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Boyd Dewayne Rorrer

Boyd Dewayne Rorrer, 57, passed away May 26. Survived by mother, Rhoda Rorrer; sisters, Rebecca Byrd and Emma Collins; brothers, James Rorrer and Edgar Rorrer. There will be a memorial service, Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 2, 5 p.m., until the time of the memorial service at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Cox-McNulty Funeral Home in Boyd’s name.



Amy L. Wise (nee Hughes)

Amy L Wise (Hughes), 59, of Norton, went home to be with the lord May 24, surrounded by loved ones. Amy was born in Akron, March 3, 1957. She graduated from Barberton High School and spent her entire life in Norton. Amy worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at ZellMed for eight years. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. She frequently volunteered at Open M in Akron. Amy is survived by her husband of 40 years, Carl Wise; son, Carl (Rachael) Wise II; grandchildren, Carl III and Cameron; daughter, Christy (Joseph) Hartline; brother, Chuck (Kay) Hughes; sister, Joanna (Don) Hughes; brother, John (Michele) Hughes; family friend, Bernice Ash and numerous nieces and nephews. Amy is preceded in death by parents Charles and Agnes Hughes; sister, Roxanne Legg and nephew, Ray Beatty II. Calling Hours will be May 25, 4-7 p.m., at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. Pastors Cecil Farmer and Robert Webb officiating. Private burial for the family will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation, 7151 N. Main St., Ste. 2, Clarkston, MI 48346. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com



Joyce Justine (Rhodes) Dinger

Joyce Justine (Rhodes) Dinger passed away May 23 and was reunited with her husband of 56 years, James Melvin Dinger. She was born May 4, 1940 in Liverpool, West Virginia to the late Thomas Earl and Justine O. Rhodes. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James Earl and Billy M. Rhodes. Joyce is survived by her children, Susan K. Fortner and James A. (Barbara) Dinger; grandchildren, Timothy Scott Dinger, Danielle Justine Lopez and Louis James (Jennifer) Dinger; and several great-grandchildren. After raising her children, Joyce worked for years at Ultralum and as a clerk at the City of Norton. She loved country music, cats and traveling to the beach and Las Vegas. She was an amazing lady who will be greatly missed. There will be no calling hours; cremation will take place.Special thanks to the staff at Pleasantview Healthcare Center and ClearPath Hospice for their support and care. Memorial contribution may be made in her name to Humane Society or charity of your choice. “When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see, if the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me. When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand. When tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me I'm right there in your heart.”



L. Marie Mowery

L. Marie Mowery, 93, passed away May 23. She was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Highland County, Ohio. Marie was an avid golfer, loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Preceded in death by brothers, Russell and James Huffman and son, Michael Arnold. Survived by husband, Guy Mowery; daughters, Barbara Gabriel (Richard) and Sylvia Myers (John); sister, Sylvia Stone; grandmother of four; great grandmother of eight; and great-great-grandmother of two. Funeral service will take place, Thursday, May 26, 11:30 a.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. The family received friends, May 25, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of VNS, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.


Tracey L Greathouse Preston

Oct. 30, 1964- May 22, 2016

Our beautiful Tracey went to stand before Jesus. She died peacefully in her sleep.

She was born in Barberton to the late Howard (Charles) Greathouse and her beloved mother, Mabel Sharier Blasdell. She is survived by her heartbroken daughters, Sara Carpenter (Josh), Jenny Carpenter (Chris), Christina (Carl) Amber and son, James. Her most precious part of her life was being a grandmother to Kaylee, Kayden, Ava, Faith, Charlie, Abel, Kieleah and Benjamin Hobbs. Also leaving behind her sister Marylyn and brothers Robert and Kevin Greathouse. She has many friends (Jerry Fetty) and nieces, nephews and cousins and aunts and uncles that will miss her dearly. If you brought a smile to Tracey’s life, the family would like to take this time to thank you. In lieu of flowers, if you find it in your heart, send a memorial to Campfield Hickman Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. A special celebration of life at 210 Fair Street, Orville, will be Saturday May 28, 4-8 p.m.



Samuel Lee Hooks

Samuel Lee Hooks, 75, of Columbus, passed away May 16, from declining health. Born in Mississippi Dec. 19, 1940, to the union of Samuel and Ola Hooks, he married Georgianna Ingol. He was preceded in death by Georgianna; his parents, Sam and Ola Hooks; and brother, Vince Edward Hooks. Survived by daughters and sons, Deanne Ingol (John Allen Jr.) of Columbus, Tonya Hooks of Wooster, LaMont Hooks, of Utah and Jamie Hodges of Ohio. Survived by brothers and sisters, Thomas Hooks, Eddie Dean Hooks of Alabama; sister, Ola Mitchell, Sadie Stallworth of Barberton. Sueann Miller, Theresa Daily, Celestine Hooks of Alabama, Rita Reed of Barberton. He leaves 10 grandkids, 20 great-grandkids, one great-great-grandkid and a host of family and friends. Special friend Emma Feagins. There will be no service.



Paulette A. Baliga (nee Guysick)

Paulette A. Baliga, 66, passed away May 21, after a short battle with cancer. Paulette was born in Barberton, where she was a life resident and a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. She loved to go shopping on the weekends, spend time at the casino with her sister, sit by her pond and cook and bake all kinds of good food for her friends and family. Preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Clara Guysick; brother, Stash; and nephew, Jeff; She is survived by her daughter, Marty (Jeff) Bray; brothers, Rich and Lenny Guysick; sister, Barbara (Steve) August; and sister-in-law, Ann Guysick. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins too numerous to list. She especially loved her dog, Precious, her birds and her special friends Cheryl and Mr. Thayer. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Mary Ann Gujin

Mary Ann Gujin, formerly known as Mary Ann Sabo, 94, died peacefully in her sleep May 20. Born and raised in Barberton, Mary moved to Northern Virginia in 2005 to be with her family. Much beloved mother and grandmother, she is survived by her daughter, Valerie Kaye of Sterling, Virginia and her grandsons, Derek and Brandon of Leesburg, Virginia. She was a blessing and an inspiration to those she left behind and will be remembered for her tremendous compassion, strength of character and adorable sense of humor. We will hold you forever in our hearts.



William G. Borocki

William G. Borocki, 70, passed away May 16. Born in Wadsworth, May 20, 1945. Bill was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Preceded by his mother, Mildred and sister, Georgene; survived by cousins, Louis Strebic and family; Cathy and Ron Duhon, Mary and Mio Lekic and his aunt, Lucy Strebick. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Castle Nursing Home for all the care and support William received over the years. Graveside service will be Thursday, May 19, 3 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in William’s memory.



Catherine J. Mullett (nee Belkey)

Catherine J. Mullett, (nee Belkey), 84, passed away May 17, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Catherine was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and  worked at F.W. Woolworth Co. She was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society and was also a member of GBU District 361. Preceded in death by her husband, William J.; daughter, Patricia; and son, Thomas; She is survived by her sons, Patrick “Mike” (Linda) and Robert; grandson, Christopher (Kim) Mullett and Nikkie (James) Cuevelier; and great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Alaina and Kurt. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Pleasant View for their care and compassion of Catherine. Mass of Christian Burial will be May 21, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton.  Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Calling hours May 20, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, where prayers will be said May 21, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Magic City Kiwanis Esther Ryan Shoe Fund, PO Box 561, Barberton, OH 44203 or the Haven of Rest. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Wilda P. Simmons

Wilda P. Simmons, 90, formerly of Cortland, passed away at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, North Carolina, Friday, May 13.  She had been residing at her daughter’s home in nearby Clayton, North Carolina since November 2014. She was born Oct. 26, 1925, in Ellamore, West Virginia, to the late Don and Virginia Paugh. Wilda was a graduate of Barberton High School, Class of 1943, then attended St. Mary’s Hospital DeSales School of Nursing in Clarsburg, West Virginia, graduating as a registered nurse in 1947.  Her career included hospital and industrial nursing.  She retired from GE Ohio Lamp in Warren, in 1990. She loved being a nurse, which was a childhood dream of hers. She was a voracious reader and stayed incredibly busy with her work and extracurricular activities. She attended Fowler Community Church where she loved serving with the “Willing Workers.” She was also a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary (Post 1077, Barberton), member of the Order of the Eastern Star, (Hartford Chapter), member of Cortland SCOPE and previous member of the Red Hat Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Addis “Skip” Simmons and her brothers, John and Bill Paugh of Barberton. Wilda is survived by her daughters, Leigh (husband, Cal) and Bobbi (wife, Kathy) and son, William (wife, Jennifer); grandchildren, Bryan, Craig, Christi, Lauren; along with seven great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be May 21, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Joel Dickson officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made in the memory of Wilda Simmons to the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield.



Virgie Mae White

Virgie Mae White, 86, was born April 12, 1930 and passed away May 16. Preceded in death by her daughter, Vickie Jones. Survived by children, Carol Daniel of Akron, Karen Burketh of Akron, retired CSM William White (Sylvia) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; sister, Donna Thomas of Columbus; brother, Donald Valentine (Barbara) of Clarksburg; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends from Center Towers. The family will receive friends May 21, 11 a.m.- noon, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral Service will follow May 21, noon, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to 779 Peerless Avenue, Akron, OH 44320 or 966 LaBelle, Akron, OH 44320.



Mary J. Howd

Mary J. Howd, born Nov. 20, 1926 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, left this world on May 15, in the company of those who loved her the most. She is preceded in death by all her siblings and her sons, Robert D. and David W. and her grandson, Andrew Howd. She is survived by her daughter, Cinder (Bill) Rae and her granddaughters, Courtney Fogle, Roberta (Ohran) Carlisle, her grandsons, David (Ronnell) and Michael Howd along with seven great-grandchildren. Mary retired from Higbee’s as a seamstress and continued to do alterations at home for many people.  If she couldn’t fix something, no one could. She loved crafting and doing volunteer work for local organizations. She had been a Rosie the Riveter, a member of the Marion Club and the Elk’s Emblem Club. Due to Mary’s wishes cremation has already taken place. Family requests no flowers, but should you wish to donate please do so to any local animal organization. A “celebration of life for Mary” will be held at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, Thursday, May 19, 5-7 p.m. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com



Norma Jean Iorio

Norma Jean Iorio passed away after a brief illness May 14, at the age of 90. Norma was born in Barberton and lived most of her life in Coventry Township. Preceded in death by her husband, William Iorio and son, Mark Iorio, her parents, Emma and Pete Hamilton, and her sister, Joyce Bowman.  She is survived by her sons, James Iorio and Jeffrey (Alda) Iorio of Florida and daughters, Christine (Floyd) Carder of Akron and Patti Iorio of Canal Fulton and her “adopted third daughter,” Lori Smith; brother, Richard (Elaine) Hamilton; granddaughter, Heather Iorio and Nicole Harvey; two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thank you to the caring staff of the ICU in Barberton Summa Hospital and to Home Helpers and her caregivers, Kay, Sharon, Susan, Hannah and Barbara, Marie, Darlene and Corrine. Norma enjoyed reading and watching Dancing with the Stars and renting movies, but most of all watching her Cleveland Cavaliers.  She is with her heavenly family now but was loved and will be missed by many. A memorial service will be May 18 at 4 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating.



