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Edith E. Lanning

Edith E. Lanning, 80, passed away June 29, after a lengthy illness. There will be no services.



Mildred Bauer

Mildred Bauer, married to her devoted husband, Raymond for 73 years, passed away peacefully June 30. Millie, 91, the daughter of Kuzman and Elizabeth Milinkovich, was born in 1923, she was one of eight children. A lifetime resident of Barberton, Millie for most of her married years was a homemaker and mother. In her early years she was a “Rosie the Riveter.” After she and Ray retired, they spent many happy days at their farm in southern Ohio. Holidays and family get-togethers were made special by her excellent family traditional dishes. Millie is preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond, who passed away in February. She is survived by her daughters, Norma (Waymon) Goch; grandchildren, Lisa and Kent; Patty (Ruben, deceased) Potter; grandchild, Ruth and Paulette (Rick) Fisher; grandchildren, Vicky and Beth. Ray and Millie loved visits from their seven great-grandchildren; especially at family picnics, not to mention their favorite gathering, Christmas Eve. Funeral service will be July 3, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Vic Myers officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity. 



Jacqueline “Jackee” R. Lattea

Jacqueline “Jackee” R. Lattea, 77, went home to be with the Lord June 28. She was a member of Trinity Church of God. Preceded in death by her sons, Steve and Gene; Jackee is survived by her sons, Matthew (Stephanie) and John (MaryKay); nine grandchildren; sister, Margaret “Peggy” (Mike) Dundon; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Thursday, July 2 5:30 p.m., at Trinity Church of God, 1752 Williams St., Cuyahoga Falls, with Pastor Fred Webb officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church.



Ava Gertrude Nanna (Barron)

Ava Nanna died peacefully surrounded by her family June 20, at Oxford Manor.  Ava was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., Dec. 24, 1913, to Harry and Etta Barron. The youngest of three siblings, Helen Barron, Lee Barron now deceased. As a child she lived in West Virginia, Kansas and Barberton. Ava graduated valedictorian of her class at Barberton High School in 1935 where she met her future husband, George Nanna. They were married in May of 1936 and celebrated 64 years of marriage until his death in 2000. Ava enjoyed her life and placed great importance on her relationships with her family and many friends.  Ava was known to be witty and fun. She always had a clever story or cute joke to tell. She was an avid reader, enjoyed competitive tennis, bridge and golf. Ava was a volunteer in the various cities where she lived: Allegan, chairman of the Jr. Red Cross and director of summer bible studies at the Methodist church; Grand Rapids, a Blodgett Hospital volunteer; Port Charlotte, Fla., founder of a ministry for the homebound and chairman of stewardship for their church. One of her most cherished moments was being honored as a Rotary Harris Fellow Spouse in 2000. Upon the death of her husband, Ava relocated to Grand Rapids to be near her family, where she was a resident of Sentinel Pointe for 10 years prior to living in Clark Retirement Community. She is survived by son, Jerry (Susan) Nanna of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter, Judy McCabe (Michael VanGenechten) of Grand Rapids; grandson, Mark McCabe of Grand Rapids; granddaughters, Kimberly (Lynn) Prater of Kalamazoo, Kelly (Michael) Taff, Danielle Ellis of Texas; and nine great grandchildren, five girls and four boys; and niece Joyce Barron of Barberton. A private family service was held. Her family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all who assisted in her care, especially the staff of Clark Retirement Community, Sentinel Pointe and Hospice of Michigan. Memorial gifts may be made to Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin Street, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or Hospice of Michigan 989 Spaulding Ave, Ada, MI 49506. 



Tracy L. Wilson (nee Bilinovich)

Tracy L. Wilson (nee Bilinovich), 42, passed away suddenly June 25. She was born in Barberton, March 23, 1973. She graduated from Norton High School. She loved all animals and was especially interested in horses. Tracy rode competitively throughout her life. She loved being around family and the outdoors. She resided in Norton, where she met and married the love of her life, Roger Wilson. She is survived by her loving husband, Roger; stepsons, Roger Jr. and Alex; parents, Tom and Harriet Bilinovich; brothers, Tom (Marybeth), sons, Cody and Jacob and Mark (Rachelle), son, Tyler; mother and father-in-law, Walt and Emma Wilson, along with her wonderful extended family; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many loving friends. She will be sadly missed. Funeral service will be June 30, noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Pastor Richard Hoskins officiating.  Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours June 29, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Eileen Edith Brubaker

Eileen Edith Brubaker, passed from this life into God’s presence June 23. At 95 years, her upbeat look at life had served her well. Preceding her in death was her husband of 42 years, Gerald Brubaker. She was born in Kenmore, Feb. 2, 1920, the oldest of three children born to Lloyd and Osa Bachtel. All preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Robert (Peggy) Brubaker and Janice (Richard) Simms. Eileen will be missed by her six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as by her pet friend, Heidi.  Widowed early, Eileen lived a full third of her life as an independent woman and she packed a lot of living into those years. She was active in a doll club and ladies circle and was a member of Jeanette Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. She loved to travel.  An active member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church most of her life, in recent years Eileen attended Union Missionary Baptist Church where she served as pianist for many years. She had a heart for animals of almost any kind especially deer, dogs and birds. She loved fiber arts and knitted and sewed prolifically. Artistically, she loved playing the piano taking it up again and developing proficiency in midlife after having lessons for only one year as a young child. Her family wishes to thank Dr. David Joseph Stokes, her physician and friend of many years, for his kind, gentle and understanding manner and Pastor William Moore for his frequent and comforting visits. Additionally, her special neighbors, Carol, Wayne and Anne as well as her helpers, Dan, Peggy and Bob who made it possible for her stay in her home. Family and friends will celebrate Eileen’s life June 28, 3-7 p.m. and June 29, 11 a.m., before the noon service.  Burial will be private.  Matthew 25:21 “Well done, good and faithful servant.  Come and share your Master’s happiness.”



Edward J. Arvay Sr.

Edward J. Arvay, 85, cherished father, passed away unexpectedly June 23. Born in Barberton, Ed was a lifelong member of the area. He was a graduate of Barberton High School and member of the Magics’ 1947 State Football Championship team. After high school, Ed joined the United States Air Force and served as a member of the Air Police before returning to the area. A retiree of Ohio Edison, he was an avid golfer and active member of the Barberton Moose lodge 759 golf league. Ed was also an active member of the Eagles Aerie 2117 serving in the role as Worthy Conductor for the last 16 years, a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1617 and a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Sue; Ed is survived by son, Edward J. Jr. (Christine) of Euclid; daughter, Kathleen Arvay of Norton; sister, Dolores (Benjamin) Wathey; sister-in-law, Kathleen (Stephen) Taylor; brothers-in-law, John, Vincent (Marlene) and Michael (Mitzi) Kernan and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be June 29, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours June 28, 2-5 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said June 29, 9:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. www.silva-hostetler.com. 


Dennis “Mike” McCroskey

Dennis “Mike” McCroskey, 66, passed away June 22. He was born Feb. 14, 1949, in Spencer, W. Va. Mike enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran. Preceded in death by his father, Daniel; brothers, Danny and David; and brother-in-law, Lendol Bush. Survived by children, Devon (Mike) Evans, Carrie (Kenneth) Ady, Christina (Reto) Niklaus, and Dennis; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother, Wilma; sisters, Sharon Bush, Brenda (John) Hervet, and Michelle (David) Winans; ex-wife, Shelley; ex-wife, Linda Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends June 26, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Memorials may be made in his name to Magnolia Village, 365 Johnson Rd., Wadsworth, OH  44281.



Theodore E (Ted) Johnson

Ted Johnson, 87, passed away June 19. Ted retired from PPG with 33 years service to pursue his dream work as a truck driver, driving for Spartan Enterprises and CC Supply. He was president of the PPG 20 year club and active in the CAA events and past president of the Barberton Liedertafel Club. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Lena Johnson; sister, Loretta Holsberry; daughter, Vicky Ziegler; stepchildren, Bill Golden and Joy Hatfield. Ted is survived by his loving wife and the love of his life, Flora Ann Johnson; son, Teddy (Kathy) Johnson; daughter, Regina (Dave) Greer; stepson, Rick (Pam) Golden; 17 grandchildren and many great and great-great-grandchildren. Calling hours were June 21, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, pastor Robert Webb Jr. officiating.



Violet “June” Booth

Violet “June” Booth, 85, died peacefully June 19. She was born November 11, 1929 in Miller, S.D. June met the love of her life, Leonard “Len” Booth, while he was attending college in Huron, S.D. after World War II. They were married and moved to Barberton in 1951 after Len accepted a job at Babcock & Wilcox. She worked briefly at B&W before becoming a homemaker. They had a wonderful 43 years together until his death in 1994. As befits someone who spent her early years on a farm, she loved being outdoors tending to her plants and flowers and landscaping her home, hiking the Akron Metro Parks when she was able to, or later just going on long drives through the country side. June enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, was a voracious reader and always followed her favorite sports teams (Ohio State, Akron Zips, Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers). She also liked seeing plays at the various theaters in the area and enjoyed going to a nice restaurant for a glass of wine and a good meal. Preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Booth; parents, Fred and Lydia Hoerth and sister, Juanita Grundman; survived by her son, Richard (Rick/Rich) Booth and brother, Delvin Hoerth. A private committal service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.



Goldie G. Pramik

Goldie G. Pramik, (Tamasovich), 89, passed away June 17. Born in Barberton, she had been a Norton resident for 31 years and lived the last 37 years in Uniontown and Florida. Preceded in death by husband, Andrew and son, Alan; Survivors include sons, Drew, John (Kristy) and David; grandchildren, David, Christopher, Alex and Andy; brothers, David (Arlene) and Norbert Tamasovich; and sister, Cecilia Smiseck. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours Friday, June 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Saturday, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please give to Donate.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). www.silva-hostetler.com.



James “Jim” B. Wightman

James “Jim” B. Wightman, 84, passed away June 8. Jim enjoyed traveling and mechanics. He built and operated Loyal Oak Car Wash and was a truck driver later in life. Preceded in death by wife, Janice; brother, John; and parents, Blake and Jarmilla. Survived by children, James (Marilyn) Wightman, Joan (Kyle) Fry, and Robert (Beverly) Braman; six grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Teresa Jacobs and Patricia Crook; and extended family and friends. Funeral service will be June 12, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Dr. Mike Somerville officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family received friends June 18.



Jerry R. Nott

Jerry R. Nott, 82, passed away peacefully with his family by his side June 15. Jerry was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Glouster, Ohio, to the late Ray and Lillian (Graham) Nott. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, entering when he was 15 years old. He retired from the Ohio Brass Co. after 33 years of service, and was a school crossing guard for the city of Barberton for 22 years. Jerry repaired televisions for many people for over 30 years and was a member of the VFW Post 1066 and the Barberton Moose Lodge 759. Preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melinda Ann; a brother and two sisters; he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Iris; sons, Jerry Jr. (Nancy L.) Nott of Norton, Randy Nott of Barberton; grandchildren, Brittany (Jason) Bruce, Jason (Nikki) Nott, Jerad Nott (fiance, Sarah Evans); great grandchildren, Aaron Bruce and Allison Nott; one brother; six sisters; many other family and friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Doylestown Health Care for their wonderful care of Jerry. There are no services. A private interment with military honors will be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



Wilma M. LaCook (nee Hodgkinson)

Wilma M. LaCook (nee Hodgkinson), 77, passed away June 17. Wilma was born in Washington, Pa., to the late Henry and Henrietta (nee Yerman) Hodgkinson and was a life resident of Barberton. Wilma loved dancing, Elvis Presley and was always at Hodges either working or for the Browns games and NASCAR races, she went to Jamboree in the hills every year, enjoyed volunteering at the Barberton Seventh Day Adventist Center, but most importantly, loved her grandkids and family. She was preceded in death by granddaughters, Linda Sue and Jenn; stepmom, Lorene and brother, Bob Yerman. Wilma is survived by son, Michael “Gaylord” Hodgkinson; daughters, Pamela Sue Greathouse and Reba Jean Elrod; grandchildren, Michael (Jessica), Cody, April, Jessica, John Henry and Jena; great-grandchildren, Maci and numerous others; brother, Robert “Hodge” Hodgkinson; sister, Judy (Danny) Hayes; special great-nephew, L’l Dude and other numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be June 20, 11 a.m., at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours June 19, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Don Wilson

Don Wilson, 88, passed away June 13. A life resident of Barberton, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the Philippines, attaining the rank of Sergant. Don retired from Loral with 36 years of service. He was a member of the former Moore Memorial United Methodist Church and the Barberton Moose Lodge 759. Preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Carol; survived by his nephew, Mark Haudenschild; nieces, Daryle Marshall, Carlyn Malcuit and Candy Mann; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 18, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi. Calling hours June 17, 5-7 p.m.



Charles Fullmer Jr.

Charles Orval Fullmer Jr., 61, of Barberton, went home to be with the Lord, June 14, surrounded by his family. Charles was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to many. Charles is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruth; daughters, Ronda (Storm) Engstrom, Amanda (Randy Thornsberry). Kim (Billy) Seiter; mother, Emma Love; sister, Carol Alchier; sister, Patricia (Homer) Carpenter; sister, Rita Fullmer Breton; brother, Ty (Sharon) Fullmer; brother, Brian (Tonia) Fullmer; grandson, William Seiter and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Calling hours will be Thursday, June 18, 10-11 a.m., with service to follow, at Cornerstone Free Methodist Church, 578 Killian Road, Akron, with Pastor Brenda officiating.



Ronald E. Troha

Ronald E. Troha, 80, passed away June 14, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Ronald was born in Barberton to the late Anthony and Anne (nee Paige) Troha. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Troha; Stepson, Raymond Diabo and brother, Anthony Troha. Ronald is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Terry (Janis) Troha; daughter, Linda Hamilton; grandchildren, TJ and Jason Troha; great-grandchildren, Kinsley and Jason Jr; brother, Raymond Troha; stepsons, Ralph (Gloria) and Randolph (Kathy)  Diabo; step-grandchildren, Crystal (Aaron), Brandon and Scott. Ronald retired from B&W with 25 years of service, was a proud Army veteran and a member of the VFW Post 1066. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 18, 10 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours June 17, 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.



John R. “Rick” Lauer

John R. “Rick” Lauer, 67, passed away June 14. A life resident of the Barberton area, he was employed with PPG Industries for 20 years and recently worked at the Akron Auto Auction. Rick was a member of Akron FOPA, First Hungarian Benefit Society and Fourth Street Supper Club. He enjoyed his 77 Pinto Wagon, “Grocery Getter.” Rick was a car show enthusiast, loved sports and drag racing. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Beatrice; survived by his wife, Beccie; sister, Joyce (John) Dillon; niece, Angie First and their sons; nephew, Bub and his son and daughter; best friends, Jerry, Al and Gene: along with many other family members and friends. Rick’s family will receive friends June 16, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. 



Charles “Chuck” Ash

Charles “Chuck” Ash, 64, passed away June 9. He was born in Spencer, W.Va., March 18, 1951 and attended the Victory Chapel. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Jo Ash; brother, Paul; daughter-in-law, Naomi; and special aunt, Thelma. He is survived by loving wife of 42 years, Sheila; children, Allen, Augusta (Jeremy) Chambers and Crystal (Jay) Miller; grandchildren, Bradley, Jaylen, Ashley, Caitlin, Ethan, Landon and Jaxon; brothers, Larry, Robert and James; and numerous extended family and friends. Funeral Service will be June 13, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Family will receive friends June 12, 6-8 p.m. 



Donna Giron (Myers)

Donna Giron, 66, passed away June 8, after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness, peacefully entered into rest to be with her late mother and father, Elva and William Myers. Preceded in death by her husband, Mark Giron, who died in the Vietnam War. Donna is survived by her beloved son and best friend, Justin Squires; her loving sister, Dianne (Richard) Skolnik, many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends. Donna’s family will receive friends on Friday, June 12 from noon- 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Inurnment will be private.

