 and the Orioles Club. Preceded in death by his son, Steve Mihal; Emil is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; sons, Greg (Karen) and Ronald (Margareta); grandchildren, Christy, Cory, Cody and Steven; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn; along with other family members and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Summa Hospice and Barberton Palliative Care Unit for the care Emil and his family received. Funeral service will be Feb. 27, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service. 

     



M. Catherine Wenner

Mary "Catherine" Wenner died peacefully Feb. 24, at the VNS Hospice Center in Copley after a month long illness. She was 94. Catherine was born Feb. 9, 1921, in Wayne County, West Virginia, to Boyd and Louella (Webb) Artrip. She moved to Rittman in 1925, graduating Rittman High School in 1939. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her brother, Clyde (Mildred) and sisters, Blanche (Richard) Reed, Nolda (Walter) Pelphrey, Faye (Shirley) Trogdon, and Juanita (Harold) Snyder. She married John "Jack" Wenner in 1942, the love of her life, who preceded her in death in 2000. After Jack returned home from serving in the Navy in World War II, he and Catherine moved to Barberton in 1946 where they made their home. Catherine and Jack had two children, Carole Anne (Terry) Fawcett, who died in 2007 and survived by William Edwin (Beth); four grandchildren, Kristin (Shane) Springer, Jennifer (Jason) Gailey, Julianne (Trey) Nihoul, and John (Priscilla) Wenner; five great-grandchildren, Lucas, Isabella, Elena, Andrew and Adelaide. While her children were going to college, Catherine worked as a billing clerk at Babcock and Wilcox, retiring in 1978. Catherine loved her family and loved her church, Columbia United Church of Christ, where she had been a faithful member for 62 years. She loved gardening, growing flowers, knitting, crocheting and reading. She was truly a renaissance woman who could make brownies from potatoes, grow flowers from cuttings and make kites when her son needed one for grade school at the last minute. In her last weeks, she was surrounded by her loving family, including the many nephews and nieces living in and around Barberton and elsewhere who visited her in the hospital and hospice; showering her with love, cards, flowers and candy. Visitation will be Feb. 26, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Funeral service will be Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m., at the Columbia United Church of Christ. Burial at Rittman Cemetery and a luncheon at the church will follow. Memorials may be made to either Columbia United Church of Christ or VNS Hospice. www.silva-hostetler.com.




Jo Nanette “Nancy” Cochran

Jo Nanette “Nancy” Cochran, 68, passed away Feb. 21. Born Feb. 1, 1947, in Akron, she was Catholic by faith and worked at Jonkos. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph G and Inez May (Doss) Zupancic. She is survived by her husband, David “Ben” Cochran; children, Will Carpenter and Tom Inman; brother, Ed; sisters, Patricia (Terry) Howell, Inez (Jeff) Boutwell; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Feb. 26, 10 a.m., with visitation one hour prior at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at Northlawn Cemetery.



Sidney Kenneth "Ken" Miller Jr.

Ken Miller, 61, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 19, surrounded by his family. Ken, the son of Sidney and Lila, was a lifelong resident of Barberton. He graduated from Barberton High School in 1972 and was currently employed with R&R Engine in Akron. Ken was preceded in death by his father, Sidney Miller Sr.; sisters, Sandy Miller and Linda Ocepek; and his beloved son, Joshua Miller. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Jerri; children, Kenneth (Maria), Justin (Susan) and Khristine. Ken was a loving grandfather to Christopher, Nicholas, Annabella and Zachary.  He is also survived by mother, Lila Vanchura; mother-in-law, Geraldine Morgan; brothers, Frank (Tina) and James (Kathy); several nieces and nephews; and many friends and business associates. Friends may call at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton, Feb. 24, 5-8 p.m. Funeral service will be Feb. 25, 11 a.m., at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 Third Street NW, Barberton. Internment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Josh Miller Scholarship Fund, Barberton High School, 555 Barber Road, Barberton, OH 44203 would be appreciated.



James (Jim) R. McLaughlin

James (Jim) R. McLaughlin, 72, passed away Feb. 19. He was born May 12, 1942, in Akron and resided in Barberton where he lived for most of his life. Jim was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Barberton Moose Lodge. He was employed by Babcock and Wilcox for over 29 years and also Prince of Peace Catholic Church for more than 13 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanford McLaughlin, Anne Galloway; his brothers, Richard McLaughlin and Ronald McLaughlin. Survived by his son, James B. McLaughlin; daughter, Terri (Ryan) Fitzpatrick; grandchildren, Brett McLaughlin, Chian Fitzpatrick, Trenton Fitzpatrick; sister, Pamela (David) Armstrong, (special aunt), Sylvia Casserman; the mother of his children, Kay; longtime friends,Yvonne Kollar, Howard (Sonny)Williams, Holly Hill; many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave, Barberton, with Father Robert Jackson officiating. Inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Per his request, cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ memory to Prince of Peace Catholic Church.



Judy Combs

Judy Combs, 65, born May 23, 1949 in Athens, Ohio, passed away Feb.18. Preceded in death by her parents, Ward Swart and Dorcas Meeks; brother, Rodney Swart; daughter, Roxanne Rabatin. She's survived by her sister, Kathy(Joe) Flohr; children Ron (Lynnette) Adkins, Jamey (Kathy) Adkins, Melissa (Jim) Smith, Amanda (Mark) Randles and many grandchildren. Funeral service was Feb. 21, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Joe Sholacker officiating. Calling hours were Feb. 20, at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Barbara J. Grimes

Barbara J. Grimes 83, passed away Feb. 19. She was a resident of Barberton for most of her life. Barbara was employed by B.F. Goodrich and was owner of Barbara’s Boutique. She was a member of Johnson United Methodist Church. Barbara was past president of Crescent Club, a member of Norton Women’s Club, active with the Barberton Band Boosters and volunteered at Barberton Citizens Hospital. Barb enjoyed flower arranging and crafts. Preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Hartzell (Nov. 16, 2014); survived by sons, Michael W. (Maryellen) and Timothy W. (Kathryn); daughter, Marsha Ann (Norman) Rice; grandchildren, Curtis M. Grimes, Timothy W. Grimes II, Miranda Lynn Grimes, Melissa Sue Grimes, Ian Christopher Rice and Taylor Rosemae Rice; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Raymond Michael, Madison, McKenzie, Timothy W. III, Riley and Cassidy; along with other family members and friends. The family would like to thank the staff of VNS Hospice for the care and support that Barbara and her family received. Funeral service will be Feb. 24, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Tal Lewis officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.



Melissa Louise Starcher

Melissa Louise Starcher passed away Feb. 12. She was 23 years of age. Melissa leaves behind many friends and family. She will be forever missed and loved and will always hold a special place in each of our hearts. She was preceded in death by her loving grandparents, Michele and Robert Blaho and Betty Jo and Darrell Starcher; Aunt Glenda Denham (Starcher), and Uncle Terry Starcher. Melissa survived by her cherished mother, Christy Blaho and father and stepmother, Donny and Crystal (Wright) Starcher. She leaves behind a wonderful sister (Kenzie Starcher) and three precious children, her special little angels, Danny, Kaylee and Serenity. Devoted aunts, Lisa and Jill Blaho and uncles, Michael Blaho, Sr. and Robert Blaho. Beloved cousins, Ariel Edwards, Karson Edwards, Michael Blaho, Jr. and Autumn Blaho. At this time there will be no funeral service scheduled. A “Celebration of life” ceremony will be announced at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, any donations or memorials may be sent to Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203. In Our Hearts: “We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping. We have you in our heart.”



Steve Pintarich

Steve Pintarich, 93, passed away Feb. 14. Steve was a life resident of Barberton where he retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber Co. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a member of the Barberton Moose Lodge 759 and Croatian Lodge 254. Preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Veronica; brothers, Mike and Andy; sisters, Anna Mandich, Mary Howe, Rose Powell and Rozi Pintarich; and nephew, Michael Pintarich; Survivors include many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, lifelong buddy, Jim Moore and many other friends. Special thanks to the staff of 2 East, Coronary Care and Palliative Care, all at Summa Barberton Hospital. Funeral Service will be Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton.  Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Calling hours Friday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Goldie B. Romig

Goldie Blanche Romig, 94, died Feb. 14, at her home in Wadsworth Township, Medina County, where she lived for 73 years. Born in Krumroy, Ohio, to Earl Spriggle and Gerna Kittinger in 1920, she grew to young womanhood in Uniontown. She was the wife of a World War II Navy veteran and life-long member of Community of Christ. She will be remembered as a loving family matriarch who remained active to the end. She was predeceased by Archie B. Romig, her husband of 72 years, in 2012. She leaves her daughter, Marlene Romig, who resided with her and provided devoted care for the past two years; son, Ronald and daughter-in-law, Anne (Holmes), of Kirtland, Ohio; two grandchildren, Rene Romig, Kiana Griffin and her husband Don Griffin; and two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Cale Griffin. Goldie’s three sisters Violet, Ethel, and Vesta Darlene also predeceased her. Friends may call between 4-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, where services will be at 5 p.m. Donald Moore, of Community of Christ, officiating. Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, with her husband. In lieu of flowers, bequests in Goldie’s name may be directed to the Barberton Community of Christ, 265 W. Summit St., Barberton, OH 44203.



Eleanor L. Davis

Eleanor L. Davis, 81, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 12. She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Ledworth R. Davis; grandson, Mitchell Compton Davis; and parents, George and Elizabeth Post. She is survived by her sons, Tim (Chrissy) Davis, Matt (Paula) Davis, Ralph (Nettie) Davis, Ron (Kim) Davis and Mick Davis. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Eleanor was a faithful member of Apostolic Church of Barberton. She was also a member of the Akron Model T Club. She loved to travel, was an avid reader and she made jelly to give to her friends and family. She was a wonderful woman that loved her family and cherished her friends. All that knew her loved her - she was the definition of love. Funeral service will be Feb. 16, 6 p.m., at the Apostolic Church of Barberton, 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Barberton, with calling hours from 4 p.m., until time of service at the church. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home.



Casto “Todd” Jernigan

Casto “Todd” Jernigan, 85, passed away peacefully Feb. 14, at the Doylestown Health Care Center. He was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber Co. He was a proud Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. Todd was also a member of the Canal Fulton VFW Post 9795. Preceded in death by his brother, Burton, Gene, Raymond and Edgar Ray; Survivors include his son, Robert D. of Norton; daughter, Terrie Jo Levers of Barberton; grandchildren, Rob Jernigan, Lynett Caplinger, Richie Todd Levers and Steven Adam Levers; great-granddaughter, Maria Caplinger; and sister, Alice Bloomfield. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Doylestown Health Care, Clear Path Hospice, Becky (Demuth) Bohannon and his card playing partner, Dee McCoy. Funeral Service will be Feb. 18, 10 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Janice Smith officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling Hours Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doylestown Health Care Center. www.silva-hostetler.com.




Theresa “Terry” O. Koblenzer

Theresa “Terry” O. Koblenzer (nee O’Brien), 86, passed away Feb. 12, surrounded by her loving children. Terry was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Niles, Ohio, to the late Thomas and Mary (Benedict) O’Brien. She was a graduate of Niles McKinley High School, class of 1946.  She was employed at General Electric, where she met and married her loving husband, Dale. Terry was a life-long volunteer in the community, devoting her time to Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, American Cancer Society, Meals-on-Wheels and was a member and volunteer at Grace Lutheran Church of Wadsworth. She was a loyal, caring person and cherished by many.  Preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Dale; sisters, Helen (Michael) McMahon and Katherine O’Brien; brothers, Thomas and William (Kay) O’Brien and brother-in-law, Alex Kostyshak; Terry was a loving mother and is survived by her children, Barbara (Lee) Van Deman of Virginia, Dale (Peggy) of Akron, Sue Ellen (John) Carney of Texas and Janet of Cleveland; loving grandmother of Quint, Kelsie, Katie, Ann, Laura, Trey and Zach; great-grandmother of Issabella and Levi; dear sister of Margaret Kostyshak; sister-in-law, Elsie O’Brien; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Friday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 146 High Street, Wadsworth, with Pastor Daniel Cammarn officiating. A reception to be held immediately following the service. Private inurnment will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals-on-Wheels, 215 High Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281 or Grace Lutheran Church of Wadsworth. 



Daniel D. Hornyak

Daniel D. Hornyak, 88, passed away Feb. 13. A life resident of Barberton, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  Daniel retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore. Survived by brothers, Eugene (Jean), Theodore, Michael (Brenda) and Paul; sisters, Catherine (Don) Fisher, Michaelena (Bill) Eckman and Mary Jane Hornyak; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Feb. 18, 9 a.m., at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 755 South Cleveland Avenue, Mogadore, with Fr. Nicholas Wyslutsky officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve with military honors. Calling hours Feb. 17, 5-7 p.m., with Parastas service at 7 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.

  


Agnes C. McClintock

Agnes C. McClintock, 91, passed away Feb. 11. She was a life resident of Barberton. Preceded in death by her husband, Donald; Agnes is survived by her sons, Gary Gennis and Michael Gennis; grandson, Matthew Gennis; sister, Dorothy Prtljaga and nephew, Johnny Prtljaga. At Agnes’ request cremation has taken place.  There will be no services. 



Alma M. Harris

Alma M. Harris, 93, passed away Feb. 6. A resident of Norton most of her life. Alma retired from Norton City Schools, she was a member of the former St. Paul’s Moore Memorial United Methodist Church, now Johnson United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert; Alma is survived by her son, Gary (Loretta); grandson, Carl (Karen) and great-grandson, Alexander, all of Virginia. Funeral service will be Feb. 11, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.


Jeffrey Milford

Jeffrey Milford, 54, passed away Feb. 7, after a long battle with COPD. He is survived by sons, Michael Milford and Matthew Milford; stepson, Sam McGee. Ex-wife, Teresa McGee; siblings, Michelle (Frank) Buccigrossi, Frederick (Tracie) Milford, Jennifer (Tim) Hefflefinger; nieces and nephew, Amanda Underwood, Breanne McClure, Tony Buccigrossi, Brittany Saunders, Danielle Milford, Megan Smith and Mallory Smith. Jeff was a devoted father, loving uncle and loyal brother. A Navy veteran with a passion for fishing and playing cards. The laughter and love he shared with all who knew him will be missed greatly. Service will be Friday, Feb. 13, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends and family 9-10 a.m. Service will start at 10 a.m.  Burial will be at Western Reserve National Cemetery, 11:30 a.m., with dinner service following at Celebration Church on Dan Street. Donations may be sent to Cox Funeral Home in memory of Jeffrey Milford.



Joseph Samuel Edwards

Joseph Samuel Edwards, 91, of Mission Viejo, California, died Jan. 10, after complications from a stroke in 2006 and subsequent years of declining health. He passed peacefully in Lake Forest Nursing Facility with his loving wife of 61 years at his side. He is survived by his wife, Laurel M. Edwards in Mission Viejo, California; brother, Dean R. Edwards in South Carolina; sons, Steven J. Edwards and Brian S. Edwards in California; five grandchildren in California; numerous nieces, grandnieces, nephews, and grandnephews across America; as well as friends in France, Germany and Austria. Joseph Edwards was born June 20, 1923, in Kenmore. He attended school in Copley and college at Ohio State University where he studied the French and German languages. While at OSU he was drafted into the US Army in 1943 as a Private First Class and assigned to the 928th Field Artillery Battalion of the 103rd Infantry (Cactus) Division. During World War II he helped liberate the Landsberg, Germany death camp and drive the Nazis out of several French cities. Most notably, in St. Die, France, he was selected as an interpreter between the American commanders and the French city officials, who promised to build a monument to their saviors, the 103rd Infantry Division. As the epitome of the self-made man, after World War II he worked nights at the Nye Rubber Factory (currently Preferred Compounding on Lambert Street in Barberton) and during the days he built houses, sometimes two at a time. By 1950, he had saved a considerable sum of money and went back to Ohio State University, which he quit after just a few months to live and travel in Europe for year. He wanted to retrace via motorcycle the route his 103rd Infantry Division had made. During his travels, he discovered that no monument to the 103rd was ever made in St. Die. Returning from his European adventure in 1951, he resumed building houses and Aug. 7, 1953, married Laurel Martha Stender. He had two sons, Steven in 1955 and Brian in 1958. In 1964, he quit smoking and building houses, and became the Building Inspector for the City of Barberton. Meanwhile, he began buying houses, renovating them and renting them out. In 1970, he partnered with longtime friends Raymond Frase and Jimmie Mackey to build a 50-unit apartment complex on the outskirts of Barberton. At that time, the bank that loaned them the money said it was their largest construction loan ever. After several trips to Europe over the years, he got the idea in 1990 to build a monument in St. Die, commemorating the 103rd Infantry Division’s liberation of the city. This project actually culminated in the construction of two monuments, one in Pfaffenhofen, France in 1991 and the other in St. Die in 1992, for which he and Laurel were invited to a large celebration and stayed in the home of the city’s assistant mayor. Following his stroke in 2006, Joseph and Laurel moved to California to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Despite his stroke, he continued lifting weights and exercising for several more years. In 2010, before his memory and health declined too badly, he published a book about his experiences in World War II, his travels in Europe and the story of the two monuments he helped to establish. His hobbies and activities included studying the French and German languages, treasurer of the Akron French Club, traveling several times to Europe, making friends in various countries, wine-making, motorcycle riding, renovating houses, fixing automobiles (Pontiac GTO, Sunbeam Alpine), playing guitar, and bodybuilding. Quotation, “Life’s pretty good if you don’t let it get to you.” Four words, “I’m not criticizing, but..” Funeral home is Fairhaven Memorial, Mission Viejo, there will be no services. Place of Internment: His ashes will be placed in the Columbarium at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, California.