Mary Elloween Steele

Mary Elloween Steele, 90, passed away May 11. She was a longtime member of Johnson Methodist Church, where she was active in the Ladies Circle. Preceded in death by her husband, Golden Patrick Steele and son, Ricky Steele; Mary is survived by her grandchildren, Charity (Milorad) Cucuz and Justin Steele; great-grandchildren, Kristina, Nicole and Kaitlin Cucuz; sons, Kenneth (Susan) Steele and Randy Steele. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Tal Lewis officiating.  Visitation May 21, noon, until time of service.  Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery in Uniontown. 




Tammy A. Jursik (nee Brummond)

Tammy A. Jursik (nee Brummond), 56, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, May 15. Born January 22, 1960, she was a life resident of the Barberton/Doylestown area. Preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Ray; stepfather, Jim Ray and grandmother, Alice Trivett; Tammy is survived by her father, Gary (Lynn) Brummond; sister, Connie (Fabian) Donnet; brother, Randy (Kris) Brummond; nephews, Kevin and Troy Brummond; stepbrothers, Logan (Charity) Kreitzburg and Brock (Danielle) Kreitzburg; stepsister, Ashley (Jeff) Chicatelli; husband, Brett Jursik; daughter, Jennifer; sons, Cory (Lauren) and Ryan Jursik; several grandchildren, along with many other family members and friends. Tammy fought for 17 years through many challenges and sicknesses, she was a very strong and amazing lady. She touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her. She is now finally at peace. Tammy’s life was made more full due to the great love and support given to her by her mother, father and sister, who never gave up on her over the years and were with her every step of the way. The family would like to extend their deepest thank you to the staff at Magnolia Village for all the love and care that Tammy and her family received over the years. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 19, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor John Mashek officiating. She will be laid to rest at Chestnut Cemetery in Doylestown. Tammy’s family will receive friends May 18, 4- 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.   



Anna Adlon

Anna Adlon, born July 25, 1925, died peacefully at Summa Barberton Hospice May 14. Preceded in death by her husband, Larry Adlon and her brother, Nick Tindell. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Vargo and her brother, John Tindell. Her children, Karl (Mary Jean) Adlon, Ray (Carol) Adlon, Louise Brasiel, Barb (Al) Ceranko, Marie (Jack) Lowdermilk, and Annette (Ron) Kightlinger. Grandchildren, Windy Adlon (Jason Hilliard), Dan (Natalie) Brasiel, Michelle Brasiel, Matt Brasiel, Jessica (Brad) Fellers, Jackie Lowdermilk, Ron Kightlinger, and Joe Kightlinger. Great-grandchildren, Joshua Adlon, Drew, Drake and Anna Brasiel, Roger Stewart and baby bear Fellers. Extended family and friends. She was a devoted member of St. Augustine’s Church. Her family was her life and she will be missed! Mass of the Christian burial Thursday, May 19, 1 p.m., at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Family will receive friends May 19, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Fr. Bill Browne and Deacon Robin Adair, officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in her memory.



Rebecca Starr-Remenyi

Rebecca Starr-Remenyi, 43, passed away May 10, after a courageous year long battle with breast cancer. Preceded in death by her brother, David Starr; she is survived by mother, Donna Starr; stepfather, LB Belknap; husband, Chet Remenyi; brother, Dennis Starr; and sister, Christina Starr. The loves of her life were her children, Austin Starr, Sierra Starr, and “Little Bear” Noah Remenyi. She loved watching all of her children race BMX, traveling, movie night, and enjoying the company of many friends and family. She also leaves behind her father, Ron (Donna) Bogard; sister, Karen Miracle (Josh), brothers, Ronnie Bogard and Jim Bogard (Michelle); grandmas, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews and a wealth of friends. Rebecca was a member of the Barberton Liedertafel and St. Augustine Church. The family would like to thank Mandy and Gina from Hospice for their care and support. The family received friends, May 15, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. A memorial service was May 16, with Deacon Robin Adair officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family in the name of Donna C. Starr at any First-Merit Bank.



Ilene L. McKee

Ilene L. McKee (Van Cleave) (nee Barcus), 91, passed away May 11, Ilene was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. She was a member of Moose Lodge 759 and was an avid bowler and golfer. She loved playing in Euchre tournaments and going on casino trips. Ilene was honored to have bowled in over 25 WIBC Nationals. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. McKee; parents, Henry and Gertrude; son, William; siblings, Grace, Barb, Dottie, Hank and Evelyn;  She is survived by her sons, Terry (Debbie) Van Cleave and Randy (Patricia) Van Cleave; daughter Karen (Bill) Stewart; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Crossroads Hospice. Funeral service was May 16, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton. Larry Saltis officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hunter Morey Memorial Fund at First Merit Bank. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Willa Lee Wasson

Willa Lee Wasson went home to be with her Lord and Savior May 7. She now has joined her beloved husband of 50 years. They now wait for their precious son, Gary. Willa’s first love was always her Lord and Savior. Her second love was her family they were always very close to her heart. She had a great compassion to help others, and was very active at the Always Hope Outreach Ministry at the Akron Baptist Temple. God gave Willa a beautiful singing voice and she sang for his glory for over 60 years. Willa and her son were local Gospel singers for 19 years. She was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple choir for 50 years. She had many interests in life, landscaping, decorating both inside and out. Willa won many beautification awards given by the city of Akron, she was a great researcher on many subjects, and she had the talent for detail, therefore she had great organizational abilities and she used those talents in many areas through her life. Preceded in death by her husband Raymond “Dutch” Wasson; her parents, George W. Odom and Verdie M. (nee: Pickelsimer) Odom. Survived by her son, Gary George Wasson and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends May 10, 6-7 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Knight officiating. Interment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Shelby Jean Berkley (nee: Tokie)

Shelby Jean Berkley (nee: Tokie), passed away May 5. Shelby was born on November 18, 1938 in Drakes, Ohio and was a resident of Barberton for 74 years. Preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Evelyn Tokie; parents-in-law, Clifford and Haidee Berkley; brother, Andrew “Sonny” (Pauline “Peenie”); sister, Arlene; son, Mark; daughter, Cathy; grandsons, Kevin and Adam. Survived by loving husband of 61 years, Clifford “Ed”; children, Debbie Berkley (Doug Flesher), Ed Berkley (Mark Mundy), Cindy Lemaster (Paul); nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Gerry Hyde; and forever friends, Jackie, Billie, Susan. The family received friends May 9, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Interment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of VNS or Seidman Cancer Center.



Sonja L. Edwards (nee Lowe)

 Sonja L. Edwards (nee Lowe), 77, went home to be with the Lord May 5. She was born in Canton, Ohio, September 1, 1938, a life resident of the Akron area and a member of Winning Side Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her father, Butler Lowe; mother, Iola Hasenbuhler; step-father, Herbert Hasenbuhler; sisters, Lorna Chance and Donna Chavis; brother, Ralph Hasenbuhler; step-sister, Marlene Donahue and step-brother, Herb Hasenbuhler Jr.  Sonja is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold T. Edwards; daughters, Valerie Huffman, Laura (David) Dutton, Teresa Edwards, Sonia (Jerry) Shinn; sons, Tim and Ron Edwards; grandchildren, Mandy Huffman, Michael Dawkins (Theresa), Richard Dawkins, Rachael (David) Schmitt, Christopher Carter, Timothy Edwards, Brittany Edwards, Allison (Joey) Adelman, Caitlin Shinn and Glen Shinn; great-grandchildren, Drew Carter, Ryley and Andrew Schmitt, Jordan Dawkins, Maddison and Brayson Adelman and Kahlin Dawkins; brothers, Tom Lowe and Ron Hasenbuhler; sister, Christine Chapman; step-sister, Barbara Forhand; special aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held May 10th at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Tim Hileman officiating. Burial to follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  



Paul E. Cipar 

Paul Eugene Cipar, 84, passed away on May 8th after a battle with Parkinson’s, Dementia and a broken heart after losing Elaine (Cartmel) in November, 2011. They were married on December 26, 1953. Born in Barberton, Paul was a lifelong area resident and a member of the former Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #1617, Holy Name Society as well as a Lector.  Paul is a current member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Paul worked for Summit Electric in Akron for 34 yrs., and then finished his career at Paramont Machine Company, retiring in 1999 he also served in the 45th Infantry Division of the Army during the Korean War. Preceded in death by Elaine Mae (Cartmel), his wife of 57 years, his parents Martin and Mary, son Lawrence Eugene and brother Martin.  Paul is survived by his sisters, Maryanna and Veronica, brother, Stanley (Sue), children Kathleen (David) Thomas, Paul (Patricia), David (Dawn) , Edward (Amy) and Christine (Robert) Weigand, grandchildren, Michelle Cameron, Paul Cipar II, David II, Nathan (Sarah) and Ashley (James) Conner, Brian and Abigail Cipar, Jefferey and Nicholas Thomas, great-grandchildren, Emma, Grace, Evan and Jackson Cameron. We would like to thank the Summa Care Hospice Team as well as the companionship and personal care provided to our father by Judy, Megan and Gayle. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 12, 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 May 11, 4-7 p.m., at the  Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the “Martin and Mary Cipar Art Endowed Scholarship Fund” c/o Ursuline College, 2550 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Ronald Lee Kapish 

April 29,1959 - April 30, 2016 

Ron “Bart” Kapish passed away unexpectedly April 30th. Proceed in death by brother Terry Lee Kapish. Survived by wife of 32 years Noelia, sons Ronnie Jr. (Annelise) and Christopher, three grandchildren in Florida. Ohio family, mother Carol Kapish, father Gene Kapish ( Dottie), sister Dale (George) Phillips, niece Nikki Kapish, sister-in-law Gay Lynn Kapish, nephew Andrew Kapish, aunts, cousins, and friends. Best Plumber in Southwest Florida.



Kathleen D. Guy (nee Gibson)

Kathleen Doris Guy (nee Gibson), 88, passed away May 3, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Born July 12, 1927 to the late Carl and Madeline (Langguth) Gibson, she was the fourth of 10 children. Her love of music developed early, listening to her old brothers play the violin and guitar.  She loved to sing and was a member of the church choir wherever she attended. In the nursing home, music programs were always very important to her and she loved to sing along and sometimes dance. Katie is survived by sisters, Gloria Lewis Williams and Shirley Kennell; she was married to Jack Guy Sr. (dec) for 31 years and is survived by their children, Jack (Cynthia Price) Guy, Sue (CB) Alsobrook and Jim. She adored her grandchildren, Matthew (Monica), Mike (Jana) and Seth (Emilia) Borgen; Tara (Ron) Spicer, Jennifer (Scott) Ellison, Jessica Guy (Nick Everhart) and Jacqueline (fiancee, Jordan) Guy. Her precious great-grandchildren are Henry, Sandy and Johnny Borgen, Morgan and Ben Spicer, Thomas Ellison, and Graham, Maren and Ford Everhart; special friend, Bill Borgen; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She worked as an office manager for many years at Jones Chemical and Gojo Industries. As a teenager, Katie helped with the war effort, at Seiberling and Sun Rubber, building aircraft. She received recognition and a “Rosie the Riveter” pin for service a few years ago. She was always active in the United Methodist Church, having last served as president of the Akron District United Methodist Women.  She loved taking trips with her grandchildren, traveling, and gambling with her sister, Gloria. Alzheimer’s is a tough, unrelenting disease, but we’re forever grateful for the kindness and care she received at Chapel Hill Retirement Community in Canal Fulton, by employees and volunteers alike. Thanks also to Crossroads Hospice for their comfort care. Funeral service was May 7, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Chaplain Sandra Hutchinson, Chaplain of the Chapel Hill Community, officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Willow Court Neighborhood of the Chapel Hill Retirement Community, 12200 Strausser St., NW, Canal Fulton, OH 44614 would be appreciated by the family.