     


Thelma L. Schellenberger (nee Denning)

Thelma L. Schellenberger (nee Denning), 86, passed away June 10. Thelma was born in Akron and had been an area resident all her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Hazel Denning; husband, Glenn; daughter, Gloria Antal; son-in-law, Robert Chapman Jr.; brothers, Ron and Cliff Denning; and best friend, Norma Jean Stanley. Thelma is survived by her daughters, Carol (Brian) Canale, Elaine (Michael) Craft and Barbara Chapman; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Rhea Shaw; numerous nieces and nephews; and life-long friend Mr. Jack. Funeral Services will be June 15, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Brian Canale officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling Hours June 14, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Clyde M.L. "Marty" Arrendale

Clyde M.L. "Marty" Arrendale 59, of Barberton, passed away at home June 3, following a long illness. He was born Jan. 6, 1956, in Canton. Marty served in the U.S. Army and was a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends, computers and playing the guitar. Survivors include three daughters, Jennifer Watts, Tara Arrendale, Tasha Arrendale, all of Florida and two sons, Martin and Toby, both of Florida. Additional survivors include several grandchildren; two sisters, Vickie Richmond (Ron) of Grafton and Marcy Chapman (Mark) of Akron; and a brother; Harold (Tammy) of North Carolina. Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Mary (nee: Haught) and a brother, Harley. Graveside Services will be Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m., at Butternut Ridge Cemetery in Eaton Township, where VFW Post 1079 will provide full military honors. Memorial contributions in Marty's memory can be sent to the charity of the donor's choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Lorain County Cremation Services of Elyria (440)322-4626. Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com



Louis Joseph Nahas

Louis Joseph Nahas (Joe), 51, of Green, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep, June 3. He was born Jan. 21, 1964, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he lived until his family moved to the Akron area in 1978. Joe graduated from Firestone High School in 1982, later attending Kent State University majoring in Criminal Justice. Joe joined the Barberton Police Department in 1992, where he proudly protected and served the citizens of Barberton until a debilitating work-related injury caused him to retire as a lieutenant in 2006. Joe loved adventure. Prior to his injury, he bravely ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. He was a voracious reader and loved all types of history.  However, he was most passionate about his 9-year-old son, Jack. Joe loved spending time with Jack and was so proud of how kind-hearted and gentle his son is. Preceded in death by both his father, Michael Nahas, and younger brother, Michael Nahas of Little Rock, Arkansas; Joe is survived by his son, Jack of Green; mother, Cynthia of Barberton; sister, Micah Eberhardt of Vermont; niece, Natalie (Seth) Harrington of Munroe Falls and nephews, Chaz and Sam Eberhardt of Vermont. Joe is also survived by his former wife and mother of his only child, Tracy (Myers) Nahas of Green, with whom he remained very close to up until the time of his death. Cremation will take place, with Joe's ashes being scattered over Bear Cave Mountain in the Ozarks. It was here where he spent much of his childhood, and where Joe's father's ashes were also scattered. According to Joe's wishes, no funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jack Nahas Trust Fund at Integrity Federal Credit Union. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Lorena G. Lowery (Conrad)

Lorena G. Lowery, 68, passed away at her home in Daytona Beach, Florida, May 23. Preceded in death by her parents; several siblings; daughter, Kimberly and grandson, Shane; Lorena is survived by her children, Patricia Conrad, Tammy  Sheryl and Chuck Lowery; grandchildren and great-grandchildren to whom she was known as “GG”; four brothers; three sisters; many nieces, nephews and other family members. The family would like to extend special thanks her many friends and staff at Bellair Lanes in Daytona Beach, where she was an avid bowler. A memorial service will be June 7, 3 p.m., at Lord’s House of Prayer, 6105 Manchester Road, Akron, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to the family.



Barbara White

Barbara White, born Jan. 31, 1938, passed away May 31, at the age of 77. She was a proud Norton High School class of ’56 graduate. She ran the cafeteria at the Akron Public Library for many years.   Survived by daughters, Terrie (Perry) and Tracy (Sheri); grandchildren, Scott (Michelle) and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Rebekah, Destiny, Austin, Hailey and Chase; brother, Marvin (Cindy); special niece, Leann and family. Funeral Service will be June 4, 6:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave in Barberton. Pastor Adam Speas officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cox Funeral Home for funeral expenses.



Shirley A. Prock

Shirley A. Prock, 80, of Little River, South Carolina, passed away peacefully May 20, at home surrounded by her family. Born in Barberton, she was the daughter of the late George and Maycel Thomas. In 1950, she married Michael Richards and had six children before he passed away in 1960. In 1967, she married William Prock, who preceded her in death; along with a son, Michael; grandson, Matthew; and sister, Betty. Survivors include her daughters, Shirlie (John) Tiano, Carolyn (Terry) Russ, Diane (Rick) Buddelmeyer, and Barbara (Robin) Barton; sons, Steven (Sue) Richards, Richard (Kel-z) Prock, Ronald Prock and Matthew (Amy) Prock; sisters Georgene Whited, Mona Kratzer and a brother, Jim Thomas; 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. The family is being served by Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of Little River.



Alpha Norene Skiles Wehling

Alpha Norene Skiles Wehling, 93 of Barberton, died May 28, at Pleasant View Health Care Center, after a long illness. Norene was born Sept. 25, 1921, to the late Fountain and Zelpha Lucas Skiles of Charleston, West Virginia. She was a member of the Barberton Women’s Club and was employed by Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company for 25 years beginning in 1944. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William “Bill” Wehling; three brothers, Jobie, Donald and Lloyd Skiles of Charleston, West Virginia; two sisters, Arlene Harris of Charleston and Jeanette Maag of Canal Fulton. She is survived by one brother, Frank (Sue) Skiles of Charleston; two sisters, Geraldine (Dallas) Spradling of Ripley, West Virginia and Juanita (Lloyd) Belcher of Charleston; and also by several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pleasant View for all the love and attention Alpha received. Funeral service will be June 3, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service.



Helen Juanita Phillips (nee Hatfield)

Helen Juanita Phillips, 90, went home to be with the Lord May 30. She was born April 30, 1925, in Pikeville, Kentucky, to the late Nicholas and Melda (Scott) Hatfield. Helen was the oldest and last to pass of their six children. She came to Barberton at 16 and worked at the Diamond Match. Helen loved Barberton with its beautiful lake in the center of town. Preceded in death by her husband, Clair Phillips and son, Harold A. Brady; survived by her daughter, Donna Jarvis of Norton; son, Phillip Brady of Medina; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Margaret and her children and Donna for all the love and care given to Helen. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 4, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jim Newton officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends June 3, 5-8 p.m. and also from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday.



Karen L. Struckel

Karen L. Struckel, 69, passed away May 28. Karen was born in Barberton where she was a life resident. She was a registered nurse for over 30 years and was dedicated to helping people. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church where she was active in the choir and baking nut rolls and strudel. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Theresa; Survivors include her son, Martin; her grandchildren, Dylan, Devyn and Daryn; brothers Charles and Edward Struckel; sisters Rita Woodall and Rose Marie Eggert; and numerous other relatives. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave. Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Calling Hours June 3, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Robert C. Primm Jr.

Robert C. Primm, Jr., dearly beloved by family and friends, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home May 28. Bob, or “Bobby” to his family, retired at 50 from Babcox and Wilcox (B&W) after 30 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling and accumulated a lifetime of precious memories. He was also a member of Barberton Liedertafel. Bob will always be remembered as hard working, responsible, curious, funny, generous in spirit and a “rock” in the family. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy, and his parents, Robert Sr. and Elizabeth Primm.  He is survived by his daughter, Stacy King (Harold); sister, Corky Boshara, and brother, Forrest Primm (Gloria); as well as grandchildren Jessica, Nicole (Dustin) and Corey; and great-grandchildren, Kendall, Patrick, Arianna and Aiden. He is also survived by nephews, R.J. Boshara, Jr. (Lora), David Boshara, Dana Gauer (Jeff), Forrest Primm Jr. (Christine) and Douglas Primm (Kelly). Bob is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as Dixie Ward (Karl) and a cherished friend, Leona Rennie. The family would like to thank Dr. Haas, Dr. Mustafa, Dr. Dar, Dr. Cook and all the nurses at Parkview Center, especially Mary, for their excellent, loving care. Services will be in the Chapel at Greenlawn Cemetery on Romig Road in Akron, 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 5. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond passed away May 28, at the age of 63. He was born April 21, 1952, in Akron. He is proceeded in death by parents, Sadie and Clarence; sister, Brenda; and brothers, Rex and Jim. He is survived by daughter, Samantha; granddaughters, Destiny and Cheyenne; brothers, Charlie Hammond; sisters, Elizabeth Gallina, Marg (Pete Sheppard), Mary (Jeff) Morgan, Betty Harris and Barb Hammond; and many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters who were his joys and scratching lottery tickets. He will be greatly missed and loved.



Brandi Lyn Bill

Brandi Lyn Bill, 27, was born Dec. 21, 1987 and passed away May 25. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sherry Eagle. Survived by her son, Lucas Maxx Bill; father, Rob Bill; sister, Emily Bill; brothers, Robb Bill, Eric Eagle and Anthony Kramer; grandparents, Max and Judy Bill and Bob and Helen Cook; aunts, Debi (Kevin) Baker, Lori Bill, Donna Woodruff; uncle, Ron Eagle; special cousin, Angi Cottrell; and many other loved ones. Calling hours will be May 28, 2-4 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. 



Linda Ann Klopp Francis

Linda Ann Francis, went to be with our Lord and Savior May 25. Both the visitation and the

celebration of her life will take place at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. The visitation will be May 29, 5-8 p.m. The celebration of her life will be May 30, at 10 a.m. Her burial will be immediately following the service at Greenlawn Cemetery, in Akron. Linda was born in Akron and graduated from Kenmore High School. She worked at Goodrich and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Joyce Klopp, she is survived by her brother, Richard (Cindy) Klopp of Texas and her sister, Karen (Steve) Chancey, Ohio, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was loved by many and will be truly missed.  We love you and you will remain close to our hearts.



Arvella June Cameron

Arvella June Cameron, 95, died May 25. She was born March 29, 1920 and was a lifelong resident of Barberton. Arvella enjoyed working in her yard and with her roses and playing cards with her family and friends. She retired 30 years ago as an accountant for Pearlview Nursing Home in Copley. Preceded in death by parents, Ervin and Anna Cormany; brother, Robert Cormany; and sister, Mildred (Paul) Stewart. Survived by son, Dale Cameron; grandson, Max Cameron and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 28, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton with David Stavarz officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends Thursday one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.



Norman L. Snyder

Norman L. Snyder, 77, went home to be with the Lord May 25. Born in Barberton, he was a resident of Medina since 1961. Norm was a U.S. Air Force veteran, he retired from Westfield Insurance Company as a driver and was a member of Ridgewood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; survived by his sons, Norman L. (Cynthia) Snyder II and Robert A. (A. Jean) Snyder; grandchildren, Norman L. III, Aaron, Tereasa and Jamie; great-grandchildren, Haylee and Logan; sister, Nancy Teague and other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Friday, May 29, 7 p.m., at the Ridgewood Baptist Church, 7891 Ridge Road (Rt.94), Wadsworth, with Pastor Dave Marrandette and Martin Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disaster Relief-SCBO, 9000 Antares Avenue, Columbus, OH 43240. 



Steven Eugene Demastus

Steven Eugene Demastus, 43, left with the angels, May 23. He leaves behind his father, Corbett Demastus and mother, Nancy Demastus; his three favorite sisters, Stephanie (Steve) Detlefsen, Cindy (Billy) Mann and Kristy (John) Manning; and brother, James and sister, Debbie. He had four children, Tyler, Corey, Megan and Rachel and many nieces and nephews. His best friend, George and Tina Rocker were with him through most of his illness. He is preceded by his grandparents, aunts and uncles. We wish to thank the Wayne County Hospice Center, who were a fantastic comfort. God Bless. If you wish to send a donation, send to 466 Franklin Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203. 



Andrew V. Hatala Sr.

Andrew V. Hatala, 88, of Norton, passed away May 19, after a short courageous battle with cancer. Andy was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Barberton. A graduate of Garfield High, he served in the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles), during World War II. He fought in the Battle of Bastogne and upon returning from the war, married Pauline Hatala, his wife of 67 years. Andy was a proud member of the Bricklayers, Union Local 7 for 67 years. He helped build numerous buildings around the community, including Akron General and the University of Akron. His biggest accomplishment was doing the granite stone on the John F. Seiberling Federal Building. Andy will be remembered for his smile and making people laugh at his numerous stories. He enjoyed polka music and ethnic food and he loved family get togethers. Andy is survived by his wife, Pauline; his children, Andrew V. Hatala Jr., Valerie (Bernie) Trevino and Joseph A. (Sherry) Hatala; his grandchildren, Krista Hatala, Jason (Laura) Hatala and Jon (Kristen) Wile; and his great-grandchildren, Olivia and Jaxon Hatala. Andy was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph P. Hatala and sisters, Anne Hatala and Helen Ondrejko; his daughter, Wendellyne A. Graef; and his son, Joseph N. Hatala. A special thanks to the nurses and staff of Brookdale Sterling House and Brookdale Hospice for the tender loving care they provided to Andy. Mass of the Christian burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Calling hours will be held at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Rd. West, Barberton, May 26, 4-7 p.m. Private burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Brookdale Sterling House 487 Austin Dr., Barberton in Andy’s honor. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Mary E. Arny

Mary E. Arny, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, May 24, with her family at her side. She was born May 20, 1931, in Newark. Mary attended the Kenmore Nazarene Church and the Barberton Church of God and served as the organist at both churches. She was formerly employed at Firestone Tire and Rubber and retired from Owen Corning. Preceded in death by her son, Bruce E. Arny; parents, Rev. Emert and Goldia (Rector) McKnight; brothers, Carl and Beatrice (Wilson) McKnight, Rev. Wilbur McKnight, Harold and Barbara (Robertson) Markle; sister, Martha (McKnight) and Ivan Mathis. Survived by husband of 37 years, Charles; children, Rich (Billie) Arny, Florence (Rich) Rhoades, Crystal (Bill) Cox; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, special great-granddaughter, Allyson Nay, whom she helped raise; nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Nadine (Westfall) McNight. Services will be May 27, 6 p.m., at the Barberton Church of God, 885 N Summit St, Barberton. Pastor Chuck Erby officiating. Calling hours will be from 4-6 p.m., prior to the service. Graveside service will be Thursday, May 28, 1 p.m.,  at Smith Chapel Cemetery; 4895 Reform Road, Newark.



Beatrice Young Barringer

Beatrice Young Barringer of Port Richey, Florida, passed away May 20. Bea served in the U.S. Navy as a wave for two years, during World War II. She and her husband, Bud Barringer, relocated to Florida from Ohio in 2002. Bud passed away April 6, 2005; her first husband, James Young Sr., passed away July 15, 1968. Bea is survived by her sons, Larry Young of Bradenton, Florida and James Young of Port Richey, Florida; stepson, Barry Barringer of Akron; she also leaves several grandchildren and great-grandchildren in both Ohio and Florida and a special niece, Joan Sams of Doylestown. Funeral service will be May 26, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park, with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to hospice services in your area, in memory of Bea.



Elsie I. Brooks

Elsie I. Brooks, 90, passed away May 20, at Barberton Summa Hospital. Elsie was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Akron and was a World War II veteran of the Army Women’s Auxiliary Corps. Elsie worked at numerous locations including Roadway, Alside Inc., Lectromelt Castings and retired from Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron in 1987. After retiring and before she became unable to, Elsie travelled with a group of girlfriends to numerous locales including Australia and two trips to Alaska, including one in a motor home. Elsie was a huge sports fan, especially the Barberton boys and girls basketball teams and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Preceded by her husband, Bob Brooks; daughter, Evelyn Fry and brothers, Chet and Ron Hayth; survived by her brother, Pat (Elnora) Hayth; daughter, Norma Brooks; son, Robert (Mildred) Brooks; grandson, Donnie (Quata) Tucker; granddaughters, Natalie Spears, Laura (Justin) Hurlbert and Emily Brooks. Elsie is also survived by two great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the staff of Jackson Ridge Rehabilitation and Care in Canal Fulton, where Elsie most recently resided and also thanks to the staff of Barberton Summa Hospital, especially the Acute Palliative Care Unit for all the care and support she and her family received. A graveside service will be May 23, 10 a.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Tina Nees officiating.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Elsie memory.      