Richard J. Hackett Sr.

Richard J. Hackett Sr., 72, went home to be with Jesus and the Love of his Life, his wife of 49 years, Aliece, Feb. 8. He served in the US Coast Guard and then in Law Enforcement for 33 years.  Preceded in death by his wife, Aliece; parents, Harold and Mary; sister, Marianne Yorde; and two grandchildren; Survivors include his son, Richard Hackett Jr.; daughter, Laurie (David) Hutchison; grandchildren, Joey and Noah Hackett and Cameron, Michaela, Cassandra and Trey Hutchinson; and sister, Carol (Ed) Hutchison. Memorial Service will be Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson officiating. A luncheon will follow at FOP 7 Lodge at Wolter Park. There will be no calling hours. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Myrtle Levene Wilson

Myrtle Levene Wilson, 92, passed away Feb. 6. A resident of Barberton since 1943, she was a member of Bible Holiness Church. Myrtle retired from Dolly Madison in 1985 and returned to work at Pleasant View Health Care Center in August 1999 at the age of 75 and continued there until 2009 when she finally retired at the age of 85. Preceded in death by her husband, Guy E. Wilson in 1995; Myrtle is survived by her son, Guy E. Wilson Jr.; daughter, Ava A. (Allan) Brooks all of Barberton; sisters, Lucille Kendle and Joan Thonen and brother, Gordon R. (Shirley) Myers. The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of VNS, especially Bethany Harris, Karen Marshall and Denise Link for their love and care over the past three years. Funeral service will be Feb. 10, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Pastor Bill McCoy officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m. 



Douglas Scott Lemon

Douglas Scott Lemon, 44, died suddenly Feb 6. He was born July 30, 1970, in Barberton. He attended New City Church. He was a skilled painter for many years and was a jack-of-all trades. Always had a smile and a glad heart to make you feel good. He is survived by father, Charlie (Brenda) Lemon and mother, Sandra Chisler; children, Leanna Tanner, Douglas Lemon and Nathan; sisters, Teri Lyn Hail, Traci Blake, Amanda Lemon; brothers, Don (Sheri) Lemon, Daniel (Debbie) Lemon, Chris Gaskins, Jason Gaskins and David (Jessica) Lemon; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. We all love you Doug and we’ll see you again someday. Funeral will be at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. The Rev. Daniel Lemon officiating. Calling hours will be Feb. 9, 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Joe Maynard Hamlin

Joe Maynard Hamlin, 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep Feb. 5, at Maison Aine’ in Stow. He was born in Stearns, Kentucky, July 8, 1921.  Joe served in Italy in World War II. He leaves behind “The Love of His Life”, Irene Hamlin; daughter, Becky (Chuck) Rector; son, Gary (Paula) Hamlin; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris Livengood and Julie Browand. Calling hours will be Feb. 8, 2-3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m., with Pastor Fred Webb officiating.  



Brother Robert Elwood Fillmore, C.S.C.

Brother Robert Elwood Fillmore, C.S.C., 75, died Jan. 28, at Dujarie House in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Indiana. He was born in Barberton, May 1, 1939, the son of Elwood and Helen (Rogers) Fillmore. He attended St. Augustine Elementary School in Barberton, and St. Mary's High School in Akron, graduating in 1957. That winter he decided to join the Holy Cross Brothers and entered Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown, Wisconsin, Dec. 9, 1957. He began his year of religious training at St. Joseph's Novitiate in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, and pronounced his first vows as a Brother of Holy Cross, Jan. 26, 1959. He began college studies at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, graduating with a bachelors degree in July 1962. His first assignment was to teach at Boysville of Michigan, for seven years and then served as Vocation Director for seven years. He studied for a year to earn a degree in spirituality at the Berkley School of Theology in Oakland, California. He put that into practice by serving for 20 years as the campus minister at Holy Cross High in River Grove, Illinois, at Our Lady of Westside Schools and Holy Trinity High in Chicago, Illinois and Archbishop Hoban High in Akron. He was co-director of the TEC program for the Archdiocese of Chicago for four years. Bob's mission in life was youth ministry. He was a mentor for hundreds in inner-city areas. When Bob taught at Holy Trinity High School his students had homework assignments to provide service to people in the neighborhoods. Bob lived on the south side of Chicago and took pride in leading youth retreats in neighborhoods, especially in St. Ailbe's parish with Kujenga retreats. One of his favorite slogans was "We don't fear the future, we embrace it." He lived in a home on South Marshall Boulevard. He helped many kids stay away from drugs, so that parents loved him. He was always a "people person." He didn't preach it, but lived a life of giving example to everyone he worked with or met. Bob's leadership skills were evident while serving on the provincial council for seven years. He was chosen to be the Assistant Provincial in 2000. When a situation occurred within our Province, Bob was asked by the Superior General to assume the role as Provincial Superior. He accepted it with a smile. He performed so well that he was unanimously elected Provincial Superior for a six year term in 2003. Even in the new responsibility, Bob maintained his friendly outgoing interest in people and ministries in the province and on trips to Ghana and Bangladesh. When it came to fund raising for the development Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Bob was always available to help the development directors when visiting schools, cities and groups to seek the necessary funds to complete the building of the beautiful Andre' Place. Bob's role as Provincial involved numerous meetings dealing with policy, projects, school administration decisions and committees. Bob would examine problems in different ways. He had a strong belief in the help of Blessed Father Moreau and St. Brother Andre Bessette in his life. When a decision had to be made, he would pray over it and was firm and unafraid in making it and moving forward. When Bob's role as Provincial Superior ended in 2009, he lived in Holy Cross Village and each week he would travel to Chicago to help at Holy Trinity High in student projects. Unfortunately, Bob's health started failing with mental problems and neuropathy. He spent the last four years living in Schubert Villa and Dujarie House with people who were so dear to his heart. One of Bob's closest friends was Brother Tom Minta who, like Bob, led a life in caring for others. Tom spent many years working in the deaf ministry in Chicago. Tom and Bob were pranksters, often pulling jokes on one another. Tom lived with his sister in Chicago. He died suddenly Jan. 8 of last year, exactly one year and 20 days before Bob's death Jan. 28. When I called Tom's sister to tell her of Bob's death, she responded, “Lord! Lord! There's gonna be a big mess in heaven with those two characters together again!" Visitation was Feb. 3, at St. Joseph Chapel, Holy Cross College from 9:30-11 a.m. on the grounds of Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Indianna. The Mass of Resurrection will follow with interment afterward in St. Joseph's Cemetery of the Village. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions, in honor of Brother Robert Fillmore, C.S.C., to support the mission and ministries of the Brothers may be sent to: Brothers of Holy Cross, Office of Development, P.O. Box 460, Notre Dame, IN 46556.



Ramond J. Bauer

Raymond J. Bauer, married to his devoted wife, Mildred, for 73 years, passed away peacefully Feb. 3. Raymond, 92, the son of Joseph and Mary Bauer, was born in 1922. He was the youngest of 13 children. A lifetime resident of Barberton, Ray proudly served his county during World War II and was employed by PPG Industries for 42 years, the majority of which he worked in the “mine.” Ray was an avid outdoorsman, spending many happy days at his farm in southern Ohio and his cabin in Canada. He was also a city farmer tending to his unreasonably large garden and his many fruit trees. Ray is survived by his devoted wife, Millie; daughters, Norma (Waymon) Goch; grandchildren, Lisa and Kent; Patty (Ruben, deceased) Potter; grandchild, Ruth; Paulette (Rick) Fisher, grandchildren, Vicky and Beth. He loved visits from his seven great-grandchildren, especially at the family picnics, not to mention his favorite gathering, Christmas Eve. Funeral service will be Feb. 6, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to your favorite charity.



Clarence “Andy” Anderson

Clarence “Andy” Anderson, 82, passed away Feb. 2, after a long history of heart complications. Born Oct. 21, 1932 in Barberton, where he was a proud, lifetime resident. He ran the barbershop on the North End of Barberton alongside his stepfather, Joe Markel. He worked at Firestone Tire and Rubber until the plant closed and eventually retired from Midwest Rubber. Preceded in death by father, Clarence; mother, Genny; stepfather, Joe Markel; sister, Betty; son, Christopher; and granddaughter, Nadine. He is survived by loving wife of 46 years, Inez; children, Laura Anderson, Jeffrey Anderson and Nonnie James (Kathy) Anderson; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Geraldine Miller. Funeral Service will be Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton with visitation from noon-2:30 p.m. Entombment at Greenlawn Cemetery. 


Kenneth D. Largent

Kenneth D. Largent passed away Feb. 2. He was born Dec. 6, 1947, in Logan, Ohio. He graduated from Northwest High School and the University of Akron with a bachelor degree in chemistry. He remained at the University for eight years as the supervisor of student chemistry labs. He was then employed for over 33 years at Firestone Tire and Rubber and Akron Rubber Development Lab as an analytical chemist. Kenneth previously attended the Kenmore Church of the Nazarene and most recently was a member of St. Luke’s Church in Copley. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth C. Largent. He leaves behind his loving family, wife, Sheila; daughter, Jennifer (Matthew) Hawkins; grandchildren, Logan and Kelly; mother, Nora; siblings Sue (Walter) White, David (Glenda), Karen (Kenneth) Trend, and Anita (James) Zellia. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to St. Luke’s for their loving care and compassion. Funeral Service will be Friday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m., at St. Luke’s Church, 3810 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Associate Rectors Rev. Dean Cole and Rev. Mark Scotton officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the church. 



Adele Jean Bianconi

Adele Jean Bianconi, of Barberton, died after a short illness, Feb. 1. She was the greatly loved wife of Walter B. Bianconi, M.D.; beloved mother of Susan (Robert), Patricia (Ph.D.), Michael (M.D.; Yocasta), Mary, Laura (M.D.), and David (Jennifer); loving grandmother of Robyn (Joel), Andrew, James, Stephen, Elena and Vilavy; and beloved sister of Ernest Marraccini Jr. Adele was preceded in death by her beloved daughter-in-law, Pamela. Adele was born in 1931, in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, the first child of Ernest and Louise Marraccini. She was valedictorian of Elizabeth High School and awarded a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where she met her future husband Walter, a recipient of the same scholarship. Adele was a member of Chi Omega sorority and president of the Women's Self-Government Association. She won an award to attend the University of Perugia, Italy, during the summer after her junior year. She was elected Senior Queen of the university in 1953, and was elected to the honorary societies Quo Vadis, Quax, Pitt Mortar Board, and Pitt Hall of Fame, for outstanding scholarly achievement and outstanding scholastic achievement in science. Adele pursued graduate study in chemistry and worked as a researcher in pharmacology before her marriage in 1955. Throughout her life, she delighted in her husband of nearly 60 years and her children and delighted them (as well as decades of friends) with her wit, her cooking and with her inexhaustible appreciation, encouragement, and inspiration. Her daughters-in-law and her grandchildren gave her great joy, as she gave to them and many friends. Adele also worked as a volunteer for the Children’s Concert Society. She served with the Barberton Child Guidance Center and was a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees of the Barberton Public Library. Her passions included literature, music, art, movies, birding and duplicate bridge, at which she was a Silver Life Master. Adele and Walter traveled extensively overseas in retirement. Family and friends may call  Feb. 4, 4-7 p.m., at Campfield-Hickman-Collier, 566 West Park Street, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Adele Bianconi to the Barberton Public Library; Haven of Rest (serving the homeless), Akron, Ohio; and The National Audubon Society.



Janet Lynn Pounds

A survivor of three primary cancers for over 18 years, she passed away Jan. 24, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 70, following a short battle with respiratory failure. Born November 29, 1944, in Dallas, Texas, she was the 1962 Valedictorian of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, Louisianna and belonged to the school’s cheerleading squad. She obtained her BS (1966) and MS (1968) in Chemistry from Louisiana State University where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and the Golden Girls of the LSU Tiger Band. Her professional career began as a chemistry instructor at Southern University and continued for 32 more years as a Research Chemist for PPG Industries. She shared her love and knowledge of chemistry with family and friends whether they were struggling to pass a chemistry class or unexpectedly in everyday situations. In 1971, Janet joined the Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Organization of Women and lobbied aggressively for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). She became an active member of the Montgomery County NOW Chapter in 2013. She was a past member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles, Louisiana, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Barberton, St. Alban's Chapel at LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Murrysville, Pennsylvania and a current member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Janet was devoted to her cat and three dogs and was actively involved in supporting Hungry Dog Rescue in Montgomery, Texas. She also spent hours feeding and watching birds in her backyard. Janet is survived by her husband, John Dwayne Driskill; daughter, Kristina Schori Pounds of Denver, Colorado; brother, Charles Granville Pounds and sister-in-law, Donna Harris Pounds of Alvin, Texas; and nephews, Trevor Scott Pounds of Seattle, Washington, Christopher Michael Pounds of Houston and John Edward Pounds of Austin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Truman Edward Pounds and Marilyn Carlton Pounds of Dallas. Visitation and funeral service was Feb. 7, at Green Oaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with the Rev. Mark Holland officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (1515 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030) or to your local animal rescue organization.



Bonnie I. Ries

Bonnie I. Ries, 74, passed away Jan. 29, in the loving arms of her family. She was born June 23, 1940, in Dalton, to the late Warren and Mary Jane (Snyder) Blackstein. Bonnie was a life-long resident of Barberton and an avid fan of the Barberton Magics.  She loved and followed all of her children and grandchildren in their sports and lives and tried to be at every game. She was known for her “cowbell.” She worked at the Ohio Match for 17 years and retired from Myers Industries after 15 years of service. Bonnie lived at Alexander Commons since 2008 and made so many friends who gave her love and support. Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William T. Ries; brothers, Gerald and Larry Blackstein. She and Bill had five children that were the light of their lives, Rob (Sandy) Ries, Melody (John) White, Rhonda Grof (Gene), Charlie (Kozy) Ries and Jonah (Annalisa) Ries; grandchildren, Danny (Kate) Ries, Renee (Tim) Strickland, Melissa (Joe) Hepfl, Robby (Brandi) Ries, Jessica Grof (Michael), Riley, Zane, Macy, Sadie, Maris and Mona; great-grandchildren, Alivia, Caden, Aaron, Zoey, Zyann, William, Kaylee, Noah, Owen, Madden and soon to be baby, Timmy; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Feb. 2, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Jeremy Klein officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The family received friends Feb. 1. Memorials may be made to Summa Barberton Palliative Care, 527 W. Tuscarawas Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203.



Dana S. Stough (nee Kovack)
Dana S. Stough, 61, passed away after a short illness, Jan. 29.  She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, she had been an area resident all her life where she worked at Novar. Dana loved spending time with her granddaughters and traveling. Preceded in death by her husband, Tim; and father, Stephen Kovack Jr.; survivors include her son, Joe (Dawn), of Canal Fulton; granddaughters, Natalie and Sophia; fiance, Douglas Jones; mother, Callie Inez Kovack; brothers, Bruce (Diane) and Matt (Nancy) Kovack; and many nieces and nephews.  Calling hours will be Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Sandra L. Moroski (nee Antal)

Sandra L. Moroski, 68, passed away Jan. 29, at the Orchards at Ridgewood. Sandra was born in Akron and had been a Copley resident all her life. Survivors include her husband, Stanley Moroski Jr., of Copley; son, Ted (Lisa) Weinsheimer of Norton; grandchildren, Tyler and Kendall; and brothers, Jim and Bob Antal.  Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Frank W. Hurst Sr.

Frank W. Hurst Sr., 85, of Barberton, passed away peacefully Jan. 30. He was born in Columbus and moved to the Barberton area (Sherman) in 1940. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Margaretta (Rita) of 65 years; his children, JoAnn Matyasi, Frank (Andy), Karen Lee Hurst, James, John, Jennifer (Chris) Myers, Joel, Jill (Charles) Clark, Joyce (Desra), Jessica; his brothers, Jesse (Myra) and Willia; along with 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Clara; son Jeffrey; his brother Neal; and sisters, Dorothy, Florence and Clara. Frank was a Navy veteran and served in the Korean War. Frank retired from Lectromelt Casting Co. in 1991 after 40 years of service. He has enjoyed a number of trips, family vacations, wood working, watching sports, volunteering at church events, working at West End Hardware, home improvements,  but most of all, Frank was a dedicated and accomplished family man.  He was well loved and respected by all. The Hurst Family is especially grateful to the wonderful staff of Altercare of Wadsworth, who cared for Frank every day. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton.  Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant.  Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  Calling hours Feb. 4, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton and also Feb. 5, 9 a.m., at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Associationwww.silva-hostetler.com.



Andrea L. Shaffer

Andrea Lee Shaffer, 67, passed away peacefully in her New Franklin home Jan. 29. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 46 years, Larry Shaffer; and sons, Jeff (Aimee), Michael (Susie), Jeremy (Jodie), Christopher (Charisse), and daughters, Nicole (Gary) Gregory, Cassandra Shaffer, Jennifer (Christopher) Benz, Candice Shaffer, Elizabeth (Michael) Beddow, and Katherine Shaffer; her 14 grandchildren and her beloved dog, Winston Churchill. Family and friends may call January 31, 2-4 p.m., at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. http://www.silva-hostetler.com/. “I knew one day you'd leave us, you taught me long ago, you said you had to see the humor in life and death, that everybody goes and if you dwell upon the sadness, you'll never make it through. You have to remember the good things and all the love we knew, memories of baking homemade bread, wontons on new years eve, of homemade stockings on Christmas, and the best parties ever on Halloween. Of your talent when you made our costumes and our awesome show clothes too; of many fun filled years at the fair, and all the horse shows we went to. Of the guidance and advice, you taught us so many things. You gave everything you had for us, you gave us all our wings You were the best mother a person could ask for, the best friend anyone could have; you told us like it was, but always had our backs. I’m sorry I ever took for granted, how much you mean to me; I wish I could've been there more, looking back I see you've always been my role model and know that when I say If I can be a tenth of the mother you are, I know I'll be okay. I’ll never be prepared to lose you, or able to forget you- there's no way and if I could I'd keep you, to hug every single day. Please just know we love you, more than you could ever know and that when you've gone to heaven, you'll be an angel looking down below, and knowing your personality, I think it's fair to assume that we can expect some banging doors, or maybe you'll finally ride that broom! We love you, we love you, we love you, but there is no goodbye, you live on in every single breath I take, and we'll see you on the other side.”