Paul Burkhart

Paul Burkhart, beloved husband of Joyce, cherished father of Larry and Mike, adored grandfather of Colton, Callee and Joey, passed away surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer. Paul was a hardworking man who never met a stranger. He was kind, generous and welcoming to all. Paul was owner/operator of Norton Service Center for 35 years. Paul had a passion for farming and a love for the land only surpassed by his love for his family. Paul and Joyce were married July 21, 1971. Together they raised their two boys on a farm in Norton. Larry and Mike grew to be fathers and Paul welcomed each grandchild with his loving arms. Left to mourn his passing are wife, Joyce; sons, Larry (Gena) and Mike (Renee). Grandchildren, Colton, Callee and Joey. Brother, Harold (Carolyn); sister, Linda (Tom). Sister-in-law, Debbie and brother-in-law, Chuck, many nieces and nephews and loving friends. Paul will be missed by all!  Calling hours will be May 9,  5-7 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Interment at Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit http://www.silva-hostetler.com/



Marla J. Pyle

Marla J. Pyle, 73, passed away April 24. She was born June 14, 1943, in Akron and was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. Marla was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Pyle and parents, Rhea and Ben Wilhelm. She is survived by sister, Judith Culp; niece, Diane (Eric) Vaughan and nephews, David Culp and Robert (Yvonne) Culp. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place.  To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



James Patrick Mullane

1957-2016

In loving memory of James Patrick Mullane, 58, who died unexpectedly May 1. He is now at peace in the loving hands of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He was born Oct. 17, 1957 and was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J. and Jean L. Mullane (Selch). Survived by his brothers, John (Darci Stefansky, friend), Jay (Deena), Joe (Jan) Mullane; son, Jason (Jonica); daughter, Jamaica (Rodney) Madison; six grandchildren. Funeral services were May 7, in the Paquelet Funeral Home, 1100 Wales Road, Massillon 330-833-3222. Calling hours will be one hour before funeral services at the funeral home. 



Charles W. Tennant 

Charles W. Tennant went home to be with the Lord May 3. He was born April 18, 1946, in Alvy, West Virginia and was a resident of Barberton for the last 50 years. Charles was a member of Victory Chapel where he served as the Head Deacon for 24 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Freda Tennant. Survived by his wife, Martha A. (nee: Arnett); daughters, Lisa (Jim), Cathy, Brenda, Melissa (Derek); son, Charles Steven (Lorene); 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters; one brother; and many loving extended family and friends. Services will be May 6, 1 p.m., at Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Akron. Pastor Bobby Webb will be officiating. The family will receive friends May 5, 5-8 p.m. and May 6, from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m., at Victory Chapel. Interment will follow at Clinton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Victory Chapel in care of the family.



Sophie “Sue” Pantea

Sophie “Sue” Pantea passed away in her sleep in the morning May 2, at the age of 89. She was raised in Akron to the late John and Caroline Janczewski. Sue married Walter R. Pantea and they moved to Barberton where they lived and raised their family. She loved cooking, baking, gardening, making quilts, crocheting and fishing with corn and hot dogs. All of her life was devoted to taking care of her family. We love and thank her for that. Preceded in death by her husband, Walter R. Pantea; daughter, Janice Pantea; sons, Ronald and Thomas Pantea; sister, Helen Chapman; brothers, John and Chet Janczewski; Sophie is survived by daughters, Linda (Jim) Sutherland, Diane (Randy) Williams, Carolyn and Joanne Pantea; son, Walter J. Pantea; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Wanda Sipos; daughter-in-law, Cindy Pantea; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She also leaves behind her very good friend and neighbor of over 50 years, Mrs. Elizabeth Buckhor. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Altercare of Wadsworth for the care of Sophie and her family and also Father Joe for coming to give her last rites. Mass of Christian burial will be May 7, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. N.W., Barberton. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends May 6, 5-8 p.m. and also May 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.


Leona A. Sanford 

Leona A. Sanford, 94, passed away May 1, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Leona was born in Barboursville, West Virginia and had been an area resident most of her life. She worked for Saalfield Publishing and also Yoder Brothers. Leona was currently a member of the First Baptist Church of Barberton and was a charter member of Covenant Baptist Church in Barberton. She was also active in the Jeannette Chapter of the Eastern Star 212 where she served as a Matron for many years. Preceded in death by her husband Robert; six sisters; and three brothers; She is survived by her sons, Steven (Ursula) of Barberton and Mike (Eileen) of San Diego, California; grandchildren Mark, Scott and Amanda; and great-grandchildren Peyton and Logan. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, May 6, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., with an Eastern Star Service at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.  To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.


Janet (Sabo) Starr

Our shining “Starr,” Janet, 63, of Doylestown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family May 2. Janet was born in Akron, and she attended grade school at SS Cyril and Methodius in Barberton. The classmates of her Norton High School 1971 graduating class voted her most athletic. Janet loved to compete and pursued her passion for horses as a quarter horse owner and breeder, winning countless competitions at the World Quarter Horse Show, All American Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Quarter Horse Futurity, Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Show, Central Ohio Saddle Club’s Grand Champion award and the National Snaffle Bit Assn. Triple Challenge Futurity Championship. She was most proud of achieving the American Quarter Horse Association Champion national title. While courageously battling cancer for the past four years, Janet established a thoroughbred breeding program and accomplished a rare feat. The first horse she bred, InviteTheRight Bay (Bunny), competed and placed at Thistle Down racetrack. A realtor for more than 35 years, Janet touched and impacted many lives by working tirelessly to help hundreds of families achieve the dream of home ownership. After earning her broker’s license, she started her own real estate company, Janet Starr Realty. She was recognized with many awards including the Ohio Assn. of Realtors Presidents Sales Club, Akron Area Board of Realtors’ Gold Level Achievement and Women’s Council of Realtors Board of Governors Member Services recognition. Her fun personality, bubbly laughter and big heart were infectious and she always had a beautiful smile for everyone. Janet was preceded in death by her dad, John Sabo. She is survived by her mom, Marge Sabo; sisters, Kathy (Jeff Barstow) Yaussy, Mary Jo Nichols, Diana (Denny) Ball, Christine (Ed Sunkin) Sabo, Barbara (Mike) Primovero and Beth (Jerry) Baughman; brothers, John (Terri) Sabo and Ron (Kim) Sabo; 23 nieces and nephews; 13 great-nieces and nephews; her furry kids, Sarge, Bonnie Blue, Brandy, Gracie, Sophie, Rosie, Drewman, Bunny, Casper, DeeDee, Georgie, Velvet and one-week-old colt Starr’light; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. The family will receive friends at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, May 5, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m., May 6, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Tiffany Crystal Conklin

Tiffany Crystal Conklin, 20, passed away April 28. Born in Barberton, Tiffany was a 2015 graduate of Barberton High School. Tiffany was a light that shined to all who knew her. Tiffany is survived by her mother, Shirley (Singleton) Lawson; brother, Harrison Nevals; grandparents, Darlene Moore and Mike Darrough, who will each carry Tiffany's memory in their hearts. A memorial service will be Saturday, May 7, 3:30 p.m., at the Movement Church, 3333 Manchester Road, Akron. The family wishes to thank Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home and The Movement Church for their kindness. Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”



Frank G. Smole

Frank’s gone, garage closed

“The Best Mechanic in the World”, 82, passed away April 24, with his Bonnie by his side. Her message to him, “You are the wind beneath my wings.” He was born and raised in Barberton and proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Seventh Calvary. Frank was the owner of Smoles’ Auto Air. He had the passion and knowledge to fi everything from tanks in Korea to anything you could fit into his garage. He passed down his passions to his beloved grandson and best friend, Steven, who is now in training to also serve in the Seventh Calvary. Frank was a great business man, starting his own business at a very young age. Frank was survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Bonnie; his only daughter and his name sake, Frankie G. (Wayne); brother, Lew (Joanne) and many loving nieces and nephews. Grandchildren, Steven, Tina (Dwain), Racheal (Ray), Linda, Markie, Pat (Nour), Mike, Ray (Tracy), Joe (Tammy), Kim (Rich). Stepsons, (the Breans), Rick (Maureen), Randy (Charlene), Mike (Tracy) and mark. As well as numerous great-grandchildren. His many friends and neighbors and the girls down at Cissy’s who were all very dear to him. Preceeded in death by his mother, Kristina and father, Frank; sisters, Chris and Fredricka; first wife, Lois and stepchildren, Karen and Ray. Services were officiated by long time friend, Pastor Lee Hance. Military service will be held at a later date



JoAnn Hudak

JoAnn (Bycura) Hudak, 95, passed away April 29. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She was a resident of Akron most of her life and retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber. Preceded in death by her husbands, Steven Hudak and Frank Bycura and sons, Frank and Blair Bycura. JoAnn is survived by son, Bruce (Sharon) Bycura; daughter-in-law, Mary Bycura; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and sister, Jackie Ridgeway. The family would like to thank JoAnn’s grandsons, David (Stacey) and Douglas for the care they gave to their grandmother. A private graveside service will be held for her family at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Ernie Kempel officiating.  



John D. Wagner

John D. Wagner, 69, passed away April 28. He was a life resident of Barberton and a graduate of Barberton High School, Class of 1964. John retired from Local 219 Plumbers and Pipefitters serving as business manager and AFL/CIO, where he was executive secretary-treasurer, he served on Norton City Council, Ward 2 for years and also Barberton City Council, Ward 3. John was very active in the community, serving on many boards and committees. He was Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Tri County Regional Labor Council, Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board, Vice Chairman-John S. Knight Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ohio State UA President, just to name a few. John enjoyed coaching Barberton American Little League for many years and was a member of National Lodge 568 F&AM. Preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 47 years, Ruth and parents, Dale and Jean Wagner; survived by his sons, Dr. Terry (Erika) Wagner and their children, Hailey, Madison and Connor; Scott (Becky) Wagner and their children, Hannah and Carter; along with other relatives and many friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to his sister, Marietta Davidson, along with Dr. Susan Ray and the team of Dialysis Nurses at Davita for all their care and support. Funeral service was May 3, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Dr. Blake Wagner Sr. officiating.  Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. John’s family received friends on May 2. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1815 W. Market Street, Suite 108, Akron, OH 44313 or the charity of one’s choice. 