Theodore “Ted” Myzwinski Sr 

Theodore “Ted” Myzwinski Sr, 87, passed away May 15. He was born Jan. 26, 1928, in Iselin, Pennsylvania. He was a retired supervisor for Ohio Brass. Ted was a devoted usher for St. Augustine Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society. Preceded in death by wife, Rose and brothers, Ed, Henry, William and Frank. Survived by son, Ted (Gayle) Myzwinski Jr; grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Matthew) Deruntz and Keith Myzwinski; sister, Helen Patrick; brother-in-law, Frank (Virginia) Dellapa; niece, Gina Pappas. Services have taken place.



Rita Madonna Morber (nee Herold)

Rita Madonna Morber (nee Herold), 76, passed away May 19, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Rita was born in Barberton, July 10, 1938, to Mary and John Herold. Rita was the youngest of seven children. A lifelong Barberton resident, she graduated from Barberton High School in 1956 and then St. Thomas School of Nursing where she was class president. As a registered nurse, she worked for 10 years at Barberton Citizens Hospital. She married Ivan Morber on May 10, 1969, at St. Augustine Church and they danced through 46 years of marriage together. Together, they raised four children who were their pride and joy. Rita was active at St. Augustine Parish and School volunteering and living her faith in action every day. She was a member of the Holy Hour Program and did Martha work at the parish.Rita was blessed with a great faith and had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Holy Rosary. Throughout her illness, she showed an unwavering love and devotion to her family and faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary; her brother, Tom and her sister, Mary. She leaves behind her devoted and loving husband, Ivan and her children, Vincent (Jamie), Maria (Ron) Weinberg, Dominic (Monika) and Julianne (Jason) Goshe, along with her grandchildren, Margaret, Katie, Jack, Luke, Grace, Andrew, Gabriel, Emma and Katherine; her sisters, Betty, Barb and Catherine Herold and her brother, Joseph Herold, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, May 22, 10:30 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Fr. David Majikas, celebrant. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 21, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Private Burial will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank all her many caregivers over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Augustine School. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Orvy J. Taylor

Orvy J. Taylor, 73, of Barberton, died Feb. 17, after a period of declining health. He was born Nov. 9, 1941, in Barberton, to the late Orvy and Freda (McCune) Taylor Sr. Orvy was a graduate of Norton High School and had made his home in Barberton for the last 43 years, where he was retired from Babcock and Wilcox. He proudly served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Arneb in Operation Deep Freeze in the Antartic. He came from a proud family of military bloodlines. His paternal grandfather, Curtis Taylor, enlisted in 1862 into the Virginia 14th Cavalry Regiment and was captured and held in Camp Chase. His maternal grandfather, Levi McLaughlin, enlisted in 1861 with Company H, Ohio 25th Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. Orvy had a strong affection for the historical references to the Civil War because of his ancestral relations. He is survived by his sister, Jean Ann Berkoski (Leonard) of Arnold, Maryland; nephews, Robert Goody, William Goody, Joe Goody, Leonard Berkoski III and Daniel Taylor Berkoski; and niece, Sue (Rob) Kohler. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Ellen (Clyde) Goody of Creston; and stepbrother, William Taylor. Graveside services with military honors will be Friday, May 22, 10:30 a.m., at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Auble-Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman is assisting the family. For online register book, obituary, condolences, please visit www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.



Frank J. Yarsa

Frank J. Yarsa, 88, obtained his wings May 13. He began his remarkable and fulfilled life on June 12, 1926, the oldest son of Hungarian immigrants, Julia and Frank Yarsa in Elyria. He made his family proud through his scholastic and athletic accomplishments in grade school and high school. He enlisted in the army after high school and was proud to serve in General Patton’s army and the occupation of Austria at the end of World War II. Following his army adventures, Frank attended Case Tech and married (Mom) Gerry, “the happiest day of my life”.  Gerry preceded him after 46 years of marriage in 1998. Frank is survived by his children; Diane (Lou) Molnar, John (Laura) Yarsa, Sharon (Lenny) Morlan and Mark Yarsa; grandchildren, Stacie (Greg) Stearn, Heather (Sam) Shahan, Katie (Jason) Testerman and Abbie (fiance, Joe); great-grandchildren; Ryan, Ady, Taliana, Beckham and Truman. Frank is also survived by sister, Barbara Barnes; brother, Alex (Patsy) Yarsa; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Frank resided in Barberton since he began his career with PPG in 1951 as a chemical engineer. His work at PPG and sense of adventure led to travel all over the world, visiting six continents and all 50 states. He was a pioneer in his field with many patents. Frank was a rare combination of brains and brawn, a chemical engineer with a pro-football offer. Amazingly, after more than 50 years, Frank reconnected with his wartime Austrian girlfriend, Gerti. Much to everyone’s happiness, they have enjoyed the last 14 years as companions in an amazing storybook relationship. Another great joy in Frank’s life was spending time at the horse track, handicapping the sport of kings. Fortunately, he was able to enjoy this hobby up to his last days. “I lived a wonderful life doing all the things that I wanted to do with no regrets.  Do not be sad when I am gone.” Memorial mass of Christian burial will be May 18, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, NW, Barberton. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. The family received friends May 17, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions can be made to St. Augustine Church Endowment Fund or VNS Hospice in care of Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Avenue, Akron, OH 44307-2463 in appreciation for their devoted care and service. 



Harry B. Nelson

Harry B. Nelson, 60, passed away May 15. He was born Nov. 6, 1954. Harry is the beloved brother of Jack, Peggy, Linda, Judy, Marlene and Marilyn. He will forever be in our hearts.



Enzo Joseph Lanari

Enzo Joseph Lanari, 88, passed away May 16. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was raised in Kent and was a resident of Barberton since 1963. Joe was a US Coast Guard veteran during World War II, he retired from Conrail in 1987. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Barberton and a drummer in the band, “It’s Later Than You Think”. Preceded in death by his parents, Amedio and Marina Lanari; wife, Iris (Wiley) Lanari; sister, Olga Rogers and brother, Aroldo Lanari; Joe is survived by his daughters, Iris (Charles) Samples, Carol Lanari and Marilyn (Frank) Brick; granddaughter, Kim Abu-Alasal; brother, Deno (Joyce) Lanari; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be May 20, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Erik Swanson officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends May 19, 3-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001 or Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE First Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 in Joe’s memory.



Patricia Kay (Burnley) Nemeth

Patricia Kay (Burnley) Nemeth, 70, passed away May 16, after a long illness. She leaves her husband of 49 years, Ronald L. Nemeth; her sons, Timothy (Jen Cillian) and Michael (Holly Russell); three grandchildren, Kalee (Scott) Robinson and Taylor and Jacob Nemeth. She also leaves her sister, Cynthia (Dan) Chamberland; sister-in-law, Trish (Eric) Banic, nephews, Dan Chamberland and Tony Banic, and nieces, Lauren (Jeff) Crawford and Meredith Chamberland. She is predeceased by her parents, Paul and Lillian Burnley and brother, Paul F. Burnley. Per Patricia’s wishe, no prior visitation. Private burial. Memorials in Patty’s name can be made to Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Rd., Medina, OH 44256. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Emily Christine Byler
Emily Christine Byler, 22, paraprofessional teacher, passed away May 11, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. She was born Dec. 4, 1992, in Barberton, the daughter of Michael Ray and Jayne Marie (Speigle) Byler. She moved to Pratt in August of 2014 from Ohio. She had been attending the Pratt Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her partner of 3 years, Elizabeth Hillegass of Pratt; mother Jayne of Canton; father Michael of Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Kathryn (Garry) Juarez of Cameron Park, California; and brother, Justin Byler of Amherst, Massachusetts. Visitation is May 16, 9:30 a.m.-11, at Pratt Presbyterian Church, 202 E. First St., Pratt. Funeral service will be May 16, 11 a.m., at Pratt Presbyterian Church with Pastor Stephen Wing presiding. Calling hours in Sugarcreek, will be May 18, 4-8 p.m., at First Mennonite Church. Funeral service will be May 19, 11 a.m., at First Mennonite Church with Marilyn Rossiter presiding. Smith-Varns Funeral Home will be handling arrangements. Burial will follow May 20, 11 a.m. in Blough Mennonite Church Cemetery in Hollsopple, Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health) Services of Tuscarawas County or Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, KS, 67124. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com or www.smithfuneral.com. Smith-Varns, 330-852-2141. 



Dorothy J. McGown (nee Moses)

Dorothy J. (nee Moses) McGown died May 9. Dorothy was born in Findlay, June 9, 1925. She graduated from Findlay High School in June of 1943 and married Richard Charles McGown, Oct. 10, 1943. Dorothy provided Richard motivation to transition from submariner in World War II, to a tradesman at Cooper Tire, to several advancing positions with the United Rubbers Workers and ultimately commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. All the while working several different retail and factory jobs to help support and raise their three boys. Having moved many times, she completed her life with the wonderful staff at Doylestown Health Care Center. She was predeceased by husband, Richard in 1991 and son, Kevin, in 2013. She is survived by her sons, Daniel and Patrick (Susan), five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Paul S. Nakovski

Paul S. Nakovski, 76, passed away May 11. Born in Selo Lavci, Bitola Macedonia, he was a member of St. Thomas Eastern Orthodox Church and retired from J.R. Engineering. Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Fana; Paul is survived by his son, George (Amanda) Nakovski; grandchildren, Gavin and Mason; brother, Sotir (Radmila) Nakovski; niece, Ivana Nakovski; other family members and friends. Funeral service will be May 15, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Vlado Bakurdzhiev officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours May 14, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church in Paul’s name in care of the funeral home. 



Dr. Richard Lewis Sickler

Dr. Richard Lewis Sickler (“Doc”), 88, of Wadsworth, passed away May 10. Richard was born July 28, 1926, to the late Lewis and Hazel (McConnell) Sickler. Richard was born and raised in Barberton, Ohio and was a 1944 graduate of Barberton High School. While growing up baseball, football, and basketball was his passion, as he was active in all three. He ended his high school career as one of the best all-around athletes ever at Barberton High, lettering two years in football, three years in basketball, and four years in baseball. While attending Idaho University, he played varsity football and baseball. At Pacific University, he lettered for two years in basketball and was a pitcher for the baseball team. As a result, he was recognized for his athletic accomplishments by his induction into the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. One week after high school graduation, Richard enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably from 1944-1946. Thereafter, he obtained a Doctor of Optometry diploma at Pacific University, and had a thriving practice in Barberton for 40 years, along with his brother, Edward, who joined the practice at a later date. During his professional career, he served on the Barberton Board of Education as Vice President and President from 1959-1967 and served on the Barberton Board of Health. He was a 40-year member of the Barberton Masonic Lodge 0568. He also was an active member in several other civic organizations such as Kiwanis, which supported Barberton causes. Richard served as Barberton Councilman-at-Large from 1968-1972. Additionally, he took great care and pride in building business venture M&C Incorporated from the ground-up. In 2014, Richard (1944 class president) organized the 70th annual class reunion, exemplifying the “we stick together” class motto. This rare event was even featured on the front page of the Akron Beacon Journal. The degree to which his classmates remained friends over their lifetimes was phenomenal. In his later years, Richard and his wife, Evelyn, loved traveling and vacationing in Florida during the winter. They traveled extensively around the world, where Africa was one of his favorite places. Doc loved to plan multiple family trips to interesting locations. Moreover, he hosted Thanksgiving family reunions for the past 16 years. For those who knew Richard, he was admired for his work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit, love for people and zest for life, which was evident in his professional, political and athletic careers. Family and friends were always the center of his life, as they greatly admired his wit and sense of humor. He was considered by many as a mentor and advisor due to his well-rounded knowledge of various subjects and desire to help people. Doc’s charismatic personality and generous nature endeared him to many. He spent the last 15 years with his wife, Evelyn, in Wadsworth, where they cherished their friends in the Briarthorn community. Richard and Evelyn attended Northside Christian Church in Wadsworth. He touched many peoples’ lives in a profound way and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. His son, Richard Lewis Sickler II and brothers, Raymond and Edward preceded him in death. Richard is survived by his wife, Evelyn J. Sickler (nee Morrison) with whom he would have celebrated 41 years of marriage on May 11; son, Clifford Sickler (Marianne) of Lewisville; daughter, Gale (Steve) Reyher of New Concord; daughter, Sally (Michael) Gilbert of Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter, Lori (Mike) Fick of Wadsworth; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew. The family will receive friends May 14, 5-8 p.m. at Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 North Lyman St., Wadsworth, where funeral services will be conducted May 15, 1 p.m., with Pastor Robin Hart officiating.
Burial with military honors at Western Reserve National Cemetery will be conducted at a later date.



Bob Toneff

Bob Toneff, NFL football great and All American out of Notre Dame, is now with a higher super team. Bob passed away peacefully, March 15, in San Anselmo, California. He graduated from barberton High School in 1948. He is survived by wife, Medora-Vaux; his daughters, Terez Toneff, Lesa Toneff and grandchildren, Shana Davis, Nico Toneff; his brother, George Toneff and extended family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alene Toneff. Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan, June 23, 1930, to Tony and Mary Toneff. He lived to be one of the oldest lliving NFL players. Bob played in the NFL as an offensive and defensive tackle, seven years with the San Francisco 49ers and seven years with the Washington Redskins. He was the 49ers second round draft choice in 1952 out of Notre Dame. He became a standout in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl four times. During the era Bob played football, all players had to have off-season jobs and made more money off-season. As Notre Dame All-American, Bob was acclaimed the fastest lineman in Irish history. This competitive, but gentle, athlete was a man’s man and a woman’s protector. He continuously gave his love, strength and devotion to his wife, daughters and grandchildren. As a fierce competitor, Bob instilled in his family the belief that you keep your eye on the ball and never give up. Bob was bigger than life and gave life to his family and friends. He always played the game to win. He is our hero. Memorial service TBA. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to our Go Fund Me account: www.gofundme.com/toneff.



Dana C Baker

Dana C Baker, 52, passed away April 25. Preceded in death by father, Lester T and brother, Gary A. Dana lived most of his life in North Carolina. Left to mourn, his mother, Christine Baker; brother, Daniel (Stephanie) Baker, George (Tom) Baker; Michelle Banyar; many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donate to charity of choice. Private service has already taken place. 



Ronald R. Landals 

Ronald R. Landals, 80, passed away May 10. Ron was born Feb. 3, 1935, and grew up in Barberton. After getting married to Ion, they moved to the Kenmore area of Akron and the last 10 years resided in Garrettsville. He worked for Houk Machine Company and GOJO Industries, Inc., where he retired in 1998. Ron served our country in the US Marine Reserves, where he was honorably discharged and achieved the rank of E4. In Ron’s younger days, he would go hunting and fishing with this father and family where he built a love of the outdoors. This carried over as his family grew by camping along the shores of Leesville Lake and many other places around the state. He helped several Boy Scout Troops in Barberton and Akron as an adult leader for over 25 years. Ron was a 47-year member of National Lodge 568 F&AM in Barberton, where he served as Master in 1978 (along the shores of Lake Anna), he was also 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron and a member of Anna Dean 595 OES. His masonic fraternity continued his love of the outdoors and traveling by joining National Campers and Travelers, where they traveled all over the country.  The club purchased a plot of ground in Garrettsville, where a stand of maple trees was transformed into a travel trailer park. Traveler’s Woods was a place where he enjoyed many hours of hard work and great fellowship together with his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Corrine and his brother, Harold “Bud”; Ron is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ion; children, Lawrence (Nina), Beverly (Ken) Hryck and Richard (Cris); grandchildren, William (Christine), Joseph (Chrystal), Thomas (Samantha), Sarah (Max), Dean, Michael and Richard; five great-grandchildren and two to join the family later this year. The family will receive friends May 13, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, Barberton, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Inurnment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics Ohio, 3303 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232 (www.sooh.org.)