Melissa A. (Maurer) Jamison

Melissa A. (Maurer) Jamison, 59, of Erie, Pennsylvania, passed away Jan. 26, at the Cleveland Clinic. Melissa passed after a battle with a rare and not yet completely understood complication after a bone marrow transplant- a transplant needed to treat an unfortunate bone marrow disorder. Missie was a loving wife and best friend to her husband, Jack, of 37 years. She was an exceptional mom to Grace Reiser (David) of University Heights and Jack Jr. (Kristy) of Erie and was the most influential as a grandma to Penelope Reiser, Simon Reiser and Jack III. Her love included the St. Andrew School community, where she worked as the school secretary for many years, until the school closed, and formed many lifelong precious friendships. She was a loyal parishioner at St. Peter Cathedral for 25 years. She is also survived by a large loving family including her mother, Frances; father, Leo; and eight siblings, Christina Allen (Thomas), Peter Maurer, Regina Pramik (Jerry), Sara Hossler (Dale), Nicholas Maurer, Kurt Maurer, Bart Maurer and Sally White (Chris). She is preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Maurer and a sister, Marygrace Cameron. Her life was spent focused on giving anything she had to make the lives of others easier. A major part of her contribution is the information her journey has supplied to the doctors and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. Missie has influenced and greatly furthered the progress of bone marrow transplant into the future. She would be immensely proud. She would be thrilled to see any contributions, in the form of a commitment to blood donation or otherwise, sent to her friends at the Erie Community Blood Bank.  Her donation of over 100 gallons of platelets and over 150 gallons of blood over 25 years was a proud accomplishment. She believed the purpose of your life is to make the lives of the people around you easier. Friends are invited to a Funeral mass, Jan. 31, 2 p.m., St. Peter Cathedral, 230 West 10th Street. Burial will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street. Memorials may be made to the Community Blood Bank, 2646 Peach St., Erie, PA 16508. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.



Jerry L. Lyons

Jerry L. Lyons, 39, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 26. Jerry has gone home to be with his brother, Jimmy and his father, Jerry. He is survived by his girlfriend, Sarah Johnson and their two sweet little sons, “Buds”, that Jerry adored and loved with all his heart and soul, “to the moon and back,” Wyatt Gabriel Lee Lyons and Chase Lucien James Lyons; mother, Deborah; brothers, Shane (Lisa) and Troy (Rebecca); niece, Arianna; nephew, Ryker; stepsons, Matt, Dylan and Anthony; along with many other relatives and friends. Jerry loved his boys, his bikes, hunting, fishing and traveling all over on adventures with his brother, Jimmy. Funeral service will be Jan. 31, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Michael Smith officiating. Family will receive friends Jan. 30, 5-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.



Fritz T. Vincze

Fritz T. Vincze, 65, went to be with the Lord Jan. 27. He was born Dec. 15, 1949 and was formerly from Anaheim California. Survived by wife Rebecca; son, Jeremiah(Jenni); daughters, Elissa and Susan (Michael); nine grandchildren; and sisters, Lucy, Linda and Jane. Funeral service will be February 1, 4 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Memorials may be made to Make-a-Wish foundation, http://www.wish.org.



Robert B. “Bob” Witzberger 

Robert B. “Bob” Witzberger, 92, died Jan. 25. Bob grew up in Akron, graduating from Buchtel High School and working as a plasterer. He served as a Corporal in the US Army during World War II, being discharged in 1946. It was then he married the love of his life, Miriam June Fraleigh (Beitenman) and moved to Copley where they raised a family. After their kids were grown and raising families of their own, Bob and June moved to Florida where the spent 24 years. In 1993 they moved to Lincolnton, North Carolina, where it was still warm but they could be closer to family. Bob loved to joke around and was always quick with a snappy comeback. He loved spending his time with his family. They were everything to him and he will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Mayme Witzberger; wife, Miriam; brothers, Ray, Russell and Rolland Witzberger; sister, Edna Witzberger, Helen Brewster and Evelyn Baughman; daughter, Norma Jean Daley; son, Ronald Fraleigh; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Bob) Donnenwirth of Canal Fulton and Robin (Tom) Bishop of Dallas of N. Carolina; son, Don (Jane) Fraleigh of Copley; brother, Ray (Barbara) Witzberger of Ellet; 14 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral service will held Jan. 30, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial Copley Cemetery with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383.  Calling hours Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m.



Frederick D. Croft Sr.

Frederick D. Croft Sr., 75, died Jan. 26. He was born March 18, 1939, in Barberton. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He retired from Midwest Rubber after 38 years and loved cars and gambling. Preceded in death by daughter, Tonya and siblings, Gary and Twilia. Survived by wife of 45 years, Sandra; children, Deborah, Fred Jr., Andrew, Barbara, Christine, and Joseph; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Dolly, Linda, Evvie, Becky, Missy; and brother, Ted. Funeral will be Jan. 30, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Burial at Lockwood Cemetery. Calling hours will be Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday.


Leona P. Spon

Leona P. Spon, 87, died Jan. 25. She was born July 18, 1927, in Rochester Mills, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Barberton Church of God for over 50 years, where she was active in Sunday School as well as other activities. Leona was also a Red Cross Volunteer for 17 years. Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Ila Philippi; brothers, Wendell Philippi, Don Philippi and Glen Philippi; and granddaughter, Dawn Wenger. Survived by husband of 63 years, Bernard; children, Lugene “Rusty” (David) Drexler and Art (Joan) Spon; grandchildren, Kaaren Wenger, Nick Spon, and William Drexler; great-grandson, Jared Wenger; sisters, Ellen Chambers and Beverly Philippi; and brother, Dale Philippi. Funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m., at Barberton Church of God, 885 North Summit St., Barberton. Pastor Chuck Erbe officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Jan. 28, at Barberton Church of God. Memorials may be made to the Barberton Church of God or the Alzheimer's Association,Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 70 W. Streetsboro St. Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236.



Brandy L. Amaro (nee, Deem)
Brandy L. Amaro (nee, Deem), 33, died Jan. 14. Born Oct. 15, 1981, in Barberton, she was a resident of Doylestown. Brandy was a 2000 graduate of Chippewa High School, and a veteran of the US Army. Preceded in death by her grandfather, Raymond Knecht and aunt, Carol Waldern; she is survived by her son, Tobias Thurman; mother, Deborah Wichterman of Doylestown; stepfather, Samuel Wichterman of Barberton; brother, Cody Wichterman of Barberton; stepbrother, Ethan Wichterman; grandmother, Lora Knecht of Nampa, Idaho; uncle, Mike Knecht of Barberton; cousins, Dakota and Dalton Knecht; many other family and friends. A memorial service will be Jan. 31, 2:30 p.m., at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, with Pastor Dale Henneman officiating. Inurnment to be held at a later date at Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Friends and family may call on Jan. 24, from 1p.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family c/o the funeral home. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.comMemorials may be made to the Brandy Amaro Memorial Fund at any PNC Bank Branch.




David A. Hurd

David A. Hurd, 51, died Jan. 15. He was born March 5, 1963, in Akron. David was an avid fisherman. Preceded in death by father, Larry; fiance, Kimberly James. Survived by mother, Helen Patricia Hurd; sisters, Catherine Hurd and Patricia Hurd; uncle, Frank Strickland; and many family and friends. Interment took place at Northlawn Cemetery.



Pamela J. Minich

Pamela J. Minich, 64, died Jan. 17. She was a resident of Norton. Preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Mary Ann Remaley; Pam is survived by her husband, Harold; sons, Christopher (Christine) and Anthony (Donna); numerous grandchildren; sister, Deborah Ann Remaley Lundy; good friends who helped care for her, Denise and Marty West, Ann and John Leach, Carol and Frank Somodi, Gene and Cheryl Sherrill; along with other relatives and friends. At Pam’s request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.



Margaret A. Kumse

Margaret Kumse, 91, passed on to her greater reward Jan. 20. She is survived by her three children, Robert (Marian Workman) Kumse of Baton Rouge, Louisianna, Patricia (Jose) Aragon of Coral Gables, Florida and Deborah (Paul) Berger of Norcross, Georgia. She has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Margie also had six surviving siblings of a family of 10, three younger brothers and three younger sisters. She was preceded in death by husband of 67 years, Tony Kumse. Marge was, throughout her life, a great example of dedication to her parents and her family. She learned during the Great Depression the value and benefits of hard work. She worked as a painter of porcelain figurines at Coventry Wear to contribute to the Moritz family finances, helping to pay off the family house mortgage. She continue this family dedication when necessary as a cook and shipping clerk at Lectromelt Casting so the family could continue to weather strikes and provide college educations to her children. Her children are indebted to her for her sacrifice. Marge was also a longtime member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Her attitude of service to her family which instilled in her children and grandchildren will extend her contribution to society long after her funeral.  Her reward in Heaven will be great. Thank you, Mom. Calling hours will be Jan. 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m., followed by a mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m; all at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church. www.silva-hostetler.com



Lorena W. Ranker (nee, Heckert)

Lorena W. Ranker (nee, Heckert), 92, died Jan. 20. Born on November 28, 1922 in Alice, West Virginia, to Oren Carl and Lizzie Gay (Stutler) Heckert, she was a resident of Barberton, previously of Portage Lakes. Lorena retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital after 23 years of service as a nurses aid. She was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple, and AARP. She loved traveling, going out to eat and spending time with her friends and family. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chalmer A. in 1976; granddaughter, Debbie Heckert; son in-law, Jim Chester; sisters, Willena (Grover) Duncan, Glenna Bailey; brothers, Oren J. and W. Doyle Heckert; sister in-law, JoAn Heckert. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Terry) Johnson of Doylestown, Donna Chester of Barberton; step-daughter, Sylvia Heckert of Mogadore; nine grandchildren; many great and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol (Donald) Booty, Emma Jean (Lee) Booty, Bernadine (Marty) Matune; brothers, Cecil (Fern), Melvin (Mary), Delmas, and Nelson (Rose) Heckert; brother in-law, Asa Bailey; several nieces, nephews and good friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Doylestown Health Care for their loving care of Lorena. Funeral service will be Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m., at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, with Pastor Randy Vandemark, officiating. Burial to take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron. Friends and family may call Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice of Northeast Ohio, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Green, OH 44685. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



Michael John Suboticki

Born Jan. 10, 1947, Michael died Jan. 19. Son, brother, husband, father and friend, Michael was loved by all that had met him on his journey in life. Born to parents, Mike and Gladys, he was the third of six children. Barberton was home and the North End was the playground of his youth. A graduate of Barberton High, he served in the military with a stint in Vietnam. After his service, he settled down in Colorado Springs with his first wife, Carol and their son, David. He later remarried, to wife, Marla, and had three children, sons, Blake and Derek and daughter, Alana. Michael was a managing partner for Carlin Dodge in Colorado Springs. Upon retirement, his love for golf and travel, family and friends, occupied his time. He returned to Barberton this past year. Just as a new chapter was to be written, Michael fell ill to cancer. After a courageous battle, we lost a part of ourselves that we won’t forget. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Gladys; He is survived by ex-wife Carol; son, David (Sheila); and granddaughter Shilea; ex-wife, Marla and their sons, Blake and Derek and daughter Alana. Also survived by his sisters, Pamela Mollric and Valerie Rafferty; his brothers Gene, Paul (Ann), Robert (Kristen) and a host of relatives and friends. Family will receive friends Jan. 23, 2-4 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton with military honors following.



Lucille Madeline Smith

Lucille Madeline Smith died Jan. 21. She went home to be with the Lord. She was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Barberton, to the late Clara and Leslie Talley. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lawrence; sisters, Charlene Wood, Juanita Schuctka, Donna Talley, Barbara Taylor and Silvia Talley; brothers, Leslie, Henry and Ruhl Talley; son-in-law, Mark Ciancio; grandson, Jeffrey Ciancio and great-granddaughter, Amanda Starkey. Lucille is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Dave) Van Camp, Debra Williams and Sheila (Dennis) Wade; son, Larry (Debbie) Smith; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Connie (Tom) Bethune of Tennessee; along with other relatives and friends. Private funeral service for the family will be Jan. 24, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Pastor Robert Combs officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Grace Church, 3970 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton, OH 44203 to be used for their “Feed My Starving Children” fundraiser.



Helen Lucas

Helen Lucas, 92, born Sept. 29, 1922, died Jan. 19. She was a resident of Norton and a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and former member of Ss Cyril and Methodius Church in Barberton. Preceded in death by her father and mother, Matas and Mary Janickas, both born in Lithuania; also preceded by her brothers, Stanley, Joseph, Pete, Jerry and son, Thomas.  Helen leaves behind her loving husband of sixty-eight years, Stanley Lucas; daughter, Janet Schellhase; sons, Michael (Rebecca) and Patrick; daughter, Marcia (David) Mushalek; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; along with other relatives and friends. Even in her elder years, people enjoyed her buoyant spirit. Helen was still quite outgoing, loving to talk to everyone and had made many friends in her travels throughout town. Calling hours will be Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Mass of Christian burial will be Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m., at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, Fr. James Maloney, celebrant.  Followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.  



Ernest J. Krasovic

Ernest J. Krasovic, 92, died Jan. 19. Ernie was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and retired from PPG Industries after 42 years of service. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, the Columbian Athletic Assoc., Buckeye Lodge 626, SNPJ and the Holy Hour Program at St. Augustine. Most of all, Ernie loved gardening. He was also a proud Navy Veteran having served during World War II. Preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary; Survivors include his sons, Ed (Lucy), Bob (Cheryl) and Len’ daughters, Alice (John) Morisak and Annette Fisher (Kevin Bragg); grandchildren, Paul, David, Jennifer, Mary, Rob, John, Wendy, Matt and Heather; and great-grandchildren, Zuri, Dax, Johnny V. and Parker. Mass of Christian burial will be Jan. 26, 11 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton.  Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant.  Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Calling hours Jan. 25, 2-5 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Jeffrey R. Petroff

Jeffrey R. Petroff, 52, died Jan. 18. He battled cancer with his “tough as nails” attitude as long as he could. Born Nov. 18, 1962, he graduated from Manchester High School and lived in the Akron/Barberton area the majority of his life. He worked hard, played hard and loved harder. Jeff was preceded in death by parents, Russell and Ruby Petroff; grandparents; and Richard Morgan. He is survived by daughter, Becca Petroff ; longtime friend/wife, Kim (Jameson) Petroff; sister, Sharon Petroff of Cincinnati; Aunt Bessie of Akron, Aunt Sophie of Arizona and many nieces and nephews. Special thank you to Parkview Cancer Center; Mary RN, Barb, Dr. Clifford, Regina, Scarlett, Dr. Doncals, Heather, Susan, LeeAnn and the rest of the staff. Your kind and caring efforts made the past six months bearable. Calling Hours will be Friday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Barberton Relay for Life, 525 N Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Floyd D. Fouts

Floyd D. Fouts, 72, died Jan. 3. He was born May 8, 1942, in Akron. Preceded in death by parents, Floyd F. and Mary Fouts. Survived by wife of 43 years, Donna; children, Brian (Carol) Caldwell, Kelly Fouts, Frank Fouts; grandchildren, Brian Jr., Tristian Fouts, Shane Fouts, Todd Brown, Cristin Caldwell, Mathew (Kelly) Smith; great-great-grandson, Kaiden Huffman. Private services have taken place.



Helen (Koncz) Semansky

Helen (Koncz) Semansky, 90, died Dec. 15. She was a longtime resident of Barberton. Helen was a beautician and owned several salons in Barberton and Coventry. Preceded in death by her husband, Joe; sister, Anna Zaborszki; brother-in-law, Steve Zaborszki; nephew, Stephen Zaborszki; along with two other brothers in Hungary, where she was born, Aug. 26, 1924. Helen is survived by her son, Joseph Jr. and daughter, Suzan; granddaughter, Lynne; three great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. A memorial mass will be Jan 20, 11 a.m., at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth Street, N.W., Barberton. Private inurnment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Family and friends are welcome to a Celebration of Helen’s life, Jan. 20, 6-8 p.m., at the Red Horse Winery, 5326 Fairland Road, Barberton.