Thomas “Tom” W. Schmitt

Thomas “Tom” W. Schmitt, 68, passed away April 28. Tom was born May 26, 1947 in Akron, he was owner-operator of Barberton Insulation Company for many years. Preceded in death by his infant son, Tom Jr.; granddaughter, Haley Brunty; father, Al “Bud”; mother, Martha and stepmother, Ruth; sisters, Mary Dyer and Louise Karl; Tom leaves his wife, Michele (Cestaro); sons, “Tommy” (fiancee, Silvia Andonian and her children) and Michael; daughters, Lisa Schmitt and Julie Brunty; beloved grandchildren, Tommy Brunty and Mason Schmitt; brothers, Carl, Albert (Cindy), Paul (Carol), Winn (Johanna); sister, Carol (Reg) Atkins; brother-in-law, Steve (Laura) Karl; step-sisters, Alice (John) MacKeil and Sue (Jack) Derhammer; stepbrother, Dick Bontrager; mother-in-law, Yvonne Cestaro; along with all the Cestaros and Carbones; best friend, Jim Shifferly; numerous Barberton friends; his golfing and fishing buddies; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Tom loved all of you! No more pain, Tom. We love you! Mass of the Christian burial was May 2, at St. Augustine Catholic Church.  Tom’s family will received friends May 1, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summit County Children’s Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44306 or Haven of Rest, 175 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44308.



Herman C. Wille Jr.

Herman C. Wille Jr., 93, passed away April 22. Born in Texas July 24, 1922, Herman served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and was a member of the 104th Signal Company. Herman was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron. He was an “uncertified” master gardener. He loved his flowers and veggies, especially the huge “wisteria.” Preceded in death by wife, Millie; survived by son, Chuck (Judy) Wille; daughter, Barb Flores of New Orleans; grandchildren, Becky (Tony) Lanese, Ben (Kate) Wille, Brian (June) Flores, Lisa (David) Musser and Steven (Jessica) Flores; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Vince and Nick Lanese, Steven Jr., Noah and Allie Flores. Thanks to a good friend and roommate, Michael Blauner and also a great staff at Bath Manor, Jackie, Dan and Julie. A memorial service will be May 1, 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron. The family will receive friends 3-4 p.m. in the parlor.  



Robert “Bob” C. Krosnick 

Robert “Bob” C. Krosnick, 78, passed away April 24. He was a life resident of Barberton/Norton. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the Ohio LST/AMPHIBS Association. He was employed by PPG Industries, General Tire, Akron Recycle Plant and retired from the City of Barberton. He was a life-time member of Barberton VFW Post 1066. Bob was also a member and very active in many Masonic organizations including, Barberton Lodge 750 F&AM (past Master), 32 Scottish Rite Valley of Akron, where he received the Meritorious Service Award; Portage Chapter 202 RAM, Anna Dean Chapter #212 OES, Tadmor Shrine, Yusef Khan Grotto, Honorary member of National Lodge 568 F&AM, Royal Order of Scotland, Allied Masonic Degrees Western Reserve Council. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary Krosnick; brothers, Andrew Jr., Donald and Tommy Krosnick; sisters, Helen “Babe” Kish and Marianne Garrett.  Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia; son, Craig (Christine); granddaughters, Allyson and Emily; special family, Carleen Cofer and Gary Jenkins; sister-in-law, Kate Krosnick; special four legged friend, Boe; along with several nieces, nephews, many loving neighbors; other relatives and friends. We would like to thank all of our many family members and friends who offered their prayers, love and support on behalf of our family. “On Angel’s wings you were taken, but in my heart you’ll stay, and in God’s light you will rest, until we meet again someday.” “Love’n you up there.” Bob’s funeral service will be held April 30,11 a.m., on the beautiful lake shores of Lake Anna at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Christ Follower Gauvin Gilbert officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383 at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Bob’s family will receive friends April 29, 5-8 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Also visitation on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, OH 44203 or Barberton Lodge 750, 5960 Rimview Ave., Canal Fulton, OH 44614.



R. George “Bo” Lehman 

R. George “Bo” Lehman, 84, passed away peacefully April  25, at home surrounded by his family and loved ones. An Akron native, Bo was a graduate of Kenmore High and Heidelberg College. It was at “The Berg” that he met the love of his life, Marilyn Anthony. After graduation he was employed by the Akron YMCA for six years as Physical Director at the Firestone Branch and then Camp Director of Camp Y-Noah. The next 30 years he worked in retail merchandising at Clarkins Inc., Cook United and Tamco Distributing.  He then served as bailiff for Judge John H. Campbell in the Summit County Common Pleas Court System.  Bo also served eight years in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve. He was a member of Lakview United Methodist Church in Barberton and also the Hungarian Benefit Society of Barberton. He was preceded in death by parents, Meredith and Doris Lehman of Akron; infant brother, Meredith Jr. and sister, Joyce Snyder. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn of Barberton; sons, Michael of Clayton, North Carolina and John of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter, Laurie (Mike) Lasko of Copley; grandchildren, Michael and Madison, whom loved their “Grandpa Bo” dearly. The family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Trochelman for his care over the years, as well as the wonderful nurses at Summa Hospice. A very special thank you to “Bo’s Angels,” especially Kristy, Josey, Susan and Carrie for your genuine love an exceptional care over the years. There is no doubt that God handpicked each and every one of you to be with us through this journey. A memorial service will be April 30, noon, at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 Third St., N.W., Barberton, with Pastor Fred Higgins and Rev. Tina Nees officiating. Bo’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to the church.



Pauline L. Boley (nee Walch)

Pauline L. Boley, nee Walch, 94, passed away peacefully April 27, at Brookdale Barberton Senior Living. Polly was born in Cuyahoga Falls and had been an area resident all her life. She and her husband James were charter members of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton, where she was very active with many events. She was served on the Altar Guild, as a Eucharistic Minister and on Parish Council. She was honored to have been chosen as the “woman of the year” for the church in 1995. Polly retired from Norton City Schools where she served as a librarian and cook. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile for many years as well as crocheting hundreds of baby hats for local hospitals. Polly became an avid fisherman in Canada after her husband Jim introduced her to the sport 48 years ago. She was also active in the Barberton and Wadsworth Senior Centers, the Norton Senior Citizens and St. Augustine Seniors. The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Barberton for their loving care and attention to Polly. Preceded in death by her husband, James; son, Roger; three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Pat) of Uniontown and Bruce (Cathi) of Norton; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., May 2, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Church or Brookdale Barberton, 487 Austin Dr., Barberton, OH 44203. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Cecelia "Sally" (nee Solosky) Sokolosky Rajniak

Cecelia passed away peacefully April 28, at Manor Care. She was born in Barberton and was a lifelong resident of the West Side. Cecelia never met a stranger and made friends everywhere she went. She worked as waitress for over 40 years at South End Tavern and Columbia Cafe, retiring in 1978. She loved to travel and was able to see most of the U.S. and parts of Europe. She was a life-time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and then joined Prince of Peace parish when the churches blended. Cecelia married Victor Sokolosky Nov. 23, 1939. After Victor's death, she married John Rajniak April 21, 1979 and gained a stepson. She was a hard working woman who raised her daughter as a single mom after the death of her first husband. She took great pride in her home, dust never stood a chance of settling in her house. Preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Jennie (Kempe) Solosky; husbands, Victor Sokolosky and John Rajniak; sisters, Irene Lego and Frances Ziblot. She leaves to mourn her passing, daughter, Vickie Ann (Keith) Clark; stepson, John (Brenda) Rajniak; special nieces,  Beverly Ziblot, Joyce (Ray)  Hudacko, and Judith (Sherwin) Alberts; long time neighbors, Mary Fisher, Polly Valencheck and Vern Bidinger; many other loving family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be May 3, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours May 2, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Frank G. Smole

Frank G. Smole, “The Best Mechanic in the World”, 82, passed away April 24. He was born and raised in Barberton and proudly served during the Korean War with the 7th Calvary. Frank was the owner and operator of Smoles’ Auto Air. His hobby was helping people. His passion was fixing cars, which he proudly passed on to his beloved grandson Steven. Preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; stepdaughter, Karen and stepson, Ray. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Bonnie. Her message to Frank is “You are the wind beneath my wings.”  He is also survived by his only daughter, Frankie G. Chaney (Wayne); brother, Lew (Joanne); grandsons, Joe (Tammy), Mike, Pat (Nour) and Steven; granddaughters, Kimberly (Rich), Tina (Dwaine) and Racheal (Ray); stepsons, the Brean’s, Rick (Maureen), Randy (Charlene), Mike (Tracy) and Mark (Marky); and many loving nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the girls at Cissy’s and his many friends and neighbors. Calling hours will be April 29, from 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Funeral Service to follow at 8 p.m., with Pastor Lee Hance officiating. Cremation to follow with burial at a later date in June. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Paws and Prayers, P.O. Box 2864, Akron, 44309. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



James Allen Carpenter

Sunday, April 24, 9:35 a.m., James Allen Carpenter passed away in his sleep. He was surrounded by his wife, Debbie Carpenter; daughter, Robin Carpenter; son, James L. Carpenter; brothers, Terry Carpenter, Ron Carpenter, David (Jackie) Carpenter; sister, Tina (Rick) Hooker; nieces, Crystal Hooker, Toby and Ricky (Kristin) Hooker; uncle, Tom Starling; mother-in-law, Joanne Conner; sister-in-law, Barb (Jeff) Benner; brother-in-law, Brian Conner and cousins, Regina, Theresa and Jessica Hooker, Aaron Hooker, Amber Hooker; great-niece Alexis Hooker; friends, Kathy and Floyd; nephew, Ronnie Carpenter. James Allen Carpenter rest in peace. He is now with his parents, Larry (Betty) Carpenter. Thank you to the Barberton Hospital for the care he received the last two years. 



John L. Yates Jr.

Sunrise: 3-11-1934

Sunset: 4-22-2016 

John L. Yates Jr., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday morning, 6:25 a.m., April 22. John was born in Akron, to the late John L. Sr. and Elsie (Maddox) Yates.  John worked for Gassy Auto Supply from 1948 to 1962, as a service installer and worked his way up to assistant buyer, then store manager.  In 1964 he went into the Real Estate business for Merkle Realty until 1982.  He was top sales person for Merkle Realty and active in Real Estate Board activities and committies.  He also was voted into the Top Ten Professional Real Estate Society of Summit County. John served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 as a SP3 supply clerk; John was an active member of Grace Baptist Church; singing in the choir and redeemed quartet.  John also sang in a semi-professional quartet on week-ends, traveling throughout southern Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  He also cut records in Columbus and Nashville.  He loved singing the praises of the Lord Jesus Christ. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Yates of Kentucky and Rev. James Yates of West Virgina; John is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 31 years, Marilyn (Weber); daughter, Deborah Lynn Fulks and grandson, Jesse Charles Fulks of Akron; son, David Lee Yates and his fiancee, Nora Gorman and her son, Tyler Gorman of Akron; sister, Margaret (Richard) Merriner of Okamas, Michigan; brother, Clifford (Pat) Yates of Doylestown; also many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; cousins and friends. Many thanks to Akron City Hospital doctors and nurses on 7-West and the palliative care unit, for their love and excellent care of John.  Also to Pebble Creek Rehab for their excellent care. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 28, 12:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Robert Stephens officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.  John’s family will receive friends April 27, 5 -8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Grace Baptist Church, 704 N. Firestone Blvd., Akron, OH 44306 or Heart, Lung or Kidney Foundation.