Richard P. Borsos

Richard P. Borsos. 80, passed away May 8, following a brief illness. Dick proudly served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Mississippi (EAG-128). He worked as a union carpenter for over 40 years. He was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. An avid sports fan and golfer, he also enjoyed bowling, polka music, dancing and his twice a week card games. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Eva; brothers Chuck, Ernie, George and John; Survivors include his sons, Rick of Hurst, Texas and Brian (Laurie) of Cuyahoga Falls; sister Mary Ann (Don) Hawes of Pomona, California; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and his faithful friend and much loved dog, Rocky. His family would like to thank National Church Residences and Hospice of Summa for their care and compassion during his illness. Calling hours will be May 13, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Private Graveside Services will be May 14, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite pet rescue. www.silva-hostetler.com



John R. Somerick

John R. Somerick, 55, passed away May 7. He was born Aug. 15, 1959, in Barberton. Survived by daughter, Megan Somerick; father, Richard (June) Somerick; mother, Mary Jane Somerick; siblings, Kathy (Terry) Steinwand, Richard (Lisa) Somerick II, Joseph Somerick, Mary (Larry) Trenta; Diane White; nephews, Ricky, Robert, Adam; nieces, April, Lauren; great-niece, great-nephews; and mother of his daughter, Tammy Moss. Funeral will be Friday, May 15, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, with Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m., May 14, at Cox Funeral Home.



Norma L. Guy 

Norma L. Guy, passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10, at the age of 91. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. “Bud” Guy and grandson, Bobby Butash; Norma is survived by her children, Beverly (Jon) Butash, Sandra Guy, Robert (Joanne) Guy and David (Julie) Guy. She leaves 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, who will all remember and miss her deeply. Special thanks to Chapel Hill Community Home (nurses, aides and staff) for the loving care they gave our mother and her church family at Johnson UMC, who she loved very much. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Norma’s life will be May 14, 6 p.m., at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, with Rev. Tal Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends and family from 4 p.m. until time of service. No flowers please, donations may be made to Chapel Hill Community, 12200 Strausser St., N.W., Canal Fulton, OH 44614 or Johnson United Methodist Church.



Eleverna Fay Beach (nee Kramer)
Elverna F. Beach, 99, passed away May 5, 4:47 p.m., of natural causes. She was born in Tallmadge, Sept. 2, 1915 and graduated from high school in 1933. She moved to Barberton June 6, 1936, after marrying Charles Thomas Beach. She also lived in Wadsworth and Norton. She was a long-time member and a tireless volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton. She was a member of the Barberton Woman's Club and the Barberton Hospital Auxiliary. She made an honorary board member at the Summa Wadsworth Hospital because of her 50 years of volunteer service for the Auxiliary. She worked for many years at various voting precincts as a worker and then as a presiding judge. She was an excellent homemaker, seamstress, cook, crafts maker and gardener. She also was an avid bridge player. She is preceded in death by husband, Charles, in 1976; parents, Karl Kenneth Sr. and Myrtie Margaret (Cauffield) Kramer; brothers, Karl Kramer Jr., Walter Kramer and Gene Kramer; sisters, Mary (Kramer) Born, Lucille (Kramer) Sekulich, Dorothy (Kramer) Neumeyer and Betty (Kramer) Griffin and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by daughters, Joan Pauline of Norton and Jill Elaine of Decatur, Georgia; sister, Carrie (Kramer) Zinn of Kokomo, Indiana; sisters-in-law, Janet Kramer of Litchfield and Alice Kramer of Akron. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Summa Pallative Care and Home Instead for their care of our mother during her last days. The family will receive friends May 11, at Hilliard Rospert Funeral Home 174 N. Lyman St, Wadsworth, 5-7 p.m., funeral services will be conducted May 12, 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Charity of your choice. Hilliard-Rospert-Funeral Home, www.HilliardRospert.com.


Bessie M. Weaver (nee Bird)

Bessie M. Weaver (nee Bird), 102, passed away peacefully May 7, at Brethren Care in Ashland. She was born in Wadsworth, May 25, 1912, to the late Thomas and Florence (Hagey) Bird.  Bessie was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland. In 1934, Bessie married Robert E. Weaver of Barberton, who passed away in 1986. They had a wonderful life together. They traveled in the US and Canada and especially enjoyed vacations at their cottage in Michigan. She was a wonderful home maker and a great seamstress. Bessie will be dearly missed by daughters, Dorita (Walker) Ramage and Margie (Robert) Parks. Also surviving are grandchildren, Susan (Tracy) Walker, Walter R. (Pam) Ramage, Judi (Brian) Gribble, Rev. David (Terrie) Ramage, James (Jennifer) Parks and Meghan (Scott) Kinney; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Bessie was preceded in death by her sister, Clorice Guiley. Funeral service will be May 12, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. David Ramage officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours May 11, 5-7 p.m. 



William J. Thompson

William J. Thompson, 70, died May 9. A resident of Barberton, he graduated from Doylestown High School and was employed as a machinist for most of his life. Bill was an avid Ohio sports fan. Preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Thompson; brothers, John, Ronnie and David Thompson; sisters, Donna Morneua and Nancy Thompson; Bill is survived by his sons, Mike (Kim) Thompson of Marshallville and Doni Thompson of South Carolina; daughter, Lisa (Josh) Ferguson of Barberton; four grandchildren; brother, Bob Thompson of Florida/Portage Lakes; sister, Peggy Morneau of Canal Fulton; many nieces, nephews; dear friends to the end, Jim Knight and Phil Joseph. The family would like to extend a special thanks to those who were exceptionally kind during his long illness at Barberton Citizens Hospital, you know who you are and it meant so much. “Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, he set me free.” At Bill’s request cremation has taken place.  Private services will take place with the family.



Mildred Pyles

Mildred Pyles, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior May 4. Preceded in death by her son, Daniel and sister, Mary Knight; Mildred is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bill; children, Kathryn (Robert) Spinney, David (Drema), Patricia (Eugene) Gallagher; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be May 9, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Stephen Olsen officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 or Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 426, Smithville, OH 44677.



Samuel R. Danco Jr. 

Samuel R. Danco Jr., 92, formerly of Wadsworth, passed away May 5, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Barberton, to the late Samuel R. Danco Sr. and Helen Watt McMillan Danco. Sam graduated from Barberton High School in 1941, lettering in football and basketball. He then went on to serve his county in the US Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Returning home, Sam began his career as a mold maker at Mechanical Mold and Machine until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of Barberton Elks, Barberton Moose 759, Wadsworth VFW 1089, American Legion, The Senior Golf League and Barberton Brookside Country Club.  He was an avid golfer, woodworker and a Scottish redhead. Sam is survived by the mother of his children, Sue Danco of Akron; sons, Bob (Jane) of Wadsworth, Tom (Sue) of Springfield, Virginia, John (Lynne) of Cromwell, Connecticut; daughters, Kathy (Nick) Lekas of Conroe, Texas, Beth (Kim Kislin) of Akron; sister, Marg Leary of Newcomerstown; brother, Bill of Wadsworth; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be May 11, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Father Michael Ausperk officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383.  The family will receive friends May 10, 2-5 p.m. The family wishes to express their gratitude to The Apostolic Christian Home, Inc., Rittman, for their compassion, care and support given to dad in the final months of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) in Sam’s memory.


Gerald A. “Jerry” Kelley Jr.

Gerald A. “Jerry” Kelley Jr., 65, born May 22, 1949, left this world May 2, surrounded by his loving family. He was a skilled machinist that was a master at his craft. Retiring from GM with 16 years of service, after working at Goodyear for 18 years and was a trustee at the Barberton Liedertafel. Preceded in death by his parents, Gerald A. and Velda M. Kelley Sr. and brother, Merle R. Kelley; Jerry leaves behind is wife, Pamela; sons, Matt (Amy), Pete (Laura), Kristopher (Susan) and Jason (Amanda) Stillings; daughter, Jennifer Martin (Chuck); 13 grandchildren; brothers, Jeffrey and Rodney (Karin) Kelley; along with many other loving family members and friends. Jerry left this world with a passion for life and family. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 7, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor John Lee officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours are May 6, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.



Eleanor Rose Voyk (nee Simon)

Eleanor Rose Voyk (nee Simon), 84, went to be with her Savior  May 2. Born and raised in Barberton to the late Rose (Anger) and Joseph E. Simon. She was always the dedicated daughter, sister, wife and mother, devoting her time to serving and supporting her extended family.  In Eleanor’s free time, she enjoyed reading, oil painting, crocheting, bird watching, embroidery, sewing, crewel work, needlepoint, cross-stitching, quilling and visiting with her family. She was an adored wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James B. Voyk; Eleanor is survived her sister, Dorothy (Albert) Petzker; brother, Jerome (Donna) Simon; eight loving children, Karen L. (Tom) Yerkey  of Hardinsburg, Kentucky, Marian R. Calvin, Geralyn A. Esselburn of Abingdon, Virginia, Phillip G. (Reggie) Voyk of Everett, Washington, Nancy A. Sever, Jean C. (David) Stavarz, Mary C. (Andrew) Perrea (Andrew) and James E. (Deana) Voyk; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many other loving family members and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be May 6, 1 p.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Calling hours May 5, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be May 6, 12:30 p.m., with procession to the church.  Final resting place will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. 



Howard C. O’Brien

Howard C. O’Brien, 93, passed away April 30. A resident of Barberton area for 68 years, he was a US Army veteran of World War II. Howard retired from Midwest Rubber and was a member of Barberton Lodge 750 A&M. Preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy and Glada and son, John; Howard is survived by his son, Thomas (Viva); daughter, Tina Arnold; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill O’Brien of North Carolina; sister, Ruth Waggner of Arizona; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be May 5, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours May 4, 6-8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. 



William L. Novak

William L. Novak, 84, passed away May 1. He was born May 14, 1930, in Norton. William was a member of Prince of Peace Church and a former member of Holy Trinity Church. He retired from Alside Inc. with 34 years of service. He loved music and dancing, was a proud Slovenian and a huge Cavs fan. Survived by wife of 64 years, Dorothy; children, Jeffrey (Billie) Novak, Stephanie (Larry) Boatright, Karen (Bill Smith) Garrett, Lisa (Richard) Somerick, William (Debbie) Novak; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary (Joseph) Tenyak. Mass of Christian burial will be May 4, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton,  with Fr. Robert Jackson as celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Family received friends May 3, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.  Memorials may be made to Prince of Peace.



Joseph Lee Boice

Joseph Lee Boice, 42, passed away April 30. Lee was born in Barbeton where he was a life resident and worked at Ingram Barge Co. Preceded in death by his parents, Jewel and Violet; sister, Linda; and brother, David; survivors include his sisters, Terrie (Richard) Brent and Shaun (Jim) Jessen; and nieces, nephews and other family members. Private Services have taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Virginia (Booher) Cuningham

Virginia (Booher) Cunningham, 86, went home to be with her Lord, May 2. Born in Orma, West Virginia, to the late Ota (Lazader) and Ralph Booher, she lived most of her life in Norton and was a member of Norton Baptist Church for over 65 years. Preceded in death by her son, Michael (March 9, 2015); foster parents, Owen and Bessie Figg; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willie and Edith Zee Cunningham; sister, Susie (Joe) Rauch; brothers, Grover (Juanita), Deward and Theodore (Peggy) Booher; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Pete (Sibyl), Harry (Mildred), Roy “Bud” Cunningham, Forest Fulks, Junior Bishop. Jenny was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Forest Paul; son, Don (Kathy); daughter-in-law, Lynn all of Norton; grandchildren, Chad (Monica) and their children, Wesley and Corbin of Barberton, Eric (Susan) and their children, Cayden and Triston of Norton, Matthew (Jessica) and their children, Travis and Gracie of Doylestown and Kevin (Crystal) and their children, Carter and Colton of Norton; sisters, Helena “Lenny” Fulks of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia and Janet (Gene) Chadock of Vienna, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Freda Wears of Port Clinton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Ernestine Bishop; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William (Mary Ellen) Cunningham; sister-in-law, Mary Belle Cunningham; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; along with Jenny’s special neighbors, Emily Rorrer and Matt Stemple, who knew her as “Grandma Jenny” and her four-legged grandchildren, Abbie, Logan, Bella and Toby. Funeral service will be May 6, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton, with Pastor Aaron Varner officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours May 5, 5-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on May 6. In lieu of flowers, donations shall be made to Norton Baptist Church, 4239 Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton, OH 44203. 



Stanley Moroski Jr.

Stanley Moroski Jr., 76, passed away April 28, at Akron City Hospital. Stanley was born in Glendale, West Virginia and had been a Copley resident most of his life where he worked at Highlander Golf and Tennis Club. He was also a US Marine Corp Veteran. Preceded in death by his wife in January 2015, Sandra; Survivors include his stepson, Ted (Lisa) Weinsheimer; and grandchildren, Tyler and Kendall. Per his wishes cremation has taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Ronald “Ron James” Reining, Sr.

On the afternoon of April 24, Ron went to be with the lord at Ridgewood Hospice in Copley as a result of complications related to cancer. Ron was 64 years old. Ron Reining was born in the town of Barberton, in 1951. He was the son of Fred and Lillian Reining. Ron, a professional steel guitarist, had a gift for music that he enjoyed sharing with his friends and family. This ultimately led to his marriage to Lyn. They turned their home into a studio where Lyn would teach children of all ages many instruments. Ron loved to spend time outside making his yard beautiful for his wife. Ron spent many years of his life as a truck driver to supplement his music career. Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Lyn; sister, Donna; and brother, Freddy. He is survived by his sons, Ron Reining, Jr and Robert Aliers; brother, David Reining and many grandchildren. A celebration of Ron’s life will begin Friday, May 8, 11 a.m., at Rolling Acres Alliance Church, 2500 Kingsport Way, Akron. Pastor Rob Hill will be officiating. There will be a fellowship dinner following at the church.



Robert Mantz Sr.

Robert Mantz Sr., 83, passed away April 26. He was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Kenmore. He was a member of the National Masonic Lodge 568 F&AM of Barberton. Robert served in the US Army Airborne in Frankfurt, Germany. He retired from McNeil Company and BF Goodrich. Past hobbies included restoring old cars and tractors. Preceded in death by parents, Jacob and Olga. Robert came from a family of six siblings. Survived by daughters, Linda Maschmeier, Marilyn (Mike) Tompkins, Roberta Ponting; sons, Robert Jr., Darryl Mantz; grandchildren, Mike Jr and Melissa Tompkins, Angela (Joe) Schweda, Laura and Adam Bowen, Aaron Mantz; six great-grandchildren; niece, Elinore (Harry) Blasiman; nephews, Ron and Bill Jauman and Al Jr. (Karen) Mantz. Private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Thurman E. “Gene” Whitesel

Gene Whitesel, 79, passed away April 25. Gene was born in Gilmer County, West Virginia, to the late Hattie (Palmer) and Thurman L. Whitesel, Nov. 30, 1935. He worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, retiring after 30 years of service.  He also owned and operated “Gene’s Auto Sales” in Barberton for 32 years. Survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Rick (Alicia) Whitesel, Mark Whitesel, Julie Kick and Richard (Diane) Stevens; grandchildren, John Whitesel, Hailee Whitesel, Lia Whitesel, Garit Whitesel, Brandon Whitesel, Mackenzie Kick (deceased), Shyann Kick, Michael Kick, Jessica Stevens, Jenna Stevens; four great-grandchildren; sister, Peggy (Gene) Bourn; other family members and friends. Funeral service will be April 29, 1:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial following at Hillside Memorial Park.  Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Services at 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio 44333.