Arthur S. Bradnick

Former Barberton mayor, Art Bradnick, 88, died Jan. 11, after a long illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Cora B. Bradnick and brother, William R. Bradnick Jr.  He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Laurette; sons, Jeff (Angela) Bradnick of St. Cloud, Florida and Gary (Teri) Bradnick of Norton; Art also has three grandchildren, Scott, Lindsay and Kevin (Brittany) Bradnick and one great-grandson, Holden Bradnick. Art was a Barberton/Norton resident since moving here from Pittsburgh in 1956 and considered himself a Barbertonian. Art’s amazing life began April 3, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After high school, Art joined the Army and was sent to Europe where he was badly wounded. After months of recovery, he returned home and began working in retail. After marrying his one true love and starting a family, Art’s job with Rockwell Valve brought him in this area. After living in Norton for seven years, the family moved to Barberton and they fell in love with the city. Through the years, Art joined many organizations and was a board member or participant of many more. These include: Rotary, Barberton Citizens Hospital, Magical Theatre as well as supporting many charities and The First Presbyterian Church. After retiring with 30 years with Rockwell, Art was approached to run as a republican candidate for mayor. It was an uphill endeavor in a predominantly democratic town, but through the hard work of family and friends and supporters, he was successful. One of Art’s proudest accomplishments was his involvement with starting the Mum Fest. He was not a politician, he was a businessman who truly loved his adopted city. The family would like to thank Art’s many friends for their support and the wonderful and loving staff at St. Edward nursing facility. Following Art’s wishes, a private inurnment will take place with military honors at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Esther Ryan Shoe Fund, P.O. Box 561, Barberton, OH 44203 or the Magical Theatre, 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. 



Laverne M. Hazard

Laverne M. Hazard, 93, died Jan. 16. She was born in Indiana, Oct. 23, 1921. Laverne was a 1939 graduate of Barberton High School, worked at the Barberton Auto Club for many years and was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church in Barberton. Preceded in death by husband, Carter Hazard; daughter, Carla Hottsinpiller; brothers, Albert and Norman; sisters, Evelyn and Dorothy Stier. Laverne is survived by her son, Larry; grandchildren, Chad, Vanessa, Gavin, Jana and Brent; great-grandchildren, Taive, Ellie, Nate and Haley; and niece, Pattie (Glenn) Triplett. Funeral service will be Jan. 20, 10 a.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 249 Second St. NW, Barberton, with Pastor Erik Swanson officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends Jan. 19, 4-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. If desired, memorials may be made to the church.



Wilbur (Lucky) Furman

Wilbur (Lucky) Furman, 86, born July 7, 1928, died Jan. 15, from a long illness. For 30 years, he worked for the Barberton Paint Department. There will be no calling hours. 



Linda G. Heflin 

Linda G. Heflin, 66, died Jan.14. She was born April 6, 1948 and retired from Wonder Bread after 25 years of service. Preceded in death by her parents, Casper and Bonnie (Dawes) Pulley and brother, Dennis Pulley. Linda is survived by her husband of 34 years, James L. Heflin. She also leaves behind son, Michael G. (Leslie) Apple; granddaughter, Samantha (fiance, Robbie Oldaker) Kolsen and grandson, Alex Apple; daughter, Deborah L. (partner, Travis Woodside and granddaughter, Emma) Apple-Fincher; stepson, Bryan Colbetzer; his brothers and sister and James Mullins. Special in-laws, Mary Ann (Bill) Craig, Barbara (Robin) Renninger, and Elizabeth (Dave) Kaisk; nieces, Tammy Wagner and Alisha (fiance, Justin Cassady) Kaisk and great-nephew, Dakota Wagner; along with many close friends and neighbors. Funeral service will be Jan. 17, 10 a.m., at the Barberton Church of God, 885 N Summit St., Barberton. Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park. Calling hours Jan. 16, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. We hope you can stop by and honor her memory and share how she touched your life, as she did ours. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barberton Church of God, where she was a long-time member.



Linda Faye Daily

Linda Faye Daily, 72, died Jan. 11. A resident of New Franklin for 31 years, she was a member of Reimer Road Baptist Church. Linda enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint and sending cards. Preceded by son, Wayne Daily Jr.; parents, Paul and Mildred Bennett and brother, Joe Bennett; Linda is survived by her husband of 45 years, Wayne; children, Faith (Mike) Stuttler and Hope (Eric) Prinkey; grandchildren, Jillian and Tyler Stuttler; sisters, Bea (Gary) Hohman, Mary Bennett and Rose (Dave) Harmon; brother, Warren Bennett; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 15, 11 a.m., at Reimer Road Baptist Church, 1055 Reimer Road, Wadsworth, with Rev. John VanHyning and Rev. Eric Prinkey officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Jan. 14, at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566W. Park Ave., Barberton, 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church.


Vada L. McNeal

Vada L. McNeal, 91, died Jan. 13, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Vada was born in Towns County, Georgia and had been a Barberton resident all her life where she retired after 21 years as a bus driver for Barberton City Schools. She was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where she was active in St. Anne’s and the Rosary Society. She was currently a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her husband, James; sons, Jimmy and Tony; daughter, Betty Rollyson; three sisters; four brothers; and three half-brothers. Survivors include her daughter, Jean (Art Maynes) Suits of Niota, Tennessee; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial will be Jan. 16, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Calling Hours Jan. 15, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Rita M. Patrick (nee Slota)

Rita M. Patrick, 88, died Jan. 11, at the Doylestown Health Care Center. Rita was born in Doylestown and had been a resident of Marshallville for over 65 years. She retired from Yoder Bros after 26 years and the McDonald’s in Orrville after 22 years. She was a former member of St. George Catholic Church and currently a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Doylestown. Rita was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and KSKJ. She loved gardening, baking apple pies and loved hosting family reunions on her families’ farm for over 20 years. Preceded in death by her husband, William J.; brothers, Anthony, Andrew, Steve, John and Joe; sisters, Anna Stang, Helen Byrd, Mary Adamich, Agnes Burger, Rose Firis and Margaret Kumse. Survivors include her daughters, Diane (Terry) Matheny, Janet M. (Gary) Johns and Joanne Trogdon, all of Marshallville; grandchildren, Louis Johns, Michael (Aimee) Johns, Sarah (Salvatore) Oliverio and Tyler and Nicole Trogdon; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Carley and Jacob Johns, Nicholas and Gabriel Copley and Salvatore and Stella Oliverio; brother, Paul Slota of Rittman; sister, Veronica Freidt of Wadsworth; sister-in-law, Helen Kocsis; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the Doylestown Health Care Center, especially Joseph Profio and Holly Anderson, who were absolutely wonderful and also Crossroads Hospice. Mass of Christian burial will be Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m., at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 161 W. Clinton St., Doylestown. Fr. Robert Stein, celebrant. Interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Marshallville. Calling hours Jan. 15, 4-8 p.m., with Rosary service at 7:30 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Jan. 16, 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul School or the Smithville All Sports Booster Club, P.O. Box 234, Smithville, OH 44677. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Cheryl Haught

Cheryl Haught (nee Monroe), 48, died Jan. 11. Her husband, Michael “Pike” Haught, followed her in death the following day, Jan. 12, ; brother, Marc (Toni) Monroe; sisters, Arlene Monroe and Kim (John) Bartoe; niece, Madilyn; nephew, Johny Bartoe; and many close friends. She will be forever remembered for her bubbly personality and her love for her animals. Cheryl always extended a helping hand to all those in need. She will be missed. A celebration of life will be held in her honor Monday, Jan. 19, at the Barberton Moose at 6 p.m. All friends are welcomed. www.silva-hostetler.com



Daniel E. Lowery, M.Sgt. U.S.A.F., Retired

Daniel Edward Lowery, 77 of Corning, Iowa, died Jan. 9, at CHI Mercy Hospital in Corning. Graveside services were at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa, with full military honors provided by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be in Daniels name to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.  Daniel was born January 9, 1938 in Barberton, to John Edward and Grace Helen (Eckroate) Lowery. He attended Barberton local schools until Christmas break in 1955 when he joined the USAF. He entered basic training Feb. 17, 1956. Daniel had a memorable career as an air craft mechanic as well as a C141A/B flight engineer. He had the opportunity to see the world while in the USAF. He had traveled to the Middle East, Japan and Africa and too many others to list. Daniel retired from active duty in 1984 completing 26 years of dedicated service to his country. Daniel enjoyed long trips on his motorcycle. He loved his dedicated companion, basset hound, Itchy Kay. Daniel was a very generous person, giving donations to many organizations. Daniel was a member of the Venturers Motorcycle Club; Creston Christian Motorcycle Assoc.; lifetime member of the VFW in Altus, Oklahoma; and attended The Calvary Chapel in Clarinda, Iowa. Daniel is survived by his sisters: Nellie McEndree of Ruidoso, New Mexico and Nancy Etheridge (husband Bill Williams) of Lenox, Iowa; sister-in-law Mary Ann Lowery, Ft. Worth, Texas; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; brother John Otto Lowery; sisters; Mary Catherine Lowery and Barbara Ellen Lowery; brothers-in-law Louise Etheridge and Vernon McEndree.



Viola Lively

Viola Lively, 98, died Jan. 11, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 26, 1916, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Viola retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital in 1981 and was a member of Calvary Wesleyan Church. She is survived by daughter, Helen Kelley of Norton; son, Wilfred Lively of Knoxville; sister, Trula Clabaugh; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews to cherish her memory. Viola left a legacy of love and faith in her Lord, Jesus Christ, and is reunited again with her loving husband Amon and her beloved family waiting for her in Heaven. Calling hours Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m., with funeral service at 8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Burial will take place Saturday, Jan. 17 in Tennessee.


Nancy K. White

Nancy K. White, 67, died Jan. 8, peacefully at Wadsworth Pointe. Nancy was born in Akron, grew up in Suffield and was a Manchester resident most of her life. She was active with the Blue Knights with her friend, Denny Liddle Sr., as well as being a strong advocate for supporting the fight against breast cancer. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles White; son, John Brannon; parents, Dale and Miriam Lute; and brother, Kenny Lute; Survivors include her son, Mark (Julie) Brannon of Brimfield; granddaughter, Kayla Brannon; brother, Ron (Linda) Lute; sisters, Carol (Jerry) Dearmitt; and significant other, Denny Liddle Sr. and his family. Calling hours will be Jan. 14, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton, 5-7 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. Rev. Gary Menky officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Raphael G. “Racy” Thomas Sr.

Raphael G. “Racy” Thomas Sr., 71, died Jan. 6. A life resident of Akron, he was a graduate of Stow High School. Racy was a US Navy veteran and was employed as a meat cutter for 30 years. Survived by his wife of 33 years, Connie; children, Barb (Jeff) Dudash, Nancy (Robert) Livengood, Jerry Thomas and Debbie Thomas; step-children, Chuck (Suzie) Martin, Becky (Bill) Ritchie and Dan Martin (Sara); 28 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sharon (Ron) Ross, Cindy (Joe) Bosnokovic, Mark (Kathy) Thomas, Charles (Mary) Askew and Martha Arnett; along with many other family members and friends. Racy was a Christian man who believed the Bible to be the absolute truth and tried to live it daily. Funeral service will be Jan. 14, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Charles Young officiating. Burial at Hillside Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383.  Calling hours Jan. 13, 4-6 p.m. and also 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.



Patricia A. McCann

Patricia A. McCann, 72, died Jan. 5. Survived by children, Ralph Sullivan, Richard (Kathi) Sullivan, Brian Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, Mark Bender (Janet Schafer) and Kim Hart; numerous grandchildren; sister, Mary McCann and brothers, Dan McCann and Bob McCann; along with many other relatives and friends. Following Pat’s wishes cremation has taken place. There will be no services. Donations may be made to the family in care of: Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



Edna M. Snyder

Edna M. Snyder, 89, died Jan. 9. A life-long resident of Barberton, she was employed before marriage at Babcock and Wilcox and Sun Rubber. Edna was a life-long member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and was an active volunteer at Barberton Soup Kitchen and Warm-Up Barberton. Preceded in death by her husband, James D. Snyder; Edna is survived by her four grateful and loving children, Robert (Kathryn Michael) Snyder, Karl (Sandy) Snyder, Helen (Joseph) Gore and Elaine (Ronald) Boldry; with seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They and a host of relatives, neighbors and friends will miss her cheerful smile and encouraging words. Funeral service will be Jan. 13, 2:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Fifth St. and Hopocan Ave. N.W., Barberton, with The Rev. Dr. Michael Petrochuk officiating. Burial following at Lakewood Cemetery.  Visitation Jan. 12, 5-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice in her memory.



Frances Margaret Trenta (nee Arko)

Frances Trenta (well into her 95th year) took leave of her children and joined her late husband Louis in a joyful dance before our Father in Heaven. A life-long resident of Barberton, she started first grade at the age of 5 and graduated from Barberton High School at 16. She was blessed in marriage to the love of her life and in the fourteen children that they raised. She was proud of her Slovenian heritage and shared many stories about growing up in Barberton’s Slovenian community. She used stories about her parents, Louis and Agnes Arko, her husband, and her own good example to teach her children right from wrong. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Parish (now Prince of Peace) and had particularly fond memories of singing in the choir for many years. She enjoyed travel, visiting her children and grandchildren and two trips to Slovenia with her husband, Louis. She spent most of her life raising her children and she worked as a secretary at Barberton High School for 15 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Lodge (KSKJ 111), St. Joseph Lodge (KSKJ 110), Slovenian Independent Society (Domovina Lodge) and Slovene Pensioners. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis; her parents, Louis and Agnes Arko; her sisters, Agnes Groom, Jenny Dutka, and Elizabeth (Betty) Jevec; her daughter, Natalie Muren (Henry), and her granddaughter, Julie Kay Trenta. She is survived by sons, Louis, Jr. (Mary Joan) of Copley, Gerald (Lynn) of Katy, Texas, Richard (Linda) of Lakeland, Florida, Joseph (Linda) of Wadsworth, Stephen (Margo) and Lawrence (Mary) both of Barberton, Mark (Toni) of Deland Florida, Raymond (Kathy) of Akron, Paul (Nanette) of Hartville; daughters, Mary Kay Hartman (Don) of Wadsworth, Veronica Neal of Copley, Nora Jane Perino (Charles Randal) of New Franklin, Constance of Barberton; 30 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Louis Arko (Peg) of Rock Hill, South Carolina; brother-in-law Anthony (Dolores) Trenta of Norton, Debbie Trenta (spouse of deceased brother-in-law Edward) and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours were at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton, Jan. 11. An additional calling time was January 12 at Prince of Peace Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton, followed by the funeral mass. Concelebrants will be Frances’ grandson, Fr. Christopher Trenta and her pastor, Fr. Robert Jackson. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery will follow. Memorials may be made in Frances’ name to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland OH 44114 or to a charity having special meaning to you. http://www.silva-hostetler.com/. (330-825-8700)



Thomas V. Houston

Thomas V. Houston died Jan. 7. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret and son, Daniel. His father, Thomas H. Houston and his mother, Sylvia (Getz) Houston; brothers, Clyde and Willard; sisters, Myrtle Ries, Vera Johnson, Doris Sega-Cottingham and Maxine Sabo. Tom is survived by his daughters, Patty (Don) Paugh and Laurie (David) Humphrey; grandsons, T.J. (Morgan) Paugh and Joe (Tara) Paugh; granddaughter, Angela Humphrey; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jordan, Tyler and Ryan Paugh and Auna Sacconi. Tom also leaves behind his loving companion, Mary Wagner and her daughter, Dianna Wagner; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers. Tom started working for Greenlawn Memorial Park in 1951. Then he succeeded his father as superintendent of Greenlawn starting in 1963. Tom leaves behind many faithful employees and friends of Greenlawn Memorial Park, including Susie Colando, Janit Layne and son-in-law, Donald Paugh. Tom was a member of the Board of Directors at Greenlawn and served as secretary/treasurer. He was a member of Barberton Lodge 750 F&AM for 60 years, the Ohio Cemetery Association, the Summit Farm Bureau and attended the Akron Baptist Temple. The family wishes to thank the staff of Summa Hospice and his special nurses, Rene and Anna. His family received friends Jan. 11 at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service was Jan. 12, with Rev. Ernie Kemppel officiating.  Burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  



Lee Anders Webster

Lee Anders Webster 67, died Jan. 6, after a long hard fight with cancer, surrounded by his family and friends. Born in Barberton, Dec., 11, 1947, he was one of eight children born to Eddie and Sarah Webster, leaving one sister, Mildred Grayson, surviving. Lee was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam Era. Survived by his son, Darwin (Jessica); daughter, Crystal; special friends, King Brooks, Daniel Spurlock and other helpful family members, Pree Ingol, Kendall Ingol, Deeana Ingol and Michael Ingol. The family would like to thank the staff at Summa Akron City Hospice Unit. Per Lee’s request a family celebration of life will be Sunday, Jan. 18, noon - 4 p.m., at Lord’s House of Prayer, 6105 Manchester Road, Akron. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



Audrey P. Nichols

Audrey P. Nichols, 80, born Aug. 20, 1934, died Jan. 4. She went home to be with the Lord and family. She was a life resident of Barberton. Audrey was employed by and was a member of Barberton Moose 759 for 48 years. She was also employed by Babcock and Wilcox, Krinkle House and Jimbo’s Restaurant in Norton. Audrey attended the Kenmore Church of the Nazarene. Funeral service will be Jan. 10, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Terry Passmore officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park next to her parents.  Condolences may be sent to 1291 Sevilla St., Akron, OH 44314.



Vanessa K. Oberlin

Vanessa K. Oberlin, 49, died Jan. 6. She was a life resident of Barberton and was a member of Barberton Women of the Moose 061. Vanessa was a loving and devoted wife, mother and “Maw-Maw.” Preceded in death by her mother, Kitty McGlothlin; Vanessa is survived by her husband of 32 years, George; son, Clark (Teresa); daughter, Samantha (Christopher) Young; five grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Seth, Cheyenne, Austin, Amanda and Thomas; father, Ed Kiefer; sister, Deanna (Steven) Ingram; brother, Joseph Kiefer; mother-in-law, Inez Oberlin; along with several nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 9, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. The family will receive friends Jan. 8, 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. 