Andrew F. Koncz 

Andrew F. Koncz, 62, passed away April 21, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Drew was born Feb. 23, 1954 to Andrew and Violet Koncz. Drew’s hard work ethic began at a young age bussing tables, working at Seiberling Tire and Rubber and enjoyed running Koncz’s Five Sons Sports Grille with his four brothers. His passion was owning his own business which was Barberton Wheel Alignment for over 30 years. He married his wife, Kathryn A. in 1976 and dedicated his life of 40 years with her. They had three beautiful and caring children. Drew was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Koncz and Violet Koncz Roop and his father-in-law, Andy Krochta. Surviving are his loving wife Kathryn; son, Andrew (Jacqueline); daughters, Stacy (Nathan) Robinson and Laura Smelser Koncz; grandchildren, Cayden, Paige, Andrew, Mason, Parker and his unborn granddaughter. He also leaves his brothers, Dave (Denise), Jeff (Gina), Dean (Debbie) and Don (Joy); mother-in-law, Marilyn Krochta; brothers-in-law, Tom (Sandra) Krochta and Frank (Claudia) Krochta; as well as many nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father, amazing friend and life of the party. Drew’s contagious gift of building friendships will never be forgotten. He will be forever grateful for the outreach and support of his cherished friends as he embraced them into his circle of love. They will always be remembered. Drew had an adventurous side that was unimaginable. He traveled the paths where everyone else feared to troll. He loved the thrill and excitement of the unknown. His faith in the outcome was never a setback. His spontaneous acts of kindness and behavior left many smiles on many faces. May Drew’s youthful spirit of life travel with many through the years. Mass of Christian burial was April 25, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Fr. G. David Bline celebrant. Calling hours were April 24, at the Silva–Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, Drew suggested contributions be made to Blast Glioblastoma to support the fight against brain cancer at wwwblastgbm.com. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com



Elizabeth A. Nagy

Elizabeth A. Nagy, 73, passed away April 21, at Wadsworth Pointe. Elizabeth was born in Akron, and a member of Annunciation, and was an area resident all her life. She retired from St. Francis de Sales School as head of the cafeteria. She was a life member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where she was very active. She enjoyed picnics and dancing with Ed, an avid Indians and Browns fan that would gladly share her enthusiasm with anyone, spending time outdoors, dinners with family and friends and hosting holiday get-togethers. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward M; parents, Regina and Steven Zimmerman; grandkids, Gabrielle and Mitchell Baglia and brother-in-law, Frank Scala and sister-in-law, Ann Zimmerman; She is survived by her children, Betty (Tom) Baglia, Edward (Maureen) Nagy Jr., Deborah (Bob) Kitchen and Steven (Sharon) Nagy; grandchildren, Lyndsey, Clayton Baglia; Eddie, Kyle, Michael Nagy; Bradley, Samantha, Brandon, Kaitlyn Kitchen; Stephanie, Troy Nagy; brothers, Steve and Paul (Bridie) Zimmerman; and sisters, Jeannie (Frank) Nagy and Barbara Scala. Calling hours were April 26, at the Silva–Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton.  Mass of Christian burial to followed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 4019 Manchester Road, Akron. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery for family only. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or American Cancer Society. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Lou A. Incorvati

Lou A. Incorvati, 79, passed away April 21. Born February 23, 1937, in Barberton.  Lou joined Ric-Wil, Inc. as VP of Sales and was instrumental in forming Ric-Wil Japan, Intl.  His responsibilities included the United States, as well as Europe.  He later formed Preferred Piping Co. from which he retired. His retirement years were volunteering for Camp Quality (a cancer camp for children) and originated a Kids Woodshop which he enjoyed for 12 years. Lou had a life well lived. Preceded in death by his father, Daniel C. Incorvati; survived by his mother, Elvira Incorvati; loving wife of 58 years, Willretta “Billie”; sons, Robert A. (Nancy) and Rick A.; special grandson, Anthony “Tony” Incorvati and Kent Ross Brooks; sister, Constance Eckert; brothers, Daniel (Joanne) and David “Inky”; along with other family members and friends. In following Lou’s wishes, his family received friends April 24 at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. A private funeral service was held April 25 with internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, Lou has requested any charitable donations be made to: Camp Quality of Ohio, P.O. Box 2462, Akron, OH 44309.



Loniel “Lonnie” Everson

Loniel “Lonnie” Everson, 68, passed away peacefully April 21, surrounded by his family after a 10 year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Lonnie was a member of the Church of Christ on Brown Street where his father Pastored. He was a member of many motorcycle clubs, enjoyed riding his Harley, was an avid hunter and enjoyed riding horses. Preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Delta; brother-in-law, Matt Teseo; and father-in-law, Ed Litton. Special thanks to Richard Robinson, Dale Robinson and Sylvia Xenias for their care and support. Lonnie is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Shelda; daughter, Holly; sisters, Ladonna Teseo and Kris Shockey (Rick); mother-in-law, Naomi Litton; brother-in-law, Kevin Litton (Terri); sister-in-law, Carol Litton-Bailey (Roger); aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  A memorial service will be Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Parkinson’s disease foundation of your choice. 



Betty Jane Ehrich (nee Stevison)

Betty Jane Ehrich (nee Stevison), 86, passed away April 17, in Clearwater, Florida. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Dorothy Stevison. Survived by loving husband of nearly 68 years, Bob Ehrich; three children, Karen, Donn and Bryan; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. The family would like to thank the staff of Morton Plant Hospital and Rehab for their care of Betty during her stay there. 



Leroy "Lee" Street

Leroy "Lee" Street, 83 years, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord March 30. A native of Wapakoneta, Lee was an area resident most of his life. He retired from G.J. Myers as a machinist after 25 years and owned and operated Street's Mower for over 29 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Daisy Street; brothers, Eugene and James; sister, Mildred Schrader; he is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Dolores "Dee". Lee was a loving father to daughters, Pat (Dennis) Nettle of Norton, Vicki Richards (Ray Avorni) of Akron, Brenda (Jim) Darnell of Doylestown; sons, Dennis (Darlene), Ken (Linda), both of Coventry, and Vincent (Beth) Street of Barberton. He was a wonderful grandfather to 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and leaves his dear sister, Mary Engle of Green. Funeral service was April 2, at the Cornerstone Free Methodist Church, 578 Killian Road, where friends may call one hour before service, Pastor Brenda Young officiating. Entombment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. For those that wish, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 1742 Georgetown Road, Hudson or the church. Schlup-Pucak is honored to serve the Street family. Messages and memories of Lee may be shared at schluppucakfh.com.



Mark Allman 

Mark Allman, 59, passed away suddenly April 13. A lifetime resident of Norton, he loved golf and his music, but most of all his family. Preceded in death by his wife, Sheila (Starcher) Allman and granddaughter, Zoey Belle; Mark is survived by his parents, Jerald Allman and Laura Allman; five brothers; son, Joey Michael; brother, David (Chris); sisters, Patti, Cathy and Becky; grandchildren, Lilly Mae and Anna Belle; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special thank you to Daniel and Nick Allman for that “special touch” you gave. Following Mark’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be April 24, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service.



Larry Richard Lyons

Larry Richard Lyons, 59, passed away April 13. He was born June 22, 1956.  

Preceded in death by his mom and dad. Larry is survived by eight siblings; five children and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be April 23, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Eric Bates officiating. Larry’s family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. A celebration of life dinner will follow at 5 p.m. at Rittman Moose, 12527 Sheets Road, Rittman. Thank you in advance from Larry’s family.  In loving memory offerings accepted at the funeral home and dinner.



Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart passed away April 19. She was born in Akron, November 25,1942. She graduated from Akron Garfield High School in 1960. She attended The University of Akron. Known as "Rosie K." to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, she helped start Akron’s first non-smoking group at Zion Lutheran in Akron and died with 39 years sobriety. She worked as a secretary at Ohio Edison, the chamber executive at Canal Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, marketing manager at Cheda’s Bakery, a secretary at Goodyear Aerospace, and a secretary at The University of Akron. She was an accomplished speaker and trainer. She coordinated the writing of the first secretarial handbook for Aerospace and taught the only class there to have 100% attendance at all classes. Whiles women’s swim coach for GAC’s Corporate Challenge Team, she received the YMCA’s city-wide "Spirit of Corporate Challenge" award. An avid barbershop singer, she sang baritone in Canal Fulton’s Lock IV Quartet, the Canal Fulton Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Athens Harmony Connection Chorus and Hocking Valley Chorus. She was founding Queen Mother of the McArthur Monday Marvelous Matrons of the Red Hat Society. She also was past President of the Vinton County MRDD Board. Rose is survived by daughter, Katherine (Michael) Kager of Canal Fulton; son, Michael (Trena) Kostantinovich of Canton; twin sister, Maggie Walker of Akron; sisters Nancy Riley of Columbus and Heidi Guttermuth (Mark Bobbit) of Akron; two grandchildren, Luke and Seth Kager; a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Calling hours April 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry St. NE in Massillon. The funeral service will be the following morning, 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran, with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd’s House (Battered Womens Fund): PO Box 550 Mc Arthur, OH 45651; Camp Luther: 3901 Lake Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030; or Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center: 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. 



Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart passed away April 19. She was born in Akron, November 25,1942. She graduated from Akron Garfield High School in 1960. She attended The University of Akron. Known as "Rosie K." to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, she helped start Akron’s first non-smoking group at Zion Lutheran in Akron and died with 39 years sobriety. She worked as a secretary at Ohio Edison, the chamber executive at Canal Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, marketing manager at Cheda’s Bakery, a secretary at Goodyear Aerospace, and a secretary at The University of Akron. She was an accomplished speaker and trainer. She coordinated the writing of the first secretarial handbook for Aerospace and taught the only class there to have 100% attendance at all classes. Whiles women’s swim coach for GAC’s Corporate Challenge Team, she received the YMCA’s city-wide "Spirit of Corporate Challenge" award. An avid barbershop singer, she sang baritone in Canal Fulton’s Lock IV Quartet, the Canal Fulton Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Athens Harmony Connection Chorus and Hocking Valley Chorus. She was founding Queen Mother of the McArthur Monday Marvelous Matrons of the Red Hat Society. She also was past President of the Vinton County MRDD Board. Rose is survived by daughter, Katherine (Michael) Kager of Canal Fulton; son, Michael (Trena) Kostantinovich of Canton; twin sister, Maggie Walker of Akron; sisters Nancy Riley of Columbus and Heidi Guttermuth (Mark Bobbit) of Akron; two grandchildren, Luke and Seth Kager; a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Calling hours April 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry St. NE in Massillon. The funeral service will be the following morning, 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran, with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd’s House (Battered Womens Fund): PO Box 550 Mc Arthur, OH 45651; Camp Luther: 3901 Lake Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030; or Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center: 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. 