Junita E. Ball 

1929-2015

Junita, 86, passed away at Copley Health Center March 30. Per her request, her body was donated to the Cleveland Clinic Science Center. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She was a nurse most of her life. Proceeded in death by daughters, Cindy Muze. Surviving by Paul Marks, Bill Marks and Nancy Robbins. Sadly missed by friends and family. 


Barbara Beitel

Barbara Beitel, 58, passed away April 25. She was born April 15, 1957, in Barberton. Preceded in death by father, Eugene Sohn. Survived by husband of 38 years, Rick; mother, Mary Lou Sohn; children, Matt (Michelle) Wood, Amy Beitel; grandchildren, Alyassa and Cassidy Wood; sister, Valerie (Wayne) Cottrell; brother, Eric Sohn; and nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be at 9:45 a.m., April 29, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Minister Paul Beitel officiating. Calling hours will take place from 8:30 a.m., until time of service. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.


LaVonna Lowe

LaVonna, passed peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, April 20. She was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Seymour, Indiana. She was a mother, sister, daughter, Gram, Nana, great-grandmother and Aunt Lasagna loved by all. She was a very giving woman, gave her life to caring for hundreds of children for the county and her family she will be missed daily! Call me from heaven! Preceded in death by her son, Edward Popeko and husband Anthony Lowe. She is survived by her daughters, Debra Treadwell (Randy), Ashley Popeko; sons, Frank Magyar (Tina), William Magyar(Nancy),Victor Magyar (Sharon); grandchildren Billy Magyar (Ashley), Joe Magyar, Kimberlee Magyar (Roger), Debra "Boo" Magyar, Georgia Magyar, Isabella Magyar Grubb, and Mathew Magyar; great-grandchildren, Victor Cardinal (Allie), Aaron Withrow, Tayln Andes, Adam Popeko, Kyle Thomas, Jada Magyar, Kaiden Magyar ,Mason Magyar, her special young man P.J. (Paul) Campbell. We would like to thank Jessica Johnson (you were her daughter), Stacey King and Rachel Walker for always being her friend and always having her best interest at heart! She will be missed by many! You now can fly, now you can soar! So high above this world where troubles are no more. Our love will never die! There will be no calling hours. The family will be holding a celebration of life at a later date, in the near future. “It’s been a long day without you, my friend and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again. We’ve come a long way from where we began. Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.” 



Jean Ullman

Jean Ullman, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, April 23. She was born June 11, 1929, in Akron. Jean attended West High School and worked for Plaza Donuts their family business for 40 years. She will be missed by her loving husband, children and grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Herman and Irene and sister, Mary. Survived by husband of 67 years, Nelson Ullman; son, James (Juanita) Ullman, daughter, Pam (Terry) Silvester; grandchildren, Anita, Jimmy, Lance, and Chad; six great-grandchildren; brother, Dan Daugherty and sister, Helen Lansky. She was a loving mother and friend who will be held in our memories forever. Cremation has taken place. 



Ella Arlene Johnson

Ella Arlene Johnson, 93, passed away peacefully April 22. Arlene was born to Margaret (Ort) and George Shakely of Butler, Pennsylvania, Dec. 11, 1921. After graduating from Butler High School, she married Herbert Johnson Jr. and moved to Norton in 1953. In 2011, they became residents of Rockynol Retirement Community in Akron and were married 67 years before Herbert’s death, Nov. 24, 2012. Arlene worked at the People’s Telephone Company in Butler, Pennsylvania. After marrying and moving to Ohio, she proudly worked 30 years as a supervisor for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton and sang in the choir. In 1959, Arlene was initiated into Jeannette Chapter 212, now Anna Dean Chapter 595 and served 56 years as a dedicated member. Arlene devoted her life to the organization’s ideals and purpose. She held 18 stations in the order and achieved the highest statewide position of the Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Ohio in 1988. Preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and George Shakely; husband, Herbert Johnson Jr.; brothers, Gerald Shakely and Alvin Shakely and sister, Norabel Cooper. Arlene is survived by nieces, Cynthia (Rob) Sybert of Maryland, Denise (Ted) Esker of Tennessee; nephews, Steven Cooper, Scott Cooper, Gary Shakely of Pennsylvania; great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral service will be April 27, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours were April 26, with an Eastern Star service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barberton Area Community Ministries, 939 Norton Ave., Barberton, OH 44203; the O.E.S. Home, 1451 Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or to Anna Dean Chapter 595, 12620 Shank Road, Doylestown, OH 44230.

   


Margaret “Marge” Pramik

Margaret “Marge” Pramik, 92, died April 22. She was born in Red Barn, Pennsylvania, Sept. 24, 1922 and grew up in Graceton, Pennsylvania. She moved to Barberton, where she met and married her late husband, Joseph V. Pramik. Marge worked at PPG, Tawney’s Restaurant and Marshalls Department Store. She was an active member of St. Ann’s Society, The Barberton Slovak Chorus (30 years), The Girl Scouts, PTA, Barberton Women’s Club, Barberton Moose and the Ohio County Western Music Association.  She played the balalaika in the St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra for 20 years. Marge loved to dance, sing and play cards. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Suzanna Horchor; sisters, Catherine Daskivich and Ann Horchor; brother, Joseph Horchor Jr.  Survived by her daughter, Dr. Celeste Oprean (Theodore, III); granddaughters, Dr. Danielle Oprean and Mrs. Bridget Stewart (Robert); sister, Sue Alexander; along with many other family members and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be April 28, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton.  She will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours April 27, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be April 28, 9:30 a.m., with procession to the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Augustine Endowment Fund or Visiting Nurse Hospice, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.



Glenard T. Adamson

Glenard T. Adamson, 91, passed away April 16. A long-time resident of Barberton, Glen proudly served with the 9th Radio Squadron in the Army Air Force during World War II and later in the National Guard. He retired from the US Postal service. Preceded in death by his wife, Esther; sons, Tyrone Adamson and Don Adamson; Glen is survived by daughter, Deborah Smith; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Georgie) Adamson; daughters-in-law, Sylvia Adamson and Barb Adamson; along with other relatives and friends. Military honors will be conducted April 27, 9:30 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, where Glen will be inurned with his wife, Esther. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.



Margaret Morgan(Jones)

A Teacher

"Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change.” Mrs. Morgan's goal was to meet the educational challenges of all students; especially during her many years at the Old Trail School. She encouraged positive change for her family members, and many dear friends. Margaret will be fondly remembered as a grandma, inspired family chef, naturalist, avid gardener and a long time Ohio State University sports fanatic. She was especially proud of her early work on the Environmental Curriculum at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. But the enthusiasm Margaret had for the achievements of her sons and grandchildren is obvious to any who knew her. Her parents, Sterling and Viola Jones; nephew Bill Jones; and favored uncle, Jack Hagar preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory husband, Jay; son, Mike(Laura), Columbia, Missouri; son, Jack(Jennifer), Barberton; grandchildren, Jaydan and Jaryn (the pride of her life); brothers, Jim (Linda), Columbus, Tom(DiAnn), Cuyahoga Falls,  John (Mary), Silver Lake; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces;  mother-in-law, Marjorie, Peninsula; loyal friends of 60+ years from the Falls High Class of 1961 and her professionals, old or new, from Old Trail School. Calling Hours and prayers will be April 28, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship, Fund 643473, The Ohio State University, The Fawcett Center, 8th Floor, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210. www.silva-hostetler.com.



LaVonna Lowe

LaVonna Lowe passed away peacefully April 20. She was a mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother and second mother to many. LaVonna was a great woman who took in and took care of many, no matter the situation, whether they were in need of a bed or a meal, she provided it. She loved children and babysat for hundreds of kids for the county, who along with family, will greatly miss her. Proceeded in death by her loving son, Edward Popeko. She is survived by her daughters, Ashley Popeko, Debra Treadwell (Randy); sons, Frank Magyar, Bill Magyar (Nancy), Victor Magyar (Sharon); grandchildren, Billy Magyar (Ashley), Joe Magyar, Kimberly Magyar (Roger); great-grandchildren, Victor Cardinal, Adam Popeko, Kyle Thomas; along with many more family and friends who will miss hear dearly. “It’s been a long day without you, my friend and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again. We’ve come a long way from where we began. Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.” There will be no calling hours. 



Linda Meyers Murphy Thompson

Linda Meyers Murphy Thompson, 68, of Barberton, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family April 20. Family is the key word. Her whole life was built on a foundation of God and family. She adored her grandchildren and spoiled them all! Through her many travels, she extended her family with all she met. Her charm, beauty and wit were unmatched. She loved the beach and, no doubt, has her own beach in heaven today. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends who loved her. It was evident in the outpouring of love the family has received during the past few months that she loved and was loved deeply. Linda was born in Barberton, Nov. 4, 1947, to her late parents, Albina (Regelman) and Edward W. Meyers. Linda is survived by her children, Melissa (Mustafa) Murphy Kara, Katherine Murphy and R. Justin (Carie) Murphy; grandchildren, Joshua, Stephen and Heather; Nicole, Jessica and Alexandra; and Keely, Cuyler, Teagan and Quinlan; great-grandchildren, Reese and Bryson; sister, Patricia (George) Jones; brothers, Edward (Mary), Joseph, (Peggy) and Jeffrey Meyers; many nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends. Linda was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph David Murphy and second husband, Charles D. “Budd” Thompson. The family would like to thank everyone for all of their well-wishes, thoughts and prayers. A special thanks to Crossroads Hospice for the loving care they provided.  The family appreciates the love and support they have received from so many that loved her! A memorial service will be April 24, 6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Fr. Robert Jackson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in memoriam to American Cancer Society, 1690 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313 or Barberton Community Foundation, 460 W. Paige Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



Frank Jacob Crosier 

Frank Jacob Crosier, 25, of New Franklin, passed away unexpectedly to embrace his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ April 13. Jake was born in Barberton, April 7, 1990. He lived life with a passion and every day to the fullest. Jake enjoyed sports, the outdoors and riding motorcycles. He considered everyone he met as a friend and would always be there for them when needed. Jake leaves behind his dad, Frank Gregory Crosier; sister, Sara; grandmother, Diane Crosier; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a mass amount of great friends. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Crosier and mother, Minnie Rohr. Though Jake’s life was short lived, he would be proud to know that he being an organ donor will bring joy and life to someone in need. Many thanks to the New Franklin Paramedics and the Barberton CCU Staff for all their care and support. Cremation has taken place. Jake’s family will receive friends April 25, 5-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.



Jack E. Brouse

Jack E. Brouse, 88, went home to be with the Lord April 14, with his family and friends by his side. A life resident of the Norton area, Jack was a US Army veteran of World War II. He retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber after 37 years of service and was a member of Southwest Church of Christ and the American Legion. Preceded in death by his parents, Emerson and Marcella; sisters, Jean Zelesnick and Jane Neal; Jack is survived by his wife of 40 years, Freda (nee Coleman); daughter, Mary (Tom) Mills; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Douglas; along with many other family members and loving friends. Funeral service will be April 20, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Nathan Robinson officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours were April 19. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Church of Christ Building Fund, 516, 33 Street, SW, Barberton, OH 44203. 



Robert T. Gohlke

Robert T. Gohlke, 66, passed away April 17. A life resident of the Akron area, he was a US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from B&C Corporation. Bob is survived by his daughters, Bobbi Gohlke (Dan Fox) and Joy Gohlke; sisters, Marla (Chuck) Kuba and Marlene (Wally) Archibald; brother, Kenneth (Sondra) Gohlke. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 23, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from noon until time of service.



Paul H. Wilsterman Jr., "Pop-Pop"

Paul H. Wilsterman Jr., 60, passed away April 19. Paul was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and worked at Practical Machine Co. for 18 years. He was a member of Valley Community Church in Doylestown. Music was Paul’s life. Preceded in death by his father, Paul Sr. Survivors include his son, Joshua (Cheryl) of Akron; mother, Roberta Tittle; sister, Kathleen Crafton, both of Norton; the love of his life, Sandie Saxon of Cuyahoga Falls; nephews, Dan (Nicole) Crafton and Justin (Robin) Crafton; “stepchildren” Jarod (Skye) Saxon, Jason (Nicole) Saxon, Kirk (Angie) Saxon and Kelly Saxon; special “grandson”, Lunden Saxon; and numerous other “grandchildren.” Funeral Service will be Thursday, April 23, 11 am., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Pastor Mark Archer, officiating. Calling hours are April 22, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Adeline Frances "Del" Tomko (Zagar)

Adeline Frances "Del" Tomko (Zagar), of LaMirada, California, formerly of Barberton, was born March 9, 1926, in Barberton, to George and Frances (Zurga) Zagar. She passed away April 10, in Whittier, California. She is preceded by her parents and brother, Edward Zagar, of Barberton. The viewing and service was April 20, at White Emerson Mortuary, 13304 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier. Interment took place at Olive Lawn Memorial Park, 13926 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Del is survived by her husband, Henry "Hank" Tomko; daughters, Deean Jo Jones and Lisa Kay Tomko; son, Thomas Joseph (Kathy) Tomko; and grandson, Colin Matthew Jones.



Charles “Rick” Craddock

Charles “Rick” Craddock, 67, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly April 15. He was born August 14, 1947, in Akron, to the late Owen and Mavis Craddock. Rick graduated from Kenmore High School and the University of Akron. He taught in the Akron Public Schools for 35 years, primarily at Garfield High School. He was a long time member and former elder at Barberton Church of Christ. Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Cheryl (Lott); Rick is survived his daughter, Missy; son, Marc (Sarah); grandchildren, Halle and Ellah; brother, Jim (Shelva); sister, Patsy (Jim) Snyder; along with loving nieces, nephews and other family members, friends and his church family. Rick was loved and respected by many and will be immeasurably missed. “The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone’s prayers and the very best place to be is the hands of God.” Funeral service will be April 21, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Keith Welch officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends and family April 20, 4-7 p.m. 



Joseph H. Cooper

Joseph H. Cooper, 85, went home to be with the Lord April 16. A resident of Clinton for 54 years and was a graduate of Barberton High School. Joe was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War, he retired from Goodyear Aerospace, was a member of Barberton First Church of Christ and Barberton VFW 1066. Preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Jack Cooper; Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Thelma; children, Gary (Pat), Mike (Penni) and Nancy; grandchildren, Angela, Amanda, Andrea, Heath, Brandon and Bethany; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Jacob, Alexis and Taylor; sister, Mona (Ronnie) Whipkey of Canal Fulton; son-in-law, Brad; along with other family members and friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Altercare of Wadsworth for the care and support that Joe and his family received over the years that he had been with them. Funeral service is April 22, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Combs and Russ Shreiner officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours April 21, 4-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Barberton First Church of Christ, 552 Harvard Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.



Helen M. Liptak

Helen M. Liptak, 89, passed away April 18. A life resident of Barberton, she was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles. Preceded in death by her husband, Emil; daughter, Grace Hale; grandson, Michael Hale and siblings, Barbara Newberry, June Newberry and Wilbur Furman; Helen is survived by her grandchildren, Laura Long of Barberton, Harry Hale of Glouster, Ohio, Julie Hale (Hal) Byram of Nelsonville, Ohio, William (Sue) Hale of Galloway, Ohio; seven great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Ed Fast officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling hours April 22, 6-8 p.m.