Daniel Shepherd

On Dec. 31, our cherished husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, 60, died. Preceded in death by infant daughter, Theresa; parents, Walter and Amy and brother, John (Lynn). Dan is survived his loving wife, Rosanne; loving sons, Sebastian and Isaac; brother, Walter Jr. (Anne); sister, Rachel Monroe (Dan); mother-in-law, Rita Buzzelli; brother-in-law, Russ Buzzelli (Gail) and many loving aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and dear friends. Dan was an avid sportsman who enjoyed target shooting, golf, camping, archery and fishing. He was employed by Lipari Foods as a devoted, award winning sales representative and was even more devoted to his family and friends. Dan will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and never ceasing to keep us laughing like no one else. The family wishes to thank family and friends for the outpouring of love and prayers and Summa at Home hospice staff for their care of Dan. Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated by Father Thomas McCann Jan. 10, 10 a.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1905 Portage Trail Cuyahoga Falls. Visitation at the church one hour prior to mass. Cremation has taken place and a private burial is scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the organization of your choice. Dan we will miss your compassionate and loving spirit and will be forever grateful for the blessing of having someone so dear and honorable and funny as you in our lives.  We carry you in our hearts and will love you forever.

Lois June Maier (nee Wilsterman)

June Maier, 77, died Dec. 29. June was born April 2, 1937, to Robert and Marguerite Wilsterman in Barberton. She was a former teacher for the Barberton and Norton School districts, banquet hall manager for the Maronite Banquet Center and loving homemaker to her family. Most recently scuba diving, cooking, baking for everyone, model railroading and camping. She was a competitive sports car driver and volunteered as a girl-scout leader. Additionally, June was a member of the Norton’s Woman’s Club, Norton Garden Club, and Norton Historical Society. She was also a member and deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Barberton. Most of all, June loved and lived for her grandkids. June was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Claire Elise Miller. June leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Joseph Richard Maier; son, Joseph Anton (Christine) Maier; daughters, Julie Dee (Derek) Miller and Jill Renee (Scott) Sutter; grandchildren, Dayna and Nathan Maier, Sean and Jonathan Sutter; brother, Robert D. (Jane) Wilsterman; sister, Carol Rennert; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends called at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Jan. 2. A celebration of life service was at the First Presbyterian Church, 636 West Park Ave., Barberton, Jan. 3, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation, attn: Claire Elise Miller Fund, One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44308-1062 in memory of June. Funeral home/ church map, directions and the Maier Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website.



Charles E. Sampson

Charles E. Sampson, 67, died Jan. 4. A life resident of Barberton, he was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam Era and retired from Babcock and Wilcox in 1997 with 31 years of service. Charles was a good husband, father and son. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles L. and Betty; survived by his wife of 41 years, Libby and daughter, Misty. Funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Don Bauer officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Jan. 7, 5-7 p.m.



Avanell Oates Martin

Avanell Oates Martin, 89, died Dec. 28. She was born March 14, 1925. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1945. Avanell moved to Washington where she worked at the Pentagon, Washington National Zoo and The Smithsonian Institution, where she retired in 1986. Preceded in death by her husband, Leo Martin and mother, Louise Oates Collins. She will be greatly missed by friends and caretakers, Joey Nichols, Brian Dye, Mary and Larry Dye and her two little buddies, Jenner and Dawson Dye. Per her request cremation has taken place.



Betty J. (Wilson) Sanders

Betty J. (Wilson) Sanders, 84, of Norton, died Dec. 30, at Barberton Manor Care Nursing Home. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Ray F. Sanders; Betty is survived by three sons, Timothy, Chris and Gary; four grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan, Jason and Jessica; three great-grandchildren and brother, John Wilson of Richmond, Virginia. Funeral service was Jan. 5 at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Betty’s final resting place will be beside her husband, at Greenlawn Memorial Park.



Frances M. Obraza

Frances M. Obraza, 93, died Jan. 4, at Akron City Hospital. Frances was born in Red Rock, West Virginia and had been an area resident all her life where she retired from Merryweather Latex and Foam. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, KSKJ Lodge 110 and the Slovene Center. Frances enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends.  Preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; and brothers, Stanley and Fred Ogrizek; Survivors include her son, John (Karen Geitgey); daughters, Paulette (Frank) Horton, Jennifer (Rich) Movens and Michelle (Robert) Calloway; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan. 7, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Calling Hours Jan. 6, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m. Private burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church or the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



James E. Scott

James E. Scott, father, brother and grandfather, born May 28, 1938, in Barberton, died Dec. 31, in Barberton. He was a US Navy veteran. Jim was employed with PPG Industries and retired from Lockheed Martin. Jim was interested in genealogy, having written a family history of the Scott family. Other than his family he enjoyed golfing and playing and listening to bluegrass music. Preceded in death by his father, Robert Scott; mother, Hazel (Rohler) Scott; stepmother, Alice (Latham) Scott; brothers, Lee, Jack, Thomas and Tyler Scott; Jim is survived by his wife, Janis (Lightner) Scott, “The Queen of My Heart”; daughters, Kellee (Craig) Tracy, Sharon (Michael) Hutchison and Stacey Scott; grandchildren, Brett, Bethany and Brenna Hutchison, Logan and Reegan Tracy; brothers, Robert (Judy), Ronald (Tootie) and Tracy (Sandy) Scott; sister, Nancy Freed; along with numerous other relatives and friends. “When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know. Miss me a little, but let me go. Miss me but let me go.” The family will receive friends Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Funeral service will be Jan. 6, 11 a.m., with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Final resting place will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.                                                           



Terry W. Barnhart (Barny)

Terry W. Barnhart, born Dec. 27, 1953, died Dec. 30. He will be missed. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Jane Barnhart and sister, Donna. He is survived by his father, Don (Dee) Barnhart; special daughter, Crystal Homan and beautiful granddaughters, Tatum and Piper; sister, Becky Barnhart Miller; favorite niece, Morgan Miller; brother, Jeff and his family; step-son, John Homan and his family; also son, Kyle Barnhart and his family. We would also love to thank all the nurses and doctors that took such great care of him at Barberton Summa Hospital CCU unit! Thank you! You all know who you are and thank you for helping us through this difficult time. For condolences, send to Crystal Homan c/o Terry Barnhart, 414 Nebraska Pl., Barberton, OH 44203. 



Joseph Patrick Murphy

Joseph Patrick Murphy, 84, passed away Dec. 26, after a long battle with dementia. Patrick was a graduate of Barberton High School and played on the 1947 undefeated football team. He also played football for Kent State University before serving in the US Army during the Korean War. In 1953, he returned to the University where he earned a bachelors degree in business administration and was a member of Theta Chi. He married Elaine Lauter, also from Barberton and they resided in Brunswick, for 29 years before moving back to the Barberton area. Patrick worked for State Farm for 35 years and was an active member of St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick and St. Augustine Parish in Barberton. He loved to play golf, watch football, read, dance and play cards. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; son, William; granddaughter, Angela; brother, Bernie; and parents, Lillian and Samuel Murphy. Survivors include his sister, Rosalie (Robert) Danko and brother, Jack (Carol) Murphy; daughter, Megan Murphy (Bret) of Virginia; son, Patrick S. (Christie) of North Carolina; grandchildren, Buffy, Jessica, Patrick and Jack and many nieces and nephews and friends. The family would especially like to thank the staff at the Village of St. Edwards for their care over the last seven years. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton.  Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Calling Hours Friday from 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hosterler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities of Summit County or St. Vincent DePaul Society. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Pauline P.  Seetch

Pauline P.  Seetch, 87, died Dec. 22, at University Hospital, Ahuja Medical Center, Beachwood. She was born in Creekside, Pennsylvania, June 29, 1927. She was a member of the Catholic faith. Pauline was an executive security for the engineering firm Schmidt and Associates. She enjoyed decorating and loved animals. Preceeded in death by her husband, Robert Phillip Seetch in 2006. Survived by children, Jeffrey (Linda) Seetch , Karin (Donald) Seetch-Hopkins, Cynthia (Guy) LeBlanc; grandchildren, Ian LeBlanc and Nina LeBlanc; sister, Marie (John) Sidor; and brother, Samuel Marsico. Funeral mass was Dec. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 340 Union Street Bedford. Father Dan Begin celebrant. Burial was at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, Northfield. Funeral arrangements handled by Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.



Robert A. Whitby

Robert A. Whitby, 60, died Dec. 24. He was a life resident of Barberton. Preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Allen and sister, Julia Lustig; survived by sons, Eric and Aaron Whitby; daughter, Katelyn Boychi; brothers, Bill, Ed, Mike, Bruce Whitby and Bernie Allen; sisters, Leah Gibson and Brenda Santos; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. There will be no services. Cremation has taken place.



Gerald C. Sense

Gerald C. Sense, born April 9, 1958, died Dec. 13. He resided in Doylestown. He had a passion for driving over the road. While home he was a beloved friend to all at Cissy's Diner in Barberton and often enjoyed both fishing and relaxing at the Cuyahoga Falls natatorium. He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen F.  and Harold Sense; aunt, Ruth Hefflefinger; brother, Phillip Smith and sister, Annette Walker; survivors include his son, Mathew Sense; daughter, Amanda Weigand;  grandchildren, Luke, Peter, and "Gracie"; longtime friend, Brenda Sense; sister, Sandra Sense; brother, John Smith; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours were Dec. 27, at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 



Rosalie I. Ketcham “Toni”

Rosalie I. Ketcham “Toni”, 76, died Dec. 23, at her residence. Toni was born in Columbus and had been a Barberton resident most of her life. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton where she was very active and was a deacon. She was also a member of Barberton Moose Lodge 759 and loved dancing. Preceded in death by her parents, Homer Emmett, Sr. and Faylene Dennis; Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, Vernon D. “Sam”; daughters, Kimberley-Rae Ketcham (Scott Sharkey) and Kellie Lynn (Michael) Gregg;  grandchildren, Christine, Lyndsay, Rory, Daniel, Thomas, Kyle, Ariel, Elizabeth, Kirsten, Gillianne, Samuel, Anya, Chloe, Genevieve, Aidan and three step-grandchildren; and brother, Homer Emmett Dennis, Jr. Memorial Servicewas Dec. 28, at the Barberton Moose Lodge, 272 31st St. NW, Barberton, followed by a bereavement luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton or the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Clarence A. Alexander

Clarence A. Alexander, 86, died Nov. 13 in Lingonier, Pennsylvania. He was a longtime resident of Barberton. He was an avid sports fan and loved to hunt, fish and walk along the Tuscarawas River. He worked for over 30 years with Yankee Lines and Mason Dixon Trucking Companies before retiring in 1982. After retirement, he worked for Goss Memorial Church in Akron and Pinkerton Security before moving back to his hometown of Lingonier. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Juanita Alexander. He is survived by his sons, David Alexander (Karen) of Norton and William Alexander (Dena) of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also survived by his second wife, Gertrude Alexander and by numerous stepchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.



A. Darlene Seifert

A. Darlene Seifert, 74, died Dec. 21. A resident of Barberton for most of her life, she retired from Akron Children’s Hospital. Darlene was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, a supporter of the Salvation Army and an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavs and Barberton Magics. Survived by several aunts, uncles, other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 26, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Jerry Wilhite officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087.



Rita C. Verhotz 

Rita C. Verhotz, 86, died Dec. 20. Rita was born in Doylestown and was a Barberton resident most of her life. She retired from the Barberton City Schools after 14 years as a cafeteria manager. She was a faithful member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack; daughter, JoAnn (Jim) Clark; two brothers and two sisters; Survivors include her daughters, Joan Verhotz of Barberton and Janet (Tom) Fitzsimmons of Florida; son, John (Linda) of Medina; grandchildren, Ashley (Will) Scholz, Cathi Clark, Morgan, Kayla and Allison Verhotz, Tori Fitzsimmons, Austin Verhotz and Jill Fitzsimmons; and three great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial is Dec. 27, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road. Fr. James Maloney, celebrant.  Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Calling hours Dec. 26, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Thomas (Tom) Hoyt Gilcher

Thomas (Tom) Hoyt Gilcher, 73, died Dec. 19. He was born July 6, 1941, in Barberton. He was a member of St. Augustine Church. Retired from Babcock & Wilcox as a mechanical engineer. Preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy; his father, Don; his brother, Donald; and his daughter, Lee Ann Carlisle. Thomas Hoyt Gilcher is survived by his wife, Linda; his sister, Mary Cottle (Elmer); their daughter, Dorothy Kent (Shane) and their two children, Madison and Mason Kent. Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren: child, George (and Deborah) Petticord IV; grandchildren, Nicole Petticord and Justina Swearingen; great-grandchildren, Briana Petticord, Amber Swearingen, Devin Swearingen and Alison Petticord; great-grandchild, Justin Duma, Vanessa and Kevin Rexroad; great-grandchildren, Khloe Rexroad and Kadin Rexroad. Child, Lee Ann (Deceased) (and Hal) Carlisle; grandchildren, Thomas Carlisle, Luke Carlisle and Jessica Byrnes; great-grandchild, Aaron Byrnes, Rebekah Carlisle and Kayla and Corry Serdinak; great-grandchildren, Mia Serdinak, Liam Serdinak, Ella Joy Serdinak and Melinda Carlisle. Child, James (and Candy) Petticord; grandchildren, Sarah Petticord, Aaron Petticord, David Petticord, Mary Petticord, Catherine Petticord, Hannah Petticord, Esther Petticord, Michael Petticord, Joshua Petticord, Abigail Petticord, Daniel Petticord and Naomi Petticord. Funeral mass will be Dec. 22, at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth Street NW, Barberton. Father David Majikas officiating. Calling hours 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Burial at Rosehill Cemetery.



Robert E. Nice

Robert E. Nice, born in Barberton, Oct. 16, 1921, to Clarence and Georgiana (Handwerk) Nice, died Dec. 17. A resident of Barberton/Norton, Robert worked as a carpenter at Seiberling Tire and Rubber for 34 1/2 years. He also built several homes for resale. Bob was a veteran of World War II, having served in the 33rd Infantry in the Pacific Theater. He was a lifetime member of Barberton VFW Post 1066. “Red” loved working with wood, gardening and fishing. He enjoyed watching things grow and as a hobby, planted many different seedlings for home landscaping, as well as several varieties of Christmas trees, which he raised in the rolling hills of Harrison County. Preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Gladys May (Broughton) Nice; son, James Arthur Nice; parents; sisters, Lillian Crummel and Ruth Snyder and brother, Allen A. Nice;  Bob is survived by son, Carl (Vickie) Nice; daughters, Janet (Richard) Bauman and Mary Jo Nice (Denny Hamilton); grandchildren, Amy (Fran) Emmerling, David E. (Pamela) Nice and Kelly Brenn; great-grandchildren, Johnathan (Kathryn) Ware, Abby and Noah Emmerling, Caleb Nice, Braden and Dylan Brenn; nephews, Robert A. (Bonnie) Nice, Allen (Ruth) Crummel, Earl Crummel and many cousins. A private family service will be held at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project: woundedwarriorproject.org or The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.



Terry W. Starcher

Terry W. Starcher, 56, died Dec. 17, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 8, 1958. Preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo Starcher; father, Darrell Starcher and sister, Glenda; Terry leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Brenda Starcher; children, Amy, Sara (Eric) and Terilynn (Tim); grandchildren, Anthony, Adaya, Ariana, Acilynn, Timothy, Taelyn, Trinity, Rusty, Bryce and Anna; brothers, David, Danny and Donny; sisters, Hilda and JoAnn; along with many other family members and friends. Special thanks to his sisters, Hilda and JoAnn for all their help and to his friend Jerry for always being there. Funeral service was Dec. 22, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours were Dec. 21. Memorials may be made to the Terry Starcher Memorial Fund at any Firstmerit Bank.



Marlene Ann Strauss

Marlene Ann Strauss, 79, of Liberty Township and Barberton, died Dec.19, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman. Marlene was born July 25, 1935, in Wheeling, West Virginia, the daughter of the late David and Mary Doyle. She is survived by her long time companion, Ivan Spehar of Liberty Twp. and her children, Carl Lee Strauss of Jacksonville, Florida; Bernie Strauss of Aimesville, Ohio; Sherry (Jeff) Cauley of Bonne Terre, Missouri and Laurie Strauss of Doylestown, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Riley; sister, Ceil Budich; brother, Bernard Doyle and a grandson. A prayer service was Dec. 21, 2 p.m., at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. The family received relatives and friends Dec. 21, 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests any material contributions be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital in memory of Marlene. Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.



Donald Kenneth Harris

Donald Kenneth Harris, 82, died Dec. 17. He was retired (top ten supervisor) from Goodyear Tire Co. after 44 years of service, enjoying time afterward with his faithful wife of 63 years, Jean Kincaid Harris. Preceded in death by his parents, Joyce and WK Harris; sister, Grace Naomi Pamer; and brother, David Harris. Survived by wife, Jean; sons, Donald Eugene (Judy) Harris and Timothy Lloyd Harris; daughters, Christy and Cindy (Barry); grandchildren, Ben (Kristie), Kristin (Chad), Julie (Tracy), Jeremy (Francesca), Jonathan (Rachelle), and Mariah; and great-grandchildren, Chad J. Tietz, Trevor Tietz, Landon Halchak and Layna Halchak. He was a well known mandolinist who loved gospel and bluegrass. He continued playing and performing into his 80s at jam sessions in his home, nursing homes and church functions with his wife, who was a guitarist and singer, by his side. He was a faithful servant to the House of God all his life. He will be sorely missed by his loved ones and many friends who hold him dear to their hearts, many that he has helped along the way. Funeral service was Dec. 20, at the Calvary Apostolic Church, 2693 Nesbitt Ave, Akron. Burial at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made through the Church for his son Tim Harris’s extended care.