James A. Briscoe

James A. Briscoe, 89, of Panama City Beach, Florida, formerly of Barberton, passed away April 15. Mr. Briscoe was born Dec. 7, 1926, to the late William and Ida Briscoe in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Oklahoma. He retired from BF Goodrich in 1986 as general manager of the De-Icing Systems Group. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ernestine Mills Briscoe. He was a loving and generous father and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Elaine and Ron Lichtenberger of Panama City Beach; his son and daughter-in-law, James Robert and Teresa Briscoe of Lynn Haven, Florida; his grandchildren, Deanna (Randy) Gross, Eric (Tami) Barnes, Nicole (Brian) Burnette, Erica (Ricky) Brown, Angela Briscoe; his stepgrandchildren, Scott (Dawn) Lichtenberger, Lisa (Vince) Thompson; and 10 great-grandchildren. A service will be held at a later date in Arkansas.



Michael P. Gondor

Michael P. Gondor, 58, passed away April 14. A life resident of Barberton, Mike was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1976 and was a cement mason for over 30 years. Preceded in death by his father, Paul Gondor; survived by his mother, Jean Gondor; sister, Debbie (Mike) Reese; niece, Kalee (Scott) Robinson; nephews, Nick Reese and Jon (Brandi) Reese; beloved Golden Retriever, Moby; along with many other family members and friends. Following Michael’s wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.  



Patricia Blankenship-Kramer (nee Phillips) 

Patricia Blankenship-Kramer (nee Phillips), 79, went to walk with Jesus on April 13. She answered her heartfelt calling in life to the care of families and children as founder of Kid’s World Pre-school and Day Care. She was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Barberton. Preceded in death by two siblings, she is survived by children, Rose (Marshall) Lockhart, George “Tom” (Theresa) Blankenship, Ken (Denise) Blankenship; numerous grand and great-grandchildren; and eight surviving siblings. Funeral service was April 19, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jarrod Williams officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation was April 18. Family requests that memorials be made to: Benefit account of Patricia L. Kramer / Kid’s World at any Fifth Third Bank.



John Francis Naizer 

John Francis Naizer, 92, passed away peacefully April, 15. John was born Oct. 2, 1923, in Barberton, where he was a life-long resident. John served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II, stationed on the Battleship USS New Jersey and USS Wisconsin with the Pacific Fleet participating in every major battle from the Philippines to the surrender and ceasing of hostilities in Tokyo Bay, Japan. John was a plank-owner on both the New Jersey and Wisconsin and enjoyed going to each reunion; he actively maintained his membership in the USS Wisconsin association up to his passing. John was an avid golfer and bowler, who was still out on the course or in the lanes in his 80s. He retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 44 years of service, was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and was also actively involved in Scouting for over 30 years with Troop 110 at First Lutheran Church in Barberton. John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Okolish); their daughter, Joanne Naizer; grandson, Jeffrey (Tiffany), and great-grandchild, Graham; their daughter, Judy Rogers; grandson, James, grandson, Michael, and their son, John Paul (Christine); grandson, John Edward, and granddaughter, Serena. John will be interred with a private ceremony at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, April 19,  with military honors.  A short memorial service and wake will be given on Saturday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 999 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319 (330-644-3522) with Pastor Jack Kozak officiating. 


Thomas “Tom” Bower 

Thomas Bower, 86, passed away April 11.  He was born in Richie County, West Virginia, April 3, 1930, to the late S.F. and Nellie (Thomas) Bower. Tom worked in the tool room/machine shop at The Babcock and Wilcox Company in Barberton, retiring in 1992 after 44 years of service. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Lue (Phillips), Aug. 12, 2013; grandparents, W.W. and Bessie (Riggs) Bower of Big Bend, West Virginia, C.J. and Geneva (Wells) Thomas of Joker, West Virginia; and sister, Carole Taylor.  He is survived by his daughter, Jan (Mark) Householder; and nephew, Terry (Pat) Taylor. Graveside services will be April 17, 2 p.m. at Big Bend Cemetery in Big Bend, West Virginia. Donations in Tom’s name may be made to The Giving Doll, P.O. Box 972, Wadsworth, OH 44282.  The Bower Family condolence book is available at the funeral home’s website.



Brittany Nicole Metz

Brittany Nicole Metz, 24, went to be with the Lord April 6. Survived by mother, Ronda S. Metz; father, Roger E, Metz Jr.; fiancee, Robert B. Jackson Sr.; children, Jayce-Lyn K. Jackson and Robert B. Jackson Jr.; siblings, Angie Dollison, Amy Miller-Brown, Charles Miller, and Tia Cartmel; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends April 14, 5-6 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral service will follow at 6 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home in Brittany’s name.



Martha (Nanashe) Brean

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Martha Brean, who passed away April 13. Born in 1917, she was just shy of her 99th birthday. She married Joseph Brean in 1938 and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her three sons, Charles, Joel and Thomas Brean; along with her parents, five sisters and two brothers. Martha leaves behind her daughter, Caroline (Joe) Murray; daughters-in-law, Frances Brean and Melinda Brean; grandchildren, Joyce (Ron) Klein, Joe Brean, Jennifer (Terry) McGovern, Tonya (James) Sewell, Tricia (Mark) Ortscheid, Tom (Anita) Dunn, Sean Brean, Patrick Brean, Sheena Smart and Luke Brean. In addition there are nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and many loving nieces and nephews. She loved God, her family and flowers; if she planted it, it grew!Many thanks to the devoted staff of The Good Shepherd in Ashland, who cared for her so lovingly the past 15 years, especially Terry and Holly. If you choose not to send flowers, please consider a memorial donation in her name to The Good Shepherd, 622 Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805. Calling hours will be held at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, April 15, 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be April 16, 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Julie Thoms officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park immediately following the service.

     




James A. Brentlinger

James A. Brentlinger, 60, passed away unexpectedly, April 3. Proceded in death by parents, Lanford and Constance Brentlinger; brothers, Dan and David. He is survived by his wife, (Elizabeth) Libby; sons, Rob (Melissa) and Josh Brentlinger; siblings, John and Rick Brentlinger. He leaves behind numerous family members, many adopted kids and grandbabys. Pops will be missed by all that knew him. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be at a later day.  



Thelma F. White (Bubbles)

Thelma F. White (Bubbles), 86, passed away peacefully April 3. Thelma was born Jan. 19, 1930 in Ellison Ridge, West Virginia and moved to Portage Lakes, Ohio in the 1950s. She was a member of Firestone Park United Methodist Church. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert and daughter, Sonia White-Bishop. She is survived by her sons, David White, Shannon (Elaine) White, Kerry (Laurie) White; daughters, Sherry White, Sheila (Stan Bittinger) White, and Selma (Claire Russell) White; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Road, April 9, funeral immediately following with Pastor Randal May officiating. Interment at East Liberty Cemetery in Green. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Firestone Park United Methodist Church, in memory of Thelma. White Family condolence book is available at the funeral home's website.



Kenneth Allen Kelly

Kenneth Allen Kelly, 74, died early March 21, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Born Nov. 5, 1941 in Arthurdale, West Virginia, he was preceded in death by father, Kenneth; brothers, Michael and Ralph; sisters, Madonna and Nancy; and son, David. He is survived by wife, Patricia; mother, Frances June; brothers, James (Marsha) and Thomas; children, Donna (Dan), Kenneth, and Sandra (Kennith); 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A longtime resident of Barberton, he was employed as a carpenter and a grocery clerk. After retirement, he and Patricia moved to Blackstock, South Carolina, residing there until his passing. He loved his family and will be missed by all. He was a motorcar enthusiast and loved NASCAR, enjoyed dogs and was an avid reader. There will be no services per his request. Memorials can be made to Hebron Presbyterian Church, 4776 Mountain Gap Rd., Blackstock, SC 29014



Nancy J. Nevlin

Nancy J. Nevling, 75, went home to be with the Lord, April 6. She was born in Akron, Nov. 10, 1940, to Edward and Mildred Flowers. Nancy enjoyed bowling, reading and was employed at Buehler’s for 10 years. Preceded in death by her cherished husband, Thomas Nevling; parents, Edward and Mildred Flowers; and brother, Ronald Flowers. Nancy is survived by her children, Heidi (Doug) VanOss, Thomas and Brian; grandson, Jacob VanOss; sister, Joan Youngdahl; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends April 13, 6-8 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton.



Jacqueline R. Lisle

Jacqueline R. Lisle, 67, passed away April 1. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Rags” Glunt. Survived by children, George (Paula) Lisle, Harry Tindel, James Tindel and Tina Lisle; siblings, Connie Carder, Robert Lisle, and Kenneth Lisle; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorials may be made in Jacqueline’s name to Cox-McNulty Funeral Home to off-set funeral costs.



Mildred “Midge” (Gwinn) Arvay

Norton – Mildred “Midge” (Gwinn) Arvay, 77, passed away April 7. Born in Barberton to parents Alva and Maude Gwinn. She attended Barberton schools and retired from Akron Porcelain and Plastics. She enjoyed taking care of her lawn and flowers. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Michael Arvay, who passed away 1994; son, Curtis Arvay Sr.; sister, Evelyn Haney; brothers, James and Armond Gwinn. She is survived by her daughter, Midge Ann Arvay and son, Michael (Carolyn) Arvay Jr. of Norton and daughter-in-law, Ann Sbory of Barberton; grandchildren, Meighen (Miguel) Montagnese of Bolivar, Cayman Arvay of Norton, Curtis, Laban and Logan Arvay of Barberton; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Nathan and Faith Arvay; sister, Regina Dingle and sisters-in-law, Irene Gwinn and Georgine Gwinn; numerous nieces, nephews and her special animal companions, “Bugs” and “Girl”. Funeral service will be April 12, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Max McKanna officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Midge’s family will receive friends April 12, noon, until time of service.



Karl L. Bartel

Karl L. Bartel, 74, passed away peacefully April 7. Born March 10, 1942, in Barberton, to the late Robert J. and Clara E. Bartel, he was a resident of New Franklin since 2010, previously of Green. Karl was a retired teacher for Green Schools in Summit County and had worked for Dietz Marina, Burch’s Landing, Kieffer Marine, and Acme Catering. A member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Karl especially enjoyed his family and his life with Mary. He also enjoyed boating, waterskiing, camping and as a handy man was very mechanically inclined. He is survived by his dear friend and caregiver, Mary Strouse; twin sons, Michael (Emaly) Bartel of Akron, Christopher (Sara) Bartel of East Geneva; daughter, Marie Bartel of Akron; ten grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; siblings, Sister Maura Bartel O.P. of Our Lady of the Elms, Elizabeth Bartel of Lyndhurst, Robert Bartel of Doylestown, Regis (Nita) Bartel of University Heights, Eileen (Joe) Volosyn of Strongsville, Patricia (Charles) Davis of Stratford, New Jersey, Thomas Bartel of Barberton; Father Martin Bartel O.S.B. of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Mary Bartel of Lyndhurst; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister in-law, Susanne Bartel. Mass of Christian Burial was April 11, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment to followed at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends and family were received April 10, at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown. Memorials may be made to the Bartel Scholarships at Our Lady of the Elms, 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44313, or at St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA, 15650. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.