Danny Lynn Coulter

Danny Lynn Coulter, Sr, 68, went home to be with the Lord on April 17, at home. Born March 19, 1947, in Marion, he retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber after 38 years of service. He was a member of the F&AM of Ohio Star Lodge 0187, Cuyahoga Falls and was a member of the Scottish Rite. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Hazel Coulter; sister, Cassie Foulk and father-in-law, Donald C. Burgess. Survived by wife of 19 years, Deborah C.; children, Dan Coulter Jr, Janet (Matt) McGhee, Michael Coulter; step-daughters, Tara (Matt) Norwood, and Amanda (Adam) Drouhard. Grandchildren, Nicholas and Abigail McGhee; Jacklyn, Austin, Avery, and Jamie Drouhard; Chalee, Destiney and Kaydence Coulter and Scout Norwood. Brothers, Arlen Coulter and Michael (Debbie) Coulter; mother-in-law, Lois Burgess; brother-in-law, Tim (Sue) Burgess and sister-in-law, Kelly (Jim) Grubaugh. Special friends Steve, Geraldine and Matthew White, Gene Lindsay and many nieces and nephews. Services will be at the Emmanuel Christian Assembly Church 925 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, 10 a.m., April 21. Calling hours will be April 20, 5-8 p.m., at the church. Pastor Joe Schoblocher officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Arrangements provided by Cox Funeral Home 222 Norton Ave. Barberton.



Margaret C. Klancer (nee Danko)

Margaret C. Klancer (nee Danko), 100, passed away April 12. Born March 9, 1915, she was a life resident of Barberton. Margaret was a graduate of Barberton High School and a member of St. Augustine Church. Preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Mike Klancer and brother, Alex Danko; Margaret is survived by her daughter, Lorraine (Frederick) Trout of North Ridgeville; son, Michael (Marilyn) Klancer of Barberton; grandchildren, Fred (Heidi) Trout Jr. of Rolesville, North Carolina, Laura (Dan) Santora of Avon, Melanie (David) Planitzer of Norton, Melissa (Michael) Norris of Wadsworth and Michael (Lauren) Klancer of Wadsworth; great-grandchildren, Steven and Lauren Planitzer, Jason and Alyssa Santora, Brad and Alexis Norris and Elise Klancer; brother, Joseph (Clara) Danko of Palm Harbor, Florida; sister-in-law, Ann Danko of Keamey, Nebraska. The family would like to thank the loving and caring staff of Pleasant View Health Care Center. Mass of Christian burial April 17, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, N.W., Barberton.  Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Calling hours April 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be April 17, 9:30 a.m., with procession to the church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret’s name to St. Augustine Catholic Church.



Betty L Wilson

On April 13, the Lord called Betty L Wilson home for a long awaited and joyous reunion with her husband of 45 years, Claude M. Wilson and her only son, Johnny R. Wilson. Born April 17, 1929, in Spencer, Tennessee, she accomplished incredible things in her 86 years. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." She was a shining example of that, always working hard for her family.  Betty was a very strong, talented and loving woman. She could turn a weed into a flower or a mess of thread into a gorgeous quilt. She left behind countless treasures, but none more precious than her strong will and loving touch. She is survived and terribly missed by her three beautiful daughters Jan (Mark) Frase, Linda (Bill) Etheridge, Betsy (Rick) Eckardt; grandchildren, Christina Kirby, Claudette (Jim) Gamble, Jonathan (Stephanie) Clark, Holly (Jarrett) Sims, Matthew (Lauren) Eckardt, Kevin Brown and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be April 17, noon, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Joe Schoblocher officiating. Family will receive friends April 17, 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.


Rev. R.J. Sedberry, Jr.

Rev. R.J. Sedberry, 97, of Henderson, Tennessee, passed away April 3, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital, Jackson, Tennessee. He was born June 24, 1917 of Buena Vista, Tennessee. He was a former resident of Barberton. He taught school for 20 yrs at Forest Hill School in Akron. He pastored Chestnut St. Baptist Church in Wadsworth until his retirement in 1980. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Jean Siler Sedberry of Henderson; a son, Jim Sedberry of Henderson; a daughter, Joyce Sedberry Barker of Humboldt, Tennessee; a granddaughter, Jessica Barker Seward of Humboldt; three grandsons, Jason Barker of Humboldt,, Jimmy Sedberry Jr. of Destin, Florida and Chuck Sedberry of John's Creek, Georgia; two great-grandsons Chas and Carson Sedberry of Johns Creek. Funeral services and burial were April 7.


Emma C. Young

Emma C. Young, 84, passed away April 12. A life resident of Barberton, she retired from Barefoot Sole in Wadsworth after 23 years of service and was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Bart and George Kozarevic; sisters, Helen Klancar and Josephine Hanic; Emma is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry; daughters, Holly (Archie) Griffith and Jill Young; son, David (Diane) Richmond; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank, Thomas and Edward Kozarevic; sister, Dorothy Otto; along with many other family members and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, April 17, 1:30 p.m.,  at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, NW, Barberton. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.



David Carl McFarland

David Carl McFarland, 45, died unexpectedly April 10. He was born in Wadsworth and was a graduate of Wadsworth High School. David proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years as a plane captain on the A6 Intruder and was in Desert Storm.  He was an A&P aircraft mechanic and had owned his own aircraft maintenance business, “Mac Aviation”, since 2009. He loved baseball and coached little league. David was very proud of his son, Justin who made the varsity squad as a freshman at Chippewa High School; his daughter, Jordan had just started coach pitch softball this spring. He leaves his loving wife, Anita; son, Justin; daughter, Jordan; parents, Carol and Lellan “Mac” McFarland; sister, Laurie Harris; nephews, Jason and Tyler Harris; niece, Marisa Harris; other relatives and many friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Kurt Wiesner officiating. Inurnment at Ohio Western Reserve with military honors. The family received friends April 15, 5-8 p.m. Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 


Leasure “Arnie” Thayer

Leasure “Arnie” Thayer, 81, passed away April 3. A resident of the Akron area, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during the Korean War. Arnie was employed within days after his discharge from the Marine Corps and started working with McNeil (NRM) Corporation with 45 years of service traveling the world, servicing tire presses. He enjoyed golf, bowling and fishing. After his retirement, he and his wife, Catherine, would travel in their motor home to Florida. Preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; sister, Bea Schulmeister and brother, Frank Thayer; Arnie is survived by his son, Arnold (Cindy) Thayer; granddaughter, Jaime (Shon) Sanders; great-granddaughter, Deja Marie Sanders; sister, Gloria (Dave) Dibert; step-daughter, Denise (Vince) DelMedico and her family, along with many friends. Following his wishes, there will be no services.  Cremation has taken place. Arnie and his wife, Catherine will be inurned at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Kenneth Lamont Bates

Kenneth Lamont Bates, 54, formerly of Barberton, died suddenly at his home in Reston, Virginia, March 3. Ken was born July 20, 1960, in Barberton, to Roy L. and Barbara A. Bates. He graduated from Barberton High School in 1978. He attended the Ohio State and Akron Universities prior to serving in the U.S. Army from 1980 until 1984. Ken married Marcelle Pampena in 1988. They lived in Pennsylvania where they raised three wonderful and devoted children, Bethanie, Benjamin, and Brittany Bates. He was divorced in 2002 and never remarried. Ken specialized in computer hardware management and worked for 22 years at Management Science Associates in Pennsylvania. After moving to Virginia, he worked for Trowbridge and Trowbridge. Kenneth was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Ann Bates. He is survived by and will be deeply missed by father, Roy L. Bates of Naples, Florida; sister Laura A. Luna of Barberton; sister, Jeanmarie Bates-Wolf (Joe) of Herndon, Virgina; daughter, Bethanie H. Bates of Rochester, Pennsylvania; son, Benjamin L. Bates of New Brighton, Pennsylvania; and daughter Brittany P. Bates of New Brighton, Pennsylvania. He also leaves behind special aunt, Rebecca Yocum; special uncle, Roger (Sue) Lyons; and special niece, Zoe Wolf. A memorial gathering will be Saturday, April 25, 2-5 p.m., at the Green Diamond Grille in the Dugout Room, 125 Second St. NW, Barberton. Friends are welcome to join the family in our remembrance of Ken.



Carl E. Bigam

Carl E. Bigam, 58, passed away April 3. Survived by his brother, Robert D. Bigam of Shacklefords, Virginia.; sisters, Charlotte Tatman Matarazzo of Hillsborough, New Jersey, Barbara Bigam of Mogadore and Loretta Broschart of Beverly, West Virginia; nieces, Macaela Tatman and Joscelyn Broschart; nephew, Nathaniel Broschart; friends, Michelle, Jacob and Anne Ringler. There will be no services.  Cremation has taken place.



Betty Lou (Burner) Wilmoth 

Betty Lou (Burner) Wilmoth, 86, a resident of Barberton, passed away April 8, in Akron City Hospital. She was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Philippi, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Herman Clyde and Mossie Pauline (Carder) Burner. She was united in marriage Sept. 27, 1948, to Staley D. “John” Wilmoth, who preceded her in death Aug. 27, 2014. Surviving are two sons, Steven L. Wilmoth and Cecil L. Wilmoth, both of Barberton; one brother, Larry Burner and wife, Delma, of Barberton; one sister, Billie Jane Boehm of Philippi; one grandson, Steven L.D. Wilmoth; one great-grandchild, Anakin L.D. Wilmoth. Mrs Wilmoth was preceded in death by two sisters, Joretta Stiltner, and Jane Cline; five brothers, Clyde Jr., James, Gene, Richard, Jerry and Nelson Burner. Mrs. Wilmoth was a homemaker. Friends were received at Wright Funeral Home 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi, April 11-12. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.



Esther Lucile Papp, “Estie”

 “An angel wrote in the book of Life, Our Estie’s date of birth, Then whispered as she closed the book

‘Too beautiful for Earth.’” Our precious daughter was born into our arms but her soul was born to the angels. She was greeted in heaven by many loving family members who will hold her until we meet her again. Estie is survived by her ever loving parents, Tommy and Katie Papp; grandparents, Valerie Antoniotti, Tom and Allene Papp, Paul and Lori Sigal; great-grandfather, Henry Smith Jr.; countless loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends. We are blessed by the outpouring of support from our family and friends whom we are truly thankful for. The love and prayers continue to comfort us and will carry us through this time. Until we meet again Estie, your mommy and daddy love you endlessly. We will hold you in our hearts until we can hold you in our arms again. Private services will be held for the family.



Helen C. Flaker

Helen C. Flaker, 92, passed away April 8, at Manor Care of Barberton. Helen was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and was the co-owner of Flaker Photo Studios. She also retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital Housekeeping Department after 16 1/2 years. She was a former member of St. Augustine and St. George Catholic Churches and currently a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Helen also sang with the Barberton Hospital Recycle Volunteers. Preceded in death by her husband, George; sons, Paul and Frank; and grandsons, Frank Flaker Jr. and Travis Olds; Survivors include her son, George (Sandy); daughters, Judith (Matthew) Hamilton, Yvonne (Harold) Williams, Christine Houghton, Mary (David) Olds and Cheryl (Mark) Bechter; daughter-in-law, Cindy Flaker; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. A special thanks to the entire staff at Manor Care of Barberton and Heartland Hospice for their care of Helen. Mass of Christian Burial will be April 11, 10 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 4019 Manchester Road, Akron. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Calling Hours April 9, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the capital funds at St. Augustine or St. Francis de Sales Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.



JoAnn M. Swain

JoAnn M. Swain, 86, went home to be with the Lord, whom she dearly loved, April, 6. She was born in West Virginia June 21, 1928. She was a member of Apostolic Church in Barberton for 60 years. Preceded in death by her husband, George in 1986. Survived by daughter, Christina "Donna" (Robert) McClure; grandchildren, Robyn Lockner, Brandon, Jeff, Justin, and Ryan Swain and their families; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister, June Dybo; nieces and nephews; and her church family. Funeral service will be April 9, 6 p.m., at Apostolic Church, 1717 Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Barberton. Pastor Paul Pamer, Bishop Rodney Pamer, and Bishop Nelson Pamer officiating. Family will receive friends April 9 at the church from 4 p.m., until the service. Graveside service will be April 10, 10 a.m., at Greenlawn Cemetery.


Vivian White

Vivian White, 93, passed away peacefully at Suncoast House in Clearwater, Florida, Feb. 25. She was born in Glouster, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1922. Vivian grew up in Barberton and graduated from Barberton High School. She was preceded in death by parents, Hannah and Frank Allen; husband, Robert; son, Donald; sisters, Sarah Pearl, Thelma Sanders, Mabel Allen; and brothers, William, Ralph and Robert. She will be remembered by son, James; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren in Glendale, Arizona; grandson, Donald Jr. in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and by many nieces and nephews. Special appreciation to longtime friends, Birdie and Gary Warner for their care of Vivian and also for loving attention from the staff of Suncoast Hospice. Arrangements were handled by Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Clearwater, Florida. Burial has taken place at Bushnell National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. 



Anthony “Tony” M. Adler

Anthony “Tony” M. Adler, born Aug. 5, 1987, passed away suddenly March 13. A 2005 Norton high graduate, he served in the Unisted States Army and toured in Iraq. He was a kind, generous person who loved life and his family. He is proceeded in death by his grandparents, Cleon and Melba Feaster and Casper Dog (white). Anthony will be forever loved and missed by his family, father, Brian (Stephanie Voorhees); mother, Kelly (Dan Holland); brothers, Bryan, Justin and Cody; grandparents Marvin and Alma Adler; many aunts, uncles and cousins; friends too many to count. A celebration of life will take place Sunday, April 12, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2117, at 9953 Rittman Road, Wadsworth, noon-6 p.m. Honor Guard and prayer service will be at 2 p.m.. Casual dress please. Private cremation has taken place. 



Robert S. Myers

Robert S. Myers, 49, passed away April 5. Rob was born in Barberton and was an area resident all his life. He graduated in 1984 from Barberton High School and went on to graduate from the University of Akron. He was the owner of Invisible Fence of Canton and a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Portage Lakes. Rob was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and an all-around outdoorsman. He loved spending time at his farm in Freeport. Rob had a love for pets, especially his dogs. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Steven Sabol and William and Dorothy Myers; Survivors include his loving wife, Judy A.; stepchildren, Lauren and Erick Elfrink; parents, Robert and Marlene; grandmother, Helen (Sabol) Solosky; sister, Carol (Kevin) Roman; nieces, Bella and Abby Roman; father and mother-in-law, George and Janet Esterle; brother-in-law, David (Krista) Esterle; niece and nephew, Stephanie and Nick Esterle; and many other relatives and close friends. Calling hours will be Thursday, April 9, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Funeral Service will be Friday, April 10, 10 a.m., at Hope Lutheran Church, 999 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron. Rev. Jack Kozak, officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087. www.silva-hostetler.com



John K. Jones

John K. Jones, 87, went home to be with the Lord April 3. A resident of Norton for 55 years, he retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 30 years of service. John was a US Army veteran of World War II and formerly attended Bible studies. He had a deep interest in anything electronic and truly enjoyed flea markets. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Mae Jones; daughters, Diana (Rick) Klusty and Brenda (Phil) Matanick; grandchildren, Shauna (Jim) Knight, Eric Klusty, Aaron Klusty, Rachel Stanley Sarah Dressel and Jonathan Dressell; sister-in-law, Mabel (Burl) Helton. Private services will take place at the convenience of the family.  Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.