Robert L. Wamsley

Robert L. Wamsley, 93, died Dec. 4. He was born in Cuyahoga Falls. Retired from the Akron Police Department as a Captain with 39 years of service. Also served with the US Marine Corp. He participated in action against the enemy at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands in 1945. Preceeded in death by his wife, Dora and daughter, Diana Weber. Survived by son, Robert S. (Shirley Tastad) Wamsley; grandchildren, Mary, Gregory and Julie. Funeral service was Dec. 20, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Burial was at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, with military honors.



Larry Pintarich

Larry Pintarich, 73, died Dec. 12. He lived in Stow, formerly a long time resident of Norton. Retired from Highland School with 30 years of service.He was a lifelong member of Southwest Church of Christ in Barberton. Preceded in death by parents; John and Christine Pintarich. Survived by sister, Sherry (Dennis) Hoover; nephew, Bret Hoover; and extended family. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Services have taken place.



Paul James Urchiak

Paul James Yurchiak, 41, a former Greenfield, Indiana resident, died Dec.12, at his residence. He was born Oct. 2, 1973, in Akron, as the son of Frank and Rebecca (Genet) Yurchiak. Paul was a graduate of Barberton High School class of 1992. Paul received his bachelors in accounting from WGU and was working towards his masters in accounting. Paul married Sally (LaBarba), Sept. 9, 1999, in Shelbyville, Indiana. He was a respiratory therapist for 20 years before he pursued a bachelors in accounting at WGU. He was an eagle scout and earned his purple belt in karate. He was active with soccer and baseball as a coach for the Greenfield Youth Baseball Association and the Greenfield Soccer Club and was also a guard dad at Greenfield Central High School. Paul loved airplanes, watching his kids play sports, Disney, boating and fishing. He most importantly loved being a dad, husband and son. He was always striving to help others and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was his children’s biggest supporter. Paul is survived by his loving wife, Sally Yurchiak of Crown Point, Indiana; children, Luke Yurchiak, Kaitlyn Yurchiak and MacKenzie Yurchiak, all of Crown Point, Indiana; parents, Frank and Rebecca (Genet) Yurchiak of Barberton; Laura Yurchiak of Barberton; grandma, Jean Genet of Barberton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, John Genet and uncle, Bob Dudley. Services are Thursday, Dec. 18, in Greenfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider the children’s needs by making memorial contributions to Sally Yurchiak, c/o Erlewein Mortuary, 1484 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to sympathy@erleweinmortuary.com.




Kathryn R. Merrifield

Kathryn R. Merrifield died Dec. 16, surrounded by her family. Kathryn was born Feb. 1, 1934, to the late Charles and Elizabeth Jones of South Webster, Ohio. She was retired from Liberty Machine which she co-owned with her husband for many years. She was a devoted wife and mother. She is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, David Merrifield; daughter, Debbie Moore; granddaughter, Keri Moore and brothers, Roger, Glen and Charles Jones. Kathryn is survived by her son, Michael (Linda)Moore; granddaughter, Kristine (Barrett) Robinson; grandson, Jonathon Maguire; great-grandchildren, Ian Moore, Ella and Luke Robinson; brother Raymond Jones; sisters, Mildred Hunter, Phyllis Spitzmesser, Clara Green, Elizabeth Jones and Thelma Jasinski. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. A special thanks to Kathryn's devoted brother Raymond Jones and the caring and compassionate staff at ManorCare Barberton and Heartland Hospice. Guests are invited Dec. 19, to Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave. Barberton, for calling hours from 2- 4 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the St. Augustine Church (Barberton) endowment fund in Kathryn's name. 




Edward P. Potter

Edward P. Potter, 60, died Dec. 14. He was born Jan. 22, 1954, in Akron. Lifelong member of St. Augustine Church and the Hungarian Club. He loved Notre Dame Football, The Browns, and Fishing. Employed by Giant Eagle with 15 years of service. Preceeded in death by father, Eugene A. Potter. Survived by mother, Elizabeth Potter; brother, Thomas (Julie) Potter; sisters, Patricia Steiner, Marianne (Robert) Remark; nieces and nephews, Monica (Roy Graham) Vinay, Elizabeth (Jack) Oxford, Christopher (Stacy) Remark, Stephen (Cheryl Meacham) Vinay, Michael (Melanie) Vinay; Tracy (Ty Hilbert) Remark; Gary Potter; and several great-nieces and nephews.



Alma M. Cline

Alma M. Cline, 86, died Dec. 15. She was a resident of Clinton for 48 years. Alma had worked for JC Penney’s, Marshalls and retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber in the accounting department.  She was a member of AARP. Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; Alma is survived by her son, Randy (Sue) Cline; grandchildren, Glenn (Pat), Michael, Ashley (Johann Everson) and Kellie; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Michael Jr. and Caleb; seven great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 19, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Oaklawn Cemetery in Woodsfield, Ohio. Calling hours Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m.



John E. Hudson Sr.

John E. Hudson Sr., 60, died Dec. 10. Preceded in death by his father, Theodore Hudson; John is survived by his daughter, Sara Hudson (Robert Berry) and son, John Hudson Jr.; grandchildren, James and Isabella Hudson; mother, Margaret Hudson; sisters, Carol (Donald) Dudones, Connie (Dave) Wilson and Paula Hudson; special friends, Carol Robinson and Debra Stevens; nephews, Zachary (Karen), Matthew and Ryan; niece, Katie; along with many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Dec. 20 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Rev. Tina Nees officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home, for the benefit of his grandchildren.



John Badida
John Badida, 93, died Dec. 14. He was a resident of Clinton for 68 years and retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber. John truly loved being in his barn and doing his wood-working. Preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; survived by sons, Wayne (Jenny) and Roger (Linda); daughters, Patty (Bill) Endres and Cindy (Ed) Nettle; grandchildren, Johnny (Kristi), Jennifer, Melonye, Roger (Patty), Charlie (Marlene), Willy, Rebecca (Rob), Brandy and Tracie (Ron); great-grandchildren, Tristin, Aylor, Clayton, Chloe, Gavin, Sabrina, Madison, Cruz, Lexi, Hunter, Johnathan, Ruby, Andrew and Olive; sister, Marge Hetrick. Funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Clinton Cemetery. Calling hours Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m.                        


Kathleen M. Dollinger (nee Huth)

The Lord called Kathy “Mom” home Dec. 12, to reign with Him eternally. She served her life well until 86. She was born April 3, 1928, in Randolph, Ohio. She was a nurse for more than 40 years, starting at Robinson Memorial Hospital, Akron City Hospital where she graduated from Nursing School in 1951 and Akron Children’s Hospital during the polio epidemic in 1952-53. After she met and married her husband, Dale, she moved to Barberton and worked over 35 years at Barberton Citizens Hospital. Kathy was the finest example of a devoted caregiver as a nurse, mother, wife and nurturer to all family and friends in need. Kathy was most recently a member of Grace Bible Church and formerly Akron Baptist Temple, where she was involved in numerous activities, including Sisters in Christ, Golden Agers and funeral dinners. She and Dale had a passion for the Always Hope Outreach Center where they spent many charitable hours. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Albert M. and Edna (Seigfried) Huth; sister, Irene Elizabeth Spadaro; and brothers, Albert M. Huth Jr., Wayne Huth and Ralph Huth. She is survived by Dale A. Dollinger, her husband of 61 years; two loving daughters, Susan E. Dollinger (Andy Paquet) of Green and Sally B. Liner of North Canton; grandchildren, Jason Paquet (Isolde Teba) of Westerville, Maggie Paquet of Brooklyn, New York and Leigh Liner of North Canton; and great-granddaughter, Harper Paquet of Westerville. The family is deeply grateful to the staff of ManorCare-Barberton for their compassionate attendance to Kathy the past three months, and to Heartland Hospice professionals during her last days. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Road Dec. 17, 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be at Grace Bible Church, 5781 Manchester Road Thursday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Ernie Kemppel and Pastor Cary Duckett.  Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetry. Funeral home map, directions, and the Dollinger Family condolence book are available at the funeral home’s website.



Greg A. Moon

Greg A. Moon, 54, died Dec. 14, after a courageous battle with cancer. A resident of Barberton most of his life, Greg was employed as a brick mason. Survived by his daughter, Brittany Moon; grandson, Camden; parents, Ronald and Natalie Moon; sister, Loriann (James) Wellert; brother, Brian Moon (fiancee, Kris Getz); girlfriend and loving caregiver, Heidi Heck; along with nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. A celebration of Greg’s life will be Thursday, Dec. 18 from 6-8 p.m., at Lake Anna Hall, 542 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Dr. Jim Newton officiating.



Charlotte Imogene Binder

Charlotte Imogene Binder, 89, formerly of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, a beloved and cherished family member and friend to many, died Dec. 14, at Four Winds Community in Jackson. She was born Jan. 15, 1925, in Clifton, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Reese Williams and Rena Elizabeth (Blake) Williams. Charlotte was a former supervisor for Yoder Brothers Greenhouse in Barberton, for more than 20 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Binder in 1989; a sister, Betty Jane (Williams) Johnson-Brown; two brothers, Earl Randall "Randy" Williams and wife Margie and William R. "Bill" Williams and wife Betty Jo; and brothers-in-law, Stanley N. Johnson and William "Bill" Brown. She is survived by a sister, Sharon Sue "Susie" Kearns; several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. At her request there will be a private celebration of life memorial service with Rev. James Kelly officiating. Burial will be beside her late husband, at Kirkland Memorial Gardens, in Point Pleasant. Arrangements are under the direction of Wilcoxen Funeral Home, in Point Pleasant. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilcoxenfuneralhome.com.



Jim Meacham

Jim Meacham, 69, died Dec. 10. He was born March 8, 1945, in Barberton. Preceded in death by parents, Stewart and Irma and brothers, Stewart and Eddie. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie; son, Dennis A. (Kelly); daughter, Cheryl (Stephen Vinay) Meacham; daughter-in-law, Libby; grandchildren, Dechelle, Wendy, Christopher, Dennis J., and Chelsie; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Wava Marquis and Carol (Walt) Myers; sisters-in-law, Donna Meacham, Minnie Coles, and Winnie Marks; brothers-in-law, Ed (Debbie) Coles and Bill (Brenda) Coles; and extended family.

Memorial service will be Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton with Pastor Emlous Lattea officiating. Family will receive friends Dec. 14, from noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation or to One of a Kind Pets.




Duane Eugene Whited (Whitey)

Duane Eugene Whited, 74, died Dec. 9, in Clinton. He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Susan; daughter, Debbie (Daniel) Lemon, Scott (fiance, Stacey Underwood) Whited; grandchildren, Dillon Whited, Madison, Hayley, Caleb and Hannah Lemon, Kayla and Jason Underwood; brothers, Ronnie (Sandy), Jackie and Denny; sister, Linda Nichols; brother-in-law, Roger (Patti) Pamer; mother-in-law, Charlotte Pamer; and a very dear friend, Ron Kercenneck. Family and friends may call Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m., at the Apostolic Church of Barberton, 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Barberton. Funeral service will be following at 4 p.m. Pastor Rodney Pamer officiating. Private graveside service will take place at a later date at Greenlawn Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Apostolic Church for the Duane Whited Children’s Scholarship, 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd, Barberton, OH 44203.



Dr. Milan Pavkov

Dr. Milan Pavkov, of Barberton, died Dec. 6. At the time of his death, he was at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 8, 1926, in Doylestown, but moved to Barberton at a very young age. His parents were Mary Obrodo and Lazar Pavkov. He graduated from Barberton High School in 1944.  After discharge from the Army, he attended Kent State University and graduated with a BS degree in education. He received his masters of education in 1953 from Kent State University and his doctorate in education from Case Western Reserve University in 1968. He married his wife, Hazel Kathleen Mains, March 25, 1948. Milan served as superintendent of schools in the Poland, Ohio School District from 1968 to 1976 and in Barberton from 1976 to 1981. Other positions held in the Barberton School District were elementary school teacher at Washington, principal at Oakdale Elementary and assistant superintendent of schools. The Whitehouse Chicken Restaurant in Barberton was founded by his mother in the 1950s. Milan along with his siblings were co-owner of the family run business until it was sold in 1990. Milan was instrumental in the formation of the Barberton Community Foundation. The Foundation was formed to manage the permanent endowment realized from the sale of the Barberton Citizen Hospital in 1996. Milan was the founding chairman of the BCF and served as chairman for two terms. The first grant ever awarded was for $32 million to build Barberton High School at no cost to the taxpayers. In 2011 the BCF named him Outstanding Citizen for his contributions to the community. In 2013, he was inducted into the Barberton High School Academic Hall of Fame. In 1996, the BCF established an academic scholarship in his name for graduating Barberton High Schools students interested in pursuing a degree in education. Milan is survived by his sister, Nettie (Pavkov) Merlo; his wife of 66 years, Hazel (Mains); daughters, Claudia Villani (Rick), Cynthia Pavkov, Mary Pavkov and son, Michael Pavkov (Atikah). Grandchildren Michael Villani (Kristin), Lynn (Villani) Woolnough (Michael), Allison Pavkov, and Sarah Pavkov-Marshall; great-grandchild, Talia Villani; along with other relatives and many friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 13, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.  Burial at Lakewood Cemetery with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Barberton Community Foundation's Dr. Milan Pavkov Scholarship Fund. Barberton Community Foundation, 460 W Paige Ave, Barberton, OH 44203, 330-745-5995.


Marilyn Rose Strossman

It is with great sadness that the family of Marilyn Strossman announces her passing Dec. 4. She was cherished by all that had the privilege of knowing her. A loving and devoted mother of two, Marilyn is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill; her sons, Bill Jr. (Delores), Greg (Lori); grandchildren, Brad, Rachael, Nicole and Carolyn. Marilyn battled diabetes with the utmost grace and dignity, until the Lord called her to his side to comfort her. She will be forever remembered as the most wonderful, devoted and generous wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org). www.silva-hostetler.com.



Bonnie Jene Huffman (nee Kaiser)

Bonnie Jene Huffman (nee Kaiser), 81, died Dec. 5, at home. She was born in Barberton, Nov. 11, 1933, was raised in Barberton and was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1952. A resident of Barberton for most of her life, Bonnie worked at Wright Tool and Forge, Lawson’s Dairy, Sears and retired from Reiter Dairy after 12 years. Bonnie was an excellent homemaker and cook, an avid bowler and a great dancer. She had a wonderful sense of humor, even throughout her long three month struggle in the hospital where she fought hard and never lost that sense of humor. She was finally able to leave the hospital after three months and spend the rest of her time peacefully surrounded and lovingly cared for by her family, friends and Home Health Nursing Staff. Preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Alice Kaiser; husband of 58 years, Lyle (2010); beloved sons, David (2002) and Dennis (2014); Bonnie leaves behind to miss her dearly, son, Doug (Susan) Huffman of Coral Springs, Florida; daughter, Dawn Snyder (Jim Brown) of Barberton; daughters-in-law, Lori Huffman of Barberton and Cheryl Sullivan of Cuyahoga Falls; sister, Cheryl “Candy” Swinehart of Barberton; brother, Ted (Jeanne) Kaiser of Stow; extra special grandchildren, Derek (Jill) Huffman, Erica (Matt) Price, Josh (Elizabeth) Huffman, Adam Huffman, Jessica and Alyssa Huffman, Dustin (Kyra) Huffman and James Brown; nine great-grandchildren; special sister-in-law, Fran Hanners; sisters-in-law, Nancy Huffman, Earleen (Bob) Lower and Bonnie Huffman; many nieces, nephews and life-long friends, along with her best four legged soul mate, Millie. The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone at Summa Barberton Hospital where she received excellent care, Summa Home Hospice and the Home Health Nursing Staff. Funeral service is Friday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 11, 4-7 p.m. and also 1 hour prior to the service Dec. 12. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087.


Violet A. “Aunt Vi” Johanyak

Violet A. “Aunt Vi” Johanyak, 95, of Brooksville, Florida, died Dec. 3, at the Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Florida. Violet was a longtime resident of Brooksville, coming from Barberton in 1979. Violet was born Nov. 10, 1919, in Berlin, Pennsylvania, to the late Berdine and Wavey (Sidle) Wilson. Violet worked as a waitress for the Young’s Hotel in Akron, and for the M. O’Neil Company Department store also in Akron. As a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Violet was very active as of late, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Spring Hill, Florida, in the Quilting Group and the Monday night Bible study. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Joseph Johanyak, in 1978. She was also the last surviving of the five siblings. Violet is survived by her son James L. Johanyak and his longtime companion, Roberta Sparks and their dachshund granddogs, Oscar and Bella, of whom Vi loved, all of Brooksville, Florida; son, Gary L. Johanyak and his wife, Susan, of Bartlett, Tennessee; granddaughters, Amy McDonald, Lori Morris and her husband Joe, and great-grandson, Luke McDonald, all of Bartlett, Tennessee. Family and friends will gather Thursday, Dec. 11, at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church, ELCA, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Florida, for the memorial service at 11 a.m., with Reverend Peter J. Morey, officiating. The family will receive friends at the reception following the service in the Johnson Hall. In Lieu of flowers, at her family’s request, donations may be made in Violets memory to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, ELCA, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL, 34606. Arrangements and Cremation entrusted to the Turner Funeral Homes, 14360 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34609. 352- 796-9661.