 



Harrison Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson, 69, passed away April 5. Bruce was born in Steubenville and had been an area resident most of his life. He was a graduate of Central Hower High School and retired from Schneider Trucking. Bruce was also a proud Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by his parents, Horice and Miriam; and daughter, Angela Jackson; he is survived by his loving wife, Sue; sons, Mike (Jennifer), Don (Chrissy) and Phil (Ola); stepsons, John (Shari) Meglich and Bill (Lisa) Meglich; stepdaughter Theresa Meglich; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Calling Hours will be April 9, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Graveside Service to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park where Firestone VFW Post 3383 will perform Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To share a memory or share a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Juanita “Edie” Horracks

Juanita “Edie” Horracks, 95, passed away April 5. She was born Nov. 29, 1920, and was a life resident of Barberton. Juanita was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and a former member of St. Augustine’s where she was active in the Holy Hour program. Preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Muriel Hogan; husband, Harold “Bud”; son, Harold “Bud”; grandson, Harold “Buster”; brother, Chuck Hogan and sisters, Ruth Rexrote, Gen Schwiger and Selma Wagner; Juanita is survived by her son, Tom (Kay); daughter-in-law, Nancy; grandchildren, Laura (Sean) Cramer, Peggy (Scott) Campbell, Brian (Stephanie) Horracks, Juanita Horracks and Vicki Harper; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; good friend, Mike; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank the palliative care unit at Summa Barberton Hospital for the care and support that Juanita and her family received. Mass of Christian burial will April 11, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, with Fr. James Maloney, celebrant. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Edie’s family will receive friends April 10, 2-5 p.m.,  at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.



Edith Gray Mackey

Edith Gray Mackey, left us all behind April 5, to start a new adventure in Heaven with the Lord and the family and friends who have been waiting for her. Gray, born April 6, 1933, is was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Melvin and Nellie McCune and her son Bill Mackey. She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Jimmie L. Mackey, daughters Erin Rader (Duke), Liz Murray (Brian). Grandchildren, Tristan Rader (Caitlin), Peter Rader (Sarah Freeman) and Cheyenne Mackey (Austin Conner) and great-granddaughter, Gwendolyn Rader. Gray loved being a nurse. She attended nursing school at the age of 50 graduating in1983. She worked at Akron General and retired in 1994. She loved to sew and spend time with her family.  Gray was the most amazing person. She was genuinely nice. She was smart, generous, witty and fun. She was truly loved and respected by every soul she touched. She will be missed greatly.  Calling hours will be Friday, April 8, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Christan Assembly, 925 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Pastor Joe Schobochler officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit http://www.silva-hostetler.com/ (330-825-8700)



Jerry H. White

Jerry H. White, 75, went home to be with the Lord after a long struggle with illnesses. Jerry was a member of Crossroads Community Church. He served 14 years in the U.S. Navy and loved the Lord and his family. He was an avid bass fisherman and was a fan of NASCAR. Jerry was employed by B&C Research and Alcoa for many years. Preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Cathlyn and brother, Ronnie. Survived by wife of 32 years, Maryanne; best friend, Buddy; children, Vickie Jennings (Marshall), Helen Marziali (Scott), and Jerry II; grandchildren, Brad, Sierra and Kody; many beloved family members, friends and church family. The family will receive friends April 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church, 700 Gates Street, Doylestown. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church. Pastor Jerry Butcher will officiate. Entombment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with medical expenses.



Mike Good

Mike Good, 32, passed away suddenly April 3. He was born Dec. 8, 1983 in Barberton and attended Coventry High School. Preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Doris Hallusco, John Good and Alice McQuaid. Mike is survived by, parents, David and Ernestine; sister, Elizabeth “Beth”; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Per the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place. All services will be private.

 


Yvonne "Sis" Mattson

Sept. 6, 1956 - March 26, 2016

Yvonne "Sis" Mattson passed away peacefully March 26. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Phillips. She is survived by daughter, Angela; son, Nathan; and grandchildren, Zachery, Jayden and Mykayla. She will also be greatly missed by her best friend of 40-plus years, Nan Wagner. A celebration of her life will be Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m., at Allied Chemical and Alkali Workers of America, 959 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Condolences can be sent to the family C/O Angela Mattson 43 Norwood, Barberton, OH 44203.



Reed Donald Shump

Reed Donald Shump, son of the late Donald Shump and Ruth Shump Carlson, passed unexpectedly March 26. A graduate of Bedford High School, Reed sharpened his sales skills to pursue a lucrative career in the mortgage banking industry. He enjoyed the beach, his kids, golf, crossword puzzles, road trips, cooking breakfast and award winning chili, Fireball Whiskey and classic rock including the Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, ELO, The Travelling Wilburys and the Eagles. He is survived by his siblings, Mark (Sharon) Shump, Pam (George) Adkins, Jeff (Marsha) Shump, Kevin (Phyllis) Shump, Valerie Shump and all of their families. He is also survived by his children, Darren (Elizabeth Amport), Chelsea, Don, and Reed II (Dianne Peters); one granddaughter, Meadow Lin (Brit Wolohan) and his best friend, Carl Cramer Jr. A casual, non-denominational celebration of life including live music and refreshments will take place Friday, April 15, 7-10 p.m., at The Pavilion at Falls River Square, 2085 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls. In lieu of flowers, any donations are graciously accepted by the immediate family for final wish expenses.



Wanda Fay Ellison

Wanda Fay Ellison, 80, passed away April 1. Following her wishes there will be no services. Cremation has taken place. I’d like to thank all of her family and friends for her enjoyable life of 80 years. She asked Jesus to end her life because of her pain.  As her husband of 64 years, I want you to remember she had a good life.  Wanda also leaves a daughter and son. Please think of her love of life for all.  Bob Ellison.



John A. Cook 

John A. Cook, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep March 25. John was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Cabell County, West Virginia, to the late Joseph E. Cook and Mary F. Adkins. John married the love of his life, Mary L. Wyrick of Princeton, West Virginia in 1960. John and Mary have been residents of Barberton for over 50 years where he worked at Babcock & Wilcox for 37 1/2 years of those before retiring with great pride. Preceded in death by his dearly beloved son, David B. Cook of Akron; brothers, Joseph Cook of Kimbolton, Ohio, Homer Cook of Akron and James Verlin Cook of Georgia; John is survived by his son, Douglas Cook of Phoenix, Arizona; two wonderful granddaughters, Jenny (Chris) Bingham of Tucson, Arizona and Kimberly (Danny) DeVries of Page, Arizona; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Oneida (Walter) Taylor of Pipestem, West Virginia, Patty (Roger) Hensley of Proctorville, Ohio,  Helen Wolf of Urbana, Illinois, Ellie Frazier of Pasadena, Florida, Tressie (Cliff) Choate of Canal Fulton and Ida (Randy) Whipkey of Mianisburg, Ohio; along with many other relatives and friends. Following John’s wishes, inurnment with a graveside service was April 6, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2580 Romig Road, Akron, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.  



Jack “Pete” Brent Thompson

Pete Thompson, 52, passed away March 31. He was born April 1,1963, in Akron, to Jack and Rose Thompson and graduated from Norton High School. He was a hard-working salesman at The Gear Shop and applied his knowledge of mechanics to his love for classic cars and dragsters. Pete was also an avid deer hunter. Pete was the hardest worker, doing anything he could to provide for his family and to help others in need. Pete is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kim; daughter, Samantha (Adam) Richards; sisters, Diane (Don) Brown, Jennie Goble, Beth (David) Cupp; parents, Jack and Rose; grandfather, William Caipen; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, many long-time friends; and a grandson on the way, little Jack. Services were held at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, April, 6. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Funeral home map, directions, and the Thompson Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home website.



Wade Victor Wallace

The world has lost a real character. Wade Victor Wallace “Wade the Blade” died April 1, at Concordia at Sumner where he had resided since 2011. Born Nov. 21, 1921, in the small town of Trade, Tennessee, Wade used his intelligence, wit, discipline and charisma to work himself through life. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning three bronze stars. Settling in the Akron area, he attended Hammel Actual Business College. He began his career in finance but soon found his gift was in sales. He began selling automobiles, eventually opening his own dealerships, Wallace Lincoln Mercury and Wade Ford, earning many awards, including the Time Dealer of the Year award. Throughout the years, Wade supported the local community in many ways. He sponsored countless leagues of bowling, baseball, golf and other teams. He provided cars to local schools for driver's education. He was a member of many organizations providing monetary support to make the community stronger. He was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Barberton. Wade's skill at golf was legendary. He achieved five holes in one and prided himself, at one time, as being the oldest member of Firestone Country Club. Over the years Wade hosted many Pro-Am events, raising thousands of dollars for scholarships and charities. For all his successes he lived simply and with integrity. His deepest pride was his family. He married his wife, Betty Jean, April 20, 1947. She preceded him in death April 20, 2007, on their 60th wedding anniversary. Also preceding him in death were his parents, William Marvin and Myrtle Hasentine; brothers, Ralph and Glenn and sister, Pearl, half- brothers, Fred and Roy Wallace and half-sisters Ruth Snyder and Nell Wallace. Wade is survived by his sons, Lee, Robert (Vicky), and James (Julie); seven grandchildren, Jamie (James) Sredinski, Monica (Andy Miller) Wallace, Justin Wallace, Amanda Wallace, Charles Wallace, Michael (Caitlin) Wallace and Daniel Wallace; three great-grandchildren, James Sredinski, J. Alexander Sredinski and Maddox Miller. Also surviving is brother Bruce (Mary June) Wallace; sisters in-law, Edna Wallace and Geraldine Wallace; brother-in-law, R.L. Wallace and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Concordia at Sumner for providing wonderful care to Wade for the past five years. Services were April 4, at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road. Private burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to Esther Ryan Shoe Fund, C/O Magic City Kiwanis, PO Box 561 Barberton, OH 44203 or Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 3rd St. NW Barberton, OH 44203 in memory of Wade. Funeral home map, directions, and the Wallace Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website.

                                            



Beverly Jean (Finley) Walent 

Beverly Jean (Finley) Walent of Barberton, passed away peacefully, March 28, at Altercare of Wadsworth.  She was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Zion, Illinois to the late Hugh and Ruth DeBaun. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Barb Barnes. She is survived by her children, James (Kim) Finley, Laura (Tom) Lenke, Tim (Deb) Finley, Jeff (Barb) Finley and Andrea (Patrick) Petit; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Brother, Bob (Brenda) DeBaun and sister, Marsha (Jim) Pukas and many nieces, nephews and friends. A special thank you to the nursing staff at Altercare of Wadsworth for the loving care they gave to our mom. Private family services will be April 1, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home in Barberton.  There will be no calling hours.