John Wm. Baker

John Wm. Baker, 69, passed away suddenly April 3.  A lifetime resident of Barberton, he was a graduate of Barberton High School Class of 1964, served in the US Army Reserves during the Vietnam Era, and attended the University of Akron. John began working at 14 for Stu Moss' Sohio Station, he was then employed by VanDevere Olds, Firestone Tire & Rubber and American Bakery Company, he then purchased The Milk Jug and retired after 20 years. After "retiring", he worked in the hardware and food service equipment industries. (He often said he went from motor oil to mazola oil.) John served the city of Barberton, as 4th Ward Councilman, Councilman-At-Large, President of City Council and the Charter Review Commission. John gave his time by serving on the following boards: Barberton Citizens Hospital, Western Reserve Girl Scout Council, Neighborhood Conservation Services, Varsity Teen Center and the Barberton Norton Mosquito Abatement District, among others. John's memberships included Barberton Moose 759, Barberton Hungarian Club, Democratic Party, Knights of Columbus 1617 (served as Grand Knight four times). John loved history, music and movies. He enjoyed working on and driving cars, remodeling, fishing, boating, whale watching, traveling and exploring lighthouses. He always enjoyed time with family and friends, whether the gatherings were large or small. John was personable, he had a way of talking to people, and even more importantly, he listened. When John spoke, his deep voice instantly grabbed your attention. His willingness to help and determination to get the job done was admired. He mentored many by sharing his experience and knowledge, with a sense of humor. Preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Lenora Baker; sister, Jo Ann Skraba and brother, Robert Baker; John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Connie (nee Obradovich); daughters, Shelia Trew and Lisa Baker; grandchildren, Tiffany, Johnny and Bryan Trew, Travis and Trevor Williams; brother-in law, Ron Obradovich; nieces, nephews, great niece and great nephews; along with loving relatives and precious friends. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, April 9, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, NW, Barberton 44203, Father Michael B. Smith, celebrant. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends April 8, 3-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton, with Rosary at 7:30 p.m., and also where prayers will be April 9,9:30 a.m. To honor John's service and love of community, please donate your time, talent or treasure to your favorite charity on a continuous basis.   


Mary Louis Gleghorn

Mary Louise Gleghorn, 82, passed away April 3, at The Inn at University Village. Mary Louise was born in Clinton, where she resided most of her life. She was a member of both St. Georges Parish of Clinton and St. Phillips and James of Canal Fulton. Mary Louise was a graduate of Clinton High School and attended The University of Akron.

She was a long time employee of Columbia Chemical/PPG. Mary was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing. She was a member of The Clinton Historical Society, poll worker and PSR teacher. She was preceded in death by her parents, George C. and Ruth Smith; brother, George C. Smith Jr. and sister, Gloria Zadel. Survivors include her husband, David; son, Walter (Connie Krell); daughter, Catherine (Robert) Jones; grandchildren, Zachary, Natalie, and Cate Jones; nephew, Gary(Amy) Smith; and niece, Mary Ruth Smith. Mass of Christian Burial will be  April 8, 10 a.m., at SS. Philip and James Catholic Church, 412 High St., Canal Fulton. Fr. Kevin McCaffrey celebrant. Interment at Clinton Cemetery. Calling hours April 7, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said April 8, 9:15 a.m. www.silva-hostetler.com.


Donald J. Hess

Donald J. Hess, 89, of Barberton, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 1. He was born Sept. 3, 1925, in Akron to the late Christian Hess and Laura (Johnson) Hess. Donald was a US Navy veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War. He retired from Unocal as a tank driver and Coventry School District as a bus driver. Don was a faithful and active member of Cottage Grove EC Church and enjoyed golfing and crossword puzzles. Preceded in death by his grandson, Daniel Estright; Don is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Elsie (Shinn) Hess; his children, Janet Rhoades, Donna Lynn Hess, Susan (Michael) Davis and David Dorst; grandchildren, David Estright, Fawna Pickelsimer, Nicole Dorst, Beth Bryson, Heath Ryan and Laura Davis; many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends. A special thank you to Grace Hospice for their loving care. Funeral service will be April 7, 11 a.m., at Cottage Grove EC Church, 3313 Cottage Grove, Road, Akron, with Pastor Robert Shuey officiating. Burial at East Liberty Cemetery with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends April 6, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton and also April 7, from 10 a.m. until time at the church. 




Granville Douglas Fagan

Granville Douglas Fagan, 79, passed away April 1. Granville was born in Vaughan, West Virginia and been a Norton resident most of his life. He attended Cornerstone Methodist Church and worked for Automatic Vendors and the Coca-Cola Co. He was also a proud veteran of the US Marine Corp. Preceded in death by four sisters; he is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Roberta, sons, Douglas “Jake” of Columbus and Timothy (Mary) of Las Vegas;  daughters, Lisa Fagan of Norton and Tammy Fagan of Akron; and granddaughter, Jennifer (Fred) Carney of Las Vegas. Calling hours will be April 6, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where the funeral service will be April 7, 10 a.m. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ASPCA. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Jane Gibson Stephens

Jane Gibson Stephens, 73, passed away March 31. A life resident of Norton, she retired from Hopocan Gardens and New Destinations. Preceded in death by her ex-husband, Ronald G. Gibson Sr.; son, Ronald G. Gibson Jr. and daughter, Cheryl Gibson; Jane is survived by her son, Robert Gibson of San Francisco, California; granddaughter, Sarah Gibson (Ron Parker); great-granddaughter, Aurora; sister, Barbara Weil Stephens. A memorial service was April 3, at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.  The family received friends April 3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kessler Foundation, 300 Executive Drive, Suite 70, West Orange, NJ 07052. 



Kathleen M. Boyle

Kathleen Margaret Boyle, 93, passed away March 28. Kathleen was born in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and been a Barberton resident since 1946. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was active in St. Monica’s Altar Society. She also volunteered at Barberton Citizens Hospital and St. Edward’s Nursing Home. Preceded in death by her husband, John J.; survivors include her son, John (Dianne) of Barberton; daughters, Mary Jean (James) Ducale of Santa Barbara, California, Anne (Michael) Owens of New Richmond and Joan (John) Parr of Massillon; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and brother, James Ward of Tamaqua. Calling hours will be April 6, 9:00-9:30 a.m., with prayers at 9:30 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Mass of Christian burial to follow at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clear Path Health and Hospice of Stark Co., 125 David Canary Dr. S.W., Massillon, OH 44647. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Danny Getz  

Danny Getz, 24, passed away March 30. Survived by his mother, Kris Gwinn Getz (Brian Moon); Grandma, Bunny Antal; father, Rick Getz; children, Daniel and Aubrey Getz; brother, Scott Davis; Uncle Jim and Aunt Jen; cousins, Nathan, Joey and Macey; Grandma Georgene Gwinn and cousin, Nick Baker. Preceded in death by Grandpa Jim Gwinn. He will be missed for his quick wit and humor. A jokesters ability to make people laugh. His mom and grandma's heart is with him and all those who love him, which were many. Celebration of his life will be Saturday, April 11, 6 p.m., at Barberton Civitan Club, 44 10th St SW, Barberton.



Glenn E. Garrett Sr.

Glenn E. Garrett Sr., 73, passed away March 29. He was a life resident of the Akron area. Survived by his wife, Inga; children, Glenn E. Jr. (Heather), Garnett (Buddy) and Misty (Daniel); “The Apples of His Eye”, his grandchildren, Jacob, Lucas, Kelsey, Kali and Kyler. The family will receive friends April 4, 2-5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.

    


Glenn E. Morgan

Glenn E. Morgan, 91, went home to be with the Lord March 30. He was born in Barberton July 30, 1923. Glenn graduated from Barberton High School, he was a United States Army veteran during World War II, serving in the 141 Infantry, 36 Division, where he received two purple hearts and a silver star.  After the war Glenn graduated from Kent State University. He was employed in the automobile industry for 64 years, retiring at the age of 90 from VanDevere. He was a member and past president of the Barberton Rotary Club and member of the Chapel in Akron. Preceded in death by his wife, Jean and stepson, Richard Harrell; Glenn is survived by his wife of 45 years, Virginia; daughters, Beverly (David) Parker and Barbara (Robert) Davis; grandchildren, David, Sara, Jeff, Chris, Jonathan; 11 great-grandchildren and a great-granddaughter on the way. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 2, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service. Private burial with military honors will be held at Lakewood Cemetery. 



Marjorie M. Henry

Marjorie M. Henry, 91, passed away peacefully March 25. She was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania and was a resident of Akron for over 55 years. Marjorie always worked one or two jobs at a time, she was a crane operator during “Rosie the Riveters” era of World War II and was also employed by Scotts Five and Dime in Coventry. She was a great cook, known for her spaghetti and especially her chocolate cake. Marjorie never met a stranger. She loved gardening and fresh flowers and finding a bargain while shopping truly made her day. Marjorie was a devout Christian lady who loved the Lord. Preceded in death by her husband, Merle; siblings, Catherine, Charlotte, Jean and William and great-grandson, Tobin Neill; Marjorie is survived by her daughters, Marjorie (James) Maddox and Linda (Roger) Evans; grandchildren, Jason Maddox, Brian Maddox, Jennifer Green and Adam Neill; great-grandchildren, Emma and Jamie Maddox and Camren Green and step-sister, Shirley. Funeral service was March 29, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, Robin Hart officiated. The family received friends March 29. A graveside service will be March 30, 1 p.m., at Church Hill Cemetery, in Pennsylvania.



John H. Potter Jr.
John H. Potter Jr., 84, passed away March 28. Born in Butler, Tennessee, he was a resident of Barberton for most of his life.  John was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 39 years of service and was a member of Barberton VFW 1066. Preceded in death by his wife, Eulala Mae Potter; survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Michael John Potter (Jane); step-daughter, Sharon (Jim) Carpenter; grandchildren, Maycee, Zackary and Carlie; along with other family members and friends. John loved his beagles, fishing and hunting. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Summa Barberton Hospital for all their care and support. Funeral service is April 1, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton, with Pastor Dan Skinner officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. Burial with military honors will take place at Buntontown Cemetery in Butler, Tennessee.



Harold D. Carte Sr.

Harold D. Carte Sr., 89, passed away March 23. A resident of Barberton for 50 years, he retired from Ford Motor Company with 35 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife, Wilma and grandsons, Richard Drain and John Carrico; Harold is survived by his children, Frances (Larry) Drain, Harold D. (Patty) Carte Jr., Judy (Chuck) Carrico, Lois Carte, Michael (Kim) Carte, Pam (John) Hagenbaugh and Kimberly Sykes; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, two sisters; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be March 28, 10:30 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 March 27, 6-8 p.m. 


Evelyn M. Maxim (nee Shea)

Evelyn M. Maxim, 89, passed away peacefully March 24, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Born in Frostburg, Maryland, Evelyn had been a Barberton resident most of her life where she was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; daughter, Andrea Obraza; Survivors include her daughters, Cheryl (John) Shuman of Canal Fulton, Marilyn Maxim of Barberton and Barbara (Jeffrey) Saylor of Wadsworth; son-in-law John Obraza of Wadsworth; grandchildren, John, Jaclyn and Timothy Shuman, Ryan (Christina) Obraza, Andrew (Amanda) Saylor, Kristin (Robert) Roark and Scott Saylor; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Charlie Saylor and Grayson Roark; brother-in-law, Donald Kyle; sister-in-law, Helen Hagedorn; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff at Doylestown Health Care Center and the staff at Summa Barberton Hospital especially the Palliative Care Team. Mass of Christian Burial will be March 27, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Interment at St. Nicholas Cemetery. Calling Hours March 26, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Owen F. Wagner

Owen F. Wagner, 87, passed away March 24. A life resident of the Akron area, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.  Owen retired from Conrail with 42 years of service and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Preceded in death by his son, Karl Wagner; survived by son, Kalvin (Catherine) Wagner; daughter, Karen (Ed) Roberts; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Charlotte Brenneman and Beverly Hartney; along with special friends, the Eader family. The family will receive friends March 28, 4-7 p.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.


Clair W. Ashley

Clair W. Ashley, 79, passed quietly from this life March 23. Born in Spencer, West Virginia, the fourth of five children to Lloyd Dale and Mazel (Goff) Ashley, Clair lived most of his life in Barberton. Clair served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as an airman first class from Sept. 1954 to June 1958. Soon after discharge, he returned home and married Joan Akers, settling in the Norton-Barberton area. He worked many, many years as a material handler at Alside. Clair was preceded in death by an infant sister, Doris; brother, Billy Joe; parents, Dale and Mazel; brother Eldon; sister, Betty Woog; and his loving wife, Joan. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, aunts and cousins of the extended Ashley/Akers family and his close friends, especially Jeff, Larry and Bob. Calling hours will be March 28, 1- 2:30 p.m, followed by a time to share memories at 2:30 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton.  Private burial at Manchester Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.  



Loreto G. “Bado” George

Loreto G. ‘Bado” George, 90, passed away March 22. He was born January 4, 1925 in Yorkville, Ohio, to the late Gabriel and Kathrine George and was raised in Tiltonsville, Ohio.  Loreto graduated from Warren Consolidated High School, class of 1943. He then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and proudly receiving three bronze stars.  Returning back to further his education, Loreto attended Kent State University, majoring in math and physical education and minoring in history and science. Loreto received his bachelor’s degree in 1950 and his master’s degree in 1952. While attending KSU, he was captain of the golf team from 1947-1950. He began his teaching career at Warren Consolidated High School as a math teacher and was also the assistant football and basketball coach and golf coach from 1950-1955 and Tiltonsville Elementary Principal from 1951-1955. He continued his teaching career with the Barberton School System in 1955 at UL Light Junior High School where he taught math and science and was a coach from 1955-1961. Becoming principal at UL Light from 1964-1982. Loreto was a faithful member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a member of Barberton Elks, Barberton VFW 1066, Barberton Moose 759, American Legion and Barberton Sports Boosters. He was also a longtime member of Barberton Kiwanis Club, where he was active with the Kiwanis Scholarship Program, the Salvation Army and Senior Golf League. He was especially proud of his association with the Elks Student Scholarship, having many state and national winners over 28 years. He belonged to the KSU Hall of Fame, Summit County Sports Hall of Fame, Barberton Sports Hall of Fame, Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame (Wheeling, West Virginia), Jeffersonian Hall of Fame (Stubenville), KSU Varsity Club and was a Dapper Dan Tournament winner. Preceded in death by his brothers, Albert, Carl and Gabriel George; Loreto is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; sons, James and William; sister, Kathy (Gary) Orban; along with many nieces and nephews; special friends, Dr. Casino, Tom Melody, Mike Moore, Sal Puglisi, Dave Bukowski, Patrick Kanary, Charmaine Bowman; along with many other friends and numerous golf buddies. Funeral service will be Friday, March 27, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Father James Maloney officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 26, 4-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew to Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, OH 44203 in Loreto’s memory.



Robert Melnik

Robert Douglas Melnik (Doug), 59, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, died suddenly March 10. Doug was born July 1, in Akron, to Walter (Bob) and Norma Melnik. Celebrating his life are his children, Nicole, Jacob and Katherine; a grandchild, Arian; brother, Gary; sisters, Judy and Karen; as well as many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. Doug was also truly blessed with many, many good friends including Sharon and Dave who were invaluable to him in his daughter's early years. Doug was a proud Ohioan, enjoying the Browns, Indians and Buckeyes. Shortly after graduating from Norton High School in 1973, Doug relocated to North Carolina where he worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 38 years, most recently as shop steward with the United Steel Workers Local 959. He loved tinkering with automobiles, beginning with his first Chevy and developing that into a sincere passion for fixing and riding Harleys with his friends. In a memorial to Doug and in lieu of flowers, we ask you to donate to the American Heart Association. A memorial service was March 14 at the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel, 500 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. Visitation was March 13 at the funeral home. Services were entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, Fayetteville. 



Fred Rose

Fred Rose, 91, passed away March 19. He was born April 20, 1923, in Richwood, West Virginia. He retired after many years of service from Firestone Tire and Rubber. Preceded in death by his wife, Twila. Survived by daughters, Sharon (Paul) Stoyanov, Debbie (Bill) Novak; grandchildren, Heather (Derek) Hagmaier, Jason (Lisa) Stoyanov; great-grandchildren, Caily Stoyanov, Hannah Hagmaier, and Jacob Hagmaier; brother, Ernest Rose Jr; and sister, Genevieve Fickey. A celebration of his life was March 22, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, with Don Bolich officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours were March 22 at Cox Funeral Home. Military services will be conducted at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery March 23. Memorials may be made to the Ohio Veterans Home 3416 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870.