Fred W. Hastings

Fred W. Hastings, 74, died Dec. 5. He was born Oct. 10, 1940, in Akron to the late Coleman and Helen Hastings. Fred worked at Maddox Furniture for 15 years and retired as a truck driver working for Cotter Moving and Storage, North American Van Lines and Paul Watts Trucking. He was a proud Army veteran and a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He loved auctions and yard sales. Fred had a big heart and never met a stranger. He was always there to lend a “helping hand.” His sense of humor will be missed by us all. He was always smiling. Fred is survived by his best friend and wife, Sandra; son, Brian; granddaughter, MacKenzie “Kenzie”; brother, Robert (Mae) of Cuyahoga Falls; sisters, Linda (Radford) Bethel of Texas and Eileen (Charles) Cowgar of Green; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends, especially Jimmy Paris and John Cherok. Funeral service is Dec. 10, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with The Rev. Dr. Michael Petrochuk officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.  Calling hours Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. Dear Fred; This I will remember, when the rest of life is through, the greatest thing I’ve ever done, is simply loving you. We will miss you! Love, Sand


Denise C. Combs

Denise C. Combs, 68, died Dec. 4. A life resident of Barberton, she retired from Giant Eagle with 20 years of service. Preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Virginia and sister, Pam; Denise is survived by her best friend and husband of 53 years, Charles; son, Charles W. Combs Jr.; daughter, Judy (Karl) Smith; grandchildren, Aletha Smith, Geoffrey Combs and Jacob Combs; great-grandchildren, Brandon Riffle and Dylan Riffle; sisters, Sharon Jones, Jeannie McNosky, Debbie Parsons and Beverly Hunter; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Dec. 9, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Laurel Bobb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service.



Doris D. Lutz

Doris D. Lutz, 88, died Dec. 5. A resident of Barberton for 60 years, she was a member of Norton Topps, Pythian Sisters and volunteered at Barberton Public Library for many years. Doris was also a member of Columbia United Church of Christ and Barberton Seniors, where she enjoyed doing ceramics and she loved traveling. Preceded in death by her husband, Neil; survived by sister, Gloria Metz; nephews, Jeff and Stephen Metz; niece, Debbie Metz; along with many friends. Funeral service Dec. 10, 1 p.m., at the Columbia United Church of Christ, 978 Wooster Road, W., Barberton, with Rev. John M. Henniger officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris’ name to the Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Ave., Barberton, Ohio 44203.



Florence J. Murawski

Florence J. Murawski, 91, died Dec. 7. She was reunited with her husband, Bennie C. Murawski Sr.; sister, Helen Otanicar; and son-in-law, Stephen G. Durbin. She was born July 25, 1923, in Barberton and was a life resident of Barberton. Florence was a former employee of Milich’s Village Inn and Yoder Brothers. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She is survived by her children, Monica Rupert of Barberton, Bennie (Brenda) Murawski Jr. of Doylestown, Janice (Ed) Vatilla and Vivian Durbin all of Norton; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren (one for every card dealt in the game of push). She also leaves behind her sisters, Eleanor Osborne of Oxford, Ohio and Clara Pokopac of Barberton; brother, Frank (Joan) Kaplinski Jr. of Barberton; brother-in-law, Ed Otanicar Sr. of Wadsworth; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Thursday, Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m., at the at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Additional calling hours at the church Dec. 12, 9:30-10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Alyson Marie Glubke

Alyson “Ally” Glubke, 13, died Dec. 3. Ally was born Aug. 8, 2001, to Shelley Glubke in Barberton. Ally leaves behind her mother; brother, Toby; Terry “Paw-Paw” Weathers and Grandma Pam; Aunt Mary and Uncle Rick Weathers; Great-Grandma Georgia; and many other family and friends who loved her dearly. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Saturday, Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m. A memorial service for Ally will be held immediately following at 11 a.m., with Pastor Greg Foote officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. Funeral Home map, directions and The Glubke Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website.


Dave P. Patterson

Dave P. Patterson, 40, died Dec. 4, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Dave was born in Barberton and was a Norton resident all his life. He was the owner of Pace Construction Co. and was a graduate of the Norton High School Class of 1992. Dave loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Margaret Patterson and Delbert Stallman; Survivors include his wife, Jamie R.; daughter, Jade; parents, David and Pamela; brother, Dusty; sister, Karen Freshwater; grandmother, Mary Stallman; nephews, Dustin, Drayden and Drevon Patterson; and many other family and friends. The family will receive friends Dec. 8, 2-5 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Howard Douglas Archer Sr.

Howard Douglas Archer Sr., 64 of Canton, died Dec. 1. Howard was born May 17, 1950, in Akron, to the late Francis and Sara Archer and grew up with six brothers and a sister. He was a Sgt. in the US Air Force and later became a long distance truck driver. Howard was a handyman who could fix anything and was especially talented at working on cars. Howard is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cathy; sons, Howard Jr., Matthew and Michael; daughter, Michele; grandchildren, Katelynn, Austin, Joseph, Cassandra and soon to be baby, Howard III. Howard was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met. A special thank you to all the wonderful people at Bethany Nursing Home in Canton for their loving care and support. Funeral service will be Dec. 5, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. Calling hours Dec. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Robert Lee Kaiser

Robert Kaiser, 76, joined his wife, Patricia Kaiser and son, Nicholas Kaiser as our angel on December 1. Bob was born May 9, 1938, to Peter and Mary Kaiser; brother of Joseph, Frank (Linda), Magdaline (George) and Barbara. Bob was a proud Veteran of the US Air Force in the 352 Tactical Fighter Wing. Bob was a hard worker working multiple jobs to support his family.  Most of his career was spent in the Akron Rubber industry, most recently as a tire builder retiring from Firestone. His retirement lasted a short time and he enjoyed every minute of working part time at Sterling Jewelers. Bob was an amazing father that had so much love for his children and grandchildren and would always light up with pride telling stories about all of them. He could be found on the dance floor at any and all polka dances whether at the FOP or the Slovene Center.  The Saturday morning polka show was a requirement. He loved playing the accordion and his self-taught bass playing. He touched many lives enjoying his many years of coaching little league baseball. His love for good food, fast cars, and the beach and all the special traditions he taught will live on forever through his family. The girls basketball and volleyball stands will be a little quieter without him, but he will root from above and beam with pride. To carry on his legacy, Bob leaves his daughters, Christine (Jim) Centea, Mary (Chester) Howard; grandchildren, Kaitlin and Nicholas Kaiser, Alexa and Lauren Conley, and Catherine Centea. Great-grandchildren, Kadence and Kenadie and his special love, Judy Teschner, along with many extended family members and friends. Friends and family may call Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., with a celebration of his life at 7 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Funeral procession to Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery will begin at 8:45 a.m., Dec. 5, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. www.silva-hostetler.com.

Ione Kensinger 

Ione Kensinger, 87, died Nov. 28. She was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Richwood, West Virginia. Preceded in death by husbands, John Bartlett and Eugene “Inky” Kensinger and daughter, Beverly Hull. Survived by son, Robert (Debby) Bartlett; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and extended family. Services have taken place with burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. 



Eric Jason Daly

Eric Jason Daly, 44, Master Sergeant, United State Air Force, died Nov. 25. Visitation with the family present will be from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 2, at Smith Mortuary, 1415 N Rock Road, Derby, Kansas. Funeral Service 11 a.m., Dec. 3, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 6000 E Harry, Wichita. Graveside service will be Dec. 3, 3 p.m., at Cedar Point Cemetery, Cedar Point, Kansas. Preceded in death by his father, Terry Daly. Survivors; wife, Raine Daly; son, Brayden Daly; mother, Judi Zirinski; sisters, Stacey Daly, Cindie Wheeler (Grady), and Melissa Daly; niece, Heather Linscott. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Family Support, 53147 Kansas Street, McConnell AFB, KS 67221.



Apolonia Trischan

Apolonia Trischan, 91, died Nov. 29. She was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Brestovac, Yugoslavia and was a resident of Barberton for the last 63 years. Some of her greatest joys were cooking and baking for her family. Preceded in death by husband, Nickolaus; and grandson, Christopher Trischan. Survived by children, Helmut (Sandra), Ervin (Connie), Kathe (Jerry) Norman, John (Sue); 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Josef (Vicki) Fanz; and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Doylestown Health Care Center and ClearPath Hospice for their exceptional care. Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St NW, Barberton. Procession will form at the church. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 5, from 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.  Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Church.



Hortense G. Walker (nee Suppan)

Hortense Genevieve Walker of Barberton, died Nov. 28. She was born in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, June 21, 1922. She was the fourth of nine children born to Anna K. and George J. Suppan. She was a wonderful and dedicated daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to play bingo, tan in the sunshine and get her hair done every Saturday morning. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Walker; parents; sisters, Helen Schoblocher, Magdalene Youngblood and Berenice Boehme; brothers, George Suppan, Norbert Suppan and John Suppan. She is survived by son, Roger (Dianne) Walker; daughter, Debra K. Norris; grandchildren, Natalie (Wayne) Steiner, Matthew (Megan) Walker, Lindsey Walker, Daniel Norris, Jennafer Norris; great-grandchildren, Conrad Steiner, Grace Steiner, Elle Steiner, Hope Walker, Paige Walker, Delia Norris, Grayson Norris, sister Anna Mae (Joseph) Gabrosek; brother, Raymond (Donna) Suppan and sister-in-laws, Harryette and Ann Suppan. A memorial service to celebrate Hortense’s life will be held for her family and friends at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m., with the family hosting a reception immediately after. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local food bank. Cremation has taken place.


Joan L. Carmichael

Joan L. Carmichael, 73, died Nov. 21. Preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Holdman; father, Leon Meyer; sons, Roger and Jeffrey Carmichael; brother, Terrence Meyer and sister, Cheryl Matheny; Joan is survived by her sons, Russell and Patrick Carmichael; daughter, Sandra Troyer; sisters, Gail (Pat) Bearer and Faith (Dennis) Mihal; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place.  There will be no services.


Forrest G. “Dick” Darnell 

Forrest “Dick” Darnell, 90, died Nov. 19. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb. 16, 1924, to the late Forrest M. and Ora (Allen) Darnell. He attended schools in Monroe County, Indiana; graduating from Bloomington, Indiana High School in June 1943. Drafted into the US Army, July 1943 and after training in South Carolina, he served in Europe (ETO) in England, France, Belgium and Germany. Dick was injured in a non-military accident and discharged with a medical disability August 1945. He then entered Indiana University in September 1945 and graduated with a BS Degree in June 1949. While going to the university, he worked at several odd jobs, like delivery boy for a fruit and vegetable market and a fry cook at a hamburger stand. Upon graduation, he started to work for JC Penney Company in Indianapolis and stayed there through March 1953. Then he went on to work for EI DuPont Company as a retail sales clerk. Eventually serving in several capacities with DuPont-warehouse superintendent, office manager and several direct sales levels.  DuPont transferred him to South Bend, Indiana; Mt. Prospect, Illinois; Springfield, Missouri; Akron, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Redmond, Washington; and  Lawrence, Kansas, where he retired in April 1985. After retirement, Dick was active in the Senior Men’s Golf League at The Orchard’s Golf Course, drove for Meals-On-Wheels and served at LINK.  As a hobby, he hunted and sold used golf balls. He and his wife moved back to Akron to a retirement village in May 2005. Dick married Barbara VanVolkenburgh in Holland, Michigan, July 28, 1951; happily married for 62 years, until her passing on Sept. 30, 2013. They have two sons, James (Brenda) Darnell of Doylestown and Douglas (Jill) Darnell of Chandler, Arizona; grandchildren, Jim (Sarah) Darnell, Vicki (Jay) Gartin, Jeff (Samantha) Darnell, Scott Darnell, Ashley Darnell, Dan Darnell and Ben Darnell; eight great-grandchildren and one more on the way February, 2015. At Dick’s request, cremation has taken place.  Inurnment with military honors will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Joseph Francis

Joseph Francis died Nov. 12, with numerous family members by his side. Joseph was a beloved man, who will forever be missed in the hearts of many. He was a “simple man” who “kept it real.” He was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan, to George and Violet Francis. He was an avid Michigan fan. Go Blue! He resided in Barberton. He was a proud elder of the Passaquoddy Tribe of Maine. Preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Addison Delery; brother, Jim; parents, George and Violet; son, Joey. Survived by children, Shelly and Taylor Willimack, Christine Edwards, Jacque Franks, Jimmy Francis, Kellie Coday, Justin Francis, JoJo Francis; sisters, Jackie (Charles) Sisk, June; brother, Anthony; dearly loved sister-in-law, Caroline; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Calling hours will be 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Celebration of Life to follow, 5 -11 p.m., at the Civitan Center, 44 10th St SW, Barberton, 330-745-8223.

Susan Jane Freed (nee Anders)

Susan Jane Freed, 63, died Nov. 16. She was born in Barberton to the late Thomas and Cleo Anders, was a 1969 Barberton High School graduate and was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Susan was the manager of the downtown Akron First National News card shop for many years. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Gene; children, Tim (Amy), Matt (Nicki), Angie Porter and Katie (Curtis) Grimes; six grandchildren; brothers, Tom (Burdeen), David (Traci); sisters, Sally Adkins, Emily Zamiska (Chuck), Cleo Kefalos (John) and twin sister, Sandra Fitzpatrick. A remembrance was held for family and friends Nov. 20, at Eckard Baldwin Funeral Home. Someone will be seeing through our beautiful sister’s eyes a a result of her donation to the Cleveland Eye Bank. 

Phillip Genis

Phillip Genis (one of the Genis boys) born May 14, 1944 (mother’s day), to Rose V. Genis and James Genis, died November 25. Phill passed peacefully at the Copley Health Center where he battled Parkinson’s disease since Sept. 14, 2006. Thank you Copley Health Center. Phill was born and raised in the Barberton area and resided in the Doylestown area. Phill retired from the Northwestern school district after 30 years of service. He graduated from Norton high school and had both MS and BS degrees from the University of Akron. Phill’s accomplishments as an educator included the following: teacher/guidance counselor at Norton High school, vocational counselor at Wayne County Schools Career Center and principal/assistant principal/athletic director/wrestling coach at Northwestern High School.  His professional involvement in social committees and memberships was numerous. His true love was teaching and he was truly dedicated to the school and students during his educational career. When teaching he would always ask his students to call him Mr. Genis, but when not in school just Phill. He had a passion for cars and owned quite a few from Volkswagens to Corvettes to T-Buckets. He especially liked fast cars and most of them made it to the drag strip. Nick and Jim, during his period of illness, took him to various local car shows. As a child and teenager he was plump, which prompted him to lose weight and exercise which became his passion and hobby. He went on to win the Mr. Akron body building contest in 1976. Old science fiction movies were his favorites and the Genis boys spent many hours at the nursing home watching them. Rest in peace Phill. There is a bond between close brothers, when one dies a part of each brother goes with him.  May we all hope for a cure against Parkinson’s. Phill is preceded in death by parents, Rose V. Genis and James Genis and nephew, James Genis. Survived by brothers, James (Sharon) Genis, Nick (Sharon) Genis; nephew, Jason (Kim) Genis; and best friend, Wayne Winchip. Funeral service was Nov. 30, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Chaplin Don Bolich officiating. Calling hours were also Nov. 30. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.

James C. Hepfl

Jim walked through the woods to Heaven’s gate on Nov. 24. Jim was born Dec. 13, 1955. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Terry (Giorvas), the love of his life; parents, James and Margaret; sisters, Tina and husband John Kovacs and Kelley Bischoff; brothers, Dave and wife, Jodie, Mark and wife, Sheila and Randy; sister-in-law, Joni and Glenn Weiglin; and mother-in-law, Nancy Giorvas; aunts, Ruth and Betty. He was Uncle Jim to many nieces and nephews and had many cousins and friends. He was truly a man’s man, but could be in a group of women and fit right in. Jim had a lawn service for many years, with many loyal customers. Jim was also a nuisance trapper and a lover of hunting. He was a great teacher of nature and the animals to many children and was a Master Instructor for Ohio’s Hunter Education Program. Please join us for a memorial of Jim’s life Saturday, Dec. 6, 2-5 p.m., at the Barberton Adult Daycare, at the Village of Anna Dean, 33 1/3 Third Street, Barberton. Reverend White Dove Crow officiating Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m., for a Celebration of Life at Grace Brethren Church, 3970 Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton. Pastor Bob Combs officiating. 

Paul “Kevin” McDonald

Paul “Kevin” McDonald, 61, died Nov. 22. He was born Aug. 1, 1953. Preceded in death by parents, Paul and June; sister, Karen Genck. Survived by sister, Lisa (Tom) Meekins; nieces and nephews; and extended family. Private services have taken place at Rose Hill Cemetery.

John R. Paugh II 

John R. Paugh II, 60, died Nov. 26. John was born in Barberton, where he was a life resident and a member of Prince of Peach Church. He worked in the Transportation Department Akron Public Schools for the past 20 years. John was a member of Barberton Lodge 750 F&AM, Past High Priest of Portage Chapter 202 RAM, Past Illustrious Master Akron Council 80 R&SM, Past Commander Akron Commandry 25 KT and recipient of the Knights of the York Cross of Honour. John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Mary; daughter, Kelli and her fiance, Ian. John also leaves his brother, Don and wife, Patty; sisters-in-law, Connie and Kathy and her husband, Rick. He was an amazing “uncle” to his nephews, TJ, Joe and his wife, Tara, Brooks and his niece, Tiffany, along with several grand-nieces and nephews. He had an abundance of friends and was “Santa” to many. Mass of the Christian Burial will be Dec. 1, 11 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton.  Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Calling Hours were Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in John’s honor. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Betty Vargo (nee Kelleman)

Betty Vargo (nee Kelleman), 81, died Nov. 25. She was born Nov. 27, 1932, in Wadsworth. She was a member of the Christ Reformed Church. In her younger year, she worked for Huntington Bank and retired from Larantffy Care Center with over 39 years of service. Preceeded in death by parents, John and Helen; husband, Edward; daughter, Rose Marie; and brother, Johnny Kelleman. Survived by son, Ronald; siblings, Ernest, Steven, Charlotte, Helen; and extended family and friends. The family would like to thank Larantffy Care Center and Crossroads Hospice for their care. Funeral services were Nov. 29, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Chaplain Don Bolich officiating. Calling hours were also Nov. 29. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.