MaryBelle (Fox) Cunningham

MaryBelle (Fox) Cunningham went home to be with her Heavenly Father March 29. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends. MaryBelle was one of nine children and was the last surviving. She was born in Roanoke, West Virginia, March 19, 1926. Then as a young woman, she moved to Barberton, where she met and married Roy “Bud” Cunningham in September of 1947. She was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple for well over 63 years. She devoted her life to her children, her church and she loved attending gospel singings on Sunday afternoons. There wasn’t a time when she didn’t want to go shopping or out to eat with her best friend, Joan. Preceded in death by her loving husband, “Bud”; parents, Ovie Cecil and Mary Alice Fox;  siblings, Ed, Madge, Stanton, Ross, Andy, Robert, Edith and Charles. Mary is survived by children, David, Glenda (Gene) Testa, Cathy, and Chuck (Beckie); grandchildren, Andrea (Scott) Vojtkofsky, Leslie (Ryan) Perryman, Joshua and Cameron; great-grandchildren, Trevor and Cody; sisters-in-law, Mary Jane and Bobbi Fox; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends, 1-3 p.m., April 3, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral service will take place April 4, 10 a.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Duane Mathews. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Weaver Sports Boosters/ Special Olympics, 630 North Ave., Tallmadge, OH 44278. Please note as “Memorial to MaryBelle Cunningham/ Special Olympics.”



Vic Pilkington

Vic Pilkington, 67, passed away unexpectedly with his family by his side on Easter Sunday, March 27. Vic was born in Danville, Illinois and had been an Akron resident most of his life. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 40 years of service. Vic enjoyed being a political analyst and blogger but more so loved spending his time with his grandkids. He never missed any of their sporting events. Preceded in death by his father, Mervin; He is survived by his daughter, Jori (Bill) Hogg; son, Michael; grandchildren, Taylor, Zachary and Brooke Hogg; mother, Carmen Pilkington; sisters, Delynn (Bruce) Stanley, Sandy Montgerard and Gail Villarreal; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends April 2, 2-4 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Kenneth Eugene Staiger

Kenneth Eugene Staiger, 81, long time Portage Lakes resident, beloved father of Valerie (Hill), Kurt Staiger, brother to Sandra (Martin) and grandfather to Brandon, Aaron and Joseph Hill, passed away March 25, peacefully in his sleep. Thank you to Rhea Fillian, his longtime partner, for caring for him over the years. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Staiger and Majorie Staiger Zirkuly and wife, Shirley Staiger. He will be dearly missed by his nieces, nephews, cousins and family more than he could ever imagine. Kenny worked and retired from the Albrecht Company after a 35 year career and enjoyed his retirement as an avid lover of sailing, camping, attending auctions and enjoying his family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 289 S. Union St., Akron, OH 44304.  A private memorial service will be held in his honor with his close friends and family.  A quote for our father, “On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open, and the world will fill with beauty. Today is that day.” Rest in peace, Dad.


Robert “Bob” L. Clemens 

Robert “Bob” L. Clemens, 78, of Barberton went home to be with the Lord, March 25, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born Aug. 17, 1937 in Barberton to the late Lawrence and Doris Clemens. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 36 years, most of which was in Barberton.  Retiring in April of 1994 as postmaster in Smithville. Preceded in death by his sisters, LaDonna Clemens and Velma Grigsby and brother, Lawrence Clemens; Bob will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Zenna (Baker) Clemens; children, Zenna (Bill) Durbin of Wadsworth, Lorene Clemens of Barberton and Bob (Cheryl) Clemens of Greenwood, Indiana; grandchildren, Bill (Rachel) Durbin, Corey Durbin, Ryan Durbin, Rachel (Joe) Sullivan, Matthew Fanning, Joshua Clemens and Caleb Clemens; great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Liam Durbin; special family friend, Jan Jackson; many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held Friday 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Robin Hart officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Bob’s family will receive friends Thursday, March 31, 6-8 p.m.


John A. Cook
John A. Cook, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep March 25. John was born Feb. 25, 1934 in Cabell County, West Virginia to the late Joseph E. Cook and Mary F. Adkins. John married the love of his life, Mary L. Wyrick of Princeton, West Virginia in 1960.  John and Mary have been residents of Barberton for over 50 years where he worked at Babcock & Wilcox for 37 ½ years of those before retiring with great pride. Preceded in death by his dearly beloved son, David B. Cook of Akron; brothers, Joseph Cook of Kimbolton, Ohio, Homer Cook of Akron and James Verlin Cook of Georgia; John is survived by his son, Douglas Cook of Phoenix, Arizona; two wonderful granddaughters, Jenny (Chris) Bingham of Tucson, Arizona and Kimberly (Danny) DeVries of Page, Arizona; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Oneida (Walter) Taylor of Pipestem, West Virginia, Patty (Roger) Hensley of Proctorville, Ohio,  Helen Wolf of Urbana, Illinois, Ellie Frazier of Pasadena, Florida, Tressie (Cliff) Choate of Canal Fulton, Ohio and Ida (Randy) Whipkey of Mianisburg, Ohio; along with many other relatives and friends. Following John’s wishes, inurnment with a graveside service will be held Wednesday 1 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2580 Romig Road, Akron, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.  



Dolores Jean Ankrim Burgess
Dolores Jean (Jeannie) Ankrim Burgess, 57, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away March 25. Jeannie grew up in Barberton, where she attended Calvary Wesleyan Church. She moved to Charlotte 23 years ago for her career in the legal field.  She was a member of Steele Creek Church in Charlotte. Survivors include her children, Aaron Ankrim and Gabrielle Burgess, stepson, Jordan Burgess, their father, Gary Burgess and grandson, Jayden Burgess all of Charlotte; father, Paul Ankrim of Walnut Creek; mother, Beverly Ankrim of Akron; and siblings, Paul Ankrim of Akron; Dennis Ankrim, Norton; Nancy Coffman, Apopka, Florida; and Debra Watson, Jackson, Mississippi; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Jeannie was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Rev. Roy and Freda Ankrim; maternal grandparents, Morris and Thelma Duxbury; and sister, Sherri Ann Ankrim. A memorial service will be March 29 at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, 1928 W. Arrowood Road, Charlotte, 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Jeannie Burgess Memorial Fund for the benefit of Jayden Alexander Burgess, c/o Community Bank, 701 Pine Way Hill, Flowood, MS  39232 or Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats and Programs, 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC  28782-6760.



Gladys M. Rado (Bacar)

Gladys M. Rado, 90, passed away peacefully March 25. Our family lost its matriarch, our mother and grandmother. She may be gone but she lives on in each of us family members she’s left behind. Right now there are tears in our eyes and a hole in our hearts, but she’s raised a strong family and we are all better off for having had her around for the 90 years she’s lived. I have no doubt our strength will bolster us through the years but please pray for us while the pain is raw and the hole is large. The deep sadness this has left us with will never fully disappear, but with time we’ll get back to us. Gladys was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania and had been a Barberton area resident all her life. She worked at Hiss Bakery and also at Akron General in the housekeeping department. Gladys was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Church where she was active in St. Anne’s Society and the Altar and Rosary Society. She is currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Norton. Gladys belonged to the Akron Metro Hiking Group and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House for over 15 years. Preceded in death by her husbands, John S. Bajcar and Otto J. Rado; son, Lawrence Bajcar; and daughter, Karen Marshall; She is survived by her sons, James (Pam) and Thomas Bajcar; daughters Linda Waddle, Kathleen (fiancee, John Lich) Weiman, Jeanette Evans, Shirley Bajcar, Joyce Bajcar, Janice Bajcar and Debbie Gradisher; stepsons, Gary, Roger (Diane) and Randy Rado; stepdaughters, Judy (Tom) Brennan, Rory (Harold) Wright, Toni Greathouse, Rici (Fred) Abrams and Roxanne (Scott) Slabaugh; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mass of Christian burial will be March 30, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours March 29, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Seth M. Pallone 

Seth M. Pallone, 15, passed away unexpectedly March 24. A life resident of the Norton area and was a student at Barberton High School.  Seth loved music, his expensive shoes and his dog, Dalyla. Preceded in death by his grandmother, Debra Pallone; survived by his parents, Haley Abney (Mike Short) and Bradley (Candice) Pallone; brothers and sisters, Isabelle, Trent, Alexander, Jace and Kryssi Short; grandparents, Larry and Charlotte Abney, Karen and Holly Harrison and Mark Pallone; great-grandfather, Clark Caskey; aunts and uncles, Brent (Shawna) Abney, Trevor (Stacy) Abney, Crystal Abney, Megan (Lyle) Ludwig, Kaitlyn (Matt) Abney, Christopher Pallone and Michael Pallone and will be sadly missed by many cousins and friends. Funeral service will be March 30, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Seth’s family will receive friends March 29, 4-8 p.m.



Arthur “Art” Morvai

Arthur “Art” Morvai, 82, passed away March 25. Born on January 29, 1934, in Leechburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Hungarian immigrants, Arpad and Julia Morvai.  Art was a pharmacist for 45 years in the Akron-Barberton area, and was the owner of Pills and Things, Dutts Drug and Wyres Pharmacy.  He loved his work and never was too busy to talk with customers about their medications. After retirement, he still was called many times to fill in for vacations. He was an avid snow skier and loved Vermont, where in his younger days he enjoyed many vacations. Arthur was a veteran of the United States Army, member of the Magic City Kiwanis Club, the Ohio Pharmaceutical Association for many years and the Community Church of Portage Lakes. Preceded in death by his siblings, Julia (Pete), Lou, Dorothy and Ella and grandson, Michael Boldry; Art is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia; his children, Julie (Roy) King, Teri (Robert) Boldry, Dr. Ann Morvai, Bill, Arthur (Lee Ann) Morvai and Eric (Beth) Morvai; grandchildren, Justin (Candace), Nick, Jacob, Andrew, Kit, Ally, Olivia, Nathan, Marissa, Rachel and Mitch; great-granddaughter, Harper; sisters, Helen Balla and Elizabeth Fanelli; along with many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be March 29, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Dr. Michael Rybka officiating.  Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. Art’s family will receive friends March 28, 4:30-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



William “Billy” Ramoso

William “Billy” Ramoso, 73, was welcomed into God’s Kingdom peacefully March 24, surrounded by his family. William came to the U.S. in 1957 from the Philippines, where he was born. He was a salesman by nature and worked in the car business for over 35 years. He enjoyed boating, Elvis, travel and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren. Billy was a loving husband, father and friend. He will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his parents, Rizalino and Consuelo. Billy is survived by his wife of 50 years, Olga (Hochrein) Ramoso of Norton; son, Anthony Ramoso of Barberton; daughters,  Angela Beck (Michael) of Copley and Andrea Williams (Marc) of Virginia; granddaughter Amanda Austin; grandsons Andrew Austin, Kyle “KW” Williams and Luke Williams; also left to grieve are many nieces and nephews and friends and relatives too numerous to mention. The family will receive friends March 29, 4-5 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home.



Bridget Strebic (Molnar)

Bridget Strebic (Molnar), 94 1/2, was reunited with her husband in Heaven March 23. A life resident of Barberton, she was a devoted wife, mom, grammy, great-grammy and auntie to her beloved family. Bridget will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her as a selfless woman who lived to care for others. She nurtured our souls with her love and nourished our bodies with her wonderful cooking, especially her legendary “Sunday Soup.” The numerous lives she touched will forever miss her beautiful presence. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, and daughter, Rosemarie; Bridget is survived by her son, Louis P.; grandchildren,