Jordan Dee Darnell

Jordan Dee Darnell, 22, passed away unexpectedly March 18. He was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 2011 and was an avid Browns and Buckeyes fan. Jordan loved to make others laugh, he was very loving and will be dearly missed. Survived by his parents, Becky Bolte and Terry Darnell; brother, Jeremiah (Bethany) Sonntag; grandmother, Joanne Ball; aunts, Paula (Jim) Collins, Pam Parker, Candy (John) Rasicci and Tish (Nathan) Miller; uncles, Joe (Tari) Parker, John (Gretchen) Darnell, Bill Darnell and Stan Jackson; special friend, Melissa; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service will be March 25, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor John Rasicci officiating. The family will receive friends March 24, 6-8 p.m., and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

     


Edwin F. “Eddie” Wickwire

Edwin F. “Eddie” Wickwire, 85, passed away peacefully March 21. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. Eddie retired from the Barberton Police Department in 1983 after 27 years of service.  He was member of Barberton First Baptist Church for 65 years and an avid hunter. Preceded in death by his wife, Betty; children, Michael, Dennis and Jill;  survived by his wife of 24 years, Jean; stepchildren, James, Judy, Leroy and Jeana; grandchildren, Mandy, Bethany and Antony; numerous great-grandchildren and other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 26, 11 a.m., at Barberton First Baptist Church, 254 Sixth Street, N.W., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. The family will receive friends March 25, 4-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton and also one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Summa, P.O. Box 2090, Akron, OH 44398-6153 or Barberton First Baptist Church.



Clara Jean Beitel

Clara Jean Beitel, 74, passed away March 15, after a lengthy illness. She was born on April 8, 1940, in Akron to Thomas and Gladys (Harris) Ball. A life resident of Barberton, she was a member of AARP - Barberton Chapter. Clara enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading cookbooks. Preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Tommy, Gary and Jeff Ball, sisters, Delores Dishman, and Virginia “Sis” Ball. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Floyd; children, Sandy (Terry) Watts, Kim (Kevin) Hunsicker, Jerri Beitel, Scott (Martha) Beitel, all of Barberton; grandchildren, Krystal (Travis) Reynolds, Kylene (Jeremy) Carpenter, Lori (Bill) Wills, Diana (Bryan) Schenkenberger, Kasey (Chris) Rings; great grandchildren, Dylan, Chloe, Tyler, Lily, Jack, Mika; brothers, Bob (Theresa) Ball of Tennessee; Tim (Susan) Ball of Florida. The family would like to thank the many healthcare workers from various organizations that have helped with the care of Clara. A celebration of Clara’s life will be March 21, 10:30 a.m., at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown. Burial to take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends and family may call March 20, 5-8 p.m. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.


 


Wanda M. Bell (nee Snyder)

Wanda M. Bell (nee Snyder), 85, passed away peacefully at Arden Courts of Bath. Wanda was born in Barberton where she was a life resident. She retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital as an RN after 30 years of service. Wanda was also an accomplished cross stitcher. Preceded in death by her husband, George; parents, Robert and Ada; and brother, Jim Snyder; survivors include her sons, Gary (Susie) of Green, Jay (Tina) of Tucson, Arizona and Bruce (Lori Yurga) of Higgins Lake, Michigan; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be March 20, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Memorial Service will be March 21, 11 a.m., at the Jackson Friends Church, 7945 Portage St. NW. Pastor David Tebbs officiating.  Private Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Uniontown, OH 44685 or the Jackson Friends Church.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Thomas R. Reynolds Sr.

Thomas R. Reynolds, Sr., 63 passed away March 16, surrounded by his loving family at the Cleveland Clinic. Born in Cumberland, Maryland, he moved to Barberton at the age of 18. Preceded in death by his parents; he is survived by loving wife, Cheryl L. Reynolds (Lauer); two sons, Tommy (Deanne) and Kyle (April); grandchildren, Brooke, Leah, Lauren, Luke, Erin, Carly and Cameron; siblings, Joyce, Russ (Linda), Rick (Marla); and numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was a member of the Local Union 880 and retired last year after more than 44 years as a meat cutter/meat manager, most of those years spent at Dave’s Supermarket. Tom’s greatest love was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, whether it be attending a sport event or just “Monday night dinner.” He loved working in his yard and took great pride in maintaining a beautiful pond and garden. He was also an avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan and never missed watching a game. Tom was a friend to all and touched countless lives with his big, marshmallow heart. He will be deeply missed by all and forever remembered.  We love you Big T! Funeral Service will be March 19, 11 a.m.,  at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Pastor Eric J. Bates officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours March 18, 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home.  www.silva-hostetler.com.


Anthony I. Digildo

Anthony I. Digildo, 84, passed away March 13. He was a resident of North Canton. Tony was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber. He loved spending time with his family. Preceded in death by his sons, David and Bradley; survived by his wife, Maureen; brothers, Abraham Gild and Michael Digildo; sisters, Martha Butera and Ann Schaber; children, Robin, Gina, Wayne and Donna; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; other family members and friends. Following his wishes, there will be no services.  Cremation has taken place. 



William J Courson

William J Courson, 80, died March 13,  peacefully with his family by his side in Wooster. Born in Barberton to the late Harold and Mildred Courson, Bill grew up in Barberton and graduated from Barberton High School and Heidelberg College. He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Cheryl Ann Forst and is survived by his wife of 30 years, Brenda Kinney. Bill and Cheryl moved to Wooster in 1979, when he was named CEO of Peoples Federal Savings Bank. He then became a Financial Advisor with IDS/American Express. Bill volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Wooster United Way and was a member of Wooster Rotary and Wooster United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Wooster Country Club and a member of the Elks Lodge. In Barberton, Bill was active in Barberton youth sports, the Barberton Jaycees and the Barberton Rotary. Bill was an avid golfer and Cleveland sports fan who loved working in his yard and attending his children's/grandchildren's sporting events. He enjoyed playing poker with his poker club and playing bridge with his life long bridge friends. His children include Bill Jr. (Ginger) Courson, Becky (Will) Moore, Scott (Cindy) Courson, Susan Beth Courson (deceased) and Todd, (Whitney) Courson. Stepchildren are Mark Kinney (deceased), Mike (Diane) Kinney, Kim (Carlos) Owen, Krista (Ted) Amstutz and Kelley Kinney (fiance Denny Garn). Bill leaves behind 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill accomplished many things during his full and eventful life. Bill was an Eagle Scout, licensed pilot, played running back for the Barberton Magics (where his nickname was "crazy legs Courson”), played football at Heidelberg College and took great pride in the Christmas train set he created for the enjoyment of his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. The family would like to thank the staff of Danbury Woods of Wooster for their care and compassion for Bill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691. A memorial service will be Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., at Wooster United Methodist Church, with Rev. Charles Tobias officiating. There will be no calling hours. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.



Cecil L. “Buck” Hollifield

Cecil L. “Buck” Hollifield, 82, passed away March 13.  A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he retired from Ohio Pure Foods. Buck was active as an owner and builder in Super Modified Racing. Preceded in death by his first wife, Myra Lea; second wife, Janice E. and son-in-law, James Galloway;  survived by his daughters, Cindy Galloway and Sandy Gid; son, Jay (Linda) Hollifield; grandchildren, Melissa, Becky, Daniel, Stacey and Brad; great-grandchildren, Austin, Cassadi, Zachery, Ciara, Lele, Kaleb and Lucas; sister, Louise Spurlock; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be March 17, 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. Calling hours March 16, 6-8 p.m. 



Veronica Neal (nee Trenta)

Veronica Neal, 65, took leave of this Earth March 12 and joined her recently departed mother, Frances. Before residing at Chambrel of Montrose for the last few years, Veronica was a long-time resident of Barberton. She attended Barberton Schools and graduated from Barberton High School. She was an Army veteran with an honorable discharge at the rank of SP4 and later attended the University of Akron. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sherwood (Bruce); her parents, Louis and Frances Trenta; and sister, Natalie Muren. She is survived by daughters, Carla Cinkole of Chardon, Jennifer Gladis of Mesa, Arizona and Sheri (Marc) Osborne of Barberton; as well as grandchildren, Stephanie, Joelle, Ian, Courtney and Brian and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, 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) of Barberton, Mark (Toni) of Deland, Florida, Raymond (Kathy) of Akron, Paul (Nanette) of Hartville; sisters, Mary Kay Hartman (Don) of Wadsworth, Nora Jane Perino (Charles Randal) of New Franklin and Connie of Barberton, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, March 19, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Avenue, Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Calling hours one hour prior to the mass at the church. Internment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Veronica’s name to the Prince of Peace Church or to a charity having special meaning to you. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Gretchen Lillian Cupp

Gretchen Lillian Cupp, aka Krannich, 84, went to be with her family and Father in Heaven. She left this world March 11 for her Heavenly Home. She passed away surrounded by family and friends. Born Nov. 7, 1930 and passed away March 11. Born to parents, Edna L. and Fredrick B. Krannich in Akron. She lived in Barberton most of her life. A member of St. Augustine Church in Barberton. Gretchen loved children and had a daycare for many years in her home. She was an aunt and mother to all, a caretaker of many. Hobbies she enjoyed were baking and remodeling homes. She was an avid animal lover. Preceeded in death by mother, father; son, Robert (McKenna) Cupp; grandson, Teddy; sisters, Marie Krannich, Wanda Saffles, Rose Lah, Ann Bergdorf, Rita Stefanko, Erma Sturm; brothers, Fredrick B. “Fritz” Krannich and Emil F. Krannich. Survived by husband of 64 years, Willard D. Cupp; children, Elizabeth (Garry) Quinn, Willard Cupp Jr., James (Josephine) Cupp, Marie (Paul) Johnston, David (Beth) Cupp, Edward (Darlene) Cupp, Denise (Kenneth) Blankenship, Barbara (fiancee, William Simonson) Cupp; grandchildren, Luke, Michelle, Troy, Christopher, Ken Jr., Mike, Kevin, Matthew, Tina, Jennifer, Rhonda, Roger, Rebecca, Casandra, Jennifer, Melissa, David, Leon, Timothy, Jessica and was blessed by many more grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Green Crossroads Hospice and Maison Aine Nursing Home for their compassionate care. A celebration of her life will be March 14, 2 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Fr. David Majikas officiating. Calling hours will be 7 -9 p.m., March 13, at Cox Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton, OH 44203. Her loving, gentle spirit will be sorely missed by all who knew her.



Gregory R. Garey, DDS

Dr. Greg Garey, DDS, 66, was born Sept. 19, 1948, in Barberton. He died peacefully March 9, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Linda Garey; sister, Shirley Angiulo of North Canton; brother, Maurice “Jerry” (Donna) Garey of The Villages, Florida; godson, Brian Caperones of Green; special friends, Paul and Sally Tople and Bob Kyle; along with many other relatives and friends. Greg graduated from Norton High School, class of 1966. He went on to Ohio State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree where he was also president of the Undergraduate Student Senate. He then went on to attend The Ohio State School of Dentistry, graduating in 1974. He returned to the Akron area to start his dental practice where he served for 40 years. Dr. Garey was past president of the Akron Dental Society, a Fellow of International College of Dentists and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Dentistry. He enjoyed traveling with his wife throughout the United States and Europe, golfing with his buddies, gardening and was a car fanatic all his life. He also enjoyed his cockapoo companions. Greg will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Following Dr. Garey’s wishes, there will be no funeral or services. The family would like to thank Dr. Douglas Wenger and the ICU Staff of Barberton Summa Hospital for their compassion and support. “To Those I Love”: If I should ever leave you, whom I love- To go along the Silent Way, grieve not. Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there. (I’d come – I’d come, could I but find a way! But would not tears and grief be barriers?) And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved, please do not let the thought of me be sad. For I am loving you just as I always have, you were so good to me! There are so many things I wanted still to do – so many things to say to you. Remember that I did not fear, it was just leaving you that was so hard to face. We cannot see beyond, but this I know: I loved you so – ‘twas heaven here with you!” Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Canine Companions for Independence, North Central Regional Center, 4989 State Rt. 37 East, Delaware, OH 43015.



Ruth Nevling

Ruth Nevling, 97, passed away March 9. She was born May 27, 1917, in Weirton, West Virginia. She worked for Seiberling for 29 years. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond G. Nevling; son, Thomas Nevling; grandson, Tony Keith; and three brothers. Survived by daughter, Carol (David) Keith; sons, Dennis (Jan) Hoctor, Robert (Nancy) Prosen; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be March 13, 3 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Calling hours will be 1-3 p.m., prior to service. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. 




Michael L. Cunningham 

Michael L. Cunningham, 66, went home to be with the Lord March 9. Born Aug. 27, 1948, in Wadsworth, to Forest Paul and Virginia B. (Booher) Cunningham, he was a life resident of the Norton/Barberton area. Mike worked as general superintendent for Fortney and Weygandt Inc. for 28 years, and was the previous owner/operator of Cunningham and Sons Construction. He was a life member of the Norton Baptist Church where he had been a Sunday school/nursery teacher. He was a member of the Norton Lions Club for many years as well as a Norton Band Booster for 12 years. Mike loved the outdoors, camping, water skiing and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lynn; sons, Chad (Monica) of Barberton, Eric (Susan) and Kevin (Crystal) of Norton; grandchildren, Wesley, Corbin, Cayden, Tristan, Carter and Colton; parents, Paul and Virginia Cunningham of Norton; brother, Don (Kathy) Cunningham of Norton; brother-in-law, Ed (Pat) Perry of Doylestown; faithful friend, Bella. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m., at Norton Baptist Church, 4239 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton, with Pastor Dwight Strickland officiating. Burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends and family may call on March 13, 5-8 p.m. at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown and one hour prior to service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Norton Baptist Church. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.



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Our very special mother, grandmother and sister, passed away March 3. Vickie, 92, was hardworking and generous, always putting the needs of others before her own. She lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A devoted wife for 60 years, Vickie is preceded in death by her husband, Donald. She leaves behind her children, Carolyn (Michael) Kerr, and David (Janette) Diehl; grandchildren, John (Deborah) Diehl, Shani (Vito) Sinopoli, Jennifer (Doug) May, Shannon (Jack) DeMita, Benjamin Diehl, and Erika (Ryan) Gibbons; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Genevieve Phoenix; and brother, Ralph Sando. Private funeral and entombment will be held for family members. No calling hours. Special thanks to the Coal Ridge staff and Hospice for making her final days more comfortable.




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Clara R. Mahler passed away March 8, 8:27 a.m., at Birchaven Village in Findlay. She was born April 28, 1936, in Saxton, Pennsylvania, to Russell and Virginia Rickeard. She grew up in Akron and graduated from Akron's South High School. She earned her RN from Akron City Hospital's Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing. She married Dr. Herbert A. Mahler Feb. 17, 1962. She was a labor and delivery nurse at Akron City Hospital. In 1963, they moved to Findlay. She enjoyed being a mother, grandmother and volunteer. She also enjoyed working as a nurse in her husband's office. Clara was also an active member of First Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Herbert A. Mahler; her son, Charles (Melissa) of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; daughters, Martha (Chris) Orabella of Loveland and Ruth (Russell) Wood of Sylvania. She is survived by seven grandchildren, Samuel and Ross Mahler, Jason, Matt and Emily Orabella and Nathan and Ellen Wood. She is also survived by her brother, Russell David (Joyce) Rickeard of Fayetteville, Georgia and two nieces, Amy and Rebecca Rickeard. The family would like to thank the staff at Birchaven Village for their compassionate care. Funeral services will be March 11, 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church with Pastors Bob Cochran and Mike Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be March 10, 4-7 p.m., at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service March 11 at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Community Foundation of Findlay to be used toward a scholarship to be established in her name. Online condolences are welcomed by visiting www.coldrencrates.com.



Esther H. Kun

Esther Kun, 89, passed away peacefully March 6. Born on June 13, 1925, she was a lifelong resident of Barberton. Preceded in death by her infant daughter, Patricia Ann; Esther is survived by her husband of 67 years, Louis; children, Becky (Gary) Voltz, Judith (Ricky) Edmondson and Tamara Chaboudy; her seven beloved grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many loving neighbors and friends. Funeral service will be March 10, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  Calling hours March 9, 5-8 p.m.


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.

 
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