Richard George “Dick” Beitel

Richard George “Dick” Beitel, 82, died Nov. 22. He was born June 22, 1932, in Barberton. Richard was a veteran of the US Navy, and a Barberton firefighter for 28 years. Preceded in death by parents, Bennie and Leatha; brother, Robert; and sisters, Betty and Geraldine. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; son, Rick (Barb) Beitel; daughter, Terrie (Dennis) Beitel; grandchildren, Amy and Michelle; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Cassidy; brothers, Floyd (Jean) and Jack; sister, Carol (Doug) Thrasher and many nieces and nephews. Services will be Nov. 25, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 9 a.m. to the 11 a.m. service.



Floyd A. Grey

Floyd A. Grey, 81, died Nov. 18. A resident of Barberton most of his life, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from PPG Industries.  Floyd was a member of Barberton VFW 1066, the American Legion, Clinton Lodge 47-Massillon F&AM. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and all Cleveland sports. Preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers; Floyd is survived by his wife of 35 years, Annelore; son, Floyd Michael Grey; daughters, Juiquetta Pirok (Mark) Linda Grey St. Pierre; stepchildren, Ralph (Janet) Hoover, Nina (Richard) Hall, Alan Hoover and Kim Hoover; numerous  grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Nov. 24, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. 



Marilyn “Lyn” Luzader (Nee Cappy)

Marilyn “Lyn” Luzader Nee Cappy, 59, died Nov. 17. She was born July 2, 1955, in Youngstown. Preceded in death by father, Ralph; mother, Winifred; husband, Alan; two brothers, and one sister. Survived by children; Ed, Rachel; sister, Maureen (Ron) Craig; and extended family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family. Services have already taken place. 



Officer Justin R. Winebrenner

Akron Police Officer Justin R. Winebrenner’s end of watch came Nov. 16. Justin is survived by his four year old daughter, Charlee Ayn; father, Robert; sister, Kelly (Tim) Campbell; fiancee, Tiffany Miller; grandmother, Rita Winebrenner; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and brothers/sisters in Blue. Justin was taken from us suddenly but was welcomed into Heaven by his mother Lori, who died of ovarian cancer in 2009. Also awaiting him were his grandparents, Robert Winebrenner Sr., Robert Hawley and Doris Neal. Born July 22, 1982, Justin attended Wadsworth and Barberton schools. He graduated from Barberton High School, class of 2001, where he played soccer and basketball. He followed his father’s footsteps in pursuing a career in law enforcement, studying at the University of Akron, then working at the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center where he enjoyed working with youth in crisis. He joined the Akron Police Department in 2007. His accomplishments on the force included commendations for breaking up a burglary ring and bravely pulling a man for a burning car before it exploded. His most joyous duty was that of devoted father to Charlee. He was especially proud of his daughter winning Barberton’s Cherry Blossom Little Princess Pageant and multiple cheerleading competitions. Justin was looking forward to the next phase of life and his upcoming wedding to Tiffany. He asked her to be his bride in the Bahamas last summer, on her birthday, and they celebrated upon their return with an engagement party at Gervasi. They were saving for their dream home and planning their future together. Justin was avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and camping. He was an accomplished golfer, having achieved a hole in one at Chippewa Golf Course and an eagle on the famous “Monster” 16 hole at Firestone South. He and his foursome also won the recent Papa Don’s Golf Outing. He was also a member of the police motorcycle group Iron Guns. Justin so loved the Cleveland Browns that he and Tiffany considered getting married in the stadium. They had season tickets, and Justin wore a jersey with “Crime Dawg” stitched on the back to the games. Justin will be remembered most for his love for Charlee, his kind and generous heart, his infectious smile and beautiful blue eyes. He took the oath to “protect and serve” seriously and sacrificed his life for the safety of others. The family will receive friends Nov. 21, 1-7 p.m., at the University of Akron’s, James Rhodes Arena, “The JAR”, 373 Carroll Street, Akron. Services will be Nov. 22, 10 a.m., at the same location. With internment to follow, where Justin will be laid to rest next to his mother at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Justin Winebrenner Fund at any U.S. Bank location. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.”



Letha Jean Morris

Letha Jean Morris, 87, died Nov. 16. Letha was born to the late Oscar and Martha Eihinger in Akron.  She enjoyed knitting hats, scarves and gloves for her family and friends. She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Barberton and had formerly attended Margaret Park United Presbyterian Church. Letha was a godly woman who always put others first. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester; son, Glenn Arthur Morris and brother, Richard Eihinger.  Letha leaves behind her sons, Gary Arthur Morris, David Arthur (Donna) Morris; daughters, Wanda Lee Morris, Mary Martha Morris; grandchildren; Michael Gregory Morris, Suzanne (Andrew) Hiner, Carrie (Louis) Slimak, Nathan David Morris, Aaron Arthur Morris; great-grandchildren, four; sister, Leah Litz and many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Nov. 23, 2-4 p.m., where services will be held at 4 p.m., with Reverend Dr. Richard Lapehn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton, 636 W. Park Ave, Barberton, OH 44203 in memory of Letha Jean Morris. Funeral home map, directions and the Morris Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website.



Mary Ann Blosser

Mary Ann Blosser, 71, died Nov. 15, in Barberton. She lost her courageous battle with cancer. She retired from Akron General Medical Center in 2006. Mary Ann was an avid Euchre and Bingo player. She was a member of the First Hungarian Club and the Slovak Catholic Sokol Assembly of Barberton. She loved her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Mary Ann was full of life and never met a stranger. She made everyone laugh with her wit and charm. She was also an amazing cook, who loved to prepare delicious meals for her family and friends. She will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. Preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Louis Filippi Sr.; sister, Alice Jenkins and husband, Fred Blosser; Mary Ann is survived by her children, Shelly Meehan, Shaun (Dawn) Meehan, Nicholas Meehan, Deborah Smith and her very special son, David H. Smith Jr.; sister, Georgene (Dave) Franks; brother, Louis Filippi Jr. (Lin Feng); eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Her family will receive friends and family Nov. 21, 4-7 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 2650 Cory Ave., Akron, where her memorial service will be Nov. 22, 11 a.m., with Pastor Dave McGrath officiating. Please note: flower deliveries to the church will be accepted Nov. 21, after noon. 



Hartzell W. Grimes

Hartzell W. Grimes, 86, died Nov. 16. A resident of Barberton most of his life, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. Hartzell retired from B.F. Goodrich after 30 years of service. He was an active supporter and participant in the Akron Soap Box Derby for over 35 years, and was involved with the YMCA Indian Guides; his hobbies were golfing and boating. Hartzell was a member of Johnson United Methodist Church, past Master National Lodge 568 F&AM, member of 32 Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron and Yusef-Kahn Grotto. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; sons, Michael W. (Maryellen) and Timothy W. (Kathryn); daughter, Marsha Ann (Norman) Rice; grandchildren, Curtis M. Grimes, Timothy W. Grimes II, Miranda Lynn Grimes, Melissa Sue Grimes, Ian Christopher Rice and Taylor Rosemae Rice; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Raymond Michael, Madison, McKenzie, Timothy W. III, Riley and Cassidy; brother, Ross E. (Donna) Grimes; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service Friday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Tal Lewis officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with Masonic services at 7 p.m.



Bernard A. Beck Sr., “Berney”

Bernard A. Beck Sr., “Berney”, 58, died Nov. 16, after a long battle with illness. Berney was born in Barberton and was an area resident all his life. Preceded in death by his parents, William and June; Survivors include his son, Bernard Jr.; brother, William (Robin); sister, Jennifer (Gary) Croft; and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to his close friends and relatives who have been there for him over the years. Calling hours will be Thursday, Nov. 20, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Private family burial Nov. 21, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. www.silva-hostetler.com .



Ruth Ann Lyle (nee Strebler)

Ruth Ann Lyle (nee Strebler), 81, loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, died Nov. 14, surrounded by her three sons. Ruth was born Jan. 18, 1933, in Akron. She graduated from Our Lady of the Elms High School and Toledo School of Nursing. She retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital where she worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years in the Emergency Room and Clinic. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her compassion and caring spirit did not end with her work at the hospital but carried forward to the many others she touched throughout her life. After she retired, then it was on to the Akron Zoo and Salvation Army. There are so many little acts of kindness and sacrifices for others we will never know about. Ruth loved doting over her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking care of her cats and manicuring her (and her sons') flower gardens. Ruth enjoyed the simple things in life and showed to us the importance of living a life of humility and putting others first before you..Her passion was her polka music and German festivals. She loved listening to the Cleveland Indians.  We do not know how, but expect because of the Toledo School of Nursing, she was a Michigan fan. Ruth was always on the go; sailing on Lake Erie was a shared experience with her husband Ron and she was so happy to take all of us to St. Thomas on a family vacation. Ruth traveled with Dan to California, Europe and Hawaii, went with Mark's family to Sanibel again every spring break, Myrtle Beach with Mike's family every summer and long summer weekend reunions with the whole family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron and mother and father Anna and Albert Strebler.  Her survivors include sons, Mark (Sharon) Kreighbaum, Mike (Sandy) Kreighbaum, Dan (Millice) Kreighbaum and stepdaughter, Jonna; sisters, Jenny (Chuck), Eileen (Ed); grandchildren, Eddie, Aaron, Maria, Amanda, Kevin, Ryan, Dylan, Sydney and Jessica; and great-grandchildren, Sophia, Emma, and Talula. Cremation has taken place. There will be no calling hours. The funeral service will be Nov. 19, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating.  Inurnment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.



Agnes Futo

Agnes Futo, 99 1/2, died Nov. 2. She was born Feb. 3, 1915. Preceded in death by husband, Paul Futo; son, Julius Futo; grandson, Eddie Bush; three brothers; and five sisters. Survived by daughters, Frances Bush of Barberton, Paula Jones of Texas, and son, Tony Futo of South Carolina; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. There will be no showing. Cremation has taken place.



Rose M. Lovas 

Rose Lovas died Nov. 10. She was called home to be reunited with her loving husband. Rose was born March 15, 1911, to John and Mary (Kavalecz) Johanyak and was a lifetime resident of Barberton and Norton. She and her twin sister, Barbara, were accomplished piano players and performed for social events as children. She graduated from Kenmore High School with her sister in 1928. She worked from the time she was 16-years-old until she retired from Norwalk Trucking in 1975. She was a member of the Teamsters Union. She helped send her two sons to college. She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Barberton before moving to Norton. She was one of the original members of St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Sherman, where she was active in the Altar Society. After retiring, she cared for her mother and later, her ailing husband. Later, she would love spending time with friends, her family, grandchildren and then her great-grandchildren. She was always busy baking, knitting and crocheting and crocheted slippers to donate to elder care homes and a local hospital. She especially enjoyed walking and walked at least a mile every day, including the day before passing from this world to be with the Lord. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; her sisters, Barbara, Anne and Mary, and her brother, John. She is survived by her two sons, Richard Lovas and Charles (Katherine) Lovas; her four grandchildren, Marcia Lovas and her husband, Steven Warrington, Sara Lovas, Daniel Lovas, and Christopher (Terri) Lovas; Four great-grandchildren, Christopher DeMoss, Noah Lovas, Elijah Warrington and Alexander Lovas. Calling hours will be Nov. 17, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, 11 a.m.- noon, followed by mass of Christian burial to celebrate her 103 years on this earth at 12:30 p.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney, celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Altar Society at St. Andrew the Apostle Church your local Alzheimer’s Society. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Rita E. Buchanan 

Rita E. Buchanan, 90, died Nov. 11, at The Inn at Coal Ridge in Wadsworth. Rita was born in Cuyahoga Falls and was a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School class of 1942. She was a Barberton resident most of her life and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was active in the Holy Hour Program, soup kitchen, funeral luncheons, Eucharistic minister and altar server. She also volunteered for the Red Cross Bloodmobile, Summit County Board of Elections as a poll booth worker and knitting baby bonnets for Barberton Citizens Hospital. Rita was a very talented seamstress, baker, crafter and avid sports fan. More recently she was a member of the Wadsworth Women’s Club and the Altar and Rosary Society at Scared Heart Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert; twin sister, Freda Dannemiller; grandson, William Buchanan Jr.; and brothers, Andrew and Ray Walch; Survivors include her children, Thomas J. (Deborah), Patricia Haskins, Paula (Robin) Adair, Janet (Jim) Hedrick and William A.; grandchildren, Thomas (Ashley) Haskins, Nicole (Matt) Meyer, Anne Adair, Elizabeth (Matt) Torres, Jill Buchanan, Kimberly Haskins, Katie Hedrick and Brett and Bryan Buchanan; great-grandchildren, Logan Buchanan, Hunter Adair, Liam Robert and Declan Haskins; daughter-in-law, Teresa Buchanan; brother, Robert Walch; and sister, Polly Boley. Mass of Christian burial will be Nov. 14, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Nov. 13, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund. www.silva-hostetler.com.



David Allen Daugherty Jr.

David Allen Daugherty Jr., 33, died Nov. 10. Preceded in death by grandmothers, Audrey Watson and Rosalee Daugherty and brother, Tristian Daugherty; David leaves behind his fiancee of 10 years, Marsha and five daughters, April, Caitlyn, Hailea, Rosalee and Baylee; along with his parents, Dave and Nancy; sister, Heather; grandfathers, Tommy Daugherty and Clesson Watson; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be Nov. 15, 2 p.m., at Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Akron, with Pastor Robert Webb Jr. officiating. 



John W. Williams

John W. Williams, 63, died Nov. 11. A resident of Barberton for 35 years, he retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 35 years of service. John was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved playing golf, billiards and bowling. Preceded in death by his parents, Bobby and Wilda Williams; John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Glenda; son, David; daughters, Melissa Milks, Cheryl (Daniel) Kenney and Jamie Taylor; grandchildren, Ashley, Amanda, Shannon, Haley, Kyle, Alyssa, Logan, Jodi, Ivan and Jackson; sisters and brothers, Bambi Williams, Bob (Helen) Williams, Scott (Emily) Williams, Wilda (Robert) Vorhees and Suzanna (Bill) Wamsley; many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Nov. 15, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. 


Norma J. Moyer

Norma J. Moyer, 85, died Nov. 9, with her family by her side.  A resident of Barberton/Clinton for most of her life, Norma retired from Babcock and Wilcox. She was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church and was a volunteer at Barberton Citizens Hospital for many years. Norma enjoyed knitting, sewing, Polka dancing, baking Christmas cookies and spending time with her family. Preceded in death by her husband, George; survived by her son, George (Debbie); daughters, Jean Winner and Barbara (Walter) Emick; grandchildren, Jason Winner, Jeorge Winner, Sandi (Rob) Ritchey, Kristy (Ilario) Simonetta, Melissa (Roy) Barlow, Jenifer (Tim) Johnson, Michelle Emick and Jessica (Johnny) Narron; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Annie Stanley and Carolyne Fisk; brothers, Melvin Hanley and Dave Hanley; sisters, Virginia White and Mary Jo Hanley; many other family members, friends and her special buddy, Katie Kitty. Funeral service will be Thursday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Tina Nees officiating.  Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  Calling hours Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m.



Ronald L. Hiltabidel

Ronald L. Hiltabidel, 86, of Barberton, died Nov. 3. He was born May 13, 1928, in Kenmore, the son of the late Charles and Esther (Cross) Hiltabidel. He was a lifelong resident of Barberton and proudly served his country as a veteran of the United States Air Force. In addition to his parents, Ron is preceded in death by a son, Larry. He is survived by three sons, Jeff, Tom and David; three daughters, Marcia, Darlene and Margie and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and private burial services for the family will be held at a later date.  Condolences and special memories may be shared online at http://www.heritagecremation.com



Lois F. Ocepek (nee Johnson)

Lois F. Ocepek (nee Johnson), 87, died Nov. 7, at Summa Barberton Hospital. She was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Clinton to the late Perry and Hazel Johnson (Cox). She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Victor Ocepek, in 1976; sister, Evelyn Matozel; brothers Harold, Fred and Perry Johnson; son-in-law, Jim Wade; and granddaughter, Jennipher. She was a very loving and fun person who never met a stranger. She leaves her four children, Victoria Wade, Thomas Ocepek, Daniel (Connie) Ocepek and Christine (Mike) Fano. Grandchildren, Lesley Moughler, Todd (Beth) Wade, Heather Ocepek, Chad, Justin and Jason Fano. Great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Ashley, Emily, Brittany and Chloe. Many dear nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Milly Spetich and special friend, Fran Blanar. Special thanks to all her devoted care givers at Doylestown Health Care Center, especially Stephanie, Tracy and Jessica.  Also to the caregivers at BCH and Dr. Douglas Wenger. A grateful appreciation to her caregivers at home, Chris and Phyllis. Also the visits at home of Dot, Mick and Stephanie and nephew, Mike Matozel. She loved all of you. Funeral Service will be Nov. 11, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Pastor Robert Combs officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Nov. 10, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.


 
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